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Caoimhe’s creation in design competition final

IT was a full house at the Strand Hotel, Limerick for the Southern Regional Final of the ERP Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition, which saw the top 50 entries from the south take to the catwalk in their self-made creations.Among them was Coláiste Muire pupil Caoimhe McCabe’s creation Winter Garden, which wowed the judges and was named among the 18 selected outfits that will now go on to the grand final. Modelling the outfit was fellow pupil, Niamh Hickey.The competition, which is in its second year, challenges second-level pupils to rework trash and other recycled materials into remarkable high-end couture fashion.Milliner Aisling Maher, fashion designer Pamela Heaney, Tracey Fahey, head of department at Limerick school of Art and Design and head of corporate communications at ERP Ireland, Yvonne Holmes judged on the night and were blown away by the standard and variety on show.Caoimhe and the other finalists’ designs will now go through to the Grand Final, which will take …

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Primed for a cut in funding?

PRIMING grants for local groups such as residents associations and voluntary groups could be hit if future local government funding is cut due to the performance of the household charge, according to Ennis town manager, Ger Dollard.

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‘One million’ bags of mystery refuse

OVER one million black bags of rubbish are unaccounted for in the county, with almost half of all Clare householders not availing of a waste collection service, it has been claimed. At this week’s meeting of Ennis Town Council, Councillor Johnny Flynn urged that the county council adopt household waste bylaws.“Fourty-seven per cent of Clare householders are not signed to registered waste collectors. I am asking that a policy similar to what is being done in Limerick and Leitrim be introduced, where households must demonstrate that they have alternative arrangements in place that satisfy the local authority,” he said.He insisted that the problem of flytipping on the outskirts of Ennis is affecting people’s quality of life. “Ennis is one of the towns that is most badly affected by flytipping,” he stated. According to Councillor Flynn, 47,000 tonnes of waste are produced in Clare every year, with 30,000 of that accounted for and managed. “That leaves 17,000 unaccounted for, which is …

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Gloves are on for Ennis Spring Clean

ENNIS will scrub up for this year’s National Spring Clean with individuals and voluntary organisations throughout the town coming together on Saturday, April 14 to participate in clean-up events in their communities.    Organised by Ennis Town Council, the Ennis Tidy Towns Committee and other voluntary organisations, in conjunction with An Taisce’s National Spring Clean, the clean-up day will take place between 10am and 3pm. The event is specifically organised to clean up all the approach roads to Ennis, along with the green areas, footpaths, roads and streets in both residential areas and housing estates.Model and National Spring Clean ambassador, Sarah McGovern, joined the Mayor of Ennis, Councillor Mickey Guilfoyle, in the town square this week to call on members of the community to lend their support to the event.Mayor Guilfoyle said, “The National Spring Clean campaign is now in its 14th year and it is a testament to the community spirit all over Ireland that the participation rates have …

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€2.4m in uncollected local authority rates

MORE than 70 court summonses have been issued by Ennis Town Council in respect of uncollected rates, it has emerged, with the local authority vowing that “every effort” will be made to recover outstanding monies owed. At this week’s meeting of Ennis Town Council, it was revealed that €2,427,374 in rates is temporarily uncollectable by the local authority as of March 23 of this year. This represents more than one-third of the rate demand, at 33.73%.As of December 31, 2011 the amount of temporary uncollectable rates balance stood at €2,901,374, representing 40.32% of the rate demand for 2011. However, €474,000 has been collected in rates to March 23, 2012.In 2011, Ennis Town Council had irrecoverable rates, of €502,755 which represented 6.99% of the rate demand for that year. These irrecoverable rates related to rates which were not legally collectable, such as demolished/vacant properties, charitable organisations and properties owned by the HSE.According to town clerk, Leonard Cleary, the current temporary uncollectable …

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Steele’s Terrace, More Than a Century of History, Pictures and Memories

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Abbey conservation progress slammed

The old Franciscans seem to have built the Ennis Franciscan Abbey quicker than the Office of Public Works ongoing conservation works, a local county councillor has claimed.Clare County Councillor Tony Mulqueen has criticised the OPW for its failure to complete conservation works on the historic 13th century abbey, branding it a “disgrace”.Councillor Mulqueen expressed grave concern about the closure of the abbey for the last three years to facilitate works being completed by the OPW.The Fine Gael councillor told an Ennis East Electoral Area meeting the whole abbey was boarded up, which meant that tourists who wanted to stop off in a visit to a medieval site in the centre of town couldn’t even see the building.His late father, Frank, had the keys to the abbey at his adjoining flower business during the 50s and would open the abbey for visitors.Councillor Mulqueen said the amount of tourists standing outside the building was amazing yet they couldn’t even take a photograph …

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Difficulties with Clarecastle development highlighted

Clare County Council has been requested to clarify whether a planning bond will cover an unspecified list of outstanding issues concerning a relatively new housing estate in Clarecastle.Concern about the delay in resolving a number of problems affecting Inis Clair, Kildysart Road, Clarecastle, were highlighted by Councillor Paul Murphy at a recent Ennis East Electoral Area meeting.With 59 houses and a large number of apartments in this estate, the Fine Gael councillor considers the issue is a matter of urgency.Councillor Murphy requested the council to brief him on any attempts that may have been made by the developer or receiver in having this estate publicly taken in charge. “I am led to believe that this has been a problem for over two years and that there are several issues to be resolved, such as public lighting, sewerage problems and general work within the development. “The residents committee has contacted the receiver on several occasions, trying to get these works carried …

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