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One additional Covid-19 case in Clare

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has been informed that a total of 24 people with COVID-19 have died. There have now been a total 1,488 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of 11am on Tuesday the HPSC has been notified of 107 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. There has been one new case in Clare bringing the total in this county to 306. There is now a total of 23,242 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread. Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Sunday May 10 (23,089 cases), reveals: · 57% are female and 42% are male · the median age of confirmed cases is 49 years · 3,031 cases (13%) have been hospitalised · Of those hospitalised, 386 cases have been admitted to ICU · 6,906 cases are associated with healthcare workers · …

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National Lottery

Winning Lotto ticket bought in Lissycasey

A family run store in Lissycasey has sold a winning Lotto ticket worth €4,041,306, the National Lottery has confirmed. This golden ticket was sold at Talty’s Mace Circle K in Lisseycasey, a village with a population of approximately 400 people. The winning Quick Pick ticket was bought in Talty’s Mace Circle K on the day of the draw (Saturday 9th May) and the National Lottery has confirmed that it is yet to hear from the lucky winner. Talty’s Mace Circle K is a well-known local business in the Lisseycasey area and has been run by the Talty family for almost half a century. Speaking on selling the golden ticket worth more than €4 million, Cathal Talty, owner of the store said: “We are absolutely over the moon to have sold the winning Lotto ticket. Since the weekend there was a lot of speculation locally about where the winning ticket was and then when the call came through from our National …

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15 additional Covid-19 deaths nationwide

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has today been informed that a total of 15 people with COVID-19 have died.  There have now been a total 1,467 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of 11am today the HPSC  was notified of 139 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. Two of those cases were in Clare, bringing the total in this county to 305. There is now a total of 23,135 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread. Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Saturday 9th May (22,894 cases), reveals: · 57% are female and 43% are male · the median age of confirmed cases is 49 years · 2,998 cases (13%) have been hospitalised · Of those hospitalised, 383 cases have been admitted to ICU · 6,834 cases are associated with healthcare workers · Dublin has …

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Plea for mediator in Clare Bus dispute with NTA

THE operators of Clare Bus are making a last-ditch effort to keep the company alive and have called on the National Transport Authority (NTA) to enter into mediation with a view to restoring its routes. At the end of March, following a dispute over funding, the NTA unveiled two new operators on 12 county-wide Local Link routes. Since then, Clare Bus has parked up its fleet and is using the government’s pandemic wage subsidy scheme to pay staff. Chairperson Ger Hoey described Clare Bus as being “cocooned” at the moment, but on stand-by to assist the East Clare Covid-19 Community Response. In a four-page letter to the NTA, seen by The Clare Champion, the board of Clare Accessible Transport (CAT) has asked NTA CEO Anne Graham for more time to sort out the financing row and has proposed that at mediator be appointed. The letter raises issues about financial arrears, the contractual framework and the accessibility of buses currently service …

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“Satisfactory” performance by Shannon Group

EVEN as passenger numbers dropped at Shannon Airport in 2019, profits for Shannon Group went upwards. According to its annual report, which has now been published, profit after tax for 2019 was €21.637 million, up from €20.915m in 2018. However, 2018 had seen a sum of €5.8m spent on a voluntary redundancy scheme. Writing in the report, chairman Rose Hynes described the 2019 performance as “satisfactory”. “This is a positive result in what was a challenging year for aviation and tourism in the regions,” she claimed. Of Shannon’s disappointing passenger numbers, Ms Hynes wrote, “It was disappointing that after six successive years of growth at the airport, passenger numbers were down by 8% to 1.71 million in 2019, due mainly to the global grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX Jet on safety grounds. However, we redoubled our efforts to secure additional services and ended the year with the announcement of three new services to Paris Charles de Gaulle, Vienna and …

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appeal for Ardnacrusha Power Station memorabilia

  THE Hunt Museum in Limerick is co-ordinating a public appeal for people in South-East Clare to share their stories, artefacts and memorabilia concerning the construction of the world-renowned Shannon Hydroelectric Scheme. The Shannon Hydroelectric Scheme was one the first major developments by the Irish Free State in the 1920s. It played a pivotal role in the development of Ireland in the 20th century and paved the way for the social, economic, and industrial development of Ireland. The building of the Ardnacrusha Power Station is vividly represented in the Seán Keating painting, Night’s Candles are Burnt Out, which is on display in The Hunt Museum. During the construction of the plant, approximately 4,000 Irish and 1,000 German men lived and worked on-site at Ardnacrusha. Today, almost 100 years on a new group want to collect and share their stories. Working with the ESB Archives, Europeana, EuropeanExpo2020, the Hunt Museum Docents and Friends, the group hope to collect and share stories, …

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Pieta fundraising continuing despite DIL cancellation

TOMORROW, Saturday May 9th, is the day when Pieta’s largest annual fundraiser, Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, was scheduled to take place across five continents. It was expected that over 250,000 people would have walked against suicide and self-harm. Instead, Pieta and Electric Ireland urge the public to come together, while apart, and take part in the Sunrise Appeal – getting up at dawn to enjoy the sunrise, mark the moment and join the fight against suicide and self-harm by donating at darknessintolight.ie. Pieta are also asking people to spread the message and offer hope by sharing their sunrise moment using the hashtag #DIL2020. To get the nation all set for the sunrise start, Friday night’s The Late Late Show is supporting Darkness Into Light too, helping to ensure that Pieta generates the attention and funds it needs to carry out its life-saving work. CEO of Pieta, Elaine Austin is complemented by a star-studded line-up of guests …

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Lonely start for new parents in lockdown

EVEN as the country continues in lockdown, new babies are arriving into the world every single day and their parents are doing their best in very unusual circumstances. Kilrush-man Charlie Glynn became a father when his wife Dee gave birth to Ida Mae on April 11. They have a base in Dublin, where their daughter was born, and the slowdown in the economy allowed Charlie the opportunity to spend more time there ahead of Ida’s arrival. “It’s been a learning curve, the last couple of weeks. Our company, Glynn Technical Diamonds, we were on a bit of a go-slow for the last couple of weeks before Ida was born. It allowed me an opportunity to work from home in Dublin before Ida’s birth, so I suppose you take the good and bad from the Covid-19 scenario. We’re getting there. We’re nearly three weeks into it and we’re getting there. Everybody is safe and well, that’s the main thing.” Unfortunately, he …

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