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Whitegate residents receive water from Mounstshanon supply

RESIDENTS in Whitegate affected by an outbreak of cryptosporidium in the Whitegate public water supply have been told that they are now being served by an upgraded Mountshannon water supply network. The cryptosporidium parasite was found during routine testing of the water supply in Whitegate last week but according to the local authority, they have received no reports of anyone having fallen ill as a result of the contamination. However, as a result of this detection, Clare County Council has issued a boil notice and this is likely to remain in place for at least another week as continual testing and monitoring of the water takes place. At a public meeting held in the GAA clubhouse in Whitegate on Tuesday, senior executive engineer Hugh McGrath informed those present that those on the Whitegate public water network are now receiving water from the Mountshannon public network. He explained the Whitegate water supply “is vulnerable” as the source is subject to contamination …

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Pub sessions with Aughty’s dramatic twist

SLIABH Aughty Drama Group will be staging two one-act comedies in Mountshannon later this month as part of their annual Pub Theatre sessions.The plays will run at the Mountshannoon Hotel beginning on Friday, November 18 running through to Sunday, November 20. This year’s productions include The Case of the Tale Told by an Idiot: A Justin Thyme Mystery, written by Bruce Kane, and Letters of a Matchmaker by John B Keane.In the first play, Justin Thyme, a fictional detective is called up to find out who killed the King of Scotland, in a send up of Shakespeare’s MacBeth. The production provides for plenty of tongue-in-cheek moments and laughs with modern reflections. This play has a cast of 11 Sliabh Aughty Drama Group members and will be directed by John Allen. John explains he came across Bruce Kane having seen a production of his other one-act play Ruby of Elsinor by Ennis Players and from there, began reading some of Kane’s …

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Helping to sow the seeds of progress in Burundi

Aid to Burundi (A2B) is a charity organisation based in Bodyke and O’Callaghan’s Mills and has been working in Burundi since 2007. Prior to that however, the group had been working together with members of the ALUCOPK agricultural co-operative, who have continually highlighted that one of their biggest problems is a lack of improved seeds, which would increase their productivity. Experience in the past few years with small samples of such seeds brought from Ireland has given good results among members and following a recent East Clare donation of seeds, productivity has increased. A2B aims to provide for the relief of poverty, sickness and distress in Karambi and surrounding areas in the province of Bururi in Burundi by providing the villagers with the means for sustainable growth and development to provide for their own needs and self development. It is hoped through this work it will enable them to take active steps towards the eradication of poverty and secure lasting …

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Comhaltas move into Sisters of Mercy buildings

The Sisters of Mercy convent and primary school buildings in Tulla have been formally handed over to Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCE) following a ceremony, which took place in the East Clare village on Sunday.It marks the end of an era for the Sisters of Mercy, who first came to Tulla in 1883. CCE propose to develop the buildings into a cultural centre with particular emphasis on the cultural traditions of Clare. The development is expected to take place on a phased basis, in three proposed phases, culminating in the construction of a 250-seater auditorium.  Four sisters of Mercy came to Tulla on June 6, 1883, and today four Sisters of Mercy remain at a private residence on Church Street in Tulla.The Sisters of Mercy donated the convent and school buildings they ran in Tulla to Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann as part of the Comhaltas Cultural Project entitled Cnoc na Gaoithe. The proposed cultural centre, when completed, will become the 17th regional …

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East Clare Walking Festival hits the road

Walkers from across Clare are expected to descend on East Clare this weekend as the inaugural East Clare Walking Festival gets underway. The event has been organised by East Clare Tourism and participants will be given a unique opportunity to take in the stunning East Clare countryside on their choice of guided walks.There are six walks in total taking place over the course of the weekend to choose from and each is graded from A to C, according to difficulty, A being the most difficult. Each walk covers different aspects of the East Clare terrain.A welcome evening will be held in McNamara’s bar in Scariff on Friday at 9pm where there will be traditional music and refreshments. That evening participants will be able to meet members of the East Clare Walking Club, who will guide the walks over the weekend and walking routes will also be available for viewing. Registration for all walks takes place in McNamara’s from 9am each …

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Feakle ladies to introduce ICA to pole dancing

LADIES in Feakle are doing it for themselves as a new ICA guild has been formed, with modern and exciting plans already underway for demonstrations, classes, groups and even pole dancing lessons.The ladies of the newly established ICA guild in Feakle are pushing the boundaries to modernise and expand the traditional image of the Irish Countrywoman’s Association in their community and among their fun plans for exercise classes is pole dancing.President of the new guild, Breda Collins, is behind the endeavour and together with likeminded women in the community and members of the former Feakle ICA, the group aims to bring people closer, forging new friendships and improving life locally through its proposed community initiatives.“Since we started this a few ladies have said they know no-one in the area, even though they might be living in the area for between three and five years and they are so excited about having a social group,” Breda said.She explained there was a …

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