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Miltown Teamster honoured in the US

MILTOWN Malbay’s Dan J Tobin was inducted into the International Labour Hall of Fame last week. Dan emigrated to the USA in 1890 with his brother. He was responsible for founding the Transportation Union in the USA, which became the famed Teamsters. The award was accepted by his grandson, Vincent Tobin on his behalf. Vincent is finishing a book on Dan’s life at present. Dan was the son of John Tobin (weaver and shopkeeper on Main Street, Miltown Malbay, formerly of Torr) and Bridget Kennelly of Leeds, Miltown Malbay. He was born on April 3, 1872 and emigrated to Boston, aged 18. His cousins, from his mother’s side, still reside in Miltown. The unrest in Ireland at the time he left, and the social injustice he experienced, gave Dan a great sense of social justice and a determination to fight for the rights of the working man, who at that time was badly treated in the USA. Dan’s father was …

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Council support for peace park

A Clare Peace Park Initiative to erect a First World War memorial in honour of the Clare men who served and died in the conflict has been granted planning permission. The development, which will now proceed in partnership with the council, is on 0.1 hectares of land at Causeway Link, across the road from Glór, in Ennis and will consist of three standing stones, with inscriptions, which will be surrounded by about 100 square metres of paving with pathways in and out of the memorial site. The group’s chairperson, Dr Keir McNamara, is pleased that the initiative has been granted permission and would welcome further sponsorship to ensure the project can get off the ground as quickly as possible. “If we could get in the last bit of money we need, there’s no reason it couldn’t be completed by the end of this year. If we have a slower response to the fundraising effort, we would probably be looking at the middle of …

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Vinyl makes a comeback in Ennis

THE heyday of vinyl is well past, having been overtaken many times – by cassettes, themselves long antiquated; CDs, downloads and streaming. While there is no doubt that both collecting and listening to the old-style records is now a niche interest, it’s a niche that isn’t without its devotees and apparently the numbers of fans of vinyl are actually going up. Sinéad Nic Síoda is running the Record Break Café in Ennis and in her store she stocks vinyl from stars of decades gone by but, surprisingly, there are also very recent releases. For example, U2’s most recent album, Songs of Innocence, which was controversially released on iTunes last September, is there on vinyl, while for the not insignificant sum of €300 you can buy a limited edition collection of all Eminem’s work. Slim Shady on vinyl, who’d have thought it? There is little problem getting new records, Sinead says, and she believes there is more interest in them now. …

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Ennis gas leak ruled out

FIRE services in Ennis and Bord Gais employees were called to The Square in O’Connell Street this Friday morning following a suspected gas leak. The top of O’Connell Street was cordoned off and checks were made in the surrounding area. Clare Fire Service later confirmed that no gas leak was found and the likely cause of the odour was from the town drains, adding that the O’Connell Street drains were flushed out by the fire personnel.

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Doolin Pier to be named after Lenihan?

A CLARE TD has proposed that the local authority should consider naming Doolin Pier in honour of the late Fianna Fáil Finance Minister, Brian Lenihan. The new €6 million pier at Doolin will be officially opened this Friday by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin. Deputy Timmy Dooley claimed it would be a fitting tribute to the former Fianna Fáil deputy leader, in view of Mr Lenihan’s family connections to North Clare and that “he allocated €6m for the development of the pier”. Labour TD Michael McNamara said he is “open to naming the pier after anyone” but added that “promises are one thing and delivery is another”. “There was a lot of promises made by previous governments but no money. There was a promise for a new primary school in Ennis and that only came about under a Labour minister for education, there was promises made for a new school in Tulla and that is only happening …

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Stephen’s the bee’s knees

A 12-year-old Ennis National School pupil represented his county at the Munster Spelling Bee final in Cork. Stephen Cahill was runner-up at last Friday’s event, which was part of an overall Eason literacy and reading initiative that aims to inspire children to develop a greater appreciation of words in a fun and educational way, and to encourage them to perfect their spelling and pronunciation skills. Stephen went head to head with Michael O’ Donnell from Tipperary, who was crowned Munster champion and will go on to represent his province at the Eason Spelling Bee All-Ireland final. Four provincial winners will then battle it out for the 2015 Eason All-Ireland Spelling Bee Champion title and for the chance to win a library of books for their school.

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Early court hearing on referendum result

AN appeal over a failed challenge to the Yes vote in the same sex marriage referendum will get an early hearing, the Court of Appeal heard. Gerry Walshe, of Lisdeen, Kilkee wants to appeal last week’s refusal by the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, of his application to to bring a petition challenging the May 22 referendum result. He is seeking a stay restraining the issuing of the necessary certificate verifying the referendum result. Mr Justice Peter Kelly, dealing with Mr Walshe’s application on Friday, said papers in the case must be ready in two weeks when the court will give him a date for a hearing. The judge said it was an urgent matter and needed to be dealt with soon. Mr Walshe, representing himself, claims the decision is flawed on a number of grounds including that expenditure by the Government on the Yes campaign was not done openly and transparently and in accordance with …

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Crashes disrupt Ennis traffic

Two separate car crashes brought disruption to a sunny Sunday evening in Ennis. The incidents resulted in traffic being redirected while gardaí inspected the scenes. There were reports of a car being driving erratically around the time of the incidents, just before eight o’clock last night. Cars were struck at the Mill Road and Barrack Street. There were a number of occupants inside the car that was hit in the second crash. A man was subsequently apprehended by gardaí. On Friday night, a teenage boy was airlifted to hospital in Cork after he was struck by a car, as he cycled between Sixmilebridge and Cratloe. A man in his 30s remains in hospital after he was injured in a single car accident at Shannon Banks on Saturday night.

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