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Ronan O’Gara coming to town

SHANNON Chamber members and their associates are in for a rare treat on Friday, April 4, when rugby hero Ronan O’Gara takes to the stage in Dromoland Castle Hotel for an after-breakfast conversation on all things rugby. Organised by mobile network Three, in conjunction with Shannon Chamber, the event, which begins at 7.30am, will set the mood for the Heineken Cup quarter final between Munster and Toulouse, which takes place the following day in Thomond Park. Shannon Chamber’s chief executive Helen Downes said, “We’re extremely excited to have secured this event for Shannon. It’s a departure from our normal event type, but, as Ronan is now a coach in Racing Metro, he will be able to give us his thoughts on leadership and management. I’m sure he will also give us an excellent insight into what it’s like to be part of a camp like Munster Rugby and Paul O’Connell’s innate ability to inject a winning mentality into a squad …

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Ennis a winner with hurling fixture

ENNIS Chamber has welcomed the added economic boost which came to the town with the hosting of Clare’s opening National Hurling League game against Kilkenny. “The success of the All-Ireland winning senior hurlers in winning their first Allianz hurling league match was made a little sweeter for the local economy by the thousands of people who came to Ennis to see the game yesterday.  The welcome reprieve in the recent stormy weather conditions also meant that spectators were able to travel in comfort.  Given the calibre  of teams in Division 1 of the league and as kingpins in hurling, Kilkenny attracted many of their supporters to follow their team to the West of Ireland,” commented Chamber CEO, Rita McInerney. “Ennis Chamber welcomes the playing of such league games in the County Grounds of Cusack Park.  It brought a real buzz to the town at an otherwise quiet time of year.  Local hotels reported a busy weekend both for Valentine’s and …

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All-Ireland big screen dilemma

A PLAN to show the All-Ireland hurling final on a big screen in Ennis has resulted in mixed reactions. It has been suggested the idea could negatively impact on pubs, hotels and restaurants that would otherwise benefit from the day, although members of the business community do not appear to see this as a material issue, according to town manager Ger Dollard. “The views of all members of Ennis Town Council have also been canvassed and there is unanimous support for such a proposal if it is financially and logistically feasible and would receive public support,” he said. Ennis Chamber CEO Rita McInerney said the overall consensus among members is the benefits of providing a big screen as part of a major event would outweigh any possible negatives. The town council is to make a decision later this week if it will organise a large event at a town centre venue and provide a big screen for supporters who are …

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