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Flan recalls Orange parade in new book

ON Wednesday next in The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon at 6pm, Flan Garvey, who served on Clare County Council from 1985 to 2009, will launch his self penned book, Inside Minds North and South. The book depicts his role in initiating the twinning of Clare County Council with Newry and Mourne District Council in 1988. Mr Garvey recalled a talk he gave to the twinning group in Ennistymon to mark the 21st anniversary. “I said imagine a man like me, a teacher, giving examples to others, sitting down watching television and being delighted when I saw that British soldiers had been killed. That’s kind of unforgivable and I thank God I got time to get forgiveness. “A great friend, Tom McLean said to me afterwards that he was thinking exactly the same from the opposite side. ‘We were both wrong, Flan’,” he said, and we shook hands. The retired school principal vividly recalls attending a July 12 Orange Order parade in …

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€1.5m fror 58 local projects

FIFTY-EIGHT sport facilities and projects across Clare will receive funding of almost €1.5m under the Sport Capital Programme. A total of 20 GAA and camogie clubs have been allocated funding, including Kilmurry Ibrickane GAA (€85,000), Smith O’Brien’s GAA (€79,000), Clarecastle GAA (€73,000), Sixmilebridge GAA (€71,000), Kilmaley GAA (€64,000), Clondegad GAA (€59,500), Clonlara GAA (€54,000), Éire Óg (€53,000), Inagh-Kilnamona GAA (€50,000), Ballyea GAA (€46,000), Bodyke GAA (€33,500), Newmarket-on-Fergus GAA (€31,500), Clooney-Quin GAA (€26,500), Ruan GAA (€21,500) and Killenana GAA (€21,000). The Clarecastle funding is towards the provision of female dressing rooms. Other significant funding includes €85,000 for Kilmurry-Ibrickane Community Centre Committee Ltd; €42,500 for Bridge United AFC; €26,500 for Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board; €26,000 for Ennistymon Parish Project Community Centre Ltd and €21,500 for Lough Derg FC. While a number of camogie clubs received funding, it was significantly less than what most GAA clubs were granted. Scariff-Ogonnelloe (€2,600), Kilmaley (€2,000), Corofin (€1,200) and Sixmilebridge (€850) were amongst the …

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Constitutional right to environmental protection

Ireland’s leading environmental coalition has welcomed the High Court’s recognition of environmental rights in the Irish Constitution. In a judgement today (Tuesday), Mr Justice Barrett recognised for the first time a constitutional right to environmental protection “that is consistent with the human dignity and well-being of citizens at large”. In his judgement, Mr Justice Barrett said that such a right “is an essential condition for the fulfilment of all human rights”. The Pillar – a coalition of 26 national environmental organisations – views the judgement as a significant step forward for citizens’ rights and represents a special moment in Irish judicial history. The Pillar has previously called for a referendum to give a constitutional right to environmental protection to the people of Ireland in its submission for the Citizens’ Assembly on climate change. Michael Ewing, coordinator of the Environmental Pillar, said,”This recognition of environmental rights in the Irish Constitution should encourage politicians to take real long-term action to tackle environmental …

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Safe Online Shopping campaign

An Garda Síochána in association with the Banking & Payments Federation of Ireland and Retail Excellence will launch the S.O.S. (Safe Online Shopping) campaign tomorrow (Tuesday). In advance of Cyber Monday, November 27, the public and retailers are reminded to shop and sell on line safely, making every effort to protect their financial and personal details. Sergeant Kelvin Courtney of the Garda Crime Prevention National Centre of Excellence said, “Cyber Monday and the run up to Christmas is a time when increased numbers of consumers go online to get the last minute deal. Shopping on line is safe so long as we use our credit/debit cards correctly. We are asking people to take greater precautions when shopping online then they would if purchasing in the shops.”

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‘Drug den’ near Shannon primary school

A LANE close to Wolfe Tones grounds and St Conaire’s National School is being used extensively by drug dealers, it has been claimed. The dealers apparently take advantage of poor visibility in the area to sell their products away from the gaze of the public. At this week’s meeting of Shannon Municipal District, Councillor Mike McKee raised the matter and called for steps to be taken to make the area less secluded. He told the meeting that, after a meeting with representatives of the GAA club some weeks ago, he had been told about the issue, which he says arises on a lane running from St Conaire’s close to the astroturf pitches at Wolfe Tones. “There is quite a bit of drug dealing at this pathway,” he alleged. “This is the largest primary school in Shannon and the largest sports club and it is being used as a drug den and for drug dealers,” he claimed. Councillor McKee said that …

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Fight for purchase of Our Lady’s continues

EFFORTS to have Clare County Council purchase Our Lady’s Hospital for future development are continuing, despite the council’s CEO effectively ruling out the proposal earlier this week. CEO Pat Dowling said that a feasibility study into the purchase of the site, which did not sell at auction last week, found it would be financially prohibitive. However, members of the Ennis Municipal District have voted in favour of formally requesting the CEO to buy the site, while Councillor Johnny Flynn has written to the CEO, asking him to reconsider the council’s position. At the meeting of Ennis Municipal District, a motion was proposed by both Councillor Flynn and Councillor Mary Howard, asking that the chief executive buy the site as an “Ennis strategic project”. Councillor Flynn said the Ennis site is the “best one in Clare” to fit in with national policy and avail of potential capital funding under the Government’s National Planning Framework Ireland 2040. The motion continued, “This strategic …

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DAA accused of scuppering new Shannon route

CLARE county councillor, James Breen has asked the boss of the Shannon Group to throw some light on a claim that the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) hindered efforts to establish a new flight between a province in China and Shannon Airport. Speaking at a Clare County Council meeting on Monday, Councillor Breen asked Shannon Group chief executive officer Matthew Thomas to confirm or deny whether the DAA had “scuppered” a new deal for a route to China. Councillor Breen said he was present in Shannon Airport in 2015, when a deal was signed in principle between representatives of Yunnan and Shannon Airport for new flights between the two destinations. Mr Thomas said he was not aware of any new deal being “scuppered” and pledged to get back to Councillor Breen with further information. Clare County Council has said that meetings that were held with Councillor Breen, elected members and local authority officials, as well as with the acting chief executive …

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Walsh to address Shannon Chamber

One of the most influential figures in world aviation, Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG) will visit Shannon next Friday to give the keynote address at Shannon Chamber’s President’s lunch in Dromoland Castle Hotel. The event is being supported by GECAS in recognition of its 50th year legacy in aviation finance. Shannon Chamber’s chief executive Helen Downes said they were delighted, after much perseverance, to have secured the head of one of the leading airlines in the world, parent company of Aer Lingus and British Airways, plus Iberia and Vueling, to address their annual luncheon. “It is most appropriate, given the concentration of aviation companies in Shannon, and the fact that AG’s strategies and ambitions are particularly relevant to Shannon, that he has chosen to visit us at this time. “This is an event which has been most welcomed by our members and we are looking forward to hearing Mr Walsh’s views on future developments and trends …

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