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Lifetime achievement award for Eugene

AT the Clare Camogie awards night, Kilmaley’s Eugene McMahon was named as the Lifetime Achievement Award winner for his service to the sport. Eugene has served club and county with passion, dedication and love of the game over a number of years. He is a founding member of Kilmaley Camogie Club, where he has managed and trained teams. Eugene has given of his time, experience and expertise to county teams, including the Clare junior team of 2006, winners of Munster and National League honours, as well as getting to the Junior All-Ireland semi-final. Eugene was also involved with the Clare Camogie Supporters Club. Eugene’s wife, Anne and daughter, Claire accepted the award on his behalf. The volunteer of the year award went to Cratloe’s Audrey McMahon. Audrey has been secretary of the club since it was formed four years ago.

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Low fitness levels among teens

NEW research has  found a measurable negative impact on the health of blood vessels in 15 and 16-year-old boys with low fitness levels. This disturbing detail was released to mark the launch of Aviva Health’s Schools’ Fitness Challenge 2015 Boys with low fitness levels, who performed poorly in a 20m shuttle run test, were also more likely to be overweight, have higher blood pressure and cholesterol when compared to children with moderate to high fitness levels. Heart disease, which involves the build-up of plaque in the walls of blood vessels, is the leading cause of death in Ireland. The research found that boys with low levels of fitness had significantly more plaque in the walls of the arteries supplying the brain than the boys with high levels of fitness. In 2014, nine Clare schools (50% of secondary schools) signed up for the Schools’ Fitness Challenge. A total of 13,067 students (7,242 boys and 5,825 girls) from 26 counties across Ireland successfully …

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The Brennans trot into Quin

A SPOTLIGHT will be shone on Quin on RTÉ One this Sunday (8.30pm), as John and Francis Brennan and the At Your Service team come to Ballyhannon House Riding School and Trekking Centre  to work their magic. In the first episode of a new series of At Your Service, the Brennan brothers, who own and run the five-star Park Hotel in Kenmare, will visit Johnny Hassett’s riding school. The day they were previewing the riding school for the show, Johnny said it was just after the storms had hit and a lot of damage had been caused, so he felt this went in his favour to secure the Brennan’s help. “I twigged that the worse it was, the more they liked it,” he said. He said the reason for wanting to go on the show was to help raise the profile of Ballyhannon House but also there were some serious issues he felt needed to be addressed and he hoped …

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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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