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Sod-turning remembered 75 years on

A MILESTONE moment in the history of Shannon Airport has been celebrated with the planting of an oak tree to mark the 75th anniversary of the beginning of construction work at the airport site at Rineanna.Airport executive and staff members, as well as Shannon Airport Authority chairman, Brian O’Connell were on hand for the symbolic planting of the tree to mark the 75th anniversary of the original sod-turning at Shannon on October 8, 1936.The oak sapling was planted near the final roundabout approaching the airport, not far from the spot where 75 years ago this week just over a dozen workers gathered for the first time to begin work at Shannon Airport.Acting Shannon Airport director, Niall MacCarthy said given Shannon’s rich aviation history it was appropriate to mark the beginning of the airport’s construction by honouring the work of the men who planned and built the airport.“Little did the men who broke ground for the first time at what were …

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Councillors seek timescale for Cluain Airne development

OBTAINING information from Shannon Town Council about the controversial Cluain Airne housing development is akin to “pulling hen’s teeth”, a local county councillor has claimed.Councillor Gerry Flynn made the claim at a town council meeting last week, where he also alleged what has happening in relation to the residential development is “disgraceful”. He was speaking during a discussion about the Glaisse na Rinne/Cluain Airne affordable housing development.“I said at the last meeting, what is a priority for the council, is it a day, a week or a number of years? I make no apology for demanding answers. Residents living from 21 to 26 were given the impression improved parking would be provided but now this is not happening. What has happened is unbelievable and I hope this will never be visited upon us again,” he said.At a meeting in June, councillors requested an inquiry into the development, which had prompted issues in 2007 before a brick was even laid. Over …

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Job losses at Sykes and BuyLo

SHANNON suffered a double whammy on the jobs front this week with the shedding of 75 jobs at the technology support company, Sykes Enterprises and the closure of the discount retailer, BuyLo in the town centre.

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St John’s celebrates 50 years

This Sunday, St John’s National School in Shannon will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its foundation and Church of Ireland Bishop of Limerick, Killaloe and Ardfert, Trevor Williams, will come to the school for a special service.School principal Tina Noone said the school was set up to cater for the population of what was then an emerging town. “The school was set up in 1961 to meet the needs of the international community in Shannon because a lot of people were coming in from abroad to the industrial area. The numbers have fluctuated over the years and now we have a two-teacher school with a shared learning support. We get people from Quin down to Cratloe and into Shannon.”She said the school had received an Active Schools flag from the Department of Education in January and is very grateful for all the support it has received from the local community over the last half-century. It is a two-teacher co-educational school. …

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Mayor opens compost site

Mayor of Clare Pat Hayes recently officially opened a new compost demonstration site at the allotments in Shannon and presented Master Composters volunteers with their graduation certificates.The compost demonstration site is open to the public to visit and includes turning units, leaf mould and composting bins. The compost demonstration site has been supported by Clare County Council and the Stop Food Waste Initiative of the Environmental Protection Agency. Councillor Hayes paid tribute to those receiving certificates. “Food waste prevention is a very important issue and I wish to applaud the Master Composters here today, who have put great effort into learning about techniques for prevention and composting of food and garden waste. We are lucky to have such fine volunteers available to us and Clare County Council is proud to be associated with this programme.”The Master Composters volunteers are available to offer advice to members of the public on food waste prevention and composting. Donal O’Leary of the Stop Food …

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Shannon father’s mammoth challenge for CF

SHANNON’S Kieran McCarthy is going to take on a unique challenge to raise funds for cystic fibrosis next month. The 32-year-old is going to swim three kilometres at Shannon pool, hop on his bike and cycle over 200km to Dublin and then run 26.2 miles in the Dublin City Marathon.Clearly, it will take an immense effort but Kieran says he has been working hard and knows what he’s letting himself in for.“I’ve done four marathons and I’ve done a couple of triathlons so I’ve a fair idea what I’m letting myself in for. I’ve been training for the last year and people who’ve done Iron Mans have given me a few tips. The lads in the leisure centre have given me a nutrition plan as well.”He will begin the swimming at 7.30pm on October 30 and he says the challenge is in keeping with the cause he is working for. “For CF patients exercise is very good and swimming, cycling …

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New building for VEC Youthreach Centre

CLARE VEC has been granted planning permission for a temporary change of use of an existing house to office and educational use at Smithstown.Permission was also given to upgrade the existing wastewater treatment system to a proprietary waste treatment system with percolation area and associated site works.The decision to grant planning came despite an objection from Councillor Patricia McCarthy, while her colleague on Shannon Town Council and Clare County Council, Gerry Flynn, made a representation in favour of the application.In her objection, Councillor McCarthy stated, “I have serious reservations in respect of this change of use planning application given the current position whereby there are a large number of business premises vacant throughout Shannon, in the town and in the industrial areas, the majority of which would be suitable for the proposed development.“Further I have concerns that there is a proposal to upgrade an existing waste treatment system, when there is an existing mains system in close proximity and to …

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