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Council Urges Public To Stay Indoors As Storm Jorge Continues To Batter Clare

CLARE County Council urged the public to stay indoors and to avoid all travel during the red weather warning today which is forecast to end at 3.00pm. The Red Warning will be followed by an Orange wind warning which will remain in effect up until 3.00am on Sunday morning. The public are advised to remain cautious during the orange warning also. The Irish Coast Guard strongly advises the public to stay away from exposed beaches, cliffs and piers along the coast during storm conditions. Clare County Council’s Crisis Management Team continue to meet over the weekend. Clare County Council crews will commence any clear-up operations once the Red Level warning period has expired. Motorists are advised to drive with extreme caution during and after the wind warnings as debris on the roads is expected. This comes as Clare County Council and Civil Defence crews assisted residents at Springfield, Clonlara this morning in advance of storm Jorge. The crews were stood …

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Status red warning for Clare on Saturday

A status red warning has been issued for severe winds  associated with storm Jorge on Saturday for counties Clare And Galway. Road users are being advised not to make any non-essential journeys in the affected areas during the storm window from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday. Road users are also being warned to be on guard for dangers posed by hazards following the extreme weather event including downed pylons lines, trees and branches. A Status Orange Wind warning for Clare will be in effect from 6am on Saturday to 3am on Sunday. Clare County Council is urging the public not to travel during the red level warning period (1pm to 4.00pm Saturday).  Organisers of events scheduled to take place during the red warning in Clare are being advised to postpone events in the interests of public safety. Clare County Council’s Crisis Management Team will continue to meet over the weekend. Council crews will commence any clear-up operations once the red …

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Cree plant converts waste plastic into fence posts

A West Clare company is converting waste plastic that is regarded as a blight on the countryside into an environmentally-friendly farm product without any government support. In view of all the calls from environmentalists to address climate change and improve the environment, it is reasonable to assume that IFF Plastics in Cree receives some state subsidy or incentive. However, Sharon Barrington from IFF Plastics Limited has confirmed it doesn’t receive assistance in any form to encourage farmers to purchase their eco friendly plastic posts. IFF Plastic Limited is a West Clare plastic washing, shredding and manufacturing company that takes recycling to a new level accepting all plastics from industrial factories, farms and the ocean. All recycling processes are completely customised by the plant to reuse up to 95% of all plastics accepted at the facility. Recovered ocean plastics were recently added to the process and is proving a great addition to the product. Sharon Barrington explains the current infrastructure in …

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Design your favourite book cover

The Clare Champion is delighted to sponsor a Book Cover design event to encourage children around the county to revisit their favourite book or discover a new one. This event is open to children aged between 5 and 10 years old. Frist Prize: €50 National Book Token and Sarah Webb books Second Prize: €25 National Book Token Third Prize: €25 National Book Token What to do: What’s your favourite story? We would love to see you draw and colour your own version of your favourite book’s cover. Make sure you put the name of the book and the author on the cover. All entries to be in The Clare Champion office before Friday, February 28 at 5pm

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O’Gorman going back onto County Council

CRATLOE’S Pat O’Gorman is about to resume service on the front lines of Clare politics. There was a Fianna Fáil meeting late on Sunday evening to select a candidate for co-option to the County Council following the election of Cathal Crowe to the Dáil and the genial Cratloe man was victorious. Mr O’Gorman was on the Council from 1999 to 2004, before failing to win re-election. He was also unsuccessful in a couple of other local elections. However his long standing ambition of a return is now about to be realised. Unsuccessful candidates in the race for the seat were Robert Frost, Louise McNamara, Noel Broggy and Emma Begley.

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Families evacuated as flood waters threaten more Springfield homes

RESIDENTS in South-East Clare have been evacuated from their homes after rising flood waters cut off access to their dwellings. Two families in Springfield, Clonlara, had to be assisted from their homes on Sunday as the road close to their homes is now impassable. At least ten houses in the Springfield area are at risk of flooding following huge volumes of rainfall in recent weeks and a prediction of between 20 and 25 millimetres of rain on Sunday night. More than 7,000 sandbags and pumping stations have been delivered to houses in the locality as part of a flood management plan being implemented by Clare County Council. Residents are facing a very difficult battle as flood waters have risen by five and a half inches over a 12-hour period from 9am on Sunday. It is estimated that flood waters were rising by half an inch on Sunday night. Speaking to the Clare Champion, resident Geraldine Quinlivan was distraught as she …

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“The graph is going uphill” Huge demand to visit Cliffs

THERE is huge demand to visit the Cliffs of Moher, which actually exceeds the capacity of the existing infrastructure, Clare County Council members were told at a special briefing on Monday. Celebrity businessman and broadcaster Bobby Kerr is part of the Cliffs of Moher board, as is Geraldine Enright, and the two spoke to the membership. “We believe the Cliffs of Moher is an absolute success story; locally, nationally and internationally,” said Mr Kerr. He said that back in 2007, there were 927,000 visitors to the attraction but by 2019, the figure had gone up to 1.6 million. However, Mr Kerr said that the increase “brings its own challenges”. He said the attraction needs to be sustainable, both environmentally and economically, and that it is still getting busier. “The graph is going uphill and more and more people will want to visit the Cliffs of Moher,” he added. He said that Ennis hotelier Allen Flynn recently visited the Galápagos Islands …

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Breen retiring from politics

EVEN as it was apparent that he was going to lose his seat, Pat Breen cut a relaxed figure at the General Election count centre and this week he announced that he will not be returning to political life in any guise. The Senate is very often the next target for those who don’t get to the Dáil but the Ballynacally man said it’s not for him. “There was huge pressure on me to run for the Senate from party members in Clare and from colleagues but I kind of made my mind up. “Here I am, at this stage of my life and if I don’t do something different now, I’ll never do it. I want to do something different, rather than stay in a political career. I’ve served 20 years in politics, 18 years in the Dáil, and I’ve left my mark on the county. I think it was Barack Obama who said once, ‘Never fear the future, …

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