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Ennis woman fronts Europe wide HPV campaign

Ennis woman Laura Brennan is fronting a European campaign encouraging parents to get the facts and vaccinate their children against HPV. Laura, 26, was diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer in 2017 has been working with the HSE to advocate for the vaccine. Last year, Laura was invited by the World Health Organisation to be an advocate across Europe and to mark World Cancer Day on February 4, a video is being released by the WHO. The video features Laura at home in Clare with her family and travelling to University Hospital Limerick for treatment, as well as on a trip to Copenhagen for meeting with the WHO. “This illness is devastating and it’s going to take my life but the good news is there’s a vaccine that you can get that prevents it. HPV caused my cancer. I just wanted parents to know there is an alternative,” says Laura Laura was too old to get the vaccine when it was …

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First day of school approaching

WITH September approaching fast, thoughts are now turning to the first day at school.A free leaflet to support Clare parents with children starting primary school entitled Going to Big School has been published online by Early Childhood Ireland and the National Parents Council Primary (NPC).

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Flood of enhancement for built heritage in Ennis

In May 2013 the county Architectural Conservation Officer, Risteard UaCróinín recently discovered the remains of a 16th century tower house across the river from the Rowan Tree Hostel, while surveying the area of phase two of the Ennis Flood Relief Scheme.

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Clare Civil Defence test their mettle

MEMBERS of Clare Civil Defence have participated in a largescale drill (pictured) focusing on further improving responses to major emergencies, search and recovery, environmental issues, stewarding, flooding problems and forest fires.

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Leisure centre wins disability award

Active Ennis Leisure Complex has been presented with the prestigious White Flag Award for Disability Provision.

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Pushing out the boat for Ballyalla Blue Flag

A working group is literally pushing out the boat to achieve Blue Flag status for the popular bathing and recreational amenity at Ballyalla Lake, on the outskirts of the town.

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The week in pictures

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Margo remembered at Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

THE mid-summer sunshine beating down on Tullabrack West, just off the Cooraclare-Kilrush Road, partly concealed the sense of loss pervasive in the Wilson-Pierce household. The throng of people, young and old, who had navigated the narrow boreen leading to the family home indicated that all was well. However, Mark Wilson-Pierce would have infinitely preferred if the anniversary gathering at Rathlir Farm had not been taking place at all. Almost 12 months ago, Mark lost his wife Margo (née Wilson) to cancer, leaving him widowed and seven-year-old Síofra and five-year-old Phoebe without their mother.“Monday (June 10) would have been the 10th wedding anniversary for myself and Margo. She passed away last July, having struggled hard to fight against ovarian cancer. It was found very late and there was unfortunately no hope,” Mark told The Clare Champion on Saturday, momentarily removed from the teeming crowd celebrating Margo’s life and raising money for the West Clare Cancer Centre in Kilkee.Margo, who was a …

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