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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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Parteen-based professor’s unique look at Yeats

HE MIGHT have caricatured himself as an ‘old scarecrow’ but William Butler Yeats, the antediluvian gentleman of our Leaving Certificate years, was, it appears, anything but.

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Suppressing the night-time munchies

FEELING sluggish, lacking energy, craving foods you might otherwise avoid?  One of the biggest issues for those struggling to lose weight is controlling the desire for late-night munchies. When feeling lethargic, we tend to crave foods to comfort us and evenings tend to be the most difficult time to control these cravings.  After dinner, as we settle down for some relaxation after a busy day, we tend to start foraging for a snack. Whether it’s early or late in the evening, this is the time that people consume most of their excess calories.The metabolism slows down at night as we’re winding down for bed, so eating a lot at this time isn’t ideal when we’re trying to lose weight. However, according to Motivation Weight Management, the main thing to realise is that if you’re mindful of your hunger, and mindful of your food choices, you will always feel in control. For most of us, snacking in the evening is purely …

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Merchant House stands proud once more

Former young historian of the year, Paul Gleeson, talks to John Rainsford about a remarkable renovation project in Kilrush  

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Young Ballina actor features on TG4

HEART-rendering scenes will be the order of the day when a young Ballina actor appears on television screens later this month.Jimi O’Bhaoill-de-Faoite (11) will play the lead role in Eoinín, which will be shown on TG4 next Wednesday at 10pm.Directed by Tom Sullivan and produced by Ciarán O’Cofaigh, this adaptation of Pádraig Pearse’s Eoinín is based around the story of a mother, Máire, who struggles to retain control when her 11-year-old son, Eoin, is diagnosed with Leukaemia.Jimi played the lead role in Eoinín at the Irish Shorts Section of the Cork Film Festival last November.Having recently auditioned for other parts, Jimi’s acting career seems to be on an upward curve.Acting is in his genes as his father, Diarmuid de Faoite, is the award-winning actor, writer, drama therapist and drama teacher from Ennis.Although Diarmuid has built up vast experience during his illustrious 25-year career, he couldn’t bear to see his son on set.“Jimi plays a child who is dying. I remember …

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Globetrotters with a mission

TWO local women have been awarded travel scholarships, allowing them to work in developing countries for two months this summer.

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