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Daughter takes a leaf out of her father’s book at Christmas tree throwing competition

IT was a case of like father like daughter at this year’s annual Christmas Tree Throwing Championship. January 6 is the traditional time for taking down the Christmas decorations, and for the eighth year in a row that tradition has been taken to the extreme in Ennis. Leaf-ing the festive season behind on Sunday, 150 people took part in the annual Christmas Tree Throwing Championship at Active Ennis Tim Smyth Park. Among those were father and daughter John and Lauren Leahy. John took the overall title of champion tree thrower for the third year in a row with an impressive throw of 7 metres. While his daughter Lauren followed in his family footsteps by winning in the under 14 category with a throw of 4.5 metres. John, who competes in athletic throwing events, puts his success down to technique. “It’s great to have three in a row. It’s a very awkward thing to throw a Christmas tree, some people might …

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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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