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Dec. 2003., Community Focus, Parish Newsletter and all our sponsors would like to wish all our visitors from at home and abroad a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

The Kildysart Community Focus group "went on the wren" again this St. Stephens Day. Braving bitter cold, rain and sleet showers, they travelled from house to house playing music, dancing and generally having the crack. Up to twenty people, led by Father Neil Dargan, gave up their day to raise funds for the Focus organization. We wish them well in their efforts.

Nov. 2003.

Many local groups and individuals from Kildysart, attended the march organized by the Ennis Hospital Action Committee, to protest against the proposed downgrading of Accident and Emergency services at Ennis County Hospital. Kildysart Players, the local drama group, with Cáirde Chill an Dísirt Teo and the Kildysart Youth Club, along with many other individuals, met at the County Hospital at 1.00pm. on Sat.15th. and marched, in the crowd which numbered approx. 15,000, to O'Connell square, Ennis. There they listened to doctors, nurses, local and national politicians speak out against the proposed reduction of emergency services at the Hospital.

Oct. 2003.

St. Michael's Church, Kildysart, celebrated its first harvest mass on Friday 24th. Oct. The event was planned by P.P. Fr. Neil Dargan and members of all the clubs, organizations and many other members of the Kildysart community. Both the Church and Community Hall were decorated beautifully for the occasion. Kildysart Youth Club decorated the Community Hall with help from some of the other groups, while everyone pitched in to decorate the Church in Autumn colours. The Altar was the centre piece of the Mass, haven being decorated with symbols and artefacts that represented the rural way of life here over the years. Symbols to represent all the clubs and organizations were also laid at the altar. Many people brought gifts of food, turf logs and toys. These, along with the church basket collection, were donated to the local branch of St. Vincent DePaul. The National School Choir, aided and directed by Peggy McNelis and Trilby Andreuchetti,  provided music and hymns for the mass. After mass, the congregation  went to the Community Hall, where tea and refreshments were provided for everyone. This was followed by music and dancing. At the first interval, a sponsored "head shave" took place, the "victims" being  local student Oisín Casey and his uncle, local Pharmacist Brendan MacMahon. They bared all (well their heads at least) to raise funds for the Hospice in Cahercalla. The proceeds of the raffle were also added to to their sponsorship. At the last interval, the final Focus Draw took place. This, as always, created great excitement, with everyone hoping to win the big prize, a Toyota Corolla. After the draw, music and dancing resumed, and as is said "a great night was had by all." The whole event was a resounding success, and it is hoped that this was the first of many such Harvest Celebrations to come.

Sept. 2003.

Congratulations to the Kildysart Intermediate team who beat Michael Cusacks in the Intermediate football Championship Final. This is their first victory at this level since 1986. The final score was: Kildysart 1 - 5 to Cusacks 0 - 5.
Congratulations all round on such a well deserved victory.


Congratulations to Amy O'Connor, Cahercon, who represented Kildysart in the recent Rose of Clare Festival.

Congratulations also to local musician, Mark Sheehan, a member of the Ennis Céilí Band, who won the All-Ireland Senior Céilí Band competition at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann at Clonmel. This is their third year in a row winning this competition.

Aug. 2003.

Kildysart Cultural Festival , which was held over the August Holiday weekend was a resounding success, with large crowds supporting all the events.
The programme kicked off on Wednesday 30th July with the Car Treasure Hunt On Thursday night the Donkey Derby was held in the “priests field” and on Friday night the official opening of the Festival was performed by local Fine Gael T.D. Pat Breen. Saturday saw a Kiddies Treasure Hunt and later that evening the Adult and Kids Fancy Dress.
Sunday kicked off with the Cultural Parade. 23 floats took part this year and these were led by the Tulla Pipe Band. This was attended by a huge crowd, with many visitors as well as locals. After the Parade there was live music in the Square, a Bonny Baby Competition, Barbeque, Bouncing Castle and Gladiator and many more street events. Sunday night finished with the Festival dance which was held in the Community Hall.
On Holiday Monday a 5Km road race was held and this featured local runner Seamus Power. Needless to say, Seamus won. The annual raft race and Barbeque was postponed until Sunday 10th Aug. due to tide times. All in all it was a very successful Festival and great credit is due to a very hardworking Committee and everyone else who helped.

July. 2003.

A Barbecue and Open Air Disco will be held at the Hilltop Bar, Coolmeen in aid of Cerebral Palsy Conductive Education, on Sunday, 6th. of July from 6 to 9 pm. Admission is €5 and all are welcome.



April. 2003.

Three fifth year students from St. John Bosco's Community College, Kildysart, are one of four school groups who have been shortlisted for an award in the prestigious DNA Times Award.
Oisín Casey, Claire Hester and Olivia Honan produced a magazine on the advances of genetics since 1953, covering medicine, crime forensics, agriculture, genetically modified food and cloning.
They will present their project on Monday 28th. April in Trinity College and afterwards they will meet James Watson who won a Nobel Prize for his work in DNA in 1953, and later went on to become President of the Human Genome Project.
The winning school will be invited to Cambridge University in England for a week of scientific research.
We wish them the best of luck in their endeavour.

March. 2003.

Kildysart Players had a very successful season with their production of John B. Keane's "The Chastitute". The Play was staged to full houses on the 7th. and 8th. of March in Kildysart Community Centre. On Tuesday 11th. Kildysart Players took part in Doonbeg Drama Festival for the first time since their formation.
Kildysart Players PRO, Grace Kelly said that the group would like to thank everyone who supported them, the Doonbeg Festival Committee for their hospitality and help, and the audience for the warm reception they received on the night.
In the company of highly experienced groups from many counties, and with great support from the home crowd, they overcame any first night nerves to achieve the following awards.

Best Play. (Confined Section.) Runner up.
Most Entertaining Play. (Ryan Cup) Winner.
Best Actor. John Convey Winner.

Other Category Nominations.

Best Supporting Actor. Frankie O'Shea.
Best Supporting Actress. Carmel Quinn.
Best Moment in Theatre. Carmel Quinn/John Convey
Best Producer. Jane Casey.
Best Set. Pat Casey.

The Play was staged for the last time on Sat. 15th. and Sunday 16th. to two more full houses. Sunday's performance was in aid of The Special Olympics "Sponsor an Athlete" scheme, and was played to a packed house. Kildysart Players would especially like to wish Paraic Kenny the best of luck in his participation in the Special Olympics in June.
(See also Drama Page.)


Feb. 2003.

The following statement was issued by Cáirde Chill an Dísirt Teo. and K.E.F.O.G.
"Cáirde Chill an Dísirt Teo. and Kildysart Explosives Opposition Group would like to thank most sincerely, all those who sent messages of congratulations and support on the recent decision of An Bórd Pleanala.
"Ní neart go cur le chéile."

