In this podcast, I talk about my experience of the 10-day vipassana course I did in Ennis, Ireland. Warning - This was my personal experience and everyone will have a different one. That's the point! What is it? It is a 10 day silent meditation course. No talking, No reading, No writing or any form of communication. Buddha taught it over two thousand five hundred years ago in India. I hope you enjoy it and if you did get some value out of it drop me a follow Instagram - sean power fitness Buy me a coffee if you really enjoyed it :) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/Seanpower
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A Ukrainian native living in Clare believes the Taoiseach should be doing more to bring the war in her country to an end. It follows comments this week from Leo Varadkar, who's said Ireland needs to 'slow the flow of refugees and Asylum Seekers' arriving in the country. Since the Russian invasion in February of last year, 4,947 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Clare, the sixth highest total per head of population in the country. Coupled with this, at the end of October, the county was also hosting around 850 International Protection Applicants across Ennis, Tulla, Meelick, Inch, Lisdoonvarna and Scariff. Comments from the Taoiseach this week suggests change is afoot though. According to Leo Varadkar, Ireland needs to slow the flow of refugees and ensure the supports offered here are aligned with other countries. However Ennis resident Mariya Nikashanova, who's originally from Irpin, believes the Taoiseach could eliminate the problem at the source, by exerting his influence on the international stage, and ensuring sanctions on Russia are effective in bringing the conflict to an end. Currently, all Ukrainian arrivals to Ireland are entitled to standard social protection supports, such as the maximum jobseeker's allowance payment of €230 per week. This compares to a monthly citizens income of €510 per month in Germany, while in Italy, after 90 days, refugees are expected to source their own accommodation. A MidWest Refugee Support Centre believes, however, that Ireland's focus should be on delivering medium term accommodation, rather than deterring an influx of future arrivals. John Lannon from Doras says strategic local taskforces need to be formed to ensure any changes to current policy do not compound the homeless crisis.
On Monday's Morning Focus, Alan Morrisey was joined by Clare based Soprano, Regina Nathan. Regina is gearing up for her annual Christmas concerts. The concerts will consist of a variety of Irish and Italian songs with some familiar and popular songs, followed by festive songs to set us all up for the coming weeks of Christmas preparations and celebrations. She will be performing in Ennis as part of her first festive shows in four years. To buy tickets and for more information you can visit www.eventbrite.ie/e/742652141547.
On Tuesday's Morning Focus, Alan Morrissey was joined by John Burns, retired Deputy Principle at Rice College and Director of the Burns Study Centre in Ennis. Today, John spoke about barriers to learning and key ingredients to succeeding at school. He highlighted some of the reasons why your child may be struggling with school and gave advice on how to tackle such situations. If you have any questions for John, please email email@example.com
The Clare branch of the Labour Party will host its second Paddy Hogan Seminar in the Old Ground Hotel on the 24th of November, at 7.30pm to reflect and learn from the life and times of one of Clare's legend Paddy Hogan. The seminar will focus on Paddy Hogan, a Clare man who lived an extremely eventful life, from fighting against the Black and Tans during the War of Independence in this county to becoming a barrister, being elected as a TD, and also serving as Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil. For more on this, on Tuesday's Morning Focus, Alan Morrissey was joined by author and SIPTU member Adrian Kane. Photo (c) Paddy Hogan via Denis Vaughan
ESB has been accused of "disregarding the people" amid continued reports of public lighting outages across Clare. East Clare is the latest part of the county where streetlight blackouts have been observed, following similar complaints in Shannon, Ennis and various other communities in recent months. Killaloe Municipal District has stated that many public streetlights in Clare are "dated" and don't "comply with current ESB standards" with necessitates additional works to ensure "uninterrupted access to the council public lighting infrastructure" going forward. Killaloe Fianna Fáil Councillor Tony O'Brien, who raised a motion on the subject at this month's meeting of East Clare's local representatives, believes it's unacceptable for ordinary individuals to be punished by public body cutbacks.
