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					                                     Clare County Development Board
                                     Bord Forbartha Contae an Chláir
                                                                      Newsletter                                                          Spring / Summer 2009

                                                                                                                                                              Fáilte
As the new Chair of Clare County Development Board, I         The Board has completed a comprehensive review              work with the Board since 2005 and a number of
am pleased to welcome you to the Spring /Summer               process for the development of a new County                 key initiatives for the county were developed under
2009 edition of the CDB Newsletter. I would like to           Strategy which was supported by up-to-date research         his direction. We wish him all the best and look
thank my predecessor, Cllr Joe Arkins, for his hard           on recent economic and demographic changes and              forward to working with him in his new role as Clare
work during his time as Chair.                                areas for priority. We can all agree that to achieve real   County Manager.
                                                              benefits for the people of Clare we must work together
In this edition, you’ll find a broad range of articles and    to develop our resources to ensure that the county          I hope you enjoy this edition of the CDB Newsletter
news on activities and service developments across            improves its quality of life and remains attractive to      and I look forward to working with the other
the county encompassing arts, childcare, assistance           the growth of enterprise and employment.                    members      of    the
for the unemployed, tourism, broadband and the                In this regard, at its most recent meeting, the Board       County Development
new LEADER programme.                                         agreed key areas for 2009-2012: to deliver on these,        Board on behalf of
                                                              a suite of new strategies will be developed over the        the people of Clare
Two new strategies have been launched recently: the           remainder of 2009 to target tourism, social inclusion,      in these challenging
Recreation and Sport Strategy has been developed to           rural development and the environment in addition to        times.
bring real benefits to all communities and age groups         the enterprise, sports and recreation, and immigrant
in Clare, and the Integrated Strategy for Co-ordination       communities strategies already in place.
of Services to Immigrant Communities will ensure co-                                                                      Cllr PJ Kelly
ordinated service delivery to immigrant communities           On behalf of the Board, I would like to express sincere     Cathaoirleach
and assist them to engage and be involved in life in          and heartfelt thanks to Mr Tom Coughlan, outgoing           Clare County
the county.                                                   Director of Clare CDB. Tom achieved much in his             Development Board


                   County Clare Recreation & Sport Strategy 2009 -2011                                                                     (continued Inside)

On Tuesday, 27 January 2009 - The Major of
Clare Cllr Madeleine Taylor-Quinn launched a
blueprint for the future development of sport
andrecreation in County Clare.

The ‘County Clare Recreation & Sport
Strategy 2009-2011’ - the first of its kind to
be developed in the County and is the most
recent strategy developed in Clare using
an interagency and collaborative approach.
The strategy is supported by an agency-
based Steering Committee comprising
representatives of Clare County Council,
Clare Sports Partnership, Ennis Town Council,
Kilrush Town Council, Clare Youth Services,
HSE West, Clare County Childcare Committee,
Clare VEC and Shannon Development.

                                                               addressing the needs identified through the               bring to everyone will be significant in terms
The inter agency approach to the development                   consultation process.                                     of health, balanced lifestyle, community
and implementation of the strategy will                                                                                  development and integration, social capital
ensure that existing resources are maximised                    Cllr. Clare Playground Network
                                                             County P.J. Kelly Cathaoirleach of the Clare                and the local economy, It is hoped that the
where possible. The commitment of partner                       County Development Board said he believed                amended County Development Plan will
                                                             In 2006, under the Play Policy & Action Plan for County Clare, Clare Co. Council adopted the Community
agencies to deliver their actions under the                     the strategy “had the potential to contribute the development of community playgrounds through the
                                                             Playground Grant Scheme. This scheme provided for           augment these objectives.” he said.
strategy is key to the success of the strategy.                 significantly million over the four- year period 2006-2009.
                                                             allocation of €2 to an improved quality of life for
The commitments set out in the strategy                         everyone who lives in and visits County Clare.           The Steering Committee identified three
are challenging, relevant and focused on                          date, 10 playgrounds have this strategy with           strategic be completed which the 2009. It
                                                             ToThe potential benefits thatbeen completed will a further 8 to areas throughby the end of findings is
                                                             anticipated that a total of 27 playgrounds / projects will be completed by the end of 2010.

Inside This Edition                                            ● Childcare Subvention Scheme
                                                             The map below identifies the locations of projects funded● Initiatives for Unemployed
                                                                                                                       through the Community Playground Grant Scheme
                                                             2006-2009.
                                                               ● West Clare FRC                                           ● Upcoming Archaeological &
● Recreation and Sports Strategy                               ● scheme represents a significant investment
                                                             This Arts in Education Programme by both Clare County Council and local community groups in
                                                                                                                  Historical Events
● Third level Developments in Clare                            ● Traveller a high quality,
                                                             the development ofStrategy playground network in the County. Development Plan
                                                                                                                ● County
● VEC wins Aontas Star Awards                                  ●   Tourism 2009                                           ●   Seachtain na Gaeilge
● Youth Space in Ennistymon                                    ●   Comhairle na nÓg                                       ●   Immigrant communities Strategy
● New ESB 110/MW station                                       ●   €14m LEADER Programme                                  ●   CAT services
● Playground Network                                           ●   Clare Tourism Forum                                    ●   Broadband
                                                                                                 of the Irish Sports Council, stated, “It is
                                                                                                 particularly pleasing to see that Clare County
                                                                                                 Council and Clare Sports Partnership are
                                                                                                 working so closely together for the future
                                                                                                 development of sport and recreation in the
                                                                                                 County”.


                     Space Left For Second Image                          He added that “the strategic planning
                                                                          process is “an essential step” and will bring
                                                                          many benefits such as quantifying the
                                                                          resources required to effectively to achieve
      Ennis Regional Learning Centre Opens                                the priorities identified and answer local
                                                                          needs. This ensures that the plan can be a
                                                                          working document, which will show results
                                                                          over its lifetime”, added Mr Treacy.
      Ennis Regional Learning Centre is delighted to announce that we are now open for business 
      in  Clare  County  Museum.    Ruth  Bourke  (Manager)  and  Anne  Griffin  (Administrator)  are 
                                                                                                The Strategy is one of a suite of integrated
from the consultation process could be        Launching the new strategy, Mayor of Clare
       onsite on the second floor and welcome any visitors or queries about the centre.         strategies developed by the Clare Co
addressed in the supporting Action Plan.      Cllr Madeleine Taylor Quinn said, “The
                                                                                                Development Board that will assist the Board
The strategic areas are                       strategy is built on the development of a
                                                                                                in achieving it’s vision for the
       Ennis R.L.C is an outreach initiative of the Shannon Consortium, an educational partnership County over
(a) Participation and Social Inclusion,       culture of wellbeing and a balanced healthy
                                                                                                the	next	3	years.
       between University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick Institute of Technology 
(b) Facilities and                            lifestyle for everyone who lives in or visits the
(c) Communication and Information.            County. Through lifelong Higher  Education  Authority  under  the 
       and  Institute  of  Technology  Tralee  funded  by  the involvement and                  Copies of the complete strategy document,
All three areas are of equal importance with  participation in recreational, sporting and
       Strategic Innovation Fund Cycle 2.                                                       the executive summary and the action plan
strong linkages between each strategic area.  physical activities I look forward to the strong
                                                                                                are available directly from Community &
                                              tradition of community and volunteerism
       We plan to offer flexible third level courses from the Shannon Consortium partners at  Clare Co Council and
One of the primary objectives of the strategy in Clare being strengthened. This is a key
                                                                                                Enterprise Directorate,
       Certificate; Diploma and Degree level (levels 6‐8 NFQ). Demand for programmes in         Clare Sports Partnership.
is to achieve universal access to recreation  outcome of the strategy.”
and sports activities through the promotion
       Humanities, Business and Childcare has been identified through the work of Clare VEC and  via:
                                                                                                Copies may also be accessed
and development of new and existing multi-    Commenting on the new strategy, guest                         www.clarecoco.ie or
       Clare Lifelong Learning Network.  Ennis R.L.C. is working closely with the Shannon 
purpose community facilities.                 speaker at the launch, Mr John Treacy, CEO              www.claresportspartnership.ie.
       Consortium partner institutions to respond to the local demand and context.  
        
