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West Clare Sparks Love of Acting for ‘Normal People’ Star

TO SAY that actor Paul Mescal has been “slightly busy” lately would be something of an understatement. While he may be under lock-down with his fellow Londoners at the moment, and a long way from Cree, where his father’s family hail from, this week has seen him basking in the glow of critical and popular acclaim for his lead role in the TV adaptation of novel ‘Normal People’. Playing the part of Connell, opposite Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne, Paul portrays a young man struggling with the highs and lows of first love, against a background of social snobbery, peer pressure and the transition to adult life. His powerful performance has earned the twenty-four year-old plaudits from heavy weight critics nationally and internationally, and tipped the Maynooth native for greater things. Paul told The Champion that the last 48 hours have been “absolutely mad”. “It’s been a bit bananas,” he said, of the buzz around the first episodes in the 12-part …

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Socially distanced dancing lifts spirits at St Theresa’s in Kilrush

AS visiting restrictions remain in place at the country’s nursing homes, staff at St Theresa’s in Kilrush pulled out all the stops to lift the spirits of residents and staff with a musical celebration of Easter. On the Tuesday of Easter Week, residents went to their windows to hear the music of the hugely popular Patrick Roche, and watch the dancing of Tadhg and Saidhbh Moroney, the son and daughter of the Director of Nursing, who were able to perform outdoors in the fine weather. “Patrick’s mum is one of our residents,” explained Yvonne Moroney. “His band is so popular and we were delighted that he was able to come and play for us. There was huge excitement and his performance cheered everyone up so much.” Tadhg and Saidhbh, aged 9 and 8 respectively, attend the Michael Donnellan School of Dancing in Ennis and, in normal circumstances, would be popular visitors at St Theresa’s. “Before the restrictions, they would have …

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Boy killed in farm accident

A FOURTREEN -year-old boy has died in an accident on a family farm in West Clare today. It is understood the boy sustained fatal injuries when a tractor overturned on him on the farm, which is situated between Ennistymon and Miltown Malbay. The boy has not been identified pending notification of his wider family. Garda Superintendent John Galvin said the gardaí responded to an emergency call that an accident had occurred on a farm at around 9am. The ambulance service was also tasked to the scene. “The gardaí notified the coroner and the body was removed to University Hospital Limerick where a post mortem is due to be carried out this evening. “The Health and Safety Authority has also been notified and will visit the farm.” The superintendent said the accident came as a big shock to the community. “I want to extend my sympathy on behalf of the gardaí to the young boy’s parents and immediate family, as well …

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Death of Doonbeg PP

The death has taken place at Regina House Nursing Home in Kilrush of Doonbeg parish priest, Fr Joe Haugh. A native of Coolmeen, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Killaloe Diocese in the Church of St. Mary of the Rosary, Nenagh by Bishop Joseph Rodgers on June 16, 1957. Fr. Joe was appointed to serve on a temporary mission to the diocese of Brentwood in England after his ordination where he served for six years until he was recalled to the Killaloe diocese and appointed curate to Kilmaley parish in October 1963. In July 1978 he was appointed curate to Corofin parish and in 1989 he was appointed Parish Priest in Cross where he remained until his appointment to Doonbeg parish in July 1995. Fr. Joe served the people of Doonbeg as parish priest from 1995 to 2008 when he became Priest in Residence and Administrator. He continued to actively serve as Assistant Priest in the parish since …

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Man dies following fall from ladder

A Quilty man has died in hospital following injuries sustained in an accident at his home in Caherush. Michael Mungovan, a bachelor believed to be in his early 70s, sustained head injuries after he apparently fell from a ladder while working at his home. He was discovered by a neighbour who raised the alarm and contacted the emergency services. The injured man was removed to hospital where he later passed away. A post mortem will be carried out and a report presented to the County Corner’s Office.

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Fire chief calls for immediate stop to ‘controlled burning’

THE demands placed on emergency call operators and Clare County Fire and Rescue Service during the COVID-19 emergency has led to a call for landowners being warned to “cease-and-desist all controlled burning immediately”. Considering the ongoing Covid-19 national emergency and in the lead up to vegetation fire season, Clare’s chief fire officer Adrian Kelly advised all landowners that controlled burning will no longer be accepted. Mr Kelly said controlled burning should not take place “under any circumstances, until further notice is given.”    “Should landowners ignore this notice and proceed to carry out any burning and a 999-emergency call is received relating to a fire on their property, then the fire service will be mobilised to attend and extinguish the fire. In addition to this all the costs associated with the attendance of the fire service will be invoiced to the property owner,” stated the fire chief.  The fire service warning comes as units of the Fire Brigade from Kilkee and …

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Over 3,000 West Clare ESB Customers Without Power

STORM Brendan has left over 3,000 ESB customers in West Clare without power this afternoon. The ESB Powercheck system is showing widespread outages in West Clare are being measured from the Tullabrack HV substation as well as the Ennistymon equivalent. The ESB say they are working to repair the faults and will restore power to those affected as quickly as possible. There is an unknown estimated restore time as Storm Brendan passed through Clare with little damage this afternoon, but premises in many areas, such as Ennistymon and Miltown Malbay, are without power.

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Arrest made after car collides with house on Kilrush to Kilkee road

A MAN has been arrested after the car he was driving collided with the front of a house at Lisdeen, on the main Kilrush to Kilkee road earlier today The car crashed into the porch of the house after leaving the road at approximately 1.30pm today and the sole occupant of the house was uninjured. Upon arrival, Gardaí found the vehicle unattended but the driver was found a short distance from the crash site and arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence. A section of the N67 was closed while gardaí, paramedics and members of the fire service carried out examinations and secured the area. The car was taken from the scene by gardaí and the man is currently being detained at Kilrush Garda Station.  

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