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Ennis Man In New York Highlighting Irish Pride

AN Ennis man living and working in New York, which has seen the largest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the US, has told The Clare Champion, “I can’t imagine life ever going back to normal.” Journalist Colm Flynn has been covering the effects the virus has had on the people of New York for a number of television companies. Just recently he presented a widely acclaimed RTÉ Nationwide special highlighting how the Irish community in New York have been helping each other through the crisis. Speaking to The Clare Champion from New York, Colm describes the atmosphere in the usually bustling metropolis as “extremely eerie”. He says he has been “overwhelmed” with the response to the Nationwide show, revealing the show almost didn’t make it onto our screens. “The situation was getting worse and worse here in New York, and back at home RTÉ of course was so focused on what was happening Ireland there wasn’t too much coverage …

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Ennis man appointed  Assistant Chief of Staff

Ennis native, Brigadier General Adrian Ó Murchú has taken up his appointment as Assistant Chief of Staff (ACOS) following the retirement of previous ACOS, Brigadier General Peter O’Halloran. Brigadier General Ó Murchú joined the Permanent Defence Forces in 1982 as a member of the 59thCadet Class and was commissioned as an officer into the infantry corps in 1984. Prior to joining the Defence Forces, Brigadier General Ó Murchú spent several years in the Army Reserve (22ndInfantry Battalion FCA) in his home town of Ennis. On commissioning, Brigadier General Ó Murchú served in the 6thInfantry Battalion, the Army Ranger Wing (Ireland’s Special Operations unit), Military Intelligence and the Military College’s Infantry School. Later appointments included Company Commander and Second in Command of the 5thInfantry Battalion, Chief Instructor of the Cadet School, Head of European Security Section in Operations and Plans Branch Defence Forces Headquarters (DFHQ), School Commandant of the UN Training School Ireland and Commanding Officer of the Defence Force’s Central Medical …

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Bobby the Cow, painted by Laurie Hehir, from Quilty.

Laurie chosen for art competition TV advert

A PAINTING by a young Clare artist and student of the Ennis Art School has been brought to life as part of a new television commercial. The painting by young Laurie Hehir, aged seven, was chosen to illustrate the promotion of the closing date for receipt of entries in the 2020 Texaco Children’s Art Competition. Her teacher, local artist Carmel Doherty told us, “This is a massive achievement for Laurie, her parents are delighted and very proud of her. She’s a very nice kid, full of beans and really creative. It’s marvellous to see her art work on the screen.” Screened here and in Northern Ireland throughout the months of January and February, its purpose will be to notify young artists, parents and teachers that the 66th Competition is underway. The commercial’s storyline centres upon Laurie’s painting of ‘Bobby’, her grandfather’s Friesian cow for which she was awarded a prize in the competition last year. Focusing on the characteristics that …

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Ennis receives €2m in Local Authority Housing funding

CLARE County Council has received approval in principle for more than €2 million in funding for the construction of eight houses at Roslevan, Tulla Road, Ennis. The development will comprise of two 2-bedroom and six 3-bedroom houses and funding of €2,036,858 is being made available from the Local Authority Housing Construction Programme as part of the Rebuilding Ireland initiative.

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Christmas in Ennis launches next Friday

SANTA Claus is coming to town on Friday, November 29, and will join Mayor of Ennis Municipal District, Cllr. Johnny Flynn, for the official switching on of the Christmas Lights and the launch of the ‘Christmas in Ennis’ programme in O’Connell Square from 5pm. The Mayor will be joined by two Students from Senior Infants in the Holy Family Junior school, showcasing their design & creativity in the painting of the hoarding surrounding the Christmas Tree, as Winners of the Ennis MD Art Competition. Colum McGrath will MC and Eimear Considine, AKA “the Eimearnator”, will be a special guest in an event not to be missed. Santa Claus is excited to attend the event which will also feature children’s entertainment, carol singing, hot chocolate, face-painting and much more. In conjunction with the switch-on of the Christmas Lights at 6pm, the Lions Club of Ennis will launch their Remembrance Tree intiaitive in aid of Cahercalla Hospice at 5.25pm. Road closures will …

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Road Traffic Accident on Ennis to Kilrush Road

A MAN has died following a two car collision at Ballybeg on the outskirts of Ennis on Monday afternoon. A driver and passenger were also hospitalised following the incident. The collision occurred at Edenvale on the main Ennis to Kilrush Road. A section of the road was closed off following the collision and traffic diversions were in place. The road has since reopened.

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Clarecastle Show 2019 – results

BEST IN SHOW Cora Grogan – Labasheeda BEST VASE OF GARDEN FLOWERS CONFINED TO CLARECASTLE Betty Slattery POTATO CHAMPIONSHIP Thomas Slattery – Ballynacally BEST VEGETABLE Thomas Slattery – Ballynacally BEST GLADIOLI Thomas Slattery – Ballynacally BEST ROSE Thomas Slattery – Ballynacally BEST PORTER CAKE Tara McInerney – Ennis BEST HOMEMADE JAM SPONGE Marie Kerrigan – Island McGrath, Clarecastle HORSES Class 1 Champion Yearling Colt, Gelding or Filly 1st John Tyner, Knocksmall, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Sundance Jackpot, Bred by Thomas Quigley, Sire: Tolan R, Dam: Limericks Girl 2nd Michael Keane, Moreen, Kilkee, Co. Clare, Bred by Jenny Glynn, Sire: Ascalon, Sire of Dam: The Traveller 3rd Emily Crowley, Ardcahan, Dunmanway, Co. Cork Bred by Pio Tully, Sire: Womanizer, Dam: Rostine Diamond Class 2 Champion 2 year old Gelding or Filly 1st John Tyner, Knocksmall, Kinsale, Co. Cork That’s Class Joe, Bred by Noel O’Shea, Sire: Maxum Joe, Dam: Mollip Diamond Strike 2nd Emily Crowley, Ardeahan, Donmanway, Co. Cork (Horse Doograne Master) …

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The Sky is the Limit for Kate

KATE Crotty and her mother Caitríona from Ennis are this week gearing up for the annual Tour De Munster Charity Cycle, which takes place from August 8 to 11. Thirty three year old Kate has completed a Certificate in General Learning and Personal Development in Mary Immaculate College and is currently undertaking a course on Office Administration in the Adult Education Centre, Ennis. Armed with her qualifications Kate has her eyes on an office job, and she and Mum Caitríona are so grateful of the supports received through Down Syndrome Ireland, which have led to so many doors opening for Kate. These supports would not have been available without the funds raised by the public through events like the Tour de Munster charity cycle, which marks 10 years in partnership with Down Syndrome Ireland Munster this year. The cycle takes place over four days, covering six counties of Munster where cyclists will traverse a 600km route. Last year the charity …

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