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Clare Champion focus on Christmas shopping

The Clare Champion Christmas Shopping Guide will be published this Thursday as part ofyour favourite weekly newspaper. Running to 72 page, the guide highlights the huge range of retail and service providers in local towns and villages, which offer all kinds of Christmas presents, both for children and the young at heart. With so much to on our own doorstep, there is little need to stray beyond County Clare to fill your festive season shopping list. Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council Bill Chambers has encouraged people to be supportive of each other – to reach out to each other this Christmas. “I want to extend a warm welcome home to those who have travelled to Clare from abroad this Christmas. To those who are unable to come home this year, I want to say that you are in our thoughts. “Christmas is a time of great celebration and it is also a time for reflection. It is a time for …

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Christmas shopping begins in earnest

AS the Christmas shopping season begins in earnest this weekend, an appeal is being made to potential customers, if at all possible, to keep the cash registers ringing around the Banner County. This is part of the buy Irish, buy local campaign. In our 56-page Christmas shopping guide in this week’s Clare Champion, we showcase the many and varied shops, businesses and services countywide that depend on our continued support. For most, especially retailers, the festive season presents the best opportunity for them to boost their income, as a cushion against the leaner months. There is very little in the way of Christmas goods or foodstuff that cannot be bought or ordered without straying outside of the county boundary. Although Christmas concentrates the mind on this issue, there is no reason why we cannot adopt this stance all through the year. The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME) has appealed to consumers to make a national effort and ‘shop …

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Getting Ennis business on track

Ennis needs to capitalise on its rail connectivity, local councillor Mary Howard said this week. Councillor Howard has highlighted the potential of increasing footfall in Ennis by providing incentives for the population in the hinterland of the Limerick Galway rail line to travel to Ennis and shop on the run up to Christmas. Ms Howard has requested a strategy that would seek to entice the estimated 300,000 people that live within a five mile commute to rail stations along the Limerick to Galway rail line. She recommends the provision of an easily accessible bus freely available to those willing to travel from the rail station to a number of stops in Ennis town centre. “Ennis has a lot to offer if it is properly marketed. “Ennis is situated practically half way between a population of 57,000 in Limerick and 75,000 in Galway and it offers a completely different shopping experience to the large retail outlets in both those cities,” she …

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