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Destination: Everest

A A team of hardy souls will be heading to the base camp of Mount Everest in October to raise funds for a number of charities FOR most people taking on climbing in the Alps would be enough for one lifetime. But Ennis’ Tony ‘Locky’ O’Loughlin and a group of other adventurous climbers are set to take on the ultimate challenge by heading to Everest Base Camp in October. Money raised from the climb will go towards Foundation Nepal, Cahercalla Community Hospice and LauraLynn House. Tony has been using very different mountains to Everest to help raise funds for the charities.During training for the gruelling climb, Tony has been taking photographs of scenes from all around Clare, Kerry and Mayo that he has been selling to raise funds for the charity climb.Tony, well known to people in the town from Brogan’s Bar, will doing on the charity climb alongside Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald and adventurer Pat Falvey. Also taking on …

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‘Insufficient’ information halts hospital plans

A DECISION on plans for a €60 million private hospital in Ennis has been put on hold by the planning authority, which is now seeking additional information about the project from the developers.Ennis Town Council were due to make a decision last week on the planning application submitted by Duesbury Limited for the development of the hospital on the site of the former Our Lady’s Psychiatric Hospital.The planned development on the Gort Road would consist of the construction of a four-storey healthcare facility over a basement building linked to the existing 19th century protected structure.However, the authority has deemed the information submitted with the application “insufficient” to make a complete planning assessment of the proposal.According to the request for further information, the planning authority has “no objection in principle” to the proposed reuse and development of the existing brown-field site incorporating the protected structure. However, it goes on to state, “There are some concerns with regard to the incorporation of …

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Gaelscoil Mhichíl Cíosóg asked to contribute €25,000 towards extension

PLANS to extend a national school in the town have received the go-ahead by Ennis Town Council with the school being asked to pay €25,0000 in a special development contribution.Gaelscoil Mhichíl Cíosóg, Glenina, Gort Road, have been granted planning permission to provide an extension to the school containing four classrooms and a boiler house extension. Permission was also granted for other alterations. The development is to be sited to the east of the existing school building and is the first phase of a planned larger development that will see the school extend to 16 classrooms. There are currently 278 pupils enrolled in the school and it is proposed this will increase from 304 in September 2012 to 484 in September 2018. During the planning process, it was outlined that the school has been oversubscribed “for over six years”.The planning authority received a submission from the Glenina Residents’ Association as part of the planning process. The submission noted they had no …

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Hospice fundraisers are no push-overs

THE wet weather on Friday meant it was an ideal ‘duvet day’ but there was no rest for the staff and volunteers at Cahercalla Hospice, who didn’t stay in bed but instead pushed it.The annual bed push through Ennis raised much-needed funds for Cahercalla and despite the rain, there was still plenty of support for the effort.According to fundraising manager Mary Maloney, “We don’t have a final figure yet for the amount raised but people were very good to us. With the weather, everything was wet when it came back to us, so it will take a while to sort out but people were very generous.“It was hard work for everyone involved pushing that bed and we had lots of volunteers with their collection buckets as the bed made its way through Ennis. It was absolutely fantastic to see the support out there for the wonderful service that is provided by Cahercalla.”She paid tribute to Clare hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald …

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O’Shea seeks defibrillator training for gardaí

AN Ennis councillor behind moves to install defibrillators throughout the town has called on the Minister for Justice to implement training for every garda in the country in how to use the potentially life-saving device after being “shocked” to discover a national training programme does not exist.Councillor Paul O’Shea, who spearheaded the committee that last week unveiled two defibrillators in the town centre, said, “I was shocked to discover this week that gardaí throughout the country, with the exception of Kilkenny and Sligo, are untrained in the use of these life-saving devices. Gardaí and paramedics are usually the first on the scene of an incident, yet they would not know how to respond if the emergency was of a cardiac nature.”The Clare Red Cross has offered to train Clare gardaí on the use of defibrillators. “This is a sad reflection on our Government when a voluntary organisation has to come forward to train our frontline gardaí. Training for gardaí must …

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