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Sea eagles getting ready to take flight

Onlookers in Mountshannon are awaiting the much-anticipated flight from the nest of Ireland’s first white-tailed sea eagle chicks to be born in the wild in over 110 years.

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Council approval for €431k roadworks

Clare County Council has approved roadworks costing an estimated €431,200 throughout East Clare after 12 local communities made a voluntary contribution totalling €86,000.

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Seaplanes cleared for take-off

Seaplanes will be taking to the skies in Mountshannon from Wednesday next as Harbour Flights Ireland Ltd are all clear for take-off.

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Biomass energy plan for Scariff

THE Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte was in East Clare this week, where he discussed the possibility of the Finsa Forest Products Plant in Scariff being redeveloped as a biomass plant.

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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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