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An unforgetable experience

She may not have brought home the crown but Ballinruan’s Róisín Rodgers, who represented Clare Macra in this year’s International Miss Macra competition, says the experience is one she will never forget. She shares her experience at the recent competition in Tipperary.

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Life and death of Wild Bill Hickok

POKER players will know the card hand of two aces and two eights as the ‘Dead Man’s Hand’. It was the hand that Wild Bill Hickok was playing in a saloon in Deadwood City, South Dakota, when he was shot in the back by a man named Jack McCall. There is no mention of what the fifth card was.

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Going to great depths to break a record

DIVING enthusiast Christy Healy is always prepared to go to great depths to raise awareness and crucial funding for children suffering with disabilities and life-threatening illnesses.

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The week in pictures

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Fr Pat Culligan at the parochial house in Carrigaholt. Photograph by Declan Monaghan

Remembering the Famine dead

AS the 2013 National Famine Commemoration in Kilrush approaches, the fact that 3,600 famine victims lie buried in Shanakyle Cemetery underlines the tragic severity of the 1845 – 1849 Famine.

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The scene at the crash site.

New perspective on Shannon tragedy

PREVIOUSLY unpublished pictures have emerged of the aftermath of a plane crash at Shannon on September 10, 1961 in which more than 80 people were killed.

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Bay of Pigs invasion – American foreign policy fiasco

THE attempted invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs is often listed as one of the failures of John F Kennedy’s presidency. However, the entire episode was fully arranged long before his election.

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The week in pictures

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