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Concerns over €3m Lahinch repair works

Clare County Council has moved to smooth the waters in relation to visual concerns concerning the proposed completion of Lahinch coastal repair works, costing in the region of €3 million. While a lot of protection work is almost completed opposite Seaworld and the car park, the Department of Heritage has expressed concern in relation to the visual concealment of the nearby protected structure during the second phase. The development comprises of repair works to the existing sea walls and access steps, a new 330m rock revetment structure along the length of the existing sea defences and revised surfacewater management proposals for the N67 national secondary road that would discharge to an outfall within the new rock armour protection. In addition, a small breakwater would be installed adjacent to the base of the stepped beach access. County councillors are being urged to support the repair and strengthening of the existing coastal defence revetment and seawall at the Old Promenade, Dough, Lahinch, …

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Crematorium just weeks away from opening

These are the first pictures from inside Clare’s first crematorium, which will open in Shannon in the coming weeks. While work is still continuing at the site in Illaunmanagh, it is quite close to completion now and the furnace that will burn the bodies has been fitted. Cremation, very much frowned upon by the Church in previous generations, is now accepted and has been growing in popularity in this country. Now one in six deaths are followed by cremation, compared to less than one in eight 10 years ago, despite the Republic still only having a handful of crematoriums. It is likely that more local people will now opt for cremation, when it becomes available locally, while the Shannon facility is likely to have customers from several neighbouring counties. The new crematorium has a main room, which can accommodate 140 people, prior to the incineration of the body. Here, people can speak about the deceased and it will be possible …

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Champion reporters shortlisted for media awards

TWO Clare Champion reporters have been selected as finalists in this year’s Local Ireland Media Awards. Peter O’Connell has been selected as a finalist for the second year running, this time in the news category, for his story, Death by Geography, while Dan Danaher has been shortlisted for his news series focusing on the EPA. This is the second year of the awards. Last year, The Clare Champion was also shortlisted in two categories and went on to win the prize for Feature Story of the Year. The awards event is organised by Local Ireland, which is the promotional brand of the Regional Newspapers and Printers Association of Ireland (RNPAI). The group represents 35 companies across the country, including newspaper titles and printing companies. In his selected entry, Peter O’Connell revealed that the Shannondoc service in Kilrush, Ennistymon and Killaloe was to be drastically slashed. Residents throughout West Clare, particularly the remote villages of Carrigaholt, Cross and Kilbaha, expressed concern …

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Psychological abuse leaves big impact

Witnessing psychological abuse between parents is more damaging to children’s well-being as they grow older than physical domestic violence according to new research carried out at University of Limerick. A scientific paper by Catherine Naughton, published recently in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, illustrates that growing up in a home with psychological abuse has longer-term effects on the well-being of young people than domestic violence. Ms Naughton’s research investigated how children’s exposure to domestic violence and abuse between their parents affects them as young people. Psychological abuse can include, name-calling, intimidation, isolation, manipulation and control. According to Ms Naughton, “What this research highlights is that growing up in a home with domestic abuse, in particular the psychological dimension of it, has long-term consequences for the well-being of young people”. “Our research found that young people (aged 17 to 25 years) reported experiencing two distinct yet interrelated types of domestic abuse in their families of origin: physical which includes hitting, punching, kicking …

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Dragon investment to set seaweed company alight

By 2018, the Quilty-based seaweed weed company, established by the Talty family, is anticipating a €1 million turnover. The firm, Wild Irish Seaweed, was considerably boosted in this ambition on Sunday night, when Evan and Gerard Talty appeared on RTÉ’s Dragons’ Den where they were successful in pitching for a €50,000 investment from Alison Cowzer, one of the four dragons. “Everything changes now,” Evan told The Clare Champion on Monday. “While we’ve got this far on our own, we now have an investor on board so we have to be accountable to her and to prove that we can do what we said we’re going to do. We’ve also just been lined up for High Potential Start-Up status by Enterprise Ireland. They come in and give you €200,000 for a 10% share in your company,” he revealed. The company currently provides employment for 25 people, include 14 harvesters, who sell their produce to Wild Irish Seaweed. The reaction to their …

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Baby rescued after car rolls off pier

A SIX-month-old baby had a lucky escape in Mountshannon last weekend, when a local angler helped to rescue the infant from the back seat of a car that rolled off the pier, at pace, into Lough Derg. The incident occurred at approximately 1.30pm on Saturday last, when a Dublin family were visiting Mountshannon for the weekend. They parked their car at Knockaphort Pier, opposite Holy Island, and left the vehicle for a brief moment, leaving their infant strapped in a car seat. The windows were down but suddenly the car started to move and gained momentum, as it rolled down the decline to the pier and into the lake. John Barry, who was preparing to go out fishing, narrowly escaped its path. “I was in the water at the bow of my boat when a car passed me by, going at a considerable clip and it came dangerously close to me. I was standing beside my boat, up to my …

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Suicide strategy to assist gardaí to help others

THE introduction of a new three-year suicide prevention strategy will provide greater assistance to Clare gardaí in their work to help those suffering from psychological distress. In relation to the new Connecting for Life Suicide Prevention Action Plan, steering group member Chief Superintendent John Kerin said, for the first time, this gives gardaí more of a focus as to who in communities can help people suffering from acute distress. “Previously, gardaí were often the first responders and there really wasn’t a great follow-up. But now, getting involved in the Connecting for Life process, we understand all the agencies that can help,” he said. Superintendent Kerin said virtually every garda in the Clare division has completed training in the area of suicide prevention and awareness. Acknowledging that gardaí have engaged in acts of self-harm and have died by suicide, Superintendent Kerin said garda management is very aware of this issue and noted that a 24-hour independent service is available to gardaí …

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Taking a peak at county’s new crematorium

CLARE’S first crematorium is on the verge of completion at Illaunmanagh in Shannon. An open day will be held at the new facility, which is adjacent to Illaunmanagh Cemetery, on May 28 with the public welcome to view the development for a few hours. Developer Jim Cranwell said this week that things are nearly ready. “Everything is going very well. I’m down in Shannon at the moment and everything looks perfect.” He added, “All the equipment is in. The construction of the pathway and the roads and everything is being done. We’re nearly there alright but building always takes a while. We should be testing by May 20.” Mr Cranwell expects the first cremations in Clare will take place within a month. At the moment, one in six people in Ireland are cremated, with the figure having risen very significantly in the last 10 years. However, it is far below the rate in the UK, where almost 75% of bodies …

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