3rd. Kildysart residents woke up to good news this morning when An Bord Pleanala upheld an appeal against Shannon Explosives Ltd. and refused them planning permission to construct a facility at Cahercon, Kildysart, to import, manufacture and export explosives.
Several local groups and individuals took the appeal to An Bord Pleanala after Clare Co. Council had granted planning permission for the facility in Dec. 2000.
A spokesman for the local groups said that they were very pleased with the result, especially for the local community, 99% of which had given their full support from the start of the campaign.
They will comment further when they have a chance to study the Bord's findings.

Jan. 2003.

The annual outing of the Clare Hunt in Kildysart was held on Sunday 5th. Weather conditions were favourable. A heavy frost, which could have led to a cancellation of the hunt, thawed mid morning. The day was clear and bright but with a biting easterly wind.
Approximately 75 horses and riders took part in this year's hunt, with a large local contingen
t including Dermot Sullivan , Brian Cleary, Pat Foley and Aidan Sullivan.
Tom Leahy, Paudy Clancy, Gerry and Joe Grace took part in the hunt for their second successive and successful year.
Connelly,s Bar hosted this years hunt, and a very enjoyable evening was had there when the hunt finished.



Dr Thomas Vincent Garry, a native of Fort Hill, Kildysart, who emigrated to Canada in the late sixties, was recently awarded The Queens Golden Jubilee Medal foe his contribution to his community, township, and Canada, through medicine and politics, for the past twenty years.
Mr. Paul Devillers, Secretary of State for Amateur Sport, made the presentation to Dr. Garry on behalf of the State and the Queen at a recent ceremony in Orillia, Canada.
Known in political circles as "Dr. Tom" or "The Doc.", he has always taken a keen and active interest in political affairs.
A graduate of the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians in Ireland, Dr. Garry still practices medicine and continues to make house calls.
First elected as a councillor in Ramara Township in 1976, he moved up to the position of reeve in 1978. He has held the position of Mayor of Ramara Township since 1994. Last December he was elected the 141st. warden of the County of Simcoe.
Dr. Garry resides with his wife Eleanor at their family farm.

The Christmas lights were switched on in the Village this weekend. Pat Breen T.D. officially switched on the lights and afterwards joined the Kildysart Choir, who sang a selection of carols.
Afterwards the Choir visited all the local shops and pubs, which added to the festive atmosphere in the Village.


A Fashion Extravaganza was held on November 15th 2002 in Kildysart Hall. The teachers and parents of Coolmeen National School organised this very successful event. Proceeds from the night in excess of 3,500 euros went towards the extension which is currently in progress at Coolmeen National School.
Shops featured on the night were Sash, Coco, Gay 90's of Ennis, Kittys of Kilrush.
The man's shop featured on the night was Mannix.
Models for the night were Linda McMahon and Aoife Coffey, Jane Anne McGolderick and Donna Keane (the current Miss Clare), Susie Griffin and Therese McGolderick, Katie Connolley and Anna Leahy, Phil Garraghy and Louise McCarthy, Mary McMahon and Mary Sutton, Mairead O'Halloran and Bridget O'Brien, Jai Fahrer and Margaret Hehir, Mary Greene and Mary Kenny Reidy and Niamh Eyers.
Males models were Colin McMahon, Frankie O'Shea, Michael Keane, Brian Murphy, Niall from Mannix and our newly elected T.D. Mr. Pat Breen. Numerous spot prizes were won on the night.
Phyllis and John Joe Cleary and Philomena O'Shea served tea and cakes in the kitchen.
Mr. Paudie Clancy and Mr. Frankie O'Shea provided comedy sketches and Bríd Meaney was M.C. for the night.
A great night indeed was had by all.

The Kildysart Show Society held their annual Dinner Dance at the West County Inn on 9th. Nov. There was over 200 in attendance, with many new faces and many of the old stalwarts who came to celebrate 60 years of the Kildysart Show.
The people of Kildysart founded the Show in 1942 and 60 years later there are exhibitors from all over Ireland, including Northern Ireland. Guest speaker Mr. David Sheahan, a Limerick based solicitor who is Chairman of the Munster branch of the Irish Show Association, spoke on the lovely atmosphere that is always present at the Kildysart Show. Vice Chairwoman, Mrs. Peg McNamara presented him with a copy of "The Great Horses Of Clare" by Kieran Sheedy, as he is a keen horseman himself.
Other speakers were Fr. Neil Dargan P.P. who was attending his first Show Dance and said that he was really looking forward to working with this hardworking committee as they prepare for the 61st. show next August.
Chairman, Peter Donnellan was M.C. for the night, and he thanked everybody involved in the success of the dance and hoped they all had an enjoyable night.

Oct. 2002.

The oral hearing to decide the future of the proposed explosives factory at Cahercon Pier, Kildysart was held in the Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis on Monday 30th. Sept. and Tuesday 1st. Oct.
As the hearing got under way a spokesman for Shannon Explosives Ltd. announced that a company called Saleen Property Company Ireland Ltd. had purchased Cahercon House and Farm from the Salesian Sisters. The Whelan Group wholly owns this company.
Monday was taken up with submissions from the applicants, Shannon Explosives Ltd. and the objectors, Kildysart Explosives Factory Opposition Group, Cáirde Chill an Dísirt Teo. and observations from Shannon Regional Fisheries Board. Shannon Explosives spent most of the day giving a high tech presentation of their revised Environmental Impact Report, Safety report, manufacturing process and other aspects of the proposed development.
On Tuesday the representatives for K.E.F.O.G. and Cáirde cross-examined the Shannon Explosives team. This did not fare all that well as the Shannon Explosives team had to go into conference to answer even the most basic of technical questions.
The hearing, with everyone's agreement, ran on late on Tuesday evening and was completed one day ahead of schedule. The Hearing Inspector and chairman, Mr. Brendan Wise, gave no indication of how long a decision would take.
Local opposition groups are confident of a result in their favour

Sept. 2002.

European Languages Day, September 26th., was marked in the newly opened St. John Bosco's Community College by the announcement that the school has been granted a Comenius Project, founded by Léargas under the Department of Education and Science. The aim of these projects is to bring European pupils and schools closer together by encouraging partnership.
The title for the project is "Emigration/immigration - What it is to be a stranger". Students will investigate what it was to be an Irish emigrant in England and America in times past and a foreign national in Ireland today.
Four other European schools, from Finland, Norway, Germany and Italy will be involved in studying the same project and will be in regular contact. Nine Fifth Year students will be co-ordinating the project locally, and they would be delighted to receive suggestions from any member of the Community, especially those with experience as emigrants during the 40s and 50s. The project will last until June 2003 and you can keep up with it by viewing the school website: and clicking on "Comenius Project".

