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Scariff group on same wavelength

Thousands of euro has been raised for the first online community radio station in East Clare. A group of eight people from Scariff were all on the one wavelength concerning the need for a new radio station broadcasting news and sport online at weekends and the promoters of Scariff Bay Community Radio are planning their debut broadcast later this month. While a definitive schedule has not yet been decided, it is expected the internet radio station will be live for two hours on Saturdays and Sundays. After Raidio Corca Baiscinn, which is based in Kilkee, this will become the second community station that is currently operating in the county. Jet FM operated for a seven-year period in Shannon until it ceased in 2011 and this was followed by an offshoot Rinn Fm, which broadcast for about a year. A fundraising target of €4,000 had been set by the promoters to cover the initial start-up costs and the estimated annual running …

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Call for re-think on hen harrier protection

ICSA rural development chairman, Billy Gray has called for a complete re-think on how to protect the hen harrier, an endangered bird that is found in the East Clare/South Galway region. Recent extensive gorse fires in the area increased concerns for the long term future of the bird. Mr Gray argues that the Government response to the hen harrier is a denial of reality which will not safeguard the bird but will continue to have a devastating impact on farmers with hen harrier designation. “The GLAS scheme is of some help to farmers with smaller areas of designation, but it is inadequate for many farmers,” said Mr. Gray. “The ban on afforestation needs to be reviewed as there are considerable doubts about whether it is actually warranted or whether a more nuanced approach could yield better results. Most importantly, the Government needs to wake up to the reality that the hen harrier cannot thrive in rural communities if its presence …

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East Clare singers face ‘brutal’ Voice battle

Two East Clare singers are among those battling to survive what has been described as a “brutal format” in The Voice of Ireland competition this Sunday night on RTÉ 1. Kate Purcell and Sarah McTernan have made it through to the live knockout stage, with folk singer Purcell warning they face a “brutal format” in the next stage. With 36 acts whittled down to just 12, the judges now face the task of picking their favourites. Each coach pitch three contestants against each other but there is only space for one from each team to go through. Tulla’s Kate Purcell is part of Westlife star Kian Egan’s team. She performed a powerful rendition of Rihanna’s We Found Love to advance through from the blind auditions. She next sang Natalie Imbruglia’s Torn in the battle round. While the 48-year-old mother-of-two would love to qualify for the quarter-finals, she says she has already achieved her initial ambitions. “Performing live on stage in …

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Kathleen breaks another record

An East Clare woman has broken the record as the oldest person ever born on the island of Ireland. Last year, United States resident Kathleen Snavely made history as the oldest person ever from the Republic of Ireland but now, over a month after her 113th birthday, she has taken the title as the oldest person from the island of Ireland since records began, passing out Tyrone woman Annie Scott . Kathleen Hayes Rollins Snavley was born in Feakle on February 16, 1902 and is a distant relation of renowned fiddle player Martin Hayes and former Mayor of Clare Pat Hayes. Originally from Garraun, Kathleen left when she was 19 in September 1921 from Cobh and went to her uncle in Syracuse, New York State. While there, she met and married her husband Roxie Rollins, who died in 1968, aged 66. The Clare woman later married Pennsylvania businessman Jesse Snavely. After he died she returned to Syracuse, where she still …

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Tulla Athletics Club Propose No Walking Rule

TULLA Athletics Club has suggested creating a rule that its members “will not walk” to its new proposed training facility and travel to training by car, according to planning documents submitted to Clare County Council. The proposal was made by the club regarding the athletics club’s application for a new training facility at Creamery Road in Tulla, after the council expressed concern about road safety at the proposed site. The application, which was submitted by Eugene Conlon, secretary of Tulla Athletics Club, proposes to construct an athletics training facility at Creamery Road in Tulla. The development, if granted, would include an all-weather running track with area lighting, a cross-country running track and a building incorporating a large indoor training area, public toilets, dressing rooms and club rooms. In addition, it would include an effluent treatment system, new entrance from the public road, all with associated site works. In November last year, the planning authority wrote to the club advising them …

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Ireland’s Oldest Kathleen Snavely turns 113

Last year Feakle native, Kathleen Snavely, nee Hayes, made history as Ireland’s oldest ever person having exceeded the age of 111 and 327 days. Today (Monday), February 16, she celebrates her one hundred and thirteenth birthday in New York, where she currently at a healthcare facility called the Centres at St Camillus in Syracuse, New York state. Kathleen originally hails from Garraun, Feakle with her homestead not too far from Pepper’s pub in the village. She was born to parents Patrick and Ellen (neé Moroney) Hayes on February 16, 1902. Her father was a publican and farmer in the village. She had two sisters Lena (known as Eileen) and Anna May, and had two brothers Martin and Pat. She left Feakle and Ireland’s shores as a young woman of 19 in September 1921 departing from Queenstown, now Cobh, aboard the Scythia. She arrived on Ellis Island on September 30, 1921 according to the ship’s manifest. She was travelling over to …

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Success for Kate Purcell on The Voice of Ireland

East Clare’s Kate Purcell has made it through to the battle stages on the popular television series The Voice of Ireland. The talented folk singer appeared on Sunday’s episode of the programme where she sang her own version of Rihanna’s hit song We Found Love for the blind audition. She won over two of the four judges on the contest as Kian Egan and Rachael Stevens both turned around to offer the Tulla resident a place on their team. Complemented for stripping the song back by judge Kian Egan, Kate chose to go with the former Westlife singer and will now progress on his team to the battle stages. Kate is the second East Clare contestant to make it through to these stages of the competition, as Scariff resident Sarah McTernan will compete on Rachael Stevens team. By Carol Byrne  

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Thinking Outside the Box in East Clare

Signs of economic green shoots may be showing in the big cities and larger urban towns but in East Clare, the recovery is not yet being felt and locals here are doing their best to make ends meet by thinking outside of the box. One such family-run business, which was set up during the recession, is expanding nicely. Based on the Mountshannon Road in Scariff, Padraig and Anne Giblin set up Derg Isle Team Building Centre in January 2013 with two part-time staff. Now, however, it has between five to 10 part-time staff on its books and has created spin-off employment in construction, as well as business for local eateries and hostels. With over 50 groups already through its doors since opening, Derg Isle has been attracting visitors from across the island of Ireland but it is now looking towards the global market. Padraig Giblin outlined to The Clare Champion how the idea came about and his hopes for the …

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