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Pursuing research into ovarian cancer

BREAKTHROUGH Cancer Research has launched a fundraising drive to support three new ovarian cancer research projects.  The campaign coincides with Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.As the fourth most common cancer in Ireland, with an average of 376 new cases every year, ovarian cancer kills more than 267 of these women within five years, because of a lack of treatment options.  It is one of the most stubbornly resistant cancers to the advances of modern medicine like chemotherapy. Because of this, sadly, more than seven out of every 10 women diagnosed do not survive. Commenting on the appeal, Orla Dolan from Breakthrough Cancer Research said, “Our researchers are close to a number of breakthroughs that will revolutionise the way ovarian cancer is treated – treatment options that are specifically designed to attack chemo-resistant strains of ovarian cancer. But the simple fact is that we will not succeed in achieving any of this without an urgent injection of research funding. We are imploring …

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Blarney Castle gardener joins festival line-up

THE head gardener at Blarney Castle has been announced as the latest high-profile speaker confirmed to appear at this year’s Clare Garden Festival.Adam Whitbourn will join other speakers including Clare’s organic guru Jim Cronin, GIY patron Klaus Laitenberger and plantsman and RHS tutor Ciarán Burke at the festival to be held at the Ennis Showgrounds in April. The theme this year fitting to the Gathering is Going back to your roots! with all areas of gardening set to be covered.Adam, a trained horticulturalist from Askham Bryan college, York, England, took on the role as head gardener at Blarney Castle in 2009 and has overseen the transformation of the gardens into a must-see destination for anyone with a passion for horticulture, having featured in Irish Garden magazine and The English Garden magazine. “I am excited to visit Clare and be part of what is promising to be a great festival with an amazing line-up of speakers and exhibitors. It will be …

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Following in the footsteps of the Fisherman

There is great human interest in the election of a Pope; so much is expected of the man who emerges from behind the heavy red curtains, onto the balcony of St Peter’s. Almost immediately, his gestures and his words are weighed and considered and within hours, millions of people know him by his new name. The Friars in Ennis were watching the moment the cardinal deacon told the world that the new pope’s name was Francis. Francis!That name evokes so much in every Franciscan friar. Within minutes, the crowds in St Peter’s Square were chanting “Francesco, Francesco”. In time our newly elected pope will probably explain exactly why he chose a name that no other pope in history has taken. I’m sure he has very personal reasons for the choice. In Italy, St Francis of Assisi is loved in a unique way. Of course, there are a few saints named Francis, including St Francis Xavier, the great Jesuit missionary, but …

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