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Benemerenti Medal for Bodyke sacristan

He is awarding the honour to Mrs Hannon in recognition of her devoted service over many years to the parish and community of Bodyke and Tuamgraney.Bishop of Killaloe, Dr Willie Walsh will present the medal and citation at 11am mass in Bodyke on Sunday.This is the first time the medal has ever been awarded to anyone in the Bodyke Tuamgraney parish and the community are delighted to see Mrs Hannon being honoured with it. Mrs Hannon, who hails from Kells, Corofin originally settled in Bodyke with her late husband Christy in 1963, where they raised their four children, who still remain in the parish. Sadly, her husband Christy, who had also been very involved with the local church and associated activities, passed away in 1994. Mrs Hannon has given devoted care and service to Bodyke Church as its sacristan for the last 32 years, a post she shared with her husband for a number of years and one she continues …

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Community co-op celebrates 22 years

THE East Clare Community Co-op celebrates 22 years this year, having grown from the Coleen Bridge School to a large-scale operation, involving a number of community services and initiatives.

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Dev’s victory telegram goes on display

A TELEGRAM sent by Eamon De Valera to his wife following his election as MP for Clare has been placed on display at the Clare Museum in Ennis.

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Liostra na Laochra awards for Senan’s and Tones

SHANNON Town Council presented its Liosta na Laochra awards and distributed its community grants last week, with a number of national title winners honoured.

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€8,000 budget cut branded an ‘insult’

AN €8,000 cut in the town council’s budget is an “insult” to the people of Shannon, according to Councillor Gerry Flynn.

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Retired garda claims a place in photographic history

A FORMER Ardnacrusha-based garda has revealed the circumstances surrounding his inclusion in an award-winning photograph, which hangs in the National Garda Museum over 28 years since it was first taken.

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Thousands could benefit from Limerick commuter plan says Fitzgerald

THOUSANDS of residents in South-East Clare would benefit from a radical new plan unveiled by the Labour Party to develop Limerick City into a commuter rail hub for the Mid-West region, according to a local county councillor.

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New church for town to be officially opened

THE new Catholic church in the dioceses of Killaloe will open on December 8 at the Town Square.Bishop Willie Walsh will bless and dedicate the new Adoration Chapel, which will replace the Oratory in SkyCourt Shopping Centre. The Oratory was provided as a place of worship, rent free, since 1976, four years after the opening of Shannon Town Centre. Since then, mass has been celebrated at the Oratory and people have went there daily to pray.With the redevelopment of the town centre as SkyCourt, the Oratory moved to temporary premises in the shopping centre in 2004. SkyCourt later commissioned a new standalone building in the town square to replace the old facility. The Adoration Chapel was developed by SkyCourt at a cost of €250,000.The new chapel is an oval-shaped building and will be able to accommodate up to 60 people. It was designed by Thompsons & Partners and architect Michael Pledge said the project presented an interesting and unusual opportunity. …

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