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Inspirational Angela remembered as ‘a woman ahead of her time’

ANGELA Lyne, a name synonymous with the success of some of Ennis’ most well known businesses, has been remembered as “inspirational and a woman ahead of her time” as she was laid to rest this week. Mrs Lyne (nee Canny) played a key role in The Queens Hotel, Cruises Bar, Restaurant and nightclub and the Auburn Lodge on the Gort Road alongside her husband Robert, known to most as Bob. Mourners gathered at Ennis Cathedral to say their final goodbyes to the mother of five on Tuesday. Paying tribute her son Riobard remarked it was appropriate the funeral was taking pace on the longest day of the year. “Mam, for decades, would be up before dawn and finish late in the night. It would seem for her that there was not enough hours in the day.” He recalled his mother’s early years in Tullabrack near Kilrush, and her move to Listowel to work as a telephone operator. She was then …

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Initial results of Census 2022 reveal changes in Clare

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has released the preliminary results from Census 2022, documenting a number of key changes in county Clare. In Clare the preliminary figures show that the population on April 3 was recorded at 127,419, an increase of 8,602 (+7.2%) since 2016. The population increase in Clare is largely in line with the national trend which showed a 7.6% increase in population from 4,761,865 to 5,123,536. The population in Clare included 64,733 females and 62,686 males. This was made up of a natural increase (ie births minus deaths) of 3,122 and an estimated net inward migration (ie population change minus natural increase) of 5,480. The total housing stock in Clare in April 2022 was 58,148, which represented an increase of 2,369 (4.2%) since 2016. The increase in housing stock in Clare is below the national average of 6%, which will not come as a surprise to those seeking to access a home. The increase in housing stock …

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Clare pyrite group concerned over brief Oireachtas audience

CLARE campaigners have voiced concern at the amount of time available to address an Oireachtas committee this Thursday afternoon on the bill underpinning the new defective concrete blocks grant. Last Tuesday, Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien confirmed that homeowners in Clare and Limerick are to be given access to the revised scheme. The legislation to activate the grant will come before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing on Thursday, via a mechanism that has been described as “accelerated scrutiny”. This falls short of full Pre-Legislative Scrutiny (PLS), which had been sought by homeowners’ groups including the Clare Pyrite Action Group (CPAG). However, it is seen by some as a compromise position, in that it reduces the likelihood of delays in passing the legislation before the summer recess. The Housing Committee will sit from 1pm to 8pm on Thursday to discuss the Remediation of Dwellings Damaged by Defective Concrete Blocks Bill 2022. The founder of the CPAG, Dr Martina Cleary, has been …

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School to move into GAA club car park ahead of new building

A MULTI-million euro redevelopment of Knockanean National School has moved a step closer as planning permission is now being sought for a ‘decant’ temporary school at a local GAA club. The board of management at Knockanean has lodged an application with Clare County Council for a temporary school on lands at St Joseph’s Doora – Barefield GAA Club to be used during construction of a long awaited new school development which has already been given the go-ahead. The temporary primary school will consist of seven prefabricated buildings to accommodate 12 classrooms, five SET Rooms, staff room, principal office and administration. Other works include roads, parking and a drop-off area. According to a services report lodged with the application on behalf of the school, no set-down or pick up will be facilitated on the public road. The proposed development will use the existing gates which are 6 metres wide with adequate sight lines available without works. It is proposed to provide …

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Council backs NCT-style certification for landlords

CLARE County Council has urged the State to introduce an NCT-type certification for landlords who are renting houses to tentants. At Monday’s meeting Councillor Johnny Flynn proposed that such certification be brought in, noting that in Clare there are around 1,700 houses rented to tenants who receive State support, meaning the taxpayer is putting €10-15 million into the rental market. He said that while most landlords keep their properties to a good standard, there are those who don’t. The Ennis representative said that he knew of one instance where a person left a tenant without any heating for 13 months, a situation he described as “dreadful”. He added that a lot of vulnerable people are in households that are damp and poorly ventilated. The motion was seconded by Councillor Donna McGettigan, who said she was doing so with reservations. She said people in the rental market would be concerned that if works are done landlords could use it as an …

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Loose armadillos spark safety fears in Ennis

ARMADILLOS on the loose could result in a trip hazard on Ennis roads, an Ennis councillor has warned. However, these aren’t armadillos of an animal kind, instead they are safety measures which have been installed as part of the county capital’s network of cycle lanes. Councillor Mary Howard raised the need to clean bollards and armadillos along the route from Clon Road to College View at a recent meeting of the Ennis Municipal District. The council confirmed that there are a small number of armadillos and kerb bollards that need resetting or replacing between Eire Óg and the Kilrush Road, and this work is on the local authority crew’s work list. The councillor pointed out that over the last number of years the council has invested a large amount of money in Active Travel initiatives throughout the town. She requested that these initiatives be maintained “as your built environment leads your social environment.” She urged that cycle path markings need …

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Airport can’t head off high air fares, councillors told

VERY high levels of demand are behind the high prices currently being charged for certain flights from Shannon Airport, its CEO Mary Considine told Clare county councillors. Independent councillor Michael Begley and Fianna Fáil’s Pat Hayes both questioned prices currently being charged, and in response Ms Considine said that with strong sales, airlines are charging more for the few remaining seats on flights. “We have 27 routes now if you include Paris, available from Shannon, at the moment the load factors are very high for the summer season. That is driving up price, that is the quandary. “If you have a flight with 95% load factor already, only 5% seat capacity available, the airline will manage their own yield and you’ll pay more for that.” She said that airlines rather than the airport set the prices. “Unfortunately that’s outside our control, that’s not washing our hands of it, the reality is that we are very competitive as an airport, we …

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Traffic management plan in place for Spancilhill Fair

A ONE way traffic system will be implemented in the vicinity of Spancil Hill on the R325 Ennis/Tulla Road between 7.30am and 6pm on Thursday, June, 23. Traffic heading from Ennis to Tulla will proceed as normal throughout the day. Traffic coming from Tulla towards Ennis will diverted left at Norrie Henchy’s Bar. To proceed following ‘Detour Ahead’ signs for Ennis as far as the Quin Road, Lynch’s Cross and/or proceed following Detour ahead signs for M18 Motorway through Lynches cross and exiting at Killoo East junction. Gardaí advise there will be four car parks for vehicles not pulling trailers/possession of animals. These will be situated in: Kelly’s Car Park/Field – non-towing vehicles only (from Ennis direction); Duggan’s (pub) Car Park – non-trailer/towing vehicles only (from Ennis direction); McGrath Car Park – non-trailer/towing vehicles only (from Tulla direction) and Carolan’s Car Park – non-towing vehicles only (from Crusheen/Gort direction). The Fair-Field and McDonagh’s fields for vehicles towing horses/trucks only etc. …

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