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Council back bid to host Famine commemoration

CLARE County Council announced on Tuesday it will be proposing Kilrush as a host location for the 2013 National Famine Commemoration, which is due to take place in Munster.The National Famine Commemoration Day, an annual observance in Ireland commemorating the Great Famine, has been organised officially by the Government since 2009. The main commemoration event is held in a different place each year, rotating among the four provinces of Ireland.Events at the main venue usually include lectures, arts events and visits to places connected to the Famine. Local events also take place countrywide, while a minute’s silence is encouraged for schools and workplaces.Clare County Council last month invited local and community organisations, historical societies, local Famine Commemoration Committees, schools and other interested parties to propose a location in Clare to host this event in 2013. Submissions were received from Killaloe/Ballina, Tuamgraney/Scarriff and Kilrush and each was assessed by a specially appointed panel.“While Killaloe/Ballina and Tuamgraney/Scarriff were considered strong contenders by …

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Famine victims to be remembered at Tuamgraney

EAST Clare Heritage has organised a special outdoor Mass at the East Clare Famine Memorial park at Tuamgraney as part of National Famine Commemoration Day this Sunday at 2pm.Fr Brendan Quinlivan will celebrate the Mass. This day of commemoration is especially important to the people of East Clare, as local historian Gerard Madden explained.“The Scariff Workhouse Union, an area of 170 miles2 with a population of 47,984, was declared in July 1839. Its workhouse was built in 1841 and the union comprised of Scariff, Ogonnelloe, Killaloe, Bodyke, Tulla, Feakle, Whitegate, Mountshannon and Woodford. During the winter of 1846/47, the rate of famine burials in Tuamgraney and Moynoe was so great, from the infamous workhouse at Scariff, that the existing graveyards were filled to capacity. In St Cronan’s graveyard, Tuamgraney, hundreds were buried outside the boundary wall, while at Moynoe, sand and gravel was brought from the shore of Scariff bay to cover the corpses,” he said.Mr Madden relayed a contemporary …

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Gathering in Clarecastle for world record attempt

A WORLD record attempt will be held in Clarecastle this Friday at 7.30pm. As part of a major Gathering festival in the village, people are being urged to bring their hurley and ball to Clarecastle GAA pitch, where an attempt to set the world record for the most people controlling a sliotar on a hurley will be made.

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Howard visits US Irish Cultural Centre

Ennis Town Councillor Mary Howard made a big hit with the Phoenix/Ennis Sister City Commission at the Phoenix Irish Cultural and Learning Centre after the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Arizona.The parade had over 70 entries that stretched two miles. The Sonora Band that came up from Mexico was outstanding.  Los San Patricios de Arizona, which is an organisation that supports the more than 150-year-old friendship between the Irish and Mexican people, took first prize with over 20 cowboy (Chorros) horsemen and 14 costumed ladies riding sidesaddle (Escaramusa).  The American flag, led the Los San Patricios entry followed by the flag of Ireland, the flag of Mexico and then the famous Irish St Patrick Battalion flag of the Mexican American War of 1846. The St Patrick’s Battalion Commander, John Riley, was born in Galway and the St Patrick’s Battalion is celebrated annually in Galway, Ireland, Mexico City and now Phoenix, Arizona. They fought valiantly in Mexico over the boundary line …

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The art of life after banking

AN Ennis native who spent over 30 years in a busy banking career has unleashed his free spirit through his natural flair for art.Jerry Cahir, who is 69, grew up in Ennis and he was educated in the Christian Brothers and in St Flannan’s College. After school, he joined the Cadets and after a brief spell based in the Curragh Camp, he went to work with the Munster and Leinster Bank, the forerunner of AIB, in 1961. He worked with the bank in various towns throughout the region over the years eventually becoming manager of AIB in Swinford and later in Roscrea, where he saw out his banking career. Fifteen years ago, Jerry suffered a very serious heart attack. He had a quadruple bypass and subsequently had eight stents inserted. This forced him to retire from his banking career and presented him with opportunities to find other activities to occupy himself. That’s when he found art, or as he says …

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