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Relive the Fleadh Cheoil with new RTE series

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John Creedon and Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin Pic: RTE

IF YOU’RE anything like us, there’s a good chance you’re still not fully recovered from the epic week that was the Fleadh Cheoil. The pub crawls, the hot food vans, the warm beer in the plastic cups, the unreal trad music sessions and the endless Michael Flatley selfies in the hazy summer sun (ahem, rain)…

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Met Eireann extend weather warnings for Co Clare

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SO STORM Fionn has come and gone, but we are not out of the woods yet as Met Eireann have extended their weather warnings. There is a yellow wind warning in place for Co Clare, promising mean wind speeds between 50 and 65km/h with gusts between 90 and 110 km/h. There is a yellow weather…

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100 Youthreach kids to learn how to Thrive

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Podge Collins

SOME of Ireland’s most inspiring people will share their wisdom with 100 young people from Co Clare. The event, entitled “Thrive”, is being hosted by youth wellness charity Elevate this Friday in Ennis. Youthreach learners will hear from adventurer Gavan Hennigan, nutrition and fitness expert Leanne Moore, Elevate ambassador Podge Collins and meditation and mindfulness…

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New business hub on the way for Ennis

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THE development of a business hub in Ennis may come sooner rather than later as Clare County Council have revealed they are about to choose a location. The announcement was made following a request from Fine Gael Councillor Johnny Flynn at a recent meeting of the Ennis Municipal District. Clare County Council H.I.S. and Broadband…

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€34 million approved for Killaloe bypass

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FUNDING worth €34 million has been approved for the construction of the Killaloe bypass. The Killaloe bypass is part of the new River Shannon crossing scheme and aims to create a western bypass around the town. This will connect with the proposed new Shannon Bridge south of Killaloe and to the N7 at Birdhill. Minister…

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Four weather warnings in place for Clare today

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Wind chart: Magic Seaweed

AH JANUARY, you just have to love it. The wind that cuts through you and turns your fingers to ice, the rain that turns your perfectly manicured hair into a fuzzy nightmare and the air so cold that it makes you want to wear your pjs to work. Well, the weather is true to form…

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Clare’s richest worth €360 million

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CLARE’S richest families are worth a combined total of €360 million, the Irish Independent annual rich list has revealed. Patrick Purcell, who founded Shannon based drilling tool company Mincon in 1977, comes in at number 115 on the overall rich list. The 79 year old is worth a sweet €135 million (up from €101 million…

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€3 million tourism investment for North Clare

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Artist’s impression of the new Doolin2Aran Ferries cruise ship being built in France

ACCESSING the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher by sea is to get a lot more comfortable, faster and more environmentally friendly thanks to a record investment by one of the best known sea faring families on the west coast. In what will be the biggest single private transport infrastructure investment on the Wild…

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What Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Sinn Feinn and Labour must achieve in Clare in 2018

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Junior Minister Pat Breen

In the first in a two-part preview of 2018, Eoin Neylon looks to the year ahead and what the main parties will look to achieve “NEW Year, New Me”. I’m sure we’ve all heard this said once or twice in the past fortnight. As people make resolutions and wishes for the year ahead, politicians and…

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The day that shook Ennis: eight people died in Hotel disaster 60 years ago

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By Gerry Quinn GOING once, going twice, going gone. On Wednesday afternoon, January 15, 1958, a crowd of between fifty and sixty people were gathered in an upstairs room of Carmody’s Hotel, Abbey Street, Ennis. The room was known as the Sarsfield Room, called after Patrick Sarsfield and was about 50 feet long and 30…

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