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Ceremony replenishes the soul of Roslevan

  ***The year in review*** THE growing population of Roslevan were blessed with the official launch of a new community facility this year. Although in use for some time, November saw the dedication of the new Church of Our Lady in Roslevan and official opening of the refurbished Fahy Hall. Bishop of Killaloe Kieran O’Reilly gave the blessing at the church while Mayor of Ennis Peter Considine cut the ribbon on Fahy Hall.The project, which cost approximately €600,000, was first envisaged six years ago to cater for the increasing numbers in the Doora Barefield parish. “This new facility has been the net result of many years of painstaking planning on the part of local people on the pastoral council. And the good will from the community has been just astounding by way of financial support for this project,” said Fr Jerry Carey at the time.The history of the project goes back to 2005 with the appointment of the late Fr …

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Dream come true for young rugby star

A young future rugby star from Ennis got to meet his heroes when he paid a visit to a Munster rugby training session recently.

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Rates frozen in ‘difficult’ 2013 budget

COMMERCIAL rates and car-parking charges have been frozen in the local authority’s plans for next year, with town manager Ger Dollard describing the preparation of Budget 2013 as “particularly difficult”.

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Lumbering up for tree-throwing contest

Ennis is set to host the second annual Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship on January 5, it has been announced.

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Parking price cut could lead to €250,000 loss

A REDUCTION in the carparking charge in Ennis to €1 would result in a loss of income of more than quarter of a million euro to the local authority.At a recent meeting of Ennis Town Council, Councillor Johnny Flynn urged that the council reduce the standard parking charges of €1.30 to €1 and plan to bring it down further within the next three years.According to Councillor Flynn since the introduction of the €1.30 charge there has been an annual loss in revenue to the council of €100,000. “Residents and visitors to Ennis are looking for value, and where you add value you increase and maintain turnover,” he said.Councillor Flynn stated, “Every other business in the town has had to reduce its prices, if we continue in this way we will lose another €100,000 if we don’t and that’s irresponsible.”He was supported by Councillor Mary Howard who said that the parking charges are deterring shoppers from coming to Ennis. “There is …

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New digs for planning office in the new year

THE planning office of Ennis Town Council is set to move to Aras Contae an Chlair in the new year. Town manager Ger Dollard has stated that the relocation is being made “out of necessity” as the council strives to make better use of resources. He has insisted that this does not affect the town council’s role as a planning authority and that delivery of service to the customer is of “paramount importance”.He was responding as Councillor Mary Howard voiced concern about the move in light of proposals to abolish town councils. This was echoed by Councillor Johnny Flynn who described it as “turkeys voting for Christmas”.However, Mr Dollard commented, “The councillors will be aware of the significant reductions in staff that have occurred within all Clare local authorities. Ennis Town Council has endeavoured to maintain all services to a high standard. “The current situation requires that maximum efficiencies be generated through the pooling of staff to ensure services can …

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Businesses continue to Share the Dream

MOVES by businesses to boost the local economy are making a big impression throughout the country, with the national broadcaster among fans of the latest venture by the Ennis Development Forum.Following the success of last year’s Ennis Share the Feeling viral clip, the development forum are this year urging people to Share the Dream with their newest production.This year’s video clip, featuring plenty of familiar places and faces, is already heading towards 10,000 views between Youtube and Vimeo. The video has also been shown on RTÉ’s Today daytime show, with presenters Blathnaid Ní Chofaigh and Norah Casey heaping praise on the production and the local efforts being made in Ennis.Appearing on the TV show was Aoife Madden of Ennis Development Forum, who highlighted the many initiatives underway in Ennis to boost business and that the vast majority shops in the town are independently owned.As well as showcasing some of the best that Ennis has to offer, this new video also …

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