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New help programme for offenders

A programme designed to rehabilitate criminal offenders, the first of its kind in the country, has been designed by an Ennis-based psychotherapist.Johanna Treacy has designed RIOTS, (Reintegrating Offenders to Society) and the programme has led to her being shortlisted to take part in the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland bootcamp.This week, she will be vying for a place on this year’s Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Social Impact Programme, with a total fund of €500,000 up for grabs.The Social Impact Programme sought applications from individuals developing new, big ideas to address the social and environmental challenges we face in Ireland.Johanna explained that the idea for RIOTS came to her when she studied mediation and conflict intervention in Maynooth.“I always had an interest in people and behaviour, since I’m qualified as a career counsellor, clinical hypnotherapist, life coach and psychotherapist. While studying for the MA, I became very interested in the fact that the conventional methods to criminal justice were undeniably insufficient. The most recent …

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Howard visits US Irish Cultural Centre

Ennis Town Councillor Mary Howard made a big hit with the Phoenix/Ennis Sister City Commission at the Phoenix Irish Cultural and Learning Centre after the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Arizona.The parade had over 70 entries that stretched two miles. The Sonora Band that came up from Mexico was outstanding.  Los San Patricios de Arizona, which is an organisation that supports the more than 150-year-old friendship between the Irish and Mexican people, took first prize with over 20 cowboy (Chorros) horsemen and 14 costumed ladies riding sidesaddle (Escaramusa).  The American flag, led the Los San Patricios entry followed by the flag of Ireland, the flag of Mexico and then the famous Irish St Patrick Battalion flag of the Mexican American War of 1846. The St Patrick’s Battalion Commander, John Riley, was born in Galway and the St Patrick’s Battalion is celebrated annually in Galway, Ireland, Mexico City and now Phoenix, Arizona. They fought valiantly in Mexico over the boundary line …

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Input sought for vision of Ennis

THE first steps towards developing a vision for the future of Ennis are set to take place this week. The people of the town are being encouraged to take part in what has been dubbed a ‘community visioning’, where they will be able to directly contribute to a strategy for how the town will develop socially and economically over the next decade.Local people can make their ideas heard at a number of world cafés and public-space events to take place next week and also online and on twitter.Ennis Town Council recently sanctioned a research team from the University of Limerick’s Practicum programme to carry out community research asking what the people of Ennis would like their town to look like by 2020. The project is supported by the Clare Active Citizenship Network.The world cafés will take place on Thursday, March 31 at 7pm in the offices of Ennis Town Council, Drumbiggle; Friday, April 1 at 10.30am in the same location …

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