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Ennis historical trails app to go multilingual?

THE success of the Ennis Town Historical Trails App has sparked calls to now translate the app into different languages for the county capital’s tourists.

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Love is anything but plane sailing

LOVE was definitely in the air when a group of daters, including Spanish Point’s Aisling Walsh, set a new Guinness World record for the world’s highest-ever speed date last week.

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Pilgrims arrive after the flood

BISHOP Kieran O’Reilly led 450 pilgrims on the 57th Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes recently, just one week after the authorities were forced to close the sanctuaries after floods devastated the Pyrenees region of the South of France.

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Scents of a supergarden

SHE has won RTÉ’s Supergarden competition, as well as a silver medal at Dublin Bloom with her innovative garden designs but when it comes to her own garden in Bunratty, Lisa McKnight admits “I just can’t find enough time”.

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Hard at work, Emmet ‘Hopper’ Ryan grew up to the sound of the sea.

The Hopper effect

Emmet ‘Hopper’ Ryan’s life, and death, leaves an indelible mark on family and friends, writes Peter O’Connell

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A piece of the past

Historian and founder of Cuimhneamh an Chláir oral history group, Tomás MacConmara is working on a PhD documenting the Anglo-Irish War of Independence in Clare. He tells Carol Byrne how his first real brush with the War of Independence was unearthing a revolver as a child

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Going underground

OUR ANCIENT ancestors saw them as portals to another world, with all manner of monsters lurking within their cavernous bounds.

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Loop Head hosts summer hedge school

AS she prepares for her inaugural Loop Head Summer Hedge School, from July 10 to August 18, Carmel T Madigan cannot be accused of failing to have an intimate knowledge of her peninsula environment. Born and reared next to the Bridges of Ross, the Barefield-based artist, who also works out of her studio just outside Cross village, remembers blithely hurtling down local cliffs without a second thought. “We used to skid down the cliffs and things like that,” Carmel says while making tea and unearthing scones on a breezy June morning in Cross. “Since then I’ve seen the earth fall in. There’s coastal erosion going on there. It wasn’t exactly a sound thing to do but that’s what we did. Our parents were constantly worried because they didn’t want us around the cliffs at all. The environment was our playground, even if we didn’t understand it very much, but that didn’t stop us and our neighbours getting together. We got …

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