Home » News (page 62)

News

Body of Maria Hennigar identified

Remains found in Galway Bay last week are those of a missing North Clare resident, Maria Hennigar, gardaí have confirmed. 35-year-old Ms Hennigar was reported missing on November 22 although she hadn’t been seen since early November. Family and friends of Ms Hennigar had been searching large areas of north Clare despite having no indication where Maria was or if she was actually missing.Hundreds of people joined the searches which also involved the Irish Coast Guard, Clare Civil Defence and gardaí. When part of a body was discovered in the sea near Kilcolgan on November 29, Ms Hennigan’s family was informed and DNA samples were taken so they be could compared to those taken from the body. Maria’s family have thanked the Gardaí and volunteers search teams for their efforts in the search. Today (Friday), her sister, Amanda Hennigar posted of Facebook, “Sadly, we confirm the passing of our sister Maria. We wish to express our sincerest gratitude and appreciation …

Read More »

Ballyvaughan skeleton identified as male

Investigations into the skeletal remains of a teenage boy discovered in a cave outside Ballyvaughan five years ago have shed new light on the life and death. A human skull discovered by cavers in the Burren in 2011 prompted a rescue archaeological excavation funded by the National Monuments Service of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The full scientific investigations of the skeleton have just been published revealing incredible details about the youth, who died in the 16th or 17th century. At the time of excavation, the small size of the skeleton led the team to think it was of a child. However, subsequent analysis of the teeth in particular revealed the remains belonged to someone who had died aged 14 to 16 years old. There was evidence of stunted growth, almost certainly a result of malnutrition and hunger. The adolescent measured 4 ft. 1 inch in height – the equivalent of an average eight year old child …

Read More »

Two car dealerships settle with Revenue

TWO car dealerships in Miltown Malbay have reached settlements with Revenue for more than €127,000. Derek Considine Car Sales Limited reached a settlement of €73,428.25, for under declaration of VAT in a Revenue audit case. The break down of the settlement was €49,122 in tax, €9,569.65 in interest and €14,736.60 in penalties. Mark Maguire Motors Ltd, of Ennis Road, Miltown Malbay made a settlement for €53,791, also in a Revenue audit case and for under declaration of VAT. The settlement comprised €38,656.68 in tax, €3,537.32 in interest and €11,597 in penalties. Tasawar Hussain, a service station and shop operator of Mughal Service Station at Larkin’s Cross in Parteen, made a settlement for €76,628.54 for under declaration of VAT and income tax. The settlement was for €50,971.70 in tax, €10,365.32 and €15,291.52 in penalties. Also included in Revenue’s latest list of tax defaulters is Anthony O’Sullivan of 13 Cronan Gardens in Shannon. Involved in TV and satellite installation, he was fined …

Read More »

Posthumous Clare Association award for coast guard volunteer

THE tragic sea accident off Kilkee last September, which claimed the life of Doolin Irish Coast Guard volunteer Caitríona Lucas during a search and recovery operation, will be recalled at The Clare Association dinner in The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon on Friday, February 25. In recognition of her bravery and making the ultimate sacrifice, the association will be giving her a posthumous award by naming her its Clare Person of the Year for 2017. The 41-year-old Ballyvaughan woman, who lived in Liscannor, lost her life when she was one of three volunteers on board a rigid inflatable boat, which capsized in choppy conditions while taking part in the search for a missing man. The two other volunteers, one of whom was trapped in a cave for several hours, were rescued. The Clare Association usually holds its annual function at a Dublin venue but due to the special circumstances surrounding this year’s award, the decision was made to facilitate the North Clare …

Read More »

Tánaiste hosts Missing Persons’ Day

The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, hosts Ireland’s fourth annual Missing Persons’ Day ceremony at Farmleigh in Dublin today (Wednesday). Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton will also be in attendance. Missing Persons Day complements the existing International Missing Children’s Day and has a number of objectives. It commemorates those who have gone missing and recognises the lasting trauma for their families and friends. It draws attention to open or unsolved missing persons cases and creates an opportunity to provide information on the support services which are available. Along with the Tánaiste and Deputy Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin, speakers at this year’s ceremony will include family members of missing persons. The ceremony will be attended by families and friends of missing persons, as well as by organisations working in the community on their behalf. The ceremony will conclude outdoors with the symbolic release of homing pigeons and the laying …

Read More »

Greater support for energy projects

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced a €30 million programme in grant supports for community energy projects next year. This represents a 50% increase in funding from the 2016 grant levels. SEAI’s Better Energy Communities programme supports new approaches to achieving high quality improvements in energy efficiency. The programme focusses on improving the energy efficiency of Ireland’s building stock and supporting the use of renewable energy. It helps communities complete energy improvements in a more efficient and cost effective way by clustering buildings under one umbrella project. Over the past five years SEAI has provided €85 million support to 300 community energy efficiency projects. As a result, €170 million has been invested in energy efficiency upgrades of over 15,000 homes and hundreds of community, private and public buildings, supporting several hundred jobs each year.

Read More »

Embracing the Christmas spirit

The annual Embrace Christmas Concert, a talent showcase for performers, singers and musicians from St Anne’s School, The Dulick Centre, Kilrush Day Hospital, Brothers of Charity, Enable Ireland and The Ennis Arch Club, takes place on this Wednesday. The free event,from 12.30pm to 2pm, at Cois na hAbhna in Ennis, will feature participants in the Embrace Arts & Disability programme. The initiative was established by Clare County Arts Office in 2001 to enable people with disabilities to experience the arts in a variety of art forms through working with professional artists.

Read More »

Christmas fire risk warning

Clare County Fire and Rescue Service has issued an appeal to the public to remain fire safety aware over the Christmas period. The fire service says the main causes of fire during the festive season are candles left unprotected, fairy lights left on all night or improperly wired, Christmas trees falling over, open fires without fireguards, and decorations catching fire. Clare chief fire officer Adrian Kelly says people should familiarise themselves with the fire safety advice available on www.clarecoco.ie and www.fireireland.ie. He added, “Christmas is a time for celebrating with families but it also is a time when extra fire hazards appear such as fairy lights, candles, open fires and decorations. I encourage householders across Clare to think about fire safety ahead of and during the Christmas period to avoid the risk of their Christmas being ruined.” “Open fires are used for longer periods during the winter and Christmas period as people spend a lot more time at home. Electrical …

Read More »