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Launch date for book mapping Lough Derg by road and water

LOUGH Derg and its Islands: A Voyage of Discovery by Road and by Water, is the latest publication by East Clare historian Gerard Madden and Tipperary man Shane Creamer. The book will be launched this Saturday at 8.30pm in the Mountshannon Hotel by Éanna Rowe of Waterways Ireland and contains the only map of Lough Derg showing all the access points to the lake by road. According to Gerard, to map out the whole lake to travel around it by road, you would need to buy three separate Ordinance Survey maps. “This is the first time where you have one map of Lough Derg showing all the access routes to the lake,” he said. It is also a great angling resource, as it names all of the known spots around the lake. The authors have also seen to it to name 376 of the islands on Lough Derg. To date, the Ordinance Survey Discovery Series only provides names for 113 …

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Items from the Claremen and the First World War exhibition at Clare Museum as featured in the new booklet The Great War 1914-1918 – The Clare War Dead WWI. Included are black and white photographs of officers and NCOs of C Company, an officer’s whistle a British War medal and photograph of S/Lt Patrick Doherty.

Remembering Clare’s war dead

AS the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War approaches, a booklet commemorating those with Clare roots who lost their lives in the Great War has been created. The booklet, ‘The Great War 1914-1918 – The Clare War Dead WWI’ will be officially launched at the Ennis Book Club Festival. And it is hoped that the booklet will raise awareness, and assist plans, for the establishment of a memorial in the Friars Walk area of Ennis honouring Clare’s war dead. The publication, prepared by Ger Browne in association with the Clare Roots Society is now available but will be officially be launched during the Ennis Book Club Festival on the Saturday, March 9 at 2.30pm in St Columba’s Church. John Bradley of Clare Roots Society explained, “This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and with it comes four years of commemorations. The official commemorations will begin in Sarajevo with a …

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Heritage group celebrates 21 years

East Clare Heritage celebrates its 21st year this year and preparations are currently underway to mark the occasion as the Tuamgraney-based organisation opens for the new tourist season. The centre is located at St Cronan’s Church, which is the oldest church in continuous use in Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, having been built prior to 964 AD. The church’s doorway, through which High King of Ireland, Brian Boru, entered over 1,000 years ago, is still intact. East Clare Heritage was formed in 1989 as a not-for-profit voluntary group, with the primary objective of protecting, promoting and ultimately creating access to the vast heritage of East Clare. In 1991, the then President of Ireland, Mary Robinson opened the East Clare Heritage Centre at St Cronán’s Church. The East Clare Heritage is a voluntary and community-based company dedicated to giving a future to our past. The company was formed in 1989 and within three years it had refurbished the 10th century church, …

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Peninsula pays homage to the Yellow Men

NOBODY in Kilbaha or Cross knows for certain when it happened. They are not even sure how many dead sailors are buried by the road side in Kilclogher, Kilbaha. Some say the Yellow Men drowned in November 1873, while others believe that between nine and 11 men perished in the early part of the 1800s. The wretched story of the doomed sailors has been part of the peninsula’s oral tradition for almost 140 years and perhaps another 60 could be added to that if an exact date could be determined. The midsummer Kilclogher vista doesn’t divulge or even hint at how enraged and inescapably deadly the glistening mouth of the River Shannon can turn. Ringed by narrow roads where the grass flourishes in the middle, Kerry Head and Loop Head are simultaneously visible, a mere 11 miles dividing them. Peer steadily and the Brandon Mountains in Kerry shimmer into view, while Kilbaha Bay is a short spin west, over land …

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Tourism experts to visit East Clare as part of national conference

As part of the 21st National Tourism Conference, held annually in Ennistymon, delegates attending the conference will visit East Clare as part of an organised trip showcasing the county’s tourist destinations. This conference will see tourism industry officials and members of local authorities, County Enterprise Boards, partnerships, and all public and private bodies involved in the promotion of tourism in Ireland, descend on the county this week. This is the first time East Clare has been chosen as a visiting destination for the tourism conference delegates and Lorna Moloney, vice-chairperson of East Clare Heritage, explained that it was extremely positive for the region to have the delegation visit the scenic area. It is understood that the delegation will visit the East Clare Heritage offices at St Cronan’s Church in Tuamgraney this Friday at 10am in advance of the national conference. The delegation will be given a rundown of the operations there, a history of the Westropp Collection and they will …

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