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Big Changes for Barrack Street, Ennis

BUSINESS people at Barrack Square and Old Barrack Street in Ennis were invited to an exhibition of new proposals for the area at The Old Ground Hotel on this week. Some raised concerns about what the proposals would mean for access and parking in the area. The preliminary proposals for the area include: • Introduction of a one-way traffic flow westwards, from O’Connell Street to Market Place; • Creation of a traffic-calmed pedestrian-priority plaza, with high-quality surface materials; • Increased footpath widths along Barrack Street to encourage improved pedestrian linkage between the Market and Square; • Provision of a central focal feature/gathering area, comprising a lightweight canopy structure; • Removal of on-street parking; • Provision of a loading and short-term parking bay; • Introduction of distinctive street furniture, including public seating, lighting, public artwork and new trees; • The retention of vehicle access to Westby Lane and existing residential properties. A council document on the proposals states, “Currently, the opportunities …

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Trish’s life-saving response prompts call for more defibrillators

A BAREFIELD woman, whose quick action helped save the life of a man in Ennis at the weekend, is calling for greater availability of defibrillators and urging people to get CPR training. Modest Trish Baker says she was “just in the right place at the right time”, when she came to the aid of a man who had gone into cardiac arrest in Cairde café on Barrack Street on Saturday morning. The trained nurse sprang into action, when her daughter raised concerns about one of the customers. “I was out the back in the store room, when my daughter, Erin, came out to tell me he was asleep and he had gone a very funny colour. I came in and realised that he actually had arrested. On assessment, he didn’t have a pulse and he wasn’t breathing. “My training as a nurse and as a CPR instructor just kicked in. I surprised myself. I’ve taught hundreds and hundreds of people …

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Human bones unearthed in Ennis

Archaeologists have made the discovery of human bones at two locations on the south side of the historic core of Ennis, including just outside The Clare Champion offices. The remains were uncovered at Barrack Street and at the junction of Kilrush Road, Carmody Street and Market Street, with analysis showing that the bones came from at least 22 people, including 17 children. The Barrack Street site contained the remains of mostly adults, while the other site revealed the remains of mainly infants and children. The bones included those from a third-trimester foetus, eight infants aged from newborn to two-years-old and three juveniles aged between two and five-years-old. Ballinruan-based archaeological consultancy TVAS (Ireland) Ltd undertook the archaeological monitoring of the trenches for water pipes in the county town. Archaeologist Graham Hull explained that the bone was disarticulated, found as separate pieces not as complete skeletons, and was within a foot or two of the modern road surfaces. “The bone found in …

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New traffic diversions for Ennis Market plan

New traffic arrangements will be put into effect from tomorrow (Tuesday) to facilitate the final phase of works on the Ennis Market Rejuvenation Project. Construction work is progressing on schedule and will deliver a new covered building for market traders in Ennis town centre by the end of July. Clare County Council says the traffic arrangements are aimed at maximising vehicular access to the market area whilst works are ongoing. From Tuesday, access to and from the Market area will be enabled via Summerhill and Lower Drumbiggle Road, while access will be restricted from the Market area junction with Lower Drumbiggle Road to the junction with Barrack Street (local access only). Signage detailing temporary changes to vehicular access to the Market will be in place while personnel will be present at the junction of O’Connell Street and Barrack Street to assist with traffic management. The local authority is also reminding the public that trading in the area is operating as …

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Crashes disrupt Ennis traffic

Two separate car crashes brought disruption to a sunny Sunday evening in Ennis. The incidents resulted in traffic being redirected while gardaí inspected the scenes. There were reports of a car being driving erratically around the time of the incidents, just before eight o’clock last night. Cars were struck at the Mill Road and Barrack Street. There were a number of occupants inside the car that was hit in the second crash. A man was subsequently apprehended by gardaí. On Friday night, a teenage boy was airlifted to hospital in Cork after he was struck by a car, as he cycled between Sixmilebridge and Cratloe. A man in his 30s remains in hospital after he was injured in a single car accident at Shannon Banks on Saturday night.

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Key points of Ennis draft plan

The key points of the Draft Ennis and Environs Local Area Plan 2015-2021 are: Housing The draft plan zones 110 hectares of land for residential purposes, providing sufficient space for 2,600 housing units and giving the town the potential to reach its 2021 national population target of 32,000, up from 25,000 (2011 Census). The draft plan puts a strong emphasis on increasing the number of people living in the town centre of Ennis. Economic Development and Enterprise The draft plan confirms the importance of key employment locations, such as the Gort Road Industrial Estate and Roche in Clarecastle. It also zones land for expansion at Information Age Park, Ennis, in addition to lands for enterprise and light industry on the Kildysart Road. Enterprise zoning from the current town plan is retained at Beechpark, with potential to accommodate a campus-style, low-carbon enterprise park. A site for light industry at the Tulla Road interchange on the M18 and a 33-hectare site zoned …

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Hairdresser wigs out for cancer patients

AN Ennis hairdresser has come up with an idea that’s a cut above the rest in a bid to ease the trauma of cancer patients who have lost their hair. Ken Bradley, based at Barracks Court on Barrack Street in Ennis, is asking people to donate good unwanted wigs which will be restyled and given to cancer sufferers. Ken said he and the rest of his team at the salon were inspired by the recent wave of ‘no make-up’ selfies that have raised money for the Irish Cancer Society. Having survived cancer himself, Ken told us he was “shocked” at the cost of good wigs, describing the price as “atrocious”. He explained, “I’m three years free of cancer now but, since I had it, I have met through my salon a lot of people who are cancer survivors, mostly women. Unfortunately, hair loss is a side-effect of chemotherapy. I didn’t have to go through that, I had radiotherapy. But the …

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