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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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Laura looks back on unforgettable Haitian experience

STIFLING heat, humidity and exhaustion. These are just some of the words used by Sixmilebridge’s Laura Gallagher to describe her experiences of volunteering to help build homes in Haiti. The others – amazing, fantastic and unforgettable.Laura first travelled to Haiti in 2009, returning to the earthquake-devastated country in 2011. She was one of many Irish volunteers who travelled as part of Build it Week with Haven, the Irish NGO working to provide shelter, water, sanitation and training to vulnerable people in Haiti. A secondary school construction, woodwork and technical graphics teacher, the 29-year-old says she knew little about the country when she first decided to go.“I had been looking for something interesting and different to do with charities and I heard the Haiti trip being advertised on the radio. I researched it and decided to go. I knew nothing about Haiti at the time, I barely knew where it was but I thought it would be an interesting challenge. It …

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Dreams made or broken in Lisdoonvarna

A GENTLE breeze bristled through the empty streets of Lisdoonvarna. The setting resembled that of a ghost town that wouldn’t have looked out place in a Clint Eastwood film. Approaching the centre of the village, with a multitude of pubs on either side of the road, it was clear to see where the townspeople were hiding. An unlikely combination of ladies’ pearls, music and a barrage of pints were drawing in the public like moths to a flame.This was the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, running until October 7 this year, an event where people of all ages have attended for decades, some with hopes of finding a husband or wife. It originated as simply a tourist centre, for people from far and wide to come for the unique Lisdoonvarna mineral spa springs, which gave relief to symptoms of diseases, such as glandular fever. The matchmaking tradition began to take shape in September, the peak month of the holiday season. Today, at …

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Ladies still cherishing the music

AS part of their eight-gig nationwide tour, Cherish The Ladies, the US-based trad dynamo fronted by the inimitable Joanie Madden, will perform at Glór on September 20.

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Huge support helped Loughnane through cancer treatment

FORMER Clare hurling manager, Ger Loughnane, who was struck down by a bout of acute myeloid leukaemia last year, has said he was overwhelmed by all the support he received during his cancer treatment.

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