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Pedestrianisation gets green light

A NUMBER of streets in Ennis will be closed to traffic for two shopping days before Christmas, Ennis Town Council has confirmed this week.Ennis town clerk, Eddie Power said O’Connell Street, O’Connell Square and Abbey Street will be pedestrianised from 12noon to 6pm on December 18 and December 24.Following a period of public consultation on the council’s proposal to pedestrianise the streets on the two dates between the hours of 11am and 6pm, Ennis Town Council decided to amend the time to 12 noon, to facilitate the preference of shop owners in town.“We received a detailed submission from Ennis Chamber, representing the business sector in town. One of the main points they raised was a preference for pedestrianisation to commence at 12 noon, rather than 11am. Following significant consideration and consultation, it was agreed to proceed with pedestrianisation from 12pm to 6pm on the aforementioned dates,” Mr Power said.O’Connell Street, O’Connell Square and Abbey Street have also been pedestrianised on …

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Let there be light for Christmas

THE festive season will be kick-started this Friday evening when the Christmas lights around Ennis are turned on.Ennis Town Council is encouraging the people of the town and environs to support the event, which promises to be a fun family occasion.Town clerk, Eddie Power confirmed the lighting ceremony will be held at the Christmas tree at the Market Roundabout on Friday at 5pm.The Christmas tree has been in place since the end of last week and the lights were being hung on the tree throughout the week, in advance of the festive ceremony.“Mayor of Ennis, Councillor Tommy Brennan will turn on the lights at 5pm. Entertainment for the event will be by the children’s choir from the Holy Family School, who will perform a lively selection of Christmas songs and festive entertainment. While the ceremony takes place at the Christmas tree in the Market, all of the Christmas lights around the town will be turned on at the same time,” …

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Going back down pedestrianisation path again

ENNIS Chamber has made a detailed submission to Ennis Town Council, as part of the public consultation phase to decide whether parts of the town will be pedestrianised in the lead-up to Christmas.Rita McInerney, CEO of the chamber said that after consulting with traders throughout the town on their views regarding pedestrianisation, they found that there are very diverse views about the proposal. She also said that their survey was based on the assumption that any pre-Christmas pedestrianisation would take place between the hours of 12 midday and 6pm.“We found that there is a cohort of traders in Ennis who are against pedestrianisation in any shape or form, another group who are in favour of it with a number of conditions and others who are very much in favour of pedestrianisation and believe it is good for business. We do not have specific figures on the breakdown of this but I can say that a majority are certainly in favour …

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Gold rush fever strikes

A PRE-Christmas surge in sales of Ennis Gold, the town’s gift voucher scheme, has begun this week, according to Ennis Chamber. Already this year, the Ennis Chamber project has brought in over €70,000 in sales, with the Gold vouchers being accepted at up to 90 local shops and businesses.President of Ennis Chamber, Guy Flouch said both companies and individuals are opting for Ennis Gold as the most efficient, and recession-proof, gift option this season. “Every time you buy one of these vouchers, you are ensuring that money is spent with local retailers and ensures that the revenue and employment remains within the local economy. Shop local and save local jobs,” he commented.He explained that the vouchers are proving popular with local companies seeking to give gifts to staff or clients. “Apart from being accepted in a wide range of outlets, to suit all tastes, they are attractive in that companies can give gifts up to €250 to each employee, without …

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Boxing gloves on for fundraiser

THIRTY-six boxers, a mix of professional people, politicians, local sports people and community activists, will put on their gloves and fight for two local causes at the Clare Conquest fight night in the Queen’s Hotel, Ennis this Friday night.THIRTY-six boxers, a mix of professional people, politicians, local sports people and community activists, will put on their gloves and fight for two local causes at the Clare Conquest fight night in the Queen’s Hotel, Ennis this Friday night.Over the past 10 weeks, all 36 competitors have undertaken a rigorous training schedule, including boxing skills, fitness training, nutritional training and motivational training, to gear them up to fight for their lives this week.The unique and fun boxing challenge has been organised to raise funds for the Clare Crusaders and Ennis Chamber.CEO of Ennis Chamber, Rita McInerney said the knockout event will raise vital funds for Clare Crusaders to continue their services for children with disabilities and their families, enabling them to lead …

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