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Clare FM

Clare FM provides the people of Co Clare with a comprehensive Radio Service that reflects their individual communities as a whole.
Our shows and presenters demonstrate their personalities On Air. While our Current Affairs, News and Sport service are the most comprehensive in the County. When News breaks, we have it first, when a point is scored, we are there on the sideline.
Our flagship show, Morning Focus covers political News, listener interaction, one-to-one interviews, reviews, previews, and lots more.
Clare FM is the heartbeat of the Banner County.

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February 25, 2024

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 36 – Green Schools Clare

Did you know?   * Green-Schools is Ireland’s leading environmental management and education programme for schools, promoting long-term, whole-school action for the environment.   * Green-Schools is a student-led programme with involvement from the wider community. The programme is operated and coordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce[...]

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February 25, 2024

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 36 – Green Schools Clare

Green-Schools is Ireland’s leading environmental management and education programme for schools. Promoting long-term, whole-school action for the environment, Green-Schools is a student-led programme with involvement from the wider community. The programme is operated and coordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce. Pat[...]

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February 25, 2024

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 35 – Irish Seed Savers

Did you know?   * Irish Seed Savers have over 600 varieties of heritage, open-pollinated vegetable varieties from Ireland and from gene banks around the world.    * The association comprises a supporter base of over 1700 individuals; a network of seed and apple tree growers; pomologists; orchardists; conservationists; academics,[...]

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February 25, 2024

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 35 – Irish Seed Savers

The Irish Seed Savers Association is the leading non-governmental organisation working for the conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture in Ireland. Founded on a small farm in Co. Carlow in 1991, Irish Seed Savers’ main objective is to protect Ireland’s food[...]

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February 25, 2024

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 34 – Energie X Pro

Did you know?   * Seeking expert advice is the best way to ensure you get the right solution for your energy needs. Not every option might suit what you require to achieve.   * Homeowners and business operators may know what they’d like to achieve in terms of reducing[...]

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February 25, 2024

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 34 – Energie X Pro

Welcome to another episode of Ours To Protect on Clare FM. EnergieXPro is an Ennis-based full-service provider of global sustainable solutions. With energy costs at their highest in years and as people become more aware of the damage being caused to the planet, homeowners and[...]

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February 25, 2024

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 33 – Corofin Biodiversity Plan

Did you know? * Corofin Tidy Towns group aims to further develop partnerships for bio-diversity between national schools and North Clare Agricultural Show Association.   * The group promotes a of 'no spray' in relation to pesticides and herbicides as well as a 'reduced cutting regime' of selected[...]

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February 25, 2024

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 33 – Corofin Biodiversity Plan

In this episode, Pat Flynn visits Corofin to meet two members of the local tidy towns group which like many these days, are involved in more than just ensuring their local area looks well. Many groups are now expanding their remits to include Biodiversity and Corofin[...]

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January 27, 2024

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 32 – Sustainable Energy Communities

Did you know? The Sustainable Energy Communities or SEC Programme is a nationwide initiative which aims to support Ireland’s transition to a more energy efficient and sustainable future. Lorraine Power works with the Clare Local Development Company.   Tips: * The Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) Programme is a[...]

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January 27, 2024

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 32 – Sustainable Energy Communities

Welcome to another episode of Ours To Protect on Clare FM. A Sustainable Energy Community is any group of people who come together to improve how energy is used for the benefit of their community. In this county, the Clare Local Development Company continues to grow[...]

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January 27, 2024

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 31 – Sustainable Tourism

Did you know?  *Tourism leaders across County Clare have joined forces to achieve Ireland’s first Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Destination Certification. *Recognised as a global leader in managing standards for sustainable travel and tourism, the GSTC has developed internationally recognised criteria around sustainable management, and socioeconomic, cultural[...]

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January 27, 2024

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 31 – Sustainable Tourism

Welcome to another episode of Ours To Protect on Clare FM. Clare’s bid to become a globally recognised and certified sustainable tourism destination commenced in 2022 when surveys of residents and visitors to the County were undertaken to measure and monitor tourism impacts on the local[...]

