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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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Ennis Chamber honour for Bobby

At at recent ceremony in the Rowan Tree Café Bar in Ennis, Bobby Collins of Charleston in South Carolina was enrolled as an honorary member of Ennis Chamber. Bobby, who was accompanied by his wife, Boo, senior vice-president of Engagement at Pure Insurances, was bestowed the honor in recognition of his work in the partnership between Ennis and Charleston.

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Love is anything but plane sailing

LOVE was definitely in the air when a group of daters, including Spanish Point’s Aisling Walsh, set a new Guinness World record for the world’s highest-ever speed date last week.

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Pilgrims arrive after the flood

BISHOP Kieran O’Reilly led 450 pilgrims on the 57th Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes recently, just one week after the authorities were forced to close the sanctuaries after floods devastated the Pyrenees region of the South of France.

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Battle of Britain begins in 1940

IN the middle of June 1940, Churchill  told the British people the Battle of France was over but that the Battle of Britain was about to begin. Whereas the Battle of France was fought on the ground, the Battle of Britain was an out-and-out air war. After the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, Hitler turned his attention to England and ordered preparations for Operation Sealion – the invasion of England. This would be almost impossible while Britain had a superior navy and controlled the English Channel.

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