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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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Primary schools delve into science

Clare Education Centre held its annual science fair for primary schools in the Auburn Lodge Hotel this week. In excess of 420 pupils participated from schools across the county. The evening was the culmination of a series of evening workshops delivered in Clare Education Centre by primary science expert, Michael Browne. Michael, a Crusheen native, is the author of a range of science books for the primary school curriculum and has worked closely with Clare Education Centre for a number of years. The teachers from the participating schools attended five evening workshops during the term, in preparation for the science fair. Schools looked at all aspects of the curriculum and devised suitable experiments to demonstrate various concepts. The emphasis was very much on the practical and ‘learning by doing’. At the science fair, pupils demonstrated their knowledge and understanding of the subject to their parents, teachers and all who attended. Director of Clare Education Centre, Pat Hanrahan, acknowledged all the …

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D-Day looms for €30m Ennis Fleadh bid

HUNDREDS of businesses will be waiting anxiously this Saturday for a final decision on whether or not Clare will be tuning up for a €30 million Fleadh Cheoil windfall in 2016. Securing what is regarded as the largest traditional music festival in the world, which would attract an estimated 350,000 visitors to Ennis and neighbouring towns in August 2016, would provide a major boost in the coffers of local traders. Efforts to host the lucrative 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann competition got a significant shot in the arm recently after a submission from a local branch defeated Cork City by 11 votes to nine in a new regional final. For the first time ever, counties had to submit their plans for hosting this money-spinning event against other competing counties in some provinces and Clare’s bid, which was in the name of the Abbey branch in Ennis, triumphed with two votes to spare. Ennis is now in a three-horse race involving …

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Safety training for home care workers

A new fire safety training programme specifically designed for home care workers could soon be rolled out countrywide, having been developed and piloted in Clare. Developed by Ennis-based Caring for Carers Ireland (CFCI), in partnership with Clare County Fire and Rescue Service, the programme is aimed at improving fire safety and home security for people who are living independently and in need of medium to high caring support. The first training session took place at Ennis Fire Station at the weekend, and involved the participation of community-based staff of Caring for Carers Ireland who are providing the organisation’s home care service to families in their own homes. Presenting certificates to 12 participants, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, John spoke about the importance of organisations working in partnership and the added benefits of such working partnerships. He also praised the work undertaken by home care workers and how important it is to local communities. Adrian Kelly, chief fire officer, Clare County …

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Sr Ethel to continue her work in Missionvale

CLARE missionary nun Sr Ethel Normoyle has vowed to continue her work, helping thousands of poor and unprivileged people in a South African township, until a plan is put in place for sustainable development. Sr Ethel (70) said she has no plans to retire or to return home, after spending 27 years developing and maintaining the Missionvale Centre in Port Elizabeth. The Lissycasey-born nun said she could not betray the trust of hundreds of people who have donated time and money to build the centre, until a strategic plan has been put in place, considering the centre gets no financial help from the South African government and is relying on the goodness of others. She noted this process is in the capable hands of Missionvale Ireland chairman, Ollie O’Loughlin; secretary, Kieran McDermott and their board of trustees. A member of the Little Company of Mary order, she revealed she was subjected to an attempted kidnapping during the Apartheid years after …

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Ennis club snookered after world record

ENNIS Snooker and Pool Club members have been confirmed as Guinness World Record holders, following the longest non-stop snooker match in history. Gordon O’Loughlin and Kieran Ferns set their world record last August when they racked up a total of 191 frames in just over 85 hours, beating the previous record by more than eight hours in the Market Street club. “I got the notification from the Guinness World Record people on Friday night. It was like winning the lotto,” said delighted club owner Gerard O’Loughlin. “It took a long time to be confirmed because one of the hard drives failed and I sent it off to try and get the data restored. That didn’t work but, luckily, we had a back-up hard drive and a lot of evidence and they accepted the other hard drive.” The elation of achieving the Guinness World Record has been tinged with sadness for Gerard, who has decided to close his premises this Friday. …

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No more crying wolf

IN recent times, the dog-owning public have been bombarded with dog training entertainment programmes. Some, worryingly, have a “do not try this at home” warning. Pet dogs are being subject to all sorts of training and behaviour modification techniques borne out of wolf pack, dominance theory and now DIY TV programmes. Our domestic dog, canine lupis familiaris, is the most diverse species on earth and not a small wolf in the house. We have manipulated dogs both physically and behaviourally according to our needs, therefore up-to-date methods of training and problem solving looks to the breed’s need for reinforcing rewards. Many traditional trainers use dominance, rank reduction and pack theory techniques, based on flawed observations of captive wolves, canine lupis, in the 1940s. Typically, punitive/traditional trainers use confrontational techniques and equipment, delivering an unpleasant or painful consequence to a disagreeable behaviour, called positive punishment. Studies have shown that it is no longer acceptable or necessary to use such outdated and …

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Niamh McMahon’s Weightwatcher diary

Below is a complete food diary from Niamh, showing how with careful diet and exercise, weight loss can be achieved: Tuesday February 17 Breakfast – 7:15 – Poached egg, slice of porridge bread with a weight watchers’ yoghurt and a green tea. Mid Morning – 10:30 – A pear and a mandarin orange. Lunch – 13:00 – Two crumpets with a teaspoon of sweet freedom honey and a cup of green tea. Dinner – 17:00 – A breast of chicken roasted in the oven with carrots, peas, corn and a scoop of mash with a glass of water. Snack – 19:30 – Three tablespoons of sugar free jelly with two tablespoons of stewed apple. Wednesday February 18 Breakfast – 7:15 – Two crumpets with banana and a green tea. Mid morning – 11:00 – Two slices of porridge bread and a cup of coffee. Lunch – 14:00 – Had a bowl of carrot and coriander soup with a slice of …

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