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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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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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