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R&D funding call from Shannon Chamber chief

BUSINESS and academic communities should be aware of the funding being provided by the EU for research & development (R&D), according to Helen Downes, chief executive of Shannon Chamber.“With Ireland aiming to win €600 million in EU R&D funding by 2013, the West and South-Western business and academic communities should equip themselves to avail of a greater share of this funding than heretofore,” said Ms Downes ahead of a one-day seminar entitled Accessing and Using EU Innovation Supports – the Whys and Wherefores being held at the Westpark Business Campus on Tuesday, May 25.The seminar is being hosted by the chamber in conjunction with the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) and is co-hosted and supported by Enterprise Ireland, the Enterprise Europe Network in Ireland and Bank of Ireland.“It is an ideal opportunity for businesses, policy makers, regional authorities, regional development agencies, higher education institutes, innovation centres, consultants, chambers of commerce or other such entities in the West or South-West …

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‘Lopsided’ development in Killaloe and Ballina

THE development of the twin communities of Ballina and Killaloe in recent years has been “lopsided”, a Clare planning consultant has claimed.Brendan McGrath of Brendan McGrath and Associates, Corofin, made the charge in an appeal to An Bord Pleanála against the granting of planning permission for a new regional primary healthcare centre in Killaloe.“The development of Killaloe-Ballina has been lopsided in recent years,” he commented in the objection. He pointed out that while the population of Killaloe actually fell between 2002 and 2006, the number of people living in Ballina grew by 57% in the same period.Taking in the large area of the Killaloe and Ballina district electoral divisions, Mr McGrath pointed out the combined population in 2006 was 4,082, with 60% living on the Tipperary side of the river.Mr McGrath made his comments in an objection lodged by Brian and Riona Grogan, Grogan’s Pharmacy and Opticians, Ballina against the grant of planning permission to John Deegan, c/o Garwin Farren, …

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Westbury residents angry over delay in council takeover

FEARS about a possible extension of Limerick City’s boundary into Westbury and Shannon Banks are fuelling anger and frustration among residents over the delay in the public takeover of one of the largest housing estates in the Mid-West.Last week, Shannon Development raised the ire of some residents when it suggested in its submission to the Limerick Local Government Committee that the city boundary should be extended into Shannon Banks and Westbury.Councillor Pascal Fitzgerald said the threat of the boundary extension has increased the anger among householders in the Westbury Housing Estate, who are fearful that the long-awaited takeover by Clare County Council may not happen before the new Limerick Local Government Committee makes its final recommendation.Speaking to The Clare Champion, Councillor Fitzgerald said he had been approached by a number of residents who do not want the estate to be left in limbo and want Clare County Council to fulfil its promise to take the estate in charge.He said he …

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Return of July family festival

After a lapse of several years, Kilrush will host a family festival entitled Féile Shona, this summer. The event will be held from Thursday, July 1 until Sunday, July 4.Kilrush Fine Gael town councillor Ian Lynch is the main organiser and is appealing to local clubs to become involved and help out. However, he says that the idea nearly stalled after an unsuccessful first meeting. “I’ll admit that at several points ,I considered giving up on the idea, especially after I first organised a meeting inviting over 50 different groups and clubs and only two people turned up. But I persisted and I am delighted I did so because I believe this will be a great event,” Councillor Lynch said. “So often I hear our youth saying ‘there is nothing to do in the town’. Yet we have almost 40 clubs and organisations all screaming for new members. “This festival will give groups and clubs a chance to get recognised …

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Pupils don’t get a word in at council meeting

APPROXIMATELY 50 Kilrush Community School pupils sat through their first Kilrush Town Council meeting last Thursday morning. For the first time since the town council was established in 1885, a meeting was held in the local secondary school. After seven of the nine town councillors who attended had addressed the pupils at length on how the council operated, pupils presented a petition requesting the provision of a pedestrian crossing on the Cooraclare Road. Councillors assured them that they would look into the possibility of providing the crossing just outside the entrance to the school. Because the town councillors had addressed their audience in such detail, however, pupils had no opportunity to ask any questions of their visitors. The meeting started at 9.30am and had to conclude at 11am, as the hall where it was held is also a cafeteria. The meeting was also addressed by Kilrush town clerk John Corry, who told pupils that if they had any query with …

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Pupils don’t get a word in at council meeting

APPROXIMATELY 50 Kilrush Community School pupils sat through their first Kilrush Town Council meeting last Thursday morning. For the first time since the town council was established in 1885, a meeting was held in the local secondary school. After seven of the nine town councillors who attended had addressed the pupils at length on how the council operated, pupils presented a petition requesting the provision of a pedestrian crossing on the Cooraclare Road. Councillors assured them that they would look into the possibility of providing the crossing just outside the entrance to the school. Because the town councillors had addressed their audience in such detail, however, pupils had no opportunity to ask any questions of their visitors. The meeting started at 9.30am and had to conclude at 11am, as the hall where it was held is also a cafeteria. The meeting was also addressed by Kilrush town clerk John Corry, who told pupils that if they had any query with …

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Boat-building project group looking for participants

Building on the success of their recent traditional currach project, Seol Sionna, a group that has grown out of the Kilkee-based West Clare Currach Club, is preparing to reintroduce classic wooden sailing boats to the Shannon Estuary. They are seeking people who are interested in becoming involved in the project. The training programme will be led by local shipwright Steve Morris.The Seol Sionna project is an ambitious training project to build, a 24ft wooden sailing boat, evoking the small-to-medium class Shannon hooker that once sailed in the estuary. It is to be built for sail training purposes. The project draws on the extensive boat-building, boat-handling skills and local knowledge inherent in Seol Sionna membership. The project will be guided by expert advice in relation to Department of the Marine guidelines in boat design and safety.“Along with currach building, we have been digging out old boats from the mud in Poulnasherry and recording local stories regarding boats and sailing on the …

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What does the future hold for flood victims?

LAST November, flood waters cascaded down Gort’s Crowe Street and into a number of homes and business premises in the town and in its hinterland.Six months on and the town is finding its feet but some South Galway residents remain out of their homes and wondering whether to return in the face of possible future flooding. There were particularly dramatic scenes in Beagh where on November 20 last, Hughie O’Donnell and his family, including his two teenage children and his 86-year-old mother, were airlifted to safety after floodwaters breached their home and rose to in excess of four feet.“I’m not back at home yet. We live in a rented house in town,” Hughie outlines. “There was a lot of damage done but it could be reparable. The real question for us is whether or not to spend the money on a house that could be flooded again next winter,” he reflects. “I am out of pocket and out of my …

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