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A model exhibition for international society

THOSE interested in aviation modelling travelled from all over the country to Shannon last weekend for the International Plastic Modellers’ Society (IPMS) Ireland National Scale Modelling event. The event is held in different parts of Ireland and Shannon Atlantic Airventure were proud to host it this year.Originally founded in Britain in 1963 by modellers, the IPMS branched out into an international body, including Ireland since 2007. Society members build anything from standard kits to complicated models mostly from plastic. IPMS Ireland was officially opened in November 2008, and currently operates out of three branches – Cork, Dublin and Shannon.For the Shannon event, models, the majority of which were air jets and planes, were on display for visitors to marvel at. The level of detail was exquisite and IPMS member and overall winner Gerry Hanlon told The Clare Champion his model of a burnt-out Sherman tank took him months of hard work and dedication to create.“There was probably more research that …

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Thanks for the poetry, Sarah

SARAH Clancy needed a break. After a day’s work as a development officer with Amnesty International, the Salthill native’s spare time was consumed with campaigning, including opposing the construction of the Shell gas pipeline in Rossport. The divisions between her professional and personal life were starting to blur. On a week’s holiday in Norway in 2009, Sarah remembered she always wanted to write. She returned to Galway with 10 poems and joined a creative writing class with poet Kevin Higgins.Three years later, she has three books of poetry to her name. Thanks for Nothing, Hippies, published recently by Clare’s Salmon Poetry, burns with the author’s commitment to justice and blends it with blackly funny poems about the obstacles of the everyday and tender explorations of heartbreak.“One of my biggest trip-ups is that I can have my cappuccino life in Ireland and the next I can be in Mexico, where six of my friends happen to have been murdered because they’re …

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