  Ennis Regional Learning Centre Opens
   Third Level Developments
       Educational guidance is provided for adults (18+) two days per month where they can 
       explore learning and higher education options with an experienced guidance counselor.  
       Appointments can be made for the following dates:   Network. Ennis
                                               and Clare Lifelong Learning                   with disabilities. Further workshops will be
Ennis Regional Learning Centre is rd
delighted to     Wed 22nd we are now
            • announce that & Thurs 23  April  is working closely with the Shannon
                                               R.L.C.                                        scheduled for April and May.
            • Wed 20th & Thurs 21st May 
open for business in Clare County Museum.      Consortium partner institutions to respond to Our Local Advisory Committee convened for
            • Wed 17th & Thurs 18th the
Ruth Bourke (Manager) and Anne Griffin  June  local demand and context.                      an inaugural meeting on 26th January. This
(Administrator) are onsite on the second floor
                                                                                             committee will advise on various aspects
and welcome any visitors or queries about      Educational guidance is provided for adults   of the local development and progress of
       A successful series of Return to Learning Workshops ran in February and March covering 
                                                                                             the centre and includes members of: Clare
the centre.                                    (18+) two days per month where they can
       topics related to applications to third level including: finding the course you want; funding  VEC, Clare
                                               explore learning and higher education options County Council, County Clare
       your studies; direct applications as a mature student and supports for students with  Network, Clare Adult
Ennis R.L.C is an outreach initiative of       with an experienced guidance counselor.       Lifelong Learning
       disabilities. Further workshops will be scheduled for April and May.  Guidance Service, Enterprise Ireland, Teagasc,
the Shannon Consortium, an educational         Appointments can be made for the following
partnership between University of Limerick,
                                               dates:                                        Clare Enterprise Board, and Ennis Chamber
Mary Immaculate College, Limerick Institute of                                               of Commerce.
       Our Local Advisory Committee convened for an inaugural meeting on 26th January.  This 
Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee  •	 Wed	22nd	&	Thurs	23rd	April
       committee will advise on various aspects of the local development and progress of the centre and  any of the
                                               •	 Wed	20th	&	Thurs	21st	May                  If you would like to enquire about
funded by the Higher Education Authority
      includes members of:  Clare County Council, County Clare VEC, Clare Lifelong Learning Network,  Learning Centre,
under the Strategic Innovation Fund Cycle 2.                                       services of Ennis Regional
                                             •	 Wed	17th	&	Thurs	18th	June
      Clare Adult Guidance Service, Enterprise Ireland, Teagasc, Clare Enterprise Board, and Ennis 
                                                                                   please contact us at:
      Chamber of Commerce.  
We plan to offer flexible third level courses A successful series of Return to Learning
        the Shannon Consortium partners                                                        065-6866844 or
from                                          Workshops ran in February and March
                                                                                                085-7240750
at Certificate; Diploma and Degree level
       If you would like to enquire about any of the services of Ennis Regional Learning Centre, 
                                              covering topics related to applications to third
(levelsplease contact us at 065‐6866844 or 085‐7240750 or call into the museum.   or call into the museum.
         6-8 NFQ). Demand for programmes      level including: finding the course you want;
in Humanities, Business and Childcare has     funding your studies; direct applications as
        
been identified through the work of Clare VEC a mature student and supports for students
      Logos:  


                                                                          
  return to education. The awards were                                                               Learning Sean Haughey TD.
 February by the Minister for Lifelong
                                                                                                     The Clare Family Learning Project
                                                                                                     Aontas Star Awards 2009
                                                                                                     Regional Munster Star Award. This pro
                                                                                                     is coordinated by Mary Flanagan and
                                                    The Clare Family Learning Project                     the Mullagh women’s group requested
                                                    won the Regional Munster Star Award.
                                                                                                                         and children least
                                                                                                     reach parents VEC run adult education likely t
                                                                                                          that Co. Clare
                                                    This programme is coordinated by Mary                 classes. There was a to encourage
                                                                                                     in adult education, huge demand for them to
                                                    Flanagan and aims to reach parents and                courses in horticulture with role models
                                                                                                     lifelong learners and two separate
                                                    children least likely to engage in adult              classes Through involving
                                                                                                     children. run with tutor Tom Batty to FETAC Home
                                                    education, to encourage them to become                Level	3	and	Level	4.	One	of	the	major	
                                                                                                     Liaison         Teachers,          local       school
                                                    lifelong learners and role models for their           outcomes of the courses provided was the
                                                    children. Through involving Home School          community organisations and oth
                                                                                                          establishment of the West and North Clare
                                                    Liaison Teachers, local schoolteachers,          programme adopts anow grows
                                                                                                          Growers Association, which      partnership
                                                    community organisations and others, the               produce for sale at local farmers markets. in a
                                                                                                     which unites parents and children
                                                    programme adopts a partnership approach          has The project allowed older members of the reco
                                                                                                          been developed to help parents
                                                    which unites parents and children in                  community to pass on their knowledge of
educational Adult Education Service won both
                experience. The programmea positive educational experience. The                                   and that remedies to younger
                                                                                                     teacher,techniques and by taking an interes
                                                                                                          local
     Clare VEC
w they are their children's mostStar
     Munster categories in the AONTAS important     programme has been developed to help             children's achievements in school.
                                                                                                          participants.
r education, parents will increase their
     Awards 2009.                                   parents recognise how they are their
     The STAR Awards and the National Adult         children’s most important teacher, and that                                                 C
     Learner’s Festival celebrate the participation by taking an interest in their education,
                                                                                                                                                u
     and achievements of learners who have          parents will increase their children’s
C Adult Education Serviceenables pickedachievements in school.
                                         also                                                                                                   “
     already returned to education. It
 cal Munster Star Award for and will
       people to investigate their options the project                                                                                          p
       hopefully West and North Clare”
   to Grow inencourage those who want or This        Clare VEC Adult Education Service also                                                     B
                                                     picked up the Local Munster Star Award for
       coordinated by educational levels
me is need to improve their Mike Ryan from thethe project “Learning to Grow in West and                                                         i
       to return to education. The awards were                                                                                                  r
Education Initiative (BTEI) and beganNorth Clare” This programme is coordinated
       presented in Dublin Castle on Monday
   when FebruaryMullagh women's groupby Mike Ryan from the Back to Education
       2nd the        by the Minister for Lifelong
                                                                                                                                                c
  that Learning Sean Haugheyrun adult educationInitiative (BTEI) and began in 2005 when
        Co. Clare VEC TD.                                                                                                                       h
 here was a huge demand for courses in                                                                                                          t
 re with two separate classes run with                                                          One of the major outcomes of the cou
                                                                                                                         ESB Networks –
                                      Ennistymon Youth Have Their Say and North 110/MV Station for Ennis
    Batty to FETAC Level 3 and Level 4.                                                               New     Clare Growers Association, w
 ided was the establishment of the West                                                         markets. The project allowed older
w growsDecember three second level schools
       Last produce for sale at local farmers                                                      Ennis can of forward to increased capacity
                                                     made model to scale of a ground floor knowledge look local techniques and reme
                                                                                                   thanks to the recently commissioned 110/
        the community to pass skills
    of in Ennistymon demonstrated their on their     youth space.
                                                                                                   MV substation by ESB Networks. This
       when they agreed
 ounger participants. to participate in a                                                          will provide improved electrical capacity to
       consultative project for young people to        The consultation with all three
                                                                                                          Ennis town and hinterland for many years,
       assess the need for a local youth space.        participating schools has informed the
                                                                                                          allowing for extra capacity for new loads
       The event was organised by the HSE’s            Feasibility Study for the project which was
                                                                                                          and improved reliability leading to fewer
       Community Development Service in                prepared by Caroline Duane, a student of           outages.
       partnership with the Brothers of Charity.       the NUI Galway Masters in Community                It	replaces	the	existing	Corrawarrin	38/MV	
                                                       Development.                                       station which was the first station built in
       The information was gathered through an                                                            Ennis in the late 1940’s and had a capacity
       event based on the popular Dragons Den          The study was completed and presented              of 10MVA.
       TV show where aspiring entrepreneurs            at the end of December to the Brothers
       get an opportunity to pitch their ideas to      of Charity, HSE and other local agencies           The new substation has 40MVA of capacity
                                                                                                          and is located near the Ennis bypass on the
       a panel of business people for potential        working in the North Clare area. The
                                                                                                          Tulla road. The Ennis 110/MV station had
       investment in their project.                    Brothers of Charity in partnership with
                                                                                                          been in planning and construction for the
                                                       other local agencies will be reviewing the         last	3	years.		The	last	cable	was	transferred	
       Students from the three second level            recommendations of the study over the              from Corrawarrin station to the new Station
       schools in Ennistymon demonstrated              coming months and will be exploring how            earlier this year on 20th January.
       outstanding research and presentation           best to advance the project and identify
       skills in their pitches to the local business   possible funding opportunities.                    Among the benefits for customers in
       Dragons at the event held on 10th                                                                  Ennis are: extra capacity for new loads
       December 2008.                                                                                     and improved reliability leading to fewer
                                                                                                          outages.
                                                                                                                                       Seamus Devine,
       The winning presentation by the Vocational                                  Mary Halpin,
                                                                                                                                        Area Manager,
       School in Ennistymon included a hand                                               HSE                                            ESB Networks
  County Clare Playground Network

