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Two drowning victims named

THE two boys who drowned while swimming at a disused quarry near Knockanean yesterday have been named as Jack Kenneally and Shay Moloney. The 15 year olds got into difficulty while swimming yesterday afternoon and they were pronounced dead after being brought to University Hospital Limerick. Ennis Rugby Club posted pictues of the young men on its Twitter account this morning and it paid tribute to the two. The club’s tweet said, “Our brothers and arms Our warriors when the going got tough. Our leaders when the pressure came on. Our pride when they took the field. Our joy when they lit it up off the field. Our devilment when it all got too serious. Our gentlemen always. Our terrible loss.”

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Tragedy as two teenagers drown in Ennis quarry

Two boys, both aged 15, who were swimming at a quarry in Ennis have died at University Hospital Limerick. It is understood that the two teenagers got into difficulty at a disused quarry near Knockanean in the town today [Thursday]. Both boys were recovered by the Coastguard helicopter shortly after 3.30pm, after gardai were notified that people were in difficulty in the water, at Knockanean quarry lake and assistance was required. They were airlifted to University Hospital Limerick but this evening news has emerged that both have been pronounced deceased. Both are believed to be from Ennis. Their names will not be released until family members have been notified. It is understood that the teenagers were due to sit their junior certificate examinations on Wednesday.

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Get smart with argiculture

The new smart agriculture and rural enterprise awards scheme, in partnership with the RDS, has been launched. The scheme is designed to recognise the success, tenacity and dedication of the Irish agriculture and rural sector as a key contributor to the Irish economy. The Talamh Awards are structured around key areas of Irish agriculture and rural enterprise, with a particular focus on sustainability – environmental sustainability, commercial sustainability and community sustainability. Categories range from sustainable farming to emerging business, innovation and technology, and agri-tourism. Open to agricultural businesses and rural enterprises of all sizes across the island of Ireland, entrants must demonstrate excellence and a commitment to innovation and development that furthers the interests of agriculture and rural enterprise at large. Winners will be selected by a panel of agricultural and rural enterprise experts, among them Doirín Graham, CEO of Clare Local Development Company. Each entry will be judged on merit, regardless of company size. Michael Duffy, RDS chief executive, …

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8th Amendment Count Live

Updates from the Clare count centre in Shannon following Friday’s vote on the Eighth Amendment. 2.50pm That concludes today’s updates from the Shannon count centre, it has certainly been a resounding yes vote in Clare. For full in depth analysis of the referendum in the county make sure to pick up next week’s Clare Champion. 2:46pm Clare has voted yes. From an electorate of 83,225 there was a total valid poll of 53,407 with 34,328 in favour of the proposal and 19,079 against. This means Clare voted yes by 64.2% to 35.8%. The announcement was greeted with cheers of approval from the remaining yes campaigners in the count centre. 2:33pm Counting complete here, but the returning officer needs the all clear from Dublin before making an announcement. 1.29pm SeamusRyan was involved in the preparation of the tallies at today’s count, having spent the last number of weeks campaigning for Together for Yes. The organisation had canvassed over 21,000 houses in …

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20-25% turnout in Clare by early afternoon

MOST polling stations surveyed by the Clare Champion had seen voter turnout in the region of 20-25% by the early afternoon. Doonbeg led the way with 25% turnout, while in Kilmurry McMahon it was 19% and 22% in Caherea. In Ennis the overall turnout was around 22%, while at St Conaire’s in Shannon it was at 24%. Twenty per cent of the register had voted in Newmarket on Fergus, while the figure was 23% in O’Callaghan’s Mills. The usual post-work increase in voting patterns is expected, as the 151 polling stations throughout the constituency will remain open until 10pm. A total of 83,225 people are eligible to vote in Clare.

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‘road to nowhere’ leads straight to ‘future jobs’

The so-called ‘road to nowhere’ in Ennis has been completed, Clare County Council has confirmed. Phase one of the Ennis Northern Inner Relief Road link opened on Thursday. The 520m road development in the townland of Dulick links the R-458 Gort Road with the Ennis Information Age Park Building and the Clare Technology Park. The opening marks the completion of the first phase of an overall plan to provide a link road between the Gort Road and the Tulla Road (R-352). Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council Tom McNamara and Mayor of Ennis, Councillor Paul Murphy have both welcomed the development, describing it as “strategic infrastructure that will open up the Clare Technology Park to new investment”. Pat Dowling, chief executive of Clare County Council, commented, “Clare County Council considers the provision of this roadway to be of strategic importance to the development of the town of Ennis. “The purpose of this road is two-fold, in that it will improve traffic …

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New link road to Technology Park 

Clare County Council has confirmed that Phase 1 of the Ennis Northern Inner Relief Road link will open Thursday morning .The 520m road development in the townland of Dulick links the R-458 Gort Road with the Ennis Information Age Park Building and the Clare Technology Park. The opening marks the completion of the first phase of an overall plan to provide a link road between the Gort Road and the Tulla road (R-352). Mayor of Clare, Councillor Tom McNamara, and Mayor of Ennis, Councillor Paul Murphy, have both welcomed the development describing it as “strategic infrastructure that will open up the Clare Technology Park to new investment.” Pat Dowling, Chief Executive of Clare County Council, commented, “Clare County Council considers the provision of this roadway to be of strategic importance to the development of the town of Ennis. The purpose of this road is twofold in that it will improve traffic flows in the northern area of Ennis town and …

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HSA investigate death on East Clare Farm

The health and safety authority is investigating the death of a man in his early 70s at a farm in Feakle. It is understood the man was found at a work yard on the farm by a relative in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday. Gardaí scenes of crime attended the scene and currently the HSA is carrying out an investigation into the death. A garda PSV inspector is due to carry out an inspection of a tractor which was at the scene.  

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