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Cycle gives businesses €1.5m boost

BUSINESSES in Ennis reaped the benefits of up to 4,000 visitors in the county at the weekend due to the Sky Ride Etape Hibernian Cycle. Shannon Development has estimated that the event generated in the region of €1.5 million for local businesses, including eateries, hotels, bars and shops.CEO of Ennis Chamber, Rita McInerney, said the chamber is delighted with the success of the cycle and the benefits it brought to businesses, in its first year.“Town was certainly busy over the weekend, especially on Sunday in the Market area of Ennis. We will be carrying out a review of the event to determine the benefits to local business but I can say without a doubt that business was certainly up. Hotels and B&Bs had high occupancy rates. Of course, the Merriman Summer School was also in, which also attracted people to Ennis. There would have been up to 4,000 visitors here over the weekend due to the cycle and Shannon Development’s …

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McGuigan confirmed for Muhammad Ali celebration

A QUESTION-and-answer discussion with former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan will be the highlight at an event to mark the first anniversary of boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s visit to Ennis last year. Celebrating The Greatest – An evening with Barry McGuigan will be held at Glór in Ennis at 8pm on Wednesday, September 1.

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