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No to commercial rates cut

CLARE County Council is budgeting for a €500,000 deficit at the end of this year as a result of additional expenditure on essential works due to adverse weather conditions, unexpected costs relating to Traveller accommodation and increased levels of vacant properties.

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Eddie nominated for prestigious award

A CLARE man has been nominated for the world’s richest prize for children’s and young adult’s literature, an accolade previously won by His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman. North Clare storyteller and Clare Champion contributor Eddie Lenihan is one of three Irish people nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

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Kilbaha sculptor turns heads at Writers Museum

WHEN Kilbaha sculptor Seamus Connolly left Kilbaha for Dublin on Tuesday, he didn’t flinch at the sight or sound of a pair of recognisable heads rolling around his back seat. The bronze busts were of Munster writers John B Keane and Frank McCourt and it was Seamus’ job, having sculpted both, to get them to Dublin. The heads are now ensconced in the Dublin Writers Museum, having been donated by the Kilbaha man.

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