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Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ, TheJournal.ie, The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

Omission from Irish hockey squad was “heartbreaking” for Naomi

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*Naomi Carroll. Photograph: Martin Connolly Capped 110 times in international level hockey, Naomi Carroll has represented her country at schools level in soccer while also lining out at all grades for Clare in camogie and ladies football. She blows the term dual player out of the park and sat down with The Clare Echo in…

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Playground groups struggling with rising insurance premiums

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Playground groups in Clare are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with rising insurance premiums, elected representatives of the County Council have claimed. Ennis councillor, Mary Howard questioned if the Council’s “public liability insurance can be extended to cover all public playgrounds. An official reply from Director of Service, Leonard Cleary stated that the majority…

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Minister Ross wants Shannon “to provide increased competition” to Dublin

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Minister for Transport, Shane Ross has indicated he wants Shannon Airport to “provide increased competition” to Dublin Airport according to a Fine Gael Senator. Shannon Airport management have been asked to submit a detailed plan on a possible connection to a major European hub. The move comes following a meeting between Shannon Group management and…

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Ennis student skips school for climate action

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An Ennis student who skipped school to protest for climate change is hopeful her actions will “demonstrate to people in power that we really care”. On Friday, Eleanor-Dagnell Wise took to O’Connell Monument in the county town where she stood for “a couple of hours” as part of a global movement where students left school…

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Shannon’s Peter bumps into Barack Obama during gym session

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Clare fitness instructor, Peter Barron completed a gym workout at the same time as former US President, Barack Obama this week. Peter who lives in Dubai was in San Francisco for Samsung’s launch of its new foldable galaxy smartphone. The 28 year old happened to be staying in the same hotel as Obama and introduced…

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McIlroy not playing Irish Open at Lahinch

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Rory McIlroy has confirmed he will not play this year’s Irish Open in Lahinch. “If there is ever a year when I feel I can miss this Irish Open, it’s this year,” McIlroy told BBC Northern Ireland. His decision not to partake in the July tournament comes as he has decided to focus on maximising…

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Sigerson Cup medals for Courtney & Ó hÁiniféin

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*Conall Ó hÁiniféin in action for Clare. Photograph: Martin Connolly Two Clare footballers collected Sigerson Cup medals as UCC won the third level competition on Wednesday night. Éire Óg duo Eimhin Courtney and Conall Ó hÁiniféin both of whom are also members of Colm Collins’ county senior panel lined out for the Cork college as…

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Harrington advises Ennis golfers prior to Olympics

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*Padraig Harrington meets Team Ireland Clare golfers, Jean Molony and Mairéad Moroney at the Portmarnock Links Hotel in Portmarnock, Co Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile  Ennis golfer Mairead Moroney and her playing partner Jean Molony met with Europe Ryder Cup captain, Padraig Harrington as they prepare to tee off in Abu Dhabi for the…

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‘Fine Gael & Fianna Fáil dominance has not done Clare well’ – Tóibín

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Members of the Clare population who voted to retain the eighth amendment are unrepresented by politicians in the county according to Aontú Leader, Peadar Tóibín. Aontú held their first meeting in the county on Wednesday last where they recruited 25 to 30 members. Speaking to The Clare Echo, Tóibín said he was “delighted” with the…

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Regular occurrence of illegal encampment outside Spanish Point Golf Club

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Illegal parking outside Spanish Golf Club is to be monitored with signage to be installed in the coming weeks. Cllr Michael Hillery requested measures be taken by Clare County Council “to prevent illegal parking in the interest of safety” at the car park in front of Spanish Point Golf Club. The local authority has confirmed…

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