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UHL asks patients to avoid Emergency Department

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UNIVERSITY  Hospital Limerick is asking patients to consider other treatment options before travelling to the Emergency Department. A spokesperson for University Hospital Limerick said they have been experiencing a high number of patients attending the ED in recent days. “We have admitted a lot of seriously ill patients recently, many of who remain in the…

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Ennis to host weekend of craic for Purple Flag

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From Left to Right: Cllr. Johnny Flynn, Margaret O'Brien Festival and Events Coordinator, Garda Deirdre O'Doherty, Cllr. Paul Murphy, Mayor of Ennis, Fiona Whelan, Clare County Council, William Cahir, President Ennis Chamber, Darragh McAllister Head of Vintners Federation for Clare. Photo: Mike Mulcaire

ENNIS has once again proved it has a hopping night time scene, having successfully held on to its Purple Flag. Purple Flag Programme Manager at the UK based Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) Sarah Walker explained: “Areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment…

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Collision on m18 due to dangerous weather conditions

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THE apocalyptic rain conditions have led to a collision on the Galway to Limerick motorway this morning. The AA have reported a crash on the M18 between Bunratty and Corbally, with long delays as a result. “Both lanes of the N18 Limerick/Galway Rd are now open northbound between J5 Cratloe and J6 Bunratty following a…

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Guilfoyles power through to next round of Ireland’s Fittest Family

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WE HAVE been following their progress on Ireland’s Fittest Family since day one and the Guilfoyles did not disappoint on Sunday as they powered through to the next round. Ezra, his mum Tracey, sister Fawn and brother Sionnach blasted through the first race and came out on top. It wasn’t all plain sailing however as…

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Our Lady’s Hospital fails to receive single bid at auction

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OUR Lady’s Hospital in Ennis remains up for sale after it failed receive a single bid at the recent BidX1 auction. Independent Councillor James Breen remains hopeful that Clare County Council will reconsider their decision not to purchase the building. “We have asked the county manager to reconsider and we will have to see what…

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Bishop Monahan visits Trócaire projects in Kenya

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OUR very ow Bishop Fintan Monahan has just returned from a visit to the projects supported by Trócaire in Kenya. Bishop Monahan, along with a group of Bishops and Canon Michael Mc Loughlin, visited the slums of Nairobi, the tribes in rural Turkana and visited the medical centres in Lodwar. He said it was very…

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Cup half full with 15 new jobs in Ennis facility

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FIFTEEN new jobs will be created at CupPrint’s facility, in addition to the 95 jobs already on site at their head office in the Ballymaley Business Park in Ennis. Minister Pat Breen visited CupPrint’s head office and main manufacturing facility in Ennis on Monday, November 20th. During his visit, Minister Breen spoke about the company’s…

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14 cars with faulty headlights spotted in one journey

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CLARE Chief Superintendent John Kerin has appealed to motorists to make sure their headlights are in good working order. The Clare Echo received a report from a concerned citizen who reported seeing a total of 14 cars with faulty or broken headlights while travelling between Kilrush and Ennis recently. Chief Supt Kerin confirmed that faulty…

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Sinn Fein to commemorate 150th anniversary of Manchester Martyrs

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IT’s a well-known landmark in Kilrush, but not everyone knows what the Maid of Eireann monument represents. It is dedicated to the Manchester Martyrs: Philip Allen, Michael Larkin and Michael O’Brien who were executed in November 1867. 150 years ago this year, two Fenian leaders Colonel Kelly and Captain Deasy had been captured in Manchester and were awaiting…

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Canadian navigation buoy drifts thousands of kilometres to West Clare

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A MASSIVE navigation buoy, believed to have drifted thousands of kilometres across the Atlantic from Canada, has washed up on a beach in Co Clare. The green rusted navigational aid was discovered on Friday morning on the beach at Seafield near Quilty. The buoy is estimated to be about 3m high/2m wide structure weighs several…

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