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Clare Echo reader to win €1,000 prize

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YES – your eyes don’t deceive. The Clare Echo is preparing to give away an eye-watering €1,000 prize to the finder of the Clare Echo Golden Ticket. We’re so excited about the first edition of The Clare Echo hitting shelves across the county next month that we’ve decided to create a specially-designed Golden Ticket. Some…

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Gallery: Clare’s Older Peoples Volunteer of the Year awards

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HERE at Clare Echo HQ, we love highlighting local people being honoured for doing brilliant things. Currently National Positive Aging Week is being celebrated nationwide, and to coincide with that the Clare Older Peoples Volunteer of the Year awards took place yesterday at the Templegate Hotel in Ennis. Local photographer Arthur Ellis was on hand…

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Dr Harty has a cut at ‘dysfunctional’ planning of St Joseph’s Hospital

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CLARE’S Independent TD Dr Michael Harty has hit out at the ‘snail’s pace’ progress on delivering the new Community Nursing Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ennis. Dr Harty claimed he has been told by Minister for Health Simon Harris that construction will not be completed until 2021. The Government has committed €12 million for…

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Clare students prepare for Enterprise Awards programme

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STUDENTS from St Flannan’s and St John Bosco Kildysart gathered at Treacy’s West County on Tuesday at an induction day for this year’s LEO awards. Local Enterprise Office Clare (LEO Clare) delivers the Local Enterprise Offices National Student Enterprise Awards Programme in second level schools across the county. This exciting initiative is open to all…

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To Connacht, a hell of a lot faster!

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CLARE’S motorists will cut their commutes to Galway substantially and the north-west from tomorrow, following the opening of the new M17/M18 Gort to Tuam. Locals and tourists alike will no longer be stuck in traffic on what Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) calls ‘single carriageway roads that have deficiencies which restrict safe and efficient movement’. “The…

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Status yellow rainfall warning for Clare

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JUST when you thought you were out, they pull you right back in! Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow rainfall warning for Clare, just days after promising a sustained period of warm, sunny weather. The forecaster says that Clare, along with our Munster neighbours and Galway will see between 30mm and 50mm of rain…

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Free arts and disability event at Buttermarket

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The Clare County Council Arts Office will host a two-day Arts and Disability event on the 13-14 October at the Buttermarket building, Drumbiggle Road, Ennis. The Arts Office says the free event, entitled ‘Drawing from the Well’, aims to offer all arts and disability practitioners, participants and partnering organisations “an opportunity to reflect on their…

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Stuart Holly: Editor

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Stuart Holly is the editor and co-founder of The Clare Echo. An Ennis native, Stuart developed an early love for journalism in St Flannan’s where he questioned everything his teachers said. After obtaining a journalism degree in Dublin, Stuart interned at The Evening Herald. Even then, his unnecessarily loud phone interviews were an indication that…

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CCTV cameras in rural Clare can tackle ‘calculated’ nappy dumping

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CALLS have been made to Clare County Council to install temporary CCTV cameras in Meelick and Cratloe to help identify those responsible for dumping waste in the area. While numerous towns and villages are celebrating Tidy Towns success, Councillor Cathal Crowe has highlighted the murky practice of illegal dumping in rural Clare. Couches, bags of…

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