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Therese achieves her weight-loss goal

February is a time when many people’s great intentions at the start of the New Year fall by the wayside and diets often suffer the greatest blow. However, one West Clare woman, thanks to the support of Motivation Weight Management, didn’t lose momentum and actually realised her goal, losing an amazing 14 stone, going from a size 28 to 10.

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Four All-Ireland titles in a row

Time Line In GAA, back-to-back All-Irelands are hard to win. Three All-Ireland senior titles is a great achievement. A run of four in-a-row is a scarce as hens’ teeth and we will have to wait until September to see if the elusive five in-a-row can be done for the first time.

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Enhancing the flavour of life

Wild Ways Most of us eat sausages and black puddings for breakfast and we relish a good stew enhanced by titillating flavours. Even our puddings and drinks are made tasteful. Many of these flavours are imported, usually from warmer climes but there must be hundreds that we can grow ourselves.

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The week in pictures

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Tony enters the hall of fame

ENNIS man Tony Mulvey, who completed 50 years as a journalist with The Clare Champion last year, was honoured by the Clare Association in Dublin on Friday night.

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Clareman of the year honour for céilí king

IN nominating Kilfenora Céilí Band leader John Lynch as Clare Person of the Year for 2009, the Clare Association in Dublin showed their regard “for tradition, heritage and history, for ordinary people and small places and familiar things”.So said the well-known Kilfenora man when he addressed the large gathering.“I didn’t grow up playing music. I didn’t have a fiddle or a banjo. There was one fiddle on top of the dresser across from the range. That was my father’s. My aunts, Betty, Noreen and Judith, went to England in 1957 and my uncle, Gerry, went to the States in 1959. When he came back for a visit in 1963, there was a celebration. I was eight and I was on the outside looking in, disappointed that I couldn’t play,” he said.“I remember Sunday mornings, milking the cows before going to mass in Kilfenora and listening to Ciarán MacMathúna on the radio,” Lynch continued. “I remember the céilís in Kilfenora on …

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Never too late to volunteer

THE collapse of the Celtic Tiger and the focus on the disaster in Haiti has had an unexpected effect on the street children and orphans of Africa. An inability to access help and funding is crippling the efforts of orphanages and rehabilitation centres to help some of Africa’s most vulnerable children.

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The bishop and the nightie

A politician once said that there was no sex in Ireland until television came on the air and he may have been referring to The Late Late Show. It is the longest running show on Irish TV, on the air since 1962.

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