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January 27, 2024

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 30 – Burren Businesses Go Solar

Did you know? Businesses in the Burren region of Co Clare are reaping the benefits of moving from expensive fossil fuels to solar power with considerable financial and environmental savings over the past year. The collective effort of these businesses, all part of the Burren[...]

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January 27, 2024

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 30 – Greggans Castle

Businesses in the Burren region of Co Clare are reaping the benefits of moving from expensive fossil fuels to solar power with considerable financial and environmental savings over the past year. The collective effort of these businesses, all part of the Burren Ecotourism Network, sets a[...]

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January 27, 2024

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 29 – Recycling

Tips: * If you have any waste left over after Christmas, consider carefully what you should do with it. * Did you know that food waste is a significant contributor to climate change generating around 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, food waste is bad for the[...]

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January 27, 2024

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 29 – Recycling

Welcome to another episode of Ours To Protect on Clare FM. After Christmas, we all probably have some waste we need to dispose of. It’s not just wrapping paper, empty boxes or even a Christmas tree, we are likely to have accumulated some food[...]

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January 27, 2024

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 28 – Circular Clarecastle Part 2.

Tips: * If you run a retail business, like Joe Deasy, installing doors on fridges can make a significant difference to your running costs. Doors on refrigerators mean the shop space is not as cold and there is less of a requirement to heat the shop thus making further[...]

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January 27, 2024

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 28 – Circular Clarecastle Part 2.

Welcome to another episode of Ours To Protect on Clare FM. Last week we heard from Paul Ellingstad, coordinator of Circular Clarecastle. The group has been to the forefront of promoting the Circular Economy and while the project is still fledgling, it has been gathering[...]

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January 27, 2024

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 27 – Circular Clarecastle Part 1.

Tips * Sustainability is much more than being ‘green’. It all started with the ‘green’ concept but what’s needed today to ensure the future of the planet is for everyone to concentrate on sustainability and the circular economy. * Circular Clarecastle began with the basics but the volunteers[...]

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January 27, 2024

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 27 – Circular Clarecastle Part 1.

Welcome to another episode of Ours To Protect on Clare FM. The Irish government, and Clare County Council locally, are keen to promote the concept of the Circular Economy. One Clare group that has been to the forefront of adopting the practice is Circular Clarecastle.[...]

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December 13, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 26 – A Sustainable Christmas

Today we’re going to hear about what it means to have a sustainable Christmas. Pat Flynn has been speaking with Karen Foley, who is the Environmental Awareness Officer with Clare County Council. For more in this series listen in to Clare FM every Friday at 11am.[...]

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December 13, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 26 – A Sustainable Christmas

The Environment Office of Clare County Council endeavours each year to ensure we enjoy Christmas in the most sustainable way possible. Reducing our consumption, being more environmentally conscious with our choices and supporting local producers is not only kinder to the environment, but also to our pockets. More

December 13, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 25 – Hedgerows

Hedgerows are essential for maintaining wildlife diversity, supporting species such as hedgehogs and birds, innumerable plants, bees, butterflies and other insects. Not only are they an invaluable resource for much of our wildlife they are vital in providing food[...]

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December 13, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 25 – Hedgerows

Hedgerows are essential for maintaining wildlife diversity, supporting species such as hedgehogs and birds, innumerable plants, bees, butterflies and other insects. Oonagh O’Dwyer is a food forager, cook, teacher and lover of the outdoors while Noel Leahy’s family always had bees on their farm and now[...]

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December 13, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 24 – A Greener Home

Tips:   * Renewable energy companies are offering alternative and greener options for powering and heating homes. * There are many options available to help reduce your carbon footprint at home while reducing your running costs and save money. * More

December 13, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 24 – A Greener Home

Renewable energy companies across the country are offering customers alternative and greener options for powering and heating their homes. Pat Flynn spoke with Berth Sheehy, CEO of Energywise Ireland.[...]

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December 13, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 23 – Regenerative Farming

Wild Irish Farm is a family-run business based in West Clare where caring for the land and using methods that promote healthy soil, biodiversity, and increased carbon storage are the main priorities.   John O’Loughlin uses practices like no-till farming,[...]

