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Attention – RDF needs you

Reserve Defence Forces numbers in Clare are to get a boost as part of a recruitment campaign now underway nationwide. E Company 1 Infantry Battalion, headquartered in Abbey Street, Ennis, is holding an open day/information day on this  Saturday and is inviting young men and woman to go along to see what army life is all about. “There have been a lot of changes in the Defence Forces in the past couple of years and we need to start recruiting again in Ennis and the county for the local Clare unit,” said company commander, Commandant PJ McCarron. E Company is the only RDF unit in Clare. “We have personnel from Gort as well but mostly from Clare of course. It’s the only unit in Clare and the headquarters is in Ennis,” Cmdt McCarron explained. “We have seen a lot of changes from the old LDF – the Local Defence Force – to the FCA and, now, the Reserve Defence Forces. …

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Beware the haunted side of Clare

AUTHOR and blogger, Ann O’Regan, who specialises in writing about ghosts and hauntings, has advised that Carrigaholt Castle is best avoided this Hallowe’en week – or, indeed, at any time. A room in the 15th-century, five-storey Loop Head peninsula castle has remained sealed since the 1920s and has not been tampered with since an exorcist was found dead the morning after attempting to enter the chamber, she says. What the writer describes as a “malevolent spirit” is believed to reside in the room. Ann O’Regan, who writes for spookyisles.com, says that even paranormal investigators won’t venture near Carrigaholt Castle. “I’d know a few of the paranormal groups around Ireland and I don’t know any of them that have gone near it. That is the kind of room that is best left alone, to be honest with you. If you want to open it, fine, but wait until I’m at the other end of the country before you do it,” she …

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Slowing speedsters in Clare estates

Clare County Council is enlisting the assistance of the public in putting the brakes on speeding motorists by identifying housing estates that could benefit from the introduction of new speed limits. The council’s call follows a circular from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, requesting local authorities to introduce new measures to reduce vehicle speeds in estates and residential areas. Five people have lost their lives on the roads in County Clare this year. The public consultation process is being welcomed by Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, John Crowe, who emphasised the importance of road safety. “Road safety is something we all play an important role in, so I would encourage everyone to make their voices heard by submitting their opinion on what estates should be included. It’s a worrying time but, if we have learned anything over the last few years, it’s that we all have the power to make a big difference. “Vulnerable road-users, such as the …

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Jason fine tunes the art of bodybuilding

A TOONAGH man spent five months weighing every item of food that passed his lips in a regime so strict, he said it tested his physical and mental ability. The gruelling, and lengthy, process was to prepare him to stand in front of an audience, wearing little more than fake tan and a smile, with every muscle in his body aching. “It is not for everyone,” Jason Morris told The Clare Champion, after coming second in his class at the Natural Bodybuilding Federation of Ireland competition held in Cork recently. The 31-year-old is understating matters. “I had to diet for 20 weeks to get my body in the shape that I was in on the day of the competition. This involved weight training, cardio, weighting out and keeping records of every piece of food that I put in my body, right down to a single salad leaf. The last six to eight weeks of the prep tested me, mentally and …

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Kilmurry McMahon wives on the move

Clare ICA is to spearhead a countywide survey to determine the scale of population movement in parishes. At a meeting in Doonbeg last week, which was organised to examine the role of rural women in the West Clare community, Clare ICA PRO, Mary Neylon said a count she carried out in June found that 92% of married women in Kilmurry McMahon came from outside that part of the parish. Ms Neylon was one of the speakers at the West Clare Family Resource Centre-organised meeting, which heard from several people on the challenges facing women in the county. The meeting heard that, while these figures pertained to one community of 165 households, it is likely that other parishes in West Clare would have comparable figures. In 19% of cases, both spouses had settled in the community, having moved from elsewhere. Ms Neylon feels if a bigger count or survey was carried out in Clare, the findings could be revealing. “I think …

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25 years of caring in Clare

CARING for Carers Clare’s milestone 25th anniversary last week, was also the end of one era for the carers body and the beginning of another, as Clare has now merged with the national organisation, Caring for Carers Ireland. The anniversary was also marked with presentations to co-founder Judith Ironside and Clare branch president Maura Harding and with presentations of mementos to the chairpersons of the eight Clare groups that make up the branch. Among the 105 attending the dinner were Gwen Murray Flynn, president of Soroptimist International, Ennis & District and Eilish Smith, chairperson of the board of Caring for Carers Ireland. Caring for Carers was started in Ennis 25 years ago by Soroptimists’ Judith Ironside, Mary McMahon and Brigid Barron. It would become the nucleus of the national organisation that is now helping carers in 23 counties. Area manager, Susan Hogan, has been in the training and development role for the past 15 years and estimated that she has …

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Arthur’s collection goes to auction

Antiques, original photographs and files, as well as a small library of Irish aviation books, owned by the late Irish Times reporter, Arthur Quinlan, are to be sold at auction. Arthur was raised in Quin and spent most of his career reporting out of Shannon Airport, from 1947 to 1997. Arthur settled on the North Circular Road in Limerick and died in 2012, just shy of his 93rd birthday. He retired at age 87 and was Ireland’s longest-serving journalist, covering Shannon Airport and the Mid-Western District. For over 50 years, he reported on Shannon’s momentous, sometimes tragic events, and interviewed many international figures who passed through the airport when it was a compulsorily stopover into Europe. Among them were Hollywood stars, Grace Kelly, Cary Grant and Marlene Dietrich. He also interviewed every North American president, from Harry S Truman to George Bush, as well as Russian leaders. European royalty, including Princess Margaret and the Duke of Edinburgh, future popes and …

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Clare writers bid for laureate title

CLARE ICA is to spearhead a countrywide survey to determine the scale of population movement in parishes. At a meeting in Doonbeg last week, which was organised to examine the role of rural women in the West Clare community, Clare ICA PRO, Mary Neylon said a count she carried out in June found that 92% of married women in Kilmurry McMahon came from outside that part of the parish. Ms Neylon was one of the speakers at the West Clare Family Resource Centre-organised meeting, which heard from several people on the challenges facing women in the county. The meeting heard that, while these figures pertained to one community of 165 households, it is likely that other parishes in West Clare would have comparable figures. In 19% of cases, both spouses had settled in the community, having moved from elsewhere. Ms Neylon feels if a bigger count or survey was carried out in Clare, the findings could be revealing. “I think …

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