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Arrest made after car collides with house on Kilrush to Kilkee road

A MAN has been arrested after the car he was driving collided with the front of a house at Lisdeen, on the main Kilrush to Kilkee road earlier today The car crashed into the porch of the house after leaving the road at approximately 1.30pm today and the sole occupant of the house was uninjured. Upon arrival, Gardaí found the vehicle unattended but the driver was found a short distance from the crash site and arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence. A section of the N67 was closed while gardaí, paramedics and members of the fire service carried out examinations and secured the area. The car was taken from the scene by gardaí and the man is currently being detained at Kilrush Garda Station.  

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McGettigan likely to take SF Council seat

SHANNON’S Donna McGettigan is likely to replace the late Mike McKee on Clare County Council. This week Ms McGettigan confirmed she is interested in taking up the role and it is understood that the local party are also set to support her. Ms McGettigan actually ran in the Ennis Municipal District for last year’s local elections, despite the fact that she was living in Shannon. In the coming days, invitations will be sent out to Sinn Féin members in the area who would be eligible to take on the role. Following this, there is likely to be a selection convention towards the end of the month. Speaking this week, Ms McGettigan confirmed she would be looking to fill the seat. “Mike himself would have asked me before he passed if I would put myself forward. Gary Fitzgibbon was interviewed about it and a lot of people afterwards would have suggested myself. As I walk through the Town Centre I’m always …

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Four Clare Schools sees students awarded at 56th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

STUDENTS from four Clare schools won awards at the 56th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS in Dublin yesterday evening. Students from Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna; St John Bosco Community College, Kildysart; Coláiste Mhuire, Ennis; and St Anne’s of Killaloe picked up awards. The Clare students were recognised for their projects in the categories of: Biological and Ecological Sciences, Technology and Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences. In total there were 17 projects representing Clare at BTYSTE 2020. Cormac Harris and Alan O’Sullivan, both fourth year students aged 16, from Coláiste Choilm, County Cork, took home the top prize for a project entitled “A statistical investigation into the prevalence of gender stereotyping in 5-7 year olds and the development of an initiative to combat gender bias”. The 2020 BT Young Scientist & Technology winners received the BTYSTE perpetual trophy and the top prize of €7,500. The lucky winners will also represent Ireland at the European Union Contest …

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Quin brothers rush to relieve Australian drought crisis

DROUGHT-stricken farms and businesses along the Australian Gold Coast have been the beneficiaries of a major relief effort involving two Quin natives in the run-up to Christmas. Thirty-four year old Barry O’Halloran who runs Quin Construction in Brisbane was joined by his younger brother Paul on the Brisbane Irish Drought Run on Saturday, December 21. An unprecedented wildfire outbreak across the continent prompted an appeal to tradespeople to lend their time and their vehicles to relief efforts. The drought run organised by members of Brisbane’s Irish community saw up to 100 trucks travel the 200km route to the drought-ravaged rural town of Stanthorpe, taking water and essential supplies. The Christmas convoy transported a total of 170,000 litres of drinking water and 300,000 litres of water for livestock, as well as 50 bales of hay and 49 pallets of animal feed. “The Irish community here is a fairly small one and the call went around for people to get involved in helping …

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Mayor of Clare to boycott commemoration event for the Royal Irish Constabulary

MAYOR of Clare, Councillor Cathal Crowe has announced he will boycott a national commemoration service for the Royal Irish constabulary due to be held on January 17. In a statement, Cllr Crowe said while he has no ill feelings toward any individuals that served in the RIC, he could not attend an event that “eulogised an organisation that was the strong-arm of the British state in Ireland. The RIC joined army and auxiliaries (Black & Tans) in search parties and raids that resulted in our country-people being killed / tortured or having their homes torched,” Cllr Crowe said. The Clare Mayor’s statement reads as follows: “I have decided to boycott the national commemoration service for the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) on January 17th. “As Mayor of Clare I was invited to attend the event by the Minister of Justice. In the main, I think all of the government’s state commemorations have been apt and tasteful but I see the commemoration …

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68 Clare projects benefitted from Community Enhancement grants

SIXTY-EIGHT Clare projects were allocated more than €140,000 from the Community Enhancement Programme operated by the Department of Rural and Community Development in 2019. Among the biggest grants awarded in Clare were €6,750 for the renovation of St Kieran’s Community Centre in Labasheeda; €6,295 for the fit-out of the community cafe training kitchen at the Killaloe/Ballina Community and Family Resource Centre; €6,150 for a soft-play area at the Hope Cafe, Shannon Christian Church and €6,000 for the provision of women’s changing rooms and disabled access toilets at Tuamgraney Handball Club. Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey, who is Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Rural and Community Development said that the grants helped support a range of activities in all areas of communities, such as childcare groups, playgrounds, recreational groups, sports grounds, landscaping and supporting the elderly. “€4.5 million was allocated to more than 2,000 projects all over the country and while much of this was in small scale capital …

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Gardaí Investigating Multiple-car Blaze in Shannon

GARDAÍ are investigating an incident in which six cars were destroyed and many others were damaged in a fire at a premises in Smithstown Industrial Estate in Shannon last night. The fire, which occurred at roughly 11pm last night, is believed to have been started deliberately. A number of units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene and extinguished the blaze. Gardaí say they are following a definite line of inquiry and appealing for any witnesses, or anyone around Smithstown last night to contact Shannon Garda Station at 061-365900 or the Garda confidential line on 1-800 666111.

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