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Walking in the moonlight at Raheen Woods

A CHANCE encounter with creatures of the night, heightened by the eerie atmosphere of the woods under darkness, is in store for those brave enough to take the Moonlight Walk in Raheen Woods, Tuamgraney on Friday night, July 29 as part of Scariff Harbour Festival. Joe Lillis of West Clare Walking Club will meet walkers at Tuamgraney Heritage Centre at 9.45pm before heading in to the heart of the woods close by.Christina Grisewood of the Harbour Festival committee said the moonlight walk is a new addition to the range of festival walking activities over the Bank holiday weekend. “This walk is an opportunity to explore the woods from a different, more interesting and fun perspective and we believe it will have an appeal for everyone including families,” she said.Raheen Woods is one of Ireland’s primeval oak forests made famous by the majestic 1,000 year-old oak tree associated with Brian Boru, the last High King of Ireland. Its ecology is rich …

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An Taisce supports €500,000 Kilkishen Cultural Centre

AN independent environmental watchdog has supported plans by a community group to transform a vacant Protestant church in Kilkishen into a new cultural centre costing in the region of €500,000.An Taisce has been criticised by local county councillors for lodging objections to one-off housing and major developments such as the proposed multi-million euro Tinerana House golf resort and leisure complex in Ogonnelloe.However, in a departure from its usual practice, An Taisce has broadly supported a planning application lodged by the Kilkishen Development Association to completely renovate the Clonlea Parish Church, Kilkishen, which has been left in a state of disrepair for the last 50 years.The Kilkishen association has lodged a planning application to Clare County Council seeking refurbishment of the building and extension to the north side, provision of new parking spaces, footpath, entrance gate, disabled access ramp and all associated site works, new slate roof to existing tower, repositioning of part of existing stone boundary wall and connection to …

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Mixed reaction to proposed works in Quin

CLARE County Council’s plans to develop a pedestrian crossing and footpath in Quin village close to Quin Gardens have been met with mixed views as planning permission is pending for the works. In three submissions lodged to the planning authority’s application for the crossing and footpath development, concerns were noted that, while such works are welcome, they could be better situated. In a submission to the planning application, Anne Marlborough highlighted that while she welcomed the “laudable efforts” of Clare County Council to enhance the safety of Quin life, she urged them to revise the location of the pedestrian crossing.“Proposals to enhance the safety of the village are a welcome initiative to improve the quality of community life in the village. The volume of traffic through the village has certainly grown during recent decades and a pedestrian crossing would not be unwelcome. I do wish, however to comment upon the proposed location for the crossing as I believe that it …

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Feakle and Scariff-Tuamgraney sewerage schemes launched

IT was 47 years in the planning but finally the Feakle Sewerage Scheme, alongside its sister sewerage scheme in Scariff and Tuamgraney, was officially opened by Mayor of Clare Councillor Pat Hayes at ceremonies held last Friday.Formal planning of the Feakle Sewerage Scheme dates back to 1964, when Clare County Council commissioned the preparation of a preliminary report and as a local and a long-time elected representative for the area, the mayor was relieved that the schemes had borne fruition.Mayor Hayes said he was delighted to be in a position to launch the new and upgraded infrastructure for the uniquely situated villages of Feakle and Scariff. “I’d also like to acknowledge the patience and co-operation of the local communities in supporting the scheme’s advancement. The economic development of the area is directly connected to investment in infrastructure such as this and I am delighted that another step in progressing such development has been achieved to allow for future economic growth,” …

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Rubbish view at Mountshannon quay

A Dublin man visiting Mountshannon recently was disgusted by the way a scenic area was left at the quay and has said it is a sad state of affairs and doesn’t give much hope for the future.Gerry Duffy took a photograph of the offending site while holidaying in East Clare. As a regular visitor to the county, he says this was not the first time he has come across this issue.“The photograph was taken on the quayside as you look out across the lake and where all the boats pull in. I have seen this problem before and reported it to the local tourism office who then passed it on to Clare County Council who had it cleaned and then contacted me personally to say the area was now clear of rubbish. I have been holidaying in Clare for the past 40 years and I enjoy the area but when I see rubbish like this at such a beautiful place …

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Quin school under pressure as numbers grow

The Department of Education and Skills has acknowledged that Scoil na Mainistreach’s school building in Quin is “now deficient in meeting the needs of the current school population” and is likely to become increasingly so in the future.The department noted this in a in a whole school evaluation report carried out in November 2010 and which was recently published. While the school received a positive evaluation it was noted by the inspectorate that the school’s board of management addresses the maintenance and improvement of the school building with diligence. Notwithstanding this, the report noted that “the school building is now deficient in meeting the needs of the current school population. As it is expected that the school population will continue to grow, the current building is likely to be increasingly deficient in meeting the school’s needs into the future”.Responding to the comments made in the department’s evaluation, the school’s board of management said it is continuing, as a priority, to …

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Hayes to be next county mayor

East Clare County Councillor Pat Hayes is set to be voted in as the county’s next mayor at the local authority’s AGM on Thursday, bridging a 16-year gap since the region had mayoral representation. Councillor Hayes has been a county councillor since 1999, having stood in 1991 unsuccessfully. He lives in Maghera, Caher and comes from a very musical family. He is the son of Peggy Hayes and the renowned musician PJoe Hayes, now deceased. The part-time farmer, community worker and father of three was nominated by his Fianna Fáil party colleagues two years ago to represent them in the bid for mayor. He is expected to be named as the new mayor, due a standing arrangement within the various groupings of Clare County Council. Asked about the role, Councillor Hayes says he is both apprehensive in the sense that it is a big challenge taking on the role of Mayor of a county but is also deeply honoured to …

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Planning granted for Tulla nursing home

An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission for the construction of a 30-person nursing home in Tulla despite a recommendation to refuse the development on three separate grounds by the planning inspector in the appeal. Planning was granted to applicants John and Ted Nugent, subject to 14 planning conditions, for the construction of a 26-bedroom nursing home together with eight assisted living complex units, ancillary facilities and associated site development works.The board found that it would not seriously injure the amenities of the area, or of property in the vicinity and would result in an acceptable level of amenity for future occupants and would be acceptable in terms of traffic safety and convenience, subject to compliance with 14 cited by the planning board. The planning inspector recommended that planning be refused and noted in her report that further to the above planning assessment of matters pertaining to this appeal, that the location of the nursing home would be contrary to …

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