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Council mark 120th anniversary of first meeting

At its April monthly meeting on Monday (April 8) Clare County Council marked the 120th anniversary of the first ever meeting of the local authority, which took place in the Grand Jury Rooms of Ennis Courthouse on April 22, 1899. The ceremony featured presentations by Pat Dowling (Chief Executive) and Dr John Treacy of Clare County Council on the history of Clare County Council and the origins of the local authority. Mr Treacy is writing a book on the history of local government in Clare which is due for publication in May 2020. The ceremony also featured musical entertainment by piper Blackie O’Connell in memory of the famed Clare piper, Garret Barry. The piper died on the same week that the first elections to Clare County Council were held in April 1899. To mark the 120th anniversary of the first meeting of Clare County Council, the original minutes of the first meeting as well as an original copy of the …

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Limerick Man who fled court back in custody

A Limerick man who fled from Ennis Courthouse last week has handed himself into the authorities. Jason Freyne, (22), who had been on the run for six days, turned up at Limerick Prison on Monday evening around 7pm. A gardai manhunt in both counties Clare and Limerick had been underway since he absconded from Ennis Courthouse last Wednesday evening. Freyne, from Carew Park in Limerick, escaped from custody with an 18-year-old at approximately 3.15pm last Wednesday. The two men walked out the back door of the building and made a run for freedom. However, the other man, Keith Garrihy of Beechgrove, Newmarket on Fergus, was arrested by gardai in Clarecastle within hours and brought back to Ennis courthouse for return to Limerick prison. Judge Patrick Durcan heard last week that Freyne sped away at 160km from a pursuing garda in a chase along the M18 motorway in April of this year before being arrested at Moyross.

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Manhunt continues for absconded prisoner

A garda manhunt is contuning this morning for a prisoner who escaped from Ennis courthouse yesterday afternoon. Jason Freyne, aged 22 from Carew Park in Limerick, remains at large. Gardai believe that Mr Freyne, who had appeared in court after being caught driving a stolen car, may have returned to his home county. A second man, Keith Garrihy of Beechgrove, Newmarket on Fergus, was who had also absconded from the courthouse was apprehended shortly afterwards by gardai in Clarecastle. The pair, who had been brought from Limerick prison, made their escape at 3.15pm from prison staff at Ennis courthouse. Chief Superintendent John Kerin told The Clare Champion that a full investigation is underway and that Clare gardai are working closely with their counterparts in Limerick to find Mr Freyne. “We believe that he may be attempting to return to Limerick and we are liaising with gardai in Limerick as part of this investigation,” he said. He confirmed that a full …

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