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In search of volunteers who dig archaeology

ASPIRING archaeologists have the chance to take part in a dig at a Mesolithic site in Fanore next month as part of the Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers (BCV) programme. As part of the BCV programme, members of the public are invited to join with others and become a volunteer heritage worker. “You will get to assist in an extremely important Mesolithic site excavation, the first of its kind to be excavated in County Clare and can do so for free. All you need is enthusiasm for the Burren and commitment to the project.” The BCV is seeking volunteers for a minimum week-long commitment to assist qualified archaeologists with excavating, stripping, sieving, site drawings and closing of an important Mesolithic Site.The dig begins on April 16 and continues every Monday to Friday for a five-week period until May 18. Anyone hoping to attend should wear full wet gear, warm clothes, hiking boots or steel capped boots if possible, gardening gloves, and bring …

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Cloughleigh teens take action for their community

A NEW group has been helping young people in Cloughleigh to develop their talents for the betterment of their local community. The junior youth group has just recently started in the area and is aimed at young people aged 11 to 14. Already, they have organised a litter clean-up, with plans for even more action in the  future.

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Hailing the unsung heroes

Ennis’ unsung heroes will next week be deservedly recognised for their good work in the parish when they are presented with People of the Year awards.The annual awards presentation will take place on Thursday, March 8, in the Old Ground Hotel with five local people receiving a People of the Year award from Bishop Kieran O’Reilly. A special merit award will also be presented.This year’s recipients will be Donal Griffin, Lahinch Road; Katie Drennan, Claureen; Patrick Murphy, Circular Road; Carmel O’Grady, Childers Road and Joe Martin Tulla Road. Receiving the special merit award will be Canon Pat Taaffe.According to Fr Tom Hogan of Ennis Parish, “Many people are working in a voluntary capacity, often unnoticed, giving of their time and energy in the service of others and enriching our community. A number of years ago the Pastoral Council decided to acknowledge their contributions and awards have been presented to worthy participants since.”The evening will begin with a slide show presentation …

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Hairdresser goes for ‘The Gloria’

AFTER shaving the heads of more than 100 people as they raised money for charity over the years, Ennis hairdresser Gloria Greer decided to ‘go for the chop’ herself.The well-known stylist from Twin Blades had 26 inches of her long blond hair shorn from her head while cheered on by plenty of supporters at the Front Bar on Sunday. Her new hairstyle has even become known as ‘The Gloria’ on the streets of Ennis.She wasn’t the only one to lose some hair for Barnardos, with volunteers also having their legs waxed in Gerz Place on the same day.Gloria said her flowing locks were important but that raising money to support the children’s charity, a favourite cause of her late mother, was even more so.“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but I never had the guts, until now. People also dye their hair for charity but it would have been a cop out for me because it would be too …

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