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East Clare folk club is lockdown’s silver lining

A NEW Folk Club is being established by broadcasters Ruth Smith and Paula Carroll, starting this Wednesday night at Pepper’s bar, writes Owen Ryan. Ruth presents Simply Folk on Sunday nights on RTE and speaking about the spark for the new Folk Club, said it has been an idea long in the making. “Myself and Paula Carroll, who’d be well known to Clare FM listeners (she presents the West Wind), had an idea of doing it back in 2018. Just with our different schedules we were never able to kind of pull it together at the right time. “The pandemic had a couple of silver linings, with people slowing down. We applied for the live performance support scheme grant, which we were successful with. “That was with Gary Pepper and the venue being Pepper’s pub in Feakle, and it’s all systems go now, which is great.” She said that the two broadcasters became fast friends on meeting in Feakle. “Myself …

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Three Clare producers make Blas na hÉireann finals

THREE Clare food producers have made it to this year’s finals of the Blas na hÉireann food awards. The finalists shortlisted from Clare across a range of categories are Meere’s Pork Products, The Burren Butcher and St. Tola Cheese. The Burren Butcher, aka Neil Hawes, has operated as an artisan butcher since 2008 and specialises in local Burren meat. He was nominated for his six ounce steak burgers. Neil sells from a pop-up stall at his home in Lisdoonvarna and is also to be found at Ballyvaughan Farmers Market. Meere’s Pork Products have made it to the finals for the first time and have been nominated for their sausages. The family have been making award-winning pork products since 1975 from their base on the outskirts of Quin. They were awarded Dunne’s small producer of the year in 2017 for their contribution to the ‘Simply Better’ range. We are absolutely over the moon … for the first time and after some …

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Growing without limits at New Quay National School

LAST May I met with artist Richard Hearns in his garden near Bellharbour and I really was struck by his remarkable sense of positivity despite being an artist in the midst of a pandemic. Perusing a beautifully illustrated catalogue I discovered that the Cadogan Contemporary Gallery in London organised a series of Richard’s works to be shown during the summer. The exhibition entitled ‘Enclave’ described by Richard as a ‘territory marked out not by traditional lines, borders and language but by something beyond these bounds -colour! This is exactly what we need these days – more colour in our lives. That day on behalf of New Quay Community Development Group I asked Richard to create a concept for a mural for our community on New Quay National School’s ‘Shelter’ wall. A few days later Richard responded with a brilliant concept based around ideas of ‘Growth’. He told me how he thought about the holistic growth of a child. How their …

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Helping kids deal with ‘the big C’

“Being a therapist, every day is a school day,” says Marie Guiney-Kelly who has delivered a free support service for 38 Clare children that have experienced the impact of a cancer diagnosis over the last six years. Stressing that any family dealing with a cancer diagnosis needs support, the Mullagh native enjoys working with children whose parent, brother or sister, member of extended family or other significant adult such as a child minder has cancer. Now in her sixth year as leader with the CLIMB programme, (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery) Marie brings additional qualifications as a professional counsellor and psychotherapist. She has also worked with Sláinte an Chlair as a counsellor and therapist helping family members of and cancer patients for the past six years. There are three families on a waiting list for the programme, two families are currently completing the programme and three families finished it recently. “The Clare Cancer Centre in Kilnamona and Raheen do …

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Photography course in Scarriff ‘could earn graduates €90k p.a.’ – sponsored

SCARRIFF-BASED photographer James Treacy has launched a new photography course in his native town. He claims any student who finishes the course has the potential to earn more than €90,000 per annum. The first course he is running is based in McNamara’s in Scarriff on Wednesday, September 29, at 8 pm for two hours a week over five weeks. He intends to cover all the basics of photography and how to take good pictures with a Canon or Nikon DSLR camera as well as editing photos using software such as Photoshop. Mr Treacy says he started out a number of years ago photographing pilgrimages in the Holy Land and Fatima before turning his attention to Holy Communions and Graduations and later cattle mart photography in which  he does a lot of work for the Irish Examiner and the Irish Independent. He has travelled all over the world with his camera and has been to every cattle mart in Ireland worth talking about from Tullamore …

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Clare council offers one-off free disposal of hazardous waste

HOUSEHOLDERS across Clare are being encouraged to avail of an upcoming opportunity to dispose of their hazardous domestic waste free of charge. The Environment section of Clare County Council is operating this drop-off day at the Central Waste Management Facility, Inagh, on Saturday, September 18, from 8:30am to 1pm. Waste items including household aerosols, oil filters, old medicines, household detergents, pesticides/herbicides, fluorescent tubes, paint strippers and cleaners, paints and varnishes, cooking and engine oils, can be deposited during the drop-off day. Hazardous waste from commercial operators will not be accepted on the day. “By hosting this free-of-charge drop-off day, we are providing householders throughout Clare with an opportunity to dispose of their hazardous wastes in a manner that protects human health and the environment,” explained Maria Carey, executive engineer, Environment Section, Clare County Council. “The service is being provided free of charge to householders only for listed items. Householders are being reminded that each waste type brought must be clearly …

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Book to show historical area was far from ‘run of the mill’

Gerry Woods’ and Clare Roots Society publication brings the history of Ennis’ Old Mill Street to life “PRESERVING the history of an area gives us all a sense of place,” says Gerry Woods who, this Friday, releases a new book in conjunction with Clare Roots Society. The book, exploring the history of Old Mill Street, including Cornmarket, Considine’s Terrace and Old Cloughleigh, is a collection of articles, including on sport, poetry, maps and photographs. Unfortunately because of Covid-19 restrictions an official book launch cannot take place, however the publication will be available locally with all proceeds going to the Clare Roots Society. The contents of the publication were originally to be included in an upcoming book on Hermitage, but due to the quantity of material available on the area the decision was made to publish the history of Old Mill Street separately. Gerry says he was “very pleased” when he was approached by Larry Brennan of the Clare Roots Society …

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First Aer Lingus Shannon-Heathrow flight in 18 months takes off

THE first Aer Lingus flight from Shannon to London in 18 months took off from the Clare airport this afternoon. Arrival times from London into Shannon are 16:10 on Monday through Friday and Sunday, with arrival time on Saturdays scheduled for 15:45. The service will operate for ten weeks during the closure of Cork Airport for runway upgrade works. Shannon Group CEO Mary Considine said it was great to see the service back in what has been and continues to be an extremely difficult period for the aviation sector. “The connectivity provided by Aer Lingus at Shannon has always been a valuable contributor to the regional economy,” said Ms Considine. “The hub status of Heathrow for businesses to connect with the global marketplace is crucial, and the inbound Heathrow service helps drive tourism into the region.” “We are working closely with Aer Lingus and our other airline partners to build on the service and to resume long-haul services,” she added. …

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