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Mollie wins the hearts of the country

AN East Clare border collie has stolen the heart of the nation. Mollie was among eight finalists in the national competition which was run in conjunction with 2FM for World Animal Week and beat stiff competition to be crowned as the country’s best-loved dog.  Mollie and her owner, Samantha Morrissey, live in Clonrush, Whitegate, where Mollie is somewhat of a celebrity. She has overcome some obstacles in her six years. She was rescued by Samantha from the GSPCA where she was given a loving home but tragically was struck by a car leaving her without the use of her back legs. Against the odds, the border collie leads a full and happy life thanks to a life changing device, her trolley. Since Mollie has been in her trolley, which acts as a wheelchair, she has created a stir and her fame has grown even further since she took up surfing the internet, as Mollie’s You Tube clips and her Facebook …

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CELT windfall gives roots to agroforestry project

THE Centre for Environmental Living and Training (Celt) has been awarded funding of €12,000 from the Department of Environment to establish a small agroforestry project. The funding was awarded recently under capacity-building, which is part of Department of the Environment’s core-funding for Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) with a national remit. The project involves the integration of trees into farming systems using permaculture design rather than as separate plantations. This can provide added value to the farm, timber, fruit and nuts as well as enhanced biodiversity and carbon storage. A spokesperson for Celt said assessors for this project thought Celt’s agroforestry proposal “showed great potential, not only for building capacity of Celt, but for offering scope for sustainable farm diversification that could help small farmers throughout Ireland”.  Celt must source match-funding and will be drawing up a comprehensive business plan and approaching the Department of Agriculture and other appropriate bodies for such funds.  “This is a relatively small-scale project and Celt is …

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Fundraising at the heart of the matter

THREE-year-old Emma McMahon was running around her house in Feakle this week, her big blue eyes full of life, which makes it hard to believe that this bubbly girl has a rare heart condition.

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Clooney-Quin hillwalkers scale the heights of success

ONE year after its formation, the Clooney-Quin Hill-Walking Club is going strong having held its first official hill-walking weekend in County Kerry.

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Celebrating 40 years of music in Feakle

AN East Clare bar is marking 40 years of unbroken traditional music sessions next week.Shortt’s Bar in Feakle has been hosting the popular session every Thursday at 10pm since 1970.

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Councillors seek traffic-calming measures

EXTRA traffic calming measures are needed to prevent the possibility of a serious traffic accident in Dromindoora village, a local councillor has warned.

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River blockages affect fish stocks claim

Blockages on a river in Quin parish is adversely affecting fish stock, a new action group has claimed. In a detailed submission to Clare County Council, the Boolyree Rine River Flood Action Group warned it is now impossible for salmon to get up river due to the blockages. Group chairman John Perkins told The Clare Champion that those who have lived their lives in the area can remember back 30 years ago looking into the river and observing the salmon. However, he warned that there is no sign of the salmon now and that there is a lack of fish species.“The council have been contacted by individuals for years about the issues with the river but they have never taken any action. The action group has been set up to ensure that the council fulfil their duties and maintain this river, which takes away the water drainage from a large area from the Tulla hills all the way down to …

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Success worth shouting about

The Clare Shout senior and junior titles have returned to Kilkishen as Joe O’Gorman reclaimed the senior cup and 10-year-old Moll Nolan scooped the junior prize.  Joe (pictured), who is a Cratloe native but now resides in Kilkishen took the title for the first time in 2007 but lost the battle to reclaim it in the interim. however he returned to form this year and pipped last year’s winner David Walsh at the post in the final.Approximately 35 were shouting for glory, among them previous winners Mary Murphy, David Walsh and Joe O’Gorman, but two of the previous title-holders were to dwindle when the chips were down. Ten were selected to go forward into the next round, but despite a good effort, Mary missed out on a place in the top three and left Limerick man and 2009 winner David Walsh up against Danny Duggan from Kilkishen and Joe O’Gorman to see if he could retain the cup. It wasn’t …

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