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School chaplain becomes Bishop of Killaloe

Forty-nine-year-old Fr Fintan Monahan was appointed Bishop to the Diocese of Killaloe on Friday morning (July 29), a see that had been vacant for more than a year and a half. At the same time, His Holiness Pope Francis accepted the retirement of Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora, Martin Drennan, on grounds of ill health and on medical advice. Fr Monahan has been chaplain to St Jarlath’s College and Tuam diocesan secretary for the past 10 years. His Holiness Pope Francis appointed Fr Fintan Monahan as the new Bishop of Killaloe at midday in the Vatican, 11am Irish time. Fr Monahan spoke at the Cathedral of Ss Peter and Paul in Ennis this morning, where he was formally introduced to local parishioners. Also in attendance was His Excellency Archbishop Charles J Brown, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland; Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly (and formerly Bishop of Killaloe); Bishop William Walsh, Bishop Emeritus of …

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Joe warms up for 250-mile fundraiser

NORTH Clare part-time fireman Joe Crosse began a run of 250 miles in three days on Friday (July 29) to raise funds for Friends of Ennistymon Community Hospital. For most people, that would seem like an impossible task but Joe has form in this area. Two years ago, he ran 100 miles around County Clare in just 21 hours. Now he hopes to more than double that, as he loops around North Clare over the course of the weekend beginning on Friday morning. According to the plasterer, he is a “casual runner”. “I have been running on and off for years. I have done a few marathons but Ballyvaughan is my favourite one. I do that nearly every year.” “In 2014, I did 100 miles in 21 hours. I was meant to do it in 24 but I finished in 21 hours. For the last one, I was home at Christmas time and I was bored and I was looking at possibly …

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Champion photographer’s exhibition takes off at airport

AN exhibition celebrating the career of Clare Champion photographer John Kelly goes on display at Shannon Airport from this Friday and will remain on show throughout the month of August. The exhibition, Between You, Me & The Wall, was previously on display in Glór last year and drew on his 25 years at work in The Clare Champion and is now being brought to this second venue, in conjunction with Shannon Airport. Speaking this week, John said he had really enjoyed selecting the work that features in the exhibition. “I even found stuff I had forgotten I had. It’s nice to go back and see how things have changed, see how people have changed, cars have changed, hairstyles have changed, attitudes have changed; everything has changed in 25 years.” When he entered newspaper photography in the early ’90s, the technology being used was wildly different to today. “We started off in the dark room, shooting all black and white film, …

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Labrador pups thrown into river

THREE Labrador pups are lucky to be alive after being cruelly thrown into a river. However, two more, probably from the same litter, did not have the same fortunate escape when their carcasses were found in the water weighed down with rocks. County dog warden Frankie Coote was called to the scene at Frure in Lissycasey earlier this week. It is believed that the culprit may have thrown the animals from the bridge under the cover of darkness, taking advantage of high waters following recent rain. He said that two of the pups were saved from certain death because they landed on a ledge by the river’s edge. The third managed to make its way out into a nearby field, where it was rescued by a local person who has kindly given the dog a good home. Following a search of the area, Mr Coote made the grim discovery of the decomposed carcasses of the other two pups. Mr Coote believes …

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Supermacs dishes up Fleadh support

SUPERMAC’S have agreed to sponsor Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Inis 2016 in a six-figure deal. The well-known food company has come on board as a gold sponsor, contributing towards the organisation of what promises to be one of the most successful musical events that Ennis, and the wider county, has seen to date. At the launch Pat McDonagh, Supermac’s founder said, “Sponsoring the Fleadh Cheoil here in Ennis was an obvious choice for us, as we are a 100% Irish brand, working with over 250 Irish suppliers. We have strong ties with sports and music throughout our history and as a company that was born here in the west, we are delighted to be able to engage with such a huge event as the Fleadh Cheoil. “We have no doubt that it will have huge benefits for not only the county but for the entire region.” “Opening in Ennis was one of the key stepping stones in Supermac’s becoming a …

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Canadian Ambassador to attend Quilty recital

THE Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, who controversially hit the headlines earlier this year after grappling with a protester at a 1916 memorial ceremony in Dublin, is set to visit Clare next week. Ambassador Kevin Vickers will be special guest at Quilty’s Star of the Sea Church where Summer Music on the Shannon (SMS) will be hosting a fundraising concert on August 3. The incident at the wreath-laying service in Dublin’s Grangegorman Military Cemetery for British soldiers killed during The Rising was not the first time that Ambassador Vickers has taken action. He was hailed a hero in 2014 after stopping a terrorist attack by shooting and killing a lone gunman who was attempting to storm the Canadian parliament building. The ambassador has accepted an invitation to attend the concert in Quilty and another in Limerick on the previous day, from fellow Canadian and the driving force behind SMS, Bob Creech. According to Mr Creech, the international summer school and festival …

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New jobs at Atlantic Aviation

TEN new jobs have been created at Atlantic Aviation Group in Shannon, adding to an existing workforce of over 200 employees. HR and training director, Caoimhe O’Donnell said, “We are creating a new project team of licensed B1 and B2 engineers and aircraft mechanics, who will add extra strength and flexibility to our existing aircraft maintenance workforce, as the company continues to grow over the coming months and years.” The company are performing well, with expansion coming, according to CEO, Connor Flanagan. He added, “This is an exciting time to be joining our company. We are in discussions with a number of major airlines for multi-aircraft contracts for the rest of the year and beyond. In order to meet the increased demand for our services, we are looking to recruit talented and ambitious individuals, who will add to the experienced team that we currently have.” Formerly Transaero Engineering Ireland, Atlantic Aviation Group, purchased by Patrick Jordan in April of last …

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Shannon charity cycle raises €10,000

Over 160 cyclists were recovering their weary limbs but with a great sense of satisfaction after undertaking a 110km round trip straddling Clare and Galway in the Aer Lingus Charity Cycle out of Shannon Airport, which raised €10,000 for Shannon Group’s designated charities. Cyclists from Clare, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Wicklow geared up for the event at Shannon on Saturday morning, having been set off on their merry after the starter flag was raised by Rose of Clare Leah Kenny and Shannon Group Chairman Rose Hynes just after 9am. And in a new addition this year to the popular charity cycle, another 100 participated in relays on static bicycles at Shannon Airport to help raise additional donations, among them airport employees, airport passengers and local businesses. The cycle, now in its third year, is organised by Shannon Group staff in aid of their designated charities, which this year are the Irish Children’s Arthritis Network (iCAN) and Abalta Special …

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