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Brain-teasers for Olympiad competitors

TWO pupils from St Joseph’s School, Spanish Point, Tara Comber and Sean Hanrahan, took part in the recent All-Ireland Linguistics Olympiad Finals, the search to find Ireland’s top young decoders at Dublin City University (DCU).

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Catholic Relief Bill becomes law

WE are familiar with Catholic Emancipation being granted in 1829, following Daniel O’Connell’s victory in the Clare election. Prior to that, there had been a slight but gradual erosion of the worst of the Penal Laws.

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Walking the walk in West Clare

WHILE researching the Kilcredaun walk for her Carrigaholt-based walking company, The Long Way Round, Laura Foley felt impelled to immediately share any snippet of new information she had gleaned.

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The Gathering not a new concept

THERE cannot be many people left who have not, at this stage, heard of The Gathering – the year-long tourism promotion aimed at increasing visitor numbers to the country. People are beginning to engage with the idea and most communities have some series of events planned during 2013. Admittedly, there are some of the Gabriel Byrne school of thought, who reckon it is simply saying to the Irish Diaspora, “Come here this year, we need your money”.

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Capturing the spirit of inspiration

ON Friday, April 12, Patrick O’Dwyer’s biography of Feakle-born Fr Tim Tuohy will be launched in the Bellbridge House Hotel, Spanish Point. The book is an account of Fr Tuohy’s life in the priesthood and his contribution to the Clare parishes, Kilmurry Ibrickane, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Broadford and Killaloe. It also chronicles his sporting and coaching excellence.

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Family Gathering brings Kerins together

A very special invitation to a gathering in Ennis is about to go out all over the world to the relatives of one local family. Alice Kerin Flaherty, whose father’s family hailed from Steele’s Terrace, has organised a family reunion in Ennis this summer. She is planning to send Clare Champions to her relatives, wrapped just like her father used to do, to give them a little taste of home before they arrive.

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Quiet fair day in Kilrush

MONDAY’S Kilrush Horse Fair attracted less than 15 traders to the town. Those who made it to the town, which has hosted fairs for generations, huddled on both sides of Frances Street, while a few ponies could be heard whinnying around the corner in the town square. On a bitingly cold March afternoon, the stallholders did scant business.

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