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St Stephen’s Day fin swim

BRAVE members of the Ennis Sub Aqua Club will be taking on the cold winter waters of the River Fergus for their annual ‘Fin Swim’ this St Stephen’s Day. The event raises funds for the club and supports its search and recovery activities. The swim will be passing over the falls at the Mill Road and under five bridges, and the club are encouraging people to get out and show their support for the swimmers. Paddy Egan of the club explained, “Each Christmas, divers from the club take to the cold, dark and sometimes frozen waters of the River Fergus in their annual Fin Swim event. “Aside from the help it provides to the club finances, the swim also showcases the club to the town of Ennis, many of whom line the bridges of the town to cheer us along, as we swim through the centre of the town. More than one person found their way to the club, as …

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All-Ireland big screen dilemma

A PLAN to show the All-Ireland hurling final on a big screen in Ennis has resulted in mixed reactions.

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Sean’s the leader of the band

AS the scramble for All-Ireland hurling final tickets continues, 16-year-old, Sean McCaw has no worries about gaining admission to Croke Park for the big game.

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North Clare dolphin under attack

YOU wouldn’t jump into a pen with a bull, so why would you get in the water with a dolphin?

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History of good luck at Lahinch shop

THE North Clare shop that sold a €6 million winning Lotto ticket recently also sold the first jackpot-winning ticket in the county a quarter of a century ago, it is claimed.

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Blistering start sees Clare through

Clare 1-16 Galway 0-7 A blistering start to the second half, which saw them score 1-5 in the opening ten minutes, paved the way for a comfortable Clare victory over Galway in the All-Ireland U-21 hurling semi-final at Thurles this Saturday evening.

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Honan’s 6/1 shot goal

  A 6/1 shot came good for Clare in Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final in Croke Park. John Kelly’s photograph captures the moment after Clare’s Darach Honan, as he tumbled, managed to toe-poke the ball past Nickie Quaid into the Limerick net. It was not the most spectacular goal ever scored by Honan, or indeed any Clare forward, but it was certainly one of the most important. Not only was it a defining moment in the game but for many, who like a flutter, it brought an added bonus of collecting on a 6/1 bet for Honan to score the first goal. The 12th minute score was the icing on the cake for those who placed their faith in the big Clonlara man’s goal-getting abilities. The final scoreline read 1-22 to 0-18 but Clare would not have been flattered by a bigger margin. Bar a mini-revival early in the second half, Limerick were always chasing the game. Once again, Clare manager …

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