Day: April 10, 2018

Shannon companies promote apprenticeships to local students

Representatives of five large Shannon companies participated in an event to showcase apprenticeships as a possible career choice for local teens. Organised by Shannon Chamber of Commerce, the event was hosted by St Patrick’s Comprehensive School and was aimed at introducing apprenticeships to students and their parents.   There was a keen interest in the evening with over 160 people turning out to observe presentations on the apprenticeship schemes at Molex, Modular Automation, Element Six, Lufthansa Technik and Atlantic Aviation Group. Michael Collins, a process engineering manager with Molex, spoke of progressing from toolmaker to his current position and...

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Irish Men’s Sheds nominated for European award

A group of Fine Gael MEPs have jointly nominated the Irish Men’s Sheds Association for the 2018 European Citizen’s Prize. The prestigious award recognises projects or individuals that promote cross-border cooperation and EU values. The group of MEPs consist of Seán Kelly, Mairead McGuinness, Brian Hayes and Deirdre Clune. On behalf of the delegation, Seán Kelly said: “Having met with and spoken at many of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association events, I am delighted that the Fine Gael delegation has put forward this very positive community-based initiative for the European Citizen’s Prize.” In proposing the Men’s Sheds for the...

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Newmarket pipped at the post by Pike Rovers

Newmarket Celtic’s dreams of contesting the FAI Junior Cup final for the first time in their 50th anniversary year ended in disappointment on Sunday when they succumbed to an extra time goal from Pike Rovers substitute Cian Power. FAI Junior Challenge Cup semi final. After extra time. Pike Rovers    3 Newmarket Celtic  2 Much to their credit, Newmarket Celtic had bravely recovered from a 2-0 deficit with two great Stephen Kelly goals to put the contest into extra time. The large crowd was treated to an excellent spectacle in Limerick’s Pike Complex as both sides played skilful, fast-flowing...

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Munster magic inspires Easter miracle

Munster produced another little bit of magic with a dramatic late finish to end this season’s ambitions for three-times champions Toulon. European Champions Cup Quarter Final Munster 20 Toulon R.C.   19 Despite being under the cosh for lengthy periods Munster’s sheer grit and determination saw them through to victory courtesy of a sensational try by Andrew Conway. A full house of 26,256 supporters in Thomond Park got behind their team to make it 71 out of 76 home wins in this prestigious tournament. Nerves were frayed as the Red Army awaited the return of a Toulon side that...

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Wolfe Tones Easter Camp hailed as a great success

Mark O’Donnell, the recently appointed Games Development Officer at  Wolfe Tones na Sionna, organised a very successful Easter Camp for boys and girls at the club from March 27th-29th. In all, over 65 very happy children attended the 3-day Easter Camp. Five Shannon primary schools were represented, in addition to children from Sixmilebridge and Newmarket schools. The youngsters had the opportunity to play all codes of Gaelic Games. One of the camp coaches, Jason McCarthy, is now an established member of the Clare senior hurling panel and the kids were also treated to guest visits from senior football and...

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Shannon golfer Danny Brennan continues to impress Stateside

Shannon golfer Danny Brennan continues to impress during his stay in America with the Wildcats at Bethune-Cookman University. For the second month in succession, Danny was named Co-Golfer of the Month for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), by the conference office from its headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia. During March, Danny led Bethune-Cookman as the Wildcats won two of the four tournaments in which they competed. He took individual gold in the Gary Freeman Spring Invitational after shooting a 2-over 218 (76-69-73), and he also helped his team to gold tied at the Lonnie Barton Invitational. In February, he completed...

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Inagh-Kilnamona successfully defend U21 A title

Inagh-Kilnamona emerged from Cusack Park with their second title after contesting the U21 A final for the third time in a row. The amalgamation players were ultimately too strong for their local rivals Kilmaley in a hard-fought final on Easter Saturday. Clare U21 A Hurling Championship Final Inagh-Kilnamona   1-18 Kilmaley   1-14 Inagh/Kilnamona took the game to Kilmaley from the throw-in and it took a smart save by goalkeeper Ronan Callinan from Keelan Guyler to deny the eventual champions a goal in the first minute. Aidan McCarthy struck over the resultant 65 before Paraic McNamara responded with a...

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