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Burren-Tolkien link found

THE close link between the Burren and the Lord of the Rings – ranked as one of the most highly acclaimed works of the 20th century – has been confirmed at local level by Lisdoonvara businessman, Peter Curtin.From his investigations, he is satisfied that the imagery and imagination for JRR Tolkien’s three-volume novel were inspired by the breathtaking landscapes of the Burren. From what he has learned, Mr Curtin of the Roadside Tavern and Burren Smokehouse is in no doubt that one of Clare’s finest tourist attractions did in fact provide the inspiration for the Oxford University professor to write the novel, which was written in stages between 1937 and 1949, much of it during Word War II.The Lord of the Rings was published in 1954-1955 and it has since been reprinted numerous times and translated into many languages.The Burren link was discovered through a chance meeting Mr Curtin had in a Galway bar while he was living in the …

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Councillor can’t fathom fenceless decision

LOCAL councillors are confused about why An Bord Pleanála ruled that there should not be a fence at a “dangerous location” beside a river in Quin, when there are “clearly health and safety issues”.At this week’s meeting of the Ennis East Electoral Area of Clare County Council, Councillor Sonny Scanlan requested the council to erect a fence by the river at Duan na Manach, Quin, for safety reasons. In a written response from John Bradley, acting senior executive officer, it was explained that the council’s original planning application (P04/1999) provided for the development of a security fence along the river frontage of the development. “An Bord Pleanála in their decision (PL 03.208132) specifically conditioned that such proposed fence be omitted from the development in the interests of amenity and public safety. The council is thus precluded from installing the said fencing in terms of the An Bord Pleanála decision,” the council official explained.Councillor Scanlan said that this decision made “no …

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Headshop information seminar at Scariff Community College

THE board of management and parents’ council of Scariff Community College have organised a seminar to inform the public about headshops and their products.The event, which is entitled The Rise of the Headshop Phenomenon in Ireland, will include speakers Rionach Power of the Mid-West Regional Task Force, Anne O’Neill of the Community Drug and Alcohol Service, HSE and Detective Garda Seamus McMahon of the Clare Garda Drugs Unit. The seminar will be held at the community college in Scariff on Wednesday from 8pm to 9.30pm.The meeting comes in a week when Minister for Health, Mary Harney announced new measures ro criminalise the sale of legal highsParents’ council chairperson Regine Roskam said there is “genuine concern in the area” and she outlined that this meeting is being put forward to raise awareness and educate the public on the headshop phenomenon. The idea would be that people would recognise what a headshop drug is and what its stated effects are. Chairman of …

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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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Tall tales earn awards for Galway girls

IT was a night for the Galway girls as sisters from Seamount College took two out of the top three awards in junior section of The Clare Champion short-story competition.

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Four objectors to proposed Kinvara development

GALWAY County Council received four submissions against a 16-house development in Kinvara before the deadline passed last week.

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Dismay at weekend rubbish in Kilrush

KILRUSH Tidy Towns Committee chairman Murt Collins has expressed dissatisfaction at the weekend rubbish issue in Kilrush.  

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Pupils to attend special sitting of council

KILRUSH Community School will host a special meeting of Kilrush Town Council this Thursday morning at 9.30am.

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