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Ennis development approved despite strong objections

PLANNING permission has been granted for the construction of a residential development near an Ennis retirement village, despite numerous objectors including one dubbing the plans a “Mini Manhattan”. The green light has been given for Leadlane (Drumbiggle) Ltd to construct 56 residential units on lands to the west of Pairc na Coille Retirement Village in Drumbiggle. The plans had been the subject of dozens of submissions, with objectors creating a YouTube video highlighting concerns for nearby wildlife in an area the retirement village residents call “our nature reserve”. A revised ecological impact assessment on behalf of the developers submitted to the council concluded, “there will be no significant impacts on biodiversity”. Among the 27 conditions of planning laid down by Clare County Council, first occupation of the units will be restricted to individual purchasers only, not a corporate entity, and/or those eligible for the occupation of social and/or affordable housing. According to the Council this condition is to restrict new …

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Drugs worth estimated €700k seized near Clare village

GARDAí have seized €700,000 of suspected heroin and arrested one man following a search operation in County Clare this Friday. As part of Operation Tara, planned searches led by the Limerick Divisional Drugs Unit assisted by local Garda units, the Regional Dog Unit and members of the Defence Forces, were conducted on lands in the Ardnacrusha area. In the course of the searches suspected heroin with an estimated value of €700k (analysis pending) was recovered. A man in his 60s was arrested as part of the investigation and is currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drugs Trafficking) Act, 1996, at Henry Street Garda station. The man can be held for up to seven days. The drugs will be forwarded to FSI for analysis and investigations are ongoing.

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Anger as driver who caused child’s death in Clare seeks early return of his licence

The mother of Estlin Wall (3) said this Friday that learning that the man whose careless driving caused her daughter’s death is looking to get back driving before his ban is served “is another dagger in the heart”. Amy Dutil-Wall was speaking concerning an application lodged with Ennis Circuit Court office on behalf of Senan O’Flaherty of Lower Gowerhass, Cooraclare that he wants his licence restored before his four-year driving ban is served. In April 2020, as part of his sentence at Ennis Circuit Court, a four-year driving ban was imposed on Mr O’Flaherty (65) for the careless driving causing the death of Estlin Wall on March 15 2017 – a number of days before Estlin was due to celebrate her fourth birthday. The circuit court office in Ennis declared Mr O’Flaherty’s licence restoration application invalid and returned it to his solicitor as he has not yet served two years off the road and the matter was briefly mentioned at …

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Clare jockey’s Cheltenham win crowns amazing week

What an unbelievable time of it 20-year-old Cratloe jockey Mark McDonagh has had in the past week! Tipped by many shrewd judges as a rider to keep an eye on, McDonagh certainly wrote his name in lights when bagging his first Cheltenham winner aboard Banbridge in the final race of the 2022 Festival, the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, last Friday. Banbridge completes the festival for 2022 and gives the Irish 7 winners on the day🍀🍀 He gives Joseph O’Brien another festival winner and he’s proving to be an excellent dual purpose trainer and has some career ahead of him👀#CheltenhamFestival pic.twitter.com/Xoejw79Mt3 — Grant James Thomas (@Grant_Some92) March 18, 2022 A glorious 96 hours for McDonagh, whose grandad, Michael, is a very successful trainer, began in Down Royal on St Patrick’s Day where his guided Roi Mage (13/2) to victory in the featured Bluegrass Stamm 30 Chase for Dublin trainer Patrick Griffin. It was on to Prestbury Park then for …

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Support scheme for live music in Clare seeks submissions

CLARE Arts Office has opened a call for musicians and promoters to submit ideas for live music performances throughout the county in May and June 2022. The third phase of the Local Live Performance Scheme, made possible with the support of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, is now open for applications following on from two previous schemes in 2021. These schemes were part of the Covid-19 response from the Department aimed at supporting the live music sector that was decimated during the pandemic. In Clare, more than 300 musicians, performers and crew were supported by Clare Arts Office through the previous schemes, with over 1,200 days of employment generated for the sector. The scheme, administered by the Arts Office of Clare County Council, saw performances in venues such as St Flannan’s Cathedral in Killaloe and the Teach Cheoil in Kilrush. Traditional music events took place countywide with contemporary music gigs happening from Doolin to Ennistymon. …

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Ten ties in second round of Clare Cup action

Eoin Brennan previews all the Clare Cup hurling action over the weekend Clare Cup Division 1A Round 2 Sixmilebridge v Inagh-Kilnamona at O’Garney Park Sixmilebridge, Friday 7.30pm Amazingly, a first competitive senior meeting since their 2019 championship Semi-Final clash that appeared to be going in Inagh-Kilnamona’s favour, only to be outflanked by a more wily ‘Bridge side that went on to claim the Canon Hamilton before backing it up in 2020. Inagh-Kilnamona are now the ones in the ascendency after last year’s final appearance so it makes this an intriguing early battle as both are off the back of disappointing first round reverses. Clooney-Quin v Ballyea at Clooney, Saturday 2pm One thing’s for certain, there won’t be a 23 point margin between the sides as there was in 2020 when the sides clashed in the senior championship. That was a particularly low-ebb for Clooney-Quin who were languishing without Peter Duggan at the time. The County senior’s return last time out …

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Cyclists to saddle up for Junior Tour around Clare in July

Cyclists from across the country will descend on Clare in mid July for the Eurocycles Eurobaby sponsored Junior Tour 2022. After the pandemic led to the cancellation of the past two hostings of this competition, the event will now take place across Clare with stages running from Tuesday July 12 to Sunday July 17. There will be six stages in total with a 48km first stage that starts at the Auburn Lodge, Ennis. Competitors will subsequently travel through Beagh, Tubber and Crusheen before finishing in Barefield. On July 13, the 103km route will see racing start on the Ennistymon Road at Inver Filling Station before cyclists will travel through Inagh, take part in a KOH at Bawnslieve and pass through Lahinch and Liscannor. Another KOH at the Cliffs of Moher follows before passing through Kilfenora, Killanaboy, Corofin and finishing on the bypass. The following day, racing starts in Ballyvaughan before the 104km route sees competitors travel through the Bell Harbour …

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Shannon season set for take-off as key routes resume

THIS Sunday the 7.40am Shannon-Heathrow flight will resume, marking the full restoration of the crucial London services. The following day the Shannon-Newark service will also return after almost two years, with flights set to operate seven days a week. Ryanair services to Palma and Malta are also beginning on Sunday, with the airport’s summer schedule kicking in. Shannon currently offers 26 destinations including options to Budapest, Corfu, Marseille, Barcelona, Faro, Lanzarote and Edinburgh and more. The full resumption of the Heathrow service is very welcome news for Shannon, as the London airport is one of the most significant global hubs, offering onward connectivity to a huge range of destinations. While Shannon has connectivity to other London airports, the Heathrow service is much more important to local tourism interests and Ennis hotelier Sean Lally said that its return is hugely welcome. “It’s probably the most important route in and out of Shannon Airport. Not alone is it a hub for the …

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