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Fowl play evident at Ennis Street Festival

THE people of Ennis went ‘quackers’ for family fun at the weekend as part of the annual Ennis Street Festival. The ever-popular duck race on Sunday proved a big draw with 300 duckies launched down the river Fergus. The winning duck on the day was owned by Ronan Daly from the eMobile Meteor Shop.It wasn’t just the fowl play that attracted the crowds with a host of colourful events taking place throughout the town all weekend. Everything from acrobatics to art, theatre to puppet shows was on show in Ennis. Ana Bela Alvarez of the festival organising committee explained, “The theme for this year’s festival was commitment, celebrating our commitment to our community and its fantastic diversity of arts and culture. This was certainly achieved. Every year, this festival brings all the local community out onto the streets of the town together to celebrate the many cultures and artistic ways that make Ennis such a special place.”She described this year’s …

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A perfect portrait of family history

Behind an old photograph of three women in their finery is a familiar story. A long way from their North Clare home emigrant sisters line up for a picture together in New York.Theresa, Eileen and Susan Hanrahan pose for a photograph in New York City. It is April 17, 1914, the day Eileen arrived aboard the Lusitania. Just over a year later the RMS Lusitania was torpedoed by the German army, sinking in less than 20 minutes and bringing with it 1,200 people. As the young women smile for the photographer the war has not yet started, the world is at peace and the girls from Ballybeg, Inagh have things to do. “Theresa and Susan met Eileen upon her arrival. They went to Theresa’s home in the South Bronx, and almost immediately walked to a nearby photographic studio on Willis Avenue. The three sisters are wearing their best clothes, and the photo was obviously important to them as the cost …

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Clarecastle urged to row in behind regatta

  FOLLOWING the “tremendous success” of last year’s Clarecastle Regatta, organisers are optimistic that people from all over the county will once again row behind the event by coming out to enjoy the fun.The 2012 Clarecastle Regatta takes place on Saturday, July 14 at the quayside, starting at 1.30pm. This is the third regatta to take place since 2010 following an initiative by the Clarecastle GAA to revive the regatta after a lapse of many years. “This year’s event has a huge variety of attractions and if we are lucky enough to be blessed with similar weather to last year, it promises to be a great family day out,” said Veronica Talty, secretary of the regatta committee.All proceeds from this year’s events will go to three worthy causes: Sr Mary Barry’s Mission in Kenya, the local branch of the St Vincent de Paul and the Clarecastle Development Committee Playground Fund. Entry to the quayside is free, however, there will be …

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Businesses urged to use the cúpla focal

  ENNIS could become a bilingual town by 2018, according to the organisers of a project aimed at promoting local businesses to use the cúpla focal in a bid to increase business and tourism in the town.Inis Dom!, funded by Foras na Gaeilge, is being undertaken by Chláir as Gaeilge and already the response from businesses has been “phenomenal”. According to Domhnall Ó Loingsigh of Conradh na Gaeilge Inis, “We have a five-year plan to make Ennis a bilingual town and we think we can do this by 2018. Our message is, let’s do this and get everybody behind this.”The Inis Dom! project was first launched late last year but this week sees efforts step up a gear. A survey has been sent out to businesses throughout the town to ascertain the amount of interest in achieving bilingual status as well as to find out the level of Irish speaking that is currently out there. Bainisteoir Brónagh Ní Choitir has …

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