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Shock in Kilkee following tragic death

KILKEE was in shock and mourning on Friday following news that a local man, in his mid 50s, had died following a fall while taking down Christmas lights. The accident happened in the early afternoon. The man was airlifted to University Hospital Limerick where he passed away. He has yet to be formally named. However he was very well known in the community, particularly in sporting and business circles. He played football with St Senan’s Kilkee and was also a regular participant in the West Clare Mini Marathon, which was due to take place on Sunday but has been postponed as a mark of respect.

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Clare footballers welcome Cavan

WHILE Clare used the McGrath Cup to give younger players a run, there is no ignoring the fact that they will start the 2018 league without several experienced defenders. Goalkeeper Joe Hayes has retired, while Liam Markham has opted out for work reasons. Dean Ryan is in Australia, while Kevin Harnett is recovering from a shoulder operation. Martin McMahon and John Hayes have yet to return to the panel and it is unclear as to whether they will. Liscannor’s Darren Nagle is now in Australia. However, Éire Óg’s Ciaran Russell is back training, having recovered from a hamstring injury. Clare manager Colm Collins, who is starting his fifth season in the post, says that the absence of those players is a “natural progression” and that it will afford opportunities to younger defenders on Saturday against Cavan. “It’s the natural progression of things. A team develops for one reason or another and you’re going to be without some players. Certain players …

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Local Media Ireland has new sponsor

The National Lottery has been announced as sponsors of the Local Ireland Media Awards 2018. The awards honour the talents of the hundreds of journalists, photographers, designers and advertising executives involved in producing local weekly titles in both print and digital format every week. Local Ireland is the voice and representative association for 45 local weekly titles across the country, offering local news to 1.5 million readers each week outside Dublin and Cork. The awards will feature 14 categories, spanning all areas and disciplines of modern journalism, including news, sport, features, advertising, design and online. This year, there will be a special category for the journalist or newspaper that has given the best coverage to a National Lottery Good Cause beneficiary. The judging panel will be chaired by Kevin Rafter, Professor of Political Communication and head of the School of Communications at DCU and also includes journalist and broadcaster Caroline Murphy; award-winning photographer and picture editor Frank Miller; broadcaster and …

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Homeless mother at breaking point

A HOMELESS mother-of-two says she is at breaking point over the stress of having to move from hotels to bed and breakfast accommodation in recent weeks. Last July, the woman, who has an 18-month-old son and a 16-year-old daughter, who is in the care of a relative until she gets a house, got an initial four-week termination notice from a house in South-East Clare. Following another two-week notice to quit the property, which involved receiving a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) from the council, she was officially declared homeless on August 31. The woman, who does not wish to be named, has asked the council to allocate a house for her and her son as quickly as possible on humanitarian grounds. Since the receipt of the notice, she told The Clare Champion she has been forced to move with her baby son between the Auburn Lodge Hotel, Treacy’s West County and various bed and breakfasts. Having spent the last three weeks …

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Ennis dog pound deaths decrease

CLARE dog warden and chair of the ISPCA in the county, Frank Coote has revealed that less than 20 dogs were put down at the county dog pound in 2017. This figure compares to several hundred in 2016 and 1,500 per annum at one stage. When he started in his role, Mr Coote said, more dogs were being put down in Clare than anywhere in Europe. “I’ve never seen it any better. We didn’t have to put down a dog for three months at one stage. In total, we put down 19 dogs in 2017, whereas we used to put down 600 to 700 in previous years in the pound alone,” he explained. “I was putting down 1,500 dogs one time. That’s what was happening. That was about 10 years ago. I used to put down 35 to 40 dogs every Friday. The vet has been in three times in the last month and they were all for vaccination, microchip …

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McNamara to appeal two year drivng ban

Former Labour TD Michael McNamara is to appeal a two-year driving ban imposed for dangerous driving. At Ennis District Court this week, Judge John King convicted Mr McNamara of dangerous driving, which comes with an automatic two-year ban, at Tobernagath, Scarriff on December 10, 2016. Counsel for Mr McNamara, Martin Dully, BL, said a driving ban would be “exceptionally disastrous for this man”. Mr Dully said there was an allegation from a garda that Mr McNamara was driving 20km in excess of the 80km speed limit and that“what you have here is not dangerous driving; it couldn’t possibly be”. Judge King dismissed an accompanying charge against Mr McNamara that he had obstructed a garda in the course of his duties on the same date outside his home. Judge King said it would be “unfair and unsafe” to convict Mr McNamara of the obstruction charge, as Garda Darren McLoughlin had not specifically advised him that he was invoking Section 7 of …

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Clare farmers to benefit from fodder subsidy

CLARE farmers will benefit from a long-awaited national fodder transport subsidy, which was announced by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed today (Wednesday). As high volumes of rainfall continue to leave heavier land in parts of West and North Clare saturated, this announcement will provide some comfort to local farmers, who have been worst hit by the fodder crisis. Clare IFA chairman Willie Hanrahan and Clare ICMSA chairman Martin McMahon have consistently called for a fodder transport subsidy and a meal voucher system to ease the plight of farmers, who are running out of fodder. Minister Creed acknowledged that a key issue to resolve was the cost of transporting fodder between those areas where it was plentiful and those where it was scarce. “Fodder remains available across the country but I am conscious of the significant additional cost to farmers, where fodder has to be transported over significant distance to areas where it is most needed. This measure builds on my early …

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Church ups role in tackling online bullying

THE important role that religiouslic faith can play in tackling on-line bullying was emphasised at the national launch of Catholic Schools Week at St Flannan’s College in Ennis today (Wednesday). Catholic Schools Week is an All-Ireland celebration which invites Catholic schools to give expression to the ethos of Catholic education, will run from this Sunday. At the launch, Canon Tom Deenihan voiced concern at the influence of social media, with bullying moving from the school yard to online platforms. He said, “Our faith teaches us that we are all made in the image and likeness of God. Surely as people of faith that should influence how we interact with each other, be it in school, out of school, with our families or work place. If our faith doesn’t influence us, it’s not a faith at all. If it doesn’t have any practical implications, it’s absolutely useless.” He stated that faith is not about indoctrination, but practical support for communities. Canon …

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