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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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Keeping safe around your pet

FOLLOWING on from the dog bite prevention article a few weeks ago, here are some tips for parents and dog owners to help keep children safe: THE three most important things to teach your children Some dogs don’t like hugs and kisses. Teach your children not to hug or kiss a dog on the face. Hugging the family dog or face-to-face contact are common causes of bites to the face. Instead, teach kids to scratch the dog on the chest or the side of the neck. Be a tree if a strange dog approaches. Tach children to stand still, like a tree. If children flap around, run or make squealing noises this can excite a dog even more. Trees are boring and the dog will eventually go away. This works for strange dogs and anytime the family dog gets too frisky or becomes aggressive. Never tease a dog and never disturb a dog that’s sleeping, eating or protecting something like …

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Ennis fails to break Sligo siege on fleadh

By Jessica Quinn ENNIS has yet again missed out on its chance to host Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, with next year’s event awarded to Sligo for the second year in-a-row at the weekend’s selection convention. Despite the disappointment, those behind Ennis’ bid have already set their sights on 2016, saying they are “very hopeful” that their “strong application” will bring success for the town and the county. Chairperson of the working group for the Ennis’ All Ireland Fleadh bid Micheál O’Riabhaigh acknowledged that while there is disappointment that Ennis did not get next year’s festival it was not unexpected. “It was always going to be hard to displace Sligo for a second year. 2014 is the first year for Sligo and there would have been an expectation that they would get it for the second year. It would have been surprising had we got it to be honest but we took the position of going for it as aggressively as …

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O’Connell Monument’s link to Crimean War

David Duggan ALMOST every town and city in Ireland has a recognisable symbol or emblem that best represents them. When you think of Dublin, you think of O’Connell Bridge or the GPO. When you think of Galway, you think of Eyre Square. The statue of Daniel O Connell, which stands high above Ennis on a pedestal, also became a trademark for the town and just like Belfast City Hall it was an established rallying point, which it has still remained up to the present day. The monument was constructed by William Carroll, a local builder and contractor, whose work can be seen thought town, which includes the Cathedral tower, the Franciscan Friary and several bridges which are still all in use today. The notion that nothing was ever built with out controversy is appropriate when discussing the construction of the O’Connell monument, which was completed fully in 1865. Prior to its construction, the courthouse was the trademark of the town …

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