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Call out for Trasna 3 submissions

THE call has gone out for submissions to Trasna 3, a Christmas exhibition that accompanies a unique auction at the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon.

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Remembering the late Jean Regan through unseen works

Glór will host a celebration of the work of the late Jean Regan (1940-2012), which will bring together the best of her work along with more recent, unseen pieces.

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Exhibition to recall horrors of war

AN illustrated talk by a Polish national on the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 will be one of the features of a Clare Museum exhibition, which will highlight how the experience of war impacted on the lives of ordinary people.

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Junior painters have eyes on the prize

CLARE’S junior painters are invited to express their talent through paint for the Sightsavers’ Junior Painter Awards, which was launched this week.  The competition is designed to inspire Irish children to express their artistic talent, while developing an appreciation of the importance and value of sight in a fun and interactive way. The competition has grown over the last four years and the 2012 competition recognises the difficulties schools are finding themselves in due to cutbacks and this year, Sightsavers will have cash prizes for the overall winning schools. Open to primary school students of all ages, this year’s theme, ‘i: dream’, invites each budding artist to create a vision of how they would like to see the world. Children will also learn about Sightsavers’ work to eradicate preventable and treatable blindness in the developing world through simple and cost-effective measures. Every child that enters the awards will be given a certificate of participation. There are five competition categories: junior …

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O’Sullivan exhibition explores story of Adam and Eve

CRATLOE-based painter and photographer Grace O’Sullivan recently opened her latest exhibition of paintings, The Mark of Eden, at the Red Couch Gallery in the Courthouse, Ennistymon.

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Knitting communities together

  THE Clare Volunteer Centre will celebrate local communities across the county by demonstrating how a single poem can knit them together. The centre is looking for volunteers, community groups and voluntary groups to get involved in producing the county’s first-ever knitted poem. Sharon Meaney, manager with the Clare Volunteer Centre, explains the reason behind the call for volunteers.“Earlier this year, we ran a poetry competition, inviting people to celebrate our local communities by writing a poem on the theme ‘Together We Can Make a Difference’. “We had over 250 entries and the judges had a huge task in picking the eventual winner. We wanted to do something a bit different to celebrate our vibrant communities in Clare, so we decided to knit the poem, launching it on December 5, the International Day of Volunteering, under the title ‘Knitting Our Community Together’,” she said. The poem was composed by Ciaran Collins but the title of the poem has been kept …

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Buildings, Blocks and Bricks at patchwork exhibition

THE Mid-West Branch of the Irish Patchwork Society is hosting the 31st anniversary exhibition for the society in Limerick this year.  

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A model exhibition for international society

THOSE interested in aviation modelling travelled from all over the country to Shannon last weekend for the International Plastic Modellers’ Society (IPMS) Ireland National Scale Modelling event. The event is held in different parts of Ireland and Shannon Atlantic Airventure were proud to host it this year.Originally founded in Britain in 1963 by modellers, the IPMS branched out into an international body, including Ireland since 2007. Society members build anything from standard kits to complicated models mostly from plastic. IPMS Ireland was officially opened in November 2008, and currently operates out of three branches – Cork, Dublin and Shannon.For the Shannon event, models, the majority of which were air jets and planes, were on display for visitors to marvel at. The level of detail was exquisite and IPMS member and overall winner Gerry Hanlon told The Clare Champion his model of a burnt-out Sherman tank took him months of hard work and dedication to create.“There was probably more research that …

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