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December 13, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 23 – Regenerative Farming

Wild Irish Farm is a family-run business based in West Clare where caring for the land and using methods that promote healthy soil, biodiversity, and increased carbon storage are the main priorities. Farmer John O’Loughlin first explained to Pat Flynn what regenerative farming is.  [...]

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November 13, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 22 – The Bio Bus

Did you know? * Almost every item in a typical house has been made from materials derived from the petrochemical industry. * Fuel and energy are the first things we think of when it comes to fossil fuels. And for good reason.[...]

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November 13, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 22 – The Bio Bus

We heard last week about BiOrbic, a national collaboration of researchers, focused on the development of a sustainable, circular bioeconomy. However, despite how important the bioeconomy is to our future, most people haven’t heard of it. BiOrbic is running a national campaign to raise awareness by touring Ireland with their[...]

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November 13, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 21 – The Bioeconomy

Tips: * The bioeconomy is the part of the economy which uses renewable resources from agriculture, forestry and the marine to produce food, feed, materials and energy, while reducing waste, in support of achieving a sustainable and climate neutral society. * The bioeconomy recognises[...]

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November 13, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 21 – The Bioeconomy

The bioeconomy is the part of the economy which uses renewable resources from agriculture, forestry and the marine to produce food, feed, materials and energy, while reducing waste. The bioeconomy recognises the value of nature, soils, land and seas to generate prosperity and mitigate climate change.[...]

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November 13, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 20 – Clare County Council Climate Action Plan

Did you know?    * Local Authorities have a key role in the delivery of both climate mitigation and adaptation. Under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021, local authorities are required to publish Climate Action Plans.   *[...]

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November 13, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 20 – Clare County Council Climate Action Plan

Clare County Council has published its Draft Climate Action Plan 2024-2029, as local authorities are required, under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021. The draft plan aims to position County Clare as a national leader in climate action and strengthen the delivery of effective[...]

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October 23, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 19 – Bee’s

Did you know?   Bees are the most important pollinator of crops and native plant species in Ireland. They are a key component of our wildlife and one of the busiest, least appreciated work forces we have. Of the[...]

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October 23, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 19 – Bee’s

Listen back to this week's episode as we explore how Bees are a key component of our wildlife and one of the busiest, least appreciated work forces we have. Of the 99 species of bee in Ireland there is only one native honey bee[...]

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October 23, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 18 – Going Vegan

Did you know? Eating a vegan diet can reduce the damage to the environment caused by food production and that research shows that vegan diets resulted in 75% less climate-heating emissions, water pollution and land use than diets in[...]

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October 23, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 17 – Hotel Doolin

    Did you know?  Hotel Doolin has been leading the way in Green Hospitality not just in Clare but nationally in recent years. In September 2019, the business achieved certification confirming it as Ireland’s first carbon neutral hotel. Staff and[...]

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October 23, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 17 – Hotel Doolin

Listen back to this week's episode as we find out how Hotel Doolin has been leading the way in Green Hospitality in recent years. In September 2019, the business achieved certification confirming it as Ireland’s first carbon neutral hotel. Staff and Management at Hotel Doolin[...]

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October 23, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 18 – Going Vegan

Listen back to this week's episode we explore the potential for veganism. Research shows that vegan diets resulted in 75% less climate-heating emissions, water pollution and land use than diets in which more than 100g of meat a day was eaten. Vegan diets also cut[...]

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October 23, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 16 – The Burren Eco Tourism Network

Did you know?  The Burren Ecotourism Network comprises 70 businesses operating within the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark. Protecting the delicate Burren environment has become a very important part of their work.   Tips:   * To do your bit[...]

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October 23, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 16 – The Burren Eco Tourism Network

Listen back to this week's episode on Clare FM. This week's episode is all about the Burren Ecotourism Network which comprises 70 businesses operating within the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark. Protecting the delicate Burren environment has become a very important part of[...]