A Clare health coaching enterprise, Authentic Health, which is based in Ennis, has been honored by the All-Ireland Business Foundation. Authentic Health specialises in the fields of nutrition and positive psychology, aimed at assisting individuals in achieving better health and a more enriched lifestyle. To discuss this great achievement further, Alan Morrissey was joined by Smaranda Maier, owner and founder of Authentic Health, on Monday's Morning Focus. Picture (c)Smaranda Maier, Owner at Authentic Health is presented with their Business All-Star 2023 accreditation certificate and medallion by Dr. Briga Hynes, Kemmy Business School UL and Chair of the AIBF Adjudication Board. Also present is Mr Kieran F. Ring, Deputy Chair AIBF adjudication panel.
An all in-person workshop exploring autism awareness, acceptance and understanding will take place at the Temple Gate Hotel in Ennis this Wednesday, on the 22nd of November at 7pm. Facilitated by autism consultant and founder of GetAutismActive Programme & Resource Kit, Dr. Susan Crawford and supported by Clare County Council, the event is open to parents, professionals, businesses and community groups as part of the 'Clare Autism Aware' initiative. For more on this, on Monday's Morning Focus Alan Morrissey was joined by Dr. Susan Crawford, autism consultant and founder of GetAutismActive Programme and Resource Kit. Photo (c) Clare County Council via, yoursay.clarecoco.ie/clareautismaware/widgets/48253/photos/232
Frustration has been expressed following news that a timeline has still not been established for redesign works on a Clarecastle roundabout. At this month's meeting of the Ennis electoral area's local representatives, Clarecastle Councillor Paul Murphy once again sought clarity on when works will be carried out on Clareabbey roundabout, which has been deemed "highly dangerous" for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike. It's been confirmed that Clare County Council is working with Transport Infrastructure Ireland on the selection of a preferred design option, and will proceed with the statutory process stage once this is decided and a feasibility report is approved. Clarecastle Fine Gael Councillor Murphy feels the lack of progress on the roundabout in recent years is "extremely disappointing".
Transport Infrastructure Ireland insist that no motorists in Clare will be adversely impacted by plans to restrict motorway lay-bys for emergency use only. A new TII policy document has suggested that all 29 unserviced rest areas on the network would be designated for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) while the 20 Garda Enforcement zones will be unlocked when not in official use. The state body's intention is that private motorists would use service station facilities instead, such as the Supermac's Motorway Plaza planned for the M18 near Ennis which is currently stalled by a High Court challenge. Ennis based Director of Communications with Transport Infrastructure Ireland Seán O'Neill says the expansion of the motorway network has enabled the change.
The newly appointed officer of Clare's Civil Defence is confident of building on the strong legacy of a vital civic service. Ennis man Steven Hayes, who has been a member for the past 25 years will now take up the mantle after being promoted from the Assitant position. The voluntary organisation provides medical support at community events and also supports emergency services in major search and rescue operations and extreme weather scenarios. Steven says the skills and experience gathered by members along the way are rewards that last a lifetime.
An Ennis Publican says the proposed changes to pub licensing laws are driven by the Dublin city nightclub scene. It follows a major report on the proposed changes to licensing laws published this week, including extending opening hours and harsher punishments for people who abuse staff.
A group of government representatives has been told that overcrowding at the region's main hospital is a "year-round problem". The Midwest Hospitals Campaign Group appeared before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Public Petitions yesterday to lobby for the reopening of emergency departments at Ennis, Nenagh and St. John's hospitals. It comes just weeks after the highest ever level of overcrowding at an Irish hospital was recorded at University Hospital Limerick, with 130 people waiting on trolleys at the facility on October 23rd. Ballyvaughan resident and Midwest Hospitals Campaign Group spokesperson Noeleen Moran says while the issue of people waiting on trolleys is a consistent concern, spikes are experienced at particular times of the year.
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Historian and author, Ciarán Ó Murchadha is a past pupil and former teacher at St Flannan's College in Ennis. On Thursday's Morning Focus, he joined Alan in studio to discuss his new book on the college!
This week in Boghill, Kilfenora, Ennis a mixture of makers, artists, growers and designers have come together for a week of research, skill sharing and learning at the Common Knowledge Centre. As part of the Homestead Residency, Common Knowledge will host a public event during Design Week. The ‘Homestead Hooley' takes place on today, where the public is invited to join the artists for an evening of storytelling and connection from. To learn more, on Thursday's Morning Focus, Alan Morrissey was joined by, Aoife Hammond, coordinator of the Homeworks Project.
