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Council in shock over sudden death of senior engineer

A CLOUD of gloom hung heavily over Clare County Council this week following the sudden death of senior engineer Sean Ward. The 63-year-old Abbeyfeale native, who moved to live in Sixmilebridge after joining the council in 2001, fell ill on Saturday and died unexpectedly last Monday morning. At his funeral mass, Bishop Emeritus Willie Walsh paid tribute to the major contribution that Mr Ward made to public service and to the local community, through his musical talents with the Sixmilebridge Folk Club. Musicians from throughout the county played various pieces in his memory during a moving and emotional ceremony attended by a large number of officials from Clare County Council and other local authorities where he previously worked. An accomplished accordion and concertina player, he could play a variety of instruments, including the fiddle, tin whistle and piano. Funeral goers were told that the deceased had expressed a wish to donate all of his instruments to his beloved folk club. …

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Fitzgerald pays tribute to underage mentors

By Seamus Hayes Six well known GAA figures, all former players who have gone on to enjoy success as managersgave their views on the upcoming Munster and All-Ireland hurling championships to an a ttentive audience in the West County hotel on Friday night. Before a sell out crowd of 420 people who gathered to support the Ger Loughnane cancer challenge weekend, Ger Loughnane (former Clare player and manager), Brian Cody (Kilkenny manager) Davy Fitzgerald (Clare manager), Anthony Daly (former Clare captain and manager and current Dublin manager) Liam Sheedy (Tipperary All-Ireland winning manager) and Ritchie Bennis former Limerick player and manager) spoke about the likely winners in this year’s championship and the role of referees amongst a few other issues. Ahead of talking about the challenge facing Clare as they set out in defence of the All-Ireland title they won in such exciting fashion last September, Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald paid tribute to the work of “Donal Moloney and Gerry …

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Little support for tribute to Michael Tierney

By Dan Danaher ENNIS Town councillors have objected to the provision of a local authority permanent tribute to the late Michael Tierney, a well-known character in the town for decades. A number of councillors questioned whether Mr Tierney’s family would support the proposal tabled by Councillor Brian Meaney and criticised the description of the man, which was placed on the council agenda at this week’s meeting. However, the Clare Champion has learned that Mr Tierney’s closest remaining living relative supports an official acknowledgement of the huge contribution this colourful character made to the town. His first cousin, Cyril Quinn, who resides in Hermitage, confirmed he would really appreciate some form of tribute to Mr Tierney. “If ever a man deserved a tribute, Michael Tierney did. He lit up the place wherever he went. If you went on one of his tours, the enjoyment you would experience would never be repeated. “He enthused energy and laughter from everyone. If you were …

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