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Two €100,000-winning tickets sold in Clare

2014 started well for a young Dublin couple after they claimed their prize on Thursday in the Christmas Millionaire Raffle. Their ticket was one of two €100,000 winning tickets sold in County Clare. Lauren Doyle and Patrick O’Sullivan picket up €100,000 in the Christmas Millionaire Raffle draw on Tuesday evening. Lauren’s aunt gave the couple the lucky ticket for Christmas. “It’s the best Christmas present ever,” said Lauren. “We got engaged in November so this will definitely help with the wedding.” The winning ticket number is 098 894 and it was bought in the Post Office, Bank Place in Ennis, Co. Clare on Thursday, December 19. A second ticket worth €100,000 was also sold in Ennis. The winning ticket number is 005 294 and it was sold in O’Dowds, Turnpike Road on Saturday, November 9. The winner has not yet made contact with the National Lottery. The winner of the €1 million winning ticket has not yet claimed the prize. …

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Christmas closure of rehab unit

THE lack of public rehabilitation services for patients following the closure over Christmas of a unit in St Joseph’s Geriatric Hospital, Ennis has provoked anger. The Rehabilitation Unit in St Joseph’s, which can accommodate 11 male and 11 female patients, was closed at short notice on Monday, December 23 last. It also provides respite support for Clare carers, who are looking after family members that require 24-hour care, such as Alzheimer’s patients. This is the first time that this unit closed in the last four or five years. While the HSE is unable to give a definite date for the reopening of this unit, the agency predicted this service would resume “when demand increases, most likely next week”. HSE West Health Forum member, Councillor Brian Meaney, is “shocked” with its closure and has requested the HSE to allocate whatever resources are necessary to fast track the re-opening of this unit. Councillor Meaney stressed this rehab unit provided a vital recovery …

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Electricity back in most areas

ELECTRICITY should  be restored to all homes in County Clare by the end of the day, according to the ESB. Power outages occurred in many areas, as a result of the storm-force winds of recent days. Throughout the West and South-West, ESB repair crew had a very busy few days dealing with power lines brought down by falling trees and damage to high voltage lines. In the Ennis area, as many as 200 houses were without electricity up to Sunday afternoon, while pockets of other parts of the county were also affected. Met Éireann’s forecast is for continued bad weather with a warning to motorists to watch out for ice on roads, especially minor roads, in the event of temperatures dropping below freezing on wet surfaces.  

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O’Donnell on target for GOAL

ALL-Ireland hurling hat-trick hero, Shane 0’Donnell will operate on a more leisurely pace on Christmas Day that he did in late September when he officially launches the annual GOAL Mile. O’Donnell will be up bright and early on Christmas morning and he is hoping that the people of Ennis and surroundings will come out and join him in support of the event. The now traditional seventh GOAL Mile will take place on Christmas morning in the Fair Green, St Joseph’s Hospital side, at 11am. Shane will be blowing the whistle to get this year’s mile underway. Mary Collins, organiser told us that she is delighted that Shane agreed to get on board and support the GOAL Mile. “It’s fantastic that Shane will be there to blow the whistle and get the mile going, he is a real role model to so many people in Clare. The GOAL Mile is always a fantastic event taking place every year in the Fairgreen …

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Seeking a mould-free house for Christmas

A FATHER of three is pleading with Ennis Town Council to help make a Christmas promise to his family come true – that they will not have to continue to live in their home that has been riddled with mould and damp. Ayobami Oyedele has been living in Clancy Park as a tenant of the town council with his family for the past five years and he says that his house is now inhabitable. “I promised my family that we are not going to be here at Christmas, it is just so bad the dampness is all over. I don’t know how I am going to keep that promise,” he said. When contacted by the Clare Champion, a spokesperson for Ennis Town Council stated that while they do not comment on individual circumstances, they could confirm there have been ongoing discussions with the family. They added that contact would be maintained towards addressing their circumstances. Mr Oyedele said that he …

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Remembering a loved one this Christmas

THE  Lions Club of Ennis has come together with Ennis Rotary Club in aid of Cahercalla Hospice this Christmas with the creation of a Remembrance Christmas Tree in the county capital’s Market Square. People can remember a loved on by placing a ribbon on the town’s Christmas tree in their name for a €5 donation to the charity. According to a spokesperson for the organisers, the charity fundraiser has proven very popular over the years and they are encouraging people to continue their generous support. “The Remembrance Christmas Tree is a way for people to remember a loved one. It could be a loved one who has passed away or indeed someone overseas or someone away from home this Christmas time. As well as remembering someone, the tree will also raise much needed funds for Cahercalla. Both the Lions Club of Ennis and Ennis Rotary Club have come together on this initiative and we are delighted with the support we …

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Conradh na Gaeilge celebrates branch foundation

THE Ennis Branch of Conradh na Gaeilge celebrated its founding in November 1900 with a weekend of celebrations in the town recently. Bunaíodh Craobh na hInse ar an 5ú lá de mhí na Samhna i Seanscoil na mBuachaillí ar Bhóthar Chill Ruis, agus bhí Easpag Chill Dá Lua an Dr S Mac Réamonn mar phátrún ar an gcraobh agus bhí an tAth. R Ó Conaill, leas-uachtarán ar Choláiste Naomh Fhlannáin mar chathaoirleach. D’eagraigh Craobh na hInse reatha deireadh seachtaine mar Chéiliúradh ar Bhliain na Gaeilge agus Tóstal Éireann chun an ócáid stairiúil sin a chomóradh. A comprehensive programme of events was organised to celebrate the historic event. A booklet outlining the history of the development of Irish in Ennis from 1900 to the present day, compiled by branch uachtarán, Seán Ó Ceallaigh and cisteoir, Domhnall Ó Loingsigh, was launched in the Auburn Lodge Hotel by Íte Ní Chionnaith, past-president of Conradh na Gaeilge. Ms Ní Chionnaith praised the work of …

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Market revamp could cost over €1 million

PROPOSALS for a revamp of Ennis’ market could cost in excess of €1 million, it has been revealed. A new design concept for the first phase of a planned redevelopment of the market, beginning at Garraunakilla, has been put on public display, giving people an opportunity to have their say on the development. The plans involve creating a covered market at Garraunakilla, the current site of the Farmer’s Market, with the first phase part of a wider scheme of improvements to the entire area. Town manager Ger Dollard said despite next year’s abolition of Ennis Town Council, it is the intention of the council to quickly progress plans. “Our approach is to try and progress this as quickly as we can and if everything goes well, we could be practically completed by June.” However, he added, “A big stumbling block is funding, it will cost in excess of €1 million”. He was speaking at a recent meeting of Ennis Town …

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