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A long and colourful life recalled

TRIBUTES were paid this week to the late Mrs Margaret O’Dea, 66 O’Connell Street who lived a long, eventful and colourful life. It was recalled that many of her deeds included the treatment of people in Birmingam during the bombing blitz during the Second World War and during her many years as midwife, she also helped bring generations of people into the world. Aged 92 years, the former Margaret O’Brien from Cappafeean, Crusheen, died at Kilcolgan Nursing Home on Friday last. She was married to the late  Michael O’Dea and for many years and was a familar figure in the running of the well-known grocery shop and bar business on O’Connell Street.The eldest of a family of six girls and five boys, her parents were Johnny O’Brien and Mary Ann (nee McMahon).Educated locally, she emigrated to England in 1937 before the war years. After taking up residence in Birmingham, she trained as a general nurse and later as a midwife …

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Award-winning actress to open All-Ireland One Act Drama Finals

TONY award-winning actress Marie Mullen will officially open the All-Ireland One Act Drama Finals when it comes to Ennis this December. The Ennis Players have won the honour of hosting this prestigious event in the county town from December 2 to December 4.The finals, run under the auspices of the Drama League of Ireland (DLI) and the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland (ADCI), will be held at Glór. This will be a welcome return for the event to the Banner County, previously hosted by Ennis in 2003.“Ennis Players won this prestigious event in 2001 and 2004 and a warm welcome will be extended to the 12 competing one-act plays and groups from all over Ireland,” said Jackie Scanlan, PRO for the Ennis Players.Over 50 groups are currently in the throes of competing at the 21 qualifying festivals throughout the country from Rossmore in West Cork to Bangor and Ards in County Down. Twelve groups will qualify for the finals and …

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Councillors may call on angels for Christmas shopping boost

PARKING angels, buy-one-get-one-free car parking and free parking in the town were just some of the innovative suggestions made by local councillors in a bid to attract shoppers to Ennis in the run-up to Christmas.A recent meeting of Ennis Town Council, along with meetings this week of both Ennis East and Ennis West Electoral Areas, saw local councillors call for more to be done to entice shoppers to the town.At the town council, Councillor Johnny Flynn, proposed a notice of motion that the local authority “provide value public parking incentives during the upcoming Christmas retail period, from mid-November to new year to increase economic activity in both the local economy and use of car-parking assets”.Councillor Flynn outlined, “Such incentives could include Saturday ‘buy one, get one free’, where if you buy a ticket, you get an hour free. Limerick and Galway have started offering reduced and sometimes zero cost parking. We need to look at ways of generating value for …

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Brennan seeks relocation of council staff

ENNIS should be first in line when it comes to the allocation of council staff resources, a local councillor has claimed.At this week’s meeting of Ennis East Electoral Area councillors, Councillor Tommy Brennan urged, “Our biggest problem in Ennis is we have no men to do what we have to get done. Ennis is the capital town of the county with one third of its population. “Instead of council staff working outside the town, the staff should be here in Ennis. The staff should be relocated so that they can deal with Ennis first.”He was speaking as councillors discussed ongoing flooding issues on the Kilrush Road, which were raised by both Councillor Johnny Flynn and Councillor Pat Daly.According to Councillor Flynn, the ongoing footpath and road flooding on the Kilrush Road just before the entrance to the town side of Collins Park is “creating a safety risk to pedestrians, residents and road users”.Councillor Daly urged the local authority to investigate …

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Taxi drivers want to spend a penny

TAXI drivers will have to continue to leave their rank to spend a penny, with the town manager describing the chances of providing a public toilet at Parnell Street as “slim to none”.At Monday’s meeting of Ennis West Electoral Area councillors, Councillor Tony Mulqueen urged that a public toilet be provided at Parnell Street for both taxi drivers and car park customers.“I’ve been hearing from taxi drivers that they are queuing for two and three hours for their next fare and there is no public convenience nearby. They have to drive their cars out of the queue and head home or go to a public convenience in another area. They then head back and have to queue again. “A public convenience would also be of benefit to shoppers in the area, particularly as a lot of the licensed premises that people would often use now don’t open until the evening as a result of the downturn of the economy.”Leonard Cleary, …

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