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Daniel Drzewiecki and Julija Kolpakova at home with their baby daughter, Laura Olivia, and dog, Charlie.

Clare’s newest internet sensation is barking mad for attention

A YouTube clip recorded in Ennis of a dog bringing toys to a baby had clocked up almost nine million views on Wednesday evening. The clip is one minute and 46 seconds long and, at the beginning, the dog brings a toy away from the baby, who is seated on a chair. When she begins to cry, the dog brings toy after toy over to comfort her, almost covering the child, such is his determination to rectify the situation. The baby’s name is Laura Olivia and she is the daughter of Daniel Drzewiecki and Julija Kolpakova, who are both from Eastern Europe and have lived in Ireland for eight years. Speaking on Wednesday, Julija said, “My boyfriend made it a few months ago, when our child was two months, and he uploaded it. It got very popular a few days ago!” She said Daniel had wanted to make a different type of clip. “He wanted to film how Laura would …

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Kilbaha exit strategy for baby’s delivery day

KILBAHA woman Yvonne McNamara has been keeping a relentless eye on recent weather forecasts as the orange alerts mount up. She has particular reason to. Yvonne and her husband, Fergal are due their third child come the end of February. However, before they drive 70 miles to Limerick they first have to negotiate the leaving of Kilbaha. An 80 metre stretch of the main road in the village remains closed, although Clare County Council is due to start remedial work on Monday. On top of that the McNamaras live in Fodra, which is west of Kilbaha. The beach there regularly spits stones onto the access road, sometimes making it impassable. “It’s Peig Sayers time really,” Yvonne laughed. “You’d think you wouldn’t have to be thinking of that as well as the difficulty of being so far from Limerick. You’re going 70 miles from here as it is. It’s an added headache you don’t really need,” she said, as the wind …

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