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Call for work to be carried out on Avoca ‘eye sore’

WORK needs to be done at the former Avoca store in Bunratty to make it more presentable, Shannon area councillors claimed at their November monthly meeting. The store, which had employed 35 people, was destroyed by fire in 2007.In a motion to the meeting, Councillor John Crowe stated, “The Avoca Store adjacent to Bunratty Castle and Durty Nellies, which was destroyed by fire is an eye sore in such a prominent tourist attraction and to have a site left like this is an absolute disgrace and I am requesting that the enforcement section of Clare County Council come after the owners to make it into a temporary car park.”Speaking at the meeting, Councillor Crowe said the site was “in an awful state”.“It looks absolutely disastrous and pending a future sale, it’s going to be a while before any real money is put into it,” the Sixmilebridge man added.He also said the site in question is right next to a hugely …

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Almost €3m spent on Cluain Airne scheme

€3 MILLION has already gone into the new housing scheme at Cluain Airne and town councillors were told this week that the houses probably won’t be handed over to occupants until next year.The date for the completion of works on the controversial development has continuously been put back, much to the frustration of local residents.In a report to this week’s council meeting, following a motion from Sinn Féín’s Cathy McCafferty, town manager Bernadette Kinsella gave an outline of the costs already incurred. “Atlantic Developments took possession of the Glaise na Rinne housing development site on July 18 under contract, which provides for completion on December 9, 2011. The scheme comprises 22 houses; 16 of which are designated for sale as affordable houses, with the remaining six designated as step-down units.“The final all-in cost of the scheme, including the per unit cost, will be determined within six months of completion of the scheme as required for the final account. Expenditure to …

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Profits plummet at Air Rianta

AER RIANTA International saw its profits plummet in 2010, accounts filed with the Companies Office show. The company recorded a profit for the financial year of €2,336,000 last year, compared to €22,932,000 in 2009.In the business review section of the director’s report, it stated that last year had been relatively successful. “The trading performance of the company in 2010 has been good in light of the challenging current economic climate with turnover exceeding €60 million (2009, €62m). This has been offset by impairments of financial assets and provisions for inter company and related balances of €19.6m (2009 €5.2m). The increase in turnover in 2010 reflects an increase in the value of goods supplied to external customers and certain group undertakings, partially offset by a decrease in the value of services provided. Income from financial assets and investments was €17.7m (2009, €24.2m) and represents dividends received from subsidiary and associate companies.”According to the profit and loss account for the year, payroll …

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Return of Beat the Streets

FOLLOWING the success of the Beat the Streets soccer tournament, which took place for the last two years for fourth, fifth and sixth-year pupils of St Caimin’s and St Patrick’s Comprehensive, the tournament will take place this November.Beat the Streets is a soccer tournament where teams represent their housing estate or area in five-a-side matches (squads of eight). Last year was the second year of the event and it proved to be a huge success among the community. The league is an initiative of Community Garda Diarmuid O’Brien and FAI County Development Officer for Clare, Denis Hynes. Up to 70 teenagers from Shannon and the surrounding areas took part in the league over four weeks last year, seeking to claim the title. The league got the backing of the FAI and last year’s winners, Tradaree FC from Newmarket, won eight tickets to see the Republic of Ireland playing against Macedonia at the Aviva Stadium.This year’s tournament will take place at …

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