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Trump Visit To Doonbeg On The Cards

Doonbeg is reportedly set to play host to US President Donald Trump next month. Reports in today’s Mail On Sunday claim Secret Service officials will visit West Clare in the coming days to begin plans for a visit by President Trump to his Doonbeg property. It’s expected he could touch down here after visiting France for D-Day commemorations in June.

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ESB working to restore power

ESB Networks crews have been continuing efforts to repair the electricity network since first light this morning, restoring power to 4,000 homes, farms and businesses in Clare that lost supply due to the impact of Storm Hannah. At the height of the storm this morning, 33,000 customers nation-wide were impacted, and efforts continue throughout the day to restore power to the remaining 11,000 customers. All available resources from ESB Networks are deployed to carry out repairs to the network and restore power. Additional crews from less impacted areas of the country are deploying in areas of West Munster that have seen the most of the storm damage. These include Clare, the Iveragh and Dingle peninsulas, North Kerry, West Limerick and parts of Tipperary. The damage to the electricity network is mainly attributable to trees falling on overhead lines as a result of the high winds.

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Council issue Storm Hannah advice

CLARE County Council is asking members of the public to stay indoors and to avoid all travel from 8pm to 11.00pm tonight after Met Éireann issued a red level warning for Clare. Met Éireann says north-westerly winds, associated with Storm Hannah, will reach mean speeds in excess of 80km/h with violent gusts of 130 to 150 km/h for a time this evening. The most severe winds will gradually ease as the night goes on.  A Status Orange Wind warning for Clare will be in effect from 4pm to 8pm this evening and again from 11pm tonight until 1am tomorrow morning. The local authority is urging the public not to travel during the red level warning period tonight and says that overnight travel thereafter should only be undertaken if absolutely necessary.  Organisers of events taking place in Clare this evening are being advised to postpone events in the interests of public safety due. Clare County Council’s Crisis Management Team will continue …

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Brothers in Arms Legacy Lives On

Tina Kenneally and Fiona Moloney, mothers of Shay and Jack holding the new rugby cup at the Ennis Rugby Club. Photograph by Paul Corey.

TWO Ennis families will come together, a year on from Ennis Rugby Club’s U-15s North Munster Cup win, to present a newly-established Brothers in Arms Cup dedicated in memory of Jack Kenneally and Shay Moloney. On April 28, ahead of the first anniversary of Jack and Shay’s tragic passing as they enjoyed the summer sunshine swimming in Ennis, the Kenneally and Moloney families will join in solidarity to present the cup to the new U-15s champions.Coaches Eamon Connaughton and Pádraig Brennan decided to dedicate a new North Munster Cup in memory of the two players, who are deeply missed but never forgotten. Shay’s mother Fiona said, “The cup means so much to us as a family; it is lovely. We were so involved.Most of my Sundays for years were spent on the sideline, so it was like they were all my children. Shay’s favourite things were family, rugby and friends and they were one family. It’s beautiful to have Brothers in …

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LEADER Funding Boost For Two Banner Tourism Projects

Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has welcomed the allocation of more than €40,000 in funding to two rural tourism projects from the latest round of approvals under the LEADER fund. €29,400 will go towards website development and the provision of facilities for disabled people at Kilkee Golf Club and €11,500 to the Burren Ecotourism network for a destination marketing programme. Deputy Carey said that the latest allocations brought total LEADER funding for Clare projects to more than €6.6 million as of April 7. “This increase reflects a significant expansion of activity over the last 18 months since the introduction of a range of measures to make the programme work better for both potential applicants and for the LEADER Local Action Groups which deliver the programme on the ground. “We want to see this momentum continue over the coming months and the funding for the approved projects drawn down as quickly as possible. “LEADER funding represents an enormous opportunity for …

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Ballycar flooding must be tackled to aid current growth on western rail corridor

Flooding at Ballycar is disrupting rail services.

    RECENT passenger figures from Iarnród Éireann have shown the Limerick to Galway rail line is the fastest growing rail route in the country.   The growth in passenger numbers looks set to continue this year, as over 91,000 journeys were recorded on the line up to March 24.This compares with 74,000 journeys for the same period last year.   Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey says that this remarkable growth further highlights the need to address the frequent flooding on the line at Ballycar which has resulted in the suspension of the service for extensive periods over recent years.   “As Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Rural and Community Development, I facilitated two hearings on this matter with Irish Rail, the Office of Public Works and Clare County Council in an effort to broker an agreement to benefit the thousands of people who use the service and the many more who would if its reliability could be assured.   “I’m …

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