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Twins speak

The high-energy pop-singing siblings reminisce with Dearbhla Acheson about family holidays spent in County Clare… they think. Want some chicken or grapes? We’ve lots, are the opening words of pop “sensations” John and Edward Grimes – aka Jedward – when I meet them backstage at the University of Limerick Concert Hall.

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Grow your green fingers

EASTER has come and gone at the Irish Seedsavers Association in Scariff and their geese are getting fat, as they help trim back the grass and weeds in preparation for a busy planting season.

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Three-year-old Kate battling with cancer

ON December 8, 2009, three-year-old Kate Naughton from Kilrush was diagnosed with clear cell sarcoma (cancer) of the kidney. Since then, Kate has had her kidney removed and has undergone intensive chemotherapy treatment.

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Natural-born salesman

He’s come a long way from selling penny apples on Moore Street but, writes Dearbhla Acheson, Bill Cullen is still the same man he always was. HE’S come a long way from the days his mother made him get trousers that were too big for him so he’d get more value out of him but renowned entrepreneur and latter-day TV star Bill Cullen still holds on to his basic values and morals.

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Volunteering to be a part of history

Peadar McNamara looks back at the story of Clare’s National Volunteers during one of the most tumultuous times in Ireland and Europe’s history. The Irish Volunteer Force in Clare in August 1914 had 5,200 recruits in 60 companies. Following the Irish Parliamentary Party’s break from the Irish Volunteers, the overwhelming majority, 5,000 men, transferred their obligiance to the National Volunteer Forces.

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The riches of Clare trad brought together on new CD

A FREE CD featuring some of the highlights of last summer’s Riches of Clare lunchtime concert series is being launched next week.

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Flying in from Chicago

Comment PJ Francis, a native of Ballyvaughan living in the US, offers a stateside view on modern Irish politics. I recently boarded an airplane in Chicago and travelled to Dublin. After a short wait I boarded another airplane that brought me to Shannon. I have never been able to take the sheer wonder of being able to do this for granted.

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Weekin in pictures

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