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A daily battle for young CF sufferer

ON Tuesday, November 23, 2004, Billy Burke lost his battle with lung disease.The 29-year-old Killorglin man, who also suffered from cystic fibrosis, had been on a waiting list for a double lung transplant for almost four years, died without having the life-saving operation.

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Deciphering our language

Wild Ways IS it any wonder our ancestors were upset by the wailing of banshees? Perhaps there really were such people or were they ghostly manifestations? Certainly, I have been privy to sighting a number of ghosts in my life, many of them verifiable.

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Reverend Lynch answers the call

  Vicki Lynch is no longer merely Vicki Lynch. Since her ordination as a deacon last Saturday, to serve within the Drumcliffe parish and the Church of Ireland Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe, the Coore-based mother-of-four is now Reverend Lynch.A native of Workington in Cumbria, Vicki moved to West Clare with her husband, Steve, and their family in 1995. She can’t pinpoint what drew them to the West of Ireland and, in fact, her decision to seek ordination was almost equally impulsive.“It’s difficult to explain but it really was that I woke up one morning and felt a call towards ordained ministry. And I didn’t even really know what that meant,” Vicki reflected.Getting the call 12 years ago was well and good but some practical issues had to be surmounted before Vicki could realistically answer it. Living in scenic, yet isolated, Coore and tending to her family, all of whom were home educated, would be enough for most people.“It’s not …

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In memory of Rachel

Rachel O’Dwyer tragically died 10 years ago but, despite the passage of time, her memory still lives on in her native Quilty and among her family and friends, who will pay special tribute to her on the feast of All Souls, as part of a national event.

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Made up about their award

TWO West Clare sisters proved their decision to start their own business four years ago was the right one when they scooped a major national prize at the Beauty Industry Trade Event held in the RDS.

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