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Snake found in East Clare B&B

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A PAIR of old jocks, a bottle of fancy shampoo and the classic phone charger are all regular finds by hotel accommodation staff. We reckon the staff at an East Clare B&B must have gotten the shock of their lives when they discovered a snake, yes, a snake, left behind by one of their guests.…

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S.T.O.P. to help those dealing with sexual trauma

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THE S.T.O.P. support group will hold their first meeting in the Orchard Wellness Centre in Ennis tomorrow (Tuesday) evening. The group aims to support those dealing with sexual trauma, helping them to overcome feelings of powerlessness and trauma. This group is ran with professional counsellor Tatyana Simakova who has a BA and APCD in Psychotherapy…

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An Taisce raise concerns over planned Trump sea wall

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AN TAISCE have submitted a report to Clare County Council outlining their concerns about US President Donald Trump’s plans to construct coastal defences at his resort in Doonbeg. The environmental charity claims their original concerns have not been addressed in the revised plans. “It is the considered opinion of An Taisce that the further information…

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Clare man’s Christmas song accompanied by beautiful animated video

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created by Richie Peavoy.

A BEAUTIFUL, festive music video by young Irish musician Seán O’Malley has been released and is quickly spreading online, warming hearts all over the country! ‘Snow’ tells the story of a young man walking home in the depths of winter after a heavy snowfall. He stops to take in his surroundings and the description of all he…

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Guilfoyles bow out of Ireland’s Fittest Family

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Ezra, Tracey, Fawn, Sionnach

THE Guilfoyle family from Ennis have done the Banner so very proud with their efforts on Ireland’s Fittest Family. Unfortunately it was not to be as they were knocked out of the competition last night after facing the eliminator round. The Guilfoyles did battle with the Cores and the Smyths in the port of Cork,…

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Moneypoint CO2 emissions buck national greenhouse gas trend

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Moneypoint Power Station. Pic: Fergal Clohessy

THE future of the Moneypoint power station has been up for debate in recent years, with some locals concerned about the environmental effects of the plant. Moneypoint’s CO2 emissions were down last year, bucking the overall national trend of a 3.5 per cent rise. The power station released 4,414,770 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere,…

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Three Clare heroes honoured at Irish Water Safety Awards

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THREE Clare heroes were honoured by Irish Water Safety at their National Awards Ceremony in Dublin Castle this week. Bernard and Roisin Cahill both received a Just in Time award for their bravery, following their rescue of two swimmers last summer. They were driving home from work when they noticed two people swimming towards what…

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Ennis a haven for shoppers this Christmas season

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Isabel Hinchy

THERE’S nothing better than a stroll around the centre of Ennis town in the run up to Christmas, soaking up the magical atmosphere and sorting your secret Santa presents. Clare County Council has made shopping in Ennis all the more inviting, as they have announced details of three incentive schemes aimed at promoting Christmas and…

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€1.5 million funding announced for 58 Clare sports facilities

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EVERYONE in the Banner is going to be channelling their inner ‘Eye of the Tiger’ soon, as Minister Pat Breen has just confirmed €1.5 million worth of funding sports projects across the county. A grand total of €1,497,000 has been announced under the 2017 Sport Capital Programme for to 58 Clare sport facilities and projects.…

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Aoibhín’s Top 5: Favourite Functions Full of Festive Cheer

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With the Late Late Toy Show and the Shannon Airport Santa Flights so close, we here at The Clare Echo offices are certainly feeling the Christmas spirit. From sweet little markets to magical Santa visits, there are plenty of perfectly picturesque seasonal functions popping up all over the Banner county this December. If you’re looking for…

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