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Martin’s Clonea to Cooraclare fundraising cycle

COORACLARE man, Martin Donnelly, who lives in Meath, has revealed details of a fundraising cycle on June 20 and 21. All proceeds from the two-day cycle, which will start in Clonea and conclude in Cooraclare, will be split between the West Clare Mini Marathon Cancer Fund and St Francis Hospice in Dublin 15. “This cycle is something that has been in my mind for a while,” Martin Donnelly told The Clare Champion. “You’re not going to cycle all that way without having a purpose to it. So I came up with the idea of calling it a Cycle In Remembrance. So people will do this in memory of somebody close to them who has passed away and, at the same time, raise much-needed funds for West Clare Cancer Care and St Francis Hospice in Blanchardstown, which is very close to Clonea. There are 60,000 to 80,000 people living in Dublin 15 and they have opened a six-bed hospice. They all …

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Criminals Googling for heating oil

GOOGLE maps can be used by criminals to find out where oil tanks are situated on people’s property, a county councillor has warned. Councillor Alan O’Callaghan, who is in the fuel business, said there is a perception out there that fuel criminals have local knowledge or are following oil trucks but he feels the internet is also being used as a tool. “People need to be aware that you can go onto Google maps to see exactly where people’s oil tanks are, so it might not be local knowledge,” Mr O’Callaghan said during a discussion at a meeting of Killaloe councillors, attended by Chief Superintendent John Kerin. Councillor O’Callaghan said he believed it was true that some people didn’t realise how much fuel they would receive, especially around the time oil prices peaked. He said it was fair to say that some people thought fuel had been stolen because they had run out of fuel quicker than they expected and …

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Kinvara's picturesque harbour area. Photograph by John Kelly.

Kinvara sewerage contracts imminent

Contracts for the long-awaited sewerage scheme in Kinvara are due to be signed by the end of April, it was confirmed this week. Local Fine Gael TD, Ciarán Cannon said he is in regular contact with Irish Water CEO, John Tierney, in relation to the project. This week, Mr Tierney confirmed that tender process for the contract is eight weeks, with submissions due on March 27. Contracts for the plant, which local people have sought for decades, are due to be signed at the end of April. Deputy Cannon said he is delighted that work on the €5.2 million project could begin this year. “I receive regular updates from Irish Water on this particular project and I’m pleased that Irish Water has confirmed to me this week that all is progressing well and that it is their intention to award the construction contract before the end of April. “It has taken a long time to reach this point and it …

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Gardaí investigate Tulla shooting

A man who had been arrested following a shooting incident in Tulla on Wednesday morning has been released and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. A 39-year-old man remains in hospital, as gardaí are investigate the circumstances in which a legally held double-barrel shotgun was discharged into his  leg in a private house in Tulla. It is understood that the incident took place at approximately 2am, when gardaí and emergency services were called to the house. An injured man was removed from the house by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick (UHL). Gardaí confirmed that the two men were in the house at the time and had been socialising when the legally held firearm was discharged, wounding the 39-year-old.

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A golden glow on Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience has been awarded the first ever Heritage Gold award in the annual CIE Awards of Excellence. CIE Tours International staged their 25th annual Awards of Excellence at Dublin Castle, where Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring presented the award to the Clare County Council owned visitor attraction. The Heritage Gold award is presented to the single supplier in any category who has contributed most to the success of CIE Tours International last year. 24,334 surveys were completed by CIE customers who visited the Cliffs of Moher as part of a tour in 2014 and an overall satisfaction rating of 95.5% was achieved by the attraction, which last year saw overall visitor numbers break the one million mark for the first time.

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Garda alert: Ardrahan accident investigation

Updated: January 28, 2015. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a 47-year-old man died following a traffic accident in Labane. The incident took place at Cregclare, in the vicinity of the Little Flower Nursing Home, at approximately 4.30pm on Monday. A male pedestrian was injured when he was hit by a truck. He was removed to University College Hospital, Galway, where he died on Wednesday. Gardaí would like to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of the nursing home around that time. Witnesses are asked to contact Gort gardaí on 091 636400 or any garda station or phone the garda confidential number, 1800 666111.  

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Water resources going to waste in Shannon

PAT Madden, a resident of Cúl na Gréine in Shannon, has said he is having no luck with getting Irish Water to repair an apparent leak at his house, which is leading to a colossal waste of water. Speaking about his water meter on Monday, he said, “It went in on November 7 at 11am, I photographed the old meter coming out and the new one coming in. There were 23 litres on the new one which is acceptable for testing and that. They fitted it and went off about their business.” He said that from then on the meter was “ticking away merrily for itself” and it has recorded a massive amount of water, far beyond what his own use could justify. “From the seventh of November until the 24th of January, last Saturday there was 1,586, 000 litres gone down the tubes. You can take out the tiny bit that I use, because I live on my own.” To put …

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Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe consecrated in Christ Church Cathedral

The Consecration of Kenneth Kearon as Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe took place in Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin on Saturday. The service was led by the Archbishop of Dublin, The Most Reverend Dr Michael Jackson, and the Bishop of Meath and Kildare, The Most Revd Pat Storey, and the Bishop of Tuam and Killala, The Right Reverend Patrick Rooke, were co–consecrators. The preacher at the service was a friend of Bishop Kearon, the Most Revd Dr Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales. As well as Archbishop Morgan and a number of serving and retired bishops of the Church of Ireland – including The Right Reverend Sam Poyntz, the new bishop’s father–in–law – Bishop Kearon’s consecration brought together a large number of attendees from across the Church of Ireland, the wider Anglican Communion and, notably, the Methodist Church in Ireland also. The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Revd Peter Murray, along with the Revd Donald Ker, former President …

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