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Ennis shop’s Winning Streak continues

THIRTEEN might be unlucky for some, but hopefully not for Joe Reid from Inch. Joe has been chosen to take part in this Saturday’s Winning Streak show with the chance to win a whopping €500,000.He will be the 13th contestant to have purchased his winning ticket from O’Dowd’s convenience store in Ennis.O’Dowd’s on the Turnpike Road has been dubbed one of luckiest shops in Clare. The store has seen not only 13 Winning Streak winners but also three lotto winners, including the €2 million Bredin syndicate.Joe told The Clare Champion he isn’t worried about the so-called unlucky number. He said, “I’m not at all superstitious. It’s all the same to me, it’s just a number.”He has asked his daughter Rosemarie to take his place on the programme and said he has no plans for any of his potential winnings. “Sure anything I win I’ll be delighted with. It will all go to my family anyway.”He said he had no idea …

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The week in pictures

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Dee’s got great taste

WHITEGATE native Deirdre Collins, one of Ireland’s best-known health food entrepreneurs, is celebrating after her brand scooped a prestigious gold star at the Great Taste Awards 2011.Married and living in Cork, Deirdre, who established Dee’s Eat Well, Be Happy in 2009, received the honour for her new Thai butternut squash, potato and lentil meal.The new addition to her healthy-eating range is about to be officially launched and will begin appearing on the shelves of supermarkets and food halls over the coming weeks. Sales listings with retailers across the country have already been secured and the latest award comes as the brand continues to strengthen its market presence both in Ireland and Britain.Within the last six months, UK sales and distribution agreements have been negotiated with The Health Store, Queenswood Foods and Rainbow Wholefoods. Just this month, it was also announced that a new distribution agreement with Independent Irish Health Foods, based in Ballyvourney in West Cork, will see Dee’s organic …

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Sinéad snaps up first prize in competition

ENNIS pupil Sinéad O’Neill has snapped up a first prize in a nationwide photography competition. Sinéad was the senior cycle winner of the annual Science Snaps photographic competition, held in the run-up to science week. Bus Éireann are set to use the winning pictures in posters inside a selection of its coaches.This year’s theme for the competition was ‘The Wonder of Small Science’. Sinead’s winning photograph was titled An Eye for Nano and depicted a memory card. “I was thrilled when I found out I was one of the winners, I was so surprised,” Sinéad said.The Leaving Certificate pupil comes from a family of avid photographers, with Sinéad first taking up the camera when she was just 12.She explained the idea behind her award-winning photo. “I had a few ideas for the competition and my mother helped me narrow them down. I could only enter two photographs. I was thinking about small technology and the way technology has gone so …

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Wheelchair-bound doggie hopes to be the best loved in Ireland

East Clare dog, Mollie, is a finalist for Ireland’s Best-Loved Dog as part of a national competition organised for World Animal Week.

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Unlocking the secret of happiness

Three good fairies gathered to bestow special gifts on the newborn. If I had such powers, I’m not sure which gift I’d choose to give. Ideally, I wish I could present everyone with a set of skills to cope with “life, love and the whole damn thing”.How to decide the order of importance in which I’d place such talents? Well, the ability to adapt, grow and accept the changes that life inevitably brings would definitely be foremost. Coincidentally, the name Aurora means dawn – most appropriate because at the dawn of the new year, I wish to record a little fable demonstrating the importance of personal growth. A man visited his doctor, stating, “My eyes are bulging, I feel I’m choking and my tongue protrudes constantly.” Upon examination, the doctor suggested that the removal of his tonsils should alleviate the dreadful symptoms. Having recovered from the surgery, the man returned to the doctor immediately, complaining that his problems persisted. Puzzled, …

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