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O’Dowd family retire from ‘Luckiest shop in Clare’ after 40 years

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Jim O'Dowd and his customers

IT’S the end of an era for the ‘Luckiest shop in Clare’ as the O’Dowd family hang up their shop smocks. The family run shop has been looking after their customers at the Turnpike in Ennis for nearly half a century. Jim O’Dowd said he’s looking forward to retiring, but he reckoned he will have…

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Clare Older People’s Council looking for more voices

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RURAL isolation, accommodation, transport and a lack of carers are just some of the major issues facing older people in Clare, according to Clare Older People’s Council. Speaking at their AGM, Clare Older People’s Council PRO Patricia Anne Moore hoped that members of the public would come forward and have their voices heard. “We’re here…

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Salt supplies in place to treat Clare roads

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CLARE County Council says it has “sufficient” supplies of rock salt in storage to treat the County’s regional and national roads during the coming winter. 1,900 tonnes of rock salt are currently in storage at the Local Authority’s Depot/Maintenance facility at Beechpark, which the Council says is sufficient to facilitate up to 38 applications on…

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Ennis Christmas Lights switch on this Friday

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Chrimbo will FINALLY arrive in Ennis tomorrow evening as the Christmas Lights will be switched on, with the ceremony taking place at Ennis Indoor Market at 5pm. It will be preceded by a children’s treasure trail around the Market and Lower Market St areas, supported by the businesses located in those areas.  There will be face…

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Aoibhín’s Top 5: Favourite cups of coffee in Clare

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Tea and Garden Rooms, Ballyvaughan

THERE’S nothing better than a perfect cup of coffee, especially on these dark winter mornings (or any time of the day, to be fair). Whether its a fancy coffee concoction, a classic cappuccino or a plain and simple Americano, we have come a long way from the humble cup of instant home brew. So if…

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UHL asks patients to avoid Emergency Department

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UNIVERSITY  Hospital Limerick is asking patients to consider other treatment options before travelling to the Emergency Department. A spokesperson for University Hospital Limerick said they have been experiencing a high number of patients attending the ED in recent days. “We have admitted a lot of seriously ill patients recently, many of who remain in the…

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Ennis to host weekend of craic for Purple Flag

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From Left to Right: Cllr. Johnny Flynn, Margaret O'Brien Festival and Events Coordinator, Garda Deirdre O'Doherty, Cllr. Paul Murphy, Mayor of Ennis, Fiona Whelan, Clare County Council, William Cahir, President Ennis Chamber, Darragh McAllister Head of Vintners Federation for Clare. Photo: Mike Mulcaire

ENNIS has once again proved it has a hopping night time scene, having successfully held on to its Purple Flag. Purple Flag Programme Manager at the UK based Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) Sarah Walker explained: “Areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment…

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Collision on m18 due to dangerous weather conditions

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THE apocalyptic rain conditions have led to a collision on the Galway to Limerick motorway this morning. The AA have reported a crash on the M18 between Bunratty and Corbally, with long delays as a result. “Both lanes of the N18 Limerick/Galway Rd are now open northbound between J5 Cratloe and J6 Bunratty following a…

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Guilfoyles power through to next round of Ireland’s Fittest Family

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WE HAVE been following their progress on Ireland’s Fittest Family since day one and the Guilfoyles did not disappoint on Sunday as they powered through to the next round. Ezra, his mum Tracey, sister Fawn and brother Sionnach blasted through the first race and came out on top. It wasn’t all plain sailing however as…

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Our Lady’s Hospital fails to receive single bid at auction

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OUR Lady’s Hospital in Ennis remains up for sale after it failed receive a single bid at the recent BidX1 auction. Independent Councillor James Breen remains hopeful that Clare County Council will reconsider their decision not to purchase the building. “We have asked the county manager to reconsider and we will have to see what…

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