On Wednesday's Morning Focus, Alan Morrissey was joined by Phil Coulter, who will be making his eagerly awaited return to Clare next month. The legendary artist and producer will hit the road on his 'Four Score And Then' Nationwide Tour, which will include dates at Glór in Ennis and the UCH in Limerick. Picture (c) Glór Ennis
Clare's Green Party Senator insists the delivery of the Ennis Town Bus Service should be the National Transport Authority's top priority. It follows confirmation from Senior Executive Enginner with the Ennis Municipal District, Eamon O'Dea that while discussions are ongoing about the level of funding to be allocated to the service, he's confident the Town Bus will come on stream in early 2025. The long-awaited project will traverse Ennis from the Lahinch Road to the Tulla Road and from Clarecastle to Ballymaley, with scope for the development of an additional route from Doora Industrial Estate to and from the town centre. Inagh Senator Roisin Garvey believes that given Ennis's status as the largest town in Munster, the delivery of the bus service is imperative.
It's claimed the highly-anticipated Ennis Town Bus Service is still on course to receive government funding despite suggestions to the contrary. Former Mayor of Ennis Johnny Flynn made suggestions last week that TII funding for the project, which would traverse Ennis from the Lahinch Road to the Tulla Road and from Clarecastle to Ballymaley, is far from a done deal. It comes as Ennis Municipal District has launched an online anonymous survey seeking to understand what residents, students, workers and visitors would like to see in the county town by way of transport and accessibility improvements in the future. Senior Executive Engineer with Ennis Municipal District Eamon O'Dea says while some details have yet to be ironed out, he's confident the service will be rolled-out in 2025.
Clare COPD Support Group's is organising an open day event which is due to take place this coming Thursday, the 16th of November at Cois na hAbhna, Ennis from 11:30am until 1:30pm. For more on this, on Monday's Morning Focus, Alan Morrissey was joined by James Gallagher, Chairman of Clare COPD Support Group. For more information, visit www.copd.ie
On Monday's Morning Focus, Alan Morrissey was joined by Joe Moran, Director of 'The Well Packed Picnic' and Sinéad and Conor Clohessy, the cast of 'Meeting Miss Ireland' currently competing on the One-Act circuit around Ireland. Joe, Sinead, and Conor highlighted the Ennis Players Drama Group and their very popular Supper Theatre production. A four-night performance offering the finest of theater and the finest of food. The Ennis Players' Supper Theatre will take place next Monday, November 20th, at the Old Ground Hotel.
On Monday's Morning Focus, Alan Morrissey spoke with William Cahir of Cahir & Co Solicitors, Ennis in our weekly legal slot. This week, William provided advice on notary services. Notary Public services include authenticating and legalizing documents for individuals and corporate entities. A Notary Public is often required in legal matters involving an international element of a legal or commercial transaction. In many cases this involves assisting the parties with property, financial transactions, inheritances, and documents.
Tomorrow evening will see a talk taking place in Ennis, called "Hope in a Changing Climate”. The aim of the event is to find solutions to eco-anxiety in our own lives and the lives of young people. The main speakers will be young adult author Oisín McGann and Grace O'Sullivan, the Ireland South MEP and Green party member. For more on this, on Monday's Morning Focus, Alan Morrissey was joined by Author, Oisin McGann and by Ennis Green Party Representative, Bridget Ginnity.
It's claimed the effectiveness of local representatives has been brought into question again by the lack of progress at an infamous Ennis junction. The exit from Shanway Road onto the N85 Lahinch Road has reared its head at this month's meeting of local representatives in Ennis after Fine Gael Councillor Mary Howard sought an update on traffic calming measures at the site. An executive engineer for Ennis Municipal District has confirmed that a Pedestrian Crossing Assessment is being prepared as part of a Feasiblity and Options report but no timeframe on construction has been given. Ennis Fine Gael Councillor Mary Howard says it's incredibly frustrating to have to raise the issue on a consistent basis without seeing any results.
