Month: March 2018

Shannon company wins County Enterprise Award

Shannon company Get the Shifts which provides web-based staffing solutions to the hospitality sector has won the County Enterprise Award for 2018. Top prize of €5,000 plus a PR and Digital Marketing mentor package went to Hannah Wrixon of Get the Shifts Ltd. The winner will represent Local Enterprise Office Clare at the National Enterprise Awards, which celebrates its 20th anniversary on 24th May 2018. Get the Shifts is an online staffing solutions business matching temporary hospitality workers with relevant employers across Ireland using an on-demand web and mobile platform from its base at Beech Park House, Smithtown. The...

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Local government boundaries to change before 2019 elections

At the start of this year, the Government set up two committees to review local electoral areas and to report within six months. That report and its recommendations will be considered by Minister of State, John Paul Phelan, as the basis for revising the local electoral areas. Changes will be in place for the next local elections, on 25th May 2019. The policy objectives of the review are to reduce the size of territorially large local electoral areas and to designate urban-focused electoral areas around the larger towns. In these circumstances, it is likely that Clare’s local election boundaries...

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Fine Gael protecting children with special needs

By the end of the current school year, there will be 14,100 special needs assistants (SNAs) in Irish schools, reflecting a rising child population and the growing participation of children with special needs. According to Clare Fine Gael Deputy Joe Carey, there has been a 28% increase in SNAs over the past five years in Clare schools. Since 2013, the number of SNA appointments in the county has increased from 237 to 304. For Deputy Carey, this as a very welcome trend that is benefitting those school children who need extra support. “The current allocation of SNAs here in...

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Shannon councillor calls for planning safeguards

With developers back in business and construction on the rise, independent councillor Gerry Flynn has called on Clare County Council to ensure safeguards so that builders complete previous obligations before being granted new commencement notices. According to the Shannon councillor, the recent crash has left the local authority with the responsibility of completing a large number of unfinished developments. He now wants the council, “to be mindful of applications from developers with outstanding work… not to validate Commencement Notices until all outstanding obligations are met.” However acting director for Economic Development, Brian McCarthy, said the local authority is legally...

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Protect your business with SEAKEL Fire & Security

A leading supplier within the fire and security industry in Ireland, SEAKEL Fire & Security is committed to providing a quality engineered product and service to customers who depend on them to guarantee full compliance with all industry regulations. Established in 2006, by managing director Seán Kelly, the business has grown and developed to meet the specific needs of the fire and security industries, offering tailored solutions across a wide cross-section of industries and sectors. Economic trends have forced many companies to look at the quality and price offered by their suppliers. SEAKEL provides a wide range of equipment...

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Breen welcomes 15% reduction in the Live Register across Clare

Over the last year, the number of people signing on the Live Register in Clare has dropped by 15% in the last year, that’s according to Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market & Data Protection Pat Breen. Welcoming the news Minister Breen said, “It is very positive to see that the number of people signing on the Live Register in Clare has reduced by 15% in the last year. I am not surprised by this significant drop however given the increased number of job announcements in the region in the last 12 months. “In Clare alone,...

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Sudden-death free-taking ends Clare hopes

What a game this was, 100 minutes of free-flowing hurling, stretched over 3 hours and finished with a historic free-taking competition with Limerick’s Colin Ryan ending our involvement in this year’s Allianz League. Allianz Hurling League Div 1 Quarter Finals: Limerick 4-21 Clare 0-33. The sides were level after extra time: Limerick won free-taking competition 7-6. Clare went from holding a comfortable nine-point lead to conceding four goals. In addition, Limerick struck close on 20 wides so there was little to suggest that it was hard luck for the Bannermen. Knockout hurling arrived after two dead rubbers against Wexford...

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Shannon Town pipped on penalties by Pike Rovers

Shannon Town’s terrific run in this year’s FAI Junior Challenge Cup was finally killed off by the brilliance of Pike Rovers’ goalkeeper Gary Neville after extra time had failed to separate the sides. FAI Junior Challenge Cup Quarter Final: Shannon Town 0-0 Pike Rovers. Pike Rovers won 2-0 on penalties after extra time. Neville literally saved the Limerick team during the penalty shoot-out when he prevented Jack Kelly, Evan Glynn and Colin Scanlon from scoring after Gary O’Connell’s penalty had skimmed the crossbar. Pike now proceed to the semi-final where they will have home advantage against Newmarket Celtic who...

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Council may acquire former Shannon Diamond site

Independent councillor Gerry Flynn has proposed that Clare County Council investigate the possibility of acquiring the former Shannon Diamond Social Club site which was once owned and run by De Beers. In its heyday, the Shannon Diamond and Carbide Sports and Social, which opened in 1968, was a popular venue for the local community and was regularly used for socials and other functions. The extensive 15-acre grounds included tennis courts and a number of playing pitches for rugby, soccer and Gaelic games, there was also a children’s playground. Badminton, snooker, squash and darts were played inside the clubhouse which...

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Shannon firms crowned All Ireland champions

Clare and Munster champions Atlantic Aviation Group/Molex finished a great season with their first ever All-Ireland title after defeating a good Creagh Concrete side in Sixmilebridge. All Ireland Interfirm Junior Hurling Final: Atlantic Aviation/Molex 1-16 Creagh Concrete 1-08 The Antrim side endured a six-hour bus ride from their base in Toomebridge, on the northern shore of Lough Neagh. Both sides played through bitterly cold, wet and windy conditions before Creagh got back on the bus to head home to the Glens of Antrim and beyond. The Shannon amalgamation put the game beyond the visitors by halftime with an unbeatable...

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