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Laura Brennan documentary wins gold in New York

A DOCUMENTARY which followed the final months in the life of Laura Brennan has been given a prestigious international award. Laura Brennan: This is Me has won a Gold Award at the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards. The award was presented in the Health / Media Information category. The film which documents Laura’s battle with cervical cancer at just 26 and her campaigning work to increase uptake of the HPV vaccine was made by RTÉ. Reacting to the win, producer Sinead Kennedy commented, “Laura would have been so proud and rightly so! She gave everything to ensure her voice was heard. Well, it’s being heard around the world Laura.” On behalf of the Brennan family, Laura’s brother Kevin expressed congratulations to the team behind the film. “Particular praise goes to Sally Roden (Executive Producer), Sinead Kennedy (Producer) and Kenny Mac Giola Phadraig (Director and Editor). The award relates to the documentary by RTÉ following the final chapters in …

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Ennis murder accused in isolation at Limerick prison

The 39 year- old man charged with the murder of Ennis man, Eoin Boylan is living in isolation at Limerick prison. Ennis District Court on Wednesday, a prison officer told the court via video-link that Nassar Ahmed of The Mews, Kilrush Road, Ennis was in isolation at Limerick prison and no reason was given. Mr  Ahmed first appeared before the court last Thursday charged with the murder of mature student, Eoin Boylan, (32), at Gordon Drive, Cloughleigh, Ennis on Tuesday, April 14 last. In court last Thursday, Mr Ahmed was remanded in custody to appear before Wednesday’s sitting of Ennis District Court via video link. Giving evidence of arrest, charge and caution last Thursday, Detective Garda Noelle Bergin told the court that she arrested Mr Ahmed for the purpose of charge at 23.45pm at Ennis Garda Station on Wednesday night, April 15. Detective Bergin told the court that Mr Ahmed replied ‘Okay’ after being charged with the murder offence. Legal …

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Outpouring of grief at passing of Clare Special Olympics Champion

WARM tributes have been made to an East Clare native whose charm and generosity touched all who knew her, and whose sporting abilities earned her a medal at the Special Olympics World Games last year. Mairéad Moroney of Gort Road, Ennis, and formerly of Kealderra, O’Callaghan’s Mills, passed away earlier this month, just a few weeks before her 71st birthday. A champion golfer, Mairéad made history last year, as the oldest contestant – and medal winner – at the World Games in Abu Dhabi. Along with her playing partner Jean Molony, she took picked up silver medals in the Level 2 Alternate Shot Team Play in March of last year. Despite the fact that she had only a few years of play under her belt, Mairéad earned a place on Team Ireland, and was unfazed when she discovered she was the oldest of an estimated 7,500 global competitors. She and Jean were among four high-achieving athletes honoured with a Civic …

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Clarecastle group spreading positivity

A LOCAL organisation are endeavouring to bring some positivity into the lives of others in these uncertain times. The Clarecastle Heritage and Wildlife Group have issued a call for uplifting stories of how people are coping with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. They aim to share these stories on their recently launched website with the aim of highlighting the goodness in the world in these uncertain times. It is hoped that these positive messages will bring comfort to others. Eric Shaw of the Clarecastle group explains, “Clarecastle Heritage & Wildlife Group feel that in the midst of this unprecedented public health emergency, there are so many positive responses that deserve to be recorded and shared so as to give the community an uplift. Clarecastle has set up a Covid-19 Support Network involving groups such as St Vincent de Paul, GAA, Men’s Shed, Daycare Centre, Tidy Towns, Clarecastle Community Development Company linked to Clare County Council to provide support to the community. Many of the older …

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Ennis man released from Vietnamese quarantine campus

A CLARE man, who was detained in mandatory quarantine in South East Asia, has voiced his relief at getting out of the Coronavirus control centre. English teacher Darragh Collins from Ennis, and was taken by Vietnamese health authorities from his home to an isolation facility, after he attended a bar which was believed to be the source of a Covid-19 cluster in Ho Chi Min city. After being detained for a fortnight in quarantine at the Hoc Mon University campus, with up to 100 other Irish nationals, Mr Collins was released last weekend. He previously told The Champion that while the detention wasn’t a violation of his human rights, there were concerns over hygiene and access to accurate information about the quarantine period. This week, he told The Champion he was delighted to have been released and to be able to return to his apartment, to the huge relief of friends and family. “Home and safe now, I got out …

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Death of man in Ennis stabbing

THE death of a man in Ennis following a stabbing this afternoon is under investigation. Just after 5pm this evening part of Childers Road in Clougleigh was closed off, while a large amount of people were milling around on the footpaths nearby. This evening a Garda spokesman confirmed that the death of a man is now under investigation.

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Burst pipe leaves homes without water

Irish Water is working in partnership with Clare County Council to restore water supply in the Ennis area following a burst pipe.The areas affected include Gort Road, Barefield, Crusheen and surrounding areas. Crews are have located the burst and are currently carrying out repairs. It is expected that the repair will be completed by 6pm this evening. Full water service may take some time to return as water refills the network. “We apologise to customers for the inconvenience caused and thank them for their patience while our crews work to repair the pipe. Our Customer Care Team is available 24/7 on 1850 278 278 or visit our Supply and Service section for updates and updates will be also be available on Twitter at @IWCare,” spokespeson for Irish Water said.  

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Ennis Man In New York Highlighting Irish Pride

AN Ennis man living and working in New York, which has seen the largest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the US, has told The Clare Champion, “I can’t imagine life ever going back to normal.” Journalist Colm Flynn has been covering the effects the virus has had on the people of New York for a number of television companies. Just recently he presented a widely acclaimed RTÉ Nationwide special highlighting how the Irish community in New York have been helping each other through the crisis. Speaking to The Clare Champion from New York, Colm describes the atmosphere in the usually bustling metropolis as “extremely eerie”. He says he has been “overwhelmed” with the response to the Nationwide show, revealing the show almost didn’t make it onto our screens. “The situation was getting worse and worse here in New York, and back at home RTÉ of course was so focused on what was happening Ireland there wasn’t too much coverage …

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