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Ticket scramble in Galway

GAA supporters across South Galway are frantically calling in favours from across the country this week in an effort to get their hands on precious All-Ireland hurling final tickets. There is particular excitement in the Harte household in Gort, as Aidan, who has excelled at midfield and in defence in recent years, is expected to line out in the full-back line for the Tribesmen. His father, Josie, believes Galway’s run in the league and championship, following their reversal at the hands of Wexford earlier in the year, gives the Tribesmen the momentum going into Sunday’s decider. “It was good to beat Tipperary in a tight game in the All-Ireland semi-final, considering Galway hadn’t played in five weeks before this encounter. “You would have to be impressed by Galway’s form to date; they are the National League and Leinster champions. However, Galway will have to improve from their display in the semi-final if they want to win the final. Every game …

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Ballyvaughan roadworks to cause delays

Motorists intending to use the N67 between Ballyvaughan and New Quay from today (Monday) to Friday, February 10 may face delays because of roadworks. Necessary road improvement works are being undertaken on behalf of Clare County Council from 8am to 6pm daily. Works are to last three weeks and the contract is funded by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). It involves the laying of a new road surface on a 6km section of the N67 between Kinvara and Ballyvaughan. The works will be undertaken from a point 3km from the Galway border (Flaggy Shore junction) to Muckinish Hill (approximately 8km east of Ballyvaughan). The bulk of the works will be done under a single-lane closure but there may be some delays of 10 to 15 minutes for a portion of the works. Alternative detour routes will be signposted.

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Body of retired man located

The body of a man found on the shoreline at Aughinish, Kinvara on Sunday evening last been identified as an 86-year-old retiree who was last seen near Salthill on June 17. A post mortem is due to take place tomorrow (Thursday) at Limerick Regional Hospital. On Sunday, gardaí in Gort received a report that the body of a male was found washed up on the rocks at Aughinish, Kinvara. When they went to the scene, they found the body. A local doctor was called and he was pronounced dead at 10pm at scene.

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The late PJ Mara

The death has occurred of PJ Mara, one of the best-known figures in the Irish political arena. A public affairs consultant and former senator, Mr Mara was married to the late Breda Brogan from Kinvara, whose family owned the landmark Brogan’s pub in Ennis. Tributes have been paid to Mr Mara by Toaiseach Enda Kenny, Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin and many other politicans abd friends. Mr Mara is probably best remembered as a political adviser to former Taoiseach Charles Haughey. He served briefly in the Seanad on two separate occasions, in 1981 and 1982, on the nomination of Mr Haughey. A flamboyant  figure, he was press secretary for Fianna Fáil between 1983 and 1987. In 1987 he was appointed Government Press Secretary, and he held this position until February 1992, when he left the public service to move into the private sector. Mr Mara came back to Fianna Fáil as director of elections for the 1997, 2002, and 2007 general elections.  

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Kinvara exhibition brings Desert to Doorus

A special exhibition of work by two Sudanese artists will open in Kinvara on Tuesday. Kinvara Area Visual Arts (KAVA) is hosting the exhibition of paintings by two prominety Sudanese artists Salah Ibrahim and Ahmed Hussein, both of whom are based in Darfur. Salah Ibrahim’s work is inspired by the ethnically diverse tribes of Darfur; vivid imagery from grandmothers’ bedtime stories intermingle with rich symbolism of traditions and customs to create a beautiful fusion where myth and reality coexist. Ahmed Hussein hails from the Dajo tribe who were prominent in the ancient kingdom of Kush, the black pharaonic dynasty of Sudan. Much of the symbolism and imagery of this civilisation imbues his work. This exhibition promises to offer an insight into a fascinating, ancient and richly diverse culture that is little understood and remains in relative obscurity. The exhibition, titled Desert to Doorus will open on Tuesday, December 29 at 8pm in Kinvara’s newly launched visual art space at The Courthouse …

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Kinvara's picturesque harbour area. Photograph by John Kelly.

Kinvara during the War of Independence

AN exhibition relating to Kinvara during the War of Independence opened in the village at the weekend. Kinvara Company, Irish Volunteers 1916-23 will remain open daily from 11am to 3pm until Saturday. The exhibition coincides with National Heritage Week but organisers from the Kinvara Folklore Digital Archive are hoping it will kick-start plans to mark the contribution of men and women in the area to the War of Independence. “Hosted by the Kinvara Community Council and assembled by members of the community, this exhibition has unique oral and written histories of a small town’s effort within a bigger conflict,” explained Eilish Kavanagh of the Kinvara Folklore Digital Archive. “A lot of areas, not just Dublin, were active in 1916 and Kinvara was one of those places. Lately, I have attended a couple of heritage meetings about the county’s plans to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising and it struck me that there was no mention of Kinvara. It highlighted …

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Kinvara breeder enjoys success at Balmoral

KINVARA beef shorthorn breeder, Tom Staunton, enjoyed tremendous success at the recent Balmoral Show in Northern Ireland. With his team of three animals he took the Beef Shorthorn Reserve Champion with his eye catching Carmba Rothes Hottie. It wasn’t Hottie’s debut, as she was awarded the All-Ireland Beef Shorthorn Heifer calf in Strokestown, CountyRoscommon last September. Tom’s bull, Bushypark Ultra took second prize in the senior bull class and his maiden heifer, Graigue Hilltop took second prize in her class also, at Balmoral. Tom was commended for the huge effort he puts into exhibiting his beef shorthorn cattle and putting Irish beef shorthorn genetics on the international stage.

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Lough Cutra stay for Royals

Lough Cutra Castle hosted the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall on their recent official visit to Ireland. The couple attended a private dinner with President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the South Galway castle where they were staying on Tuesday night. The couple returned to the venue after their programme of engagements on Wednesday, before flying to the North from Shannon Airport on Thursday morning for the second leg of their four-day Ireland visit. President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina arrived at Lough Cutra Castle estate shortly after 8pm on Tuesday. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall had arrived at the well-known South Galway estate earlier in the evening, after an exhausting schedule of events as part of the couple’s first official visit together to the Republic of Ireland. The President and Mrs Higgins were greeted by Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla in the tiled hallway of the privately-owned castle in …

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