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Margo remembered at Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

THE mid-summer sunshine beating down on Tullabrack West, just off the Cooraclare-Kilrush Road, partly concealed the sense of loss pervasive in the Wilson-Pierce household. The throng of people, young and old, who had navigated the narrow boreen leading to the family home indicated that all was well. However, Mark Wilson-Pierce would have infinitely preferred if the anniversary gathering at Rathlir Farm had not been taking place at all. Almost 12 months ago, Mark lost his wife Margo (née Wilson) to cancer, leaving him widowed and seven-year-old Síofra and five-year-old Phoebe without their mother.“Monday (June 10) would have been the 10th wedding anniversary for myself and Margo. She passed away last July, having struggled hard to fight against ovarian cancer. It was found very late and there was unfortunately no hope,” Mark told The Clare Champion on Saturday, momentarily removed from the teeming crowd celebrating Margo’s life and raising money for the West Clare Cancer Centre in Kilkee.Margo, who was a …

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Carers gain experience from EU project

A GROUP of 12 carers from all over the county have been presented with certificates recognising their participation in a European Commission-funded training course specialising in enhancing carer skills and competencies.Ennis-based Caring for Carers Ireland provided the caring skills and competencies training as one of six EU partners involved in the Leonardo da Vinci (Transfer of Innovation) Project KEYFORA, a two-year project focusing on education and training for family carers, professional care workers and migrant care workers.Among those to receive certificates at a ceremony in the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis recently were Breda Connaughton, (Newmarket); Theresa Curtin (Crusheen); Caroline Davoren, (Kilmihil); Seyi Ejidem (Ennis); Teresa Hickey (Feakle); Teresa Hogan (Ennis); Cora Long (Scariff); Margaret Scanlon (Cranny); Kitty Ward (Cratloe); Godfrey Odiase (Ennis); Mary B Vaughan (O’Callaghan’s Mills) and Breda White (Ennis).Commenting on the initiative, Brigid Barron, KEYFORA project manager, Caring for Carers Ireland explained, “The lack of key competencies is recognised as one of the main challenges to the …

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Marketing a key issue for Shannon Airport

INCREASING the marketing of Shannon Airport overseas is one of the critical challenges facing the new independent board to help generate a substantial jump in passenger numbers.That’s according to Dromoland Castle managing director, Mark Nolan, who believes a good team has been assembled by the new board under the stewardship of Rose Hynes.Mr Nolan has also issued a rallying call to tourism and business interests in the Mid-West and West to get behind the airport to ensure it becomes successful.He confirmed Dromoland Castle has beefed up its sales drive in North America where his director of sales has spent 12 out of the last 16 weeks working to generate new business for the hotel.Stressing the importance of marketing, he believes the new board need more resources and creative ways have to be used to ensure the region provides greater support to the airport.Having spent two years on a previous airport board, he claimed the previous model, prior to separation from …

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Joxer goes to Stuttgart

IRELAND’S recent 1-1 draw with England at Wembley wasn’t particularly exciting, apart from the fact that we did not lose. It was also important in that it was the first meeting of the two countries since the abandoned match in Lansdowne Road. Thankfully, there have been other more memorable matches.Following the foundation of the FAI, what were called the Home Nations – England, Scotland and Wales, were very reluctant to play us. England were in fact the first of those countries to play us but that was not until 1946 when the FAI had already played 32 internationals over the previous 20 years. That friendly in Dalymount Park resulted in a one-goal win for the visitors. The next meeting was much more memorable when Ireland became the first foreign country to defeat England at home. The 1949 match in Goodison Park ended in a 2 – 0 Irish win. The 1958 World Cup qualifying group saw an English win and …

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Clare stores raise millions for Action Breast Cancer

TEN Centra stores in Clare have helped raise over half a million euro for the Irish Cancer Society’s Action Breast Cancer in 2012. This is Centra’s third year providing nationwide support of the charity, with all funds raised going to provide information, advice and support services for women with breast cancer Jones’ Centra Miltown Malbay, Rodger’s Centra Scariff, Ryan’s Centra Clonroadmore Ennis, Lynch’s Centra Gort Road Ennis, Deasy’s Centra Clarecastle, Crowe’s Centra Sixmilebridge, Donnellan’s Centra Loughville, Michael’s Centra Kildysert, O’Keeffe’s Centra Tulla Road Ennis and Johnston’s Centra in Kilmihil joined forces with Centra stores nationwide in October 2012 and generated the much-needed funds through a dynamic fundraising campaign. Crowds of people took steps to raise funds and awareness through 80 Pink Umbrella Walks which took place throughout Ireland and contributed over €145,000 to the overall campaign. Jones’ Centra in Miltown Malbay held a local community walk and raised almost €4,000 for the charity through this fundraising initiative.A host of other …

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Suppressing the night-time munchies

FEELING sluggish, lacking energy, craving foods you might otherwise avoid?  One of the biggest issues for those struggling to lose weight is controlling the desire for late-night munchies. When feeling lethargic, we tend to crave foods to comfort us and evenings tend to be the most difficult time to control these cravings.  After dinner, as we settle down for some relaxation after a busy day, we tend to start foraging for a snack. Whether it’s early or late in the evening, this is the time that people consume most of their excess calories.The metabolism slows down at night as we’re winding down for bed, so eating a lot at this time isn’t ideal when we’re trying to lose weight. However, according to Motivation Weight Management, the main thing to realise is that if you’re mindful of your hunger, and mindful of your food choices, you will always feel in control. For most of us, snacking in the evening is purely …

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Land grab caution for G8

“RUDE and barbarous”, sometimes “uncivil”, the Irish have been called many things in their pursuit of land rights.But no one could call us unfocused. From Michael Davitt’s denunciation of “the hoary-headed culprit of landlordism” to Charles Stuart Parnell’s skilled negotiation of the land acts that pushed the rights of Irish tenants through Westminster, we patiently established a claim to what we believed was rightfully ours. Leaders of the world’s eight wealthiest countries would do well to remember this as they arrive in Fermanagh on Monday next for the G8 Summit. A century after Parnell stood on the plinth in Ennis and called on Clare men to shun any man “that takes a farm from which another has been evicted”, poor countries are losing an area of land the size of a football pitch to banks and investors every single second.In a land rush that makes the cruel actions of the Vandeleurs and a host of other Clare landlords and agents …

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