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All-Ireland big screen dilemma

A PLAN to show the All-Ireland hurling final on a big screen in Ennis has resulted in mixed reactions. It has been suggested the idea could negatively impact on pubs, hotels and restaurants that would otherwise benefit from the day, although members of the business community do not appear to see this as a material issue, according to town manager Ger Dollard. “The views of all members of Ennis Town Council have also been canvassed and there is unanimous support for such a proposal if it is financially and logistically feasible and would receive public support,” he said. Ennis Chamber CEO Rita McInerney said the overall consensus among members is the benefits of providing a big screen as part of a major event would outweigh any possible negatives. The town council is to make a decision later this week if it will organise a large event at a town centre venue and provide a big screen for supporters who are …

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Financial boost expected from championships

THE Showjumping Association of Ireland certainly backed the right horse when they decided to host the National Pony and Young Riders Championship in Ennis. The entrants, who arrived earlier this week, have been given a wide welcome in the town. Some local businesses have even gone as far as to show their support with themed window displays.

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Fr Ger’s challenge raises €5,000 for Barnardos

AN Ennis priest has made a ‘wheel’ effort for charity, raising €5,000 for Barnardos. Fr Ger Fitzgerald finished his 30×30 cycle challenge this week, attempting to cycle 30 miles every day for 30 days. He might have finished a few days behind schedule, suffering aches and pains along the way, but according to Fr Ger, he is delighted to have been able to do something to help the worthy cause. “I hope that this helps even one person to have a brighter tomorrow,” he said. Recalling his time doing the challenge, Fr Ger said, “It was a really wonderful journey, which took in Clare, Limerick, Galway and Tipperary. The cycle went to places like Corofin, Inchiquin Lake, Coole Park, Castleconnell, O’Briensbridge, Quin, Doonas, Ruan and, of course, to Fr Ted’s House. I documented all the places I was on my Facebook page.” He went on, “I was struck many times by the incredible beauty of the Irish countryside and the …

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