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320 acre Burren farm for auction

A  325 acre residential farm in the Burren, where the parishes of Carron and Ballyvaughan meet, is to be sold at public auction. Described as a ‘one off’ property by Vaughan Hannon, auctioneers;  Glenslade, Carron offers any purchaser huge potential for farming in the Burren, with support, both knowledge led and financial based, from organisations such as BurrenLife. The owner, who was previously involved in the BurrenLife project and REPS, farmed a sucker herd, claimed entitlements in 2014 and had a lot of work done to improve the farm, such as rainwater harvesting, which feed water to troughs throughout the land. The house is a two storey farmhouse with a new roof; however the house is in need of modernisation/renovation. Offered as one lot, the public auction will be held in the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis on May 15.

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Row continues after Ennistymon centre’s AGM

A MAJOR row about Ennistymon Community Centre rumbles  after it emerged that its annual general meeting was held in private, despite calls to open it to the public. The newly-formed Ennistymon Community Action Group accused the board of the centre of “ignoring” their call for their AGM to be held in public. The group organised a public meeting at the beginning of last month, at which a resolution was passed calling on the directors of the community centre company to hold a general meeting in public on Thursday of this week. However the AGM, the former chairman of the centre told The Clare Champion, was held last week, with seven people in attendance. John Garrahy, former chairman and current manager of the centre, explained that the members are made up of the founders and directors of the organisation. According to Mr Garrahy, the board held its AGM on Monday, February 23. It was not open to the public. He added …

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Airport makes some new friends

THE newly formed Friends of Shannon Airport held its inaugural meeting recently at the Oakwood Arms Hotel. Officials have been elected within the group and it will now embark on setting up its operating structure and establishing a programme of activity to support the airport, as it continues on the growth path it began when it was separated from the Dublin Airport Authority. The origins of the group date to a 2014 meeting at the airport, which facilitated requests from people keen to see how they could support Shannon. To date, members of the public from Clare, Limerick, Galway, Tipperary and Cork have shown an interest in getting involved. Shannon Group CEO, Neil Pakey, said the enthusiasm of the Friends of Shannon Airport members and the sense of volunteerism is very encouraging. “There is a really strong sense of community around Shannon Airport and a sense of belonging that stretches far and wide, up the west coast, deep into the …

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Thomas raises the Barr in Ennistymon

This week, Enistymon CBS students started working with Sky Sports ambassador Thomas Barr, who is hoping to represent Ireland in the 400m hurdles at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing later this year and at the Olympics in Rio in 2016. The Barr family, who are from Ferrybank in Waterford, could have double representation in Rio if Thomas’s sister Jesse also makes it. Jesse is already an Olympian, having represented Ireland at the London Olympics in the 400m hurdles. Thomas, who is studying for a Masters in Sports Performance at UL, will seek to help the Ennistymon pupils in sporting and academic terms during his visits to the school. “We’re using sport as a model. We do this thing called the Six Keys To Success. We go through all of the different attributes of an athlete and what it takes to get to the top. You can apply that to anywhere in life, no matter what you’re doing. It could …

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Seamount savour All-Ireland camogie glory

All-Ireland Post Primary Schools’ Senior “A” Championship Final   Seamount College 1-5, St Flannan’s Colllege, Ennis 0-6 Seamount College, Kinvara survived a late rally from a spirited St Flannan’s outfit to clinch the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools’ Senior “A” Championship final in Gort on Saturday afternoon. This absorbing tussle, which attracted over 1,000 patrons to Gort, could be summed up as a tale of two penalties. The Kinvara girls converted their penalty opportunity two minutes before the interval while St Flannan’s were left to rue what might have been after their effort from a placed ball was blocked eight minutes before the end. Having dominated the opening 22 minutes, Sinéad Quinn converted her fourth free to earn wind assisted St Flannan’s a 0-4 to 0-1 advantage. Five minutes later Katie McMahon looked set to unleash a goal attempt until she was brought down inside the square by Carol Browne, who was left with no option but to concede a penalty. Seamount centre …

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Shannon town’s history reviewed

THE last in the series of autumn/winter lectures of Shannon and Clare Archaeological and Historical Societies will be held next Wednesday night at the Oakwood Arms Hotel at 8pm and the subject will be the Dúchas na Sionna oral history project on the town. This project is entitled Between Old World and New World and was prepared by Olive Carey. Speaking about the oral history, Ms Carey said, “We started in March 2011 and we launched the report in June of last year. What it involved was researching anything that had been written about Shannon before and conducting the interviews with the earliest residents of Shannon.” In all, around 40 interviews were conducted and next Wednesday night there will be excerpts played from six of them. Regarding the six excerpts to be used, Ms Carey said, “It’s divided between people who were here before the town was built and then some from people who came right at the very beginning …

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Cannabis cultivation to pay for wedding

A POLISH man, found to be cultivating almost €165,000 worth of cannabis in the attic of a rented house in Kilkee, said he did it to help pay for his wedding. However, since being detected, his former fiancée has left him and he has spent a year in jail. Adam Wrobel (23) and his former fiancée, Jagoga Gajeuska (20), who were both living at an address at Lislanahan Lower, Kilkee, appeared before Ennis Circuit Criminal Court on Friday last for their sentencing hearing. Wrobel pleaded guilty to cultivation, while Gajeuska pleaded guilty to allowing a premises to be used for cultivation on January 13, 2014. Garda Eoin Daly gave evidence that the owner of a property at Lislanahan Lower raised concerns about his property, after receiving a €640 electricity bill. The landlord said there were two Polish nationals living in the house and this had been arranged through a third party, who was also Polish. He told the gardaí that …

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Ardnacrusha man dreaming of perfect job

A TALENTED Ardnacrusha actor and director is among five finalists who are bidding to win a €50,000 prize fund to pursue his dream job. Mark Griffin soared above almost 2,000 entries to earn a voted place in the Dream Job final with Brazilian fashion designer, Alex D’Paula; Dublin concert pianist, Sean Rooney; Stillorgan-based music composer, Scott Tobin and Dundalk comedian, Lisa Casey. Budweiser is asking people across the country to check out the finalist videos on their Facebook page and offer their vote to the person they believe deserves it most. Although each finalist has already secured an equipment bursary of €2,000, the opportunity for the overall winner is life-changing; with a prize fund of €50,000 up for grabs, as well as the priceless mentoring and industry guidance they will receive. The judging panel was headed up by Game of Thrones star, Liam Cunningham, alongside internationally acclaimed DJ Matador and TV presenter, Leanne Moore. According to a Budweiser spokeswoman, the …

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