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Hallowe’en dangers for asthmatics

The Asthma Society of Ireland is urging people of all ages, with asthma and allergies, to take special care this Halloween and be mindful of the triggers that can worsen their symptoms. Hallowe’en can be a dangerous time for asthma sufferers, especially children, as there are many common triggers that will be magnified by its activities, worsening asthma symptoms. In Ireland, asthma affects one in 10 adults, and one in five children. Approximately one person a week dies as a result of asthma, yet 90% of these deaths are preventable. John Holohan, Asthma Society head of communications said, “Changes in weather, excitement and certain foods coupled with additional triggers such as smoke from bonfires and fireworks can all affect respiratory conditions, making Halloween a tricky time for asthma and allergy sufferers, especially children. Top Hallowe’en asthma tips: Make sure you or your child’s reliever (blue) is available at all times. Make sure that new Hallowe’en costumes do not contain latex. …

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Ennis solicitor highlights mediation benefits

DUE to new legislation, it is likely over the coming months that lawyers will be required to advise their clients to consider mediation in order to resolve disputes and an Ennis-based solicitor has said the process could save a family years of pain. The Office of the Parliamentary Counsel are currently drafting the Mediation Bill which, if and when enacted, would make it mandatory for solicitors and barristers to advise parties who are in a dispute to consider resolving it using the mediation process. In circumstances where parties go to court, the Mediation Bill will also require the parties to state to the court that they have been told about the mediation process and have considered it as a way of resolving the dispute. Last July, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said there is no specific time-frame for the Bill. However, she said she expected it to become law ahead of the general election. Minister Fitzgerald said the new legislation would …

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Irish tales live on through Eddie’s storytelling

Clare storyteller Eddie Lenihan years of telling his own children stories at bedtime gave him the ultimate preparation to write children’s books on Irish mythology and folklore. Speaking to The Clare Champion at the time of the re-release of his children’s book Irish Tales of Mystery and Magic, the Crusheen man says children still love a good story. “When my own children were young, I told them bedtime stories and for whatever reason – now quite a number of years later, I don’t know why – I picked Fionn MacCumhail and the Fianna as the story at night time?” he says. “And then it went on and on and on and there’s at least 30 books I could still write based on the stories I have at home.” Eddie says they are all his original stories but are based on the Fionn MacCumhaill legend, while he maintains all the places, names, settings, characters and, of course, the Fianna. Irish Tales …

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Shannon: The man behind the vision

DR Brendan O’Regan is always spoken about as the most central figure in the development of Shannon, following a glittering career. On the day marking the 70th anniversary of the first transatlantic into Shannon Airport, it is appropriate to recall his invaluable contribution to the airport and the country at large. Born in Sixmilebridge in 1917, his father bought the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis and urged the young Brendan to go into hotel management. He made his name managing the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon and the St Stephen’s Green Club in Dublin, before being appointed as catering comptroller at the Foynes Flying Boat base. Two years later, he was transferred to the still new Rineanna Airport and he would open the world’s first duty-free shop, selling Irish whiskey to arriving passengers. Sent to a conference on the post-war Marshall Plan, he was struck by inspiration on the way home. “Because I knew that my report for the Irish Government …

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Shannon: 70 years of transatlantic flying today

SHANNON International Airport is one of Ireland’s greatest success stories. It has had a pivotal role in the development of the Mid-West and even further afield; opening the doors to industry and employment and underpinning the economy of the region. Shannon Airport has given birth to a town of its name and helped, directly and indirectly, to support small communities, which otherwise would have slipped into oblivion. Having an international airport on our own doorstep is a huge advantage. It has set County Clare apart from other western counties, as a place where journeys begin and end, where passengers transit en route to and from far-flung places. On Thursday, May 18, 1939, the first aircraft to land at the then Rineanna Airport was the Irish Air Corps’ Aero Anson A43. Less than two months later, the first passenger aircraft landed at Rineanna on July 11, a Belgian airliner (a tri-motor Savoia Marchetti S-73 of Sabena). However, it was the first …

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Doolin photograph showcases clean coasts

A Clare castle has featured in a prize-winning photograph in a national competition. Brendan Cullen’s picture of Doonagore Castle, near Doolin, won him third place in the Heritage Section of Clean Coasts’ Love Your Coast Photography Awards, which were held in Dublin. Speaking at the ceremony, a spokesperson said, “Ireland is fortunate to have some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the world. This competition encourages people to look anew at the beaches and coastal landscapes we sometimes take for granted. The overall mission of the Clean Coasts programme is to celebrate and preserve Ireland’s spectacular coast and this competition is central to that effort, as it gives people a chance to show their local coastline at its best.” A gallery of the winning photographs can be viewed online.

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The Fleadh down in Ennis

FLEADH Cheoil na hÉireann 2016 is set for a ‘glór-ious’ launch on this Friday night. Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú, Ard-Stiúrthóir, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann will launch the Fleadh, which will be held in Ennis from August 14 to 21, before an invited audience in Glór. There has been much excitement and anticipation around the town and county following the decision of an Ardchomhairle last March to entrust the local Abbey Branch with the honour of hosting the All-Ireland Fleadh in 2016, after a gap of almost 40 years. Since then, chairman Mícheál Ó Riabhaigh and the Fleadh Executive Committee, in partnership with Clare County Council, An Garda Síochána, the health and emergency services, have enthusiastically set about the task of organising the event. And what a mammoth task it is, with an estimated 400,000 visitors, 4,000 competitors and 9,000 session musicians due to descend on Ennis and its environs over the course of nine days next summer. The official opening will …

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Super Troopers gets Clare pupils active

More than 4,000 pupils in 48 County Clare primary schools are currently signed up to the biggest health homework programme in Ireland. Nationwide, in excess of 180,000 school children, 7,000 teachers and 75,000 families are participating in an innovative programme, Super Troopers with laya healthcare, which encourages daily physical activity to be treated with the same importance as their regular school homework and other subjects. Super Troopers is now in place in more than 1,000 or one third of all Ireland’s primary schools and registration is still open for more schools to sign up to the programme until October 30. The 30-week programme has been designed by teachers for teachers and is backed by Clare-based leading clinical psychologist and parenting expert, David Coleman. David Coleman explains that the unique part of the Super Troopers initiative is that it is a long-term habit-changing programme for children to encourage positive attitudes towards healthy eating, well-being and exercise and not a quick-fix solution. …

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