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5 Tips to Prepare Yourself for Learning to Drive


Learning to drive is an exciting experience which gives you a sense of independence and responsibility. It can get stressful and time-consuming in the first few days of learning, which can become overwhelming for the newcomers. Using these tips, you can improve the way you learn driving while also becoming more responsible for what you learn. It will improve your comprehending skills and help you pass your driving test with all-stars.

Prepare in advance

Before you join a driving school, you can take the help of someone who already owns a car and learn about the components of a car. You can ask your parents or someone elder to you to explain the key elements of the car before you start taking sessions with your instructor. This way, you will be able to learn quicker than if you start learning about a car during the instructor sessions.

Learn manual transmission

Many people today are opting for automatic cars as they are much more convenient to drive and keep you from getting distracted due to gear changes. But it is suggested that you learn in a manual car as it has two benefits. One is that you will be able to learn the gear shifts which is much more fun and the second is that if you get a license for automatic, you will not be allowed to drive manual cars.

Learn manual transmission

Book learning sessions in advance

You can take as many numbers of sessions as you like while you are learning to drive. There is no fixed time for completing your training. You can take it slow to get experience in each aspect of driving by booking two-three sessions every week for the next few months instead of hurrying up. You can book the timings convenient for you with your instructor in advance for them to be always available.

Pick the right instructor

Learning to drive requires patience from both the learner and the instructor. It is necessary to have a good instructor teach you driving. Take time to search the right instructor who can be calm and patient with you and can answer all your questions without getting irritated. If you hesitate to ask questions to your instructor, thinking that you will look stupid, you will only slow down your learning. If you feel your instructor is not good for you do not feel bad on switching as driving is a responsibility and you want to learn from the best teachers.

Buy your own car to practice

Having your own car to learn driving is better than using the car from the driving school. You can have the car even after the sessions and can continue to learn every day without the instructor. This will make you learn faster so that you can pass your driving test in a short time. Search for the best affordable cars for driving instead of going for high powered ones. Once you can be confident in driving, you can switch to a more powerful one.

Timmy Dooley elected FF Vice President


Clare Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley has been elected to the position of party vice president, while Garrett Greene has been elected to the national executive’s Committee of 20. Deputy Dooley is Fianna Fáil’s frontbench spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport and also serves as a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht Greene, from Ennis, is a dedicated member of the Fianna Fáil grassroots and has been active with the party since he was 15.

He is the current vice-chairman of the Clare CDC. Commenting on his new duties, Timmy Dooley said, “The position of vice president will be a very challenging role but one which I am relishing. I will embrace the role and help in rebuilding the party and rejuvenating it across the country. “Every member of the party will now have a say in the future of Fianna Fáil and it is vitally important that we reinstate the party back to being a strong and vibrant force in Irish politics. I would also like to congratulate Gareth on being elected to the Committee of 20”.

Party leader Micheál Martin said, “More than 4,000 Fianna Fáil members from communities across the country attended the 73rd Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis at the weekend. “There was overwhelming support for plans to change how the party does its business. Delegates unanimously passed a motion to move to a one-member-one-vote system, which means that every single member of Fianna Fáil will now have an input in party business.

“The positive atmosphere and the energy we saw this weekend is testament to the fact that Fianna Fáil has a strong and vital role to play in the future of Irish politics. I want to thank all of those from across Co. Clare who travelled up to the Ard Fheis and made their voices heard about the future of the party.”

Muse Productions celebrate AIMS success with two awards


Members of Shannon drama group Muse Productions were delighted to return from a recent weekend in Killarney at the National AIMS Awards 2017 with two wins from a possible three!
Chris Willetts was acclaimed the Best Actor for his starring role as Cervantes-Don Quixote while Kathleen Browne’s front of house team won Best House Management.

Jessica Bray just missed out on an award when she came second in the Best Female Singer category for her role as Aldonza.

On behalf of Muse, Martin McNelis congratulated all the prize winners and thanked their sponsors, in particular the Shannon Springs Hotel.

