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Moyasta to be included in speed limit review

WEST Clare Fine Gael Councillor Gabriel Keating has been advised by Morgan Lahiff, executive engineer, Clare County Council that a biannual speed limit review, which is being undertaken by the local authority, will include a busy section of the road at Moyasta in West Clare.“There were a number of fatalities on this section of road at Moyasta and it is a very dangerous junction. The local school, local public house and the West Clare Railway are all located at this particular section of the road and in the interest of safety, I raised this matter at our recent area local meeting,” Councillor Keating said. “I have now been advised that that a biannual speed limit review is underway and that this section of the road at Moyasta will be put forward for consideration in light of recent events. During the public consultation process of this review, submissions will be invited from the general public and I would urge people who …

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Rineen committee urges family involvement

THE Rineen Ambush Commemoration Committee is appealing to relations of people who took part in the Rineen ambush to attend their next meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, August 17 at 8.30pm in the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point.The 90th anniversary of the ambush, which took place on September 22, 1920, will be marked on September 26 next. In the meantime, organisers want to hear from descendants of anybody who participated, while they are also looking for photographs, memorabilia or artefacts connected to the ambush. Events on September 26 will commence with mass in Moy church followed by a guard of honour, which will be inspected by Minister for Defence Tony Killeen. All who attend will then gather at the Rineen ambush monument, where the national flag will be raised. The group will then adjourn to the Armada Hotel, where an exhibition of memorabilia will be staged, followed by lunch. Anybody with relevant information or who would like to attend …

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Inaugural RNLI flag day event

Kinvara will host its inaugural flag day in support of the RNLI at the weekend. The event is aimed at the whole family and Dominic Gallagher, one of its organisers, is hopeful the community can raise a significant amount of money for the charity. “The RNLI is a great organisation. It has always been close to my heart. “It doesn’t get money from the Government so fundraising is vital to keep it going. “We have a huge number of volunteers taking part and we are hoping to make this an annual event,” Dominic stated. “People often take the RNLI for granted. “The old motto is the RNLI always answer the call, they always go when they are called, no matter what the circumstances. Other countries don’t have organisations like the RNLI. It is a most professional outfit made up of brave men and women and we are lucky to have them. “We are a seaside community and a lot of …

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Councillor’s fears over flood relief funding

Fine Gael TD Ulick Burke this week expressed reservations about the allocation of between €10m and €12m for South and East Galway flood relief works.“Whilst I welcome the announcement, I am somewhat sceptical that this amount will be made available on the ground within the two-year time frame indicated by the minister,” deputy Burke stated.He made his comments after Minister at the Office of Public Works, Martin Mansergh, announced that he expected to spend between €10m to €12m over the next two years on schemes in the area.“The greatest fear now is that we will have another report gathering dust on the shelves and as yet, no meaningful works have occurred in South Galway, nothing on the Dunkellin River Basin and little in Ballinasloe,” Deputy Burke remarked.Last December, a Humanitarian Aid package of €10m was announced by the Government to assist families throughout the country who were affected by the flooding. “As at February last, only 718 payments had been …

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No plain sailing for Mountshannon seaplane

FOUR separate appeals have been lodged with An Board Pleanála this week objecting to planning permission granted to a controversial application which proposes to service a seaplane operation out of Mountshannon.Applicants Harbour Air Ireland Ltd were granted planning permission last month to install a floating pontoon, mooring anchors, access gangway, reinforced concrete slipway and inspection hardstanding, workstore, parking area and associated infrastructure for the berthing and inspection of a sea plane at Mountshannon/Dooros. Following local objections and criticism of the proposed development, two local groups have lodged appeals against the county council’s decision to grant permission. Furthermore, two State bodies have also lodged appeals with An Bord Pleanála.  In an appeal document submitted to the planning board by the Sandycove Residents’ Association, they cite health and safety issues, environmental issues and the negative impact on the daily lives of the Sandycove residents as the grounds for their appeal. John O’Brien, chairman of the group, claimed that among the health and …

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O’Brien returns to Scariff for historic public interview

THIS year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Edna O’Brien’s novel The Country Girls, a book that daringly reflected life in rural Ireland and at the time shocked, angered yet captivated her local community.It is timely so that the renowned author returns to East Clare this year for the Scariff Harbour Festival for a unique public interview. Declan Kiberd, Professor of Anglo Irish Literature at University College Dublin, will talk to Edna about her life, times and works at Scariff Library on Saturday, July 31 at 3pm.The Country Girls was the first of several works including novels, short stories and plays from Edna O’Brien. The prolific writer has had an extraordinary literary career with many works firmly rooted in the landscape in which she grew up.Harry O’Meara of the Scariff Harbour Festival Committee described the upcoming event as significant, not just for the festival and County Clare but for a much wider audience. “Of the many interviews in …

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