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Joe highlights the importance of inclusiveness

SCARIFF’S Joe McGrath is a well-known and popular member of the community involved in many local projects. Just recently, he was one of the main speakers at a major national conference.

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Recalling the War of Independence

PLANS are at an advanced stage to mark the 90th anniversary of the Glenwood ambush, which took place in Belvoir, Kilkishen on January 20, 1921. The site is one of the entrances to the Glenwood estate and work is progressing well on restoring the stone walls and piers at this entrance.

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Siobhán scoops top awards at Cork writers’ week

A PLAY written by Mountshannon native Siobhán Donnellan has scooped not one but three prestigious awards at Cork’s Arts Theatre Writers’ Week.Her one-act play Chasing Butterflies won the best director award for Aoife Connolly, best female actor award for Siobhán Donnellan and best male actor award for Martin Maguire as well as a nomination for best male actor for Fiachra Ó Dubhghaill.The awards were announced on Saturday on the final night of writers’ week. The play debuted at the festival but Siobhán is hopeful that they will be able to stage Chasing Butterflies in Clare as well as other parts of the country.“I’m absolutely thrilled, I didn’t have a clue we would win, I was thrilled just to get on the shortlist. I only found out during the week that there were production and performance awards as well as the writer’s award. Just to get to perform on stage was fantastic, winning the awards was an added bonus,” the 33-year-old …

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Gritty reaction of councillors to lack of winter resources

EAST Clare County councillors are up in arms over the lack of resources to ensure all regional roads are salted or gritted during extreme cold weather.Confusion over the availability of an extra €100,000 to grit regional roads throughout East Clare prompted criticism from Councillor Pat Hayes at a Killaloe Electoral Area meeting last week.Councillor Hayes expressed his frustration with the lack of a commitment from Clare County Council to grit all the regional roads in East Clare to prevent a repeat of having roads impassable, which occurred last Christmas during periods of sub-zero temperatures, hard frost and snow.The Killanena councillor has now pledged to raise this issue again at the next county council meeting after expressing his disappointment over the lack of information concerning the number of regional roads that are included in the local authority’s Winter Maintenance Programme.The Fianna Fáil councillor said he had received a commitment that an extra €100,000 for regional roads would be spent on the …

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Tuamgraney trees for rent this yuletide

WITH Christmas fast approaching, people’s thoughts are turning towards creating the perfect festive atmosphere at home. The Christmas tree is the centrepiece for most homes but what if you want a live tree without it being cast away at the end of the season?East Clare couple Tristan and Jennifer Lienhard have come up with a novel idea where people can ‘rent’ a tree.Tristan, from Tuamgraney explained that they deliver a potted tree to your door with its own automatic watering system. Then, in January, they collect the tree and replant it in their nursery for use the following year. People can even track their tree, by tagging it to ensure that they receive the same tree year after year.“We came up with the idea last year and it went really well so we decided to do it again this year. It’s a really simple idea and we were amazed that nobody else seemed to be doing it. We were just …

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More than €29,000 raised by Mulryan Memorial Challenge

THE final total of funds raised from the Mulryan Memorial Challenge over the summer has been tallied, with the event raising a massive €29,770.The challenge, inspired by the memory of the late Garda Mike Mulryan, saw a group of mainly East Clare people attack the world renowned Croagh Patrick in County Mayo.Garda Mulryan’s life was tragically cut short in January of this year when he lost a brave battle with cancer. The idea for the challenge came about when a group of his friends, in consultation with his family, wanted to honour his memory in a fitting way.  Funds raised from the challenge went to Milford Hospice, where Garda Mulryan was cared for in his final days. Sgt Joe Fallon, one of the organisers told us, “We certainly didn’t expect to raise so much money and we are delighted that the fundraising has gone so well. We didn’t set out to hold a major fundraising event, primarily this was a …

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Death of Paddy Gleeson, 106

Ireland’s oldest man, Paddy Gleeson, died last weekend. The O’Callaghan’s Mills man turned 106 on May 20. Since turning 100, Paddy earned himself six presidential medals and a level of fame not only because of his age but also for his memory, which was extremely clear until his final year.

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Creative approach to employment issues

Tulla-based garden centre Colourful Creations has found a creative way of tackling its increasing workload without incurring the financial risk associated with taking on a full-time employee.

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