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Annual concert to put seasonal spring in Barefield’s step

MUSIC, song, drama and smiling faces were everywhere in Barefield school this week as everyone put the finishing touches to rehearsals for the annual spring concert. The concert takes place in two instalments with the playschool, junior and senior infant concert being staged in the school hall this Thursday followed next week by the main spring concert, which opens in Glór next Tuesday night at 7.30pm. The event is already a sell-out as the staff and pupils welcome parents, grandparents, family and friends to a diverse feast of entertainment with most sketches being original pieces penned by class teachers. The senior children will fine tune their performances at a full dress rehearsal on the day of the concert.School principal John Burns expressed appreciation to everyone, pupils, teachers and parents, for their efforts in preparing the programmes for both concerts.The programme for the senior concert in Glór will feature the Barefield Céilí Band, ranganna 1 performing Poor Granny; Dreams performed by …

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Spirit of Fr McNamara lives on with Roslevan chapel

THE spirit of the late Fr Michael McNamara, former parish priest of Doora-Barefield, continues to live on with the new chapel in Roslevan named in honour of the popular priest.Moreover, it was announced this week that the Roslevan Pastoral Council have been shortlisted to represent Clare in the EBS Community Fund for the chance to win €10,000 and are urging members of the public to vote and show their support.The newly developed chapel at Fahy Hall has been named the Church of Our Lady, with Fr Jerry Carey explaining, “This is really a tribute to Fr McNamara. He would have had a great affection for the Lourdes pilgrimage each year. Our Lady of Lourdes was someone very strong on his spiritual journey, so we felt a fitting tribute to him would have been to call it the Church of Our Lady. I think he would have been very proud with what has been done.”The €550,000 redeveloped Fahy Hall, Roslevan Community …

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CCÉ drops fleadh bid to focus on 2014

THE surprise decision of the Abbey branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann to withdraw Ennis’ bid to host Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2013 could pave the way for the county town to host the prestigious competition in 2014.According to Micheál Ó Riabhaigh, chairman of the local Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann working group, the organisation are now targeting 2014, the 1000th year celebration of Brian Boru, as Ennis’ time to host the fleadh.He believes Clare’s role in stepping back from the bid for 2013, which was awarded to Derry at the weekend, will be looked on favourably. “I think the work for 2014 will start next week but fortunately the intensive work is already behind us and we have built up good relationships. I’m sure and very hopeful that our gesture will definitely be appreciated,” he commented.“It would have been by no means certain that Derry would have got it if we had not stood down. We felt it would have …

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Centre of welcome mooted for Glór

PROPOSALS for Glór to become the centre for a variety of nationally important cultural events “warrant further research”, local councillors have been told.At a recent meeting of Ennis East Electoral Area councillors, Councillor Johnny Flynn put forward a number of potential uses for the Ennis venue to be put before the board of Glór.Glór is currently undergoing processes to develop both a company strategy for 2012 – 2014 and a three to five-year business plan. According to Councillor Flynn, the facility could become the home for a National Centre of Welcome in 2013, the Year of the Gathering and into the future. He also urged that Glór, in association with Clare local authorities and local heritage societies, consider making an application to the Minister for Arts and the National Famine Commemoration Committee for consideration of Ennis to host the sixth National Famine Commemoration in 2013. “There would also be the potential use of Glór at the centre of a year-long …

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Dentists get their teeth into the gold standard

CLARE dentists have been getting their teeth into learning about advances in their profession after forming a local study group. The group of 10 dentists meet regularly in the Old Ground Hotel, working together to identify the gold standard of dentistry.The idea for the group came to Ennis dentist Niall McCarthy while he was studying for high-profile exams, which he passed first time.In the last two months Niall has successfully completed exams to become a member of the elite Joint Dental Faculty at the Royal College of Surgeons in London and also passed another set of exams for membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, Scotland.“It was a major achievement to get these honours from two of the most respected medical colleges in the world. I was only one of two dentists in Ireland to get both awards this year. And there is quite a significant failure rate in both exams. It …

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NRA plan under a-salt by councillors

THERE was harsh criticism of the National Roads Authority this week, with warnings that Clare’s county councillors would be “only cutting our own throats” if Part 8 planning permission is given to plans by the NRA to build a salt depot on the old GAMA site at the Tulla Road Interchange.At this week’s meeting of Ennis East Electoral Area councillors, Councillor Tommy Brennan criticised the plan describing it as a “farce” in light of the fact that Clare County Council recently developed three new salt barns to deal with the county’s roads.The NRA are planning to take over maintenance of the motorway network throughout the country, with plans to establish similar depots in other regions. The proposed Clare depot would be used to maintain the motorways in Clare as well as parts of Galway and Limerick. Speaking at this week’s meeting, Councillor Brennan stated, “This Part 8 is for the very people who are objecting all around the country to …

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‘We can move mountains and make connections’

THROUGH building connections with different organisations Ennis’ new town clerk Leonard Cleary believes “we can move mountains for Ennis”.Leonard, who has joined Ennis Town Council as town clerk, says “This is a unique and interesting time to join Ennis Town Council, during a recession and with major change on the local government horizon imminent”.The Corofin father of four began his career with local government in 1997. He spent the last five years a human resources manager for Clare local authorities and prior to that worked in the Community and Enterprise Department with the County Development Board, the RAPID programme in Ennis and also Kilrush Town Council where he worked as development and marketing officer. Before working with the local authority, he worked in the community tourism sector.He has studied at NUI Maynooth, NUI Galway, UCC and just a week before joining Ennis Town Council, he graduated with a Masters in Business from DCU. He has also taken the opportunity to …

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Rover Rescue saves 500th pup

This dog is certainly one lucky pup having become the 500th to be saved from the county pound by Deirdre Ryan’s Rover Rescue.Trixiebelle, along with 18 other dogs were sent to new homes in Wales this week after being rescued by Deirdre. For the past three years, Deirdre has been working with the county pound to bring abandoned dogs to new owners in Wales, working with the UK pet rescue charity, Many Tears. Saying goodbye to Trixiebelle, she said she was delighted to see the dog go to a new home. Trixiebelle, a 16-week-old wire haired Jack Russell was found as a stray and spent two weeks in the pound. Efforts were made to find owners, with the dog’s image even put on Facebook.“Unfortunately, nobody came. It wasn’t until he came with me that we realised he was a little deaf; we thought she was just subdued in the pound. She was actually very lucky because it’s surprising that she …

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