In 2006, under the Play Policy & Action
Plan for County Clare, Clare Co. Council
adopted the Community Playground Grant
Scheme.

This scheme provided for the
development of community playgrounds
through the allocation of two million euro
over the four year period 2006-2009.

To-date, 10 playgrounds have been
completed with a further 8 to be
completed by the end of 2009. It is
anticipated that a total of 27 playgrounds
/ projects will be completed by the end
of 2010.

The map on the right identifies the
locations of projects funded through the
Community Playground Grant Scheme
2006-2009.

This scheme represents a significant
investment by both Clare County Council
and local community groups in the                Ennistymon Youth have their say
development of a high quality, playground
network in the County.                           Last December three second level schools in Ennistymon demonstrated their skills when they agreed to
                                                 participate in a consultative project for young people to assess the need for a local youth space. The event was
                                                 organised by the HSE’s Community Development Service in partnership with the Brothers of Charity. The
                                                 information was gathered through an event based on the popular Dragons Den TV show where aspiring
                                                 entrepreneurs get an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of business people for potential investment in their
  Community Childcare Subvention Scheme          project.

                                                 Students from the three second level schools in Ennistymon demonstrated outstanding research and presentation
                                                 skills in their pitches to the local business Dragons at the event held on 10th December 2008. The winning
This Scheme under the National Childcare                                                                     Community Childcare Subvention
                                                    Band B by the Vocational School in Ennistymon included a hand made model to scale of a ground floor
                                                 presentation is the second highest subvention
Investment Programme aims to provide             youth space. applies to parents in receipt of:
                                                    rate and                                                 Rates received by eligible Community
quality childcare services at reduced                                                                         Childcare Services:
rates to parents in specific eligibility         The consultation with all three participating schools has informed the Feasibility Study for the project which was
                                                    •		Family	Income	Supplement	(F.I.S.)	                     (Table Below)
                                                 prepared by Caroline Duane, a student of the NUI Galway Masters in Community Development. The study was
bands by subventing community childcare             •		FAS	Training	Allowance	 end of December to the Brothers of Charity, HSE and other local agencies
                                                 completed and presented at the
services.                                           •		Part-time	Job							
                                                 working in the North Clare area. The Brothers of Charity in partnership with other local agencies will be
                                                      Incentive Scheme                                                        Band A       Band B       Band C
Parents may only access this scheme
through community childcare services                                           Full-day (5 hours +)                     €100        €70         €45
which have been approved to deliver this            Band C is the third
                                                                               Part-time	(3:30-5:00)                    €50         €35         €22.50
scheme by the Office of the Minister for            subvention rate
Children	and	Youth	Affairs.		There	are	31	          and is intended            Shorter	hours	service	(2:15-3:29)        €33         €23         €15
such services available in the County.              for low-income             Half-session (Less than 2:15)            €16         €11         €7.50
                                                    working parents
There are 3 bands of eligibility for                who are above the
reduced rates to parents –                          FIS threshold. Services are allowed some            Calculating your reduced childcare fee:
Bands A, B and C.                                   discretion to vary the application of this
                                                    subvention to determine whether a parent            The childcare provider will subtract the rate
Band A is the highest subvention rate               qualifies as Band C, in general, a parent           they will receive from the Government
and applies to parents in receipt of social         holding a medical or GP visit card would be         (based on a parents eligible Band) from
welfare payments or participating in a              expected to qualify. If the attending child has     the full rate for the session your child is
scheme such as Community Employment,                a medical card this will also make the family       attending to calculate your fee.
which demonstrates an underlying                    eligible for Band C subvention Rate.
entitlement to same. Please contact the
Clare County Childcare Committee or
Citizens Information Centre for a full list of      Band D is the full rate payable for the
social welfare payments that are eligible.          childcare place by parents that do not come                                           Karen McCarthy,
                                                    in under Band A, B or C.                                                  County Childcare Committee
  Parent/Toddler mornings, Irish for Beginners, Conversational Irish, Public Access Computer Suite, Dyslexia
  Support Project, Moving On Programme (youth), Educational Opportunities with the VEC and/or BTEI, Support
  Groups, Qualified counsellors, Multi cultural gatherings, Information Evenings, up-to-date information, referrals,
  MABS and many other activities throughout the year.
                                       Kilrush FRC becomes West Clare Family Resource Centre

                                                                             of older people      Additional supports are:
                                                                                West Clare FRC
                                                                             and an activity      Parent/Toddler mornings, Irish for Beginners,
                                                                                Community Centre
                                                                             programme where      Conversational Irish, Public Access Computer
                                                                                Toler St.
                                                                             the    participants  Suite, Dyslexia Support Project, Moving
                                                                                Kilrush
                                                                             play bowls, go       On     Programme        (youth),   Educational
                                                                                Co. Clare
                                                                             swimming        and  Opportunities with the VEC and/or BTEI,
                                                                             meet for coffee and  Support Groups, Qualified counsellors, Multi
                                                                                Phone: 065 9052173
                                                                             lunch. Monthly tea   cultural gatherings, Information Evenings,
                                                                                    Or: 065 9062587
                                                                             dances are held in   up-to-date information, referrals, MABS and
                                                                             various locations    many other activities throughout the year.
                                                                                Email: info@kilrushfrc.ie
                                                                             in West Clare with
                                                                                www.familyresource.ie
                                                                             transport available.                West Clare FRC
                                                                             Personal      safety              Community Centre
                                                                                Updates online:
                                                                             and security items
                                                                                Clare Education Programme
                                                                              Artsbe Focus
                                                                             can
                                                                                   in provided                       Toler St.
                                                                                MyLocal News
                                                                             and installed for                        Kilrush
                                                                              The County Arts Office Arts in Education
                                                                            persons over the                      Co. Clare
                                                                             Programme is well underway, with over 30
                                                                            age of 65 through
                                                                             schools throughout the county participating in
                                                                            the Scheme of                  Phone:	065	9052173
  2009.                                           Support for Older People.                                     Or: 065 9062587
In January 2009 the name was changed to
  TEAM Family Resource Centre Company, We have a selection of crafters groups including
West Clare Theatre in Education in order to visited Clare in early March and performed their award winning show,Email: info@kilrushfrc.ie
reflect the broader service area of the project. Ennis N.S., Sixmilebridge N.S., St. Joseph’s N.S., Miltown Malbay,
  Jumping on my Shadow to students of                mixed media,
A Community Services Programme N.S. Kilrush and Gaelscoil crochet and arts and crafts that
  Cooraclare N.S., St. Senan’s to support
                                                                                                                 www.familyresource.ie
                                                                    Chiosog, Kilrush. the week.
                                                     meet various times and days during In all, almost 300 children
older people in West challenging play and took part in workshops with the TEAM actors.
  experienced this Clare was implemented             Several women’s groups also meet weekly for                   Updates online:
in late 2008. A network of social groups
                                                     personal development, skill sharing and social
has been established in several West Clare will take place in November 2009 when Cups and Crowns Theatre             Clare Focus
  A further round of theatre in education            activities.
parishes working towards N.S., Mountshannon N.S., Meelick N.S. and Newmarket on Fergus N.S.
                           meeting the needs                                                                        MyLocal News
  Company visit Tulla

