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President’s St Patrick’s Day message

President Michael D. Higgins has extended good wishes for St Patrick’s Day to the people of Ireland and our global family and friends around the world. Today [St Patrick’s Day] is a day when we come together to celebrate and share our rich culture and heritage. It is also a day when we reflect on the life of St Patrick, our patron saint, a migrant who arrived on our shores some 1,600 years ago. His story was founded on hardship, destitution and great sorrow; but became a narrative of courage, vision and opportunity. It is a story that has been relived time and again by the many Irish people across the centuries who have left their native land to create new homes and communities in countries around the globe, and it is an experience we share with so many migrant populations all across the world, something we must never forget. This year also marks the anniversary of another of the early …

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Niamh McMahon

Niamh McMahon’s food diary

Tuesday March 3rd Breakfast 7:15 Two poached eggs on two slices of Brennans Be Good bread and a Weightwatchers yoghurt and a green tea. Mid Morning 10:00 A pear and a bottle of water. Lunch 13:00 Two Weightwatchers bread rolls cooked in the oven. I had them with ham and tomato and an orange with a pint of water. Dinner 17:00 30g of brown fusilli pasta with tomato, onion, pepper and mushrooms mixed with pesto followed by a pear and eaten with a pint of water. Snack 20:00 Two table spoons of natural yoghurt and three tablespoon of sugar free jelly and a green tea. Wednesday March 4th Breakfast 7:15 Two crumpets with Weightwatchers jam and a green tea. Mid Morning 11.45 A coffee and a Weightwatchers cup cake. Lunch 14:30 Two slices of porridge bread and a pear and an orange with a green tea. Dinner 18:30 Home made chips with a grilled turkey breast, mushrooms and a pint …

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Keep dogs under control

The ISPCA has warned dog owners to act responsibly and keep them under control near sheep and other livestock. Walking your dog outdoors is a great way to get healthy and it is an enjoyable form of exercise for both owner and dog, however, we do not want to see any lambs or ewes distressed, injured or killed by dogs this spring. Nor do we want to see any dogs destroyed as a result. “Losses to sheep farmers can be significant and distressing. We would like to remind all dog owners to keep their dogs under control around sheep and other livestock, particularly at this time of year when lambs are being born and are extremely vulnerable,” said Dr Andrew Kelly, CEO for the ISPCA. Under the Control of Dogs Act, dog owners can be held liable for financial damage caused to farmers and these costs can be significant. Even the most docile of dogs can join a pack in …

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Over half 1916 Rising deaths were civilians

More than half those killed in the 1916 Easter Rising were ordinary members of the public, it has been outlined. This detail was explained at the launch by Taoiseach Enda Kenny of the 1916 Easter Rising Necrology compiled by the Glasnevin Trust. The necrology contains the names of all 485 people who lost their lives in the 1916 rising, including innocent civilians, British soldiers, as well as members of the Irish Volunteers. This is the first time a list of this scale has been collated and made available online. The Necrology, researched and complied by the Glasnevin Trust, shows 485 men, women and children were killed during or as a direct result of the 1916 rebellion. This major piece of research revealed many interesting and previously unknown facts, the most striking of which details that 54% of total dead were civilians, as opposed to British Army or Rebel forces.  The full Necrology and statistical analysis is available on www.glasnevintrust.ie. An …

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Clare – a county of culture

Clare County Council is to lead an initiative to promote the Banner as a county of culture during 2016 to coincide with the designation of Ennis as the host town for next year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. The initiative will incorporate the development of a year long programme of cultural events, to be promoted nationally and internationally, around the prestigious annual event which is expected to attract up to 400,000 people to Ennis in August 2016. The announcement was made at the March meeting of Clare County Council, at which the elected members endorsed the initiative “Securing Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann provides a unique opportunity for the people of Clare to celebrate their county’s rich cultural legacy and to promot it to a national and international audience,” said cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, John Crowe.

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What does the future hold for Lisdoonvarna?

FORTUNE tellers were on the receiving end of councillors’ wrath this week, for parking their camper vans in Lisdoonvarna for the months of August and September. Parking problems in the North Clare town were raised at Tuesday’s meeting of the West Clare Municipal District in Kilkee, when councillors Bill Slattery and Richard Nagle outlined their concerns. “You have traders and you have fortune tellers who take up their positions in the square, along the bog road and remain there for the whole month of September, taking up prime parking spaces,” Councillor Nagle claimed. The Clare Champion contacted a number of fortune tellers for their take on the suggestion that they park up for weeks on end in Lisdoonvarna. However, just one, on the understanding that she remained anonymous, was prepared to comment. “I predict that there will be no issue this year, if we are provided with somewhere to park. However, I also predict bad tidings for anyone who makes …

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Niamh McMahon

Niamh’s Weightwatcher food diary

Niamh McMahon’s Weightwatchers programme is continuing. Read about her food week below. Tuesday February 24 Breakfast 7:15 – Two poached eggs on two slices of Brennan’s Be Good bread and a green tea. Mid Morning 10:30 – A pear and an orange. Lunch 13:00 – Home made vegetable soup and two slices of porridge bread, a Weightwatchers yogurt and a glass of water. Dinner 17:00 – Home made chicken curry with loads of vegetables and brown rice with a glass of water. Snack 20:00 – Two tablespoons of natural yogurt with peaches drained from natural juice with a green tea. Wednesday February 25 Breakfast 7:15 – Two crumpets with a banana and green tea. Mid Morning 11:30 – A piece of Weightwatchers pear cake and a coffee. Lunch 14:00 – Two slices of porridge bread with two slices of ham and tomato. A pear and a pint of water. Dinner 18:00 – Home made spaghetti bolognese, made with tinned tomatoes …

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Shannon town’s history reviewed

THE last in the series of autumn/winter lectures of Shannon and Clare Archaeological and Historical Societies will be held next Wednesday night at the Oakwood Arms Hotel at 8pm and the subject will be the Dúchas na Sionna oral history project on the town. This project is entitled Between Old World and New World and was prepared by Olive Carey. Speaking about the oral history, Ms Carey said, “We started in March 2011 and we launched the report in June of last year. What it involved was researching anything that had been written about Shannon before and conducting the interviews with the earliest residents of Shannon.” In all, around 40 interviews were conducted and next Wednesday night there will be excerpts played from six of them. Regarding the six excerpts to be used, Ms Carey said, “It’s divided between people who were here before the town was built and then some from people who came right at the very beginning …

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