23rd. The people of Kildysart and Ballynacally are in shock this morning with news of the tragic death of Maggie Moore aged three, in a road traffic accident last evening. Maggie was a passenger in the car of her parents, Mick and Judith, which was involved in a collision outside Clarecastle. Our prayers and thoughts are with her family. May she rest in peace.

The death occurred suddenly of Joe Hill, Crovraghan, Kildysart. Joe, who was in Birmingham to attend the wedding of his niece and godchild, died of a hearth attack. His wife Sheila and his children Elaine, Ian, Sean, Joseph, Desmond and Damien sadly miss him.
May he rest in Peace.

Kildysart welcomes the arrival of Fr. Neil Dargan as parish priest to the parish. Bishop Willie Walsh appointed Fr. Dargan, who was a teacher in St. Flannans College, Ennis and more recently a teacher in the Cistercian College, Roscrea, to the parish of Kildysart on the 31th. August.
Fr. Dargan expressed his delight at his appointment as parish priest of Kildysart, and said that he looked forward to serving the community. He got a rousing round of applause from the congregation after his first Sunday Mass.
The vacancy in Kildysart followed the sudden death of Fr. Michael Hillary in March of this year. Fr. Neil Campion had covered the parish since the death of Fr. Hillary. Fr. Campion has been re-appointed as a supply priest for the West Clare Parishes.
We wish Fr. Dargan all the best for the future.

Aug. 2002.

The gates of Cahercon School were opened for the last time to admit students to receive their Leaving Cert. results on Wednesday 14th. Aug. Principal Marion Coughlan-Flynn and assistant principal, Seamus Frehill, who had made arrangements to have the School opened, met the students and congratulated them their excellent results.

An Bord Pleanála has set a date for the oral hearing for the appeal against the construction of an explosives factory at Cahercon Pier, near Kildysart. The hearing is set to start at the Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis, on Sept. 30th. and Oct. 1st and 2nd. The Bord normally uses this procedure where there are controversial circumstances, and national or local issues to be addressed. A spokesman for the local opposition groups said that the they look forward to this opportunity to present their case to the Bord, and feel that they will get a fair and impartial hearing. Adding that even though they believe that Clare Co. Council ignored their concerns when they granted planning permission to the facility, they are confident that An Bord Pleanála will overturn that decision when they have the full facts.

The Kildysart Cultural Festival was a great success again this year. The weather got off to a shaky start but cleared to bright sunshine in time for the main event on Sunday which was the Cultural parade. There were nineteen floats in this years parade, one better that the next. Sunday night saw the hosting of what became known as "The Bogmans Ball" in the community hall. The sunshine stayed for the grand finale on Monday, the Raft Race, where record crowds turned out at the Quay to watch the sport of who sank and who stayed afloat. As always, Kildysart has many visitors for this years festival from far and wide, and they all seemed to enjoy the weekend.

The Salesian Sisters bade farewell to Kildysart after 40 years in the community on Wednesday 31st July. Today for the first time in memory the gates of Cahercon stood locked to the public, its future still uncertain. The Salesian Sisters' long association with Kildysart began in 1962 when they bought Cahercon House and farm from the Columban sisters.
Cahercon School was originally run by the Columban Sisters between 1927 and 1962. In 1962 the Columban Sisters sold Cahercon Estate to the Salesian Sisters, and on the 8th. of September 1963 Cahercon School was re-opened. It had a first year intake of 25 girls, 11 daypupils and 14 boarders. Cahercon House provided classrooms, dormitories and living accommodation for pupils and staff and the Community of eight Sisters catered for all their needs, teaching, cooking and caring. Up to the time of closing over 250 girls and boys attend Cahercon School while the staff of 22 lay teachers attend to their needs. The changes in the Irish Education System during the 1960's and in particular the introduction of Free Transport in 1967 increased the number of pupils able to avail of day-school facilities. In 1970, after representations made by a few local parents, Mrs John Casey, Mrs Jack Kirrane and Mrs. Jack MacMahon, the first five boys crossed the threshold of this hitherto all female establishment. Today about 50% of the student population are boys. The year 1979 saw the building, financed by the sisters, of a new block containing classrooms as well as Science, Home Economics and Art facilities. However even this became insufficient and four prefab buildings were provided to house the overflow. In 1982 the Boarders, who had for many years had their Dormitory accommodation moved to two outlying houses on the Estate, now found themselves provided with a new home. Joined to the main house by a glass corridor, the new boarding area comprised 80 individual bedrooms, each with its own wash-hand basin and study desk. The new building also had a large recreation/T.V. room, showers, bathrooms and laundry facilities. At the same time a new diningroom and kitchen block were added to the house. In the early 1990's a new Sports Hall was built after a large fundraising initiative. The hall was completed thanks to the building and floor laying skills of many of the parents and their friends.
In 1998 - '99 the Salesian Sisters assessed their role in the future education of young people in this area. In view of the decline in numbers entering the order and the higher age profile of the sisters, it was decided to close the boarding school and consider amalgamation with the Vocational School in Kildysart. This was a huge decision. After long deliberations by the Salesian Sisters, it was decided to establish a Community College. This was a momentous change and it was painful for a lot of people directly and indirectly connected with Cahercon since 1963 as the Salesian Sisters have been wonderful for this area, providing young people with a broad education in a caring atmosphere. The amalgamation went ahead quite quickly.
The first lay Principal was appointed in April 1999. The summer of 1999 was very busy in Cahercon converting two rooms into a Metalwork and Woodwork room respectively, as an interim arrangement until the new Community College in Kildysart is built. The last boarders sat their Leaving Cert. in June 2001.
The new Community College is under construction at present on the site of the old Vocational School, Kildysart, and is on schedule to open in September 2002.
The Sisters are a great loss to our community and will be sadly missed by everyone.

July 2002.

The Salesian Sisters have sold Cahercon House, grounds and surrounding farm. Information is scarce at this time about the sale, but it is rumoured that it has been sold to an American consortium. More details will be posted as they become available.

Ballynacally and Lissycasey have launched a new website. It will be updated weekly and will be a great way to keep in touch with local news and activities in the parish. You can log on at or

Congratulations to newly elected T.D. Pat Breen, who has been appointed as a member of the new Committee on Procedure and Privileges for the lifetime of the 29th. Dáil. Pat said he was delighted to be appointed to this high powered committee by his party leader Enda Kenny. "This is a very important committee and I look forward to representing my party during my term of office" he said.

