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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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Capacity Set To Double At Ennis Hospital MAU

A RECRUITMENT process for new staff and the expansion of the Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) in Ennis Hospital is underway, according to Deputy Michael McNamara. The Clare Independent TD, who has pressed the HSE and Government on the need to increase services at Ennis Hospital since last year’s election, said a non-consultant hospital doctor and a clerical staff member are already in post, creating an additional four slots at the MAU. “Additional resources in nursing, allied health and general support staff are now at various stages of on an ongoing recruitment process. Once these personnel are in place the HSE will increase the number of weekly slots in the MAU by a further 28 slots,” stated Deputy McNamara. “The expansion provides considerable benefits for the people of Clare while it also will help to alleviate pressure on admissions to University Hospital Limerick, something, which I have repeatedly highlighted during the past year.” “The CEO of the UL Hospitals’ Group has …

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Mountshannon man funds leading edge research on marine microplastics

A MOUNTSHANNON man’s innovative start-up company is funding ground-breaking research on marine microplastics, with a view to proving how prevalent the issue is. Dr Alvin Orbaek White, who works at Swansea University, has pioneered a technology that changes waste plastic into valuable compounds for the energy industries, reducing plastics pollution in the process. The research will be instrumental in addressing the global transition to more efficient, cleaner energy resources and providing a new life for waste plastics, keeping them out of land and sea. Dr Orbaek White’s company TrimTabs is supporting research currently underway in Barcelona where artist and boat builder Mark Reddan is working with marine scientists to look at how plastics are entering the food chain. “Part of what we want to do is to get our technology out of the lab and addressing the issue of microplastics which are in everything from our tea to our washing machines,” Dr Orbaek White said. “There’s an annual currach festival …

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457 additional cases of Covid-19 confirmed on Easter Sunday

THE Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 3 additional deaths related to Covid-19. There has been a total of 4,718 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight, Saturday, April 3, the HPSC has been notified of 457 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 238,148* confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. As of April 1, 2021, 893,375 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland: 636,963 people have received their first dose 256,412 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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