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Mass returns to Church of Nine Saints

  AT midday on Saturday (June 1) mass will be celebrated at the 1,500-year-old Church of the Nine Saints close to the Bridges of Ross in Kilbaha. The tranquil early Christian site overlooks the ocean. The ceremony will be the first held there since August 26, 1973, when Fr Seamus O’Dea said mass in the company of visiting students from Maynooth. That mass is believed to have been the first celebrated in the church for 1,000 years. The Church of the Nine Saints is located on the land of Patrick and Mary Magner, Ross. The church was built by St Senan around 500 AD and next to the church lies the burial ground of the saints. St Senan’s story originated at a time when paganism gradually gave way to Christianity. He was born in Magh Lacha, about four miles north-east of Kilrush. As a child, he was sent to join his clansmen in battle in Corcomroe, a territory located in …

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Students say Fáilte chuig an Chláir

TO raise awareness of the world record attempt ‘Welcoming Claires to County Clare’ on June 23, the Clare Volunteer Centre and An Clár as Gaeilge Teo ran an art competition through local national schools. Almost 500 pupils entered the competition, which was adjudicated by Dolores O’Halloran (Clare Volunteer Centre), Karen Dunn (graphic designer) and Domhnall Ó Loinsigh (An Clár as Gaeilge).

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Still at war?

IS our civil war still going on? Maybe we might think so when we listen to politicians but the actual civil war itself never officially ended. There was never a surrender by the Irregulars or a treaty between both sides – they might have thought that the mere mention of a treaty in those distressed times would have been asking for trouble.

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Celebrated storytellers

This year’s Clare Champion Short Story competition yielded a record number of entries, with 270 short stories received from secondary school students across the county. Speaking at the awards ceremony held in the De Valera Library on Thursday last, John Galvin, managing director of The Clare Champion, commended the short-listed entries, who he said were all winners as this year’s standards were very high. He said that in the modern age of email, Facebook and Twitter we probably write more in our day-to-day lives than heretofore, but it was important not to let writing standards drop. Clare Champion editor Austin Hobbs added, “I really enjoy this occasion as I see young writers emerge year after year. It’s rewarding for The Clare Champion that we continue to get a great response to the competition.”Winner of first place in the senior category was Keelan Cunningham of Kilrush Community School. Highly commended in the junior category last year, he said his winning entry, …

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Young Ballina actor features on TG4

HEART-rendering scenes will be the order of the day when a young Ballina actor appears on television screens later this month.Jimi O’Bhaoill-de-Faoite (11) will play the lead role in Eoinín, which will be shown on TG4 next Wednesday at 10pm.Directed by Tom Sullivan and produced by Ciarán O’Cofaigh, this adaptation of Pádraig Pearse’s Eoinín is based around the story of a mother, Máire, who struggles to retain control when her 11-year-old son, Eoin, is diagnosed with Leukaemia.Jimi played the lead role in Eoinín at the Irish Shorts Section of the Cork Film Festival last November.Having recently auditioned for other parts, Jimi’s acting career seems to be on an upward curve.Acting is in his genes as his father, Diarmuid de Faoite, is the award-winning actor, writer, drama therapist and drama teacher from Ennis.Although Diarmuid has built up vast experience during his illustrious 25-year career, he couldn’t bear to see his son on set.“Jimi plays a child who is dying. I remember …

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