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Clare Association honours Davy and Fr Harry

FURTHER honours are on the way for Clare hurling manager, Davy Fitzgerald, who has been selected as the Clare Person of the Year for 2014 by the Clare Association in Dublin . He will be presented with his award at the association’s annual dinner next month in The Clyde Court Hotel, the venue also used by the Clare team for their post-match celebrations after winning the All-Ireland senior hurling replay. Well-known sociologist and Sixmilebridge parish priest, Fr Harry Bohan, who is prominently linked with Clare hurling, will receive the association’s Hall of Fame Award for 2014 at the same function. The latest personalities to be honoured by the Clare Association were named by Liam O’ Looney, chairman, at a function to launch the association’s annual yearbook in the Addison Hotel, Dublin on Tuesday night. He said that they were delighted to honour Davy Fitzgerald, who with his players and management, made it another special year for Clare. As well as …

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Samaritans launch new number

A NEW free to caller number for the Samaritans was launched this week at the Clare branch in Ennis. The number, 116123, is being trialled in Clare and a few other areas around the country before being rolled out nationwide next year. Mayor of Clare Joe Arkins and Mayor of Ennis Mary Coote Ryan joined Samaritan volunteers for the launch. Angharad Harding, director of the Clare and Ennis branch, said; “This is a very welcome initiative for Clare. Our experience has been that the worry of the cost of phone calls prevents people in distress from calling Samaritans. Many of the people who contact us are not suicidal, but may be struggling to cope with their problems and our volunteers provide a safe space for them to talk. “Despite the strong public response to our existing number, it is still not as widely known as we would like it to be. 116 123 is an easy number to remember and …

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Community Christmas dinner in Gort

THE fifth annual community Christmas Day Dinner will be held in Gort on December 25. Anyone who is on their own and would like some company on Christmas day is invited to come along. Organisers are also seeking volunteers to help out on the day and donations to support the event. “I originally started the community/family dinner when I myself was alone at Christmas, and wished I wasn’t. The feeling of family/community is very important, so that it doesn’t feel like an organised event, rather a friendly gathering every Christmas. I have people who have attended every single year. I am now married, but still feel strongly about continuing the dinner, as I feel there is a great need for such events. People don’t realise how many people are alone and lonely out there. You may be homeless and sleeping in a car, you could be a retired couple who haven’t the strength to cook and nowhere to go, a …

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Charity begins in court as poor box funds donated

A TOTAL of 24 local charities are to benefit from the proceeds of the 2013 district court poor box, which added up to €31,450. Twelve charities that did not benefit from the court poor box last year received donations this year. Clare’s District Court Judge Patrick Durcan recently assigned the funds to the relevant charities and they receive their cheques in the coming days. The charity to benefit most from this year’s poor box donations is Kilrush St Vincent De Paul, which has received €6,000, with St Vincent De Paul in Ennis benefiting receiving the second highest donation of €4,000. Three charities benefited to the tune of €2,000 each; East Clare Outreach Programme, Clare Youth Service and Cahercalla Hospice. Donations of €1,000 were made to Ciúnas Centre, Feakle; District Day Care Centre, Clarecastle; Enable Ireland, Ennis; Accord, Ennis; Tuamgraney Handball Club; Clare Crusaders; Poor Clares, Ennis; The Samaritans, Ennis; ClareCare; Clare Haven Refuge; Pieta House; Shannon Flyers (Special Olympics Club); …

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Critical east-west imbalance tackled

SHANNON Chamber has warned that the growing east west imbalance in tourism will continue unless actions are taken to redress the issue. Responding to a specific set of questions raised by the Government in its Tourism Policy Issues Paper, Shannon Chamber also recommended that tourism be treated as a defined sectoral activity, in terms of economic performance and value to the economy, in the same way as other sectors are recognised. “This may require collaboration between government departments who are supporting parts of the sector, but not regarded as mainstream providers. A Tourism Satellite Account, which will monitor and provide statistics on how tourism impacts the economy, would be an essential first step in this direction,” said the chamber’s chief executive Helen Downes. “Ireland is an island economy so we have to view it from a tourist’s perspective to maximise its performance. Visitors come to see multiple products in a single destination; getting them to move east west and west-east …

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“Get out, stay out” for house fire

WITH Christmas being a high-risk period for fires and accidents in the home, Clare County Fire and Rescue Service have issued a warning in respect of safety measures. In the event of a fire in your home, Clare Chief Fire Officer, Adrian Kelly has warned, “Get out, stay out and call the fire brigade out”.  The fire service can be contacted by dialling 999/112. The annual campaign comes as the Fire Service confirmed that brigades throughout Clare were mobilised to 44 incidents during the 2012 Christmas period, representing a third successive drop in festive fire callouts since 2009. The call-out figures for the period December 20, 2012 to January 3, 2013 were less than those recorded during the corresponding periods in 2009, 2010 and 2011 when the fire service was mobilised to 81, 64 and 48 incidents respectively. The majority of emergency call-outs were attended by Ennis Fire Brigade with 20, followed by Shannon at 13, Killaloe with three, Ennistymon …

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Discussion on work of International Criminal Court

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade meets today with Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC), to discuss the work of the court. The ICC opened its doors in July 2002 to try those accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Chairman of the Committee Clare TD Pat Breen says, “The International Criminal Court was established with the purpose of ensuring that the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole do not go unpunished. Ireland is a strong supporter of the International Criminal Court and was among the first 50 states to sign the Rome Statute, which governs the running of the Court. “. The Court is a relatively young international institution which requires political and diplomatic support to ensure its effective functioning. Following an outline of the work of her Office, Committee Members will have an opportunity to consider the achievements of the ICC in its …

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Remedial works to redress odour nuisance in Shannon

CLARE County Council is to commence interim remedial works at the Tradaree Point wastewater treatment plant in Shannon this weekend. The desludging of the plant is aimed at reducing sewage-related odours emanating from the facility. The works will continue next week and into the early weeks of 2014. “Clare County Council wishes to alert residents, on a precautionary basis, that odours may be generated during the desludging operation because of the nature of the operation itself,” explained a Council spokesperson. “Tanks will have to be drained down in sequence, and this may expose solid materials gathered on the floors of the tanks which may be a source of odour while they are being removed. However, even though the operation may cause odours in itself, the overall purpose of the operation is to alleviate odours in the longer term.” “The Council has also secured aeration equipment to blow additional air into the tanks once they are desludged and refilled in sequence. …

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