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Gardaí question people after Shannon attacks

GARDAÍ have questionned people about recent attacks on people in Shannon, which have caused a large amount of local disquiet. There was an outcry on social media following the incidents, and local Sinn Féin Councillor Mike McKee said he is hopeful there will be no repeat. “I hope the message got across and they got the message that enough is enough. I think they have got the message that Shannon is kicking up against them and will not tolerate it.” Regarding the local reaction to the attacks, Councillor McKee said, “It was massive, absolutely massive. No matter where I went, people were stopping me to talk about it. Whatever about prosecutions, we just want it stopped. People were scared to go out, they were scared to let their children out. It was the first time I’ve actually experienced that in Shannon, that kind of fear.” He feels that those involved probably realise that the behaviour is not acceptable. “The message …

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Jaguar Land Rover creating 150 jobs in Shannon

JAGUAR Land Rover has confirmed it will open a software engineering centre, creating 150 jobs in Shannon this year. In conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover’s engineering team in the UK, the Shannon facility will be working on electric and automated driving vehicles. It will develop new technologies to support electrification and self-driving features on future Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. Nick Rogers, Executive Director of Product Engineering for Jaguar Land Rover said: “Technical innovation lies at the heart of Jaguar Land Rover and our innovation is continuous. The new facility provides an exciting opportunity for us to pioneer future autonomous and electrification technologies.” While it is thought that Brexit is a major factor in securing the jobs for Shannon, he claimed that it is still committed to its UK operations.“The heart of our business will always be in the UK. The creation of a team in Shannon strengthens our international engineering capabilities and complements our existing team of more than …

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Shannonside deby hurling final

Beaten by a point by Cork in last year’s final, Limerick will be keen to go a step further and capture the Munster Senior Hurling League title. While Cork followers were ultimately disappointed when the side didn’t go on to contest the All-Ireland decider, patrons will point to the fact that following their Munster league win, they won the Munster championship title, beating Clare in the final. This statistic is something that will not have escaped either Clare or Limerick. In the overall picture, winning the Munster league isn’t a priority but both Clare and Limerick have used the competition to give game-time to players. Many will argue that both sides have used a greater number of regulars than other counties currently competing in their respective provincial leagues, so it’s reasonable to assume that both will name fairly strong line-up for Sunday’s final. Clare and Limerick clashes tend to be lively affairs, whether it be a challenge, provincial, national league …

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Shannon Knights enters receivership

Established in 1972, the Shannon Knights, the iconic bar and bistro and one of the most prominent social venues in the town, has entered receivership. A member of management said employees are, as yet, unaffected and that the outgoing owners had been good to work for and are well regarded in the community. Shannon Knights embarked on a multi-million euro revamp some years ago and when it reopened in 2010, there was talk of expanding its clientele to Ennis and Limerick, but economic conditions proved very challenging thereafter. Annual accounts filed in 2015 and prepared by Curtin, O’Friel & Co Chartered Certified Accountants, showed that in the year to the end of August 2014, Shannon Knights had accumulated losses of €1,745,549. The accounts also showed that there were bank loans of over €3.4 million to be repaid. At the time there was uncertainty about the ability of the company to continue, as the submission stated there was “uncertainty which may cast …

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Shannon marks the summer solstice

Few people celebrate the summer solstice these days but a special event will take place in Shannon to mark it this occasion. “Shannon Mental Health Association and SkyCourt Shopping Centre are combining to hold a summer solstice event to promote positive mental health. It’ll be in the Food Court at SkyCourt on Monday, June  from 9pm until around 11.30pm. There will be music and entertainment and refreshment. “The idea is to promote good mental health. The solstice has been identified by Mental Health Ireland nationally so the Shannon branch is having this local event. People will be given cards and they can write their wishes for their mental health and well-being on them for the coming year,” Tony McMahon, PRO of the Shannon Mental Health Association, outlined. Tony added, “It’s a social event, a sort of a get-together, a celebration of mental well-being. There won’t be anything therapeutic but there will be information available about Mental Health Ireland.” Speaking about the Shannon …

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Serious incidents in Shannon

TWO people have been arrested following an incident at a funeral in Shannon on Sunday, while parish priest Fr Tom Ryan said lives could have been lost but for the intervention of the gardaí. Martin ‘Red Breast’ McDonagh died last Wednesday night and was reposing in Shannon on Sunday before his funeral, which took place in Ballyhaunis, County Mayo on Monday. It is understood that a row broke out close to Ss John and Paul Church, in which a number of people, associated with two separate families, were involved. No arrests were made in relation to this. Shortly afterwards, one vehicle rammed into another at traffic lights close to Aidan Park. Another vehicle, owned by a party not connected with the dispute, was also damaged. A vehicle was seized at the Old Lodge shortly afterwards and one person arrested. A second person was subsequently arrested. Speaking on Monday, Fr Ryan said, “The first thing I’d like to do is extend …

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Flight Diverts to Shannon over Disruptive Passenger

An Austrian Airlines plane diverted to Shannon Airport this Thursday (April 21) and a disruptive passenger was removed from the flight. It is understood the man, who is 29 years of age, was intoxicated on board the flight which was travelling from Vienna to New York. The plane landed in Shannon at 1.10pm on Thursday and the passenger was taken from the flight. A senior garda confirmed that the passenger had consumed a significant amount of alcohol and was refused more alcohol on the flight. “He then became aggressive and difficult to the staff. They had to move a number of passengers away from his area. Obviously the disruption was so severe that the captain diverted the plane, he wanted him removed from the flight as he felt it was unsafe to continue with him on board,” the garda spokesperson said. The man is understood to be from Albania originally but has been living in the United States for 25 years …

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Shannon fire under control

A SPOKESMAN for the Clare fire service has said that a fire at Thermo King in Shannon has been brought under control. Large plumes of smoke have been wafting into the sky above the industrial estate this afternoon, while workers had to leave their posts. The fire service spokesman said that only units of the Shannon fire brigade had been required to tackle the blaze and that they had brought it under control relatively quickly.   Owen Ryan  

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