The Kildysart Festival Committee are working hard to put the final touches to this years festival. The theme for this years festival is "An Irish Music Weekend", and it starts on Thursday 1st. August and runs until Sunday 4th. There will be many events to entertain everyone this year including a Donkey Derby, Raft Race, Treasure Hunt and lots more, finishing with the Cultural Parade, whose theme this year is "Cultures of the World". We wish them well in their endeavours and hope the weather is good for the duration.

June 2002.

Fine Gael leader, Enda Kenny, has appointed Pat Breen, T.D., as the party's deputy spokesman for transport and infrastructure, with specific responsibility for Shannon Airport. This will be a great opportunity for Pat to highlight the concerns of people in the west of Ireland about Shannon Airport and other related issues in the Dáil. Pat has accused the government of neglecting Clare in the Ministerial appointments, but says that Fine Gael has recognised the county's strategic importance in giving him a spokesman's position.

The death occurred recently of Con Griffin, late of Dublin and Crovraghan. While working in Dublin, Con visited Kildysart regularly and will be missed by all who knew him. Our condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.

The death also occurred of Jack Murrihy. Jack, a well-known musician, played his concertina at festivals and dances over the years. His talents will be a loss to the community. May he rest in peace.

The June weekend got off to a busy start in Kildysart with two functions being held in the Village. Kildysart Celtic, the local soccer club held a presentation to their senior and junior teams in The Crows Nest. Newly elected T.D., Pat Breen made the presentations. It was Pat's first official function in Kildysart. Pat himself was presented with a plaque to commemorate his election, and he was elected as Honorary Vice-Chairman of the club. A disco was held after the presentations, and it was a great success.
Meantime in Mitchell's Corner Bar, Kildysart Explosives Factory Opposition Group were holding a race night to raise funds for their campaign. Pat Breen T.D. also attended this function and got into the spirit of things by having several flutters on the tote and later on bought a horse in the auction race. The night was a great success, and a spokesman for K.E.F.O.G. said that the level of support had actually grown since the campaign started eighteen months ago. He wished to thank all sponsors, those who bought horses and supplied spot prizes and everyone who helped to make the night a great success.
Bright and early Saturday morning looked more like late night in Kildysart, with the pubs throwing open their doors to the public, to watch Ireland playing Cameroon in the World Cup in Japan. The Match started at 0730 and breakfast was served in several pubs. There was great celebration when Ireland drew 1-1, and this lasted well into the day.

May 2002.

The Kildysart branch of Fine Gael organised a celebration party for newly elected T.D. Pat Breen, at Kildysart Community centre last weekend. Pat was greeted with a standing ovation when he arrived at the hall to meet his constituents. A great night, with music, dancing and refreshments was had by all. Pat announced the appointment of his new private secretary, Mary Foley. Mary, from Gortglass, is secretary for the local Fine Gael Branch, and she will run Pat's constituency office, which is due to open in the next few weeks. A special guest appearance was made by Councillor "Maurice Hickey" alias local comic and drama club member, Paudie Clancy. "Maurice" kept the audience amused with his antics, and made lots of election promises, which we all know he will keep!!!.

The residents of Kildysart are celebrating the success of Councillor Pat Breen in the recent general election. Pat, from Ballycorick, was one of three candidates fielded by Fine Gael for the four-seat constituency. Two other candidates, Madeleine Taylor-Quinn and Donal Carey, the sitting T.D. were not elected. There was disappointment locally at Madeleine Taylor-Quinn and Brendan Daly's failure to be elected, as they, like Pat Breen, were staunchly opposed to the siting of an explosives factory near Kildysart. Some of the candidates, to their detriment, failed to recognise the importance of this issue with the local electorate, many of whom crossed party lines when voting. Many Fianna Fáil supporters voted for Pat Breen, because he is local, he has been good for Kildysart as a councillor, and he is against the explosives factory. Síle DeValera, FF, independent candidate, James Breen, and Tony Killeen, FF, were also elected for Co. Clare.

Councillor James Breen has asked that his statement on the explosives factory be removed from the Kildysart website as he had not given his permission for it to be published. The statement has duly been removed. Our apologies for any misunderstanding.

Mr Tony Killeen issued the following statement with regards to his position on the proposed explosives factory at Cahercon, Pier, near Kildysart.
"On the basis of the information available to me, I would have no safety concerns were the explosives factory to be located near my home. Neither do I find any evidence that it would impact negatively on tourism. I would welcome the plants potential to secure existing jobs in County Clare and to create additional employment oppertunities."

Work on the new St. John Bosco Community College, Kildysart, is progressing well, and is still hoped to be completed for the start of school term in Sept. 2002. The project has brought a lot of business to Kildysart, and it will seem a quieter place when the job is finished.

All the candidates for the Co. Clare Electoral Area, running in the general election, attended a question and answers forum held in the new clubhouse of Kilrush Golf Club on Thursday night, 2nd. May. T.D. Mr. Tony Killeen was absent as was Councillor Mr. James Breen. Several issues were covered including one off housing in rural Ireland, the abortion issue, the health service in the County and the state of the roads in west Clare. One question posed by a representative of Cairde Chill an Disirt Teo., was " what are the candidates views on the proposed siting of an explosives factory in the Kildysart area, which is designated as being visually vulnerable, and also a candidate S.A.C. area, and against the wishes of the vast majority of the local community." All the candidates except Donal Carey T.D. said that they were totally against the development, and will do everything they can to represent the views and feelings of the local community. Donal Carey said that he could not object to any development that brought employment to the area. In a comment after the candidates had spoken, the representative from Cairde Chill an Disirt Teo. thanked the candidates for their support, but said he was surprised at Donal Careys stance on the issue, especially since at a meeting with the Minister of Justice, Mr. John O' Donohue in Oct. of 2000. Mr. Carey had spoken out against the development, (see Oct. 2000.) and he wondered what had happened in the meantime to change his mind. At time of update of this site Tony Killeen could not be contacted.

April 2002.

Shannon Explosives Ltd., the company who want to construct an explosives factory at Cahercon Pier, near Kildysart, received yet another setback, when it received a letter from An Bord Pleanala requesting more information on various aspects of the proposed development. ( see Nov. 2001 ) After the Board examined the revised E.I.S. report requested in Nov. 2001, it felt that "certain information is necessary for the purpose of enabling it to determine the appeal." The Board has given the developers until 5.30pm on the 24th. May 2002. to furnish the information, or "the Board will dismiss or otherwise determine the appeal without further notice." ( See full Text of letter.)

Kildysart Players staged one last performance of Ken Ludwig's "Lend me a Tenor" to raise funds for the Ballynacally Church Renovation fund. The performance was well supported by Ballynacally, Lisseycasey and Kildysart, and the audience's enthusiastic response brought out the best in the actors on stage, who gave one of their best performances to date. A cheque for €2000 was presented to members of the Church Renovation Committee at the end of the night. Great credit is due to all involved in the show both on and off the stage.

