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Savour That ArtsWeek Feeling! It’s a Long Winter.

Clockwise from top left: Festival Director Brendan Flynn and Fidget Feet’s Chantal McCormack boogie with Rob Strong and his band; Fireworks wow the crowds; Among the Fabulous Arts Trail included Sherrie Scott’s “Shimmering Symbol” fabric display in Design Platform; Comedian David O’Doherty; Marie Sheridan conducting a singing workshop at the Clifden Community School; Fantastic makeup and costumes in the annual parade entranced a crowd of over 3,000. More Clifden ArtsWeek photos from page 18.

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Sign Clutter & Roads Block Tidy Scores The annual Tidy Towns Competition is the most comprehensive indication of the appearance and attractiveness of towns of all sizes throughout the country. There are many benefits to taking part in the local initiative, which aims to encourage residents to make their localities nicer places to live, work and visit. Its success and achievements show the positive effects that a conscious effort can make in improving an area. It also highlights areas of towns that need particular attention, such as roads and general appearance issues, and encourages participants to interact with their local authorities to achieve changes. A summary of the Connemara towns taking part can be found here, along with an overview of some of the issues and challenges facing the Tidy Town Committees as they continue in their efforts to improve their towns. Incidentally, the Tidy Towns movement is entirely voluntary, and helping hands are always needed. A few hours of voluntary work in a year can make a real difference to a community, so instead of complaining about local eyesores and problem spots, make an effort this year to improve your community. Contact details for each Tidy Towns Committee can be found at the end of their individual sections.

Clifden Clifden was praised for the hard work of the committee and its many meetings and greatly renewed efforts in the last year. An overall improvement score of just one point might be seen as a little disappointing

however, considering the huge efforts put in by volunteers in the last year, when they could be seen around Clifden regularly hard at work. Some local buildings were singled out for praise for their appearance and appropriate signage, including Dun Gibbons, An Bhean Fheasa, John Mannion Cycles, EJ Kings and Millars. The adjudicator commented on a number of issues that are more the responsibility of the County Council than the Tidy Towns Committee, such as the state of the roads. Church Hill Road (see photo right), the road to St Ann’s CNU and the Low Road were all described in very negative terms. A quote which the County Council might do well to address was “Good road surfaces are not a luxury and for a visitor town like Clifden good surfacing of all roads should be a priority”. The Recycling Centre not being open at noon on a Friday and Signage clutter was also commented on. The large area opposite the Garda Station was described as untidy, as was the surrounding area of the Playground at the Beach Road. The diversity of housing styles was described as reasonably good but with great variations, but the adjudicator added that this diversity added to the character of Clifden. An overall general impression of 8 out of 10 was given, which is undoubtedly a good result but it is clear that there is still plenty to do to bump up the marks for this time next year. To join the mailing list, or volunteer for Clifden Tidy Towns 2009, contact Mary at (095) 21326 or e-mail

Roundstone Roundstone was initially praised for their interaction with the County Council and involving the School with projects. Roundstone House, Beola restaurant and Eldons were all praised on their appearance. The granite seats and by the flagpoles were also admired. As regards the residential aspect the adjudicator remarked “Private houses were excellently presented, many freshly painted and quite a number of hanging baskets and window boxes were evident”. Other positive comments were made on good hedging on the Ballyconneely approach, the stone welcome signs and the general appearance of the roads. Negatives included grass and weed growth at the Community hall and the Tennis Courts, and the Car Park at the Playgrounds, and the low wall by the Pier. Rubbish had been dumped at the Welcome sign on the Ballyconneely approach also, but the general tone of the report suggested a positive impression. Many projects are ongoing and part of the wider Roundstone Development Plan, and the adjudicator seemed to recognise this. An overall increase of 6 marks can be seen as a good achievement. Details for volunteering in Roundstone can be obtained from Paddy McDonagh on (095) 35833 or 086 3469372.

Letterfrack Letterfrack was praised for the documentation provided to the Committee on the Letterfrack Village Plan and the adjudicator expressed hope that by next summer there will be some final community decisions on the implementation of the Plan. The improvements at the crèche and Garda Station were praised and Veldons Country Shop and Bar were also admired. Pangur Ban was also


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described as attractive, but the adjudicator felt that at the Arus Ghuaire building the front elevation stonework is out of scale with the streetscape here and the building tends

to dominate. Some shabby sign and signage clutter (see photo below) were also commented on, and again this was attributed to the County Council. Other negatives were a general weakness in the tidiness category. Much weed growth in different spots was commented on and it was suggested that the Bring Centre needed to be tidied up. Weed growth was mentioned in a number of categories: Tidiness, Roads, Street and Back Areas and Residential Areas. A general impression of 7 out of 10 signals the need for more improvement in future years, with the overall mark of 222 from a possible 400 remaining the same as 2007.To volunteer for Letterfrack Tidy Towns 2009 contact Padraig Lyden on (095) 41114. Continued on next page


Oughterard Oughterard was described as a busy town where tourism is key, and the built environment was observed at length. It enjoyed an increase of 6 points on last year’s score. It was recommended that an unoccupied building in Main St be discussed with the County Council. Many buildings were described as in need of repainting, for example, the Library, Scoil Naomh Pol and some residential buildings and road boundary walls. Some business fronts were praised for good lettering and general appearance like Roger Finnerty’s Butchers, the Anglers Bar, Fahertys and the retail area with the Michael O Toole premises. Stone buildings were admired and add to the character of the town. Landscaping was generally good, with planted areas described as well presented for the most part, and good presentation noted on the Galway approach. Work with the Golden Mile Committee and local schools was encouraged and appreciated regarding wildlife, and the two schools green flag successes. Like Letterfrack the appearance of the Bring Centre was disappointing and signage was another major area of concern. “The advertising signage on the Galway approach road detracted from this introduction to Oughterard. How many of these signs have Planning Permission? This is an issue that you could discuss with Galway County Council. The presence of retail goods on the pavement and ‘A’ shaped signage detracted in a significant way from the overall presentation of the streetscape. In the view of this adjudicator all this does is to cheapen the atmosphere of Oughterard and this is such a pity”. Finally the adjudicator wished the committee luck with future projects but urged

them to explore if the practice of displaying retail goods and signs on pavements could be discouraged. If you would like to get involved with Oughterard Tidy Towns Campaign contact Oughterard Tourism at (091) 552808 or e-mail

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While many of the topics criticized could be improved by work from Committee members and volunteers, there is undoubtedly a need to interact with Galway County Council and obtain assistance from them in a significant and meaningful way. For committees who have put in much work throughout the year, it is frustrating to lose points because of bad roads, and cluttered signage. Bring Centres and recycling venues are also the responsibility of the Council but must be maintained by those who use them, and generally kept tidy. Road surfaces in Clifden and Oughterard in particular were noted as very poor in places, and this is another aspect where the poor road surfaces of Connemara are highlighted, yet we are seeing few improvements from year to year.

The Roads Issue Bad road surfaces affect everybody in Connemara at some point. As weather conditions worsen every year, larger and more dangerous potholes appear everywhere, and often whole stretches of road are destroyed and torn up by rain water. Temporary fill-in jobs are a waste of money and offer very short term results to an ongoing problem. It is not only Connemara residents who have cause to complain about the state of the roads. Visitors are regularly dismayed by appalling surface conditions and lack of signage. Indeed, the deaths of two French visitors who lost their lives on a


particularly dangerous stretch of road in Lettergesh this year indicate the very worst consequences of sub standard roads (see photo). As far as volume of traffic is concerned, the Church Hill situation in Clifden is clearly unworkable, and is complained about and commented on regularly, but as yet there has been no sign of improvement or development. While Roundstone’s roads around the village were considered fairly good by the Tidy Towns adjudicator, the Inishnee road nearby is surely one of Connemara’s worst roads at present. An Inishnee resident recently sent in photographic evidence of the state of the road they have to travel every day. While complaining about the state of the roads is a local pastime, the only action possible is to lobby local Councillors and Galway CoCo directly to address individual situations and problem areas. A list of contact details is provided below to whom complaints or queries may be directed. In return for paying road tax in this country, we are entitled to expect roads which are safe and in reasonable condition, and Galway CoCo fails to provide this in areas all over Connemara.

Budgeted Road Improvements Seven non-national roads in Connemara have been granted funding under the CLAR programme, details of which were announced on September 18th. €6 million is the amount allocated to this programme nationally and Galway is receiving €524,643.75.Galway County Council has selected the following seven roads for improvements from this allocation. Munga, Derrylea: 500m length of works costing €22,500. Cushkillary: 500m length of works costing €34,330.47. Illion West, Beann Corr: 1000m length of works costing €27,500. Lower Sky Rd. Clifden: 1,300m length of works costing €46,830.47. Tooreen, Cleggan: 1300m length of works costing €46,830.47. Rossroe, Cushkillary: 1000m length of works costing €46,830.47. Ardnagreevagh, Renvyle: 1,100m length of works costing €37,500.

Galway CoCo Roads: (091) 509309; roads@ Director of Roads, John Morgan. jmorgan@ Cllr. Josie Conneely:; (095)22142 or (087)952-8808. Cllr Thomas Welby: (091) 552959 or (087) 2855676.

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REGIONAL Community School Parents The Clifden Community School Parents Association will hold its Annual General Meeting on Monday, October 6th at 8pm. The meeting takes place in the Community School. All parents are welcome and your support by attending will be most welcome. Parents of first year students who are new to the school are particularly asked to attend.

Missing Teenager 16 Year old Stuart Rima has been missing from his home in Kylemore since Sunday September 21st. Any reported sightings have proven inconclusive to date. Anyone with information as to where Stuart might be, or who might have seen him is asked to contact Clifden Garda Station at 095-22500.

TG4 Marconi Documentary A documentary on the Marconi Centenary Celebrations of last year is to be screened on TG4 at 9:30pm on Sunday October 5th. Guglielmo Marconi’s arrival in Clifden in 1907 to establish a transatlantic wireless station was a seminal event in the history of communication. This programme examines the influence this extraordinary achievement had on the area, through the eyes of people who had a close association with the station or who have a particular interest in the subject. In the documentary, Marconi’s daughter Elettra gives a personal insight into the man himself, his Irish background and the devastating loss she and her mother suffered when he died suddenly at the height of his career as an innovative scientist.

Fire Station Open Day An Open Day will take place at Clifden Fire Station on Saturday October 11th from 12:30 to 3pm. As part of Fire Safety Week, which runs from October 6th-11th, there will be equipment demonstrations and displays. There will also be refreshments and it promises to be a great day out for the family, so come along and learn about safety, emergency procedures and your local Fire Service here in Connemara.

Classes in Crochet A course of evening classes in Crochet for beginners will begin at The Elm Tree Centre in Clifden on Friday October 12th at 8pm. The cost is €70 for eight weeks. Past participants of the course Mary Conneely and Heather Ward were the joint winners of the Connemara View sponsored Crochet Class at the Domestic

Arts section of the Clifden Show this year, so anyone interested in learning this wonderful and practical class can be encouraged by that. For more details or to book a place contact Peggy Mannion at (086) 8826120.

25 Card Drive A 9 X 9 Fundraising Card Drive will take place at Johnny O Loghlen’s Bar at the Zetland Hotel Cashel on Sunday October 12th, starting at 8pm sharp. Entry is €20 per person and there is a Prize Fund of €1200. All proceeds are in aid of the Croi Cowboy Challenge in which Peter Coneys and Declan Ridge are taking part. Declan and Peter need to raise €5500 each over the coming months in order to visit a working ranch in Colorado in May of 2009. All funds raised go to the heart charity Croi, and would be greatly appreciated.

Blood Donation Clinic The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will hold a blood donation clinic at the Station House Hotel, Clifden on Thursday October 23rd from 4:30pm to 8:30pm. If you are between the ages of 18 and 60, over 50kilos in weight and generally feeling fit and healthy then chances are you can save a life by giving blood. It’s very simple and safe. We will help you fill out a health questionnaire and answer any questions you might have. We will then do a simple pin prick test on your finger to check you’re not anaemic. Then you can donate blood. The actual donation takes about 10 minutes. You will then have a short rest and some light refreshment. Your blood is then tested and processed in our laboratories, usually within 24 hours, after which it is ready for use in hospitals. If you have never given blood before, please think about coming along to our clinic. If you are already a donor, come again if you can and bring friend-all donors new and old are welcomed and appreciated. 3000 blood donations are needed in Ireland every week and more than 70,000 people will receive a blood transfusion this year as part of life saving operations.

Clifden Community School Reunion - Class of ‘83 The Clifden Community School Class of 1977 to 1983 has arranged a dinner dance in the Alcock and Brown hotel Clifden on Friday the 24th of October.

We would hope that anyone who was part of this class for any length of time will make an effort to attend. Music for what promises to be a memorable occasion will be provided by Galway band Harbour Lights. Tickets are priced €50 p.p. and are available from Joachim Lydon at 086 4098814 or Marty Mannion at 087 2227853. The committee has made every effort to contact all past pupils but this wasn’t possible in all cases. If you or someone you know was part of this class, please contact one of the above numbers as soon as possible. While we have an informal dress code, we would encourage all to dress neatly for the night. We are still searching for old class photos, so please search and share and add to the memories on the night. The committee also warmly welcomes all the teachers who worked so hard for us, all school staff who made life easier at times and all past pupil’s partners. It should be a great night so everyone please make an effort and get the suit cleaned! For more info e mail

Animal Rescue Fundraiser A sale in aid of Renvyle Animal Rescue will be held in the Ellis Hall, Letterfrack on Sunday October 26th from 11am to 3pm. There will be a great selection of delicious home baking, arts and crafts, bric-a-brac, curios, books, toys, DVDs, clothes, jewellery, plants and much more. If you would like to donate items for us to sell please contact (087) 056 6302. Thanks to all for supporting this local effort. Judy Lawrence

Youth in Action Calendar 2009 The popular annual Youth in Action Calendar is currently being prepared. The calendar is very successful and in demand each year, full of old photos of Connemara and its people. Old photos of sports, school events, social occasions and historical photos are required for this year’s calendar. All profits from the calendar go to work with the youth of North West Connemara. If you would like to submit photos or require more information contact Kathleen De Courcey at Forum Letterfrack on (095) 41116.

Sing With Cantairi Chonamara Cantairi Chonamara would like to invite new members to join now. No previous experience necessary. For further information, please call 086 6020834 or 086 1993878.

W hat D o You Know ? Quiz 2 We are slightly disappointed to report that there was no winner of last month’s quiz. It’s good news for current readers however, as the €10 prize money has now rolled over into this month. So if you can answer these mind benders €20 is yours! Send entries to Connemara View, Clifden, Co. Galway or drop into the View Box at the Paper Shop. The answers to last month’s questions follow your October challenging queries.

October Quiz Geography: What is the poorest country in Europe? History: In Co Mayo in 1798, who landed 1,000 men at Killala? Local Interest: What ancient tribal group were located in west Connemara during the early medieval times? Sports: What Republic of Ireland striker played for Liverpool and Tranmere? Science: This activity occurs when underground water is heated by rising magma.


General Knowledge: This person is the first person ever, whose voice was heard after his death. Politics: What country holds the highest turnover of governments? Music: Who was the first jazz musician inducted into the hall of fame? Art: What late 19th-century French painter was known for his pictures of ballet dancers? Entertainment: What film was the last Best Picture winner to be shot in black and white until Schindler’s List in 1993? Literature: Who wrote ‘Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone / It’s with O’Leary in the grave’? Cooking: What is the other main ingredient of champ with potatoes?

Answers to the September Quiz Geography: The location of Ballina, Co. Mayo: Longitude- 9.161911, Latitude- 54. 111872 History: When did the Vikings first settle in Ireland? 920 A.D. Local Interest: How many salmon were caught in Connemara in 2007? 184

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Sports: Which county holds the record for most successive camogie titles? Kilkenny Maths: What are all the factors of the number 10? -1,1`,-2,2,-5,5,-10,10 Science: What are the top 3 most popular internet activities in 2007? 1. Send or read e-mail. 2. Use a search engine to find information. 3. Search for a map or driving directions. Cooking: This common household product was known by 2000 B.C. and was originally used as ointment, medicine or illuminating oil. Butter. General Knowledge: Bill Gates stopped working at Microsoft full time when? (Date and year). June 27, 2008. Politics: Who was the last US president to be impeached? William J. Clinton. Music: Who’s the highest grossing American Idol winner? Taylor Hicks. Art: The famous Van Gogh piece “Look out on a Summer’s Day” was painted where? An asylum at Saint-Remy, Provence. Entertainment: What actor was Al Gore’s freshman roommate at Harvard? Tommy Lee Jones.


