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Common threads set to entwine in two day Burren festival

THIS OCTOBER the breathtaking surroundings of the Burren will provide the epic backdrop for Common Threads, a two-day trail of musical and cultural discovery featuring performances from John Francis Flynn, Sorcha Richardson, HousePlants, Ailbhe Reddy, Uly, Negro Impacto, Royal Yellow, Mynameisjohn, Eugene Lambe, Sally Cinnamon, b2b, Jimmy Rouge, Fleeting Devotion, Piqué and Common Threads DJs. Now in its second year, Common Threads is curated and programmed by Peter Kelly and Daithí O’Dronaí. With over a decade of experience in Ireland’s music and arts scene. They aim to break the mould on what a traditional music festival events looks like, and explore the common links and threads between a vibrant local community, key cultural spaces and an important natural landscape, while embellishing all of these common threads with art, live music and discovery. “It’s amazing to be back for our second year. We’ve built a beautiful community around Common Threads, and it’s lovely to be part of something new and exciting. …

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Aaron’s ‘magical’ efforts praised

The voluntary efforts of a St Anne’s Community College student who recently scooped a Garda award have been hailed as “magical” by the school chaplain. Aaron Hunt (19) Ballina, won an Individual Award at the Clare Garda Youth Award ceremony, having raised €26,000 from three Patrick McKeogh Memorial Tractor Runs. St Anne’s Community College Chaplain, Karol Torpey who nominated Mr Hunt with Sergeant Annette Ryan, Killaloe Garda Station, is delighted that he won an award as well as another student, Daniel Spaight. “I couldn’t believe two students from the school have won awards. Aaron Hunt is just magic. He is a magical student, he was always willing to help out and do whatever needed to be done in school,” she said. “Aaron is over six foot tall and anytime something had to be erected or taken down for Graduation Masses or an opening year ceremony, Aaron was always willing to help and get stuck in.” Ms Torpey explained Mr Hunt …

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Ball ‘in Government’s court’ as barristers strike

A CLARE barrister, who along with other colleagues at Ennis Courthouse, joined in a series of nationwide protests has said the “ball is in the government’s court” when it comes to finding a resolution to the dispute. Tuesday’s action was the first of three days of withdrawal of services planned for this month with the Ennis Courthouse protest one of 16 taking place nationwide following a recommendation from the Council of The Bar of Ireland last month. This is an escalation on the unprecedented action taken by criminal barristers all over the country on October 3 last, with the campaigners saying they are “seeking an independent, meaningful, time-limited and binding mechanism to determine the fees paid to criminal barristers by the Director of Public Prosecutions and under the Criminal Justice (Legal Aid) Scheme”. They are calling for a reversal of pay cuts introduced under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act (FEMPI) in 2009. According to the Council …

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Series of ‘Cosy Concerts’ coming to West Clare bookshop

Musicians from Ireland and the USA will be bringing unique sounds to West Clare this month, for the latest in a series of Cosy Concerts at Banner Books. Folk duo, Ru O’Shea and Sarah Szucs, will be performing at Banner Books in Kilrush this coming Friday, July 12. Ru is an Offaly-born, Dublin-based folk musician, who works primarily in arts and healthcare. Meanwhile, Sarah is a Waterford-born, Tipperary-based singer-songwriter with an extensive repertoire of original songs. Both performers are regulars at festivals like Birr Vintage Week and Electric Picnic, and they are very much looking forward to bringing a summer of music to County Clare. Serpentine meanwhile, is a seven-voice women’s choir based in Bulbancha in New Orleans and which is dedicated to healing personal and systemic trauma and re-building human connection with the earth. Their songs are stories of resilience, joy, softness and transformation. The choir believes that songs change the shape of culture, and call forth change and …

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Kilfenora Queer festival aims to build bridges between people

A new North Clare festival is hoping to build sustainable connections between rural Ireland and the Irish Queer Community. Hosted by Common Knowledge in Kilfenora, the Faoin Tuath Festival also aims to create a safe space where members of the Queer community can learn practical construction and environmentally helpful skills in a safe and welcoming space. The festival is the brainchild of Aoife Hammond and Fionn Kidney, one of the founders of Common Knowledge, and grew out of the monthly Queer Sheds which take place in Kilfenora. “I wanted to create a festival that I would love to go to. An event where people could come together, learn practical skills, spend time in nature and learn how to engage with the climate. An event where they could also learn to do loads of other lovely stuff and socialise together, see lots of musicians, performances, have a big dance. I wanted to be able to do all of that in the …

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Róisín awaits – Inagh politician on the verge of Green revolution

ON Sunday the membership of the Green Party will elect a new deputy leader with Inagh’s Senator Róisín Garvey facing off against Dublin TD Neasa Hourigan. With the vote looming, Senator Garvey said she has had a good response from the members she has engaged with. “Lots of people have been supporting me and think that I am well able,” she said on Wednesday. She feels that the Green Party is not communicating its message effectively, and she says she is part of the solution. “A lot of people are looking at the messaging. We have succeeded a lot and delivered a lot as a small party in Government, probably more than any other small party has ever delivered in Government, but we haven’t got the kudos for it, and it wasn’t reflected in the local or the European elections. I bring the opportunity to change the message, being from outside Dublin. “We want to be seen as a party …

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Steve Wall: the makings of a Stunning year

Collaboration can be a challenging experience for any musician. Allowing other artists access to your darlings, giving them the right to change the things that you’ve built with love, sweat and tears over years, it’s not always the most comfortable place to be. In many ways, Ennistymon musician Steve Wall, and the rest of The Stunning, were taking a creative gamble when they invited some of Ireland’s most talented performers to take part in a live recording of their music during the Covid lockdown. But the risk paid off, and with inputs from the likes of Camille O’Sullivan, Niwel Tsumbu, Faye O’Rourke and Zoë Conway, the collaborations were both varied and a little bit special. So special in fact, that the recording has become The Stunning’s latest release, a live album entitled ‘We Come Alive’. “We wanted to mix it up, so that it wouldn’t be predictable. It was exciting, we didn’t do any rehearsals. All the musicians that we …

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Technical issue sees All Ireland ticket sale suspended

THE distribution of All Ireland tickets has been paused due to a technical issue this afternoon. Tickets were on sale via Ticketmaster from 1pm today, with members of clubs who were successful applicants having been sent codes earlier in the week. However things went wrong quite quickly and shortly after 2pm Newmarket on Fergus GAA posted a message on social media explaining the situation. “Issues with Codes have presented during today’s sale. If your code allocation is not working as expected then please hold off from purchasing. Active Codes are being temporarily suspended as it is being investigated by the GAA. An update will be posted soonest once we can update from the county board.” Sixmilebridge GAA also posted a message. “There are issues with links/codes, people who were in early at 1pm seem to have managed to buy tickets, problems started a few minutes later. Croke Park are working on the issue with Ticket Master – all tickets/links have …

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