The increase in the number of heavy trucks passing through the villages of Ballynacally and Kildysart, has raised concerns of the residents in the area. These trucks which are drawing material to the gas pipe-line under construction in the Cahercon area at the moment, pass through the area at high speed, and local residents feel that it is only a matter of time before there is a serious accident. There has already been one accident in which some Italian contract workers were hurt, some of whom are still in hospital. It is felt that the Gardaí should play a more active role in monitoring the speed of this traffic passing through narrow country roads, which were not designed to accommodate it.

The death occurred recently of Mrs. Kathleen McCarthy, at her home in Ballylean. Kathleen was in her 86th. year. Kathleen was well known in the area for her baking, she also loved to sing. Her family and friends will sadly miss her. Our sympathy to her family. May she rest in peace.

March 2002.

Clare Co. Council says it will investigate claims by local landowners that work by a private company is being carried out on the access road to Cahercon Pier, without their permission. A spokesman for the landowners said that the soft margin on the road was being replaced by gravel and the road was cut in one instance to install a water drain. He also claims that as the road is bordered by their property, their permission is required. In their recent revised Environmental Impact Statement, Shannon Explosives Ltd. stated that it wanted to widen the road to accommodate emergency vehicles. County Engineer for Clare Co. Council, Mr. Tom Carey said that the council did not need the consent of the landowners for road improvement and strengthening works. Adding that the road was public, he said the company had an agreement with the Council to maintain the road to the pier under the terms of its lease. The spokesman for the landowners said that where the company in question has to maintain the road, there is nothing in the lease about widening the road, and this is just another means of doing the work with the Co. Engineers blessing.

The Parish and community of Kildysart has been deeply shocked by the sudden death of Fr. Michael Hillary P.P. at his home on Sunday night 24th March. Born in Miltown Malbay, he had a lifelong love of the water and especially the River Shannon, and took his traditional boat "An Sagart" out from the Marina on a daily basis with his faithful friend "Judy" for a cruise out the creek and back again. Fr. Hillary came to Kildysart about 13 years ago and was very well liked and respected. He will be sadly missed by all. His remains will be removed from O'Donoghue's Funeral Home at 7 o'clock on the evening of 27th March, with burial in the grounds of St. Michaels Church, Kildysart, after 12 o'clock mass on Holy Thursday March 28th. Our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dhílis. May he rest in peace.

Kildysart Players had another successful season with their production of Ken Ludwigs "Lend me a Tenor". Minister for the Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Síle DeValera, was guest at the opening night, and praised the performance, cast and crew and all the work that made it possible. The Minister had given a grant to the Community Centre to carry out improvement work in the hall during the year. A new suspended ceiling meant that there was a huge improvement in sound quality and heat, a new lighting system was also fitted. The play ran for four nights and was very well supported. Kildysart players would like to thank all their supporters, and everybody that helped out during the production.

Local Drama group, Kildysart Players, are putting the finishing touches to this years production, a comedy by Ken Ludwig called "Lend me a Tenor". The Play is planned to run for four nights, the 15th. ,17th. 22nd. and 23rd. of March.
Part of this years takings are to go towards the running costs of the local Community Centre.
Break a leg.

Mr. John Shaw, one of Clare Co. Councils legal representatives, informed an area meeting of the Council, held in Kilrush recently, that the answers to questions tabled at the November meeting about the lease on Cahercon Pier, held by C.W. Shipping Ltd, would have to be held in camera as the information he had to impart could prejudice the Councils interest in any future litigation with the lease holder. A vote taken after a heated debate on the matter, to discuss the matter openly in public, was carried, but Mr. Shaw then said that he could not give the information he had for the reasons already stated.
As this issue is on the agenda for every meeting until it is satisfactorily resolved, it looks like it will not be going away for some time to come.

The 32nd. Anniversary of the Michael Egan Memorial road race, held in Quilty, saw a large turnout of 140 competitors. Local, National and International Athlete, Seamus Power recorded another win in a time of 19mins. 05secs., just 4secs outside his own course record.
Ann Sexton also from the Kilmurry Ibrickane Athletics Club won the ladies title in 24mins. 41secs. Sue Garrrahy, Kilmurry Ibrickane, won the Veteran Ladies, and the Kilmurry Ibrickane ladies won the team title. Congratulations to all.


The National Cross Country Championship, held at a mud covered course at the Aer Lingus Sports Complex, near Dublin Airport, saw Peter Mathews regain the title after a memorable battle with Seamus Power.
The odds looked to favour Power when he came level with 400m to go but Mathews made one last effort which saw him claim back the title which he held in '94 and '98

The whole community were shocked and saddened by the untimely death of Sean Garry, Quay Road, Kildysart. Sean died as the result of a car accident, which happened on Sunday night on the Balylean road. He was a very popular and much liked member of staff of the Bianconi Bar, and will be sadly missed by all. Our deepest condolences to all his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

After a night of heavy rain, high tides and strong winds, locals were concerned to find the site for the controversial explosives factory at Cahercon under several feet of water. This is a worrying development as in its application for planning permission to Clare Co. Council, Shannon Explosives Ltd. claimed that the site did not flood. A spokesman for Cáirde Chill an Dísirt said that if this had happened in a situation where the explosives facility was built, and with several hundred tonnes of ammonium nitrate, calcium nitrate and diesel fuel stored on the site, it could have caused an ecological disaster for the area. When contacted about the matter, Clare Co. Council said that since the site was private property the matter of flooding was not of their concern but that they will note the situation in the relevant planning file along with photos of the flooding.

Jan. 2002

A new four week introductory yoga course for men has begun in Kildysart Community Centre under the guidance of Nancy Croghan. The first night proved to be very successful with an attendance of about ten enthusiastic beginners.
If you would like to join and learn to control your stress and relax contact Nancy at 087-6279567.

Cáirde Chill an Dísirt Teo., one of the groups opposed to the setting up of an explosives factory at Cahercon, Kildysart, together with the Salesian Sisters of Cahercon, are back in the high court to try and force the Minister for Justice and Shannon Explosives Ltd. to release all the relevant information relating to the explosives facility. They claim that this information is necessary to make a proper objection to the facility at the Assent hearing. (see June and Sept. 2001) The case is being heard by Justice Mella Carroll, and is expected to last for at least three days. has learned that An Bord Pleanala has received the revised EIS report from Shannon Explosives Ltd. as requested in their letter of 23rd. Nov. 2001 to the explosives company. The board will be sending copies of this report to all the notice parties in due course. A spokesman for Cairde Chill an Díseart, one of the groups opposed to the development of the explosives factory in Cahercon, Kildysart, said "we look forward to examining this revised EIS report and we hope it has been dealt with in a more professional manner than the last one, we will comment further when we have read it in detail." (See Nov. 2001.)

