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A Fine Gael candidate for Shannon Local Electoral Area who was eliminated on the ninth count has said the community in south-east Clare has been forgotten about by Clare County Council. First time candidate, Val Gillane said he feels south-east Clare is being forgotten about at local level: “I would love to see Clare County Council now wake up and come down and have a look at south-east Clare. South East Clare voted to stay in Clare. Please come down to us and now show us. We are completely forgotten about like we are between two boundaries. We are 2km from Limerick County Council and we are 40km from Clare County Council. We don’t have the representation. We don’t have the funding. We don’t have the back-up. We don’t have any of the basics…I am talking about communities and infrastructure. West of the Shannon Banks was built in 1966 like 1966 footpaths and 1966 lighting…” “I would love to see …

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Kilrush poll topper Dinny Gould surprised at his success

Cree native, Dinny Gould (IND) who was the first councillor to be elected in the Kilrush Local Electoral Area said he did not expect he would top the poll. Dinny Gould took 1863 votes in the seventh count after he picked up 143 transfers from Fine Gael’s Therese Doohan thus reaching the quota required of 1817 votes. Speaking to The Clare Champion following his victory at the count centre in Ennis, Mr Gould said he didn’t ever think he would come in first and even thought he might have been fighting for the last seat. “I am grateful to all the people who stood by me, and all the people who canvassed. I got a great vote, and you know everyone stood behind me – my own parish especially. He said the secret to his success was he is fairly well known throughout the region and wider county on account of his bookmaking business. He also attributed his achievement to …

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A school that built a community

Over the past 20 years, the Burren Sonas Kindergarten in Kilfenora has provided an invaluable childcare service for the people of North Clare. At the same time however, the facility has been at the centre of building a new community in the village, bringing locals and ‘blow-ins’ together, creating friendships, amongst the adults as well as the children. On Saturday, June 15, the kindergarten will celebrate 20 years in operation with a special event at the Kilfenora Hall. The event will mark the rich history of the Burren Sonas Kindergarten, and hopes are high that a large number of former pupils and their families will attend on the day. Over the past two decades, no one has been more synonymous with the facility than Deirdre Riffle. While she was not one of the original group of parents who first conceived of the kindergarten, she was an early and enthusiastic volunteer. She has been involved in the kindergarten in various capacities …

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Cllr McInerney widely expected to top the poll in Kilrush

Cllr Rita McInerney who is widely expected to top the poll in Kilrush today has attributed part of her vote- getting success to her Fianna Fáil family, and the team that surrounds her. Reacting to her top position in yesterday’s tallies, she said ‘”I am very optimistic, very delighted, shocked really and very surprised at the tallies so far. Transfers will pay a part especially the lowest candidates on the tallies might not necessarily transfer to me so it will all depend.” “It was very much a team effort. I had people in all corners of the constituency mainly from the party, mainly from Fianna Fáil. It was the Fianna Fáil network. I don’t come from a huge family so the wider Fianna Fáil family paid a huge part definitely. Community people in lots of different places which was key.” She also paid tribute to her campaign manager, Pat Considine who she said is well known on very doorstep which …

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All to play for in Kilrush electoral area

Kilkee councillor and candidate, Cllr Cillian Murphy (FF) has said it is “all to play for” in filling the last seat in the Kilrush local electoral area at today’s election count. It is looking like he, Cllr Gabriel Keating (FG) and Alan Troy (FF) will be battling it out for the fifth and final seat. However, Cllr Murphy has questioned the accuracy of yesterday’s tallies, which is offering him a degree of hope. “We know the tallies are a little bit all over the shop. I was speaking to Cllr Pat Burke yesterday and his vote was out by 100 from the tallies so there is a big discrepancy with the tallies now. “If you look at the tallies for the Kilrush electoral area effectively you have got me, Gabriel Keating and Alan Troy in the hunt for the last seat and that is me being an adult about what I am seeing but now the tallies are suspect…” The …

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Intercultural family fun day in Shannon

THERE will be an intercultural family fun day at the Town Park on this Saturday, June 8. It will be run through a partnership between Clare County Council, Clare Mela, Fidget Feet, Creative Shannon and Shannon Tidy Towns. There will be a range of family entertainment on the day, with an animal farm, painting, scavenger hunt and a teddy bears picnic, going on all day. There will be two magic shows, one at 1.20pm and another at 3.50pm. Chinese Lion Dance Ireland will perform at 1.20pm and 3pm. Acts on the main stage will include traditional Irish storyteller Balor O’Brien, local dancers, traditional Nepalese music with Hiralal and Ramji Gaine, I4 Drummers, local rapper Wilzee and Fidget Feet Aerial Performances with Fire Acts. There will also be a drumming workshop and a cricket demonstration. Derek Clune of the Shannon Tidy Towns group said that plans have been in train for some time. “Basically we started organising this about two months …

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Tearmann a sanctuary in Quin

A derelict unsafe inaccessible public space has been turned into a new multifunctional safe haven in front of Quin Friary, thanks to the hard work of the local tidy towns’ committee. An Tearmann, or The Sanctuary, will be officially opened by Evanne Canny, the daughter of the late Lizzie Clune, a trojan tidy towns’ worker and Clare County Council road sweeper, James Doherty, while master of ceremonies for the event will be Clare Rose, Aisling O’Connor on Saturday, June 15, at 3pm. Two years ago, Ms Clune switched on the Christmas Lights in the sanctuary and the group wanted to honour her memory by asking her daughter to do the official honours with Mr Doherty. Refreshments and food will be supplied to the entire village after the official opening, which are sponsored by local businesses. A showcase of local musicians, singers and storytellers organised by fiddle player, Maeve Donnelly will converge in the local hall, while the Ennis Brass Band …

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There has been further disruption to water services in West Clare this week

There has been further disruption to water services in West Clare with locals complaining water outage is now a common occurrence and happens every three to four weeks. On Tuesday, Uisce Éireann said it had identified a burst in a watermain in the Doonbeg area saying it was working with Clare County Council to restore water “as quickly as possible” to approximately 40 affected properties. The areas affected in west Clare were Glascloune, Baltard, Bealaha, Farrihy, Doonmore, Doonbeg, Kilrush and some surrounding areas. Whilst the leak was fixed the following day (Wednesday), there was an initial problem with gaining access to the land due to soft ground and the engineers had to seek out another point thus delaying repairs. Doonbeg councillor and local election candidate, Rita McInerney (FF) described the overall situation as “very frustrating” saying a complete upgrade is needed in the area. She confirmed they have outages every three to four weeks saying she constantly receives calls from …

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