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Killaloe resort closes suddenly

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Couples due to get married at a Killaloe resort next month have been left in limbo following its sudden closure. AnnaCarriga Estate in Lough Derg on Tuesday morning notified soon to be married couples via email that had already booked the Estate as their wedding venue of its closure. On January 6th AnnaCarriga closed temporarily…

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‘Library evolution in Clare has surpassed everything’

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Close to 20,000 people are members of libraries in Clare.

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Local election candidate undecided on whether Limerick border should extend into Clare

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A Shannon Banks resident who will contest the local elections in Clare this May has mixed views on whether Limerick should be allowed extend its county boundary to the area in which she lives. Betty Walsh will represent The Social Democrats in the Shannon Municipal District having previously contested the 1999 local election in the…

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19 year old Naughton ready to clash heads in election bid

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At 19 years of age, Sean Naughton is the youngest candidate declared so far for the local elections in May, he feels his addition to the Council is a shakeup that is needed. A past pupil of Castleconnell NS and St Munchins College, Sean has been selected as the Sinn Féin candidate in the Killaloe…

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Doyle wants to inject pace & fresh blood into Council

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Twenty seven year old, Beckha Doyle maintains Clare County Council needs an injection of pace and fresh blood, she wants to be the one to make the transfusion in Killaloe. A native of Tuamgraney, Beckha comes from a family of six which she feels exposes her to the many issues affecting people of varying age-groups…

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‘Awful lot of confusion’ around vacant homes in Clare

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“A disparity between GeoDirectory and CSO figures” has significantly overstated the amount of vacant dwellings in the county. At the December meeting of the Social Development SPC, Mairead Corbett an Administrative Officer with Clare County Council gave members an update surrounding action on vacant homes. Their initial work on vacant homes started in December 2017…

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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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More single houses & housing schemes given planning

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There has been an increase in the amount of planning permissions granted for single houses and housing schemes in Clare over the past two years. All four municipal districts in the county saw more permissions sanctioned in 2017 than 2016 for single rural houses, rising from 161 to 177. The volume was not as high…

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Clare communities prepare for Pride of Place adjudication

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Four Clare communities are busily preparing for the adjudication stage of 2018 IPB Pride of Place competition, which takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday. Spanish Point, Kilkishen, Shannon and Quin have been nominated by the Rural Development Directorate of Clare County Council to participate in annual all-island competition, which is run by Co-operation Ireland and…

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Land acquisition “ongoing” for Killaloe bridge & bypass

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The land acquisition process for the proposed bypass and bridge at Killaloe is “ongoing”. Cllr Pat Burke sought an update on the development at the July meeting of the Killaloe Municipal District. He was informed by Senior Engineer Sean Lenihan that the compulsory purchase order (CPO) has been confirmed and that the land acquisition process…

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