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The Banner and St Flannan’s fan flames of community spirit

CONSCIOUS of the difficult economic times facing us all, The Banner GAA have clubbed together with an initiative to keep the elderly in Ennis warm this winter.Collaborating with St Flannan’s College and ClareCare, bags of timber are being distributed to many elderly citizens. Committee members, parents, mentors and players from juvenile, minor and senior football and hurling teams worked hard over the weekend to fell, cut, chop and bag the Beech trees kindly donated by St Flannan’s. “I am delighted with the way our club is giving something back to the community,” said John Dingley, club chairman.“It is fantastic to see mentors and players enjoying themselves and coming together in such a positive way. The Banner has enjoyed a great increase in support and membership and this one small way we can express our appreciation for that support, ” he continued.On Saturday, the Banner folks cut and bagged over 400 bags of Beech wood. Much of the wood will be …

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Town council hit impasse over inner relief road name

THE people of Ennis are being urged to have their say on what the newly-opened Inner Relief Road should be called.

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Keeping things Klassy for Rudolph

  HAVING travelled all over the world delivering Christmas presents to boys and girls, Rudolf and his reindeer friends probably deserve more than a carrot for their efforts. Sixth class pupils of Scoil Chríost Rí have now begun selling special, magic reindeer food, the perfect thing to keep Santa’s sleigh in the air. The class have come up with their own mini-company Klassy Krew Kompany, and have been making and selling the reindeer food. All proceeds from the project will go towards Barnardos and buying new jigsaws for the school’s senior infant class. The food, which is made from secret ingredients, is being sold in both the school and O’Brien’s Cloughleigh, with strict instructions on how to use it. The food should only be left out on Christmas Eve as it helps Santa’s reindeer to fly and it should not be given to ordinary reindeer in case they fly away. Teacher Joe Garry explained, “The pupils are divided into four …

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Pay-and-display parking ‘harsh and unjust’

PLANS to introduce pay-and-display parking on Cloughleigh Road, which has been free since 1978, have been described as “harsh and unjust”.

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Ennis Street Radio to spread shop-local message

ENNIS Street Radio is set to return, bringing Christmas cheer to the county capital. The Ennis Chamber initiative, run in conjunction with Ger Sweeney with the support of Ennis Town Council, will run from this Saturday to Monday, December 24 bringing the message of shopping local this Christmas.

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Talks underway over memorial to Irish people who died in military service

A memorial to Irish men and women who served and died in Allied service in South-East Asia during the period 1959 to 1975 is set to be erected in Ennis.

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Give It up Traveller addiction DVD launched

AN Ennis councillor is planning to contact the United Nations Human Rights Council for what he says is an “attack on the rights of those with disabilities” by Bus Éireann.Ennis Town Councillor Paul O’Shea has criticised the national carrier’s wheelchair accessibility on intercity routes. According to Councillor O’Shea, while the State-funded company has invested in its fleet, that investment has benefited city buses and has not resulted in improvements to accessibility from Ennis to other parts of the country.However, a spokesperson for Bus Éireann has responded to the claims, saying they are “continually investing in improving access to our existing facilities”.Councillor O’Shea stated, “We recently witnessed Social Inclusion Week and saw our Paralympic athletes being congratulated by our President and Taoiseach on the great achievement of winning 18 medals, eight of them gold, at the Paralympics in London. Bus Éireann has spent over €30 million on a new bus fleet this year, comprising of 88 new buses. All of these …

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New road prompts safety warning from council

FOLLOWING last week’s official opening of a new section of the Ennis Inner Relief Road project, Ennis Town Council has appealed to motorists to exercise caution in the vicinity of the Holy Family Junior and Senior Schools on Friars’ Walk.The local authority says the opening to traffic of the new single-carriageway road has led to an increase in traffic along the remainder of the Inner Relief Road, which includes a school crossing on Friars’ Walk.“This newly opened section of road linking Station Road with the Clare Road will have a significant positive impact on traffic and I would appeal to all road users to comply with the rules of the road,” explained Leonard Cleary, Ennis Town Clerk.Mr Cleary said Ennis Town Council has written to the principals of the Holy Family Junior and Senior Schools asking them to notify parents of the importance of motorists strictly adhering to double yellow lines and junction boxes close to the school.     “With increased …

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