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A Gardener who has sown the seeds of a new life

In 2008, Chrys Gardener and her husband Bill Carini immigrated to Ireland from Ithaca in New York State to further pursue their careers as landscape gardeners.

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Gardaí in plea over bogus house callers incidents

A garda chief in Killaloe has issued an appeal to those in the East Clare area to be aware of bogus callers, particularly in light of the current problems regarding water shortages and flooding.

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Opposition to Mountshannon seaplane tourism business plan

Plans to develop a seaplane tourism business with a base in Mountshannon have been met with local opposition.

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Residents seek review of ESB river management

An independent review of the ESB’s management of rivers and dams in Ireland, including the River Shannon, has been sought by flooding victims in Clonlara.

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Recalling stories from the good old days

Edel Greene and Margaret McNamara, cuairteoirí with Cuimhneamh an Chláir, visited a group of East Clare residents in Raheen last week, where each individual recalled past memories of predicting the weather, ghost stories and socialising.With seven and eight-day weather forecasts available to us at the click of a mouse these days, it will seem alien to many that the older members of the community had to look to the sky to find out what tomorrow’s weather would be like.Edel and Margaret, in their recording session with East Clare residents Flan O’Brien, Jimmy Lynch, Patrick Joe Nihill, Eleanor Murphy and Louis Corbett, discussed what kind of signs they looked out for to know if bad weather was in store.Some recalled that if they saw two rainbows in the sky, or a ring around the moon or saw “the moon lying on its back,” then it wasn’t a good sign. Others recalled the goats coming down the mountain and into their houses …

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20th anniversary for Sliabh Aughty Players

THE Sliabh Aughty Players has been in existence for 20 years. It was formed late in 1989, when it was decided to reform and re-establish a drama group in the Mountshannon area.Its predecessor, The Mountshannon Players, was originally founded in the late-1960s, performing both one-act and three-act plays in Mountshannon hall. Despite the long-running tradition of drama in the area, the group became inactive throughout the 1970s and 1980s, with members joining the Scariff Drama Group.In 1989, the old Mountshannon-based group was re-formed under the name Sliabh Aughty Players, with Maud Nash again at the helm. Maud was one of the founding members of the group and one of the few remaining continuous links with the group to this day. Maud’s name was synonymous with drama and she was the backbone of the group for many years.The group’s first production was John B Keane’s The Field, which was to prove the perfect vessel to sail the Sliabh Aughty Players to …

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Compulsory purchase order for junction improvement

CLARE County Council has issued a compulsory purchase order notice for confirmation to An Board Pleanála in respect of lands at Clashmore, Feakle, which it requires to carry out necessary road junction improvements.The mayor, county manager and county secretary signed off on the compulsory purchase order on December 1 and in a public document, the authority outlined its intention of improving the junction between Scariff and Feakle in the townland of Clashmore. An area of agricultural land measuring 0.0158 hectares and 0.0456 hectares of a public road, which are both in the ownership of James Denis Anthony Conway, is the subject of the compulsory purchase order. If the order is confirmed by An Board Pleanála, it will authorise the council to acquire this land for the purpose of carrying out junction improvement works, which will consist of setting back boundaries in order to improve sight distance for traffic travelling between Scariff and Feakle. This is where the L80381 and R461 …

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Tulla principal retires after 38 years in the teaching trade

Pupils and teachers at St Joseph’s Secondary School in Tulla said farewell to outgoing school principal Jim Cooney recently as he embarked on his retirement following 38 years of service to education.Jim was the principal at St Joseph’s for the past seven years, prior to that he taught at St Patrick’s Comprehensive in Shannon, where he worked for 30 years. It was not easy, however, for Jim to leave the school last week. He admits that it was extremely difficult because he had such an attachment to the school, its staff and to the community of Tulla.“It was a particular challenge to take up the principal’s job in the school where I am from. I warmed to the school immediately. I warmed to staff and the community and I was very lucky in the staff that I got when I came there. They have been great people to work with. They are very committed to the school and dedicated and …

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