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Wynona Grants time and effort to another epic run for charity

LAST Christmas Wynona Grant completed a 12-hour run, raising €3,000 for charity and later this year she has another extreme challenge planned. Living in central Dublin, it is about 240km to her family home at Ballycasey. Her plan is to run all this distance over four to five days in December, raising funds for the Make A Wish Foundation Ireland It will be a huge physical, mental and logistical challenge, which she is calling ‘Running Home for Christmas’ and it will only be possible after months of preparation are complete. A runner can’t just take off down the M7, so Wynona is going to have to find the path she feels suits best. “I’ll be running through towns, but I’ve yet to decide the exact route. It’s likely to be Dublin to Kildare Town, Kildare Town to Mountrath, from there it’s looking like Nenagh, then Limerick and then Shannon.” Already she has got some very helpful support through car sharing …

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Protesters hit national gathering as Clare’s pyrite problem continues to worsen

AS THOUSANDS of people gathered in Dublin on Tuesday (June 15) to demand full redress for to repair homes with defective concrete blocks, it has emerged that one public building in Clare, as well as a number of council houses could be affected. Members of the Clare Pyrite-Mica Action Group were among the thousands who thronged the area around the Convention Centre, where the Dáil has been sitting, before marching to Leinster House to hand in a letter calling on Minister Darragh O’Brien to extend the existing redress scheme to and to cover to 100% of costs. Currently, the scheme only covers Donegal and Mayo and will only cover 90% of costs. A homeowner from Newmarket-on-Fergus said he believes that the scale of the problem in Clare could be huge. “My home is getting worse week-by-week,” he said. “A qualified engineer has seen it and said it’s grade four pyrite.We were filling and painting for a while, but it’s gone …

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Parteen woman’s cosy cottage is crowned Home of the Year 2021

A PARTEEN native took the top prize on RTÉ’s Home of the Year 2021 grand finale on Tuesday night last. Jen Sheahan, who now lives in Dublin, won the prestigious award after bowling the judging panel over with her late 1800s artisan cottage in Dublin. Judges Hugh Wallace, Suzie Mc Adam and Amanda Bone chose Jen’s home from among 21 homes across the country. Jen had her eye on a cottage for some time and was delighted when one came on the market in 2019. The property needed a lot of work as it was damp, had no central heating and the toilet was outside. Jen did a complete renovation, knocked all internal walls, dug up the floor and lowered it plus added on an extra floor to make it a two-storey house. Judges were highly impressed by work which includes clever storage solutions throughout and quirky features including a disco ball light in her brightly coloured downstairs toilet. “I …

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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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Clare house building figures revealed

The number of new residential address points added to the GeoDirectory database in Clare in the twelve months to June 2020 was 363 according to the latest GeoView Residential Buildings Report released by GeoDirectory and EY-DKM today. A total of 262 residential buildings were under construction in Clare in June 2020. Nationally, the number of new address points fell by 32.9% year-on-year in the twelve months to June 2020, the first indication of the impact that Covid-19 has had on residential housing supply in Ireland. In total, 16,617 new address points were recorded, with over half (50.5%) located in the Greater Dublin Area of Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow. Dublin continues to be the driving force in terms of residential housing supply, with 30.2% of all new address points found in the capital. This was significantly higher than the total percentage of additions in Munster (21.4%), Connacht (10.7%) and Ulster (4.1%). Leitrim (46), Roscommon (116) and Longford (123) were the …

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Champion reporter’s environmental series makes award shortlist

Clare Champion reporter Dan Danaher has been shortlisted for a media award for a special environmental series concerning 17 local industries. The Clare Champion/ Mary Raftery Special Investigation has been nominated for an award in the Regional Newspaper Category of the Newsbrands National Media Awards. The other shortlisted nominees include: Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader; Sorcha Crowley, Sligo Champion and Kieran McCarthy, Southern Star. The results of the National Media Awards will be announced at a special ceremony in the Mansion House, Dublin this Thursday. Guest of honour will be Denis Naughten TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment. The judging panel, which is chaired by former Farmers’ Journal editor, Matt Dempsey includes some very eminent and respected journalists and editors. It comprises of former Irish Times editor, Geraldine Kennedy, former Irish Examiner editor, Tim Vaughan and RTE news editor, Michael O’Kane and Michael Foley, Professor Emeritus, DIT, journalist and author. Over a 12-week period, the Clare Champion/ Mary Raftery …

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President launches children’s website

PRESIDENT Michael D. Higgins has launched a new website for children interested in learning more about their Head of State. The Children’s Section of www.president.ie is a new interactive website providing information about the role and work of Uachtarán na hÉireann, the President of Ireland, as well as the official residence of the President, Áras an Uachtaráin in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Four animal guides (Daithí Deer, Fiachra Fox, Sorcha Squirrel and Blaithín Bird) provide young visitors with information about the work of the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and illustrate the history of the office of the president, the official residence and its surrounding gardens, as well as the Phoenix Park. The dedicated children’s website is available in Irish and English at: http://www.president.ie/en/childrens-section http://www.president.ie/ga/childrens-section

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Minor footballers make Dublin battle all the way

Dublin 2-11 Clare 0-10 Dublin justified favouritism when overcoming Clare in this All-Ireland minor football quarter final at O’Moore park in Portlaoise this Bank holiday Monday afternoon but the Leinster champions will be the first to admit that they were asked many questions by Clare. Indeed when Clare reflect on this, their sixth game in this season’s championship, they will wonder what the outcome might have been had Dublin not benefitted from two fortunate goals. Five minutes into the second half a speculative effort from Dublin centre forward James Doran found its way to the net and it gave a huge lift to Dublin while it proved to be a huge blow to the Banner side Just a point separated the teams at the end of a low scoring first half with Dublin ahead on a score of 1-3 to 0-5. Clare could and should have been ahead based on the amount of possession they had enjoyed allied to the …

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