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David takes to finals like a fish to water

EIGHT-year-old David Doran represented Peterswell National School in the Connacht Minor Schools’ Swimming Championships recently. The talented youngster competed in the age seven to nine age group of the 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke. He finished 17th in the 50m freestyle, eighth in the 50m backstroke and achieved the qualifying time for the national schools’ final. The Peterswell pupil was delighted to have made the national finals beating his personal best (PB) by four seconds in the process.

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‘No one teaches you how to learn,’ says Cillian

“NO one teaches you how to learn,” according to Cillian Fahy who found fame two years ago when he sold his Leaving Cert notes on online auction site Ebay. Here he speaks to The Clare Champion about his latest project, an internet education service launching next week and pays tribute to his former teachers in Gort Community School.

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Gort at the end of the road for now

***The year in review*** THE continuation of the M18 to Tuam remained an uncertainty in 2012, despite the Government repeating its promise that Gort is not the end of the road.In July, the Government announced its stimulus package, which included the Gort to Tuam motorway and said work on the 57km of motorway, bypassing Clarinbridge, Claregalway and Tuam, would begin in the new year. Land for the project is already purchased and the funding confirmed in July meant, according to the Government, the State was ready to proceed with work on the major piece of infrastructure. Parts of the Government’s heavily hyped Infrastructure Stimulus PPP Programme, were branded as “repackaging” by Clare’s only Opposition TD. Deputy Timmy Dooley noted the familiar ring to some of the projects announced under the programme, including the progression of the Gort to Tuam motorway. The Fianna Fáil TD noted, “there is an element of repackaging in this” but welcomed the fact the Government is …

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Mart still going strong after 50 years

***The year in review*** GORT Mart celebrated its 50th anniversary during 2012. With an annual turnover of about €12 million, Gort Mart is still going strong, despite intense competition from other marts in the region. Unlike a lot of agricultural communities, which have been adversely hit by the closure of local marts, Galway still has a large number of marts including Athenry, Ballinasloe, Tuam, Moutbellew, Headford, Ma’am Cross and Clifden. Almost half of the business for Gort Mart comes from North and East Clare from places like Tubber, Ballyvaughan, Fanore, Ennistymon, Lahinch, Feakle and Flagmount.Gort Mart manager, Gerry Finnerty said the gala dinner held in August was the culmination of a brilliant week of celebration and looked forward to celebrating another 50 years of making a major contribution to the local economy. Seventeen members of the original founding committee of Gort Mart of 1962 were honoured on the night with presentations made to the surviving members, as well as family …

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Lough Cutra Tri under starters orders

Organisers of Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon are expecting in the region of 750 competitors in 2013.Details of next year’s Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon were announced this week. The explosion in popularity of such events saw several hundred competitors take part in the inaugural triathlon at the South Galway estate earlier this year. The 2013 date has now been confirmed for Sunday, May 26 and organisers are confidently expecting a large field based on the comparative growth of the series. The Galway race will be the first in the Markel Castle Triathlon Series that holds similar events in the UK and France. Last year the Lough Cutra event attracted more than 200 competitors. It includes the full Olympic distance plus shorter options meaning first timers and families are particularly well provided for.Local competitor. Jennifer Quinn from Peterswell who, is a member of Galway Triathlon Club, was third Irishwoman over the line. “I think it is fantastic to have a race of …

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Over 41,000 out- patients still waiting for treatment

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has been accused to failing to deliver a significant reduction in the 41,122 out-patients still waiting for treatment at Galway University Hospital.HSE West Forum chairman, Councillor Padraig Conneely is becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress cutting the “horrendous” number of out-patients who are still on waiting lists at University College Hospital, Galway and Merlin Park.However, the HSE insists it has made major inroads into reducing the length of time public patients are waiting for treatment in the two hospitals.The health authority is also conducting a validation exercise for 25,000 patients on the waiting list before the end of the year. This will involve telephoning and sending letters to thousands of patients to see if they still need treatment. Grave concern about the total number of out-patients on waiting lists was expressed by Councillor Conneely at a recent HSE Forum West meeting.The HSE confirmed that 27 patients were waiting for treatment since 2007, 765 …

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