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GALLERY: Shannon breaks the tape on its first ever Parkrun

SHANNON had its first ever Parkrun last Saturday morning, with scores of people coming out for the occasion.  Parkruns are free community-based, volunteer-led events which take place on a Saturday morning at 9:30am in many countries worldwide – Ireland has over 100 events currently.   Rob Stephen was instrumental in establishing the Shannon one and speaking about the first local event, he said, “The sun was out, the weather was great. We had around 150 people participating and about 15 people volunteering. It went very well, there was a good crowd volunteering. “One woman flew over from London to do it, she stayed locally in a hotel then, she’s a big enthusiast. There was a big crew from the Parkrun in Tralee, a couple came from Naas. “Obviously there was a good few local people too and people came from the other nearby Parkruns.” He said that the crowd won’t be as big this Saturday, but that it is hoped around …

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Grant allocation for eight Clare swimming pools welcomed

Green Party Senator Róisín Garvey said today, “I am delighted to announce more funding for swimming pools on behalf of my Green Party colleague Minister Catherine Martin’s Department. Senator Garvey said the €87,805.82 for eight Clare pools is very welcome adding, “It’s great to see businesses that had to close for so long getting supports to help them with their pools which are invaluable for both locals and tourists alike.” Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media Catherine Martin TD has provided this aid through Covid Funding to support the sport sector. Ireland Active was appointed by Sport Ireland to administer the swimming pool grant scheme, supported by partners Swim Ireland. Senator Garvey from Inagh concluded “Now more than ever we see the importance of physical activity for our bodies, our minds and our social interaction. “The funding is an acknowledgement of the importance of our Sports sector and the positive impact swimming has for health and wellbeing.”

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Tourism execs get taste of Clare before Ireland’s top trade show

International tourism buyers from across the globe are experiencing some of the best Clare has to offer ahead of Ireland’s biggest tourism trade show. Fáilte Ireland has been showcasing the unique experiences the Banner has to offer to tourism executives before they take part in the ‘Meitheal’ trae show in Killarney, later this week. The Clare jaunt is just one of five pre-Meitheal tours to take place this week, providing the overseas buyers with opportunities to experience first-hand what their clients can expect to see and do while in Ireland. Among the sites visited by the international buyers in Co. Clare were Aillwee Caves and Birds of Prey Centre; Killaloe River Cruises, Killaloe; Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre Killaloe; McKernan Woollen Mills, Tuamgraney and Wilde Irish Chocolates, Tuamgraney The tailor-made fact-finding tours play an important part of the ‘Meitheal’ experience, by providing the travelling buyers with an authentic flavour of what Ireland has to offer their clients. The tours are …

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Back Daffodil Day, urges Lahinch cancer survivor

LAHINCH’S Rachel O’Mahony is urging the public to support vital cancer research, by supporting Daffodil Day this Friday, March 25. Rachel was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. As part of her treatment, she took part in a clinical trial for a cancer drug. Today, 14 years after her breast cancer diagnosis, Rachel is back to full fitness and health. She is a patient advocate for research that looks at new ways to prevent, detect or treat cancer, including the world-class research funded by the Irish Cancer Society, the largest funder of cancer research in Ireland. Originally from Cork, she has lived in Lahinch with her husband Declan for the last 25 years. When she was struck by cancer, it was a huge shock, as she was young and fit. “I was 38 at the time and it was a bolt from the blue. Not that I ever took my health for granted, my Mum was a nurse and we …

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More power to hurling legend at Ardnacrusha

One of the greats of the game spent his working life at Ardnacrusha and ended up buying his home from the ESB, writes Dan Danaher LEGENDARY Limerick hurler, Mick Mackey enjoyed working in Ardnacrusha Power station for almost 50 years, according to his son, Michael. Mick Mackey was one of the greatest hurlers who has been repeatedly voted on to teams representing hurling greats, including at centre-forward on the Hurling Team of the Century in 1984 and the Hurling Team of the Millennium in 2000. While Mick Mackey is a household name in GAA circles, his strong association with Ardnacrusha isn’t as widely known. In addition to working in Ardnacrusha Power Station for five decades, the burly centre-forward also lived in an ESB house just a stone’s throw from the station for 29 years until his untimely death in 1982 at the age of 70. During his 17-year career with Limerick hurlers, he won three All-Ireland medals, five Munster medals …

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Clare man was a force for good in the gardai

Lisdoonvarna native Jack Marrinan’s tireless advocacy improved life for gardai and shaped the modern police force, writes Fiona McGarry ONE hundred years of An Garda Síochána will be be celebrated this year and among the key figures in the force’s history, a Clare man looms large. John ‘Jack’ Marrinan was one of a family of nine from Lisdoonvarna and among the second generation of Garda members to take on the role of guarding the peace in the turbulent period through the 1960s and ‘70s. He travelled to the capital to make his life with the force along with several other Banner men who distinguished themselves in their dedication to duty. Jack’s biographer, former Garda-turned-author, Tim Doyle, describes the North Clare man as “a hero” and a natural leader who fought consistently for better conditions and pay for rank and file members. Instrumental in winning a landmark battle for better working and living conditions for Gardaí, Jack was just 28 when …

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From crippling debt to near death, Danny’s days were never dull

From Cross village to Texas for gruelling US Navy training; from running festivals to nearly drowning in debt; from earthquakes in Manila to almost dying in Mondello, Danny Boland has experienced many highs and lows which he shares with Dan Danaher. WHEN he was working on major construction projects all over the world, Danny Boland always gave thanks for the training he received in Ardnacrusha Power Station. “It was the greatest training anyone could ever have,” says Danny, “It was unbelievable. I would not have been able to work on any of these projects without the ESB. The training and skills I learned in Ardnacrusha made all these jobs so easy. “If I ever ran into a problem on a job, I can pick up the phone and get advice from one of the ESB fitters or electricians I worked with.” “We were trained to weld, operate lathes, maintenance work, construction work, piping. I learned about five different trades in …

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Cotter stays calm on road to recovery from near-fatal crash

The morning before a training accident which could have ended her life, Ruan cyclist Imogen Cotter was finally seeing the fruits of her hard labour. She spoke with Ivan Smyth from her base in Girona. The struggle and sacrifices Clare cyclist Imogen Cotter has made to earn a professional contract were rewarded when Belgian based team Plantur Pura signed the 28-year-old this year after a rapid upturn in her form towards the latter half of 2021. Enduring the 3.30am starts which came with working for the Belgian postal service or completing eight-hour shifts at a bakery all led her to fulfilling her dream. She moved to Spain at the start of the year as her career looked destined to reach new heights in the upcoming months. On the morning of January 26, Cotter moved in to her new apartment in Girona and in that moment, it felt as if her life couldn’t be more perfect. At roughly 2pm that afternoon …

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