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Crowds gather on Scattery Island

  MORE than 1,000 people visited Scattery Island last weekend for the inaugural island Gathering festival. The tranquil island on the Shannon Estuary was resplendent under the weekend summer sun. Dr Bernadette Whelan of the University of Limerick’s History Department was the guest speaker at the event, which was organised by the Scattery Island Heritage and Tourism Group. “When I met the group for the first time, back in September, it was very clear that this weekend’s series of events would take place because this is a dedicated and committed group of people, with a shared interest, willing to work for the good of the local and wider community. “For you living here in Kilrush, looking out on Scattery Island/Inis Cathaigh every day, you know that Scattery Island had its own people, the islanders, from the monks, to the fishermen, the farmers, the pilots, the teachers, men, women and children lived there until the late 1970s, when Bobbi and Patty …

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Purple Flag status recognised

ENNIS’ status as Ireland’s first Purple Flag town was formerly recognised at a ­ceremony in the UK recently. The town achieved the coveted award in February. ­However last week Ennis and six other newly accredited towns and cities were honoured at a ceremony in Lincoln.

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Ennis Chamber honour for Bobby

At at recent ceremony in the Rowan Tree Café Bar in Ennis, Bobby Collins of Charleston in South Carolina was enrolled as an honorary member of Ennis Chamber. Bobby, who was accompanied by his wife, Boo, senior vice-president of Engagement at Pure Insurances, was bestowed the honor in recognition of his work in the partnership between Ennis and Charleston.

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