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Nally’s unique place in GAA history

THE Hogan Stand in Croke Park is named for the Tipperary footballer murdered on Bloody Sunday, the Cusack Stand for the founder of the association and the Davin Stand for the great Tipperary sportsman Maurice Davin.The Nally Stand is unique. It is named for a man who was probably not even a member of the association. He definitely never took part in any games organised by the GAA. However, his athletic activities were instrumental in spreading the desire for a ‘non-establishment’ group to organise athletics in Ireland.In the 1880s, there were a number of bodies organising athletics, none of which welcomed the ordinary people of the country. At local level, sports would have been organised by the landlord and only his guests were invited to take part, the ordinary man in the street was not welcomed.PW Nally was the fourth of eight children born to a reasonably well off landowner and businessman. He was educated at St Jarlath’s College in …

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Doonbeg men remembered

NINETY years ago three men lost their lives in Doonbeg as the country grappled for Independence. On September 22, 1920, Captain Alan Lendrum, who was the Resident Magistrate in West Clare, was shot dead by the IRA at the railway crossing in Caherfeenick.

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Art graduate Adrian looks to the future

Things are looking good that Inch man Adrian Rynne, who was born deaf, will have an amazing career ahead of him after graduating from the Limerick School of Art and Design recently. The 26-year-old told The Clare Champion, with sign language through his proud mother Anne-Marie, “I have come a step closer to fulfilling my dream of becoming an art teacher for deaf children.”

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High-Specks vision of Paul

SOMETIMES the most simple of ideas can turn into a business prospect with heaps of potential. This is the case with The Speks – a six-piece virtual traditional music band that hail from a mythical island just off the coast of Ireland called Glasses Island, where everyone wears speks.

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