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Famine victims to be remembered at Tuamgraney

EAST Clare Heritage has organised a special outdoor Mass at the East Clare Famine Memorial park at Tuamgraney as part of National Famine Commemoration Day this Sunday at 2pm.Fr Brendan Quinlivan will celebrate the Mass. This day of commemoration is especially important to the people of East Clare, as local historian Gerard Madden explained.“The Scariff Workhouse Union, an area of 170 miles2 with a population of 47,984, was declared in July 1839. Its workhouse was built in 1841 and the union comprised of Scariff, Ogonnelloe, Killaloe, Bodyke, Tulla, Feakle, Whitegate, Mountshannon and Woodford. During the winter of 1846/47, the rate of famine burials in Tuamgraney and Moynoe was so great, from the infamous workhouse at Scariff, that the existing graveyards were filled to capacity. In St Cronan’s graveyard, Tuamgraney, hundreds were buried outside the boundary wall, while at Moynoe, sand and gravel was brought from the shore of Scariff bay to cover the corpses,” he said.Mr Madden relayed a contemporary …

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Scariff angler hooks 9lb trout

Ahead of the mayfly fishing season, a Scariff angler has made a thrilling catch that yielded a 9lb 9oz trout, measuring 29.5in long, in the Scariff River.Joseph O’Shaughnessy and his brother, Brendan from Scariff set out fishing last Wednesday morning thinking it would be similar to every other angling experience on the river in their 20 years fishing there. With their largest trout weighing 2lbs over those two decades, little did they think that there was a trout of more than 9lb to be caught.But that changed when they felt the draw on their line at 11.45am. Initially thinking they had hooked a pike, a closer examination revealed it was not. The fish was hooked by Joseph who, exhausted after half an hour of a tough struggle, passed the rod to Brendan, who continued the titanic battle to land it. A total of 45 minutes passed before they succeeded in reeling in the hefty trout.The O’Shaughnessy brothers are from a …

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Complaints over Mountshannon toilets

The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) has received a string of complaints on its website regarding the closure of toilet facilities at Mountshannon Harbour last weekend.The voluntary body of waterways enthusiasts has had a number of its members post complaints on its forum page that they were unable to access the toilet facilities, which are run by Clare County Council.Clare Jordan, chairperson of the Lough Derg Branch of IWAI, said, “Among our own members there has been a lot of talk and concern about onshore toilet facilities. All of the harbours have had issues with toilets. We are coming into the May Bank Holiday weekend now and we will be hoping they be open this weekend, as it is probably one of the busiest weekends in the area. Toilets being locked up is usually a hot topic for discussion at our branch meetings and one I would expect at our next meeting,” Ms Jordan added.She highlighted that with the …

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Jobs boost expected from hotel project

EAST Clare businessman Pádraig Giblin and his wife, Anne, are to embark on a business initiative in the area, which will provide up to 100 jobs locally, after they got the green light to develop a hotel and leisure facility in Tuamgraney.It is expected that between 50 and 80 jobs will be created during the construction phase, while a further 20 to 30 seasonal jobs will be provided when the complex is operational.The proposed mixed-use tourism, recreational and commercial development has three elements to it, including an 18-bedroom hotel, with a function room, restaurant, bar and lounge. The next element is eight apartments, which includes five two-bedroom and three three-bedroom short-term chalet self-catering accommodation units, all serviced by the hotel. The third aspect to the development is a leisure complex, with a leisure pool, changing rooms, recreation and exercise rooms.Earlier this week, Clare County Council granted planning permission for the proposed development, subject to 27 planning conditions.Speaking to The Clare …

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