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Clare students changing drink culture

TWO Clare students have been shortlisted in a prestigious national student competition. Eric McNamara, from Ennis and Kevin O’Sullivan from Cratloe, are in the running to win prizes in the DARE2BDRINKAWARE.ie competition, organised by the alcohol social responsibility organisation drinkaware.ie. DARE2BDRINKAWARE.ie challenges third-level students to develop creative campaigns that highlight responsible drinking. The shortlisted teams receive up to €2,000 each to implement their proposed campaigns, and each team has been assigned a high-profile champion to mentor and support them over the coming months. Eight teams have been shortlisted for the 2014 competition, including Eric McNamara and Kevin O’Sullivan’s team, whose project is titled Don’t Ape it – Escape it. Editor of her.ie, Michelle McMahon from Clare, was assigned as their champion. Eric and Kevin, along with fellow team-members, attended a special media event at the Digital Exchange in Dublin last week when the shortlist was officially announced. Their project is a multifaceted campaign with an interactive mobile application based product …

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Spirits are high despite the cold weather just before tickets for Garth Brooks go on sale.

Norah first for Garth tickets

HAVING spent 28 hours at the head of a very orderly queue, Norah Murphy from Kilkishen finally got her just rewards at nine o’clock on Thursday. First into The Irish Shop, Ennis, Nora purchased six tickets for the Saturday night Garth Brooks’s concert in July. The valuable as gold tickets are for the sixth tier of the Hogan Stand; she had no great choice in the matter as all the standing tickets had already been whipped up. Well, who’s going to enjoy the tickets along with Norah? “My boyfriend, Martin Owen Walsh; my sister and her fiance and my parents, Eamon and Mary. I’m really looking forward to the event, she said. “It was well worth wait”, she added. David and Eileen Woodford, of The Irish Shop had Ticketmaster personnel on hand to ensure that the computer sales went like clockwork. They were very impressed at how the queue had worked and the fact that everybody was in great humour. All three dates for …

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Gift Grub’s take on Garth Brooks’ concerts

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Lissycasey's Emma Cleary was the first to queue outside The Irish Shop in Ennis for Garth Brooks tickets, when she arrived 28 hours early at 5a.m. on Wednesday morning. The tickets will not go on sale until 9.a.m. on Thursday morning. She has since been joined by a number of Garth fans seeking tickets for the event in Croke Park in late July.

Garth ticket queue in Ennis

GARTH Brooks fans began queuing outside the Irish Shop in Ennis at 5 o’clock this morning to ensure they can get their hands on precious tickets for his Croke Park concerts in July. That’s despite the fact the the tickets don’t go on sale until 9am on Thursday morning. By late Wednesday evening, the queue was tailing back to The Market area. Keeping warm by wrapping up in layers of jumpers and blankets,  fans were in high spirits, singing countless Garth Brooks hits. Restaurants in the town are planning to open early to facilitate those who will be joining the long queue overnight. The Croke Park shows, two special performances before his worldwide tour, which is due to start later this year, are called The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event. Over the two nights, Garth and his fans will celebrate his legendary career – a career which saw him named the No 1-selling solo artist in US history, sell in …

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A night of high drama for ICA

CLOONEY-Quin guild of the ICA is inviting the local community to their night of drama at Quin Community Hall on Friday next. Now in its 34th year, the guild will present On the Couch, which is a new departure for the group, as they expand their annual drama night. The production now involves a split stage, which will facilitate the staging of two one-act comedies, an interview segment, music, song and storytelling. The two plays are the work of local woman, Anita O’Loughlin, who has been writing short comedies for Clooney-Quin ICA, and Spancilhill Drama Group for many years. “Both are short comedy acts. The first one, The Time of The Month, is about winter and specifically the three months in winter, November, December and January, and there is a sketch about each month, which are extremely comical. It starts with the holy souls in November, then it goes to the office Christmas party of Love Bites Limited and then …

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Treading the boards in Yerma

NORTH Clare student Aoife Corry stars alongside fellow Clare actress Ger Kelly in the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, NUI Galway and Core Theatre College’s staging of Yerma next month. Yerma is the first of a number of projects in which students on the NUIG Drama programmes act and work with Galway theatre professionals in public productions. In this case, students on the drama course are collaborating with Core Theatre College Galway. Yerma is a modern world classic, by Federico Garcia Lorca, a Spanish republican poet, director and playwright. The play is about a woman living in a small village, who feels alienated from friends and isolated from her society. Yerma is about the hunger to conform and the dangers of obsession. The play is full of passion, humour, music and rhythm. It is both poetic and brutally realistic. The play is directed by Max Hafler, who works extensively as a director and as a voice and acting teacher. …

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De Danann play their part for Ballinderreen Centre

DE  Danann will perform in South Galway next week, as a fundraiser for refurbishment works on the Ballinderreen Community Centre. The hugely popular traditional music group will take to the stage on Saturday, February 1 in the intimate South Galway venue. “We had an old building, built in the early seventies and it was very run down and had been a bit neglected. A group came together in 2011 to see if we could have a building that the community could use that didn’t have a bar in it, people wanted somewhere for all the family. So we gave ourselves 12 months to do that. The building needed new heating, new toilets, new insulation, a disabled toilet, new storage shed and new footpaths and we made all those improvements by raising money and getting a loan from the Kinvara Credit Union so we are trying to pay that loan off. “We want to continue the improvements with a new porch, …

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Children enjoy the written word

SMART phones, tablets and playstations  may be of huge interest to children the world over but stories in hard copy are not being overlooked. Proof of this can be seen in Clare, where  children borrowed more than 263,000 books from the county’s  library service last year. The top issuing children’s book of 2013 in Clare library branches was a title in the phenomenally popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney.  Book two in the series, Roderick Rules, came in at first place in the list of top issuing books for children in the past year. Books written in diary format are becoming increasingly popular, with many writers taking note and writing books in a style that appeals to today’s social media savvy children. 

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