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Blackwater shop sells €500,000 EuroMillions ticket

  A South-East Clare shop owner got his holidays off to the perfect start after selling the winning €500,000 EuroMillions Plus ticket in Sunday night’s bumper €190 million draw. Lance O’Neill, owner of Barrys Mace in Blackwater, Ardnacrusha, had just started a family holiday near Barcelona in Spain when he learned one of his customers is a half a million Euros richer. Ironically the jackpot winning ticket from last night’s mega €190 million EuroMillions Jackpot was actually sold in Spain. “How ironic is that. I can confirm that I did not buy a EuroMillions ticket here so I am not the Spanish jackpot winner,” laughed Lance. Lance has owned his shop in the small South-East Clare community for 13 years. He sold a quarter of a million Euro winning Lotto ticket nine years ago. “It’s a small village and it would be lovely if it was somebody local who has won. But it could also have been anybody driving through …

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€50k prize bond win in Clare

THIS week’s Prize Bond Star Prize of €50,000 goes to a lucky bond holder in County Clare. Bond number YB958133 was purchased in 2014. There were over 7,000 prizes awarded in this week’s Prize Bond draw, amounting to over €420,000. In addition to a €1 million prize awarded on the last weekly draw of each quarter (March, June, September and December), there are weekly draws where the top prize is €50,000. Other cash prizes awarded each week include 10 of €1,000, 10 of €500 and over 7,000 of €50.

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Scrum for €30,000 to support rugby

CLARE rugby clubs have until Friday, April 11 to enter Ulster Bank RugbyForce, an initiative which provides rugby clubs with the opportunity to win support packages to renovate their club and upgrade their facilities. This is the the fourth year of the initiative, which will see over €30,000 being awarded to rugby across the island of Ireland. All rugby clubs are invited to enter the initiative via Ulster Bank’s dedicated rugby website, www.ulsterbank.com/rugby One rugby club will receive a top prize of €10,000, as well as a special training sesssion with an IRFU coach and two Irish rugby stars. Four additional rugby clubs, one from each province, will each receive €5,000. Each winning club will be presented with their prize at the 2014 Ulster Bank League Awards, in April. All entries will also receive merchandise, for their clubs, to the value of €100. Since its inception inn 2010, the initiative has provided over €100,000 in funnding to over 160 rugby …

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€5,000 good reasons to study science

SHANNON pharmacist, Séadn Hillery of has called for more incentives to study sciences at third level. Mr Hillery said that there is a need to encourage young people to pursue careers in the sciences and that’s why he and his pharmacist wife, Valerie Normoyle, from Ennis, initiated the annual €5,000 scholarship programme. The bursary will be expended over the duration of undergraduate studies and students are required to pass college exams each year. Valerie Normoyle “It is important for us to encourage and support participation in the study of science and to dispel beliefs that science is either too difficult or points in science subjects are too hard to achieve. Science is a universal qualification. It opens up many opportunities for students and has a practical application in the real world.” Mr Hillery suggested that increased incentives to study the sciences at third level would address a shortfall in sought after science skills, slow down the brain drain and aid …

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€400,000 to reach out to new music generation

CLARE Music Education Partnership (CMEP) is to receive more than €400,000 in seed funding, enabling high quality, accessible music education programmes to be provided for children and young people in the local community. The funding was announced as part of Music Generation, the U2 and Ireland Funds’ supported National Music Education Programme initiated by Music Network. Clare was selected for participation in the fourth and final round of the programme. Chairperson of Clare Music Education Partnership George O’Callaghan said, “It is a great boost in terms of delivering a musical educational programme for those who will find it difficult to access music education in the county. “Currently, there is great work being done by private providers and this will add to that and will allow other children, who up to now hadn’t been able to access music education. There will be a hub in Ennis and various out-centres across the county,” Mr O’Callaghan added. He said the funding will be …

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