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Brexit poses risk of ‘farmageddon’ for Clare farmers

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Brexit is posing the risk of “farmageddon” for gravely concerned Clare farmers. With calving season underway, farmers in the county have hit out that in all the Brexit negotiations, animals and their welfare have been scarcely mentioned. Five months since its foundation, 19,000 farmers across Ireland have become members of the Beef Plan, 790 of…

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Seawood ruling will keep Clare company in business

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A ruling regarding the awarding of seaweed harvesting licences has been described as a victory for coastal communities. This week it was announced that seaweed harvesting licences cannot be awarded in an area where there is an existing right to harvest seaweed. Sinn Féin MEP, Liadh Ni Riada stated, “This ruling is a victory for…

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€66,000 in Clár funding for Clare projects

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€66,000 will be provided for three Clare capital projects under the first measure of funding in the new Clár funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development. Kilmaley Meitheal will receive €18,000 for the resurfacing and redesigning of the existing Church carpark, new tarmac, lining and upgrading of existing footpaths and school safety measures…

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Flynn critical of Minister Murphy’s ‘whistle-stop tour’

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Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy has come under fire from Cllr Gerry Flynn. Clare County Council’s Chairperson of the Social Development SPC, Cllr Gerry Flynn stated that Minister Murphy’s visit to the county last month should have included a meeting with council officials trying to tackle “a housing crisis”. Eoghan Murphy…

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West Clare widower ordained to priesthood

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A West Clare widower and father of one was ordained as a priest at the weekend. Quilty man, Martin Shanahan was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Killaloe by Bishop Fintan Monahan celebrated in Saint Mary’s Church, Mullagh on Sunday. Bishop Monahan referenced the experience Martin brings to the priesthood from his family…

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Clare childcare providers receive €320,000 in funding

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€320,000 in capital funding is to be allocated for fifteen providers of early years and school age childcare in Clare. Funds provided to each of the fifteen vary from €3,000 to €50,000. The contributions will go towards the creation of new childcare places, natural outdoor play areas and the essential maintenance and repair of services.…

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Efforts to improve Ballyalla Lake paying off

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Ballyalla Lake has retained its Green Flag status from An Taisce for the second year running. This acknowledges beaches with exceptional water quality and community led plans that protect the natural environment. Fifty nine beaches across Ireland received Green Flags this year, Ballyalla Lake, Bishops Quarter (Ballyvaughan) and Seafield (Quilty) are the three from Co…

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Clare holding first transnational event of Atlantic Youth Project

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Ennis will host the first transnational event of the 2018-2020 Atlantic Youth Project this Monday (28 May) until Friday, 1 June. It will see 106 students and 26 accompanying adults from Portugal, Spain, UK, France and Ireland take part in a week of activity designed to encourage young people to consider maritime industry and recreation…

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9 Clare Beaches Retain Blue Flag

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Kilkee Pic: Julie Tillett

Nine Clare beaches have been awarded the prestigious International Blue Flag from An Taisce. Lahinch, Kilkee, Whitestrand Miltown Malbay, Ballycuggeran, Cappa, Fanore, Spanish Point, Mountshannon and Whitestrand Doonbeg all retained their Blue Flag status. Green Coast Awards were also awarded for the second year running to the beaches at Bishops Quarter (Ballyvaughan), Seafield (Quilty) and…

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Community Spotlight: Happy 101st Birthday

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Violet Houlihan and her grandaughter Karinah

HAPPY 101st birthday to Violet Houlihan who resides in Kilrush. The above photo captures a momentous occasion of Volet Houlihan’s 101st birthday celebration on April 23 with her grandaughter, 26-year-old Karinah lek Houlihan from Ennis. Violet is a native of Seafield, Quilty where the family had a pub before moving to Vandeleur Street in Kilrush,…

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