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Charity run raises over €5,000 for Pieta House MidWest

OVER €5,000 has been raised for Pieta House MidWest thanks to the support of those who took part in UL Hospitals’ Group annual charity 5k run and walk. Over 200 people completed the course around Dooradoyle and Raheen, the majority of them hospital staff. Another 25 health workers completed a 5k in Nenagh to help raise funds for Pieta House, which offers counselling and other suicide and self-harm supports to people around the country. Speaking after presenting a cheque for over €5,000 to Pieta House, UL Hospitals CEO Colette Cowan said, “Our annual 5k is part of our Healthy Ireland strategy at UL Hospitals. Two of the pillars of this strategy are looking after your mental health and promoting physical activity for people of all abilities. We were delighted to be able to again support the great work that is being done locally by Pieta House for people in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary who are going through a mental health …

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Public consultation on proposed Shannon Town Park project

Members of the public and stakeholder groups interested in the proposed Shannon Town Park project are being asked for their input during a five-week period of public consultation. The €910,000 project will see the enhancement and incorporation of the existing town park woodland and the adjacent Rineanna Park into a flagship town park for the people of Shannon. A full design team, led by a Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, was appointed in late September to progress the design and planning phases of the project and Clare County Council anticipates that contractors could be on site in mid-2017, subject to statutory planning procedures and approval. Clare County Council is now asking members of the public for its input while the Local Authority is also planning to engage with various stakeholders, including schools, residents, locals and visitors to the area. A questionnaire will be made available in the Shannon Municipal District Office, Shannon Library and at Shannon Leisure Centre, while ideas …

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Bridge Complex transfer a ‘legal mess’

The controversial transfer of assets owned by one of the biggest community organisations in the county to a component group, without the approval or consultation with shareholders, has been described as a “legal mess”. Conflicting reports have emerged whether or not the assets owned by the Sixmilebridge and District Community Complex can be transferred to Bridge Kids Crèche. Councillor PJ Ryan, who is one of the largest shareholders, has questioned the transfer, describing it as a “legal mess”, while a special member, who didn’t wish to be named, has alleged the transfer is “illegal”. However, a spokesperson for the former complex committee, who have resigned en bloc, has insisted that this transfer is permitted under the rules of the society, as the assets are being invested in another charitable organisation. It has also emerged that a special member has submitted a letter to the Bridge Complex Society asking the “management committee to resign and any member of that committee employed …

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€50,000 star prize has been won in Clare

This week’s Prize Bond Star Prize of €50,000 has gone to someone in County Clare. The lucky Prize Bond number YX 406933 is held in County Clare and was bought in 2015. There were over 6,400 prizes awarded in this week’s Prize Bond Draw, amounting to over €380,000. In addition to a €1 million prize awarded on the last weekly draw of each quarter there are weekly draws where the top prize is €50,000. Other cash prizes awarded each week include 10 of €1,000, 10 of €500 and over 6,000 of €50. Prize Bonds are a State Savings product which, instead of paying interest, offers bond holders the chance to win cash prizes every week.  All winnings are tax-free, and Prize Bonds can be cashed in at any time after the minimum holding period of three months.  

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Chairty run raises over €5,000 for Pieta House

OVER €5,000 has been raised for Pieta House MidWest thanks to the support of those who took part in UL Hospitals’ Group annual charity 5k run and walk. Over 200 people completed the course around Dooradoyle and Raheen, the majority of them hospital staff. Another 25 health workers completed a 5k in Nenagh to help raise funds for Pieta House, which offers counselling and other suicide and self-harm supports to people around the country. Speaking after presenting a cheque for over €5,000 to Pieta House, UL Hospitals CEO Colette Cowan said, “Our annual 5k is part of our Healthy Ireland strategy at UL Hospitals. Two of the pillars of this strategy are looking after your mental health and promoting physical activity for people of all abilities. We were delighted to be able to again support the great work that is being done locally by Pieta House for people in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary who are going through a mental health …

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Shannondoc cuts are ‘deeply flawed’

The planned reduction in GP out-of-hours services in Clare has been condemned as “deeply flawed” by Deputy Timmy Dooley. Shannondoc’s Kilrush and Ennistymon service will close from Monday to Friday, relocating to Miltown Malbay, while the out-of-hours clinic will only open at weekends in Kilrush and Ennistymon. The Killaloe clinic will open during weekends only, on an as-needs basis, with a mobile doctor serving the centre. At weekends, the operating hours will change from 9am to 9pm to 2pm to 6pm, with patients to be seen in Limerick, Ennis and Nenagh centres outside of those hours. The changes to the Killaloe service will start next Monday while the timeframe for changes in West Clare is expected in the near future. The problems caused by the reduction in the number of centres from five to three were outlined by Deputy Dooley, during a special debate in Dáil Éireann. The Fianna Fáil Deputy said it is clear that the evidence upon which …

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Tuamgraney full value for water award

Tuamgraney Tidy Towns group took home the Irish Water Value Award in the Village category at the SuperValu Tidy Towns regional ceremony which took place in Ennis earlier this week. Irish Water has partnered with Tidy Towns for a second year to sponsor the Value Water Awards which are designed to lead the way in inspiring water conservation at a local level. The Value Water award is about raising awareness of the importance of mindful water consumption within communities and is about reconnecting communities with water, creating a greater understanding of where water comes from and where wastewater goes to. The community in Tuamgraney received the award for their project which focused on monitoring water usage in the area. The project began in 2014 when members of the local group water scheme started to monitor the water usage of 20 houses on a weekly basis using bulk readings. Weekly checks for leaks were also conducted. As a result, leaks were …

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Driver six times over drink driving limit drove wrong way on M18

A COUNTY Limerick woman has been put off the road for three years, having driven the incorrect way along the fast lane of the M18, while almost six times over the legal drink driving limit. Alexandra Kaninka of Bothar Buí, Ghleann Mhoir, Newcastle West, appeared before Ennis District Court, where she pleaded guilty to charges of drink driving and dangerous driving at Carrigoran and at Ballynacragga, Newmarket-on-Fergus, on March 6 last. Inspector Tom Kennedy, prosecuting, said the motorway has to be closed down to traffic after a number of calls were made to the 999 line of a car travelling the incorrect way along the fast lane of the M18. The court heard that the incident took place at 7.30pm. It was dark and cars had to take evasive action to avoid a collision with the defendant’s car. Garda Liam Reilly told the court that he met the defendant when he came upon her car parked to one side of …

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