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Inbhear’s inroad into meeting Clare town’s demand for housing

LAST week saw the official launch of Inbhear na Sionna, the new 47-unit estate, which has been delivered by approved housing body Co-operative Housing Ireland. The houses are one, two, three and four-bed units, each one with a BER rating of A3. Pearse O’Sheil is chairman of Co-Operative Housing Ireland and speaking about the organisation’s work he said, “What we do is provide homes for families, either in the social housing sector as an approved housing body, or indeed for groups of people who wish to come together as a co-operative and build their own homes. Since its foundation in 1973, the organisation has provided over 6,000 homes through home-ownership, shared ownership and social rented co-operatives. With its membership of democratic local co-operatives, Co-operative Housing Ireland manages more than 3,000 homes across Ireland as well as providing a network of childcare services in their communities. “We operate in the social housing sector, State support sector and we’d be open to …

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Spring start for €50m Clare project with contracts to be signed by end of year

WORK on the construction of the new Shannon River Crossing, Killaloe By-Pass and upgrading of the Ballina to Birdhill regional road is expected to start next spring, writes Dan Danaher. East Clare councillors were informed the contract for the main scheme works, estimated to cost in the region of €50 million, is expected to be awarded by the end of this year subject to Department of Transport approval. This was revealed at a Killaloe Municipal District meeting on Wednesday, following a motion from Councillor Tony O’Brien. Senior engineer, Sean Lenihan outlined members will be aware that this was a two-stage tender process, and that the council had already carried out a Suitability Assessment stage last year resulting in six main contractors being prequalified and shortlisted. Further to receipt of ministerial approval to proceed to tender, the council published the Main Scheme Works Tender on Friday, August 6, on the eTenders platform. “As expected for a project of this type and …

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East Clare community’s much anticipated journal hits shelves

ANTICIPATION is building in East Clare as the fifth journal from Tulla Reaching Out hits the shelves, writes Fiona McGarry. Reflections from Home and Abroad 2020-2021 combines local and family history, as well as some beautiful images of Tulla in the late 1950s. Jane Halloran Ryan and her small but dedicated team, which includes Sr Eileen Callinan and Caitlín Moloney, have been busily writing, compiling, proofing and chasing up pictures to illustrate the publication. Now, they are getting a chance to enjoy the fruits of their hard work. The tradition of publishing a collection annually started in 2016 to coincide with centenary celebrations of the 1916 Rising. “That edition completely sold out,” Jane said. “We actually had enough material for the 2017 publication and we more or less kept going. “We had just launched our 2019 publication before the pandemic came along and that’s why, this time, we’re covering 2020-2021. “We have a fantastic committee of seven people and a …

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Clare homeowners cannot be excluded from redress – Ó Broin

Sinn Féin housing spokesperson says major changes needed to make redress system fit for purpose, writes Fiona McGarry THE Sinn Féin housing spokesperson has insisted there must be “no distinction in terms of geography” for Clare homeowners looking to the defective grant scheme for those with defective blocks. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin, who has just published a detailed account of the plight facing thousands of people living in defective homes, told The Champion that the soundings on redress for Clare homeowners are “positive”. He cautioned, however, that major changes to the Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme are needed before it is fit for purpose. He also insisted that homeowners across the State must be treated equally, regardless of where they live, or the cause of the problems with their homes. Defects outlines the legacy of frenzied construction activity, much of it in the Celtic Tiger years, combined with a weak regulatory regime and buyers desperate for a foot on the …

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Clare competitors set course for ploughing championships

A GROUP of Clare landowners will fly the Banner flag at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska near Portlaoise this week, writes Dan Danaher. Clare ploughing competitors are revving up to return to national championship ploughing, as there has been no county matches since the end of 2019 due to Covid-19 restrictions. While Clare competitors haven’t enjoyed the same level of practice as other years, Clare Ploughing Association chairman, Pat Quinn, insists they will all do their best in their respective categories. “There is a great tradition of ploughing in Clare. Clare competitors punch above their weight in view of the fact there is no real tillage farming or stubble ground in the county. We hold our own in the All-Ireland ploughing championships. “A lot of the new tractors are so big their wheels aren’t suitable for ploughing. You need narrow wheels for ploughing. “It is becoming expensive for new young entrants to compete in ploughing championships, particularly if they …

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Christian community’s Clare housing plan hits a hitch

A BID to create housing for older members of a religious community in Tuamgraney has hit a hitch, with planners seeking further details on a number of aspects of the project, writes Fiona McGarry. At the end of June, The Christian Community lodged an application to update their existing facilities at Drewsborough, and to create 12 new accommodation units. While planners had initially indicated an August decision date was possible, they have now asked for detailed Further Information (FI) on several aspects of the proposals. According to a design statement submitted with the application, the existing Christian Community Centre is made up of a chapel, priest’s house, visitor accommodation, therapy rooms and associated services. The proposed project would involve the demolition of part of an existing building, the extension of an existing chapel and the creation of an accommodation block. In relation to the physical design, the application noted that, “The core of the design revolves around community and it …

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Busy tourist season in Clare but ‘labour crisis’ is biting

Clare hospitality industry reaps staycation dividend as Irish tourists spend more money, writes Owen Ryan WITH schools back and the evenings shortening, the peak 2021 tourist season has ended in Clare. While international visitors were absent again, the fact Irish people couldn’t easily travel meant that west and north Clare got a large number of ‘staycationers’ which allowed local businesses to enjoy a very busy summer. Kilkee-based county councillor Cillian Murphy said that the area has been very busy since reopening from lockdown. “It has been unusual in that there was a short run-in, then craziness and a short run out. In a normal year you’d start in April, it’d get busier incrementally, and then you have the mad summer before winding down in September and October. “This year there was no run in, the doors opened on July 26 and it was championship football! I know from being in business myself and talking to a lot of my friends …

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HURLING: Tulla finish season on a high

Under 15B Shield Final Tulla 2-25 Broadford 2-09 TULLA eventually eased to the last Under 15 silverware of 2021 after keeping Broadford at arm’s length on the home soil of Dr Daly Memorial Park on Tuesday evening, writes Eoin Brennan. Despite finishing lower than their East Clare rivals on the Under 15B table, the hosts were always in control, leading from start to finish, without ever really loosening their grip on proceedings. Chief marksmen Emmet Mulcahy (1-7), Ryan Hayes (0-7) and Daniel Humphries (0-6) combined for a remarkable 1-20 between them including some exquisite long range shooting while Sean Cunningham, Cathal Culloo and Shaye Curtis were others to impress for Tulla. Centre-forward John Moran led the Broadford charge alongside Cormac Gunning, Fiachra McNamara, and James Dillon, with their best period coming immediately after the break when halving the deficit to five thanks in the main to a well-worked Aodhan O’Driscoll goal. Overall though, Tulla possessed the greater balance, with everyone …

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