Sky Dive for Connemara MHA An unusual birthday present recently provided an opportunity to help raise both awareness of the role of the Mental Health Association of Connemara and funding for this voluntary organisation. When Camilla told her father, Hugh Musgrave, that she had bought him a ticket to do a Sky Dive he didn’t think she was being serious, but she was, and last Saturday both Camilla and Hugh had the experience of a lifetime when they slipped out of their plane at 10,000 ft and plummeted to earth. The free fall to 5,000 ft lasted about twenty five seconds, and then the parachutes opened and they gently descended for a further four minutes before landing in a field of Friesian cows! The community at large was invited to make donations to the Mental Health Association and the response was overwhelming. The Mental Health Association has very close ties with the Connemara Sheltered Housing Association and Archdeacon Anthony Previté is chairman of both organisations. Making full use of the magnificent facilities of the purpose-built Elm Tree Day Care Centre the MHA provides support and care for local people with warm understanding and dedicated professionalism. It is a wonderful example of how the needs within a community can be provided for by the community. Being a voluntary organisation, the MHA benefits constantly from the generosity of those willing to make contributions and donations can be made at any time and will be gratefully received. Contact Michael Dolan at the Elm Tree Centre on (095) 30930 if you would like to fundraise for this invaluable local service. Donations can be made payable to “Mental Health Association” and addressed to the Elm Tree Centre, Clifden. Photos: Hugh Musgrave (left) is suited and booted before his jump, and (above) floating down in the blue parachute.


Photo Competition Scubadive West in Renvyle is currently accepting online entries for their Autumn 2008 Photo Competition. With both underwater and overwater seascape categories, this competition will appeal to divers and non-divers alike. Entry is free of charge and prizes include a guided walking holiday to the Canary Islands and an Island Dive Safari for two to the value of €500! This unique competition culminates in a prizegiving evening on Saturday 25th October at Scubadive West’s dive centre. All details and entry procedures are available on Scubadive West’s dedicated competition website . For more information on diving activities, check out Scubadive West’s homepage on The photo above shows a site off Inis Turk taken by Cillian Gray.

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Chamber News Marconi Festival 2008 Clifden Chamber of Commerce is working on our annual Marconi Festival, this year taking place from the 17th-19th October. Highlights will include the “cavaliere” conferring ceremony of our Chamber President, Gerard King, and Paul Hughes, Abbeyglen Castle Hotel. This Order is conferred specifically to Italian citizens abroad and to foreign citizens who have contributed significantly to the prestige of Italy, undertaking a primary role in the promotion of Italian culture, in the teaching of Italian, in supporting voluntary, humanitarian and health associations, in intensifying the

relations with the Italian communities in the world. The President of the Italian Republic establishes the number of annual concessions of this decoration with relevant Decree. The conferring ceremony is a great honour for Gerard and Paul and the Chamber is delighted their efforts are to be acknowledged. Our now annual Marconi Ceili will take place on Friday, 17th October in the Alcock and Brown Hotel at 9.30pm. This is a wonderful night of traditional music and dance with music provided by Marcus Hernon, Mike Fahy and Johnny Connolly. This is a night not to be missed. Adm €10. Galway Radio Experimenters Club will be running a special event station on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th October. The station will be located at Derrygimla, which is the original site of the Marconi Station, and will use shortwave radio frequencies to communicate with other Marconi Stations around the world. The Lecture Series in the Station House Theatre will take place on Saturday, 18th October. All the lectures are free and all are welcome to attend and learn more about this important aspect of our heritage. Please check for more details. A Vintage Car Rally will also add a touch of nostalgia to the festival. The Gala Ball in the Clifden Station House is wonderful value at €75 which includes champagne reception, dinner, wine and entertainment afterwards with the Paul Kirwan Trio. Why not put on the glad rags and treat yourself to a fun-filled night of entertainment. We have guided walks on the Marconi site on the Saturday and Sunday morning, and a farewell lunch on the Sunday in the Marconi Restaurant at a special price of €25. All the walks, Gala Ball tickets and lunch on the Sunday can be booked in advance with Michele on 087 0520295.

Local representation at Marconi Awards Clifden Chamber of Commerce was represented by Shane Joyce and his wife Helen Ferguson at the Marconi awards in London last Friday. Previous recipients of this award are the Google inventors, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Shane and Helen met Francesco Paresce Marconi, the son of Guglielmo Marconi’s eldest daughter, the late Degna Marconi Paresce, who died in 1998. An inventor in his own right and an astrophysicist, Francesco Paresce Marconi assumed the chairmanship of the Marconi International Fellowship Foundation in 2001. The Chamber is working with the Marconi Foundation in Bologna, Italy in securing Clifden a place on the International Marconi Trail. Please note, TG4 are showing the documentary they filmed last October during the Marconi Centenary Celebrations on Sunday October 5th at 21.30 and will be repeated on Tuesday 7th at 20.00. Set the recorders!

Christmas Plans The Chamber’s Christmas Committee is working on plans for Christmas in Clifden. This year more than ever, the importance of shopping locally and keeping business in the town is paramount. Shopping local in this economic environment means securing local jobs and maintaining an infrastructure in the area. Please keep this in mind.

Improvement at Showgrounds After the Clifden Pony Show in August, we received a Letter to the Editor praising the maintenance and upkeep of the bathroom facilities at the Showgrounds on the day. The writer outlined that they had been a breeder and exhibitor at the Show for many years and always found the toilet facilities to be unsatisfactory. They asserted that this year, due to the diligence and dedication of the lady overseeing the maintenance, the restrooms were in impeccable condition, and believed that the lady in question should be commended for her efforts. They also hoped that the letter would serve as a record of thanks from all Show patrons. *Please note that The Connemara View cannot directly reproduce unsigned or anonymous letters.

Bridge to Beijing From the 3rd of October onwards Clifden’s Emer Joyce will be taking part in the World Mind Sport Games taking place in Beijing. Bridge is recognised as an Olympic Sport by the International Olympic Council and the other games played at this level are Chess, Draughts, Go and Chinese Chess. The Irish Bridge Union which encompasses the North and South of Ireland are sending 4 Bridge teams: an Open Team, a Ladies Team, a Senior team (for players over 58yrs) and a Junior team (for players under 28 years). Emer is one of the six members of the Ladies team. The games are played until October 18th, and we hope to report Irish success in the next issue!

Library News August Reader of the Month Steven Coohill (see photo)

Summer Reading Challenge The presentation of Certificates and prizes for the Summer Reading Challenge will take place in October; the date as yet to be confirmed. Please check with the Library for details on 095-21092. The winner of the Photo competition will also be announced at the presentation party. The winning photos and runners up will be on display at the Library.

Arts Week The Library had a very full program of events for Arts Week. Some of the highlights were Robin Rowland reading her wonderful poetry to a packed house. Des Lally gave an illuminating talk on Michael Mac Liammoir; Letterfrack Writers Group shared their work with us and talked about their group. Redmond O Toole’s recital of classical guitar was also well appreciated by a rapt audience. Poets Jarlath Fahey, Terry McDonagh, Louis De Paor read from their latest work. Special thanks to Tony Curtis and Michael Coady , and of course a sincere word of appreciation to Mary and Rory for all their help and support over the week. See ArtsWeek at Clifden Library photos on page 23. Bernie Jeffries

Lidl Making Fast Work of New Clifden Store Construction work on the new Lidl Store on the Galway Road in Clifden has been advancing at a rapid pace. Is it possible that they will be open for Christmas trade? The Aldi site up the road just has a digger waiting for action.


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Clifden Fire Brigade Dave Barry Departs Brigade David Barry joined Clifden Fire Service in August of 1999 and after 9 years of service he has left to join Blackrock Private Ambulance Service, based out of Galway. Due to the nature of the Retained Fire Service, the two roles are not compatible, as crew members need to be living and working near their base Fire Station. During his years in the service where he was a Fire Engine driver, David completed many of the specialist Fire Service courses. These include Breathing Apparatus, Road Accident Rescue, Fire Behaviour and amongst others, the First Responder (First Aid) Course, which may have whetted his appetite for accident and emergency work. His new job as Ambulance Driver and Emergency Medical Technician will be upgraded to Paramedic status after further training and experience.

Playgroup Receives over €1,000 from Fire Brigade Presentating the proceeds from the Car Wash Day at Clifden Fire Station are Joe Acton, Ciara Mannion, Lisa McCarthy and Gerard King.

As all who have worked with him would attest, David has the ideal personality for this challenging work, and was very active in Fire Brigade incidents where casualties were involved, and a sensitive and professional approach was required. David’s humour and enthusiasm are well known. A moment at a forest fire at Knockboy Wood near Carna stands out in memory, where the Fire Fighters Handbook was rewritten, and new methods of extinguishing fire were tested. Similarly a gorse fire in Christmas week several years back was greeted with renditions of “Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful...” Recollections like this may give readers an idea of why it was such a pleasure to work with David. Chief Fire Officer for Galway City and County Michael Rafferty joins Clifden Fire Service in wishing David, Loretta and family all the best for the future. Photo: David Barry on the scene at a fire at Tullycross Cottages. Fire Brigade photos by Brendan Mullen Note: Open Day at Clifden Fire Station is Saturday, October 11th from 12:30-3pm.

New Students Kingstown National School is pleased to welcome five new Junior Infants students to the school this year. They are Roisin Gavin, Aisling Canavan, Eve O Reilly, Edwina Mannion and Dylan Staunton. The students also enjoyed some live music during Arts Week in the sunshine when Betty and the Baby Boomers came to entertain them, and a great time was had by all. Photos courtesy of Fionualla Heanue.

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Playschool from €1.40 a day Ballyconneely Playschool and Afterschool Service are currently enrolling for 2008. The Playschool runs from 9.30 am to 1 pm from Monday to Friday, catering for children from 2 years and 6 months of age. The children need to be either toilet trained or have started toilet training. Each day starts with “free-play” where children can play with farm toys, dolls and prams, jigsaws, building bricks, cars and trucks, and colouring. A schedule

of events each day, include activities to develop children’s fine and gross motor skills such as scissor and bead work, sand, water play and painting. Weekly, the children participate in home baking. Fees for Playschool start from €1.40 per day, please contact Helen Griffin or Mary Ruddy for more information at (095) 23333. The Afterschool runs from 2 pm to 6 pm from Monday to Friday, catering for children from 4 to 12 years. Children from Ballyconneely National School are collected by the Afterschool Attendant and brought to the Afterschool. A healthy balanced snack is served to children on arrival, followed by school home-work if the child wishes. A programme of activities include a range of indoor sports held in the hall, other activities include board games, puzzles, table football, pool, art and crafts and home baking. Fees for Afterschool start from €2.00 per day, please contact Liz Joyce at 095-23333. The Playschool and AfterSchool services are a great help to many parents and children, and support is needed to ensure that this service continues to be available in Ballyconneely. Photo: The Ballyconneely AfterSchool Service kids and attendants. Photo courtesy of Caroline Joyce

Delight at Finding New Cousins A few months ago we received a letter from New York from a lady who was claiming to be a relative of the Little family from Bunowen in Ballyconneely. After much e-mailing and writing correspondence from both sides, it turned out that this lady was indeed a cousin of ours. She had been researching her family tree history for the past couple of years and it took her all the way here. Edna McLean and her 2 daughters Mary and Beth arrived in Clifden on September 18th.We invited them to the home of Mary Little for a day of long conversations and tracing of relatives. Having most of the paperwork with them, it did not take long to connect the pieces together, and it showed that we were indeed second cousins.(Edna McLean, Nora Keaney and Josie Conroy). We had a wonderful day with them and they were absolutely in awe of the beautiful countryside. They said many times how much they felt at home. Of course this is where the family generation of Littles had hailed from and now they had come home. We had never heard of or met these people before, but after this meeting we have promised to keep in touch. It was a lovely story and experience from beginning to end and we were really delighted to have met them. Lillian Little Photo above: Reunited members of the Little family: Nora Keaney, (Little), Mary Iacone, Edna McLean (Little), Josie Conroy, Martin Little, Veronica O’Malley (Little) and Mary Little. Photo courtesy of Lillian Little.

Funding for Piers Bunowen Pier has received funding of €71,250 to allow underpinning works and installation of safety utilities. This brings the total funding given to the project to date to €190,000. This funding is due to the CLAR programme, which includes small harbours in the charge of a Local Authority, where the maximum project cost is less than €200k. DoonLoughan Pier has also received funding of €75,000 bringing its total funding to €200,000. Minister Ó Cuív said, “The CLÁR programme strengthens rural communities through investment in the infrastructure that most affects the living standards and the development of those communities. Piers, harbours and coastal protection works are key elements in the social and economic infrastructure of these coastal communities, and I expect that these works will have a long-term positive impact.”

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Connemara Senator A Carna native could soon be elected an American Senator in the State of Maine. Margaret Craven nee Connolly was born in Letterard in 1944 and moved to the States as a teenager. She was first elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2002 and is now considered very likely to win a seat in the State Parliament for the Democratic Party. If successful, she would be the only Irish born Senator in the U.S. Mrs Craven lives in Lewiston, Maine with her husband and family. A dedicated community activist, she divides her time among Women Works and Community, the Public Theatre, LewistonAuburn Corporate Partners Mentoring Program, and as a Hospice volunteer. She also serves as a guardian for persons with disabilities and as a mentor for students at Lewiston/Auburn College. Her major areas of focus are long-term care, services for persons with developmental disabilities, early childhood intervention, and substance abuse prevention. If successful, she would be the only Irish born Senator in the U.S. Mrs Craven lives in Lewiston, Maine with her husband and family. Photo: Carna born U.S. politician Margaret Craven. Photo courtesy of


BTEI Courses in Cashel Three new courses will start in September in Cashel Community Centre under the BTEI (Back To Education Initiative).There will be a health related fitness course including topics such as the human body in action, good exercise practice, lifestyle, and practical participation. This has a FETAC Level 3 (foundation) certification and is scheduled to start on 30th September at 8.30pm . The second course will be a ‘Care in the home’ training course which covers the topics of First Aid and emergencies, moving and lifting, practical care skills, stress management ,dementia ,etc. The course starts on Wednesday 24th September for 13 weeks and it is accredited by City and Guilds Institute London and is free to all Informal Carers. The third course is in Computer Literacy which teaches the use of common computer applications, an introduction to the internet and email and understanding good work habits in the use and care of computers and related equipment. It carries a FETAC Level 3 (Foundation) Certification and will run daytime from 10am to 2 pm starting on 26th September. For further information contact Cashel Development Office on 095 31052.

St. Theresa’s N.S. Welcome back! It’s another new school year and everyone is glad to be back! This year we welcome our 8 new pupils, Emma, Ronan, Steven, Seamus, Niall, Gerard and Luke. We wish last year’s 6th class pupils the very best, Michael, John, Christopher, Nathan, Daniel, Thomas and Alan. There has been so much happening in our school already. Firstly, our school extension has started. It’s already progressing very well. The pupils, teachers and parents cannot wait until it is finished so we can move into our 2 new classrooms. Our old classrooms will be turned into a General Purpose Room. Now our sports teacher won’t have any excuses on wet days! We are also building 2 new offices and new bathrooms. It’s very exciting! This year we are having a Homework Club! This will be a great advantage to the pupils who are interested. Accordion and Fiddle lessons by Marie Walsh start on Thursday 11th Sept. Our pupils are very interested in these instruments and cannot wait to learn. Keyboard lessons with Rosie Joyce are starting soon. Tin whistle with Noreen Sullivan has started also. Following the completion of our Writers in Residence Programme we prepared a short presentation using the poems and stories we had written for the Clifden Arts Week. We then performed it in the West Connemara Leisure Centre with the other schools.


