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Cyber-bullying in the Banner

By Dan Danaher ONE in every three teenagers have experienced some form of bullying on Facebook, according to a recent survey conducted by filmmakers at Ennis Youth Project. For the young people affected, the bullying continued for more than a month. The online survey of 100 people, aged between 13 and 18, found three-quarters said they had become less confident as a result of the bullying and 40% had become depressed. One of the most encouraging findings, however, is that many teens responded by blocking out the bully and had informed a friend, family member or teacher. One Ennis secondary school pupil, who was a victim of cyber-bullying, believes it is one of the biggest issues facing young people. The 15-year-old went straight to Junction manager Jean Tierney and youth worker Aoife Guilfoyle, who gave all the help needed at the time. “I was bullied in the past. I came and talked to people at the Junction and I am …

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Maureen’s memory lives on with charity events

LAUGHTER and tears mingle freely as John and Mairead Lavery talk about their late daughter, Maureen, who died on January 21, 2012. Aged just 27 when she passed away, Maureen was diagnosed with cancer in December 2010 and although she fought it for as long as she was able, her condition deteriorated and eventually took her. Employed as a beautician at Rochford’s Pharmacy in Ennis, Maureen had an immediate concern once the diagnosis was confirmed.

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Kilrush link to generous Choctaw tribe

TWENTY years ago, PJ Kennedy (RIP) walked the 500-mile Choctaw ‘Trail of Tears’ walk from Oklahoma to Mississippi. With the National Famine Commemoration (May 3 to 12) launched this Friday in Carrigaholt, PJ’s wife, Maureen, last week recalled her husband’s month-long walk with the AfrI charity in September 1992.

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Fresh bill of health for Clare air

A new index of air quality launched this week has so far shown that Clare’s air is clean and there are no risks to those affected by air pollution.

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Brain-teasers for Olympiad competitors

TWO pupils from St Joseph’s School, Spanish Point, Tara Comber and Sean Hanrahan, took part in the recent All-Ireland Linguistics Olympiad Finals, the search to find Ireland’s top young decoders at Dublin City University (DCU).

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Walking the walk in West Clare

WHILE researching the Kilcredaun walk for her Carrigaholt-based walking company, The Long Way Round, Laura Foley felt impelled to immediately share any snippet of new information she had gleaned.

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Capturing the spirit of inspiration

ON Friday, April 12, Patrick O’Dwyer’s biography of Feakle-born Fr Tim Tuohy will be launched in the Bellbridge House Hotel, Spanish Point. The book is an account of Fr Tuohy’s life in the priesthood and his contribution to the Clare parishes, Kilmurry Ibrickane, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Broadford and Killaloe. It also chronicles his sporting and coaching excellence.

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