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Dragonboats help women with cancer

A NEW group in Castleconnell, just over the Limerick border, is looking to help women who are recovering from breast cancer by dragonboat racing. An ancient Chinese sport, dragonboat racing dates back over 2,000 years and has been in Ireland since the 1990s. Chairperson of Shannon Dragons, Bríd O’Connell, says it is very helpful for women in recovery. “It’s the upper body movement. It aids recovery and it helps to minimise lymphedema, which is a complication you can have if you’ve had the lymph nodes removed.” Originally from Birdhill, Bríd has close ties to Clare, having gone to school in Killaloe and having a role with Sixmilebridge Scouts Group. She says some women from Clare are already involved with Shannon Dragons but she wants to spread the word a bit. “We have women coming from Shannon and Ennis but we want to reach into the community in Clare; we want women around the county to know about this. We have …

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High Court hearing on Killaloe bypass

AN environmentalist has been refused leave to appeal against the rejection of his legal challenge to a grant of permission for a 2km bypass around Killaloe in South East Clare. Peter Sweetman, and an environmental protection company, The Swans and the Snails Ltd, claimed the project, including construction of a 170 metre bridge over the River Shannon, would result in irreversible destruction of a woodlands habitat. The habitat, an alluvial wet willow-alder-ash woodland, is located on the western side of the proposed bridge. The High Court case was brought against An Bord Pleanala after it granted permission for the project in March 2013 to Clare County Council. Mr Sweetman, Bunahowen Cashel, Countty Galway, and the company, with an address at Rossport, South Ballina, County Mayo, claimed an environmental impact assessment carried out by the Board did not comply with the Habitats Directive or planning legislation. Mr Justice Paul McDermott dismissed their challenge last month after finding the board received comprehensive …

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Lough Derg levels drop

As levels in Lough Derg continue to drop, the ESB has advised that the flow of water through Parteen Weir will reduce to 405 cubic metres per second today (Monday). The situation will be reviewed again tomorrow. This level of water flow will continue to have associated flooding to land and property in the vicinity of the Shannon downstream of Parteen Weir including the areas of Springfield, Montpelier, Castleconnell, Mountshannon (Annacotty) and the University of Limerick. Other areas between Parteen Weir and Limerick may also be vulnerable to flooding due to local issues. ESB is continuing to monitor the situation and is liaising with the relevant county councils.

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Water levels at Springfield recede slightly

Water levels on the Lower River Shannon at Springfield, Clonlara, reached the November 2009 peak level during Wednesday afternoon but have since receded by approximately 100mm, Clare County Council has said. The council has received confirmation from the ESB of its decision to maintain the spill rate at Parteen Weir at 440 cubic metres per second during today (Thursday). The council says it is monitoring water levels at Springfield, having regard to any potential increase in the spill rate at Parteen Weir and flood levels on the Mulkear River, which enters the River Shannon south of Annacotty. Clare County Council area staff, Clare County Fire & Rescue Service, The Defence Forces and Clare Civil Defence are continuing to provide support on the ground in Springfield, as well as assist in the transportation of residents of approximately a dozen properties isolated by floodwaters. Meanwhile, at Ballycoree Bridge, Ballyalla, Ennis, the River Fergus has recorded its third highest flow rate on record. The flow …

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Storm Frank to increase Parteen Weir flow

The flow of water through Parteen Weir is likely to increase in the coming days, given the high levels of rainfall forecast in the Shannon catchment, as a result of Storm Frank, the ESB has confirmed. The flow is set to increase to 440 cubic metres per second later today (Tuesday). The levels in Lough Derg are likely to increase to 2009 levels in the coming days and, as a result, the flow through Parteen Weir may increase up to 2009 levels (up to 500 cubic metres). This level of water flow will have increased associated flooding to land and property in the vicinity of the Shannon downstream of Parteen Weir including the areas of Springfield, Montpelier, Castleconnell, Mountshannon (Annacotty) and the University of Limerick. Note that other areas between Parteen Weir and Limerick may also be vulnerable to flooding due to local issues. The ESB is continuing to monitor the situation and is liaising with the relevant local authorities. …

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Severe weather alert: Don’t travel

As Storm Frank approaches, the Clare Emergency Coordination Group has advised members of the public against all unnecessary travel overnight tonight (Tuesday) due to forecast severe weather. Land, home and business owners, particularly those in low lying coastal areas and flood prone locations, are being advised to take precautionary steps in light of the heightened flood risk posed by a combination of strong gale to storm force winds, a large sea swell, high tides and already saturated ground. 20-30mm of rainfall was recorded across County Clare during Monday, with a further 25-35mm forecast by Met Éireann from this afternoon until late Wednesday morning. Clare County Council says standard operating and response procedures are in place in the event of flooding incidents occurring. An out-of-hours emergency number (087-4169496) is in operation to deal with requests for assistance from the public in relation to incidences of flooding. Clare County Council says a dedicated Emergency Helpline will be established should there be an escalation in the number of calls received. Clare …

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Shannon water levels dropping

Clare County Council has received confirmation from the ESB that discharge levels at Parteen Weir are being reduced from 405 cumecs to 370 cumecs today. The council said that water levels along the Lower River Shannon at Springfield, Clonlara, are now 300mm (1 foot) lower than they were at their peak on Saturday night.

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Marginal drop in Lough Derg water levels

The ESB has advised that, despite overnight rain, the level in Lough Derg dropped marginally in last 24 hours and the flow of water through Parteen Weir will remain at 405 cubic metres per second today (Thursday). It is expected to remain at this level of discharge for the next few days. This depends on the actual rainfall and the situation will be reviewed again tomorrow. This level of water flow continues to have associated flooding to land and property in the vicinity of the Shannon downstream of Parteen Weir, including the areas of Springfield, Montpelier, Castleconnell, Mountshannon (Annacotty) and the University of Limerick. Other areas between Parteen Weir and Limerick may also be vulnerable to flooding due to local issues. ESB is continuing to monitor the situation and is liaising with the relevant local authorities.

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