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It’s all black and white for Darragh

THE Polka Dot Girl is the new novel by Crusheen-based author Darragh McManus. Offering a unique twist on the classic noir-style mystery, Darragh’s latest book takes the reader from the 3D, highly saturated imagery they are used to and transposes them back to a black and white world that is inhabited entirely by females.

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The ’Champion Short Story Competition

IT’S time for secondary school students to prepare for this year’s Clare Champion Short Story Competition.There are Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate categories and very attractive cash prizes on offer in each category.The first prize winners will get €300 in cash, while those who take second will pocket €200 with €100 going to each of the third place winners. There will also be prizes for entries that are highly commended while the winners will see their stories published in The ’Champion.Students can write their essays on any subject, while entries should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words.Entries should be typed and include the student’s name, age and phone number, also stating their school, year and English teacher’s name.All stories should be sent to;Second Level Schools Short Story Competition,Category (Leaving Cert or Junior Cert)The Clare Champion,Barrack Street,Ennis, County Clare.The closing date for entries is Friday, February 8.  

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Book clubs aim to attract new readers

IT’S a new year and thoughts have probably already turned to new year’s resolutions and taking up new activities.In East Clare, Scariff Library is advocating taking up an activity that is suitable for all age groups, helps stimulate the mind in a social setting and won’t hit the pocket.The library is kicking off 2013 with its monthly adult, teenage and children’s book clubs and is inviting new members to come along and voice their views on everything from fun light reads to old classics and from contemporary literature to autobiographies.“It is a new year and it’s a good time to try something new. A lot of people would come in to join the library in January anyway and this is a little value added thing in a way. The book clubs all use library books and there is no extra cost after joining the library. It is free to join for unemployed or senior citizens anyway and we get the …

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New role for council conservation officer

John Rainsford talks to Risteard (Dick) Ua Cróinín recently appointed editor of The Other Clare about the importance of this historical journal to his native county  

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Mairéad overcomes condition to write Chicken

A FORMER Limerick special needs teacher hasn’t allowed her diagnosis of a debilitating neurological condition undermine her passion for education and writing, as she launched the publication of her new children’s book this week.

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The remarkable life of Clare priest, Cornelius Sexton

The following is an extract from Dark Times, Decent Men – Stories of Irishmen in World War II by Neil Richardson, published by O’Brien Press. HOWEVER, it was not just Irishmen serving in the British Army who were taken prisoner at Singapore but also Irishmen serving in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF). One such man was army chaplain Father Cornelius ‘Con’ Sexton – raised in Ballyvaughan, County Clare, but who had been born in September 1905 in nearby County Galway. The son of two national school teachers, Father Sexton was ordained in All Hallows, Dublin, in June 1930 before being sent to Sydney, Australia, along with two fellow new priests – Father WJ Fahy and Father P McManus – sometime before November that year (as recorded in The Sydney Morning Herald, November 8, 1930). In July 1940, he joined the Australian military and became an army chaplain with the rank of captain attached to 2/20th (Battalion) AIF. The following year, …

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’Champion short story time again

SECOND-level pupils in Clare and South Galway are being challenged to put their imagination and writing skills to the test once again for the seventh annual Clare Champion short story competition.

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Civic Guard Mutiny examined in new book

THE Civic Guard Mutiny is a newly published book, written by Brian McCarthy whose relatives are from Scariff, County Clare.

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