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Five Clare restaurants compete for All-Ireland recognition

FIVE Clare restaurants celebrated their success at the Munster Regional Irish Restaurant Awards and will now go on to represent their county for the national titles at the All-Ireland Irish Restaurant Awards 2014. The Best Restaurant in Clare is Gallagher’s Seafood Restaurant; Best Chef in Clare David Hurley of The Dining Room at Gregan’s Castle Hotel; Best Hotel Restaurant in Clare The Dining Room at Gregans Castle Hotel; Best Casual Dining in Clare L’Arco Italian Restaurant, Best Gastro Pub in ClareVaughan’s Anchor Inn, Best Wine Experience in Clare Earl of Thomond @ Dromoland Castle Hotel and Best Customer Service in Clare Earl of Thomond @ Dromoland Castle Hotel. The All-Ireland Irish Restaurant Awards 2014 will take place next Monday in Dublin.. The night will see an expected crowd of up to 800 restaurant owners, staff and industry experts to gather to celebrate their work. “In their sixth year now, the Irish Restaurant Awards continue to go from strength to strength. …

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Road deaths in Clare fall by 83%

The number of road traffic deaths in Clare have dropped dramatically by 83% over a seven-year period, according to a new report. Roads deaths in Clare have been falling steadily since 12 people lost their lives in 2007. However, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) report also reveals  23 drivers, three motorcyclists, two cyclists and eight pedestrians have been killed on roads in the county since 2007. In 2013, Clare also ranked in top five safest counties with the fewest number of fatalities. The report, “2007 to 2013 road traffic deaths by user type and county”, highlights the reductions in road fatalities in Clare between 2007 and 2013. It shows there were seven road deaths in 2008 and 2009, four in 2010 and two in 2012 and 2013. Moyagh Murdock, chief executive of the Road Safety Authority said the reduction in the number of road deaths in Clare shows just what can be achieved when communities come together. “Change happens at …

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Cassidy’s Pharmacy Targetted in Smash and Grab

Gardaí are on the hunt for two men who broke into Cassidy’s Pharmacy in Ennis in the early hours of Tuesday morning after what has been described by gardai as a “smash and grab” incident. The premises, which is located on O’Connell Street , was targeted at approximately 2am by two men who “using a sledgehammer bashed in the door” of the well known pharmacy. It took the culprits approximately three minutes to break the glass to gain entry and clear shelves of cosmetics products before they were gone again. A senior garda said this was an unusual type of crime in that it was so “daring”, and described it as a “smash and grab” incident as it took so little time to execute. Gardaí believe high value cosmetics were the primary target as these were the only items stolen in the burglary.  The theft was over in a matter of minutes as the items were cleared from shelves onto …

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McNamara calls for Labour front bench to go

CLARE TD Michael McNamara has launched a scathing attack on his party’s front bench saying that  all but one of them need to go as soon as possible. While the rivalry between Eamon Gilmore and Joan Burton has been simmering for at least three years now, he feels that neither of them should hold the leadership of the party. Speaking to The Champion tonight, he said that it’s time for a huge clear out. “If we remain in Government I think there’s a case to be made for Brendan Howlin given his portfolio but for the rest, everyone’s time comes, mine will come too.” He says that Labour must heed the election results and not dismiss them as part of a normal electoral cycle. “We have to listen to the people and it’s not just a mid term thing, there’s a lot of disillusionment about promises that were broken. ” While he acknowledged that Labour would probably have suffered from …

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Clare election update

Coming up to 11.30a.m. at the count centre in Treacy’s West county Hotel, from tallies in the Ennis area, it would appear that James Breen, independent and Johnny Flynn, Fine Gael are on their way to taking seats. Also looking well at this stage are Tom Mc Namara, Fianna Fail, and Pat Daly, Fianna Fail. In the European elections, Brian Crowley, Fianna Fail, is cleaning up in Clare. [doptg id=”13″]

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Voting underway across County Clare

County Clare residents are currently casting their number one preference votes at polling stations across the county for the 2014 local and European elections. A total of 90,620 people living in Clare are entitled to vote in the local election which sees 69 candidates battle it out for 28 seats across the four municipal districts: Ennis; West; Shannon; and Killaloe. Among them was 82 year old Clare man JJ Barry who voted for the first time in Ireland. An emigrant in England for 63 years, JJ returned to Kilkee in West Clare two years ago. A man with a keen interest in politics, JJ was delighted with the opportunity to vote in County Clare. “I wanted to vote now because I don’t know how many years I have left. I always wanted to have a vote but in my time, there was no voting in Ireland until you were 21. I was 19 when I emigrated,” he revealed. All polling …

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100 Clare schools hold green flags

Four Clare primary and secondary schools have been awarded green flags for the first time bringing to 100 the number of local schools now holding the international award for environmental action. Run by An Taisce in partnership with local authorities throughout Ireland, the Green-Schools award scheme is an international environmental education programme and management system that acknowledges long-term, whole school action for the environment. St Patrick’s Comprehensive School in Shannon; Coore NS, Kilkishen NS and Scoil Mhuire in Meelick were presented with their very first green flag at a special An Taisce Green Schools Awards ceremony held in the Radisson Hotel in Galway recently. A further 32 schools successfully renewed their Green Flags following work on  new themes including energy, water, travel, biodiversity and global citizenship litter/waste. The schools include: Clondrinagh NS; Úlla Beag Preshool, Killaloe; Doolin NS.; Scoil Mhainchín, Ennistymon; Ennis Educate Together NS; St John Bosco Community College, Kildysart; St Senan’s Primary School, Kilrush; Lakyle NS, Whitegate; Moyasta …

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Rape Crisis Midwest in Clare Announces Temporary Closure

One in four people have been subjected to some form of sexual violence, according to Rape Crisis Midwest – a service which offers support and help to the one in four affected by sexual violence in County Clare. However, due to the declining financial status of the charity organisation, which is used by 12 people every week in Clare, they will close their Ennis based service temporarily for the month of  September. Rape Crisis Midwest has had to make the difficult decision to temporarily close both its Clare and Tipperary services for the month of September as the charity faces a shortfall estimated to be in the region of €120,000. All services provided at the Tracklands Business Park, on Clonroadmore in Ennis will be cut for the month of September and will be reassessed based on whether the service can make up the shortfall through public support in the interim. A skeletal service will remain in Limerick for the month …

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