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Hard at work, Emmet ‘Hopper’ Ryan grew up to the sound of the sea.

The Hopper effect

Emmet ‘Hopper’ Ryan’s life, and death, leaves an indelible mark on family and friends, writes Peter O’Connell

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A piece of the past

Historian and founder of Cuimhneamh an Chláir oral history group, Tomás MacConmara is working on a PhD documenting the Anglo-Irish War of Independence in Clare. He tells Carol Byrne how his first real brush with the War of Independence was unearthing a revolver as a child

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Going underground

OUR ANCIENT ancestors saw them as portals to another world, with all manner of monsters lurking within their cavernous bounds.

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Love: Live Music whistles up a storm

THEY may not have broken a world record but that certainly didn’t stop the music at Ennis’ Love: Live Music concert at the weekend. According to organisers, it is hoped more overseas tourists will visit the town as a result of the event.

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Winners on their way to UL for Munster Fleadh

MILTOWN Malbay hosted Fleadh Cheoil an Chláir, organised by Clare Comhaltas, which included a host of concerts, sessions and of course, competitions in music, song and dance.

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Information sought on Kilkee churches

IN 1963, two new churches were completed in both Kilkee and Lisdeen.

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Loop Head hosts summer hedge school

AS she prepares for her inaugural Loop Head Summer Hedge School, from July 10 to August 18, Carmel T Madigan cannot be accused of failing to have an intimate knowledge of her peninsula environment. Born and reared next to the Bridges of Ross, the Barefield-based artist, who also works out of her studio just outside Cross village, remembers blithely hurtling down local cliffs without a second thought. “We used to skid down the cliffs and things like that,” Carmel says while making tea and unearthing scones on a breezy June morning in Cross. “Since then I’ve seen the earth fall in. There’s coastal erosion going on there. It wasn’t exactly a sound thing to do but that’s what we did. Our parents were constantly worried because they didn’t want us around the cliffs at all. The environment was our playground, even if we didn’t understand it very much, but that didn’t stop us and our neighbours getting together. We got …

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