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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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Different school of thought for Tulla pupils with Living Scenes

Transition-year pupils at St Joseph’s Secondary School in Tulla have recently been introduced to their new adult classmates as they embark on the collaborative Living Scenes programme of learning.Living Scenes offers a different school of thought from the exam-based curriculum to pupils and adults by bringing the two groups together in a reciprocal learning session each week. The project, which was designed by Clarinbridge resident Dr Mary Surlis of NUI Galway, is 12 years in existence, with two schools in Clare, St Flannan’s and St Joseph’s in Tulla, offering the module to transition-year pupils for the past five years. In Tulla, Siobhán O’Sullivan acts as the project co-ordinator, facilitating the group meeting each Thursday from 11am to 1pm at the school, where the two groups come together for a collaborative activity.The Clare Champion paid a visit to St Joseph’s recently, where the group were carrying out an art project. The session began over a cup of tea prepared by the …

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