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September 29, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 15 – Encouraging biodiversity at home with Clare County Council

  This week, Pat met Clare County Council’s recently appointed Biodiversity Officer Barry O’Loughlin. Barry worked for many years as an ecologist including with Bórd na Móna where he was involved in wetting industrial peatland sites in the midlands. More

September 29, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 15 – Clare County Council Biodiversity officer Barry O’Loughlin

Welcome to another episode of Ours To Protect on Clare FM. This week, Pat meets Clare County Council’s recently appointed Biodiversity Officer Barry O’Loughlin. Barry worked for many years as an ecologist including with Bórd na Móna where he was involved in wetting industrial peatland[...]

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September 29, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 14 – Electric Ireland Superhomes

Did you know about the work Electric Ireland Superhomes are doing to make Irish homes more energy efficient?  By doing so, the company is supporting Ireland’s efforts to achieve  climate action targets through a commitment to deliver[...]

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September 29, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 14 – Electric Ireland Superhomes

This week on Clare FM's Ours To Protect series we’ll hear about the work Electric Ireland Superhomes are doing to make Irish homes more energy efficient.  By doing so, the company is supporting Ireland’s efforts to achieve  climate action targets through a commitment to[...]

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September 29, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 13 – The Cliffs of Moher

Did you know?

  • More than 1.1m people from across the globe visited the popular attraction last year. That figure is rising an well on its way to reaching the pre-covid record of 1.6m visitors
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September 29, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 13 – The Cliffs of Moher

Welcome to another episode of Ours To Protect on Clare FM. Today we visit the world famous Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare.  At a time when tourism across the country was brought to its knees as a result of the pandemic, staff at the[...]

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September 29, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 12 – Aillwee Burren Experience

Welcome to another episode of Ours To Protect on Clare FM. Aillwee Cave near Ballyvaughan in North Clare is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions. The now world-famous Cave was first discovered in 1940 by local farmer[...]

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September 29, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 12 – Aillwee Burren Experience

Listen back to this week's episode from Clare FM as we cover the Aillwee Cave near Ballyvaughan in North Clare is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions.  The business has developed over the years and has always aimed to be as sustainable as possible but[...]

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August 29, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 11 – The Burren Perfumery

Did you know? The Burren Perfumery is located in the heart of the Burren in Co Clare, where it has operated for over five decades. Sadie Chowen and her husband Ralph are the third family to own and operate the[...]

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August 29, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 11 – The Burren Perfumery

The Burren Perfumery is located in the heart of the Burren in Co Clare, where it has operated for over five decades. Sadie Chowen and her husband Ralph are the third family to own and operate the business. Being located in the Burren, the[...]

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August 29, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 10 – Mens Sheds promoting biodiversity

Did you Know?  Men's sheds are non-profit local organisations that provide a space for social interaction and craftwork. The movement originated in Australia in the 1980s with the aim of improving the health and wellbeing of older men. The first[...]

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August 29, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 10 – Mens Sheds

Men's sheds are non-profit local organisations that provide a space for social interaction and craftwork. The movement originated in Australia in the 1980s with the aim of improving the health and wellbeing of older men. The first of Clare’s sheds was formed in Ennis in 2013.  More

August 15, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 9 – Hare’s Corner / The Burrenbeo Trust

  Tips:   * It’s really easy to make space for nature through creation of a mini woodland, a mini orchard or a pond on your land   * If you have an area of your farm that’s wild and you don’t use, this[...]

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August 15, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 9 – Hare’s Corner / The Burrenbeo Trust

The Burrenbeo Trust is a charity established in 2008 to create greater appreciation for the Burren landscape. However, through need and demand it has evolved to widen that remit to landscapes beyond the Burren. One of the trust’s most successful projects has been the Hare’s[...]

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August 15, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 8 – Ennis Tidy Towns

* Tidy Towns Committees can expand their traditional role of litter-picking and keeping their areas well kept. They can also do their bit for biodiversity without much effort.   * Devise and design a Biodiversity Toolkit for your members   *More

August 15, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 8 – Ennis Tidy Towns

Ennis Tidy Towns Committee is one of the most recognised and progressive in the country. The group was established over 30 years ago in an effort to galvanise the community to work together to ensure Ennis was not only a great place to live but to[...]

