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High Court told cottage ‘demolished without permission’

The eight and a half year nightmare endured by a County Clare couple after their home was, without any prior notice to them, demolished while a new dual carriageway was being constructed between Limerick and Nenagh, was outlined in the High Court on Wednesday. Brian and Mary O’Shaughnessy,originally from County Clare, have been living in rented accommodation after their single storey two bedroom, described as an old Irish farmhouse, at Annaholty, Birdhill, was razed to the ground and the site cleared on September 6, 2006. The court heard while other houses in that area had been acquired and demolished in order to construct the dual carriageway, the O’Shaughnessys, whose property is close to the new road, were informed by the National Roads Authority (NRA) in 2003 their home did not need to be acquired in order to complete the project. As a result of the loss of their home, which the couple was renovating at the time, they are seeking …

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A gala occasion for Cratloe GAA

By Seamus Hayes The most successful year in the history of Cratloe GAA was celebrated by a sell out attendance at the Ryan Suite in the Radisson Blu hotel on Friday night. Tickets for the victory social were sold out two weeks ago as members and supporters of the club all wanted to be in attendance to celebrate the Clare senior football (Jack Daly cup) and hurling (Canon Hamilton trophy) championship titles as well as their  inaugural success in the Clare Champion cup (senior hurling league), the winning of the division 3 senior football league and the junior B football championship titles.   All star award winner Sean McMahon from St. Josephs, Clare’s All-Ireland winning centre back in 1995 and 1997, was in attendance to present the medals to all involved. He joined with Munster Council chairman Robert Frost and Clare GAA chairman Michael McDonagh in congratulating all involved on their achievements during 2014. Cratloe parish priest Fr. Liam Enright who is the …

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First Clare Baby

Cratloe GAA Club, which swept all before them in 2014 to win the Clare senior hurling and football titles, will have another great reason to celebrate at their sold-out victory function this Friday night. Cratloe has won the honour of being the Clare parish to welcome the first baby of 2015. Weighing in at 3.5kg, Mylo Molony  was born at the Regional Maternity University hospital in Limerick  at 5.38am on New Year’s Day, to proud parents, Cratloe’s Clodagh and Barry Molony.   Clodagh is a member of a well-known  O’Hara family that has strong ties with Cratloe GAA Club. In congratulating the Molonys on the birth of their new year son, a club spokesman said they all hoped that one day Mylo would don the Clare jerseys and experience the thrill of winning an All-Ireland hurling title.      

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Killaloe company wows luxury tourism market

Killaloe-based Secret Ireland Escapes was among of Irish tourism groups at Cannes, in the south of France, for this year’s International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM). ILTM is an invitation-only event for the global luxury travel industry – which was attended by more than 1,450 travel agents and decision-makers working in the luxury travel sector, as well as leading luxury travel editors and journalists, from 75 countries across the globe. ILTM takes place each year at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. The busy four-day event involves a programme of one-to-one appointments and networking sessions – providing an opportunity for the Irish tourism enterprises to meet, and do business with, the travel agents who design unique, luxury travel itineraries for high net-worth international clients. Secret Escapes was one of 10 Irish businesses invited by Tourism Ireland to participate in the Cannes event. Siobhán McManamy, Tourism Ireland’s head of co-operative marketing, said: “Our participation at this year’s ILTM in Cannes was an …

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Clonlara shocked over tragic death

A tightly-knit community in South-East Clare is united in grief following the tragic death of a very popular young local man on Christmas Eve. Residents in Clonlara and  surrounding areas were shocked to learn about the death of Brian Morrissey (24), Mount Catherine, Clonlara on Wednesday night. The former St Munchin’s College student was a versatile sportsman excelling as a midfielder with Corbally United, where he is fondly remembered by numerous people involved in the club, and secondary school rugby. He also played soccer with Ringsend when he moved to Dublin to work in the Irish Times a few years ago. The annual Ciaran Twomey Charity memorial game, which was due to be held by Corbally United on St Stephen’s Day, was cancelled as a mark of respect. While Mr Morrissey was in St Munchin’s, he featured on the school’s junior cup team in 2005 and senior cup team in 2008. Described as a “very talented, larger than life character” …

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Guilty of indecently assaulting child

A 68-YEAR-OLD man, with an address in the South East Clare area, has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a child in Galway city over a two-year period in the late 1980s. The man pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Criminal Court last week to 13 sample charges of indecent assault, which took place at a Galway city address on various dates between January 1, 1988, and March 24, 1989. Prosecuting barrister, Conor Fahy said a further 12 charges of indecent assault, involving the same victim, should remain before the court for the time being. Defence barrister, John Hogan said he needed time to obtain a psychological report on his client prior to sentence. Judge Rory McCabe remanded the convicted man on continuing bail to March 18 next year for sentence and directed a victim impact statement be obtained for the court for that date. Ann Healy

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Major extension for Shannon school

PLANNING permission has been granted to St Patrick’s Comprehensive School, Shannon for a major extension. The extension is to be two storeys in size, with a gross floor area of 2,616m2. It is to accommodate a special needs unit, general purpose area, engineering room, lecture room, art room, science laboratory, music room, home economics room, multimedia room and business/computers room, while there will other site works, including a new site entrance, car parking and set-down areas, as well as a hard court and hurling wall area. Clare County Council had sought additional information regarding a number of aspects of the development, including the drop-off areas, road safety, flood risk and the removal of trees. The applicants submitted the additional information sought and the planning authorities expressed satisfaction with the replies. With regard to the removal of the trees, the planning report states, “The existing tree line is to be removed as part of the improved traffic management arrangements to accommodate …

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Inquiry call after Cratloe man’s death

THE tragic death of a Cratloe man, who was not seen by a doctor within the recommended 10 minute timeframe, has sparked calls for the establishment of an independent inquiry into why he died on a trolley at University Hospital, Limerick (UHL), three hours after admission. Darragh Curley, aged 33, Ballybroughan, Cratloe, died at UHL in the early hours of July 8, 2013. Following evidence outlined at his inquest last week, Councillor PJ Ryan, a family friend and neighbour, said Health Minister Leo Varadkar should initiate an inquiry. A HSE West Forum member, Councillor Ryan said his death was a devastating blow to his family who are “the salt of the earth”. Even though Mr Curley was categorised as an emergency patient, Councillor Ryan said he did not get emergency treatment. “I knew Darragh, who went to Cratloe National School with my sons. He was a lovely young lad, who had a passion for cars. Serious action needs to be …

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