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Clare dog on the scent of victory in the ‘Nose of Tralee’

A RESCUED Ennis dog is to represent County Clare at the forthcoming Nose of Tralee competition, which is being run by Pet Sitters Ireland. Rooney, a Hungarian Vizsla rescue dog, is the Clare contender and owner, Orsolya Shannon outlined how far he has come since he was rescued from the pound last year. “He was already four years old when we found him in the local pound, nervous and scared. From the first day, he has been eager to please, loving, playful and a wonderful companion for us and our other Vizsla, Abby. The irony is not lost – we rescued him and now he is in training to become a search and rescue dog. His hard-working, loyal nature and outstanding nose means he has flown through training and should soon be qualified,” she said. Rooney was selected as one of 32 dogs nationwide that are in contention for the Nose of Tralee title and was selected out of 1,200 …

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Brazilian man ‘savagely killed’ in Kerry

THE trial opened in the Central Criminal Court in Tralee this week of a Kerry man charged with the murder of a Brazilian man, who lived in Gort. The court has heard that Bruno Lemes de Souza was “savagely killed” and his body found weeks later in a drain in a bog near Listowel. John Paul Cawley (22) of Ardoughter, Ballyduff, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr de Souza at Shronowen Bog, Tullamore, on February 16 or 17, 2012. Opening the case before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy, senior counsel for the prosecution, Conor Devally said the jury would hear evidence of an extended family living in North Kerry, including a Brazilian man, Wenio Rodriguez da Silva, his partner Sandra Cawley, their two young children, and Ms Cawley’s two brothers, Charlie Cawley and the accused, John Paul Cawley. Arrangements were made with the deceased, who lived in Gort, to call to Mr da Silva’s house at Ardoughter on …

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Clare Rose hopes to blossom

Clare Rose Ava O’Mahony will hope to blossom this weekend, when she takes to the stage with 55 other hopefuls from all over the world, looking to securing her place at The Dome for the Rose of Tralee International Festival in August. The 25-year-old Ennis woman, a finance graduate of University of Limerick, will be hoping to clinch one of the 23 places up for grabs in the three consecutive selection nights, hosted by RTÉ presenter Dáithí Ó Sé in The Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, starting this Friday. Ava impressed the judges last month at a county final, hosted by TV3 weatherman Deric Ó hArtagáin. The regional festival highlights will include the official opening in the Civic Plaza on Friday night, the vintage car parade of Roses and their Rose Buds followed by a street party on Saturday and the annual visit to Abbeyleix and Castle Durrow on Sunday. Roses representing 28 counties in Ireland, 13 regions in the United States, Scotland …

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Kerry minors too strong for Clare

Kerry 0-14 Clare 0-3 Kerry’s dominance over Clare in underage football continued at Austin Stack Park in Tralee on Wednesday evening, when the sides met in the opening round of the provincial championship. The gap in standard was evident from an early stage and Kerry had secured their passage to the semi-final, where they will play Cork, long before the final whistle. The fact that Clare failed to score from play is an indication of the dominance enjoyed by the Kingdom side. Clare have another chance, however and they now await the winners of the game between Limerick and Waterford, who also suffered first-round losses. Clare’s next outing will be on Wednesday, April 29. The writing was on the wall for Clare from an early stage, as a slicker Kerry side created too many opportunities. The Banner defence was under a lot of pressure whereas, at the other end, the Kerry back-line dominated. Their full-back trio were particularly strong, while …

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Ennis at the lower end of crime statistics

COMPARED to other towns of similar size like Tralee or Kilkenny, Ennis ranks amongst the lower end of the crime statistics and crimes have been decreasing steadily in the area since 2008, according to official figures. There was a drop of nearly 30% from 2008 to figures in 2011 and a continual decrease since. Results from a University of Limerick study show that only 20% of those questioned were ever victim of a crime in Ennis and of these nearly 50% were attributed to anti-social behavior, while and assault only accounted for 10%. These findings are from a recent study on Community Safety and Town Promotion of Ennis administered by UL’s Department of Politics and Public Administration. The research was done in late 2013 with people living, working and using the town of Ennis as a direct outcome from the Ennis 2020 Visioning Framework based on public participation in 2011. The study reveals that the main factors affecting sense of …

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In search of the Clare Rose

The search is officially underway to find the 2014 Clare Rose. Ladies with designs on the sash are being urged to take the first step of putting themselves in the spotlight by submitting an online application form for the selection process, which could end up with them on stage with Daithí Ó Sé in the Dome in Tralee this August. One of the most unique aspects of the Clare Rose selection process is that it models itself on that of the International Festival itself, to give all the Clare Roses a taste of what Tralee could have in store for them. There are a number of events taking place in the run-up to the April 19 selection night, with the much-loved Clare Rose Tour, in particular, taking place across the county on April 12. Clare Rose Centre chairman Ciarán O’Connell acknowledged that the response has already been phenomenal. “We’ve been blown away by how many expressions of interest we’ve had …

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