Town Centre Paint Scheme for Ennis

Town Centre Paint Scheme for Ennis

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Ahead of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann this August and the adjudication stage of the annual National Tidy Towns Competition, Clare County Council has announced details of the Ennis Town Centre Paint Scheme 2017.

Under the Scheme, financial assistance is being provided to the owners and occupiers of new and existing properties in the town centre who carry out improvements, external painting and, in particular, to the visible aspects of their properties.

Grant amounts of up to €700 or 50% of the cost of any planned works will be provided by the Local Authority to applicants successful under the Scheme, the closing date for which is 5pm on Friday, 26th May, 2017.

Welcoming the initiative, Cllr. Ann Norton, Mayor of Ennis said the Scheme is designed to encourage property owners to play their part in improving the appearance of their properties and in doing so “contribute to an enhanced streetscape” in Clare’s largest town.

“In spite of being the largest town in Munster, Ennis has successfully managed to retain its small town charm, attractive shop fronts and its historic character,” said the Mayor. “As many of the properties in Ennis town centre date back centuries, these improvement works will not only further improve the overall appearance of the town centre but will also help to preserve the town’s heritage status.”

“With the arrival of tens of thousands of people to the town later this year it is important that we avail of the coming months to ensure that Ennis leaves a lasting, positive impression on all those who visit,” added the Mayor.

Under the scheme, the maximum grant available to applicants is €700 or 50 % of the cost of the works, whichever is the lesser. The works must be carried on or before 1st August 2017. All applications for assistance under the fund must be received by Friday 26th May, 2017.  Following an assessment of applications, approval in principle will be given to successful applicants and monies paid out on the satisfactory completion of the works, together with evidence of invoices paid.

Application forms are available from: Municipal District of Ennis, Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare; Email:  ennismunicipaldistrict@clarecoco.ie; Telephone 065-6846545 or 6846542. Application forms / guidance notes on www.clarecoco.ie.

Completed application forms should be returned by email to ennismunicipaldistrict@clarecoco.ie, or by post / hand to Ennis Town Paint Scheme 2017, Municipal District of Ennis, Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday, 26th May, 2017.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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