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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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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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