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Ghanaian community gets behind their team for World Cup game

WHILE Ireland’s absence has left most soccer followers in the Banner County as no more than interested World Cup spectators, excitement among the Ghanaian community in Ennis has been on the rise since mid-June and will reach a new level on Friday as the only remaining African side challenge Uruguay.No African side has ever lifted the World Cup. In fact, Ghana are only the third side from the continent to reach the quarter-finals and none has yet reached the last four. However, Comfort Ofei, who lives in Roslevan, says that will change on Friday. “We are the only African country left and now we have all the African support. We beat the United States and now we’re waiting for Uruguay. We know for sure we’re going to beat them.”There are around 50 natives of the West African country in Ennis, with more living in Limerick and other parts of the Mid-West. Comfort says that many people leave their homeland in …

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Call to halt pedestrianisation as drop in business reported

FINE Gael Ennis town councillor Johnny Flynn is calling on Ennis Town Council to postpone the Saturday pedestrianisation of Abbey Street and O’Connell Street, as traders are experiencing a drop in business since the initiative began five weeks ago.“Recognising the harsh local impact of the recession and in order to protect existing retail and other sector’s permanent and part time summer jobs in the town centre, I am calling on Ennis Town Council to postpone, until a future date, the pedestrianisation of Abbey Street and O’Connell Street,” Councillor Flynn said.He explained that a number of traders have spoken to him about the drop in business that they are experiencing since pedestrianisation began a number of weeks ago. “I attended an emergency meeting in a business premises in Bank Place on Monday evening, where 17 businesses in the area of Abbey Street and O’Connell Square expressed huge concerns over a drop in income and resulting drop in staff hours since Saturday …

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Still no funding for dormant daycare unit

GOVERNMENT funding to open the purpose-built Clarecastle dementia daycare unit, that has lain idle for one year, is still not available.The Minister of State for Older People and Health Promotion, Áine Brady, met with Clare deputies Joe Carey, Timmy Dooley and Minister for Defence Tony Killeen this week and confirmed that there is currently no funding to open the dementia daycare unit and such funding is unlikely to become available in the short-term.Deputy Carey said that the unit is ready to open and provide daycare services for 25 dementia patients, but there is no funding for its operation and staffing.He said he is hugely disappointed and concerned that the government will not provide funding to open the unit, which is built on the grounds of the Clarecastle Daycare Centre. The unit has been completed since May 2009, but remains closed. He added that the decision was a further example of the Government not making the right decisions for regional healthcare …

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Glór benefit aims to HELP homeless

HOMELESS organisation HELP is hoping to raise funds to assist those currently living rough in Ennis through a specially organised concert in Glór. According to Josephine O’Brien, an advocate for the homeless with HELP, there are presently seven people living on the streets in the town. Some of them are living rough close by the Glór venue. The concert, organised in conjunction with Glór, will see Brian Flynn acting as MC over 18 acts, who will take to the stage in an effort to raise funds for HELP. Among the line-up are the Cú Chulainn Step Dancers, The King Family and Friends, Ben Escorcio, Pat Marsh, Josephine Marsh, Joe Flynn, Dave Culligan and Suzanne Murphy to name a few.  Ms O’Brien has highlighted that the seven on the street, the majority of whom are not Irish citizens, have found themselves living rough due to circumstance; having lost employment and are left without access to benefits.  “Some are sleeping rough at …

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