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Community remembers Glenwood Ambush

A SLIGHT wind chill but overall a beautiful day last Sunday was the setting for the unveiling of a memorial to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the ambush at Glenwood where six policemen were shot dead by members of the East Clare Brigade IRA.The day began with a concelebrated remembrance mass in Kilkishen Church by Fr H O’Dowd, assisted by Fr Harry Bohan and Fr K Hogan, who is the son of Seamus Hogan, Galway, a volunteer in the ambush. A number of relatives of the volunteers also participated in the service.Those in attendance then proceeded to the site in Glenwood where memorial committee chairman, Patsy Neville welcomed a large gathering and acknowledged the large voluntary effort that facilitated the memorial day.Speakers on the day included Deputy Tony Killeen and Fr Bohan, with the treasurer of the memorial committee John Lenihan making the closing address.The memorial itself is constructed so that a candle can be placed at its heart and …

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School track lays groundwork for new club

SCARIFF could become the new home of East Clare athletics as a call has been issued to form a track and field athletics club based at of new facilities in the local community college.

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Tulla not big enough for two nursing homes?

TWO women involved in developing a nursing home in Tulla have claimed the village is not big enough for two such facilities and have called on An Bord Pleanála to refuse planning for a second nursing home directly across from their site.

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52 staff facing redundancy at Finsa

THE Scariff-based chipboard factory told union committee members of its plans to make 52 workers redundant last Thursday afternoon in what came as a shock to workers who were on two weeks’ leave for Christmas.

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Job losses, a devastating blow for East Clare

THE news that 52 employees at Finsa are to be made redundant has been met with deep regret among a community which has had chipboard manufacturing at its heart since the 1950s.

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Farmers badly hit by adverse weather

FARMERS in East Clare and across the county have been affected severely due to the adverse winter conditions, as many report difficulties with getting water supplies to their livestock, as well as issues with diesel freezing and milking equipment freezing.At a time when water restrictions still apply to many parts of East Clare, the county chairman of the Irish Farmers’ Association, Michael Lynch, said farmers have “been affected most severely” in comparison to other sectors, due to the limited water supply.“If you are without water at this time of year, you’re in trouble straight away with livestock. Once they are on dry feed, they need to have water. Drawing this water is usually a great inconvenience and can be quite costly for farmers and while what’s available from the council is welcome, the quantity is far greater than what can be provided through that,” he said.East Clare county councillor and farmer, Pat Hayes stressed the necessity to review the issue …

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Richard strikes gold again

KILLANENA athlete Richard McArthur has added another five gold medals to his collection, following the Munster Masters Indoor Athletics Championships held in Nenagh recently.The athletics enthusiast scooped the gold in the 60m sprint, the long jump, the high jump, the 200m run and the 56lb weight without follow at the masters over 45 indoor event just before Christmas.Richard said the medals will build on the success he has been having in these events since he first took up the sport when he was 18. He competes with St Cronan’s Athletics Club in Ennis since the club in Killanena wound down but he trains for the most part at home in Killanena.Taking gold at these events is nothing new to Richard and tops his four gold medals that he secured at the same event last year. However, he still believes it is all to play for in the All-Ireland Masters Indoor championships, which take place in Nenagh on January 23.Speaking about …

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New events show passion for the arts

East Clare is renowned for its music and passion for the arts but this year, the region’s celebration of them grew as two new music festivals were introduced.

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