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Aoibhín’s Top 5: New Kids on the Block

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WE ALL have our old reliables when it comes to indulging in some tasty treats with our nearest and dearest, but once in a while it’s nice to step outside our comfort zone and try something new. There are so many foodie havens in Clare making waves in the industry, it’s hard to know where…

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Bishop was ‘hugely impressed by Pope’

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Bishop Fintan Monahan

BISHOP of Killaloe Fintan Monahan believes the Pope’s visit to Ireland was a really positive event for the Catholic Church in Ireland. He said it was a truly memorable event and he felt very privileged to be part of so many of the events. “I was hugely impressed by the presence of Pope Francis to…

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Ennis shortlisted for Ireland’s Friendliest Place award

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CLARE County Council has welcomed the announcement by Retail Excellence Ireland that Ennis has been shortlisted to retain its title of Ireland’s Friendliest Place. Ennis, Carrick-on-Shannon, Limerick, Slane and Waterford will all be vying for the top spot come November when the winner will be announced at a sell-out black-tie event in Killarney. Retail Excellence,…

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Aoibhín Garrihy – The Notebook

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Aoibhin Garrihy

THIS week marks two months of parenting in the Burke/Garrihy household and its fair to say our whole lives have changed! You hear it all the time but until that little bundle arrives nothing quite prepares you for all that wonder and awe! It’s another cliche but it’s true when they say it takes a…

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Clare mental health activists considering national protest

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The protest outside Ennis General Hospital on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Peter Flannigan

MENTAL health activist Gary Fitzgibbon has said that the protest held outside Ennis Hospital on Saturday has made him realise that the state of the Mental Health Service is worse than he thought. Speaking to The Clare Echo, Gary claimed a young woman was turned away twice in the one day from the Acute Unit…

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Tributes for former council chief Nunan

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The late Michael Nunan. Pic: Clare Co Co

TRIBUTES have been paid to former Clare County Manager Michael Nunan who has passed away. Mr. Nunan, who was a native of Kilfinane in County Limerick but had been living in Ennis for over three decades, served as County Manager for County Clare from 1984 to 1994. Mayor of Clare, Councillor Michael Begley commented, “On…

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Applause as TD ordered to sit down at public meeting in West Clare

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Post office public meeting in Cree

THERE was thunderous applause and cheering as Minister of State Pat Breen was told to sit down by the Chair of last night’s public meeting in Cree. The meeting was called in an attempt to save the village’s post office, which is due to close over the next few months. The crowd, which numbered almost…

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Victims of ‘signature gate’ have their say: ‘A wrongful use of my name’

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Barack Obama Plaza, Moneygall

Fourteen people who had supported Supermac’s Ireland Ltd planned motorway services plaza have formally withdrawn their backing for the project – with some claiming their signatures were forged in withdrawal statement. The Clare Echo understands signatures of people abroad – and of the deceased – were used in the submissions. In total, more than 190…

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O’Shea’s prowess on the field remembered by former coach

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One of Clare’s most talented footballers of the millennium has been remembered as a warrior on the pitch, after dying at the age of thirty seven. Michael O’Shea lined out for the Clare senior footballers for fifteen seasons, making his debut in 1999 and retiring in 2014 when the county secured promotion from Division 4…

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