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Currach project is a success

The Kilkee-based West Clare Currach Club has been spreading its wings of late. In fact, the club has just finished building a currach in St John’s Parish Hall in Ballyvaughan. Given its location, the North Clare village has a maritime tradition dating back centuries.

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River clean-up in Ennistymon

A team of local people got their hands dirty this week when they participated in a clean-up of part of the Cullinagh River, which flows through Ennistymon and is visible from the bridge on the town’s Lahinch Road. According to a spokesperson for the Ennistymon and District Community Organisation (EDCO), the group who organised and undertook the clean-up, the river has the potential to be a significant resource for the town, but, because of its condition, it has been under-utilised for a number of years.

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Stars come out in force for Burren party

A FORMER NASA scientist will be among those keeping a close eye on the skies over north Clare this weekend. Over the years, Ireland’s premier astronomy gathering has been the Whirlpool Star Party, which was usually held in Offaly, but this year the venue will be Clare and it has been renamed the Burren Starparty.The event is organised by the Shannonside Astronomy Club, in conjunction with Shannon Development, and takes place this Saturday. It is set to be a one-day and one night astronomy extravaganza.There will be public astronomical lectures, a telescope workshop and a night sky presentation in preparation for an evening observation session. The Burren is extremely suitable for this, as it has so little light pollution, ensuring some of the darkest skies in Europe.The location for the event will be the Burren Coast Hotel in Ballyvaughan and it will be split into two sections; morning/afternoon and evening/night time. Weather permitting, night-time viewing will be based at the …

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