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Path cleared for Doolin Pier contracts

MINISTER of State Jan O’Sullivan said she has this week signed the foreshore license, which clears the way for the signing of the contract for a new pier at Doolin. Labour TD Michael McNamara described this as very good news and said he hopes the contract for the €5.2 million pier will be signed shortly. “It is expected that the project will take about a year to complete and I hope the new commercial pier will be operational during the 2015 summer season. This is a major development for Doolin and will greatly improve connectivity with the Aran Islands. The contract provides for a new pier, new access road and sea dredging which will allow access to the pier at all times and eliminate the need to use smaller boats to transfer passengers when ferries cannot reach the existing pier. “I had extensive discussions last summer with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, to ensure funding for this important infrastructural investment in North …

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Brian, Abu Dhabi’s Middle East County Board delegate

A NORTH Clare man was among the Irish diaspora who celebrated St Patrick’s Day in Abu Dhabi. The festivities started a little earlier there because the weekend is offi cially Friday and Saturday. Corofin’s Brian Cummins was subbing in Crusheen and Cloughleigh primary schools, before he moved to Dublin and from there to Melbourne, where he met his wife. Four years ago, the pair moved to the United Arab Emirates. There, Brian initially taught in public schools in Abu Dhabi but now teaches third-level. “When I got the opportunity to live and teach in Abu Dhabi, I attempted to source information prior to my relocation and found scant information. Consequently, I identified a need for a free and informative website to help Irish expats coming over from Ireland,” he outlined. Still teaching, Brian has set up another venture AbuDhabiPaddy.com, based on his own experience of trying to settle into the new culture. “It was diffi cult here at fi rst. …

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Inagh man offers online funerals

MEMBERS of the Irish Diaspora who are unable to travel home to attend family funerals can now view a live stream of the funeral on the internet. ‘Funerals Live’ is the brainchild of Inagh businessman, Alan Foudy, who has plans to create up to 10 new jobs over the next 18 months as the innovative service is rolled out. “Wherever in the world our client may be, whether it is in Australia or the United States, this service provides them with a private weblink to a live stream of a funeral service or the option of a video recording of the entire service, including the burial, within two hours of its conclusion,” he explained. Mr Foudy said the idea behind this venture arose after he was asked to make a DVD of a funeral service for relatives and friends of the deceased whose funeral they could not attend. “The general feeling was that a live webcast or a delayed broadcast …

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Lisdoon leads the way

LISDOONVARNA and September go hand in hand in terms of colour, music and craic, but the Spa town also had a great festival atmosphere for this St Patrick’s weekend. In fact the North Clare town stole a march on the rest of the country by staging its annual parade on Saturday. The organisers were thrilled by the level of participation, saying it well exceeded their expectations.

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US parade honour for Kilfenora woman

By Nicola Corless A KILFENORA woman was recently named Hartford Connecticut’s St Patrick’s Day Parade Person of the Year and will lead the parade alongside the Grand Marshall on Saturday. Dr Pauline Nagle Olsen was commended on the honour by the Governor of Connecticut, Dannel Malloy, and the Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, Nancy Wyman. Dr Nagle Olsen was also presented with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition by Congressman for Connecticut John B Larson at a ceremony to recognise her 40-years commitment to her community and her voluntary work, which has directly helped at least 30,000 of the city’s poorest inhabitants. Dr Olsen is a founder of Malta House of Care, a mobile clinic providing free medical care to the uninsured in the greater Hartford area. It is nearly 60 years since Pauline Nagle left her native North Clare, but despite making Farmington, Connecticut her home, she has returned many times over the years. Having studied at UCD and completed …

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The Burren tourism story

TOURISM is one of the main drivers of the Clare economy and in the North Clare region the Burren plays a pivotal role in this sector. Next Wednesday night, an information and network event will be held to showcase the activities, adventures, food and heritage of the Burren Region. The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, in conjunction with the Burren Ecotourism Network, will host The Burren Tourism Story 2014, at the Pavilion, Lisdoonvarna from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. The event will feature information stands, food tastings, the launch of the Burren’s first adventure and activities trail, and guest presentations from author and green business lecturer Prof. Finbarr Bradley; head of programmes and delivery Fáilte Ireland, Fiona Monaghan and award-winning travel writer and journalist, Pól O’Conghaile. Tina O’Dwyer, sustainable tourism co-ordinator, Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark explained that the primary purpose of the upcoming event will be to highlight the variety and quality of visitor attractions and activities on offer …

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Conway back community courts initiative

CLARE  Senator, Martin Conway has said that the roll out of community courts across the country could revolutionise our justice system and would provide a local solution to local problems. Senator Conway’s comments coincide with a Private Members’ Motion on the subject tabled by him in the Seanad this Tuesday. “I will be using the time during my Private Members’ Motion in the Seanad to call on Minister Shatter to establish a community court in Dublin as a pilot project, with the hope that if successful, the model could be rolled out on a regional basis,” the Fine Seanad Spokesperson on Justice said. Continuing, he said, “I am convinced that we need to change how we deal with low-level crime at a local level. By placing the court at the heart of the community and approaching problems in their local context, community courts can offer a pragmatic approach that deals effectively with low level crime. “We need greater community engagement …

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No place to spend a penny in Ennistymon

Nicola Corless PROPOSALS to buy a derelict building in Ennistymon, install public toilets in it and hire a year-round caretaker to maintain it have been ruled out because Clare County Council is not flush with money. Fine Gael Councillor Bill Slattery told a recent area meeting that business people are not happy with people doing their business without spending a penny. Council Slattery asked Clare County Council to provide public toilets in Ennistymon “as a matter of urgency, either by upgrading the existing toilets, which are closed, or alternatively provide new toilets at a different location”. He said, “Certain publicans are annoyed that some people were going into the pub, doing their business and walking out and saying ‘thank you very much’ or in many cases not saying it”. Councillor Richard Nagle recalled, “A Superloo was sanctioned for the town 12 or 13 years ago but it proved impossible to find a suitable site that was accessible but a solution …

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