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Aer Lingus letter calls Shannon “inefficient”

AER Lingus called its Shannon base “inefficient” in a letter to Tanaiste Leo Varadkar outlining why it is closing its cabin crew base in the Clare airport. The airline wrote to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment on Tuesday, and the letter also sought to put some of the blame for the situation on aviation policies the Government has pursued. “Aer Lingus has suffered very significant damage as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, particularly as travel restrictions in Ireland have been more stringent than in any country in Europe,” the second paragraph stated. It also said that the airline had lost €361 million last year, and another €103 million in the first three months of this year, and is now carrying a large debt burden. The airline claimed that Shannon had been uncompetitive prior to the pandemic. “The Shannon base has been inefficient and out of line with market for a significant period of time. “In addition, we …

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Life in the fast lane for Clare CIT during Covid

UNLIKE some health services that ceased during the Covid-19 pandemic, the workload for the Clare Community Intervention Team (CIT) increased dramatically for its ten staff members over the past 14 months. Clare Community Intervention Team (CIT) is a specialist nurse-led health professional team, which provides a rapid and integrated response to a patient with an acute episode of illness who requires enhanced services for a defined short period of time. This may be provided in the patient’s home, CIT clinic and in both public and private nursing homes. The aim of the CIT is to support patients in their own homes and promote hospital avoidance. It also facilitate the early and prompt discharge from hospital. It provides a quick response to a medical need and can provide a fast track nursing service from 8 to 8.30pm seven days a week that is not available in the generic community service. Some of the key services it provides are IV antimicrobial therapy …

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Water supply disruption this week to Clare community

THERE will be disruption to water supply in a Clare community this week as part of essential improvement work. Irish Water, working in partnership with Clare County Council, is carrying out water main improvement work between Mullagh and Milltown Malbay. In order to progress this essential work, there will be disruption to water supplies in the area on Tuesday and Thursday. On Tuesday, May 25 from 10am to 4pm works will impact water supply primarily to Miltown Malbay village; but will also impact on Spanish Point and surrounding areas. These works will also impact on all group schemes fed from the supply including Rinnen and Glendine schemes. On Thursday, May 27, from 10am to 4pm works will impact water supply to the same areas and schemes. It may take 2-3 hours for normal water supply to return to all customers, but, Irish Water says, it is important to continue to follow the HSE guidance on hand-washing. The work involves the …

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Clare’s charms on RTE as Today broadcasts from Ennis

COUNTY Clare’s tourism sector will be showcased nationally this week when RTÉ’s Today show broadcasts live from Ennis. This Wednesday, May 26, Dáithí Ó Sé will broadcast part of RTÉ’s popular afternoon programme from Ennis. Dáithí will meet John McCarthy from Lahinch Surf Club, who’ll show him a few moves. Also featuring will be Harry Hughes from the Willie Clancy Summer School, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, Mary Howard, and John Burke and Aoibhin Garrihy from The Armada Hotel at Spanish Point. TV chef Mags Roche will be cooking up a storm at The Old Ground Hotel where Dáithí will also meet local food producers, Siobhan Ni Ghairbhith from St Tola Goat Cheese and Patricia Farrell from Wilde Irish Chocolates. Dáithí be chatting to All Ireland champion hurler, Anthony Daly, and Clare camogie star, Orlaith Duggan, but he’ll also be putting his own hurling skills to the test. Dáithí will complete a hurling challenge with Clare senior hurler David McInerney …

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Get out in your garden for Gort Cancer Support

WITH more and more people experiencing the great outdoors Gort Cancer Support have come up with a novel fundraising idea which is sure to grow in popularity. The community based support service is asking people to host a garden party in aid of their ongoing work. “Just pick a time and date between now and the end of August, invite family, friends or neighbours and ask them to donate to our support centre in return for your hospitality. Sweet or savoury, coffee or cocktails, dress up or dress down – the choices are endless,” said a spokesperson. You can register your intention to host a party by emailing  info@gortcancersupport.ie or via WhatsApp to 086 1724500. All those who register before Monday, June 7 will be in with a chance to win a prize. “Let’s enjoy being able to meet up outdoors again with the benefit of helping raise much needed funds for friends and neighbours in South Galway/North Clare affected by a …

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Indian community looks to Covid-hit home with sadness

Local Sikh and Baha’i people thankful for solidarity as coronavirus runs riot in their homeland SHANNON has a significant Indian community and its members have been watching with trepidation as Covid-19 spreads throughout their home country. Paramjit Neote first arrived into Shannon 33 years ago, and established a factory, Shannon Aircraft Motorworks, which he subsequently sold. Some of its employees formed the first wave of people from India to live locally. “When we set up in 1988 there was huge unemployment here, but then things changed very quickly after the Gulf War and there weren’t people available, so we brought 15-20 families here to work for our company and that was the first batch of Indians that came to Shannon,” he recalls. He said that Covid restrictions had become relaxed in India, which led to a huge spread of the virus. “They had precautions like we have had here, social distancing, masks. But when things were under control they dropped …

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Clare player €60k richer, but agonisingly shy of top prize

A QUICK Pick ticket which was sold at a shop in Clare came within one number of sharing the Lotto jackpot of €6.4 million on Saturday. The ticket was sold at Loughville Motors Centra store on the Lahinch Road in Ennis and came agonisingly close to sharing the big prize. However the owner of the ticket still has plenty to celebrate with the Lotto match five plus bonus prize worth €61,382. Anybody who bought their ticket at the store is being urged to check their tickets. “With so many big winners in Saturday’s Lotto draw, we are asking everyone who bought a ticket for the draw to check their tickets carefully,” said a National Lottery spokesperson. “If you are one of the winners of these prizes, stay calm and be sure to sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place. Someone has won the €6,489,165 #Lotto Jackpot! 🥳🌟#ItCouldBeYou pic.twitter.com/Lo1cMvxnAf — The Irish National Lottery (@NationalLottery) …

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Two Clare hurlers self-isolating despite negative Covid test

DESPITE returning negative Covid tests, two Clare hurlers will continue to self-isolate and step back from training. In a statement, Clare GAA confirmed it had asked the two players who were deemed close contacts last week after the Wexford game to “step back from training and game activity once they were named”. The players, as a consequence, had to isolate for the intervening 10 days from notification. “Following voluntary testing of the two nominated Clare players they were deemed to be negative but will still be isolating,” the statement said. “At all times Clare GAA teams adhere to the guidelines laid down by the HSE and the governing body of our sport. Clare GAA will take on board at all times the advice and support provided by the health authorities. “Clare GAA will endeavour to ensure the strictest management of health and safety during Covid and non-Covid times for all Clare GAA teams and request that the clubs of the …

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