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Killimer girl Dunne good in Trinity contest

TWENTY-four-year-old Killimer stunner Sarah Dunne has won the Miss Trinity College 2014 contest. Sarah, who is a daughter of the late Pecker Dunne, is studying for a higher diploma in education at the venerable Dublin institution. Speaking about the competition, she said, “It’s something that runs every year. I just sent in my pictures to the organisers and normally they’d have heats to get into the Ms University but they didn’t have it this year. “Instead, the judges chose the winners from the applications they received, with people’s details and pictures. I think they went through everyone’s Facebook as well, to see what they were like and to see some other pictures. “Then they emailed me and told me I had been selected. Now I’ll be going on to the Ms University competition at the start of April. Whoever gets that, goes on to Ms Ireland.” This isn’t the first success Sarah has had in this type of contest.  “I’ve …

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Gort parade wows the crowd

THERE were plenty of colourful and imaginative floats and displays in Gort’s St Patrick’s Day parade. A large crowd lined the footpaths  of the South Galway town to enjoy the parade and many side attractions, which continued for several hours.

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Ennis puts on colourful parade

  THE Ennis St Patrick’s Day parade, which took place in fine weather conditions, attracted a huge crowd along the route through the principal streets.  O’Connell Square, where they reviewing stand was sited, was thronged to capacity. There was plenty of music and dance in the parade and afterwards there was several hours of live entertainment at Market Street car park.

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Killaloe rekindles memories of Brian Boru

THE St Patrick’s Day parade in Killaloe was one of the biggest in the county, with enthusiastic crowd watching it cross from Ballina into Killaloe.   The was plenty of colour and atmosphere, with a diverse range of floats, as well as bands and community groups. The organisers were delighted that the parade, one of the key events in the Brian Boru millennium programme, was such an overwhelming success.

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Doonbeg recalls the Bard of Bansha

AS befitting a as place known far and wide as The Long Village, the St Patrick’s Day parade in Doonbeg was a long-tailed and very colourful affair.  It reflected many aspect of local life, with quite an emphasis on the 1,00th anniversary of the death of Brian Boru. On of the most remarked upon floats was that which paid tribute to the late Padraig Haugh, the Bard of Bansha, a poet and raconteur, who penned many a verse in respect of great occasions in the parish. A very big crowd turned out to enjoy the parade.

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Fanore on The Atlantic Way

FANORE may not have a main street on which to showcase it’s annual St Patrick’s Day parade, but nevertheless the North Clare community has a highway to top the lot.   The coast road through the village is now part of the Wild Atlantic Way and  locals and visitors to the area lined the road t in big numbers to enjoy Sunday’s proceedings. It’s a place of outstanding beauty, where the Burren meets the majestic Atlantic Ocean, with the Aran Islands almost within touching distance.  What more appropriate place could you be than at Fanore, which presents an iconic image of County Clare.

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Lisdoon leads the way

LISDOONVARNA and September go hand in hand in terms of colour, music and craic, but the Spa town also had a great festival atmosphere for this St Patrick’s weekend. In fact the North Clare town stole a march on the rest of the country by staging its annual parade on Saturday. The organisers were thrilled by the level of participation, saying it well exceeded their expectations.

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Plucking strings on St Patrick’s Day

THIS St Patrick’s Day sees the launch of the Clare Youth Service Youth Ukulele Orchestra, a new project run by three members of the Ennis Music Project – Fina Wurm, James Gormley and Robert Mc Donnell. The little instrument has seen a recent rise in popularity especially with the young people of Ennis. James explained, “We took in upon ourselves to take several individuals who don’t necessarily have musical background and teach them a new, fun instrument.” The idea was met with great enthusiasm with the first full intake of students signing up within a week of the project been announced. The group is made up of beginners that have been learning the instrument over the last five weeks, and the event which takes place on the bandstand in the Market from 1pm on St Patrick’s Day will be the orchestra’s first outing as The Clare Youth Service Youth Ukulele Orchestra. The Ennis Music Project will also be showcasing their …

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