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Proposed €100m road is ‘madness’

THE construction of the proposed €100 million Limerick Northern Distributor Road (NDR) through a flood plain on the back road to the University of Limerick is “madness”, a local resident has claimed. Normally, Miriam McCormick, Shravokee, Clonlara cannot see any water when she looks out her front door, as the River Shannon is about a half a mile away. Now she is looking out at a “lake” where the NDR is proposed to go between her house and the neighbouring O’Briens. The road is planned to follow the electric wires near her home. “The general public need to know what madness it is to construct the Northern Distributor Road down through these fields that regularly flood. Hydrologists speak about the ‘stone in the bucket effect’ where if a bucket is full of water and you place a stone in it, the water will have to go somewhere. The same principal will apply to a floodplain when a major construction is …

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Cooking up a storm for scouts

Food connoisseurs will be left salivating at the prospects of what three award-winning chefs can serve up in the kitchen. The chefs are sure to whet the appetites of all with some culinary delights at The Inn at Dromoland next Thursday night at a cookery demonstration, organised by the 14th Clare scout group from Sixmilebridge and Kilmurry in a bid to boost the coffers and their efforts to provide a new scout den. Fergal McGee (The Inn at Dromoland), David McCann (Dromoland Castle) and Garry McGorrian (Bunraty Manor) will put their talents on display and provide some seasonal recipes for those in attendance. Guests will be greeted on arrival with a glass of mulled wine, and can browse and shop at the exhibitor stands as on display will be goods that may help sorting out some Christmas presents. All attendees will be presented with a souvenir brochure, which will also contain a copy of the recipes demonstrated on the night. …

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Fr Harry’s brush with death

ONE of Clare’s best-known clerics, Fr Harry Bohan, could have died from a blood clot last year, he revealed this week. The Sixmilebridge parish priest was rushed to St James’s Hospital, Dublin suffering from life-threatening blood clots during the August Bank Holiday weekend last year. The lead consultant surgeon wanted to carry out an emergency aneurysm operation but was forced to delay it because all the necessary back-up team weren’t available at the time. Kept under close observation, Fr Bohan was transferred to a ward straight across from the nurses’ station because staff were worried about his condition. A few days later, when the full team became available, a 10-hour operation was completed to get his blood flowing properly again. This week, Fr Bohan said the consultant confirmed he could have died from a blood clot before the operation. Having been hospitalised five times over a 12-month period, the 75-year-old priest appreciated the great care he received in a number …

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Roaring on the Banner

THE number of YouTube hits for a song written by a young Killaloe man jumped from 300 to 33,000 in just 24-hours. Eighteen-year-old Noel McInerney, who lives in the Millstream Housing Estate in Killaloe, did not envisage his tribute song to the Clare team’s hurling efforts The Banner’s Road To Croker would prove to be an internet hit. At the time of writing, the number of hits was at an impressive 59,728. The song is set to feature on the RTÉ News this Thursday evening, while it is expected a clip will also be played on Up for the Match on Saturday night. A casual conversation with his father Willie, who is a caretaker at the local Waterman’s Alzheimer Respite and Day Care Centre, about the All-Ireland semi-final between Clare and Limerick got Noel thinking about a song for the final. Within minutes, he had the chorus written down on his phone and composed the entire song within two hours. …

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