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New school building for Tulla moves a step closer

ST Joseph’s Secondary School in Tulla is a step closer to acquiring a new school building as the Tánaiste announced this week that the school has been sanctioned to begin the process of appointing a design team.The Department of Education and Skills published its school building work programme for 2011 and St Joseph’s new school project has been progressed to the stage where briefs will be formulated this year with a view to appointing a design team.Commenting on the recent development, school principal Margaret O’Brien said, “we are thrilled”.Half of the school currently operates out of prefab classrooms and it is accepted that the current school facilities and site are unsuitable. Ms O’Brien stated that although this progress has been made, it is essentially the beginning of the new school building process. She stressed that it had taken a lot of planning over the past 10 years to bring this project forward to the development stage.It is envisaged that the …

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Community remembers Glenwood Ambush

A SLIGHT wind chill but overall a beautiful day last Sunday was the setting for the unveiling of a memorial to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the ambush at Glenwood where six policemen were shot dead by members of the East Clare Brigade IRA.The day began with a concelebrated remembrance mass in Kilkishen Church by Fr H O’Dowd, assisted by Fr Harry Bohan and Fr K Hogan, who is the son of Seamus Hogan, Galway, a volunteer in the ambush. A number of relatives of the volunteers also participated in the service.Those in attendance then proceeded to the site in Glenwood where memorial committee chairman, Patsy Neville welcomed a large gathering and acknowledged the large voluntary effort that facilitated the memorial day.Speakers on the day included Deputy Tony Killeen and Fr Bohan, with the treasurer of the memorial committee John Lenihan making the closing address.The memorial itself is constructed so that a candle can be placed at its heart and …

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