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Throwing a spotlight on bullying

A new film and survey from filmmakers at the Clare Youth Service has revealed some startling findings, with over one-third of teens reporting being bullied on Facebook. The film will be premiered in Ennis next week and has already made it to the Limerick heats of the Fresh Film Festival. Keep Calm and End Bullying digs deep into young people’s experiences of cyberbullying and will be premiered next Wednesday at 7pm in The Hub on Chapel Lane in Ennis.In a survey carried out for the film by three young people from the Ennis Youth Project, 36% of young people reported they had experienced bullying on Facebook. For one in three of the young people, the bullying continued for more than a month.The online survey of 100 people aged between 13 and 18 and living in Ireland, was designed by the young people to support a film they were making about cyberbullying.“I was surprised at the amount of people that reported …

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Over one-fifth of town’s cigarettes are illegal

MORE than one-fifth of cigarettes in Ennis are illegal, according to latest statistics. Newly released figures show the average level of non-Irish duty paid cigarettes in Ennis in 2012 was 22.2%. The research, which was carried out by MS Intelligence through the collection of empty packs throughout the area, showed that the level in Ennis is below the national average of 28.2%.The highest level of NIDP across the 22 towns and cities that were surveyed was Waterford with 33.3%, Navan at 31.7%, which was closely followed by Limerick in third with 31.4%. A spokesperson for the Irish Tobacco Manufacturers Advisory Committee said, “There is no great surprise in these figures. We felt that given the large increase that was put on legitimate cigarettes in December 2011, there would be an upsurge in the illegal market and that is exactly what has happened. The shocking reality is that one-third of tobacco consumed in Ireland in 2012 completely avoided excise and VAT.“New …

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Springing into action ahead of Daffodil Day

A GROUP of local volunteers are getting ready to spring into action in preparation for this year’s Daffodil Day, raising much-needed funds for the Irish Cancer Society.The Clare Daffodil Day Committee will launch this year’s campaign in Ennis on Monday, with chairman Michael Guerin encouraging people to come along and get involved. The official launch will take place on Monday in the West County Hotel at 8pm. “Everybody is welcome to come along to the West County for the launch, which we are holding in advance of this year’s Daffodil Day, which takes place on March 22. “Every year, we receive lots of local support and we are hopeful that this year we will raise even more to fund vital services. Our volunteers do great work and we are always open to new people to get involved in volunteering, either by selling daffodils on the day or by even donating fresh daffodils,” said Michael whose late father, also Michael, was …

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All hail the unsung heroes

  They’re the unsung heroes of Ennis, people who give of their time selflessly without seeking reward or recognition. But their voluntary work doesn’t go un-noticed and this week the people of Ennis gathered to honour five people who have made a meaningful contribution to the social and religious life of their town. People of the Year awards were presented to Sr Ann Boland, Ann Collins, Bella Hehir, Peter Lenihan and to the family of the late Francie Mahon. A member of the parish team, Sr Ann, who lives at Woodland, has been described as “the small woman with the warm smile and generous heart”. A native of Mullagh, as a youngster she dreamed of working with the black children of the Missions. So it was no surprise when she announced that she was joining a Religious Community of Sisters “The Josephites”. Sr Colmcille Browne and Sister Dominic had visited the local school, inviting young girls to their way of …

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