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Lahinch promenade masterplan completed by consultants

Clare County Council is currently preparing a programme of repair works to infrastructure damaged by the storms from December 13, 2013 to January 6, 2014. When completed, the programme will be submitted to the Central Emergency Response Unit of the Department of the Environment for approval. This news emerged following a motion from Councillor Bill Slattery asking for an update on planned remedial works for Lahinch promenade and a timescale for when the work is expected to be completed. He said he appreciated the work carried out in 2014 by the council but said more is needed. “Lahinch is one of the major seaside resorts in Munster,” he pointed out. Councillor Slattery also questioned the masterplan, which he said he has not seen. The plan was referred to by senior executive engineer, Steve Lahiffe, in his written reply to the motion. Councillor Slattery said, “This masterplan is a joke. Councillor Nagle was involved in a masterplan before I became a councillor …

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Department recognition for Mol and Óige

MOL an Óige Steiner National School in Ennistymon was this week granted permanent recognition by the Department of Education. School principal Una Garvey told The Clare Champion that the news is a huge boost to the school, which is the first Stenier school in Ireland to receive this recognition. “It’s a complete validation of the Steiner approach and Steiner methodologies. It’s a recognition of all of the fantastic work that goes on in the school. This says that this school does wonderful work, does it in a different way but it delivers the curriculum to the children and gives them what they need,” Ms Garvey said. She also believes this development validates the Steiner approach to the public. “It puts it in the public sphere. We know what we do inside here and we know how well it works. But now it’s in the public domain that the Department of Education also recognises the good work that happens inside here,” …

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Healy retires from inter-county football

ENNISTYMON’S Laurence Healy has opted to end his nine year inter-county football career. The 33 year old school teacher was not a regular starter in 2014 and has decided to call a halt as Clare near the start of their 2015 division 3 NFL campaign. “I loved the training part and playing with the best players in the county. Getting to mark some of the best players in Ireland was also something I enjoyed. Last year I was on the panel but I was a sub. When you’re used to starting it’s hard to face into being a panellist. Steven Gerrard had the same issue at Liverpool,” Healy joked. “I’m not good at being a sub anyway. I know that from last year. I suppose you’re selfish in that way in that you just want to be playing. It was great that the team went well but it’s just not the same when you’re not playing,” he conceded. Healy said that …

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Inagh-Kilnamona to lose Arthur brothers?

THE newly-elected senior hurling management team at Inagh-Kilnamona will, it seems, have to plan without two of the team’s leading lights, the Arthur brothers, Ger  and Niall. Both are understood to have indicated to the club that they intend playing their club hurling in Dublin, where they work and live. Should this prove to be the case, it will mean that nine members of the team that reached the Clare championship semi-final in 2012, will not be available to the club in 2015. Jamie Davin (full-back) and David Hegarty (centre-back) have both retired. Brian Glynn is in Australia, while his brother, Eamonn, is in New York. Eoin Vaughan is also in Australia and Cathal Lafferty moved to Dublin at the beginning of last season. Ronan O’Looney re-graded to junior last year.

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Clare Cascaders move to Inagh

CLARE Cascaders Basketball Club has established   Inagh Community Centre as its headquarters for the season ahead. Since the club moved there in September, the membership is growing every week. A very important factor in the club’s decision to re-locate to Inagh was the fact that the centre is equipped with state-of-the-art adjustable basketball boards to suit all age categories. The club caters for boys and girls from U-10s right up to senior ladies and the Ennistymon senior men work out there on Thursday nights. “We needed a new home for basketball and it was great that the centre was finished on time with facilities second to none. The committee has been very supportive and welcoming to the club, its members and volunteers. Consequently, basketball is now flourishing in a new location with everyone looking forward to the new year,” according to a statement from the club. The club has plans to run more coaching clinics in the coming weeks and a basketball …

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It’s a wrap for Cliffs of Moher

Tourism Ireland kicked off its promotional drive for 2015 this week with a campaign that includes ‘wrapping’ the Daily Telegraph with images of Ireland, including one of the Cliffs of Moher. The wrap was seen by more than 1.2 million readers and potential holidaymakers for Ireland, across Britain. This is the first time ever that Tourism Ireland has ‘wrapped’ the Daily Telegraph in Britain. The four-page wrap also features Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow, Eyries (on the Beara Peninsula) and Dublin. The Tourism Ireland campaign, which is being rolled out in Great Britain, the United States and Mainland Europe, has been timed to coincide with the Christmas holiday period and aims to grab the attention of travellers everywhere, as they begin looking at potential destinations and planning their holidays for the year ahead. Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland’s CEO, said, “Our end-of-year campaign has been specially designed to highlight short breaks and holidays in Ireland and to appeal to our key …

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12.5% increase in Cliffs of Moher visitors

Visitor numbers at the Clare County Council owned Cliffs of Moher visitor attraction have increased by 12.5% during 2014 breaking the one million mark for the first time. Figures released reveal that visitor numbers have hit 1,075,000 for this year, representing an increase of over 115,000 visitors on the overall figure for 2013. 2014 marks the fourth successive year of increased visitor numbers to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience. The visitor centre has also seen substantial investment in product and facilities in 2014 with a spend of over €600,000 on additional coach parking facilities, new exhibition content, restoration works in O’Brien’s Tower and a redesign of the foyer at the visitor centre. “A number of positive factors combined during 2014 to drive visitor numbers over the one million mark,” Katherine Webster, Director of Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience. “New routes and increased access into Shannon Airport, the launch by Failte Ireland of the Wild Atlantic Way on which the …

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BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2015, ferghal burke, mary immaculate lisdoonvarna

Young scientists prepare for national exhibit

Students across Clare and South Galway are busy putting the finishing touches to their projects in the run-up to the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2015. From the science behind the voting in the Euro Vision to the correlation between mathematics and music, this year’s exhibition promises to be more exciting than ever with a huge range of projects on offer guaranteed to fascinate all visitors. There was a record number of entries this year making the 51st exhibition the biggest yet. Visitors will find 1,185 students displaying 550 projects, 22 of which are Clare entries, along with four more areas packed full of science and technology exhibits. Among those taking part are students from: Seamount College, Kinvara; Ennsitymon CBS, Rice College, Ennis; Kilrush Community School; St John Bosco Community College, Kildysart; Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon; and, Ennis Community College, Gaelcholaíste an Chlaír. The greatest number of entries from Clare came from Mary Immaculate Secondary School in Lisdoonvarna. Fearghal Burke, …

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