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Vacant buildings contributed to water shortages says councillor

A NORTH Clare councillor has called for legislation to be introduced compelling property owners to turn off the water entering their premises when the building is not in use. Councillor Martin Conway made the call after recent, prolonged problems with the water supply to homes and businesses across North Clare caused by freezing conditions and subsequent leaks.“70% of the houses in the town and surroundings of Lahinch are holiday homes. Had the water been turned off in these houses, hotels and other businesses that are not open for the winter, it would have reduced dramatically, the impact of the last week on residents in the area,” the Fine Gael councillor told The Clare Champion. According to Councillor Conway, a large number of holiday homes in North Clare were damaged due to flooding caused by burst pipes. While this caused difficulties for the property owners, such leaks also put pressure on the water supply and led to shortages and restrictions for …

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Gregans Castle chef wins mega award

NORTH Clare country house Gregans Castle has received yet another national acknowledgement, this time from premier foodies John and Sally McKenna, authors of the Bridgestone Guides. Every year the couple compile a list of the country’s top performers in the food industry and Gregans’ Mickael Viljanen was named top chef in the 2010 Megabyte Awards announced this week.Mickael’s cooking over the past few years is getting him and Gregans noticed by the country’s top chefs and critics and winning chef of the year in the Megabytes is the latest in a long list of honours for the young man. According to John McKenna, many established figures in Ireland’s food industry have been blown away by Mickael’s cooking. “So many of our friends, who would all have very pallets, have been wowed by his food. ‘The best cooking I have eaten in Ireland,’ we have heard this so often during the last year, said to us by someone who has just …

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Council wonders how to get around Blake’s Corner

PLANS to demolish two buildings which form the corner linking Ennistymon’s main street with the road to Lahinch, hit the headlines a number of times in 2010.Clare County Council had purchased the Blake and Linnane buildings and planned to knock them in order to make the junction, branded a ‘death-trap’ by one councillor, safer for motorists and pedestrians. The facades of the buildings are known worldwide having featured on brochures, postcards and calendars. Their location is equally renowned as a major bottleneck on the main tourist route to the Cliffs of Moher. The local authority wants to knock the buildings to make safe the junction which causes traffic chaos during peak times. However, a group called Save Ennistymon’s Heritage, whose mission is to preserve and maintain the heritage, history and integrity of the village, has campaigned against the demolition and has attempted to raise awareness of the two buildings, which it claims date back to 1830.The group lobbied extensively throughout …

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Cliffs of Moher named Wonder of the West

WHILE it is still in the running for the New Seven Wonders of the World, the Cliffs of Moher was this week named one of the Western Development Commission’s (WDC) Seven Wonders of the West. Nearly 1,800 votes were cast in the WDC’s campaign, with the winning wonders revealed as Glenveagh National Park in Donegal, surfing in Strandhill in Sligo, Croagh Patrick in Mayo, Glencar Waterfall in Leitrim, Strokestown House in Roscommon, Dun Aengus on the Aran Islands in Galway and the Cliffs of Moher in Clare.

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