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BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2015, ferghal burke, mary immaculate lisdoonvarna

Young scientists prepare for national exhibit

Students across Clare and South Galway are busy putting the finishing touches to their projects in the run-up to the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2015. From the science behind the voting in the Euro Vision to the correlation between mathematics and music, this year’s exhibition promises to be more exciting than ever with a huge range of projects on offer guaranteed to fascinate all visitors. There was a record number of entries this year making the 51st exhibition the biggest yet. Visitors will find 1,185 students displaying 550 projects, 22 of which are Clare entries, along with four more areas packed full of science and technology exhibits. Among those taking part are students from: Seamount College, Kinvara; Ennsitymon CBS, Rice College, Ennis; Kilrush Community School; St John Bosco Community College, Kildysart; Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon; and, Ennis Community College, Gaelcholaíste an Chlaír. The greatest number of entries from Clare came from Mary Immaculate Secondary School in Lisdoonvarna. Fearghal Burke, …

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NRA under fire over motorway works

  The National Roads Authority (NRA) has been asked to attend the January meeting of Clare County Council to address public dissatisfaction over the remedial works carried out on the motorway linking Crusheen and Gort. The call came the NRA was subjected to stinging criticism of the effectiveness of work carried out on the motorway, despite two recent road closures. Councillor Pat Hayes told a recent council meeting motorists were still complaining about a section of the motorway between Gort and Crusheen and weren’t happy with recent works carried out by the NRA. “The work carried out by the NRA didn’t address the issues that people were complaining about – the dips, hollows and aquaplaning in wet weather. The NRA spent between three to four weeks working on this road and nobody seems to know what they were doing. “It was all hush hush. The public need to know what is going on. The NRA should be invited to address …

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Clooney Quin GAA to Climb Moylussa

THE Friends of Clooney/Quin GAA Club prepare are reminding locals of their sponsored climb of Clare’s highest mountain, Moylussa, in Killaloe on December 28. The climb has been organised to raise funds for the Oncology Department of University Hospital, Galway and is being held in solidarity with one of their own who is battling cancer currently, as well as to all the others in the club and parish who have been affected by the disease. The club is reminding those interested in participating that it is a climb that will be no trouble to anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Participants are asked to gather at 12 noon on December 28 and are advised to wear good hiking boots and to bring a walking stick. Following the event there will be a social gathering at The Village Inn in Quin. Further information is available from Haulie Hannon on 086-3456233 or  Pat Ryan on 087-2906766. By Carol Byrne

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Clonlara shocked over tragic death

A tightly-knit community in South-East Clare is united in grief following the tragic death of a very popular young local man on Christmas Eve. Residents in Clonlara and  surrounding areas were shocked to learn about the death of Brian Morrissey (24), Mount Catherine, Clonlara on Wednesday night. The former St Munchin’s College student was a versatile sportsman excelling as a midfielder with Corbally United, where he is fondly remembered by numerous people involved in the club, and secondary school rugby. He also played soccer with Ringsend when he moved to Dublin to work in the Irish Times a few years ago. The annual Ciaran Twomey Charity memorial game, which was due to be held by Corbally United on St Stephen’s Day, was cancelled as a mark of respect. While Mr Morrissey was in St Munchin’s, he featured on the school’s junior cup team in 2005 and senior cup team in 2008. Described as a “very talented, larger than life character” …

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Gort’s Golden Mile

Gort was a winner of the Golden Mile competition run by Galway County Council and Galway Rural Development. The Gort Golden Mile begins in the townland of Ballynamantan and ends in Kinincha. The awards were presented by Councillor Mary Hoade, Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council and Tom Madden, Chairperson, Galway Rural Development presented the Golden Mile of Galway Awards and launched the Golden Mile 2015 Calendar in the Claregalway Hotel, Claregalway on Wednesday. Over 200 people attended the launch. Sr de Lourdes Fahy and Adrian Feeney, collected the award, represented the Burren Lowlands Group. They received a certificate and a Natural Heritage Print designed by Sabine Springer. The Golden Mile award was for the Mile showing the Most Potential and was presented by Dr Christy Cunniffe. Sr De Lourdes and Mr Feeney acknowledged the work carried out by many people in order to achieve this award including Gort No Name Club, Margaret Rochford Community Employment Programme, Pat Finn from Gateway/Galway …

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Canadian TV Show ‘The Travel Guy’ Films in Clare

Canadian TV personality and travel writer Frank Greco has been visiting Clare and Ireland, to film for his popular show ‘The Travel Guy’, as a guest of Tourism Ireland in Toronto. The special Ireland episode, which will be seen in millions of households in Canada and elsewhere around the world, will include footage of many of the county’s top visitor attractions – including the Cliffs of Moher, Loop Head Lighthouse, the Music Makers of West Clare in Miltown Malbay, and a traditional Irish music session at McGann’s Pub in Doolin. During their time here, the crew stayed at Crotty’s Pub and B&B in Kilrush and Hotel Doolin. ‘The Travel Guy’ series is broadcast on many networks across the world including Discovery World HD (Canada), the Back9 Lifestyle Network (United States), Asia Television Network, Japan Television and U7 (Russia) – reaching millions of potential holidaymakers for Ireland. Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s manager for Canada, said: “We are delighted that Frank Greco …

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Shannon waste compactor approval appealed

CREE based Clean Ireland Recycling have made an appeal to An Bord Pleanála following a decision by Clare County Council to grant planning permission to Emerald Waste Company for a Pay To Use (PTU) waste compactor at Texaco Service Station in Shannon. In its submission to the authority it states, “Clare County Council’s decision to allow this PTU to operate without a pay by weight mechanism, without provision of a brown bin, without a system to track customers (eg smartcards) and without a customer charter will negatively impact on the DECLG’s (Department of Environment, Community and Local Government)  attempts to regulate PTUs. We expect that An Bord Pleanála will have access to the new regulations prior to making a final decision on this application and will be better placed to see the potential impact of a decision to allow this development to proceed as per the applicant’s proposal.” They also raised concerns about the potential safety impact of the development. …

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Kiltiernan ns

TV debut for Kiltiernan pupils’ productions

Pupils of Kiltiernan NS appeared on RTE’s News2day and Six One News recently before holding special screenings of their work locally. The children produced dramas using puppets following a three-month artist-in-school programme. Hoping to be featured on News2Day, a children’s news programme, shown each day on RTÉ 2 at 4.25pm, the South Galway school invited RTE’s Western Correspondent Pat McGrath to the school to publicise the project funded by Galway County Council. “The school began this 10-week project last September with the puppeteer Tommy Baker,” explained teacher Bríd Fenlon. “The aim of the project was to produce a drama, based on a theme inspired by classwork, using puppets,” she continued. The children in infants and first class chose to retell the story of The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler in animation form, while second and third classes chose the legends of Setanta and Fionn from their history work. The Senior Room, made up of fourth to sixth classes, …

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