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“There Isn’t A Negative Vibe In The Tribe” – Snamhaí Sasta Washing Over Spanish Point

When Miltown woman June Curtin lost her husband John to suicide in August 2013, her whole world was turned upside down. The couple had two young children at the time and the years that followed were difficult. A realisation began to dawn on her that the time was coming where she could sink or swim, and so Snamhaí Sasta was born. Her first venture to the sea came just under two months ago when June decided she needed something to try and ease her mind from the struggles of the last few years. By her own admission, life was tough and the battle to keep the show on the road was taking its toll. “I was suffering from stress and anxiety and I needed to find something to clear my head and something for me, that I could do for 15 or 20 minutes every day. I lost my husband to suicide six years ago and life has been pretty …

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Concern over chemicals at Avara plant

WITH Shannon company Avara in provisional liquidation, local county councillor Mike McKee has raised concerns about public safety, given the chemicals stored there and about the level of redundancy being offered to departing workers. On Wednesday, Councillor McKee said, “My understanding is that they are going to keep a skeleton staff there, due to the fact that there are materials in the plant. The materials in the plant are quite significant and could be construed as quite dangerous chemicals. One has to question are the company being responsible on this because of the seriousness of the raw products that are in situ in the plant. They would be left on their own with just a handful of people monitoring them. I do know for a fact that the chemicals are not the most stable.” He questioned if the people currently charged with running the company, as a buyer is sought, are aware of some of the incidents that have happened there …

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Entries increase for South-East Clare Show

ENTRIES in various categories for the 29th annual South-East Clare Show jumped by an impressive 50% in some cases, according to the organisers. Thousands of patrons flocked to the South-East Clare venue for what proved to be in the words of secretary, Yvonne McNamara a great value for money day out for all the family. While the weather conditions weren’t as good as last year, Yvonne estimates gate receipts were similar to last year as about 4,500 came through the turnstiles to enjoy a wide variety of competitions and side attractions. Disneyland characters, Mickey, Minnie and Winnie the Pooh added great colour and excitement to the proceedings as loads of people took a break to enjoy photographs with their children. Ms McNamara believes the Disneyland theme and competition, which was provided for a second successive year, helped attract another large attendance. The Disneyland competition was won by Eibhlin Cronin, Formoyle, Broadford, who is originally from Limerick and has a 10-month …

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Derry’s Susan McKay to speak at Scariff Harbour Festival

Ahead of her upcoming appearance at the annual Scariff Harbour Festival next month, Derry born author, journalist and broadcaster Susan McKay tells Carol Byrne that Brexit “is an unnecessary block that has been put in the way of peace in Ireland but it will have to be overcome”. SUSAN McKay has said “It is important to realise that awful as Brexit may be it is not the end of the world” and while economically is will be “disastrous for the North” the people of the island of Ireland will still be able to work together afterwards. “Brexit, economically is just going to be disastrous for the North. It’s going to be problematic in terms of North South communications. My own preference would have been for a new referendum at a much earlier stage than this, but it all seems to be hurtling towards a pretty bad end at this point. But I think it is important to realise that awful …

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The Sky is the Limit for Kate

KATE Crotty and her mother Caitríona from Ennis are this week gearing up for the annual Tour De Munster Charity Cycle, which takes place from August 8 to 11. Thirty three year old Kate has completed a Certificate in General Learning and Personal Development in Mary Immaculate College and is currently undertaking a course on Office Administration in the Adult Education Centre, Ennis. Armed with her qualifications Kate has her eyes on an office job, and she and Mum Caitríona are so grateful of the supports received through Down Syndrome Ireland, which have led to so many doors opening for Kate. These supports would not have been available without the funds raised by the public through events like the Tour de Munster charity cycle, which marks 10 years in partnership with Down Syndrome Ireland Munster this year. The cycle takes place over four days, covering six counties of Munster where cyclists will traverse a 600km route. Last year the charity …

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Bruno seeks a new home

Sometimes good things come in big packages. That was the case when Bruno, a five year old Rottweiler Husky cross came into the care of Clare Animal Welfare. Having spent most of his life tied up on a chain, Bruno, who weighs in at a hefty 50 kilos was relinquished to a concerned neighbour by his owner who got in touch with Clare Animal Welfare (CAW). “Our first priority,” says Judy, one of CAW’s volunteers, “was to get Bruno checked over completely by our vets.” Bruno was found to be in remarkably great physical shape despite his tough first years. Neutering, microchipping and vaccinations were next for this gentle giant. Bruno’s next steps towards his new life were into foster care with Stiofan and his wife Christine who are veteran foster carers, for Galway SPCA, Madra and now with CAW. Stiofan says: “Bruno missed out on a crucial stage of socialisation because he had so little contact with people or …

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New Regional Health Area will transform Clare healthcare delivery – Deputy Carey

  IT HAS been claimed that the establishment of a new Mid West regional health area will transform the delivery of healthcare in Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary. That’s the view of Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey who said that the establishment of six new regional health areas will result in clear financial and performance accountability. “This is a key step in delivering Sláintecare and is another step towards a vital reform of our health service. It will empower frontline staff and devolve authority from the HSE to the local regions. “These proposals will help shape the future of healthcare in this country and will give the staff, and more importantly, communities a greater role in the delivery of health. “The reform will see the establishment of six new regional health areas and will radically change the way we deliver health care,” said Deputy Carey. The proposed six regional health areas are based on population data, including how people …

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