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Countdown begins to Clare Community Awards Night

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THE presentation of awards in the 2017 ‘Clare in Bloom’, ‘Best Kept Local Authority Estate’ and ‘Pride of Place’ competitions will be held at Áras Contae an Chláir in Ennis on Tuesday, October 17 at 7pm. The annual Clare Community Awards Night will be hosted by the Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council. We’re big fans…

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Clare parent not informed of drain cleaner issue in phone call from HSE

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THE Clare Echo has learned that a parent who received a phone call from the HSE was not initially informed of the drain cleaner issue at the HSE Dental Clinic in Bindon St, Ennis. Yesterday the HSE closed the dental clinic after it was detected that drain cleaning fluid was mistakenly mixed in with water…

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All out in purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Day launch

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IT WAS a sea of (almost) 99 purple balloons yesterday at the launch of the Annual Clare Local Area Network Domestic Violence Awareness Day. This year’s event, ‘Listening to the Child’ provides information and support for women living with domestic violence. Clare Local Area Network Chairperson Sergeant Catriona Holohan said the event provides agencies and…

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Very tasty award for Vasco

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A North Clare establishment has topped off a great week for the county’s booming foodie scene. Fanore based restaurant Vasco has been awarded the Georgina Campbell Natural Food Award for 2018, which recognises businesses that champion fresh, local and seasonal produce. According to the Georgina Campbell guides, the Natural Food Award seeks to recognise “an…

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Colin Ryan follows Brendan Bugler into retirement

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JUST days after Brendan Bugler called time on his Clare career, fellow All-Ireland winner Colin Ryan has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling. The Newmarket on Fergus man will forever be remembered for his precision from the dead ball but also made a huge contribution from open play during his peak in the saffron and…

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Children’s choirs can Elevate your soul

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A FUNDRAISING event in aid of John Burke’s Elevate Foundation will see over 70 young singers from across North Clare – along with another 40 from a German youth choir – coming together during World Mental Health Week 2017 and National Choral Singing Week. The Burren Children’s Choir is presenting ‘A Song With a Smile…

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An almighty number of visitors to Loop Head this summer

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THE stunning Loop Head Lighthouse has recorded an increase in visitor numbers for a SIXTH successive year with latest figures for 2017 showing that 24,450 visiting the County Clare attraction between March and September. Here at The Clare Echo we love the popular tourist attraction located at the mouth of the Shannon Estuary on the…

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Clare town tops ‘friendliest place in Ireland’ list

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WHILE this doesn’t appear to be an official award, we think it should be. Because the county capital of Clare has just been named the friendliest place in Ireland. The ‘Ireland Before You Die website’ has a yearly list for ‘Friendliest Place In Ireland‘ and this year, the No 1 spot is bound to raise…

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