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Ballina swimming pool to reopen on Saturday

BALLINA Riverside Swimming Pool will reopen under strict Covid-19 guidelines this Saturday, June 12. Pool manager, Paddy Collins, has been given the green light to operate the outdoor heated swimming pool during June, July and August. “It is great to get the pool open again, particularly to provide a place where it is very safe for young children to swim, said Mr Collins. “There are a lot of tourists around in Ballina and Killaloe at the moment. Once people see the lifeguard flag flying high, they know we are open again.” However, Mr Collins has also confirmed numbers will be limited per session to comply with HSE guidelines. In line with Covid-19 guidelines, the two metre social distancing requirement will be strictly enforced. There will also be restricted use of changing rooms and showers. All swimmers will have to sign a form on arrival providing contact tracing information on entry. Like last season, three sessions will operate at weekends. The …

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Gardai fear powerful car stolen in Clare for purposes of crime

GARDAI investigating the theft of a high-powered car stolen from a county Clare village are appealing for witnesses. Last Thursday, June 3, at 04.30am a house in Clarecastle village was broken into by forcing access through a rear door – the keys to the owner’s car were taken and the car stolen. The car is a black Audi S3 hatchback with a 3 litre engine. It has distinctive features including chrome surround on the window pillars, custom black wheels, and chrome wing mirrors. This is a very identifiable car. As this is such a high powered vehicle, we believe it may have been targeted specifically and may be considered for use in the commission of crime. The car was later spotted travelling south bound on the M20 in County Limerick. If anyone saw anything suspicious or has dash cam footage they are asked to contact Ennis Garda Station on 065-6848100.

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Miltown blow off the cobwebs with emphatic opening Cusack Cup win

AFTER a false start in 2020, there was a large sense of deja vu when the Cusack Cup finally recommenced in earnest on Bank Holiday Monday, reports Eoin Brennan. Without any action in over eight months, five adult league games should be sufficient to blow off any cobwebs, with this week’s Round 1 being a repeat of last year’s opening fixtures. Defending champions (from 2019) St Joseph’s Miltown couldn’t have asked for a better confidence boosting start as they blew away the meek challenge of arch rivals Kilmurry Ibrickane by 2-21 to 0-04 in a rare below-par derby showdown in the newly redeveloped Páirc Naomh Mhuire in Quilty. Without their county continents, it was the most recent Clare performer that proved the ultimate difference as Cormac Murray’s remarkable 14 point haul allied to final quarter goals through substitute Micheál Malone and Gordon Kelly saw Miltown exact full revenge for league and championship reverses to their neighbours in 2020. Fortifying last …

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Gardai probe hit and run incident in Clare’s county town

Gardaì are appealing for witnesses to a traffic collision that occurred three weeks ago in Clare’s county town. The gardai are investigating a hit and run traffic collision that occurred at approximately 3pm on Saturday, May 15, at the Gort Road Roundabout. The suspect vehicle is believed to be a grey Range Rover. Both cars involved were travelling from the Ennis direction approaching the Gort Road Roundabout. A white Opel Insignia was on the inside lane turning right for the Gort Road. The grey Range Rover was on the outside lane and was heading into Shiels filling station/McDonalds, this vehicle collided into the side of the Opel causing extensive damage. If anyone saw anything suspicious or has dash cam footage, they are asked to contact Ennis Garda Station on 065-6848100.

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Woman whose teen charges rescued calls for more water safety awareness

INCREASED lifeguard cover is required in Lahinch, according to a mother who had three teenagers rescued from a rip current by surf instructor, Tom Hennessy recently. Barbara Jordan believes Clare County Council and other local authorities need to review the provision of lifeguards in view of the dramatic increase in open water swimming and water based activities throughout the country. “There is no point in increasing cover after a drowning. If water safety is given more exposure, it will save lives. Water safety awareness should be taught in secondary schools. “If a swimmer is caught in a rip current, they should swim parallel to it. There are currents in every beach across the country. “When lifeguards are on duty they can direct swimmers away from rip currents. Lifeguards should be on duty full time from June to September inclusive with weekend cover from April. “Clare Water Safety Association do an amazing job but it is up to the Council to …

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Seaside scenes and stories collected in new kids anthology

OCEAN stories, written by children across Clare and Limerick have been compiled into a colourful new anthology to mark an international celebration of the seas. Produced with the support of The Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme, An Ocean of Stories – An Anthology of Children’s Ocean Stories captures tales of adventure and imagination and highlight humanity’s reliance on the seas for survival. The book, published by Explorers Education Officer Carmel Madigan, includes over 50 stories, artwork and poems that were inspired by children’s ocean experiences. Its launch coincides with World Oceans Day on June 8. Patricia Orme, Joint Acting CEO of the Marine Institute, congratulated Carmel Madigan and the Explorers team on the launch of the book. “Carmel always puts the children first and this book has helped children find a positive place in a time that has been challenging for many in primary schools over the past year,” she said. “While we celebrate World Oceans Day – The Ocean: Life …

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Scattery Island’s heritage opened to the world

HISTORICAL tales of Viking invaders, salvaged ships and seafarers are among the exciting items that have been compiled as part of a new heritage website for Scattery Island. Inis Cathaigh (SIHG) sits snugly on the Shannon Estuary, 2km from Kilrush, and is the site of a sixth century monastery founded by St Senan. According to historical record, the island has been occupied since the 5th Century. This long and noble history is showcased on the new website, which highlights many items of historical and archaeological interest. For those who love history, folklore, legends or just a good story, this community archive website showcases and celebrates the long and varied past of Scattery Island. The island is also a place of great natural beauty. It is home to the ruins of seven churches, a round tower, sacred well, Napoleonic battery, lighthouse, and the remains of the last settlers’ homes and village. SIHG was set up in 2012 with the aim of …

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Clare women’s business acumen acknowledged in network awards

TWO South-East Clare entrepreneurs were rewarded for their business acumen at the Network Ireland Limerick Businesswoman of the Year Awards. Ber Collins, Meelick, a director of Crystal Clear, won the Established Business Owner Award. Adopting the tagline “Say Goodbye to Bottled Water”, Crystal Clear works with schools, colleges, small and medium enterprises and multi-nationals to help them reduce waste from single use plastic bottles through the installation of mains-fed water dispensers. In an interview with The Clare Champion, Ms Collins, who has been living in Meelick for the last 16 years, said she was absolutely “thrilled” to win the award. She revealed one Ennis school went from recycling 600 plastic bottles daily down to zero after the installation of their contactless water system. Once a person places their empty plastic bottle into the contactless unit, a sensor triggers the flow of cold water that doesn’t stop until the bottle is full. The company has provided about 30 of these units …

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