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‘Shocking’ rise in domestic abuse in second lockdown last year

NEW figures reveal that three Clare children were forced to spend Christmas Day in a refuge because of domestic abuse in their home. The data, which highlights the added pressure on the refuge operated by Clare Haven during the second lockdown last year, have been described by the service manager as “shocking”. Figures contained in the national report ‘Tracking the Shadow Pandemic – Lockdown 2,’ show that ten women and 17 children were given refuge, safety and security at Clare Haven in the month of November. A further 72 helpline calls were received to the service in that month alone, where we gave emotional support and information to women living with domestic abuse. A total of four women and 13 children were given refuge in December. Over the course of 2020, 88 women were in refuge in Clare up from the 79 in 2019 and 81 in 2018. “Even in an extraordinary time of crisis, these numbers are shocking,” said …

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Old Ground Hotel

To celebrate the Old Ground Valentines in a Box and their ‘OG to GO’ which is available every Friday through Sunday. The Clare Champion have teamed up with The Old Ground to offer our readers the chance to win overnight accommodation plus dinner in a junior suite in the Old Ground. Simply fill in the form below to enter the competition.

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St.Tola Goat Farm

Fill in the form below to be entered into a competition to win a Clare Brunch Box to the value of €65 THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED New online offering, on our website www.st-tola.ie  to send to your loved ones  who can’t make it to Co. Clare for Halloween  or to treat yourself and support small local businesses. Clare Brunch Box for €65   12 items from the county’s finest food producers  Burren Hot Smoked Salmon 140g  Burren Gold Cheese 200g Carrageen Moss Pudding 170g Carrygerry Very Berry Granola 200g Carrygerry Chilli Apple Jelly 425g  Meere’s Black& White Pudding 300g Meere’s Gourmet Sausage Rolls 200g  St.Tola Divine Cream Cheese 120g St.Tola Hard Cheese 150g Sweet & Green Brown Bread 500g Sweet & Green   Hummus 250g Wilde Irish   Chocolate Salted Caramel  Bar 80g  Deadline for orders is Monday Dec 7th  Delivery nationwide . All details on our online store on www.st-tola.ie 

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