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Cyclist death was not due to road traffic collision

THE death of a cyclist whose body was found on the old Crusheen-Gort road (R458) this evening was not caused by a crash, Gardai believe. It is thought that the man, who was in his 50s, may have died due to a medical complication, and the cause of death may become apparent after a post mortem takes place on Tuesday. The man was part of a group who were on a long distance cycle in support of charity. They were due to conclude the day’s cycling in Gort and spend the night there. The man’s body was discovered a couple of kilometres to the Clare side of the county boundary with Galway. The road was closed for a period of time after the body was found but has since reopened.

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“I’m here but my heart is not here” -Lisdoonvarna asylum seekers agony

ON a misty Friday morning, the lobby of the King Thomond Hotel is thronged with people from different countries, snippets of various languages filling the air. All of the residents are getting used to the changeable weather of North Clare, while many are learning a new language. A reality of working in local papers is that you frequently meet people who are happy to tell you what they think, but not to be quoted or have their names used. While generally this is because of a type of shyness, when it comes to the asylum-seekers in Lisdoonvarna – who know very few Clare Champion readers – it is in some cases rooted in a genuine fear of reprisal from those who opposed them on another continent. One Kuwaiti woman said she didn’t want to reveal her identity, and had left her home country, because her husband, who is from Bahrain, could be at risk there. “I just want to be …

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Fatality confirmed in Miltown Malbay road accident

GARDAÍ in Miltown Malbay are investigating a single vehicle fatal road traffic collision which occurred at Caherogan, Miltown Malbay at approximately 4.15am this morning (Monday). A 30-year-old male rear seat passenger was fatally injured when the car he was travelling in collided with a bridge at the above location. The male driver (28) and front seat female passenger (26) were injured and have been taken to University Hospital in Limerick. The stretch of road is closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators. Gardaí wish to appeal for witnesses to contact Miltown Malbay Garda Station on 065 708 4222 The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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At the School Cycle at Ennis Fire Station on Wednesday were, from left, Clare Champion managing director John Galvin; Clare hurler and advertising sales representative of The Clare Champion, David Reidy, CBS pupil Mark Glynn and his dad, Darragh and organiser, Róisín Garvey.

Biggest gathering ever of young cyclists in Ennis

Last Wednesday, to celebrate National Bike Week, almost 700 children from Ennis and surrounds, along with 100 adults, took part in a 3km cycle around Ennis to promote the benefits of cycling to school. Starting from behind the Fire Station on new road, the peleton took a tour around the town, taking over the streets for almost an hour. At the finish at The Fair Green, the children were organised into groups to make up a giant   ‘1.5’ on the playing field to remind motorists to leave at least 1.5m space around cyclists on the road.                    

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Leo O'Connor with Clare hurler David Reidy.

Win pair of tickets to Sunday’s game

Limerick native, Leo O’Connor, Clare Champion Business Development Manager and Clare hurler, David Reidy, who has just joined our advertising team with one of the last few pairs of tickets for Sunday’s match. Go to our facebook page before Friday for the chance to win the pair.    

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United plane to leave Shannon following bomb hoax

THE Rome-Chicago flight which diverted to Shannon yesterday is set to continue onwards at 3pm this afternoon, after no explosive device was found. Emergency services spent hours searching luggage on the runway at Shannon yesterday afternoon, while passengers were also forced to spend long spells outside, having disembarked from the aircraft. It is understood that messages were written on a mirror and a door in the toilets of the plane, warning of a bomb. Once the passengers were taken off, sniffer dogs searched the luggage while a subsequent visual search was carried out. Samples of handwriting were also taken from those on board. Passengers spent the night in local hotels and it is understood many of them missed onward connections as a result of the delay. Owen Ryan

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Flight diverts to Shannon after bomb scare

A UNITED Airlines flight from Rome to Chicago has diverted to Shannon this afternoon due to a bomb scare. It is understood that an anti American slogan was written on a mirror in a bathroom of the aircraft. Furthermore, there was a mention of a bomb being on board. The airport has remained open. At the time of writing the passengers have left the aircraft and many of them are on the tarmac outside the plane. The plane has been parked some distance away from the terminal building.

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Gardaí confirm fatality following M18 collision

GARDAÍ are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision on the M18 southbound between J12 and J13, Gort to Ennis Road this afternoon. At approximately 1.20pm Gardaí and emergency services were called to the scene of a collision involving a truck and a car on the M18. The sole occupant of the car, a man in his 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. The male driver of the truck was uninjured. The scene is currently being examined by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators. Local traffic diversions are expected to remain in place until later this evening. Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses, anyone with information is asked to contact Ennis Garda Station on (065) 6848100 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111. Jessica Quinn

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