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Escaped prisoner still on the loose

THE prisoner who escaped from Ennis Courthouse on Wednesday afternoon is still at large more than 24 hours later. Jason Freyne, a 22-year-old man from Carew Park in Limerick, appeared before Judge Patrck Durcan on Wednesday, where he accepted he had stolen a car in April and that he was also guilty of other related charges. He was already serving a sentence prior to his appearance before Judge Durcan, who adjourned the matter until Thursday but within hours, Mr Freyne had absconded. Shortly before 5pm on Thursday, gardaí confirmed that he has not been apprehended and the search for him continues.

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Timmy Dooley

Inquiry sought on ‘ambulance breakdown’

Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley has called for a thorough investigation, following reports that an ambulance travelling with a patient, who subsequently passed away, broke down on the M18 near Shannon, while en route to hospital. Deputy Dooley says the incident highlights the deteriorating quality of the fleet of vehicles being operated by the National Ambulance Service which is putting patient safety at risk. “I was shocked to hear media reports this afternoon that an ambulance broke down while transporting a gravely ill patient to hospital. First and foremost, I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the family of the man who passed away following this tragic incident. This incident has horrified communities across Clare,” said Deputy Dooley. “While it is not possible to say at this time whether the breakdown of the ambulance was a contributory factor leading to the death of the patient, it nonetheless is completely unacceptable that an ambulance rushing to hospital with a gravely ill …

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University Hospital Limerick.

25-hour trolley wait for 101 year-old woman

Chronic overcrowding in University Hospital Limerick (UHL) is back in the spotlight after a 101 year-old Clare woman was forced to spend 25 hours on a trolley last weekend. Councillor Ann Norton has condemned the length of time it took the elderly woman to get a bed in the region’s flaghship acute hospital as a “disgrace”. This is the second time in a matter of days that a centenarian has been forced to spend over a day on a hospital trolley. Tallaght Hospital apologised last week for leaving a 101-year-old patient over 26 hours on a trolley and said it would put in place measure to minimise the risk of it happening again. Councillor Norton said the situation in the Emergency Department at UHL was like a “war zone” in comparison to the positive experience the lady had in Ennis Hospital. “No patient should spend over a day on a hospital trolley, particularly someone who is very elderly. “The situation in casualty in …

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Limerick end Clare’s Munster championship campaign

  Limerick 1-19 Clare 2-15 It was said on many occasions in the lead up to this game that it would be close and that it would produce many talking points,. It certainly did. In modern times Limerick and Clare have never failed to provide plenty of entertainment when they have clashed on the hurling field and particularly when those meetings are at championship time. The latest clash ended in a one point loss for Clare. That they had chances to have at least earned a draw is without question but, in the end, time ran out and Limerick emerged with a one point victory and a semi-final date with Tipperary in mid June. [doptg id=”70″] It was fast and furious from the outset and Limerick and Limerick had t wo points on the board before Colin Ryan opened Clare’s account in the sixth minute. They were level at 0-3 each by the tenth minute but three points in two …

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Footballers book place in Munster semi-final

Clare 0-15 Limerick 0-13 ALTHOUGH not as fluid in the second half, during which they lost their shape at times, Clare showed that when it mattered they had enough to get over Limerick and qualify for a Munster semi-final with Cork in Pairc Uí Rínn on June 14. The impact from the bench was key to Clare’s second successive championship win over Limerick. Rory Donnelly and Cathal McInerney put over two points each with the latter scoring Clare’s final points, which secured the result. [doptg id=”69″] In fact all of Clare’s substitutes made an impact with Davy O’Halloran getting on plenty of ball at centre forward, although he did kick one wild wide. While Keelan Sexton was only on the field for a couple of minutes, he found McInerney with a superb cross field pass for Clare’s last score. Inspired by Gary Brennan in the opening half, Clare led 0-9 to 0-4 at half time. The Clare captain scored the …

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Munster hurling championship fact file

Key fact for Sunday’s big Munster senior hurling championship meeting o Clare and Limerick in Semple Stadium, Thurles. – Cork’s Colm Lyons will referee Sunday’s game, which throws-in at 4pm; – Clare defender David McInerney, from Tulla, captained UL to the Fitzgibbon Cup title this year, a team that Clare’s Brian Lohan managed; – Clare defender Jack Browne from Ballyea is a nephew of former Limerick great, Jimmy Carroll; – Limerick defender Wayne McNamara, from Adare, has strong Clare connections as his mother, Vera Killoughery, hails from Ballyea; – Limerick defender Seamus Hickey played hurling and football for St Flannan’s College; – Clare player Brendan Bugler is a member of the teaching staff at Doon CBS; – Banner county sharpshooter Colin Ryan helped coach Salesian College, Pallaskenry to Munster colleges success last year. Ballyea’s Brian Chambers was also a member of the Limerick school’s backroom team; – Former Clare player and county coach, Alan Cunningham, from Wolfe Tones, is currently …

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Banner are ‘raring to go’

THE recently concluded national hurling league didn’t go too well for Clare but, that said, they could have qualified for the knock-out stage of the competition. That’s all in the past now and all involved are just looking forward to what is ahead. A key member of team, John Conlon acknowledges there are “big expectations in Limerick” but added, “we have big expectations ourselves”. “We let ourselves down last year, which is a worry. We can’t dwell on the past. Yes we had a great win over Dublin. We lost narrowly to Kilkenny, a game we could have won and we don’t like moral victories. All we need now is to ensure we get over the line on Sunday,” the Clonlara man told The Clare Champion “We can’t afford to look past Limerick and that’s the way we have approached things this year, taking it a game at a time. Right now, we are looking at Limerick and looking at …

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Footballers face an obstinate obstacle

LEST any Clare supporter be unaware of the task facing the county footballers in Ennis on Saturday evening, consider that the last time the counties met in the Munster championship, Limerick won by four points, 1-13 to 1-9. That was in 2009 and while Clare did beat Limerick in the Munster semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds three years ago, Clare hadn’t beaten their neighbours since June 3, 1984 prior to 2009. This weekend’s game will be the 38th Munster championship meeting between the counties, with Clare winning 22 of those fixtures. Incredibly, Limerick won just a single championship game between the counties from 1909 to 1980, when they met 19 times. Five of their 37 Munster meetings have finished level. In the here and now, the current teams met on the last Sunday of March in round six of the NFL. Limerick had to win to have a chance of retaining their Division 3 status and they did just that. …

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