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Olympic rower visits Children’s Ark

Staff at The Children’s Ark, University Hospital Limerick were delighted to welcome former colleague and Olympic rowing champion, Sinéad Jennings to the ward earlier this week. Sinéad was invited by Consultant Paediatrician Dr Michael Mahony to drop by and share her experiences in Rio this Summer, where she competed in the lightweight double sculls taking sixth place in the race. During 2013, Sinéad spent six months with the Children’s Ark, UHL as SHO (Senior House Officer) as part of her medical training to become a GP. A Letterkenny native, Sinéad lives in Limerick and is a member of St Michael’s Rowing Club on O’Callaghan Strand in the city.  She moved to Limerick after her marriage to Limerick’s two time Olympic rower Sam Lynch. They have three daughters Clodagh (5), Molly (3) and Hannah (2). Speaking about her SHO training at UHL, the Olympic rower said, “Working as an SHO was much harder than training to be an Olympic rower, but just …

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Body of fisherman recovered from Galway Bay

A multi-agency air and sea rescue operation was mounted in Galway Bay yesterday evening after a fisherman was reported missing. Following an intensive search the man was recovered from the water and removed to Galway University Hospital where he has since died. The Irish Coastguard was alerted at about half past three by a local fisherman who came across a local fishing boat with its engine running and no one on board, in an area south of Tawn Island off Maree, Oranmore, south of Galway Bay. Galway RNLI Lifeboat launched from Galway Docks and were joined by the Aran Island All weather RNLI Lifeboat, the Irish Coastguard Helicopter from Shannon and the Casla Bay Coastguard Lifeboat. Within an hour they were joined in the search by nine local fishing boats from across the bay. The Aran Islands RNLI Lifeboat recovered the casualty about one mile west of Blackrock, off Salthill, and proceeded to Galway Harbour where the emergency services were …

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Element Six workers serve notice of strike action

SIPTU members in Element Six in Shannon have served management with notice of a 24-hour work stoppage which will begin on Wednesday, September 21 at 6.30am. SIPTU Organiser, Ray Mitchell, said: “Last month, our members voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action in response to the failure of management to fully implement a Labour Court recommendation in relation to changes of work practices and shift patterns at the industrial diamond manufacturing plant. “Since then, there has been no attempt by management to engage with our members to discuss the issues that have resulted in this dispute. SIPTU representatives remain available to meet with management to engage in serious negotiations to find a solution to the outstanding issues.” He added: “If management was to engage in negotiations with our members that were really aimed at finding a resolution to the issues in dispute, the upcoming action could yet be averted. It is now up to management to show its willingness to focus …

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Clare Youth Theatre returns to glór

Clare Youth Theatre (CYT), an initiative of the Arts Office of Clare County Council, returns to glór this year for a series of weekly workshops. Open to all young people who are in secondary school, CYT meet every Saturday afternoon and delivers a programme that includes acting, devising, writing and technical skills for theatre. With over 25 members currently from all over Clare, CYT offers teenagers a chance to meet and create with like-minded young people. “Over the years we have seen firm friendships forged at the youth theatre,” according to Siobhán Mulcahy, Clare County Council Arts Officer. She continued, “The development of theatre skills is primarily what we do but the holistic benefits of team building, self confidence and addressing issues relevant to young people in a safe environment is what differentiates the youth theatre from other drama groups.” Led by Eleanor Feely and Clare Townsend, the group engages in community events, pop up performances and productions throughout the …

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Council replaces bridge destroyed by storm

Work to replace a West Clare bridge destroyed during flooding late last year has been completed. Located close to Doolough Water Treatment Plant at Cloonlaheen, Creevagh Bridge is located along the L62642-01 over the Annageeragh River. The original structure was demolished by floodwaters in December 2015. Five households were affected by the subsequent road closure. Before construction work commenced in early summer 2016, the Road Design Office of Clare County Council carried out a topographical survey and site investigation. An Appropriate Assessment screening was also undertaken to determine the potential for significant impacts of the work on the natural environment, while the Road Design Office obtained the necessary licences from Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Office of Public Works (OPW). In recent months, new culverts and wingwalls were installed and new blockwork and dry stone boundary walls were reconstructed to match the destroyed bridge. The existing local road has been realigned and reconstructed over a length of 40 metres. The …

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Tourist injured in fall

A tourist was removed to hospital with a serious leg injury following a fall on a walking trail at the Cliff of Moher yesterday evening. Doolin Goast Guard unit confirmed that volunteers were tasked to assist the HSE ambulance after a walker sustained a leg injury on the walking trail, south of the viewing platform. HSE Paramedics and Cliffs of Moher Rangers treated the casualty. Coast Guard members stretchered the casualty from the path onto a farm track and to the road where a waiting ambulance removed the woman to hospital.

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€400,000 for Clare rural recreation projects

  THE development of a walking trail on the Loop Head peninsula and upgrading of the Shannon Looped Walks are among the five Clare projects that will benefit from an allocation of more than €400,000 to rural recreation schemes in the county. Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey said the fact that Clare had secured the second highest allocation of the 20 counties included in the €4.5 million scheme was an indication of the national importance of the Clare tourist industry and its outstanding record of innovation. Clare County Council has been allocated €255,625 for the Shannon Looped Walks while the Clare Local Development Company will get €68,415 for Costal Trail Guide training at the Cliffs of Moher; €58,952 for the Loop Head walking trail; €16,520 for the development of a trail monitoring app and €4,536 for maintenance of the Cliffs of Moher Coastal Trail. “The importance and popularity of recreational pursuits in the Clare countryside continues to grow with …

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Shannon among cleanest towns

The latest survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) shows Shannon to be among the cleanest towns in Ireland. Shannon is positioned sixth in the ranking of 40 towns and cities and deemed Cleaner than European Norms. Ennis also recorded one of its best results in years, in 14th position. While nearly all of Ireland’s main towns are now clean, pockets of our major cities continue to suffer from significant levels of litter, The study, conducted by an Taisce, showed only two of 25 towns surveyed to be littered, but 7 of the 8 bottom places in the rankings to be occupied by city areas. IBAL says councils need to concentrate on those specific areas where the problem is worst. Of Shannon, An Taisce reported: “Shannon has scored very highly, with eight out of the ten sites surveyed getting the top litter grade. The N19 Approach from Shannon Airport and Exit 8 on N18 coming from Limerick were …

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