A Clarecastle councillor has warned that just because Ennis isn't at risk of major flooding now, it doesn't mean this will be the case forever. At this month's meeting of the Ennis Municipal District, Senior Executive Engineer Eamon O'Dea stated that flooding "as witnessed in Midleton is unlikely to occur" in the county town due to its flood protection scheme and tidal barrage. However, fears have been expressed that similar events could unfold in Ennis's Abbey Street and Parnell Street car parks, both of which are designated for mixed-use developments under Ennis 2040. Clarecastle Fianna Fáil Councillor Tom O'Callaghan says it's crucial the county town prepares for future rising tides.
On our weekly series 'Ours To Protect', we take a closer look at biodiversity and sustainability in Co Clare. This week, we hear about BiOrbic, which is running a national campaign to raise awareness by touring Ireland with their mobile exhibit, the BioBus, which visited Ennis recently. Executive Director Derek O'Brien, explains what the BioBus is all about.
The Ennis Municipal District has proposed a draft General Municipal Allocation of €343,000 for the coming year. The figure marks on an increase of 36% on last years amount of €252,000. Historically the GMA has been shared evenly between Ennis area elected representatives and if the funding is approved at the full budgetary meeting on November 30th, each councillor would receive €49,000 for discretionary projects in their area. Mayor of Ennis and Fianna Fáíl Councillor Pat Daly says there will be major benefits for local sporting and community organisations.
On Thursday's Morning Focus, Alan Morrissey was joined by Michael McTigue to discuss the annual commemoration of Eamon De Valera which will take place this Sunday. This is one of the last such events, as we come to the conclusion of the Civil War Centenary Year. An oration will be given at the commemoration by Billy Kelleher, MEP. Sunday's event will take place at the De Valera National Monument in Ennis town this Sunday 12th November at 12.00 Noon. Picture (c) Éamon De Valera commemoration
A prominent former Clare Publican claims a culture of tolerating drunken behaviour is fuelling alcoholism across the country. The spotlight is once again being shone on addiction in this county as a new survey shows Ireland has the eight most prevalent binge drinking problem in the world.
An Ennis GP believes online health-related misinformation is partly to blame for unhealthy living practices in Ireland. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's 'Health at a Glance' report has found that the Irish life expectancy of 82.4 years is 2.1 above the OECD average. However, room for improvement has been noted in the area "avoidable mortality", with the number of deaths per 100,000 in Ireland found to be above that of many EU nations. Ennis-based general practitioner Dr Maura Finn says when seeking health advice, people should listen to experts instead of relying on potentially inaccurate online information.
Clare County Council says it's imperitive options around sustainable mobility and potential car parking continue to be explored. It comes as new figures revealed at this week's meeting of the Ennis Municipal District show the number of public spaces in Ennis has reduced by almost 10% in the last 15 years.
The Midwest Hospital Campaign Group is calling on Clare TDs and senators to show their support ahead of the group's appearance before a government committee next week. The campaign group, which submitted a petition signed by 15,000 people last June calling for the re-opening of emergency departments at Ennis, Nenagh and St. John's Hospitals, will be appearing before the Oireachtas Committee on Public Petitions on this day next week. It comes as the number of admitted patients waiting for a bed at University Hospital Limerick broke 100 for the first time in over two weeks yesterday, with 106 on trolleys there today, according to INMO figures. Ballyvaughan-based Midwest Hospital Campaign Group Spokesperson, Noeleen Moran has been telling Clare FM's Seán Lyons she feels the Oireachtas committee appearance is an important opportunity because Clare's government representatives have failed to effect positive change thus far.
On Thursday's Morning Focus, Alan Morrissey was joined by Blackie O'Connell Festival Chairman and musician to discuss the upcoming trad fest which will showcase the best Irish music has to offer. The 2023 Ennis Trad Fest, which will run until Monday, will bring together top class Irish traditional musicians in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The festival is one of the premier events in the traditional music calendar. Picture (c) Ennis Trad Festival via Facebook
A former Mayor of Ennis believes that if Christmas celebrations in the county town were adequately funded, tourists would have no need to travel to any other part of Clare. It comes as Ennis Municipal District has confirmed the Abbey Street Christmas Market and Ennis Christmas Train won't be running this winter.
On Wednesday's Morning Focus, Alan Morrissey was joined by 2 Transition Year (TY) students from Coláiste Muire in Ennis, Ava O'Connor, and Lauren McCarthy as well as their teacher, Gemma Hasset. Their TY class have recently won a trip to Dubai!
