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Clare ‘poorly served’ by tourism industry

Clare is being “poorly served” by the tourism industry, according to Kilkee-based business man and tourism consultant Cillian Murphy, while he believes the county should strive to attract fewer tourists but more bed nights. Mr Murphy has also suggested that the county is not benefiting sufficiently from the more than one million annual visitors to the Cliffs of Moher, with thousands of tourists arriving on a tour bus and then leaving after their visit without spending a bob. The former chairman of Loop Head Tourism believes Clare should not try to increase visitor numbers but should seek to provide more accommodation options across the county. “We do not necessarily need to attract more visitors. The marketing of Clare has been exceptional and has delivered ever-increasing numbers of visitors over the past 20 years. Our problem is we are not reaping the rewards in terms of the local economic benefits in our rural and coastal economies, such as local job opportunities. …

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Workers raise funds for Mid West Cancer Foundation

Employees at Cook Medical, a leading MedTech company based in Limerick, have raised €32,500 in aid of the Mid-West Cancer Foundation, who are established in Clare. Cook Medical hosted ‘The KUBE’ charity event that saw staff battle it out for a great cause. Angela Moloney, Finance Director at Cook Medical, explained the importance of charity fundraising at Cook Medical and why Mid-West Cancer Foundation was close to their hearts. “The Cook Medical team is extremely proud to make this donation. Knowing we are making a difference to help local cancer patients and their families is very important to us as a team. “It’s a sad reality that cancer is a disease which unfortunately affects many of us either personally or through its impact on family and friends. Through this donation and our everyday work, we’re delighted to do what we can to support the Mid-West Cancer Foundation,” she said. “At Cook Medical, we work closely with healthcare professionals to create …

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Element Six staff on their bikes for charity

Element Six staff are set to get on their bikes to raise funds for a charity that has provided valuable support to a child of a worker at the Shannon based multi-national’s plant. Members of staff will take on a 50km cycle in south east Clare as a ‘thank you’ to Cliona’s Foundation for its support for two year old Fionna Barry, who has spent most of his young life in hospital being treated for Infantile Spasms – a debilitating and life limiting illness that requires 24hour care. Fionn’s father Trevor Barry works at Element 6 and staff have chosen Cliona’s Foundation as its designated charity for the year to give something back to the Limerick based organisation for its support for the two year old. Fionn was diagnosed with the illness when he was just six months old and is unable to walk, stand or even sit unaided. He has also speech challenges and is visually impaired. The cycle …

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Councillor Tom McNamara maintains Clare has taken one of the biggest hits nationally in Leader funding.

Council opens Book of Condolence

  Clare County Council has opened a Book of Condolence at Áras Contae an Chláir in Ennis in solidarity with the people of Spain and in memory of the victims of the terror attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. Members of the public are invited to sign the Book at Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, County Clare, during office hours  of 9am to 5pm, Monday toFriday. Once closed, the Book will be delivered to the Spanish embassy in Dublin. “On behalf of Clare County Council and the people of Clare, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and the people of Spain at this difficult time,” said Councillor. Tom McNamara, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council. Pat Dowling, Chief Executive of Clare County Council, commented, “By opening this Book of Condolence, Clare County Council is giving the people of Clare the …

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What now for Ennis after the Fleadh?

AS Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann departs Ennis for Drogheda in 2018, plans are already underway to see what large-scale events will follow after the county town proved itself on the national stage. Ennis Chamber president William Cahir said he has already been involved in two meetings this week, looking towards building on the success of the Fleadh. “What we have shown is that we can host large-scale events. Clare County Council put in a major investment with Irish Water by tapping into the main sewers around the town so that the facilities are all in place. So we are now open to business for large-scale events,” he said. As to what that event or events may be, Mr Cahir said “we are the authors of our own destiny but we are certainly going to make sure we find something that is suitable for the town”. He said businesses are eager to continue this momentum, by either establishing a new event …

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‘Positive’ outlook at Shannon’s Atlantic Aviation

IN examinership a few years ago, new accounts filed for Atlantic Aviation show it had a very successful 2016. The director’s report for the year states, “Since its successful exit from an examinership process in April 2015, the directors have focused on stabilising the business by growing the revenue line, improving efficiencies and reducing the cost base and continue to do so throughout 2017. “The directors are satisfied with the profitable results for the year and the outlook is positive. A number of managerial changes have taken place and the team has been strengthened in operations, marketing and HR to provide a platform for ongoing profitable growth. The company continues to produce highly-skilled staff through its in-house training academy.” The company claims that retaining its staff is very important. “A key driver in the business is the retention of staff and the directors/management are endeavouring to make Atlantic Aviation Group a better place to work in the long-term. “A ‘focus …

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Friends of Ghana to benefit from hospital run

Staff at University Hospital Limerick and across UL Hospitals Group, including Ennis, are getting ready to hit the road for their annual charity 5k. This year their efforts will benefit Friends of Ghana. The event, on Friday, August 25, will see staff of all abilities taking part in the 5k run and walk around the Dooradoyle – Raheen area of Limerick City which, now in its third year, has become an annual event at UHL. This year, the event is in aid of the Friends of Ghana , an NGO formed last year by UL Hospitals Group and its academic partner the University of Limerick to deliver medical training programmes in the remote Upper West Region of Ghana. A team from UL Hospitals Group and UL visited Ghana recently to deliver a programme in pre-hospital emergency care to 80 health workers in the Region and further programmes are planned. Promoting exercise in the workplace is part of UL Hospital Group’s …

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Missionvale volunteers to launch ’30k for 30 years’ fundraiser

THIRTY years after Lissycasey native, Sr Ethel Normoyle established the Missionvale Care Centre in South Africa, volunteers who have worked on the project, which helps the destitute, are to come together for a special fundraising initiative. On Saturday, volunteers, the majority of whom are from Clare, will gather in the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis to launch the fundraiser ‘30k for 30 Years’, a campaign in which they have set themselves a target of raising €30,000. Missionvale Care Centre, which was founded by Sr Ethel in 1988, is a non-profit organisation operating in the township of Missionvale in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Since its origin, operating from under a tree, Sr Ethel has grown the care centre into a facility that provides love and care for the poor and destitute. The care centre offers basic necessities to the estimated 25,000 residents of the Missionvale Township, including food, clothing, heathcare and education. The Missionvale Ireland charity was subsequently established in 2008 …

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