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McInerney’s build for future

DESPITE the downturn in the economy, McInerney’s have expressed a confidence in the future of the housing market with a planning application to Limerick County Council for a major development at Annacotty/ Monaleen, where they already have a strong presence.

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They have made application to construct 174 residential dwellings, consisting of 13 detached houses, 88 semi-detached houses, 47 townhouses and 26 (2 and 3 bedroom) apartments, car parking and associated site works at Bloomfield, Annacotty.

Cargo services boost for Shannon

SHANNON airport has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Lynxs Group, a Texas-based international cargo facility company with major operations in North America and Europe.  Under the agreement, both companies will jointly explore the development of a major cargo facility at Shannon Airport, which is owned by the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA). 

The agreement represents a significant step towards the development of a thriving cargo operation at Shannon, utilising state-of-the-art facilities in an airport with one of the longest runways in Europe.

Kilteely accident

FIFTY-five year-old Jack Ryan, from Knockderk, Pallasgreen, became Limerick’s latest road casualty when he died following an accident in Kilteely, at the weekend.

He was struck by a car on Church Road and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Limerick puts best foot forward

LIMERICK put its best foot forward on St Patrick’s Day for the annual parade, with upwards of 40,000 having lined city streets.

Thankfully, the weather was also at its best, helping to add to the enjoyment.

Carey’s Road born Emma O’Driscoll, who first hit the limelight with pop group Six, and is now a TV personality, was Grand Marshal, and led the parade with six-year-old Cian Casey, honoured to be the first ever Junior Marshal. Cian is from Castleconnell.

A feature of the event was the participation of supporters from various rugby clubs, adding to Limerick’s ‘red army’ reputation.

Mayor Cllr John Gilligan described it as an extremely proud day for the city, a view echoed by organiser Fran O’Donnell, who thanked all those who had given voluntarily of their services.

Daffodil Day Friday

THE IRISH Cancer Society is looking for public support during it’s major fundraising event, Daffodil Day, to be held on Friday.

The society is especially interested in hearing from anyone in Limerick who is willing to act as a volunteer selling daffodils in the community or workplace.

Last year, the Society raised four million euro nationwide from the Daffodil Day campaign, and they hope to do even better in 2009.

Further information on becoming a volunteer is available on CallSave 1850 606060.