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The Blackwater tragedy

FOLLOWING early mass on the morning of Sunday, February 20, 1921 Aiden, Cecil and Thomas O’Donovan decided to walk from their home at Emma Villas, in Thomondgate, to Blackwater Mill in Parteen. The purpose of their journey was to search for birds’ nests in the ruins of the mill.

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Prize winners Evan Creaven and Kevin Burke from Doora National School at the Clare Education Centre/Cuimhneamh an Chláir Christmas Folklore Education Quiz prize presentations.

Clare pupils broaden their knowledge of folklore

  CUIMHNEAMH an Chláir and the Clare Education Centre are celebrating the success of their first joint Clare School’s Folklore Education Quiz. The quiz involved pupils from primary schools all across the county listening to memories of Clare’s elderly population, selected from the archive of Cuimhneamh an Chláir. Pupils were given the task of carefully listening to selected memories, which related to Christmas from the 1920s to the 1940s and answering associated questions. The quiz generated an enormous response, with over 300 pupils rising to the challenge. Ten winners were selected for special prizes sponsored by the Clare Education Centre and Cuimhneamh an Chláir. They were presented with their prizes at a special gathering at the Clare Education Centre last week. According to Pat Hanrahan, director of the Clare Education Centre, the response to the education quiz was most encouraging. He said, “From the level of responses received, it was obvious that the work of Cuimhneamh an Chláir is making …

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