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August 15, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 7 – The Shannon Wetlands

Listen back to this weeks episode as Clare FM visits the Shannon Town Community Wetlands, a community initiative undertaken by members of Dúchas na Sionna, Shannon Tidy Towns and Shannon Men’s Shed as well as other interested groups and individuals. A committee to manage the project was[...]

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August 15, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 7 – The Shannon Wetlands

  * Many hands make like work…. The community is key to the success of this project. Local groups work very well together on this project. Get as many local groups involved in your project.    * Be sure to seek[...]

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July 28, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 6 – Your plan for Pollination

The Office of Public Works or OPW is responsible for managing and maintaining Ireland’s most important historic buildings and heritage sites including the medieval friary in Ennis. The OPW has published its own Biodiversity Action Strategy with the aim of protecting, promoting and enhancing biodiversity across its   More

July 28, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 6 – Ennis Friary

Listen back as Clare FM visit the historic Ennis Friary where staff have designated an area of the site as a Biodiversity Corner. The 13th century Franciscan Friary around which the town of Ennis was established, was founded by The O’Briens of[...]

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July 19, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 5 – A Sustainable place to stay

  Welcome to another episode of Ours To Protect, as we take a closer look at biodiversity and sustainability. Today we've tips from Slieve Elva B&B, the first Co Clare business to achieve certification with Sustainable Travel Ireland and the first B&B in Ireland to attain the prestigious[...]

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July 19, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 5 – A Sustainable place to stay

Listen back to Clare FM as Pat Flynn visits Slieve Elva B&B, the first Co Clare business to achieve certification with Sustainable Travel Ireland and the first B&B in Ireland to attain the prestigious gold level certification in sustainable tourism. Located in the Burren close to[...]

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July 19, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 4 – 50 Shades Greener

  Today we look at what has been called the world’s leading sustainability company providing education, certification and consultancy to businesses, tourism destinations, governments and educational providers. Many people and businesses have begun to realise that[...]

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July 19, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 4 – 50 Shades Greener

Listen in as Clare FM's Pat Flynn chats to Raquel Noboa CEO and Founder of 50ShadesGreener the world’s leading sustainability company providing education, certification and consultancy to businesses, tourism destinations, governments and educational providers. Many people and businesses have begun to realise[...]

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July 5, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 3 – Sustainability in Ennistymon

Welcome to another episode of Ours To Protect, as Clare FM take a closer look at biodiversity and sustainability in Clare. In this episode, Pat Flynn visits the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon where staff and management have made great strides to make their facility a greener[...]

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July 5, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 3 – Sustainability in the Hotel Business in Ennistymon

  Tips:   * Monitor your water and electricity output to see where waste may be occurring   * Monitor your food usage and see whether you have much waste. Take steps accordingly   * These are measures that can be undertaken within[...]

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June 29, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 2 – Rineanna Biodiversity Garden

Ours To Protect - Rineanna Biodiversity Garden * ‘Low-mow’ means low or restricted mowing. A low-mow zone is an area that is only mowed once or twice a year, leaving native plants and grasses to grow.   * Leaving even a small ‘Low-mow’[...]

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June 29, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 2 – Rineanna Biodiversity Garden Shannon

Listen back as Clare FM visit the Rineanna Biodiversity Garden in Shannon. The Shannon Airport Group’s sustainability strategy is based on its vision to “embed sustainability into the heart of our people, business and community” and delivering our sustainability strategy is a key strategic priority for[...]

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June 16, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Episode 1 – Biodiversity and Sustainability in Co.Clare

On Ours To Protect this week, we take a closer look at biodiversity and sustainability in Co Clare.  We visit the Lough Grainey valley in East Clare an area of immense beauty and ecological value.  Here, a highly skilled team of directors, committed to protecting[...]

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June 22, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Weekly Tips 1

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June 12, 2023

TITLE: Clare FM – Episode 1 – The Panel

Join Alan Morrissey on Clare FM as he presents the first programme of 'Our's To Protect' and listen in to the panel discussion to discuss Sustainability and how we can protect our natural resources and protect the environment.

Panel members included, Ray Ó’Foghlú, Hometree Charity, Ennistymon, Bridget Ginnity,[...]

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