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Terri delves into Tulla’s history

WHEN East Clare resident Terri Shoosmith left school, she never thought she would pursue an academic career in history, let alone Irish history but today she finds herself in the midst of a PhD, looking at settlement and change in the barony of Tulla prior to the Famine.Terri, originally from Brighton in the UK, lives in Faha just north of Killanena. She readily admits when she left school, she did so with an F in history.“I hated the subject with a passion. This was in England, of course and they wanted to teach us colonialism, imperialism and the industrial revolution and I slept through 10 years of history and came up with an F. I had no intention of going into it. I did love history, in that I was very interested in the past how people used to live but I wanted to know things like what did they eat for their dinner, how did they tell the time, …

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Counselling service receives grant

CHRISTMAS and the new year can be a difficult time for bereaved families, the loss feeling more acute as families come together at this time. Seeking help can seem daunting and sometimes difficult to access but in East Clare help is at hand with the launch of a new counselling service.After extensive re-structuring, the counselling service run by East Clare Community Co-op will re-commence this month.The service was initially set up for families in need in the area to provide bereavement and separation counselling but following a re-examination of the service, it has now been re-structured and includes a wider panel of counsellors, who specialise in children’s issues, mental health, sexual and addiction issues.The Family Support Agency has provided East Clare Community Co-op with a grant for bereavement and separation counselling and donations from the public for books in the reception in the co-op will provide the funds for other forms of counselling.The service is confidential and will take place …

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Recalling the War of Independence

PLANS are at an advanced stage to mark the 90th anniversary of the Glenwood ambush, which took place in Belvoir, Kilkishen on January 20, 1921. The site is one of the entrances to the Glenwood estate and work is progressing well on restoring the stone walls and piers at this entrance.

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Siobhán scoops top awards at Cork writers’ week

A PLAY written by Mountshannon native Siobhán Donnellan has scooped not one but three prestigious awards at Cork’s Arts Theatre Writers’ Week.Her one-act play Chasing Butterflies won the best director award for Aoife Connolly, best female actor award for Siobhán Donnellan and best male actor award for Martin Maguire as well as a nomination for best male actor for Fiachra Ó Dubhghaill.The awards were announced on Saturday on the final night of writers’ week. The play debuted at the festival but Siobhán is hopeful that they will be able to stage Chasing Butterflies in Clare as well as other parts of the country.“I’m absolutely thrilled, I didn’t have a clue we would win, I was thrilled just to get on the shortlist. I only found out during the week that there were production and performance awards as well as the writer’s award. Just to get to perform on stage was fantastic, winning the awards was an added bonus,” the 33-year-old …

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Gritty reaction of councillors to lack of winter resources

EAST Clare County councillors are up in arms over the lack of resources to ensure all regional roads are salted or gritted during extreme cold weather.Confusion over the availability of an extra €100,000 to grit regional roads throughout East Clare prompted criticism from Councillor Pat Hayes at a Killaloe Electoral Area meeting last week.Councillor Hayes expressed his frustration with the lack of a commitment from Clare County Council to grit all the regional roads in East Clare to prevent a repeat of having roads impassable, which occurred last Christmas during periods of sub-zero temperatures, hard frost and snow.The Killanena councillor has now pledged to raise this issue again at the next county council meeting after expressing his disappointment over the lack of information concerning the number of regional roads that are included in the local authority’s Winter Maintenance Programme.The Fianna Fáil councillor said he had received a commitment that an extra €100,000 for regional roads would be spent on the …

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