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Munster Fleadh in Ennis ‘will be the biggest one ever’

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Visitors from Japan, the UK and beyond will descend on Co Clare from Sunday for Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan Inis 2018. A total of 100,000 people are expected to arrive in the county at different stages for the duration of the eight day festival which sees 3,000 musicians, singers and dancers will take part in…

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Extreme fire risk warning extended until next week

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Arising from current prolonged high pressure weather patterns, very high temperatures and effective drought conditions, the Condition RED – Extreme Fire Risk alert has been extended until midday on Monday next (16 July). An extreme fire risk is deemed to exist in all areas where hazardous fuels exist. This meteorological risk is further compounded by…

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Contractor for Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme withdraws tender

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Works on the Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme have been dealt a blow as the appointed contractor has formally withdrawn the tender. It comes weeks ahead of an anticipated start date with Clare County Council having informed local residents in April that work was soon to get underway. However a contractual issue relating to a…

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Ennis man involved in Thai cave rescue

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An Ennis resident is playing a pivotal role in the rescue of a young football team and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand. Twelve boys and their 25-year-old football coach ventured into the Tham Luang cave complex after training and became trapped by rising waters more than a fortnight ago, on June 23rd.…

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VIDEO: Ennis Street Arts Festival comes to a close

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The thirteenth ever Ennis Street Arts Festival has concluded. Urban wildlife has been the theme for this year’s Ennis Street Arts Festival. The event’s founder, Ana Bella Alvarez explained why they opted to focus on it for 2018. “The way that we live today, we take it for granted everything we have around us. We’re…

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More than €200,000 funding awarded for playgrounds in Clare

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Five Clare primary schools are to receive a total of €207,130 for playgrounds under the second phase of 2018 CLÁR funding, Doolin National School is to receive €44, 980.32 for the provision of a play area that will include school-safety surfaces, fencing and suitable equipment, while Dromindoora National School has been allocated €49,636 for an…

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Enforcing camping & parking bylaws ‘will send out the wrong message’

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Overnight camping and parking restrictions are not being enforced in lakeside locations across East Clare. This came to light at the July meeting of the Killaloe Municipal District when Cllr Pat Burke called on the Council to enforce no camping and overnight parking at Mountshannon Harbour, Dromaan Harbour and Meelick Bay where signs stating the…

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Ennis company comes to rescue of Liveline caller

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An Ennis company came to the rescue of a hospital patient that said she felt like being locked into a car such was the volume of heat entering her ward. Kelly RAC reacted to a call from Sinead Johnston on Liveline and delivered a brand new air conditioning unit to the ward of the Kerry…

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Land acquisition “ongoing” for Killaloe bridge & bypass

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The land acquisition process for the proposed bypass and bridge at Killaloe is “ongoing”. Cllr Pat Burke sought an update on the development at the July meeting of the Killaloe Municipal District. He was informed by Senior Engineer Sean Lenihan that the compulsory purchase order (CPO) has been confirmed and that the land acquisition process…

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More bins & pooper scoopers needed in Lahinch says Slattery

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Problems exist in Lahinch with regard to rubbish and dog droppings according to Cllr Bill Slattery. At the July meeting of the West Clare Municipal District, Cllr Slattery requested Clare County Council “employ an additional General Operative for the duration of the tourist season in Lahinch” and to provide more bins. Acting Senior Executive Engineer,…

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