In recognition of this support, Muse Productions presented Dermot Kelly of the Shannon Springs Hotel with two framed photos of the cast, in costume on stage and celebrating their win in Killarney.

Donnellan is Clare hurling captain


After much debate and speculation the honour of leading the Clare senior hurling team for the league and championship 2012 has been announced as O Callaghans Mills stalwart Patrick Donnellan has been selected by David Fitzgerald and his management team.There had been a number of names mentioned in recent times especially since last year’s captain Pat Vaughan is out recovering from surgery until late Spring/early summer.Donnellan has been a regular on the Clare team for the last half decade and has been impressing in preseason challenge and Waterford crystal games. Interestingly Clare announced two vice captains with Clonlara’s Nicky O’Connell and Clooney/Quin’s Fergal Lynch picked to be Donnellan’s lieutenant’s on and off the pitch.

Big Start campaign gets council support


Early years educators Edel O’Callaghan and Clare Casey briefed members of Clare County Council recently on SIPTU’s Big Start campaign which is bringing together people in a bid to win recognition and better resources for the childcare sector.
According to SIPTU, the early years sector is in crisis. Parents are paying too much for childcare while workers are paid too little to make ends meet. Meanwhile providers struggle to break even and everyone is getting a raw deal. The ‘Big Start’ campaign is advocating €15 per hour under the slogan ‘professional workers deserve professional pay’. The union says it want quality and affordable services for children and their parents.

Addressing councillors, Clare Casey said she works with 11 pre-school children and said 25,000 people work in the childcare sector nationally in over 4,000 service centres, 74% of which are privately owned. Edel O’Callaghan said the Government spends €2,500 on each child attending a pre-school service, compared to a spend of €11,500 per child on primary school pupils.

Ms O’Callaghan said Ireland spends 0.5% of GDP on childcare, which is lower than the OECD average of 0.7%, SIPTU’s goal is to achieve a spend of 1% GDP on childcare services through its Big Start campaign. Edel said the funding available to providers is not enough to sustain the childcare sector and claimed staff are under-paid even though they are expected to have attained a high level of education.

Clare Casey said that working in the childcare sector is not worth it financially, although it has its own rewards. She claimed many highly qualified people are leaving the sector to find better paid employment. The average rate of pay for early education workers is €10.27 per hour, some staff are only paid for 15 hours per week which is less than €6,000 per annum. “You just can’t make a living out of that, never mind paying a mortgage,” said Clare.

Clare said it is ironic that, “those of us with families can’t afford to pay for childcare ourselves.” Edel O’Callaghan insisted that levels of childcare pay would not be tolerated in any other sector. During the presentation other pre-school workers occupied the council’s public gallery. Edel said that one of the women ran a pre-school for 20 years but had to seek work elsewhere to be able to contribute towards her pension.

Both women said they joined the Big Start campaign to achieve recognition for all those working in the childcare sector who deliver a quality and a necessary service. According to Edel, professionals like herself, have been forgotten about. She said sustainable issues in the sector are being ignored by Government. This is why Big Start brings together providers, educators and parents, to campaign on issues “affecting all of us”.

The pair urged members of Clare County Council to make representations on their behalf to Government ministers and members of the Oireachtas to call for increased investment in the early years sector so that they can continue to deliver quality services to children.

Councillors present offered their support for the campaign. Fianna Fáil councillor Clare Colleran Molloy said that we would be fooling ourselves in Ireland if we didn’t acknowledge that early years education is under-funded. Fine Gael councillor Mary Howard said the presentation had opened her eyes to the reality being faced by childcare workers and stated that weaknesses in the system were made very clear. Independent councillor PJ Ryan praised Edel O’Callaghan and Clare Casey for doing an essential job and said the least they can expect is to be adequately paid.

Under the present law, a group of people working in a particular sector, such as cleaners, electricians or early years educators, may apply for a Sectoral Employment Order (SEO). This guarantees levels of pay and conditions for all those working in that sector. The Big Start campaign aims to unite all early years professionals into a national union to achieve that aim.

Clare Courier

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