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Imogen lashes Clare coastline

Imogen, the latest in a spate of storms, is lashing the Clare coastline today (Monday). With high winds on the back of high tides, damage has been caused in the Kilkee area and Carrigaholt, near the Irish College.  Clare Champion photographer John Kelly is out and about recording the progress of the storm.   [doptg id=”96″]

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Clare Association honours Willie Keane

AN insight into what drives an athlete to shine at national and international level was afforded to members of the Clare Association in Dublin and their friends at the weekend. At the association’s annual dinner in the Ballsbridge Hotel last Saturday night, Kilkee athlete Willie Keane, who was presented with the association’s Clare Person of the Year award for 2016, explained how being beaten in the All-Ireland Senior Cross Country Championship in 1973 was big turning point in his career. He waited exactly 12 months to turn the tables on Mick Priest, training for 30 consecutive days in hail, rain and snow in the month of January to prepare for the next championship race. In March 1974, he regained his title and, in fact, was not beaten again in a championship race until 1980. He continued to compete for many years after that despite maintaining a heavy work schedule. At times he trained at 7am or 10pm. He rarely felt …

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Sr Mary’s lifetime working with teens

WHEN Sister Mary O’Connell retired from teaching business studies and accounting at Kilkee Community College last year, it marked the end of a 136-year link between the Sisters of Mercy and education in the town. Sr Mary, who completed her Leaving Certificate in 1966, taught in Kilkee since 1980, having had previous stints in Nenagh and Tulla. She served as deputy principal in Kilkee since 2006. “It’s a good stretch. It has been a good life,” Sr Mary reflected recently when The Clare Champion visited. She still lives in the nuns’ house on the Miltown Malbay road in the town. She feels and hopes that she grew into her role since she first decided to enter the order as a teenager. “Who knows what it is really? It’s one thing when you’re 17 and it’s another thing by the time you’re 37. Why wouldn’t it be because we grow and we change. We have another experience and then another one. …

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Challenge to same-sex marriage referendum fails

THE latest legal challenge by a County Clare man against the result of the same-sex marriage referendum has been dismissed by the High Court. Gerry Walshe, an electrician, of Lisdeen, Kilkee asked the High Court to quash the Referendum Returning Officer’s decision to certify the result last August, which had the effect of formally confirming the outcome of the ballot. In a ruling on Wednesday evening, Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan dismissed Walshe’s demands for several orders that would have frozen proposed new legislation currently before Dáil Éireann enabling same-sex couples to marry. The Judge described as misconceived Mr Walshe’s interpretation of Returning Officer Riona Ní Fhlanghaile’s statutory function to sign the certificate confirming the result. The Judge also awarded the State its legal costs against Mr Walshe, an application Mr Walshe had opposed. He also sought orders staying any further actions being taken in relation to the Same Sex Marriage referendum result until his case has been determined. Mr Walshe, …

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Free-wheeling rugby men talk the talk in Kilkee

GIVEN the thousands of visitors from Limerick who decamp to Kilkee every summer, rugby talk isn’t exactly foreign to the resort town. There was plenty of rugby speech heard beneath the soft September air earlier this week and those loosening their tongues, in advance of the Rugby World Cup, knew what they were talking about. Former All Black number eight Zinzan Brooke, Scottish fly half Craig Chalmers and Welsh international Leigh Davies found time to project ahead to the autumn tournament, while on a brief break from the Mizen to Malin cancer fundraising cycle. Before they got to the rugby though, these rugby men couldn’t but have the odd dig at each other, or at themselves, regarding their cycling skills. “When you’re in the peloton and there is a big pothole coming up, you need your other team members to warn you. When you start getting to the hills, you sort of stop talking. On the flat you can get …

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Ongoing search for Japanese woman

A search and recovery operation resumed in Kilkee this morning following the recovery of one of the missing Japanese tourists , Mr Eiji Takagi on Sunday. Today’s search for Ms Ushio Azaki is being assisted by navy divers, facilitated by Kilkee Sub Aqua Club, while Kilkee and Doolin Coastguards are carrying out water and land searches. Martony Vaughan, area officer with the Kilkee Irish Coastguard Unit outlined how the recovery operation was carried out on Sunday. “A diving operation was facilitated just under St George’s Head by Kikee Sub Aqua Club. It started just after 11am on Sunday morning. There were also members from Lough Derg, Ennis, Aughinish and Burren Sub Aqua Club involved. Shortly after 12 noon members of Kikee and Burren Sub Aqua Clubs, diving just under St George’s Head, discovered one of the casualties at a depth of 27 metres,” Mr Vaughan explained. “The casualty was recovered to the Kilkee Coastguard boat and returned to the slipway …

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Missing couple ‘looked happy and fit’

Land, air and sea searches are continuing in Kilkee today (Friday) in an effort to trace the Japanese couple last seen walking in the resort early on Saturday. A holidaymaker reported seeing the couple early on Saturday in Kilkee and remarked how they “looked happy and fit”. Mr Eiji Takagi (63) Ms Ushio Azaki (61) were reported missing on Tuesday after their red Hyundai rental car was found abandoned in Kilkee and they failed to turn up for a flight to London. It’s been established that they stayed in Doonbeg for a few nights after arriving in Clare and were in Kilkee on Friday afternoon, where they were captured on CCTV at a local restaurant. They returned to Spanish Point that night and checked out of their hotel on Saturday morning. Gardaí are asking people in the accommodation sector if they had a booking for a Japanese couple who didn’t turn up. They are also appealing to anyone who finds a rucksack or …

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‘Lost generation’ reflected in school numbers dip

THE ongoing depopulation of West Clare is illustrated this week by the fact that three of the most westerly schools in the county are likely to become one-teacher schools, due to dwindling pupil numbers. Doonaha is already a one-teacher school and it is expected that Querrin and Cross will have to operate with one teacher from the start of the new term in the coming days. Cross NS is not expected to take in any new pupil, while Carrigaholt and Kilkee NS are also reported to be taking in very few junior infants. However, both Moveen and Kilbaha are taking in relatively significant numbers of junior infants. Seven are due to start in Kilbaha, which brings the pupil number to 48 in Clare’s most westerly school. Moveen will have eight junior infants, bringing its total school population to an impressive 70. To illustrate the decline in numbers in Cross NS, 33 pupils attended the school in 2009 but that number …

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