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Munster title for Quin chess wizard

SEVEN-year-old Cian Wall from Quin made all the right moves last weekend as he went on to scoop the U-8 Munster title at the Munster Junior Chess Championships in Limerick.Cian, who plays at the Doora Chess Club, has been playing the intricate game of chess since he was five years of age, when he became intrigued by a chess set given to him by his aunt. The seven-year-old, who goes to Scoil na Mainistreach in Quin, was keen dto learn and joined the Doora Chess Club soon after. Having competed at U-7 level in the Munster and All-Ireland Chess Championships 2009, he was one move away from securing the Munster title that year but went on to compete and be placed joint fourth at the national event. This year, Cian along with his family, friends and two coaches was on a high as he claimed the 2010 Munster title. Cian will now compete at the national championships, which this year …

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County board move to amend granted pitch planning permission

PLANS have been lodged by Clare County Board to amend planning permission that was granted last year for training pitches in Tulla. The board is now seeking planning so that the facility can provide for competitive matches catering for up to 1,500 members of the public.The initial planning application, which was granted in January 2009, allowed for the development of five grassed pitches, a synthetic all-weather pitch, a grassed training area, grassed hill sprint area, synthetic running track, retractable netting system behind each goal, car parking for 171 spaces and six flood lighting masts to pitches one to four at Caherlogan, Tulla. Clare County Board has now applied to amend this planning application so that the facility could allow for competitive matches to be played there. The amendment being sought proposes the broadening of the facility from the sole purpose of a training facility to the allowance of competitive matches for visiting members of the public up to a capacity …

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Anger at water problems welling up in Tulla

Businesses and residents in Tulla are looking to form a committee aimed at addressing water shortage issues in the village in light of the ongoing problems with the local supply.

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Sharp rise recorded in unemployment figures

Unemployment in East Clare is currently two and a half times greater than it was in January 2008, according to statistics recorded at the Tulla Social Welfare office, and two-thirds of those out of work are men.

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A Gardener who has sown the seeds of a new life

In 2008, Chrys Gardener and her husband Bill Carini immigrated to Ireland from Ithaca in New York State to further pursue their careers as landscape gardeners.

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Gardaí in plea over bogus house callers incidents

A garda chief in Killaloe has issued an appeal to those in the East Clare area to be aware of bogus callers, particularly in light of the current problems regarding water shortages and flooding.

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Opposition to Mountshannon seaplane tourism business plan

Plans to develop a seaplane tourism business with a base in Mountshannon have been met with local opposition.

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Residents seek review of ESB river management

An independent review of the ESB’s management of rivers and dams in Ireland, including the River Shannon, has been sought by flooding victims in Clonlara.

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