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Desperately seeking sousaphone

WITH the theme for this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade being ‘Ennis – A Musical Town’, a visiting band coming all the way from Phoenix, is looking for help in making their journey to the county capital note perfect.

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Sam’s close shave for a good cause

Sam Fleming was 20 when he fell off his bicycle, hitting his head on the road. He was not wearing a helmet. Today, as a result of his fall and brain injury Sam is confined to a wheelchair and suffers from a variety of personality changes and disorders.

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Purple Flag flying in a national first

  ENNIS has been successful in its bid to become the first town in Ireland to achieve the coveted Purple Flag. Ennis, alongside Dublin’s Creative Quarter and Dame District, received the prestigious international accolade this week. Ennis’ flag is now flying high on O’Connell Square after being raised at a ceremony on Monday evening. It is now hoped that achieving the Purple Flag, recognising safe and well-managed night-time economies, will lead to a boost in tourism to the town. At the flag raising, Mayor of Ennis Peter Considine, congratulated all involved in bringing the Purple Flag to the town. “This just goes to show you what collaborating with various agencies can do. This award complements Ennis’ growing reputation as an attractive location to visit, work and live in and is the result of a unique collaborative approach to promoting the town by the local business community, Ennis Town Council, Shannon Development and Án Garda Siochána. “The Purple Flag will help …

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Anti-social behaviour in private estates

ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour in private housing estates needs to be punished by taking away rent supplements, according to a local councillor.

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Motorists shun Cloughleigh Road pay-and-display

Previously among the most packed-up parking areas in the town, the Cloughleigh Road is now almost unrecognisable since the introduction of pay-and-display parking.

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Wheel special target for Rice pupils

  STUDENTS of Rice College made a ‘wheel’ effort to raise money for charity last Friday. The fifth year Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme students managed to cycle 100km in two hours and 55 minutes, raising money for both their school and Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland. It was planned that the fundraiser would involve 18 students divided into two teams for a relay race on exercise bikes to 100km. However, three of the students were unable to take part on the day, so instead they did two kilometre time trials to reach the 100km. According to teacher Aileen O’Driscoll, “They did fantastically well, we had to alter our original plan a bit but it all went really well. They all worked really hard, in fact one of them managed to do the two kilometres in just two minutes and eight seconds.” The fundraising effort has raised nearly €500, Ms O’Driscoll said. “We have over €400 collected and we’re heading for the …

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No invite for Taoiseach to launch new town plan

CALLS for An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Environment Phil Hogan to launch the Ennis 2020 Hub Town Framework have been rejected by Ennis councillors. Instead they will be invited to attend the event which is set to take place later this month.

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