FORMER Ennis Mayor Peter Considine said he was ‘privileged’ to have been honoured at the grand opening of the new Market Building.
The ribbon was cut at the €1.75m development on Friday at 3pm with a number of local dignitaries in attendance. It was also the first public appearance made by the Clare County Council’s new CEO Pat Dowling, while Mayor Ann Norton, Ennis Chamber President Jean McCabe, and local trader Gobnait Kelly spoke to the assembled crowd. The building was blessed by Fr Tom Hogan.
After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Mr Considine was presented with a specially-made trophy in recognition of his work in the development of Ennis over his tenure in local office, having served the community over the course of 40 years.
Mr Considine told The Clare People that he felt ‘very privileged’ to receive the honour, while his wife Nora added, “It means a lot to the family that Peter gets this honour today, he’s put his life into the town of Ennis so it’s wonderful and we’re all very proud of him and he deserves it on this wonderful occasion. The Market will always have a special place in our hearts.”
Current Mayor Ann Norton told those in attendance, “He has been mayor of Ennis on a number of occasions. Peter as a public representative, has been committed to the development of Ennis town and I’m delighted  he is here with his family members this afternoon.
“As the Mayor I want to thank you for what you have done for Ennis and the whole county.
“On behalf of the people of Ennis, I want to commend those involved in the delivery of the Market facility.”
Pat Dowling, making his first public appearance as CEO, said, “I’m delighted to be here, it’s a wonderful opportunity for me and my family to live and work in Clare, it is close to my heart. I got my first job in Ennis many, many years ago and I’m thrilled to be back, especially at an event like this.”
Gobnait Kelly, a gluten free baker who will operate in the new building, said, “I’ve been a trader here for five years in Ennis. I started at the Farmers Market and to stand here today, there’s a huge contrast from what I experienced in the depth of winter here where we literally hung onto our stalls because we’d be blown across the car park.
“The fact that the building is covered is of great advantage to traders. I sincerely hope that every trader that walks in here will benefit from that.”
Ennis Councillor Mary Howard told The Clare People that the project was money well spent, adding, “It’s great to see it come to fruition, I know the road was tough for some people but in order to make an omelette you have to break eggs so I’m delighted today, I wish all the traders and all that work here the best of luck.”

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