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Hillery retiring from politics

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*Photograph: Gary Collins Long serving Fianna Fáil councillor, Michael Hillery is to retire from politics. A nephew of sixth President of Ireland, Dr. Patrick Hillery, Michael announced at a selection convention for the Ennistymon area on Sunday that he will step down from politics in May and not seek re-election to Clare County Council. “I…

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Susie Q delivers message of hope in new song ‘Hold On’

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*Photograph: Dara Munnis A new song released by Ennistymon based musician Susie Q is being praised for delivering a powerful message of hope. Susan Quirke originally hails from Co. Limerick but recently moved to Clare. She has connections to the county as her grandmother Mary ‘Baby’ O’Shea was from Kilnamona, her sister Caitriona and her…

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Contract signed for Lahinch public toilets

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An upgrade and extension to the existing public toilets in Lahinch are scheduled to open in May 2019. On Tuesday, Clare County Council signed a contract with O’Brien Builders & Civil Engineering Contractors Ltd. for the delivery of an upgrade and extension to the existing public toilets in the seaside town of Lahinch. Included in…

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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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Teresa going the extra mile raising funds for Crumlin

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A Spanish Point cancer survivor will cycle 265km this August to raise funds for Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children Crumlin. Teresa Morrissey first entered Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin on the August Bank Holiday weekend in 1998 where she was admitted to St. John’s Oncology ward. It became her home having…

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Lifeguard cover extended in Clare this week

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Lifeguard cover will be extended across a selection of Clare beaches this week. Temperatures from 20-24 degrees are forecast for the next couple of days in the county and as a result, lifeguard cover will run from 3:30pm to 7:30pm to cater for after school swimming on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Kilkee, Fanore, Spanish Point,…

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9 Clare Beaches Retain Blue Flag

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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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New interactive map shows Clare shipwrecks

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EVER looked out over the horizon and wondered what lies beneath the blue? The Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht has just launched a new interactive map with details of all of the shipwrecks recorded off the Co Clare coast (as well as country wide). The ‘Wreck Viewer’ map has information on nearly 20,000…

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Aoibhín’s Top 5: Dog Friendly Hang Outs in Clare

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YOUR pooch is part of the family and while you would love to bring them everywhere with you, sometimes it just isn’t practical. But dog friendly hang outs are becoming more popular, with a cinema in Dublin even hosting a dog friendly screening of Isle of Dogs recently. Our Love Clare columnist Aoibhín Garrihy has the…

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This is the top performing school in Co Clare

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ST JOSEPH’S Secondary School in Spanish Point is the top performing second level school in Co Clare, according to a new report published by the Sunday Independent. The report analysed levels of third level placement, with results from over 700 schools across Ireland. The secondary school sent 100 per cent of its students to third…

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