Cashel Photos Top: The group who attended the Cashel Summer Camp organized by Youth in Action. Above right: A great attendance of family and friends gathered in Johnny O Loghlens Bar in Cashel to celebrate the 60th birthday party of popular local man Micheal Folan from Rosroe. Above left: Action from the recent Junior B Championship football final between Killannin and Carna -Cashel which was played in Rosmuc. Kevin Walsh of Killanin contests with Conor Coyne and Sean Folan. The former Galway player and All Ireland winner was the backbone of Killannin, who won on a scoreline of 3-10 to 8 points. Photos courtesy of Bernard Lee


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02 Mercedes C220 Classic CDI, 2148cc, S/L, 80k Blue 01 Suzuki Grand Vitara, 2.0L TD, 138k, Silver 01 Fiat Punto, 1.2 Petrol, 5dr, H/B, 85k, Red 00 BMW 520i, S/L, 100k, Black 00 Renault Megane RXI, 1.4 Petrol, 5dr, H/B, 66k, Grey 00 Fiat Punto, 1.2 Petrol, 5dr, H/B, Red 00 Seat Ibiza Stella, 1.4 Petrol, H/B, 108k, Black 00 Ford Fiesta 1.25 Petrol, 5dr, H/B, 54k, Black 99 Ford Mondeo LX, 1.6 Petrol, 5dr, H/B, 130k, Silver 99 Nissan Almera S, 1.4 Petrol, S/L, 138k, Red 99 Nissan Almera Sport, 1.4 Petrol, 3dr, H/B, 140k, Green 95 Toyota Celica, 2 years NCT, 100k, Metallic Black


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Claddaghduff Claddaghduff Show-To be or not to be? Unfortunately Claddaghduff Show did not take place this year and on Monday October 20th at 8pm in Claddaghduff Hall a meeting will be held to decide if it will next year. In recent years the show had grown in size with record entries and the return of Cattle and Sheep classes. All shows have struggled in recent years with weather conditions and lack of volunteers but those in Connemara have fared better than most, it would be sad to see Claddaghduff Show 2009 (which would be the 21st show) not take place. In order to take place some new committee members and also some helpers for the day and a couple of nights beforehand would be required. Committee members would be required to attend a meeting approximately once every 2 months before the show day. Anyone who could assist on the day would just have to attend on show-day and one meeting before the show which takes place on Sunday July 26, 2009. In recent months, a number of people have said they would help in order to save the show and a number of interesting suggestions have been made-we would ask these people if at all possible to attend this meeting. Often people have said “ I’d help but I don’t know anything about horses”. Don’t worry, no knowledge of horses is required, just assistance in preparation, traffic/ parking control, setting up rings, putting up signs / posters etc, one or two nights before the show and on the day itself. Safety is a big issue at all shows, and without an adequate number of stewards on the day, no show can now take place. If you are unable to attend this meeting but are still willing to help, please contact one of the following people: Mary Sweeney, Sweeney’s Bar, Claddaghduff Tel: 44743, John Noel Mullen, Sheeauns, Cleggan, Tel:44637, or Cathriona O’ Toole Tel : 21951.


The Islands Tour with the Music Network On Wednesday the 8th of October renowned classical violinist, Darragh Morgan will give a concert in the Inishbofin Community Centre at 9:00pm. Admission will be free (retiring collection at patron’s discretion). Darragh will play music by Bach, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Bill Campbell, John Buckley and Irish Airs. The Irish Times has described him as having “infectious enthusiasm and enviable technical ease”.

Film Group During the summer months an initiative was put in place by the Inishbofin Development company to create community involvement of teenagers and adults, who had an interest in film making. The group, now known as ONAROCK productions, filmed and produced a short three minute film with local film maker Kieran Concannon, which at present is in the final stages of editing. The project has been a resounding success and a proposal is pending, for more funding with which to continue workshops into the New Year.

World Heart Day Walk On the 5th of October 2008, World Heart Day takes place. To mark this there will be a free organized loop walk taking in aspects of the history of the island. Everybody is welcome to participate. Tourists wishing to participate in the walk will be greeted off the 11:30am ferry. The walk is an 8km walk and will take approx. 2-3 hours. Return ferry to Cleggan at 5pm. Walk will take place rain ,hail or shine! For details phone Murray Grant: (095) 45989 or email-

Monday Night Cards Each Monday night card games will be held in the Community Centre. Games of “25” or Poker will go ahead there depending on the demand. Light refreshments will be available. 7pm start.


Last Retreat The final day retreat of the year will take place at Kylemore Abbey on Saturday October 25th. Retreats will resume again in the Spring of 2009. As always, all are welcome.


The first female Chief Engineer of an Irish Ferries Ship is none other than Connemara’s own Bridget Gavin, daughter of Martin and Martina Gavin of Leenane. Bridget has been appointed to the position of Chief Engineer Officer of the Dublin/Holyhead cruise ferry “Ulysses” where she is responsible for all of the engineering aspects involved in the operation of the world’s largest car ferry. After attending Sancta Maria College in Louisburgh, Bridget took a National Diploma in Marine and Plant Engineering at Cork I.T., and today holds numerous qualifications in marine engineering, the most prestigious being the Chief Engineer Class 1 Certificate of Competence. After graduating, she worked for BP Shipping for ten years on various oil and gas tankers and steam and motor ships. After the birth of her daughter Grainne, Bridget found her ability to be away from home for long periods of time unmanageable. As a result, in 2007 she took up an appointment with Dobson Fleet Management who work with Irish Ferries.. She first was assigned the Ireland/France cruise ferry “Normandy” and later its replacement vessel “Oscar Wilde”. She subsequently joined the “Ulysses” two months ago. Working on board the 51,000 ton ‘Ulysses’, Bridget’s responsibilities include the workings of the four giant engines that power the world’s largest car ferry. With a combined output of 42,000 horse power, she must ensure that all of the ship’s systems are fully functioning and that the vessel has the power it needs to carry its 2,000 passengers/crew, drive its 4kms of vehicle lane parking space with capacity for 1,342 cars or 240 articulated trucks, and generate electrical power sufficient to light up a town like Westport. Urging other young Irish girls to consider a career at sea, she describes it as ‘a good life which requires determination and a lot of responsibility’. ‘From graduation there is almost guaranteed employment with great promotional prospects and good pay’ she added. Referring to her move to the Irish Ferries ships as one which has allowed her to have a bigger role in her daughter’s life, Bridget said that ‘being home for two weeks in every four, I can continue living in Leenane which I think is one of the most beautiful places on this planet’. Photo: Bridget Gavin on board the “Ulysses” Ferry of which she is Chief Engineer. Courtesy of Don Hall PR.


Sea Week 2008 Conamara Sea Week ’08 kicks off on Fri. Oct. 17th in the Quaker Village of Letterfrack. This is the 24th year of the celebrations and the line up promises and exciting ten days. The week will have its usual eclectic mix of sporting, cultural and artistic events.

Weekend 1 will see the opening of David Keane’s art exhibition ‘Underumbra’ in Connemara National Park. All are welcome on Friday night 8.00pm, exhibition will run from 17th – 27th. Saturday 18th will see trad music workshops in Letterfrack NS, from 11.00am-3.30pm, open to all ages, with some of Ireland’s finest players / teachers. Sunday 19th will feature a Mini Regatta (boats under 10 cm) in Connemara National Park at 2.00pm followed by a Book Fair in Ellis Hall at 3.00pm. Later that day in the Renvyle House Hotel will see the launch of the ‘Connemara Mussel Pie’ at 4pm. (See details in box below). This pie will be the creation of award winning chef Tim O’Sullivan. Celebrity tasters will be on hand to witness and taste the creation of a signature dish of local food produced in Connemara. After the launch of the Conamara Mussel Pie there will be further excitement with the launch of a mini CD from the young group ‘Fiddlesticks’. The whole afternoon in Renvyle House Hotel will be wrapped with the best of trad music with the Kane Sisters, Edel Fox, Frank Custy, Mary Staunton, Emma O’Sullivan and more. During the week a vibrant schools programme will be in place with artists and storytellers visiting schools in the local area. Chess competitions and Darts competitions are also be part of the weeks activities. A special event on Thursday 23rd October will be the Thomas Burke Memorial Lecture which will take place in Renvyle House Hotel and will be given by Dr. Cillian Rodden, an eminent marine biologist. This event will remember a lovely man who worked as a Shell Fish Development Officer in the Conamara area and promises to be a very special occasion. The night will start at 8.30pm and people are asked to come early as the lecture will be recorded for Connemara Community Radio and will later be published as a booklet through the good offices of BIM and FORUM. The main event of the Bank Holiday Weekend will be the Sea Week Conference, the title of which is ‘The Marine –an area still largely unknown?’ The venue is Letterfrack N.S. and the conference starts at 10.30am with a wonderful line up of scientists, poets and musicians which should make for a great weekend. The Conamara Sea Week 5-a-side Schools Soccer will also feature as part of the festivals line up, taking place at Letterfrack NS on Monday 27th at 11.00am in the very capable hands of Brendan Ridge and his team. Don’t forget the Sean Nos workshop at Ellis Hall 4.00pm, and the special sale in aid of Renvyle Animal Rescue, Sunday 26th There will of course be plenty of fantastic music for the weekend with great players coming from all over the country. Musicians performing include Yvonne Kane, Liz Kane, Dermot Byrne, Michelle Mulcahy, Conor Keane, Maire Keane, Don Stiff, Tola Custy, Frank Custy, Siobhain Peoples, Mary O’Malley, Edel Fox, Mary Staunton, Deirdre Herbert, Dermot Diamond, Johnny Connolly, Marcus Hernon and the Hernon Boys, Emma O’Sullivan, John Kelly, Tommy Keane, Jacqueline McCarthy, Laoise Kelly, Angelina Carberry, Tim Browne, Fergus Cronin, Fiachra O’Regan and a host of young players, singers and dancers plus a gaggle of scientists which will make for ten days of fun and excitement in Letterfrack, Co. Galway. For more information or details of events, contact Leo Hallissey on 085 1154629 / 095 41034 or through www.

T he La un c h of C o nne m a r a M u s s e l P i e One of the major events of the Connemara Sea Week 08 will be the launch of the Connemara Mussel Pie which takes place in Renvyle House Hotel on Sunday 19th Oct. at 5.00pm. The award winning Renvyle House Hotel chef, Tim O’Sullivan, will be launching his Connemara Mussel Pie. It is hoped that the Connemara Mussel Pie will become a signature dish for our region. Some of the best mussels in the world come from our area, and this is an important step in giving added value to a first class Connemara product namely, Killary mussels. In the future it is hoped that the Connemara Mussel Pie will feature on menus in restaurants and pubs not only throughout the region but further afield. It should be possible for customer to go into a pub and have a pint and a Connemara Mussel Pie in the same fashion as one can buy a Cornish pasty or a Lancashire hotpot. Needless to say food produced locally has a high value, doesn’t come with air miles and can create jobs in the region. If black pudding can do it for Clonakilty, I am sure mussels can do it for Connemara! ‘We are absolutely delighted that Tim is creating a high quality unique local product and we look forward to welcoming people to the launch’ says Ronnie Counihan, Manager, Renvyle House Hotel. Next year it is hoped that the Connemara Lamb Pie will be launched at the Conamara Bog Week ‘09. These two pies should be fine flagship products in what will become a raft of quality local produce.

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Letterfrack Information Service If you have any questions about Social Welfare, Housing, Consumer Affairs, Employment, Education or your rights and entitlements in general, contact us on 095-22000 or 087-1301100 or call in. 1:30pm to 4:30pm / Venue: Connemara West October 2008: Tuesday 14th & Tuesday 28th. A wide range of application forms and booklets are available, including: Entitlements for People with Disabilities, One Parent Families Information Guide, Information for Regular Part Time Workers, Employment Rights Explained.


Ionad Pobail an Mháma Groups which have recently held meetings in Maam Community Centre include Coiste Forbartha an Mháma, Maam Women’s Group, Leenane/ Maam Branch of the Irish Red Cross, Croí Ramblers and Galway Walking Club. The Community Centre is now available for Bookings for Autumn and Winter. Contact Jack on 091 571108.

Maam Women’s Group Members held a planning meeting to discuss activities for the Winter months, which include Art Classes, Health talks, etc. The Group are going to the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris, for their Christmas Celebrations on the 5th/6th December. Booking is essential and all are welcome.

Chernobyl Charity Challenge On Sunday 21st September the Chernobyl Aid Ireland Cycle began in Oughterard and participants cycled to Maam, stopping for refreshments at Keane’s Bar, before cycling to Mayo to climb Croagh Patrick. After the climb they cycled the 80 km. return journey to Oughterard. This was the 4th annual Charity Challenge. The event raises money for orphanages in Belarus which often need complete renovation and repairs.

Fr Kenny leaves Joyce Country We end the news from Maam on a sad note. Our parish priest, Fr. John Kenny, is leaving the area on October 24th and moving to Dunmore. Fr. Kenny has been parish priest of Leenane, Maam, and Finny for two years. He has been very active in our spiritual and community life. He has helped to raise money for charity, including taking part in a Long Board Paddleathon on the Killary. A keen dancer, he took part in Sean Nós Dancing in Maam and in Salsa Dancing in Leenane. We will miss his singing at Mass and his interesting sermons. We will also miss the lovely photographs he conbtributes to the Joyce Country Echo. We would like to thank him for his work in our community and wish him good health and happiness in his new parish of Dunmore. Rosemary Hanley

advice, as well as local man Niall O’Sullivan who will display his array of handmade woodwork crafts for sale.” As Christmas approaches a number of special events and seasonal produce will be added to the market including, organic turkeys, puddings, Christmas cakes, mince pies and lots more. To ensure the viability of the Country Market in Moycullen village it is hoped that there will be continued support from local people in the area and indeed in the surrounding areas. For further information contact: Gerry Geoghegan at 087 2672371.


Oughterard Sewerage Action Group At a recent meeting in Oughterard, an umbrella group was set up to concentrate on the urgent need to replace the existing Oughterard Sewage Treatment Plant which was built in 1947. The current plant is at maximum capacity and cannot meet the needs of the local community. It is unsatisfactory to have an out of date plant discharging partially treated sewage directly into Lough Corrib. The Oughterard Sewerage Action Group is a representative body of the community of Oughterard. Its goal is to advance the construction of a new treatment plant which will curtail the pollution of Lough Corrib and meet the needs of the local community. The group is reflective of the entire representative bodies in Oughterard. It will represent the local community on this issue, by applying pressure on local authorities and government representatives to complete the construction of a modern Sewage Treatment Plant. The group is comprised of the following members: John Gibbons, Chairman of the Anglers Association, Justin Keogh, Chairman of the Oughterard Business Association, Patrick Faherty, Chairman of the Oughterard Community Council, Seamus Walsh, County Councillor, and Thomas Welby, County Councillor and representative of the Oughterard Tourism and Development Association.

Retirement of P.P. Canon Paddy Heneghan A celebratory mass and party to mark the retirement of Rev. Canon Paddy Heneghan was held at the Church of the Immaculate Conception and afterwards at the Community centre in Oughterard on Friday September 19th.The packed church, excellent food preparation and organisation provided by the good spirited people of Oughterard and surrounding areas attested to the popularity of Oughterard Parish Priest Canon Paddy Heneghan. Photos: Nora Ryan presents a painting by Cheryll Kinsley Potter to Canon Paddy. Alasdar MacCana (who is 101 years of age) makes a presentation to Canon Paddy. The Mass


Moycullen Country Market Moycullen Village has introduced a Country Market which will operate on Fridays between 1pm and 6pm at An Fuarán, Moycullen. The Country Market will open for business on October 3rd and will feature a range of stalls including food, arts and crafts and gardening supplies. Due to the success of country markets throughout Ireland and Galway City and County, Gerry Geoghegan, organiser of the market felt that Moycullen Village was an ideal location for something similar. Speaking about its launch Gerry commented, “Moycullen is situated just 8 miles from the city with huge volumes of traffic passing daily. The Country Market will not only provide something for the locals living in the village, but also for passers by, boosting the overall economy for local retailers in the area.” Gerry added “There will be up to 15 traders at the market each week, selling everything from organic produce to arts and crafts. We can assure customers that the products on sale will be of a high quality with full traceability guaranteed. People who visit the market can expect to find organic and non organic produce such as fresh fish, meat, fruit and vegetables, home baking, eggs, cheese, bagels, honey, jams, preserves, chutneys and lots more. There will also be a variety of arts and crafts products on sale such as wooden kitchen utensils, knitwear, silverware and wooden clocks. We are also delighted that the market will include Crú Valley Nursery an enterprise run by Moycullen locals who will be on hand to provide customers with plenty of gardening


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servers from Oughterard with Rev Fathers Martin Moran, Monsignor Malachy Hallinnan , Canon Paddy Heneghan, Father Jimmy Walshe , Reverend Patrick Towers , Canon Sean Manning and Father Mullins, after the celebration of Mass for Canon Paddy’s retirement. Photos by Tom Broderick

Clann Resource Centre News We have quite a few projects available for anyone interested this Autumn, like our new Creative Writing, Personal Development and Women’s Discussion Group. We also have a conference coming up for those who are parenting alone on the 22nd of November in Castlebar. If you would like to take part contact us at Clann as childcare and travel expenses will be available for those interested. We now have M.A.B.S (money advice and budgeting) available every other Monday, from 10.30-2.30pm. The next visit is on Monday 13th October and no appointment is necessary. Citizens Information is also available every other Monday from 10.30- 1pm with the next visit on Monday October 6th. As always, there are also new projects for young people such as BeatClub, for all young musicians, Youth Circus, Dance Troupe and Girls Discussion Group. For more information on any of our activities please contact Clann on (091) 557633 or just call in for a chat and a cuppa. Clann is always in need of volunteers and can only do its work with their help. If you feel you could get involved with any of the activities please give us a call or stop by for a chat.



Broadband A full and fast wireless broadband service is now available in the Recess and Inagh Valley area. More details are available from local broadband providers and installers.

