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Guilfoyles power through to next round of Ireland’s Fittest Family

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WE HAVE been following their progress on Ireland’s Fittest Family since day one and the Guilfoyles did not disappoint on Sunday as they powered through to the next round. Ezra, his mum Tracey, sister Fawn and brother Sionnach blasted through the first race and came out on top. It wasn’t all plain sailing however as…

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Our Lady’s Hospital fails to receive single bid at auction

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OUR Lady’s Hospital in Ennis remains up for sale after it failed receive a single bid at the recent BidX1 auction. Independent Councillor James Breen remains hopeful that Clare County Council will reconsider their decision not to purchase the building. “We have asked the county manager to reconsider and we will have to see what…

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Bishop Monahan visits Trócaire projects in Kenya

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Bishop Fintan Monahan visits Kenya

OUR very ow Bishop Fintan Monahan has just returned from a visit to the projects supported by Trócaire in Kenya. Bishop Monahan, along with a group of Bishops and Canon Michael Mc Loughlin, visited the slums of Nairobi, the tribes in rural Turkana and visited the medical centres in Lodwar. He said it was very…

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Cup half full with 15 new jobs in Ennis facility

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FIFTEEN new jobs will be created at CupPrint’s facility, in addition to the 95 jobs already on site at their head office in the Ballymaley Business Park in Ennis. Minister Pat Breen visited CupPrint’s head office and main manufacturing facility in Ennis on Monday, November 20th. During his visit, Minister Breen spoke about the company’s…

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14 cars with faulty headlights spotted in one journey

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CLARE Chief Superintendent John Kerin has appealed to motorists to make sure their headlights are in good working order. The Clare Echo received a report from a concerned citizen who reported seeing a total of 14 cars with faulty or broken headlights while travelling between Kilrush and Ennis recently. Chief Supt Kerin confirmed that faulty…

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Sinn Fein to commemorate 150th anniversary of Manchester Martyrs

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IT’s a well-known landmark in Kilrush, but not everyone knows what the Maid of Eireann monument represents. It is dedicated to the Manchester Martyrs: Philip Allen, Michael Larkin and Michael O’Brien who were executed in November 1867. 150 years ago this year, two Fenian leaders Colonel Kelly and Captain Deasy had been captured in Manchester and were awaiting…

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Canadian navigation buoy drifts thousands of kilometres to West Clare

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Pat Flynn

A MASSIVE navigation buoy, believed to have drifted thousands of kilometres across the Atlantic from Canada, has washed up on a beach in Co Clare. The green rusted navigational aid was discovered on Friday morning on the beach at Seafield near Quilty. The buoy is estimated to be about 3m high/2m wide structure weighs several…

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Cork people were NOT happy with Clare’s inclusion in Ireland’s Greatest Sporting moment

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RTE’S show ‘Ireland’s Greatest Sporting Moments’ caused quite a bit of controversy last night as the five best moments of the 90s were debated by Ruby Walsh, Derval O’Rourke and Ronan O’Gara. The five moments included Packie Bonner, Ray Houghton, Clare capturing the 1995 All-Ireland, Michael Carruth and Sonia O’Sullivan’s 5000m gold in Gothenburg. We of course…

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Kilkee needs YOUR help to raise €100,000

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IT’S probably fair to say that we sometimes take our beach side towns for granted. As soon as the thermometer sneaks anywhere near 20°c, we down tools and head for Kilkee to soak up the rare Irish sunshine. But sometimes we forget that small communities like Kilkee often struggle to keep themselves afloat, which is…

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Dovile’s Fairytale comes to life with new EP

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MUSIC lovers are in for a treat as Dovile Lee will release her stunning debut EP, My Fairytale, at the end of the month. Originally from Lithuania but living in Ennis for the last 14 years, Dovile co-wrote the lyrics with her husband Barry Lee and Dovile created the melodies. Described by fans as “the…

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