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Complaints over Mountshannon toilets

The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) has received a string of complaints on its website regarding the closure of toilet facilities at Mountshannon Harbour last weekend.The voluntary body of waterways enthusiasts has had a number of its members post complaints on its forum page that they were unable to access the toilet facilities, which are run by Clare County Council.Clare Jordan, chairperson of the Lough Derg Branch of IWAI, said, “Among our own members there has been a lot of talk and concern about onshore toilet facilities. All of the harbours have had issues with toilets. We are coming into the May Bank Holiday weekend now and we will be hoping they be open this weekend, as it is probably one of the busiest weekends in the area. Toilets being locked up is usually a hot topic for discussion at our branch meetings and one I would expect at our next meeting,” Ms Jordan added.She highlighted that with the …

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Jobs boost expected from hotel project

EAST Clare businessman Pádraig Giblin and his wife, Anne, are to embark on a business initiative in the area, which will provide up to 100 jobs locally, after they got the green light to develop a hotel and leisure facility in Tuamgraney.It is expected that between 50 and 80 jobs will be created during the construction phase, while a further 20 to 30 seasonal jobs will be provided when the complex is operational.The proposed mixed-use tourism, recreational and commercial development has three elements to it, including an 18-bedroom hotel, with a function room, restaurant, bar and lounge. The next element is eight apartments, which includes five two-bedroom and three three-bedroom short-term chalet self-catering accommodation units, all serviced by the hotel. The third aspect to the development is a leisure complex, with a leisure pool, changing rooms, recreation and exercise rooms.Earlier this week, Clare County Council granted planning permission for the proposed development, subject to 27 planning conditions.Speaking to The Clare …

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Meeting planned as playground remains closed

A public meeting is to be scheduled in the coming weeks to inform the people of Quin as to why a new playground, which was completed earlier this year, has not yet opened.

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Inaugural East Clare Fiddle Festival lined up for Feakle

East Clare is to benefit from a new traditional music festival this year as renowned guitarist and fiddle player Ged Foley sets the wheels in motion for the inaugural East Clare Fiddle Festival from June 30 to July 3.

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Competition result is blooming great for Mary in Canada

Selected as the pick of the bunch to represent Ireland at the Canada Blooms flower-arranging show, Feakle woman Mary McKee returned from the international competition recently with a bronze ribbon award.

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International anglers at Tommy Giblin event

Anglers from Ireland, England and France, some internationally known, will throw fly lines on Lough Derg on Sunday in the annual competition that perpetuates the memory of the late Tommie Giblin from nearby Aughrim.

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Groups unite to spring Eircom broadband into action

KILKISHEN Development Association, Kilmurry Community Association and the local branch of the IFA have come together to form an alliance to try to spring Eircom into action to enable the 367-telephone exchange for broadband.

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Gardaí appointed to community alert groups

COMMUNITY alert groups across East Clare are to be re-invigorated as part of a garda plan to increase community awareness and involvement across the Scariff district.

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