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Housing estate speed limits could soon be reduced to 30km/hr

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Usain Bolt

USAIN Bolt could soon exceed the speed limit in Co Clare housing estates, as they could be reduced to 30km per hour. Fine Gael Councillor Johnny Flynn proposed the motion at tonight’s council meeting, emphasising the fact that he has been raising the issue since his election in 2004. “The evidence is that in zones…

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Baby seal causes a stir at the cliff walk in Kilkee

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Baby seal at the cliff walk in Kilkee, photo: Vanessa Keane

WE COULD hardly contain ourselves when we saw the little cutie that has been hanging out at the cliff walk in Kilkee. A baby seal has made the grassy verge his temporary home for the last few days as he loses his baby fur. The Irish Seal Sanctuary are aware of the pup and have…

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St Francis Credit Union come out on top at FBD Clare Business Excellence Awards

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William Cahir President Ennis Chamber of Commerce, Louis Fay General Manager St Francis Credit Union (overall winner) and Mike Byrne MD of Acton BV. Photo: Mike Mulcaire

THERE were major celebrations in Ennis over the weekend as St Francis Credit Union were crowned Overall Winners at the FBD Clare Business Excellence Awards. St Francis Credit Union General Manager Louis Fay was delighted to accept the award for Customer Service Excellence and said he was bowled over when St Francis Credit Union Ennis was announced…

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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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RSVP December Issue, Photo: RSVP Magazine

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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The Epic Blanket

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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