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Armed robbery in Cloughleigh

TWO female shop assistants at Cusack Stores, Cloughleigh, Ennis were threatened by robbers with a machete and baseball bat on Tuesday evening.A senior garda source confirmed that three young males wearing balaclavas entered Cusack Stores between 6.50pm and 7pm on Tuesday. “One was carrying a machete and one was carrying a baseball bat. Both of these armed men went in behind the counter of the shop and threatened the two female staff. The third party remained outside the door of the shop on lookout,” he said.“They took two cash registers and made off on foot from the shop. Between €1,500 and €2,000 was taken in the robbery. One of the cash registers was found shortly after the incident near the shop but the other hasn’t been recovered,” he continued.Gardaí said neither of the shop assistants were injured in the robbery but were extremely traumatised as a result of being threatened with weapons. No customers were in the shop at the …

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Water situation improves in town

NO water cut-offs are scheduled in the Ennis town area for the coming days but Ennis Town Council continue to closely monitor the situation, according to the town engineer, Eamonn O’Dea.Speaking at this week’s monthly meeting of the council, Mr O’Dea said the reservoir levels are now full, having dropped critically on the Wednesday after Christmas. There are still some problems in the pipe network in some areas of Ennis, including the Doora area and parts of the Kilrush Road but the council is working around the clock to resolve these. The main ongoing issue now is the supply of water to Clarehill, which is currently being supplied from the West Clare supply, a situation that the council hopes will end in the coming days.In response to a request for an update on the water situation in Ennis from town councillors, Mr O’Dea explained that difficulties had commenced before Christmas. “There were those whose pipes froze and lost their water …

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Review

The Clare Champion looks back on some of the major stories around the county over the last 12 months

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Town suffers as recession takes hold

ENNIS, like all other urban areas this year, felt the pinch of the recession with many businesses struggling to stay afloat and a number closing down altogether.

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Building better bankers

A GROUP of six transition-year students from St Flannan’s College are using their business acumen to set up a mini-branch of Allied Irish Bank.

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Blazing a trail in the military

AN ENNIS native who served for a spell as aide-de-camp to President Mary McAleese was among a group of women who attended a special event at Áras an Uachtaráin recently to mark the 30th anniversary of recruitment of female personnel to the Defence Forces.

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FF councillor looks to build two houses

FIANNA Fáil Ennis councillor Peter Considine has applied to Clare County Council for planning permission to build two houses and associated works on a site at Dromadrehid on the outskirts of Ennis.

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Science win for St Conaire’s

PUPILS from St Conaire’s National School, Shannon were among the winners at the annual Intel Mini Scientist Competition.

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