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Memories recalled at Hastings Farmhouse

THERE was a large crowd for Saturday’s open day at Hastings Farmhouse, one of the most historic buildings in Shannon.Hastings Farmhouse was one of the locations where the IRA held Brigadier General Lucas during the War of Independence and descendants of the general and his captors attended Saturday’s event. LEADER funding administered through Clare Local Development Company and further fundraising has facilitated Dúchas na Sionna’s conservation of the historical landmark.Speaking to The Clare Champion, Olive Carey of Dúchas na Sionna said everything had gone very well at the open day. “We had a terrific day, a great turnout and lovely sunshine. We had some volunteers dressed in uniforms from the period from a re-enactment group. They came and added a lovely flavour to the day. We had Ruth Wheeler, the grand-daughter of General Lucas and Aideen Carroll, the grand-daughter of Sean Moylan.”There were a number of presentations and some of General Lucas’ letters from captivity were read to those assembled. …

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Motorist ‘upset’ over disabled parking note

A SHANNON woman, who suffers from a breathing condition and holds a disabled parking permit, found a note saying ‘I didn’t realise that retarded people could take disabled spots’ when she returned to her car in Ennis last weekend.The woman, who does not wish to be named, is in her ’50s and suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).“It’s a breathing condition and as a result of that, I need to use oxygen. I can’t walk for long distances. I can’t walk up hills, that sort of thing, but you wouldn’t know it to look at me,” she told The Clare Champion.“On Sunday we were going out to lunch, my daughter and myself, and we were kind of dressed up for going out. We parked the car and when we got back, this note was on it. I was really upset about it. “I have worked in the disability sector as an advocate for people with disabilities. I would be …

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€1m for sewerage scheme a ‘drop in the ocean’

ENVIRONMENT Minister Phil Hogan has been asked to fast-track the provision of more than €22 million for the long-awaited upgrade of the Shannon Sewerage Scheme after his recent allocation of over €1m was described as a “drop in the ocean” by Councillor PJ Ryan.While welcoming €1m in funding to proceed with advance works for a mechanical and electrical contract on the Shannon Sewerage Scheme, Councillor Ryan stressed it is only a small fraction of what is urgently needed for the overall upgrade.Councillor Ryan claimed the original plant, which was constructed in the 1970s and operated by Shannon Development until 2004 when it was taken over by Clare County Council, wasn’t designed to cater for the increase in the amount of sewage from residential and commercial properties following the growth of Shannon and its environs.“The recent allocation sounds good but in practice is a long way off what the minister should be approving as a matter of urgency. Councillors have been …

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Allotment fosters community spirit

THE success of Clare County Council’s allotment scheme in Shannon has fostered great community spirit among gardening enthusiasts and the council is now being urged to replicate the feel-good factor in other parts of the county.The provision of about 44 public plots at the rear of Illaunmanagh Cemetery has taken on something of a cosmopolitan flavour as green-fingered people from China, South Africa and Spain mingle with locals who thoroughly enjoy watching a wide variety of fruit and vegetables blossom.Now in its fourth year, the 150m2 plots are available for rent from the council for an annual fee of €45.Stephen Danaher, who lives in Fearnóg across from Shannon Town Centre, believes the social interaction between growers is one of the project’s positive spin-offs.“There is a great social side to growing your own food. There is a great mix of people in Shannon, including people who are willing to share their experience and give advice. There is a nice mixture of …

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