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Chinese Ambassador to Ireland to return for Fleadh

Chinese Ambassador to Ireland,  H.E. Dr. Yue Xiaoyong declared his intention to return to Clare for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann again this August, accompanied by many of his fellow countrymen and women. During this week’s visit to Clare for a meeting with representatives of Clare County Council, facilitated by the Minister for Employment, Trade, Business, EU Digital Single Market & Data Protection Pat Breen, the ambassador outlined the potential of furthering relationships between Clare and China. County Clare is already twinned with the south western Chinese province of Yunnan, while a formal link between the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark and the Stone Forest Geopark (Shilin Geopark) in Yunnan also exists. Accompanied by Consul General Xu Erwen of the Chinese New Zealand Consulate and Minister Breen, the ambassador also took time to visit the Cliffs of Moher following his trip to Ennis. “Ambassador Yue Xiaoyong is particularly aware of what Clare can offer Chinese tourists and is to the …

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Wife of businessman led attempts to revive him

THE wife of West Clare undertaker George Morrissey led the frantic effort to revive the 73-year-old, after he was penned by a mini-digger. The popular businessman and father-of-four died in a workplace accident at his home on February 27 last. Mr Morrissey sustained crush injuries after being penned down by his Bobcat mini-digger at his workshop at Clonadrum, Mullagh. Mary Morrissey was married to George for 47 years and, in her deposition at a coroner’s inquest in Ennis this week, she said she used to work as a nurse and described how she gave her husband cardiac massage and mouth to mouth resuscitation until the emergency services arrived. Minutes earlier, Paul Coughlan – who worked for the Morrissey family – raised the alarm after hearing a noise in an adjoining shed. Mr Coughlan said he saw that the frame of the mini-digger was on Mr Morrissey and that he tried in vain to lift the forks up, pointing out that the gear stick was in the way of freeing Mr Morrissey. Mr …

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Funding for social housing in Ennis

The Minister of State with responsibility for Employment, Trade, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen said the Department of Housing has approved support capital funding of €45,600 for the purchase of six apartments in Ennis. “The €45,000, which is 10 per cent of the cost of the Loreto Apartments in Ennis, will be provided to the Approved Housing Body (AHB) – CHI, by Clare County Council to secure their purchase for social housing. The funding will then be reimbursed to the council by the Department,” said Minister Breen. “This Capital Advance Leasing Facility (CALF) funding is capital support provided to AHBs, by local authorities, to assist with the financing of the construction or acquisition of units that will be provided for social housing use,” said the Clare minister of state. CALF is a loan facility that can support up to 30% of the eligible capital cost of the project, where the units will be provided under …

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Lahinch’s golden girl

Kidney transplant recipient, Marie O’Connor is Lahinch’s golden girl. A member of Transplant Team Ireland at the World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain. Marie mounted the podium to be presented with her gold medal after winning her golfing event at the beautiful Guadalhorce Golf Course. This was Marie’s second medal of the games as earlier in the week she won bronze in the Petanque. After her golfing victory an elated Marie told The Clare Champion, “I am just delighted. It was the one sport I would have hoped to get a medal in, so to win a medal in golf is brilliant. This gold medal and every medal I have won is thanks to my donor for giving me this chance. It’s great to keep the banner flag flying”. Transplant Team Ireland includes four liver and 23 kidney transplant recipients ranging in age from 30 to 79. They are competing against almost 1000 participants from more than 50 countries at what is the largest gathering of transplant recipients this year.   The Irish Kidney Association is responsible for coordinating and managing Transplant Team Ireland’s participation at European and World Transplant Games events. Prior to heading to the games, the Ambassador of Spain José María Rodríguez-Coso  held a reception for members of TransplAnt Team Ireland at his residence in Dublin.    

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Two Clare businessmen on tax defaulters list

Two Clare businessmen have been named on the latest list of tax defaulters, which has been published by Revenue. Described as a haulage and forestry services provider, Enda Hall of Clonloum, O’Callaghans Mills has paid a settlement of €43,194 forthe underdeclaration of VAT and income tax. The amount comprised €28,485 in tax, €6,164 in interest and €8,545 in penalties. Gabriel Vaughan of Poulawillin in Miltown Malbay, who is described as a DVD/video rental service provider, has made a settlement of €38,744.83, made up of €21,310.49 in tax, €11,041.19 in interest and €6,393.15 in penalties. Mr Vaughan’s revenue audit was for non declaration of VAT.

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Clare house prices on the rise

The price of the average three-bed semi in Clare has risen 3% to €170,000 in the last three months, a national survey carried out by Real Estate Alliance has found. The REA Average House Price Survey concentrates on the actual sale price of Ireland’s typical stock home, the three-bed semi, giving an up-to-date picture of the property market in towns and cities countrywide. “The market is strong with a high number of potential purchasers but a limited supply, which is helping values. We are seeing a mix of purchasers, between investors and owner-occupiers,” said Liam Browne from REA Paddy Browne in Ennis. The average semi-detached house nationally now costs €215,269, the Q2 REA Average House Price Survey has found – a rise of 2.5% on the Q1 figure of €209,944. Overall, the average house price across the country has risen by 11.2% over the past 12 months – in contrast to the 4.5% increase registered to the full year to …

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German journalists enjoy gardens tour

Six German journalists will engage in a press trip along the Wild Atlantic Way over the next few days to enjoy a bespoke itinerary of a selection of gardens which will give a major boost in counties Clare, Galway and Limerick. These influential media have a combined circulation of over 1 million and write for a number of national and regional newspapers in Germany. As guests of Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland, the group will get to see for themselves some amazing gardens and things to do along the Wild Atlantic Way. During their visit the group will meet members of the Irish Seed Savers Association which was set up to safeguard hundreds of heritage vegetable seeds at Capparoe in Scariff, and will pay a visit to Caher Bridge Garden in Fanore and take the Burren Walk with environmentalist Gordon D’Arcy. Ciara Sugrue, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of International Publicity, stressed the importance of international media coverage. “Welcoming media, such as …

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Whiskey entrepreneur poised to become Nissan ambassador

A Clare emigrant who returned to her family farm in Cooraclare to create a business that has revived the traditional method of producing Irish whiskey is poised to become a Nissan Generation Next ambassador. Louise McGuane, (39), was one of almost 1,000 people who applied to the innovative ambassador programme which helps people to follow their dream and to get ahead with the backing and support of Nissan. This week she was named as one of 20 finalists put forward to the public voting stage of the programme and is now just one step away from landing the keys to a brand new, taxed and insured Nissan to drive for a year. “I am thrilled to make it through to the public vote. Every vote counts and I hope that the people of Clare will support me and my business by voting online,” said Louise. Louise left Ireland after secondary school and went on to gain a wealth of international …

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