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Two €100,000-winning tickets sold in Clare

2014 started well for a young Dublin couple after they claimed their prize on Thursday in the Christmas Millionaire Raffle. Their ticket was one of two €100,000 winning tickets sold in County Clare. Lauren Doyle and Patrick O’Sullivan picket up €100,000 in the Christmas Millionaire Raffle draw on Tuesday evening. Lauren’s aunt gave the couple the lucky ticket for Christmas. “It’s the best Christmas present ever,” said Lauren. “We got engaged in November so this will definitely help with the wedding.” The winning ticket number is 098 894 and it was bought in the Post Office, Bank Place in Ennis, Co. Clare on Thursday, December 19. A second ticket worth €100,000 was also sold in Ennis. The winning ticket number is 005 294 and it was sold in O’Dowds, Turnpike Road on Saturday, November 9. The winner has not yet made contact with the National Lottery. The winner of the €1 million winning ticket has not yet claimed the prize. …

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Waves and weather wreak havoc along coast

UPDATED 1pm, Friday, January 3: Lahinch Promenade is closed to the public because of damage caused by last night’s storm and fears further flooding could be in store tonight. Clare County Council has confirmed that Lahinch Promenade in County Clare will remain closed to the public until further notice after the Promenade walkways and seawall were “seriously comprised” during stormy weather overnight. Clare County Council says that Units of Clare Civil Defence and Clare County Fire and Rescue Service have been mobilised to deal with the incident and if required, other incidents throughout the county. The manager of Clare County Council and the county’s senior engineer were in Lahinch this morning assessing the damage to the prom and public amenities there. Further damage has been reported in Doolin, Spanish Point and Quilty. As well as infrastructural damage to car parks, roads and footpaths, homes and businesses were also affected. One local person described the damage at Lahinch as the worst …

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REVIEW: Interesting year for standalone Shannon

 SHANNON separated from the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) at the start of 2013 and despite much trepidation, it was a very successful year for the airport, with growth in passenger numbers resuming in the second half of the year. Several new services were secured and 2014 should be Shannon’s best year since the recession began. Shannon approached separation having had just 1.4 million passengers in 2012, the lowest number since 1988 and way short of the 2.5 million figure that had been set for it to achieve in the coming years. However, the numbers kept dropping in the early part of 2013 and it wasn’t until June that it was reversed. The addition of new routes to Chicago and Philadelphia helped the airport record an 8% increase in passenger numbers, compared with the previous June. Indeed, there was a 38% increase in transatlantic numbers, with effect of The Gathering helping. That gave Shannon momentum, as June was the first time a year-on-year increase had …

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SVP seeks unwanted gifts

THE Society of St Vincent de Paul is urging those with unwanted gifts to donate them to their shop in Ennis, where they will be used to help those in need. The society is delighted with the generosity shown by members of the public during their recent flag day collection in Ennis. “Without that support we simply could not do our work. This allowed us to support the many families who needed our help during the festive season and into the New Year. We also wish to thank all those people and schools who donated toys and food items.” Donations or unwanted gifts can be sent or dropped in to the SVP Shop at 84 Parnell Sreet, Ennis.

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Online initiative to grow Seed Savers

The East Clare based national charity, Irish Seed Savers, was dealt a financial blow in recent months arising from funding cuts, which led to redundancies at the facility. Last month it launched an online campaign at www.indiegogo.com to raise funds to help save the facility and secure its future. Although nowhere near the €100,000 it needs, funds are trickling in and to date, over €4,000 has been pledged. Irish Seed Savers Association was set up in 1991 to save Ireland’s heritage and heirloom vegetable seeds, potatoes, grains and fruit trees from extinction. Since then it has grown to a stage where it has over 800 varieties of organic, open pollinated heritage seeds in a purpose seed bank, which was opened in 2012 by President Michael D Higgins. Speaking at that time President Higgins said, “From little acorns, oak trees grow and from modest beginnings in 1991, the Irish Seed Savers Association has grown to such an extent that impressively it now …

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McNamara seeks Redmond commemoration

CLARE Labour TD Michael McNamara has asked that Willie Redmond, who was MP for East Clare from 1892 to 1917, be included in the programme of commemorations relating to significant events in Irish history between 1912 and 1922.  Redmond’s death in the First World War at the Battle of Messines in Belgium caused a by-election in East Clare from which Eamon de Valera emerged triumphant. “The changing course of events consigned Redmond to a minor place in Irish history,” Deputy McNamara said. “A native of Wexford and brother of the leader of the Irish Home Rule Party John Redmond, Willie was a popular attractive figure who was imprisoned for his Land League activities. He never waived in his loyalty to Parnell even after the latter’s fall. He disliked British rule in Ireland and his decision to fight in the First World War at the age of 54 was not an easy one. However, he believed that Ireland would suffer the …

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Christmas closure of rehab unit

THE lack of public rehabilitation services for patients following the closure over Christmas of a unit in St Joseph’s Geriatric Hospital, Ennis has provoked anger. The Rehabilitation Unit in St Joseph’s, which can accommodate 11 male and 11 female patients, was closed at short notice on Monday, December 23 last. It also provides respite support for Clare carers, who are looking after family members that require 24-hour care, such as Alzheimer’s patients. This is the first time that this unit closed in the last four or five years. While the HSE is unable to give a definite date for the reopening of this unit, the agency predicted this service would resume “when demand increases, most likely next week”. HSE West Health Forum member, Councillor Brian Meaney, is “shocked” with its closure and has requested the HSE to allocate whatever resources are necessary to fast track the re-opening of this unit. Councillor Meaney stressed this rehab unit provided a vital recovery …

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New Year’s Day Shots Fired in Ennis

GARDAÍ in Ennis are investigating after shots were  fired at an occupied house in Ennis on the morning of New Year’s Day. A firearm was discharged at Childers Road, Cloughleigh at approximately 5am. It is understood that although the house was occupied at the time no persons were injured during the incident. A man, aged 46, was arrested in connection with the garda investigation and was detained at Ennis Garda Station under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939 to 1998. He has since been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Investigations are ongoing and anyone who can assist the gardaí with their enquiries is asked to contact them on 065-6848100.

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