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Keane insight with The Gathering

WHEN Ennis songwriter Peter Keane first came up with the idea for a song about the experience of emigrants back in the late-’90s, little did he realise the effect it would have years later. His song, The Gathering, was first penned in 1999, many years before the notion of Ireland’s Gathering festival was born. Now it has been chosen as Clare’s official song for the national event calling the county’s diaspora home.The song was written following Peter’s years playing the vibrant music scene in New  York and Boston  and emerging local band Socks in the Frying Pan have been chosen to perform the song, which is now available on iTunes, with a video on YouTube.The song reflects an emigrant’s absence from his homeland and looking forward to a homecoming in Ireland. Peter’s ambition was always to professionally produce the song and make it available to a wider audience. In mid-2012 he approached the Gathering Clare 2013 Steering Group for support …

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Musical theme for St Patrick’s festivities

This year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade will commence from Aras Contae an Chláir at 11am on Sunday, Ennis Town Council has announced. The centrepiece of the day’s festivities will be the annual parade, the theme of which is ‘Ennis – A Musical Town’. The parade will commence from Clare County Council’s headquarters building rather than Ennis Courthouse this year. It will proceed down New Road before crossing over the Club Bridge and passing through Abbey Street, O’Connell Square, O’Connell Street and Barrack Street. The ­parade will terminate in the Market.Mayor of Ennis, Councillor Peter Considine, will lead the parade in a horse-drawn carriage, which will be followed by 50 groups representing the many aspects of life in Ennis and County Clare. This year’s parade will also feature the 40-strong St Mary’s Catholic School Marching Band from Phoenix, which is travelling to the county capital as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of Ennis’ twinning relationship with the Arizona state capital.There …

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Council honours former manager’s contribution

WHEN former county and town manager Joe Boland retired in 1983, it was said monuments to him could be seen by looking all around Ennis. That is as true today as it was 20 years ago, those gathered at a civic reception held in his honour by Ennis Town Council were told this week.The civic reception was awarded to Mr Boland in recognition of his contribution to local government over a 40-year period, including his 23-year-term as Clare county and Ennis town manager.At the event, Mr Boland, who was joined by his wife, Catherine; daughter,  Rosita and grandson, Liam, said he felt “deeply honoured” by the occasion. The Kerry native recalled, “I came to Clare on April 1, 1960, more than a half century ago and I came to stay”.He told how he declined a Government nomination for a senior post in Brussels as Ireland entered what was then the EEC because he wanted to stay in Clare. He spoke …

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Breakfast with Phoenix visitors

THE Ennis Phoenix Twinning Board are inviting the business community to meet with the delegates from the sister city of Phoenix, Arizona during their visit to the county this week. Any businesses, particularly those in the tourism and hospitality sectors, are welcome to attend the Business and Tourism Breakfast Forum on Friday at the Temple Gate Hotel from 8.45am to 10am.The forum will be chaired by Ronan Dillon, technical director, Microsemi Ireland Ltd. Guest speakers will include Ger Dollard, director of services and Ennis town manager; Brian O’Neill, Promote Ennis; Rita McInerney, Ennis Chamber and Phoenix City Councilman, Michael Johnson.The event is free of charge and full Irish breakfast is provided. However, places are limited so booking is required. Bookings can be made by contacting Margaret Neylon at Ennis Chamber by email to info@ennischamber.ie or calling 065 684 2988 by this Thursday.Phoenix Week 2013 will mark the 25th anniversary of twinning between the town of Ennis and the US city …

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Tulla Road roundabout could cost €250,000

THE cost of building a roundabout on the Tulla Road for residents of Oakleigh Wood, Derrymore and Cappahard has been estimated at around €250,000, with Ennis’ town manager Ger Dollard stating the council cannot spend half its roads budget on one roundabout. However, Mr Dollard said the council are working towards finding a solution to ongoing traffic issues in the area.

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Clarecastle fashionistas in playful mood

IF you are passing through Clarecastle and you spot local people strolling along with their heads up and their shoulders back and big smiles on their faces, don’t be alarmed… they are possibly practising for their debut on the catwalk.

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