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Fears for future of Obair

FEARS over the future of Obair in Newmarket-on-Fergus were expressed as it opened a new extension to its family centre. Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Eamon Ó Cuív was in the village for the official opening last week and while he said he wasn’t overly worried about the An Bord Snip recommendation that his department close, Obair chairman Louis Creaven said it could have severe local repercussions.“It is not an exaggeration to say that services provided by Obair may have to shut down if the Government implements a recommendation of An Bord Snip Nua to abolish the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.“In our view, the department brings focus and co-ordination to community development. Obair’s key objective is to retain and expand frontline services but cannot comprehend how this can be done effectively if the department’s work is farmed out to various ministries.”He claimed that the State gets a very good return for its spending in the …

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The Venerable Edel Quinn

Charles Quinn from Tuam married Louise Burke Browne from Kilmihil in 1906 and they settled in Kanturk, County Cork. He worked with the National Bank, which was one of the original banks that amalgamated to form the Bank of Ireland Group.

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Looking good from the inside out

Get the toxins out, absorb the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and come away from the detox looking and feeling great. The idea has been around for generations, centuries even. But fasting, often the main component of a detox, is not enough, according to a woman who is about to co-ordinate a series of juice retreats in Clare.

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Prize money presented to Rose of Clare

THE 2009 Rose of Clare, Mary Immaculate student Ciara Madigan from Carnacalla, Kilrush was presented with her prize money at a function in Kilrush Golf Club recently.The celebration included a disco, at which the new Rose of Clare, who is a daughter of Peggy and James Madigan, marked her win with friends and family. Twelve roses from across Clare participated in the festival, which is organised by a sub-committee of Cooraclare GAA Club. The festival has been running since 1979 and this year marked the 30th anniversary of the event.Up until this year, the individual appointed Guardian of the Roses acquired participants through word of mouth. However, the format changed for the recent festival, as many of the roses applied to the committee to represent their area.A similar format is planned for next year. Roses will be invited to apply to the organising committee next spring if they are interested in competing.Apart from the prize money, Ciara Madigan was also …

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Cleaning up in the Tidy Towns

A HOST of Clare towns and villages were thrust in the spotlight this week when the national Tidy Towns results were released and for some centres the glow of success embraced a golden tint. National winners of four years ago, Ennis maintained its remarkable run of success and came within a solitary point of joining places like Keadue, The Glenties, Ardagh, Ballyjamesduff and Westport as repeat winners. But if there was consolation in not taking top spot, that accolade went to County Tipperary village of Emly it was the fact that Ennis bagged a raft of awards.With a points tally of 304, Ennis was named the tidiest large urban centre while also picking up a gold medal, a regional award, the county award and the gum litter award.Kilrush, with 298 points, were gold medal winners also while Ballynacally were presented with a silver medal. Bronze medals went to Mountshannon and Kilkee.Sixmilebridge National School was also commended with a regional award …

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Miltown sergeant ends 38-year career

A MEMBER of An Garda Síochána for almost 38 years, Sergeant Joseph Hehir has worked in various capacities across the country, but on Monday, he put down his final hours at Miltown Malbay Garda Station. Embarking on his retirement, Sergeant Hehir said while he has thoroughly enjoyed his work, “there comes a time to call it a day”. The Monmore native said he always wanted to become a garda and recalled his days of walking the beat in Midleton, where he was first stationed in 1972. “I suppose that if I hadn’t got in, I would have applied in the UK. Thirty-seven years ago we had very little transport and we tended to be on the beat walking around. Also crime was much lower. On the other side of that though, we got to interact with the public,” he said. He admitted that the most rewarding and enjoyable period of his career was his time in East Cork as a …

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A life less ordinary

Time has flown for PJ Harvey during a life that took him across the world and saw him rub shoulders with one of the most powerful political dynasties in American history, writes Peter O’ Connell When PJ Harvey left Bealaha in West Clare in 1960, he headed across the Atlantic gripped by sadness and desolation. It was just four days since he had buried his father. Occasionally during his flight over, the 20-year-old’s thoughts cleared and he ruminated on where he would find work and what he would think of America. Harvey was following his father’s example. He had lived and worked in the US for seven years, from 1925 to 1932. When he came home for good, with America in the throes of the Great Depression, he was greeted by his wife and seven-year-old son, PJ’s oldest brother, whom he had never seen before.“He worked in the docks; $30 a week for six days, 10 and 12 hours a …

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