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Tom McNamara elected Cathaoirleach

Fianna Fáil Councillor Tom McNamara has been unanimously elected Cathaoirleach of Clare County Counci. A native of Kilmaley, Councillor McNamara, who was first elected to Clare County Council in 2009, succeeds Councillor Bill Chambers (FF) in the role. At the council’s annual general meeting, Councillor McNamara was proposed for the role by Councillor Pat Daly (FF) and seconded by Councillors Paul Murphy (FG) and Christy Curtin (IND). Councillor Pat Burke (FG) from Whitegate was elected Leas Cathaoirleach and replaces Councillor Paul Murphy (FG) in the role. Addressing elected members, council staff and family members and friends, Councillor McNamara said, “To be afforded the honour of representing the members of this Council and the people of County Clare as Cathaoirleach means a great deal to me. I am deeply privileged and honoured to assume the role of Clare’s First Citizen.”

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Rhode Island hub opens up US market for Clare enterprises

Clare County Council through the Local Enterprise Office Clare has embarked on a collaborative initiative to build stronger trading links with Providence in the north-eastern U.S. State of Rhode Island. A new business centre has been established in Providence to cater for County Clare enterprises seeking to enter the US market. The Ireland West International Trade Centre (IWITC) is also supported by local authorities in Sligo, Roscommon, Mayo, Leitrim and Galway. Twelve enterprises from across the West of Ireland have returned from a visit to Rhode Island where they engaged with various businesses and political leaders and explored the potential opportunities for winning business in the United States. Clare businesses were represented Louise McGuane of the Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Coin Coraclare and Aidan Quilligan, Sixmilebridge of Clubify. Members of the Irish delegation also were guests of honour at World Trade Day, held annually in Bryant University. This event is focused on developing international trade and was attended by over …

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Body recovered from sea

Irish Coast Guard volunteers based at Doolin recovered the body of a woman, missing for several days, from the sea at the weekend. The body is believed to be that of a woman, from the Roscommon area, missing since her car was found abandoned near the Cliffs of Moher early last week. After recovering the body from the water, north of Doolin Pier, volunteers from the Doolin Coast Guard brought the body to the coast guard station from where it was removed to University Hospital Limerick for a post mortem examination.

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148 house project plan for Ennis

AN application is to be made to Clare County Council for planning permission to build 148 houses at a prime location, adjacent to the Beechpark roundabout on the Ennis inner relief road and in close proximity to Ennis Golf Club. In a notice published in this week’s Clare Champion, Abadair Investments Limited has signalled its intention to seek planning permission for 148 residential units, (60 detached houses, 82 semi-detached houses, six terrace houses) and ancillary surface car parking, as well as a crèche, ancillary outdoor play area, staff car parking and a drop-off zone. This is a massive boost for the building trade and housing market in Ennis. Over the past while, many local auctioneers have spoken of the frustration experienced by clients, who have been unable to buy new houses. The expansive elevated site earmarked for development is behind a number of existing houses on Circular Road (R474), a 10-minute walk to the town centre and just a stone’s …

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Council honours Everest climber John Burke

HOME some weeks and after having conquered Everest, John Burke has been honoured by Clare County Council, as the local authority awarded him a civic reception on Monday. He was accompanied by his wife, Aoibhín, friends and family members, as a presentation was made to the West Clare hotelier and county council members paid tribute to his achievement. Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, Bill Chambers said, “I know John is a keen outdoor enthusiast and mountaineer so there was always an air of inevitability about him one day attempting to climb Mount Everest. The slopes of Mount Callan or the dunes at Spanish Point were never going to be enough to satisfy his thirst for adventure. “By becoming the first Clare person to stand on top of the world, John not only achieved something that very few have achieved but he also demonstrated a steely demonstration that will no doubt inspire others.” The cathaoirleach also lauded the foundation of Elevate, …

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New caretaker to unlock Kilquane cemetery

CLARE County Council has decided to appoint a part-time caretaker for one of the smallest graveyards in South-East Clare, in a bid to resolve the impasse over out-of-hours access. While pedestrians can access a pathway leading to the Kilquane Cemetery near Parteen via a stile, people with disabilities and the elderly cannot drive up close to the entrance, unless the locked gate at the roadside is opened. In the latest development to the saga, which started almost four years ago, the council has decided the new caretaker will be a key holder. The caretaker’s mobile number will be displayed at the entrance to the graveyard and on the council website, with a list of other caretakers’ contacts. By appointment only, this will facilitate people who wish to visit their loved one’s grave and require vehicular access. Pedestrian access will continue. The council will be utilising the appropriate panel for caretakers, having regard to the competitive process. Rural development director Leonard …

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Clare let glorious opportunity slip

Kerry 1-18 Clare 1-12 CLARE let slip a glorious opportunity to beat Kerry for the first time since 1992 at Cusack Park on Sunday. The home county made a great start and playing into a strong breeze, they were tied with the Munster champions at half-time. On top of that, Donnchadh Walsh was sent off, on a double yellow card, for Kerry two minutes before the interval. The Kerry wing forward was dismissed for a foul on Martin McMahon. The teams were level, 1-5 to 0-8 at half-time, in a game which was watched by an attendance of 5,786. The first half was very competitive and featured seven yellow and one red card. Gary Brennan set the tone right from the throw in when the Clare captain cut through the Kerry defence from the throw in. He laid off to David Tubridy who fired over a sublime, left footed point. When Tubridy goaled a 13th minute penalty, which was won …

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Adding colour to Ballyvaughan church

ST JOHN’S Church, Ballyvaughan was given a facelift this year when, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, funds became available to install new stained-glass windows. Dublin-born artist Manus Walsh, who has been living in Ballyvaughan for more than 40 years, was approached by local parish priest Fr Richard Flanagan, with a view to designing the new stained-glass windows. He said in his long career as an artist, these windows are one of the best things he has ever done. He outlines how it came about. “The older stained-glass windows were in complete disrepair. They put in PVC plain glass, which was totally out of place. Then Fr Richard Flanagan, our parish priest, got an offer from an anonymous donor, who offered to put in stained-glass windows and with my history of stained glass and art and so on, I was commissioned to do the design,” Manus explained. The design process began as early as last summer and the …

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