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Clare communities in study of pandemic effect on commuting

ENNISTYMON and Lahinch are to feature among the case studies of an inter-university study on the impacts of pre and post-Covid commuting on people and places. The InPLACE: Investigating Place, Planning and Commuting two-year research programme has been launched by the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD). According to the team behind the study, the findings will have significance for a range of public policies, many of which are within the remit of local authorities, and all of which directly influence local communities. Issue such as health, housing, environment, community development, social policy, transportation and spatial planning would all be affected. The InPLACE study represents a unique research collaboration between Maynooth University, Ulster University, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, University College Dublin, and the University of Maryland in the US. The study team is headed by Professor Des McCafferty of Mary Immaculate College. Local level data are currently being collected by Brendan O’Keeffe of O’Keeffe Social Research. Brendan has been on the ground in …

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Research shows massive hike in Clare resort property prices

Pandemic’s effect on coastal property market evident with prices in one popular town climbing 39% since last year NEW research from Daft.ie shows the asking prices for properties in Lahinch has increased by some 39% since the start of the pandemic. Searches on the website for Lahinch properties have gone up by 49%, according to research conducted by Dr Tom Gillespie, an Environmental Economist at NUI Galway, who himself moved to the north Clare village just before the pandemic. The figures for Lahinch are included in the Daft.ie Coastal Report for 2021, which found that the prices sought for coastal properties in a number of selected areas around the country is up by an average of 23% compared to those sought prior to the pandemic. The average increase for the country as a whole is just 8.7% in the same period. In his report, Dr Gillespie stated that the increase in achieved prices is likely to be greater than those …

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Keep our coasts clean urge Clare communities

A VIDEO project made in conjunction with community groups Clare has been premiered by Clean Coasts to raise awareness about the issue of marine litter. Both local people and visitors are being asked to enjoy this part of the coast but also to take personal responsibility for the waste that comes from outdoor activities. As the Covid restriction eased in early May, more people started visiting the magnificent coastal area in Clare. A number of Clean Coasts community groups reached out to Clean Coasts, expressing significant concerns relating to the environmental impact of tourists in the upcoming season. The absence of foreign travel, huge growth in take-out food and outdoor socialising had already begun to increase coastal litter. Coastal communities were nervous about what would happen when the season really begins. One group, suggested creating a video about Lahinch to raise awareness about this issue. Clean Coasts Development Officer Ray Ó Foghlu worked with Spanish Point Community Group to source …

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Gardai seek witnesses to North Clare assault

GARDAI are seeking witnesses to an assault at a north Clare resort in the early hours of Sunday morning. At approximately 00.45 a.m. on Sunday, June 20, an unprovoked assault took place on a young man in Saddle Lane, Lahinch. The suspect was not known to him and was possibly wearing a black or blue jumper. The young man sustained a broken nose and cut to his lip. If anyone was in the area of Saddle Lane which is a residential lane between Lahinch Surf shop and Beach Burger Takeaway and witnessed this assault they are asked to ring Ennistymon Garda Station on 065 6837622 or any Garda Station.

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Stage is set for Clare’s Cruinniú na nÓg events

CHILDREN and young people across Clare are gearing up for a celebration of youthful creativity on Saturday, June 12. Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creative Youth plan. Among its local support organisations are Creative Ireland Clare and Clare County Council. Cruinniú is a component of the already well-established annual programme of activities organised by the Library and Arts Service for children and young adults. Recognising the cultural vibrancy in Clare, the Council has mobilised a strong Creative Ireland Culture Team to deliver the programme in the county. Helen Walsh, Clare County Library is the Creative Ireland Coordinator and Sheila Quinn is the Curator of the programme. Across the county, artists and creative practitioners have been busy working with young people to produce 24 events, which will be hosted online on June 12. Highlights of the local programme of events include a film by Fanore NS, entitled The Magic of the Sea. It incorporates …

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Woman whose teen charges rescued calls for more water safety awareness

INCREASED lifeguard cover is required in Lahinch, according to a mother who had three teenagers rescued from a rip current by surf instructor, Tom Hennessy recently. Barbara Jordan believes Clare County Council and other local authorities need to review the provision of lifeguards in view of the dramatic increase in open water swimming and water based activities throughout the country. “There is no point in increasing cover after a drowning. If water safety is given more exposure, it will save lives. Water safety awareness should be taught in secondary schools. “If a swimmer is caught in a rip current, they should swim parallel to it. There are currents in every beach across the country. “When lifeguards are on duty they can direct swimmers away from rip currents. Lifeguards should be on duty full time from June to September inclusive with weekend cover from April. “Clare Water Safety Association do an amazing job but it is up to the Council to …

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Clare Council Urged To Extend Lahinch Lifeguard Cover

CONCERN has been expressed about the lack of full time lifeguards in Lahinch seven days a week following a number of incidents in the sea last week. Ben Bennett of Ben’s Surf Clinic, Lahinch, has revealed eight volunteer lifeguards were involved in a total of 15 rescues and 25 assists last weekend as no Clare County Council lifeguards were rostered at the time. Mr Bennett told the Clare Champion Lahinch was extremely busy last weekends as was like “two Bank Holiday weekends rolled into one”. He explained a lot of people needed assistance in the water on Sunday due to the weather conditions and tides. There were two ambulance emergency call outs in the popular North Clare resort over the weekend including one for a suspected heart attack. Mr Bennett said there were two different incidences of missing children, one child got lost on the beach for about two hours, while a different child was found within 15 minutes. If …

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Locals getting squeezed out in North Clare property boom

WITH remote working having changed the property market, the coastal area around Lahinch is seeing a property boom despite the pandemic, with a huge increase in the number of people looking to move to the North Clare area. While it is very good news for those trying to sell property in the area, the strength of the market is seeing landlords sell up, and with a deficit in the stock of property for long-term rental, some people are being forced to leave the area entirely. One local property went on sale for €295,000 recently, but ended up selling for €420,000, illustrating how strong the local market is right now. Ennistymon auctioneer Peri Griffin said that the current market is reminiscent of the Celtic Tiger years. “At the moment supply is low and demand is high. We don’t have a house for everyone, we could have 20 or 30 people after one house and that’s driving prices through the roof.” She …

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