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Ennis needs festival in 2020 to fill Fleadh void

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*Crowds gather for the 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Photograph by Eamon Ward An enhanced Fleadh Nua or separate traditional music festival is needed in Ennis for 2020. Having hosted Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2016 and 2017 as well as the 2018 and 2019 Munster Fleadh, a replacement festival must be lined up for …

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‘Ennis a perfect fit for traditional festivals’

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*Dancer Zoe Keane with Joe Arkins and Mayor of Ennis, Cllr Clare Colleran Molloy. Photograph: Martin Connolly “In Clare we know how it’s done” was the message driven home as plans for this year’s Munster Fleadh were discussed this week. Joe Arkins, Frank Whelan and Therese McInerney addressed members of the Ennis Municipal District this …

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O’Callaghan braced for ‘dog eat dog canvass’ in East Clare

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*Photograph: Eamon Ward Leas Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, Cllr Alan O’Callaghan has himself geared up for canvassing the length and breadth of East Clare over the coming months. On Friday, he topped the poll at a Fianna Fáil convention which selected their three candidates for the Killaloe MD. Coming first was a pleasant surprise …

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