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Buoyant Banner will be relishing Cats’ trip to Clare

National Hurling League Division 1 Group B Round 5 Clare v Kilkenny at Cusack Park Ennis, Saturday 3pm (Johnny Murphy, Limerick) Put simply, Clare will relish having a real cut at Leinster champions Kilkenny in Cusack Park this Saturday. It’s not solely because it’s the perfect gauge of their development so far either as the Banner also hold an enviable record against Brian Cody’s side that no other county can currently match. Clare are unbeaten in five matches against Kilkenny in as many seasons, starting with that rousing nine point Division 1 Semi-Final victory in 2016 on their way to bridging a 38 year gap to the county’s last National League crown. A sixth positive result would provide the perfect lead-in to the start of the Munster Championship against Waterford a fortnight later in terms of belief and confidence, something that Kilkenny currently possess in abundance having powered to four straight victories thus far. The thing is that Clare have …

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All systems go for adult hurling leagues

After the soothing return of club action last Monday with the commencement of the adult football leagues, it’s all systems go this weekend as all eight divisions of the hurling equivalents get underway. With a guaranteed five match schedule based on last year’s fixtures, there isn’t any scope for knock-out stages this year as instead the table toppers in each division will be crowned champions. There is no promotion or relegation either as it’s essentially a preparatory competition for the championship later in the summer when the stark reality of double demotion will come into force. Clare Cup (Division 1A League) Clonlara v Inagh-Kilnamona, at Clonlara, Saturday, 6.30pm (J Hickey) Two sides that underperformed in 2020 and require a big season to get them back on track. Injuries didn’t help Clonlara’s cause albeit that they did end up with Senior B honours whereas Inagh-Kilnamona bowed out all too meekly at the last eight stage. Consequently, it makes for an interesting …

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Mayo on their minds

Clare will aim to bridge a 19-year gap to return to Division 1 for next year when they meet Mayo in Cusack Park, Ennis, on Sunday. Muireann Duffy spoke with Kilfenora’s Cian O’Dea There’s no question that the Clare footballers want to see the heights of Division 1. The only problem is Mayo are the team standing in their way. Despite the tall ask, Kilfenora’s Cian O’Dea remains resolute, the goals they set out to achieve at the start of the year remain firmly intact: “At training we really went through what we want, and said if we want this more than Mayo then we can do it. “Ever since Colm came in, that’s one of the main things he tries to push; leaving the jersey in a better place. Every day you go out you’re bringing the Clare jersey forward with you and you’re not bringing it back to Division 3 or 4. “You’re always moving forward, it’s all …

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Clare designer’s chainmail earns post in British Museum

AN Ennis-based designer has been chosen to showcase her work at the British Museum, writes Jessica Quinn. Laetitia Sorohan told The Champion she is “delighted” to have been selected, among other designers, to sell her pieces alongside the “Thomas Becket Murder and the making of a Saint Exhibition” in London. The exhibition will take place at the British Museum from May 2021 until August 22. Laetitia is the Irish-based French designer behind the locally-based brand NAIIAD Contemporary Designer Jewellery. She explained that her pieces were selected for the British Museum because of the link between her designs, which are inspired by chainmail, and the medieval period on which the exhibit is focused. One of the star objects in the show is an alabaster plaque showing the murder of Thomas Becket, featured on the exhibition posters and book, and has armoured knights wearing what is likely to be chainmail. A selection of Laetitia’s designs have been chosen by the British Museum …

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Fleadh Nua off but past glories set to go online

FOR the second year running Fleadh Nua will not be taking place in Ennis due to Covid 19 restrictions, organisers have confirmed. But Fleadh Nua chairman Frank Whelan is looking forward to the return of the festival in 2022, when he promises it will be bigger and better than ever. In the meantime, he hopes that memories of the great Fleadhannas down through the years will sustain the many lovers of traditional music, song and dance for whom the Fleadh Nua has become a much anticipated annual event. “Those of us who are old enough remember the ‘70s and ‘80s when the Fair Green became a tent village for the last week in May,” said Frank. “Then there were the huge parades and colorful floats winding their way through the narrow streets of the town, with set dancers batterin’ away on the back of a moving truck, and no one ever fell off! But sadly Health and Safety regulations did …

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Almost 120,000 Vaccines Delivered In Mid-West

ALMOST 120,000 doses of vaccines against Covid-19 have been delivered across the Mid-West, the UL Hospitals’ Group has revealed. In the week ending Sunday June 6th, a total of 9,787 doses of Covid-19 vaccine were administered in the group’s Covid-19 Vaccination Centres in Treacy’s West County Hotel, Ennis, 2,001, and the Radisson Blu Hotel Limerick, 7,786. This is in addition to the delivery of 110,127 doses of vaccine across the Mid-West up to the close of business on Tuesday, June 2. Of this amount, 77,777 doses were delivered at the Radisson Blu Meelick; 18,167 doses at Treacy’s West County Hotel, Ennis and 14,183 doses at the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh. Vaccinations at the Radisson Blu ceased on Saturday afternoon, June 5th. The Limerick area vaccination centre has been relocated to Limerick Racecourse at Patrickswell, Co Limerick, where it opened to the public last Tuesday. With a maximum capacity of 46 vaccination booths, the Limerick Racecourse centre will run alongside the …

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School is seeking safe road crossing

AN East Clare school has called for new traffic calming measures to make it safer for children to cross a very busy regional road. Raheen Wood Community National School principal, Alan Tuohy said the new pedestrian walkway from Ogonnelloe to Tuamgraney has made the whole area around the school more accessible. He pointed out, however, that it was difficult for children and parents to cross the regional road outside the school, which has an 80kph speed limit. He has called on Clare County Council to reduce the speed limit from 80 to 50 kilometres per hour for 500 metres and introduce a new pedestrian crossing for health and safety reasons. “Any school should have a 50 kph speed limit outside the school grounds. It was an oversight when the new greenway was being designed that this speed limit reduction didn’t take place,” said Mr Tuohy. “The new greenway is brilliant but if parents want to take their children out of …

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‘The arts are there to enjoy and to engage with’

GLÓR is one of eight Irish venues presenting LASTA, a national arts programme for young people delivered by young people, running from July 11-20. The Ennis venue has two young curators for the programme – Movement Artist, Choreographer and Director Douglas Reddan from Quin, and Mary Nagle, a classical musician from Corofin; both of whom have worked collaboratively to deliver an ambitious programme of diverse events, including theatre, dance, visual art, music, film and spoken word events. Mary grew up playing the organ at Corofin church, while she now lives in Dublin, is an accomplished flautist and teaches music. “The Glór team have been brilliant, they’ve really trusted us and supported us,” she says ahead of the festival. Speaking about some of the events that will be happening, Mary says, “”FeliSpeaks who was on the Tommy Tiernan Show, she’s going to be doing a poetry video. There’s going to be a guy dancing to her, Tobi Balogun, the poem is …

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