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Time to tell a story of heroism and tragedy on K2

AS he descended K2, the world’s most dangerous mountain, Limerick’s Ger McDonnell encountered a shocking sight: three distraught climbers suspended upside down. The two Koreans and their Nepalese Sherpa had become entangled on a fixed rope when returning from the summit and were dangling for almost four hours. A member of their party had already fallen to his death. The previous day, August 1 2008, McDonnell became the first Irish person in history to reach the mountain’s 8,611m/28,251ft peak. Although he had never met any of the climbers stranded before him, McDonnell spent nine hours – three with the help of an Italian climber – at almost five miles above sea level freeing them. Tragically, shortly after the rescue, an ice-fall killed McDonnell and the climbers he had saved. Written by his brother-in-law, Damien O’Brien, The Time Has Come is a new book celebrating McDonnell’s life and meticulously reconstructing the events leading to his death on K2, known as ‘The …

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Calling a halt to domestic abuse

MOST of us are fortunate to have a home to go, a place we can retreat from the world.  Domestic abuse victims are sadly denied this refuge. It is understandable that victims are slow to report incidents of domestic abuse to the gardaí as they are often reluctant to proceed with criminal prosecutions, which are heard in open court.

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Class act Orla crowned Clare Rose 2012

Ennis teacher Orla McDonagh was crowned Clare Rose 2012 in front of a packed house at the selection event in The West County Hotel on Friday night.

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Pieta House aims for bullseye with fundraiser

WORLD darts champion, Adrian Lewis will participate in a major charity exhibition in Lissycasey in July to raise funds for a regional suicide intervention centre.

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The birth of violence in Irish agitation

Most of the agitation in 19th century Ireland was of a peaceful nature. O’Connell’s great movements and that of Parnell had no connection whatsoever with violence.

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Have wheels, will travel

THEY say that every dog has its day. Well that day was Saturday for more than 120 pooches, who helped lead the way in raising funds for charity.The four-legged friends were barking up the right tree when it came to raising money for the Clare ISPCA by taking part in the Doggy Day Care Clare 5k walk.The walk started from Doggy Day Care in Ballymaley Business Park, with dogs and their owners invited to come along and join in the fun.After the walk there was still plenty to see and do, with a barbecue, face painting, mini market and competitions including best photo, dog with waggiest tale and others. According to Darren O’Connor of Doggy Day Care, “It was a brilliant day, we had a great turnout and the weather really helped us. There were dogs of all shapes and sizes, all breeds, even a collie on wheels, Mollie from Whitegate, and the dogs that took part were given a …

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