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‘Typical Irish beauty’ laid to rest

YVONNE McTernan may have been labeled a ‘typical Irish beauty’ back in 1950 but to her family, she was anything but typical.Born on October 31, 1928, in Ennis, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Ellen McTernan. At 20 years of age, Yvonne was selected as one of Aer Lingus’ first air hostesses in 1948 before being picked, two years later, by American photographer and artist Ben Stahl as what he considered a typical Irish beauty. Mr Stahl was travelling around Europe at the time painting women who he believed represented ‘typical’ beauty from that country.“The only thing she ever said was there was an announcement made and she was chosen,” Yvonne’s daughter, Laura, explained.“Ben Stahl was trying to find a forum to vet the young girls to choose. He was told to go to Aer Lingus because they had already gone through a strict selection process. The air hostesses were in an elite group because they also …

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Catherine surfs a golden wave

NINETY-SIX year-old Catherine Talty from Clounlaheen, Mullagh has won a Golden IT Award for mastering digital technology that helped to preserve the past. Local history group Cuimhneamh an Chláir (CAC) visited Catherine to record her stories of times past. However, she decided to learn to use the digital recorder herself in order to document her tales for the CAC archive, contributing 83 files on folklore and tradition from the mid-19th century all the way up to the 1970s. “Not so much into computers as taping music recordings,” was Catherine’s explanation behind her award. “I was used to the ordinary little tape recorder going to sessions over the years, recording songs and recitations. Then Tomás Mac Conmara, who works for Cuimhneamh an Chláir, was paying frequent visits as was Carol Gleeson. They both made recordings of my recollections of  bygone days. Then I was given a present of one of these little digital tape recorders by the family at Christmas time,” …

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Karma police

Author Darragh McManus talks moral fables, educated vigilantes and working to the soundtrack of his own screams with Brendan Daly

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Much to do in Year of Faith

Fifty years on from Vatican II, the Catholic Church still has much work to do to fulfil the council’s objective of ­being a church of openness and ­co-responsibility, the Diocese of Limerick stated this week.

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Photo clue for Labasheeda emigrant

AN American man who stumbled upon a photo of the Breens of Labasheeda is hoping people in Clare can help him identify them.

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Newmarket connection to Kennedys

THERE was a very special reunion recently for one Clare family who managed to trace their roots and discovered they are related to one of the world’s most famous families – the Kennedys.

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Exercise plan helps Ennis woman overcome scoliosis

THE onset of a severe spinal condition threatened to turn the life of a 48-year-old Ennis woman upside down until she completed a tailor-made exercise plan devised in a London clinic.  

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Carrigaholt couple content to be all at sea

GEOFF and Sue Magee double over, laughing at the memory. Thirty years ago, the husband and wife transported a pair of caravans to Carrigaholt from Cork. They lived in them in nearby Kilcredaun before buying and refurbishing the late Delia Carroll’s house in the same townland. “We arrived in two barrel-topped wagons. We caused a stir alright,” Sue recalled in the office of the couple’s Dolphin Watch and Nature Boat Trip company in Carrigaholt. Originally from New York, Sue moved to Ireland in the late 1970s. She met Geoff, then a fisherman, in Dingle. He’s from Lancashire in England, although his parents are from Cavan and Leitrim, where he spent his childhood summers. After marrying, they moved to the US for a couple of years. Geoff fished in Alaska but they wanted to settle permanently and Carrigaholt beckoned. Geoff had already visited, moving a boat with John Mellet and the picturesque fishing village had left an immovable impression. “We came …

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