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Al-fresco experience put on hold

DEVELOPMENT plans at one of the county’s best-known hotels have been put on hold following the lodging of an appeal to An Bord Pleanála. Duesbury Limited were granted planning permission by Ennis Town Council to extend the pavement to allow for outdoor seating on O’Connell Street outside the Old Ground Hotel.

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Christmas tree disposal, Ennis-style

  MORE than 360 people participated in the second annual Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship held at Lees Road Sports and Amenity Facility, Ennis at the weekend. The fundraising event, which is based on age-old lumberjack traditions and is commonplace across Germany and Austria, saw members of the public compete to determine the Irish distance record for throwing a standard 1.5m tree.  John O’Dea from Cappamore in County Limerick secured a new Irish record and the championship title after he threw a Christmas tree a distance of 10.2m, beating fellow competitor Sean Jaffray’s (Scotland) effort by just 0.3m. Norah Murphy won the ladies’ title with her throw of 6.3m, while the U-12 section was won by Soran Drayas (9.2m) and Aoife O’Gara (7.86m). All proceeds raised during the contest, which was organised by Ennis Town Council and Clare County Council, went to the Clare branch of Cystic Fibrosis. According to Joan Tarmey, environmental awareness officer, Clare County Council, “We were …

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