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Clare’s charms to be filmed for huge US audience this week

THE best of County Clare will be broadcast into millions of homes across the United States this autumn as part of a popular travel series. Peninsula Television will be filming at multiple locations throughout the county this week, from Tuesday to Thursday, June 22 to 24, as part of its ‘Ireland: County by County’ series, which has been viewed by millions of US viewers since its launch in 2020. The 30-minute programme will air on the Create/PBS television network and will be fronted by Irish television presenter Ciara Whelan, who is best known for hosting Virgin Media’s prime-time travel series, ‘The Holiday Show’. The production will concentrate on various cultural, sporting, social and heritage aspects of County Clare. Filming commences this Tuesday with a focus on Ennis and Clare’s international reputation as home to some of the best golf courses in Ireland. The production crew will depart to Shannon Airport to highlight this key asset of the county, before taking …

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Adi’s heart gladdened by encounter with Ennis kids

FOUNDER and voluntary CEO of Chernobyl Children International (CCI) Adi Roche paid a special visit to the youngsters of Teach Abhaile pre-school and naíonra this week, describing the children as “our hope for the future”. The campaigner who has spoken out on issues relating to the environment, peace and social justice talked to the children at the Ennis school about the ways they can protect our world. The school on Kevin Barry Avenue was festooned in orange, the colour of Chernobyl Children International with cards and decorations made by the children given pride of place. Speaking to The Clare Champion ahead of meeting the children, while adhering to social distancing guidelines, she said such encounters were something that “really gladdened her heart”. “In the middle of the pandemic and hearing all about the variants and Delta, it is just wonderful to come to some place like Teach Abhaile, and to meet those who are our hope for the future, the …

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€10m Ennis loan passed after heated exchanges

Reservations over funding ‘private company’ and possible neglect of other districts CLAIMS and counter claims were expressed by county councillors during heated exchanges before a controversial €10 million loan was approved for the Ennis 2040 Designated Activity Company (DAC) by a majority vote. Ennis 2040 Designated Activity Company (DAC) has been registered as a company to assist in identifying opportunities for development and employment in Ennis and making the town an attractive place to live and work. While councillors support investment for Ennis, several expressed grave reservations about the new funding mechanism proposed by the council executive at a meeting on Monday, and the lack of a similar package for rural Clare. The loan was passed by 23 votes to five, with Councillors Tony O’Brien, Gerry Flynn, Donna McGettigan, P J Kelly and Susan Crawford officially recording their opposition. Some of the remaining councillors who supported it – Pat Burke, Joe Killeen and Ian Lynch – did so reluctantly. Councillor …

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Action plan needed to tackle air pollution in Ennis

Call for action to protect town’s citizens CALLS have been made for an “action plan” to protect the people of Ennis after recent statistics showed air pollution levels 12 times higher than safe limits. Environmental Protection Agency statistics show the county capital suffering huge air pollution despite a smoky coal ban being in place. Councillor Johnny Flynn called for the plan, saying this “very serious issue” has not got the attention it deserves because of the focus on Covid-19. He has also pointed out that research has shown that the impact of air pollution on people’s health can exacerbate the impact of the virus. The councillor said more air quality monitors should be put in place that could warn people vulnerable to air pollution of any potential risks. At the monthly meeting of the Ennis Municipal District the councillor asked for a review to be carried out into the causes of poor air quality in Ennis. He asked that the …

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Women saddle up for charity

MEMBERS of the Clare Ladies Cycling Club are attempting to cycle a combined total of 50,000km over the summer, to raise funds for Sláinte an Chláir. “We did a couch to 50k, just before Easter. The idea was that everyone would be back on the bike for the summer. I suppose it was like a prequel to what we’re doing with Sláinte an Chláir, we’re hoping to cycle 50,000km between us over 16 weeks and to raise funds,” said chairperson Eilis Neville. “Forty-five of us have signed up for it out of a club of 91, which is pretty good going,” Eilis added. Members cycle in small groups twice a week, and there are a couple of women abroad who are helping to get the kilometres up. “On a Wednesday night we would cycle a max of 40km, we leave Ennis around 6.45. On a Sunday we offer three routes, a short route of around 40km, a middling route of …

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CAMOGIE: Goal-shy Clare knocked out by Limerick

Munster Senior Camogie Championship Preliminary Round Limerick 2-11 Clare 1-09 THE gap had considerably narrowed, but the result remained the same as the Shannonside honours once more went to Limerick in Clarina on Saturday afternoon, reports Eoin Brennan. A six point margin definitely flattered a vanquished Clare in a one-sided National League contest four weeks earlier in Fr McNamara Park. However, this time, it was Limerick who found it difficult to justify a five point win as this was a much more evenly-matched derby throughout. A succession of Caoimhe Costelloe placed balls allied to a sucker-punch goal right before the opening water break provided a cushion that the home side were able to cling to for the remainder. In contrast, Clare started confidently but after Becky Foley’s opportunist goal in the third minute, five subsequent goal chances were passed up including a final quarter penalty that was sent wide. Indeed, both sides could only muster 1-4 apiece from play as …

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Everyone’s a winner as Tulla Inclusive Athletics takes off

THIRTEEN children with additional needs from Broadford, Tulla and Sixmilebridge, thoroughly enjoyed a six-week inclusive athletics programme in Tulla. That’s the verdict from one of the coaches and child psychologist, Louise Fitzsimons, following the completion of the pilot project on Saturday, which was facilitated by Tulla Athletics’ Club and Clare sports inclusion disability officer, James Murrihy. Other coaches included Sarah Shally, teacher for the early intervention ASD class in Stonehall National School, Antonio Raffa, Sixmilebridge, who is heavily involved in athletics, Lucy Hughes, Michelle Greene, and Kelly Ann Brady, primary school teacher. Ms Fitzsimons said the coaches and volunteers have learned a lot over the six weeks about how to organise sessions and support children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in getting used to different activities that suits their own particular needs. It is hoped to continue with more sessions during the summer with a review in August. “All children will not transition quickly or easily to the main athletics …

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Gaelscoil seeks planning for its new school near wetlands

Proposal to extend site and create conditions to double the school population GAELSCOIL Donncha Rua has lodged a planning application for a new development, which would see the school’s numbers doubling. A design statement accompanying the planning application says the proposed Gaelscoil Donncha Rua would be a replacement primary school for 70 pupils on the site of the existing temporary accommodation school in Shannon. It is envisaged the existing site of 0.55 acres be extended to a total of 1.94 acres to accommodate the new building. Projected enrollment once the new school is completed is 140 pupils. The statement notes the site forms part of a landbank owned by Clare County Council that is currently undergoing development for parklands and public amenity areas. “The area of the site outside of the existing school boundaries is currently in use as amenity wetlands,” the statement notes, adding that “The existing school site has an area of 0.55 acres currently and consists of …

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