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Clockwise from top left: Nadine Mooney, Suzie Moroney, Jamie Doherty, Siofra McInerney, Grace Byrnes, Saoirse Boyce, Donncha Madigan, Jake Cantwell and Jack Byrne, joint authors of Dyslexic Brains Learn Differently, pictured during the launch of the book at Ennis National School. Photograph by Declan Monaghan

Taking a different look at reading

YOUNGSTERS from Ennis National School’s specialist reading class for children with dyslexia have helped to create a new book which, it is hoped, will help other children with dyslexia, their parents and teachers.The book, Dyslexic Brains Learn Differently, will be launched this Thursday in the civic offices, Waterpark House. The 40-page book sees each child tell their own unique story, from discovering that they have dyslexia to learning how to cope with it. It also highlights their many talents and abilities.Fíona de Buitléir of Ennis National School explained, “I was aware for a long time that there were very few resources out there for children who, when they discover they are dyslexic, want to know what it is. There are one or two books out there, but they are English or American so I thought it would be lovely to have an Irish-made book.”The idea stayed with Fíona for a number of years until this year she was approached by …

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PJ and Enda O’Driscoll with their children, Barry, Miriam and Sean, during the ISPCA presentation night at the Temple Gate Hotel. PJ was presented with an award for his lifetime contribution to the Clare SPCA. Photograph by Declan Monaghan

PJ’s long service to Clare SPCA honoured

THE long-standing service of retired vet PJ O’Driscoll to the Clare SPCA was honoured this week at a special awards ceremony in Ennis. Mr O’Driscoll has been involved with the organisation since its foundation in the 1980s and on Tuesday, surrounded by family and friends, his accomplishments were acknowledged by the animal welfare organisation.ISPCA chairperson Barbara Bent travelled to Ennis for the ceremony in the Temple Gate Hotel, where the fantastic work Mr O’Driscoll has done locally for the organisation was outlined. Frankie Coote of the Clare SPCA described him as a “gentleman and wonderful man”. “He has been with us since 1980 and in that time he never sent a bill into us for the work he did. He has been a member of the Clare SPCA since its foundation and although he has retired from his practice in the Market, he still continues to help us.“PJ is fantastic with people, he respects people and he respects animals. He …

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RNLI’s Dick gets a royal handshake

AN Ennis man has been presented with an award in London by the Duke of Kent in recognition of his long service to the RNLI. Dick Robinson, now living in Corrovorrin but originally from Valentia Island, received a gold badge from the lifesaving charity at their annual presentation of awards at the Barbican Theatre, London, last week.The modest man said, “I’m very happy and I never thought I’d see the day but I didn’t look for it although I really appreciate it.” Mr Robinson has been involved with fundraising for the lifeboats since he was a child in Valentia, noting, “My family were up to their ears in water all our lives.”Some of his earliest memories are of collecting for the lifeboats with his father, who was superintendent on the island’s radio station, while his mother came from a Welsh seafaring family.For 15 years, he was both a volunteer crew member and a fundraiser for Valentia RNLI and for a …

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Fears expressed over salt barn construction flood risk

CONCERNS have been raised that the construction of salt barns by the NRA could result in additional surface water being diverted to a stretch of river described as “flood prone”. At a recent meeting of Ennis East Electoral Area, Councillor Johnny Flynn called on Clare County Council, in conjunction with the Office of Public Works (OPW), to increase the water freeflow under both the Aughavaddy and Gaurus bridges.According to Councillor Flynn, this is “urgently needed” for a number of reasons. He stated the action would “reduce the risk of flooding of a main access road to the town, adjoining properties and septic tanks in the area”.He added that it would also result in removing “the danger to traffic with ponding at this busy road, which has occured in the past and is identified by locals as a safety concern”. He commented that there is concern locally that “significant additional surface water from the salt barns being constructed will be diverted …

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Passion of St Flannan’s Terrace people remembered

  WHEN Brian Dinan set out to document the history of St Flannan’s Terrace last August, little did he realise what lay ahead. At first he planned to produce a commemorative booklet within a few months. However, the wealth of photographic material and heart rending stories that emerged led Brian to delve even deeper. This research has resulted in the publication of new book A Terrace of Houses – A Passion of People, which will be launched by the Clare Roots Society next week. The book is based on the history of St Flannan’s Terrace and the people who lived there over the past 100 years. The book will be launched at 8pm on Thursday, May 30 in The Old Ground Hotel and all are welcome. Included in the book are 240 photos, most never seen by the public. There are reports on housing conditions of the early 20th century, the Urban Council’s role in building the scheme and a …

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