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Inquest into Pier Accident An inquest into the deaths of two Lithuanian men who drowned when their car went off the pier in Ros a Mhil last December has found that the vehicle they were driving was defective. The car was bought for €150 and had mileage of 127,000, and the two men were both also over the drink driving limit. The two victims were Yanis Teibe (36) and Andriejuas Chitrovas (39). A third man managed to escape from the car and survived. The car was described as “defective” by a public service vehicle inspector at the inquest.


Canadian Scholarship Debbie Ruddy of Renvyle, who is finishing her Master of Business at Athlone IT

was awarded a scholarship from the Ireland Canada University Fund recently. She was based at Ryerson University, Ontario for a four week period, where she undertook a research study into the higher education system in Canada. Her study also involved exploring the potential for linkages between Athlone IT and 3rd level institutions in the Ontario region. Head of the Business School at AIT, John Cusack, said that the success of Debbie’s research proposals was indicative of the calibre of postgraduate business students at AIT. Debbie and another postgraduate business student were sponsored by Tullamore based Atlantic Corridor Ireland.

Retirement Function As many will know, Mrs. Mary Gannon former principal of St. Patrick’s National School, Tully Renvyle has retired after 46 years of service to the school and community. There will be a Retirement Function to mark the occasion held in Renvyle House Hotel on Sunday 9th November at 8pm. Music will be provided by Frank Coyne and friends with refreshments and presentation at 9pm. Tickets are €12.50 per person and numbers are limited. Tickets can be obtained from the following committee members: Colleen Curran 087 2841006, Sharon Duane 086 8258783, Noleen McConway 087 7456326 and Martina Curley 086 3693857. We look forward to seeing many past pupils on the night, there have been quite a few of us!


Filming of TV Ad On Tuesday morning Sept 23rd Russell Curran Productions were filming around the Roundstone harbour and the entrance to the village. In the afternoon they filmed Dogs Bay. The next day they were out in the harbour and later at a shop in the area. It caused minor disruption to the village but also great excitement. They are producing a commercial for Tourism Ireland to promote Connemara for the UK and European Market which in the long run should be good for future business in Connemara and in particular for Roundstone.

Champion of Champions Pony Show The Champion of Champions of Connemara Pony Show took place on September 14th in the Show Grounds here in Roundstone, despite a horrendous morning of

torrential rain. I might add that if this show was taking place in another show ground there would be the possibility of it being abandoned. However, the Roundstone Show Grounds were built by Paddy the Yank for the village and with excellent planning and lay out, there was never a doubt but that the show would go on. The ample trailer and car parking space, the seating and the gravel walkways made it ideal, despite the rivers of water that seem to be everyplace outside the area. Even the show field itself still had a lovely green patch in the middle after a day when hundreds of ponies passed around on show, to show off the Champion of all the Champions. There was no doubt that the Judging with Mr Stephan Strang (From Scotland) and from France, Hubert Laurant was of a very high standard.

Defibrillator The two defibrillators are now in place in Lowry’s shop and O’Dowd’s Café, thank you to everybody who gave their donations to bring this project to a very satisfactory end. On Saturday September 27th, seven people, Ann Conneely, Stephen King (Murvey), Mary Mongan, Anne DeLappe, Martina Conneely, Marion Mannion (Calla) and myself attended the CPR course in preparation for the use of the defibrillator. The venue had to be changed at the last moment to my house because a TV was needed for a DVD demonstration. It was a wonderful and simplified course which only took 3 hours. We all feel confident enough now that if there should be an emergency, god forbid, we would be able to respond with confidence. All the names to date with their telephone numbers will be up on the notice board, and elsewhere. Having said that, some work still has to be done on making people aware of how to make contact with each other, should a doctor not be available. We also need a few more trained people in the village and the outside areas for serious back up. Another training session will be held on the 25th October 2pm, the cost is only €50, including all the literature and a CD.

Community Hall Roundstone Lotto has made a donation of €3000 towards the final touches and refurbishing of the Lower Hall for all events, but in particular, the weekly meetings of the senior citizens, of which they have been deprived for some time. It should be up and running from about the first of October. On the 18th October, at 7pm there will be an opening of the Lower Hall, and it was thought to combine it with an evening of reminiscing with our senior members, so hopefully the Radio will come down and record their stories.

Tidy Town Results You probably all know by this time that Westport were the over all winners but this year Roundstone added yet another few points towards our goal in the tidy towns, our results this year 239 out of 500. With a little help and co-operation we can do a lot better. Perhaps monthly meetings over the winter to plan a strategy for the next year should be looked into. A

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Again the usual buildings got a nice mention, Eldon’s and the Roundstone House, Beola Restaurant, and Sheila Magee’s. The adjudicators spoke about the flowers boxes and hanging baskets in private houses as well as Margaret’s new garden at the back of O’Dowd’s. Well done to RDC and the workers and I am sure they would appreciate some more help if anyone is interested in being part of Tidy Towns for the year 2009.

Dalkey Design Shop It is with regret that we learn of the closure of Dalkey Design shop here in the village. Glinis Robbins and Cathy White from Dalkey have been operating this outlet for 10 years but with the downfall in the American business they have decided to call it a day. The shop was aimed at the higher end of the scale and was a great success.

Youth Club Roundstone Youth Club commences on Friday October 10th.

All Souls Graveyard Mass A reminder that on the 2nd November, at 2pm Father McCarthy will be saying Mass up in the Gurteen Graveyard with the blessing of the graves. It is hoped that people will clean up their relatives graves for that day.

Beach clean up Quite a bit more rubbish has accumulated on dogs Bay and Gurteen, therefore volunteers are needed for next Sunday October 5th at 2pm for a clean sweep in preparation for the October Bank holiday-obviously weather permitting. So please come alongthe more people to help, the quicker the job can be done.

Birthday Greetings Birthday greetings to Dara Lowry, son of Seamus and Fiona,the youngest Lowry grandchild who will be celebrating his 1st birthday in the Lowry’s new house Árd na Mara, Roundstone on October 4th. Happy Birthday Dara! See you in the youth club one day !

Condolences Our sympathies are with the family of Paddy Connolly, who was buried on Friday last. Paddy was an uncle to Theresa Welsh, and had an extraordinary life. He was in the army for twenty five years, served in the Congo with the late Joe Keane, an ardent sportsman, and in fact he was the Pitch and Putt champion for his regiment. Another extraordinary person passed away, our condolences to Robin and Brendan Wood on the loss of their mother, Patricia Woods, who was buried in Gurteen last Saturday morning. Patricia in my eyes was a real gentle lady, very softly spoken and never said a bad word about any one. She was also known for her friendship with Kate O’Brien, the writer. I remember them reminiscing during Arts Week some years ago. May they rest in peace. Richard De Stacpoole

Marina Still Possible Plans have not been terminated for the development of a marina at Roundstone Harbour. It is understood that funding from the government is still a possibility. All of the 38 berths in the plans have been sold for a price in the €40k range. Recent reports that the bank was calling in funds on four local guarantors is said to be untrue by our local source.


Naomh Fechin in Final Junior Championship Semi Final Replay Naomh Fechin 1-9 Salthill/Knocknacarra 2-5

Naomh Fechin booked a place in the final of the West Junior C Championship last weekend with a narrow win over Salthill/Knocknacarra in Oughterard. Their one point win was another tightly contested match with the Galway opponents, and they will now meet Micheal Breathnachs in the West Junior C Final, which will be played in Rosmuc on Saturday October 4th at 5:30pm.

First Semi Final Naomh Fechin 1-5 Salthill/Knocknacarra 0-8 The Naomh Fechin Clifden team met Salthill/Knocknac-

arra in the semi final of the Junior C Championship on the evening of Saturday September 20th. From the throw in, Salthill/Knocknacarra won the ball scoring a point straight away. A couple of wides followed for Naomh Feichin with Salthill/Knocknacarra scoring again from a free. The ball was won in midfield by Naomh Feichin and from this play Shane Sweeney got the first score for Naomh Feichin. Salthill / Knocknacarra duly replied with another point. Neil Black got the last point of the first half giving Clifden a lead of 3 points to 2 at the break. Both teams had a lot of wides in the first half and Salthill had missed a goal chance. The second half was going to be hard for the Clifden side as the bright sunshine was dazzling the Naomh Fechin goalkeeper and defence. Bernard Keaney delivered a nice point from play, leaving the sides level again. Salthill hit back with four

points, two from frees and two from play. Dylan Wallace got a great point from play and from the Salthill kickout Naomh Feichin won the side-line ball. Danny King promptly scored a goal, once again putting the sides level. Another point from Salthill/Knocknacarra put them ahead and one minute into injury time, Tomas King pulled one out of the bag to make the sides level for full time and set up for a replay. Ann Mitchell

Clonbur Victory at Ladies All Ireland 7’s Geraldine Giles, Uachtaran Cumman Peil Gael na mBan, presents the cup to captain Aisling Egan after Clonbur, Galway, won the Intermediate Championship on September 27th, at the All-Ireland Ladies Football 7’s, which took place at Naomh Mearnog, Portmarnock, Dublin. Picture courtesy of Stephen McCarthy, Sportsfile.

All-Ireland Supreme Champion of Champions 2008 The Supreme Champion Connemara Pony of 2008 is Eamon Bourke’s Currachmore Cashel by Rosenaharley Rowley-Tolka Bridge. The prize pony was handled by Eamon’s son, Joe. He is shown here with Roundstone Pony Show Queen Edel Dowd and Show Chairman Paddy ‘Yank’ McDonagh at the Pony Parade on Roundstone Harbour. The show was held in Roundstone at Farrell’s field on September 14th. The detailed results are on page 15.

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Under 13’s City League Semi-Final Naomh Feichin 4-9 Fr Griffins/Eire Og 1-0 The semi-final clash between Naomh Feichin U13’s and Fr Griffins/Eire Og was played on a sunny afternoon in Oughterard on Saturday September 20th. The Naomh Feichin lads got their first point in the first minute of play with Mark Staunton putting one over the bar. Brian Holmes won the ball from the kick out, and followed with a lovely hand pass to Gearoid King. Gearoid then passed back to Brian, who scored the second point, with only two minutes gone. In the next ten minutes Fr Griffins /Eire Og got three balls from play but put them wide. From a goalie kick out, Anderson Egbadon caught the ball, passed it to Brian Holmes. Brian passed it to Colm Coneys, who completed a great pass to Fechin Mitchell, who shot into the corner of the goal. This made the score 1-2 to nil, and Fr Griffin/ Eire Og started to make chances with there midfield. Naomh Feichin was still winning the majority of midfield ball however. Two more points from Brian Holmes and another from Fechin Mitchell made the score 1-5 to nil 20 minutes into the game. Fr. Griffin/ Eire Og simply could not penetrate the defence of Naomh Feichin. More scores followed: another point from Brian Holmes, and a point and goal from Colm Coneys. Naomh Feichin’s dominance could be clearly seen in the half-time score of 2-8 to 0-0. The second half didn’t start too well for the Clifden side as they gave away a quick goal to Fr.Griffin /Eire Og, but they recovered almost instantly. From the goal, Naomh Feichin goalie James Mannion kicked it straight into the hands of Darren Burke. Darren then passed to Anderson Egbabon,

who hand passed to Connor Little, who drilled it into the back of the net. As the second half progressed, some subs were made and Brian Holmes clocked up another great point. Fr. Griffin / Eire Og went on to have a few more wides . The game ended with a great passage of play between Goalkeeper Steven McDonagh, Cian Laffey and James O Toole, who again hit the back of the net just as the ref blew it up. Photo: The Under 13 Naomh Feichin team who reached the final of the U-13’s City League.

U13 Final The final of the U13 City League took place on Saturday September 27th in Oughterard between Naomh Feichin and Oranmore-Maree. The Naomh Fechin team was eventually defeated by three points on a score line of 1-12 to 1-9,

but they are to be congratulated on their excellent standard of football and team play they have shown throughout the entire competition. It is a major achievement to reach the final of the league, and the players, coaches, volunteers and supporters are congratulated on their fantastic achievement. Photo: The U13 Team who were runners up in the U13 City League Final.

U-16’s Championship Semi-Final Naomh Feichin 3-8 Monivea Abbey 3-5 Naomh Feichin met Monivea Abbey in the U-16’s Championship Semi final on Sunday 21st September in Oughterard for the club’s third semi final match in one weekend. It was a dry and calm day and the team was

John Mitchell GAA Reunion A Reunion Dinner of John Mitchell’s GAA Club London will take place at the Broadhaven Hotel in Belmullet on October 4th and 5th. All former players and committee members of the Club are welcome. For details, contact Fechin Mitchell on (086) 859 7429 or Frances Joyce on (095) 21859.

Oughterard GAA Centenary Cumann Seamus O Maille Oughterard is delighted to announce that we are celebrating our club centenary this year. As the second oldest club in Galway and the oldest in Connemara, we are hosting a Centenary Social to commemorate this very special event. The social takes place on Saturday the 4th of October in our local community centre. As one of the oldest organisations in Oughterard we felt that we should hold this special event in our local community. We hope that all natives of Oughterard, both past and present, club members and non-club members

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well supported with a good crowd of supporters travelling from Clifden. Monivea took an early two point lead. In response, Jack Vaughan got two points back for Naomh Feichin, with Conal Joyce adding another in the last minute of the 1st half. The half time score was 0-3 to 0-2 to Naomh Feichin, with both teams having a lot of wides in the 1st half. It was still anyone’s game. Monivea Abbey got the first point of the second half from play and it was clear that winning the ball in midfield was going to be the key for the teams. The next score came from Conal Joyce of Naomh Feichin from a rebound off the Monivea cross bar. This seemed to lift and boost the Naomh Feichin Lads. Two quick scores from Gerald Gibbons and Cathal Molloy brought the score to 1-5 to 0-3. Monivea quickly responded and scored two points, one from play and one free. David Black won the ball in midfield and passed to Eoghan Killkenny. Eoghan hand passed to Conal Joyce, and then it was onto the feet of Peter Cullen, who put the ball into the Monivea goal bringing the score to 2-5 to 0-5. Again Naomh Feichin had found a hole in Monivea’s defence. The sideline knew the Monivea Abbey heads would not go down however, and sure enough they replied with a great goal into the Naomh Feichin net. Naomh Feichin got the next two scores from play with Jack Vaughan and Gerald Gibbons putting the ball over the bar. Monivea struck back again with another goal, leaving the score 2-7 to 2-5. Jack Vaughan rallied again, scoring a great point from play. With only 2 minutes to go, Conal Joyce scored one more cracking goal bringing the score to 3-8 to 2-5 in favour of the Clifden side. From the Monivea Abbey kick out, they had won the ball, passed to the forward and another great goal followed. The pressure was now all in the Naomh Feichin area. After two great saves from Niall Staunton and a great defence from Colin Reilly, Chris Holmes, Josh Stoney and David Black, the Ref blew the whistle on what had been a heartstopping game and a fantastic afternoon’s sporting entertainment. Naomh Feichin U-16’s will meet St Grellan’s in the final of the competition. Photo: The U16 Naomh Feichin side who will now contest the final of the U16 Championship. Naomh Fechin reports and photos courtesy of Gerry Delaney and Ann Mitchell

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come together to help make the social a great success. As a club we have seen many great players pass through our ranks including Dinny Sullivan, Henry Kenny, the Keogh brothers, Kevin Clancy and from the recent years Matthew Clancy. The centenary social will celebrate the contribution these players made to the club both on and off the field. Also we hope to remember the contribution of other great Oughterard players, committee members, executive officers, founding members, fans, parents and all who have contributed to our past successes. The social is being held in the Oughterard Community Centre. The hall will be specially decorated for the night and there will be a full bar with extension. The entertainment will be provided by Discovery, Richie Kavanagh and DJ Aidan Kenny. For further information about the Oughterard GAA Centenary social and for tickets please contact John @ 0861908030 or Kathleen @ 0876410250. Tickets are priced at €65 and are also available from McNamaras shop and Keoghs shop Oughterard.

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Connemara Rugby Connemara played what should have been their last game of the Connacht Senior League in damp but mild conditions against Division One side Buccaneers on Saturday September 13th. It was an evenly matched first half with two penalty kicks from Bennie Bester leaving Connemara just ahead 6-5 at the break. Buccaneers improved significantly in the second half however, adding on four tries to secure the win, 29-11. However the scoreline was improved with a try by Bernard Keaney in added time and the Connemara squad put in a fair performance overall, taking into consideration the depleted squad available for the match. The First Round match of the AIB Cup against Barnhall was played at the Monastery Field on Saturday. Barnhall

took the lead with the first try with relative ease and duly converted it. Connemara caught on fairly quickly and responded with a well taken try by Kevin Ward, which Bennie Bester converted. A penalty for Barnhall left the half time score at 10-7 in their favour. The second half was almost as evenly matched and tight as the first. Another converted try brought Barnhall’s tally to 17, while new Connemara recruit Frankie Leonard drove a well deserved try across the line. Another conversion from Bennie Bester brought the score to 17-14, the eventual result. Connemara will have the chance to achieve what some might regard as a more significant victory over the Kildare side when they play them on Saturday October 11th in the AIL league. The AIL Div 3 league kicks off on Saturday October 4th, when Connemara play host to Sunday’s Well from Cork. Photo: Connemara players rally to retain possession against Barnhall in the first round of the AIB Cup.

