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Doolin ready to get its round in

Munich attracts hundreds of thousands of people annually to its OktoberFest. Now the North Clare village of Doolin is hoping to imitate the German success by hosting its own Craft Beer Festival. The festival, which will take place in August, was announced on Monday at the launch of Ireland’s newest domestically brewed beer. Actors who play the bar staff at Fair City’s fictional McCoy’s Pub and Station Bar were on hand to launch the festival and Dooliner Beer, an Irish red ale which master brewer Cuilan Loughnane has brewed by special request for Fitzpatrick’s Bar at Hotel Doolin. Dooliner Beer also is available at the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point, Hotel Doolin’s sister property.According to hotelier John Burke “the event will showcase the best of Irish Craft Beers, featuring 15 different beers from the best micro-breweries in Ireland”.“Independent craft beers are becoming increasingly popular in Ireland and we have partnered with a company who have run this event successfully in …

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Scythe of relief for national title-winner

  WITH the county having tasted fleeting sporting success in recent years, Clare has finally been given reason for celebration, with Tom Kennedy finding victory at the end of a scythe. Having entered the All-Ireland Scythe Championships on numerous occasions over the last decade, this year he has reigned victorious, pipping close competitors such as fellow Clareman Gerry Mullins to the crown.The championships, part of the Trim Haymaking Festival in Scurlogstown County Meath, have aimed to revive the old traditions, sports and way of life of the country. There has been quite a significant Clare influence over the years, with Tulla man, Michael O’Brien, having broken the world record for sheaf throwing in 2009. In terms of scythe cutting, each competitor is handed a plot to cut. With just seven minutes on the clock, their challenge is to have their plot as evenly cut as possible.“It’s a great honour,” Tom claimed. “It’s great to carry on the tradition of cutting. …

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