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Community vehicle needs continuing support

ONE year since its launch, the Clare Red Cross’ multi-purpose community support vehicle is busy bringing people to hospitals all over Ireland. The vehicle, which is based at the Clare Red Cross branch, Tracklands Business Park in Ennis, was bought following a major fundraising campaign. However, raising the cost of purchasing the vehicle is not the end for the Clare Red Cross, who are now appealing for support to allow the service to continue for free to the people of Clare. Treasurer James Lafferty explained, “This multi-purpose community support vehicle was purchased with the support from local businesses, shops, schools and the general public throughout County Clare from 2012 to 2016. Some funding was also received from the National Lottery. “The vehicle has been supporting the people of County Clare, travelling to medical appointments in all major hospitals in Ireland. This work is carried out, free of charge, for all our clients in Clare. “The vehicle is crewed by Irish …

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A trip down Marian Avenue

RESIDENTS of Marian Avenue, both past and present, will gather next week for the launch of a new book exploring the history of both the estate and its people. Next Thursday night at 8.30pm in The Old Ground Hotel, Mayor of Ennis Paul Murphy will launch Marian Avenue 1956-2017 – A Social, Sporting and Photographic History by Ollie Byrnes, in association with Clare Roots Society. The launch will be preceded by a mass of remembrance for deceased residents of the area at the cathedral at 7.30pm. The book, which took three years to complete, traces the 61 years of growth of Marian Avenue, which was the replacement development, after the demolition of the Old Boreen. While celebrating the past, the book records the wider area of the northern side of Ennis over the Club Bridge. Using information available publicly and from many interviews, Ollie traces the 130 families associated with the 64 homes in the estate. Marian Avenue is woven …

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Celebrating on the double at Milford

THIS year marks the 40th anniversary of hospice care at Milford Care Centre in Limerick, pioneered by the Little Company of Mary (LCM) Order, which is celebrating its 140th anniversary. Both milestones are recorded in a newly-published book, A Journey of Hope, written by Lahinch woman Sr Brigid Finucane, one of the three pioneering sisters, who worked in the original hospice in Milford in 1964. The book chronicles the history of the order, including Mary Potter’s radical social and caring work in difficult economic circumstances in 19th-century Victorian Britain. It also records the order’s arrival in Ireland to St John’s Hospital, Limerick, in 1888. “Its publication was partly prompted by the many enquiries received from the public over the years about the history and heritage of Milford House,” explained Sr Brigid, who is now mission coordinator at Milford Care Centre. Founded by the Venerable Mary Potter in a disused stocking factory in Hyson Green, Nottingham, England in 1877, the LCM Order first …

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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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