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Real Madrid star with Clare name

COUNTY Clare is the homeland of the Maloney name and derivations of that name. Molowny is, I presume, one of these? If it is, and I suspect it undoubtedly is, it is rarely seen these days in County Clare, nor in Ireland. It is, however, a famous name in the Canary Islands, but more of that anon. Census records between 1847 and 1863 record only five households in Ireland who registered under the name Molowny. The name seems to have died out in Ireland, with perhaps people changing it to the more common Moloney form. Yet, by some strange set of circumstances, the largest number of people bearing the name Molowny in the world reside in Spain. There are 150 registered Molownys, most of them residing in the Canary Islands, with a few families in Madrid. By sheer accident, I discovered a connection between one particular Molowny and Real Madrid Football Club. I was having a coffee one morning in …

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Shannon celebrates another award

Shannon Airport’s revival has been recognised with yet another award. It has been given the overall Airport Achievement Award for 2014/2015 from the European Regions Airline Association (ERA). The award, which was announced at prestigious ceremony at the Catalunya Congress Centre in Barcelona on Wednesday night makes for an unprecedented 10 days for the airport in terms of award wins. On Monday week last, it landed the international marketing prize for airports under four million passengers at the World Routes Awards in Chicago. It also follows Shannon Airport’s inaugural Airport Achievement Award at the Irish Aviation Industry Awards in June. This latest award, presented at the Association’s General Assembly, is the first time an Irish airport has been presented with the overall ERA award, which was established as the ‘ERA Airport of the Year Award’ in 2002. Previous winners of the award include London City, Budapest and Munich Airports. The aim of the award is to recognise the best achievement(s) …

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