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Clare people fall foul of fraudsters on Facebook and phone

GARDAI have reported two incidences in the past week of Clare people falling foul of fraudsters on the phone and the internet. In the first instance, a woman logged into a Facebook page that was offering cheap flights. She gave her details on this page and was subsequently contacted by a male caller from a UK phone number. This individual purported to be from the travel search engine Skyscanner and engaged with her in relation to flights to Turkey. She made a transaction for a flight through her Revolut account, via a Transfergo app, but has since realised that this was a fake page. Her money appears to have been routed to unknown persons in India. In another incident, a woman was contacted by a man with a foreign accent purporting to be from Eircom. He informed her that her router had been hacked into by a criminal gang in the USA and her e-mail and online banking had been …

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Nationwide in Clarecastle

THE village of Clarecastle will feature in this Monday’s episode of the popular RTÉ show Nationwide. The RTÉ Nationwide team with Anne Cassin filmed the programme in Clarecastle last November with the Clarecastle & Ballyea Heritage & Wildlife Group and other Clarecastle residents. Among those to feature are Pat Considine, the son of Anthony Considine who was the owner of 1950s cine-film featuring scenes around Clarecastle. Pat gave the Clarecastle & Ballyea Heritage & Wildlife Group access to hundreds of feet of the old cine-film and they found footage of ships being unloaded at Clarecastle Quay and scenes from the annual Regatta in the 1950s. They entered an edited 10 minute film – ‘Clarecastle in the 1950s’ from the Considine cine-films as their event for Heritage Week 2020 and won the Clare award for the film. The film was later featured on the main RTÉ evening news. The Nationwide team followed up on the story and decided to come to …

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Plan for 20m high Newmarket telecommunications mast rejected

VODAFONE have been refused planning permission, having sought to erect a 20m high telecommunications support structure with antennas and dishes in place of an existing 13.5m structure at Ballynacragga, Newmarket on Fergus. The company had claimed it would offer an improvement in services in the area. In its application, it said “Vodafone has a requirement to improve its current coverage in the vicinity of Newmarket on Fergus. The objective of this application is to improve and extend coverage and capacity to the town centre and its surrounding areas.” The application said that the development is required to cater for the many advances in technology since the existing mast was put in place. “The existing structure was built to accommodate Eircell’s requirements of circa 20 years ago. At the time of build it would not have been foreseen that technology would develop as it has or that the demand for the technology would be as large as it has proven to …

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Tales of long ago and close to home

AN APPRECIATION of what is local is one of the (few) upsides of lockdown. Being restricted last year to a 2km, and later a 5km radius for exercise, certainly proved productive for Newmarket-on-Fergus author, Colm Liddy. As a self-confessed “stroller,” Colm, a pharmacist by profession, began to see his native place in a new light. Fascinated by traces of past hidden in ruins and monuments dotted around the area, his inquiring mind led him to research colourful characters, locations and incidents dating from the 1600s to the 1980s. The result is a treasure trove of history in Colm’s latest book, Long Ago in Newmarket-on-Fergus. “I suppose it was the total collapse in sporting activities that forced me to find something to occupy the time,” Colm told The Champion. “I’m fairly obsessed with sport and would normally be playing it and training kids. Covid put an end to all of that. So, my wife and I did a lot of walking …

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Acting CMO outlines reasons for optimism as 303 additional cases of Covid-19 confirmed nationally

THE Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of two additional deaths related to Covid-19. One of these deaths occurred in March, and one occurred in April. There has been a total of 4,785 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight, Saturday, April 10, the HPSC has been notified of 303 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There has now been a total of 240,945* confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today: 167 are men / 135 are women 75% are under 45 years of age The median age is 32 years old As of 8am today, 213 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 53 are in ICU. Seven additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours. As of April 8, 2021, 1,045,919 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland: 735,997 people have received their first dose 309,922 people have received their second dose Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn, Department of Health, said: …

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Clare families asked to join search for Ireland’s best banana dessert creations

BANANA importers Fyffes has issued an invitation to mums, dads and children throughout Clare to join in a search to find Ireland’s ‘Best Banana Dessert’ creation. Fronting the search to find this year’s winning creations is Ireland’s well-known television cook, Donal Skehan whose programmes are a favourite amongst viewers and wannabe cooks. The popular presenter hopes to repeat the success of last year, when his task was to judge Ireland’s most creative banana bread bakers. Reward will go to the overall winner and best junior baker with recognition for originality in a number of other areas. Entries are open from April 14 to 19, with winners announced on National Banana Day itself, April 21, an initiative devised to support the national drive to encourage healthy eating, especially amongst young and growing children. Details and entries online at Facebook – facebook.com/FyffesIreland/ and Instagram – instagram.com/fyffes_ireland/ using #FyffesGBBO21

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The Burren Ecotourism Network launches ‘People of the Burren’ series

A RARE insight into the people who live and work in the Burren will be revealed in a series of 60 short films being launched by the Burren Ecotourism Network this week. The series entitled ‘The People of the Burren’ will give potential visitors a chance to experience the diverse history, geology, archaeology, food and music of the area through the unique perspective of the people who live there. As well as interviews with each member, the films also showcase the stunning landscapes of the Burren. Over the next few months the films will be released on a regular basis and will be available to view on the network’s social media channels and on the burren.ie website. They are part of an ongoing marketing campaign to encourage visitors to the area, once restrictions are lifted. Jarlath O’Dwyer, CEO of the Burren Ecotourism Network said, “This campaign will be directed towards the domestic and Northern Irish Markets, both of whom we …

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Traffic and speed surveys to be carried out at road described as a “rat run”

THE road in the Tobarteascáin area of Ennis is being used as a ‘rat run’ prompting calls from residents for speed ramps to be installed in the area. The Ennis Municipal District has confirmed that traffic and speed surveys are to be carried out in the location. Highlighting the matter at the monthly meeting of the local authority, Councillor Mary Howard stated, “I have received numerous complaints from residents from Tobarteascáin regarding ongoing traffic issues.” She said, “There are certain sections of the road where people can’t cross because of the speed of the traffic. It’s being used as a rat run and it’s only getting worse.” She added that drivers are “going around corners at speed” and she urged that more speed ramps be installed. The motion was seconded by Councillor Johnny Flynn who acknowledged the improvement works that have been carried out in the area in recent years. “Unfortunately with upgrades to roads some drivers don’t take into …

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