Clare County Council claims Christmas plans in Ennis have had to be scaled back this year due to insurance concerns from various providers. A number of local representatives have expressed disappointment following the announcement that neither the Abbey Street Christmas Market nor the Ennis Christmas Train will be going ahead this year due to funding constraints. The Christmas Lights ceremony will take place on Thursday November 23rd, having been moved forward a day due to complaints from business owners last year that holding the event on Black Friday caused significant congestion on the town's approach roads. Administrative Officer with Ennis Municipal District Niamh O'Connor says while her teams endeavoured to attract providers to the county town this December, insurance costs proved a significant barrier.
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On Monday's Morning Focus, Alan Morrissey was joined by Dena McGrath, Healthy Clare Co-Ordinator and Paula Carroll who is the project coordinator with Cuimhneamh an Chláir/Clare Memories to discuss the Clare Creativity for Wellbeing project. The ‘Clare Farmers Weaving Stories Together' initiative captures the visual stories of 5 mart areas in Clare. Traditional farming practices, the importance of the family farm, social isolation, and the advent of online marts are amongst the themes that have emerged in the ‘Clare Farmers Weaving Stories Together Booklet'. The booklet will be launched at Glór in Ennis as part of a free Health and Wellbeing Expo for the local farming community on Monday, November 13th. Picture (c) Getty Images via Canva
On Monday's Morning Focus, Alan Morrissey was joined by Sarah Clancy, Clare PPN Co-Ordinator, and Elaine D'Alton from Clare Women's Network to talk about the Fair Clare Report being launched at a free event in the Templegate Hotel, Ennis this evening. A first of its kind research project conducted in Clare which examined the effects on Clare communities of the transition to net zero carbon emissions has found that there is a risk of ‘an unfair transition in the county' unless significant measures are taken to address this. The report, entitled ‘Fair Clare: Securing Socio-Economic Rights and a Just Transition in Clare', contains strategic recommendations for local and national policymakers aimed at reducing emissions and tackling poverty in the county. Picture (c) Clare PPN
A Clare developer has warned building costs will spiral if the tradesman shortage continues. It comes as a report by Eurobarometer has found that 60% of construction companies are having difficulties recruiting tradespeople and machine operators. Last year, the Department of Trade, Enterprise and Employment issued nearly 1,500 employment permits for roles in the construction sector and there have been almost 1,000 work permits issued in the first nine months of 2023. Ciarán Breen of Ciarán Breen Construction in Ennis says smaller projects will suffer as they won't be cost affective for contractors to take on.
A special program highlighting the work Montana students are accomplishing through their local 4-H programs, the country's largest out-of-school learning and leadership program. The November 4-H Spotlight will shine on members and their mentors from Shelby, Billings, and Ennis. The post November 4-H Spotlight first appeared on Voices of Montana.
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In his new book, Dark PR: How Corporate Disinformation Harms Our Health and the Environment, Grant Ennis — a lecturer at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia — identifies the "nine devious frames" that corporations such as automobile manufacturers and road builders use to advance their interests, manipulate the public and maintain a status quo that harms human health and the environment. Dark PR is a thought-provoking book that shines a light on the tactics used by major industries to lock in an unhealthy, unsafe and unsustainable status quo. Ennis offers some food for thought for safe streets advocates as we try to improve our world and fight back against these powerful interests. Special thanks to Cleverhood for their support. For the latest discount code on the best rain gear for cycling and walking, listen to the episode. ***Support The War on Cars on Patreon and receive access to ad-free episodes, exclusive bonus content, stickers, and more.*** LINKS: Buy Dark PR as well as titles by other podcast guests at our Bookshop.org page. Watch "Human Traffic Signals," a PSA from Buick of Shanghai. Here's GM's vision of driving in 1976... as imagined in 1956. The European Automobile Manufacturers Association thinks the solutions to traffic safety are pretty complex. Buy official War on Cars merch at our store. Find us on Mastodon, Bluesky, Instagram, Facebook, and Threads. Follow and review The War on Cars on Apple Podcasts. It helps people find us! TheWarOnCars.org