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Permission sought for new restaurant

AN application has been made for planning permission to facilitate the opening of a new restaurant at Ballycasey Crescent.John Mullane has made the application to change an existing hair salon to a restaurant, which would incorporate a takeaway.According to the application, the premises has an area of 78m2 and the change to a restaurant would mean that an additional three or four people would be employed there.The application states it is estimated that 80 cars a day would come to the restaurant and at peak times there would be 15 an hour. The opening times specified in the application would be from 9am to 11pm six days a week and from 10am to 10.30pm on Sunday. These opening hours would be in line with the opening hours of the nearby Mace store.While the application does make specific reference to a takeaway facility, it also stipulates that this would not be of the typical fast food variety. “The applicant wishes to …

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Jim named runner-up in escort competition

THE escort representing Clare at this year’s Rose of Tralee made it to the final three of the Escort of the Year competition on Tuesday. Jim Healy from Tipperary, but working in Shannon and chosen at the Clare selection, escorted the newly crowned Rose of Tralee Tara Talbot, representing Queensland, at the festival this week.Jim works with the Irish Business Employers Confederation (IBEC) as an industrial relations/human resources executive. In his spare time, he plays rugby and football, enjoys horse riding and athletics and has represented Ireland nationally and internationally in various sporting events.Peter Sands, escort to the New Zealand Rose Ailbhe Ryan, was announced as the winner. He teaches at St Mary’s Grammar School in Magherafelt and he described the experience as life changing. “It’s been a very humbling experience and I think the only one happier than me right now is my mummy and I’m sure there’ll be tears as well. There’s 31 other guys that I would …

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First meeting for LGBT support group

A SUPPORT group for parents, friends and family members of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people will have its first meeting at the Shannon Family Resource Centre on Monday, September 19, from 7pm to 9pm.The group is being run by Rainbow Support Services, which supports the LGBT community in the Mid-West. Spokesperson Vanessa Buswell said people may be upset after a family member or friend comes out but the group will try and provide assistance. “It still can be upsetting for some but not for all. The beauty of this group is that it’s for all family members. Even if someone has accepted their son or daughter and understand LGBT issues, they can support other parents and tell them how they coped with it and understood it.“It’s for mothers, fathers, grandmothers, brothers and sisters, that sort of thing. It’s basically for them to be able to meet and to get support from each other. To help them to understand …

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Free zone companies paid over €7m in grants last year

INTEL Shannon Ltd received over €3 million in industry grant payments in 2010 according to the Shannon Development annual report.The report, published last week showed that in total, companies at the free zone received just over €7.52m in grant payments last year.Over the years, Intel has received over €6m in grants. After Intel, Zimmer Orthopedics received most last year, a sum of €1m. Zimmer, which announced it would be opening a plant in 2008, had received payment of €2,409,711 by the end of last year.Element Six Ltd were granted €357,000 last year, bringing total payments to them to €5,807,682. Bustec Production Ltd was granted €300,000 last year, bringing total payments to them to €872,559. Shannon Aerospace received grant payments of €144,318, bringing total payments to the company to €44,596,223.The report also showed that employment in both manufacturing and services at the free zone declined slightly last year.It estimates that the cost per job in companies assisted by Shannon Development in …

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