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Gaelcholáiste teacher wins Kerry Rose

GAELCHOLÁISTE an Chláir and Ennis Community College continues a blooming relationship with the Rose of Tralee competition as art teacher Síle Ní Dheargain was named the Kerry Rose at the weekend.Former Gaelcholáiste pupil Blathnaid O’Donoghue did the county proud when she represented Clare in the competition 2005. While Síle will not be representing Clare in the competition, that honour going to Corofin’s Grace Cummins, she is sure to get plenty of support from her Ennis pupils and friends.Speaking to us after her win, Síle said, “I am completely shocked, this is just brilliant I’m over the moon. The support I have been getting has been unreal and I’m just thrilled.”The 26-year-old from Lispole, Kerry has been a member of Cumann Ramhíocht Corca Duibhne for 11 years and last year set up the first currach club in Ennis and Clarecastle. She has completed the Thames Great River Race and the Corks Ocean to City Race and recently taught boxer Bernard Dunne …

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Last awards event at education centre

IT was a day of mixed emotions for students of St Joseph’s Education Centre in Ennis as they celebrated the year’s achievements, aware that this would be the last major awards event to be held by the centre, which is facing closure.The presentation of awards took place in the Auburn Lodge Hotel, Ennis, during the annual celebration of academic year achievements by St Joseph’s learners. The centre is to be phased out in 2012 as a result of cutbacks being implemented by the Department of Education and Skills.The programme for the award’s day displayed the affection in which the centre is held. Kathleen Marie Keenan wrote, “I have the opportunity to learn to read and write. I will miss it when they close us down. The teachers are nice. We will never get to meet anyone like them again.”Michael P Mongans commented, “It means a lot to me to be here in the centre; I love coming here. I never …

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Schools in thanksgiving service for Bishop Walsh

More than 500 school children, many bearing fiddles, harps, flutes and drums representing eight schools in Ennis, converged on Ennis Cathedral recently to participate in a thanksgiving service in honour of retired Bishop of Killaloe, Willie Walsh.The event was an initiative of Ennis Parish Education Forum, which was set up in 2005 by Bishop Walsh. The children were welcomed by Isobel O’Dea, chairman of the forum, who commented, “It is a great credit to the teachers to have so many children here to acknowledge the contribution of the bishop to Education in Ennis.” Musicians from Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Cíosóg opened the proceedings with their rendition of Slán le Máigh. Choir directors and accompanists in turn led the groups from Holy Family Senior School, Ennis National School, CBS Primary School, Scoil Chríost Rí and St Anne’s School in a selection of hymns reflecting the themes of praise and thanksgiving. A group of dancers from St Clare’s School delighted the congregation and Bishop …

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‘We are not a third-world country are we?’ asks councillor

A COUNTY councillor has urged the council to help in the provision of watering points at Drumcliffe graveyard claiming that we do not live in a “third-world country”. Councillor Tony Mulqueen made the comments at a recent Ennis West Electoral Area meeting where he called on the local authority to provide more watering points at Drumcliffe graveyard and other public graveyards in the electoral area. After outlining to the meeting that those needing to water flowers at gravesides needed to walk some distance to do so, many of them being elderly, he appealed to the council to help fund further water points.  “We are not a third-world country are we?” he said In a formal reply to the motion, Eamon O’Dea senior executive engineer explained there are two taps located inside the main gates in Drumcliffe currently, which he said “would be deemed suitable”. “I would not envisage the provision of additional watering points due to the issue of water …

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Rub-a-dub-dub down the Fergus in a bath tub

THERE are shades of the adventures of fictional characters, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in a novel fundraising event being planned by an Ennis group at the end of the month.Members of the Chill Out! river and sea kayaking club are undertaking a trip down the River Fergus from Dromore Woods in Ruan to Steele’s Rock in Lifford, Ennis on Sunday, May 28.They will abandon their usual modes of transport in favour of heading downriver in a bathtub. Around 20 members, both male and female, have signed up to this relay challenge to support the Irish Heart Foundation.The specially adapted craft, which is for a single oarsman, will be accompanied by a flotilla of kayaks and canoes, the Chill Out Armada.The man behind the project, local community activist, Jacko McMahon from Willow Park, has already brought the bath on a trial run. His friend, Mark Torpey is also prominently involved in the project.Jacko stumbled on the idea when, after some …

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