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On my 100k trek for Guide Dogs Ireland at Lees Road.

100k – nearly there

Well, I have the paws walked off me this month. It’s all down to the Guide Dogs for the Blind. I admire them greatly for the job they do so I’m delighted to be doing the 100k challenge for the month of May. Imagine, I have to go walkies for a full 100 kilometres – it’s no wonder I’m whacked. I never thought I’d be able to complete the full distance but I’m well over 80k now so I know I’m going to do it. I’ve had some lovely walks in Lees Road and Coole Park and a lot of walkies end with a dogguccino so all the hard work is worth it. Of course, the real reason I’m doing all these walks is to raise money to train Guide Dogs so if you’d like to help, the link is guide-dog-day-2021.raisely.com/walkieswithdaisymay. I had a wonderful walk last week with my friend Cassie and I hope to complete my 100k with …

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Áine Mae inspires as she awaits transplants

DESCRIBED as an “inspiration” by broadcaster Ryan Tubridy during her appearance on The Late Late Show last November, a Lahinch woman is proving that blindness is no barrier to new challenges. Áine Mae O’Mahony, who is only one of 13 patients nationwide on a waiting list for a new pancreas and kidney, is manager of Kilkee-based Raidió Corca Baiscinn (RCB). Despite restrictions imposed by travelling to Galway for fours hours of dialysis three times a week and managing diabetes, the Fighting Blindness advocate lives life to the full and believes her glass is always half-full rather than half-empty. If Áine Mae is fortunate enough to receive a new pancreas, it would be life-changing, as she would no longer need to take injections four times a day or to check her sugar levels constantly. As there are serious health complications from having Type One diabetes since childhood, her doctor felt she would be eligible for a new pancreas. In November 2015, she …

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Threatened to ‘shoot’ warden for taking dog

A 40-YEAR-OLD man, who doggedly harassed Clare’s dog warden, Frankie Coote over a five-day period by phone and allegedly threatened to shoot him and blind him, is to have his case heard in the Circuit Criminal Court. Eoin Hannon, of no fixed abode, appeared before a sitting of Ennis District Court this week, charged that he persistently used his phone to cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another person, on dates between September 21 and September 26, 2012. Also, over the same time period, he is further charged with the harassment of Frankie Coote, County Clare’s dog warden. Hannon entered a plea of guilty to the charges and Inspector Tom Kennedy gave an outline of the evidence. He said that on September 21, 2012, at approximately 9.30am, Frankie Coote began to receive calls from Eoin Hannon, which were threatening and abusive from the outset. “He was ringing in relation to legislation governing the taking of a dog by Mr …

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