AIL Div 3 Fixtures 2008/09 Sat. 4th Oct. 08 Connemara v Sundays Well Sat.11th Oct. 08 Barnhall v Connemara Sat. 18th Oct. 08 Connemara v Suttonians Sat. 25th Oct. 08 Connemara v Portadown Sat. 29th Nov. 08 Banbridge v Connemara Sat. 6th Dec. 08 Connemara v Midleton Sat. 13th Dec. 08 Corinthians v Connemara Sat. 17th Jan. 09 Connemara v Queens University Sat. 24th Jan. 09 Waterpark v Connemara Sat. 31st Jan. 09 Connemara v Co. Carlow Sat. 21st Feb. 09 Naas v Connemara Sat. 7th Mar. 09 Connemara v Nenagh Ormond Sat. 28th Mar.08 Old Wesley v Connemara Sat. 11th Apr. 09 Connemara v Rainey Old Boys Sat. 18th Apr. 09 Ards v Connemara

Local Interest in Leinster Schools Rugby Clifden’s Tiernan O’Halloran, who recently made a twotry debut in Connemara’s Senior Friendly against Monivea, has been selected to play for Leinster Schools in their forthcoming Interprovincial series. Tiernan (17) is a sixth-year student at Cistercian College, Roscrea. Recently, Tiernan played for Leinster Schools in a warm-up fixture in Cardiff on Sunday 21st September against Cardiff Blues Under-18’s, where Leinster won 16-14. Leinster Schools play in Donnybrook on Oct. 1st (v Ulster) on Oct. 15th (v Connacht) and in Clonmel (v Munster) on Oct. 8th. Tiernan has been a member of Connacht’s under-age Academy for the past two years. Another member of Connacht’s Academy and also a Cistercian College, Roscrea student, Paddy Finn from Aughrim, Ballinasloe, has also been selected to play for Leinster in the Interprovincial campaign. Tiernan and Paddy have both also been selected in the preliminary Ireland Schools squad.

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Roundstone All Ireland Champion of Champions Pony Show Sept 14th 2008 Results Yearling colt-1, Cailin Conneely’s Letterdyfe Rira, by Currachmore Cashel-Letterdyfe Ruby; 2, Kieran McGrath’s Glencarrig Roemo, by Bunowen Bobby-Fairyhill Heather; 3,Michael Moloney’s Monaghanstown Jimmy, by Mountain Cascade-Monaghanstown Princess. Yearling filly-1, Martin Keaney’s Murvey Rita, by Currachmore Cashel - Cashel Cherry; 2,Peter Molloy’s Dooneen Starlight, by Silver Shadow-Dooneen Castle; 3,Robbie and Barbara Fallon’s Cashelbay Clancy, by Cashelbay Prince-Grey Molly. Two year old colt-1, Frank Joyce’s An Claoimh Solais, by Rynn Richard-Mandy; 2,Martin Keaney’s Illaunurra Lad, by Corncullen Silver Belle-Village Mist;3, Padraic Gannon’s Comaron Hazy Lad, by Hazy Match-Atlantic Collette. Two year old filly-1, Peter Molloy’s Dooneen Stephanie Rose, by Hazy Match-Jennifer Rose; 2, Pat O’Neill’s Illaunurra Heather, by Silver Shadow-Illaunurra Mist; Sean Faherty’s Inverin Misty, by Hazy Match-Inverin Lady. Three year old colt-1, John Joe Lee’s Bawn Dusty, by Shannon Prince-Polly Pocket; 2,Patrick Joyce’s Maghera Fadda Lad, by Rynn Richard-Lettercallow Lady; 3,Des Donnegan & Philip McCallon’s Hazelrock Buachaill, by Currachmore Cashel-Smokey Star. Three year old filly-1, Peter Molloy’s Dooneen Alice, by Frederiksminde Hazy Match- Jennifer Rose; 2, Pat & Mary Rabbitt’s Beech Honey, by Monaghanstown BoyBeech Girl; 3, Patrick and Kay Mahon’s Glenkyle Saoirse, by Frederiksminde Hazy Match-Atlantic Miranda. Junior Champion: An Claoimh Solais Reserve Junior Champion: Dooneen Alice Filly foal-1, Mairtin Nee’s Doonreghan Chris, by Clooneile Cashel-Doonreghan Star; 2, Cailin Conneely’s Letterdyffe Rachel Rose, by Frederiksminde Hazy MatchLetterdyffe Rose; 3, John Joe O’Neill’s by Caherlistrane Robbie-Silver Gillian Colt foal-1, Damien Gorham’s by Coosheen StormboyApril Dawn Lady; 2,Feichin and Kerry King’s Bunowen Castle Johnny Fox, by Glenayre Silver Fox-Doohulla Lucky Star; 3,Tom Burke’s Abbeyside Flecher, by Coosheen Stormboy-Misty. Champion Foal: Damien Gorham. Reserve: Mairtin Nee Stallions-1, Eamon Bourke’s Currachmore Cashel, by Rosenaharley Rowley-Tolka Bridge; 2, Seamus Keady’s Skousboe Morning Rock, by Hazy Dawn-Frederiksminde Mellow; 3,Beatrice Maxwell Murphy’s Gleann Rua Maxwell, by Westside Fred-Moonlight Four to six year old mare with or without foal-1, Padraic and Nicola Heanue’s Grange Ruby Surf, by Grange Bobbing Sparrow-Kilkerran Surf; 2,Eddie Fleming’s Gneevebrack Belle, by Laerkens Cascade Dawn-Grey Rock Mist; 3 Paddy Joe Conneely’s Bunnagippaun Fushia, by Glencarrig Prince-Cloosh Lady Seven to twelve year old mare with foal-1, Ronan Francis Mullen’s Lakeside Lassie, by Streamstown Larry-Hilltop; 2, Cathal Mullen’s Independent, by Murphy Rebel-Gurteen Star; 3,Bernard Keaney’s Murvey Cara, by Boden Park Finnard-Cashel Cherry. Seven to twelve year old mare without foal-1, Patrick Curran’s Glencarrig Maria, by Glencarrig Grey-Glencarrig Aedin; 2, Noel Brett’s Foregloss Lass, by Wings of Victory-Foregloss Matchmaker; 3, Breda Horan’s Kilmeen Jane, by Cloonisle Cashel-Rhylin Saoirse. Thirteen to nineteen year old mare with or without foal –1, Gearoid Curran’s April Rose, by Streamstown LarryErrisbeg Dolly; 2, Jane Andrews’s Coral Misty Jane, by Cloonisle Cashel-Coral Misty; 3, Pat King’s Pride of the West, by Silsneoir-Silver Judy. Mare twenty years and over with or without foal-1, Grace Murphy’s Lakeside Lady, by Abbeyleix Dolphin-Kits Bay; 2, Claire King’s Frosty Sparrow, by Grange Finn Sparrow- Marie of Glanmore Geldings-1, Emma and Helen Jameson’s Tommy’s Pride, by Moy Hazy Cove-Cloonisle Heather; 2, Pat O’Neill’s Illaunurra Shadow, by Silver Shadow-Illaunurra Mist; 3,James de Courcey’s Neantog, by Laerkens Cascade Dawn-Slan Abhaile. Mare under 13.2 with or without foal-1 Claire King’s Frosty Sparrow, by Grange Finn Sparrow- Marie of

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Glanmore All Ireland Supreme Champion of Champions : Eamon Bourke’s Currachmore Cashel, by Rosenaharley RowleyTolka Bridge. Reserve Champion: Grace Murphy’s Lakeside Lady, by Abbeyleix Dolphin-Kits Bay.

Best Turned Out Handler and Pony Tommy Conneely of Clifden and his 13 year old mare Coral Misty’s Jane (Dam Coral Misty, Sire Cloonisle Cashel) are pictured at the Supreme Champion of Champions Show were awarded best turned out pony and handler on the day. A very successful season saw Coral Misty’s Jane achieve 1st place ribbons at the Louisburgh Cashel and Carraroe Shows, and 2nd place ribbons at the Roundstone Champion of Champions Show, Westport Show, Roundfort Show, Tourmakeady Show, and Oughterard Show. Photo courtesy of Jane Andrews.

Local Champs at Regional Shows “Butson Grey Sally” owned by Bridget and Peter Lee of Clover Hill Connemara Ponies of Ballyconneely, was awarded Champion of Ballinrobe Pony Show on September 7th. She was bred by Ms Marie Treacy of Ballinasloe from Laerkens Cascade Dawn and Mountain Heather. Glencarraig Rose, owned by Gearoid Curran, Moycullen, was named Junior and Champion Connemara Pony and was presented the Michael Lenihan Memorial Trophy by Margaret Lenihan, at the 18th annual Claregalway Agricultural Show which took place on Sunday August 24th. Ulick and Paraic Folan from Inverin’s foal ‘Teach Mor Lucky Star’ won the Connemara Colt Foal and Reserve Champion Foal titles, and Jonathan Molloy, of Oughterard won first place with his Suffolk Ram.

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Mannions AFC News

So the season is well under way for Mannions AFC and in all aspects it’s been a very good start. Our squad of players has grown significantly with plenty of new talent coming in to blend with the established members. Our first league encounter was against Knocknacarra who had proved to be a bit of a bogey team for us over previous seasons. We had travelled there and played strong team football on their very good pitch only to leave without a point. This time we managed to leave with a point due to a cracking strike by new signing Mark Gannon, but we felt that it should have been a win for us, especially with them having a player sent off early in the second half and our numerous chances in front of goal. However, it was a good start to our league campaign. The second league match meant another trip to the city and an encounter with Renmore who are always near the top of our division. We again managed to create plenty of chances but only converted one when Andrew Shanahan unleashed a fierce strike on their goal. The defence did their job well and in the end one goal was all we needed to secure the 3 points. After a rest weekend it was imperative that the team spirit which had seen us play well over the previous two games continued to flourish and lift us up the table. We headed across the county to Athenry who have become a serious footballing power in the West of Ireland; they can boast four soccer teams at their club as well as some serious pieces of silverware. A strong squad travelled once again but after starting very strong, we gifted them an opener from a poorly defended free kick. Shane Lydon levelled things off after some good build up work from the midfield but again we conceded badly from a free kick to fall behind again. This second set back didn’t upset the team as we knew we had been playing the better football. The goals were very soft to concede especially as our centre back pairing of Dermot Clancy and Cathal Mulkerrins have been gold since the start of the season. In the end our forwards worked hard to get 3 more goals, 2 from Eoin O’Neill and another by Shane Lydon to put the match out of reach. 7 points from 3 games puts us top of the table for the first time in our history, and hopefully this is where we’ll stay until the end of the campaign! Our latest contest was in the Connacht Cup and a Sunday trip to Coolera Rovers in Sligo. The team we fielded was mainly made up of reserve team players as their league matches don’t get underway until much later in the season. We had a rocky start to the match; James Sweeney gave us a 1-0 lead but their attack woke up immediately and put 3 past us heading towards half time. Andrew Shanahan who hadn’t been available for the previous days match in Athenry, went on a fantastic solo run to blast one home before the break. The second half was a much tighter contest and the only goal was an equalizer from James Sweeney to bring it to extra time, although Thomas Madden was unlucky not to get a winner when his over head shot came back off the crossbar. The lads from Sligo did the damage when they scored in the first period of extra time, but we felt we had played a strong enough match to believe that both teams will have a good league campaign this season. Kevin Gavin

Clifden Lifeboat 10k Run The Clifden Lifeboat 10k Race was held on Sunday 14th September last. The atrocious weather conditions in the morning did not deter everyone, and some people even decided to join us on the day. Out of about 150 registered, almost 110 took part. A sudden change in the weather just before the race started made for a fairly dry race except for the floods on parts of the road. The route took the runners up the Sky Rd and back to finish outside the Alcock and Brown Hotel, and was described by some as the most challenging run they had ever done.

The first runner to come across the line was Iain Egan from Galway in 38.51 mins, and the first woman was Sue Znlay, from Dublin, in 45.10 mins. The first team were the Fuerty Harriers from Wicklow, and the first local person to come in was Alan Keogh in 45 mins. A special mention must go to Hazel Scullion who at 13 yrs of age crossed the finish line in 90 minutes, and the first dog crossed the line at 82 minutes! There was a great atmosphere afterwards in Mannion’s bar, where the presentation was held. It was hoped by most that this race would become a regular fixture and provide a serious challenge for even the most hardened road racer. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who helped in so many ways: all the marshals, those manning the water stations, the sponsors and prize givers, the four ladies who gave up their Sunday to help with the

children’s Fun Runs, the GAA for the use of their facilities, Paul Mannion and staff who had to put up with us all day and provided music and refreshments afterwards, Iain Shaw from Athenry Athletics Club who not only helped in promoting the race, but also gave up his Sunday to help us on the day. Last but certainly not least, special thanks to everyone who took part and did such great fund raising. All money raised from the race will go to the Clifden lifeboat. We would like to thank the following sponsors and prize givers who helped to make this possible: Acton constructions, Shanaheever Campsite, Abbeyglen Castle Hotel, D’Arcy Inn, Clifden Service Station, Stanleys, Alcock and Brown Hotel,, Gannon Sports, AIB, DerryClare Restaurant, The Celtic shop, Dawn Dairies, Galway Water, O’Brien’s Auctioneers, Steam Coffee House, King’s Hair Salon, Moran’s Pharmacy, Clifden Fruit and Veg, Mannion’s Bar, Runners World, The Station House, Mannions Butcher, J Conneely’s, Off the Square, The Marconi, Video Vault, Clifden Bookshop, Anna’s Nail Bar, Guy’s Bar & Off Licence, Moran’s Butcher, EJ Kings, Ciuin, The Outdoor Shop, Hair Gallery, An Bhean Feasa, The Station House, Clifden Supply Centre and Amarach Ltd. Laurence Nee Photos from top: Participants of the RNLI 10K Run conquering the challenging hills of the spectacular Sky Rd. route while also trying to dodge the puddles. First past the Finish Line Ian Egan of Galway. First Walker Julie Conneely with Ann Marie Bennett and Organiser Laurence Nee. First Team The Fuerty Harriers from Wicklow. The Second placed Team, Clifden Lifeboat Crew Alan Pryce, Colin Snow, Robert King and Roger Snow with Race organizer Laurence Nee.

Clifden 10K Run Results Men: 1st: Ian Egan (38.51), 2nd: Martin McEvally (41.12), 3rd: Martin O Donnell (41.19) Women: 1st: Sue Znlay (45.10), 2nd: Kate McNamara (49.17), 3rd: Olivia Staunton (49.35) Run/Walkers: 1st Marie Dickinson (1.00.35), 2nd: Sheila Elcock (1.00.42), 3rd: Fiona Scullion (1.13.55) Walkers: 1st Julie Conneely (1.19.05), 2nd: Regina King (1.20.37), 3rd: Stuart Morgan along with first dog! (1.23) Teams: 1st: Fuerty Harriers (averaged at 51.09), 2nd: Clifden Lifeboat Crew (averaged at 56.01), 3rd: Greystone Tennis Club (averaged at 1.13.19).

Mannion’s AFC 1st Team Back (l-r): Gerard O’Toole, Sean Mitchell, Dermot Clancy, Thomas Madden, Cathal Mulkerrin, Brian Flaherty, Liam Duffy. Front: Rory Shanahan, Daniel King, Eoin O’Neill, Mark Shanahan (Captain), Shane Lydon, Mark Gannon, Dylan Wallace. Photo courtesy of Paul Mannion


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Gerry McAleer (13), Donal Standun (13) Raymond Standun (19) 171pts; 7th: Eddie Doyle, Heritage, Tony Fogarty (9), David Kehoe (14), Barry Larkin (17) 171pts. Professionals: 1st: Brendan McGovern 66, 68 (-10), 2nd: Damian Mooney 71,68 (-5)3rd: Peter Martin73,67 (-4) ,4th: Eamonn Brady71,70 (-3) ,5th : Hugh O’Neill 73,69 (-2) John Dwyer 70, 72 (-2), 7th: John Kelly 72, 71 (-1), 8th: David Mortimer72,73 (+1).

