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Dan dedicates journalism award to cancer victims

CLARE Champion journalist Dan Danaher, who this week scooped a top award for his coverage of a health story that made national headlines, has dedicated it to the memory of the late Ann Moriarty and Edel Kelly, two Clare cancer patients who died following misdiagnosis of their illnesses.“Karl Henry showed great courage to speak out of about the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death, while John and Una Kelly also displayed great fortitude in their grief to speak about the loss of their beloved Edel,” said Dan.“I also believe that dealing with hospital acquired infections should be prioritised by Health Minister Mary Harney. Anyone who goes to an acute hospital should be able to do so without the worry of contracting MRSA or C-diff.”Dan scooped the top prize in the Regional Print Media category at the eighth annual GlaxoSmithKline Irish Medical Media Awards, where he was commended by judging panel chairman Dr John Bowman for “courageously tackling local vested interests and …

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€145,000 history trail development for Ennis

A designated history trail, with a project budget of €145,000, is to be developed in Ennis and will concentrate on the interpretation of the town’s heritage.Ennis is one of 30 towns in the country involved in the Historic Towns Initiative and the concept is to develop facilitates for visitors to the town through a range of tourist signage, including orientation, interpretative and information boards, along a designated historic route. Launching the initiative, Mayor Of Ennis, Councillor Frankie Neylon, said Ennis boasts a long and varied history that is excellently profiled in this new initiative. “I have no doubt that this initiative will further enhance the attractiveness of the town as a visitor location and improve the overall tourism product on offer. Furthermore, the history trail will act as a useful educational outlet for schools throughout County Clare,” added the mayor. Established in the 13th century when the O’Brien’s of Thomond built an Abbey on the banks of the River Fergus, …

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