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Clare can have a version of Cat Laughs or RiverFest

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Clare may soon be getting its equivalent of the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, Limerick’s RiverFest or the Galway Arts Festival. At the June meeting of Clare County Council, Cllr Cathal Crowe asked for an appraisal and costing of hosting “a major annual festival along the lines of Limerick’s Riverfest, Galway’s Arts Festival and Kilkenny’s…

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Ennis leaving rest of Clare in the long grass

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THERE is apartheid in County Clare when it comes to grass-cutting, according to Cllr Cathal Crowe. His views came in light of a motion from Cllr Gerry Flynn which called on the local authority to share resources across the county. “In view of the tremendous work done by the Gardening Section of Clare County Council…

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Clare celebrates National Day of Youthful Creativity

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A series of free cultural events marking Cruinniú na nÓg, the national Day of Youthful Creativity, will take place across County Clare next week. The initiative, which is being funded under the Creative Ireland Programme and supported by the Culture Team of Clare County Council, celebrates and encourages children and young people’s participation in culture…

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Conlon – ‘These are the days you live for’

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Now in his tenth year on the Clare senior hurling panel, John Conlon gets the feeling that they are rediscovering the flair that helped them win an All-Ireland title five years ago. As the second oldest member of the panel, Conlon has certainly been setting the example thus far in this year’s championship. His exploits…

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42 houses to be built at Drumbiggle

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Permission has been granted for the construction of forty two houses at Drumbiggle, Ennis. Clare County Council had previously approved plans from Woodhaven Devlopments Ltd in December of last year but third party appeals were made to An Bord Pléanála. These were unsuccessful and the development will now proceed. Woodhaven Developers Ltd first submitted plans…

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Ennis Street Arts Festival hoping thirteenth year will be a lucky one

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This July sees the Ennis Street Arts Festival take place for the thirteenth time and its organisers are hoping the bit of luck they get will be some fine weather. Ana Bella Alvarez first arrived to Co Clare in 2004, two years later she spearheaded the establishment of the festival. At Friday’s launch in glór,…

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Cloughleigh students ‘Share A Story’ with new literary project

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First class pupils at Scoil Chríost Rí, along with their parents and teachers have celebrated the completion of an exciting, collaborative literacy project at a special event in de Valera Library, Ennis. ‘Share A Story project’ was launched at the Cloughleigh school on 17 April. It ran over six weeks where parents and their children…

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Cusack Park to be packed for Clare vs Limerick

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Cusack Park is set to be full to capacity for next weekend’s Munster Senior Hurling Championship tie between Clare and Limerick. Munster GAA released a statement on Sunday evening confirming “that the tickets.ie allocation (online sales, Centra and Supervalu stores) for next Sunday’s Clare v Limerick game in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship at Cusack…

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Green Business Seminar announced for Kilrush

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Clare County Council, in conjunction with EPA Green Business and Kilrush Tidy Towns, will host the 2018 Green Business Seminar at the recently opened DigiClare Kilrush Hub on Monday 18 June at 9.00am. James Hogan, EPA Green Businesses, who will be a speaker at the ceremony, says businesses of all sizes can make significant cost…

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Finnish food giant forks out €22m for stake in Ennis company

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A Finnish company has invested €22 million for shares in an Ennis based business. Huhtamaki is a global food packaging specialist, headquartered in Espoo, Finland. It now has a 70% share in CupPrint, a Clare company that employs 112 people and has recorded annual net sales of €14 million. Terry Fox, a former Irish EY…

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