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Leading parenting expert for Kilrush library talks

TWO free online talks with high profile parenting expert Dr Mary O’Kane are being hosted by Kilrush Library in the coming weeks. Dr O’Kane will be offering advice on supporting teens starting secondary school and on raising resilient children via Zoom sessions organised by the library. The well-known psychologist is the author of Perfectly Imperfect Parenting, described as “a practical and accessible guide which will help parents get into the right frame of mind for effective parenting without making them feel guilty or inadequate in their desire to be the best parent they can be”. “The book presents the idea of good enough parenting,” said Dr O’Kane. “The idea that children need to experience small disappointments to better equip themselves to face life’s challenges. As the child experiences these minor blips, they learn to tolerate some frustration. If we occasionally let them down, it helps them to learn to survive in an imperfect world.” Dr O’Kane, a lecturer in Psychology …

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West Clare gallery urging people to shop local this summer

THE owners of a West Clare art gallery are urging the public to shop local this summer, writes Jessica Quinn. Kilbaha Gallery has backed the newly launched Irish SME Association (ISME) ‘Shop Local’ campaign for consumers and businesses. Liz Greehy, co-owner of Kilbaha Gallery, said, “Here at Kilbaha Gallery we have been so lucky to be surrounded by a wonderfully supportive community on Loop Head who have always made shopping local a priority. “Throughout Covid, although our doors were firmly closed, our business was actively trading online and the support we received nationally in Ireland from people prioritising Irish purchases was outstanding. “This was wonderful for us as a gallery but also the benefits of which were felt right through to the homes of the artists themselves who were delighted to be able to continue producing and selling truly great art and bringing a smile to homes throughout the country. “Shopping locally and within Ireland produces a very important ripple …

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Call to ban onshore windfarm developments in Clare

AN APPEAL has been made for a ban on further onshore windfarm development in North and West Clare, writes Fiona McGarry. Councillor Ian Lynch has described the West Clare Municipal District (WCMD) as “saturated with windfarms”. Addressing the July meeting of the district, he warned that the landscape and the viability of rural communities could be destroyed unless such a ban is imposed. The Independent member also said that with the future development of offshore wind energy infrastructure at the Moneypoint site, the need for more onshore facilities no longer exists. “West Clare is saturated with windfarms already and allowing planning permission for more of these developments will irreversibly destroy the natural landscape, the scenic beauty and the viability of rural communities,” Councillor Lynch said. The Kilrush native noted that the currently County Development Plan has designated the area as strategic in terms of wind energy production, but said members are now working to remove that designation. “This is not …

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West Clare attraction set for major revamp

ONE of West Clare’s most popular tourist attractions will see considerable renovation and development as part of a plan focused on sustainability growth, writes Fiona McGarry. The keeper’s cottage at Loop Head Lighthouse, which dates back to the mid-19th century, will be renovated and repaired to high conservation standards. Works will include the repair of the existing roof and sash windows and the making safe of internal electrical works. Custy Construction has been contracted by Clare County Council to carry out the works. Meanwhile, the Council has confirmed that plans will be submitted to An Bord Pleanála for an enhanced visitor attraction within the compound of the lighthouse. The plans include an upgrade to the wastewater treatment system and a visitor management plan for the area to ensure that all development aids the conservation objectives of the Special Area of Conservation in the Loop Head Peninsula. Loop Head Lighthouse is steeped in history and is rich in maritime heritage, with …

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“Kilkee was somewhere I came to heal”

WITH a booming staycation summer close to its zenith, Kilkee Waterworld reopened this week. “We opened on Monday morning at 8am with a private lesson and then we had swim classes for the following two hours,” said Tracey Corbett Lynch, who is now managing the facility. She said it had been great to be able to reopen, after a very long closure. “There was a very short window of opening in the summer of 2020. We’re just delighted to be open and to welcome families in, both local and ones spending some time here over the summer.” Like many other premises around Clare, a major effort was required in advance of opening the doors once again. “We had a huge amount of work to do. When I joined in mid-June we first of all had a deep clean, we brought some contractors in to deep clean the whole building. “We had professional companies in to do the windows, we had …

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West Clare mast given green light despite objections

PLANNING permission has been granted for the enlargement of an existing telecommunications structure in Doonbeg. The structure will be raised to an overall height of 24.4 metres after the installation of three 2.9 metre omni antennas and a 0.6 metre dish onto an existing structure. Planning was granted for the addition, despite the opposition, on visual amenity grounds by some local residents. Cignal Infrastructure Ltd had lodged the application with Clare County Council and in a letter accompanying it emphasised the public service nature of the infrastructure. “The purpose of this application is to expand National Digital Radio Service in the local area in order to maintain the needs of our security, fire and safety, health, government and public service agencies. “Given the proposed development will form part of the local and national Emergency Services radio network, we trust that the planning authority will endeavour to determine this application as quickly as possible within the statutory timescale.” The application added, …

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Coast Guard called after men fleeing fisheries officers entered Shannon Estuary

THE Coast Guard was called in after two men caught using a net to capture wild salmon entered the waters of the Shannon estuary during a foot chase with Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) officers, a court has heard. At Kilrush District Court, IFI officer, Ray Byrne recounted the chase at Poulinadaree on the Shannon estuary on June 4 last year. he told the court that prior to the two men entering the waters, he warned them not to go in. Mr Byrne said, “They were attempting to swim but in my mind it would have ended up as a bad result.” He told the pair that he would contact the Coast Guard if they entered the waters. Mr Byrne told the court that the Coast Guard came on the scene within 10 to 15 minutes but then the two men refused to get into the coastguard boat at the scene. “At this stage,” said Mr Byrne, “they had come back …

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Clare Green resigns from County Council seat

THE Green Party’s Susan Crawford has tendered her resignation from Clare County Council, effective from August 31. Ms Crawford, who lives in Miltown, represented the Green Party in the Ennistymon Municipal District. She was co-opted onto the Council after Róisín Garvey, who won the seat in the 2019 local elections, became a senator. However, she has now announced her decision to resign, less than a year on, and the Green Party will nominate another representative. Efforts to contact Councillor Crawford this week proved unsuccessful. Speaking about her departure, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council PJ Ryan said she will be a significant loss. “The first thing I’d have to say is that I’m disappointed we are losing someone of the calibre of Dr Susan Crawford. When she became a member of Clare County Council she was someone who was very well thought of in her local community and being a professional person I felt she was an advantage to the Council.” …

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