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Sluice gates fittings a ‘major find’

THE discovery of iron fittings attached to old sluice gates in Ennis dating back to the mid-1800s has been described as significant find in the industrial heritage of the county town.

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The Red Cross and the frontline

SWISS man Henry Dunant was shocked by what he witnessed of war and the suffering it caused. In 1862 he published his book Memoir of Solferino about the inadequate treatment of the sick and wounded at the battle of that name.

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Historic baptism on Canon Island

WHEN four-month-old Seán Óg Cleary asks questions about his baptismal day, he will be intrigued by what he hears. The 11th generation in his family, Seán Óg was baptised last Saturday afternoon by Kildysart parish priest, Fr Albert McDonnell and Fr Jim Noonan (Foynes), in near mystical surroundings.

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Canon Dwyer collection on display at Clare Museum

PERSONAL correspondence from a former rector of St Columba’s Church of Ireland in Ennis and his relatives dating from 1880 to 1919 has gone on display at Clare Museum.

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Heritage Week concludes

THE Clare Heritage Office has reported that hundreds of people have so far attended Heritage Week 2013 events across the county.

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Battle of the Biddies in Croke Park

YEARS ago, after a Munster football final in Cork, I got on the road home before most of the traffic. The road in question was the old Cork-Mallow road, which probably had more twists and turns per mile than any comparable road in the country.

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5,000m gold medal for Coughlan

THE late ’70s and early ’80s was a golden era for Irish middle distance runners, milers in particular.  

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Carnegie’s life and death

MOST people will have heard the old yarn about the tourist asking for directions in New York. The question of “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” got the very basic answer “Practice Man Practice”. Carnegie Hall, one of the great iconic performance venues, was named after the Scottish-born industrialist who financed it.

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