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Sometimes it’s not easy being Green

COMEDIAN and environmentalist Diane O’Connor will bring her show The Accidental Activist to glór on June 28. Diane didn’t grow up expecting to be an activist, it just sort of happened, one minute she was holding a pint in the pub the next it was a placard at a protest. A quick-witted comedy show about a woman trying to find her place in the midst of this mess. The Accidental Activist doesn’t pull any punches but provides a consistent thread of hope and resilience for anyone worried, angry or eager to do more about the climate crisis we’ve been thrown into. “It’s about the climate crisis, but more about my perceptions coming at it as an activist. I didn’t set out to be an activist, it just kind of accidentally happened,” she said. “I was one of those annoying people, talking about the environment, climate, plastic, and I realised that people didn’t want to engage in conversation about the climate …

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Aodán Fox steals the show

THERE was great news for Shannon Musical Society at the weekend as Aodán Fox won the Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as Ursula in its production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Also James Cullinan was runner up in Best Youth Performance for his performance as Flounder, while the Society’s Front of House Management team were runners up for Best House Management. On Monday, Aodán said he was very pleased. “I’m absolutely over the moon. It’s 31 years since my first AIMS award and I thought I was done and dusted. I don’t do as much on stage as I used to do, so it was very nice. To get the nomination was fantastic, to win it was a big shock and it made for a great night,” he said. Of the role he won the award for, Aodán said, “The part I was nominated for is traditionally a female role, the part of Ursula in the …

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Gort biogas facility may still be on the cards

The possibility of a large scale biogas facility being built in Gort has resurfaced, according to the Gort Biogas Concerns Group. According to the local group, the proposed developers of the facility, Sustainable Bioenergy Limited, are considering requesting a remittal of a decision made by the High Court earlier this year. That decision saw an Bord Pleanála concede to a legal case brought by the Gort Biogas Concerns against planning permission being granted for the facility. If the remittal is granted, it will see an Bord Pleanála appoint another inspector to reassess plans for the facility. The Gort Biogas Concerns Group have raised concerns over the possibility of an explosion at the proposed facility, should it be struck by lightning. The group sites a case from October of last year when lightning struck a biogas plant in Oxfordshire in England, which resulted in an explosion and fire at the site. The strike in England caused three of the four biogas …

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A walk on the wild side of the Green

LOOKING ahead to this summer’s Live at the Docklands gig, Hermitage Green percussionist and proud Clare man, Dermot Sheedy says, “It is really going to be our seminal moment of the year – and hopefully we will be celebrating a Clare All-Ireland win by then as well!” Strong words from a member of a band whose name has become synonymous with the home of the current All-Ireland champions, Limerick. While Dermot has a lot of love for the Treaty City, where the band’s musical journey started, he insists Clare will always be where the heart is. In a short few years Hermitage Green has gone from playing in the backroom of a Limerick pub to performing to thousands of fans at their Docklands show this August 24. “The band has always been a Limerick band because we started playing there as a cover band in a bar. We very naturally grew over time to doing our own original songs to …

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Finding our common ground

Dozens of people across North Clare are learning the skills necessary to reimagine the way land is used in the area and help build an environmentally sustainable future for the county. Eight local groups from across North Clare are currently taking part in a free project entitled Common Ground, hosted at the Common Knowledge centre in Kilfenora. As part of this project, representatives from each group gather in Kilfenora once a month to learn from experts about actions that can be taken to protect the environment. As well as gaining this valuable knowledge, these groups are also learning from each other and generating a wider community of people to work together into the future. The Common Ground project is managed by Ciara Parsons, the Common Knowledge permaculture coordinator and Aoife Hammond. “We have brought together eight groups from the north and the west of Clare for a six month programme. People come once a month and they learn about all …

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Tributes paid as ‘the best of us’ laid to rest

THE legacy left by Clare Haven Services co-founder Mary Fitzgerald was remembered at her funeral mass last week as family and friends said their goodbyes to the woman described as “the best of us”. Speaking at her funeral mass in Kilnamona Church, family friend Fr Tom Hogan recalled, “She was always dreaming dreams, always saw new possibilities and wanted to do the very thing that came natural to her. She was a doer and she achieved so much and so many people are the better because Mary Fitz lived.” Originally from Maghera in Inagh, Mary later lived at Ballymacahill in Ennis with her loving family. Husband Martin Feerick paid tribute to his loving wife describing her as “always a character”, “wonderful” and the “best person you could ever give a job to do, but along with that she was just full of craic and fun”. He said they were both very different people, acknowledging, “we were a bit of an …

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Phoenix and Wolfe to bring new music to West Clare

ENNIS bilingual poet, songwriter and recording artist Amanda Shannon is taking her music duo Phoenix and Wolfe to West Clare perform this Saturday at 7.30 pm in Banner Books, Kilrush. Amanda explains it has been part of her mission to bring the show out of Ennis to other communities that don’t always get access to new music. She had a successful mini tour around Ireland last summer going as far as Belfast, but says she know wants to set her roots down firmly in Clare. Last September she brought her Culture Night show to Barefield and now as we lean into Summer Solstice she is collaborating with Lily De Silva of Silver wood events on one of their Cosy Concerts. The series of Cosy Concerts is a regular occurrence and the page has an events page on Facebook and Eventbrite. Phoenix and Wolfe duo are a musical fusion of Irish and Brazilian mystique, wonder and charm. Amanda is a native …

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A rich legacy in local education

THE collaborative approach that resulted in a new school build, total refurbishment and upgrading of the old primary school in Meelick has been lauded by a retiring principal. Marie O’Looney has confirmed that she will be stepping down from the position of principal at Scoil Mhuire in Meelick, effective from August 31 of this year. In a letter to parents at the school, the Miltown Malbay native, who has been living between Miltown and Caherdavin in recent years, recalled that it has been a privilege to serve in the school since 1988, first as a teacher and latterly as a principal from 2012 onwards. “I want to express my deepest gratitude to each member of the school community for your unwavering support and kindness throughout my tenure,” she said. “Your dedication to the success and well-being of the school has been instrumental in our advancements and achievements, including a new school build, total refurbishment and upgrading of the old school, …

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