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Colaiste Muire students win national Press Pass awards

COLAISTE Muire, Ennis Transition Year students, Alice Larkin and Rebecca Keane, have won two of the five categories in the annual Press Pass journalism awards scheme. The results were announced on Monday. Alice won first prize in the sport category, while Rebecca won the photojournalism section.  Alice’s article was a piece on Limerick hurler, Shane Dowling, following Limerick’s All-Ireland win. The judges praised Alice for the angle she took on the article and joked about a Clare person writing an article about a Limerick hurler. Rebecca’s picture told a story about the difference in generations depicted by her granny’s hands, holding a set of rosary beads and her sister’s hands on a mobile phone. She was commended by the judges for her image and the thought provoking nature of it.

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Free Public Information Evening on Prostate Cancer

A free public information evening on prostate cancer will take place on Tuesday, April 9 at 5pm in the South Court Hotel, Limerick. Staff from UL Hospitals Group and the Mid-Western Radiation Oncology Centre will discuss prostate cancer and potential treatment options. Speakers on the evening are to include: Dr Nemeer Osman, Consultant Medical Oncologist, University Hospital Limerick Dr Mazen El Bassiouni, Consultant Radiation Oncologist, Mid-Western Radiation Oncology Centre Dr Jody Khan, Specialist Registrar in Urology, UL Hospitals Group Members of the public who attend the information evening will leave with a better understanding of what to expect in the prostate cancer journey. Patients, along with friends and family, are welcome to attend. Approximately 300 men currently attend for ongoing care for prostate cancer in the UL Hospitals Group. The National Cancer Strategy recognises the importance of public engagement.  Feedback from men from the MidWest who have undergone at least one line of treatment for prostate cancer has shown that patients would …

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The story of The Accidental Spy

AN Ennis journalist has written the extraordinary true story of how American trucker David Rupert infiltrated the Real IRA and his evidence sent the terrorist group’s leader Michael McKevitt to jail for 20 years. Sean O’Driscoll comes from the Tulla Road in the county town and is a past pupil of Rice College and St Flannan’s. He is now the night news editor for the Irish Daily Mail. The book, The Accidental Spy, tells how David, a 6’7”, a 300lb frustrated trucking manager with three failed marriages and no connection to Ireland, began a relationship with a Noraid supporter, before becoming an FBI and then MI5 spy, while penetrating the army council of the Real IRA. Much of the book is based on Sean’s extensive interviews with David but he also spoke to dissidents and some involved in the UK and US agencies that supported him. Sean describes the story as the most extraordinary one he has come across in …

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Emergency landing at Shannon

EMERGENCY services were on standby this morning at Shannon Airport, as an American Airlines was forced to make an unscheduled diversion there. The emergency landing took place at 8.47am, and the flight had been en route from New York to Heathrow. It landed safely and an inspection of the aircraft took place and the aircraft was undamaged. It is set to leave Shannon later this afternoon.  

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The Champion Report-Episode 8

  In this weeks Champion Report we discuss the sad passing of HPV vaccine campaigner Laura Brennan, the stepping down of Shannon Group CEO Matthew Thomas, an unusual confession practice which had been operating in Cratloe, and our special guest this week is Shannon resident but Derry native, Charlie Morrison who discusses Bloody Sunday.

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Book of Condolence opened in memory of Laura

CLARE County Council has opened a Book of Condolence in memory of Laura Brennan, RIP, in the public foyer of Áras Contae an Chláir, Ennis. The Mayor of Clare, Councillor Michael Begley, has invited members of the public to sign the book and join people from all over Ireland and beyond in marking Laura’s legacy as “an inspiring and courageous advocate and ambassador for the HPV Vaccination Programme.” “Many knew Laura for her advocacy work in favour of the HPV Vaccine after receiving a diagnosis of terminal cervical cancer.  To those who knew Laura personally however, it was her courage and her amazing positivity that defined her,” said Mayor Begley. He continued, “When Laura first approached the HSE in 2017, she made it clear that every parent in Ireland who was about to make the decision whether their daughter was to be vaccinated against HPV, would hear her story first.  Laura’s story was most certainly heard when she appeared on …

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