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Storm Georgina on her way with orange wind warning

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WE HAVE been lulled into a false sense of security over the last couple of days as the weather took a break from battering us. Alas, it was too good to last as Met Eireann have just upgraded the yellow wind warning in place for Clare to an orange one. They have also named the…

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Clare girl pens sweetest letter to Bernard O’Shea

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Poor Bernard O’Shea is not the best mover on Dancing with the Stars, but we bet his week was made when he got a letter from 10 year old Molly Cahill. “I’m 10 years of age and I live in Co Clare. I was going to write to the President but I decided to write…

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Cllr Howard appeals to women to get the ‘girls’ checked out

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Councillor Mary Howard at the BreastCheck clinic in Ennis. Pic: Arthur Ellis

“If you don’t go for a BreastCheck when you are called, you are playing Russian Roulette with your life,” says Councillor Mary Howard. When Mary went for her Breast Check in December, the nurses told her that five women prior to her did not attend their appointment. It turns out that 55 per cent of…

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Samaritans appeal for volunteers to join Ennis branch

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Samaritans Ennis are launching a major volunteer recruitment campaign to encourage people to give something back to the local community and help change people’s lives. They will hold information evenings on Tuesday, Janaury 30 and Wednesday, January 31 from 7.30 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. in the Samaritan Centre, Sunville, Kilrush Rd., Ennis. There are more…

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Daniel O’Donnell wants to come stay with you

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OWN a B&B or know someone who does? Always fancied having Daniel O’Donnell come to stay? Well get cracking on perfecting that Irish breakfast as Daniel and Majella are back on the B&B roadtrip and they are looking for 12 places to stay. We think it’s a perfect opportunity to showcase what the stunning Co…

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Burren geologist discovers 435 million year old starfish species

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Burren and Cliffs of Moher geologist Dr Eamon Doyle has made a pretty cool discovery in the wilds of Maam Valley in Connemara. He found a new species of fossil starfish, which began to form a whopping 435 million years ago. Cooler still, the fossil has been named ‘Crepidosoma doyleii’ in honour of its discoverer.…

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50th Merriman Winter School to be held in Ennis this month

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THE 50th consecutive Scoil Gheimhridh Merriman (Merriman Winter School) will be held in Ennis the weekend of 26-28 January 2018. ‘Éigse Éireann go hAonteach’ is the theme; the organisers are Máire Ní Neachtain and Liam Ó Dochartaigh and the winter school is being run in partnership with the Ennis-based language initiative ‘An Clár as Gaeilge’.…

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Aoibhín’s Top 5: local clubs worth joining in Clare this January

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JANUARY is all about fresh starts and taking better care of yourself, but what if you could help someone else while you’re at it? There are a lot of clubs and societies who do great work around Co Clare, raising money for charity and helping people through rough times. And there are some clubs out…

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Plans submitted to address Blake’s Corner traffic issues

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PLANS to address the traffic congestion issues in Ennistymon are underway as a planning application has been formally submitted to Clare Co Council. The council plant to develop an inner relief road including a new vehicle bridge crossing of the Inagh/Cullenagh River, 80 metres upstream of the existing bridge. The overall route runs from 170…

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Relive the Fleadh Cheoil with new RTE series

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IF YOU’RE anything like us, there’s a good chance you’re still not fully recovered from the epic week that was the Fleadh Cheoil. The pub crawls, the hot food vans, the warm beer in the plastic cups, the unreal trad music sessions and the endless Michael Flatley selfies in the hazy summer sun (ahem, rain)…

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