  Since February 21 schools in the county are participating in the Artists in Schools Scheme. This affords schools
                                                                                   Arts in Education Programme
  the opportunity to work with a professional artist on a specific project for a block period of time. Participating
  schools in 2009 are:

The County Arts Office’s Arts in Education         Participating schools                  Cloonanaha N.S.                       Lakyle N.S
Programme	is	well	under	way,	with	over	30	              in 2009 are:                         Connolly N.S.               O’Callaghan’s Mills N.S.
schools throughout the county participating                                                   Cratloe N.S.                  Ogonelloe N.S.
in 2009.                                                 Barefield N.S.                       Doora N.S.                        Quilty N.S.
                                                        Bridgetown N.S.                  Dromindoora N.S.                       Quin N.S.
TEAM Theatre in Education Company,                         CBS Ennis                           Inagh N.S.                      Scariff N.S.
visited Clare in early March and performed              Clarecastle N.S.                     Kilfenora N.S.                    Tubber N.S.
their award winning show, Jumping on                    Clonigulane N.S.                Killaloe Convent N.S.                Tullycrine N.S.
my Shadow to students of Ennis N.S.,
Sixmilebridge N.S., St. Joseph’s N.S., Miltown
Malbay, Cooraclare N.S., St. Senan’s N.S.
Kilrush and Gaelscoil Chiosog, Kilrush. In
all	 almost	 300	 children	 experienced	 this	
challenging play and took part in workshops
with the TEAM actors.

A further round of theatre in education will
take place in November 2009 when Cups
and Crowns Theatre Company visit Tulla
N.S., Mountshannon N.S., Meelick N.S. and
Newmarket on Fergus N.S.

Since February, 21 schools in the county
are participating in the Artists in Schools
Scheme.        This affords schools the
opportunity to work with a professional
artist on a specific project for a block period
of time.
                                                     Scene from TEAM Educational Theatre Company’s ‘Jumping on my Shadow’
         Traveller Integrated Strategy

       After a brainstorming session held on       for the new strategy.                        Pictured Below (L-R): At the Traveller
       9th October 2008, it was agreed that        Consultation events were held in Ennis,      Consultation Event in Ennis Town
       the success of the existing strategy will   Ennistymon and Shannon.                      Council on Friday, 5th December 2008.
       be continued with the development of
       a further strategy to co-ordinate public    It is anticipated that by May 2009, this     Theresa McDonagh and Nellie Mongans
       services to established to consult in       information will be documented and
mmittee has beenthe traveller community agencies, Travellers and Traveller representatives in Clare on
 on on the from 2009strategy, the lessons learned and thethe framework for the new new strategy.
       Clare existing - 2012.                      will guide proposed vision for the           Tom Sherlock, Peter Mongan, Patrick J
                                                                                                McCarthy,
on events were held in Ennis, Ennistymon and Shannon. It is anticipated that by May 2009, this Brendan O Halloran and Jimmy
                                                   strategy.
 n willA sub-committeeand will guide the framework for the new strategy.
        be documented has been established                                                      Doherty.
       to consult agencies, Travellers and
  linan, Clare County Councilin Clare on their                                                  Loretta McNamara, Kathleen McDonagh,
       Traveller representatives
                                                                                                Nellie Mongans, Julia McDonagh,
       opinion on the existing strategy, the                                 Nicola Cullinan,
                                                                                                Kathleen McDonagh, B Ann McDonagh,
       lessons learned and the proposed vision                         Clare County Council
                                                                                                                     Margaret Rattigan and Winnie Mongans




                                                                                                                Halloran and Jimmy
                                                  Tom Sherlock, Peter Mongan, Patrick J McCarthy, Brendan OLoretta McNamara, Kathleen McDonagh, Nellie Mongans, Julia McD
                                                  Doherty pictured at the Traveller Consultation Event in Ennis Town Council on
                                                                                                                Kathleen McDonagh, B Ann McDonagh, Margaret Rattigan and Win
         2009 – A Challenging Time for Tourism
                                                           th
                                                  Friday, 5 December 2008, during Clare Traveller Focus Week    pictured at the Traveller Consultation Event in Ennis Town Council o
 cDonagh and Nellie Mongans pictured at the Traveller Consultation Event in Ennis Town December 2008, during Clare Traveller Focus Week
                                                                                       Council on
 December 2008.
       Although tourism in 2009 will be challenging    a new ‘Spa Experience’ short breaks package      •	 Two	travel	features	by	Travel	Writer	of		
       for everyone, it is important that we continue  during the month of February.                        the Year, Pól O’Cónghaile for his
       to promote and showcase what we have                                                                 articles in the Saturday Magazine for the
       to offer in County Clare through as many        •	 Shannon	Development	continued		 	
                                        Clare Comhairle na nÓg                                              Irish Independent – Jan & Feb.
       channels as possible.                              work on the ‘Discover Ireland Short
                                                          Breaks’ campaign.                             A major
  several inter-agency meetings between the Community and Enterprise Directorate (Clare County boost to the Co. Clare economy is
       Shannon Development is actively working inSports Partnership, Clare Youth Services, County indeed the joint campaign between Shannon
Clare County Childcare Committee, Clare                                                                   Clare
An GardaUS, UK and European markets signingth annual•	Comhairle na nÓg event took place on November
       the Síochána, a hugely successful 7                In	its	bid	to	get	high	profile	exposure	for		 Development and Lynch Hotels in securing
       agreements with airlines
 n Cois na hAbhana, Ennis. flying Shannon,                Co. Clare as a tourism destination,           the All Ireland & International Dancing
       airline vacation companies, tour operators         Shannon Development secured a                 Championship for 2009 and 2010. This will
       and tour agents in addition to a number                                                          attract
                                                          number of TV opportunities for thesecondary school’in excess of 2,500 participants which
   delegates discussed the topics of ‘environment’, ‘a successful transition into
                            We have young people’ and ‘A healthythe RTE ‘No a healthy body’ (secondary
       of sales missions. Clare foralso signed
 chools), ‘What’s in                                      County on mind & Frontiers’                   will translate into over 9,250 bednights
       up to a number of e-marketing campaigns            holiday programme. No Frontiers               generating revenue of €4.5m
       with Ryanair in both the UK and European           is filmed ‘Three Good Reasons’
       destinations. On the domestic market we
 elegates were elected onto the Clare Comhairle, 5 and whom of this Ennis and BunrattyDáil na nÓg in
                                                           of as part represented Clare at              If you would like any further information on
       will continue to target short breaks and                                                         any of
 009. These delegates also attended a Galway Comhairle event where they made contacts with bothour activities contact:
                                                          were featured.
       home holidays through our dedicated are currently organising a Clare Comhairle Action Plan, with
 Roscommon Comhairle delegates. They                                                                                                      Siobhan King,
       website (www.shortbreaksireland.com).                                                       	
                                                       •	 Filming	by	US	Today	Show	–		 to the Social Inclusion
on web development, market research, publishing a newsletter and presentations                                              Tourism Officer, Co. Clare.
roup of Clare County Development Board.                   Caherconnell Stone Fort                                                    Tel: 065-6895004
       A number of Shannon Development                                                                             or kings@shannondevelopment.ie
       initiatives have taken place to date including: •	 Shannon	Development	worked	with		               Head Office_Letterhead 19/12/2008 11:16 Page                         1
                                                                                                                         www.shannondevelopment.ie
                                                       	 the	producers	of	a	TV3	holiday		 	
                                                                                                            www.discoverireland.ie/shannonregion
       •	 Holiday	World	tourism	promotions	in		           series – ‘Something for the Weekend’ –
           Dublin and Belfast – January 09.               and secured TV coverage of numerous
                                                          areas in West Clare.
       •	 Shannon	Development,	in	conjunction		
           with hotels and spas in Co. Clare and       •	 Senior	Times	–	Feb/March	Edition	–	4		
           around the Shannon Region, launched of         page editorial on the Shannon Region
                                                                                                           Clare Comhairle na nÓg