Connemara Pro-Am The Connemara Golf Club Pro Am took place in very decent weather over the weekend of 27th & 28th September. A large entry made the most of the pristine course, with many remarking that it was possibly in its best condition ever. Pro and Head Greenkeeper Hughie O’Neill and his team were

thanked and congratulated by both Club and PGA representatives. The winning Pro with rounds of 66 and 68 was Brendan McGovern. The winning team was a local one: John Kelly of Faul, Chris Shanahan and John Davis of Cleggan, with newly turned Pro Kenny Fahey. This was Kenny’s first competition in Connemara as a professional, and he now joins the other three Connemara Pros on the golfing circuit Derek MacNamara, David Mortimer and Hughie O’Neill. Photos: The winning Pro Am Team, (l-r) Kenny Fahey, John Davis, John Kelly and Chris Shanahan. Pro Am Sponsor Paddy Aspell of Clifden Supply with winning Pro Brendan McGovern. Teams: 1st: Kenneth Fahey GUI National Academy, John Kelly (11), John Davis (10), Chris Shanahan (11) 178pts; 2nd: Hugh Jackson, Donabate, Paul Bradshaw (12), Philip O’Driscoll (13), Neil Heneghan (16), 176pts; 3rd: Damien Mooney. Unattached, Ger Lynch (4), Marty Courcey (16), Tony Conneely (16), 174pts; 4th: Peter Hanna, Fortwilliam, Ciaran Clarke (7), Peadar Flynn (15), Philip Dillon (16), 172pts; 5th: Geoff Loughrey, Roganstown, Hugh Corry (12), Anthony Maguire (16), William Maguire (18), 172pts. 6th: Kevin Dorrian, Downpatrick,

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Connemara Golf Results 07/09/08 18 Holes Open Single Stableford, Sponsor : Bank of Ireland, 1st: Stephen Mullen(21) 43pts, 2nd: Rory Sweeney (5) 39pts, Gross: Gerard O’Donnell (5)31pts, 3rd: Alan King (10) 37pts, CSS: 35pts, 9 Holes Single Stableford : Mick Gaughan (20)19pts Carmel Gaughan (25) 19pts Ladies: 1st: Margaret Lavelle (11) 38Pts, 2nd: Julie Donnellan (17) 38pts, gross: Christine Armanso (11) 26pts, Marie Walsh (18) 37Pts, CSS 36pts. 08/09/08 Open 18 Holes Single Stableford, Sponsor: John O’Brien Auctioneers. 1st Mark O’Malley (5) 39pts, 2nd: John Kelly (11) 37pts, Gross: Brian Cribben (3) 33pts, 3rd: Gerry Maguire (15) 36pts, CSS 34pts Ladies: 1st: Mary Gannon (20) 33pts, 2nd: Margaret Lavelle (10) 32pts, Gross: Terry Sexton (6) 22pts, 3rd: Janet Poynton (17) 32pts, CSS 33 pts (reductions only). 09/09/08 Open 18 Holes Singles Stableford, Sponsor: Seat Ireland, 1st : Brendan Tolan (19) 39pts, 2nd: Rory Sweeney (4) 33pts, Gross: Christy Carroon (7) 23pts, 3rd: Kenneth Coyne(18) 33pts, CSS 32pts Ladies: 1st : Bernadette Haley (28) 30pts, 2nd: Claire O’Malley (23) 28pts, Gross: Julie Donnellan (16) 11pts, 3rd: Darinda Flannery (25) 28pts, CSS 33pts (Red Only) 9 Holes Stableford: June Coulter (27) 19pts & Pat King (17) 13pts. 10/09/08 3 Ball Scramble, Sponsor: Costello & McDermott. 1st: Gareth Anthony (6) /Rory Sweeney (4) / David Smith (21) 64 1/8 nett. 2nd: Joe Lavelle (17) / Margaret Lavelle (10) / Martin Higgins (11) 64 2/8 nett. 3rd: Owen Cribben (16) / Dermot Cribben Jnr (8) / Brian Cribben (3) 65 5/8nett. 11/09/08 Open 18 Holes Singles Stableford, Sponsor: Rock Glen Hotel, 1st: Paddy Flaherty (6) 35pts, 2nd: Seamus McDonnell (17) 35pts, Gross: Rory Sweeney (4) 30pts, 3rd: Sean Birmingham (19) 34pts, CSS 34pts. Ladies: 1st: Olive Whelan (19) 35pts, 2nd: Pauline Curtis (15) 33pts, Gross: Margaret Mulholland (16) 18pts, 3rd: Carmel Drum (27) 37pts, CSS (Red Only) , 9 Holes Stroke , 1st: Johnny Fitzpatrick (20) 32nett & 2nd: Anne Daly (27) 33.5nett. 12/09/08 18 Holes Single Stableford, Sponsor:O’Meara’s. 1st: Padraic Malone (8) 38pts, 2nd: Michael Cassidy (23) 37pts, Gross: Rory Sweeney (4) 30pts, 3rd: Conal Curtis (12) 37pts Home CCS: 36 pts, Visitor CSS: 35pts. Ladies: 1st: Carol McEnroe (13) 37pts, 2nd: Pauline Curtis (15) 35Pts, Gross: Margaret Lavelle (10) 26pts, 3rd: Veronica Clarke (18) 35pts, CSS 36pts. 14/09/08 Open 18 Holes Singles Stableford, Sponsor: Corrib & Data Printers, 1st: Billy Reilly (12) 40pts, 2nd: Mathew O’Connor (17) 40pts, Gross: Rory Sweeney (34)36 pts, 3rd: Tony Conneely (17) 39pts, CSS pts. Ladies: 1st: Siobhan Shanahan (22) 38pts, 2nd: Marie Bourke (31) 37pts, Gross: Margaret Lavelle(10) 27pts, 3rd:Maeve Coyle (21) 32pts, CSS 34pts. 21/09/08 18 Holes Stroke, Life Members Competition, 1st: Jamie Flaherty(16) 68, 2nd: John Wallace(19) 71, Gross: Ger O’Donnell(5) 77, 3rd: Alan King(10) 71 ,CSS 73 ; Ladies: 1st: Veronica Sanderson(35) 71, 2nd: Maureen Brennan(19) 74, Denise Tucker(34) 75, CSS 74; Life Members-Mens: Thomas Sweeney(14) 72; Ladies: Veronica Sanderson(35) 71.

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Oughterard Golf Results 07/09/08 18 Hole Competition Sponsor D. Lydon Steel. 1st Jones Ferriss (7) 42 pts. 2nd John M Walsh (18) 40 pts. Gross Hugh Walsh (3) Gross pts. 3rd Michael Brennan (8) 39 pts (22B9). Cat A (0-11) 1st David Walsh (11) 38 pts (20B9) Cat B (12-17) 1st John Moreley (13) 38 pts (21B9). Cat C (18+) 1st Michael Kyne (18) 39 pts (19b9) CSS 36 Pts. Photo of Winner Jones Ferriss and Captain Pat McEvilly. 16/09/08 Open Day Competition 18 Hole Stableford. 1st Mike Joyce (K) (19) 39 pts, 2nd Diarmuid Cawley (10) 36pts, 3rd Tim Mullins (8) 34pts,(18B9, 13B6, 7B3, 3LH) C.S.S 33 pts. 17/09/08 Ladies 18 Hole Stroke Sponsor: Source & Supply Logistics. C.S.S. 74 1st Ann Kavanagh (27) 73, 2nd Collette Kelleher (27) 74(B9), Gross: Niamh Keogh (13) 90, 3rd Bridie O’ Brien (35) 74.Category 0 – 20 1st Bridget Walsh (16) 75 (B9), 2nd Monica Power (20) 75, Category 1 – 28 1st Margaret O’ Neill (21) 75(B9), 2nd Teresa Butler (26) 75, Category 29 – 36 1st Ann Walsh (36) 80(B9), 2nd Claire O’ Keane (34) 80, Nine Hole: Monica McKenna (24) 47. 24/09/08 Ladies 18 Hole Stableford Charity Day Cope (Open) C.S.S. 72. 1st Kathleen Payne (36) 39pts 2nd Ann Kavanagh (27) 37pts Gross: Niamh Keogh (13) 19GP, 3rd Geraldine O’ Reilly (28) 37pts 4th Mary O’ Grady (26) 36pts 5th Deirdre O’ Donovan (23) 35pts (Bk9) 6th Alice Naughton (34) 35pts 7th Bernie Begley (25) 34bk9, 8th Barbara Richardson (21) 34pts, 9th Raymonde Standun (19) 24pts, 10th Ann Faherty (22) 34pts Nine Hole: Sheila Morley (30) 17pts. 23/09/08 Open Day Competition 18 Hole Stableford. 1st Richard McNamara (8) 42 pts, 2nd Ciaran O’ Flatharta (9) 39pts (20B9) 3rd DS Comber (21) 39pts,(19B9) 4th Pat Egan (18) 39 pts, (17B9). C.S.S 36 pts. 28/09/08 18 Hole Stableford Competition. 1st Cathal Jordan (5) 41 pts. 2nd Ken Jenkins (19) 39 pts. Gross: Hugh Walsh (3) 33 Gross pts. 3rd Chris Butler (6) 38 pts (19b9, 14b6) 4th Rod Savage (13) 37 pts. 5th Jim Byrne (11) 36 pts (19B9) 6TH Fergus Kerrigan (8) 36 pts (18b9,12b6). CSS 35 pts.

Mannion’s Golf Society Mannion’s Bar Golf society swung back in to action in September with its first outing of the new season. Playing in brilliant sunshine, the first outing was played on the Cregmore golf club near Athenry and although the club had been soaked by rain over the summer it held up well for the day. Prize giving was officiated by the new club captain, John McDonagh in Mannions Bar that evening. Winner: David Glynn 40 pts. Second: Cyril Joyce 38 Pts. Third: Marty Courcey 35 Pts. Fourth: Adam Conroy 32 pts. The next outing is in Ballinrobe on Saturday 11th October. Declan Mannion

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“Culture is a community bound together by imaginative possessions”. W.B Yeats. Clifden Arts Week 2008 was officially opened at the West Connemara Leisure Centre on Thursday September 18th. Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism with special responsibility for the Arts, Dr. Martin Mansergh, was a special guest on the night and spoke eloquently and meaningfully of the importance of the Arts and the value of cultural events like Clifden Arts Week in a community. Bro. James Mungovan and Brendan Flynn also welcomed and thanked all involved in the organisation and events of the festival. The community aspect is the cornerstone of this festival, the essence of what makes it so rewarding and worthwhile. While artists, comedians, musicians from far afield flock to Clifden every year, all local talent is showcased, recognised and appreciated. In particular, the Community School and National Schools are the breeding ground for the artists and creators of the future. The fruits of their workshops and creativity were once again marvelled at and admired in the public highlight of the Grand Finale parade (see photos inside). The dreadful weather of the summer even made way for dry and bright sunny days as the unmistakable buzz of Arts Week permeated the whole area. An incredible range and diversity of music, poetry, world class theatre, dance, art, literature, comedy and above all, creative energy once again enveloped the town. As we all know, Connemara is truly blessed with riches of imagination and culture and we have now relished and savoured it all for another year. Photos from top: Local musicians Eamon McLoughlin, Ellen McDonagh, Ritchie Newman, Eileen O Malley, Marie and John Gerard Walsh at the Opening of Arts Week. Pupils from Roundstone NS performing a piece developed during their Writer in Residence programme. Kingstown, Clifden, Ballyconneely, Claddaghduff, Ballyconneely and Cashel National Schools also took part in the Poetry Ireland workshops of poetry, reading art and music. The students of Clifden Community School were as busy as ever for Arts Week. Many students took part in the parade and are pictured rehearsing some moves with Chantal McCormack of Fidget Feet. Comedian Kevin McAleer was happy to pose for a picture with some students. At the Opening of Clifden Arts Week were (l-r) Minister Martin Mansergh, Padraic McCormack T.D., Eilis McCormack, Galway County Mayor Peter Feeney and Mary and Peter Carey. Photos by Oliver Griffin 5th Year and CV Staff.

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A Slanted View of Arts Week When that battered wine coloured caravan with all the posters appears in the Square, then we know Clifden Arts Week is about to flow. Its smiling bean a tighe, Mary, is our Delphic Oracle of knowledge of all the events and venues. The week reminds me of my son’s description of white water rafting, with its calm runs, waterfalls and rapids and being thrown into the current and pulled back in again. We are calmed, exhilarated and also questioned by the music, the words, and the Arts trail. With the plethora of events, if you’re a woman who hasn’t a partner who can cook, you need a wife or at the least a Moslem partner with Arts Week moved to Ramadan. A good memory helps so you don’t arrive panting at Foyle’s instead of Station House Theatre. Over the years, before we gathered in venues such as the library, events had to be accommodated in all sorts of places. This sometimes resulted in being matched with the forced screech of an Espresso machine; or, as I saw once, a man coming in for his fix of coffee and sheer terror on his face when he realised that poetry came with it. He backed out rapidly. Performers have to make the venue their own. When a band realised there would be no room for an audience they placed their trumpeter and bassoon player outside, who put their heads in the windows when required. Once, Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer Prize winning poet, had to compete with the slow closing of a velcro fastened door. With total professionalism he stopped reading until the tearing stopped but held his audience and continued without missing a cadence. Sometimes, he made a pleasantry to an entrant to make them relax

and enjoy the occasion – with not even a gritted tooth in sight. This week, Benig Mauger and John Waters were faced with the formal tiers of a theatre when a more intimate setting seemed right for the launch of Love in a time of Broken Heart-Healing from within. They solved it by perching on some sound boxes below the stage with mikes in hand. After the intro by John and reading by Benig, they stood up and had a dialogue, both words and movements merging into a charismatic dance. As someone said at one point, we thought we would lose John as he backed towards the door pursued by Benig. One poet swore that as he was introducing a poem he spotted a roll of mints being passed along a row and then saw six women chewing in perfect iambic pentameter as he read the poem. Swear to God. Encounters are one of the hidden treasures of Arts Week. We have a number of overseas members in Clifden Writers’ Group who joined after attending our reading. Charlie was a fireman in Minnesota who wrote his poetry between calls outs. He came again a few years ago and, not having met him the first time, I somehow expected a loud redneck. Charlie turned out to be the clone of Bill Clinton with a beautiful speaking voice. However, when he returned to Minnesota he also returned to college and had to leave us. We understood the other firemen encouraged him as they were tired of dashing to emergency rescues in alternate rhyme. Others became enduring friends and visit us often. Barriers come down between strangers and between that guarded inner spirit as people get wired differently. One brief encounter I had was with an USAF pilot who was stationed in Alaska during the Cold War. This

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Anthony Previte at the launch of his book. Congrats to Catherine and Noel who were wed on September 26th.

The first book launch of Arts Week took place at Foyle’s Hotel on Thursday September 18th, when Rev. Anthony Previte’s “A Guide to the Early Christian Site of Connemara” was launched by local archaeologist

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and historian Michael Gibbons. The huge crowd in attendance packed Mullarkey’s Bar for the very popular author and community member. As ever, Michael Gibbons spoke eloquently and humorously of Connemara’s Christian history, namedropping saints as if they were old friends, which is exactly how he regards them, as does Anthony in his book. The beautifully produced book was designed by Noel Mannion and Catherine Lavoie, and deserves a place on every bookshelf in Connemara and far beyond. Visitors wishing to explore the vivid and intriguing history of Connemara will be well equipped with this informative and useful guide. Photo: Catherine Lavoie and Noel Mannion with Retired Archdeacon

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meant that he had to be ready in this underground hangar to scramble and in a few minutes was in blue infinity over the world. He conveyed to me the intense spiritual experience of being alone in that very beautiful space speeding under stars. Yet at the command a button would be pushed that would put many, maybe all of us, into oblivion. In so many ways, Arts Week brings home that there is beauty and there is evil and there is always the choice. Ita O’Donovan

Jackie O’Grady’s book “The Green Road to the Lighthouse” to a an overflowing crowd of over 500 at the Abbeyglen Hotel on Sunday September 21st, a fitting testament to Jackie’s popularity in the community and the great interest in his work. The book recounts his early life on Clare Island and his years working as a lighthouse keeper as a young man. Local vet and author, Maurice O’Scanaill performed as Master of Ceremonies with aplomb. The book was officially launched by Ann Chambers, author of ‘Grainne Mhaol’ and ‘La Sheridan, Adorable Diva’, who had strongly encouraged Jackie to turn his memories into a book. Jackie read an excerpt about his entrepreneurial activities on Clare Island with his brother which was poignant, hilarious and served to whet the appetite of all present to get stuck in for a good read. The enthusiasm and support with which it was received surely confirms that all his work has paid off. The book is on sale at Clifden Bookshop. Photo: The O Grady family at the launch of Jackie’s book during Arts Week. (L-r): Shane, Eily, Michael, Marian, Jackie and Grace.

