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Free talks to inform parents on teen issues

FOR the second year running, the North West Clare Family Resource Centre will be holding a series of free information talks aimed at parents and guardians of teens and pre-teens.The series will cover a broad range of issues to help parents gain better skills and understanding of such topics as teen use of drugs and alcohol, teen mental health, how to help teens make positive choices and cyber bullying.All talks will be held twice, in the daytime and in the evening, and admission is free. The talks will be held at the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon and are open to the public.The series begins with a morning session on Thursday, September 20 at 11am on the theme of Teen Mental Health. Sarah Simkin and Paul Tannian of the Jigsaw Project, Galway will talk about youth mental health and well-being and what parents need to know to support their children during the teenage years. The talk will be repeated on Wednesday, October …

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Tastings and talks for Organic Week

NATIONAL Organic Week began on Monday and two North Clare businesses are taking part. The Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre and St Tola Farm are both taking part in the week, which is coordinated by Bord Bia.Inagh Farmhouse Cheese is holding an open day on Friday, when members of the public are invited to come and visit goats and sample the full range of organic goats cheeses made at the farm in Inagh.National Organic Week has been held annually since 2005. It is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. National Organic Week 2012 aims to continue to raise consumer awareness of the benefits of organic produce and increase the frequency of consumption of locally produced organic food.St Tola Organic Goats recently won awards for their organic cheeses and have expanded their product lines. In May of this year, the St Tola Log won a prize in the Premio Roma Awards in Italy.“We are delighted with these awards …

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Bike racing through Aillwee Cave

LAST year, more than 150 adventure racers took part in the inaugural two-day Caveman Race at Aillwee Cave. The demanding event consisted of two mountain running and two mountain biking stages, which saw participants race through the actual caves’ tunnels. The fast growing event, now in its second year, will take place over the weekend of October 13-14.

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