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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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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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