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A Race Against Time For Rohingyas

WHITEGATE native Marie Madden joined Concern Worldwide as their communications officer last October and has spoken to The Clare Champion about her experience working for the NGO, particularly in dealing with the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh. CONCERN have recently launched the Bangladesh Monsoon Appeal as nearly one million Rohingya people face further catastrophe at the makeshift refugee camp they are currently occupying in the coastal region of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. Marie Madden, from Whitegate, has just returned from a two week trip to Cox’s Bazar where she has seen first hand the conditions these people, primarily made up of women and children, have been living in. She explains how these people have already been through so much pain and suffering and now stand to lose the makeshift homes they have made in monsoon rains. She explained that the Rohingyas are an ethnic minority based in Myanmar, and despite having been there for generations they don’t have citizenship and are …

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Successful Marie Keating walk

THE Marie Keating Foundation 5km walk was held for the third year in Shannon and will result in more than €5,000 being raised for the charity.

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Charity match for families struck by illness

THE heat of the late evening sun enveloped the Keavey family homestead west of the Crosses of Annagh last Sunday evening. Far across the freshly cut fields, the Atlantic glistened blue and serene, as news filtered through of Kilmurry Ibrickane’s latest O’Gorman Cup success in neighbouring Doonbeg.

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RabbITte on hand for Caring for Carers

SHANNON’S Sylvia Gaffney is no longer afraid of a mouse – a computer mouse that is. Sylvia was among a number of family carers presented with certificates by Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte in Ennis this week after completing a Caring for Carers course in information technology skills.

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Orla has designs on Dublin

Orla Hannon from Pollough in Sixmilebridge is one of 16 designers of a unique Dublin tour guide, which was designed for people with Down Syndrome by people with Down Syndrome.

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Celebrities drop into Coláiste for Cycle Against Suicide

Coláiste Muire is looking forward to visits from Ireland’s top celebrities including Roz Purcell, Brent Pope and other well-known celebrities to their school this Saturday as part of Cycle Against Suicide.

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Scholarship honours the memory of late Rose

  A Kilrush engineer said he will never forget the groundswell of support from friends of a former Rose of Tralee contestant who passed away last year. Up to 60 Rose of Tralee escorts, contestants and friends of Adrienne Hussey crammed into the waiting room of Beaumont Hospital in Dublin at midnight on Wednesday, January 12, 2012. Barry Prendeville said people came from all over the world when they heard about Adrienne’s critical condition. Unfortunately, their worst fears were realised when Adrienne, at just 26, died from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm that doctors believe may have been congenital. She was a social worker from Plano, Texas. Like all her friends, Barry was devastated after her death and wanted to do something to remember her by. Having met Adrienne while she was competing as the Texan Rose of Tralee in August 2010, they struck up a great friendship. At the time, Barry was the escort for the Luxembourg Rose and when …

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Buds Blossom €10,500 for charity

The Buds to Blossoms Fashion Show, which took place in the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, over Christmas, raised more than €10,000 for local charities. This is the second year of the event and organisers are hailing it “a tremendous success”.

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