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Sr Bosco from the Sisters of Mercy with Martin Murphy, building contractor; Breda McNamara, chairperson of the cultural centre committee; John Deaton, Deaton-Lysaght Architects and Paul Spratt, MED Building Services, in the oratory at the convent in Tulla during renovations for phase two of Cnoc na Gaoithe, the Tulla Comhaltas Cultural Centre. Photograph by Declan Monaghan

End-of-June féile to mark Cnoc na Gaoithe phase 2

PHASE two of Cnoc na Gaoithe, the Tulla Comhaltas Cultural Centre is almost complete and is due to be opened to the public at the Féile Chnoc na Gaoithe at the end of June. At the Gathering event, which runs from June 28 to 30, the second phase of the cultural centre build will be opened, unveiling the newly restored oratory of the old convent.  As part of the renovations, the original stained glass windows are to be reinstalled. The oratory will house a collection of photographs and memorabilia commemorating the Sisters of Mercy in Tulla since 1883, which has been donated by the Sisters of Mercy. According to the committee up to 10 local people have been employed in the construction phase of the development and approval has been given to the centre to provide employment for two people under the Tús scheme. These posts will be in respect of caretaking and administration.The original parlour in the former convent …

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Great turnout for inaugural Bodyke festival

THE East Clare village of Bodyke remains on a high this week following the success of its first ever festival, which drew up to 1,000 people.The Bodyke Gathering saw an estimated 1,000 people come through the village over the May Bank Holiday weekend to take part in the various events organised.“It was absolutely beyond our wildest dreams. It went exceptionally well. We are here nine years and we never saw the likes of it.“I wasn’t here at the time of the Bodyke evictions stone, which President Hillary unveiled, but the people are saying the gathering at that wasn’t half of what we had here,” according to Susan McMahon of the organising committee.Chairperson of the Bodyke Gathering Committee, Colm Wiley said, “There was up to 1,000 people in Bodyke over the weekend. We had a great turnout.”Ms McMahon said among the highlights were the sporting events organised on Sunday at the GAA field. She described the response as “phenomenal”.The event’s launch …

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Tourism group opposes water extraction

MEMBERS of East Clare Tourism signalled their strong opposition to plans for the extraction of water from Lough Derg at their recently held annual general meeting. Members voted unanimously to oppose the move.“The members strongly believe this would be detrimental to tourism in the Lough Derg area,” a spokesperson for the group said. It was also agreed that appropriate representations to Government on the matter will be undertaken over the coming months.The meeting also discussed the recent visit of Bobby Kerr, formerly of Dragon’s Den, and a film crew to Tuamgraney as part of a forthcoming television programme.The crew and Mr Kerr were brought to Reddan’s Quay, Tuamgraney by yacht and then on to East Clare Heritage tourist information point, where they were given a lecture on Brian Boru and the history of the Lough Derg area.Footage from the visit is due to form part of a television programme on the Lough Derg area that Mr Kerr will be presenting …

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Pride of Place nomination for Mountshannon group

MOUNTSHANNON Community Council has been nominated by Clare County Council to represent Clare in the 2013 IPB Pride of Place Competition.The East Clare village has been selected as one of three nominees to represent the county at the annual all-island competition, which is run by Co-operation Ireland in conjunction with local authorities north and south of the border.The competition aims to recognise and celebrate the vital contributions that communities make to society.Clare was represented in last year’s Pride of Place by the Clare Sports Partnership and Cuimhneamh and Chláir.“In Clare we have a wealth of community focused groups and projects that provide services in keeping with the aims and objectives of Pride of Place. This year, we are delighted to nominate three local projects which we feel have in their own way contributed immeasurably to their respective communities,” Nicola Cullinan, Clare Pride of Place co-ordinator, said.Mountshannon Community Council is participating in Category 1 for population centres of up to 200 …

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