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Clare TD says vaccination texts being construed as scams

A CLARE TD is calling on the HSE to urgently review its text alert system for Covid-19 vaccination appointments as people may be confusing them with scams. People have reported missing their scheduled time as they believe the text informing them of their appointment to be a scam, due to the nature of how it is issued, according to Deputy Cathal Crowe. “The text messages people are receiving are very casual,” said the Fianna Fail TD. “They begin with ‘reply yes or no’ and in this day and age people are quite savvy to scams and phishing texts and this has been well flagged in the media, on Crimeline on RTÉ and so on. “At any given time, there are quite a number of text scams circulating in the country and for this reason, a lot of people I believe have been put off from replying to the text and therefore have lost out on their vaccination appointment. “One lady …

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Clare deputy pulls up minister over fining of priest

DEPUTY Michael McNamara has challenged Health Minister Stephen Donnelly over his previous commitment that no penalties would be imposed for conducting religious services during the Covid-19 pandemic. Fr PJ Hughes, parish priest of Mullahoran and Loughduff in Co Cavan, has already received a €500 fine following a Sunday Mass he celebrated on March 7th last in Mullahoran. Speaking in the Dáil recently, Deputy McNamara asked what does it mean when the minister says something in this House? “If a Minister says something in a parliamentary democracy, we assume it to be true, if words have meaning. To borrow a quote, it is a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. What does the Minister mean when he says that 80% of people will be offered a vaccine by the end of June?” The Independent Deputy asked this question in view of a statement made by Minister Donnelly on October 22 during a debate on the Health Amendment Bill. “I assure the …

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423 additional cases of Covid-19 nationally as Clare confirms fewer than five

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of fewer than five additional cases of Covid-19 in Clare and five additional deaths related to Covid-19 nationally. Four of these deaths occurred in April, and one in February. There has been a total of 4,732 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight, Tuesday, April 6, the HPSC has been notified of 423 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 239,325* confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today: 219 are men / 201 are women 73% are under 45 years of age The median age is 30 years old 199 in Dublin, 41 in Kildare, 23 in Meath, 20 in Galway, 18 in Westmeath and the remaining 122 spread across 19 other counties. As of 8am today, 232 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 56 are in ICU. 13 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours. As of April 4, 2021, 936,087 doses …

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Clare Ladies Football Campaign Set For May 23 Start

Clare’s opponents in the 2021 National Ladies Football league have been confirmed along with a proposed date for the first competitive fixture. Evan Talty’s tenure as Clare boss will begin on Sunday May 23 with a campaign in Division 2A of the league. Similar to their male counterparts, teams grouped in a regionalised format in order to reduce travel as part of Covid-19 concerns. Clare will face familiar opposition, including the Meath side who ended their All Ireland Intermediate run at the semi final stage last year before going on to claim the title. They will also face neighbours Kerry along with fellow intermediate side Wexford. The four Ulster counties of Tyrone, Monaghan, Armagh and Cavan making up the four team Division 2B. It is expected that a fixture list will be issued in the coming days along with a return to play document and guidelines to be followed for host venues. Clare’s three league fixtures will take place on …

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2021 Eurocycles Eurobaby Junior Tour Cancelled Due To Covid-19 Restrictions

The 2021 Eurocycles Eurobaby Junior Tour has fallen victim to Covid-19 for the second year running. The popular cycling event, which has been one of the highlights in the Clare sporting calendar over the last few years, was scheduled to take place from July 13 to July 18 this year with stages across the whole county. A statement from the organising committee confirmed that the event has been cancelled with race director Alice Sherratt outlining the reasons behind the decision. “This type of decision is never an easy one to take considering it is now, as of this very week, 12 months since our last announcement. It has become increasingly frustrating to try and assess the current environment and plan for a safe and successful international event of which we are confident that we could deliver. The level of interest from international teams wishing to come to Ireland and race continues to grow and by adopting the same protocols for …

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Clare records fewer than five additional cases of Covid-19, as five day average drops to three

THE Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of fewer than five additional cases of Covid-19 in Clare and nine additional deaths related to Covid-19 nationally. Three of these deaths occurred in January, two in February, three in March and one in April. There has been a total of 4,727 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight, Monday, April 5, the HPSC has been notified of 443 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 238,907* confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today: 239 are men / 203 are women 75% are under 45 years of age The median age is 31 years old 208 in Dublin, 32 in Cork, 24 in Kildare, 20 in Meath, 17 in Donegal and the remaining 142 spread across 19 other counties. ** As of 8am today, 261 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 60 are in ICU. 12 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours. …

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Clare Haven seeks support in online vote for funding

CLARE Haven is in the running for a much-needed boost, after being nominated by staff of Permanent TSB in Clare for a share of its community fund. The fund operates in each of Permanent TSB’s regions across Ireland and aims to provide round €300,000 to six local charities – chosen by members of the public, in a vote that closes on Wednesday, April 7. Dr Siobhán O’Connor, Manager of Services with Clare Haven urged the public to get behind the scheme by casting their votes. She also thanked Permanent TSB in Clare for its support. “The staff and customers in Permanent TSB O’Connell Street, Ennis have always been very generous to us,” she said. “We are very grateful that we were nominated to be considered for this fund. Domestic Abuse has long been a scourge that has mired our community here in Clare. The Covid 19 experience in 2020 has exacerbated it with demand for Clare Haven’s services increasing by …

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Search is on for talented Clare teen to star alongside Oscar winner Olivia Colman

A UK-based casting company is interested in hearing from Clare teenagers as they search for a co-lead to star alongside Oscar winner Olivia Colman in their latest movie. The character, ‘Mully’ is a 13-year-old Irish boy, and Casting Director Elaine Grainger stresses that previous acting experience is not necessary for what she calls a “breakout role”. “For our upcoming feature film, Joyride, and playing joint-lead with Oscar winner Olivia Colman, we are hoping to discover a brand new cinematic talent for the role of 13-year-old Mully – to potentially find a future breakout film star. It is a complex, rewarding and challenging part; Mully is bold, sensitive, emotional, defiant and hilarious. The ideal boy will have a huge heart and boundless bravery, who will fearlessly take this journey with us. The company would be interested in hearing from Clare teens with or without film experience, aged between 11 and 16, adding that “a fantastic singing voice would also be an …

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