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453 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed nationally; no new deaths related to Covid-19

THERE were no deaths related to Covid-19 notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today. There has been a total of 4,906 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight, Sunday, May 2, the HPSC has been notified of 453 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 250,290* confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today: 203 are men / 250 are women 78% are under 45 years of age The median age is 25 years old As of 8am today, 129 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 40 are in ICU. 5 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours. As of May 1, 2021, 1,591,888 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland: 1,146,562 people have received their first dose 445,326 people have received their second dose

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All change in Kilkee as Post Office moves to new home

IT is the end of one era – and the beginning of another – in Kilkee with the moving of the coastal town’s post office to brand new location. On Friday, Margaret Keane will retire as post mistress in Kilkee, having worked there for over 50 years, and the town’s stand-alone post office on O’Connell Street will come to a close. However, the postal service is set to continue in the popular seaside resort, moving to another long standing institution of the town, Haugh’s shop on O’Curry Street. The new post office will open its doors in Haugh’s on Tuesday with preparations now being finalised for the unveiling next week. Carmel Muldoon of Haugh’s explained that the retirement of Mrs Keane meant that the operation of the postal service in Kilkee went up for tender, and Haugh’s were delighted to be successful in their application. She stressed the importance of services like the post office to local communities saying, “With …

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Inis Cealtra plan animated by rich medieval characters

EARLY medieval characters linked to Inis Cealtra will be given a new lease on life at the interpretive centre being developed in Mountshannon, to illuminate the role of the island as a pilgrimage destination and place of religious devotion. Consultants working on the Inis Cealtra project have been outlining what they believe are relatable themes and stories that will engage a wide variety of visitors with the history of the island. They have also promised that the exhibition space will promote the entire East Clare area. Earlier this month, Tandem Partners held a workshop on Zoom, which was attended by over 25 people including politicians, community leaders, tourism and hospitality providers. Those taking part heard how characters, including The Queen of Munster, Gormlaith, will form part of the narrative used to tell the story of Inis Cealtra and its significance in early medieval Europe. According to records, Gormlaith was a powerful woman whose marriage alliances included Brían Ború (976-1014) High …

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Noel bags €100k from Dragons’ Den investor and plans to bring production of Backballer home

SHANNON entrepreneur Noel Marshall secured €100,000 of investment on BBC’s Dragons’ Den last Thursday night. His passion for the product really came through on the show, in which some back and forth negotiation saw him agree with Sara Davies that she would take a 20% stake in the company for the £100,000 investment. The investment comes with the rider that her stake will drop to 10% after she makes her stake back. The Clare man’s presentation was one of the highlights of the show and asked if Backballer had seen a sales boost on the back of the show, Noel responded, “Oh we have yeah, we have of course. We’ve taken 100 grand in orders on the back of it.” In the usual course of things, that represents around five times what he would expect to take in. Noel was fairly happy with how he had appeared on the show. “It was fine, I had a fair idea how it …

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Clare TD welcomes funding for six local harbours

FIANNA Fáil TD for Clare, Cathal Crowe has this morning welcomed €445,00 in funding for six harbours in the county. The fund, sanctioned by Charlie McConalogue, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine will go towards repair and upgrade works at harbours located at Bournapeaka, Seafield, Doolin, Carrowmore, Doonmore and Carrigholt. 75% of the awarded funding will come from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with the balance being met by Clare County Council. Deputy Crowe said, “This comes as a welcome and timely boost to the fishing industry in our county. The funded works will ultimately enhance some our county’s main fishing harbours but it will be construction workers and supply chain businesses in the communities in which the harbours are located that will, hopefully, derive the initial benefit. “Brexit and Covid have made the past few months extremely challenging for the families in Clare that make their livelihoods from fishing. Next week I look forward to …

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Dr Tony Holohan issues open letter to those who have been vaccinated

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan has penned an open letter to those who’ve been vaccinated. Detailing what comes next, Dr Holohanw is urging those who have been cocooning to return to living their lives, albeit while adhering to Covid-19 guidelines. An open letter to those who’ve been vaccinated on what comes next – from Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer This pandemic has dealt each and every person in Ireland an unfair hand, in many different and diverse ways. Everyone has made difficult sacrifices; everyone has had one of the most uniquely challenging years of their lives. In that sense, we are all in this together. However, there are some of us who were faced with more difficulties than others: firstly, those of you who have been bereaved by this disease and have experienced loss in a way that has been cruelly constrained by this disease and the restrictions it imposes on us. I would like to express my …

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Wynne in call for mental health emergency response system

CLARE’S Sinn Féin TD has called for a mental health emergency response system, to support people “gripped with fear” and in crisis because of the pandemic. Contributing to a debate on a successful Sinn Féin motion urging government to take action on the mental health crisis, Deputy Violet-Anne Wynne described the current system as “not fit for purpose”. “We know that mental health was in crisis pre-Covid,” she outlined. “We know also the crisis has escalated throughout Covid, but what does this mean? It means people are suffering and experiencing great trauma and loss, huge change and anxiety, financial strain and pressure, and home insecurity. “The government’s response to mental health has fallen short for many years. I note the Mental Health Commission told the Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19 Response that Ireland’s mental health system is not fit for purpose, it is out of date and investment in it and the community is needed. “On behalf of my constituents …

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A little bit of poetry in the post for 1,000 Clare homes

ONE THOUSAND homes in East Clare received a Poetry Day surprise on Thursday (April 29), courtesy of Scariff Post Office and University of Limerick (UL) Arts Officer, Patricia Moriarty. Across the county boundary, a further 1,000 homes will have what Patricia described as “a side serving of poetry,” with their deliveries from meals on wheels services in Limerick. “Every year, Poetry Ireland produces Pocket Poems, where poets create work that’s printed on postcards,” Patricia explained. “Last year, because of the pandemic, they didn’t do the print run, but I had the mad idea during lockdown to ask Scariff Post Office to deliver 500 postcards to those cocooning if I could get 500 printed. “I left the destination of the cards up to the delivery staff, because they know the people on their route. One of the poems was about a woman breast-feeding at night and the postman delivered it to a young mother locally. “I got a lovely text from …

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