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End in sight for Ennis boil notice?

In a report on the matter, Gerry O’Donnell of the Water Services section of Clare County Council, said, “The 30-day commissioning test re-commenced on Monday, September 28, at noon. This test period ended at 12pm on October 28. No major operational issues occurred during the test period and the water treatment works performed satisfactorily. “Water was produced in sufficient quantity to maintain the required reservoir levels. Site testing to date would indicate that there are no quality issues with the water produced. Results are awaited from the full suite of quality tests. However, initial results would indicate that there are no quality issues arising. The hydraulic capacity of the water treatment plant was tested on 24, 25 and 26 October. The plant delivered the required output capacity.“Clare County Council are awaiting submission from the DBO contractor of full chemical parameter tests taken last week. Subject to verification from the employers representative that the tests on completion are satisfactory, a taking …

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Bridge building for the kids

PUBLIC representatives crossed the political divide last Friday to cut the tape and officially open the new childcare facility in Sixmilebridge, Bridge Kids.Local Fine Gael councillor John Crowe, sporting the mayoral chain, was joined by Fianna Fáil Deputy Timmy Dooley, on behalf of Clare’s Oireachtas members, in cutting the tape to declare the facility, located under the roof of the €1.35 million purpose built centre on the Shannon Road, officially open.The ceremony brought to an end a five-year search by Bridge Kids, operated under the auspices of The Bridge Complex, to find a place called home.In 2004 a privately owned Montessori school, then trading as Sixmilebridge Montessori School and based in the parochial hall, was donated to the community under the care of The Bridge Complex, a registered co-operative.Later the Montessori school also organised summer camps for older children and the name Bridge Kids was born. Grant aid, volunteering and fundraising allowed considerable work to be carried out on the …

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Kilrush student awarded national science medal

KILRUSH student Michael Shannon, who attends Kilrush Community School, received an Intel Excellence in Science medal for his project, which tested the effects of microwaves on PTFE glass-coated fabric at the Celebration of Excellence in Science in the Open Innovation Lab in Intel Ireland, Leixlip, recently.A total of 1,980 students from 162 schools exhibited 836 projects nationwide in SciFest 2009. This represented an increase of almost 25% in the number of students participating compared with the previous year. The rapid increase in participation in SciFest is a clear indication of the interest and enthusiasm among students and teachers in the investigative approach to teaching and learning science.SciFest is a national festival of science organised regionally in collaboration with the Institutes of Technology. It is open to all second-level students. The aim is to encourage a love of science through project-based learning and to provide more opportunities for students to present and display the results of their scientific investigations. The SciFest …

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Kilrush house of despair

A KILRUSH woman is demanding that the local town council either re-house her and her three children or repair the squalid house they live in, which is located in the John Paul Estate in the town. The two-storey house is the only one in its row in Beech Park that isn’t boarded up, as Adrienne Simmons’ neighbours have all been moved to new houses elsewhere in the estate as part of the €5,121,600 John Paul Estate Regeneration Programme.

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Shock awaits tipplers who urinate in Ennis lane

A NASTY electric shock awaits Ennis pub goers who decide to urinate on the doorway of a well-known music shop, a local businessman has warned.Fed up of removing foul-smelling urine, faeces and vomit outside Custy’s Traditional Music Shop in Cooke’s Lane every Monday morning for over three and a half years, proprietor John O’Connor insists that he is left with no option but to take radical action to safeguard his business.Mr O’Connor has installed a device that transmits a painful electric shock for men and women who decide to relieve themselves in the recessed entrance to his premises behind a posted sign on the wall stating, “electric current in operation, urinate at your own peril”.After building up a large number of local, national and international customers over the last 17 years, including his three-and-a-half year stint in Cooke’s Lane, Mr O’Connor is determined to protect his business in the middle of an economic downturn.The proprietor has also vowed to place …

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