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Clare Youth Service seeks public support

MAYOR of Clare Pat Hayes and TV presenter Bláthnaid O’Donoghue have been enrolled as the first patron and friend of Clare Youth Service in a new sponsorship scheme that gives parents, young people and businesses an opportunity to support youth services in the county.Clare Youth Service currently operates 68 projects in 25 locations throughout the county. These include music projects, youth clubs, certified training, information points, youth cafés, justice work and education programmes.Some of this work is under threat in the current economic climate and the organisation has restructured internally in order to address cutbacks. It is now asking the wider community to help maintain its core frontline services.Individuals and companies can become a patron for a donation of €50 or become a friend for €20. Friends will receive a car sticker, while patrons will receive a certificate for their business premises or home, in addition to the car sticker.CYS chairperson Michael Byrne explained, “There have obviously been serious cutbacks …

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Crying out for visions of the county town’s future

  Following on from a community visioning exercise last year, representatives of Ennis, supported by the University of Limerick, will present an overview of the priorities raised at two informal sessions in the week ahead.The Ideas Market Place feedback sessions will be held on Saturday, from noon at Dunnes Stores and on Wednesday next from 5-8pm at the Temple Gate Hotel. The inputs will be considered to become part of the Hub Town Plan, which will be finalised during the summer.The Ennis 2020 Community Visioning project, undertaken in the first six months of 2011, started with town officials, councillors, representatives from the active citizenship and students and lecturers from the University of Limerick (UL) taking to the streets and attending meetings to facilitate discussion on the future of the town. Their goal was to find out what the town users would like their county town to look like in the year 2020. A report compiled by the university, together with …

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More research needed on Purple Flag process

ENNIS is “not anywhere near” the stage of applying for a Purple Flag, the award recognising excellence in the management of safe town centres at night, according to town clerk Leonard Cleary.Speaking at a recent meeting of Ennis Town Council, Mr Cleary said a lot more research has to be done and lessons to be learned from the UK before Ennis applies for the award. He also suggested a possible visit to the UK to see how the Purple Flag award has worked for towns and cities there.At a meeting of the municipal policy committee last month, it was agreed that the Purple Flag pathfinder process would be pursued and that Promote Ennis would be the applicant, with the gardaí and Ennis Town Council supporting the process.At this month’s meeting, Councillor Johnny Flynn emphasised that towns with a vibrant night-time economy have a much wider appeal. He outlined it has been shown “towns and cities in the UK that have …

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Tourism a path to industry

THE promotion of cultural events and festivals in the town will not only benefit tourism but could also lead to more manufacturing companies setting up in Ennis, according to the new president of Ennis Chamber, Brian O’Neill. Brian, who runs the award-winning Rowan Tree Café and Hostel, recently took over the chain of office from former president John Dillane. “I have a different perspective to John having come from the tourism sector but I am conscious of all aspects of business, including manufacturing. I think that by promoting Ennis and making it a better place to live, with different cultural events on during the year, makes it a more attractive place for manufacturing companies to come to Ennis, as they would think it’s a better place for their staff to live,” he said.Looking forward to his term, Brian explained, “The presidency is for one year, which doesn’t give you a whole lot of time to do a lot but I …

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Council urge Taoiseach to get the lead out

AN Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to be urged by Ennis Town Council to take action against a potential “health hazard” in the water supply and provide vital infrastructure for the future development of the town. At a recent meeting of Ennis Town Council, Councillor Frankie Neylon sought support from his fellow councillors to write to the Taoiseach outlining problems in Ennis regarding sewerage and clean water.Government funding has been approved for the replacement of lead distribution mains at Marian Avenue, Linnane Terrace and Aherne Terrace, with works expected to begin next month. However, according to Councillor Neylon it is a case of “to hell with the rest of the town with lead in their pipes”.He commented, “I have no problem paying for water, the problem I have is water coming into my house that is more than likely causing a health hazard. I have no problem paying for it if it comes out of the tap and I can drink …

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Laughing in The Lonesome West

Ennis Players are staging their full length spring production of Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West at Glór on Wednesday and Thursday, February 22 and 23 at 8pm nightly.The Lonesome West is the third play in the Leenane Trilogy. “It’s a comedy – a very black comedy and extremely funny. You find yourself laughing at the most inappropriate happenings. The play has four characters, two brothers Valene and Coleman Connor who lead stunted and frustrated lives played by Jackie Scanaln and Hugh Gallager. Fr Welsh, the local priest who is constantly having crises of faith, played by Joe Varden and Girleen Kelleher, a schoolgirl who sells poitín to the brothers, played by Ailbhe McMahon,” explained a spokesperson for Ennis Players.Geraldine Greene’s production will be taking to the roads after their glór performances, and taking part on the festival circuit at Doonbeg, Scariff, Ballyduff, Castleisland, Rossmore, Claremorris and Glenamaddy, after which the Players hope to have qualified for the RTE Open All …

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Council helping to scoop the poop

DOG owners are being urged to clean up their act when it comes to ‘scooping the poop’. Ennis Town Council are launching personal poop-scoop dispensers, which will be available for free, making it easier for pet owners to ensure they can always clean up after their dog.One of the objectives of Ennis Town Council’s Litter Management Plan is to work in partnership with the Dog Warden Service to introduce initiatives to reduce the fouling of public places by dogs. At the January meeting of Ennis Town Council, it was agreed, by the elected members, that a renewed effort would be undertaken to remind dog owners of their responsibility regarding dog fouling.Leonard Cleary, town clerk, explained, “As part of its Anti-Litter Awareness campaign 2011/2012, Ennis Town Council is now launching personal poop scoop dispensers. These fit directly on to a dog lead so dog owners won’t forget to bring them with them.  Ennis Town Council environmental wardens will be working closely …

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