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Bus Eireann advises Clare passengers of retained measures as full capacity resumes

WELCOMING the return to full capacity on all public transport, Bus Éireann has moved to remind passengers that certain health measures remain in force. These include mandatory face masks throughout the journey (with exemptions on health grounds). Hand sanitising units will be on board all buses and the company has committed to deep cleaning overnight and additional cleaning during the day. Cashless payment options including Leap cards, ticket machines in stations and online at buseireann.ie will be available for customers. Guaranteed seat reservation is possible for interurban travel on expressway.ie and windows will be kept open where available, though coaches have air conditioning. Allen Parker, Chief Customer Officer, Bus Éireann said, “We are grateful to our Clare based employees and customers for all their support over the past 18 months. We have been proud to operate continuously throughout the pandemic, keeping Ireland connected. “The very high rate of vaccination in Ireland and the proven effectiveness of face masks in reducing …

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New car sales bounce back in Clare but SIMI seeks state support

THERE have been 1,945 new cars registered in county Clare to date this year. This compares to 1,795 registered to the same point in 2020 and represents an 8.36% increase. Clare’s share of the new car market this year is 2.02% of sales nationwide, a slight drop from 2.28% at the same stage in 2020. Overall in Ireland some 96,309 new cars have been registered in the year to date compared to 78,864 for the same period in 2020, an increase of 22.1%. When compared with 2019, however, pre-pandemic, there have been 12.9% fewer cars registered to the same point. In 2019, by the end of August 110,527 new cars had been registered nationwide. Another stand-out in the figures is the continuing surge in purchases of electric vehicles. Some 831 new electric vehicles registered were in August compared to 294 in August 2020. So far this year 7,057 new electric cars have been registered in comparison to 2,954 on the …

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Bid to remove overturned truck causes Clare road closure

A ROAD in north Clare has been closed today, as a crane is to be used to help right a cement truck that overturned there yesterday afternoon. The truck overturned on the R476 at around 4pm, at a location around 1.5 miles outside of Kilfenora, on the way towards Lisdoonvarna. Gardai said that no-one was injured in the accident. It is understood that the accident happened on a section where roadworks have recently taken place.

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Clare gardaí warn of increased risk of caravan thefts

RISING demand for staycations could lead to an increased risk of the theft of caravans, with those planning on buying a caravan also being warned to be on alert. “Going on holiday at home and the use of caravans has become very popular and with the demand for caravans increasing so will the possibility in an increase in thefts caravans,” says Clare Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Triona Brooks. She urges those with a caravan to get an alarm fitted and to keep doors and windows locked at all times, even if out for a short period of time. “GPS tracking devices can be relatively inexpensive. Consider uniquely marking your caravan on various parts of it and take a photograph showing any marks, scratches or dents,” she adds. Wheels clamps are a visual deterrent, she advises saying, “ use a good standard clamp which will take time, effort and noise to remove. Ensure that you have a hitch lock in place.” …

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Arrest after car driven on rims down Clare motorway

A MOTORIST who drove down the M18 in a vehicle that had bare rims on the front has been arrested. The car was crashed and abandoned but the driver was located nearby and arrested. They tested positive for cocaine and cannabis consumption. Clare Roads Policing Unit received reports of vehicle driving on its rims on the M18. The car was located, crashed & abandoned. The driver was found nearby & tested positive for cocaine & cannabis. They were arrested. Proceedings to follow. #SaferRoads #ArriveAlive pic.twitter.com/AbxuklYRSI — An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) July 28, 2021 Clare Roads Policing Unit had received reports from the public and affected the arrest Court proceedings will follow.

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Gardaí appeal over Clare tourist route congestion

GARDAÍ are appealing to motorists accessing the county’s beauty spots to show consideration for residents and other road users, with the mercury soaring to 30 degrees this week. Staycationers, in unprecedented numbers, have brought a welcome boost to Clare’s tourism economy and created a festival atmosphere in conditions that have been more or less idyllic all week. The only down side the authorities have reported is significant traffic congestion at locations in the North and West of the county. Spanish Point, Seafield and Doolin were highlighted as particular areas of concern with heavy traffic and parking issues causing chaos. “The Garda message is that the roads, and the facilities, are there for everyone,” said Superintendent John Galvin of the Killrush Garda District. “We’re appealing to people to obey the traffic regulations because everyone wants to enjoy the summer safely.” Hot today and dry with hazy sunshine. ☀️Highs of 26 to 30 degrees🌡️, with slightly lower temperatures along southern and eastern …

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Clare drivers warned over glare and ‘bitumen slicks’ in heatwave

THE Road Safety Authority (RSA) is reminding road users, particularly drivers, to be aware of the dangers posed by ‘sun glare’ as Orange and Yellow weather warnings for High Temperatures have been issued for the next few days. Sun glare can result in drivers being temporarily dazzled or blinded by the intensity and brightness of the sun. As clear sunny conditions and high temperatures are forecast over the next number of days, the RSA is advising drivers to: Reduce the risk from sun glare and of being dazzled by wearing sun glasses. Be aware of the dangers of sun glare when travelling east in the mornings and west later in the day. Be prepared and ensure you have adequate supplies of water, any delays to journeys could result in road users being stuck in traffic for a period time in hot conditions. Children and pets are particularly at risk during these hot spells of weather. Week AheadAnother warm week ahead …

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Return to The Twelve

The other weekend I took the chance to slip away with my hoomans for another little break. It looks like we were just in time. Although Level 3 doesn’t mention dogs, I have a feeling I’ll be staying at home for the next few weeks. Saturday morning saw us heading for Galway city with a stop in Clarinbridge for a swift dogguccino. We had a little wander around the city but it was soon time to head off again and as I suspected, we were going to The Twelve, my Galway home from home. Now I hadn’t arranged this trip, the hoomans had and they’d have to pay for it too because my bone account has gone into boverdraft. I’m not worried though as I believe the Government are making PUP payments now. It’s been a while since I was a pup but I’m so cute I’m sure I’ll get away with it and it won’t be long before my …

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