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Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

At some stage in their lives every parent is faced with the dilemma of dealing with what most children consider to be the central part of Christmas – the gentleman in the red suit and white beard.  

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Protecting Irish skies during the Emergency

Visitors to the National Museum at Collins ­Barracks in Dublin write about our military heritage On display in the Soldiers & Chiefs exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland is a Bofors L60 light anti-aircraft gun, one of the few surviving weapons that opened fire on unauthorised aircraft during the Emergency.

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The Week in Pictures

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Priest starts cancer patient’s diary

Having spent years working as the chaplain in St Anne’s Cancer Hospital, Dublin in his younger days, well-known author and columnist, Fr Martin Tierney has himself been given just one year to live by cancer specialists in a Limerick hospital.

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Fears for future of Obair

FEARS over the future of Obair in Newmarket-on-Fergus were expressed as it opened a new extension to its family centre. Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Eamon Ó Cuív was in the village for the official opening last week and while he said he wasn’t overly worried about the An Bord Snip recommendation that his department close, Obair chairman Louis Creaven said it could have severe local repercussions.“It is not an exaggeration to say that services provided by Obair may have to shut down if the Government implements a recommendation of An Bord Snip Nua to abolish the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.“In our view, the department brings focus and co-ordination to community development. Obair’s key objective is to retain and expand frontline services but cannot comprehend how this can be done effectively if the department’s work is farmed out to various ministries.”He claimed that the State gets a very good return for its spending in the …

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The Venerable Edel Quinn

Charles Quinn from Tuam married Louise Burke Browne from Kilmihil in 1906 and they settled in Kanturk, County Cork. He worked with the National Bank, which was one of the original banks that amalgamated to form the Bank of Ireland Group.

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Looking good from the inside out

Get the toxins out, absorb the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and come away from the detox looking and feeling great. The idea has been around for generations, centuries even. But fasting, often the main component of a detox, is not enough, according to a woman who is about to co-ordinate a series of juice retreats in Clare.

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Prize money presented to Rose of Clare

THE 2009 Rose of Clare, Mary Immaculate student Ciara Madigan from Carnacalla, Kilrush was presented with her prize money at a function in Kilrush Golf Club recently.The celebration included a disco, at which the new Rose of Clare, who is a daughter of Peggy and James Madigan, marked her win with friends and family. Twelve roses from across Clare participated in the festival, which is organised by a sub-committee of Cooraclare GAA Club. The festival has been running since 1979 and this year marked the 30th anniversary of the event.Up until this year, the individual appointed Guardian of the Roses acquired participants through word of mouth. However, the format changed for the recent festival, as many of the roses applied to the committee to represent their area.A similar format is planned for next year. Roses will be invited to apply to the organising committee next spring if they are interested in competing.Apart from the prize money, Ciara Madigan was also …

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