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Pupils collect 5,500 batteries for recycling

THE children of Ennis Educate Together are leading the charge against waste by putting their energy into ensuring batteries are disposed of correctly. Thousands of batteries have been collected by the children with their mobile battery recycling unit and they show no signs of stopping.The unit came about when as part of its Green Schools initiative, the national school’s Green Schools committee organised a day of action to use the school as a battery recycling depot.The Green Schools committee spoke to the children about the dangers of disposing of batteries incorrectly. The children took this on board so much that they started bringing recycling boxes home and collecting the batteries from their neighbours and local businesses.The children then turned the recycling depot into a mobile recycling unit, bringing the recycling unit to the community.  As a result, the children of Ennis Educate Together National School collected in the region of 5,500 batteries to recycle. They did this over a period …

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Clarecastle GAA tackles loneliness in the community

CLARECASTLE GAA club is at the forefront of an initiative aimed at tackling social isolation within the community. This Sunday, at the club’s Lá na gClub, will see the first launch in the county of the GAA Social Initiative.Both Clarecastle GAA and Ennistymon have been chosen to initiate the scheme in Clare, with Clarecastle GAA being the first to do so this weekend. According to Paschal Russell, co-ordinator of the social initiative in Clarecastle, the idea behind this is to facilitate men who may be experiencing loneliness to get more involved with the community, renew old friendships, make some new ones and to share their wealth of life experience.The GAA Social Initiative arose as a result of President Mary McAleese and her husband, Martin, noticing an absence of older men in attendance at official functions during their many visits to local communities over the years. She came to the conclusion that many men, because of the changing patterns of life, …

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Community enhanced with opening of The Junction

THE newly opened Ennis Youth and Community Resource building, known as The Junction, will help build relationships and strengthen communities, according to the chairperson of Clare Youth Service.The Junction was officially opened in Cloughleigh at the weekend by Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, and Councillor Tommy Brennan, Mayor of Ennis.Speaking at the launch, Michael Byrne, chairperson of Clare Youth Service, commented, “This initiative will see the development of youth-led community facilities for the benefit of all. It will bring all sections together building the relationships, which are the foundation of strong communities. Young people will learn about their community, about their rights and responsibilities as part of a community and those of us who are a bit older will see young people grow and emerge into active citizens and leaders.“The challenge at this stage is to continue to build on our experience of operating an integrated youth service open to all young people and expand this facility …

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Graveyard histories revealed in new booklets

HIDDEN secrets of Drumcliff and Templemaley graveyards have been revealed as part of a joint initiative between the Clare Roots Society and the Clare Archaeological and Historical Society.Last week, both societies launched their booklets exploring the backgrounds of the local burial grounds. On the evening of the launch, Larry Brennan, Eric Shaw and Fiona de Buitléir of the Roots Society gave a guided tour of Drumcliff Graveyard. This was followed by a visit to Templemaley Graveyard, where Mary Kearns and Edel Greene discussed the church and older burials there.The Roots Society introduced its booklet, Drumcliff Cemetery: The Hidden History of Ennis and the Archaeological Society launched its booklet, Templemaley Graveyard. The booklets give a background to the burial in Drumcliff and Templemaley and the transcriptions of gravestones within the graveyards.The Drumcliff book, compiled and edited by Larry Brennan and Eric Shaw, is a joint initiative between the Roots Society and Ennis Tidy Towns. It contains articles on the history of …

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50 years in Brogan’s… Pat wouldn’t have it any other way

WORKING in Brogan’s Bar for 50 years, Pat Sheedy is well used to lending an ear to the many customers who frequent the well-known Ennis pub. But when it comes to talking about himself, the bartender shies away from being the centre of attention.While Pat may prefer to stay out of the limelight, this month he will rightly be the focus of celebrations at Brogan’s Bar, with an evening of music planned to mark his golden anniversary.Pat, from Doora, first began working in Brogan’s when he left school at 14. “I certainly didn’t think I’d be here this long. I started off in the yard doing the bottles and peeling the spuds. My sister, Francis, had worked there along with my brother, John,” he recalled. “Brian Hogan was the owner at the time, son of Patrick Hogan who was Ceann Comhairle.“Things were very different back then, there have certainly been some big changes over the years. The pub itself hasn’t …

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Fahy Hall to be completed in 26 weeks

THE redevelopment of Fahy Hall in Roslevan is set to be complete within 26 weeks. On Monday, contracts were signed with Galvin Construction for the redevelopment of Fahy Hall and the addition of a new oratory.According to Jackie Morris, of the Roslevan Pastoral Council, “This project will provide modern community and pastoral facilities for our community.”The redeveloped hall will increase the floor area and provide meeting rooms, a kitchen, store, toilets and other facilities. The oratory will be  a permanent place of worship, accommodating 95 people and can be combined with the adjoining hall to increase capacity to up to 300 people for mass and other church services.According to Jackie, this development is vital for the growing Doora Barefield parish and the Roslevan area, which has seen an increase in its housing population.“Doora Barefield Parish is one of the largest rural parishes in the Diocese of Killaloe. It stretches 16 miles from Barefield in the north to Doora in the …

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Mixed views on smoky coal ban

THE plan to ban smoky coal in Ennis must be introduced on a phased basis if it is to work, according to local coal merchant and Ennis Town Councillor, Frankie Neylon, who has also called on the Government to make domestic fuel exempt from carbon tax.Meanwhile, Green Party Councillor Brian Meaney has welcomed the smoky coal ban, describing it as “necessary” and is adamant it will benefit the town and the health of locals.Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan last week announced that from August 1, Ennis will be added to the list of towns and cities covered by the Smoky Coal Ban, under which it is illegal to market, sell or distribute bituminous or ‘smoky’ coal.However, according to Councillor Neylon, the ban will not solve problems with air pollution in the town and could lead to hardship for vulnerable people.“This will have to be phased in. Six or seven years ago we were promised it would be phased in …

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Calls for more Ennis signage on motorway

A SIGN for Ennis at the Scariff/Tulla exit of the Ennis bypass is of “paramount importance” to the town, according to members of the Ennis Development Forum and Ennis Chamber.The groups met with Clare’s four TDS for the second time in Ennis this week as they continue with plans to make Clare the first county out of recession.Among the issues discussed at the meeting is the need for more signage into Ennis off the motorway. At the meeting, it was agreed that all six Clare members of the Oireachtas will arrange a meeting with the National Roads Authority to discuss the concerns of the Development Forum and the Chamber.Speaking at the meeting, Councillor Johnny Flynn was among those calling for the signage as he outlined that during the first three months of the bypass opening, there was a 30% drop in the town’s tourist office footfall. It was noted that Athlone, which is of similar size to Ennis, has seven …

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