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Gardai appeal for witnesses to Clare thefts and burglaries

GARDAÍ are appealing for witnesses to a number of thefts and burglaries around county Clare in the past week. In the early hours of Wednesday, August 25 between 12.10 and 12.15, a restaurant in Twomilegate, Killaloe was broken into. The property’s shutter was tampered with and a window broken to gain access and the cash box containing a sum of money was stolen In Connolly meanwhile, between August 20 and 23, a purple Pneumatic drill rock breaker was stolen. Council workers reported the theft to gardaí. In Ennistymon, some time between 11pm on Tuesday last and 8am Wednesday morning, agricultural diesel was syphoned from a tank in a yard in Ballyraneen. In Shannon on Wednesday, between 10.20pm and 10.30pm, a black electric scooter was stolen from outside a house in the Cul na Greine estate. Last Friday, between 2 pm and 4pm, entry was gained to a downstairs bedroom through an unsecured window of a house in the Phoenix Court …

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Vandals shatter children’s fairy wishes at Ennis park

THE hopes and wishes of children have quite literally been destroyed in Ennis in what has been described as an act of “wanton destruction”. A ‘fairy post box’, part of the Active Ennis John O’Sullivan Lees Road fairy trail, has been smashed beyond repair. The vandalism is believed to have been carried out using a child’s hurley which was found at the scene, along with the tattered remains of letters children had written detailing their hopes and dreams to the fairies of the trail. Councillor Mary Howard, who was involved in the establishment of the popular trail, says this act of vandalism is “heartbeaking”. “I got the call to come up and saw the post box was in smithereens, it’s terrible. I was just so disappointed see that somebody would think it’s okay to do this. This is just wanton destruction, it’s senseless”. Children have been flocking to the fairy trail since it was established five years ago, with the …

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Former hurler with Clare club dies in Greece accident

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Clare club hurler and much-loved son, who died while holidaying in Greece overnight, writes David Raleigh. The deceased, who was in his 20s was named locally as Niall O’Brien, died after being struck by a car on the island of Ios, it’s understood. Mr O’Brien had been a star player with Broadford GAA Club, and was on holiday with a group of 20 friends when the accident occurred. His body is to be taken to Athens for a post mortem, an informed source said. Police on Ios have been contacted for comment. Mr O’Brien, from Castletroy in Limerick, and who was a third year student at the University of Limerick, was also a valued member of Castletroy Golf Club. “Niall was a brilliant sportsman, he was a serious hurler, he was huge into golf and gaa, soccer, everything really,” said a source. “He was an unassuming lad, and he had recently recovered from a …

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Hospital staff saddle up for cycle in memory of Covid-19 victims

ICU consultant Dr Catherine Motherway will be joined by frontline colleagues from University Hospital Limerick this Thursday in the local effort of a national fundraising cycle to commemorate those who have lost their lives to Covid-19. Dr Motherway urged the people of Limerick, Clare and Tipperary to support the ICU4U Memorial Charity Cycle, which aims to raise €150,000 for charity partners working with people impacted by the secondary challenges of the pandemic. The UHL team of frontline healthcare workers, some accompanied with family and partners, includes Eileen and Paddy O Neill, Anne Calitz, Mary Sexton, Vera Leahy, Hanin Hamza, David Murphy, Debbie and DJ Hayes, and Donal Ryan, as well as Catherine Motherway and Christy Curley. The four charity partners of this year’s ICU4U Memorial Charity Cycle are ALONE (supporting older people); Aware (mental health supports); Aware NI (depression supports in Northern Ireland) and Breakthrough Cancer Research (new treatments for poor prognosis and difficult to treat cancers). Tweet below features …

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Some spending, but plenty of challenges for local retailers

RESTRICTIONS have been eased for some time, but the local retail sector is still facing a number of challenges. Rosie O’Neill of A Bit of a Do children’s fashion boutique said that things have been relatively quiet. “We’re just tipping away, it’s nothing major or anything like that. We have a lot of our spring/summer stock still left, with having been closed for so long. Communions and confirmations were cancelled and that had an ongoing effect, families would come in for clothes for them, and now that they’re running into the autumn it’ll be winter stock they’re looking for.” The end of August would typically be a quiet time anyway she feels, and she is hopeful things will pick up in the coming months. “This week things are very quiet, but that’s only because of going back to school and the weather has a lot to do with it. People aren’t going shopping, they’re getting every little last bit of …

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Thefts from cars at Clare beauty spots

GARDAÍ have appealed to the public to take care that their possessions are not visible in parked cars following a spate of thefts in the county. There were three thefts from vehicles reported in west Clare on Sunday, August 29. Between 2.30pm and 3.10pm the driver’s window was smashed in a car parked at Georges Head Car Park and a brown Michael Kors handbag was stolen containing cash and cards. Between 4pm and 4.20pm a car parked at Carrigaholt Castle was broken into and a black River Island handbag containing cash and cards was stolen. In the third incident a car parked at the White Strand in Miltown Malbay had its rear fly window smashed and a purse was stolen. A black Nissan Almera was seen leaving the scene at Carrigaholt Castle. If anyone saw this car or if anyone has dash cam footage they are asked to contact Ennistymon Garda Station on 065-7072180.

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Bogus ‘doctor’ stole cash from elderly man in his Clare home

GARDAÍ are appealing for witnesses after a man posing as a doctor stole money from an elderly person while “examining” them at their home. On Monday evening August 23, at 5pm, a man called to the home of an elderly gentleman in Drumquin, Tiermaclane. He identified himself as a doctor and as he examined him he took a sum of money in cash out of the homeowner’s pocket. A car, possibly a black Volkswagen Passat, was seen acting suspiciously in the area around this time. If anyone was in the area of Drumquin between 4.30pm and 5.30pm and saw this car or has dashcam footage, gardaí are asking them to contact the Ennis station on 065-6848100.

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Gardai seize over €50,000 of cannabis near Clare village

GARDAÍ have seized €52,000 worth of suspected Cannabis Herb following three searches near a county Clare village on Sunday. Shortly after 4pm on Sunday, Gardaí attached to Kilrush Garda Station and the Clare Divisional Drugs Unit conducted three separate searches under Operation Tara in the Kilmihil area. During the course of these searches a quantity of suspected cannabis herb estimated to be worth €52,000 (subject to analysis) was located and seized. A man in his late 20s was arrested and is currently detained at Kilrush Garda Station under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996. This seizure forms part of Operation Tara, an enhanced national anti-drugs strategy, which was launched by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris on July 2, 2021. The focus of Operation Tara is to disrupt, dismantle and prosecute drug trafficking networks, at all levels – international, national, local – involved in the importation, distribution, cultivation, production, local sale and supply of controlled …

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