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Businesses urged to avail of Purple Flag opportunities

ENNIS’ retail and hospitality businesses are being urged to capitalise on the town’s Purple Flag status by offering later shopping hours and earlier entertainment.Plans are underway for a meeting of local businesses, organised by Promote Ennis, to highlight the opportunities that are available with expert speakers from Killarney, Dundalk and Ennis set to attend. Throughout the process of research and application for the international evening excellence award, the Purple Flag Working Group found one topic to be recurring and presenting a real opportunity for the town of Ennis – the early evening shopping and entertainment.Upon receipt of the award earlier this year, it was decided at consecutive meetings a customer survey would be carried out to confirm visitors’ interest in evening shopping and entertainment and a business briefing was suggested to inform the retail and hospitality sectors in Ennis of the findings, the opportunities and the long-term planning for Ennis town. The initial results of the survey, which as distributed …

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Huge turnout expected for Darkness into Light event

WITH only days to go, record numbers have already signed up for Pieta House’s Darkness into Light event next weekend as the suicide charity gears up for what looks to be the biggest turnout ever for the event.This year’s 5km event in Ennis will start at 4am Lees Road this Saturday,  simultaneously with other events nationwide. Preregistration will take place in Lees Road and the boardroom of the Temple Gate Hotel this Thursday from 6pm to 8pm. Now in its fifth year, Darkness Into Light is taking place in 20 locations nationwide. This unique event begins in darkness at 4am on Saturday morning as thousands of people gather at locations across Ireland and walk or run a 5km route as dawn is breaking. Pieta House are asking people to bring glow sticks or torches to guide the way at the beginning of the walk. “The buzz this year is incredible,” said Joan Freeman, founder and CEO of Pieta House who …

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Clare Roots Society commemorates the Famine

AS part of the National Famine Commemoration 2013, Clare Roots Society has organised the unveiling of a memorial gravestone to mark the nameless burials of more than 2,000 victims of famine and fever.

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Gaelcholáiste marks 20th anniversary

SEPTEMBER 1993 and nine teenagers were about to embark on a brand new chapter in the provision of education in Ennis. These students were the first to enrol in Gaelcholáiste an Chláir, which this week celebrates its 20th anniversary.

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It’s all about being innovative

START-UP companies seeking incubation facilities and enterprise support to allow grow from business idea stage to commercialisation can apply to join the 2013 Ennis Innovate Programme.

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Emma lauded in New Zealand parliament

A TEACHER from Ennis has been praised in New Zealand’s parliament for her work with students, which saw them win a number of prestigious business awards. Emma Kim O’Riordan, originally from Gallows Hill, lives in Auckland with her husband, Borin and teaches in Manurewa High School.

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No guarantee over water compliance to new lead levels

ENNIS’ public water supply is “likely” to be compliant with new stricter limits for acceptable levels of lead set to be introduced across Europe in December, according to Clare County Council.

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National award highlights how Melanie brought hope to Nepal

A society founded by an Ennis student and dedicated to helping underpriveledged children in Nepal has been ­presented with a national award.

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