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Clare one of six counties to see reduction in childcare costs

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Childcare costs fell in Clare and five other counties in the Republic of Ireland last year. Nationally the average spent each week on childcare is €178 which is a €4 increase on figures from last year whereas in Clare, €157.72 is the standard fee paid which is a €1.70 decrease on the previous year’s equivalent.…

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Work to begin on Ennistymon multi-service centre

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*Pictured at the contract signing for a new Multi-Service Innovation Centre in Ennistymon L-R Cllr. Richard Nagle; Aldo Andreucetti, Clerk of Works, General Design, Clare County Council; Urban McMahon, Head of Information Systems & Clare Broadband Officer, Clare County Council; John Moylan, Chief Technician, General Design, Clare County Council; Cllr. Bill Slattery; Leonard Cleary, Director…

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Clare Youth Action live by their slogan

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*(L-R): Emma Sams, Caitlin Griffin, Donnacha McManus, Amy Custy, Clodagh Sully, James Sheppard. Photograph: Martin Connolly Clare Youth Action’s slogan is to make a difference and their latest video has certainly done that. Today’s world is one centred on social media, with all the clicks, likes, retweets and shares there is a tendency to bandy…

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The Clare Echo Friday Quiz

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Des Cahill’s return to his roots evokes memories of the past

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*Photograph: Martin Connolly Returning to Clare for a signing in Ennis Bookshop was a sense of coming home for RTÉ broadcaster, Des Cahill. On Monday he was in Ennis signing copies of his autobiography ‘Play It Again Des’. While promoting the book, he has opened up on a family tragedy that saw his father Patrick’s…

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Eoin Neylon: ‘In Clare, we are poor at putting our faith in younger candidates’

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Pictured, Cllr Cathal Crowe (credit Gary Collins) Following the Killaloe FF selection convention, Liam Wiley remarked that Fianna Fáil in Clare were in trouble when it comes to the promotion and recruitment of youth within its ranks, writes Eoin Neylon. Even though there are several talented young members across the county, largely, Wiley has a…

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Business profile: Brian Gleeson’s good as Gold

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IT WAS a newspaper ad in the 1970s that ignited Brian Gleeson’s career as a succesful goldsmith. Son to a plasterer and grandson to a carpenter in Thurles, Co Tipperary, Brian spent many of his teenage years on building sites. Fast forward to the closing end of 2018, Brian Gleeson has been trading at the Ballycasey…

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5 homeless families to be accommodated at Cusack Lodge

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Five families will be accommodated in a homeless hub which will be based in Ennis. Clare County Council has recently acquired Cusack Lodge on the Lahinch Rd for the provision of homeless transition accommodation. An operator has been appointed for the location, a design team is in place and are in the process of completing tender…

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Cottage once home to Ireland’s oldest man opens for first time since 2006

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A rural cottage which was previously the home of Ireland’s oldest man has been opened up for the first time in 12 years. Paddy Gleeson was the sole resident of a small cottage in Kealdarra up until he moved to into a care home in 2006. Four years later he was Ireland’s oldest man and…

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Clare scuba diving school named Business of the Year

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A scuba diving school in Clare has been named Business of the Year at the 2018 Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards. Dive Academy based in Lahinch collected 200kg of debris this year with two successful beach clean events. The group filled over 20 sacks (140kg) of refuse during the Big Beach Clean, along with several…

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