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‘Shilly-shallying’ on Ennis flood relief

THE Office of Public Works has been accused of “shilly-shallying”, when it comes to the long-awaited Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme. A recent meeting of the Ennis Municipal District was informed that a timescale for the works is not currently available. This sparked criticism from members of the council, with acting director of service Brian McCarthy telling councillors that he “understands the frustration.” Councillor Paul Murphy initially raised the matter, requesting an update on the tendering and likely timescale of works on the scheme. He asked, “What is the latest delay and is it possible to separate the St Flannan’s and Ballybeg projects from each other in order to achieve progress?” Eugene O’Shea, acting senior engineer, replied, “The current status in relation to the Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme is that a tender recommendation has been received from the consultants for this scheme and sent to the OPW for their approval. “As the St Flannan’s and Ballybeg projects are both …

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Norton to attend ‘towns summit’

AN all-island summit with the main aim of helping resource our towns and villages to regenerate and grow is set to take place on October 18 in Sligo. The “Future of Towns Summit 2017”, hosted by Bobby Kerr, brings together thought leaders in town regeneration, government departments, local authorities, tourism, business associations and community groups from right across the island of Ireland. Local Councillor Ann Norton, will be speaking at the summit and will outline how a collaborative working relationship between Clare County Council, elected members, businesses and the local community has guided the development of Ennis and its environs in terms of economic development, recreational and community requirements, as well as residential, retail, transport and infrastructural needs. The seminar will also be addressed by Ennis-based David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland.

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Council’s vision for Shannon challenged

THE county council has been asked to outline its vision for Shannon’s future, following the recent rejection of an application for planning permission by Aldi. There has been local anger at the rejection of the application, which people hoped would help revitalise the town and help towards giving it a conventional streetscape for the first time. At this week’s Shannon Municipal District meeting, Councillors Mike McKee and Gerry Flynn both put down motions regarding local development, while there was very widespread annoyance among the members regarding it. At Tuesday morning’s meeting, Councillor McKee said he had been amazed with the decision to give the Aldi proposal the thumbs down. “I was stunned with the reasons given and I couldn’t understand the logic,” the Sinn Féin representative said. He claimed that the development would have “taken away the stranglehold SkyCourt has on retail in Shannon”. Councillor McKee said that he hopes Aldi appeal. “I hope they appeal and are successful. For …

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New stamps mark Ploughing Championship

A brace of stamps released by An Post today (Thursday) celebrates Ireland’s National Ploughing Championships, which kick off in Tullamore next week. The €1 stamps, designed by Ger Garland, are accompanied by special stamp sheets and First Day Cover envelopes and are available at main post offices, the stamp counter at Dublin’s GPO or online at www.irishstamps.ie. Horsepower in both its forms serves to illustrate the ploughing championships. The first features Eamonn Tracey from Carlow, who has won seven consecutive national ploughing titles and two back-to-back world titles. Traditional, horse drawn ploughing, is represented by Kildare ploughmen, Godfrey Worrell and his son, Darren, with their Irish draught plough horses, Sally and Larry. While ploughing has been a feature of agricultural life competitive ploughing has a long and distinguished history. The first recorded ploughing match was held in Wexford in 1816 and the first inter-county ploughing contest took place in 1931. That event arose out of the friendly wager between Denis …

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Eimear’s 12 As in Junior Cert

NEWMARKET’S Eimear Kennedy was one of just four students in the country to get top marks in 12 Junior Cert subjects, including an A in Italian, having taught herself the language online. Principal of St Caimin’s in Shannon, Claire Knight said, “We had one of the highest achievers in the country, a student who got 12 As, Eimear Kennedy. The department were on this morning to inform us. She did Italian on her own through YouTube and got an A in it. She’s a totally self-motivated girl, involved in St Vincent De Paul and all the rest of it. She’s a really good all-rounder.” Ms Knight added, “She just said she was doing Italian on her own. I assumed she was getting a grind or whatever but she said, no, I’m doing it on my own using YouTube. I think she might have used Duolingo and a few of those things as well but did it herself and got the …

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Human bones unearthed in Ennis

Archaeologists have made the discovery of human bones at two locations on the south side of the historic core of Ennis, including just outside The Clare Champion offices. The remains were uncovered at Barrack Street and at the junction of Kilrush Road, Carmody Street and Market Street, with analysis showing that the bones came from at least 22 people, including 17 children. The Barrack Street site contained the remains of mostly adults, while the other site revealed the remains of mainly infants and children. The bones included those from a third-trimester foetus, eight infants aged from newborn to two-years-old and three juveniles aged between two and five-years-old. Ballinruan-based archaeological consultancy TVAS (Ireland) Ltd undertook the archaeological monitoring of the trenches for water pipes in the county town. Archaeologist Graham Hull explained that the bone was disarticulated, found as separate pieces not as complete skeletons, and was within a foot or two of the modern road surfaces. “The bone found in …

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Pinning a Blue Star on schools

REGISTRATION for the 2017-2018 Blue Star Programme for primary schools is now open. The programme is an education initiative for primary schools across Ireland. Its aim is to foster better understanding and knowledge of Europe and how the EU affects the lives of citizens among Irish primary pupils, through classroom projects and activities. Since the first year of the programme in 2011-2012, Clare has had 41 primary schools participate. Since then, the Blue Star Programme has had nearly 750 primary schools in total across the country participate. Primary schools pupils are challenged to get creative and think about Europe by carrying out projects in relation to four key elements: the history, geography, culture and creativity and institutions of the EU. The wider school community is also encouraged to get involved and contribute to the programme. Above all, the Blue Star Programme is designed to be as curriculum-friendly as possible for teachers, so it can fit in with lesson plans already in place. Schools can register before Friday, October 13. Participating schools will then be asked …

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EDEN judges to visit Scattery Island

SCATTERY Island will be visited by a panel of expert adjudicators next week, who will carry out an onsite assessment to determine the winner of this year’s EDEN (European Destination of Excellence) competition. The island is one of three Irish finalists for the prestigious award, along with the Ceide Coast, Mayo and The Norman Way Wexford. The theme of the 2017 EU-wide competition is Tangible Cultural Tourism. Tangible cultural assets can include features such as traditional historical or archaeological monuments/sites, industrial sites, museums, theatres, galleries, contemporary architectural sites and urban districts. Ian Lynch of Scattery Island Heritage and Development Group said, “We are delighted to be selected for this year’s EDEN Award shortlist. While it may be a surprise to many, locally we have long since recognised the unique and magical experience of Scattery Island. The Scattery Island Heritage and Development Group have worked hard over the last number of years with our partners in the OPW, Clare County Council …

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