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Spoils shared at Lees Road

By Seamus Hayes Ennis Town A 1  Newmarket Celtic A  1 Champions Ennis Town A and current leaders Newmarket Celtic A shared the spoils when they clashed in the premier league at a cold and foggy Lees Road on Sunday morning. The rivalry between the sides was evident in a well contested tie. It was their second meeting inside a week as they had clashed on Wednesday night under lights at the county grounds in the opening round of the Hugh Kelly memorial league cup. A penalty shoot out was needed to decided that one after they had shared four goals and the Ennis side came out winners on a 4-2 score when it came to the  penalties. Newmarket have led the in the league from the outset and they took the lead in this latest outing when Colin Smith scored twenty five minutes into the game Inside the opening five minutes of the second half, the home side got …

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Getting Ennis business on track

Ennis needs to capitalise on its rail connectivity, local councillor Mary Howard said this week. Councillor Howard has highlighted the potential of increasing footfall in Ennis by providing incentives for the population in the hinterland of the Limerick Galway rail line to travel to Ennis and shop on the run up to Christmas. Ms Howard has requested a strategy that would seek to entice the estimated 300,000 people that live within a five mile commute to rail stations along the Limerick to Galway rail line. She recommends the provision of an easily accessible bus freely available to those willing to travel from the rail station to a number of stops in Ennis town centre. “Ennis has a lot to offer if it is properly marketed. “Ennis is situated practically half way between a population of 57,000 in Limerick and 75,000 in Galway and it offers a completely different shopping experience to the large retail outlets in both those cities,” she …

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Ennis Town Rock make history

By Seamus Hayes Ennis Town Rock A 1  Newmarket Celtic A 0 There were great scenes of celebration at Lees Road this Friday evening as Ennis Town Rock A were crowned Clare soccer premier league champions for the first time in the club’s history. Goint into Friday’s games, three teams were in the running for the title, Avenue United A, Newmarket Celtic A and Ennis Town Rock A. Avenue A secored their expected win over Hermitage A at the Fairgreen in a tie that finished 4-0 in their favour. To remain in the race, they needed Ennis Town Rock and Newmarket to play a draw but this cup final repeat saw the Ennis side avenge that result and deservingly take the league crown. The all important goal came in the first minute of the second half and it was scored by the team captain and former league of Ireland player Stephen Hickey. Before the break Newmarket suffered a huge blow …

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Ennis Town end Avenue’s cup hopes

By Seamus Hayes The Clare soccer cup final on May 31 will be between Newmarket Celtic A and Ennis Town A. Newmarket justified favouritism when scoring a 4-2 win over surprise packets West Clare at the County grounds on Sunday morning. They dominated the opening half and led 4-0 at the break thanks to goals from Stephen Kelly, Eoin O’Brien, Eoin Hayes and Paudie Hayes. Two minutes into the second half they should have extended their lead when they were awarded a penalty but team captain Michael Crosby saw his effort rebound off the crossbar. West Clare were given a lifeline midway through the half when Jason Russell converted a penalty after he was fouled and twelve minutes from time he found the net again, this time from a free. However, that was as close as they got as the more experienced Newmarket held control for the remaining time to record a merited victory. On Saturday evening Ennis Town A …

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Ennis town dwelling a costly option

LIVING in Ennis has its price it seems. The cost of residential development contribution levies for homes built within the boundaries of Ennis Town Council is over €5,000 more the charges of Clare County Council, writes Jessica Quinn. This has led to one local councillor writing to Minister Phil Hogan urging him to request Ennis Town Council to “immediately” amend its newly adopted development contribution scheme. However, the town council has insisted that the levies are vital for the investment in facilities for the town, adding that the scheme was prepared in accordance with regulations and that the levies have been reduced from what was previously in place. According to the Development Contribution Scheme, levies for residential developments are €9,000 per unit within the town boundary, while Clare County Council’s charge is set at €3,876. Councillor Johnny Flynn this week described the scheme as “flawed” and “unfair” as he called on the minister to intervene. The councillor stated in a …

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