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Swimmers battle the elements for Temple Street

IN terrible conditions and against the odds, 13 swimmers successfully reached Doolin Pier after swimming 13km and raising €15,000 for charity at the weekend.The group were raising money for Temple Street Children’s Hospital by doing what one participant described as “a horrible, horrible swim” which took some of them more than four and a half hours to complete. “I suppose it was a success in that we managed to do it but it was a horrible, horrible swim. I don’t think even the Coast Guard believed we could do it,” said Ennis resident Pat Finn, who participated in the event. The group met at Doolin at 10am on Saturday and took part in a safety briefing with the Coast Guard before taking the ferry to Inis Oirr and beginning what turned out to be one of the toughest swims some of them had ever undertaken. As the crow flies, the distance between Inis Oirr and Doolin Pier is 10km but …

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Schools report excellent Leaving Cert results

Wednesday was a day of high emotion for the more than 1,400 people across the county who collected their Leaving Certificate results.As usual, higher-level maths was a talking point as Clare principals speculated that pupils in the county had done as well in the subject this year, as they had in previous years.More than 43% of those who sat higher-level maths nationwide were awarded As or Bs. This is down nearly 5% on last year, and 2% on 2008. Anne Tuohy, principal of CBS Ennistymon, was delighted with her pupils’ results, especially in maths. “We had a 600-pointer with extras to spare and that is no mean achievement. Declan O’Loughlin is his name and he did very well but all the lads were really pleased. We had quite a number who achieved more than 500 points and we went against the trend here in maths, with quite a number of A1s at higher level. “The big thing now is to …

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Simply the vest

THE finishing touches were being made to the vestments that the Bishop Elect Fr Kieran O’Reilly will wear for his ordination at the Poor Clare Sisters’ Convent in Ennis this week.

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Bishop still concerned over Ennis feud

BISHOP Willie Walsh, in his final week leading the diocese, has acknowledged that he is very worried that the ongoing feud between traveller families in the Ennis area has the potential to reach the level of the feuds between members of the settled community in cities such as Limerick and Dublin.

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