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Charities to benefit from weekend Christmas Express Train

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Five charities are to benefit from the Christmas Express Train that will be travelling through the town of Ennis this weekend.

All proceeds from the Express Train will be going towards local charities. The €2 fare is being applied for what is the second successive year that the train will be travelling through the county town.

Slots have been allocated for each of the chosen charities. Funds raised on Friday evening (December 20th) will go towards St Vincent de Paul. Passengers on board Saturday (December 21st) will be supporting Clare Haven Services (10am – 2pm) and the Cystic Fibrosis Clare (2pm – 6pm).

On Sunday (December 22nd) which is the final day of journeys, Clare Crusaders (10am – 2pm) and Clarecastle Daycare Centre (2pm – 6pm) are the benefactors.

“It was very successful last year, it added greatly to the experience in Ennis,” Mayor of Ennis Cllr Johnny Flynn (FG) commented. Meanwhile, the Ennis Municipal District have confirmed they will consider a request from Cllr Mark Nestor (FF) to send “a token of goodwill” to the charity that did not get pulled out of the draw.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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