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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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320 additional cases of Covid-19 confirmed nationally

THERE were no deaths related to Covid-19 notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today. There has been a total of 4,718 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight, Sunday, April 4, the HPSC has been notified of 320 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 238,466* confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. As of April 2, 2021, 923,878 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland: 655,292 people have received their first dose 268,586 people have received their second dose The Covid-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of Covid-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s CovId-19 Vaccination Programme.

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Virtual folk club returns to Glór

FOLK music fans have a treat in store over the coming weeks, with the launch of a news series of online folk club sessions hosted by broadcaster Paula Carroll in collaboration with Glór, Ennis. The acclaimed presenter of The West Wind on Clare FM will host both emerging and established artists who will chat and perform as part of the Folk Nights at Glór series. “Glór’s auditorium is mostly empty these days,” said Paula, “but it’s still an atmospheric place, maybe even more so. I wanted to fill that auditorium with music – even if the only audience were the crew, and then present that music to the world. It felt absolutely magical to have these great musicians perform for us. We hope you’ll feel the magic too. After the performance we took to the armchairs to chat about how music-making has changed in today’s world and what it might now mean for musicians and for us the audiences. I …

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Clare Youth Service To Makeup For Lockdown

Clare Youth Service has announced a new online makeup course for teenagers aged 15 to 17. CYS has been adding new ways to engage and work with young people over the past year and now, in conjunction with the Creative Youth Partnership, this six week course will be starting on Thursday April 15. It is described as “a great opportunity for young people who might be interested in make-up artistry as a career to gain some experience and meet some new people”. The course will be conducted through Zoom by a qualified LCETB make up tutor, who will take participants through a different aspect of makeup application and skin care each week in one hour sessions. Each participant will be given a pack in advance to ensure they have all they need to take part in the programme. Clare Youth Service at the Junction Manager, Jean O’Keeffe, sees the programme as another element of the organisation’s work in building morale …

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McNamara Critical Of Government’s Mandatory Hotel Quarantine Strategy

Clare Independent T.D. Michael McNamara has criticised the Government’s Mandatory Hotel Quarantine strategy, which he described as “a half-baked exercise in optics” and a “flawed measure” in the context of an unchecked border with Northern Ireland and when the majority of persons arriving in the state whether by air, sea or over land are not tested for variants of Covid-19. Deputy McNamara was reacting to the news that people entering Ireland from the United States, France, Germany and Italy will not, for now, face a mandatory period of hotel quarantine. The decision follows concerns raised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney General about the planned extension of the system. Deputy McNamara stated, “Israel, the poster boy for vaccination success, is on the list of states to be quarantined. Should the rationale for its inclusion be maintained, quarantining will be maintained indefinitely after we have completed our vaccination programme and other states have too.” He continued, “China is …

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Clare property prices still going up despite pandemic, report indicates

THE prices being sought for houses around the Banner were 2% higher in the first three months of 2021 than they were during the first quarter of 2020 according to the latest Daft.ie report. The average asking price of a house in Clare is now €191,000, 60% higher than at the lowest point of the market. Across the country, the average price of a home is now €233,000, up 63% on the worst depths of the crash. In Clare, prices in the first three months of 2021 were 2% higher than a year previously, compared to a fall of 2% seen a year ago. The average price of a home is now €191,000, 60% above its lowest point. During the first quarter of the year the average amount sought for a one bed apartment was €79,000, while it was €94,5000 for a two bedroom terraced house and €129,000 for a three bed semi detached house. The average price sought for …

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