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Sporting boost for Clarecastle school

IT’S all to play for at Clarecastle National School which is set for a boost to its sporting facilities. The school have been granted planning permission for a development which will see the construction of a new hurling wall. The school has also been given the go-ahead for a 2.4 metre high wire mesh fence for its existing soft play area and planned future Astro Turf pitch. The hurling wall will have an overall height of 4 metres and will be 10 metres long, located along the north western boundary of the site which is shared with the adjacent GAA grounds. This will be a dual sided wall, and will also be available for use by patrons of the GAA grounds. In assessing the application, planners with Clare County Council found there would be no adverse impacts on traffic safety and / or free flow of vehicles and pedestrians within the site. No lighting has been proposed for the Astro …

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New Kilmaley NS extension

SUNDAY last was a red letter day for the Kilmaley community, as Bishop Fintan Monahan performed the official opening of the local national school’s extension. Following mass, there was an opportunity for teachers, pupils and the wider community, along with past pupils returning for the event, to take in a special exhibition commemorating the history of the school through the generations. A presentation by pupils gave an understanding of school life today, a modern approach to learning in a modern environment. An arts display received a lot of positive comment. However, a photo display of school life past and present was the big attraction, with attendees pointing to themselves, other family members and friends. Outside, there was a tree planting ceremony representing all pupils pre 1966 and 1966-2016. A family fun day with athletics and novelties rounded off the activities.

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A group of Scoil Chriost Ri, Cloughleigh, Ennis, pupils who have been short listed for the finals of the Comortas Amhran Naisunta at the National Pan Celtic finals in Carlow on Saturday night. Front from left; Lauren Cusack, Zarena Boladale, Rebecca Sobamiwa, Emma Ikiebey and Deborah Babajide. Back from left; Glodia Luyinduladio, Chelsea Mba Ileozor, Karen Vaughan and Joe Garry, teachers, Abdul Saidi, Roy Jones Mbou, Paul Crehan, teacher, Axelle Hakizimana and Dereck Sholarin. Missing from photo are; Leah Fawl and Emmanuel Ikiebey. Photograph by John Kelly.

Outstanding performance from Chríost Rí

SCOIL Chríost Rí will represent Ireland in the International Pan Celtic Song contest. Thirteen pupils from the school in Cloughleigh will compete in Derry on April 26 following their outstanding success at the national final at the weekend in Carlow. Their entry, the only one by a national school to make it to the finals, triumphed over such talents as John Spillane, The Begleys, Áine Durcan, Na Taosaigh. Chairman of the judging panel, Aonghus Mac Nally was loud in his praise for the group saying, “This was not a token gesture for these young children rather a total applaud for their energy, enthusiasm and deep rooted musical ability representing a new Ireland playing traditional Irish music with an innovative reggae, ska – rock twist.” The school received a cheque for €1,000, which will help the fundraising efforts of the school as they now go forward to represent Ireland in the Guildhall Theatre in Derry where they will be up against …

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