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Stepping back in time at Hastings farmhouse

WHILE Shannon is a new town, there is plenty of heritage in the adjoining area and a major amount of work has been taking place on preserving Hastings farmhouse, close to Illaunmanagh Graveyard. It will be opened to the public on two occasions in the coming weeks.The house in question was the setting for drama during the War of Independence, as the IRA held the British Army’s Brigadier General Lucas there.

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Mayor suggests voluntary groups use vacant units

THE possibility of vacant units at the Free Zone being used by local voluntary and community organisations has been raised by Mayor of Shannon Michael Fleming.

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Green light for €1m sewerage works

SHANNON is about to get an improved sewerage scheme, which has been sought for years and is set to cost just over €1 million.

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Affordable housing deadline extended again

HOPES that the Glaise na Rinne affordable housing development would be complete by the end of the month look, at the time of writing, as if they will be dashed.

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15,000 Shannon population target by 2030

THE draft Mid-West Area Strategic Plan for the region puts forward a population target of 15,000 for Shannon by 2030.

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Councillors critical of recruitment embargo

THE public sector recruitment embargo was the subject of some criticism as Shannon area councillors met last week.

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John swims to masters glory

SHANNON-born swimmer John Cunningham was again a gold medallist at the FINA World Masters Swimming Championships, held in Riccione, Italy, in June. John was taking part in the 40-44 age group and successfully defended his 100m butterfly title, while he also took the gold in the 50m butterfly race.Speaking to The Clare Champion on Wednesday, John, who lives near Potters Barn in Hertfordshire, close to London, said he is very pleased with the performances.“I defended the 100m and won the 50m so I was pretty pleased with that. The performances were quite good, not as quick as two years ago but maybe the years are catching up,” he joked.John said he was given an awful lot of confidence after winning the 50m gold. “After that, I went in with a lot of confidence and I really felt that I could control the event and I did.”He said he won the 100m by a full second, which is quite a substantial …

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Bunratty village undergoes facelift

THIRTY new streetlights have been erected on the approach road to Bunratty village from Shannon in the latest in a series of improvement works to be completed in the village.According to Senator Tony Mulcahy, confirmation has been received from Clare County Council that further projects, including road improvement works, have been earmarked for Bunratty over the coming weeks.“New public lighting columns have just been installed in the village. ESB Networks have some works to carry out before these new lights can be switched on. Thereafter, the old lighting columns will be removed,” he stated.Senator Mulcahy said he has been working with the Bunratty Business Group, comprising members of the local hospitality and tourism sector, for the last three years to deliver a programme of works aimed at enhancing the physical appearance of the village and upgrading the local road network.“Just this week, for example, road resurfacing works have commenced on the road in front of Roadstone, the road in front …

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