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Training for RNLI crew

NINE Kilrush RNLI crew members travelled to Lahinch recently to carry out an exercise with members of the coastguards from divisions of Doolin and Killaloe. Also joining them were members of the Galway RNLI and Lahinch rescue. This is the first time the Kilrush RNLI joined with the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard for a major exercise.The evening was co-ordinated by Mattie Shannon from Doolin Coast Guard and after a briefing with 43 people in attendance, teams were divided and the exercise began.The exercise involved launching two D-class ribs with crew, heading to a moored boat where members were transferred onto the boat and asked to carry out a capsize drill. In the meantime, the remaining crew went to pick up a casualty from the water and bring him ashore.Lifeboat press officer for Kilrush RNLI station, Pauline Dunleavy said afterwards, “It is most important to keep our training up to speed so that when the time does come …

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Caution to students renting for college term

THE Citizens’ Information Centre in Ennis is receiving a lot of calls from students who are seeking to rent accommodation prior to commencing college. Many students are still searching for accommodation and moving away from home for the first time, according to Paul Woulfe manager with the Citizens’ Information Service.“Leaving home for college is an exciting time but students should do their homework when deciding where to live. It’s important to check out the location, the property and the landlord. Never hand over cash and always get a receipt. Don’t sign a 12-month lease if the college year is only nine months or you risk losing your deposit. Take photos with a camera or mobile phone to avoid disputes about damage later,” he advised.“The two main types of agreement between landlord and tenant are a written contract known as a lease, or an oral tenancy. The terms of a lease govern the contract and the landlord and tenant are bound …

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50 years of Love Me Do

THE Beatles dominated the popular music scene all through the 1960s. The four members, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were all born in Liverpool and they were influenced by the new sounds coming out of America – singers like Elvis and Chuck Berry. Amazingly, their recording career only lasted eight years but their influence still lasts. The first Beatles single was Love Me Do in 1962. The recording session for Let It Be on January 4, 1970 was their last recording session together as a band. Love Me Do was their first recording as The Beatles on their own but they had made a commercial recording the previous year in Hamburg.They built their reputation playing in clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg in the early years of the 1960s. In 1961, they were backing a singer named Tony Sheridan and they got the job of backing him on a recording. They worked on five or six tracks …

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In the footsteps of St Senan

AS the boat cut through the sea, the waves flicked up on either side, creating a steady opening in the water, reminiscent of the biblical parting of the Red Sea. A fitting comparison it would appear, as it set the tone for the visit to Scattery Island, home to one of Ireland’s most revered saints.

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