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Ancient body found in the Burren suffered a violent death

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A 2,200 year old body found in the Burren suffered a violent end and was buried in a very unusual way, according to archaeologists. Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology site director Dr Ros Ó Maoldúin said the body of the person in their twenties, dating from the Iron Age, was found with stab wounds. “It’s…

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New homes for 51 Clare families this Christmas

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CLARE County Council has given 51 families a fantastic Christmas gift as two new housing schemes will see these people in need spending the festive season in their new homes. The schemes, at Lios Anama in Sixmilebridge and Aisling, off Shanaway Road in Ennis, comprise a mix of three and four-bedroom houses with families moving…

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First ever Tourism Development Officer to be appointed in Clare

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CLARE  County Council is breaking new ground on the tourism front as they will appoint a Tourism Development Officer for Clare for the first time ever. Economic Devlopment Director of Services Brian McCarty confirmed that Clare County Council received approval for the appointment from the Government last week. “This resource, when appointed will be a…

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Feature preview: John Burke wins Clare Person of the Year

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WEST Clare hotelier, mountain climber and philanthropist John Burke has been named as Clare Person of the Year for 2018. Check out Thursday’s edition of The Clare Echo for the full interview, but here’s an exclusive sneak preview for our social media followers:   YOU would want to have been living under a rock not…

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Pantaloons prepare for phenomenal panto production

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PANTALOONS Ennis are back for more laughs this year with their production of much loved panto Cinderella, (oh no they’re not) oh yes they are! For their 15th annual show they will revisit arguably the most loved story of all, complete with ugly sisters, fairy godmother, a handsome prince and glass slippers. Pantaloons are often…

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88% patient rating for Ennis Hospital

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THE results are in for Ireland’s first ever National Patient Experience Survey and the feedback provided by over 1,000 inpatients across the UL Hospitals Group will prove an invaluable driver for improving services. UL Hospitals Group achieved an overall rating of 82%, corresponding exactly to the national average. Nenagh Hospital achieved an overall rating of…

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Marty Morrissey to strut his stuff on Dancing with the Stars

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WE WERE delighted when we heard that GAA commentator and all round Clare legend Marty Morrissey will storm the stage in season two of Dancing with the Stars. Marty cha-cha-cha’d onto the set of the Late Late Show on Friday night, confirming his participation along with Conor McGregor’s sister Erin and entrepreneur Norah Casey. Speaking…

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Holy Island one step closer to becoming tourist mecca

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IT LOOKS like Holy Island in Lough Derg is set to be developed as a tourist attraction sooner rather than later. The Visitor Management and Sustainable Tourism Development Plan by Clare County Council was issued to Elected Members in the last few days, and it is planned to issue a number to the local community…

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Future of East Clare Golf Club secured with €20m investment plan by East Clare Development Village

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New management company sets out five-year redevelopment plan for golf course and resort East Clare Development Village, the new management company behind East Clare Golf Club, has announced details of its ambitious €20 million redevelopment plan for the course and surrounding resort. The redevelopment will take place over the next five years in four or…

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On the road to nowhere: Councillor calls for confusing road sign to be replaced

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INDEPENDENT Councillor Michael Begley has called for a road sign for Sixmilebridge that is constantly pointing in the wrong direction to be replaced. The sign was damaged after being struck by a vehicle (thankfully no-one was injured) and the sign has turned into a weather vane. For those of you who don’t live in the…

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