 Following several inter-agency meetings                healthy mind & a healthy body’ (secondary             publishing a newsletter and presentations
 between the Community and Enterprise                   schools).                                             to the Social Inclusion Measure group of
 Directorate (Clare County Council), Clare                                                                    Clare County Development Board.
 County Childcare Committee, Clare Sports               Thirteen delegates were elected onto the
 Partnership, Clare Youth Services, County              Clare Comhairle, 5 of whom represented
                                                                                                             Pictured Below L-R:
 Clare VEC and An Garda Síochána, a hugely              Clare at Dáil na nÓg in February 2009.
                                                                                                             Primary School students at the annual
 successful 7th annual Comhairle na nÓg                 These delegates also attended a Galway
                                                                                                             Comhairle event in Cois na hAbhana with
 event took place on November 28th 2008                 Comhairle event where they made contacts
                                                                                                             John Sweeney, Clare Sports Partnership,
 in Cois na hAbhana, Ennis.                             with both Galway & Roscommon Comhairle
                                                                                                             and Davy Fitzgerald
                                                        delegates.
 Eighty-one delegates discussed the topics                                                                   Pictured at the Comhairle event held in
 of ‘environment’, ‘a successful transition             They are currently organising a Clare                Galway on Saturday, 21st February 2009
 into secondary school’ (primary schools),              Comhairle Action Plan, with emphasis                 Amy Bickerton, Daithí Ó’Drónaí, Claire
 ‘What’s in Clare for young people’ and ‘A              on web development, market research,                 Murray, Carol Nagle and Amanda Opoku.




Primary School students at the annual Comhairle event in Cois na hAbhana with John Sweeney, Clare Sports
Partnership, and Davy Fitzgerald
                                                                   New LEADER Programme Opens For Business
                                                                                 Pictured at the Comhairle event held in Galway on Saturday, 21st February 2009
 The new €20m LEADER Rural                                                                                      there is a good quality of and Amanda Opoku.
                                                              Sean Conlan, Chairman of CLDC, Daithí Ó’Drónaí, Claire Murray, Carol Nagle life for people in
                                                                                         Amy Bickerton,
 Development Programme was officially                         announced that a wide range of rural              terms of rural and community services.”
 declared open for business at the                            development projects in enterprise,
BACK PAGE
 beginning of March. Operated by Clare                        tourism, food, renewable energy,                  Doirin Graham, CEO of CLDC, advised that
 Local Development Company, the                               environment, rural services, village renewal,     those interested in applying for LEADER
MAP TO FOLLOW                                                 heritage and community development will
 programme is the biggest and most                                                                              funds should first read the ‘LEADER
                                                              be stimulated and supported across the
 comprehensive rural development                                                                                Information and Guidelines’ publication
                                                              county, with the new LEADER funds.
                                                                                                                available from CLDC by phoning 061
                                                                                            Enterprises, farm
                                                                                                                361144	or	emailing	gcallinan@cldc.ie.	
                                                                                            families, private
                                                                                            promoters and
                                           National Broadband Scheme -                      community and        The new organisation’s headquarters will
                             3 to Deliver the National Broadband Scheme in Clare
                                                                                            voluntary groups       be based in Ennis from Easter 2009.
                                                                                            can benefit from
3 have recently been selected by the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources to implement
the National Broadband Scheme. It will deliver broadband services to residences and businesses, which currently
have no access to broadband connectivity.
                                                                                            the programme
                                                                                            which offers
Access to high quality broadband services can support the viability and competitiveness of existing jobs, while
                                                                                            support for capital
also removing a major barrier to attracting new investment to many areas of the county as well as improving
                                                                                            costs, marketing,
quality of life and connectivity for local communities. Guaranteeing an initial minimum download speed of
                                                                                            training and
1.2mbps, the download speed is set to increase to a minimum 1.6mbps and maximum 6.8 mbps in 2010 and again
in 2012 minimum 2.3mbps, maximum 10.4mbps.
                                                                                            research.
                                                                                            According to the
                                                                                            Chairman “our
                                                              aim is to deliver a programme which will
  investment package seen to date in Co.
                                                              have the maximum economic and social
  Clare. Government and EU investment of
                                                              impact on our county’s rural areas in these
  €14m will be matched by a minimum of
                                                              difficult times. We need to create job
  €6m in private funding over the next five
                                                              opportunities in rural areas and ensure that
  years.
  Help for the Newly                                                                                           Tús Nua –
  Unemployed                                          A New Initiative in the Midwest for Enterprise & Employment support

Losing yourjob.ie is a new website from               Many in the county are now faced                  Thomond Park, Limerick on 29th March.
the Citizens Information Board which provides         with the challenge of redundancy                  Local partner organisations in Clare are
information for people who are currently                                                                planning a similar event in Clare in June.
                                                      or layo , and need time to adjust
unemployed or working reduced hours.                                                                    Further information will issue in due
Losingyourjob.ie is based on content from
                                                      and to review their options be those
                                                                                                        course.
citizensinformation.ie.                               alternative employment, pursuing
                                                      further education and training, or                Túsnua opportunities are based on
It includes information on:                           setting up a business.                            three pillars:
• Working reduced hours or receiving
                                                                                                        Education, Enterprise and Employment.
     reduced pay
• Redundancy and leaving work                                                                                                        You can use the
• Getting a social welfare payment                    The Tús Nua                                                                    www.tusnua.ie
• Money and tax issues, including                     initiative is a                                                                site to get
     debt issues                                      partnership                                                                    information
• Supports available for rent or                      of the County                                                                  and to register
      mortgage payments
                                                      and City                                                                        for events in
• Options for education and training                                                                                                  your area or
• What you need to know when going
                                                      Enterprise
                                                      Boards, FÁS,                                                                    to make an
     back to work
• Leaving Ireland to move to countries                Enterprise                                                                      appointment
     inside or outside the EU                         Ireland, UL and LIT, and other                                                  with a contact
                                  Paul Woulfe,        organisations speci cally designed                                              person at one
                 Citizens Information Service,        to assist individuals in exploring their                                        of the partner
                                065 6841221                                                                                           organisations.
                                                      pathways.
           ennis.devmanager@citinfo.ie

