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Michael D at 80: shaped by Clare

THIS Sunday is the 80th birthday of Uachtaráin na hÉireann, Michael D Higgins. Now well into the second term of his presidency, he has generally enjoyed very high levels of public approval. Michael D grew up in Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus and went to the local school there before going on to St Flannan’s. This week his brother John, who still lives in Ballycar, said he couldn’t have envisaged the success he would enjoy in public life. “That’s true, that’s true. Politics is a funny game and a good game.” As a boy the future president was a voracious reader, he recalls. “He’d read a lot of books, whatever books were available in the library at the time.” In 1993 Michael D became the country’s first ever Minister for Arts, and John says that helped bring him to greater prominence, although he had already been a TD for several years. “Eventually Labour got into Government with Fine Gael and that was the …

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Tales of long ago and close to home

AN APPRECIATION of what is local is one of the (few) upsides of lockdown. Being restricted last year to a 2km, and later a 5km radius for exercise, certainly proved productive for Newmarket-on-Fergus author, Colm Liddy. As a self-confessed “stroller,” Colm, a pharmacist by profession, began to see his native place in a new light. Fascinated by traces of past hidden in ruins and monuments dotted around the area, his inquiring mind led him to research colourful characters, locations and incidents dating from the 1600s to the 1980s. The result is a treasure trove of history in Colm’s latest book, Long Ago in Newmarket-on-Fergus. “I suppose it was the total collapse in sporting activities that forced me to find something to occupy the time,” Colm told The Champion. “I’m fairly obsessed with sport and would normally be playing it and training kids. Covid put an end to all of that. So, my wife and I did a lot of walking …

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Newmarket Man Receives Second Kidney Transplant From His Brother

A NEWMARKET-on-Fergus man has described his life transformation as “amazing” following the receipt of a second kidney transplant. On November 23, Eoghan O’Neill (38) received a second kidney transplant from his brother, Hugh in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. Receiving a transplant in the midst of a Covid-19 pandemic is a lot more difficult for dialysis patients. Eoghan explained Covid-19 delayed the transplant operation by three or four months, before it was finally completed. “Doctors want to get you out of the hospital as quickly as possible because of Covid-19. I stayed in Beaumont for just seven days, which is the main danger period after an operation.” Once he came home, Eoghan, who works in property management in Limerick, was strictly monitored and had blood tests in University Hospital Limerick twice a week. He admitted resuming dialysis for a second time wasn’t easy and is very grateful to his brother for giving him a new lease of life. “I received my transplant …

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Cannabis worth over €20,000 seized in Newmarket-on-Fergus

GARDAÍ have seized cannabis with a value of over €20,000 follow a search of an apartment in the Main Street area of Newmarket-on-Fergus, on Friday. During the course of the search Gardaí discovered suspected cannabis plants (pending analysis). Cannabis with a value of over €20,000 has been seized. No arrests have been made at this time but Gardaí are following a definite line of enquiry. Investigations are ongoing.

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Funding boost for six Clare communities

SIX towns and villages in Clare have been given a funding boost of just under €800,000 to help local communities adapt to life under Covid-19 restrictions. A total of €779,242 has been allocated to the local projects under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2020. €200,000 has been granted to Obair in Newmarket-On-Fergus to regenerate a derelict building on main street. The project will see the construction of a production kitchen, cooking enterprise hubs, a commercial cookery school, holistic space and office suites and a youth cafe. The project aims to help make Newmarket-On-Fergus to be a more sustainable village in which to live, work and socialise. In Kilfenora €200,000 in funding has been allocated for the development of a Universal Access Centre of Discovery for the Burren told through the five senses – sight, touch, taste, hearing and smell. Universal Access will increase capacity to cater for a wider audience and enhance the overall tourism offering. €90,242 funding has …

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Decision to allow 51-house Newmarket on Fergus development overturned

A CLARE County Council decision to grant planning permission for 51 houses at Ballynacragga, Newmarket-on-Fergus has been overturned by An Bord Pleanála. An appeal against the decision was made by a group called Concerned Ballynacragga Residents. A report from An Bord Pleanála inspector Irene McCormack set out a number of issues. “It is considered that the proposed development would be premature by reference to the existing deficiencies in the Newmarket-on-Fergus wastewater treatment plant to which connection is proposed and the period within which this constraint may reasonably be expected to cease. The proposed development would, therefore, be prejudicial to public health and would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area,” she wrote. Ms McCormack also found that the Board could not be satisfied that the development would not have a significant effect on the Lough Gash River Special Area of Conservation. Thirdly she stated that, “It is considered that the development as proposed fails to …

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Obair’s Meals on Wheels service granted over €90,000 in funding

A CLARE community organisation which has played a vital role in helping the elderly and vulnerable during Covid-19 has been awarded over €90,000 in funding. Obair in Newmarket-on-Fergus will be using the funds to help the South Clare Meals on Wheels service move to a new purpose built state-of-the-art kitchen. The organisation have been granted a total of €91,800 under tranche one of the Covid-19 Stability Fund for community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises. Siobhan O Driscoll, Youth and Community Development Officer at Obair explains the meals on wheels service is currently operating from the community cafe Cafe Fergus, however these facilities are “not suitable” for their needs. Since Covid production from the kitchens has tripled, going from delivering 12,000 meals in 2017 to a projection of 80,000 for 2020. They plan to move to a purpose built kitchen at the €1.4million New Tradaree Social Enterprise centre, with the new facilities able to deliver 250,000 meals a year. …

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A close shave for Clare teenager supporting Irish Cancer Society

A CLARE teenager is proving to be a cut above with her fundraising efforts for the Irish Cancer Society. Ella Fitzpatrick, a transition year student at Colaiste Muire in Ennis is going to shave off her 14 inch long hair for the charity. The 16-year-old has been be joined by her father Tadhg and family friend John Galvin who will also both have their heads shaved. While two other Colaiste students, Rebecca Meaney and Emma Foxx have agreed to dye their hair pink for the cause. Already the fundraising drive has surpassed its €3,000 target, a delighted Ella tells us. She had planned to shave her head at an event at the Inn at Dromoland, however this had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. Instead, she will cut her hair this Saturday from the socially distant location of her Newmarket-on-Fergus home, and will video the occasion and put on social media. She explains that she had wanted to take part …

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