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Maxi dresses return for summer

Sun, sea and sand is what we are all waiting for as the days grow longer and the weather gets warmer and so now is the right time to prepare your wardrobes for what is to come.Sundresses, swimwear and sandals are the staples of any summer wardrobe but this year there are some interesting key pieces to spice up the usual three-piece ensemble.The maxi dress has made a welcome return and is a great buy, as it is not only suitable for the beach holiday but also as a stylish look for a city break. Online retailer, Littlewoods Ireland, department store, Heatons and high-street favourite, Warehouse are each showcasing a selection of smart, stylish and sexy maxi dresses.There are a wide variety of colours and patterns from paisley to floral prints or block-colour tiered maxi dresses, which help to make an individual statement. Alternatively, for petites, try a calf-length bandeau dress.Emerging as a key trend this summer is the utility …

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The bombing of Guernica

THE German concept of Blitzkrieg or total war was used to the full at the start of the Second World War. It involved major use of air power, both to destroy military targets and to intimidate the civilian population.Since 1918, Germany was not supposed to develop their army or air force, or engae in military planning but there were ways around these restrictions. They needed to test their men and tactics in a combat situation and this they did with the Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War. Very early in the Spanish War, the rebels under Franco appealed to Germany for help. The leaders of the army were reluctant to get involved but Goring, head of the Luftwaffe, was anxious to have his men in Spain and it was there that Messerschmitts, Heinkels and Stuka Dive Bombers were first used in combat. At its height, the Condor Legion was a force 12,000 strong but it is the actions of …

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Marathon effort is close to Paul’s heart

If Paul Daly hits the ‘wall’ during next Sunday’s London marathon, the Kilkee man won’t have to delve too deeply for the inspiration needed to galvanise his legs.

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Emerging from years of abuse

Carol Byrne speaks to a victim of sexual and domestic abuse about the long road to recovery and the importance of having support.

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When Sinn Féin became the law in the country

Banishment to Mutton Island, off Quilty, for three weeks was the punishment for two men who disobeyed an order of a Sinn Féin tribunal to rebuild a wall they had demolished, writes Gearóid Ó Faoleán, as he looks at the the Dáil or Republican Court from 1919 to 1922.

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Dressing to impress for the debs

With the debs season approaching, thoughts are turning to the all-important dress. Nicola Corless spoke to a West Clare boutique owner about this year’s colours and trends.

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Claire learns to speak out with confidence

IT might seem a stretch to make the move from working as a civil engineer in London during the recession of the 1980s to facilitating speaking circle sessions and mentoring as a life coach. But a series of life-changing events have led to such a transition for Claire Ní Grianna, who now lives in Glendree, Feakle.

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Bishop saves Tralee from Jayne

American film star Jayne Mansfield won a number of beauty contests in her early career. At different times she was Miss Photoflash and Miss Magnesium Lamp among others but one title she never won was Rose of Tralee. In spite of that omission from her CV she possibly created more worldwide publicity for the Kerry town than many who did win the title.

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