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Conway questions source of flooding funds

A North Clare councillor has called on the Government to clarify exactly how essential repairs to infrastructure damaged by recent flooding are going to be funded.“I am calling for clarity in relation to exactly what is going to happen. Whatever has been damaged by the flooding needs to be repaired as a matter of urgency and needs to be funded by central Government and not come from council funds and hopefully early in the New Year that clarity will be brought to this issue,” Fine Gael councillor, Martin Conway told The Clare Champion.Asked whether he thought Clare County Council had the money to repair the damaged roads in North Clare and across the county, Councillor Conway said, “The simple answer is ‘no’. This response has to be taken on by central Government.”According to Councillor Conway, the responsibility for repairing the roads damaged by flooding lies with the Government and not with the local authority.“There was a significant amount of damage …

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South Galway still reeling in aftermath of floods

A month on, communities in South Galway are still feeling the effects of the unprecedented flooding in the county.The deputy mayor of County Galway, Councillor Bridie Willers was forced to leave her home one month ago. The Labane woman is still unable to return to her home.“I don’t expect to be back in the house until early in the New Year. It is drying out but we had to put in a new floor. I’m still living in a neighbour’s house,” Bridie explained.Bridie and her family will go to her daughter’s home for Christmas dinner.“In many ways I am looking forward to the year being over. Next year can’t be any worse. I have never been out of my house on Christmas and I would never dream of going away for Christmas,” she continued.“We have to grin and bear it. It is the same for everyone who was evacuated. We have to go on with our lives. I am a …

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Iarnród Éireann applies for Crusheen funds

Building work on Crusheen Railway Station is likely to begin in 2010 if funding applied for by Iarnród Éireann is sanctioned early in the New Year, according to Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley. Iarnród Éireann has submitted a scheme for formal approval to the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and the Clare TD expects that funding will be sanctioned early next year.“This is a major breakthrough in the long-running saga of the opening of a rail station at Crusheen on the Western Rail Corridor. For a number of years now, very considerable effort has been undertaken to ensure that a station at Crusheen would open once more. Now that Iarnród Éireann have been able to put together a viable proposal together with a local developer and Clare County Council, I believe that the construction of the station will begin in the coming year,” deputy Dooley stated.“The dogged effort of the local Crusheen Railway Committee has been instrumental in …

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Expanding Inagh’s horizons

Teachers in a North Clare school will travel to France early next month as part of a European cultural education programme. Two teachers from St Flannan’s National School in Inagh will go to Avignon as part of the Comenius programme, which the school has been taking part in since September.Run by Léargas in Ireland, Comenius seeks to develop knowledge, understanding and appreciation among young people and education staff of the diversity of European cultures and languages. It also aims to help young people acquire basic life skills for their personal development for future employment and active European citizenship. Children from St Flannan’s have been busy since work began on the project at the beginning of the school year learning about their own culture and heritage as well as that of their European counterparts. According to Caroline McGeary, the co-ordinator of Comenius in the school, the project has been time-consuming for the pupils but also integrates well with the overall curriculum.“Our …

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Jerry commemorates WWI Christmas Truce with new EP

A NORTH Clare man has just released an EP to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the Christmas Truce, which took place in World War I. Jerry Lynch from Kilfenora recorded Requiem For a Soldier, which he co-produced with Don Mullan to honour the remarkable 1914 event.“I decided to make this recording to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the Christmas Truce in 1914 which is coming up this Christmas. I had heard a few songs I felt would make a nice themed package for this occasion and I think anyone who has heard the album has been impressed. The two duets with Sarah Dolan, and Liam Lawton’s The Cloud’s Veil combined with my own song make a lovely mixture. John Condon is a very moving song which reminds us of all the men who were only boys and suffered in this awful war,” Jerry told The Clare Champion.Jerry is from a well-known family in North Clare, many of whom are involved …

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Yuletide market for Ballyvaughan

THIS year, the Christmas market in Ballyvaughan Community Hall will run on two weekends before Christmas, this Saturday and Sunday as well as the following Saturday, December 19 and Sunday, December 20.   As well as many familiar faces from the Ballyvaughan Farmers’ Market, a number of other food producers from North Clare will take part in the Christmas events, offering an unrivalled variety of quality food produce, much of it with a festive theme. Among the products available will be seasonal vegetables and fruit, traditional home baking including breads, cakes, biscuits and confectionary, locally produced cheeses, honey and fruit wines, handmade preserves such as jellies, pickles, chutneys, flavoured oils, jams and sauces, quality olive oil, wines, food hampers, along with mistletoe and plants and flowers for both inside and outside the house specially suited to the winter season.  There will also be a wide selection of meats and fish available each day.Alongside the food produce will be a varied selection …

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Burren Smokehouse scoops top business award

  A NORTH Clare food company has picked up one of Ireland’s top business awards at a ceremony in Dublin. The Burren Smokehouse, Lisdoonvarna, was presented with the Seafood Exporter Award 2009 at the 2009 Exporter of the Year Awards held at the Concert Hall at the RDS in Dublin last Thursday.The Seafood Exporter Award 2009 recognises companies in the seafood sector that have made significant progress in securing and building export markets for Irish seafood.Burren Smokehouse outshone companies like Glenmar Shellfish Limited and Ummera Smoked Products Limited to win the title. The North Clare company was acknowledged for its success in exporting 60% of its smoked organic and premium salmon, trout and mackerel to the USA, Europe and Japan.Birgitta Hedin Curtin, proprietor of the Burren Smokehouse, said, “This was a particularly sweet award to get. It took me a little while to realise we deserved this. I always thought we were only a little place on the west coast …

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