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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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Scattery Island Tours named as finalist in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2020

KILRUSH based Scattery Island Tours have been named as a finalist in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2020. There are 41 finalists across nine different categories, with Scattery Island Tours qualifying in the Outstanding Small Business category. The aim of the awards is to celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland, and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business sector to Irish industry. An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD, who is Patron of the Awards, stated that: “Small and medium businesses make a huge contribution to the Irish economy and the SFA awards are a fabulous and timely opportunity to recognise the talent and innovation in the Irish SME sector.” The finalists in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2020 were officially announced by Sue O’Neill, SFA Chair and Chair of the SFA Awards Judging Panel. “The response to the awards programme serves as a reminder that Irish small companies are resilient, putting their best foot forward …

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Never Give Up, Face Things Head On

OPENING up about her battle with anxiety and depression, which led to suicidal thoughts, Fiona O’Brien, a 25-year-old psychiatric nurse from Kildysart, is encouraging people to talk, seek support and is reminding young people in particular that it is ok not to be ok. Last Thursday was World Mental Health Day and this year’s theme is Suicide Prevention, as set by the World Federation for Mental Health. Fiona qualified as a psychiatric nurse three years ago and had really been enjoying it but her life took a turn. The end of a relationship, coupled with pressures at work and societal pressures, led to her mental health beginning to suffer. She explained that no one thing triggered it but just “life happened”. “I suffer from anxiety and depression. It has been going on for some time. I worked through a lot of it myself. As I’m a psychiatric nurse, I know a lot of the things I need to do. I …

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Kilrush Confirmation class blessed with Pope’s letter

Sixth class children from St Senan’s National School in Kilrush may not have been granted an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis but they received the next best thing, the Pontiff’s blessing. Last week there was great excitement in the school when a letter, addressed to pupil Jenita Varghese, arrived on her desk from The Vatican. It was a very personal reply written on behalf of Pope Francis from his chief assessor in The Vatican, Monsignor Paolo Borgia. The Pontiff’s letter was in response to one penned by Jenita on behalf of all the pupils in her class. Jenita has posted the letter prior to Christmas wishing him a happy birthday, a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. She also implored Pope Francis, if he had “some time to pray for us as we are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation”. Monsignor Paolo Borgia outlined that His Holiness Pope Francis has asked that he reply in his name …

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