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Susie Q delivers message of hope in new song ‘Hold On’

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*Photograph: Dara Munnis A new song released by Ennistymon based musician Susie Q is being praised for delivering a powerful message of hope. Susan Quirke originally hails from Co. Limerick but recently moved to Clare. She has connections to the county as her grandmother Mary ‘Baby’ O’Shea was from Kilnamona, her sister Caitriona and her…

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Wild Atlantic Way airport – now there’s an idea

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By Stuart Holly, Clare Echo editor LAST month, Shannon Airport announced that it is to build on its record level of investment with the launch of a major new marketing campaign. They said that following “extensive market research, involving more than 8,000 customers” the ‘Shannon Airport – making it easy’ campaign was launched. So, it…

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Hayes wants to continue fighting for the people of East Clare

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*Photograph: Gary Collins Almost thirty years on from running in his first local election, Cllr Pat Hayes is still keen to remain as a representative on Clare County Council. Since 1999, Pat Hayes has been Fianna Fáil’s best performer in each electoral area he has contested, his place on the ballot paper for 2019 was…

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Absence of Shannon to France flights ‘an absolute disgrace’

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With Brexit looming, concern has been expressed with Shannon’s lack of air connectivity with the rest of Europe. Shannon Airport currently has UK hub connectivity through London Heathrow, but following Britain’s exit from the European Union the airport will be without connectivity into an EU hub. Shannon Group has appealed to the Government to safeguard…

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World’s top golfers have been approached to play Irish Open in Lahinch

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Some of the top golfers in the world could be coming to Co Clare next year for The Irish Open. Paul McGinley who is hosting the European Tour event was the keynote speaker at Shannon Chamber’s Winter Lunch held in Dromoland Castle last week. A video highlighting the beauty of the South West, the proximity…

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Lack of certainty regarding ESB’s future at Moneypoint

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Moneypoint Power Station. Pic: Fergal Clohessy

*Photograph: Fergal Clohessy Fear has been expressed that ESB could follow the example of Bord na Mona by announcing sudden job losses in the future at its Moneypoint power station. At the end of October, Bord na Mona announced they were cutting 430 jobs as it moves away from peat harvesting by 2025 under its…

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Norwegian cutting Shannon & Dublin services

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*Photograph: Steve Bates Norwegian Air is to reduce its amount of services from Shannon and Dublin in 2019. Daily flights from Shannon International Airport to New York Stewart International Airport will cease on January 12th. The service will resume at the rate of five times per week on March 31st, the airline intends to maintain…

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Road safety alert: Orange Weather Warning Issued for Storm Diana

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The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads on Wednesday as Met Éireann has issued an orange weather warning for strong winds for Ireland as Storm Diana approaches. The counties that will be most affected are Wexford, Galway, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford. Severe winds associated with…

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NUIG confer Martin Hayes a Doctor of Music

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World renowned fiddle player and Clare native, Martin Hayes has been awarded a honorary doctorate from NUIG. At the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) winter conferring, Hayes became a Honorary Doctor of Music at the third level institute. Dr. Clare O’Leary who is the first Irish woman to scale Mount Everest and reach the…

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O’Callaghan braced for ‘dog eat dog canvass’ in East Clare

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*Photograph: Eamon Ward Leas Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, Cllr Alan O’Callaghan has himself geared up for canvassing the length and breadth of East Clare over the coming months. On Friday, he topped the poll at a Fianna Fáil convention which selected their three candidates for the Killaloe MD. Coming first was a pleasant surprise…

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