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Sixmilebridge Lotto Ticket Worth €1 Million

Clare is home to Ireland’s newest millionaire after a Lotto ticket worth €1 million was sold in Sixmilebridge. The National Lottery is now appealing to its Lotto players in the Banner County to check their tickets after the top prize of €1 million was won on last night’s Lotto Plus 1 draw (Saturday 22nd June). The winning ticket was sold at Reddan’s Store and Sixmilebridge Post Office in Sixmilebridge, Co Clare. Reddan’s Store is no stranger to selling winning tickets as it sold a winning Lotto jackpot ticket worth €4,433,754 in July 2014, which was claimed by a Clare family. Speaking on selling this winning ticket, Tony Reddan, owner of Reddan’s Store said: “It’s incredible to have sold another winning Lotto ticket worth a massive amount of money. I couldn’t believe it when the National Lottery called last night and it’s almost five years to the day since we sold the €4.4 million Lotto jackpot winning ticket! It is really …

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Regular to find dead carcasses on West Clare holdings

*WARNING THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES SOME PEOPLE MAY FIND DISTURBING Evidence was produced in court this week of starving and dehydrated animals on lands operated by a West Clare man, writes Carol Byrne. A court has heard “it was a regular feature to find dead carcasses” on lands operated by a West Clare man after evidence was produced of starving and dehydrated animals, cattle that had suffered “excruciating” chemical burns and animals who had died in “severe pain”. Martin Gerard Foley, aged 66, of Lislanahan, Kilkee appeared before Ennis Circuit Criminal Court on Tuesday, having pleaded guilty to 20 offences under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013. These included failure in his duty to protect animal welfare, failing to provide adequate food and failing to comply with animal health and welfare notices. State prosecutor Lorcan Connolly, BL, explained that 193 counts against Foley had been condensed to 20, covering offences at various holdings operated but not all owned …

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Workers braced for further cuts at Moneypoint

IT is expected that new cost-saving measures, potentially redundancies, will be announced at Moneypoint within days. While an announcement had been expected on Thursday of this week, that has now been deferred to next Monday and staff at the plant are very concerned. One long-time employee told The Clare Champion on Wednesday that he has never seen morale as low at Moneypoint, with huge uncertainty about what the future will hold. This year has already seen significant cutbacks, with the vast majority of contractors at the plant already having been let go, while it is understood that at the moment the plant is almost devoid of personnel each weekend. Ireland is due to finish generating electricity from the burning of coal by 2025 and Moneypoint reportedly uses in the region of two million tonnes of coal per annum. In a statement on Wednesday, the ESB said it was “committed to engaging and communicating with stakeholders” on the challenges faced by …

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Trump meets Clohanes National School children and staff

PUPILS and staff of Clohanes National School met with President Donald Trump this morning, as he played the ninth hole at Doonbeg. School principal Aideen O’Mahony brought the children to her family’s land adjacent to the golf course, but only expected they would see the President’s group playing, not that they would get to speak to the American leader. “We brought the children back to the hill, just near the ninth green. My parents home is there, so we brought them there and we were standing on a hill on my parents land. We could see them coming up along the ninth fairway and he played the ninth green. Then one of the Secret Service came over to us and said the President wanted to meet the teachers. We went over and met him and shook hands, he said can I get the children here, and then he said, no, I’ll go to them. He walked over to them, shook …

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Touch down-Trump arrives in Clare

PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s visit to Clare began on Wednesday afternoon, as he arrived at Shannon Airport on Air Force One from the UK, held a meeting that lasted less than an hour with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, before travelling by helicopter to Doonbeg. The US President was characteristially outspoken when he addressed the media at the airport, claiming that Brexit will “work out very well” and comparing the Irish border with the one between the US and Mexico. He claimed that he had been unaware of President Michael D Higgins’ criticism of his record on environmental issues and, in fact, countered that “we have the cleanest air in the world in the United States and it’s gotten better since I’m President”. President Trump is due to fly to France on Thursday, return to Doonbeg and spend the night there, play a game of golf on Friday morning before leaving Ireland again later in the day. Security is currently very tight at …

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Trump meets Taoiseach at Shannon

DONALD Trump has landed in Clare and in a typically blunt press conference at Shannon Airport, he said Brexit will be good for Ireland, while he defended his environmental record. He spoke to the press while accompanied by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and in advance of the meeting between the two he said, “It’s an honour to be here, we’ll discuss various things, probably you’ll (Varadkar) ask me about Brexit, because I just left some very good people who are very much involved with Brexit as you know. I think it’ll all work out, all work out very well and also for you, with your wall, your border. We have a border situation in the United States and you have one over here. I think they’re both going to work out well, it’s going to work out very well here. Both the military and trade are a very big factor and we’re going to be discussing that very much. It’s an …

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Climate action and anti war groups to hold joint protest

IN the early days of the Trump presidency hundreds of people came to Shannon Airport on a dark winter’s night to protest his immigration policies.  Trump was almost certainly unaware of the gathering, thousands of miles away, as he got accustomed to life in the White House. Protestors will be gathering at the entrance to the airport again next week, and this time there is at least the possibility that Trump will gaze upon them as he descends from the skies, or that his advisers will inform the president there are people outside who disagree with him. A statement this week sent to the Clare Champion on behalf of three groups, Shannonwatch, Futureproof Clare and Extinction Rebellion, said, “To coincide with US president Donald Trump’s visit to Ireland, protests will be held at Shannon Airport, starting at 3pm on June 5th. The US president is expected to land at Shannon that day, to fly out and back again on June …

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