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Sight loss doesn’t impair Áine Mae’s life vision

SIX years ago next February Áine Mae O’Mahony lost her sight. Then aged 25, the Ennistymon woman operated Cascades Cafe in the town and was completely independent. However, type one diabetes contributed to her eventual loss of sight and a complete lifestyle change.

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Western Garages drives away with window display prize

’Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the town, shop windows were decorated, high up and low down.

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Standalone Clare Garden Festival announced

CLARE Garden Festival 2013 will be held on Sunday, April 28 as a standalone festival, in partnership with County Clare Show. The slogan will be ‘Going back to your roots’ and sponsors, partners and traders are now being sought.

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Environmental calendar unveiled

STUDENTS and teachers from Ennis Community College and Gaelcholáiste an Chláir recently assisted Ennis Town Council with the launch of its 2013 Environmental Initiatives Calendar.

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Ructions in Boston over the tae

GOVERNMENTS have always succeeded in finding new ways of levying taxes. There have been taxes on beards, chimneys, windows, everything you can imagine and some would suggest that the Irish Government had the ultimate tax when they taxed septic tanks.

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The week in pictures

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Councillors urged to Borrow My Wheels

WITH the intention of highlighting how wheelchair users navigate their way around the streets of Ennis, Enable Ireland service user Patricia Kelly contacted several county councillors and TDs. Her idea was to ask the elected representatives to ‘Borrow My Wheels’, which would highlight the challenges involved in steering a wheelchair through the county capital.“The aim of this is to give you an insight into the difficulties wheelchair users face on a daily basis, which would be more difficult if the proposed budget cuts were to go ahead,” Patricia explained in her email to the local politicians.So, last Thursday morning, councillors Tony Mulqueen, Paul Murphy, Mary Howard and Joe Arkins were pushed around the streets of Ennis in a wheelchair. The event was organised in conjunction with European Disability Day and ahead of this week’s budget.“When you’re walking around with full mobility you can take it for granted. So I just wanted to experience what it was like in a wheelchair,” …

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It’s time to sparkle

WE are on the Christmas countdown and are well and truly in the office party season. Whether or not your work place is planning a dinner and drinks night or just an after work get-together, you will want to get out of your work clothes or uniform and let your personality shine through. The shops are packed with bling at this time of year so don’t be afraid to avail of the trend, as this is sparkle season.When going straight from the office to a party you will, of course, have to pack at least a pair of glam shoes and a bag. When you are not obliged to wear a uniform at work, you obviously have a lot more scope and can plan your basics and accessorise accordingly. The basics for this season are a printed silk blouse, tux-style jacket and, of course, a pencil skirt or embellished or printed pants.Never wear to the office what you would wear …

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