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Planets (almost) collide over Clare skies

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LET’S face it, there aren’t too many up sides to getting up before dawn, but it was made just a little bit more majestic this morning as a celestial dance took place in the skies above Co Clare. Venus and Jupiter converged in the pre-dawn sky only one third of a degree apart this morning.…

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Someone in Clare has just won €500k

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THIS weekend has taken a turn for the better for one person in Clare – because The National Lottery has revealed that the winning ticket for Friday night’s €500,000 Ireland only Euromillions Plus draw was purchased in Ennis. Lottery HQ are urging people to check their lucky numbers because the winner is yet to present…

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Clare Echo Winter Photo competition in conjunction with Smart Art

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THE Clare Echo is officially launching its Winter Readers’ Photo Competition – with the winner getting their photograph transformed into a stunning museum quality oil painting courtesy of Smart Art. The theme for this first competition is ‘Beautiful Clare’ and we’re looking for our readers to take a photograph of anything beautiful in the county,…

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s Irish love affair continues – in Clare!

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The world’s most famous modern day astronaut Chris Hadfield jetted into Shannon Airport this evening and stated it was good to be back on Ireland’s west coast. Hadfield brought the International Space Station into popular culture in 2013 when he performed the David Bowie classic Space Oddity while rotating around the earth. Canada’s most accomplished…

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RSVP shows off Clare celebs in this month’s issue

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THE Banner County has taken over RSVP this month as some of Clare’s most well-known faces grace the front cover. Our very own ‘Love Clare’ columnist Aoibhin Garrihy discusses how she had to change her life for the sake of her happiness. Clare hurling legend Davy Fitzgerald also features on the front page with his…

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The world’s biggest knitted blanket needs you

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WE CAN think of nothing better in this Baltic weather than snuggling up under the world’s biggest knitted blanket. This may be do-able sooner rather than later, as Ennis woman Valery Larkin is attempting to break the Guinness World Record by creating a toasty 15,000 square foot blanket. But she needs the sound people of…

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Spectacular Aurora Borealis spotted over the Burren

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Aurora Borealis. Photo: John Underhill

ANY mention of the Aurora Borealis immediately strikes up images of green and red flashes streaking over snow-capped peaks. The natural phenomenon rarely ventures this far south, so we tend to get pretty excited when it does. Burren Vet John Underhill hastily snapped this photo of last night’s sky show, when he saw the aurora…

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Kilrush disability needs level twice as high as county average

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TWENTY two per cent of Kilrush residents are registered as having a disability, according to new figures released by the Central Statistics Office. This is twice as high as the Co Clare average, which currently stands at 12 per cent. Fourteen per cent of Ennis residents have a disability, along with 11 per cent of…

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TII to consult with landowners over new M18 service station today

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TRANSPORT Infrastructure Ireland will meet with local landowners today to discuss plans for a new M18  service station. TII have been working with landowners in the Newmarket on Fergus area for the past couple of years on the planned development. The public consultation meeting will take place from 4.30pm to 8pm this evening at the…

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Greene with envy as Éimhear to perform at the Toy Show

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IT’S every kid’s dream to take part in the Late Late Toy show. Let’s face it, it’s every adult’s dream too, whether they admit it or not. So we were just the teensiest bit jealous when we heard that West girl Éimhear Greene will get to showcase her fantastic musical talents in this year’s show.…

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