Co. Councillor Pat Breen has informed us that 19,050 euro's has been allocated to Kildysart to repair, replace and construct footpaths under the 2002 Discretionary Improvement Grant. Mr. Breen said that he welcomed the allocation of the grant as he had made representations on behalf of Kildysart to Clare Co. Council.

If you are a MacNamara, or related to the MacNamara Clan, we wish to remind you that from May 13th. - 19th. 2002, members of the MacNamara Clan from all parts of the world are cordially invited to attend various functions arranged to take place in Ennis and Quinn, Co. Clare.

Christmas and the New Year went off without any major hitches in the Kildysart area. It was the first Christmas in several years without storms or power cuts, so everyone got to cook their Christmas dinner without interruption. Although the weather was frosty, the roads were dry and safe, other than one or two days close to New Years Day, when conditions were quite dangerous on the side roads. The changeover to the Euro on New Years Day went smoothly, but the local AIB Bank saw long Queues for the rest of the week as everyone endeavoured to change their old money to the Euro.

Dec. 2001.

Local athlete Seamus Power, made the news again when he won the "Tony O'Connell Memorial 4 mile road race" which was held in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, on St. Stephens Day. Seamus took the title in a time of 18 mins 59 secs. Seamus also won this title back in 1994, when he set a cource record of 18 mins. 25 secs. James Sexton, also from the Kilmurry/Ibrickane Club won the veterans mens, ( over 45 ) Well done to both.

The festive season was officially launched in Kildysart on Saturday night, when the Christmas tree and the Village Christmas lights were switched on. After some carol singing by children from the local National school, accompanied by Fr. Hillary, some parents and well-wishers, the lights were switched on by Gillian Finucane, the youngest child in Kildysart National School.

Cross country runner, Seamus Power will travel to Switzerland to Captain Ireland in the European Cross Country Championships which take place on Dec. 9th. We wish him well.

The death occurred recently of Peter Finucane. Peter had a great interest in sport and in particular, athletics. He served as treasurer of the Cranny/Coolmeen Community Games for many years. Peter also had a great love of traditional music and dancing, and when he was laid to rest in Kilfiddane cemetery, his friends danced a set in his honour. Our sympathy to his family. May he rest in peace.

Nov. 2001.

Shannon Explosives Ltd. has suffered another setback in its efforts to build an explosives factory at Cahercon, Kildysart, when An Bord Pleanala wrote to them on the 23rd. of November and gave them two months to produce a revised Environmental Impact Study. The Board felt that the Impact Study originally supplied by the developer did not comply with its requirements. This move has been welcomed by the groups and individual who appealed the Councils decision to grant planning permission to Shannon Explosives Ltd.
A spokesman for the local opposition groups said " This move by an Bord vindicates and reinforces what we have claimed from the start, that the developers EIS report was inadequate to say the least, but Clare Co. Council consistently ignored our concerns, and in our opinion were adamant that planning permission would be granted come what may."
Shannon Explosives Ltd. has until 5.30 on 22nd.Jan to comply with the Bord's request or "The Bord will dismiss or otherwise determine the appeal without further notice"
(See full text of letter)

Mr. Pat Breen, member of Clare Co. Council has notified that there will be a collection of Christmas trees by the Environment Section of Clare Co. Council, for disposal, at the Golden Vale Creamery, Kildysart, on the 7th. January, 2002 at 8.30a.m. This is a very welcome development for the area as it deals with a difficult disposal problem for many people at this time of year.

Kildysart saw the passing this week of P.J. Murrihy, at his home in Crovraghan, Kildysart. P.J. is survived by his wife , children and grandchildren. Our sympathy to his family, may he rest in peace.

An auction in aid of Ballycorick Church will be held in Ballynacally Community Centre on Sunday, 2nd. December at 1.30 p.m. Please give it your full support.

There has been great interest in Yoga classes, which are currently running in Kildysart and Ballynacally Community Centres. Classes are held in Kildysart every Thursday night from 7 - 9.30pm. and in Ballynacally every Tuesday night from 8 - 9.30pm. A new course will start in mid January and anyone wishing to join can contact Nancy Croghan at 087-6279567.

Kildysart Drama Society has started rehearsals for this year's production. Several new members have joined the Society this year, and will no doubt bring energy and enthusiasm to this year's show. Best wishes to former member Brenda Casey, who is currently touring South America. A new committee has been elected for this year, and we wish them the best for the coming year. The committee is: Chairman: Michael Keane. Secretary: Patricia Sweeney. Treasurer: Geraldine O'Connell.

Construction of the New St. John Bosco Community College, Kildysart, is now under way and on schedule. It is still hoped that the new facility will be ready for the school year in September 2002.

The Kildysart Show Society will be hosting their annual Show Dance at the old Ground Hotel, Ennis, on November 24th.
This year's Dinner Dance celebrates the Show Society's sixtieth anniversary.

Karate classes will be held in the Community Centre, Kildysart, this winter. classes will begin on Nov. 7th. and will run every Wednesday evening from 7 to 8 pm. The age groups are: 6 to 10, and from 10 upwards.

Oct. 2001.

Oct.17th. An Bord Pleanala has announced that it is to hold a public oral hearing to hear the objections that were lodged against the granting of planning permission by Clare Co. Council to Shannon Explosives Ltd. to construct an explosives factory at Cahercon, Kildysart, in December 2000. No date has yet been set for the hearing, due it would seem, to pressure of work on the Bord.
The decision has been welcomed by all the groups and individuals opposed to the proposed factory, especially in light of the horrific accidents in both India and Toulouse, earlier this year. (see below)

Oct. 3rd. Demolition of the Vocational School, Kildysart, began this week. This is part of the preparatory work to be carried out on the site. The new College is to be completed and handed over to the VEC by June 2002.

Sept. 2001.

The Salesian Sisters from Cahercon, Kildysart together with local opposition group, Cairde Chill an Dísirt Teo are to appear in the High Court next week to force the Minister for Justice to release information on the proposed explosives factory in Cahercon, Kildysart.

Local Co. Councilor, Pat Breen was selected along with Senator Madelene Taylor-Quinn to contest the next general election for Fine Gael at the convention held 27th. in the Auburn Lodge Hotel, Ennis. In a surprise development, sitting T.D. Mr. Donal Carey failed to make the quota and was not selected. Our congratulations to Pat and Madelene, we wish them all the best for the upcoming election.

An explosion at the AZF chemical plant, which produces the chemical fertilizer, Ammonium Nitrate, in the suburbs of Toulouse, France, has again raised concerns in the Kildysart area. This chemical fertilizer is one of the basic raw materials which will be used by Shannon Explosives Ltd. to manufacture ANFO, a commercial explosive, if it get permission to build their facility at Cahercon, which is close to the village of Kildysart.

