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Farmers ‘sell one to send one’ to Rwanda

CLARE farmers’ affinity with international livestock aid agency Bóthar is set to deepen thanks to a new concept that will allow non-dairy farmers to get behind the charity. The first ever Bóthar ‘Weanling for Heifer’ sale is set to happen at Ennis Mart in the autumn, when more than €15,000 worth of livestock is set to be put to the hammer to support the agency’s ongoing appeal to help Rwandan genocide victims transform their lives with Irish dairy heifers. The proceeds from the sale will go towards purchasing and rearing heifers until they are sent, in calf, to Rwanda, at 18 months old. It is the brainchild of Newmarket-on-Fergus farmer and Bóthar volunteer John Fitzgerald. “Sell one to send one,” was how John summarised his idea, when he spoke to The Clare Champion on Wednesday and he feels it is a good way for Clare farmers to support the valuable work of Bóthar. “We’re in a non-dairy county as such …

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Statue of Clare hurling manager under construction

MC Banner, the singer with MC Banner and the Killaloolas, whose popular song The Banner’s Back Again, is fast becoming a big hit with Clare fans, has taken his devotion to the Clare team and their manager to new levels.

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Lahinch lucky for Limerick Lotto winner

DAYS of speculation and spoofing came to an end in Lahinch on Wednesday when the winner of Saturday’s Lotto jackpot collected their cheque for more than €6.1 million.

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Brian has a voice of gold

SOUTH East Clare actor Brian James Roche (pictured below) has scooped a top award at this year’s World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles.

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People warned to remain water vigilant

THE heatwave may be over but with temperatures set to stay in the 20s for the coming weeks, people are being urged to be safe and not to swim in unguarded areas.

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Vintage games fundraiser for Kenyan children

The McNamara family garden in Scariff will be full of comings and goings on Sunday August 4, as the whole clan gather for a novelty fundraiser to help children in the Mukuru Slum in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Buddhist monk has first ‘alms round’ in Sixmilebridge

  IN a scene more reminiscent of the streets of Thailand than Sixmilebridge, the ancient Buddhist tradition of ‘alms round’ was carried out this week for the first time ever in the Clare village. On Tuesday, Buddhist monk Ven Ahimsako, who has been staying at the Sunyata Buddhist Centre, went to the village centre in his robes to make himself available for offerings of food from locals. Under the traditions of Theravada Buddhism monks and nuns cannot handle money and they cannot grow, buy or cook food. They can only eat or drink what is offered to them freely. He explained, “This is part of the Buddhist monastic tradition, we live on the offerings of the lay community. We are not allowed to beg but we can receive things. Everything I have comes from offerings, my clothing, my glasses, everything. But we are not allowed to ask. This is an ancient tradition that even goes back to before the time …

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Christy makes a splash with new record

Hooters greeted the arrival of Kilmaley man Christy Healy to the surface at 4.10pm at Killaloe Marina having completed his mission, to swim 20 kilometres without surfacing – twice the distance he achieved when creating his initial world record in 2011.

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