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Children’s choirs can Elevate your soul

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A FUNDRAISING event in aid of John Burke’s Elevate Foundation will see over 70 young singers from across North Clare – along with another 40 from a German youth choir – coming together during World Mental Health Week 2017 and National Choral Singing Week. The Burren Children’s Choir is presenting ‘A Song With a Smile…

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An almighty number of visitors to Loop Head this summer

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THE stunning Loop Head Lighthouse has recorded an increase in visitor numbers for a SIXTH successive year with latest figures for 2017 showing that 24,450 visiting the County Clare attraction between March and September. Here at The Clare Echo we love the popular tourist attraction located at the mouth of the Shannon Estuary on the…

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Clare town tops ‘friendliest place in Ireland’ list

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WHILE this doesn’t appear to be an official award, we think it should be. Because the county capital of Clare has just been named the friendliest place in Ireland. The ‘Ireland Before You Die website’ has a yearly list for ‘Friendliest Place In Ireland‘ and this year, the No 1 spot is bound to raise…

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€1m boost for nine Clare towns and villages

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GREAT news for villages and small towns across Clare as it’s been announced they will share in €1m for local projects. In total nine rural Clare towns will benefit from €944,000 under the 2017 Town and Village Renewal Scheme, which is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and focuses on projects which…

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Ennis Train Station is being ‘stripped to the bone’

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ENNIS Councillor Mary Howard has hit out at the treatment of Ennis Train Station by Iarnród Éireann chiefs. In recent months the face-to-face ticket purchasing service has been removed from the station and the Fine Gael councillor says if things continue in this manner the whole station will be run by machines. In a statement…

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Ennis achieves Coach Friendly Town status

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EVEN with our narrow and charming town centre streets, Ennis has managed to be declared a ‘Coach Friendly Town’ by the Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland (CTTC), a representative body for Ireland’s coach touring companies and private bus operators. The County Capital is one of only three towns in Ireland to have successfully…

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Kilnaboy farmer’s Bullmatch app does a very serious job

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Dubbed “Tinder for Bulls”, Kilnaboy farmer Brian Kelly’s Bullmatch app received a lot of attention when it was launched at the recent Ploughing Championships. Brian is happy with the attention the brand new app has received, but is keen to set the record straight on what the app actually does. “It’s fantastic for publicity, absolutely,…

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€1,000 Golden Ticket details revealed

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The Clare Echo announced last week that we will give an eye-watering €1,000 prize to the finder of the Clare Echo Golden Ticket. And now we can reveal full details of how you can win – so you can start daydreaming about how you’re going to spend the winnings. The Clare Echo is hitting shelves…

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Historic Michelin star goes to Clare’s Wild Honey Inn

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IT’S a big day for firsts here in Clare as the Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna has become the first pub in Ireland to be awarded a Michelin Star. Run by Kate Sweeney and head chef Aidan McGrath, the pub is renowned for wholesome food made from local seasonal produce. Formerly known as Kincora House,…

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Starbucks to open drive-through café in Clare

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IT’S time for coffee lovers to get excited as The Clare Echo can reveal that Starbucks are about to set up their first outlet in Co Clare. Though details of when the international coffee giants will open their doors have yet to be revealed, we can exclusively confirm that the deal is signed, sealed and…

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