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A golden glow in Kilrush

Kilrush and Trim, County Meath have both won Gold Medal Awards at the European Entente Florale Competition. Extending congratulations to the winning towns, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly said both Trim and Kilrush should be immensely proud of their achievement. The results of the European Entente Florale competition were announced at a special awards ceremony in Bristol, over the weekend, much to the delight of the Kilrush and Trim contingent present. Nine European countries participated in the competition, with Ireland the only country to win two gold medals. The candidates are generally chosen from among the top performers in the relevant categories in national competitions. The competition is judged on all aspects of the towns and villages under inspection, from the quality of road surfaces to the colour schemes of houses and from the planting of open spaces to the standard of public amenities.

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Kilrush firm building a high profile

KILRUSH-based manufacturing company, Nordman Profile Limited, is in line to be awarded at least part of the Dublin modular housing contract for homeless families. The company, which was established in 1990, is this week participating in a demonstration project, organised by Dublin City Council and the Dublin Region Homeless Executive Agency, to construct modular homes for homeless families. “This is a unique opportunity to help families in need, while sustaining employment in West Clare,” Nordman managing director Pat Kilkenny said. Dublin City councillors are being presented with plans to build up to 200 homes. There are more than 600 families living in emergency accommodation in hotels and B&Bs in the Dublin area, at an estimated annual cost to the State of almost €10 million. The homeless list is growing by about 75 families per month. Last month, 1,275 children from 607 families were living in emergency accommodation. Nordman Profile is participating in the Dublin modular housing project with Dutch modular …

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Tesco’s plans for petrol station in Kilrush

A PLANNING application has been submitted by Tesco Ireland Ltd for a four-island petrol filling station in Kilrush, which would include a shop and a forecourt and the addition of a three-armed internal mini-roundabout. The planning application was received by Clare County Council on July 29 and also seeks permission for underground storage tanks, a circulation area, “access and egress provisions, advertising signage, modifications and relocation of permitted totem, provision for air and water, landscaping, boundary treatment and all associated site development works”. Additional works that are also listed include the reorganisation of part of the existing car park to accommodate the proposed development. In November 2008, Kilrush Town Council granted planning permission to Tesco to build the four-island petrol station. However, Kilrush traders appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanála. In 2009, An Bord Pleanála refused planning permission for the petrol station because of traffic safety and access concerns. Planning permission had twice been granted by Clare County Council, …

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Homeless family sleeps in car

AN Ennis father has told of how his family spent Tuesday night sleeping in their car, after being made homeless. John Sweeney and his family have refused an offer by Clare County Council of a house in Kilrush, resulting in a refusal of welfare assistance for emergency accommodation. However, Mr Sweeney claims that the accommodation offer was refused out of fear, alleging he was threatened in Kilrush. He said the family, including seven children ranging in age from 12 years to five weeks, would “be walking into danger” if they moved back to Kilrush and he is appealing for the council to house them in Ennis. When contacted by The Clare Champion with Mr Sweeney’s claims, a spokesperson for Clare County Council stated the local authority does not comment on individual cases. The Department of Social Protection also responded that they do not comment on individual cases. “We didn’t take the house on the grounds of protecting me and my …

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Crumbs of comfort for hard-pressed families

Mid West Simon has launched an emergency food appeal after it emerged that some families in Ennis and Kilrush were struggling to put food on the table. The charity told The Clare Champion that they “urgently need support in order to maintain our vital food banks in Ennis and Kilrush for families under severe financial pressure”. Mid West Simon general manager, Jackie Bonfield, said people who cannot pay for food are sometimes too embarrassed to ask for help. “It is difficult to understand how food poverty can be experienced by families or individuals in Clare but the facts are so clear. People are suffering behind closed doors and are often too ashamed to ask for help. Low incomes, high rents, high mortgage payments and increasing utility bills are forcing people to choose between food and bills,” she revealed. The most recent CSO statistics indicate that over 15% of the population is at risk of poverty, with more than 8% living …

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Entente Florale judges in Kilrush

RESIDENTS and business owners in Kilrush are being urged to play their part in making the town look its best ahead of the adjudication stage of the 2015 International Entente Florale. Judges for the prestigious European-wide horticultural and environmental competition will be in the town this Thursday, casting a critical eye on the town and its appearance. Kilrush will represent Ireland in the village category of the competition for population centres of less than 5,000. Ireland was represented by Tralee (Kerry) and Dromod (Leitrim) in 2014. The local Entente Florale Steering Group is preparing for the visit and is hoping that the public will also do their bit to help make the town look its best. Clare’s last success in the International Entente Florale competition, which officially recognises the improvement of the quality of life for local urban and village communities, was in 2002 when Ennis was named a gold medal winner in the city category. Ennis also won a …

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Body recovered off Loop Head

A BODY was recovered off the Clare coast, close to Loop Head, this morning. A person who is involved with the Kilrush lifeboat was fishing off the coast at around 10am, when he saw the body and made a call to the lifeboat station. The lifeboat crew were then paged and the vessel was launched about 20 minutes later. The body was recovered at about 11.15am and was said to be in a bad state of decomposition, apparently having been in the water for some weeks. The body was brought back to Kilrush and the last rites were performed by Fr Martin Blake. It was subsequently brought to University Hospital Limerick for a post mortem. Kilrush lifeboat received support from the local gardai and the Kilkee Coastguard Unit during the recovery.

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Simon: Lack of services a hinderance

SINCE establishing a base in Kilrush earlier this year, Mid West Simon has come across what it describes as serious addiction issues, social problems and housing concerns in the town. Tracey Reddy, accommodation team leader with Mid West Simon, which covers Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary, said a lack of services in the town is a hindrance to people looking for help. Highlighting the organisation’s three-day 72km Simon’s Way fundraising trek across Clare on the weekend of September 25 to 27, Tracey noted the fundraising sleep-out held in Kilrush GAA field last year was very well supported by people in the town. In her role, Tracey tries to help people to cope if they are rendered homeless or are under threat of losing a place in which to live. “My job is to oversee the accommodation of Mid West Simon services. It is everything from supporting people who are living in our units, to meeting people who find themselves either …

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