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Colin Ryan follows Brendan Bugler into retirement

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JUST days after Brendan Bugler called time on his Clare career, fellow All-Ireland winner Colin Ryan has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling. The Newmarket on Fergus man will forever be remembered for his precision from the dead ball but also made a huge contribution from open play during his peak in the saffron and…

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Children’s choirs can Elevate your soul

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A FUNDRAISING event in aid of John Burke’s Elevate Foundation will see over 70 young singers from across North Clare – along with another 40 from a German youth choir – coming together during World Mental Health Week 2017 and National Choral Singing Week. The Burren Children’s Choir is presenting ‘A Song With a Smile…

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An almighty number of visitors to Loop Head this summer

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THE stunning Loop Head Lighthouse has recorded an increase in visitor numbers for a SIXTH successive year with latest figures for 2017 showing that 24,450 visiting the County Clare attraction between March and September. Here at The Clare Echo we love the popular tourist attraction located at the mouth of the Shannon Estuary on the…

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Clare town tops ‘friendliest place in Ireland’ list

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WHILE this doesn’t appear to be an official award, we think it should be. Because the county capital of Clare has just been named the friendliest place in Ireland. The ‘Ireland Before You Die website’ has a yearly list for ‘Friendliest Place In Ireland‘ and this year, the No 1 spot is bound to raise…

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Brendan Bugler retires from inter-county hurling

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LONG-SERVING Clare hurler Brendan Bugler has today confirmed that he is retiring from inter-county hurling. It was reported yesterday that the St Flannan’s teacher was ready to step down, and the 2013 All-Ireland winner today announced in a statement, “I wish to confirm that I am retiring from inter-county hurling with Clare. “Thank you to…

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€1m boost for nine Clare towns and villages

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GREAT news for villages and small towns across Clare as it’s been announced they will share in €1m for local projects. In total nine rural Clare towns will benefit from €944,000 under the 2017 Town and Village Renewal Scheme, which is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and focuses on projects which…

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Watch: From Jamaica to busking in Ennis

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WE’RE big fans here in The Clare Echo of anything creative that makes the streets of our county more lively and vibrant. Ennis gets its fair share of buskers and in recent times you’ll no doubt have noticed a well-dressed man sitting on an amp at the Height while hollering a selection of old American-style…

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Ennis achieves Coach Friendly Town status

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EVEN with our narrow and charming town centre streets, Ennis has managed to be declared a ‘Coach Friendly Town’ by the Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland (CTTC), a representative body for Ireland’s coach touring companies and private bus operators. The County Capital is one of only three towns in Ireland to have successfully…

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