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Missionary took on communist regime

The Clare Association in Dublin held its annual dinner dance in the Carlton Hotel, Dublin last Saturday night, where Sr Maura O’Donoghue and Robbie McMahon were honoured.

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The week in pictures

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The week in pictures

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Top pupils are honoured

CLARE pupils proved they were top of the class when they received awards for achievement and contribution to their academies during their time in second-level education.A scroll and silver medal were presented by Clare Vocational Education Committee to the pupils in each of its eight academies with highest 2010 Leaving Certificate results and a similar merit award went to the Leaving Certificate pupils nominated for outstanding participation and contribution during their time in each of these centres of education.Another round of awards went to Junior Certificate pupils for excellence of results in that examination in 2010. Parents, family members and friends gathered for the presentations in Woodstock Hotel, Ennis. The principals and in some instances the vice-principals or other senior staff of the eight academies introduced the Leaving Certificate and merit award winners and recited citations grounding their selection. Also, 20 pupils from around the county, double that of 2009, were presented with ­certificates recognising A grade achievement at higher …

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Ennis couple have first Clare baby of the year

AN Ennis couple had a very special reason to celebrate the new year as they welcomed their newborn son into the world, the first Clare baby to be born this year. Emer Cleary gave birth to baby John Francis Cleary at the Regional Maternity Hospital in Limerick at 1.45am on January 1, weighing in at 10lb 9oz.Proud parents John and Emer from Garran na Coille, Ennis, were thrilled to introduce their new addition to the family and to big brother Michael, who is nearly three.Emer described the new baby as their “little darling”, saying he has been “really good” since being brought home from hospital.Emer’s mother, Frances O’Reilly, was among the many well-wishers congratulating the pair and she was delighted that they named their new son after her.Emer explained that John Francis was due on Christmas Day but arrived a week late. She described the labour as “grand”.“I had a c-section the first time so it was great to be …

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Pupils’ plastic pick-up project

A GROUP of second-year pupils from Colaiste Muire in Ennis are trying to change attitudes about the use of plastic packaging.Every Sunday since September, the six 14-year-olds go to Doonbeg Beach with members of their families and collect plastic waste off the beach. They encourage others on the beach to do likewise.Colette Reddington, a teacher at Colaiste Muire, who is assisting the girls with the project, explained that the idea came when one of the pupils saw butter cartons on Clare beaches earlier this year. “The cartons came from one of seven containers which were washed overboard from the coaster, BG Dublin south of Tramore last January. She told some of her friends about the butter cartons and they began to think that it’s not the beaches that are dirty but what is washed in from the sea,” she said.The pupils plan to enter their project into an Eco Unesco competition for school environmental projects.Since their Sunday beach collections began …

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Youth service volunteer army come out in force

Hundreds turned out at the Ennis Youth Centre last week as Clare Youth Service presented Volunteer Recognition Pins to 33 people who are making vital local contributions to young people’s lives in all parts of the county.Working in clubs, youth cafés and music projects in Ennis, Shannon, Coolmeen, Kilnaboy, Scariff, Inagh, Kilfenora, Sixmilebridge, Moy and Cooraclare, these leaders are part of the youth service’s 350-strong volunteer force.At the presentation, Síle Lynch of the Clare Youth Service Board said, “Across Clare, these volunteers support our young people by running clubs and projects as well as raising funds and sitting on local and national boards. No award can truly recognise the effort they make so this is a small thankyou and recognition.”The award scheme is a national one in conjunction with Youth Work Ireland and pins are presented in three categories of gold, silver and bronze, depending on length of service. There were 14 gold awards in Clare, which require a minimum …

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