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New Church of Ireland bishop

THE consecration of Rev Canon Dr Kenneth Kearon, the newly-elected Church of Ireland Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe, will take place at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin on Saturday, January 24. His enthronement at St Flannan’s Cathedral, Killaloe is scheduled for Saturday, March 7. The new bishop succeeds the Right Rev Trevor Williams, who retired in July. Born in Dublin in 1953, Bishop Kenneth attended Mountjoy School and Trinity College, where he studied philosophy. Following further study at Cambridge and in Dublin, he was ordained a priest in 1982. He served as curate in All Saints, Raheny and St John’s, Coolock before his appointment as Dean of Residence at Trinity College. In 1991, he became rector of Tullow before becoming director of the Irish School of Ecumenics in 1999. He has been a member of the Chapter of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin since 1995 and has served as its chancellor since 2002. He is author of Medical Ethics: An Introduction and …

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Pharmacies’ free BMI and waist checks

Pharmacies nationwide have signed up to help members of the public know their numbers, as part of RTÉ’s Operation Transformation campaign. On this Saturday, pharmacies will provide free BMI and waist measurements from 10am-12 noon. Kathy Maher, president of the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), said, “It is important that people have a healthy BMI and a healthy waist measurement. Pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare professionals and are ideally placed to play a central role in public health. Pharmacists will carry out these measures on Saturday to help the public know their numbers, as having a healthy weight can reduce the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.” Body Mass Index (BMI) is calculated using the person’s height and weight. It is recommended that women have a maximum waist measurement of 32 inches (80cms) and men have a maximum measurement of 37 inches (94cms). Log onto www.rte.ie/ot/events/know-your-numbers to find your nearest participating pharmacy or join the Operation Transformation team at …

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Clare young scientists at the RDS

THE BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2015 officially opened at the RDS in Dublin on Wednesday but it is this Thursday and Friday that things begin to really heat up for the entrants. The preliminary phase of judging takes place today (Thursday) and the final round of judging takes place early on Friday, with the overall award announced to coincide with RTÉ’s Six One News. For the winner or winners, the overall award can open up great opportunities to advanced education and top-class jobs in their chosen field. From the science behind the often controversial voting in the Eurovision Song Contest to the correlation between mathematics and music, the 51st annual exhibition promises to be more exciting than ever with a huge range of projects on offer, guaranteed to fascinate all visitors. Those in attendance will see the work of 1,185 students in 550 projects, 22 of which are Clare entries. The exhibition at the RDS represents the culmination …

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Kildare road deaths prompt renewed safety appeal

The Road Safety Authority has renewed its appeal for all road users to take extra care, following the deaths of four young women in a crash near Athy, County Kildare on Tuesday night. The RSA recently expressed serious concern following a rise in road deaths in 2014, the second consecutive yearly increase in deaths. It’s been an equally tragic and poor start for road safety in 2015. Ms Moyagh Murdock, CEO, RSA said, “Already we have lost six lives on the country’s roads in the first seven days of 2015. It’s been an appalling start to the year and mirrors exactly the situation at same time last year. If anything should come from such loss of life, it’s that it may serve as a reminder to us all that using the road is the most dangerous thing we do every day. All it takes is a split second for a situation to turn to tragedy. “I would appeal to all …

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Go green in 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is urging everyone in to go ‘Green in 2015’. Over the festive season households will have produced more than 65,000 tonnes of used packaging, the same weight as 65,000 small family cars. The EPA said Clare households should start the new year afresh and reduce, reuse and recycle with a visit to the nearest recycling centre. “The New Year presents the perfect opportunity to re-think our attitude towards sustainable living. We can all contribute to a greener future by keeping some useful waste prevention ideas in mind. Clare residents can all save money and cut down on the pressure placed on our environment in 2015 by making recycling their new year’s resolution. Remember, by not generating waste, we eliminate the need to handle, transport, treat and dispose of it,” said Jonathan Derham of the EPA.

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Reclaiming the vision of 1916

“Reclaim the Vision of 1916—A Citizens’ Initiative for 2016” is a new organisation formed in order to reassert the political principles and objectives behind the watershed event in Irish history. In 1916, the Proclamation of the Republic declared the right of the Irish people to the ownership of Ireland and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies. They wanted to realise this in a sovereign, independent Irish democracy that would have the welfare of all the citizens as its guiding principle. This vision has never been achieved, and the Irish people have borne the consequences of this failure. “We believe that the 100th anniversary of the Rising presents an opportunity to open a meaningful dialogue among the citizens about the principles of 1916 and how they can be applied to the task of building an Irish democracy in the 21st century. In a genuine republic, the people would have full control over their own lives; the common good would be …

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Blogging about life and other stories

A SHANNON woman is stirring up quite the online following and is now a finalist in the UK Blog Awards. Claire McCarthy’s blog, www.clarewiththehair.com, is a finalist in the lifestyle and food and drink categories. “It’s kind of like an online magazine, the kind of thing that I would like to pick up and read. There’s a bit of fashion, a bit of beauty, a bit of celebrity gossip but the majority of the focus is around food and cooking easy, family-friendly meals.” Claire lives in Ballycasey and works in the marketing department of an IT services company. She started www.clarewiththehair.com at the start of September and says she had long been interested in blogging. “I always loved blogs and reading other people’s blogs. But I would have thought that blogging would have been a million miles away from me, I’d have thought other people do blogging, I don’t do blogging. But there were loads of blogs I was following …

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First Clare Baby

Cratloe GAA Club, which swept all before them in 2014 to win the Clare senior hurling and football titles, will have another great reason to celebrate at their sold-out victory function this Friday night. Cratloe has won the honour of being the Clare parish to welcome the first baby of 2015. Weighing in at 3.5kg, Mylo Molony  was born at the Regional Maternity University hospital in Limerick  at 5.38am on New Year’s Day, to proud parents, Cratloe’s Clodagh and Barry Molony.   Clodagh is a member of a well-known  O’Hara family that has strong ties with Cratloe GAA Club. In congratulating the Molonys on the birth of their new year son, a club spokesman said they all hoped that one day Mylo would don the Clare jerseys and experience the thrill of winning an All-Ireland hurling title.      

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