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National Concert Hall date for schools

TWO local schools are to perform at the National Concert Hall in Dublin next week as part of a prestitigious national music competition.Both Holy Family Senior Primary School and Knockanean National School have made it to the finals of the Waltons Music for Schools Competition. The finalists in the first annual national competition and celebration of music in Ireland schools were recently announced by Lyric FM presenter Liz Nolan. The 12 finalist schools will travel to and perform at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Monday, April 16 at 1pm, when six schools, three primary and three post-primary, will be chosen to win first, second and third prizes, as well as €3000, €1500 and €500 vouchers. In deciding to make Holy Family Senior a finalist, judges acknowledged that in addition to a 120-strong choir and an 80-strong chamber choir, tuition in several instruments and a newly introduced violin teaching programme, Holy Family Senior Primary School has “taken highly creative …

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Club still making a splash 70 years on

CELEBRATING 70 years in existence this year, the Ennis Swimming and Lifesaving Club has played an integral part in the life of the town. From the early days of swimming at ‘The Turret’ on the River Fergus to hosting championships at Ennis Leisure Complex, the club has grown immensely over the years.According to Caitriona McMahon of the Ennis Swimming and Lifesaving Club, “The club has a fabulous heritage of which we are very proud. The club has given a lot to the town through the years.”It was while researching the history of the club for their application for accreditation under Swim Ireland that it was first realised that this season marks a very special anniversary.“We had applied for the accreditation and we had to go through a comprehensive process that lasted about a year and a half. Part of that process involved getting background on the club and that’s how all of this started and we realised it was the …

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Caoimhe’s creation in design competition final

IT was a full house at the Strand Hotel, Limerick for the Southern Regional Final of the ERP Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition, which saw the top 50 entries from the south take to the catwalk in their self-made creations.Among them was Coláiste Muire pupil Caoimhe McCabe’s creation Winter Garden, which wowed the judges and was named among the 18 selected outfits that will now go on to the grand final. Modelling the outfit was fellow pupil, Niamh Hickey.The competition, which is in its second year, challenges second-level pupils to rework trash and other recycled materials into remarkable high-end couture fashion.Milliner Aisling Maher, fashion designer Pamela Heaney, Tracey Fahey, head of department at Limerick school of Art and Design and head of corporate communications at ERP Ireland, Yvonne Holmes judged on the night and were blown away by the standard and variety on show.Caoimhe and the other finalists’ designs will now go through to the Grand Final, which will take …

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‘One million’ bags of mystery refuse

OVER one million black bags of rubbish are unaccounted for in the county, with almost half of all Clare householders not availing of a waste collection service, it has been claimed. At this week’s meeting of Ennis Town Council, Councillor Johnny Flynn urged that the county council adopt household waste bylaws.“Fourty-seven per cent of Clare householders are not signed to registered waste collectors. I am asking that a policy similar to what is being done in Limerick and Leitrim be introduced, where households must demonstrate that they have alternative arrangements in place that satisfy the local authority,” he said.He insisted that the problem of flytipping on the outskirts of Ennis is affecting people’s quality of life. “Ennis is one of the towns that is most badly affected by flytipping,” he stated. According to Councillor Flynn, 47,000 tonnes of waste are produced in Clare every year, with 30,000 of that accounted for and managed. “That leaves 17,000 unaccounted for, which is …

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Gloves are on for Ennis Spring Clean

ENNIS will scrub up for this year’s National Spring Clean with individuals and voluntary organisations throughout the town coming together on Saturday, April 14 to participate in clean-up events in their communities.    Organised by Ennis Town Council, the Ennis Tidy Towns Committee and other voluntary organisations, in conjunction with An Taisce’s National Spring Clean, the clean-up day will take place between 10am and 3pm. The event is specifically organised to clean up all the approach roads to Ennis, along with the green areas, footpaths, roads and streets in both residential areas and housing estates.Model and National Spring Clean ambassador, Sarah McGovern, joined the Mayor of Ennis, Councillor Mickey Guilfoyle, in the town square this week to call on members of the community to lend their support to the event.Mayor Guilfoyle said, “The National Spring Clean campaign is now in its 14th year and it is a testament to the community spirit all over Ireland that the participation rates have …

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€2.4m in uncollected local authority rates

MORE than 70 court summonses have been issued by Ennis Town Council in respect of uncollected rates, it has emerged, with the local authority vowing that “every effort” will be made to recover outstanding monies owed. At this week’s meeting of Ennis Town Council, it was revealed that €2,427,374 in rates is temporarily uncollectable by the local authority as of March 23 of this year. This represents more than one-third of the rate demand, at 33.73%.As of December 31, 2011 the amount of temporary uncollectable rates balance stood at €2,901,374, representing 40.32% of the rate demand for 2011. However, €474,000 has been collected in rates to March 23, 2012.In 2011, Ennis Town Council had irrecoverable rates, of €502,755 which represented 6.99% of the rate demand for that year. These irrecoverable rates related to rates which were not legally collectable, such as demolished/vacant properties, charitable organisations and properties owned by the HSE.According to town clerk, Leonard Cleary, the current temporary uncollectable …

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