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The law of attraction

When they got in touch with The Clare Champion last Wednesday, Faye Bradley and Marina Murphy had won 110 prizes in different competitions over the past year. By the time they called into our office on Thursday afternoon, they were up to 112 and later that day, it rose to 113. The figure was up to 114 by Monday. The Ennis-based couple believe their phenomenal winning run is down to their use of the Law of Attraction, a philosophy that has gained prominence over the last 12 years, particularly due to the film The Secret and the book of the same name. One of the couple’s favourite prizes to date was a VIP experience to celebrate the 30th birthday of the National Lottery, won by Marina. “I had put the National Lottery into my vision board, it’s like a board of things you want in your life and you put it up on your wall. Generally, the things on the …

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Garda warning on scams

AN elderly person in Shannon was tricked into parting with €3,000 to solve a non-existent problem on their computer. On Tuesday, April 10, the individual, in their late 70s, received a phone call from an unknown person, who told them that their computer had been hacked and corrupted. The caller then told them the situation could be rectified, if they provided iTunes vouchers to the value of €3,000. At this stage, the caller went and purchased six iTunes vouchers to the value of €500 each and passed on the codes to the caller. Also, on April 7 in the Sixmilebridge area, an elderly person was using a computer in their home when it crashed. A message appeared on the screen, asking them to call a number in the USA. When they did so, they were told that the problem could be fixed if credit card details were provided. These details were then provided and they were subsequently used fraudulently. Thankfully, …

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Tributes to a soldier and UN peacekeeper

MANY tributes were paid during the week to Kilrush-born Michael D Shannon, retired colonel, UN peacekeeper and former president of the Irish Peace Institute (IPI). He had a distinguished army career and, between the army and the UN, he worked abroad in over 20 countries. As a young man, he was with the UN in the Congo in 1961. His military career also took him to Cyprus and the Lebanon. He recalled that the late General Bill O’Callaghan, who was a native of Buttevant and was well known in Clare after serving as OC of the Clare FCA 22nd Battalion, was first commander of the 7,000-man-strong UNIFIL force in South Lebanon. Michael also served in Central America during the political upheaval there in the early 1990s. Their headquarters were in Honduras and he was deputy UN chief there. They had 300 military officer observers working in five countries, including Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras. He was also in South Africa …

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Council business must be open – Flynn

Clare County Council must adhere to procedures and safeguards that are in place to make sure it operates openly. That’s the view of independent Gerry Flynn, who will introduce a motion to that effect at the council’s adjourned April meeting. His motion states, “In view of the increased demand by some senior officials for in-committee meetings at County Council and Municipal District Meetings under the heading of briefings and failure to adhere to Standing Orders, I am calling on this practice to cease in the interest of accountability, transparency and the public interest.” The motion from Councillor Flynn, who is chairman of the council’s Standing Orders Subcommittee, said the required procedures for the council to meet in committee, when required, are already in place and should be complied with. “Standing Orders under section 61 states quite clearly and in fact facilitates the holding of a meeting in committee or part of a particular meeting when at least one half of …

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Farmers ‘sell one to send one’ to Rwanda

CLARE farmers’ affinity with international livestock aid agency Bóthar is set to deepen thanks to a new concept that will allow non-dairy farmers to get behind the charity. The first ever Bóthar ‘Weanling for Heifer’ sale is set to happen at Ennis Mart in the autumn, when more than €15,000 worth of livestock is set to be put to the hammer to support the agency’s ongoing appeal to help Rwandan genocide victims transform their lives with Irish dairy heifers. The proceeds from the sale will go towards purchasing and rearing heifers until they are sent, in calf, to Rwanda, at 18 months old. It is the brainchild of Newmarket-on-Fergus farmer and Bóthar volunteer John Fitzgerald. “Sell one to send one,” was how John summarised his idea, when he spoke to The Clare Champion on Wednesday and he feels it is a good way for Clare farmers to support the valuable work of Bóthar. “We’re in a non-dairy county as such …

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Killanena Tractor Run to Support Clare Crusaders

TRACTORS are expected to line the roads of East Clare this Sunday as the annual Killanena tractor run takes place. Departing from Canny’s Bar, Killanena at 12.30pm with registration from 11.30am modern and vintage tractors are welcome. The tractor run was initially the brainchild of a very small group of people in the parish, as a way of raising funds for a worthwhile cause. Organiser Martin Canny said, “This is our third run with the last two raising very substantial amounts for the relevant causes. What began as an idea to try and give a little back has developed into a huge event”. This year the run is in aid of the Clare Crusaders Children’s Clinic. The Clare Crusaders Children’s Clinic provides free therapy and specialist treatment to over 500 children with special needs in County Clare. They are a self financing service located in Barefield, Ennis. The Clinic receives no state funding what so ever and depend on the generosity of the people in the communities to raise over €250,000 per annum to provide the current level of therapy for children. The Clinic was opened in 2007 thanks to the dedication and hard work of a group of parents to overcome the lack of publicly available treatment for children with  with mixed disabilities including Down Syndrome Autism, and Cerebral Palsy. It was a community response to the lack of access to services that children with disabilities need in order to meet their potential. “Please come and support this charity. Everyone is welcome to what promises to be a fantastic day with refreshments and entertainment afterwards. Your support is greatly appreciated,” Martin concluded. More information is available by contacting Canny’s Bar.

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Cliff walk in ‘very poor condition’

NORTH Clare Councillor Richard Nagle has asked that the council liaise with the Clare Local Development Committee (CLDC) to put in place a maintenance and upgrade programme for the cliff walk from Doolin to Hags Head, in consultation with local landowners. He raised the issue at the March meeting of West Clare Municipal District. “If we’re serious about promoting tourism and increasing the number of bed nights in North Clare, this is a primary resource. It is hugely popular and it doesn’t matter what day of the year you go there, there are people walking. There are hundreds of people walking it on a daily basis, during the summer months in particular,” Councillor Nagle said. He told the meeting that the surface is now in a very poor condition and that maintenance is needed immediately. “Since it was initially developed, very little money has been spent on that walk. The problem now is that the surface has deteriorated. I see …

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Mayor fears hospital waiting lists will rise

THE Mayor of Clare has expressed fears that Mid-West outpatient and in-patient waiting lists will increase even further, as a result of the recent overcrowding in local acute hospitals. The UL Hospitals Group has been forced to cancel surgery at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) as a short-term measure to free up beds to deal with overcrowding in the emergency department (ED). Councillor Tom McNamara believes out-patient and in-patient waiting lists will “get worse before they get better”, following the recent widescale cancellations of surgical procedures. “We are talking about the need to tackle waiting lists but nothing is happening. We have become desensitised to seeing thousands of patients on waiting lists. It is unacceptable to have more than 32,000 patients on a waiting list in the Mid-West,” he said. Councillor McNamara has called on the HSE to make people aware of the criteria of the Cross Border Initiative, as a means of tackling large in-patient and out-patient lists in the …

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