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Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits cinema screens today

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

IT’S finally here and we are beyond excited! Today is the day we will finally get to see for certain if Loop Head has made it into the final cut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi as it hits cinemas today. There was great excitement around West Clare last year as the Star Wars film…

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Aoibhín’s Top 5: Ways to Share the True Magic of Christmas

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IT’S so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas, with a turkey to be stuffed, a shopping list to be bought and a house to be scrubbed from top to bottom before Santa can make and appearance. But it is the season of goodwill, so try not to lose sight…

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Cahercalla Volunteers express disappointment at charity shop closure

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VOLUNTEERS at the Cahercalla Community Nursing Home and Hospice Shop have expressed their disappointment that the charity shop is closing. All of the volunteers have been working in the shop since it opened three years ago and they all have connections to the Cahercalla facility. Volunteer Maria said the shop is more than just a…

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Met Eireann issue two weather warnings for Clare

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Teresa Mannion

TODAY might be a good day to secure any flower pots, trampolines and small animals as Met Eireann are expecting gusts of up to 110 km/hr. The Met crew have issued not one but TWO weather warnings for Co Clare for today and tomorrow, with status yellow warnings in place for wind, snow and ice.…

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Ennistymon school bringing warmth to the elderly this Christmas

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A FUEL drive for the elderly of Ennistymon is being organised by Ennistymon Vocational School for a third year, with locals being urged to give a little warmth this Christmas – by donating turf, coal, timber, briquettes, kindle or firelighters. Organiser Gabrielle O’Brien, who said she would love to see the idea spreading throughout the county…

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Motorist caught doing 191kph on M18

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THERE’S a Speedy Gonzales on the roads this evening, as Ennis Gardaí have just caught a motorist reaching incredible speeds. According to the Garda Síochána’s Twitter account, the Ennis Garda Traffic Corps clocked the vehicle’s speedometer at 191kph. Gardaí have detected a number of speeding incidents this evening, but the vehicle travelling at nearly 200kph…

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Papal visit campaign gathers momentum

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THE campaign to get Pope Francis to visit Co Clare when he comes to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families in 2018 is gathering momentum. Fianna Fáil Councillor Cathal Crowe has added his voice to the campaign started by East Clare tourism advocate Eoin O’Hagan. Cllr Crowe’s request reads: “That Clare County Council liaise with…

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Ancient body found in the Burren suffered a violent death

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Stab wounds in the ribs of the ancient body Pic: Dr Ros Ó Maoldúin

A 2,200 year old body found in the Burren suffered a violent end and was buried in a very unusual way, according to archaeologists. Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology site director Dr Ros Ó Maoldúin said the body of the person in their twenties, dating from the Iron Age, was found with stab wounds. “It’s…

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New homes for 51 Clare families this Christmas

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Lios Anama

CLARE County Council has given 51 families a fantastic Christmas gift as two new housing schemes will see these people in need spending the festive season in their new homes. The schemes, at Lios Anama in Sixmilebridge and Aisling, off Shanaway Road in Ennis, comprise a mix of three and four-bedroom houses with families moving…

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First ever Tourism Development Officer to be appointed in Clare

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CLARE  County Council is breaking new ground on the tourism front as they will appoint a Tourism Development Officer for Clare for the first time ever. Economic Devlopment Director of Services Brian McCarty confirmed that Clare County Council received approval for the appointment from the Government last week. “This resource, when appointed will be a…

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