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Keeping safe around your pet

FOLLOWING on from the dog bite prevention article a few weeks ago, here are some tips for parents and dog owners to help keep children safe: THE three most important things to teach your children Some dogs don’t like hugs and kisses. Teach your children not to hug or kiss a dog on the face. Hugging the family dog or face-to-face contact are common causes of bites to the face. Instead, teach kids to scratch the dog on the chest or the side of the neck. Be a tree if a strange dog approaches. Tach children to stand still, like a tree. If children flap around, run or make squealing noises this can excite a dog even more. Trees are boring and the dog will eventually go away. This works for strange dogs and anytime the family dog gets too frisky or becomes aggressive. Never tease a dog and never disturb a dog that’s sleeping, eating or protecting something like …

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Ennis fails to break Sligo siege on fleadh

By Jessica Quinn ENNIS has yet again missed out on its chance to host Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, with next year’s event awarded to Sligo for the second year in-a-row at the weekend’s selection convention. Despite the disappointment, those behind Ennis’ bid have already set their sights on 2016, saying they are “very hopeful” that their “strong application” will bring success for the town and the county. Chairperson of the working group for the Ennis’ All Ireland Fleadh bid Micheál O’Riabhaigh acknowledged that while there is disappointment that Ennis did not get next year’s festival it was not unexpected. “It was always going to be hard to displace Sligo for a second year. 2014 is the first year for Sligo and there would have been an expectation that they would get it for the second year. It would have been surprising had we got it to be honest but we took the position of going for it as aggressively as …

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O’Connell Monument’s link to Crimean War

David Duggan ALMOST every town and city in Ireland has a recognisable symbol or emblem that best represents them. When you think of Dublin, you think of O’Connell Bridge or the GPO. When you think of Galway, you think of Eyre Square. The statue of Daniel O Connell, which stands high above Ennis on a pedestal, also became a trademark for the town and just like Belfast City Hall it was an established rallying point, which it has still remained up to the present day. The monument was constructed by William Carroll, a local builder and contractor, whose work can be seen thought town, which includes the Cathedral tower, the Franciscan Friary and several bridges which are still all in use today. The notion that nothing was ever built with out controversy is appropriate when discussing the construction of the O’Connell monument, which was completed fully in 1865. Prior to its construction, the courthouse was the trademark of the town …

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Grainne rallying round despite brain injury

AN Ennis rally co-driver has outlined her delight at having taken part in a 10k charity walk last weekend, just 18 months after a freak accident left her battling for her life. Grainne McEnery said completing Hurley Hoey walk was a massive confidence boost and compared it to “winning the lottery”. She never dreamed she would be capable of finishing two kilometres, having sustained a serious brain injury. “Finishing a 10km was like a dream come true. I walked it in one hour and 40 minutes. When I crossed the finish line I was emotional because it was like I won it. I never thought I would be able to do this. Acquired brain injury has given her a new insight of the challenges other people with disabilities face on a daily basis. Grainne was a passenger in a rally car driven by Mike Quinn from Kerry, which was leading going in the last stage at the Heartlands Rally in …

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US parade honour for Kilfenora woman

By Nicola Corless A KILFENORA woman was recently named Hartford Connecticut’s St Patrick’s Day Parade Person of the Year and will lead the parade alongside the Grand Marshall on Saturday. Dr Pauline Nagle Olsen was commended on the honour by the Governor of Connecticut, Dannel Malloy, and the Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, Nancy Wyman. Dr Nagle Olsen was also presented with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition by Congressman for Connecticut John B Larson at a ceremony to recognise her 40-years commitment to her community and her voluntary work, which has directly helped at least 30,000 of the city’s poorest inhabitants. Dr Olsen is a founder of Malta House of Care, a mobile clinic providing free medical care to the uninsured in the greater Hartford area. It is nearly 60 years since Pauline Nagle left her native North Clare, but despite making Farmington, Connecticut her home, she has returned many times over the years. Having studied at UCD and completed …

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Bunratty bid for National Diaspora Centre

CLARE County Council’s  bid for the National Diaspora Centre  to be established in the county is very positive and should be supported. That’s the view of Labour TD Michael McNamara, who said that the council, in partnership with Shannon Heritage, is heading into a national completion which will be hard fought. “There are many places in County Clare where the story of Irish emigration might be successfully told but the Bunratty option with the Castle, Folk Park and adjacent international airport will be a strong contender. “The National Diaspora Centre is nothing less than the creation of a major national institution which will present an epic and often tragic story. It must be authentic and respect the memory of many great people who set out from impoverished Ireland to make a new home in unknown lands. That requires a level of professionalism and empathy with the subject which is found, for example, at Ellis Island Immigration Centre in New York. …

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Ennis App on St Patrick’s Day

A 13-HOUR live broadcast of television and radio programmes from and about the town is planned for St Patrick’s Day in Ennis and it will go out to a worldwide audience. Live programmes start at 8am and all programmes broadcast will be available exclusively across the world on smart phones and tablets via the Ennis App or from the net at www.ennisapp.ie Television pictures are being taken by TV stations in The US, France and Germany and audio feeds are being supplied to radio stations who want to share in the festivities live from Ennis. Among those hosting programmes will be Ennis man, singer/songwriter, Mike Hanrahan, formerly of StocktonsWing; musician and raconteur, Pat Costello; internationally known journalist, columnist and spinner of great yarns, Cormac MacConnell; and well known Ennis-based freelance broadcaster, Ger Sweeney. Supported by Ennis Town Council, Ennis Chamber of Commerce and Promote Ennis, the initiative is partnering with a cross section of County Clare’s globally known attractions such …

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Shipwreck exploration off Spanish Point

A GROUP, Project San Marcus 2014 has been approved a dive, detection and survey licence to explore the  San Marcus, which was shipwrecked off Mutton Island in west Clare, during the arrival of the Spanish Armada to Ireland in 1588. The statutory approval was sanctioned on Wednesday by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. They oversee the National Monuments Act, which caters for building or vessels over 100 years old. Project San Marcus 2014 will work with INFORMAR in Galway on the project. The Integrated Mapping For the Sustainable Development of Ireland’s Marine Resource (INFOMAR) programme is a joint venture between the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Marine Institute. John Tracy, from Spanish Point, who is a PHD student at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, said that this weeks issuing of the licence is very significant. “The licencing is the critical thing. Over the past two years I’ve been working with a couple with of government agencies …

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