                                                      A major open event was held in



  Pathways to Employment - From CE Scheme to Community Development Project Staff

I joined the sta of the East Clare Community          Business Coaching, University of Limerick, and    attaining skills and quali cations relevant to
Support Ltd (CDP) CE Scheme when it was rst           a course in Art and Empowerment Facilitation      future work. These skills are particularly in the
set up in November 2006. For me and the ten           Skills, Crawford College of Art, Cork. Both of    areas of personal development and community
other participants it was an opportunity not only     which gave me important personal and practical    development principles along with any other
to get ‘back to work’ but to be involved with an      skills to use in my work.                         training taken up by individuals.
organisation which was really doing something
for the community.                                    So armed with many new skills, including          For me my successful progression into
                                                      research and an in-depth understanding of         employment is great as it allows me to use and
Initially I was involved in the research and          community development, I began a journey of       develop all the skills for which I was employed.
development of a pilot scheme called                  personal development and learning. Through        As I come from the CE Scheme I have a strong
‘Companion Support’. This scheme set out to           working with groups and co-workers I began        connection with the now fteen CE learners.
give regular weekly hours of respite to a carer       to experience and understand the importance       This is important to me as not only does the
and relevant stimulus to the caree.                   of the process involved in ‘community             project work hard to support its target groups
                                                      development’.                                     but is actively developing strategies to best
I was also involved in the ‘outreach team’, which                                                       support its sta in the fantastic work they do
helped individuals on the CE Scheme develop           In September 2008, East Clare CDP took a leap     with these groups.
their particular roles and their speci c groups....   forward with the employment of a coordinator,
such as ‘Caring for Carers’ and the ‘Parent           Darina Greene. A new vibrant, energy came into    Like us all the project is constantly developing
and Toddler Group’. We began to develop a             the project just as my time on the CE Scheme      and evolving and has to respond to the
strong team with diverse skills and growing           was coming to an end. I felt I was really able    changing needs of the community and the
con dence.                                            to o er the project a lot more and left feeling   groups it supports. It is this element of constant
                                                      very disappointed.                                change in community development that can
This work was strengthened by the fact that                                                             be challenging but it is one of the things I
East Clare CDP, in association with University        In November however, East Clare CDP               enjoy the most as each day brings something
College Galway, brought a Diploma in                  advertised the position of a part-time            new...a new challenge and a chance to help
Community Development Practice to the local           development worker, for which I applied and       an individuals or a group to be empowered to
area. Over forty people, mostly from East Clare,      was successful in getting.                        make the changes they want.
did the course and the CDP managed to secure          This is an ideal scenario - to come o a
funding for the seven CE participants, including      CE Scheme skilled enough to move into
myself, who did the course. I also received           employment. There is a level of commitment                                     Linda Stainsby,
funding from FÁS to do a Diploma in Life and          on the project to support CE Learners in                                       East Clare CDP
   Clare Archaeological & Historical Society – Upcoming Events                                            www.clare.ie
                                                   Preparation of Clare County Development Plan 2011-201
The Clare                                                                                               The Clare Tourism Forum has been busy
Archaeological &                                                                                        over the last year improving and updating the
Historical Society
has just completed
                                      On the 27th February 2009, the Economic Development and Pla       County Clare tourism website www.clare.ie.
                                                                                                        The new look site is now live and has fantastic
its Autumn/Winter                     commenced the preparation of the new Clare County Developmen      new features such as online mapping and an
series of lectures at                                                                                   interactive events calendar to name a few.
the Clare Museum.                     The process of making a new County Development Plan 2011-2
The Society is now
preparing a series
                                                                             Plan is the promote public
                                      years to complete. The Development www.clare.ie aims to main all aspects ofstate
                                                                           tourism in County Clare from accommodation
of summer outings
                                                                           providers, attractions economic, land
                                      policies for County Clare. It sets out the social, and activities to dining
to commence in
May to a broad                        development objectives and policies of the planning authority for a
                                                                           and entertainment.
range of sites of
archaeological and
                                                                           If you and social tourism industry
                                      Plan will underpin the continued economicare involved in theprogress of C
                                                                                                        in County Clare you are recommended to
historical interest.
We have a wealth                                                                                        promote your business on www.clare.ie. Contact
of sites on our                         To coincide with the initial notification of the process, an “Issues
                                                                                                        Maureen Cleary at mcleary@clarecoco.ie for
doorstep in Clare                                                                                       more information.
well worth exploring.
                                                   Contact published by
                                        Paper” was Edel Greene for final dates andthe Economic Development &
                                                                                             times:
                                                   emg reene@eircom.net                             The available inthe life public
                                        Planning Department and was made 2009/2010 Clare Live at allcalendar can
                                                                                                    now be purchased on line
Proposed sites visits over the summer include:
Old Drumcliff Cemetery, which will be libraries, offices of Clare Local Authorities www.clare.ie.                 and on the Clare
                                                   We also advertise in the local papers and parish
                                        lead
                                                   newsletters in advance of outings and welcome
by the Clare Roots Society; Knockainey, Co.
                                                   non-members website www.clarecoco.ie. The “Issues Paper”
                                        County Council to come on these outings.
Limerick which is a joint outing with the Clare
                                        was
and Shannon societies; historical tour of Loop an easy to read document to initiate public debate on what
Head; Ardamullivan Castle and its location
is Beagh, west of the Gort-Ennis road, broad planning and development issues that the new Clare
                                        Clare                                        Mary Kearns
Abbey, and a visit to the Mines of East Clare will                                   Chairperson,
bring our outings to a close.
                                        County Development Plan 2011-2017 could address. The paper
                                                       Clare Archaeological & Historical Society
                                        set out a number of headings which sought to address the main
                                        planning issues facing County Clare and was intended for all
                                      Preparation of Clare County Development Plan 2011-2017
                                        interested parties, in particular, the general public.
On the 27th February 2009, the Economic             was intended for all interested parties, in         and observations received during the initial
Development and Planning Department            particular, consulting                    300 Statutory and the
                                      In addition tothe general public. with over consultation period which will informNon-Stat
commenced the preparation of the new                                                    Elected Members’
                                      Community Groups and Organisations, be includeddecision onDevelopment
Clare County Development Plan 2011-2017.       In	addition	to	consulting	with	over	300	 should
                                                                                                   the Economic Develop
                                                                                                             in a Draft
                                                                                                                        what polices

The process of making a new County                                                                   community
                                      Department hosted 8 public consultationenvisaged that a Draft workshop
                                               Statutory and Non-Statutory Bodies and   Plan. It is
Development Plan 2011-2017 will take two       Community Groups and Organisations,      Development Plan will be prepared by the
                                                                                 say                      was subsequently be
                                      County and are pleased toPlanning that the turnout and will very successfu
years to complete. The Development Plan        the Economic Development &               end of the 2009
                                               Department hosted 8 parties were         then available for further their comment
                                      public and all interestpublic consultation invited to submit public consultation.
is the main public statement of planning
policies for County Clare. It sets out the     community workshops throughout the
                                      Developmentand are pleased to sayDepartment Further details are 24th April.
social, economic, land use, amenity and        County & Planning that the                by Friday available from the
development objectives and policies of the          turnout was very successful. Members of the         Economic Development and Planning
planning authority for a 6 year period. The         public and all interest parties were invited        Department and on www.clarecoco.ie.
Plan will underpin the continued economic           to submit their
and social progress of County Clare.                comments to
                                                    the Economic
To coincide with the initial notification of the    Development
process, an “Issues Paper” was published            & Planning
by the Economic Development & Planning              Department by
Department and was made available in                Friday 24th April.
all public libraries, offices of Clare Local
Authorities and on the Clare County Council         Currently the
website www.clarecoco.ie. The “Issues               Economic
Paper” was an easy to read document to              Development
initiate public debate on what broad planning       and Planning
and development issues that the new Clare           Department
County Development Plan 2011-2017 could             are preparing
address. The paper set out a number of              a Manager’s
headings which sought to address the main           report on the
planning issues facing County Clare and             submissions
                                                                                            Public Consultation Workshop in Scarriff
  Fóram Gaeilge an Chláir

