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Ennis Tidy Towns and Ennis Track AC keep litter on the run

ENNIS Tidy Towns are staying on track when it comes to their efforts to keep the county capital looking good. The local voluntary organisation have once again joined forces with Ennis Track Athletic Club to encourage youngsters to think reduce, reuse, recycle. Their latest initiative aims to get plastic litter on the run by developing colourful re-usable bags for runners and track shoes. Cormac McCarthy, chairman of Ennis Tidy Towns explains, “Ennis Tidy Towns has continued their collaboration with Ennis Track in driving sustainability as part of the clubs activities. Two years ago this involved supplying the club with reusable bottles which were given to participants in their kids road race. “This year we worked with them to develop re-usable bags for dirty runners and track shoes. It was observed that lots of shoes were being place in single use plastic bags and given the dirty nature of the shoes, these bags were being disposed of. The new drawstring bags …

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First steps taken in making foul Meelick odours a bad memory

RESIDENTS of a Clare community will hope foul smells from outdated sewerage works will soon be just a bad memory. Final site investigation works were undertaken by Irish Water, working with Clare County Council, as part of the planned upgrade to the existing wastewater infrastructure in Ballycannon, Meelick, last week. Local residents have been forced to endure foul smells from the existing sewage treatment plant for decades. This project will ensure that there is adequate treatment of wastewater, for now and into the future, as well as protecting human health and safeguarding the environment. There are plans to construct a new sewage pumping station, replacing the existing wastewater treatment infrastructure. A new sewer will also be constructed to transfer the sewerage flows from Ballycannon to the existing Wastewater Treatment Plant in Limerick City. These works will be subject to statutory requirements such as planning permission, land acquisition, appropriate assessment and road opening licences. In a statement issued to the Clare …

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Clare Bishop of Ferns says he is in favour of women priests

THE new Bishop-Elect of Ferns, Ger Nash, supports a greater role for women in the Catholic Church including their ordination as priests. This isn’t allowed under current church rules and the lack of women priests has been a bone of contention for many people in the Killaloe Diocese for decades. In an interview with The Clare Champion, the former Tulla priest who is “privileged” and “humbled” with his elevation, has also called for an examination of the real meaning of ministry and the role played by non clerics spreading the message of Christ during the daily lives. Asked if he believes women should be allowed to become priests, Bishop Nash said the full ministry in the church should be open to all baptised people. “When is that going to happen I don’t know. I am in favour of this. Most of the Irish Bishops are on record as striving to make ministry as inclusive as it should be. I think …

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Seconds out for Clare Cup

While it’s a rare weekend of inter-county calm before the storm, the competitive action has contrastingly rapidly mushroomed at club level, with a first bumper weekend of football and hurling leagues to come over a hectic three day span. That zero to a hundred fixture hike is in one way a welcome world away from the bleak lockdown longing that greeted the first five months of the year. However, with a large chunk of players still seeking match sharpness, it’s perhaps not ideal to be a dual player that in the absence of county contingents could be called upon to fulfill up to four fixtures over the coming days. Clare Cup Division 1A Round 2 Crusheen v Feakle at Crusheen, Saturday, 7.30pm (C Maguire) After opening round victories, this should present a welcome barometer for both this Saturday. Feakle’s opening round triumph over county champions Sixmilebridge will have given them a significant shot in the arm whereas the most encouraging …

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John Crowe elected chair of Shannon MD

SIXMILEBRIDGE’S John Crowe has been elected Cathaoirleach of the Shannon Municipal District. He was elected at the AGM of the MD this afternoon, while Michael Begley was elected as Leas Cathaoirleach. Councillor Crowe succeeds Councillor Pat McMahon, who reflecting on his year as Chair, said he would have liked to represent the area “in happier times”. He also spoke about the importance of supporting a struggling Shannon Airport. The Newmarket man said that Shannon has not received the support in terms of policy it needed over the years, while he noted that it hasn’t had a chairperson for months now. “It wouldn’t happen to Dublin” he commented. After taking the chain of office, Councillor Crowe praised his predecessor, saying he was glad to take over from someone he described as “a great man and a character.”

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New mayor: Ennis can shine after disastrous pandemic

“ENNIS is open for business”, the town’s new mayor Councillor Ann Norton exclaimed as she took the chain of office. The Barefield-based representative was elected as mayor of the county capital at the recent AGM of the Ennis Municipal District. Her vision for her term as mayor is to encourage recovery from the “disastrous effects” Covid-19 has had on Ennis. The founder of Clare Crusaders has also vowed to highlight the issues facing carers during her term in office. She was nominated to take the role by Councillor Pat Daly who stated she “is capable of becoming an excellent mayor”, pointing to her heavy involvement in the local community. The proposal was seconded by Councillor Johnny Flynn who spoke of her leadership qualities while also acknowledging the work of outgoing mayor Councillor Paul Murphy in what has been a “very difficult year”. This is Councillor Norton’s second time as mayor, having previously been elected in 2016, while Councillor Murphy was …

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Shannon taskforce to focus on estuary, not the airport

ON Tuesday Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said that a taskforce looking at the Shannon region’s economic potential and challenges will be set up. However, it now seems that the taskforce will be related to Shannon Estuary rather than Shannon Airport and the adjacent industires, which had seemed to be the case when he was speaking on Morning Irleand. While being interviewed, the Minister was asked about the setbacks at Shannon and the jobs at Lufthansa Technik, and he said, “I have been in contact with people in the area who are very concerned, and this has been an ongoing concern. “We are going to have to do a whole range of different projects in Shannon particularly, it’s the wider industrial estate, it’s not just the airport, it’s the jobs that come with it. “The Government are going to be setting up a Shannon taskforce, looking at the whole wider region, looking at the whole Shannon area. I believe that’ll be …

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40k jabs given in last two weeks

ALMOST 40,000 vaccines against Covid-19 were delivered by the UL Hospitals’ Group over the last two weeks, new figures have revealed.  The group delivered 110,127 doses of vaccine across the Mid-West up to the close of business on Tuesday, June 2, according to figures obtained by the Clare Champion.  It achieved a significant milestone by clocking up 150,000 vaccine doses on Wednesday since the regional programme got underway on January 4. This figure does not include the vaccines delivered by colleagues in HSE Mid-West Community Healthcare, the National Ambulance Service and General Practitioners. Pharmacists are also delivering vaccines from this week. In recent times, the group has been aware of a number of instances in which SMS text message appointment confirmations have directed people to centres other than those closest to their homes. Similar incidents have been reported in other parts of the country over the past few days.  The group has been working to identify and contact people who …

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