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Begley delighted with outcome of ‘daunting election’

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*Michael Begley. Photograph: Martin Connolly In Clare politics, being the Mayor in an election year is a risky position, for Michael Begley this gamble paid off.

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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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Curtin & Arkins undecided on running in 2019 local elections

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Two experienced politicians have yet to decide if they will be running in the 2019 local elections. Cllr Christy Curtin has topped the poll in each area he has ran for the last five elections. The Miltown councillor has been elected on the first count with his vote growing in every campaign since 1991. Last…

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Munster Fleadh in Ennis ‘will be the biggest one ever’

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Visitors from Japan, the UK and beyond will descend on Co Clare from Sunday for Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan Inis 2018. A total of 100,000 people are expected to arrive in the county at different stages for the duration of the eight day festival which sees 3,000 musicians, singers and dancers will take part in…

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Cathaoirleach determined new role won’t cost his seat

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Clare’s first citizen is hopeful the new role won’t put his seat at jeopardy for next year’s local elections. Cllr Michael Begley is the new Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council. He is “honoured” to have the role. “When you get into politics you can aspire to a lot of things but as I said in…

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O’Halloran running in Killaloe MD for 2019 elections

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Increased focus is turning to next year’s local elections following a redrawing of the municipal districts in Clare, Ger O’Halloran is the first non-sitting councillor to announce his intentions to run in 2019. A candidate in the Ennis Municipal District for the 2014 election, just three votes separated O’Halloran from Clare Colleran Molloy for the…

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Eoin Neylon: Christmas for political nerds

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Eoin Neylon, The Clare Echo’s Political Columnist examines the political landscape in Clare following the publication of a report by the Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee. For a political nerd, Thursday morning was like Christmas. There’s nothing more we love than an excuse to pour over facts and figures and break out the maps to…

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