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Constructing an interesting career

Last year, 1,494 teachers across the country were timetabled for subjects such as construction studies, materials technology (wood) and technical graphics. Only 121 of those were women and only four of these were teaching in Clare.

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Official opening of Feakle playground

The children of Feakle made a dash from national school last Friday as they knew this was the day their new playground would be open.

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Commissioner’s Medal for garda graduate

FLAGMOUNT woman and recent garda graduate, Nora Brady was presented with the Commissioner’s Medal last Friday at the Garda College in Templemore for her outstanding academic achievement while studying for the force.

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Pupils raise funds for Township Trust

OVER the past month, third-year pupils at Scariff Community College have been busy raising almost €800 in aid of the Niall Mellon Township Trust.

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Plans underway for Glenwood Ambush commemoration

PLANS are afoot to commemorate a piece of East Clare’s history as the 90th anniversary of the Glenwood Ambush approaches. The ambush took place at Belvoir Kilkishen on January 20, 1921 and so with the passing of 90 years, local man Patsy Neville is organising an event that will see a suitable plaque erected at the site, which is near one of the entrance gates to Glenwood House. It is understood that Patsy’s uncle was present at the ambush and it is hoped that more will be learned about the volunteers that participated in this historic event. The Kilkishen man is proposing to include the names of all the 37 volunteers, who played a part in the ambush and the names of the eight Black and Tans or RIC men who either died or escaped on that fateful day on the plaque. To progress this forward by the January 20 deadline, a meeting is scheduled for Donnellan’s Hall, Kilkishen on …

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Prestigious award nomination for Lakyle school

LAKYLE National School in Whitegate has been nominated for an award for their film on the centenary of their school last year. A section of their documentary on the 100 year history of the school has been nominated for an award at the National FÍS Film Festival, which takes place next Wednesday November 3 at the Helix in Dublin City University. The 40 pupils from the school and their teachers will attend the event. Speaking about the DVD, school principal Mary Flanagan said, “The whole school was involved in making the DVD and we’re all going up to Dublin for the Fís Film Festival. We are all delighted. It was a community project and a local filmmaker Klaus Kappis carried out the filming for us. It started out that it would be just to record the birthday celebrations but then we decided to make a DVD. I asked Klaus would he do it and he was instrumental in the whole …

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Different school of thought for Tulla pupils with Living Scenes

Transition-year pupils at St Joseph’s Secondary School in Tulla have recently been introduced to their new adult classmates as they embark on the collaborative Living Scenes programme of learning.Living Scenes offers a different school of thought from the exam-based curriculum to pupils and adults by bringing the two groups together in a reciprocal learning session each week. The project, which was designed by Clarinbridge resident Dr Mary Surlis of NUI Galway, is 12 years in existence, with two schools in Clare, St Flannan’s and St Joseph’s in Tulla, offering the module to transition-year pupils for the past five years. In Tulla, Siobhán O’Sullivan acts as the project co-ordinator, facilitating the group meeting each Thursday from 11am to 1pm at the school, where the two groups come together for a collaborative activity.The Clare Champion paid a visit to St Joseph’s recently, where the group were carrying out an art project. The session began over a cup of tea prepared by the …

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Final gathering for Democracy Project programme

A group of East Clare pupils participating in a Democracy Project aimed at inspiring active European citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans held their final gathering this week as part of the programme.The Democracy Project was the first of its kind in Ireland and followed the EU Youth Policy directive encouraging involvement by young people with the democratic process and interaction with decision-makers. The project involved nine pupils from Scariff Community College and two pupils of Scariff Youth Reach and was run in conjunction with Leargas Youth in Action Programme, Fishbowl Youth and Binario Uno in Italy.Together with two youth organisations in Rome, Nomentano-Liceo Scientifico Statale and Binario Uno, the pupils worked together over the past two years, where they learned about each of their school systems and how democracy plays its part in these systems. During the course of the project, delegates from the Democracy Project in East Clare and those in Italy carried out exchanges. Initially, there …

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