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Clare dad watching ‘awful film’ wins €5k from radio station

A DOOLIN man woke up €5,000 richer today after scooping the top prize on a Bank Holiday Bonus promotion on a regional radio station. Roy Thomas, a father of two and construction supervisor was at the cinema with his son, Michael when the call came through to reveal he had won the cash. Roy who entered the text competition on SPIN South West correctly answered ‘U2’ to the question “The Edge is a member of which famous Irish rock band? Roy was watching ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ in the cinema on Tuesday afternoon, which he critiqued as “an awful film” and almost missed the winning call due to his phone being on silent mode. A vandal has defaced a "Space Jam" LeBron James mural in Akron 😐 The vandal painted a red nose on the face of LeBron and wrote "LA FLOP" across the mural. (h/t Akron Beacon Journal) pic.twitter.com/tR0WRSN0Gh — NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) July 27, 2021 Of his …

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Clare gardaí warn of increased risk of caravan thefts

RISING demand for staycations could lead to an increased risk of the theft of caravans, with those planning on buying a caravan also being warned to be on alert. “Going on holiday at home and the use of caravans has become very popular and with the demand for caravans increasing so will the possibility in an increase in thefts caravans,” says Clare Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Triona Brooks. She urges those with a caravan to get an alarm fitted and to keep doors and windows locked at all times, even if out for a short period of time. “GPS tracking devices can be relatively inexpensive. Consider uniquely marking your caravan on various parts of it and take a photograph showing any marks, scratches or dents,” she adds. Wheels clamps are a visual deterrent, she advises saying, “ use a good standard clamp which will take time, effort and noise to remove. Ensure that you have a hitch lock in place.” …

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Plans for €25m community hospital soon to be lodged

A PLANNING application for a €25 million community hospital in Ennis to replace long stay and short stay beds at St Joseph’s is set to be lodged by the end of this year, it has been confirmed. If given the green light, the 100-bed community nursing unit will be situated on grounds adjacent to St Flannan’s College. A design team has been put in place and have began an outline design phase of the project. The unit will include 88 single and four twin rooms, and four palliative care facilities. The project has already been included for funding in the HSE Capital Programme 2021. Details of the proposal were confirmed in response to a Dáil question put by Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey to Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly. In early 2016, a Capital Programme for Older Persons Residential Centres was developed and agreed with the Department of Health in response to the introduction of HIQA’s, National Residential Care …

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Arrest after car driven on rims down Clare motorway

A MOTORIST who drove down the M18 in a vehicle that had bare rims on the front has been arrested. The car was crashed and abandoned but the driver was located nearby and arrested. They tested positive for cocaine and cannabis consumption. Clare Roads Policing Unit received reports of vehicle driving on its rims on the M18. The car was located, crashed & abandoned. The driver was found nearby & tested positive for cocaine & cannabis. They were arrested. Proceedings to follow. #SaferRoads #ArriveAlive pic.twitter.com/AbxuklYRSI — An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) July 28, 2021 Clare Roads Policing Unit had received reports from the public and affected the arrest Court proceedings will follow.

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Planning permission sought for homes in Shannon

Ballycasey Property Developments Ltd has lodged a planning application for 14 two-storey dwellings at Dun Aras Avenue, in the Hurlers Cross area of Shannon. Three of the houses would be two-beds, while ten would be three-bed and there would be one four-bedroom house. Thirty five car parking spaces would be provided with the houses. At the moment the site is waste ground, according to the application. A description of the proposed development identifies the 0.82 hectare site and states the scheme would comprise 14 two-storey dwellings facing onto Dun Aras Avenue, but with vehicular access to the rear. “There are five house types, ranging from two bed to four bedroom in size. The scheme will be connected to the town water supply and sewerage systems.” On the site of the development, it says it is “a triangle of land bounded to the north by a slip road for the N18, to the south by an existing housing development, and to …

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Liscannor Bay swim on Sunday for Burren Chernobyl Project

THE 49th annual Liscannor Bay Swim will take place this Sunday, August 1 at 1:30pm, in aid of the Burren Chernobyl Project, writes Conor Clohessy. Event organiser, Pat Conway, raised over €10,000 for the cause in 2020 and hopes that he can continue to oversee the swim until next year, when he can pass the tradition on to his family members. Liscannor Bay Swim originally took place in aid of a local boy who required special therapy in Budapest for a rare medical condition, and has supported various charities over the years; for the majority of those, funds have been sent to the Burren Chernobyl Project. The Burren Chernobyl Project was established by Brother Liam O’Meara in 1993 to aid the child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor explosion, helping families through the social, medical and economic ramifications of the disaster. “I have great admiration for Brother Liam and for what he does out there. The swim is only a …

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Shannon Ulster Bank branch to become Permanent TSB

THE Ulster Bank branch in Shannon is one of 25 that are set to be acquired by Permanent TSB, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two, writes Owen Ryan. The deal will see Permanent TSB acquire in the region of €7.6 billion worth of assets. A statement from Permanent TSB said, “It is expected that circa 400 to 500 Ulster Bank employees, who are wholly or mainly assigned to the retail and SME perimeter that is being acquired, will transfer to Permanent TSB. “The exact number of in scope employees that will have the right to transfer under the Transfer of Undertakings regulations will be agreed as part of the next stage of negotiations.” Eamonn Crowley CEO of Permanent TSB Holdings said “This Potential Transaction complements our growth strategy and will accelerate the delivery of Permanent TSB’s ambition of becoming Ireland’s best personal and small business bank. “We see this as a once in a generation …

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Clare people aged 12 to 15 to be offered mRNA vaccines

THE Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, has today confirmed that those aged 12-15 years will be offered an mRNA vaccine to protect themselves from COVID-19. To date, two mRNA vaccines have been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for use in this age group – Comirnaty® (Pfizer/BioNTech) and Spikevax® (Moderna). During clinical trials the estimate for efficacy of both vaccines was reported as 100% in these age groups. Minister Donnelly said: “I am delighted to be in a position to confirm that our young people will be offered an opportunity to protect themselves from COVID-19. Yesterday, I announced that the vaccine registration portal was opening to all those aged 16 and 17 years old and today’s announcement is an important step in offering that same protection to our younger population. “We are continuing to see an increase in cases of COVID-19 among our young people and vaccination, along with continued adherence to the public health advice, remains the best …

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