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‘Critically important’ to maintain Feakle GP

Arising from the retirement of the local GP in Feakle, calls have been made to maintain the rural service. Concern was raised by County Councillor Pat Hayes, who said it was “critically important to maintain the GP service in Feakle. We don’t want to lose another rural service out of the community”. In a statement issued to The Clare Champion, the HSE has said it advertised the GMS post in Feakle in May 2012 and interviews were held on June 12 last. “A candidate is currently being processed for appointment to the post,” a HSE spokesperson confirmed.The HSE also said it was planning for another GP to take over this position in Feakle. Since the retirement of the local GP a locum service has not been provided in Feakle and patients of this GP are being referred to Dr Manus Maguire at Scariff Medical Centre. When asked when it was likely a new GP would start, the HSE commented, “When …

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Dun just keeps Looking Forward

Feakle man Dun Purcell, 90, is Looking Forward to many more years of positive aging, socialising and meeting his many friends both at home in East Clare and those he knows across the globe. Following Positive Aging Week earlier this month, Dun has been recognised by Bluebird Care as one of the finest examples in East Clare of positive aging.  Dun celebrated his 90th birthday on Friday, October 11 with family at home in Feakle and on Saturday he was joined by his family and his friends at the quarterly Looking Forward gathering in Bohan’s Bar in Feakle.  There, he was joined by several of his peers in their 90s, where the group enjoyed a night filled with free entertainment, music, song, refreshments and most importantly of all, laughter. Bluebird Care in Clare congratulated Dun, “who is a perfect example of what positive ageing is all about” and presented him with a special birthday cake, which was handmade by The …

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