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President helps mark co-op’s anniversary

PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins attended the East Clare Co-op in Scariff on Thursday to officially mark the 25th birthday of the co-operative. Quoting the United Nations secretary general, Ban-Ki-Moon, the President stressed to the large gathering, “Co-operatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility”.The co-op was founded in September 1987 as the Coleen Bridge Co-operative with the aim of creating a Steiner-based primary school, which is now an independent initiative and is joined by a secondary school and a preschool.  A few years later, in 1991,  long before others around the country, the East Clare Community Co-operative established itself as an independent co-operative with a focus on training, local capacity building and enterprise support for environmentally sustainable social and business initiatives. In his address, President Higgins commended the board and members for developing and attracting a range of services to Scariff through the creation of this co-operative.“Today, you …

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Green light for old schoolhouse works

THE old schoolhouse at O’Callaghan’s Mills has been a landmark in the community since it was built in 1848 and plans are currently underway to renovate the building so its legacy of benefiting the local youth may continue.

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The sky’s the limit in Mountshannon

KEEP your eyes on the skies this September as plans are no longer up in the air for a new festival over Lough Derg, as arrangements to showcase Mountshannon’s first air show are currently being firmed up. The proposal for an air show was the brainchild of Rose Curtis of Harbour Flights, the seaplane operation based in Mountshannon and her concept was to develop a festival around an air show as a way to give something back to the local communities. Likening it to the Riverfest Festival in Limerick City, Rose believes there is no reason why such a festival on the shores of Lough Derg would not be as successful if not more.Speaking to The Clare Champion Rose said, “We are hoping to run the air show on Sunday, September 9 from 2.30pm to 5.30pm and are looking for some support from the local community councils to help make it an enjoyable weekend. Harbour Flights, in conjunction with Fáilte …

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Five in the running for Tuamgraney’s mayoral chain

IT could be said that in some instances the vote on Ireland’s Referendum on the Stability Treaty this Thursday took second place in a certain part of East Clare this week as the race hotted up for the election of Tuamgraney’s first mayor.Indications are that it will be a very tight contest and it’s anyone’s guess who will be the first recipient of the chain of office at the concluding event of the festival in Hassett’s Pub on Sunday night next.The mayoral election is the centre piece of Tuamgraney’s first ever Community Weekend, which is aimed at putting Tuamgraney on the map as a festival venue. It is hoped to attract big numbers of visitors to the area over the bank holiday weekend, especially natives who are living in different counties and countries. The emphasis will be on community involvement and community entertainment over the weekend.It starts with a golf competition in the East Clare Golf Club, Bodyke on Saturday …

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Eagles have flown the coop

THE pair of White Tailed Sea Eagles that were nesting in Mountshannon  will not be growing in numbers just yet, as the eagles have flown the nest where they were believed to be nurturing eggs.

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