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HSE Hosts More Weekend Walk-In Vaccination Clinics

  UNVACCINATED Clare people can get a Covid-19 vaccine in another series of scheduled walk-in vaccination clinis in the Mid-West over the coming days.   Clinics for Pfizer/BioNtech Dose 1 and 2, and second doses only of Moderna, have been scheduled across the centres this weekend. They the Abbey Court, Nenagh from 3 to 6pm on Friday, September for Moderna Dose 2 and the Limerick Racecourse from 4 to 7pm. Pfizer Dose 1 and 2 is available in the Limerick Racecourse from 4 to 7pm; and Treacy’s West County, Ennis from 4 to 7pm.. On Saturday, Pfizer Dose 1 and 2 will be available in the Limerick Racecourse from 8.30 am to 5.30pm, the Abbey Court Nenagh 8.30 a, to 5pm, Treacy’s West County 8.30a, to 5pm. On Sunday, Pfizer Dose 1 and 2 will be available in the Limerick Racecourse 8.30 am to 5pm, Abbey Court Nenagh from 8.30am to 5pm and Treacy’s West County Ennis from 8.30am to …

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Travel restrictions led to open water swimming boom in Killaloe

OPEN water swimming is becoming a very popular pursuit in Two Mile Gate, Killaloe, following travel restrictions imposed to curb Covid-19 over the past year. This is graphically illustrated by the huge interest and participation in swimming lessons, which started on Wednesday evenings in Ballycuggeran in July. With the demand for swimming lessons already outstripping supply, Swim Ireland are considering extending them for four weeks in September, subject to weather conditions. Swim Ireland coach, Donnacha McGeever, Ballina, believes travel restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic encouraged people to avail of more recreational activities on their doorstep. “I wasn’t doing any open water swimming for the last few years. When Covid-19 came, it was the only social and activity outlet I had to get out into the real world during the winter. “There has been a massive uptake in swimming during the pandemic. I think Covid-19 kept us local and taught us we can enjoy the open water with a wet …

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Indoor dining back at the Cliffs

Indoor dining has recommenced at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience for the first time since the start of the pandemic, with the reopening of the newly refurbished Cliffs View Café. Operated by Brambles, one of Ireland’s leading catering providers, the 120-seat facility is located on the first floor of the Clare County Council-owned visitor centre. Current Covid restrictions mean that indoor dining is currently restricted to 52. “I am delighted that visitors are once again able to enjoy a fantastic dining experience overlooking the cliffs” commented Bobby Kerr, Chairperson of the Board of the Cliffs of Moher Centre Ltd. The Cliffs View Café had been closed for indoor dining since 2020 but reopened initially for takeaway services in May 2021 before the full reopening. The extended closure presented an opportunity for a range of interior refurbishment works to take place, including the installation of a new coffee station and counters, new seating, and painting work. Geraldine Enright, Director of …

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‘Exceptionally high’ pressure on region’s ED

ATTENDANCES at the Emergency Department (ED) at the region’s main hospital continue to hit record levels last seen before the pandemic. In a statement, the University of Limerick Hospitals Group (ULHG) confirmed that well in excess of 200 patients have been presenting every 24 hours at the ED in Dooradoyle. It has again asked members of the public to “consider all care options” before attending. In the 24-hour period to 8am on Wednesday (August 18), 229 patients attended the ED. A total of 241 attended the ED in the previous 24-hour period. “This continues a pattern of high attendances to ED around the country which has been sustained over a number of weeks and current activity levels remain far in excess of the 195 average attendances at our ED recorded in 2019, the last full year pre-pandemic,” a statement said. The hospital has also seen an increase in the number of Covid-positive patients being treated. As of Wednesday, there were …

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Numbers on PUP in Clare falls again

THE number of people receiving the pandemic payment in Clare dipped to 3,537 by Tuesday, down by 115 on the previous week. Meanwhile figures from the Central Statistics Office show that there were another 4,228 people on the live register in the county in July, an increase of 23 on the June figure. Of the 4,228, the majority, 2,240 were attached to the Ennis Social Welfare Office. There were 706 attached to Kilrush, 652 to Ennistymon and 630 to Tulla. The top three rates of the PUP will reduce each week from September 14, with the maximum weekly rate of €350 going to €300, the current €300 rate going to €250 and the €250 rate going to €203 per week. People on the €203 PUP rate will transition to standard jobseekers terms. Two further phases of rate changes are scheduled to take place from November 16 and February 8, 2022.

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UHL ‘war zone’ is increasing Covid risk

Clare patient had to have dialysis on trolley ENNIS kidney patient, Dermot Hayes, who spent 22 hours on a trolley, has claimed regular overcrowding in University Hospital Limerick’s “war zone” is increasing the risk of Covid-19 spreading from asymptomatic patients on trolleys to other patients. His claim comes in a week when a national heath watchdog warned this persistent overcrowding contributes to the difficulty in managing healthcare associated infections, and has been previously highlighted as a problem by the authority through prior monitoring work. Following an unannounced inspection of UHL on October 29, 2020, the Health Information and Equality Authority (HIQA) stated: “Overcrowding in hospitals has been shown to increase the risk of spreading infection and is of particular concern in the context of possible future additional demands posed by the pandemic at the hospital over the coming winter months.” The number of patients on trolleys in UHL increased from 36 on Thursday to 44 on Tuesday, according to figures …

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Clare’s county town ‘stagnating’ over development plan delay

ENNIS has been described as “a ship without a captain” in terms of its development, due to the ongoing lack of an updated Local Area Plan (LAP). It follows the decision by county councillors to defer the County Development Plan (2022-2028) for seven months. The move has implications for the creation of the Ennis LAP, a process that started in 2015, but which was paused pending the finalisation of the county-wide plan. It also delays placing the Ennis 2040 plan on a statutory footing. Prominent Clare-based chartered building surveyor, Fergus Merriman voiced frustration saying he believes opportunities are being lost. “An Ennis LAP would be a field-by-field plan with clarity about acceptable development,” he said. “Ennis 2040 is a welcome long-term plan, but we cannot lose sight of day-to-day development. In the absence of a local plan, the risks are too high for many developers.” Mr Merriman noted that the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) wrote to the council …

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Clare has the third highest Covid-19 death rate

Call made for public inquiry to pinpoint cause A PUBLIC inquiry is needed to establish why Clare has the third highest Covid-19 death rate in the country, according to a local Dáil Deputy. A Clare Champion analysis of Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures for Covid-19 related deaths has revealed the death rate from the virus when compared with confirmed cases is the third highest in the country. The CSO figures show there were 4,868 cases and 115 deaths in the Banner county, giving a death rate of 2.36% from the start of the pandemic until April 30 last. This places Clare in the top three as only Mayo on 2.8% and Wicklow on 2.76% had a higher death rate. Waterford had the second highest death rate in Munster on 1.94% after recording 109 deaths from 5,597 cases. While Limerick had 2.3 times more confirmed cases than Clare with a total of 11,361, it had 215 deaths, giving a death rate …

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