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Around the world in three years

AFTER three years and 40,380 miles of sailing, New Quay’s Fergus and Kay Quinlan are settling back into life at home.The couple took off on the voyage on their boat, Pylades, on June 6, 2009, from Kinvara full of nerves and expectation and arrived home last month. It was a trip Fergus had always wanted to undertake. “These are dreams that go back. We built this boat between 1995 and 1997, it was a dream and it had to be done. This was the boom time in architecture in Ireland, we made some money so instead of buying extra jeeps and property, we put the money aside. We were leaving anyway and just as we set out, we could hear the crash.”Their daughter came to visit in South Africa, while Brenda Linnane from New Quay also came to see them but according to Kay, they were fortunate that life didn’t ever force them home. “I think it’s important that we …

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Fitzpatrick’s odyssey into Spanish tribal war

“I’VE been lucky in my job as a journalist to meet great characters like David Attenborough but Hristo Stoichkov is right up there with them. For the interview, he had an entourage with him. He’s really engaging and charismatic – a real rogue. He’s a great hate figure for Real Madrid supporters and is always very provocative. Stoichkov famously got sent off in one match for stomping on the ref’s foot – he disagreed with the referee’s decision. He’s shameless about it; in the interview, he’s delighted about it. I mention in the book that I know a guy who’d be the same age as me – late 30s – and carries a picture of Stoichkov in his wallet, along with a photo of his girlfriend.”

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Exhibition explores Famine devastation

THE devastation caused by the Famine in the county has been recalled as part of an exhibition created by Clare County Archives. The exhibition will be showcased at Clare County Council headquarters, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis for the duration of Heritage Week, finishing on September 9.

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