Home » Regional » Shannon (page 40)

Shannon

Soccer club helps break down barriers for disabled players

  LOCAL soccer club Shannon Town United now have a powerchair team drawing players from throughout the Mid-West.The team are training at St Patrick’s Comprehensive School and will play their first match under the Shannon Town United banner at UL on Saturday. There are 10 players on the team’s squad and the games are four-aside.Andy Legge, chairman of Shannon Town United, said he is very pleased with the move. “We were approached by the FAI to help out a group of disabled athletes in the Clare and Limerick region and get involved in powerchair soccer. It was something that was put to the committee and our committee endorsed it wholeheartedly.”He said the club has received a lot of help from both the FAI and Enable Ireland, while he is eagerly awaiting the first competitive game. “For the club, it’s a phenomenal development, it’s something that hasn’t been done before. On Saturday, we’re in the University of Limerick, we’re in Division …

Read More »

Chris all fired up over household charge

SEVERAL years of austerity hasn’t led to Greek protests in Ireland but there is still plenty of unfocused anger, which Chris Quinn is hoping to tap into next weekend.The Cluain Airne resident is organising a public meeting to oppose the €100 household charge, which will be held in Tullyvarraga Hall on Saturday at 1.30pm.Mr Quinn hails from Ballyhea, the North Cork village where weekly protest marches against the bailout of the banks have been taking place since last March. He said the charge is unjust and public protest is the way to fight it. “The household charge is something I don’t believe is fair. As people have said to me, you can bitch and moan in a pub or on Facebook but the time for bitching and moaning is over, it’s time to do something. The Government tried to screw the pensioners and the pensioners fought back. People power is the only way to get anything done anymore. The country …

Read More »

Draft local area plan consultations to take place at SkyCourt

A SERIES of public consultations in relation to the Draft Shannon Town and Environs Local Area Plan 2012-2018 will take place next week.This is the first stand-alone town plan to be produced for Shannon and it was put on public display last month.Public consultations will take place at Unit A16 (Shaney Macs) at SkyCourt on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2pm to 5.30pm and again on Thursday, January 19 from 3pm until 7.30pm. Another public consultation will be held at Rineanna House in the Shannon Free Zone on Friday, January 20 from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.Councillor Gerry Flynn, chairperson of the Shannon Electoral Area said a chance is being offered to members of the public to influence the future of their town. “The public consultation process presents members of the public with a valuable opportunity to have their say on the future development of their local community. I would encourage people from Shannon and its environs to inspect the Draft Local …

Read More »

Silt build-up blamed for Springfield flooding

UNCHECKED built-up islands of silt and vegetation on the Old River Shannon is causing flooding during periods of very high rainfall, local residents have warned.In a submission to consultants Jacobs Consulting Engineers, who have completed a Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA), residents in Springfield, Clonlara, stated the River Shannon downsteam of the Parteen Weir is unable to take a high volume of water during flooding because of the unchecked build-up of silt and vegetation.Commenting on the ESB report submitted to the PFRA, the group said it understands that more water was spilled down the Old River Shannon than through the Headrace during each flood.“The Mulkear River also flows into the Shannon just above the channel restriction. This river is a fast-flowing river and during flood times when it meets the Shannon flood water, the volume of water is such that it has nowhere to go, so it backs up to us at Springfield and Illaunyregan.“As part of the study, which …

Read More »

Low number of third-level students in Shannon

A LARGE proportion of Shannon’s young people don’t go on to third-level education, according to the new draft development plan for the town.

Read More »

Land needed to facilitate population growth

THE first-ever standalone town plan for Shannon is now on public display and it envisages the population growing to 12,000 by 2017. According to the document, Shannon’s population in 2006 was 9,222 and the population target for 2017 is 11,972, an increase of 2,750.It also states that 53.1 hectares of land is required for residential zoning. The plan states there are opportunities to improve the appearance of the town. “Opportunities exist to express Shannon’s strengths and assets with a new image that is fresh and welcoming. This could be pursued through improving the sense of place on arrival and on moving through the town in a way which would benefit residents but particularly visitors. Visitors can be workers from the Free Zone, attendees at sporting events, shoppers, people attending appointments, people using the airport and others who can support facilities, services and events. There is also an opportunity to improve sustainable travel patterns around the town and environs. The town …

Read More »

Free Zone hails arrival of high-speed broadband

SHANNON Development have welcomed a new broadband initiative at the Free Zone, which they claim will help strengthen its case when seeking to attract foreign direct investment.A new dark fibre optic cable will give businesses operating in the Zone and the Smithstown Business Parks an opportunity to avail of enhanced high-speed broadband services improving the region’s national and international connectivity. The new service is being provided by Aurora Telecom, a division of Bord Gais networks. Shannon Development worked with them to extend their planned Ennis to Cork fibre project to include the areas. They also facilitated Aurora with a site at Shannon for the point of presence (POP point of presence, it telecom switch).Doctor Vincent Cunnane, chief executive of Shannon Development said that the new service will offer industries in the Free Zone and Smithstown virtually unlimited resilient bandwidth well into the future, a key selling point for potential foreign direct investors. “As Aurora’s network is fibre-based, it ensures a …

Read More »

Torrent of complaints over flooding

A RELUCTANCE to carry out works to alleviate flooding at Cluain Airne drew criticism from Shannon Town Council, at the December meeting.

Read More »