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Cooraclare marks Con Colbert link

THE Cooraclare connection to the late Con Colbert, who was executed by firing squad at Kilmainham jail on May 8, 1916 was commemorated last weekend. In Cree, historian Paddy Waldron was joined by MEP Seán Kelly and former Minister for Education Mary O’Rourke for a fascinating discussion about Con Colbert’s life and times. Con Colbert was from West Limerick but his mother Hanorah Josephine MacDermott was from Clondreddan in Cooraclare. Tom Mac’s shop in Cooraclare village was the venue on Saturday for an exhibition of 1916 memorabilia, including a letter written by Con Colbert on the night prior to his execution, to his uncle Dan Irving of Cooraclare. Flan Irving is Dan Irving’s grandson and he told The Clare Champion on Saturday how touched he was by the three day commemoration. Incredibly, the letter has remained in the Irving household for a century. “This event has been emotional. The actual letter has been in our house for 100 years. Dan …

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Feed a family for €5 challenge

A nationwide cookery challenge has been launched by World Missions Ireland as part of a drive to highlight its campaign to provide one million dinners for children in the developing world and promote its many mission projects. Missionary Children is its’ dedicated children’s charity and every cent raised under its fundraising division goes to children’s projects in Africa, Asia and Oceania. Soprano Celine Byrne, GAA sports star Dermot Earley, RTE Rugby pundit Brent Pope and Mary O’ Rourke, former government minister, are supporting the cookery challenge for contestants  to devise a dinner menu to feed a family of six for €5. The entries will be whittled down to just five and a cook off will take place between the finalists in October, the traditional month of mission. Jackie Pallas, national secretary of Missionary Children, said it is one of the huge global injustices that so many people are dying from food poverty every day. “Millions of people are going to bed hungry every …

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