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Councillors move to end surf school monopoly

NORTH Clare local representatives were united in calling on Clare County Council to prevent any surf school operator from having a “monopoly”, in a discussion at Monday’s adjourned local authority meeting.However, a water safety audit, which was due to happen earlier this month, has not taken place and council officials are reluctant to make any decision in relation to surf school licensing without this report. The “unannounced” audit is now expected to take place this weekend.Councillors Joe Arkins, Richard Nagle, Michael Kelly, Michael Hillery and Bill Slattery jointly tabled a motion to “ask the director of service for environment to review the licensing arrangements for surf schools on our beaches to ensure that no operator has the opportunity to monopolise the market or to use their licence as a franchise”.Anne Haugh, Director of Service, Transportation, Water Service, and Environment department, provided a written response.“Clare County Council is currently awaiting the results of a risk assessment on a number of Clare …

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€250,000 boost pedals into North Clare

NORTH Clare is set for a €250,000 economic boost this weekend as 2,500 cyclists take part in the An Post Tour de Burren. This is the seventh year of the event, which will see thousands of cyclists and supporters descend on Ballyvaughan on Saturday. According to Barbara Faulkner, chair of the Clare Tourism Forum, “The success of this event over the past number of years has helped raise the profile of the area and provided a huge boost to the local economy. It is estimated that again this year the event will bring revenue of €250,000.”As well as the highly competitive Fr Ted’s Day Out which stretches 162km, there are also shorter routes including the 108km Burnin Burren and the Black Head Battle which stretches 66km. For families there is also the Aillwee Cave Family Loop at 12km.The event begins at 9.30am and roads are likely to be busy with cyclists until about 7pm. Motorists are advised that there will …

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