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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s my Christmas tree!

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Garry O'Growney, Kilfenora competing in the Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championships at Tim Smyth park, Ennis. Photograph by Eamon Ward

EVER fancied yourself as a world record breaker? Now is your chance as Active Ennis are inviting members of the public to break the Guinness World Record for throwing Christmas trees. Bring your Christmas tree to Tim Smyth Park on Sunday, January 7 from 1pm to 3.00pm for the annual Irish International Christmas Tree Throwing…

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Incredible footage of ferry crossing during storm Eleanor

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OUR stomachs were churning when we saw this video of photographer Anthony Kearney’s crossing on the Tarbert to Killimer car ferry during Storm Eleanor this morning. Anthony played down the terrifying sea conditions, but if we were in his boots, we would have been clinging on for a dear life. “The Shannon is a little…

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Ennis cleans up at IBAL awards

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2018 is off to a flying start for Clare’s capital as Ennis has just been named Ireland’s cleanest town. Ennis was up against Roscommon and Kildare for the Irish Businesses Against Litter accolade. A special €40,000 public sculpture is to be commissioned for Ennis to mark the achievement. Mayor Paul Murphy said the award is…

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Meet Kossie, Dogs for the Disabled’s newest recruit

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THERE are few greater honours in this world than having a dog named after you, let alone a stability dog. Kilkee adventurer and charity campaigner Dermot Cosgrove was given this very privilege when Dogs for the Disabled called one of their newest recruits “Kossie”. “It’s kind of cool thinking that this pup is going to…

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Car involved in two collisions caught driving on M18

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WE DIDN’T know whether to laugh or cry when we saw this tweet from An Garda Síochána. The Ennis Traffic Corps stopped a car on the M18 motorway earlier. The car is so badly damaged it’s virtually impossible to tell the make and model of the car. Even one of the rear tyres is missing,…

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Storm Eleanor brings orange wind warning to Clare

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CLARE County Council is urging the public to steer clear of coastal areas today as storm Eleanor makes her way to the Banner County. Met Éireann have issued a status orange wind warning, with southwest to west winds of mean speeds 65 to 80 km/h, gusting to 110 to 130 km/h, expected. Storm Eleanor is…

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Kilrush road closed following collision

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EMERGENCY services are attending the scene of a road traffic collision just outside Ennis. The accident occurred 2.5 km from the town on the N68 Ennis/Kilrush road. The road is closed and motorists are requested to use an alternative route. It’s understood a number of people have been injured in the two car collision, which…

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Car robbed at knifepoint in Ennis before crashing in Newmarket

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A MAN who allegedly hijacked a car at knifepoint in Co Clare last night is due to appear in court later today. The man in his 20s was arrested after he crashed the stolen vehicle in Newmarket on Fergus almost 20 kilometres away. The incident happened at around 11.20pm in a housing estate on the…

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Trump International granted permission for coastal works

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Clare County Council has today issued a decision to grant permission for the development of coastal erosion management works at, and adjacent to, Carrowmore Dunes, White Strand, Doughmore Bay and Trump International Golf Links and Hotel, Doonbeg, Co. Clare. As per the provisions of the planning acts, any decision made may be subject to a…

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Aldi granted permission for new Killaloe store

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THERE was another jobs boost for East Clare today as Aldi were granted planning permission for a new store in Killaloe. The international discount food store giant will construct a 10,000 square metres on Abbey Street, Killaloe. The new development will bring more competition to the East Clare town, which already has a Supervalu. “We…

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