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Sixmilebridge to Clonlara Closed to remove dangerous trees

Clare County Council has closed the R471 Sixmilebridge to Clonlara road to through traffic in order to remove dangerous trees following ex-hurricane Ophelia. The road will be closed immediately west of Cooleycasey Cross to facilitate the works. The local authority has said it has taken the decision to remove these trees as they are in danger of falling following the storm. All motorists are advised to take alternative routes.

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Skeletal Remains in Fanore are those of woman buried at Sea

Gardaí have confirmed that the skeletal remains that washed up on the Fanore coast last month were those of a woman buried at sea in 2016. Superintendent John Galvin of Kilrush Garda Station said the family of the deceased have been informed and they are no longer investigating the matter. He said the deceased woman had been buried off the West coast following her death in 2016. The remains were found by walkers on September 19 last at Poulsallagh in Fanore. Following a post mortem and DNA analysis the identity of the deceased was established and contact was subsequently made with the family.  

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Electricity back all over Clare

ESB Networks have now restored power all over the county following Hurricane Ophelia. On Monday some 6,700 customers lost power as a result of the strong winds. At the time there were fears that people could be left without power for very long spells but those proved unfounded, and many people had electricity again within hours. By Wednesday afternoon only 70 customers were still without electricity, and those have now had it restored. A status yellow rainfall warning is in place for Clare, the rest of Munster and a number of Leinster counties today. There is also a status yellow warning in place for Saturday, with high winds expected, but conditions are very unlikely to be as bad as on Monday.

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Axel’s death brought family to its knees

  The death of former Munster Head Coach, Anthony Foley brought his family to “their knees and many, many others also”. That’s according to his widow, Olive who penned a heart-rendering tribute to coincide with the anniversary of his unexpected death in a Paris hotel before Munster’s Pro 12 clash with Racing Metroin October 2016. The death of the 42 year-old father-of-two sparked a global outpouring of grief as tens of thousands of people wrote to the family to share their own personal memories and express their sympathy. A few weeks after his death, the #8Masses4No8 campaign, the “Axel Foley Memorial” appeal, set up by his son, Tony, secured worldwide support exceeding the capacity of his beloved Thomond Park in Limerick. Olive stated: “It goes without saying that the past year was one that no preparation could help with.  Losing Anthony in any circumstances, not least one with no forewarning brought us as a family to our knees and many, …

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elective surgery cancelled due to Storm Ophelia

There was a significant impact on the vast majority of health and social care services in the Mid-West due to the adverse weather conditions on Monday. The Mid-West HSE has confirmed that some elective surgery had to be cancelled on Tuesday. While the worst of Storm Ophelia was confined to Monday, disruption is likely over the coming days due to a number of factors including road conditions, building damage, power outages and disruption to full staffing levels. With this in mind, the Mid-West HSE  expects a gradual return to normal services before the end of the week. Due to cancelled appointments over the past 24 hours and a subsequent “catch-up” period required, patients can expect some delays in their appointments and discharges from hospitals over the next few days. In the event of a cancellation, Clare people will be contacted by the relevant service. In a statement issued to the Clare Champion, the HSE stressed the safety of patients and …

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council services resume on Tuesday as firemen clear felled trees

  Clare County Council has confirmed that all local authority services in they county will operate as normal on Tuesday following Hurricane Ophelia. The emergency helpline has been stood down due to a significant reduction in volume of calls received. However, the council’s out of hours emergency number (087-4169496) remains in place to deal with requests for assistance from the public in relation to fallen trees, blocked roads and other non-life threatening incidences. Clare’s principal emergency response agencies will continue to monitor the situation this evening and overnight. The Irish Coast Guard continue to advise the public to stay away from exposed beaches, cliffs and piers, harbours and promenades during storm conditions. The Clare Fire and Rescue Service crews were busy clearing felled trees from national routes including at Spancilhill, Clooney, Tuamgraney and Ministers Cross. The Ennis to Corofin road is now fully open after fire crews removed a fallen tree while the Doon road at Crusheen has reopened to …

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Irish Water on standby to deal with Hurricane Ophelia

  Irish Water has incident plans in place and crews on standby to deal with the effects of Hurricane Ophelia. The national water utility recognises that the predicted conditions are likely to result in power outages at critical water and wastewater installations which could compromise service delivery. Heavy rainfall may also increase the risk of flooding. Power outages may impact the operation of its water treatment plants, which would compromise the safety of drinking water. Where risk arises, working with the HSE, Irish Water will impose precautionary Boil Water Notices as necessary. Irish Water is collating information on outages and other issues and will be updating its website constantly during this emergency. The national utility envisage that crews will be unlikely to be able to respond to breakdowns in plants until it is safe to do so and this may lead to a loss of service for a period. However, Irish Water and local authorities crews will respond as quickly …

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Council sets up emergency helpline for Hurricane Ophelia

  Clare County Council has established an emergency helpline (1890-252943) to deal with requests for assistance from the public in relation to fallen trees, blocked roads, flooding and other non-life threatening incidences. This helpline has been established in response to the ongoing threat of severe weather affecting Clare during Monday as a result of Hurricane Ophelia. Members of the public with water services queries should contact the Irish Water helpline number on 1850 278 278. Clare’s principal emergency response agencies are advising members of the public and services providers to avoid any non-urgent travel due to the Red Alert weather warning in place. The council, An Garda Síochána and the HSE have discussed the necessary plans for responding to the Status Red weather warning. Meanwhile, the council has confirmed that all local authority public buildings and facilities, including Áras Contae an Chláir, Area Offices, Civic Amenity sites, leisure facilities, library branches and visitor attractions, closed at 11.00 am. The local …

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