VIDEO: Fire crews bring West Clare fire under control

VIDEO: Fire crews bring West Clare fire under control

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Fire crews from Kilrush and Ennis have brought under a control a forest and gorse fire which broke out in West Clare yesterday afternoon.

The fire occurred at Lough Namina, located between Connolly and Kilmihil.

Clare County Fire & Rescue Service last week warned forest owners and managers, farmers and the general public that there was a heightened risk of wildfires due to the recent dry spell.

The warning came exactly a year after scores of fires throughout the County led to hundreds of acres of land and forestry being damaged. At times during April 2013, every available fire-fighter in the County was deployed to deal with gorse and forestry fires.

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Video: © Pat Flynn/Clare Herald 2014

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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