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Ger Loughnane spearheads cancer fundraising

By Dan Danaher THE lack of basic facilities for patients, nurses and visitors in hospitals has prompted former Clare hurling manager, Ger Loughnane, to embark on a €40,000 fundraising campaign. The hurling legend hopes to raise enough money to complete a revamp and modernisation of fittings, furnishings and equipment in the cancer units at University Hospital Limerick and at the Denis Burkitt Unit in St James’ Hospital in Dublin. During his treatment for leukemia in both hospitals in recent years, the stark surroundings in most wards became very real and the need to take action a necessity. “Cancer treatment is rarely easy and basic things like internet, a reasonably decent TV or even a comfortable chair to sit on would mean so much,” he said. “The doctors, nurses and care staff do an amazing job but they are performing miracles against the odds. There is scarcely a family who hasn’t been affected by cancer and this event is the GAA’s …

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Feeney declares in South Galway

By Nicola Corless WELL-known community development worker, Adrian Feeney, has announced his intention to run in the local elections later this month. The Gort resident will compete for votes in South Galway, with sitting councillors Fine Gael’s Bridie Willers from Grannagh, Independent Michael Fahy from Caherduff and Fianna Fáil’s Gerry Finnerty from Ballymurphy. Mr Feeney will run as an independent candidate in the eight-seat Loughrea Electoral Area. “I decided to run on Monday,” he told The Clare Champion. “While I will run in the Loughrea Electoral Area, I want to focus mainly on Gort and its surroundings,” he added. This will be Mr Feeney’s third attempt to gain a seat on Galway County Council, having run in 2004 and 2009. He also ran for a Dáil seat in the Galway East constituency in 2007. “The recession has hit Gort particularly badly. It has been widely reported on. This has highlighted how desperately we need a good candidate. We are sick …

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McGlennon takes Miss Clare crown

ENNISTYMON woman, Kate McGlennon was crowned Miss Clare 2014 at the annual pageant, held in the Auburn Lodge Hotel in Ennis. The event was hosted by Deric Hartigan of TV3. Kate, who is 20, is no stranger to beauty pageants and the modelling world after being placed first runner-up in Miss Clare 2013, first runner-up in Miss Sunday World 2013, top-three finalist in Miss Irish Sun 2013 and a current finalist in the Face of Toni&Guy 2014. Kate will now go on to represent her county in the Miss Ireland Pageant 2014 in Dublin, where a successor to current Miss Ireland, Aoife Walsh, will be chosen to represent the country in Miss World 2014. “We had 15 girls from around the county, between the ages of 17 and 23. The final six were Lisa Sexton, Lorraine Tubridy, Naoise Mc Cormack, Pamela Brown, Rachael Mullane and Kate McGlennon,” outlined organiser, Tess Purcell. “The standard of girls was fantastic this year. There …

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St Tola welcomes cheese-lovers

THROUGHOUT May, as part of the recently launched Discover Farmhouse Cheese programme, farmhouse cheesemakers around the country will be opening their doors and gates to the Irish public. The next visit in the Bord Bia series will take place on May 13 at St Tola Goat Farm,  Maurice Mills. The St Tola goat farm visit will feature a talk about the different breeds of goats, feed procedures, milking, the history of cheesemaking in Ireland, the history of the farm and St Tola cheese. There will then be a demonstration of cheese-making and all visitors can taste the cheeses made at St Tola goat farm. The Discover Farmhouse Cheese programme, an EU co-funded campaign organised by Bord Bia, is a celebration of farmhouse cheese in Ireland. Bord Bia is encouraging the public to discover the unique character of the individual cheeses and how products are produced on the farm, the transparency of the supply chain and the story of the makers …

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Voting registration deadline on Tuesday

VOTERS  in Clare have until next Tuesday evening to ensure they are listed on the Supplementary Register for the Local and European Elections. Application forms for the supplementary register can be downloaded from www.checktheregister.ie or can be obtained from Áras Contae an Chláir and at Clare County Council Local Area Offices. The local authority has also set up a freephone number, 1800 245426, to assist people with their queries. A council spokesperson stated, “The local and European elections will take place on Friday, May 23 and people who are eligible to vote, but who have not yet registered, have an opportunity between now and 5pm on May 6 to apply to be included on the supplementary register, which allows them to vote at the forthcoming elections.” Meanwhile, the council has confirmed that the count centre for both elections is Treacy’s West County Hotel in Ennis. Almost 64%, or 56,687, of County Clare’s 88,769 voters turned out to vote in the …

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Making the Burren ‘a learning landscape’

INTEREST groups have gathered this weekend, to discuss how the Burren’s potential as a ‘learning landscape’ might be developed. A study exploring this potential, commissioned last year by Burrenbeo Trust,  was launched at the  Burren College of Art earlier in the week. “The Burren is Ireland’s greatest outdoor classroom. While all places have a potential for learning, the Burren has that potential in abundance, thanks to the wealth and accessibility of its geology, flora, fauna, archaeology, history and culture. For many years, the Burren has been the destination of choice for school tours and university outings but its potential as a learning destination of international renown remains largely untapped,” said Dr Brendan Dunford of Burrenbeo Trust. “The Burren’s pioneering initiatives in conservation farming, volunteering, place-based learning and ecotourism represent best-practice models of sustainable land use in our nation today and offer fascinating insights and experiences to other regions. With an excellent network of product and service providers – from accommodation to …

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Technicality prevents Gavin running

A Kilkee man who was hoping to run in the local elections in the West Clare constituency has had to withdraw his candidacy due to an error registering. Noel Gavin is unable to deliver his papers personally to the returning officer before Saturday’s midday deadline as he is currently in the UK. As a result his name cannot now appear on the ballot paper. Mr Gavin is an award-winning photojournalist and had planned to run under the newly-formed Independents Together umbrella. The Limerick-born would-be candidate realized too late that he had to register in person. “I should have handed in my papers on Monday because I had them all ready. I thought I was going away on Thursday and I would have time to do it before then but I actually had to go on Wednesday,” he said. According to Mr Gavin, he had previously met with the returning officer but did not have his paperwork completed at that time. …

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16th West Clare candidate declares

NON party candidate Joseph Enright, who is from Kilrush and lives in Kilmihil, is the 16th candidate to declare for the local elections on May 23, in the enlarged West Clare constituency. He declared for election on Friday, May 2. The 16 candidates will vie for eight seats. The former Garda sergeant has an avid interest in the Irish language and is chairperson of Coiste Forbartha Gaeltachta Chontae an Chláir. He says that he is conscious of poverty of depopulation in west Clare though emigration, which Mr Enright claims is “due to a lack of sufficient investment in west Clare, going back to 1922.” The election candidate is calling the economic situation in west Clare “Operation Catch Up.”

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