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Newly discovered film of Clarecastle to be released this month

OLD cine-films taken in Clarecastle in the 1950s showing aspects of the village in that era and the unloading of ships at Clarecastle Quay have been discovered and digitised. The film is now set to be released by the Clarecastle & Ballyea Heritage & Wildlife Group on Saturday, August 15 to mark the start of Heritage Weeks 2020. The Clarecastle & Ballyea Heritage & Wildlife Group has amassed a large collection of old photographs over the years. This was done by appealing to the local community through the local press, the press used by the Irish community in England, parish newsletters, open nights where the local community brought in old photos. These images were scanned, with the group not only capturing the picture, but also the story behind the photographs. During one of these sessions the group was told of the existence of reels of old cine-film with images of the village and Quay areas. They approached the owners and …

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“Another lockdown would be unsustainable”

THE Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19 Response, which is chaired by Clare TD Michael McNamara, has sought changes to the current testing and contact tracing system. In its interim testing and tracing report, it made 22 recommendations including temperature screening of all entrants to the State from overseas and regular testing of healthcare workers, aimed at identifying asymptomatic carriers of the virus. Chairman of the Committee, Deputy Michael McNamara, said: “The Committee understands that the system that was put in place in March was done in a hurry and a lot of contingency measures had to be taken given the risk of a pandemic sweeping the State. Because of the efforts of all our people, those measures were not needed, but what became clear to the Committee is that another lockdown would be unsustainable. Testing and contact tracing will allow the State to live with and treat outbreaks of Covid as they arise.” The Committee report welcomes the work of …

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Hedge-cutting scheme launched in Clare

CLARE County Council is seeking to complement its hedge-cutting programme this autumn by facilitating landowners and community groups in maintaining hedgerows throughout County Clare. The Community Hedge Cutting Grant Scheme, which was the first of its kind to be developed in Ireland when it was piloted in 2013, will see €10,000 being provided to deal with the local road network over the coming autumn and winter seasons. Applications are being invited from communities and groups before September 30, 2020. Each application will be assessed and a grant of €50 per kilometre of hedgerow will be paid, subject to certain conditions and available resources. The scheme will provide some financial assistance to communities and groups that undertake hedge-cutting and the cutting of overhanging trees, and will assist landowners in complying with their responsibilities under Section 70 of the Roads Act, 1993. John Corry, Administrative Officer, Transportation, Clare County Council, said: “We are confident that this scheme, complemented by the Council’s ongoing …

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Saturday update: 174 new Covid-19 cases confirmed

TODAY’S rate of confirmed cases of Covid-19 is 174, according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). Clare is among the counties to record increases in the number of positive cases. Seventeen of the cases confirmed today are spread between Clare and 12 other counties (Carlow, Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Mayo, Roscommon, Tipperary, Wexford and Wicklow). 110 cases are located in Kildare, 27 in Dublin, 7 in Cork, 7 in Offaly, 6 in Meath, the HPSC said. The latest Department of Health Data puts the number of confirmed cases in Clare currently at 401. The figures issued this evening (August 8) also show that one patient diagnosed with Covid-19 in this country has died, bringing the death toll to a total of 1,772. There is now a total of 26,644 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today: • 124 are men / 48 are women • 69% are under 45 years of age • …

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Urgent upgrades sought for sections of Wild Atlantic Way

UPGRADES are being sought for a heavily trafficked section of the Wild Atlantic Way running through North Clare to the Cliffs of Moher. The call came at the meeting of the West Clare Municipal District when Councillor Joe Killeen said local people and visitors alike would benefit from improvements to the route from Ballyvaughan, through Fanore and Doolin. “There are around 1.5 million tourists using this route every year going to the Cliffs of Moher and traffic is often tail-to-tail,” he said. “I was on the road recently when four cars pulled over to look at a fishing competition. Until they returned to their cars, nobody could pass. This area is the jewel in the crown of the Wild Atlantic Way and there are issues with the road surface and alignment, as well as a lack of areas to pull in.” The Corofin native noted that the Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar had recently visited Ballyvaughan and that action needed to be …

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Ennis priest shares memories of the late John Hume

THE late John Hume was a man with a “vision of justice for all”, according to Ennis’ Parish Priest Fr Tom Ryan, who came to know the Nobel Peace Prize winning politician while working in Derry in the 1980s.   Following his ordination in 1984 Fr Tom was appointed to St Eugene’s Cathedral in Derry, where on Wednesday Mr Hume was laid to rest. Sharing his memories of the prominent politician who played a leading role in talks which led to the Good Friday Agreement, Fr Tom told us, “Over the years I would have gotten to know the family. John was the politician who was on the go all the time, and his wife Pat was the one who kept the show going on the ground in many ways. “He was the man who had the vision, and who wanted to implement his vision of justice for all. He had a great sense of justice, and he was aware of the …

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Green light for swimming in Kilkee, Spanish Point and Miltown

SWIMMING prohibitions have been lifted at Kilkee, Spanish Point and White Strand Miltown Malbay this afternoon (Saturday, August 8). However, the bathing restriction remains at Lahinch. The temporary prohibition had been put in place by Clare County Council, on the advice of the HSE. A statement from the local authority said that “a temporary prohibition on swimming at Lahinch has been revised to an advisory note not to swim, therefore it is advised not to swim at Lahinch” Clare County Council also continues to advise that the safest place to swim is at lifeguarded locations. For further information, contact Clare County Council environment section on (065) 6846331 / enviroff@clarecoco.ie and visit www.beaches.ie

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Remote hubs a lifeline for Clare’s remote workers

THE remote working revolution prompted by the Coronavirus pandemic would have been impossible to predict at the start of this year. A life-time ago, back in January, working away from the office was still a fairly fuzzy concept for most of us, tied in with worthy but not-always-attainable aims like reducing our carbon footprint, cutting down on daily commuting and achieving a better work-life balance. Now that we have all been thrown into reality of having to meet our work commitments without venturing into crowded offices, finding an appropriate space for remote working has become a real challenge. Kitchen tables across the country have been acting as board room bases for video conferences, while serving as virtual classrooms at the same time – not always with harmonious, or productive results. In Clare, thanks to a synergy of two key departments, the local authority has been better able than many of its counterparts to respond to the surge in demand for …

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