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Plans for new Knockanean school

PLANS for a new primary school in Knockanean, developed by the architects behind the state laboratory and other high-profile buildings, have been lodged with Clare County Council. The proposals put forward by the Office of Public Works for the new two-storey school are awaiting validation by the local authority to enable to planning process to commence. The development plans consist of a new two-storey primary school building with a gross floor area of approximately 2,535m², accommodation consisting of 16 classrooms, a general purpose room, a library/resource room and ancillary accommodation. The existing four-classroom block is to be incorporated into the new school plans. The proposal also includes the re-location of the existing gated vehicular entrance and a new gated vehicular and pedestrian entrance is proposed off the Knockanean Road boundary, serving 24 on-site car-parking spaces and associated set-down areas, pedestrian pathways together with two ball courts, play areas, a bin store, a bicycle shelter, three flagpoles, connection to existing foul drainage …

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Paedophile jailed for raping niece

A convicted paedophile has been jailed for seven years after he was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting his niece. The 81-year-old Clare man was found guilty by a Central Criminal Court jury last May of raping and indecently assaulting the child in August 1971 at a location in the county. The man, who cannot be identified to protect the anonymity of his victims, had denied the two charges. The man was jailed for four and a half years last year after conviction by another Central Criminal Court jury of 11 counts of indecently assaulting one daughter in Clare between January 1971 and December 1973 and a second daughterin 1980. Both girls were aged between 11 and 13 years old at the time. Garda Donal Corcoran told Martina Baxter BL, prosecuting, that the now 56-year-old victim later told gardaí she was 11 years old when she was first raped by the man. She said a woman took her out of …

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Clare Champion car sticker celebrates Fleadh

With Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016 in Ennis only a matter of weeks away, The Clare Champion has produced a car sticker to highlight the county’s rich traditional music heritage. “The Banner – home of traditional music”, is the catchphrase on the must-have car sticker, available free with this week’s Clare Champion on Thursday. Displaying this car stick will be an endorsement of your pride in the Fleadh returning to Clare after a long wait.

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€9m LEADER funding for Clare

Clare Local Action Group been approved almost €9 million in funding under the LEADER Programme 2020. The funding agreement signed by he Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys will support jobs and investment in Clare over the next four years. Funding of €250 million will be distributed to entrepreneurs and community groups throughout Ireland by the Local Action Groups, which are made up of public and private representatives. The LEADER programme funds projects under a diverse range of themes that include enterprise development, rural tourism, social inclusion and the environment. Minister Humphreys said, “The LEADER programme will deliver some €250 million into rural towns and villages right across the country over the next four years. By signing the funding agreements with Clare Local Action Group, we are unlocking €8,920,224.65 in vital funding for rural communities across Clare. “I know that communities across Clare are very eager to access this funding, for the benefit of local …

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Spay and neuter message in Ennis

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) members dressed as giant pink and blue “condoms” and holding signs that read, “Dogs and Cats Can’t Use Condoms: Spay and Neuter!” descended on Ennis today (Monday). Their message? Five homeless dogs are euthanised every day in Ireland, and the only way to manage the cat and dog overpopulation crisis is to have animal companions spayed or neutered. “Hundreds of thousands of unwanted cats and dogs suffer on the streets of Ireland every day, and most will never finding a loving home”, says PETA director Mimi Bekhechi. “Dogs and cats can’t wear condoms, so PETA is calling on guardians to take responsibility and spay or neuter their animal companions.” PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – notes that every year in Ireland, thousands of unwanted cats and dogs enter animal shelters, and many of them are euthanised because there simply aren’t …

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Supporting the arts in Clare

The Arts Council has awarded a total of €97,750 to help bring three high quality festivals to the people of Clare this year. The festivals include Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy and Ennis Street Arts Festival, which both took place last week, and music from Clare Memory Orchestra which takes place in late August. The festival funding is additional to the substantial monies that the council allocates every year to various arts events, artists and companies in Clare. The Arts Council issued the details as they launched ‘Arts On Your Doorstep’, a new public information campaign to help raise awareness of specific arts events in local communities. Part of the Arts Council’s public service remit is to deliver arts events to the regions, so that people all over the country can experience world class arts events on their doorstep. Director of the Arts Council, Orlaith McBride, said, “If you live in Malin Head or on the Ring of Kerry, you should …

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Dromoland Castle Holdings’ increased profits

DROMOLAND Castle Holdings Limited recorded increased profits in 2015, according to accounts filed with the Company’s Office. The accounts showed that the turnover of the business was €19,550,291, which was up by over €2.2 million on 2014. This left the company with a gross profit of just under €14.4 million, up from €12.62 million in 2014. Overall there is an operating profit of €1,449,266, which was up from €491,314. When taxation was taken to account there was an overall profit of €1,158,313 which was up from €213,445. According to its balance sheet there was €28,921,786 in fixed assets and current assets of €1,521,413. When current liabilities were taken into account there were net assets of just under €22.8 million. In a note to the financial statements, it outlines the activities of the company. “Dromoland Castle Holdings Limited owns and manages the operation of Dromoland Castle Hotel and Conference Centre and Dromoland Castle Golf Course and the Inn at Dromoland. Dromoland …

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Newmarket nun celebrates golden jubilee

The  Archbishop of Cardiff George Stack, led tributes to Clare born nun, Sister Mairéad Noonan, at a special mass in Wales recently to celebrate the 50th year of her religious profession. A native of Moohane, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Sr Mairéad is attached to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Annecy at LLantarnam Abbey, Cwmbran in South East Wales. The mass in Llantarnam Abbey  was attended by Sr Mairéad’s mother, Ellen and members of the Noonan family. A daughter of Ellen and the late Charles Noonan, Sr Mairéad attended Ballycar National Achool and Ennis Vocational School before becoming a member of the Sisters of St Joseph of Annecy in Llanternam Abbey. She then undertook teacher training in Newman College in the University of Birmingham after which she pursued a training course in psychotherapy .She is now an energy and  health practitioner in Llantarnam Abbey. A former Cistercian monastery, Llantarnam Abbey was also a depot for the American Army during World War II. In 1946 it …

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