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Brothers in Arms Legacy Lives On

Tina Kenneally and Fiona Moloney, mothers of Shay and Jack holding the new rugby cup at the Ennis Rugby Club. Photograph by Paul Corey.

TWO Ennis families will come together, a year on from Ennis Rugby Club’s U-15s North Munster Cup win, to present a newly-established Brothers in Arms Cup dedicated in memory of Jack Kenneally and Shay Moloney. On April 28, ahead of the first anniversary of Jack and Shay’s tragic passing as they enjoyed the summer sunshine swimming in Ennis, the Kenneally and Moloney families will join in solidarity to present the cup to the new U-15s champions.Coaches Eamon Connaughton and Pádraig Brennan decided to dedicate a new North Munster Cup in memory of the two players, who are deeply missed but never forgotten. Shay’s mother Fiona said, “The cup means so much to us as a family; it is lovely. We were so involved.Most of my Sundays for years were spent on the sideline, so it was like they were all my children. Shay’s favourite things were family, rugby and friends and they were one family. It’s beautiful to have Brothers in …

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LEADER Funding Boost For Two Banner Tourism Projects

Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has welcomed the allocation of more than €40,000 in funding to two rural tourism projects from the latest round of approvals under the LEADER fund. €29,400 will go towards website development and the provision of facilities for disabled people at Kilkee Golf Club and €11,500 to the Burren Ecotourism network for a destination marketing programme. Deputy Carey said that the latest allocations brought total LEADER funding for Clare projects to more than €6.6 million as of April 7. “This increase reflects a significant expansion of activity over the last 18 months since the introduction of a range of measures to make the programme work better for both potential applicants and for the LEADER Local Action Groups which deliver the programme on the ground. “We want to see this momentum continue over the coming months and the funding for the approved projects drawn down as quickly as possible. “LEADER funding represents an enormous opportunity for …

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Ballycar flooding must be tackled to aid current growth on western rail corridor

Flooding at Ballycar is disrupting rail services.

    RECENT passenger figures from Iarnród Éireann have shown the Limerick to Galway rail line is the fastest growing rail route in the country.   The growth in passenger numbers looks set to continue this year, as over 91,000 journeys were recorded on the line up to March 24.This compares with 74,000 journeys for the same period last year.   Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey says that this remarkable growth further highlights the need to address the frequent flooding on the line at Ballycar which has resulted in the suspension of the service for extensive periods over recent years.   “As Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Rural and Community Development, I facilitated two hearings on this matter with Irish Rail, the Office of Public Works and Clare County Council in an effort to broker an agreement to benefit the thousands of people who use the service and the many more who would if its reliability could be assured.   “I’m …

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Shannon historian reflects on Provo history in the South

SHANNON historian Gearóid Ó Faoleán’s book A Broad Church – The Provisional IRA in the Republic of Ireland, 1969-1980 has just been published and has provoked a huge media reaction north of the border. The 31-year-old is a past pupil of St Patrick’s Comprehensive and is now based in London. He is getting married next month. Obviously, his home town has a very large northern population, while his own mother arrived from Belfast in the early ’70s, as the Troubles raged. The subject of Republicanism in the south really came into focus for Gearóid when he was a history student based in Limerick. “When I was in Mary Immaculate College, I was studying history and we had to do a final year project. What I looked at was the settlement in Shannon from the North, the push and pull factors and why they ended up here. It’s easy to see why they left the North but I looked at how …

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Referendum Commission encourage voters to check register

The Referendum Commission has launched a nationwide campaign to encourage people to make sure they are registered to vote on the forthcoming referendum on the regulation of divorce. As part of that campaign it is encouraging people in Clare to check the register.  The referendum is taking place on Friday May 24, the same day as the European Parliament and Local Government Elections. The Referendum Commission will over the coming weeks be running TV, radio, online and social media advertising to urge people to check if they are registered at checktheregister.ie.  While the Commission’s remit covers the referendum only, being on the electoral register will allow you to vote in the referendum and the European and local elections. Chairperson of the Referendum Commission, Ms Justice Tara Burns said, “In order to vote, your name has to be on the register of electors for the address at which you normally live and checking if you are registered is really very simple, you …

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Clare Team Named For Munster MFC Opener v Limerick

Manager Dermot Coughlan has named his starting 15 for Clare’s opening round tie in the Munster MFC. Clare make the trip to Newcastlewest on Wednesday evening to face Limerick in the first round of the new phased format. The starting 15 shows just one survivor from the 2018 All Ireland quarter-final loss to Galway with captain Shane Meehan the only player still underage. The team in full is listed below. Clare Minor Football Panel v Limerick 1.Oisin O’Loughlin O. Ó Lochlain (St. Breckans) 2.Tadgh Lillis, T. Ó Laighléis (Doonbeg) 3. Micheal Garry M. Mag Fhearaigh (Cooraclare) 4.Ciaran McMahon C. Mac Mathúna (Ennistymon) 5. CillainMcGroary C. Mag Ruairí (Corofin) 6. Alan Killeen A. Ó Cillin (St. Josephs Doora Barefield) 7. Matthew Reidy M. Ó Riada (Shannon Gaels) 8. Eoin Rouine E. Ó Ruaín (Ennistymon) 9. Brendan Rouine B. Ó Ruaín (Ennistymon) 10. Pat Doherty P. Ó Dochartaigh (St. Breckans) 11. Diarmuid Fahy D. Ó Fathaigh (Ennistymon) 12. Dara Nagle D. de …

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Council mark 120th anniversary of first meeting

At its April monthly meeting on Monday (April 8) Clare County Council marked the 120th anniversary of the first ever meeting of the local authority, which took place in the Grand Jury Rooms of Ennis Courthouse on April 22, 1899. The ceremony featured presentations by Pat Dowling (Chief Executive) and Dr John Treacy of Clare County Council on the history of Clare County Council and the origins of the local authority. Mr Treacy is writing a book on the history of local government in Clare which is due for publication in May 2020. The ceremony also featured musical entertainment by piper Blackie O’Connell in memory of the famed Clare piper, Garret Barry. The piper died on the same week that the first elections to Clare County Council were held in April 1899. To mark the 120th anniversary of the first meeting of Clare County Council, the original minutes of the first meeting as well as an original copy of the …

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