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Rescue chopper evacuates fisherman

The Shannon-based Coast Guard helicopter has completed the evacuation of a crewman from an Irish fishing vessel located 160 miles West off Loop Head. The injured man has been taken on-board the Coast Guard helicopter, R115 and will be transferred to University Hospital Limerick where it was due to arrive at midday. The operation was coordinated by the Coast Guard Marine Rescue Centre in Valentia who were initially alerted by the fishing vessel, via HF (hi frequency long range) radio. Weather conditions on scene were described as challenging with north westerly winds exceeding 30 Knots but well within the operating limits of the Coast Guard helicopter.

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€400,000 for Clare rural recreation projects

  THE development of a walking trail on the Loop Head peninsula and upgrading of the Shannon Looped Walks are among the five Clare projects that will benefit from an allocation of more than €400,000 to rural recreation schemes in the county. Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey said the fact that Clare had secured the second highest allocation of the 20 counties included in the €4.5 million scheme was an indication of the national importance of the Clare tourist industry and its outstanding record of innovation. Clare County Council has been allocated €255,625 for the Shannon Looped Walks while the Clare Local Development Company will get €68,415 for Costal Trail Guide training at the Cliffs of Moher; €58,952 for the Loop Head walking trail; €16,520 for the development of a trail monitoring app and €4,536 for maintenance of the Cliffs of Moher Coastal Trail. “The importance and popularity of recreational pursuits in the Clare countryside continues to grow with …

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Loop Head connects to the world

Ham radio enthusiasts will convene at Loop Head Lighthouse this weekend to connect with hundreds of lighthouses and lightships around the world. The Limerick Radio Club,which includes members from Limerick, Clare, Offaly and Tipperary, will broadcast non-stop for 48 hours from the lighthouse on Friday, Saturday and Sunday August as part of the 19th International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. Clare County Council, along and the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL), is facilitating the broadcast from Loop Head Lighthouse, while the Limerick Radio Club has also received approval from the Communications Regulator. During the broadcast, visitors to the lighthouse will be able to listen into communications with some of the other participating ham radio operators broadcasting from 400 other lighthouses and lightships in 50 countries. Last year, Limerick Radio Club members based at Loop Head Lighthouse successfully connected with fellow enthusiasts as far away as Hawaii and Australia. The annual event, which is sponsored of the Ayr Amateur Radio Group (AARG) in Scotland, …

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Crusading for a relay good cause

People are being urged to dig deep and support the inaugural Clare Relay event, which involves 70 charity runners travelling 140 kilometres across the county this Saturday. As part of its efforts to raise more than €240,000 this year, the Clare Crusaders Children’s Clinic is organising a sponsored relay from Loop Head to Killaloe. The relay will involve teams completing the 140km route in groups of between six and 10, each running 10km. The proposed route includes points at Loop Head, Cross, Carrigaholt, Kilkee, Kilrush, Cooraclare, Kilmihil, Lissycasey, Ennis, Barefield, Spancilhill, Tulla, Bodyke, Tuamgraney, Ogonnelloe and ending in Killaloe. Starting from Loop Head at 6.30am, it will finish in Killaloe at 8.30pm. Along the way, people will have the opportunity to make a donation to the bucket collectors. The time allocated to each leg is about one hour and teams can complete more than one leg during the day and one member of the team has to carry a phone. The relay …

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Clare’s coastline from the sky

A NEW photo book, Clare’s Wild Atlantic Way – An Aerial Perspective of County Clare’s Extraordinary Coastline, has just been published and contains photographs from the full length of Clare’s coast, from New Quay in the north of the county down to Loop Head, and all along the Shannon Estuary, as far inland as the airport. The book is by Patrick G Ryan, who was living in Miltown Malbay until his death, just a few weeks ago. His friend Ann O’Connell explained, “This was a project that he started about four or five years ago. His father was a pilot here in Miltown Malbay and Patrick would have done a lot of flying with him. His father passed away from bowel cancer and Patrick decided to put this book together in memory of his father and to donate the proceeds to Cahercalla Hospice. That was the journey he went on and, unfortunately, he succumbed to the same fate as his …

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Star Wars filming at Loop Head

STAR Wars is in Clare this week, with filming of Episode VIII taking place at Loop Head. It is sure to attract huge interest from fans of the franchise and Loop Head Lighthouse has been closed to facilitate it, while an effective no-fly zone has been established. Ger Dollard, Interim Chief Executive of Clare County Council said,”The choosing of the Loop Head Peninsula as a filming location for such a large production highlights its status as an international destination as well as its growing reputation for fantastic scenery.  Loop Head’s inclusion in this film production builds on the work done by the local community and Loop Head Tourism in promoting the area and creating a unique tourism product built around responsible and sustainable tourism.” He added, “”Clare County Council will close Loop Head Lighthouse, one of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland and one of two Signature Discovery Points in County Clare along the route of the Wild Atlantic Way, from Tuesday May 17 …

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Loop Head Lighthouse reopens

Loop Head Lighthouse is to reopen to the public on Saturday. Clare County Council, which manages the facility in conjunction with the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL), says the historic lighthouse will remain open daily (10am-6pm) until October. The popular tourist attraction attracted 26,932 visitors during 2015. The figure represents an increase of 6,564 or 32% on 2014 visitor numbers. Loop Head Lighthouse is a landmark location on the Loop Head Heritage Trail which was named winner of the ‘Culture and Heritage’ category of the 2015 World Responsible Tourism Awards. It is also one of 12 lighthouses which make up Great Lighthouses of Ireland, a new all-island tourism initiative, and is one of two Signature Discovery Points in County Clare along the route of the Wild Atlantic Way. Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, James Breen said the lighthouse has become “a key driver” of visitor numbers to the Loop Head Peninsula since it was first opened to the public in …

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Tourism chair to address Washington forum

LOOP HEAD Tourism chairman Cillian Murphy will be among the speakers at the World Bank Tourism Forum, which will be held at the World Bank Group headquarters in Washington DC next Tuesday and Wednesday. The theme of the forum is Driving Development Through Tourism and among the speakers will be Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank; Aireen Omar, CEO Air Asis and Mauricio Ventura Aragon, the Costa Rican Minister for Tourism. “I did an assignment for my masters on tourism and local economic benefit. One of my tutors puts together part of the programme for the World Travel Market  discussions and was impressed with the Loop Head story and invited me to present it at World Bank Tourism Forum,” Mr Murphy explained. Mr Murphy’s discussion on Wednesday will be moderated by journalist and author Elizabeth Becker and he will be joined by Gabriella Crescini, head client and partner relationships, Swiss Contact; Brian Said, executive director of Visit Philadelphia …

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