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Flagmount pupils take to the water

IT was plain sailing at Lough Graney last Friday as Flagmount National School pupils took to the water on a boat made out of scrap wood and milk cartons. The vessel, which is entirely handmade out of recycled material, hoisted the Clare flag and set out on its maiden voyage on Lough Graney with 24 pupils aboard.The project was set into motion arising from the green transport schools’ programme and while the school had encouraged its pupils to cycle or walk to school, it was suggested by a local couple that the children could get involved in building their own mode of environmental transport.School principal, Pat McNamara outlined that Flagmount National School had been a hive of activity at the end of last term and the pupils were now being given an opportunity to see their hard work come to fruition.Nearly all of the pupils at the school were involved in helping with the assembly and collecting the recycled materials, …

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Television transmitter to be replaced

FIFTY years ago, the concept of a box that could transmit pictures straight into your living room would have awed the average person in East Clare but in 1959, plans were underway to erect one of the country’s first television transmitters at Maghera, Feakle.

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GAA oral history project kicks off at Scariff school

PUPILS at Scariff Community College took on the roles of historians last Friday as they began their GAA Oral History Project by interviewing their teacher and All-Ireland hurling U-21 medal holder, Colin Ryan.The national project, which forms part of the 125th anniversary of the GAA, aims to record the rich, diverse and complex history of the GAA through the words of local people.It involves the chosen interviewee filling out a questionnaire and an audio recording of the interview with the person is also made. The project is being run by the GAA and Boston College.Transition year pupils from Scariff Community College kick-started their project by recording Colin Ryan, a member of the successful U-21 Clare team. Currently teaching in the school, the pupils focused in on Colin’s big day at the All-Ireland final and also asked questions about preparation and his training regimes.As part of the project, pupils will be interviewing many people in the East Clare area about their …

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Lining up to shout for Clare

THE Clare Shout Cup has sat proudly on Mary Murphy’s mantel in Kilkishen for the last year but will it remain there for another as the annual competition to find the best Clare Shout heats up?Mary is going to give it another go this year to retain the title but she admits that she would also be happy to pass on the accolade to another worthy opponent, should one emerge from the crowd on Saturday, September 19.

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Sailing thrills continue on Cullaun Lake

TWENTY-eight years ago, the first sail boats of the newly named Cullaun Sailing Club took to the water at Cullaun Lake after it was identified as a new home for sailing enthusiasts in the Shannon Region. Indeed, sailing activities are still going strong at the East Clare lake as last weekend saw boats take to the water for the 28th Cullaun Annual Regatta where two days of exciting and close racing was held.

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Tulla comes alive with the sound of traditional music

THE final preparations are being put in place in advance of the Tulla Traditional Music Festival which kicks off in the East Clare village this Friday, with some great treats in store for those heading to the event.Among the highlights for the third annual trad festival is a gala concert at St Peter and Paul’s Church featuring Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill and At The Racket.

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New LETS not-for-profit trade exchange

A GROUP of residents in East Clare have come together to start an initiative where people can trade and exchange goods and services freely without the need to dip into their pockets. The East Clare Local Exchange Trading System (LETS), a community exchange project, will be launched at the Aistear centre in Mountshannon on SSunday week from 2pm to 5pm.

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Stepping up for third Tulla music festival

Seosamh O’Conchubhair, Reachtaire of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, will officially launch the third annual Tulla Traditional Music Festival on Friday week. The festival will be opened by Mr O’Conchubhair at 8pm on Friday, September 11 with the launch the Tulla Comhaltas Archive CD entitled Humours of Tulla. This is part two of a three-part archival project on the music, songs and poetry of Tulla, which has been steeped for centuries in musical tradition.

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