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Highest scouting honour awarded to Fiona after 40 years’ service

THE highest honour an adult can receive in scouting in Ireland has been presented to Clare’s Fiona Staunton. Fiona, who has been involved in scouting for over 40 years, has received the Order of Cú Chulainn award in recognition of her dedication to scouting in Ennis over the decades. She was nominated by the 1st and 4th Clare Scouts, whose citation outlined Fiona’s life in scouting from beginning in 1982 with then Scoutmaster Bernie Dilger through the many roles she has undertaken. “It’s very hard to measure, nearly impossible, the impact Fiona has had on scouting in Ennis Scout Group, in Clare Scout County and at national level,” it stated. “Fiona has been a guiding light and steady hand when needed through good times and bad.” She has been group leader, chairperson of the group committee, served two terms as County Commissioner and was instrumental in setting up the Clare County campsite in Ruan. She taught several teams for the …

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Ennis Scouts say big thank you to Clare Fire and Rescue Service

ENNIS Scouts have paid tribute to members of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service for the fundraising support they received for their new Scout Hall. The Fire and Rescue Services raised a substantial amount of money for the development of the Scout Hall on Station Road with a collection day in Ennis pre-Covid. On the day firefighters parked emergency tenders in the Square, showed some of their equipment and offered fire safety advice while also collecting donations for the scouts. Ennis Scouts have recently thanked the Clare County Fire and Rescue Service for their support with Station Officer JP McGrath accepting a plaque on behalf of the service. Fire fighter Danny Keller tells us that the service were “delighted” to be able to help support the Ennis Scouts in their development of the new modern scout hall. He also acknowledged the generosity of the people of Ennis in their donations to the cause on the day.

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Lighting restored at ‘Bridge railway station

PUBLIC lighting has been restored to the car park area close to Sixmilebridge railway station, after it had been cut off for the last few months. The power supply for the public lighting had been cut off, following the discovery of an illegal connection. While the decision to cut the power might have solved that problem, it caused another, as local scout groups use the Old Station House and there were safety issues with people coming and going in the dark. This week Clare TD Cathal Crowe said he was very pleased that the lighting has finally been restored. “I’m glad that Clare County Council and the ESB have now reinstated street lighting in the car park area of Sixmilebridge Railway Station,” said the Fianna Fáil representative. “Approximately 14 streetlights there had been switched off since early September on a precautionary basis after the ESB discovered that one of the secure panels on a lamp post had been tampered with …

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Lights out on scouts in ‘Bridge

THERE is dissatisfaction in Sixmilebridge, as street lighting close to the Old Station House, which is used by the local scout group has been turned off. Some 170 young people use the facility, while there are 30 adult volunteers there.  In a letter sent to local councillors recently, it was claimed that the lack of lighting makes things dangerous there. “While it was possible to hold these meetings without streetlighting during the brighter months, it is now coming to the point where we are considering suspending weekly meetings.” They claim that children could easily fall in the area. “ Visibility in the grounds of the Scout Hall and on the footpath that is adjacent to it is extremely limited. Children will run and play as is their nature and the light coming from within the Scout Hall is not enough to illuminate the outside areas. Even to walk around the building requires a torch as you simply cannot see the …

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