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Swallows return to Labasheeda

The first swalllows to arrive in County Clare were spotted in Labasheeda yesterday (Thursday) evening.   The return of the birds from warmer climes usually signal that good weather is not far behind. A Labasheeda resident reported that the swallows were flying around his house in the vicinity of where they normally nested each year.

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Student village sold for €33m

THE most expensive property sold in County Clare last year was also the most expensive outside of Dublin, the latest Property Price Register (PPR) has revealed. It was a student accommodation complex, Thomond Village, in the University of Limerick, which sold for €33 million. The most expensive house was Quinville Abbey in Quin, which sold for €1.4 million, while Suite 7 at Donald Trump’s Doonbeg Golf Club, which sold for €675,000 made the top five. At the other end of the scale, the cheapest houses sold in Clare was The Old Post Office, Cullenagh, Labasheeda, which sold for €6,000. Three other properties in Kilrush, Carron and Cooraclare sold for €10,000. Countrywide, the level of property transactions fell by 3.5% in 2016 to 47,175 according to an analysis of the Property Price Register carried out by the property website MyHome.ie. However, while the level of transactions may have fallen, the total value of property transactions actually increased by 7.4% to over …

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George Michael’s Labasheeda connection

A MAN with strong West Clare links has spoken of his enduring admiration and close working relationship with the late George Michael. Toby Bourke, who lived in Labasheeda with his wife Alicia and still owns a holiday cottage there, has told The Clare Champion of his admiration for the pop superstar, who died on Christmas Day. Toby sang with the world-renowned artist on the 1997 single Waltz Away Dreaming, which was the first release by the Aegean record label established by George Michael after he left Sony. “We first met in 1994, when he was mooting the idea of setting up his own record label. That finally happened in 1996,” Toby explained. “From about 1996 onwards, I was his direct employee as an artist on his record label. We had that in common but ironically my father-in-law then, from my first marriage, had prostate cancer and was in the room next to Lesley, George’s mum, at Charing Cross Hospital in …

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Man recovered in Labasheeda believed to be from Limerick

WHILE not yet fully confirmed, the body recovered from the shore in Labasheeda on Tuesday is reported to be that of a Limerick man. It is believed that the man has been missing since late last year. The body was spotted shortly before 5pm on Tuesday by the Shannon Rescue Helicopter on the shore, close to the townland of Colmanstown. The helicopter had been on a training exercise. Kilrush RNLI and the Kilkee Coastguard Unit were called to help with the recovery operation while the helicopter returned from Shannon with two Gardai. Officer in Charge of the Irish Coastguard Unit in Kilkee, Martony Vaughan, outlined the groups role in the recovery. “We were tasked just before 5pm on Tuesday to assist the Gardai in Labasheeda at Colmanstown Castle with the recovery of a body from the shoreline. We proceeded to the area and we assisted the Gardai with the recovery. The casualty was about a kilometre from road access so …

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Mary sent home – no radiographer available

A West Clare  woman  had what she described as a “dreadful” experience at the University of Limerick Hospital last week.  Originally from Kilkee but now living in Lahasheeda, Mary Dillon, who underwent treatment for breast cancer in June 2013, recently had related health issues. “In the last four weeks, my breast got inflamed. I was on antibiotics for a week,” she explained. Last year, Mary, who, along with her husband, is a retired teacher, received six weeks of radiotherapy treatment in Limerick, although her surgery was in Galway. Following treatment from her GP, Mary was advised to attend UL hospital in Limerick last Tuesday week. “I was there at 3.20pm, in the Surgical Assessment Unit, and I got a bed at 7.10pm. In the meantime, I had a few examinations. I gave urine samples and they took my temperature. All the routine stuff,” she explained. In preparation for surgery the following day, Mary was put on an intravenous drip. Having …

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