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Council requests further information on proposed paintball facility

PLANS for Clare’s first paintballing activity centre are on hold as Clare County Council has requested further information in relation to the proposed facility on Coillte lands near Quin.The application, which refers to the development of an outdoor activity facility at Cullaun/Deerpark South, including paintball, was lodged by Horatio Vasiu and Stranislav Goreanschi in November. In the last week, further information has been sought by the local authority after it raised concerns that the proposed development may result in the fragmentation of habitat, population or breeding area of bats, birds and mammals using the lands. It has requested the applicants to carry out a species and habitat survey of the subject site and an ecological assessment of the area with a view to addressing these concerns. The council has noted that “the proposed natural heritage area of Lough Cullaunyheeda is located approximately 500m to the north-east of this site and the subject site itself consists of planted Coillte beech woodland …

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Quin paintball centre plans look locked and loaded

The application, which refers to the development of an outdoor activity facility, including paintball, was lodged by Horatio Vasiu and Stranislav Goreanschi in November and a decision is due by the end of this week. The applicants are seeking to develop the facility on Coillte lands at Cullaun/Deerpark South, near Quin. Coillte forest manager Christy O’Dea confirmed to the local authority that Coillte Teo had no objections to the paintballing company applying for permission to operate the activity centre on Coillte lands.In a cover letter to the council, the applicants said they are “experienced operators of a similar facility”. “We intend carrying out the limited construction work, running and managing the facility initially ourselves. At this stage paintball is the only activity being considered, However, it is hoped any permission, which Clare County Council might grant, would allow some flexibility and provide for other compatible outdoor activity,” they continue. In a document on the planning file, the applicants say their …

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Missionary celebrates 60 years in the Philippines

A Clare missionary recently celebrated an important milestone in his ministry. Fr Donal O’Dea, a native of Quin, was ordained to the priesthood 60 years ago.A member of the Columbian Missionary Order, Fr Donal has served in the Philippines since 1951 and for most of his life has worked with the tribal people of the remote province of Zambales in that country.Fr Donal, whose brother Paddy and family live at Knocknagoug, Quin, returned to Ireland last summer to mark his 60th anniversary but officially celebrated the momentous occasion at his home in the Philippines on Wednesday, December 21. Fr Donal Hogan of the Columban order in Ireland said he could not speak highly enough of his colleague. He recalled his own time in the Philippines and visiting with Fr O’Dea on a number of occasions, including following some very grim natural disasters. “I visited him on many occasions. He is a fantastic priest. The Philippines was his first station and …

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’Mills centre extension meeting

O’Callaghan’s Mills Community Council will hold a public meeting this Tuesday, January 10, to discuss plans to refurbish and extend the local community centre. The event kicks off at 8pm in the community centre, where there will be a presentation of the proposed plans for renovation. The centre, which was the old parish schoolhouse, was converted to a community hall in the 1970s and it has been used by the community as a meeting place and montessori in most recent times. However, the centre is in need of upgrading and the community council is proposing to carry out renovations to include the installation of new windows and flooring in the main hall, the upgrading of toilet facilities and to provide kitchen facilities. The council are also looking at providing a wheelchair toilet and wheelchair access. An extension is also being considered by the council, which would allow for more activities to take place within the centre.  The community council is …

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Running to help transform Ethiopia

RONAN Scully has spent the past 22 years working in the developing world, having lived in varying areas in that time, while working for the Irish charity Self Help Africa. Ronan, whose family hail from Spancilhill, recently completed the Great Ethiopian Run and told The Clare Champion about the influence his work has had on his life. “I have worked in the developing world for the past 22 years living in Calcutta in India for three years and then three years in Angola in Africa, also some time in Sierra Leone, Kenya and Ethiopia and a little time in Malawi. I work for the Irish charity Self Help Africa. I have something of a vested interest in what happens in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. It’s a connection that started way back in 1984, when the images from Michael Buerk’s BBC report on the famine prompted me to change my own life and begin a career that has seen …

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