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“We can’t even stay in our house” -Tullassa planning application shot down

PLANNING permission for the permanent use of a site at Tullassa, Ennis for clay shooting hasbeen denied. The planning application had also sought additional recreational use, including archery, golf driving and compact sport clay shooting. Local residents claimed that the noise from the site is unbearable, said that they have to leave their homes when shoots are happening, in a series of objections they made to Clare County Council. Describing the area in question, the Clare County Council planning report stated, “The subject site is located in the townland of Tullassa, approximately 3km north-west of Ennis town. The site is a greenfield site accessed by a dense network of narrow local roads with poor vertical and horizontal alignment and with sections with restricted forward visibility. The roadway serving the site is narrow (2.5m) and there is no space for two cars passing. Sections of the road have deep drains on either side, with no margin to pull in, in the …

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The Champion Report -Episode 6

Check out the latest episode of our news and current affairs podcast, The Champion Report.

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Resolute Lisa Refusing To Allow CF Hold Her Back

Lisa Talty is looking forward to this weekend’s John Minogue Memorial Run in her native Miltown Malbay, as the community comes together to support four local charities including Clare Cystic Fibrosis which is close to her heart. The 28-year-old has lived with CF since being diagnosed as a baby, but doesn’t feel the term “suffers from” is one that applies to her. “I couldn’t really say when I first became aware of CF because this has always been my life. Something wasn’t right from the day I was born because I never cried. My mother Carmel felt something was a bit off, and I wasn’t thriving. There are pictures of me as a baby against a white wall, and to be honest you would nearly think I was part of the wall. Mam went all over looking for answers and was told several times she was imagining things. One doctor told her to stop being a hypochondriac first-time mother, even …

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The Wild Atlantic Way from the air

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Workshops on controlling Japanese Knotweed

CLARE County Council is to run a series of free public workshops in Ennis, Killaloe, Shannon and Miltown Malbay on controlling Japanese knotweed and other non-native invasive plant species. Led by Clare-based chartered environmentalist and invasive species expert Dr Frances Giaquinto, the practical two-hour workshops will guide members of the public through the steps to effectively control and eradicate non-native invasive plant species from their property. Since it was introduced as an ornamental plant from Japan in the 19th century, Japanese knotweed has spread across the island of Ireland, particularly along watercourses, transport routes and waste grounds where its movement is unrestricted. “The aim of each workshop is to raise awareness, to help the general public to identify Japanese knotweed and other non-native invasive plant species, and to give them advice on what actions to take if they come across knotweed on their own property, or locality”, advised Karen Foley, Environmental Awareness Officer with Clare County Council. The workshops are free …

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Shannon Airport to double capacity on Frankfurt service

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SHANNON Airport has announced that its first ever scheduled Lufthansa service is to have its capacity doubled this year with the announcement of a second weekly service to Frankfurt. The service will now operate to Frankfurt on Thursday’s as well as Saturday’s, with the outbound leg on Thursday’s arriving in Frankfurt in time to meet onward connections at one of Europe’s largest and most important airport hubs. The service will operate weekly using an Embraer190 aircraft on Thursdays and an Airbus A319 on Saturdays and will run from the May 2 to October 12. Welcoming the announcement, Shannon Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy said:  “This is very positive news for us as it reaffirms the market that there is for Shannon for services into European hub airports.  Lufthansa, which is one of Europe’s biggest airlines, came on board with this service in 2017 and would not be doubling frequency unless the demand was there. Having Lufthansa commit with this second …

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Loop Head Lighthouse to open on March 16 for new season

LOOP Head Lighthouse will open on Saturday, March 16 as the historic West Clare landmark opens to the public for the first time this year. The Kilbaha based lighthouse is located at the mouth of the Shannon Estuary on the Loop Head Peninsula, which is one of two “Signature Discovery Points” in  Clare along the route of the Wild Atlantic Way. It also is a landmark location on the Loop Head Heritage Trail and is one of 12 Great Lighthouses of Ireland. Loop Head Lighthouse is steeped in history and is rich in maritime heritage with its origins dating back to the 1670s. The existing tower style lighthouse was constructed in 1854 and was operated and maintained by a keeper who lived within the lighthouse compound. In January 1991, the lighthouse was converted to automatic operation, and today is monitored by the Commissioners of Irish Lights. The lighthouse, which attracted almost 25,000 visitors in 2018, will remain open daily (10 …

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Mullagh Entire Counting Down To 2019 Drama Opening Night

Mullagh Entire Drama Group are preparing to take to the stage for an 18th consecutive year when they perform ‘It’s the Real McCoy’ in Mullagh Hall. 2001 was the first time they ventured into the world of drama, and since then the group has gone from strength to strength. Mary McNamara is the woman in charge this year as she takes up the producer mantle after several years of directing proceedings in the background with continuity and stage hand duties. She says everyone is counting down to the curtain going up on their 2019 offering. “We are looking forward to getting out on stage now, rehearsals are going really well and everyone is putting their shoulder to the wheel to be ready for the opening night. What I have found myself with the drama is that when I got married first and my children were small, I got involved in whatever they were doing, whether that was football or things …

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