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President joins in birthday celebrations

  ***The year in review*** There was much to celebrate in East Clare this year with not only two Scariff-based organisations reaching milestone birthdays but also with the visit of President Michael D Higgins to mark these occasions. The Irish Seed Savers’ Association (ISSA) in Scariff celebrated its 21st birthday this year and was delighted to welcome President Higgins and his wife Sabine to open their new seed bank facility – the first gene bank of its kind in the country, in June. Speaking at the time, director of the ISSA and former CEO of Greenpeace Ireland, Claire O’Grady Walsh commented, “What a hopeful thing to do to open a bank in 2012 – a proper bank – a seed bank and what an honour to have a poet and a dreamer as our President”.When officially opening the ISSA’s new seed bank, President Higgins remarked, “Your work is important as it is regrettably rare in this country, with the numbers …

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Lough Graney’s Titanic survivor remembered

  ***The year in review*** AS this year marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the Lough Graney community came out in force to remember one of their own who was caught up in the disaster. Mary Agatha Glynn, aged 19, was one of the first steerage passengers to survive Titanic and a very special tribute was paid to her in April.  Lough Graney was where the young East Clare woman learned to row a boat and on April 15, 1912, Mary Agatha Glynn had to use this skill to row herself and the passengers on lifeboat 13 to safety.The event attracted upwards of 300 people. In preparation for this occasion, members of the organising committee tracked down Mary Agatha Glynn’s husband’s niece, Peggy who lived near them in Washington over a 10-year period. Peggy, who now lives in Kerry, lived beside Mary and her family for some time and she explained that they had a summer …

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To hell and back for a good cause

Daring volunteers will be going to hell and back as they fundraise to maintain counselling services at East Clare Community Co-op and they are calling on others to get involved in the challenge. A group of six brave East Clare people will take on Hell and Back Ireland’s toughest 10km challenge, which was specially designed and tested by an ex-member of the Elite Army Ranger Wing. The group will push their way through a river, struggle through a mud avalanche, wade through a swamp, crawl through barbed wire, scale walls and battle an obstacle course on the grounds of Killruddery Estate, Bray, County Wicklow, in the new year. The initiative has come about following a threefold increase in the numbers using the counselling service at the Scariff-based East Clare Community Co-op, in the past year. The increase has come at a time when the grant aid supporting the provision of the service has been cut and so to avoid having …

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Farewell to the late, great Robbie McMahon

Family, neighbours, friends, musicians and fans of the late, great Robbie McMahon came through the Cross of Spancilhill this past week to pay their respects to the legendary singer and songwriter. Funeral mass was held for Robbie on Sunday last at Clooney Church, with burial afterwards in Kilraghtis Cemetery, Barefield parish.It was with great sadness that the East Clare Community learned of his passing on December 13. A Spancilhill man through and through, Robbie was an institution in his local community and was held in high esteem across the county and further afield, as was evident from the massive attendance at his funeral over the weekend. His funeral mass was celebrated by Fr Michael Collins PP Clooney Quin, Fr Micháel McInerney AP, Fr John Hogan, Fr Joe McMahon, Fr Dan Spaight and Fr Paddy Conway. The first reading was read by Labhrás Ó Murchú, the director-general of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, while Mr McMahon’s daughter, Dympna, read the second reading. During …

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Burke calls for changes to house numbers

There are three too many houses at 1 Main Street, Whitegate, a meeting of the Killaloe Electoral Area councillors has heard. According to Councillor Pat Burke, there are four No. 1 houses on Main Street, Whitegate, and following the need for emergency services recently at another house, of which there are three houses with the same address, he decided to raise the issue.Councillor Burke called on Clare County Council to name and provide signage for the two local authority estates in Whitegate village. The proposed names are Cregg View Road for the older estate and Lakyle Park for the newer estate.He explained that an ­ambulance attended the wrong house recently, as there were three such addresses in Whitegate and he said there was nothing to distinguish the houses between each other for the emergency services.“While the postmen do ­generally know where people live, we need something to establish which estates are which. “It appears that addresses were never sorted out, …

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