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Eight Clare students receive awards from Trinity College Dublin

EIGHT Clare students have proven themselves to be top class and have been recognised for excellence with awards from Trinity College Dublin. The students from across the county are among 527 students to receive Trinity College entrance awards. The awards go to the student accepted into the first year of a full-time undergraduate degree programme who achieves the highest points among Trinity entrants from their secondary school, above a minimum of 500 CAO points. Receiving awards in Clare were: Archie Hugh Connolly, Rice College, Ennis; Creagh Duggan, Kilmihil Community College; Matthew Conor Hanrahan, St Flannan’s College, Ennis; Maria Healy, St Caimin’s Community School, Shannon; Aobh Keating, Coláiste Muire, Ennis; Leon Kerin, Killaloe Community College; Lara Mellet, Ard Scoil Naomh Mhuire, Ennistymon; Niamh Edith O’Dwyer, Ard Scoil Naomh Mhuire, Ennistymon. Students from every county in Ireland and 15 countries in the EU have been awarded special Entrance Exhibition Awards from Trinity College Dublin this year. Many former awardees have gone on …

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Ennis students’ fashionable creations set to ‘bee’ featured on TV

IT will be lights, camera, action for students from Rice College in Ennis this week as they battle it out to be crowned winner of the re-scheduled 2020 Junk Kouture Grand Final when it is televised this Thursday, February 4. A fashion design created by Ennis students Carla Griffin, Eunice Boateng and Caitlin Mc Allister will be part of the show, which will be shown on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player, having been chosen as a finalist in the prestigious competition. Their teacher Lorraine Hogan tells us, “There is great excitement with the girls, I’m very proud of their achievement to get to the final, the whole school community are behind them wishing them the best of luck on Thursday night.” Junk Kouture sees students from across the country design and create outfits made from 100% recycled materials. The Rice College design, titled ‘Do Your Own Sting’ was inspired by bees and their habitats. The students wanted to raise awareness …

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Cliffs of Moher Centre well positioned to cope with Covid fallout

THE Cliffs of Moher Centre annual report for 2019 has recently been filed with the Companies Registration Office, and showed that it had a turnover of €2.77 million for the year in question. On average it employed 75 people during 2019, down by ten on the previous year, while its wage bill for the year was over €2 million, with overall staff costs of €2,316,321. Regarding events since the close of 2019, the document states, “The Directors have assessed the relevant factors and in particular the risks on the Company’s business model, potentially impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is a rapidly evolving situation resulting in a high level of uncertainty nationally and globally and has the potential to have a significant impact on the Company through *Possibility of high staff absenteeism impacting the company’s ability to manage its business on a day to day basis. *Significant and prolonged supply chain interruptions. *Financial implications for the business. “The company has …

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Clare public warned to be wary of a number of scams

GARDAÍ in Clare have issued warnings about various scams currently in operation. The scams vary from fraudsters trying to find out bank account details to sending fake messages about the Covid-19 vaccine to gain personal information. Clare Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Triona Brooks has confirmed a number of incidents which have occurred in the county in recent times. “During the week a lady received a text purporting to be from her bank – she logged on and entered her account details and then realised that money had been taken from her account,” she said. Gardaí also received a report from a man in North Clare who received a phone call from a male with a foreign accent telling him that he needed to pay money so that his parcel from Amazon could be delivered. “Thankfully this man never ordered anything and terminated the phone call”, said Sergeant Brooks. While another lady received a phone call to say that her Amazon …

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Clare County Council announces details of ‘Clare Reads… This Is Happiness’ initiative

CLARE County Library has announced details of ‘Clare Reads’, a new initiative that encourages reading for pleasure. Clare Reads aims to encourage everyone in Clare to read a designated book connected with the county during the month of February. This is a new project for Clare County Library and is part of both the ‘Ireland Reads’ and ‘Keep Well’ campaigns. The designated book is This Is Happiness by Niall Williams. Helen Walsh, Clare County Librarian, said, “On behalf of Clare County Library service, I am delighted to have the opportunity of promoting this wonderful book by Niall Williams. The title alone is enough to spur anyone to open the first page and read. The narrative is centred around an older man looking back on his life in a small village somewhere in the west of Ireland. It covers the period of electrification, which must have been such an uplifting experience for small communities. It is often difficult to get a book with universal …

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First anniversary of Fran Harding remembered with #fiveforfran

A CLARE woman who tragically lost her husband last year has described as “heartwarming” the support she and her family have received in marking his first anniversary with a touching tribute. People from all over the country, and around the world, came together from a distance to get involved in #fiveforfran, honouring the memory of Fran Harding who sadly died in a drowning incident in Lahinch in January of last year. The idea came about when, due to Covid-19 restrictions, Fran’s family were unable to get together to remember him on his anniversary. His wife Sarah Jane tells us she found this “particularly difficult” and in trying to come up with ways to honour his memory, she thought of Fran’s love of the outdoors. “We were always walking, cycling and of course, the day he passed away he was swimming which was another love of his. We were always embracing the outdoors, no matter what the time of year. He …

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Clare Gardaí warn homeowners to protect their fuel supplies

HOMEOWNERS are being warned to take precautions to ensure they are not victims of fuel theft during this cold spell. This comes after men were disturbed while trying to steal diesel from a tank at a farmyard in Liscannor earlier this month. At 11.55pm on Friday, January 22 a man disturbed two others in his farmyard at Ardacra, Liscannor. “When they left he found a hose and the nozzle of his diesel tank on the ground which would indicate that they were going to syphon the diesel from the tank. Weather is very cold at the moment and home owners are ordering their home heating oil,” said Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Triona Brooks. She has issued advice to householders who wish to protect their fuel supply. “Place the tank as close to the house as regulations allow and in view of one or more windows. Try and ensure that the tank is not visible from the road to passing traffic,” …

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Ten Clare students get LIT Sports Scholarships

TEN Clare students were among the 78 students that received the Limerick Institute of Technology Sports Scholarship this academic year. The ten from Clare are Gearóid McMahon (Athletics), Chloe Towey (Camogie/Ladies Football), Seán Rouine (Gaelic Football). Gavin Cooney (Gaelic Football), Killian Nugent (Hurling), Robin Mounsey (Hurling), Aisling Morrissey (Ladies Football), Lee Devitt (Soccer), Meg Brennan (Soccer), Tara McEvoy (Swimming/Lifesaving). Adrian Flaherty Sports Recreation & Facilities Officer, LIT, said despite these challenging times for sport, the aim of the scholarships remains clear. “Now in its fourth year, the LIT’s Sports Scholarship Programme provides athletic support, focuses on individual welfare, and includes off-field mentoring and education support to its recipients,” said Mr Flaherty. “Despite the impact of the pandemic on sport we continue to meet the goals set out by the scholarship programme in new ways. This year has been a challenge, but lessons learnt through participation in sport include resilience, team work and working to overcome obstacles, disappointments and setbacks. The …

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