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youth choir helps to build a new future for young people suffering loss

    Members of a youth choir have set the seeds to provide hope for their peers suffering loss through an innovative project. Clarecastle Ballyea Youth Choir and Celtic Ensemble Londubh launched another aspect of their project Youth helps Youth in Mid-Clare churches recently. Motivated by the words of former USA president Franklin D Roosevelt, who stated “We can’t always build the future for our youth,” they are determined to build up youth for the future. The two groups introduced to the liturgy symbols of healing at masses in Roslevan, Clarecastle, Ballyea, Ennis, Shannon and Quin last weekend to create public awareness of children who are experiencing a difficult time. They expressed their delight at being able to join in support with the young people of the Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick who are experiencing loss. This will be achieved in a very practical way with a fundraising concert in Clarecastle’s St Peter and Paul Church in aid of the …

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Brendan O’Donnell film for national cinema release

IT was the murder that shocked the nation – a mother, her child and a priest gunned down in an East Clare wood by a mentally-ill man, next week cinemas around the country will release a film exploring the life of the man behind these brutal killings. Property of the State, a film brought to the screens by Mountshannon-based producers Terence Ryan and Susan Morrall, is told from the perspective of Ann Marie O’Donnell, the sister of Brendan O’Donnell, who carried out this atrocity in Cregg Wood, Whitegate, in 1994. Ahead of the film release on October 27 in Ireland and the UK, Terence said it is a film that “needs to be seen”. He said people were “shocked that we would make the film because, to them, it was something they wanted not to see, and not be part of, but once they had been to see the film, they changed their minds completely and realised how important it …

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Iconic Pope image among Shannon photographer’s legacy

SHANNON-based photographer Pádraig O’Reilly passed away last week at the age of 73 after a long illness. He took an iconic photograph of the Pope at Shannon Airport in 1979, while he worked for Shannon Development for many years and worked on a freelance capacity later on. His son, Pádraic said that his father had begun his career by working for a now defunct national newspaper. “I think they were taking on people as apprentices for The Irish Press and he went into the photographic department there. He was there for four or five years then, before going to Shannon Development.” The training in Dublin stood to him. “He was working the night that Nelson’s Pillar was blown up. There is a great shot of him sitting with his camera on top of Nelson’s head. The Press trained their guys pretty well and that kind of carried forward through the Shannon Development stuff and the rest. “Joe Clark used to …

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Ennis shop hit by third robbery in 12 years

AN Ennis businessman has spoken of his “terrifying ordeal” after he was subjected to an alleged armed robbery on Wednesday afternoon, the third break-in in 12 years. Stephen Coote said a man wearing a Hallowe’en mask and dark clothing entered his shop on the Kilrush Road and held a “small black gun” up to his face. Coote’s shop is a well-known landmark in the town and is a stop-off point for people travelling to West Clare. Mr Coote’s mother, Mary, was also working in the shop at the time, when the suspect demanded money on Wednesday. He said Mary has been present for a number of break-ins, including a very serious incident, when she was left with a broken arm after a vicious assault. “He walked me halfway up the shop and started shouting at Mam, who said that she couldn’t open the till. He held the gun up to my face. I pressed the panic button as I was …

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lucky to be alive after tree comes crashing down

AN Ennis man has spoken of his horror and how he is “lucky to be alive” after a tree crushed his van just moments after he had got out of it on Monday. Brendan Hogan (71) described himself as “some kind of Houdini” having cheated death at the height of ex-hurricane Ophelia. He explained that he left his home in Ennis between 12 and 1pm on Monday to tend to two foals he had grazing in a paddock at Balloughtra in Tulla. “I went down to see the two foals. I got out of the van and just went around to the back of it, opened the door and took out a bit of ration for them. I was standing at the back of the van and I closed the van door and I heard creaking and cracking. I looked up and I said ‘Oh Jesus’. I had to jump back out of the way, it was that close. “It …

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Council urges public to avoid exposed coastal locations

    Clare County Council is warning peoploe to avoid exposed coastal locations throughout Friday night and Saturday due to forecast stormy conditions. A Status Orange wind warning has been issued for the Banner County as Storm Brian is expected to peak early on Saturday with winds at their strongest along the coast. Met Éireann says southeast winds of mean speeds 55 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h, will veer west or northwest and strengthen further during the night, reaching orange level with mean speeds of 65-80 km/h with gusts 110-130 km/h. Winds will ease from orange warning level to yellow warning level during Saturday evening. It also warns there is a risk of coastal flooding, which has placed communities in West and North Clare on red alert. In addition, a Status Yellow wind warning has been issued for the entire country with gusts of up to 110kmh forecast – and going higher in coastal parts of the south …

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Kilrush man charged with Kilkee murder

GARDAÍ have charged a 21-year-old Kilrush man with the murder of Karl Haugh at the Marian Estate in Kilkee last August. Detective Garda Padraig Frawley gave evidence of charging Robbie Walsh of 20 Island View, Kilrush, with murder, at a sitting of Ennis District Court on Wednesday. In reply to the murder charge, Mr Walsh said, “Sorry, I didn’t mean to do it”. Mr Walsh, who is represented by Patrick Moylan, solicitor, had been charged with assault, intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Karl Haugh at Marian Estate on Sunday, August 6. However, on Wednesday, Inspector Tom Kennedy, prosecuting, said the State was withdrawing that charge and it was struck out. Judge Patrick Durcan pointed out that it had no jurisdiction to deal with bail in the case of a murder charge. Mr Moylan outlined that a bail application would be made to the High Court. A Book of Evidence is to be prepared and the matter will be …

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Skeletal Remains in Fanore are those of woman buried at Sea

Gardaí have confirmed that the skeletal remains that washed up on the Fanore coast last month were those of a woman buried at sea in 2016. Superintendent John Galvin of Kilrush Garda Station said the family of the deceased have been informed and they are no longer investigating the matter. He said the deceased woman had been buried off the West coast following her death in 2016. The remains were found by walkers on September 19 last at Poulsallagh in Fanore. Following a post mortem and DNA analysis the identity of the deceased was established and contact was subsequently made with the family.  

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