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Pat takes to the water for 40th charity swim

LAHINCH man Pat Conway will complete his 40th Liscannor Bay swim this weekend. This is the 10th year that he has raised funds for the Burren Chernobyl Project (BCP) and to date he has brought in about €50,000 for the North Clare charity.Cormac McCarthy of BCP explains the importance of Pat’s contribution.“This would be one of our top fundraising events each year. The difference this makes is phenomenal over in Belarus. While we still make the shipments of clothes and toys, the money we raise in Ireland and spend over there is really important. We get huge bang for our buck by spending it over there so Pat’s fundraising is extremely important. We are hugely grateful to all our fundraisers but Pat’s would represent one of the major fundraisers we have each year,” he explained.A direct swim from the prom in Lahinch to Liscannor across the bay is approximately 2km but Pat takes a slightly more circuitous route.“No one has …

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Rural Ireland up for discussion

THE future of rural Ireland is the topic for this year’s Merriman Summer School, which opens in Lisdoonvarna next Wednesday.Directed by Broadcasting Authority of Ireland chairman, Bob Collins, this year’s event, which runs until Sunday, August 19, will have the usual mixture of discussions, debates, poetry and music.Thriving at the Crossroads: Rural Ireland in a Globalised World is the theme of the school, which will be addressed by keynote speakers including Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney; Fianna Fáil agriculture spokesman, Éamonn Ó Cuiv; Fine Gael MEP Mairéad McGuinness and Kevin Whelan of the University of Notre Dame.Others to take to the podium throughout the festival will be IFA deputy president Eddie Downey, Carmel Fox of Ballyhoura Development and David Meredith of Teagasc. Meanwhile, the Voice of Rural Ireland in the Media will be discussed by journalist John Waters, RTÉ’s Máiréad Ni Nuadháin and Radio Kerry’s Fiona Stack, among others.A host of sociologists, farmers, geographers, broadcasters and …

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