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Lions roar ahead in support of frontline health workers

THE Lions Club of Ennis are roaring in behind efforts to provide hundreds of thousands of face shields for frontline health workers throughout Ireland. Lions Clubs have pledged to raise up to €100,000 nationally to fund 200,000 ‘Hero Shield’ face visors which will be distributed free of charge to front line health workers throughout Ireland. Michael Neylon, president of Lions Club of Ennis has confirmed that the club will be getting involved with campaign, along with working to help local families in need as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Michael explains that all clubs in the district were contacted about the project and after remote consultation with members the Lions Club of Ennis will be making a donation. “At local level we have a few members engaging with vulnerable families who are in particular need during this Covid-19 crisis. We have also offered our services to the Clare County council Community Response group.” The project, led by James O’Sullivan …

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“Social distancing” by Mia Murnane. of fourth class St Finnachta’s National School, Sixmilebridge, one of the entrants in the County Clare Kids Art Competition

Finding inspiration in isolation

THE children of Clare are being urged to find inspiration in staying at home and get involved in a countywide art competition being run on social media. The brainchild of Ennis based visual artist Rachel McManus the competition is free to enter and is open to all primary school children. The Clare Kids Art Competition is already proving popular with the county’s youngsters, with Rachel already wowed by the standard of entries. The theme of the competition is ‘My Life at Home’ with primary school children asked to create a work of art based on this idea. Rachel explained the inspiration behind the competition, “We are all navigating these unusual times as best as we can. It can be hard for kids not being able to go playgrounds, play with their friends and not being able to play sport or go to their normal activities. Being told they cannot see friends and family feels strange and unfair. It’s easy to …

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Ennis student award winning help for ELVES

AN Ennis art student has drawn on his talents to be named among the winners of a video animation competition. ELVES, the End-of-Life Vehicle compliance scheme and Limerick School of Art & Design LIT have announced the winners of their recent joint video animation competition. The purpose of the contest was to help ELVES www.elves.ie raise awareness about how End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs) in Ireland should be processed properly. Mikey Cashell from Ennis was one of the winners in the competition. As the compliance scheme for the End-of-Life Vehicle sector, part of ELVES remit is to create public awareness about how people should correctly scrap their cars and small vans, once they are no longer roadworthy.  To help achieve this aim, ELVES partnered with Limerick School of Art and Design LIT to task some of its students with creating commercial standard video animations which would best convey this message. Mikey, along with fellow students Anna Dreimane and Kate Deegan were awarded runners up …

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Murder charge follows incident in Ennis

  A SERIOUS incident in Ennis on Tuesday afternoon led to a 39-year-old- man appearing in court this Friday charged with the murder of a local man, Eoin Boylan.   At Ennis District Court, Nassar Ahmed of The Mews, Kilrush Road, Ennis appeared after being charged with the murder of mature student, Eoin Boylan, aged 32, at Gordon Drive, Cloughleigh, Ennis on April 14.   Mr Boylan was rushed to hospital after an incident at Gordon Drive on Tuesday afternoon, but died en route.   Giving evidence of arrest, charge and caution, Detective Garda Noelle Bergin told the court that she arrested Mr Ahmed for the purpose of charge at 23.45 at Ennis Garda Station on Wednesday night.   The garda told the court that Mr Ahmed replied ‘Okay’ after being charged with the murder offence.   After reading the charge, Judge Mary Larkin told the court “this is a serious matter”. She granted legal aid to solicitor, John Casey …

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Man held after Cloughleigh stabbing death

ON a bright and beautiful Tuesday afternoon the life of Ennis man Eoin Boylan was ended in some of the grimmest circumstances imaginable, as he died as a result of stab wounds, following an incident in Cloughleigh. The death of Eoin, who was in his early 30s, followed an altercation outside a house on Gordon Drive and the area was closed to the public for some time after the incident, which happened around 3pm. It was a bright and sunny day and it is understood that there were witnesses to the incident. The emergency services were summoned to the scene and Mr Boylan was put into an ambulance, where he passed away. His body was subsequently brought to Limerick for an autopsy to be performed by the State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster. It is understood that a man in his late thirties presented himself at Ennis Garda Station some time after the incident. At the time of writing, he was …

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Take the lead for social distancing

CLARE’S County Dog Warden is urging dog owners to keep their pets on a lead while out walking to maintain social distancing during the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. Frankie Coote explains that friendly dogs maybe inclined to go up to people if not leashed, meaning their owners have to break social distancing to retrieve them. “It might not be the law to have certain dogs on leads, but it’s my advice at the moment. I see them in Lees Road and I’m trying to stay my distance and advise them. But a friendly dog is going to run over to children, and he won’t come back so either the children are picking him up or you have to go over to get him. In fairness I would say maybe 80% of people are keeping them on leads which is a great thing.” Meanwhile a spate of pigeon deaths in the Ennis area is believed to have been caused by an outbreak …

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Ennis man in Vietnamese quarantine centre

A YOUNG Ennis man faces an uncertain few days as he waits to find out if he can leave a Vietnamese quarantine facility, where he has been kept for almost a fortnight. Darragh Collins, from Shanaway Road in Ennis, has been teaching English in the country for the last two years. He attended St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Buddha Bar in Ho Chi Min which were deemed to be linked to a Coronavirus cluster. Days after the event, health authorities arrived at his apartment and took him on a quarantine bus to the Hoc Mon University campus, 17km away. “People were quite agitated about the situation, especially on the way to the centre,” Darragh told The Champion. “I wasn’t tested until the second day. I feel fine and have tested negative, but the information is that we will be here for 14 days and may need a second negative test before we can leave.” Darragh now faces an anxious wait …

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A lifetime of cocooning for Poor Clares

COCOONING and leaving home only in limited circumstances is a new phenomenon in Ireland due to the Covid 19 pandemic, but it is a way of life for members of the Poor Clares’ community in Ennis. The nine sisters are engaged in daily prayer and contemplation and go outside of the walls of their Francis Street convent only for medical appointment or attend courses relating to their vocation or social issue. In earlier times, once a young woman joined the Poor Clares she remained in cloister for her entire life. “We have a constant quite atmosphere here in the convent but do not have a vow of silence,” said Abbess Bernardine Meskell. After five years as boarder at St Joseph’s Convent in Spanish Point, the Castleconnell, County Limerick woman joined the order in Ennis in 1963. “Our day is full, broken into seven different ceremonies, such as mass celebrated by one of the friars, morning and evening Divine Office and …

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