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Bank Holiday advice for motorcyclists

AHEAD of the May Bank Holiday Weekend, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána are reminding motorcyclists to ease off the throttle and keep within the speed limit as we enter the high risk summer period for motorcycling. Previous RSA research has shown that bikers speeding is a factor in half (49%) of motorcyclist fatal collisions. Preliminary results from a recent RSA survey of 450 motorcyclists, found that 12% of participants reported having been involved in a road collision in the past two years while three in five (59%) had a near miss in the same period. July was found to be the most dangerous month for collisions involving motorcyclists. The RSA and Gardaí are also highlighting the misuse of quad bikes and scramblers on the road and in public spaces such as parks. These vehicles pose particular dangers to young people; three of the four people who died in Ireland as a result of an incident involving …

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€200,000 for Shannon Group Chief Executive

SHANNON Group chief executive Matthew Thomas received a basic salary of €175,000 in 2018, along with other taxable benefits of €24,596. Mr Thomas also received pension contributions of €43,750, giving a total sum of €243,346. There were also business expenses of €13,448. He is due to leave Shannon Group next month and in the final annual report he will be involved with, Mr Thomas wrote, “2018 has been a positive year for Shannon Group. We have seen more passengers using our airport, more visitors enjoying our heritage tourist attraction and our property portfolio attracting more businesses to the region.” Regarding the performance of the airport, he said, “In 2018, Shannon Airport enjoyed its best year this decade, welcoming over 1.86 million passengers, a 6.5% increase in passenger numbers year on year. The UK and transatlantic markets were our best performers last year, both up 7%. During the year, there were 25,556 take-offs and landings from the airports’s newly-resurfaced runway, the …

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Trump Visit To Doonbeg On The Cards

Doonbeg is reportedly set to play host to US President Donald Trump next month. Reports in today’s Mail On Sunday claim Secret Service officials will visit West Clare in the coming days to begin plans for a visit by President Trump to his Doonbeg property. It’s expected he could touch down here after visiting France for D-Day commemorations in June.

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ESB working to restore power

ESB Networks crews have been continuing efforts to repair the electricity network since first light this morning, restoring power to 4,000 homes, farms and businesses in Clare that lost supply due to the impact of Storm Hannah. At the height of the storm this morning, 33,000 customers nation-wide were impacted, and efforts continue throughout the day to restore power to the remaining 11,000 customers. All available resources from ESB Networks are deployed to carry out repairs to the network and restore power. Additional crews from less impacted areas of the country are deploying in areas of West Munster that have seen the most of the storm damage. These include Clare, the Iveragh and Dingle peninsulas, North Kerry, West Limerick and parts of Tipperary. The damage to the electricity network is mainly attributable to trees falling on overhead lines as a result of the high winds.

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Council issue Storm Hannah advice

CLARE County Council is asking members of the public to stay indoors and to avoid all travel from 8pm to 11.00pm tonight after Met Éireann issued a red level warning for Clare. Met Éireann says north-westerly winds, associated with Storm Hannah, will reach mean speeds in excess of 80km/h with violent gusts of 130 to 150 km/h for a time this evening. The most severe winds will gradually ease as the night goes on.  A Status Orange Wind warning for Clare will be in effect from 4pm to 8pm this evening and again from 11pm tonight until 1am tomorrow morning. The local authority is urging the public not to travel during the red level warning period tonight and says that overnight travel thereafter should only be undertaken if absolutely necessary.  Organisers of events taking place in Clare this evening are being advised to postpone events in the interests of public safety due. Clare County Council’s Crisis Management Team will continue …

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Brothers in Arms Legacy Lives On

Tina Kenneally and Fiona Moloney, mothers of Shay and Jack holding the new rugby cup at the Ennis Rugby Club. Photograph by Paul Corey.

TWO Ennis families will come together, a year on from Ennis Rugby Club’s U-15s North Munster Cup win, to present a newly-established Brothers in Arms Cup dedicated in memory of Jack Kenneally and Shay Moloney. On April 28, ahead of the first anniversary of Jack and Shay’s tragic passing as they enjoyed the summer sunshine swimming in Ennis, the Kenneally and Moloney families will join in solidarity to present the cup to the new U-15s champions.Coaches Eamon Connaughton and Pádraig Brennan decided to dedicate a new North Munster Cup in memory of the two players, who are deeply missed but never forgotten. Shay’s mother Fiona said, “The cup means so much to us as a family; it is lovely. We were so involved.Most of my Sundays for years were spent on the sideline, so it was like they were all my children. Shay’s favourite things were family, rugby and friends and they were one family. It’s beautiful to have Brothers in …

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