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Shannon jobs at risk

JOBS are at risk at Shannon IT company Avocent today. The company is a subsidiary of Vertiv, and in a statement it said, “Vertiv has notified the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection that we are considering staffing changes at our Shannon site. We are keeping our employees and customers informed. This is part of our efforts to deliver our products and services to our customers in the most effective and affordable way possible.” According to its accounts, Avocent International Designated Activity Company employed 84 people in the year to September 30, 2017. It had an after tax profit of US$6.4 million. Owen Ryan      

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Open Verdict in Gerard Tubridy Inquest

CORK’S Coroner’s Court has returned an open verdict into the death of West Clare man Gerard Martin Tubridy, who died following a head injury sustained on March 18, 2017 at Clohanmore, Cree, County Clare. At the inquest into his death assistant state pathologist Margaret Bolster told Thursday’s sitting of Cork Coroner’s Court that 59 year old Gerard Tubridy suffered a large linear fracture to the skull consistent with blunt force trauma on March 18, 2017 at Clohanmore in Cree. She detailed to the court that the injury which was sustained by Mr Tubridy was not consistent with a simple fall from an upright position as was the account presented to her, and was more likely associated with an accelerated fall. As to what caused the acceleration she said she could not definitively say. Having heard evidence from five individuals who travelled with Mr Tubridy on a short journey from Walsh’s in Cree to Mr Tubridy’s homeplace at Clohanmore, and also …

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Huge prices sought for Irish Open houses

NORTH Clare homeowners are looking for more than €8,000 to rent out their properties for the Irish Open and this week has seen calls for more moderate pricing. On Monday, on airbnb.ie, a house described in its blurb as a “Lahinch Irish Open house in Miltown Malbay”, could be booked for €8,169. On the same site, €7,879 could secure a golf fan a three-bedroom house, which was described as being an eight minute walk from Lahinch’s main street. Another property in the village was available for the princely sum of €7,022 for the week. Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship winner, Offaly’s Shane Lowry and world number 13, Tommy Fleetwood, were confirmed this week for the tournament, which is taking place from July 4 to 7. Local hotelier Michael Vaughan is a past president of the Irish Hotels Federation and he said some of the prices being sought are very high. “As far as we’re concerned in Lahinch and North Clare, the …

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Missing man located in Kilrush

KILRUSH Gardai have acknowledged support from members of the public for their assistance and help in searching for a missing pensioner late on Monday evening. Gardai said that the elderly man “has now been located safe and well.” “Particular thanks to Kilrush GAA, Kilrush Chamber of Commerce. Special mention of thanks to the staff of SuperValu, Kilrush for staying open and providing torches to searchers,” the Garda statement added. The search was led by Gardai, along with the Coast Guard and Cappa based RNLI. The man lives in the town and he was reported missing on Monday evening.

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Kinvara man still missing in Malaysia

AS of this Monday, Stephen Warde from Kinvara, who was last seen in Malaysia on December 28, has still not been located. Mr Warde’s mother, Mary Morrissey travelled out to Kuala Lumpar,Malaysia over the weekend to help with the search for her son and is accompanied by two of her daughters. The Department of Foreign Affairs is is providing consular assistance and is co-operating with local police in the investigation to find his whereabouts. Stephen Warde (32) from Kinvara, Co Galway arrived in Malaysia alone on November 15 last and rented a unit at the Mercu Summer Suites along Jalan Sultan Ismail in Kuala Lumpar. He was last seen on December 28, a day before his tenancy was to expire. All of his belongings were still in the unit when searched by police. Police chief Assistant Commissioner Dang Wangi Shaharuddin Abdullah said, “Investigations are ongoing.” “He was supposed to check out from the unit on December 29, but did not …

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Clare’s construction sector on the rise, slowly but surely

WITH predictions that the Irish construction industry will increase in size by a massive 20% in 2019, the once moribund sector has shown signs of life around the Banner, although there is some frustration that the progress isn’t as quick in Clare as around the major urban centres. Enda Galvin of Galvin Construction said he does expect the industry to improve significantly in the coming months. “I’d imagine so, it kind of has already for ourselves but you’d hope it would for everyone.” A tiny number of housing estates have been finished in the county over the last 10 years but his company is currently working on a new one. “We launched in Crusheen before Christmas and we had fairly good sales, off plans. About half of our first phase is gone off the plans. We’re hoping that by the middle or end of February we’ll have the first phase sold out, so it’s not bad now.” There are 12 …

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Ogonnelloe NS Gives Meat the Chop

A SOUTH-East Clare national school is going to give meat the chop, as part of a move to save energy and help combat climate change. Ogonnelloe National School will be going green by opting for an alternative to meat at least one day a week as part of the ‘One Good Idea’ programme being run by SEAI Ireland. The school was selected to participate in the initiative, after it came up with this innovative way to save energy and combat climate change. Teacher Barry Kiely, who is the green school’s co-ordinator, said the children and community are rowing in behind the project. “The children in Ogonnelloe put forward the idea of having a meat-free day once a week to cut down our meat intake to help save more energy and help combat climate change. Our idea was selected for the next round and we made the shortlist for the top 40 schools in Ireland,” he explained. By being shortlisted, the project has now been given the green light and the school is now looking to get the local community involved in their effort ahead of a further selection process for …

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