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Warning issued over ‘unauthorised development’

A warning letter has been served on an East Clare man in relation to what the council has deemed an “unauthorised development” at Raheen Tuamgraney.The warning letter was issued to Jim Fahy of Raheen Tuamgraney on June 14 in relation to planning permission he received for the development of three commercial units, carparking and landscaping at a site in Raheen, Tuamgraney in October 2009. The planning authority noted that condition nine of the conditions set out in that planning permission had not been complied with to date. This condition relates to the payment of €3,568.22 to Clare County Council in respect of public infrastructure and facilities benefiting the development.The applicant was advised to pay this contribution and in the event of it not being complied with, the authority may issue an enforcement notice.Separately on June 17, the planning authority also corresponded with Mr Fahy, care of Engineering and Planning consultants Ltd, O’Briensbridge, that submissions received by the council on March …

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Cyclists fundraise for Cork charity

Twenty two people set off from Tulla last weekend to Westport where  they set about completing the 42km Great Western Greenway cycle in aid of Brú Colombanus in Cork. The fundraising effort was the brainchild of Tulla woman Ronnie O’Keeffe, who was a guest at the “home from home” accommodation for relatives of seriously ill patients in Cork in November and wanted to give back to the independent charity. The €5.5 million project, which was established by the Knights of St Columbanus, opened in October 2005 providing accommodation for relatives of seriously ill patients in any of the Cork hospitals and the hospice. It provides 26 en-suite family rooms with supporting kitchen and lounges where families can meet others in similar situations and draw on their shared experiences.Ronnie was very grateful to the service when she needed it last year and wanted to give something back. She has always had an interest in cycling and together with 22 friends and …

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Camera-shy eagles fly the nest

THE big brother camera had to be removed from Bushy Island this past week after a nesting camera installed on Monday, June 10 last caused disturbance to the parents of the Mounsthannon white-tailed sea eaglets. Dr Allan Mee project manager of the Golden Eagle Trust confirmed the parents flew the nest this week following the installation of a nesting camera on Bushy Island.

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Emergency services benefit from Mountshannon seaplane base

HARBOUR Flights Ireland seaplane base was used by the Medevac 112 helicopter to airlift a Belgian tourist to the Emergency Department at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick following an equestrian accident last weekend.

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Young walkers take on the Camino for Pieta House

A GROUP of five young East Clare people and their youth leader Mieke McMahon are to trace the footsteps of pilgrims on a 780km walk along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

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Robbie immortalised in stone

THE person most linked with the famous Fair of Spancilhill in modern times will be specially remembered at this year’s event. As part of the weekend celebrations, a stone monument will be unveiled in memory of the late Robbie McMahon, the person credited with bringing the song of the Spancilhill Fair to a worldwide audience. Robbie died last December at the age of 86, after a short illness. However, his name will live on through the song and now the stone monument, situated at Spancilhill Cross, will be unveiled by Robbie’s wife, Maura, on Saturday, June 23,at 8.30pm. The ceremony will be followed by music and singing in nearby Duggan’s pub. The monument was commissioned by members of the Spancilhill Fair Committee, who engaged Kilnamona sculptor Michael McTigue for the project. Sculpted in limestone, it features an etching in granite of the late Robbie McMahon, along with some lines and notes from Spancilhill. Also engraved are an image of the …

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Visitor centre mooted for Mountshannon

A NEW visitor centre in Mountshannon to facilitate the hundreds of tourists viewing the first white-tailed sea eaglets on Bushy Island may be provided in the coming months, if plans come to fruition.

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Funding windfall for Killanena/Flagmount

THE parish of Killanena/Flagmount has received a funding boost of €230,000, which will go towards the development of a community centre. The funding was sanctioned to Loughgraney Community Development Association this week under the Rural Development Programme for the proposed multipurpose facility, which will be located in Flagmount village. The building will comprise a sports hall with changing rooms and toilets and it is envisaged that the hall will be suitable for social, educational/training events and a variety of indoor sports. Speaking about the allocation, development association secretary Kathleen McNamara said the group is delighted with the news that they can now press ahead with the provision of this long awaited facility. “We are thrilled. It is great for the Killanena/Flagmount parish and surrounding area because it will be of benefit to the whole North-East Clare area. It is something we have been trying to achieve for years and it is great to see it come to fruition at last,” …

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