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Community finance role for Ennis banker

Ennis-based Rose Hally has taken up a senior role with Community Finance Ireland, which provides finance to the community and voluntary sector. Former head of business with Bank of Ireland in Clare, Rose joins the team as client relationship executive covering the Western corridor. Community Finance Ireland is one of the largest providers of finance to the community and voluntary sector on the island of Ireland over the last 20 years and has up to €100 million available in funding. To date, the group has funded more than 400 community and volunteer organisations across a range of sectors and projects, including enterprise and workspace projects, rural development projects, childcare schemes, housing associations, community transport, energy and environmental initiatives, sports and recreation facilities and social enterprises that are delivering an immediate social impact to their community or area but are struggling to secure finance from traditional bank lenders. Rose has held senior management roles with Bank of Ireland over the last …

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Emergency services at the scene of a fire on Market Street, Ennis.

Ennis building gutted after fire

  A derelict building in the centre of Ennis was gutted following a fire on Thursday night. The Clare Fire Service were called to the scene of a fire in the former O’Neill’s Furniture Store in Lower Market Street, Ennis at around 9.41 pm. Three units of the Ennis Fire Brigade and one from Shannon worked to bring the fire under control. It is understood that the blaze started at the rear of the unused premises, which fronts onto Carmody Street and quickly spread to the front part. The road near the building was closed off while the firemen were battling the blaze and traffic was diverted with the assistance of Ennis Gardaí. One person in an adjoining property was evacuated as a result of suffering from what was described by Clare Chief Fire Officer, Adrian Kelly as a small amount of smoke inhalation and treated by ambulance personnel. Having secured and tided up the building, the last fire brigade left …

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Walking for Crumlin in West Clare

Kildare man Paddy Kane is walking Clare’s stunning coastline as part of a personal challenge and to raise much needed funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin. Today (Friday) the retired ESB Networks employee is in Kilkee. On July 1, Paddy’s first steps of a 2,500km-long journey commenced in Malin Head. Averaging about 30km per day on coastal trails and by-roads, Paddy is hoping to reach Kinsale Co Cork – the end of the Wild Atlantic Way – by mid-September. “As it stands today in Kilkee I’m on schedule. I’m sticking to the plan of completing 30km a day, divided between 20km in the morning and 10km after lunch. At this pace, the adventure will be a total of 84 days of hilly climbs, forest floors and rural roads, all while carrying 15kg of equipment, including a tent. I’ve been unlucky with the weather for much of my time along the Clare coast, but the famed Cliffs of Moher …

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Kilrush horse jumps for Japan

WELL-KNOWN West Clare horse breeder, Tommy Fitzpatrick will be glued to his television screen as the Olympics unfold in Rio this weekend. Tommy, from Henry Street in Kilrush, will be keeping his fingers crossed for a fairytale ending, as a horse that passed through his hands, The Duke of Cavan, will be going for glory in eventing for Japan. Tommy sold the bay gelding, by Courage out of the dam Dysert Girl, as a yearling to Vincie Meaney of Cranny. Meaney, in turn, broke in the horse and sold him on as a four year-old at the Cavan Horse Sales to Natalie Stevens from Lelant, near St Ives, in England. Now a 10-year-old, amongst his achievements was winning the Two Star Tattersall event in Ireland; he then jumped a double clear in the Three Star event at Blenheim. His success eventually led to him being sold in 2015 to the Japanese equestrian squad, which is based in Germany. Owner, Yoshiaki …

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High Court challenge against windfarm

Environmentalist Peter Sweetman has launched a High Court challenge against a decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission for an extension to an existing windfarm in County Clare. The challenge is against the board’s decision to grant ESB International permission to build an additional seven turbines at a windfarm development located Boolynagleragh, which Mr Sweetman says is “unreasoned and unreasonable,” and “contrary to law”. Represented in the action against the board by Oisin Collins Bl and O’Connell & Clarke Solicitors, Mr Sweetman seeks an order quashing the planning authority’s decision of June 13 last to grant planning permission in respect of a windfarm development at Boolynagleragh. Mr Sweetman also seeks a declaration from the court that he is entitled to pursue the action at a cost that is not prohibitive. Both Clare County Council, which in 2014 turned down the extension application and ESB International are notice parties to the proceedings. Mr Collins told the court it is …

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Council shortlisted for excellence award

CLARE County Council has been included in Chambers Ireland’s shortlist for the Excellence in Local Government Awards 2016, announced today (Thursday). The council is included among the 23 local authorities shortlisted over sixteen categories. Commenting on the announcement, Shannon Chamber chief executive Helen Downes said, “Shortlisted in the Supporting Tourism category for its involvement in and support for the Ennis Book Club Festival demonstrates the council’s commitment to showcasing the county as a vibrant tourism destination for themed initiatives of this nature. Entering these awards and reaching the final listings is a great commendation for everyone involved in the Ennis Book Club Festival, which is going from strength to strength.” Continuing, she said,“With Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016 just a week away, in which Clare County Council will be heavily involved, and with the newly appointed CEO, Pat Dowling, set to take up his position in September, we anticipate seeing the council enter, be shortlisted, and win many more awards …

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Ennis-based Czech man faces extradition

The High Court has cleared the way for a man living in County Clare to be extradited to the Czech Republic after spending some seven years on the run. In 2009, the Supreme Court ruled Marek Ster, who has been living in Ireland form some time, should be surrendered to his native Czech Republic. However, he was never extradited as he went on the run after the court made its ruling. Mr Ster, who suffers from a number of health problems is wanted by the authorities in the Czech Republic where he is due to serve a four and a half years prison term, following his conviction for committing gross bodily harm and theft in 2002.He was both convicted and sentenced by a Czech Court in his absence. He was arrested in Ireland, on foot of a European Arrest Warrant, in November 2006. He opposed the application to extradite him, on grounds including that he feared for his and his …

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Israeli ambassador in Ennis

The Israeli ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, Ze’ev Boker visited Clare County Council’s headquarters at Áras Contae an Chláir in Ennis today (Wednesday). Ambassador Boker was greeted by Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council Bill Chambers; Mayor of Ennis Ann Norton and Gerard Dollard, interim chief executive of Clare County Council. Ambassador Boker was accompanied by Mrs Amira Arnon, director of the Northern European Department in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who is visiting Ireland this week.

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