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Tony celebrates 50 years at The Champion

ONE of the country’s best-known regional journalists, Tony Mulvey, begins his 51st year of service with The Clare Champion this week. Tony’s 50-year association with the newspaper was marked at a function hosted by the newspaper in the Bunratty Manor Hotel last Friday night. Colleagues and retired staff joined Tony, his wife Margaret and their family in celebration of his remarkable achievement.

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Management to hold talks with Shannon Aer Lingus staff

AER Lingus staff at Shannon should know more about how the company’s cutbacks will impact on them by Thursday evening, as management are to come to Clare to discuss the situation with them. The company’s corporate affairs director, Enda Corneille, told The Clare Champion that no specific details on where redundancies will occur will be made public until all workers had been spoken to and that discussions with Cork and Shannon employees would take place this Thursday.

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Rubbish turning tourist attraction into an eyesore

A top tourist attraction in Ennis is being ruined by the presence of a large pile of domestic rubbish, which according to a local landowner, is attracting visitors of a different kind – rats. John Costelloe, owner of the lands adjacent to Clare Abbey, noticed some time ago that a large quantity of household waste was dumped in a car park serving the abbey.

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Cave visitor centre approved

The controversial development of a visitor centre at the Pol an Ionainn Cave in Doolin was given the green light this week. Clare County Council granted planning permission for the development at Craggecorradan in April but the company behind rival attraction, the Aillwee Caves along with An Taisce and another party, appealed this to An Bord Pleanála.

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Thanks but no thanks – village residents say no to water scheme

CLARE County Council has spent millions of euro on the extension of a water scheme to a North Clare village, only to find that residents in the area are more than content with their existing supply. Clare County Council has invested millions of euros in extending the Lickeen Lake water supply, which currently serves Lisdoonvarna, as far as Ballyvaughan.

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