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Tuamgraney earns place on festival calendar

THE success of its inaugural promotion last weekend has earned Tuamgraney its place among Clare’s calendar of community festivals.

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The sky’s the limit in Mountshannon

KEEP your eyes on the skies this September as plans are no longer up in the air for a new festival over Lough Derg, as arrangements to showcase Mountshannon’s first air show are currently being firmed up. The proposal for an air show was the brainchild of Rose Curtis of Harbour Flights, the seaplane operation based in Mountshannon and her concept was to develop a festival around an air show as a way to give something back to the local communities. Likening it to the Riverfest Festival in Limerick City, Rose believes there is no reason why such a festival on the shores of Lough Derg would not be as successful if not more.Speaking to The Clare Champion Rose said, “We are hoping to run the air show on Sunday, September 9 from 2.30pm to 5.30pm and are looking for some support from the local community councils to help make it an enjoyable weekend. Harbour Flights, in conjunction with Fáilte …

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Five in the running for Tuamgraney’s mayoral chain

IT could be said that in some instances the vote on Ireland’s Referendum on the Stability Treaty this Thursday took second place in a certain part of East Clare this week as the race hotted up for the election of Tuamgraney’s first mayor.Indications are that it will be a very tight contest and it’s anyone’s guess who will be the first recipient of the chain of office at the concluding event of the festival in Hassett’s Pub on Sunday night next.The mayoral election is the centre piece of Tuamgraney’s first ever Community Weekend, which is aimed at putting Tuamgraney on the map as a festival venue. It is hoped to attract big numbers of visitors to the area over the bank holiday weekend, especially natives who are living in different counties and countries. The emphasis will be on community involvement and community entertainment over the weekend.It starts with a golf competition in the East Clare Golf Club, Bodyke on Saturday …

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Eagles have flown the coop

THE pair of White Tailed Sea Eagles that were nesting in Mountshannon  will not be growing in numbers just yet, as the eagles have flown the nest where they were believed to be nurturing eggs.

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Funding still not sanctioned

FUNDING for the planned wastewater treatment plant at Quin Gardens, approved for planning permission late last year, has yet to be sanctioned by the Government.

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Arising to Lord and Lady challenge

The race is on to find Kilkishen’s next Lord and Lady, as a very different election campaign sprang into action this week, which will see quirky fundraising events being organised by the hopeful contestants in aid of the Kikishen Church Restoration Project.  

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President Higgins to visit for Scariff co-op celebrations

President Michael D Higgins will be in Scariff next month, where he will be celebrating the United Nations Year of the Co-operative by joining East Clare Community Co-op in celebrating its 25th anniversary.

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Seed savers increase capacity

THE Irish Seed Savers’ Association, based in Scariff, has completed construction on its new seed bank and processing facility, which will not only improve their storage needs but will also help expand operations by increasing their seed-saving capacity.  Matteo Pettiti is the garden co-ordinator at Seed Savers and together with Jo Newton, the seed coordinator, they will be running the facility, bringing all the processing and storage elements together under one environmentally friendly roof.  The seed bank and seed processing facility means that when a plant is harvested from the fields, it is brought to the seed bank where it is hung and dried in the solar space located at the southern end of the building. After that, it will be thrashed and processed, the seeds will be cleaned and then dried to a very good standard before they are stored and packaged.“We will be able to do everything under the one roof with a flow of work that goes …

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