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Solution sought at Cratloe playground

A LONG-term solution has to be found to resolve the ongoing crux surrounding the closure of the €187,000 Cratloe Community Playground at weekends, according to a local county councillor.The Clare Champion has learned that a meeting between Cratloe Community Playground Co-op and concerned residents who have been adversely affected by indiscriminate parking will take place next Wednesday at 9pm.Councillor PJ Ryan stressed a resolution has to be found to facilitate the reopening of the playground with the approval of local residents.He hopes that Coillte will be in a position to provide extra land to facilitate parking, while the law has to be enforced concerning illegal parking on a narrow country road.While the playground is open during the week, the committee have set up a new rota system to act as marshals handing out leaflets and advising people they can’t park on the country road.The marshals monitor the situation and once the area becomes too busy particularly during a fine day …

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Clonlara’s own Google doodler

MILLIONS of internet users will view an award-winning design by a talented Clonlara student when it appears on the Google Ireland homepage this Friday.A desire to turn back time and see how people lived in the past helped Patrick Horan scoop the top prize in the prestigious Doodle 4 Google competition.The sixth-year pupil was the toast of St Munchin’s College on Monday after becoming the second pupil from the school to win this prize within the last four years, emerging victorious out of 2,300 entrants.Interestingly, the €10,000 prize secured by Evan O’Sullivan-Glynn, who won the inaugural competition in 2009, played a major role in guiding Patrick Horan to the school’s latest extraordinary success.The 2009 prize money paid for a new art room in the school, which provided the ideal facility for Patrick to hone his art skills after reaching the quarter-finals of the 2011 competition.Pupils from Parteen, Clonlara, Meelick, Westbury and Shannon Banks benefited from the upgrading of facilities in …

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Search and Recovery Unit vows to continue working

MEMBERS of Killaloe Search and Recovery Unit have vowed to continue providing a service to the local community, despite the “shocking” theft of two 90-horsepower Honda twin engines worth about €15,000 apiece new.Killaloe/Ballina Search and Recovery Unit chairman, Tony O’Brien, confirmed members were in a “defiant” mood to ensure its volunteer service continues when the theft was discussed at a recent meeting.While members of the group were shocked and very disappointed that someone would stoop so low to steal valuable property from a voluntary organisation, Mr O’Brien said the divers are very resilient.In fact, he pointed out measures have already been put in place such as securing the loan of a craft and engines from an existing member to ensure the vital emergency service continues.“Members of KBSR are heartened by messages of support from people in the boating fraternity and from other people offering all kinds of assistance to ensure we keep going.“Although we have got a loan of a …

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