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LIFELINE FOR THE WEST

UP TO 100 jobs have been saved in Ennis and more could now be created with the news on Monday that The West County Hotel had been sold to the Treacy Hotel Group who...

O’Regan Park upgrade a step closer

CONTRACTS have recently been signed with Grangemore Plants, a renowned landscaping company for the O’Regan Park Development in Newmarket-on-Fergus, a process that is set to kickstart the ambitious redevelopment project in the coming weeks. This...

Pat’s happy memories of Knockanean

THE end of an era will be marked in Knockanean on Friday when the local community gathers to pay tribute to retired school principal, Pat McNamara. Pat retired in December, after 33 years at Knockanean...

Suicide takes more Clare lives than road crashes

OFFICIAL records show that four times more people from Clare died by suicide than on the county’s roads last year, and those working in the field of suicide prevention say the number in reality...

Like to own your own fire engine?

With Valentine’s Day just weeks away, Clare women have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fulfil their partners’ childhood dreams by buying them their very own working fire engine. Shannon Airport last week placed two...

Doggy business at ladies only night

ONE of Europe’s most popular group of male strippers will bare all in aid of an Ennis based animal shelter. The internationally known ‘Chain Gang’ will perform a ladies-only show at the West County...

Roots reap top prize for The Gathering

A FUND of €60,000 is to be distributed among 93 groups and organisations around the county that will be hosting events in 2013 to mark the Government’s ‘The Gathering’ tourism initiative. Around 250 ‘Gathering’ events...

Shock at closure of construction firm

A RECEIVER is set to be appointed this week to the Ennis-based building firm, Brian McCarthy Contractors Ltd. The company, which employed 220 people at the height of the construction boom, announced last week...

Clare sisters are top of the pops

A BAND with strong North Clare connections have been shortlisted for the biggest prize in Irish music. The Heathers, which features twin sisters Louise and Ellie McNamara, have been shortlisted for the prestigious Meteor Choice...

Exporting abortion

CLARE women are more likely to travel abroad for an abortion than women in any other county in Munster. Over 200 women from the county are now estimated to seek terminations abroad annually. According...