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Guarding kids while they cross

COMMUNITY gardaí in Ennis were extra busy this week helping school children and their parents cross the road safely and properly.The team of community guards visited primary and secondary schools throughout Ennis driving home the message of road safety as part of Garda Community Safety Week.“We go through all elements of road safety with the children in a classroom environment and also outside the school at opening and finishing times. In the schools that I have visited, the children were very good on the rules of the road and they all knew the Safe Cross Code off by heart. “What I focussed on with them was the importance of crossing the road at the right place and at the right time,” Garda Deirdre O’Doherty, Ennis town centre community garda said.She added that often children are better than their parents in terms of road safety, so she also spoke to parents about road safety issues. “Parents must stop walking where cars …

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FF cumainn amalgamate under new structures

A NEW structure and team have been put in place for the Fianna Fáil party in the Ennis area.At a meeting of the grass roots of the party in Ennis on Monday night, a new unifying structure, bringing together all six Ennis area Fianna Fail cumainn, was adopted. New officers were elected to lead this new Ennis Branch, which is being called Comhairle Baile na h-Inse Fianna Fáil.The branches that have amalgamated are Ennis Number 1 Cumann (All Ennis Urban-East), Sean McEntee Cumann (Lifford Area), Margaret Pearse Cumann, Eamon de Valera Cumann (Turnpike/Kilrush Road Area), The Dr Hillery Cumann (All Ennis Urban-West) and the Loughville Cumann (Lahinch Road/Shanaway area).Garrett Greene is the chairman of the new branch, with Joe Reidy his second-in-command as secretary of the cumann. Garrett polled well in the hotly contested Ennis West constituency last year without taking a seat. Son of former mayor, Raymond Greene, Garrett works for Ennis medical staffing company, TTM Healthcare. His previous …

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Vintners’ Federation coming to town

OVER 300 members of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland will congregate in the Glór Theatre, Ennis, for the organisation’s 37th AGM that will take place on May 11.In a boost for local trade the delegates will stay in the Temple Gate Hotel and in the Old Ground Hotel but will also enjoy rounds of golf in Ennis Golf Club and Dromoland Golf Club. The AGM itself will take place in the Glór theatre. The AGM will confirm Carlow based Gerry Mellett as the new VFI president, taking over from Galway’s Val Hanley. The keynote speaker at this year’s event will be the well-known bookmaker, broadcaster and journalist Ivan Yates. Speaking in advance of the AGM, VFI president Val Hanley said, “We are delighted to be going to Clare for the 37th VFI annual general meeting. Glór is a wonderful venue and Ennis is a wonderful town and we are eagerly anticipating a great event. No one can doubt that the …

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