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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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Twins speak

The high-energy pop-singing siblings reminisce with Dearbhla Acheson about family holidays spent in County Clare… they think. Want some chicken or grapes? We’ve lots, are the opening words of pop “sensations” John and Edward Grimes – aka Jedward – when I meet them backstage at the University of Limerick Concert Hall.

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Communicants’ mums glam it for the camera

AS First Holy Communions begin to dominate a lot of little girls’ and boys’ minds, big girls want to look their best too and this year, more than ever, on a budget.

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Grow your green fingers

EASTER has come and gone at the Irish Seedsavers Association in Scariff and their geese are getting fat, as they help trim back the grass and weeds in preparation for a busy planting season.

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Communion frock time

EIGHT-year-old girls across Clare are preparing to walk down the aisle over the next few weeks to receive their First Holy Communion and will be putting the final touches to their look for the big day.

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