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John swims to masters glory

SHANNON-born swimmer John Cunningham was again a gold medallist at the FINA World Masters Swimming Championships, held in Riccione, Italy, in June. John was taking part in the 40-44 age group and successfully defended his 100m butterfly title, while he also took the gold in the 50m butterfly race.Speaking to The Clare Champion on Wednesday, John, who lives near Potters Barn in Hertfordshire, close to London, said he is very pleased with the performances.“I defended the 100m and won the 50m so I was pretty pleased with that. The performances were quite good, not as quick as two years ago but maybe the years are catching up,” he joked.John said he was given an awful lot of confidence after winning the 50m gold. “After that, I went in with a lot of confidence and I really felt that I could control the event and I did.”He said he won the 100m by a full second, which is quite a substantial …

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Bunratty village undergoes facelift

THIRTY new streetlights have been erected on the approach road to Bunratty village from Shannon in the latest in a series of improvement works to be completed in the village.According to Senator Tony Mulcahy, confirmation has been received from Clare County Council that further projects, including road improvement works, have been earmarked for Bunratty over the coming weeks.“New public lighting columns have just been installed in the village. ESB Networks have some works to carry out before these new lights can be switched on. Thereafter, the old lighting columns will be removed,” he stated.Senator Mulcahy said he has been working with the Bunratty Business Group, comprising members of the local hospitality and tourism sector, for the last three years to deliver a programme of works aimed at enhancing the physical appearance of the village and upgrading the local road network.“Just this week, for example, road resurfacing works have commenced on the road in front of Roadstone, the road in front …

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