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Royal return to Killaloe?

WITH Kate Middleton celebrating the birth of her first child and future king of England this week, it has emerged she could, potentially, be taking part in the celebrations for another royal relation in Clare next year.

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Opening hours extended as 6,500 flock to lighthouse

FROM this Friday, opening times at Loop Head Lighthouse are being extended by two hours, to accommodate the surge in visitor numbers to the West Clare landmark.

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Woman struck by dolphin

A WOMAN was removed by ambulance to hospital with abdominal injuries last Sunday after being struck by a bottle-nose dolphin while swimming off the pier in Doolin.

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Fear and loathing in the Dáil bar

COMMENT For more years than I care to remember, the Dáil bar was my “local”. I am not boasting when I say that I probably drank more in the Dáil bar over the course of three decades than I drank in all other establishments combined. This is not a boast; just stating a fact of life.  

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Shannon Aviation Bill


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Abolishing Seanad would be a cynical act

COLUMN “In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons … who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.” – Edward L Bernays (1891-1995)  

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Passenger numbers soar in Shannon

Overall numbers increase 8% as airport breaks five-year decline, writes Owen Ryan YEARS of decline at Shannon Airport were reversed last month as an increase in passenger numbers was recorded for the first time since 2008.

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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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