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The power of water runs the Falls

  HOW do you run a 145 bedroom without any electricity costs? It’s quite easy, in fact, when you can harness the power of water from an iconic cascade in the heart of Ennistymon. A recently commissioned 220 kilowatt water turbine is providing the Falls Hotel with 100% of its power, and even generates surplus to requirements, during periods of heavy rain. The cascades, which begin just below the bridge crossing the Cullenagh River, in the oldest part of the town, roar like thunder in full flow and are a great tourist attraction. In July, the historic Falls Hotel will have an opportunity to gain big publicity as 80 rooms have been booked by international media covering the Irish Open, something that assistant manager, John McCarthy is looking forward to. “Apart from the media, we are full for the Open and that is good news for us and the town and the general area. People won’t spend all day in …

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Lotto win for Clare man

National Lottery

A TECH savvy Clare man revealed how he broke news of his €500,000 EuroMillions Plus win to his children on a WhatsApp conference call. The lucky dad was one of two big winners through the doors of National Lottery HQ today to collect big prizes. He bought his winning ticket for the EuroMillions Plus draw last Tuesday, January 22 online. The Clare man, who has not revealed his identity, said with some of his children living abroad he thought a WhatsApp call was the perfect way to break the news of his good fortune. Speaking in the Winner’s Room he said, “They were a bit worried when I asked them to go on a WhatsApp call at 7.30 p.m the day after the draw, but I assured them it was good news. The job I had trying to convince them I wasn’t joking was another thing!” “I pick the same five numbers every draw based on the birthdays of my …

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Staying safe on the internet

Everybody must play their part in ensuring the internet is a safe place to go. “On Safer Internet Day the focus is on ‘Together for a better internet’ and I believe we need to make sure we are all working towards a safer online world. It could be parents protecting their children, companies protecting their employees or users themselves making sure that they are safe online,” commented Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune this week. “Figures show that almost 80% of children aged between eight and 10 own a smart device with access to the internet and 40% of eight are speaking to strangers online. These figures show what a major role the internet is playing in the lives of young people and we must do all we can to ensure they are kept safe.” The first Safer Internet Day was held in 2004 and is recognised in around 140 countries around the world. Meanwhile, four more IT companies decided to …

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Clare Haven founder to lead St Patrick’s Day parade in Ennis

THE founder of Clare Haven, Mary Fitzgerald, has been chosen to lead this year’s Ennis St Patrick’s Day parade. Thousands of people are expected to line the streets of the Clare county capital on Sunday, March 17 for the 2019 Ennis St Patrick’s Day Parade. Clare County Council is once again seeking to make the Ennis parade a countywide affair with artistic, cultural and sporting groups together with schools, scouts and a range of community groups from all over Clare taking part. Application forms are available on the Clare County Council website. In excess of 10,000 people lined the streets of town during last year’s parade, which featured 40 groups representing the many aspects of life in Ennis and County Clare. This year there will be prizes awarded for the entrants that provide the “Most Musical & Colourful Spectacle”. The parade commences at 11am from Clare County Council’s headquarters at Áras Contae an Chláir before proceeding via New Road, Newbridge …

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Ennis woman fronts Europe wide HPV campaign

Ennis woman Laura Brennan is fronting a European campaign encouraging parents to get the facts and vaccinate their children against HPV. Laura, 26, was diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer in 2017 has been working with the HSE to advocate for the vaccine. Last year, Laura was invited by the World Health Organisation to be an advocate across Europe and to mark World Cancer Day on February 4, a video is being released by the WHO. The video features Laura at home in Clare with her family and travelling to University Hospital Limerick for treatment, as well as on a trip to Copenhagen for meeting with the WHO. “This illness is devastating and it’s going to take my life but the good news is there’s a vaccine that you can get that prevents it. HPV caused my cancer. I just wanted parents to know there is an alternative,” says Laura Laura was too old to get the vaccine when it was …

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Gilligan Expecting Banner Backlash In National Hurling League

You have to go all the way back to 2015 to find the last time Kilkenny got the better of Clare in the National Hurling League. That day saw Clare relegated from the top tier in Nowlan Park, but they bounced back 12 months later to end a near 30 year drought since they last annexed the title. The Cats will be ready to bare the claws when they come to Cusack Park on Sunday afternoon, with Brian Cody beginning his latest foray with an eye-catching win over Cork in Round One. Clare will be smarting from defeat under the lights in Thurles against Tipperary, but former All-Ireland winner Niall Gilligan doesn’t feel the contrasting opening week results will have much bearing on Sunday’s game. “It doesn’t really make much of a difference this early I think. It might have some bearing if a team was coming into a game like this after losing three or four in a row, …

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Marie closes the green door in Kilfenora

MARIE Hogan has been the friendly face that welcomed both locals and visitors alike to Kilfenora Post Office for 18 years.On Friday, her tenure as postmistress came to an end with the closure of the North Clare outlet for An Post services. Despite a strong public campaign last year to save several rural post office around the county, some have closed and the day of reckoning has finally arrived for Kilfenora. Marie would have loved to remain open for business but her operation did not fit the criteria set out by An Post in its rationalisation programme. “There are about 400 people in the area served by Kilfenora Post Office but An Post dictated that there should be at least 500 people living within a 10 kilometre radius of any give office. We don’t have the numbers. I had no choice but to close; it was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. The Kilfenora people will now be …

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