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‘Bridge welcomes St Patrick

SIXMILEBRIDGE played host to an enthusiastically supported St Patrick’s Day Parade. Both young and old turned out in strength to show their appreciation for efforts which participants put into preparing their floats and marching units.

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The greening of Shannon Airport

TO add to the St Patrick’s Day Festivities, Shannon Airport went green. For a second year in a row the airport terminal building was illuminated in green, this year from Friday last  until Tuesday. “By greening our terminal building we wanted to create a sense of occasion for the St Patrick’s Day festivities. We are delighted to contribute to the national and international greening campaign which saw iconic landmarks all over the world, including the London Eye, Sydney Opera House and the Empire State Building, bathed in green. We wanted to ensure that visitors to our country during this special period had a great and memorable experience,” said Niall Maloney, airport operations director.

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Moving all over the world at Seamount College

By Nicola Corless EARTHQUAKES close to Ireland and around the world will now be registered at a second-level school in South Galway. A seismometer was recently donated to Seamount College in Kinvara and was unveiled last week in the newly built science laboratory. “The seismometer was donated to us by Kevin Cullen, who is the uncle of one of our teachers here. Ruth Cullen is a geography and Irish teacher and is from Ennis. Her uncle Kevin had the seismometer and it wasn’t in use so he donated it to the school,” explained Maighread Mhic Dhomhnaill, principal of Seamount College. “It is a fantastic addition to the school. As a former geography teacher I am very excited about having a seismometer in the school and it brings the subject very much alive to the students. It won’t just pick up earthquakes off the Irish coast, it will also pick up earthquakes taking place worldwide and will record these on the …

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A welcome Dane in Killaloe

By Dan Danaher THE lifesaving exploits of a Great Dane were honoured with a national award recently. Charlie’s ability to detect when Brianna Lynch (3) is going to have a seizure, has been officially recognised by the Irish Great Dane Club (IGDC) Club. This makes him a welcome member of the Killaloe/Ballina community, where Brian Boru once reigned. There were up to 30 of the giant breed shown at the club’s open show annual event in Cloghran, Dublin. Brianna and Charlie were due to attend with Arabella but due to Brianna’s ill heath they could not do so. Brianna’s sister, Rose came to the event and received the award on their behalf. The award was presented by the IGDC president, Mary U Nolan and by the IKC president, Sean Delmar. Clare Ryan, who is a member of the IGDC, said she was incredibly proud to have bred Charlie and for his super temperament to be making such a difference. Ms …

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€5,000 good reasons to study science

SHANNON pharmacist, Séadn Hillery of has called for more incentives to study sciences at third level. Mr Hillery said that there is a need to encourage young people to pursue careers in the sciences and that’s why he and his pharmacist wife, Valerie Normoyle, from Ennis, initiated the annual €5,000 scholarship programme. The bursary will be expended over the duration of undergraduate studies and students are required to pass college exams each year. Valerie Normoyle “It is important for us to encourage and support participation in the study of science and to dispel beliefs that science is either too difficult or points in science subjects are too hard to achieve. Science is a universal qualification. It opens up many opportunities for students and has a practical application in the real world.” Mr Hillery suggested that increased incentives to study the sciences at third level would address a shortfall in sought after science skills, slow down the brain drain and aid …

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CBS pupils launch The Scribbler

STOP the press. Ennis’ newest newspaper is preparing for its next edition, though the staff may be a little younger than expected. Sixth class students of CBS Primary School are busy working on their Easter edition of The Scribbler, their new school newspaper. The publication is certainly proving to be popular, with the last edition selling out its 600 copy print run with a smaller reprint required. The newspaper is just one part of the school’s ambitious e-learning plan which will see a host of technological innovations launched over the next two years. There are 15 students involved in the paper, covering every aspect of newspaper production including journalists, typesetters, photographers, editors and press relations. Just recently the budding news hounds visited The Clare Champion where they got a first hand look at the newspaper industry. An edition of The Scribbler is released every term, with the students charging €1 a copy and profits from the paper are put back …

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New School on the way for Tulla

By CAROL BYRNE CLARE County Council has given the green light for the development of a new secondary school building in Tulla, subject to 11 planning conditions. The Board of Management of St Josephs Secondary School in Tulla applied for the planning permission, which will see the construction of a new two storey 650 pupil post primary school building in the East Clare village. The development comprises of a building with 26 specialist classrooms, 10 general classrooms, a P.E Hall, general purpose hall, kitchenette and servery, offices, staff areas, two class base special needs unit, sanitary and ancillary accommodation. The works also include the demolition of an existing derelict farm compound. Proposed site works were also to include the provision of 48 car parking spaces including accessible parking via new proposed vehicular in-out access from R462 public road including pedestrian access and drop-off and pick-up facilities. External works include covered bicycle racks, five ball courts, GAA playing pitch, SNU play …

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All good friends in Caimin’s

ST Caimin’s Community,  School recently held a Friendship Week aimed at promoting positive relationships between students and tackling bullying. The approach adopted was for LC1 students to give presentations to junior cycle students. The older students reminded the younger ones to speak out about situations before they escalate and they offered advice on how to deal with bullying and its effects. Other activities during the week included a ‘Thought of the Day’ which was communicated over the school’s intercom. The objective of this was to give students a positive thought to keep their spirits up during the day. During the week LC1 students were visited by Colm Fagan from Aware. Colm spoke to students about how to recognise anxiety and about how to cope with it effectively. Posters, created by the students, were displayed around St Caimin’s to remind them to be aware of the support systems available in the school. There was positive feedback from both staff and students …

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