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Ennis’ dream falls Fleadh-t

THERE was widespread disappointment at the weekend at the news that Ennis would not be the host venue for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2014. The announcement was made on Saturday by the Ardchomhairle of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, with Ennis losing out on an estimated €35 million boost to the local economy.Sligo were named as the host town for the All-Ireland Fleadh in the ballot at Comhaltas headquarters in Dublin. Ennis has once again missed out on its bid to secure the event, which would have attracted an expected 300,000 visitors to the town.  The working group behind the Ennis bid said the outcome has come as a “huge disappointment”. The working group was established under the auspices of the Ennis-based Abbey Branch of Comhaltas over two and a half years ago to make the case to host the prestigious event.The group, chaired by Micheál Ó Riabhaigh, comprised representatives of Comhaltas, State agencies, local authorities, An Garda Síochána as well …

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Knockanean NS farewell to principal

A celebration of more than three decades of service to Knockanean National School by former school principal Pat McNamara will take place this weekend.Mr McNamara officially retired as principal of the school in November of last year and this Friday a retirement mass and celebration will be held in his honour in Roslevan.According to Mr McNamara, his 33 years at Knockanean have given him great memories that will always stay with him. “I will miss it, there’d be something wrong if I didn’t after so many years there. But the most important thing is that I can honestly say there wasn’t a day that I didn’t enjoy going in,” he said.Originally from Tulla, Mr McNamara came to Knockanean having previously taught in Waterford and Limerick. He recalled, “When I started out, it was a two-teacher school, just going to a three-teacher school, now it’s a 14-teacher school. It has certainly changed a lot in the preceding years. “There were 70 …

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New management structure for hospital

The phased introduction of a new management structure for all acute hospitals in the Mid-West, including Ennis Hospital, started on Monday.

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Woodstock closure to hit Ennis festival appeal

A FINANCIAL assessment on the viability of reopening the Woodstock Hotel, Ennis, which closed with the loss of 60 jobs recently, is being undertaken by the newly appointed receiver.

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High dependency unit closes its doors for good

The recent temporary unexpected closure of the High dependency unit (HDU) at Ennis Hospital is now being made permanent, the Mid-West HSE has confirmed.

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High court judge steps down from the bench

A DISTINGUISHED career in the legal profession and judiciary came to an end this week for Ennis man, Honourable Justice Daniel O’Keeffe when he retired from the High Court.

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€30m available for sewerage schemes

BETWEEN €25 and €30 million in grant funding could be available to households within the Ennis area as a result of an increase in the Group Sewerage Scheme grant, according to one local councillor.

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