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€1m for Ennis car park

AN estimated €1 million is expected to be spent on the provision of a proposed new off-street car park in Ennis’ town centre, it has been revealed. Full details have yet to be released, however Ennis Town Council have confirmed that the council proposes to acquire additional land in the county capital for the car park. According to Ger Dollard, Ennis town manager, “The council proposes to acquire additional land for off-street car parking in the town centre area and the estimated costs of acquisition and development of this land are of the order of €1 million. A report will be presented to council when contracts have been signed for the purchase of the site.” In relation to the future of parking improvements for the town, Mr Dollard added, “The council will continue to improve and enhance car parking facilities throughout the town. These improvements will include new parking provisions, upgrading existing car parks and associated equipment and capital investment …

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Orla’s desert run for Crumlin and Canteen

A CLARE woman will be running in the desert next month to raise money for two Irish organisations close to her heart. Just over a decade after her own cancer battle, Orla Derrane from Knockaderry, outside Ennis, will remember all those who helped her when she takes part in the Ras Al Khaimah half marathon, raising funds for Crumlin Children’s Hospital and Canteen Ireland, a support organisation for teenagers with cancer. Orla has lived in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for over five years. She moved there when she was 20 and has been teaching there ever since. “When I moved out first, I moved with a friend and hadn’t done a whole pile of research. My mother encouraged me; she always said it was good to travel. When I was coming out first, I thought I would have to cover up all the time. I was really naive but I found it to be more liberal than I …

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Philomena author for Ennis Book Club Festival

MARTIN Sixsmith, the journalist and author, whose book inspired the critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated film Philomena, will appear at the Ennis Book Club Festival just days after the Academy Awards ceremony. He is just one of many well known authors and personalities who will visit the town in March for the popular festival. Ciana Campbell of the Ennis Book Club Festival voluntary committee said they are delighted to welcome Sixsmith to Ennis, along with the other participants. “It’s all taken off for him; it’s been brilliant so we are looking forward to welcoming him. In fact he seems very enthusiastic about coming here. He will be here just after the Oscars ceremony, but Oscar or no Oscar the success has been phenomenal for him,” she outlined. In 2009 Sixsmith wrote The Lost Child of Philomena Lee about the forcible separation of a Limerick mother and child by the nuns of an Irish convent during the 1950s, and the subsequent …

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Ennis crematorium plan under fire

A PROPOSAL for the development of a crematorium on the outskirts of Ennis has come under fire from the man who has taken over plans for the construction of a similar facility in Shannon. Jim Cranwell has acquired the interests of Illaunamanagh Ltd, which had originally been granted planning permission for a crematorium, chapel and remembrance garden in Shannon in March of 2009. Last year, the local authority granted Mr Cranwell an extension of planning permission for the development at Illaunamanagh, and  he intends to begin construction within the next 12 months. He is now urging Clare County Council to refuse an application for planning permission for another crematorium close to Ennis. The site is two kilometres south of Ennis and one kilometre to the west of Clarecastle and is currently zoned residential. Late last year,  Fenloe Property Development Limited applied to the local authority for permission to construct a chapel, crematorium unit, furnace and remembrance gardens and cemetery at Ballaghfadda …

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Dedication award for Carmel

ENNIS woman Carmel Harnett  was among 90 workers honoured for their dedication in the 2014 GEM Awards, (Going the Extra Mile), presented this week by ISS. GEM Awards recognise the valuable contribution of employees involved in workplace supports such as cleaning, catering, security, pest control and property services. Silver Olympic medal winner, boxer Kenny Egan,  introduced this year’s GEM awards for ISS, a major provider of outsourced businesses. He said that people who work in essential support services are generally the unsung heroes of the workplace. “Their efficiency can sometimes go unnoticed, but without them the business could not function,”  he stated. Carmel, who works in security, impressed the awards panel with her friendly and courteous manner in interacting with the public and her high level of performance and work attitude.   “

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Pedestrian knocked down in Ennis

An elderly man is recovering in hospital after being knocked down in Ennis. The man in his 80s was hit by a car as he stepped off the footpath in Francis Street at around 6.30pm yesterday. He was brought to University Hospital Limerick to be treated for minor injuries to his shoulder and head. Gardaí in Ennis are investigating the accident.  

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Two €100,000-winning tickets sold in Clare

2014 started well for a young Dublin couple after they claimed their prize on Thursday in the Christmas Millionaire Raffle. Their ticket was one of two €100,000 winning tickets sold in County Clare. Lauren Doyle and Patrick O’Sullivan picket up €100,000 in the Christmas Millionaire Raffle draw on Tuesday evening. Lauren’s aunt gave the couple the lucky ticket for Christmas. “It’s the best Christmas present ever,” said Lauren. “We got engaged in November so this will definitely help with the wedding.” The winning ticket number is 098 894 and it was bought in the Post Office, Bank Place in Ennis, Co. Clare on Thursday, December 19. A second ticket worth €100,000 was also sold in Ennis. The winning ticket number is 005 294 and it was sold in O’Dowds, Turnpike Road on Saturday, November 9. The winner has not yet made contact with the National Lottery. The winner of the €1 million winning ticket has not yet claimed the prize. …

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Christmas closure of rehab unit

THE lack of public rehabilitation services for patients following the closure over Christmas of a unit in St Joseph’s Geriatric Hospital, Ennis has provoked anger. The Rehabilitation Unit in St Joseph’s, which can accommodate 11 male and 11 female patients, was closed at short notice on Monday, December 23 last. It also provides respite support for Clare carers, who are looking after family members that require 24-hour care, such as Alzheimer’s patients. This is the first time that this unit closed in the last four or five years. While the HSE is unable to give a definite date for the reopening of this unit, the agency predicted this service would resume “when demand increases, most likely next week”. HSE West Health Forum member, Councillor Brian Meaney, is “shocked” with its closure and has requested the HSE to allocate whatever resources are necessary to fast track the re-opening of this unit. Councillor Meaney stressed this rehab unit provided a vital recovery …

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