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Death of Paddy Gleeson, 106

Ireland’s oldest man, Paddy Gleeson, died last weekend. The O’Callaghan’s Mills man turned 106 on May 20. Since turning 100, Paddy earned himself six presidential medals and a level of fame not only because of his age but also for his memory, which was extremely clear until his final year.

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Plans underway for Glenwood Ambush commemoration

PLANS are afoot to commemorate a piece of East Clare’s history as the 90th anniversary of the Glenwood Ambush approaches. The ambush took place at Belvoir Kilkishen on January 20, 1921 and so with the passing of 90 years, local man Patsy Neville is organising an event that will see a suitable plaque erected at the site, which is near one of the entrance gates to Glenwood House. It is understood that Patsy’s uncle was present at the ambush and it is hoped that more will be learned about the volunteers that participated in this historic event. The Kilkishen man is proposing to include the names of all the 37 volunteers, who played a part in the ambush and the names of the eight Black and Tans or RIC men who either died or escaped on that fateful day on the plaque. To progress this forward by the January 20 deadline, a meeting is scheduled for Donnellan’s Hall, Kilkishen on …

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Prestigious award nomination for Lakyle school

LAKYLE National School in Whitegate has been nominated for an award for their film on the centenary of their school last year. A section of their documentary on the 100 year history of the school has been nominated for an award at the National FÍS Film Festival, which takes place next Wednesday November 3 at the Helix in Dublin City University. The 40 pupils from the school and their teachers will attend the event. Speaking about the DVD, school principal Mary Flanagan said, “The whole school was involved in making the DVD and we’re all going up to Dublin for the Fís Film Festival. We are all delighted. It was a community project and a local filmmaker Klaus Kappis carried out the filming for us. It started out that it would be just to record the birthday celebrations but then we decided to make a DVD. I asked Klaus would he do it and he was instrumental in the whole …

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