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Clare Civil Defence test their mettle

MEMBERS of Clare Civil Defence have participated in a largescale drill (pictured) focusing on further improving responses to major emergencies, search and recovery, environmental issues, stewarding, flooding problems and forest fires.

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Maeve hits the right notes with Riverdance troupe

LISCANNOR singer Maeve Curry made a very high profile debut in Riverdance recently when she performed as lead vocalist at the special performance for Michelle Obama and her daughters in Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre. 

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The Irish in France

FROM the 1300s onwards, Irish men had fought in the armies of various different countries and also navies.

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Crowds gather on Scattery Island

  MORE than 1,000 people visited Scattery Island last weekend for the inaugural island Gathering festival. The tranquil island on the Shannon Estuary was resplendent under the weekend summer sun. Dr Bernadette Whelan of the University of Limerick’s History Department was the guest speaker at the event, which was organised by the Scattery Island Heritage and Tourism Group. “When I met the group for the first time, back in September, it was very clear that this weekend’s series of events would take place because this is a dedicated and committed group of people, with a shared interest, willing to work for the good of the local and wider community. “For you living here in Kilrush, looking out on Scattery Island/Inis Cathaigh every day, you know that Scattery Island had its own people, the islanders, from the monks, to the fishermen, the farmers, the pilots, the teachers, men, women and children lived there until the late 1970s, when Bobbi and Patty …

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Charity match for families struck by illness

THE heat of the late evening sun enveloped the Keavey family homestead west of the Crosses of Annagh last Sunday evening. Far across the freshly cut fields, the Atlantic glistened blue and serene, as news filtered through of Kilmurry Ibrickane’s latest O’Gorman Cup success in neighbouring Doonbeg.

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Cliffs’ visitor numbers up 10.5%

THE Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience recorded a 10.5% increase in visitor numbers between January and June, compared to the same six-month period in 2012.

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Purple Flag status recognised

ENNIS’ status as Ireland’s first Purple Flag town was formerly recognised at a ­ceremony in the UK recently. The town achieved the coveted award in February. ­However last week Ennis and six other newly accredited towns and cities were honoured at a ceremony in Lincoln.

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Ennis historical trails app to go multilingual?

THE success of the Ennis Town Historical Trails App has sparked calls to now translate the app into different languages for the county capital’s tourists.

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