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New inclusive equipment enhances Shannon playground

SHANNON Municipal District has introduced a new piece of inclusive playground equipment to the Tír na nÓg playground. The Ability Swing is suitable for children who use a wheelchair and it comprises a wheelchair platform and swing frame. The enclosed wheelchair swing is positioned near to the centre of the playground and can be exclusively opened by an independent access key, making it very safe and secure for users. Councillor Michael Begley, Cathaoirleach of Shannon Municipal District, said, “This fully fenced playground is a great choice for children of all age groups and, with the recent addition of the Ability Swing, Shannon Municipal District is very proud of the facility. The provision of high-quality play options is fundamental for all the children using our playgrounds.” This additional piece of playground equipment will enhance the existing play facilities which includes a soft flooring play surface throughout and more than 12 other different pieces of equipment. The playground also incorporates a sensory …

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Meeting on Doonbeg playground campaign

A PUBLIC meeting takes place at 8pm tonight (Thursday, November 24, 2022) in Doonbeg Community Hall to launch a campaign for a new playground in the village. Local business woman Rita McInerney, of Doonbeg Development encouraged people to attend to kick off the process to provide locals and visitors alike with the facility. “There was a playground in Doonbeg, but it fell into disrepair,” Rita said. “The great news is that we have had a lot of families with small children move into the village, especially during Covid, and there is definitely a demand for a playground. It would also be another amenity for visitors in the summer.” A site at the back of the hall, beside the school and naoínra, is one which Rita said would make an idea playground. “It’s central and it’s safe and there’s a real opportunity now to develop it,” she said. “What we’re looking for now would be to create a committee, ideally with …

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Upset and anger at ‘intimidation and verbal abuse’ in Shannon park

THERE has been concern about the level of anti social behaviour at the Tír na nÓg playground in Shannon, close to the Leisure Centre. Lesleyanne Casey’s six year old son was there on Monday with his father and had to leave due to some verbal abuse from teenagers. Her little boy has autism and was very upset by the incident. “He doesn’t understand why they did what they did yesterday,” said Lesleyanne on Tuesday. He was brought to the playground around 2.30pm and his father soon had to talk to some of the teenagers, who are too old for the facility, there. “It started off with a lot of swearing and roaring, what they were going to do to each other’s mothers, this kind of thing. He said to them lads, can ye keep it down, there are kids around. They just started sniggering.” She said they were using the derogatory N-word, which her son, not knowing its connotations, repeated. …

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New governance structure to secure future of Bridge Complex

Plans are being made to set up a new governance structure to help secure the future of Sixmilebridge and District Community Complex, following a public meeting in the village earlier this week. A recent Clare Champion investigation revealed that the Registry of Friendly Societies (RFS) cancelled the centre’s registration on April 17, 2015 over its failure to submit annual audited accounts to the registrar. It also found that November 21, 2007 was the last time that annual audited accounts were lodged with the RFS for the year ending December 31, 2006. It has been decided that local resident Pat Hayes will operate as an independent facilitator to seek legal and accountancy professional advice, and to put this information to a group of special members, shareholders and members of the Bridge Kids interim management. Mr Hayes, who is a parent of children attending the crèche, said he would be prepared to link-in with the present interim board of management to form …

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Children dig in at Clarecastle playground

THE children of Clarecastle came together last weekend to prepare the ground for the new playground in the heart of the village. They agreed that many hands make light work and that they would do what they could to get things moving in advance of the big machinery arriving on-site on Monday. It has been a long road but Clarecastle Community Development Ltd (CCDL) is delighted to see the physical work on the Clarecastle community playground commence at last. “There were a number of unforeseen problems with the project, which caused major delays,” said Marie Clare Gorman, spokeswoman for CCDL, “but with the support of Clare County Council, Leader and the local community, we have overcome the difficulties and a playground is in sight.” The playground is expected to be completed and in full use in June, just in time for the school summer holidays. Most of the finance required from the community has been raised and it is hoped …

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