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Clare hang on in dramatic Wexford clash

Clare 2-22 Wexford 1-22 Eoghan Moloney CLARE got their second win of the National League against Wexford in an excellent display for 50 minutes before allowing Wexford back into the game having been 12 points clear with 20 minutes remaining. Wexford started quickly with two fast points but Clare settled soon after and once they put their noses in front, they looked to have Wexford in trouble all over the field. Podge Collins opened Clare’s scoring with a fine point from an acute angle before Peter Duggan added two frees to put Clare ahead. Tony Kelly both added gorgeous points while Wexford relied on three Ian Byrne frees to keep them in touch. Scores were coming from all over the field for Clare and John Conlon, Colm Galvin, Shane Golden and David Fitzgerald all got their names on the scoresheet. As half-time loomed, Clare got 1-6 in 12 minutes, the goal coming from John Conlon after excellent play from David …

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Lilywhites Take The Spoils In Banner National Football League Showdown

Clare’s hopes of promotion from Division Two of the NFL took a serious blow after a 1-16 to 0-13 loss against Kildare in Newbridge. Clare welcomed back Eoin Cleary for his first start of the season as the Miltown man recovered from a hand injury. Kildare hit the opening three points of the game through Neil Fynn after he claimed an attacking mark, while Tommy Moolick landed two great scores from distance. Clare responded well, with David Tubridy slotting a free after Keelan Sexton was fouled, while Sexton himself sent over “45 just moments later. Kildare then struck for a penalty, but Clare were the authors of their own misfortunes as Pierce DeLoughery’s kick-out was intercepted by the Kildare attack. Gordon Kelly committed the foul just inside the area to stop a certain goal, which saw the Miltown man dismissed to the bin on a black card. Tommy Moolick stood over the kick, and made no mistake with a good …

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Dublin defeat Clare in National League encounter

Clare 0-7 Dublin 1-7 DUBLIN did enough to take the points in a lacklustre game in Cusack this afternoon. They were full value for their three-point win as they were the better team for the majority of the encounter. It took six minutes for the scoring to open through an Aisling Maher free and this was the only score in an opening quarter that was scrappy as both teams struggled to gain a foothold. Clare had to wait until the 18th minute before Chloe Morey got them up and running with a free. Eimear Kelly then got the score of the half, going on a lovely solo run through the middle and slotting over a fine point. Dublin were the better side in the first half and scores from Sinead Wylde and Orla Beagan as well as an Aoibhe Dillon free had them ahead as the break drew near. Morey added two more frees to ensure that the gap was …

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20 year old Kilkee man running for Council

JUST 20 years of age, Mike Taylor is likely to be the youngest candidate in Clare for the 2019 Local Elections. The Kilkee man may also be the first openly gay man to run for election in Clare. In his final year studying for a BA in Law and Sociology and Politics at NUI Galway, Mr Taylor said he got involved in Fine Gael while still a child. “It goes back to 2011; I was about 12. My mam was involved with some sort of footpath issue or something like that. She called Pat Breen and he got the issue sorted. The election came around and mam was asked to go and canvass. She said ‘I won’t canvass but I know somebody who will’. I dropped some leaflets that day and I’ve been hooked ever since.” Very involved in the campaign for yes votes in the abortion and same sex marriage referendums, he said that he never experienced any real …

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57 patients without a bed at University Hospital Limerick

ON Wednesday (February 20) 57 patients were waiting for beds at University Limerick Hospital. This was according to INMO Trolley Watch figures. Nation-wide, a total of 442 admitted patients were waiting for beds. Of that figure, 322 are waiting in the emergency department, while 120 are in wards elsewhere in the hospital. Every morning at 8am, INMO members count how many patients are waiting in the Emergency Department for a bed and how many are waiting in wards elsewhere in the hospital. The INMO Trolley Watch counts the number of patients who have been admitted to acute hospitals, but who are waiting for a free bed. These patients are often being treated on trolleys in corridors, but they may also be on chairs, in waiting rooms, or simply wherever there’s space. The INMO started Trolley Watch in 2004.

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Contractor identified for Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme

THE preferred contractor for the €8.6m Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme has been revealed. Civil and MEICA Engineering Contractors, Ward and Burke have had a letter of acceptance signed by Clare County Council, with the contract to be finalised on March 8. “This essential work will afford flood protection to over 120 homes and five commercial properties along the Clare Road, including homes in estates such as Ard Aoibhin, Abbey Ville, Abbey Court, College Green and College Grove. This work will also provide flood protection to St Flannan’s College, Ennis,” Deputy Pat Breen said. “Like many others, I was disappointed to learn last July that the then preferred contractor for the Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme had formally withdrawn its tender. However a commitment of €8.6 million funding for the project from the OPW was secured and ring-fenced allowing for the project to go to tender again immediately. This project is the final element in the main €39 million programme …

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Chemical in flood water confirmed as chlorine

CLARE Fire Service have confirmed that the chemical detected in water pumped from the leisure centre of an Ennis hotel on Monday morning was chlorine. Three units from Ennis and two from Shannon were called to the Auburn Lodge Hotel after a flooding incident in the basement of the leisure centre was reported at around 7am. It is understood that chemicals were being stored in the basement.The leisure centre was cleared of people as the fire service dealt with the flood. No chemicals in the water were initially detected however as water was being pumped out high levels of chlorine were discovered. According to a spokesperson for Clare’s Fire Service the situation has now been contained and the chemical is being disposed of at a licensed waste facility.

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Controlled explosion after Lahinch discovery

A MAN cleaning out a shed made a historical but dangerous discovery on Friday in Lahinch, coming across an old grenade which was left there. It is understood that the shed is on the grounds of a house on Station Road, which recently changed hands. Following the discovery Gardai were alerted, and neighbours were evacuated from their homes for a number of hours. The device was subsequently brought to the grounds of Ennistymon GAA Club, where a controlled explosion was carried out on Saturday. Speaking to the Clare Champion, local County Councillor Bill Slattery said he had spoken to people in the Station Road area who he said had been shocked at having to leave their homes in such circumstances.

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