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Piping the sounds of music into Tulla village

MUSIC will be piping around the streets of Tulla on October 5 and 6 as the village prepares to host The Tulla Pipe Band and friends for a music festival with a difference. Originally scheduled to take place on September 28, The Pipe Fest was rescheduled to ensure nobody missed their opportunity to get to the All-Ireland final replay. Organised by The Tulla Pipe Band, the festival was trialled last year with low-key events and it was decided to roll it out as a fully fledged festival this year. It will not only celebrate local pipe music but other pipe bands will also participate and will encompass Irish dancing and traditional music. The weekend will commence with The Tulla Pipe Band and guests, The Thomas McDonagh Pipe Band and members of Ceoltóirí na Sionainne in St Joseph’s Secondary School on the Saturday at 8.30pm. Part of the proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Grainne Murphy Memorial Weekend …

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Mountshannon takes gold in Tidy Towns

EAST Clare has fared out very well at this year’s Tidy Towns competition, with gold and bronze medals going to Mountshannon and Tuamgraney respectively, while Tulla received the endeavour award for the county. Mountshannon was awarded gold in category A of the Tidy Towns competition with 311 points, just five points shy of the national winners Moynalty, County Meath. Indeed its potential for national success was something that was pointed out by the Mountshannon’s tidy town’s adjudicator. “If you sustain your current enthusiasm and commitment and attend to the relatively few remaining issues for attention Mountshannon has the potential to again secure the top prize,” the adjudicator commented. Mountshannon also received a highly commended in the county awards. Another East Clare village celebrating this week is Tuamgraney, having taken a bronze medal in category B with 304 points, seven points more than their 2012 effort. Their potential for national success was also noted in their tidy towns report. “If you sustain …

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Travelling in a new direction

  A NEW traffic plan will be implemented in Scariff from next Tuesday and motorists are being advised to be mindful of the changes, which will see a one-way system introduced on Main Street and Jones’ Road. Motorists will now only be able to travel one way in a northbound direction on Main Street from Scariff Bridge to the Market House and one way in a southbound direction on Jones’ Road from the green to the ambulance station. Other roads are to remain the same. The traffic management plan is to facilitate additional car parking in the town, at the Main Street and the town square. Senior executive engineer for the Killaloe Electoral Area, Hugh McGrath said, weather permitting, it is expected to unveil signage and lay new road markings next Tuesday and begin the plan that afternoon. In addition to the one-way systems, he outlined a new parking arrangement will be put in place. “There will be a restriction …

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