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1972 Olympics memorable for wrong reason

SECURITY at the London Olympics was very tight and in the weeks leading up to the Games, we heard stories of missiles and other weapons being placed on top of people’s houses to guard the approach to the Olympic Arena and Olympic Village. A big change from 40 years ago in Munich, the scene of the greatest ever attack on athletes and the Olympic ideals. Then Israeli athletes were taken hostage in the Olympic village and subsequently killed.

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The world according to Ethan

Ethan Morrissey is five-years-old, he lives in Clohanes in West Clare, he loves music, especially pop and he can’t wait to start at the local national school on Monday. Ethan is the same as every other little boy his age, only he has Down’s syndrome. This week Ethan will be the first student with Down’s to go to mainstream school in Clohanes and he’s really looking forward to it. equally the school is eagerly awaiting his arrival. When Ethan came into the world, his parents Anthony and Sandra, and his sister Helena, were delighted to welcome the bundle of joy they had been waiting nine months for. However, they were shocked by the comments from those they met who sympathised with them for their loss. “The hardest thing that we were ever told was that we were going to have an awful life with him. He wasn’t born a week and I was sympathised with for my loss. I thought …

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Reaping a harvest of goodwill in Milford

Communities in Clare are invited to play their part for the 27th Milford Hospice annual Harvest Fair taking place on Sunday. The Harvest Fair will be located at the Unigolf complex in Castletroy, just a 10-minute walk from the Milford Care Centre in Limerick and kicks off at 1pm.The fun family day out includes some new features this year in the kiddies area and while the children are occupied, adults will find plenty to interest them with an array of stalls offering clothes, shoes, books and cakes. The fair also includes a wheel of fortune, Munster’s largest vintage car rally, and it introduces the Bloom Forever in Our Hearts initiative. Speaking about the importance of the Harvest Fair, Milford Care Centre chief executive, Pat Quinlan said, “The fair is the largest single voluntary fundraising event in our fundraising calendar and it has traditionally been a day where the people of the Mid-West have lent their generous financial support towards our …

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Damp weather spurs ragwort into growing frenzy

THE growth and spread of the noxious weed, ragwort throughout the county has been aided by damp weather conditions in recent months. A lack of funding and limited resources have meant Clare County Council do not have a specific strategy in place to eradicate the poisonous plant from its 4,500km road network.

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Support Cahercalla with a coffee

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning, which takes place on Thursday, September 20 and an appeal is being launched by Clare Hospice at Cahercalla for people to enjoy a cup of coffee with friends or colleagues and raise much-needed funds for local hospice care.

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