Between February 27th and March 17th,                 of the language, various coffee mornings were          was made available to the general public in
2009, Fóram Gaeilge an Chláir successfully            organised to encourage informal participation          Glór Theatre to mark the close of Seachtain na
co-ordinated a programme of events for                from the public, some of whom signed up                Gaeilge and was attended by over sixty people.
County Clare to mark Seachtain na Gaeilge i           for classes as a result. Street Banners with the
gContae an Chláir. As is usual with Seachtain         motto’s ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’ and ‘Bigí Linn’         Promotional methods employed included the
na Gaeilge in Clare, events started early with an     were used as part of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade      printing of 500 event guides were distributed
official opening and concert performed by Irish       in Ennis.                                              throughout County Clare in all local public
language band ‘Bréag’ which was much to the                                                                  places including libraries, book shops and cafés,
satisfaction of the crowd.                            Fóram Gaeilge an Chláir also encouraged groups         music shops and theatre venues.          Posters,
                                                      which were organising events, independent              articles in both the Clare Champion and Clare
Irish drama workshops were provided for               of the Fóram to make contact with us, so that          People newspapers were printed and interviews
primary school children in Glór theatre by Elaine     they could share in the advertising, hence the         were done with Clare FM, Lyric FM, Shannon
Scahill from Galway-based Drama company               inclusion of Féile na hInse, the Ennis Book Club       Community Radio and 4FM.
‘Branar’. Local music artist Deirdre Callinan         Festival    and Rang
provided singing workshops for primary schools        Deas Gaeilge on the
around County Clare. Actress and Irish dancer,        event guide, to name
Sorcha Ní Céide gave sean nós and old-style           a few. The Fóram
Irish dance demonstrations and workshops to           also campaigned for
primary schools throughout the county. Irish          groups to register with
lecturer and poet Ailbhe Nic Ghearbhuigh gave         Seachtain na Gaeilge
poetry workshops to Transition Year students in       nationally so that
Lisdoonvarna and Ennis.                               they could receive
There were book readings from Esther Gobl uí          promotion for their
Nuailáin, Meadhb Ní Eadhra and Séamus Ryan            events.
in libraries around the county and an evening
with Pádraig MacFheargusa in Scoil Mháiréad Ní        Finally on St. Patrick’s
Ghráda, Cill Mháille and Iarsmalann an Chláir.        Day, March 17th a
                                                      céilí workshop given                   Oilibhéar Ó Maoilaoin, Fóram Gaeilge an Chláir; John Quinlivan,
In order to stimulate the informal promotion          by Aidan Vaughan                     Shannon Development; Alec Fleming, County Manager agus An Comh.
                                                                                                 Flan Ó Garbhaith ag seoladh Seachtain na Gaeilge, 2009.



  Seachtain na Gaeilge 2009

Idir an 27ú lá de mí Feabhra agus an 17ú lá déag      Nualáin agus an scríbhneoir óg Meadhbh Ní              agus tá plaiceanna iontacha ina ónóir le feiceáil
do mí Márta, chuir Fóram na Gaeilge an Chláir         Eadhra sna leabharlanna ar fud an Chontae. Bhí         i bparóiste an Dubhshraith agus sa Mhargadh in
imeachtaí den scoth le chéile chun Seachtain na       na naíonáin faoi dhraíocht Séamus Ryan lena            Inis, chomh maith.
Gaeilge, 2009 i gContae an Chláir a cheiliúradh.      gcuid scéalta le linn Am Scéil.
Mar is ghnáth le himeachtaí an Chláir, thosaigh                                                              Chun deireadh oifigiúil a chur leis an “Seachtain”,
said go luath leis an oíche oscailte oifigiúil agus   Chun tacaíocht a thabhairt do labhairt na              ar lá Fhéile Phádraig, bhí rang damhsa seit ar siúl
ceolchoirm leis an banna ceol Gaeilge ‘Bréag’ i       Gaeilge bhí maidineacha caifé darbh ainm               ag Aidan Vaughan agus Céilí Mór na Seachtaine
nGlór, Inis.                                          “Club Caifé” eagraithe don phobal, agus iad            ar siúl ina dhiaidh le Ceoltóirí na Mainistreach.
                                                      ar siúl in áiteanna éagsúla ar fud bhaile na           An-lá a bhí ag gach éinne a bhí páirteach.
I measc na himeachtaí eile bhí ceardlanna             hInse don coicís. Deis do dhaoine chun úsáid
drámaíochta curtha ar fáil le haghaidh páistí         a bhaint as a gcuid Gaeilge labhartha a bhí i          Tá an Fóram fíor-bhuíoch do na meáin go
bunscoile ag Elaine Scahill ón gcomhlacht             gceist agus d’éirigh go hiontach leo. Freisin          léir a thug tacaíocht don Seachtain, An Clare
drámaíochta “Branar”, atá lonnaithe i nGaillimh.      thug Fóram Gaeilge an Chlár tacaíocht do               Champion, Clare People, Lyric FM, Clare FM,
Thug an t-amhránaí aitheanta Deirdre Callinan         heagraíochtaí deonacha ar fud an Chontae chun          Shannon Community Radio, Raidió Corca
Griffin ceardlanna amhránaíochta do pháistí           imeachtaí a chur ar siúl agus chun gur féidir          Baiscinn agus 4fm san áireamh.
bunscoile i gCill Rois, Gort Lomáin agus Muilte       leis na heagraíochtaí fógraíocht dá n-imeachtaí
Uí Cheallacháin. Thug an t-aisteoir cáiliúil agus     a dhéanamh le chéile. Scaipeadh níos mó ná             Mar thoradh den atmaisféar dearfach atá againn
damhsóir Sorcha Ní Chéide ceardlanna agus             500 clár imeachtaí sna leabharlanna ar fud an          anseo i gContae an Chláir don Ghaeilge mar
taispeántais damhsa do pháiste bunscoile i            chontae, chomh maith leis na heagraíochtaí a           theanga beo, bhí Seachtain na Gaeilge den scoth
Maigh, Cill Sheanaigh, Cill Fhionnúrach agus          bhí páirteach sa Seachtain. Thug an t-dar Anna         ar siúl. Agus ní Seachtain i ndáiríre a bhí ann,
Droichead Uí Bhriain. Ó thaobh cúrsaí filíochta       Heusaff, cuairt ar an Ennis Book Club Festival         ach “Mí na Gaeilge” toisc gur thosaigh imeachtaí
de, bhí an t-ádh linn go raibh an léachtóir agus      chun léitheoireacht a dhéanamh ar “Deich               Fhéile na hInse ar siúl ar an 21 Márta ina raibh
an bhfile Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh as Ciarraí linn       Leabhar ar son phléisiúr”.                             comórtais trí Ghaeilge ar siúl do dhaoine de
chun ceardlanna filíochta a thabhairt do dhaltaí                                                             gach aois go dtí deireadh na míosa.
meánscoile na h-idir-bliana i Lios Dúin Bhearna       Bhí imeachtaí feasachta teanga ar siúl ag Coiste
agus Inis. Freisin bhí oíche filíochta le Pádraig     Forbartha Gaeltachta in Iarthair an Chláir agus        Agus mar focal scoir ná déan dearmad gur
MacFhearghasa, Uachtarán Chonradh na Gaeilge          oícheanta ceoil agus comhrá ar siúl ag Club            beatha teanga í a labhairt. Go dtí Seachtain na
i Scoil Mháiréad Ní Ghráda, Cill Mháille.             na Sionna i gcomhpháirt le Comhltas Ceoltóirí          Gaeilge, 2010!
                                                      Éireann i Sionna.                                      Emer Ní Fhlaitheartaigh agus Lisa Ní Laoire
D’eagraidh an tSeirbhís Leabharlainne                 Rinne An Clár as Gaeilge comóradh ar an bhfile         Ar son Fóram Gaeilge an Chláir.
léitheoireachtaí leabhar le hEsther Göbl Uí           aitheanta Tomás Ó Miacháin ar an ochtú Márta,
                      Integrated Strategy for the Co-ordination of Services to Immigrant
                                                Communities in County Clare 2009-2012.
 The Minister for Integration, Mr. Conor Lenihan         possible. The commitment of partner agencies to        producing the strategy said that “the Strategy
 T.D. visited Ennis on Thurdsay 2nd of April to          deliver their actions under the strategy are key to    Statement and proposed actions aim to address
 launch the three year Integrated Strategy for           the success of the strategy,”                          a number of aspects of people’s lives and will
 the Co-ordination of Services to Immigrant                                                                     hopefully contribute to supporting people to
 Communities in County Clare.                            Dr. Fergal Flynn Local Health Manager in Clare         integrate and engage well in life in County Clare.
                                                         has said he “looks forward to the Health Services      Clare Immigrant Support Centre is delighted to be
 The Strategy has been developed by an Inter-            building on the pool of work already done in order     part of this initiative. We are well aware from our
 Agency Steering Group comprising of local               to ensure that we offer accessible quality services    work over the past number of years that immigrants
 statutory agencies and voluntary group who are          to all immigrants and minority population groups”      integrate well when they have the opportunity to
 working directly with immigrants. These groups                                                                 access and engage with local services. When
 include: Clarecare, Clare County Council, Citizen’s     Orla Ni Eili, Clare Immigrant Support Centre,          people feel included it encourages and supports
 Information Service, Clare Vocational Education         a member of the Steering Group involved in             their involvement in the community”.




