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Thousands attend centre reopening

IT took about a year and a half, but Shannon Leisure Centre has finally reopened, with thousands of people turning out for the official opening last Saturday.Sixteen full-time and six to eight part-time positions have been created following the €1.4 million redevelopment and the centre now includes a 25m swimming pool, gymnasium, skate park, climbing wall, two sports halls, dance studio, floodlit outdoor tennis courts, a café/relaxation area, steam and sauna rooms and wet and dry changing rooms.Reverend Bob Hanna and Shannon parish priest Tom Ryan blessed the centre, before it was officially opened by Defence Minister Tony Killeen. The opening ceremony was followed by a free fun day.Initially, the redevelopment was to be completed within 20 weeks, but there was a lengthy delay due to a dispute between the contractor and the board of the leisure centre. The delay in the reopening led to a Facebook campaign and a public protest outside a meeting of Shannon Town Council earlier …

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Emergency vehicle arrives at fire and rescue service

CLARE County Fire and Rescue Service took delivery of a new emergency tender vehicle at Shannon Fire Station last Friday.The new €270,000 appliance, which has been funded by the Department of the Environment, almost completes a fairly comprehensive upgrade to Shannon Fire Brigade. The upgrade will conclude with the delivery of a new water tanker to Shannon Fire Station later this month.A €1,225,000 extension and upgrade to Shannon Fire Station was completed in May 2009, while the brigade has also benefited from the delivery of a Class B appliance (€280,000) and a pre-owned Class B appliance (€160,000).Minister Michael Finneran came to Shannon at the time to officially open the refurbished station which included extra bays, a developed drill yard and new accommodation facilities for the crew.Mayor of Shannon Tony Mulcahy welcomed the arrival of the new Emergency Tender. “I am delighted to see that investment in our local fire service is continuing and that personnel are being delivered the necessary …

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Anti-social behaviour in some rental properties

THERE are problems associated with certain rental properties in Shannon, it was claimed at the June meeting of Shannon Town Council, while existing regulations aren’t strong enough, it was also claimed.Councillor Gerry Flynn proposed that the council write to people involved in letting property to advise them of their obligations. He said that people living near rental properties don’t want an awful lot. “All neighbours want is three things. One is adequate waste disposal. Two, proper appearance of rental property and three is not to have anti-social behaviour.”People renting can have a different outlook to people who have bought houses, Councillor Tony McMahon claimed. “To one person, a rented property can be a very temporary place. To someone else, their house can be a lifetime investment and sometimes, there is only a 2ft wall between them,” the councillor added.He said that there is a need for legislation rather than guidelines and that it should be enforced by the gardaí. Councillor …

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Flynn complains about crematorium lands

COUNCILLOR Gerry Flynn has lambasted Clare County Council following news that it has to pay over €87,000 to Shannon Development, after the sale of lands at Illaunmanagh for the development of a crematorium.Councillor Flynn objected to the decision to sell the lands and says the fact that the council will now not end up with the sale agree price of €140,000 has vindicated him.In a report issued to councillors representing the Shannon Electoral Area, Michael McNamara acknowledged that the council has no option but to pay the €87,000.“You will recall that last September the council approved the sale of 1.29 acres of land adjacent to the burial ground in Shannon to Illaunmanagh Ltd for the purposes of their constructing a crematorium on the lands. The sale price agreed was €140,000.“In the course of the legal transfer of the site, it transpired that this area was part of a larger area purchased eight to nine years ago by the council, principally …

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