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Art in Heaven

Lovers of art were treated to a visual feast throughout Arts Week this year. A number of exhibitions took place in various locations during the festival and showed the wealth and diversity of artistic talent and expression that we are privileged to experience in this area. Many local artist exhibited on the walls of the West Connemara leisure Centre, a hub of Arts Week activity as ever. Nancy Whelan and Brother Oswald are pictured here with their works, on the festival’s opening night.

Blazing a Trail

After the success of last year’s Arts Trail, heads turned on a regular basis as the town was transformed into an open air art gallery. Shop and business windows were examined and admired by many-proprietors could be forgiven for wishing that their window displays always attracted such interest!

Someartistsalsoheldexhibitionopeningsthroughouttheweek. Trail 1 Gavin Lavelle’s “Lower Market Street” which was in the window of The Connemara Hamper. Trail 2: Cliona Sheehan’s “Can you see me” in the window of the Clifden Tourist Office. Trail 3: Millar’s window played host to the fashion design boards of Annie O Scanaill. Trail 4: Kate MacNamara’s portrait of James Casey featured in the window of Clifden Pharmacy.

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Lol Hardiman opened a stunning collection of work entitled “Close Up” by Reingard Gahan at the Alcock and Brown Hotel on Friday September 19th. Upstairs Downstairs was the venue for an exhibition of Connemara Landscapes by Roundstone artist Yvonne King. The opening took place on Saturday 20th and Connemara View Editor Ellen McDonough was delighted to conduct the opening. Yvonne is pictured with her mother Nora, sister Mary Teresa and niece Mary. Multi talented artist local Bernard O Scanaill launched a collection of works entitled “Mistych”. Michael Gibbons was called upon to open the exhibition and a great crowd enjoyed the early evening launch at Millar’s on Main Street on Saturday 20th. Oughterard photographer Lorraine Tuck displayed her breathtaking and thought-provoking collection of photographs of the old Connemara railway line “The Great Western Sleeper” at the Choo Choo unit in the Station House Courtyard. Tom Deegan of Irish Rail Tours spoke at a launch on Saturday September 27 th .

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A H i v e o f A r t s We e k A c t i v i t i e s

Photos from far left column, top to bottom -Poet Dr Robyn Rowland, Actor John Nettles of Bergerac and Midsomer Murders fame and Harpist Lynn Saoirse at the Library on Monday September 22nd. -Poets Tony Curtis and Louis De Paor in conversation at Clifden Library. -PoetLouisDePaorandartistJoeBoskeatClifdenLibrary. -Kathleen O Brien and Eilish Kane of Letterfrack Writers Group reading at Clifden Library. -Guitarist Redmond O Toole with Bernie Jeffries and Breandan O Scanaill. -Paul Keogh, Poet Tony Curtis, Des Lally who gave a talk on Micheal Mac Liammoir and Poet Michael Coady at Clifden Library. -Poet Terry McDonagh with Paul Keogh. -Carolanne Joyce with author and former MEP Mary Banotti, who gave a reading from her book on Irish woman politicians. -Bernie Jeffries with poet Pat O Brien. -Paul Keogh, Mary Banotti and Kathleen Villiers Tuthill. -Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Des Lally, Michael Coady and Tony Curtis at the launch of Des Lallys' book 'Captivating Brightness'. In addition to providing the public with the latest reading material, Clifden Library is and has long been an excellent venue for talks, recitals and performances and this year, there was truly a wealth of events to choose from. The Arts Week schedule saw many prestigious and accomplished visitors stop by to share their work with the public from poets to musicians, authors and artists. The importance of the library in the community is sometimes overlooked, but with a list of luminaries like the ones who graced the building throughout Arts Week, Clifden Library can rightly be considered a very significant cultural and arts venue in its own right. Photos courtesy of Bernie Jeffries and Paul Keogh of Clifden Library

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On the Town

The music scene of Arts Week 2008 was truly world class as ever. From jazz and blues to classical and choral, the musical path around the town was full of surprises. The very possibility of being able to go out ten nights in a row (if you were able!) and be guaranteed to hear a great musical act is a fantastic achievement for a town of this size. Not to mention that many of the renowned acts and performers could be seen for a fraction of the price one might normally expect, with many gigs completely free of charge. We may not have been able to get to every gig, but we managed to capture a few of the musical acts that kept ears tuned and feet tapping this year.

Photos from top left: Members of Cantairi Conamara in full voice during their performance of Mozart’s Requiem in the Church of Ireland. Hayzeus get the crowd rocking in Griffins! Les Follies bring a little jazz to the sunny Square. Conversation and dance were plentiful at the annual lunch in recognition of older people’s contribution to the arts. Clifden’s Sharon Murphy sang for the Community School students. Photos from top right: Virtuoso violinist Zoe Conway performs for the students of Clifden Community School. The Lazy Blues Band on stage in Guy’s Bar. Kenneth Coyne, Aidan Ward and Fionn Conneely in the At-

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lantic. Aidan’s new album was launched in the Station House Theatre on Friday September 20th as part of a double launch with fellow local artist Paul Mulligan. Both albums are on sale locally now. Noelie McDonnell and band onstage in Mullarkey’s. Photo above: Connemara Community Radio volunteers Beatrice and Sam Mbogo got a lesson in Sean Nos dancing from Christina Lowry at the Arts on Air studio in the Station House, which was a hive of activity throughout Arts week. Community School photos courtesy of Oliver Griffin, 5th Yr student

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Arts in Connemara New Book by Tim Robinson

The esteemed and accomplished author Tim Robinson is set to launch his latest work titled “Connemara-The Last Pool of Darkness” this month, published by Penguin. Described as “a mathematician by training, an artist by vocation, and a draughtsman of skill” by the Guardian, G Tim’s latest work w is much anticipated p as he continues to t draw the reader into i the fascinating history h and intrigue of Connemara’s C geography. p Tim’s latest work deals d with the Atlantic seaboard s taking its title t from a statement made m by the Austrian philosopher p Ludwig Witt W genstein, who ffelt he had found in Connemara “the last C pool of darkness in p Europe”. The book E will be launched by w Brendan Flynn d during the M Marconi Festival Weekend B d Fl i th at 2pm on Saturday October 18that the Station House Theatre, Clifden.

A Patchwork of Dreams “A parish is a tangle of all human life. Threads of tension and trust, kindness and begrudgery, generosity and meanness, harmony and jealously, laughter and tears, all intermingle to create a patchwork of parish living”. Alice Taylor-The Village. On the first Sunday of August 1957 a new Community Sportsfield was officially opened in Tullycross, Renvyle, Co. Galway. Sean Purcell, Jack Mahon, Joe Young and Billy O’Neill of the 1956 All-Ireland winning Galway team played in a Tuam Stars versus a Connemara Selection exhibition match. Developed by local subscriptions and voluntary labour the Sportsfield was the first in a long line of successful community projects to be undertaken during the next 50 years. The establishment of Tullycross Credit Union in 1970, the construction of the Renvyle Thatched Cottages 1972-1973 and a Teach Ceoil in 1977, the purchase and development of the former Letterfrack Industrial School 1978, the establishment in 1982 of a College of Fine Woodworking and Design and Connemara Community Radio in 1988 as well as the setting up of Forum Community Development in 1989 to address the needs of Community Groups, Older People, Women, Education, Youth as well as Under and Unemployed are among a large number of successful community initiatives which were undertaken. To celebrate 50 years of community development in the parish of Ballinakill in North West Connemara, Foscadh Community Development Ltd., a community Development partnership involving Connemara West Plc., Forum Community Development Ltd. and Tullycross Credit Union Ltd. will launch a 240 page book of articles and photographs of the period 1957-2007. Titled “A Patchwork of Dreams” the book will be launched by Joe Young in Renvyle House Hotel on Sunday 12th October at 8.00p.m. Light refreshments will be served and music for the occasion will be provided by Marcus Hernon and Johnny Connolly. All are welcome to what should prove to be a very special occasion.

What Men Want’

‘Let me take you on a journey around a man’s mind…don’t worry it won’t take long…’ If a show that starts off with the audience receiving glasses of champagne and pints of Guinness from the stage, can be described as ‘novel’, then brace yourself

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for the intervening 90 minutes as Peadar de Burca’s new comedy, ‘What Men Want’ takes you on a mission to find out what goes on in t mind of the the m most complex s species on the p planet. The show, w which was a instant hit an w when first p performed in G Galway last y year, has sold o all of its out l 18 perforlast m mances at the T Town Hall and h wowed and has s shocked audicountry Set S for a transfer ences all around the country. to the New York Comedy Festival, this hilarious show comes to the Station House Theatre in Clifden, on Friday, Oct 3rd. From the writer of the hit shows, ‘Why Men Cheat’, and ‘Like A Virgin’, ‘What Men Want’ is not for the bashful or the easily shocked and it’s definitely not for men that can’t laugh… at themselves! For tickets go to www.stationhousetheatre. com or call (095) 30303.

Soupers and Jumpers

“Soupers and Jumpers, The Protestant Missions in Connemara 1848-1937” by Miriam Moffitt was launched at Foyle’s Hotel by Minister Eamon O Cuiv on Saturday September 6th last. Originally from Charlestown, Co

Mayo, Miriam spoke of how fascinating and intriguing she has found the history of the missions in Connemara, and of her pride and determination in completing the work. Minister O Cuiv described the book as “a fine piece of historical research presented in a factual and unbiased way” and the large crowd in attendance attested to the interest in the topic and Miriam’s achievement in publishing this work. Photo: Frank Sweeney, author Miriam Moffitt and Minister Eamon O Cuiv.

Ceol Theatre Ceol Theatre will be holding a Halloween Musical Review show at the end of October, see posters around Clifden or contact John for details. If you would like to be a part of this show or any of Ceol Theatre’s productions please contact John on 087 750 4697.

Il Lupo e la Capra A children’s play, The Wolf and the Goat, will be staged at the Station House Theatre on October 15th and 16th as part of the Baboro International Arts Festival for Children. It is an English language production of an Italian play inspired by a Japanese novel. A lady goat seeking to escape her herd for pastures more exciting encounters Mr. Wolf. Go to for specific

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The Energy Efficient Home Heating Solutions

The dilemma with trying to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly is often simply a lack of knowledge. I am in the process of retrofitting my house (basically gutting it and rebuilding the inside) and have been in search of the best heating solution. I can be very technically minded when it comes to computers and anything IT, but start talking to be about anything construction-oriented, except for wiring it for a network, and I am clueless. My goal is to educate myself during this process (and you too, I guess). Storage heating and electric wall heaters were in place when I purchased the one bedroom cottage. Neither was satisfactory on any level. I know that I do not want an oilbased solution. A gas solution interested me at first, and I would love if solar was really affordable, but I am now committed to an electric solution. I figure that if the world oil runs dry, a wind turbine in my backyard can help keep the electricity flowing in windy Connemara. I believe my specific solution has appeared in the form of Air to Water Heat Pumps. I honestly had heard nothing of this before Sean Flynn from Airflow arrived in my office looking to place an ad. I was so fascinated that I asked him to write an article about it for the Connemara View so that we could all be more knowledgeable. Hope this helps you, too! Ellen McDonough

Air to Water Heating The Daikin Air to Water Heat Pump captures the heat from the outside air and converts it to heating and hot water for your home in an efficient manner, giving you 3-5kws of heat for every 1kw of electricity. The Daikin system works in conjunction with under floor heating, aluminium radiators or both and will provide enough hot water for your daily requirements at a fraction of the costs of alternative systems. It is the only Heat Pump on the Irish market with an inverter (speed) driven compressor meaning the system will only operate at the percentage that it needs to match your heating demand, thus keeping your electricity costs as low as possible. This system can be sized to 100% of peak load because of its unique speed control, where other units are typically sized at 75% of peak load. For every KW unit of electricity supplied the Daikin will return 3-5 KW of heat. As an added energy saving measure it is recommended to run the system

on night rate electricity so that the highly insulated stainless steel tank is heated during off peak hours. The Daikin unit can be used in the retrofit of existing homes with minimum disruption (no digging or drilling). The advantages are low running costs, stainless steel tank, inverter driven compressor, soft start, and single phase power. No garden space is required for this system. It’s environmentally friendly and saves over two thirds of the C02 emissions produced by conventional systems. The premium units use the most advanced technology, which comes with a 3 year warranty and is serviced by a dedicated technical team. Daikin have been manufacturing Heat Pumps for over 50 years and are an SEI (Sustainable Energy Ireland) approved product. Anyone starting a new build or a retrofit should get a BER (Building Energy Rating) from a BER Consultant. This will give you a energy rating for the house and increase the sale or rental value. The consultant will also advise on ways to reduce your energy costs. The Daikin Heat Pump will help you achieve an A rated house. For retrofitting homes over one year old, SEI are offering a grant for greener homes of between €3000 and €4500 for Heat Pumps and if it’s a Commercial application SEI are offering up to 30% of the capital cost. System design and project support are offered and the complete heating system, from under floor heating to heat exchangers will be supplied and installed. An in house engineer is available to discuss your requirements and design a system to meet your needs, he can even give you projected running costs if you provide him with a BER cert. Airflow has been appointed as agents for Daikin Air to Water Heat Pumps in the West of Ireland after Daikin decided that Airflow was the most suitable company to form an alliance with taking into account technical experience, back up service and location. For more information phone 091 764761 or go to Sean Flynn

Smart Meter Plan Now In Process On September 15th Energy Minister Eamon Ryan launched the National Smart Meter plan. Over 60,000 ESB customers will receive a letter inviting them to take part in the first phase of the national roll-out of smart meters.


Up to 21,000 electricity customers will get a Smart Meter installed in their home for free as they participate in the behavioural and technology trial to inform the national roll-out. Smart meters are the next generation of electricity meters. They monitor and record the electricity used by the householder and when it is used. This data is communicated directly to the electricity supply company. The smart meters involved in this trial are not just the latest technology for the meters themselves but also involve the development of highly sophisticated communications systems at the supplier end. By capturing the patterns of energy usage at different times of the day, Smart Meters provide the information necessary to make people aware of how much energy they are using. Meters will be read every half hour, or 48 reads per meter per day. This will help in providing very accurate billing information and time-of-use pricing. The electricity supplier will also be able to ultimately reduce costs, improve electricity planning and system management and enhance competition in the electricity sector. The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has been charged with leading the implementation of the project, which involves a range of stakeholders from the energy sector. At the launch Minister Ryan highlighted the technically challenging and ambitious nature of this project, “With this Smart Metering plan, Ireland is leading the world. I wish to commend all the agencies and companies who are part of this plan. I will work to ensure that all Irish homes have smart meters over the next four/five years. This trial phase is crucial in the ultimate successful delivery of this project. I would urge all customers who receive a request to participate in this trial to become involved. When customers realize how much they can save and the carbon reductions that ensue I believe they will find smart meters one of the smartest devices ever installed in their homes. Through participating, individual consumers will have an opportunity to make a real contribution to our energy future. Being ‘energy clever’ as a consumer, a supply company and a nation is one of ways we can meet our energy and climate change challenges.” ESB’s Chief Executive, Padraig McManus, described this as “a very significant milestone in the plan to introduce Smart Metering to all electricity customers”.”Smart Metering will enable customers to carefully manage their electricity consumption. It is the first step in the development of a smart and sustainable electricity network for Ireland”, he added.

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Planning Applications 082665 Health Services Executive, West, Clifden, 02/09/08. For the construction of an extension to the rear of St. Anne’s Community Nursing Unit, which is a protected structure. The single storey extension to the North Eastern side of the existing building will contain a new kitchen, store rooms, office and staff changing rooms. The existing kitchen, still room, dining room and an external toilet will be replaced with a new dining room, still room, wash-up and a multi-purpose room. 082709 Conroy, Hilary, Gortrommagh, 05/09/08. For re-development and extension of a semi-ruinous dwellinghouse and for installation of a treatment system and percolation area. 082756 Hyland, Grainne, Ardbear, 10/09/08. To construct an extension to dwelling house, the works comprise of an extension to the kitchen at rear and modifications to front entrance porch at ground floor level and alterations to dormer windows at the front and rear at first floor level to existing house. 082772 Savage, Peter, Gowlan West 11/09/08.To retain dwelling house, site entrance and boundaries and permission to complete site works, to complete the site entrance and to upgrade sewage treatment to a sewage treatment plant with percolation area. 082780 Nee, Paraic, Ballyconneely, 11/09/08. For retention of dwellinghouse and effluent treatment plant. 082793 Lee, Pat, Carraroe North, 12/09/08. For the construction of a dwellinghouse and all ancillary works on site No. 7. 082836 Damien O’Connor, Sharon Donaghue &, Maumeen, 18/09/08. To raise the finish floor level in relation to Pl Ref No. 07/4134. 082837 Acton, Joe & Julianne, Tullyvoheen, 18/09/08. To construct a new extension. 082861 O Domhnaill, A & M, Carraroe South, 19/09/08. Chun sineadh a chur as teach conaithe. 082885 Conroy, Peter, Kylemore, 24/09/08. To construct a sheep shed, a shed to cover existing yard and sheep handling facilities. 082922 Ni Cheide B, Lettermore, 26/09/08. Chun athru a dheanamh ar theach conaithe agus coras searachais a thogail. 082929 Casey, Dr. Michael, Carna, 26/09/08. Chun a choinneail ar leibheal an 1u urlar chomh maith le athruithe beaga ar an airde ar fhoirgnimh sheirbhisi chabhrach mhaireachtala ar tugadh cead pleanaila le n-aghaidh. Source:


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Terrifying Toffee Apples!