The minister for Education, Dr. Michael Woods turned the sod for the new Community School in Kildysart recently. The new college will be an amalgamation of Kildysart Vocational School and St. John Bosco secondary School, Cahercon. The new College is to cost £2.7million approx.

The tender of building contractor, L & M Keating, has been accepted by the Department of Education for the construction of the new Community School in Kildysart.

Local Co. Councilor, Pat Breen has decided to put himself forward as a Fine Gael candidate for the next general election, at the Fine Gael convention to be held at the Auburn Lodge Hotel, Ennis, on Thursday 20th. Pat has done a lot of hard work in the area since he became a councilor, and we wish him all the best at convention.

The High Court has granted an injunction to Cairde Chill An Dísirt Teo, and the Salesian Sisters to have the assent hearing postponed until the High Court Case between Cairde Chill An Dísirt and the Minister for Justice is heard.

Clare Co. Council have decided to reinstate the assent hearing for an explosives licence for Shannon Explosives Ltd, even though the high court hearing between the objectors group and the Minister for Justice has not yet been heard. As the circumstances for the adjournment of the assent hearing have not changed, the objectors groups say they have no choice but to seek an injunction to have the hearing stopped.

Aug. 2001.

Kildysart man Frank Conway, who now lives in Ennis, launched his new song, called "Kildysart my home", on CD at the Bianconi Inn during the festival. The song was performed by well known singer Michael O'Brien and his wife Philomena McGovern. The CD is available at shops and pubs in the village and would make a great gift for emigrants from Kildysart and the area.

Congratulation to the committee of the Kildysart Cultural Festival after another very successful year. The festival which was opened by local Councillor, Pat Breen, ran for a week, and had many events including, nightly music in the square, a car treasure hunt, a childrens' treasure hunt, a barbecue, bonny baby competition, adults and children's fancy dress, a donkey derby, a raft race at the local quay and the grand finale was the parade on Sunday where about twenty floats took part. The festival attracted huge crowds, many of whom were locals who traveled home from all parts of the globe to have their holidays coincide with the festival.

An explosion which killed at least 25 at an explosives factory in India has again raised fears in the Kildysart area about the dangers of such a facility being built close to the village. A spokesman for KEFOG, the local explosives opposition group said " we are very concerned about the incident in India, it reinforces our fears of something like this happening in our own community, if an explosives facility is allowed to be built.

Paddy O'Connell passed away peacefully at his home in Cahercon recently. Paddy was 95 and was renowned as a hard worker all his life. He was very involved with the local horse show for many years, and as a mark of respect they organized a guard of honour for his funeral. Our sympathy to his family. May he rest in peace.

July 2001.

Local Social Services organized a day out in Adare Co. Limerick, for our senior citizens recently. They visited Adare Manor and had a meal afterwards in the Woodlands Hotel. They finished off the day in the Copper Jug in Ennis for tea and drinks. A great day was had by all.

June 2001.

The assent hearing to determine the granting of an explosives licence for Shannon Explosives Ltd, which was being held at the Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis, was adjourned indefinitely after objectors to the proposed development informed the chairman of the hearing, Mr. Frank Burke, that as they were not given all the relevant information in relation to the proposed development, they had no option but to go to the High Court and seek the information from the minister of Justice. Mr. Burke said as he was restricted from giving the information he would adjourn the meeting indefinitely

Jack Sheehan of Lacknashannagh, Kildysart, died recently at his home. Jack was well known in the community, and was a great fisherman and wildfowler. Our sympathy to his family. May he rest in peace.

May 2001

The Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis has been announced as the venue for an assent hearing for the explosives licence required by Shannon Explosives Ltd to operate their proposed facility at Cahercon, Kildysart. The hearing will take place from May 30th. to June1st. This hearing is required by the 1875 Explosives Act, and will give Shannon Explosives an oppertunity to give their reasons for wanting this development. It will also give the local community the chance to voice their objections together with other interested parties, namely, Friends of the Irish Environment, The Irish Airline Pilots Association, Foynes Yacht Club, Shannon Search and Rescue and many others. Local opposition groups K.E.F.O.G. and Cáirde Chill an Dísirt Teo. who have campaigned against this development invite all its supporters to attend the hearing.

April 2001.

In another twist to the ongoing saga at Cahercon Pier, Clare Co. Council has threatened to revoke its lease to C.W. Shipping if remedial works are not carried within three months. The County Solicitor, Michael Houlihan, warned the company that it would be served with a notice to quit unless the Pier was adequately restored and the unsightly nature improved significantly within three months of the date of the letter. ( See Dec. 2000 )

March 2001.

Kildysart Community Centre was packed to capacity over the St. Patricks weekend to see the Kildysart Drama Society perform J.B. Keane's Big Maggie. This is the culmination of months of rehearsals by the cast and work on the set and lighting by the back stage crew. As in previous years, extra performances will be put on to raise funds for worthy causes.

Feb. 2001.

The allocation of £250,000 for road improvements to the Ennis/Kildysart road (R437) by the Department of the Environment was welcomed by local Co. Councillor, Pat Breen. Saying that the roads section of Clare Co. Council did an excellent job at Barntick with last years allocation, the latest funding would provide a safer and easier access to Ballynacally, Kildysart and Labasheeda. He added, "a good road network will encourage housing developments in these areas where for so long no national funding was allocated for this road. I will be pressing the County Engineer, Tom Carey for more funding before the end of the year."

Clare Vocational Educational Committee has received a timescale for work on the new Community College in Kildysart. Approval stages for design and bill of quantities will be completed by March, allowing for tenders to be submitted in March/April. If all goes to plan this should lead to tender approval by mid April and allow for the contractor to come on site by May. The new college is to cost £3.5 million, and the completed project will be handed over in June 2002.

Jan. 2001.

Patrick Mac Mahon, M.P.S.I., F.A.O.I., aged almost eighty eight, died peacefully at his home in Ennis Road, Kildysart, on the 27th. Patrick came to Kildysart in 1938 and opened MacMahons Medical Hall. During his life he was involved in many organisations and projects within the parish, including the F.C.A., The Kildysart Horse Show, the original Drama Society, the annual carnivals, the GAA and Muintir na Tíre. He was also instrumental in the siting of the Vocational School, a first in secondary education for the youth of the parish. A guard of honour was formed by the local F.C.A., The Show Society and the pupils of Cahercon Community School for the funeral.
Our sympathy to his family. May he rest in peace.

