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INTO honour ‘legend’ Maureen Cronin

‘LEGEND’ Maureen Cronin was given two standing ovations by delegates at the annual INTO Congress when the 99-year-old was honoured for defying the marriage ban and working for a year without pay in Mountcollins National School, County Limerick. Kerry-born, Maureen  taught for many years before marrying in 1950 and immediately came under the marriage ban. However, Maureen continued to work for almost a year before being told if she continued she would be removed by the gardaí. Maureen subsequently worked in temporary jobs before taking up a permanent job in a private school in Castlecomer. She moved to Rockchapel, County Cork after the ban was lifted in 1958 and has resided in Ennis in her retirement. The appreciative audience of INTO delegates welcomed Maureen when INTO president Sean McMahon told them ” a legend has entered the room” and during his speech showed their appreciation with two standing ovations. Maureen told The Clare Champion that she never expected to receive the reception she got …

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Shane demands respect for Banner

STAR hurler, Shane O’Donnell is fronting a Clare County Council campaign to promote greater litter awareness in the county. Billboards have been erected at some of the county’s busiest locations, including Shannon Airport, Crusheen and Ennis Train Station to encourage tourists and the people of Clare to take responsibility for their litter. Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, John Crowe, said: “It is great to see the ‘Respect The Banner’ message being promoted in a way that will attract as much public attention as possible.” Shane O’Donnell, said, “Clare people are very proud of their county and it is important that we showcase this pride by preventing litter. I hope my involvement will encourage others to ‘Respect The Banner’. After all, every piece of litter dropped is a point against Clare.”

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Lisdoonvarna company to feature on TV

The Burren Smokehouse, based in Lisdoonvarna, is to feature in a new documentary series being produced by ITV. Wild Ireland, a primetime six-part series, sees presenter Christine Bleakley returning home to Ireland to travel the length of its 1,500-mile west coast – the longest continuous coastal route – known as the Wild Atlantic Way. The series is devised by Big Mountain Productions, a Newry-based production company, but supported by Tourism Ireland, within their strategy to highlight the Wild Atlantic Way around the world. The Burren Smokehouse will feature in the first episode of the series to be broadcast on ITV and UTV Ireland on Monday April next from 8pm to 8.30pm. ” As a Wild Atlantic Way Food Ambassador for Fáilte Ireland, we hope this wonderful exposure will help us grow the 30,000 visitor figure at our visitor entre, said Birgitta Hedin-Curtin.

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Let’s talk about care

A public campaign is underway inviting patients, carers and families to share stories about their experiences of care to help improve services for people with non-curable and serious illnesses. During the month of April, across the country, the Let’s Talk About Care campaign is calling on people to share their experiences by completing an open survey at www.caresurvey.org. The survey is being led by All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) and open to people (or their carers or families on their behalf) with serious conditions such as advanced respiratory disease, chronic kidney disease, motor neuron disease, cancer, heart failure, dementia and so on. AIIHPC director, Paddie Blaney said, “For people with conditions that cannot be cured¨, the goal of care is the best possible quality of life. They may need help with pain and other symptoms but also practical, social, emotional and spiritual support and they may need that care for weeks, months and years up to …

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Niamh McMahon

Niamh’s latest food diary

Tuesday March 24th Breakfast 7:15 30g of porridge with skimmed milk and water and green tea. Mid morning 10:30 A mandarin and pear. Lunch 13:00 Two slices of Be Good bread and a banana and a weight watchers yoghurt with a glass of water. Dinner 15:30 A scoop of mash with vegetables and a gammon steak with a pint of water. Snack 20:00 A bowl of sugar free jelly with two tablespoons of natural yoghurt and a green tea. Wednesday March 25th Breakfast 7:15 Two crumpets with a teaspoon of sugar free jam and a green tea. Mid morning 12:00 A coffee and two Weightwatchers cookies. Lunch 2:30 A wrap with spicy chicken and salad with two glasses of water and a green tea. Dinner 18:00 Two baby potatoes with vegetables and a gammon steak with a pint of water. Snack 20:00 A green tea. Thursday March 26th Breakfast 7:15 Two poached eggs with two slices of Be Good bread …

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Wild Atlantic Way on ITV

A new television series on the Wild Atlantic Way is expected to have an audience of 15 million British viewers when it airs on ITV in the coming weeks. Wild Ireland is fronted by renowned TV personality, Christine Bleakley, who explores the highlights of the world’s longest continuous coastal route by driving, cycling, hiking, swimming and kayaking her way from Malin Head in Donegal to Mizen Head in Cork. The first of six 30-minute episodes will premier on British TV screens on Monday, April 13. Viewers in Ireland can tune in on UTV Ireland weekly from Wednesday, April 15 at 9pm. Behind the project is Louth-based Big Mountain Productions, run by husband and wife team, Philip McGovern and Jane Kelly, who specialise in creating original format TV series. At the launch, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said, “The Wild Atlantic Way is 2,500 kilometres of the most captivating coastal scenery you will ever lay eyes on, which is why it is attracting …

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Running helped Keith fight depression

AN Ennis champion athlete has revealed how running helped him to overcome bouts of depression. Ultra-marathon runner, Keith Whyte, who recently won the 100km ice-marathon in the Antartic, has lauded the work of Pieta House, the self-harm and suicide prevention service. Speaking at the Clare launch of the 2015 events, Mr Whyte urged people to attend the fundraiser in huge numbers. While the 35-year-old athlete never experienced suicidal tendencies, he did suffer from depression in his early 20s and found running helped to lift his mood. In addition to raising vital funds for the charity, he said the Darkness into Light walk would help raise public awareness and general debate about depression, which is still considered something of a taboo subject. “Depression can happen to anyone at any time. I think deep down most people have suffered from depression in some form. A lot depends on a person’s coping skills and having the right people around them to prevent it …

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Crimestoppers making inroads

A large number of criminal activities including incidents of attempted murder, drug dealing and cybercrime were successfully tackled during 2014 with information provided by calls to the confidential Crimestoppers service. In Munster and Connacht, information given to Crimestoppers led to cannabis seizures and arrests. In Leinster, drugs including heroin, cocaine and cannabis herb with a combined street value of over €25,000 were seized and arrests were made. According to a new Crimestoppers report, the service received an average of 138 calls every month during 2014. The most common calls requiring action include drug dealing, sexual offences, cybercrime and road traffic offences. The Crimestoppers’ freephone number 1800 250025 provides a confidential means for every citizen to report crime, without fear of recrimination and is open from 9am until 9pm daily. Calls are answered by trained Gardaí and are dealt with in the strictest of confidence. Callers do not need to leave their name or address. Over 1,600 calls were made to …

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