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Jo reflects on a life of twists and turns

JO McNamara doesn’t refer to her walking stick by name. She cannot bring herself to mention it but neither can she avoid pointing towards it. It has to be noted that Jo, who now lives in Moyasta with her son Alan, is 96-years-old.

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Tullycrine letters mystery lingers eight decades on

MORE than 84 years ago, a father and daughter, who lived in Tullycrine, Kilmurry McMahon, were found not guilty at sending threatening letters to money lenders in Kilrush.

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McTigue sculpts tribute to legendary fiddler

KILNAMONA’S Michael McTigue has just completed a sculpture honouring one of Ireland’s great traditional musicians, Sean Maguire.

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The Mass Rock in Kilmihil

WHILE it’s impossible to document when exactly the last mass was held at the Mass Rock in Clonigulane, Kilmihil, ceremonies were regularly held there during Penal Law times. Last Sunday, the first mass in possibly a couple of hundred years was celebrated at what is also known as the ‘Screig.’ The rock borders the townlands of Greygrove and Clonigulane.

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Andrew reaching new heights

COORACLARE man Andrew O’Neill is the director of a new fitness facility, The Altitude Gym, which will open at the Delta Sports Dome on the Ballysimon Road in Limerick next week.

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Oral history group launches new website

A new website has been launched to help promote the folklore and oral history of Clare. www.clarememories.ie is the website of Cuimhneamh an Chláir, the Clare Oral History and Folklore Group, who have been documenting the memories of Clare’s oldest citizens over the last two years.

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Bonfire tradition burns brightly

WHEN Kevin O’Brien lights the bonfire at McNamara’s Bridge on the Tulla Road outside Crusheen on Saturday evening, it’ll signal another chapter in a tradition that goes back over a century.

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