The January meeting of the Dan Green Fianna Fáil Cumann was adjourned as a mark of respect to their recently deceased chairman, Michael O'Donohue. Several members paid tribute to Michael for his great leadership and his dedication to the Fianna Fáil Party. Sympathy was extended to his family. May he rest in peace.

Controversy surrounds the felling of several thousand trees at the site of the proposed explosives factory, as it would seem that the trees were felled without a felling licence, and further that the licence was granted several months after the felling took place. Local Co. Councillor P.J. Kelly who has denied any business links with the developer admitted that he had submitted an application for a tree felling licence on behalf of Shannon Explosives Ltd. after the trees had been felled.
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Kildysart was shocked by the sudden death of Michael O'Donohue on Jan 23rd. Michael was chairman of Kildysart Fianna Fáil Cumann and was also vice-chairman of both K.E.F.O.G. and Chairde Cill an Díseart, ( Friends of Kildysart.) which were set up to oppose the building of an explosives factory outside the village. Michael was the funeral director for the area and was very well respected for his professional and caring manner. He was one of the founding fathers of the Kildysart Banner Rose Festival, which raised funds for the local Quay Marina and other local projects. He is greatly missed by his friends and colleagues. Our sympathy to his wife and family on their great loss. May he rest in peace. (See Friends of the Irish Environment press release.)

Dec. 2000.

Clare Co. Council has granted planning permission for an explosives factory at Cahercon, Kildysart, despite many objections from the local community. There is a lot of anger locally as to the timing of the announcement. As of 15:50 Thursday 21st. (Councill offices closed at 1600. ) callers to Clare Co. Council were told that no decision was made, and was unlikely to be made until the New Year, yet on Fri. 22nd, objectors to the development received notification by post from the Council that it had granted planning permission to Shannon Explosives to build the facility. As all Government Departments were closed untill early Jan. this effectively took at least ten days off the thirty day limit for lodging an objection with An Bord Pleanala. ( The planning appeals bord. ). Local groups, individuals and Friends of the Irish Environment intend to lodge objections to An Bord Pleanala. Read Friends of the Irish Environment's press release.

Local businessman Pat Joe Doohan died recently after a short illness. Pat Joe ran a grocery business for many years in Kildysart and had recently opened a supermarket on the site of his original grocery shop. He was a great story teller and had many stories of his time as a young man working on the boats that operated between Kildysart Quay and Limerick. Our sympathy to his family. May he rest in peace.

A delegation from Kildysart addressed a local area meeting of Clare Co.Council, held in the town hall Kilrush. They called on Clare Co. Council to revoke the lease on Cahercon Pier, held by C.W. Shipping, and to return the use of the Pier to the local community. They argued that C.W. Shipping had broken the terms of the lease by making access to the Pier from the estuary virtually impossible, and that the causeway leading to the pier had been blocked on numerous occasions. Mr. Paddy Whelan, Director of C.W. Shipping, who also addressed the meeting, said he was surprised that the local people wanted to use Cahercon Pier as they had a Quay in Kildysart. He acknowledged that this marina suffered from silting, and that he had helped in the past to dredge it by providing a barge, adding that that it was a pity that they didn't have the intelligence to come and ask him a second time.

Nov. 2000

Local Co. Councillor Mr. Pat Breen, together with Councillors Christy Curtin, Bill Chambers and Senator Madelene Taylor-Quinn clashed with councill officials at the monthly meeting, over not providing adequate information on planning matters for members. The claims were refuted by the County manager, Willy Maloney.

Third year students, who attend St. John Bosco's Community College in Cahercon, Kildysart, which is adjacent to the proposed explosives factory, invited a member of the local opposition group, K.E.F.O.G., and representatives of Shannon Explosives Ltd. to address their class as part of a class project to debate the pros and cons of the proposed development.

Oct. 2000.

Members of the Kildysart Explosives Factory Opposition Group, ( K.E.F.O.G.) and concerned locals, traveled to Dublin to meet with the Minister for Justice, Mr. John O'Donohue to voice their opposition to the proposed explosives factory at Cahercon Pier, Kildysart. Minister O'Donohue has the final say in the granting of an explosives licence to Shannon Explosives Ltd. to enable them to operate their proposed facility. The Fianna Fáil Deputy for Cooraclare, who arranged the deputation, canceled an EU meeting in Paris, to voice his opposition to the proposed development.

Mr. Bob Morhard, managing director of Shannon Explosives Ltd. has criticized what he described as "unfounded allegations, non-expert opinions and misinformation" in the local press over his company's plan to build an explosives factory at Cahercon Pier, Kildysart.

A barge owned by C.W. Shipping, which was moored at Cahercon Pier, Kildysart, was found drifting on the Shannon Estuary recently. The Foynes Port Authority issued a navigation warning untill the barge was finally recovered and secured at Cahercon Pier.


The local Community Centre was again filled to capacity for a meeting called by Shannon Explosives Ltd. to discuss the proposed explosives factory at Cahercon, Kildysart. After another stormy meeting, at which the local residents were not convinced by Mr. Bob Morhard, Managing Director of Shannon Explosives, that the factory was a good development for the community, the meeting broke up in dissaray after a Mr. Louis J. O'Regan said he was considering a High Court case against Mr. Paddy Whelan, his daughter and his company after a business deal between them went sour.

Local Co. Councillor Mr. Pat Breen calls on Shannon Explosives Ltd to withdraw their application for an explosives factory at Cahercon, Kildysart in an attempt to end the row between local residents and the developers.

The vast majority of the residents of Kildysart are opposed to the development of an explosives factory at Cahercon Pier, Kildysart, according to the outcome of the public meeting held at the local Community Centre. Over 300 residents attended the meeting, many of whom were very vocal in their opposition to the proposed development. Local businessman, Michael O'Donohue asked councillor P.J. Kelly if he was at the meeting in a personal capacity or as a representative of developer Paddy Whelan, who is a director of Shannon Explosives. Councillor Kelly denied any Business links with Paddy Whelan. The meeting was told that there would be another meeting held on 21st Sept. at the request of Shannon Explosives Ltd. Representatives of the Co. would answer any questions, and allay any fears that the community might have.

A public meeting will be held in the Community Centre, Kildysart to discuss the effects of the proposed Explosives Factory at Cahercon Pier Kildysart on the 14th. Sept.

An environmental impact study prepared for Shannon Explosives Ltd. by Paddy Coleman and Associates, Consultant Engineers, for the proposed explosives factory at Cahercon Pier, Kildysart, states that the development will have no negative effects on the general environment of the area. Shannon Explosives Ltd. has applied for planning permission to import, manufacture, store, distribute and export explosives at a purpose built facility adjacent to Cahercon Pier.

Aug. 2000.
Local businessman,
Paddy O'Grady who passed away recently at the early age of 68 is still sadly missed by the community. Our sympathy to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

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