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Kuwait to stop Shannon transit service

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Kuwait Airlines will no longer use Shannon Airport as a stopover for its service to New York. At the weekend, the airline confirmed it had received approval for a direct route to the Big Apple. This negates the need for the three-time weekly service to stop in Shannon as it has done since 2016. It…

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Reeling in the Years, Clare style: 1967

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This fifty-two-part series, brought to you by Ennis journalist Cian O Broin, looks at the best and brightest of Clare’s years along with its deepest and darkest. Travelling back in time to 1967 all the way up to 2019, each week we shall revisit three or four moments that defined the year in County Clare.…

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Shannon man causing a shake up in Copenhagen

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A Shannon man living in Denmark since 1981 is to be refused citizenship of his adopted country for refusing to comply with new laws which insist he must shake hands with the Mayor of Copenhagen. Billy O’Shea (61) a translator and writer in Copenhagen in recent months applied to become a citizen of Denmark. The…

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FDI in Ennis hindered by rent yields & lack of ideal property

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*Clare Technology Park. Photograph: PJColeman.com A lack of “ideal vacant property” and lower rental yields is hindering foreign direct investment in Clare’s county town. Such views were expressed at the final 2018 meeting of Clare County Council’s Economic Development SPC. Jennifer Collins who in July was appointed as the local authority’s Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC)…

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McGettigan maintains there is a mood for change in Clare

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*Pictured: Violet-Anne Wynne & Donna Deirdre McGettigan Enough is enough as far as Donna Deirdre McGettigan is concerned with the people of Clare hungry for change in how local government in the county is managed. Prior to Christmas, the Belfast native was selected as Sinn Féin’s candidate in the Ennis Municipal District for the local…

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Without funding ‘glór would not survive or exist’

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*Photograph by Eamon Ward Clare is a “treasure chest of culture” but glór is heavily reliant on Council funding and questions need to be asked on whether enough money could still be dispensed to support the proposed Venue in Shannon.  In 2017, glór eliminated their accumulated deficit while recording a small surplus, the multi-disciplinary arts…

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10 Clare schools to undergo work this summer

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Ten schools in Co Clare are to undergo major improvement works over the summer period. Cratloe N.S., Rockmount NS and SN Cluan an Atha in Inagh are three primary schools to receive funding for structural improvements under the Summer Works Scheme. Seven Clare schools including two post primary schools will receive funding for windows. These…

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‘Awful lot of confusion’ around vacant homes in Clare

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“A disparity between GeoDirectory and CSO figures” has significantly overstated the amount of vacant dwellings in the county. At the December meeting of the Social Development SPC, Mairead Corbett an Administrative Officer with Clare County Council gave members an update surrounding action on vacant homes. Their initial work on vacant homes started in December 2017…

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Multi-million euro funding to safeguard future of Shannon

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Shannon’s long-term security from flood risk is to be aided following the granting of multi-million euro funding. An upgrade of the Shannon estuary flood defences, and the construction of new defences for Shannon town will ensure the protection of homes, businesses and the airport from one in 200 year tidal flood events. The process of…

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Business profile: Brian Gleeson’s good as Gold

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IT WAS a newspaper ad in the 1970s that ignited Brian Gleeson’s career as a succesful goldsmith. Son to a plasterer and grandson to a carpenter in Thurles, Co Tipperary, Brian spent many of his teenage years on building sites. Fast forward to the closing end of 2018, Brian Gleeson has been trading at the Ballycasey…

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