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Daughter takes a leaf out of her father’s book at Christmas tree throwing competition

IT was a case of like father like daughter at this year’s annual Christmas Tree Throwing Championship. January 6 is the traditional time for taking down the Christmas decorations, and for the eighth year in a row that tradition has been taken to the extreme in Ennis. Leaf-ing the festive season behind on Sunday, 150 people took part in the annual Christmas Tree Throwing Championship at Active Ennis Tim Smyth Park. Among those were father and daughter John and Lauren Leahy. John took the overall title of champion tree thrower for the third year in a row with an impressive throw of 7 metres. While his daughter Lauren followed in his family footsteps by winning in the under 14 category with a throw of 4.5 metres. John, who competes in athletic throwing events, puts his success down to technique. “It’s great to have three in a row. It’s a very awkward thing to throw a Christmas tree, some people might …

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Victorians in vogue in Kilkee

VISITORS to Kilkee, or indeed locals caught unaware, may feel they have become emeshed in a bizarre time-warp on Sunday.

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Honouring the humble spud

National Potato Day gives this trusted household staple a moment of glory with celebratory events taking place all over the country. It is earmarked for this Friday, promoted by the Irish Potato Federation and the IFA.

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Focusing on the county’s heritage

PRESENTATIONS on new archaeological discoveries along the River Fergus and at Poulnabrone Portal Tomb will underpin Heritage Week in Clare, which runs from this Saturday to August 25.

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Michael McElligott of Pallasgreen threshing oats by hand at Kildysart Agricultural Show. Photograph by John Kelly.

Top of the class

Kildysart Agricultural Show proved to be a winner yet again with the 71st annual event drawing large crowds to the show field, jumping arena and indoor exhibition on Saturday.

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Conference a social outlet for disease sufferers

THE event held in Feakle on Tuesday was deemed “an outstanding success” by Councillor Pat Hayes, who chaired the health conference.

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Memorial to recognise former Roses

ORGANISERS of the Rose of Tralee Festival are trying to contact former Clare and Clare-born roses for a very special tribute event, which takes place during the festival in Tralee, County Kerry later this month. All former rose finalists will have their names inscribed in a glass wall of honour in the Tralee Rose Garden, which will be unveiled on Thursday, August 15.

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A great show at South East Clare

  THE annual South East Clare Show at Bridgetown took place last weekend. The following are first placed results. Horse ShowingBest heavy weight or draught broodmare: Jimmy Casey, Kildysart; Best broodmare lightweight: Sheelagh Barry, Inch; Best non-thoroughbred colt foal: Dermot O’Sullivan, Kildysart; Best non-thoroughbred filly foal: Jimmy Casey, Kildysart; All-Ireland Breeders Championship qualifier: Dermot O’Sullivan, Kildysart, Stephen Culliney, Corofin; Champion foal: Champion: Dermot O’Sullivan, Kildysart, Reserve: Jimmy Casey, Kildysart; Champion broodmare The Michael Skeehan Memorial Perpetual Challenge Cup: Champion: Sheelagh Barry, Inch, Reserve: Jimmy Casey, Kildysart; Yearling colt or gelding: John Leahy, Cregg, Lahinch; Yearling filly: Rebecca Monahan, Tulla; The Irish Filly All-Ireland Championship qualifier: Peter Williams, Lisdoonvara, Rebecca Monahan, Tulla; Two-year-old colt or gelding: Cyril Stephens, Kilrush; Two-year-old filly: Noel O’Shea, Labasheeda; Three-year-old colt or gelding: Frank Casey, Ennis; Three-year-old filly: Michael Lyons, Birdhill, Tipperary; Overall champion young horse The Cooneys Bar Perpetual Challenge Cup: Champion: Cyril Stephens, Kilrush, Reserve: Michael Lyons, Birdhill, Tipperary. Show pony Open and novice …

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