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Gort’s answer to the marathon man

DONAL Walsh is becoming a familiar figure on the roads of South Galway as he tunes up for the Dublin City Marathon, on October 26. Donal who is manager of Rosemount Nursing Home in Gort will be covering the 26.2 mile course to raise money for the Samaritans and he has been in training all year.

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New playground for Kinvara community

CHILDREN in Kinvara were given something to cheer about recently when a new playground was opened on the grounds of St Joseph’s National School in the village.“It has made a huge difference to Kinvara as a whole not just the school. As well as being something fun for the children, it is a great new social point for young parents meeting up with each other while the children are playing,” Dominic Gallagher, principal of St Joseph’s told The Clare Champion.With more than 180 pupils in the school, the playground has certainly been busy since its opening at the end of August.A feature of the playground is that it caters for all ages, with specially designated junior and senior areas. A benefit of the equipment installed in the school is that some of the pieces could also be incorporated into the children’s PE lessons.“It is designed in such a way that it is almost an outdoor gym. There are different circuits …

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Cleaning up with cigarette initiative

NOWHERE in Galway has ever scooped the overall Tidy Towns Award. While Kinvara is not in a position to challenge for the title just yet, a small group of people are already working towards the day when the village will at least take part.Kinvara has not taken part in the national competition since 2002. Two years ago, there was renewed interest.“We had an organisation years ago but that stopped. Then two years ago we started again. One of the main things we do is a litter collection every second Saturday morning for an hour. We started that last year around February or March and it’s going well,” said Maria Hannigan, chairperson of the community council.On their regular clean-ups, the group noticed two recurring problems.“In the course of last year, we identified two areas that were very difficult and we wanted to tackle. One was cigarette butts on the ground outside pubs and the other was litter at bottle banks,” Maria …

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Lady Gregory lives on at Gathering

Dying aged 80 in 1932, Lady Augusta Gregory had greatly influenced Irish literature, theatre and nationalism. So indelible was her mark that for the past 15 years, she has been remembered annually at the Lady Gregory Autumn Gathering at Coole Park. More than just a congregation of academics, the gathering offers something for everyone, according to one of its organisers, Marion Cox, herself a Lady Gregory enthusiast.

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