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Ennis golfers to tee off in Los Angeles

TWO Ennis men have been formally unveiled as Special Olympics athletes who will represent Ireland in golf at the World Summer Games is Los Angeles in July. They are 29-year-old, Paul Kirrane and 72-year-old Patrick Rutherford. Playing golf for four years, Paul is currently training with Ennis Golf Club. Patrick has been playing golf for 25 years and he also enjoys triathlons and athletics. Patrick’s a golf coach at his local club where Paul also trains. One of Ireland’s most successful golfers, Christy O’Connor Junior, and three-time Olympian and former 5,000m World Champion, Senator Eamonn Coghlan joined Patrick Rutherford at the launch of the Team Ireland Golfing Squad, where it was also announced that Gala, has joined Special Olympics as one of Team Ireland’s Official Sponsors. Hailing from across Ireland, the full line-up for the Team Ireland golfing squad is: Margaret Carr from Sligo; Rosemary O’Reilly from Meath; Trudy Hyland from Cork, Paul Kirrane from Ennis, Oliver Doherty from Buncrana, …

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The late Pat Hanrahan

Death of Pat Hanrahan

The death has taken place of Pat Hanrahan, Ard Aoibhinn, Limerick Road, Ennis, who was a widely known and popular retired Ennis businessman. A native of the town, he was born in 1932. A son of Tom and Mary Hanrahan, who owned a licensed premises at Abbey Street, Pat was proud of his Ennis background. He was educated at Ennis CBS, after which he went to work in Jack Moloney’s grocery shop on Parnell Street. It was during that time that he met his wife-to-be, the former Mary Sexton from Mullagh, who worked in the nearby Dervan’s shop. In 1953, Pat emigrated to England to take up employment with Ford’s of Dagenham and, while there, he and Mary were married by Clare-born priest, Fr Patrick Carmody. The first of their children, Deirdre, was born in England. Always longing for his native town, Pat made the decision, in 1963, to return to Ennis and he and Mary set up their first …

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