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John swims to masters glory

SHANNON-born swimmer John Cunningham was again a gold medallist at the FINA World Masters Swimming Championships, held in Riccione, Italy, in June. John was taking part in the 40-44 age group and successfully defended his 100m butterfly title, while he also took the gold in the 50m butterfly race.Speaking to The Clare Champion on Wednesday, John, who lives near Potters Barn in Hertfordshire, close to London, said he is very pleased with the performances.“I defended the 100m and won the 50m so I was pretty pleased with that. The performances were quite good, not as quick as two years ago but maybe the years are catching up,” he joked.John said he was given an awful lot of confidence after winning the 50m gold. “After that, I went in with a lot of confidence and I really felt that I could control the event and I did.”He said he won the 100m by a full second, which is quite a substantial …

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Bunratty village undergoes facelift

THIRTY new streetlights have been erected on the approach road to Bunratty village from Shannon in the latest in a series of improvement works to be completed in the village.According to Senator Tony Mulcahy, confirmation has been received from Clare County Council that further projects, including road improvement works, have been earmarked for Bunratty over the coming weeks.“New public lighting columns have just been installed in the village. ESB Networks have some works to carry out before these new lights can be switched on. Thereafter, the old lighting columns will be removed,” he stated.Senator Mulcahy said he has been working with the Bunratty Business Group, comprising members of the local hospitality and tourism sector, for the last three years to deliver a programme of works aimed at enhancing the physical appearance of the village and upgrading the local road network.“Just this week, for example, road resurfacing works have commenced on the road in front of Roadstone, the road in front …

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Fleming dons mayoral chain

  MICHAEL Fleming took over the office of Mayor of Shannon at Tuesday night’s town council meeting. He was elected unopposed, after being nominated by his Fine Gael party colleague Sean McLoughlin and seconded by Independent Patricia McCarthy. Both of them referred to his performance when he filled in for Tony Mulcahy, when holding the office of deputy mayor.He said he wanted to welcome county manager Tom Coughlan to the meeting and acknowledged the other councillors for electing him as the town’s first citizen. “It’s a great honour and I’m privileged to have it,” he said.Mr Coughlan paid tribute to the new mayor. “We have had opportunities to meet in the past and they were all pleasant and I’m sure you will continue to operate like that.”The county manager also said there is a need for partnership between council staff and elected members and he wanted to acknowledge the contribution of all the staff.He said there is currently an opportunity …

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Discount retailer creates 30 new jobs

THIRTY new jobs will be created in Shannon when discount retailer Dealz opens its 13th store in Ireland this Thursday.Miss Clare Hazel McMahon will be on hand to kick-start the celebrations as they cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the new store in the town centre.Located at unit 40A, SkyCourt Shopping Centre, with a retail space of 6,900ft2, Dealz Shannon is the newest edition to the Dealz portfolio. The new store brings the total number of jobs created in Ireland to date to over 390.The new store is taking up the unit vacated by another discount store, BuyLo, which closed last January with the loss of 12 jobs, just seven months after the franchise model owned by the Barry Group, one of Ireland’s leading wholesale distribution companies, set up in SkyCourt.BuyLo store manager, Sean Leo confirmed at the time the decision was taken for commercial reasons and he paid tribute to his extremely dedicated staff.He said the decision …

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Emily buzzes into national final

WHEN it comes to spelling, young Shannon girl Emily Meehan is in a league of her own.The St John’s Primary School pupil has backed up her success at county level by earning the right to represent the province at the Spelling Bee All-Ireland final, to be held in the RTÉ studios later this week, where the national champion will be crowned live on RTÉ 2fm’s Tubridy.If she manages to secure that accolade, 12-year-old Emily will win a library of books for her school.The Eason Spelling Bee with Tubridy, now in its second year, once again teamed up with RTÉ 2fm to deliver Ireland’s ultimate spelling contest and together have made it bigger and better than before. This year saw the introduction of the County Bees, which took place in each of the 32 counties nationwide, followed by four provincial finals broadcast live on RTÉ 2fm’s Tubridy, culminating in the grand final this Friday.Speaking at the Munster Spelling Bee in the …

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