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Remembering a loved one this Christmas

THE  Lions Club of Ennis has come together with Ennis Rotary Club in aid of Cahercalla Hospice this Christmas with the creation of a Remembrance Christmas Tree in the county capital’s Market Square. People can remember a loved on by placing a ribbon on the town’s Christmas tree in their name for a €5 donation to the charity. According to a spokesperson for the organisers, the charity fundraiser has proven very popular over the years and they are encouraging people to continue their generous support. “The Remembrance Christmas Tree is a way for people to remember a loved one. It could be a loved one who has passed away or indeed someone overseas or someone away from home this Christmas time. As well as remembering someone, the tree will also raise much needed funds for Cahercalla. Both the Lions Club of Ennis and Ennis Rotary Club have come together on this initiative and we are delighted with the support we …

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Conradh na Gaeilge celebrates branch foundation

THE Ennis Branch of Conradh na Gaeilge celebrated its founding in November 1900 with a weekend of celebrations in the town recently. Bunaíodh Craobh na hInse ar an 5ú lá de mhí na Samhna i Seanscoil na mBuachaillí ar Bhóthar Chill Ruis, agus bhí Easpag Chill Dá Lua an Dr S Mac Réamonn mar phátrún ar an gcraobh agus bhí an tAth. R Ó Conaill, leas-uachtarán ar Choláiste Naomh Fhlannáin mar chathaoirleach. D’eagraigh Craobh na hInse reatha deireadh seachtaine mar Chéiliúradh ar Bhliain na Gaeilge agus Tóstal Éireann chun an ócáid stairiúil sin a chomóradh. A comprehensive programme of events was organised to celebrate the historic event. A booklet outlining the history of the development of Irish in Ennis from 1900 to the present day, compiled by branch uachtarán, Seán Ó Ceallaigh and cisteoir, Domhnall Ó Loingsigh, was launched in the Auburn Lodge Hotel by Íte Ní Chionnaith, past-president of Conradh na Gaeilge. Ms Ní Chionnaith praised the work of …

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Market revamp could cost over €1 million

PROPOSALS for a revamp of Ennis’ market could cost in excess of €1 million, it has been revealed. A new design concept for the first phase of a planned redevelopment of the market, beginning at Garraunakilla, has been put on public display, giving people an opportunity to have their say on the development. The plans involve creating a covered market at Garraunakilla, the current site of the Farmer’s Market, with the first phase part of a wider scheme of improvements to the entire area. Town manager Ger Dollard said despite next year’s abolition of Ennis Town Council, it is the intention of the council to quickly progress plans. “Our approach is to try and progress this as quickly as we can and if everything goes well, we could be practically completed by June.” However, he added, “A big stumbling block is funding, it will cost in excess of €1 million”. He was speaking at a recent meeting of Ennis Town …

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Four-year jail term for Ennis knife attack

A 23-year-old Ennis woman has been sentenced to five years in prison, with the final year suspended, for what was described as a “vicious” and “frenzied” attack on a young woman in Ennis this year. Charlene Sherlock, 23, of 41 Dromard, Lahinch Road, pleaded guilty to causing serious harm to Nicole Keane on April 13, 2013 at the Holy Family School, Station Road in Ennis and with production of a steak knife capable of inflicting serious harm on the same date at the same location. At a sitting of Limerick Circuit Criminal Court on Friday, Judge Carroll Moran said this was “a vicious and protracted attack with a knife””.  He said the CCTV footage of the assault gave the impression that this was “a frenzied attack”. The injured party was stabbed 22 times but survived the attack. Judge Moran imposed a five-year prison term and he suspended the last year on the condition that the accused enter a bond to …

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Christmas tree throwing for charity

THE Mayors of Ennis and Clare this week joined the Clare Cystic Fibrosis Association in ‘lumbering up’ to launch the third annual Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship. The event, which is based on age-old lumberjack traditions and is commonplace across Germany and Austria, will see members of the public competing to achieve the longest distance for throwing a standard 1.5 metre tree. Organisers, Ennis Town Council and Clare County Council are hoping to make the January 5 event at Active Ennis Tim Smyth Park a record breaker. Last year’s winner, John O’Dea from Limerick launched a Christmas tree 10.2 metres, just less than 2 metres short of the World Record held by Klaus Pubnaz who hurled a tree a distance of 12m at an event in Germany three years ago.

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Shoppers urged to Back The Banner this Christmas

THE Mayor of Ennis is calling on the people of Clare to repeat the support they showed for the hurlers this year by supporting local businesses this Christmas. Councillor Mary Coote-Ryan issued her “Back The Banner” rallying call this week as the town gets set for the start of a parking incentive scheme aimed at promoting Christmas and New Year shopping in the county capital. Free parking will be available in the town’s 759 off-street and 783 on-street public car parking spaces up to 12noon daily from this Saturday to January, 6 2014 inclusive. Mayor Coote-Ryan said the message being promoted by Ennis Town Council, supported by the business community, is that the people of Clare can help sustain employment within the county by supporting local businesses. She continued, “By supporting street entertainment, like Ennis Street Radio, in tandem with the introduction of free car parking, pedestrianisation and an impressive Christmas lighting display, Ennis Town Council is once again playing …

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A serious breach of loyalty

THE company at the centre of a “very serious” data protection breach, relating to more than 1.1 million people, has declined to comment on the future of 50 jobs in Clare. Loyaltybuild, an international firm based on Station Road in Ennis, was the subject of what it described as “a sophisticated criminal attack”, which resulted in the full payment card details of more than 376,000 customers being taken. It also involved the details of an additional 150,000 clients being potentially compromised and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of 1.12 million clients throughout Europe also being taken. Management at Loyaltybuild were unavailable on Wednesday to discuss the breach and a spokesperson for the firm declined to address questions in relation to the company’s future at this time. Gardaí have confirmed that the breach has been reported to the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation. Separately, the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner has launched an investigation into the breach, …

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The scene at Lynch's Centra on the Gort road in Ennis after a van went crashing through the shopfront on Wednesday evening. Photograph by John Kelly.;

Vehicles crash into shops in two separate incidents

GARDAÍ, the coast guard, fire services and ambulances were called to three separate emergencies in Clare last night. Two vehicles crashed through the front windows of busy filling stations in separate incidents in Ennis. In a third emergency two units of the coast guard as well as the coast guard helicopter were called to assist Clare fire and rescue services and gardaí in a search for a person reported to have entered the River Fergus. Events began to unfold at about 8.45pm. A full-scale emergency call-out was sparked after a van was reversed into a busy supermarket, causing injuries to shoppers and staff on the Gort Road. Gardaí, ambulances and fire brigades rushed to the scene at Lynch’s Centra immediately after the incident occurred. An eyewitness described how the small van was reversed almost up to the check-out. A number of people, including the van driver, were attended to by emergency personnel and some were brought by ambulance to hospital. …

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