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Bobby the Cow, painted by Laurie Hehir, from Quilty.

Laurie chosen for art competition TV advert

A PAINTING by a young Clare artist and student of the Ennis Art School has been brought to life as part of a new television commercial. The painting by young Laurie Hehir, aged seven, was chosen to illustrate the promotion of the closing date for receipt of entries in the 2020 Texaco Children’s Art Competition. Her teacher, local artist Carmel Doherty told us, “This is a massive achievement for Laurie, her parents are delighted and very proud of her. She’s a very nice kid, full of beans and really creative. It’s marvellous to see her art work on the screen.” Screened here and in Northern Ireland throughout the months of January and February, its purpose will be to notify young artists, parents and teachers that the 66th Competition is underway. The commercial’s storyline centres upon Laurie’s painting of ‘Bobby’, her grandfather’s Friesian cow for which she was awarded a prize in the competition last year. Focusing on the characteristics that …

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Ennis receives €2m in Local Authority Housing funding

CLARE County Council has received approval in principle for more than €2 million in funding for the construction of eight houses at Roslevan, Tulla Road, Ennis. The development will comprise of two 2-bedroom and six 3-bedroom houses and funding of €2,036,858 is being made available from the Local Authority Housing Construction Programme as part of the Rebuilding Ireland initiative.

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Christmas in Ennis launches next Friday

SANTA Claus is coming to town on Friday, November 29, and will join Mayor of Ennis Municipal District, Cllr. Johnny Flynn, for the official switching on of the Christmas Lights and the launch of the ‘Christmas in Ennis’ programme in O’Connell Square from 5pm. The Mayor will be joined by two Students from Senior Infants in the Holy Family Junior school, showcasing their design & creativity in the painting of the hoarding surrounding the Christmas Tree, as Winners of the Ennis MD Art Competition. Colum McGrath will MC and Eimear Considine, AKA “the Eimearnator”, will be a special guest in an event not to be missed. Santa Claus is excited to attend the event which will also feature children’s entertainment, carol singing, hot chocolate, face-painting and much more. In conjunction with the switch-on of the Christmas Lights at 6pm, the Lions Club of Ennis will launch their Remembrance Tree intiaitive in aid of Cahercalla Hospice at 5.25pm. Road closures will …

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Road Traffic Accident on Ennis to Kilrush Road

A MAN has died following a two car collision at Ballybeg on the outskirts of Ennis on Monday afternoon. A driver and passenger were also hospitalised following the incident. The collision occurred at Edenvale on the main Ennis to Kilrush Road. A section of the road was closed off following the collision and traffic diversions were in place. The road has since reopened.

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Clarecastle Show 2019 – results

BEST IN SHOW Cora Grogan – Labasheeda BEST VASE OF GARDEN FLOWERS CONFINED TO CLARECASTLE Betty Slattery POTATO CHAMPIONSHIP Thomas Slattery – Ballynacally BEST VEGETABLE Thomas Slattery – Ballynacally BEST GLADIOLI Thomas Slattery – Ballynacally BEST ROSE Thomas Slattery – Ballynacally BEST PORTER CAKE Tara McInerney – Ennis BEST HOMEMADE JAM SPONGE Marie Kerrigan – Island McGrath, Clarecastle HORSES Class 1 Champion Yearling Colt, Gelding or Filly 1st John Tyner, Knocksmall, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Sundance Jackpot, Bred by Thomas Quigley, Sire: Tolan R, Dam: Limericks Girl 2nd Michael Keane, Moreen, Kilkee, Co. Clare, Bred by Jenny Glynn, Sire: Ascalon, Sire of Dam: The Traveller 3rd Emily Crowley, Ardcahan, Dunmanway, Co. Cork Bred by Pio Tully, Sire: Womanizer, Dam: Rostine Diamond Class 2 Champion 2 year old Gelding or Filly 1st John Tyner, Knocksmall, Kinsale, Co. Cork That’s Class Joe, Bred by Noel O’Shea, Sire: Maxum Joe, Dam: Mollip Diamond Strike 2nd Emily Crowley, Ardeahan, Donmanway, Co. Cork (Horse Doograne Master) …

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The Sky is the Limit for Kate

KATE Crotty and her mother Caitríona from Ennis are this week gearing up for the annual Tour De Munster Charity Cycle, which takes place from August 8 to 11. Thirty three year old Kate has completed a Certificate in General Learning and Personal Development in Mary Immaculate College and is currently undertaking a course on Office Administration in the Adult Education Centre, Ennis. Armed with her qualifications Kate has her eyes on an office job, and she and Mum Caitríona are so grateful of the supports received through Down Syndrome Ireland, which have led to so many doors opening for Kate. These supports would not have been available without the funds raised by the public through events like the Tour de Munster charity cycle, which marks 10 years in partnership with Down Syndrome Ireland Munster this year. The cycle takes place over four days, covering six counties of Munster where cyclists will traverse a 600km route. Last year the charity …

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New Site For St Joseph’s Hospital

A SITE has been secured for the construction of a new €25 million St Joseph’s Hospital in Ennis. The construction of the 100-bed, community nursing unit on five acres of Diocesan lands located near the Turnpike in Ennis will ensure that elderly care services remain at the heart of the county town, according to Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen. Deputy Breen said, “I am delighted that a site has been secured at this central location in Ennis for the construction of the new €25 million St Joseph’s Hospital. The sale of the 5.09 acres of land remains subject to planning permission for the development of the 100 bed Community Nursing Unit, but I believe the site provides the best option following the appraisal of a number of sites in the Ennis environs by the HSE. “The new state-of-the-art St Joseph’s Hospital building has been prioritised in the HSE Capital …

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Chemical in flood water confirmed as chlorine

CLARE Fire Service have confirmed that the chemical detected in water pumped from the leisure centre of an Ennis hotel on Monday morning was chlorine. Three units from Ennis and two from Shannon were called to the Auburn Lodge Hotel after a flooding incident in the basement of the leisure centre was reported at around 7am. It is understood that chemicals were being stored in the basement.The leisure centre was cleared of people as the fire service dealt with the flood. No chemicals in the water were initially detected however as water was being pumped out high levels of chlorine were discovered. According to a spokesperson for Clare’s Fire Service the situation has now been contained and the chemical is being disposed of at a licensed waste facility.

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