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‘Celebrity’ duo seeking love in Lisdoon

An American “celebrity” mother and daughter will be hoping that cupid’s arrow strikes next month during the 157th Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival. According to one of Ireland’s last traditional matchmakers, Willie Daly, the duo joked they would consider hooking up with an Irish father and son during the festival. Mr Daly insists the two Americans are quite “famous and well known in the acting industry” and would be regarded as a “celebrity” couple. However, he isn’t at liberty to disclose their identity at this point in time. He said the mother who was well off and married previously but was keen to find an Irish man who was willing to marry her. They will be part of two large separate groups of Americans travelling from NewYork, MIllapolios and Chicago who will be looking for love on from September 12 to 17 and September 20 to 20th. While Americans are frequent visitors to the Spa town for the matchmaking festival, the third …

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Time-travelling to Electric Picnic

Shannon artist Seamus Scullion will be bringing his installation The Old Octopus Medicine Show to the Electric Picnic festival which is on from August 29-31 in Stradbally, County Laois. His proposal won the Art Caravan Competition and organisers described his concept as “a quirky, eccentric time machine full of magic, mystery, fairy lights and trampoline teepee’s. It will be an area where Picnickers can chill out, listen to music and enjoy some crazy art and quirkiness. Not only can you expect a unique mind-blowing atmosphere, there will be shots of miraculous elixir distributed as a prize on our wheel of misfortune along with some torture (just to balance things out)” Seamus said he and a number of others worked on the project at his sisters house for about three months and he was quite happy with what they built. “There was an advertisement for a trailer park in Electric Picnic and I put a submission in. We won the first …

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Ennis men on cue for Guinness world record

TWO Ennis men have broken through the pain and fatigue barrier to chalk up a new Guinness World Record for non-stop singles snooker matches. But it was touch and go for Gordon O’Loughlin and Kieran Ferns who broke the previous official record by almost 8 hours and are now in the frame for a new Guinness world record. The two men completed three days and three nights of snooker games at Ennis Snooker and Pool Club, Market Street, racking up a total of 191 frames in 83 hours, but will have to wait for confirmation from Guinness that they have beaten the current official record. The official Guinness World record for a snooker marathon is 72 hours – achieved by Nick Barrett and Andy Osborne at the Conservative Club in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, from May 3 to May 6, 2013. And last month, brothers Anthony and Nathan Hebblethwaite spent 76 hours playing 285 frames in Wakefield. This record has yet …

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Working in bygone days in Ennistymon

Ennistymon will host a special screening of a television documentary filmed in the area and featuring local people more than 30 year ago. First broadcast on RTE in 1979, Neville Presho’s television documentary, A Horse’s Tale focused on the last days of the farm working horse in the locality. The Old Ennistymon Society is showing this film on Wednesday next, August 27 at 8pm at the Courthouse Art Gallery and Studios as its contribution to this year’s National Heritage Week, and admission is free. A Horse’s Tale features Moy National School children watching farmer Joe Garrihy from Carrowntedaun, Lahinch and his trusted Irish Draught mare, Doonbay at work. “The overall theme of National Heritage Week this year is Family… Generations Exploring Heritage Together, so we decided that the screening of this particular film offers an ideal opportunity for young and old today to do just that,” explained Kathryn Comber, Secretary, Old Ennistymon Society. The documentary, produced in association with RTE, …

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Inagh man leads Plan Ireland’s response to Ebola crisis

AS the deadly Ebola virus continues to spread in West Africa, Inagh’s Damien Queally is co-ordinating NGO Plan Ireland’s response to the disease. In his time with the organisation, he has worked in Uganda, Congo, Darfur, Haiti and Niger. For the past year and a half, Damien has lived in Dakar, capital of Senegal and his main work has been in the area of education and health. He expects to be there for another 18 months. Damien is now deputy head of programmes for Plan Ireland in West Africa. Plan, he explains, “focuses on children and youth, looking at what are the rights of children and young people” but as the Ebola virus claims its 1,145th victim, his work has shifted sharply in that direction. “We work with children, their communities, local agencies, government and parents, around seeing how can we help them help their children get access to education, to ensure they are getting vaccinated, to ensure they have …

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RNLI sends out SOS for walkers

THE RNLI Lifeboats has unveiled that schedule for their up-coming walks in Clare. Fr Ger Fitzgerald from Ennis joined a team of lifeboat supporters in the Burren for the formal launch. First up on the very busy schedule is Sunday when the Hills of Ayleroe in Kildysart will be the location for a 8km stroll through the beautiful country side in West Clare. Regestration for this event is at 3pm in Cyril Reidy’s field in Aylroe, with a 3.30pm start. For people who may not know the area well, Ayleroe is situated four miles on the coast road through Kildysart to Lababsheeda. The Burren Ramble is next on the list and this will take place on Sunday, September 14 with base camp at the car park at Fanore beach, with regestration at 12.30 pm for a 1pm start. The scene then switches to East Clare, when Broadford and its surrounds will provide the place for a walk through the highways …

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Clare’s Heritage Week programme expanded

The National  Heritage Week 2014 programme  in County Clare has been expanded to  bring to  more than 80 the number of events taking place from this Saturday through to Sunday, August 31, it has been announced. Co-ordinated by Clare County Council and The Heritage Council, with support from the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, and Fáilte Ireland, the annual initiative will once again focus on Clare’s built, natural and cultural heritage. Some of the highlights of Heritage Week 2014 include a commemoration of the life of submarine inventor and Liscannor native John P Holland, a tour of tower houses around Shannon Town, a lecture on the life of an Kilrush-born Boer War General Sir Thomas Kelly-Kenny, a Victorian Heritage Walk around Kilkee, a tour of Lisdoonvarna’s famous restorative waters, and a recital of traditional Irish tunes on the uilleann pipes by Matt Horsely at Ennis Friary. The centenary of the outbreak of World War One is also being marked with a lecture by historian Cormac O’ Comhrai’s on life in …

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Clare tourism delegation in Chicago and Milwaukee

An all-island tourism delegation with connections to the only undisputed High King of Ireland, Brian Ború has undertaken a promotional drive at the world’s largest annual festival of Irish culture. Coinciding with the millennial anniversary of Ború’s death at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 National Brian Ború Programme representatives, including adelegation from County Clare, are attending the annual Milwaukee Irish Fest in Wisconsin, USA. The delegation is attempting to lure some of the estimated 150,000 festival goers to County Clare during 2015. Clare artists Sharon Shannon and Socks in the Frying Pan are also performing at the Fest. Ahead of the Milwaukee visit, the Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council Councillor John Crowe met with the Governor of Illinois Pat Quinn and members of the Clare community in Chicago.  

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