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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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Hopes high seasonal parking will provide incentive to shoppers

ENNIS Town Council this week announced details of a parking incentive scheme in a move to promote Christmas and new-year shopping in the county capital.Free parking will be applicable to the town’s 759 off-street and 783 on-street public car parking spaces up to 12pm daily until January 6, 2013.   Free parking will also be available in Cloughleigh Car Park all day until January 6.Mayor of Ennis Peter Considine commented, “Ennis boasts a wide ranging and quality shopping experience that will be further enhanced by this free-parking initiative. I call on the people of Ennis and surrounding areas to avail of the free parking scheme and to show their support for local businesses. “The proposed pedestrianisation of Ennis on December 15, 22, 23 and 24 coupled with other initiatives in the town, supported by Ennis Town Council, should make Ennis a very attractive shopping destination during the festive period,” added Mayor Considine. Ennis Chamber president, Brian O’Neill, said the free parking …

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New road and coach park for town centre

TWO major infrastructural developments for the town of Ennis were unveiled this week with the official opening of both the €2.5 million Ennis Inner Relief Road and a new coach park in the town centre.

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