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Overnight storm leads to power cuts

Approximately 500 houses and some businesses across Clare experienced overnight power cuts following strong winds in the early hours of Sunday morning. Most of the power cuts were experienced in West Clare, Sixmilebridge and parts of North Clare. Outage updates are available on powercheck.ie

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Second wind for Shannon Shamrock?

THIS week has seen calls for Shannon Group to purchase the long-closed Shannon Shamrock hotel and to develop a historic theme park, boosting Clare tourism. The hotel has been for sale for some time and it is understood that a bid in the region of €1.5 million has been made on it. Savills, the company working on the sale, are hoping to achieve a price of closer to €1.8m. At the moment, various rumours are swirling about the potential future of the property. Speaking to The Clare Champion on Wednesday, Niall O’Callaghan, managing director of Shannon Heritage, would not be drawn on whether purchasing the hotel is being considered. However, Mr O’Callaghan said that there are plans for major development in the Bunratty area. “We’re working on a masterplan at the moment in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland that we hope will come to fruition in the next 12 to 18 months. It’s part of the Fáilte Ireland Capital Grants Scheme …

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‘Decent sobriety just changes your life completely’

SITTING in The Clare Champion offices are Bríd, who has been sober since 1993, Ger, who has been sober since 1991 and Aodhán, who has been off drink since 1990, with one relapse since then. Asked about what spurred her to give up alcohol, Bríd says, “I was sick of being sick, totally sick of being sick. I couldn’t see a way out; I wasn’t able to listen to anyone. I didn’t actually think I’d be able to get sober at all. I couldn’t cope, I didn’t have a life. My marriage was in bits, the lifestyle was in bits and I realised I had nothing else to blame for the way I was. I was just sick of being sick, sick of the misery. I think that’s the quickest way of explaining it.” For Ger, sobriety didn’t come at the first attempt and he took himself away from Clare to achieve it. “I was drinking from a young age. …

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Inagh-Kilnamona fall at the final hurdle

Munster Junior B final Eoghan Moloney   Inagh-Kilnamona 0-8 Cappamore 0-10   IT wasn’t to be for Inagh-Kilnamona in the Munster Junior B final against Cappamore of Limerick as they trailed from early doors and did so for the full 60 minutes.   Conditions were far from ideal for hurling with incessant rain and a swirling gale, but Cappamore settled the quicker and raced into a four points to one lead in the opening quarter with points from Liam Creamer, Mark Tracey, Jack Walsh and Jamie McCarthy. A free from Dermot Gannon was The Combo’s only score in an opening 18 minutes in which they struggled to get a foothold or gain any momentum.   Gannon slotted another free but it was cancelled out by Donal O’Mahoney in the 22nd minute to keep Cappamore three ahead. Inagh-Kilnamona eventually settled and points from Cian Shannon and Thomas Barry in the 25th minute left them trailing by one point, which was generous …

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Calls For Meningitis B Catch Up Vaccination Programme

The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) is calling for a national Meningitis B catch up vaccination programme for children born before October 2016, up to the age of 18. It comes in light of the announcement this week of 3 deaths from meningitis, and Dr Maitiu O Tuathail, President of the NAGP, is urging parent to contact their GP if they have any worries in relation to the disease. He said: “GPs across the country have been inundated with concerned parents. Many parents whose children have not been vaccinated against Meningitis B, have requested that their children be vaccinated as soon as possible. Unfortunately the HSE does not provide for Meningitis B vaccination for children born before October 2016. The vaccine was only introduced to newborns from October 2016”. As a result of this, parents are being forced to pay up €450 for the vaccination with fears that this cost may prove prohibitive for some families. Dr O’Tuathail continued; …

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St Flannan’s are crowned Munster champions

St Flannan’s 1-5 St Mary’s Nenagh 1-3 AOIBHÍN Ryan was the star of the show for Flannan’s as they saw off the stern challenge of St Mary’s to secure the Munster B Colleges title in Clarecastle this afternoon. The full forward got 1-4 of Flannan’s 1-5 and her goal in the 32nd minute sent her school on the path to victory. Nenagh fought to the bitter end, and made life difficult for the Clare side when Emily Morrissey got a goal with 20 minutes to play which narrowed the comfortable gap Flannan’s had to just two points. It was an extremely physical game with both sides granting nor asking for any quarter, and the referee had plenty to do throughout the contest. As the game moved into the last few minutes, Flannan’s led by a single point and Nenagh were laying siege to their ’21, but a cool head from corner forward Aoibhín Donnelly saw her slot a point in …

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Ennis woman among expats honoured in Abu Dhabi

AN ENNIS woman is among a group of expats living in Abu Dhabi who have been honoured for their work in raising awareness of mental health. Laura Brennan, originally from Toberteascain and daughter of Martin and Cora, is the vice chairperson of the voluntary group Darkness Into Light Abu Dhabi. The group who dedicate their time to raising awareness and providing accessible support for their community in the United Arab Emirates have been presented with the Spirit of the Community Award at the Pride of Abu Dhabi awards. They began work in 2015 in an effort to bring the Pieta House Darkness into Light walk to Abu Dhabi and last year’s walk saw more than 700 people take part. However, their work is about so much more than the walk. They strive to provide free and accessible support and to unite people who are suffering distress through various events such as the annual Light Ball Abu Dhabi and monthly Tea …

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Quin’s Declan McEvoy To Take On Siberian Ice Challenge

QUIN man Declan McEvoy has always been a big dreamer. One of his mantras is “if your dreams don’t scare you, maybe they’re not big enough”. However, his next endeavour, which he plans to complete in March, will make the hairs stand on the back of your neck. Cooly and calmly he reveals, “I am going to attempt to ride a motorcycle on ice crossing 636km of frozen Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world, in mid-winter Siberia”. If he completes this solo ice ride, he will make it into the Guinness Book of World Records but with temperatures expected to be -20° Celsius by day and -30° by night, and storms and freezing fog to contend with, this is no walk in the park. The idea came to him two years ago, when he was on the second leg of a round the world solo motorcycle trip. His journey took him to the shores of Lake Baikal in …

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