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First day of school approaching

WITH September approaching fast, thoughts are now turning to the first day at school.A free leaflet to support Clare parents with children starting primary school entitled Going to Big School has been published online by Early Childhood Ireland and the National Parents Council Primary (NPC).

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Flood of enhancement for built heritage in Ennis

In May 2013 the county Architectural Conservation Officer, Risteard UaCróinín recently discovered the remains of a 16th century tower house across the river from the Rowan Tree Hostel, while surveying the area of phase two of the Ennis Flood Relief Scheme.

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Clare Civil Defence test their mettle

MEMBERS of Clare Civil Defence have participated in a largescale drill (pictured) focusing on further improving responses to major emergencies, search and recovery, environmental issues, stewarding, flooding problems and forest fires.

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Leisure centre wins disability award

Active Ennis Leisure Complex has been presented with the prestigious White Flag Award for Disability Provision.

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Pushing out the boat for Ballyalla Blue Flag

A working group is literally pushing out the boat to achieve Blue Flag status for the popular bathing and recreational amenity at Ballyalla Lake, on the outskirts of the town.

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The week in pictures

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Margo remembered at Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

THE mid-summer sunshine beating down on Tullabrack West, just off the Cooraclare-Kilrush Road, partly concealed the sense of loss pervasive in the Wilson-Pierce household. The throng of people, young and old, who had navigated the narrow boreen leading to the family home indicated that all was well. However, Mark Wilson-Pierce would have infinitely preferred if the anniversary gathering at Rathlir Farm had not been taking place at all. Almost 12 months ago, Mark lost his wife Margo (née Wilson) to cancer, leaving him widowed and seven-year-old Síofra and five-year-old Phoebe without their mother.“Monday (June 10) would have been the 10th wedding anniversary for myself and Margo. She passed away last July, having struggled hard to fight against ovarian cancer. It was found very late and there was unfortunately no hope,” Mark told The Clare Champion on Saturday, momentarily removed from the teeming crowd celebrating Margo’s life and raising money for the West Clare Cancer Centre in Kilkee.Margo, who was a …

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Carers gain experience from EU project

A GROUP of 12 carers from all over the county have been presented with certificates recognising their participation in a European Commission-funded training course specialising in enhancing carer skills and competencies.Ennis-based Caring for Carers Ireland provided the caring skills and competencies training as one of six EU partners involved in the Leonardo da Vinci (Transfer of Innovation) Project KEYFORA, a two-year project focusing on education and training for family carers, professional care workers and migrant care workers.Among those to receive certificates at a ceremony in the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis recently were Breda Connaughton, (Newmarket); Theresa Curtin (Crusheen); Caroline Davoren, (Kilmihil); Seyi Ejidem (Ennis); Teresa Hickey (Feakle); Teresa Hogan (Ennis); Cora Long (Scariff); Margaret Scanlon (Cranny); Kitty Ward (Cratloe); Godfrey Odiase (Ennis); Mary B Vaughan (O’Callaghan’s Mills) and Breda White (Ennis).Commenting on the initiative, Brigid Barron, KEYFORA project manager, Caring for Carers Ireland explained, “The lack of key competencies is recognised as one of the main challenges to the …

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