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Naomi’s Electric Messenger

TALENTED Ennis artist Naomi Higgins has created a unique sculpture made out of old tyres for the annual Electric Picnic music festival in County Laois next weekend.The 11ft x 9ft Gaia’s Messenger weighs almost a tonne and has a wingspan of 15.5ft. It was made from 97 old inner tyre tubes on a base of salvaged steel and wire mesh. Naomi was commissioned by Bin Your Empties recycling company to submit a work made from recycled materials for the festival.She explained that the title comes from the Wiccan belief that the Earth is an intelligent, conscious, living organism, named Gaia, after the Greek goddess, who they believed created the universe. Naomi said she considers it to be an angel, which motivates people to think and care about the Earth. “The inspiration for the piece came from a news item regarding the burying of tyres and their subsequent damage to the environment. This led me to think about how the Earth …

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Window in Time from Paddy

A FORMER member of the production staff of The Clare Champion, Ennis man Paddy Brennan, has compiled a book depicting Clare, Ennis and its people through the generations.A Window in Time – Clare, Ennis and its People Framed Through the Generations includes many fantastic photos, including sports events, school children, street and entertainment scenes dating back many years, as well as genuine heartfelt accounts of local stories covering aspects of local life.Paddy retired from his role as production manager of the newspaper last year, having spent 49 years as an employee. He started work as a 16-year-old as a machine minder, later becoming a compositor, then a lino operator and moved on to the computers when that transition occurred. For the last 15 years of his years in the paper he was production manager. Paddy said he started to collect photographs more than 20 years ago. “I loved photography. I won a camera when I was 14 for running in …

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