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Bursting with pride of place

THE chairman of the All Island Pride of Place competition and an adjudicator from Tidy Towns Ireland joined representatives of 24 Clare community groups at an information evening held in Áras Contae an Chláir, recently.The event, hosted by Clare County Council, acknowledged the positive work that Tidy Towns groups are doing across the county, in a voluntary capacity.

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Meeting to discuss Ballyalla future

THE potential for the creation of an environmental and tourism hub at Ballyalla Lake is set to be discussed at a public meeting in Ennis next week. A meeting has been organised for next Thursday in the Auburn Lodge Hotel with the aim of setting up a working group to progress the development of the local attraction.

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Shining a light of hope

  Joan Freeman, founder and CEO of suicide crisis centre Pieta House, was in Ennis on Thursday last to launch the third annual Darkness into Light event. Ennis is one of 20 locations this year hosting Darkness into Light, a unique 5km walk/run, which begins in darkness at 4am and ends as dawn is breaking. It will take place on Saturday, May 11 at Lees Road and organisers are hoping for a turnout of several thousand people. Throwing their weight behind the campaign are the Clare hurlers, who were represented at the launch by manager, Davy Fitzgerald. “Last year’s Darkness into Light event in Ennis was one of the biggest in the country and I know we can grow it even more this year. Back in 2011, Clare was one of the original counties outside of Dublin to come on board and the support over the past few years has been incredible,” Ms Freeman said. At the launch, Tom McEvoy, …

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