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‘No guarantee’ to solve Quin odour problem

A SENIOR engineer for Clare County Council has stated the authority is “confident” odour problems in Quin will be alleviated as a result of work on the sewerage system at Quin Gardens. However, Sean Ward also stated that the council “cannot guarantee” that the works will solve all the problems in the Quin sewerage system and there is still the intention to carry out a major upgrade if funding becomes available.

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Number of young people signing on a ‘concern’

THERE was a slight drop in those signing on the Live Register for 2012 at the Tulla Social Welfare Office, with 56 fewer people signing on in December 2012 than in 2011. However, the number of young people signing on remains static.

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Colin named sexiest farmer

EAST Clare’s sexiest farmer 2012 is a Bodyke man. Colin Molloy from Dromod scooped the title from nine other eager contestants in the East Clare Sexiest Farmer Competition held in Tulla recently.

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President joins in birthday celebrations

  ***The year in review*** There was much to celebrate in East Clare this year with not only two Scariff-based organisations reaching milestone birthdays but also with the visit of President Michael D Higgins to mark these occasions. The Irish Seed Savers’ Association (ISSA) in Scariff celebrated its 21st birthday this year and was delighted to welcome President Higgins and his wife Sabine to open their new seed bank facility – the first gene bank of its kind in the country, in June. Speaking at the time, director of the ISSA and former CEO of Greenpeace Ireland, Claire O’Grady Walsh commented, “What a hopeful thing to do to open a bank in 2012 – a proper bank – a seed bank and what an honour to have a poet and a dreamer as our President”.When officially opening the ISSA’s new seed bank, President Higgins remarked, “Your work is important as it is regrettably rare in this country, with the numbers …

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Lough Graney’s Titanic survivor remembered

  ***The year in review*** AS this year marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the Lough Graney community came out in force to remember one of their own who was caught up in the disaster. Mary Agatha Glynn, aged 19, was one of the first steerage passengers to survive Titanic and a very special tribute was paid to her in April.  Lough Graney was where the young East Clare woman learned to row a boat and on April 15, 1912, Mary Agatha Glynn had to use this skill to row herself and the passengers on lifeboat 13 to safety.The event attracted upwards of 300 people. In preparation for this occasion, members of the organising committee tracked down Mary Agatha Glynn’s husband’s niece, Peggy who lived near them in Washington over a 10-year period. Peggy, who now lives in Kerry, lived beside Mary and her family for some time and she explained that they had a summer …

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Quin Taekwon-Do member honoured with fourth-level dan black belt

LAURA Cullen, a member of the Quin Taekwon-Do Club has become the sixth woman in Ireland to be promoted to fourth-level dan black belt at the Irish Taekwon-Do Association’s (ITA) black belt testing held in Ennis recently.

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To hell and back for a good cause

Daring volunteers will be going to hell and back as they fundraise to maintain counselling services at East Clare Community Co-op and they are calling on others to get involved in the challenge. A group of six brave East Clare people will take on Hell and Back Ireland’s toughest 10km challenge, which was specially designed and tested by an ex-member of the Elite Army Ranger Wing. The group will push their way through a river, struggle through a mud avalanche, wade through a swamp, crawl through barbed wire, scale walls and battle an obstacle course on the grounds of Killruddery Estate, Bray, County Wicklow, in the new year. The initiative has come about following a threefold increase in the numbers using the counselling service at the Scariff-based East Clare Community Co-op, in the past year. The increase has come at a time when the grant aid supporting the provision of the service has been cut and so to avoid having …

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Farewell to the late, great Robbie McMahon

Family, neighbours, friends, musicians and fans of the late, great Robbie McMahon came through the Cross of Spancilhill this past week to pay their respects to the legendary singer and songwriter. Funeral mass was held for Robbie on Sunday last at Clooney Church, with burial afterwards in Kilraghtis Cemetery, Barefield parish.It was with great sadness that the East Clare Community learned of his passing on December 13. A Spancilhill man through and through, Robbie was an institution in his local community and was held in high esteem across the county and further afield, as was evident from the massive attendance at his funeral over the weekend. His funeral mass was celebrated by Fr Michael Collins PP Clooney Quin, Fr Micháel McInerney AP, Fr John Hogan, Fr Joe McMahon, Fr Dan Spaight and Fr Paddy Conway. The first reading was read by Labhrás Ó Murchú, the director-general of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, while Mr McMahon’s daughter, Dympna, read the second reading. During …

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