Ophelia clean-up continues in Clare

Ophelia clean-up continues in Clare


The dangerous tree on the R471 near Cooleycasey – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The clean-up after Monday’s storm continued today with Clare County Council staff, fire crews and Coillte personnel working to clear fallen trees.

The R471 Sixmilebridge to Clonlara road was closed for a time while a tree left hanging over the road and telephone cables was removed.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Council workers and staff from the state forestry agency Coillte made the tree safe and were able to reopen the road.

Fire crews from Ennis also dealt with an incident in Crusheen where telephone cables were also damaged by a fallen tree.

Meanwhile, ESB Networks staff are endeavouring to restore power to the last of the customers affected by Storm Ophelia.

Irish Water is also working to resolve issues in West Clare.

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.