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Watch: When Ennis won the Information Age Town

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IT’S 20 years ago since Ennis was named Ireland’s Information Age Town and the people of Clare’s capital town celebrated while those on the periphery lived in hope that they too would get a free computer. In a time before drones existed, possibly one of the largest co-ordinated efforts in the town’s bid saw school…

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‘Major concerns’ for human health in Clare over cement plant plans

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THE granting of a licence to Irish Cement to burn alternative fuels would be bad news for County Clare, it has been warned. Clare County Council has made a detailed submission to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the proposal to burn alternative fuels at its plant at Castlemungret in Limerick. In a statement, Cllr…

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Clare Echo heads to Killaloe for women’s business event

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WE’RE all about promoting local business and that’s why The Clare Echo is heading to Killaloe next month to meet female entrepreneurs from across the county. Local Enterprise Office Clare will co-host a networking event for local female entrepreneurs in Killaloe as part of National Women’s Enterprise Day (NWED) 2017, an event for aspiring female…

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Ennis RFC targeted as criminals destroy €11,000 netting

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A MINDLESS act at Ennis RFC has left club members baffled. Gardai were called to the scene today and have taken a statement after club members discovered 120 square metres of netting was ripped from its fixture and stolen from the Showgrounds Road location yesterday evening. It’s not yet known how much the damage will…

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‘Gorilla limb’ found in West Clare still had flesh on it

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THE primate’s limb that mysteriously washed up on a West Clare beach still has flesh on it, indicating that the animal may have been alive up until recently. Clare Dog Warden Frankie Coote has been left with the unenviable job of disposing of to the limb that was found washed up on a beach near…

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Lissycasey school teacher’s brush with fame on RTE continues

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RTE’s Painting the Nation artists will take on the beautiful sights of the Burren this Sunday as this week’s episode comes from North Clare. And who better to welcome presenter Pauline McLynn back to the Burren (where she found fame at Fr Ted’s House in the 90s) than Ballynacally native Elaine Gavin. Multi-talented artist Elaine,…

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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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