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Future looking bright as West Clare Resources Centre celebrates 20 years

WEST Clare Resource Centre in Miltown Malbay has a bright future. Guests were assured of this at the annual dinner for its staff and representatives of the agencies delivering wide-ranging community services in the complex, which was once a vocational school.

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Buds Blossom €10,500 for charity

The Buds to Blossoms Fashion Show, which took place in the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, over Christmas, raised more than €10,000 for local charities. This is the second year of the event and organisers are hailing it “a tremendous success”.

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Ennistymon pupils receive Pope John Paul II awards

NINE fifth-year pupils at Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon, received Pope John Paul II Awards recently.

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Samaritans puts ‘life in perspective’

A SAMARITANS volunteer for 19 years, at the end of this month Gerry Dobbin will step down from his three-year stint as director of the Clare branch. The Belfast man, who has lived in Clare for 33 years, says he cannot adequately give back to the organisation what the Samaritans have given to him.

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Funeral of Pecker Dunne

AS Pecker Dunne was being laid to rest in Burrane graveyard, Killimer, last Saturday afternoon, the foghorn on the Killimer-Tarbert ferry echoed across the estuary. Kilrush parish priest Fr Michael Sheedy had been the chief celebrant at the 79-year-old singer/songwriters funeral mass in St Senan’s parish church, Kilrush before he was brought to Killimer for burial. On approaching the graveyard, which faces the North Kerry coastline, Pecker was led to his final resting place on a horse-drawn carriage.

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Fr Molloy says a big thank you from Ecuador

THE people of Clare have helped to give some very special Christmas presents to the poorest of the poor in Ecuador this year. Former Ennis priest Fr John Molloy is continuing his mission in South America and he explained donations from his supporters have been used to give better lives to poor families in his parish.

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Death of War of Independence veteran remembered

THE Soloheadbeg attack on a group of RIC officers escorting a consignment of explosives is generally accepted as the start of the War of Independence. There may have been some earlier incidents, including an attack on an RIC Barracks in Kerry but Soloheadbeg was the first occasion in which firearms were discharged and where there were fatalities. Members of the Third Tipperary Brigade of the IRA led by Sean Treacy, Dan Breen and Séamus Robinson shot dead two members of the RIC.

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