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Little Aoibhín’s big day out

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Aoibhín O'Connor

BABY Aoibhín O’Connor from Ennis had her first open heart surgery when she was just three days old. But Sunday was a day to forget about hospital visits and difficult days as seven month old Aoibhín enjoyed her very first St Patrick’s Day parade with her family. Mum Christina, Dad Rory, big sisters Sophie and…

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Gardaí appeal for witnesses to Shannon stabbing

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GARDAÍ are appealing for any witnesses to the fatal stabbing in Shannon in the early hours of Sunday morning to come forward. At approximately 2am on Sunday, March 18, an altercation took place between a number of males at the Shannon Knights Night Club. Two males were injured and taken to University Hospital Limerick. One…

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Clare Councillor says Varadkar made a GUBU

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, President Donald Trump, Sinn Fein Councillor Mike McKee

CLARE General Election candidate Councillor Mike McKee has expressed his concern at Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s revelation that he contacted Clare County Council on behalf of President Trump. President Donald Trump was unhappy about a proposal for a windfarm close to his golf course in Doonbeg. The windfarm developers were denied planning permission, but Clare County…

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Ennis could turn River Fergus green

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Chicago River goes green for St Patrick's Day

ENNIS could be following in the footsteps of Chicago next year by turning the river Fergus green for St Patrick’s Day. Officials have been dying the Chicago River green annually since 1962. Fine Gael Councillor Mary Howard raised the possibility at Tuesday’s Ennis Municipal District meeting and council officials agreed to look into the possibility.…

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Health issues with Claire Connellan: Insomnia

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CANNOT fall asleep and cannot stay asleep! This condition is very difficult for all ages. Whether it’s anxiety, depression or stress, having little sleep affects our mood, memory, concentration and energy. Sleep deprived children and adults perform as badly as intoxicated people and a serious lack of sleep can lead to diabetes or high blood…

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Clare’s first indoor tennis courts on the way

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KILLALOE Ballina Tennis Club have been allocated €63,000 for the development of two indoor tennis courts under this year’s Sports Capital Grant scheme. Four Clare sports projects were successful in their appeals under this year’s scheme, receiving €240,000 in funding. Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has said that the funding will greatly benefit sports…

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Loop Head Lighthouse reopens tomorrow

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Loop Head Lighthouse Pic by Valerie O’Sullivan / Clare County Council

GOT visitors coming to stay this St Patrick’s Weekend? Take them to see the stunning Loop Head lighthouse as it reopens tomorrow for the first time this year. The popular tourist attraction is located at the mouth of the Shannon Estuary on the Loop Head Peninsula, which is one of two “Signature Discovery Points” in…

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Aoibhín’s Top 5: Ways to be the ultimate tourist in the Banner this St Patricks Weekend

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IT’S often said that locals can be the worst for not exploring their own areas, even when there are some spectacular sights on their own doorstep. So take the opportunity this St Patrick’s weekend and become a tourist in your very own county. If you’re looking for some inspo to get you started, take a…

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HSE urging adults to get vaccinated against measles outbreak

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HSE officials are urging all adults under the age of 40 to get the MMR vaccine, if they have not already done so. The appeal comes as 23 cases of measles have been confirmed in the Mid West in recent weeks, with one of the cases in Co Clare. “We are asking all adults aged…

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Do you recognise this pig?

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Kunekune pig Photo: Burren Animal Rescue Facebook page

BURREN Animal Rescue have a new resident and while we are completely bemused by the situation, our heart goes out to the (not so) little guy. This male Kunekune pig turned up on Sunday morning in a garden in Cratloe of all places and no one has any idea where he came from. Burren Animal…

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