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Seed Savers’ sales grow by 20%

Sales of vegetable seeds at a registered charity organisation in Scariff have grown by an impressive 20% in the last year, thanks to the recession.Chrys Gardener of Irish Seed Savers’ Association said the amount of vegetable seeds sold at their centre have jumped by 20% from January to July this year, compared to the same period last year. The group estimate that 10,000 packets of seeds are sold on an annual basis. Ms Gardener has noticed that there is now a lot more interest shown by people in starting their own vegetable patch in their back garden.The increased interest in gardening was reflected by the attendance at the first tour of six private gardens in East Clare last Saturday. The garden tour attracted 211 visits in total, ranging between 30 and 43 for each garden and some green-fingered enthusiasts also attended more than one garden.According to Ms Gardener, the feedback from the event was extremely positive, with participants commenting on …

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Countdown begins to Scariff Show

The annual Scariff Show takes place on Saturday, September 3, at the Scariff Show Grounds. There is something for everyone at the event, with a range of horse classes, from Best Irish Draught-type Mare to the Yearling Filly All-Ireland Championship, pony classes, showjumping, a sheep section and a dog section. The Scariff Show doesn’t just cater for farmers and horse breeders, as there will be a range of contests across a range of disciplines including the best in home baking, arts and crafts, roots and vegetables, flowers and amateur photography. Children will be well entertained, with special competitions, amusements, vintage machinery and much more.The show’s charity partner on the day is the Irish Wheelchair Association and the focus will be on their big fundraising event this year. The show will also be welcoming many crafts makers to this year’s event in the designated Year of Craft. It is a sad occasion too this year as the show says goodbye to …

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Whitegate crossing must be made safer

A child could be injured crossing the road in Whitegate because of the lack of a proper pedestrian crossing, it has been claimed.Councillor Pat Burke asked Clare County Council to provide a solution to make the pedestrian crossing at the entrance to the GAA field at Whitegate much safer.Following recent resurfacing of the regional road, Councillor Burke told a recent Killaloe Electoral Area meeting that some vehicles are now being driven at excessive speeds, while local children thought they had a right to cross at this location.He warned that tourists and visitors are not aware of this crossing. “I am looking for a better solution at this location,” he said.Mayor of Clare, Councillor Pat Hayes, he said this problem was on the agenda for the last 10 or 12 years and noted this was the only facility where local children could cross.Councillor Hayes agreed a better solution needed to be implemented by the council.Electoral Area chairman, Councillor Joe Cooney, who …

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Electric Picnic appearance from CELT group

The East Clare-based Centre for ­Environmental Living and Training (CELT) will be participating in a wide variety of events over the coming months, culminating in an appearance at the Electric Picnic in Stradbally next month. Their programme of events begins with a Heritage Day at Scariff Community Garden this Saturday, where CELT will hold a variety of free workshops and demonstrations from 12 noon to 4pm. Among the items to be covered will be crochet, knitting, spinning, natural dyeing and felting techniques. Those in attendance are invited to bring along their own projects and join in. There will also be a herblore walk and talk with Kes Clarke. Also as part of Heritage Week, CELT will be at The Log Cabin, Ballyduff Upper, County Waterford, on Sunday for further workshops and demonstrations in wet felting, leatherwork, bread-baking, basket weaving and sugan chair making. They will also be continue to run courses in plant magic, managing a small-holding with emphasis on …

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Flooding fear for Tulla residents

Residents in Tulla are becoming increasingly concerned their houses could suffer from a reoccurrence of serious flooding during heavy rainfall, a local councillor has warned.Councillor Joe Cooney said a plan to prevent flooding at the Pound Cross in Tulla was prepared by Clare County Council a few years ago. However, in spite of regular representations from county councillors, Councillor Cooney claimed that no major developments had taken place to improve the situation because of a lack of funding since then.The Killaloe Electoral Area chairman claimed that there was extra water coming from a local road into Pound Cross, which was causing a lot of concern in the locality because of the lack of adequate drainage capacity.Having highlighted the importance of securing funding over a year ago, he said that this issue needed to be resolved to allay locals’ fears of a repeat of flooding, which had taken place in recent years.Describing this problem as an “ongoing issue”, Councillor Hayes claimed …

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Walkway returns after 20 years

After 20 years of neglect, a scenic river walkway has re-emerged from the overgrown wilderness and has been transformed through a Quin Tidy Towns initiative. Cormac McGuinness, who has been involved in the project, has explained how the initiative has revived the riverbank and the addition of a stone bench feature, being dubbed “the seat of serenity” has really helped improve the area. The Tidy Towns committee, made up of 19 volunteers from the Quin community, took on the task of opening up a small stretch of the riverbank adjacent to Marlborough Cottage. The project included tidying up the area around a derelict cottage and the planting of new hedges and flowers. “Twenty years ago FÁS put in a riverside walk and put down gravel around this area. It fell into neglect and fell overgrown and no one really went down there. We decided, as one of our projects for the community, we would open up that stretch of bank,” …

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