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Kinvara lads have upcycling business nailed with pallets

THREE enterprising young men from Seamount College in Kinvara will take part in the national final of the Student Enterprise Awards on Friday showcasing a project that gives new life to discarded wooden pallets. Michael Leahy along with his two friends Ciarán Bailey and Ross Valentine have named their business ‘Pallet Bros’. The boys, who are all 16, take unwanted pallets and turn them into hand-made items from signs and planters, to storage boxes, decorative pieces and even Christmas trees. They were inspired in their idea by The Student Enterprise Programme. “We take unwanted pallets and turn them into unique handcrafted designs,” they explained. “Our business recently won the senior category of the Galway Student Enterprise County Final and will be representing Galway in the national final.” The business was set up towards the end of last year and one of the first projects involved the creation of some novel and highly sought-after Christmas trees. “These Christmas trees were a …

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Kinvara artist rallies to refugees’ aid with charitable sale of her works

A KINVARA-BASED artist has launched a charitable initiative to support the work of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency fund, after her own experience of working with migrants. Anne Korff, who has volunteered herself with refugees on the Greek island of Chios, is making a series of images available for sale, with proceeds going to the international medical charity. Roses of Hope – Meditations is the name of six reproductions of Anne’s work, which are 25cm x 25cm in size, ring bound and with a hanging attachment, ready to display on a wall. Proceeds from the sale of the book, which cost just €20 each, will go to the MSF emergency fund. The series was created as a series of paintings during the coronavirus pandemic. “Throughout the lockdown periods of solitude and isolation, Anne wanted to share her artwork as a way of providing support, inspiration and nourishment for the soul. Each painting is a meditation using energy, colour and …

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Kinvara-Based Author Releases New Hare Book

KINVARA-based writer and photographer, Irene Graham has released a new children’s book about newborn Irish hares. “I Am A Hare! Hanna and The Hop Family” is described by Irene as a “heartwarming tale of identity, sense of place and belonging”. Confused about their identity, thinking they could be rabbits, three adorable newborn hares discover what it means to be a wild Irish hare. One morning at about 7am a year ago, Irene saw a hare had giving birth to three leverets. Grabbing her camera, Irene photographed the first 50 minutes of their lives. Irene described this stroke of luck as “incredible” because hares usually give birth in long grass but this particular one delivered her leverets in her rose bed just outside her studio. After staying with the leverets for about 50 minutes, the mother hare left them and they crawled underneath geraniums, which were also in Irene’s rose bed. “The leverets are independent when they are born. Their eyes …

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Wheelchair users raise concerns about access to new Local Link services in Clare

A SOUTH Galway wheelchair user has voiced his concern about the accessibility of vehicles on Local Link routes currently, and called on Minister Shane Ross to “cop on” and return the service to Clare Bus. Séamus Ó Donnacha from Kinvara, who works for Clare Crusaders in Barefield, has been using a wheelchair for 15 years, said the nature of the accessible buses currently on the routes removed independence from passengers with disabilities, and literally left them “stuck at the back of the bus”. “To my knowledge, there are some accessible buses in the fleet which are able to cater for wheelchair users,” Mr Ó Donnacha outlined. “Clare Bus had low-floor buses which meant that someone could get straight onto the bus. Now, what we have are vehicles with tail lifts at the back. That means that wheelchair user needs to be helped on board, and they’re left there away from everyone else and can’t interact with others. That’s an upsetting …

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Fatal road traffic incident in Kinvara

Gardaí are investigating a fatal road traffic incident following a car entering the sea at The Quay area of Kinvara at approximately 8pm last night. The driver and sole occupant of the car, a man in his late 70s, was taken to University Hospital Galway in a critical condition where he later passed away. Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information, particularly any motorists who may have been in The Quay area Kinvara between 7.45am and 8.15am who may have dash cam footage to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí in Galway on 091 538000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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Kinvara man still missing in Malaysia

AS of this Monday, Stephen Warde from Kinvara, who was last seen in Malaysia on December 28, has still not been located. Mr Warde’s mother, Mary Morrissey travelled out to Kuala Lumpar,Malaysia over the weekend to help with the search for her son and is accompanied by two of her daughters. The Department of Foreign Affairs is is providing consular assistance and is co-operating with local police in the investigation to find his whereabouts. Stephen Warde (32) from Kinvara, Co Galway arrived in Malaysia alone on November 15 last and rented a unit at the Mercu Summer Suites along Jalan Sultan Ismail in Kuala Lumpar. He was last seen on December 28, a day before his tenancy was to expire. All of his belongings were still in the unit when searched by police. Police chief Assistant Commissioner Dang Wangi Shaharuddin Abdullah said, “Investigations are ongoing.” “He was supposed to check out from the unit on December 29, but did not …

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Ticket scramble in Galway

GAA supporters across South Galway are frantically calling in favours from across the country this week in an effort to get their hands on precious All-Ireland hurling final tickets. There is particular excitement in the Harte household in Gort, as Aidan, who has excelled at midfield and in defence in recent years, is expected to line out in the full-back line for the Tribesmen. His father, Josie, believes Galway’s run in the league and championship, following their reversal at the hands of Wexford earlier in the year, gives the Tribesmen the momentum going into Sunday’s decider. “It was good to beat Tipperary in a tight game in the All-Ireland semi-final, considering Galway hadn’t played in five weeks before this encounter. “You would have to be impressed by Galway’s form to date; they are the National League and Leinster champions. However, Galway will have to improve from their display in the semi-final if they want to win the final. Every game …

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Ballyvaughan roadworks to cause delays

Motorists intending to use the N67 between Ballyvaughan and New Quay from today (Monday) to Friday, February 10 may face delays because of roadworks. Necessary road improvement works are being undertaken on behalf of Clare County Council from 8am to 6pm daily. Works are to last three weeks and the contract is funded by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). It involves the laying of a new road surface on a 6km section of the N67 between Kinvara and Ballyvaughan. The works will be undertaken from a point 3km from the Galway border (Flaggy Shore junction) to Muckinish Hill (approximately 8km east of Ballyvaughan). The bulk of the works will be done under a single-lane closure but there may be some delays of 10 to 15 minutes for a portion of the works. Alternative detour routes will be signposted.

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