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Call for caution over Hallowe’en

ENNIS gardaí and the Clare Fire Service are asking people to be exercise caution in their Hallowe’en activities this coming weekend.In recent weeks, members of the Ennis Community Police have been visiting primary and secondary schools throughout the town informing pupils on the dangers and laws surrounding bonfires and the use of fireworks, firebangers and other Hallowe’en firecrackers.The scheme was run by the local community garda in conjunction with the Clare Fire Service as part of the Operation Tombola, the national campaign that aims at clamping down on bonfires and the use of fireworks at Hallowe’en. Ennis town community garda Deirdre O’Doherty said that all involved were very happy with how the school’s programme went in the lead-up to the school mid-term break.“The aim of the programme was to increase awareness of the dangers associated with bonfires, fireworks and firebangers at Hallowe’en. We want everyone to have fun at Hallowe’en, but we are encouraging all involved to be careful, to …

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A picture of tourism development

Ennis Town Council has launched an illustrated guide to key historic sites in the county capital.The bilingual guide forms part of the Historic Towns Initiative, which is part-funded by Fáilte Ireland under the National Development Plan. The concept is developed around the interpretation of Ennis’ heritage and facilitates visitors to the town through a range of tourist signage, including orientation, interpretative and information boards, along a designated historic route. Historic sites featured in the new guide include The Fair Green, Ennis Friary, CBS Monastery, Ennis Union Workhouse, Clonroad Quay, the Courthouse, Cusack Park, Steele’s Terrace, and the site of O’Brien’s Castle. Visitors using the Ennis town trail can enjoy a short and longer route, which will both start and finish at Clare Museum in the town centre.Launching the guide recently, Mayor of Ennis Tommy Brennan said, “Of the 32 historic trails developed throughout the country, the Ennis trail is by far the most comprehensive thanks to the wealth of history …

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Traffic delays expected at Gort/Crusheen bypass

MOTORISTS travelling either direction of the Barefield area of the N18 can expect considerable delays next week when the schools reopen after the mid-term break.Ahead of the planned opening of the Gort/Crusheen bypass on November 12, all N18 traffic is being diverted through the village of Barefield.Tom Tiernan, senior executive engineer with Clare County Council, said there is a necessity to divert all N18 traffic through the village of Barefield since last Tuesday to Friday, November 11, to facilitate the works involved in tying in the southern end of the project with the northern end of the Ennis bypass.“For this period, therefore, traffic levels through Barefield will be approximately similar to what they were prior to the opening of the Ennis bypass in 2007. The main disruption will be at school start and finish times due to the location of the school and the fact that it accommodates over 300 children.“Before the diversion was approved, an extensive public consultation process …

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Taking the third level plunge abroad

ENNIS-based businessman and president of Ennis Chamber, Guy Flouch, is offering potential third level students free advice and support about studying abroad.With the increasing pressure on Ireland’s third level system and the growing numbers of CAO applicants projected over the next few years, parents of the current generation of Leaving Certificate students are asking where their children are going to get a third-level education.“The traditional safety valve has always been universities in the UK – over 8,000 Irish students applied to UK universities this year, a growth on last year of 28.9%. However, 188,000 applicants through UCAS, the UK Central Applications system, were not offered a place this year. “This, together with the increase in fees in UK universities to £7000, is leading to high levels of concern amongst imminent school-leavers, their advisors and their families. Increasingly popular, as a destination, are a growing number of universities in the EU, and further afield, which are seeking to recruit Irish and …

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