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St Patrick’s Day hailed as best yet

Organisers have hailed this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Gort as the best held in the town in years.“The parade’s theme Our Local Heritage captured the imagination of the participants, both on foot and on floats. There were more floats than usual and the event attracted a very large attendance. Many community organisations and businesses availed of the parade to promote their events and services,” explained Padraic Giblin, from the parade’s organising committee.

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Novel approach to auctioneering

A SOUTH Galway auctioneer is following in the footsteps of one of Australia’s most successful estate agents by holding “for the first time ever in Ireland” a public auction in the front garden of the property on sale. Colm Farrell is selling 19 The Maples, Glenbrack, Gort on behalf of its owners, John and Maureen Walsh.Both widowed, John and Maureen met in Italy in 2006. They married and moved to Gort. Maureen’s family live in Meath and Dublin and the long drive and constant bag packing no longer make sense. Late last year they decided to move. They put their detached property in Glenbrack on the market and quickly found an apartment in Trim. With the deposit down, they waited for their property to move. They are still waiting.“It was John’s suggestion to relocate up in Meath. We are not getting younger and we are so much time up and down so we decided we would go for an apartment …

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Showing solidarity on the roads of Kinvara

THE Seamount College community will take to the roads around Kinvara next week in an effort to highlight the daily experience of women and girls in the developing world.On March 22, International World Water Day, the pupils and teachers, male and female, will take part in a 6km walk around Kinvara carrying water. The event will show solidarity with their peers in Kenya, where a young girl travels the average daily distance of 6km by foot, carrying up to 20 litres of water on the journey. As a result of the time it takes to collect water, many girls are unable to remain in education and without education, find themselves caught in a cycle of poverty.International World Water Day is held annually to focus attention on the importance of fresh water and advocating the sustainable management of fresh water resources.“It is a time to focus public attention on critical water issues, such as the fact that 6,000 children die every …

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Brotherly love prompts Craig’s close shave

Fifteen-year-old Craig McGill has raised €700 for the Irish Cancer Society but he is hoping to make it to the €1,000 mark within the next two weeks. From his mother’s café in the Market Hall, the Gort teenager made the short walk next door to Gruaig Deas on Saturday. His reflection in the window of the salon showed a young man, tall, taller than his mother, sporting medium-length dark blonde hair. A short time later he re-emerged beaming, and undoubtedly bald, from the salon. The fourth-year Gort Community School student had his head shaved as part of the nationwide Today FM Shave or Dye campaign. “A lot of people were shocked that it was all gone,” Craig told The Clare Champion. “Two other people in school did it and they got a number one or zero, which is very short. But when I got it done, I got rid of it all,” he explained. Like everyone else, Craig sometimes gets …

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