Sinead Collopy, HSE community development service and    David Kutta, Ennis CDP, Minister Conor Lenihan and       Launch of Strategy with Minister for Integration,
        students from Ennis Community College                   Faith Ovenserh, Clare Youth Service                            Conor Lenhihan, T.D.


 Committee, Clare Youth Service, Department                                                   Clare Accessible transport -
 of Education and Science, Ennis Community
                                                                              A Growing Network of Services For Everyone!
 Development Project, Ennis Schools Completion
 Programme, Ennis West Partners, FÁS, HSE West.
                                                                                                               Check out our ACCESSIBLE T
                                                                                                               CLARE new website :
 The Strategy document sets out an integrated                                                                   www.catconnects.ie
                                                                                                               A GROWING NETWORK OF
 plan for the delivery of services to the immigrant
 communities in Co. Clare. The document identifies                                                             FOR EVERYONE!  
                                                                                                                Services for:
 over 60 actions on 5 key themes:
                                                                                                               CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEB
                                                                                                                North, East, West Clare, Ennis and
 o    Communication and Language                                                                                Shannon.
 o    Education
                                                                                                               www.catconnects.ie Bus
                                                                                                                Connecting you to National Rail and
 o    Health                                                                                                    Network, Courses, Sports, Shopping ,EAST
                                                                                                               SERVICES FOR NORTH and
 o    Work and Training                                                                                         more.
 o    Community Participation                                                                                  ENNIS AND SHANNON
                                                                                                               CONNECTING YOU TO
                                                                                                               CLARE ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORT 
                                                                                                                Take the Bus
 Over thirty agencies and disciplines have signed up                                                           A GROWING NETWORK OF SERVICES
 as either lead or partner agencies to the delivery of                                                         NATIONAL   RAIL AND BUS NE
                                                                                                                •	 EVERYONE!
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 actions over a three year period.                                                                             COURSES, SPORTS,
                                                                                                               CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE SHOPPIN
                                                                                                                •	 Affordable	Fares
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                                                                                                               •	 Free	Travel	Pass	holders	and	under		 09)
                                                                                                                                             (FROM MAY
 The proposal to undertake a local integrated strategy                                                              5’s THE BUS!
                                                                                                               TAKE have free travel. WEST CLARE,
                                                                                                               SERVICES FOR NORTH ,EAST,
 came about in 2006 in response to the observation                                                             ENNIS AND SHANNON
                                                                                                               CONNECTING YOU TO FEES IN
                                                                                                                •	 PARKING
                                                                                                               NO Under	16’s	reduced	fare. TOWN, AF
 by local service providers for a coordinated
 approach to address the needs of immigrants living                                                            FREE TRAVEL PASSAND MORE
                                                                                                               NATIONAL RAIL AND BUS NETWORK,
                                                                                                               COURSES, SPORTS, SHOPPING
                                                                                                                                               HOLDERS A
 and working in County Clare.                                                                                   Call our travel centre for timetables and
                                                                                                               FREE TRAVEL.
                                                                                                               TAKE THE BUS!
                                                                                                                Journey Planning.
                                                                                                                                  REDUCED FARE.
                                                                                                               UNDER 16’SHOLDERS AND UNDER 5’S HAVE
                                                                                                               NO PARKING FEES IN TOWN, AFFORDABLE FARES,
                                                                                                               FREE TRAVEL PASS
 Tom Coughlan, Director of Services, Community &
                                                                                                               FREE TRAVEL.
 Enterprise Directorate has said:
 “I am delighted to see this strategy being launched.
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                                                                                                               UNDER 16’S REDUCED FARE.

 The inter agency approach to the development                                                                  AND JOURNEY PLANNING
                                                                                                               CALL OUR TRAVEL CENTRE FOR TIMETABLES
                                                                                                               AND JOURNEY PLANNING
 and implementation of this strategy will ensure         email: ourbus@catconnects.ie
                                                                       email: ourbus@catconnects.ie
                                                                            www.catconnects.ie
 that existing resources are maximised where                  www.catconnects.ie
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  3 to Deliver the National Broadband Scheme in Clare
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3	has	recently	been	selected	by	the	                                                  download speed is set to increase to                                                                                               in the NBS coverage areas have access to
Department of Communications, Energy                                                  a minimum 1.6mbps and maximum                                                                                                      broadband services at the earliest date.
& Natural Resources to implement the                                                  6.8 mbps in 2010 and again in 2012
National Broadband Scheme. It will                                                    minimum	2.3mbps,	maximum	10.4mbps.                                                                                                 The Scheme will provide broadband
deliver broadband services to residences                                                                                                                                                                                 connectivity to residences and businesses
and businesses, which currently have no                                               Any residence or business customer                                                                                                 in	Clare	by	September	2010.		3	will	
access to broadband connectivity.                                                     located within the National Broadband                                                                                              launch its marketing campaigns one
                                                                                      Scheme coverage area in Clare can apply                                                                                            month in advance of the service being
Access to high quality broadband                                                      to	3	for	broadband	services.	49	Electoral	                                                                                         launched in each area.
services can support the viability and                                                divisions in Clare have been selected.                                                                                             To view the most up-to-date roll-out
competitiveness of existing jobs, while also                                          There will be a once-off connection fee                                                                                            information of NBS coverage areas in the
removing a major barrier to attracting new                                            of €49, with all broadband services costing                                                                                        county,	contact	the	3	customer	service	
investment to many areas of the county                                                €19.99 per month.                                                                                                                  team	directly	on	1800	934	034	or	use	
as well as improving quality of life and                                                                                                                                                                                 the online tracker at www.three.ie/nbs
connectivity for local communities.                                                   3	is	seeking	to	work	closely	and	meet	                                                                                             where you can search your specific area.
Guaranteeing an initial minimum                                                       with communities, organisations and
download speed of 1.2mbps, the                                                        groups across Clare to ensure that those




  Clare County Development Board
  Áras Contae an Chláir                                                                                                                                                                                                             Mission Statement of
  New Road                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Clare County
  Ennis                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Development Board
  Co. Clare
  Tel: + 353 65 6846 222                                                                                                                                                                                                       “To shape and support a strategy which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               will ensure that all the people and the
  Fax: + 353 65 6829 558                                                                                                                                                                                                           places of the county are valued
  Email: dceoff@clarecoco.ie                                                                                                                                                                                                               and respected”
  www.clarecdb.ie                                                                                                 Printed on recycled paper

				
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