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Talk given on kidney disease

PROFESSOR of Medicine at the University of Limerick, Austin Stack gave talk on End Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) before a large attendance during a recent information evening hosted by the Clare branch of the Irish Kidney Association.His talk focused on the treatments available to the dialysis patients for ESKD and the outcomes for transplants.Professor Stack was welcomed by Clare branch chairperson, Miriam O’Brien.Clare IKA branch secretary said Professors Stack’s excellent presentation was patient-centred and embraced everything that was beneficial to the kidney patient. She thanked him for empowering their patients with medical knowledge. Bríd Collins dialysis co-ordinator in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick, who is from Cratloe and Connolly nurse Mairéad Monahan from Unit 7 Merlin Park who also attended felt the evening was informative and relevant for renal patients and their families. They were very encouraged by the support available to patients from the Clare branch of the IKA in partnership with the medical and nursing staff.Professor Stack said …

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One of the greatest to clash the ash

JIMMY Smyth is rated by his peers and by journalists as one of the greatest hurlers to play the game. His hurling career began as a youngster in Ruan and later at St Flannan’s College. Selected at corner-forward on the Munster Millenium team in 2000, evidence of his greatness is the fact that when hurling people speak of him in the vernacular, they only have to say “Smyth” and it’s understood who they are talking about.

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Sight loss doesn’t impair Áine Mae’s life vision

SIX years ago next February Áine Mae O’Mahony lost her sight. Then aged 25, the Ennistymon woman operated Cascades Cafe in the town and was completely independent. However, type one diabetes contributed to her eventual loss of sight and a complete lifestyle change.

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The big red book for Brother Sean

It was an occasion that did justice to the one-time popular television documentary This is Your Life. The special guest was a local personality and the event took place in familiar surroundings and many neighbours and friends from all parts of Clare participated.The guest was Brother Sean MacNamara, the occasion was his 85th birthday and the venue was his former home in Kilmurry McMahon, which has been developed into the Rambling House meeting place by local man Paul Markham.The host for the evening was Mr Markham, who had his own Red Book on the life and times of Brother MacNamara.He told the gathering that October 10, 1927 was a very happy day for Michael and Margaret McNamara of Kilmurry East, Kilmurry McMahon, as on that day their second son, John, was born. It was also a day of jubilation for his five-year-old brother, Daniel, as he would now have a brother to play with and later to attend the local …

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Viewing platform to be rebuilt

The minister of State for Public Service Reform and the OPW has confirmed a viewing platform at Mooghaun ­Hillfort, Newmarket-on-Fergus, is to be reconstructed, following its sudden removal last year. Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey had been working with a group of concerned citizens regarding the removal of the viewing platform, which is an integral part of the Mooghaun site. Following local concern that it would not be replaced, Deputy Carey said he was pleased to learn from Minister Brian Hayes that the OPW will reinstate the viewing platform, which has been a feature in Newmarket for decades. Commenting on the issue, Deputy Carey said, “The viewing platform was removed from the site late last year, with no notice or consultation. The structure itself contained a staircase together with railing and an information board. “The platform was a unique feature of Mooghaun, as it offered such magnificent views. Its removal, together with the associated information board, was a real …

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The story so far

AFTER 14 years on TV3 Alan Cantwell has announced he is leaving the station. Cantwell was a household name around the Banner county before coming to national prominence, having worked on Clare FM when the local station first hit the airwaves.

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Clonlara woman’s remarkable life over a century

THE death occurred in England recently of Clonlara-born Gertrude Beckett née Madden, aged 100 years. She was born at Erina Lock, Clonlara where her father, David Madden, was the lock keeper and her mother, Ellen, was the district midwife.

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