Toffee apples are a Halloween favourite and have been for a very long time. They are simple and fun to make and since they’re mostly fruit, adults can’t give out to you for eating too many sweets! The best thing about making toffee apples for Halloween is that you can add absolutely any topping you like onto the gooey, yummy sticky toffee. A good idea is to first pick a kind of apple to use that you like. Red or sweeter types of apple are better, and the smaller the apple the easier it is make and eat! Younger readers will need help or supervision making the toffee sauce, as you need to be careful not to spill it or get burned. What you need: 225g Demerara (brown) sugar 110ml water Half a teaspoon of vinegar 2 tbsp golden syrup 25g butter So here’s what to do: 1: Dissolve the sugar in the water over a moderate heat. 2: When it has dissolved, stir in the vinegar, syrup and butter. 3 Bring to the boil and cook without stirring until it reaches hard-crack stage or hardens into a ball when dropped in a jug of cold water. This should take around 10 minutes boiling time. 4.While the syrup is cooking,pierce each apple with a wooden stick.Once the toffee is ready,dip each apple into the hot toffee,turning it around in the syrup so that each one is fully coated.

Now comes the fun part: choosing which topping or coating you want on your apples. Prepare some of your favourite toppings in different bowls. Straight after coating the apples in toffee sauce, stick them into the bowls of toppings. Here are some suggestions: Chopped nuts, mini marshmallows, Rice Krispies, small jelly sweets, hundreds and thousands, a mixture of milk and white chocolate chips,-the list is as big as your imagination! So enjoy the best of both worlds with both fruit and sweets combined-I wonder if it still counts as one of your “Five a Day” of fruit and veg…!

Halloween Fun Create a Cool Pumpkin Face


Instructions:(Use patterns above) NChoose a pumpkin. NDraw an opening with a marker in the top (circular or jagged) of the pumpkin (stem side) large enough for your hand to reach through. NCut along the outline with a sharp knife. NRemove the stem end. Scrape off any seeds or pulp. NScoop out the seeds and pulp from inside the pumpkin. NDraw a pattern on the pumpkin with a marker or etch the lines into the skin with a pencil. NCut through the pumpkin following the pattern. NPush the cut-out features gently from the inside of the pumpkin and discard the pieces. NPlace a votive candle inside to make your carved pattern glow. Warning: Children should have an adult helping during the cutting process. Patterns from /od/ pumpkincarving/ig/Pumpkin/ Carving- Patterns/

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Halloween Face Painting

With Halloween coming up, the need to brush up on your face painting skills is a necessity. Face painting is a trademark of Halloween, and children love it, almost as much as the candy. Halloween is a fun night for children, one of the holidays that the young ones eagerly await. It’s a big decision to choose the costume and one must make sure they look the part. There are loads of websites with face painting ideas. Shown here are the end result of Skull and Witch Face Designs as found on Two other helpful websites are: and

Safety Tips

s Some masks can obstruct a child’s vision, which could be dangerous, particularly when crossing roads. Consider face painting instead of wearing masks. s Children should always go out in-groups and an adultshould accompany younger children. sParents should make sure that their children know that they should not enter anyone’s house or accept lifts from strangers in cars. sParents should reinforce to their children that they should not do anything to upset or harm people, vandalising is wrong. sChildren should carry torches and remain in well-lit areas. sChildren should wear visible clothing and have reflective tape on their costumes.


Health Problems & Natural Medicine

Menopausal Self Help Tips

When we reach the menopause we are basically getting older and our clocks are getting different. Our hormones are governed by regulators produced by the brain under influences that we can hardly grasp. But one that we certainly know is time and aging. It is common sense to realize that at 50, we cannot do, look and act as we did at 20. Of course if we are governed by the media, society and trends we expect to still live and look like a 30 or 40 year old woman at 50-but we are not. We cannot process food, alcohol, or drugs the same way we used to. Our metabolism and our organs are aging. In order to get through this transition period harmoniously a few common sense adjustments should be made to avoid extreme symptoms. Firstly, the changes are not sudden.They happen usually over a few years giving you time to educate yourself and adjust. A lot of symptoms are also short term and will stop eventually such as hot flushes, night sweats, headaches, tiredness, emotional changes, memory troubles, irritability, and depression. The long term changes only become noticeable at a later age; the womb becomes smaller, the genital area skin gets thinner and the muscles of the area weaker, especially if you are less sexually active.The skin and hair become thinner and drier but this is also the result of aging and is not only linked to the hormone levels. The bones can, for many woman get thinner and weaker leading to osteoporosis. Information, education and preparation are important. Talking to your mother or aunts or older friends can be a very important source of tips and help you to relax through the change. Women so often smile and say they are ok when in fact they are not. Also, a lot of the symptoms interact with each other: lack of sleep can aggravate emotional upset. Coping with depression, irritability, lack of memory and concentration can be aggravated by changes in the family. Some examples are “empty nest”, when children leave home, or the effects of the death or illness of parents. So what can you do before consulting ? • If you are a smoker, stop permanently. It will improve your circulation immediately and stop toxins destroying your arteries, lead to better hormone production, better bones, better skin, less hot flushes and more energy. • Exercise; walking is good for everything. It gives you contact with nature, fitness, strengthening of bones, exposure to light to increase your vitamin D levels, decrease of cardiovascular problems, weight control and time for yourself. • If you are overweight, tackle the problem now and your menopausal symptoms will improve dramatically. Your later years will be healthier plus the boost of morale created by having a nicer figure!

• If you drink alcohol do so in moderation. Alcohol can trigger hot flushes. • Heat your house and bedroom less. Put lighter covers on your bed and sleep in natural fabrics. If you are a bit colder you’ll have to move more so you’ll get more exercise. You’ll also save on the fuel bill and reduce your carbon footprint…another boost to the morale. • Be more attentive to your diet. A lot of food contains substances similar to estrogens. They may alleviate your symptoms. Include soya beans, lentils, barley, mung beans, split peas, fenugreek seeds and red clover tea. • Watch the type of fats you use.They are important to balance your hormone metabolism; use cold pressed oils such as hemp or linseed oils. And essential fatty acids found in nuts like almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts, cashew nuts and Brazil nuts. But avoid too many peanuts or pistachios. • Seeds such as sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, alfalfa, and fenugreek are very beneficial. 2 to 3 teaspoons a day is plenty • Don’t forget oily fish like sardines, mackerel, wild salmon or fresh tuna. 2 or 3 portions a week will bring you plenty of these essential fats. Avocado (not more than one a week) can also be included. • You need plenty of Calcium. It is found in dairy products which can be too rich in fat. You can also find it in tinned bony fish, nuts, seeds, broccoli, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, dried figs or prunes, green tea, beans and peas. • There are a lot of herbs and roots used traditionally through the years and the world which can give you a lot of relief: Siberian ginseng, Yarrow, Lady’s mantle, St John’s Wort, Black Cohosh, Chaste Berry, Dong Quai, Ginkgo Biloba, Liquorice Root etc. They must be dispensed by a qualified herbalist, as some are potent and have to be adjusted to your needs. You also need to check that they do not interfere with any existing medical treatment or health condition before taking them. The most important aspect is your attitude towards aging and life in general. Cultivate laughter and acceptance. Exercise moderation. Try to learn to let go (stresses of work, family, imposed self-image). Share with friends and family.Talk about the changes you experience to your daughters and sons. Request support from your partner. Have an intimate contact with nature. Be sexually active and enjoy it. Use this blessed time of freedom for self realisation and creativity. Remember all the things you never had time to do and try to do them. If you want to be alone do it. You need it in order to get peace, to enjoy your freedom and to heal the damages of your past and present life. In the next issue we’ll analyse the role of your doctor: check-ups, investigations, medicines and HRT. Dr Sophie Faherty is based at John Casey’s Clinic Clifden (095) 21224 from Tuesdays to Fridays by appointment.


Herbal Help for Colds and Flus

At this time of year, after months of summer warmth, (I know, I know....) the change to the cooler, wetter weather of autumn can bring with it a spate of sore throats, coughs, cold and ‘flu’ germs. For the kids returning to school, or if you are returning to work after some time off, (possibly in a warm, sunny place), exposure to other people can mean you are more susceptible to these germs. It is a nuisance if after a relaxing or reviving holiday you return and become ill. As for kids it is not good for them take time off school at the beginning of a school year. But as they say, prevention is better than cure and there are many herbs and other nutrients which can act as preventatives and boost your immune system ready for the long, dark, winter ahead. The first thing to think of is Vitamin C and make sure it contains something called bioflavonoid. They are active ingredients and are found in the skins and pith of fruits. They activate the Vitamin C making it remedial. Vitamin C cannot be said to actively prevent a cold but there is overwhelming evidence that it reduces the severity and duration of the cold symptoms by preventing the virus from spreading through body tissue. If a Vitamin C supplement is taken which also contains Zinc then the immune system receives even more support. Like Vitamin C, Zinc increases the production of white blood cells, which defend the body from invasion, but it also has a dramatic impact on the Thymus gland, which is the master gland of the immune system, as well as possessing direct anti-viral properties. There are several herbs which also assist the immune system. Echinacea works as an immune stimulant, improving the efficiency with which the immune system identifies invading organisms. It is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory, so it can relieve many symptoms of the common cold and it can prevent the cold from progressing to the ‘flu, as it inhibits the organisms from becoming more invasive. There are other immune supporting herbs that work in a similar way to Echinacea. Sambucol for example, or Black Elderberry can also help to defeat those dastardly germs and infections. Quite often, for many people, an infection begins in the throat, which is one of the first lines of defence against airborne pathogens. Propolis, a natural antibiotic produced by bees, is available as a throat spray and works very effectively. Propolis is an amazing natural product and is also available in tincture and tablet forms. Speaking of bees, the winter first aid kit should never be without Manuka Honey. This gift from nature is vital for all the family for building up the immune system and for dealing with infections already there. For combating colds and chesty coughs, I would recommend a teaspoon once or twice a day of Manuka 15 or 20-depending how ill you are when you first start taking it. Manuka 10 is sufficient to keep these illnesses at bay. If your cold tends to sit in the head and you end up with blocked sinuses, catarrh and ear infections, Plantago can relieve the congestion. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and has astringent and demulcifying properties, which means it thins out the mucous so that you can get it out without getting too sore and red. If your cold tends to go down to the chest then your best bet is Ivy-Thyme as this herbal complex will prevent a cough turning into bronchitis. As it is an anti-spasmodic and has expectorant properties, it prevents you from wearing yourself out with a non-productive cough, and gets rid of thick mucous by reducing the viscosity of it. It also soothes the bronchial tracts. Many people will testify to its effectiveness. You can also find remedies in the kitchen cupboard. Lemon and Garlic, (which is also available in supplement form for those who don’t like the taste), are natural antibiotics which will both cleanse your gut and your blood of invading germs and boost the immune system at the same time. One home made remedy that we use is Manuka honey in a mug of hot water with a squeeze of lemon, a pulverised garlic clove and a large pinch of cayenne pepper. That will sort you out! It is easy to avoid colds, coughs and sore throats using the above supplements and herbs and of course by eating well. Eat whole foods, whole grains and plenty of fresh (organic) fruit and vegetables and warming soups. Keep warm and enjoy the autumn. If you have any queries about any of these herbs, please call in to An Bhean Feasa Health Shop in Clifden. Terri Conroy

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S e l f a s s e s s m e n t d e a d l i n e i s f a s t a p p ro a c h i n g As many businesses and self employed tax payers will already be aware, the deadline for settling an individual’s tax affairs for 2007 is fast approaching (31 October 2008). Despite the fact that revenue do give ten months for an individual to get their tax affairs calculated and in order, each year tax professionals witness a scramble around the last weeks of October by taxpayers struggling to meet this seemingly generous deadline. Frequent readers of this column will know that our tax system in Ireland is the self assessment model. Under the self-assessment system, a return of income must be made on or before 31 October in the year following the year of assessment. The year of assessment equals the calendar year, so your 2007 tax return is due for filing on 31 October 2008. All individuals, whose income from all sources (such as rented property, investments, farming or B&B’s) is not accounted for under the PAYE system, are obliged to make an annual return of income. If there is no actual tax liability, (for example because of a rental loss) the individual is still obliged to make an annual return of income, unless they have been given permission from Revenue not to have to. So it is safe to assume that you must make a tax return if you are engaged in any commercial activity (even one which makes little or no money). B&B owners, small farmers, landlords, pensioners with an investment portfolio, fishermen etc. all fall into this category. The recent revenue focus on deposit interest has also now alerted many individuals that they should have been returning the interest earned on the deposit accounts held in the banks on their tax returns. Although the revenue in their latest trawl of taxpayers is far more concerned with where the savers got the initial capital, rather than if they declared the interest, the fact remains that interest is taxable income and you must pay PRSI on this interest earned even though you have already paid the full income tax liability through the DIRT withheld by the

banks. The same is true for credit union dividends which are also taxable income and need to be declared on your income tax returns. As with most matters in life, ignorance of these facts is no real defence, so if you have investment income, even income on which tax has been withheld, you still must include it on your income tax return. However, it is not all bad news as your income tax return is also where you can claim the various tax reliefs, which many people actually fail to claim. There is a wide range of reliefs available which may reduce the amount of tax you pay. Tax Relief is available in respect of the following: Age Credit: This is available to persons over 65, remember over 65s also don’t have to pay PRSI. DIRT Credit for over 65s: You don’t have to pay DIRT on savings, provided your total income doesn’t exceed the exemption threshold. Bin Charges: Typically, amounts payable to waste collectors like Barna waste are tax deductible. Trade Union Subscriptions. Rent Tax Credit: If you are renting private accommodation for yourself you are entitled to tax relief of the rent you pay. Tax relief is also available in respect of the following medical and related expenses: Health/Medical Expenses: Approved medical expenses paid on behalf of family members are deductible. Incapacitated Child Credit. Employed person taking care of an Incapacitated Individual. Home Carer’s Credit: If you are living and caring for children in the home, you may be entitled to a tax credit for this work. Dependant Relative Tax Credit. Medical Insurance Premiums

Can I claim any tax relief on my tuition fees for a third-level course? You may claim tax relief on tuition fees paid for undergraduate and postgraduate courses and for other courses in Information Technology (IT) and foreign languages. Tax relief applies to approved undergraduate courses that are either full or part-time, and in either private or publicly funded third level colleges. Students can study in approved colleges in Ireland or in any EU member state. The course must be at least two years duration. Relief is available for postgraduate courses in private and publicly funded colleges in Ireland as well as universities and publicly funded colleges in other countries (EU and non-EU). Postgraduate courses must be between one and four years in duration and students must already have a primary degree or equivalent. The relief is also available for foreign language and IT courses that are less than two years duration, approved by FÁS, and result in the award of a certificate of competence. The net tuition fees for these must be more than €315 and there is an upper limit of €1,270 per course. You may claim relief if you pay tuition fees for yourself, for your spouse, or for your child or any other person you are the legal guardian of. This relief is given at the standard rate of tax (20%) and applies to one course per individual in a tax year. For undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the maximum amount of qualifying fees allowable is €5,000. To obtain a claim form for this relief, you can request leaflet IT31 from Revenue at Lo-call: 1890 306 706 or download it from Further information is available from Clifden Citizens Information Centre, which provides a free and confidential service to the public. Tel: 095 22000 and 087 1301100 / Email: Address: c/o VEC, Statoil Apartments, Galway Road, Clifden (Above Sweeney Oil). Citizens Information is also available online at and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, Lo-Call 1890 777 121. Letterfrack Information Service October 2008 If you have any questions about Social Welfare, Housing, Consumer Affairs, Employment, Education or your rights and entitlements in general, contact us on 095-22000 or 087-1301100 or call in. 1:30pm to 4:30pm / Venue: Connemara West October 2008: Tuesday 14th & Tuesday 28th. Education, Employment, Family, Health, Housing, Social Welfare, Taxes, Consumer, Insurance/Finance, Agriculture, European Union. A wide range of application forms and booklets are available, including: Entitlements for People with Disabilities, One Parent Families Information Guide, Information for Regular Part Time Workers, Employment Rights Explained.


Full details of the workings of these credits are on the revenue website or your accountant or citizens’advice bureau should be able to advise you of your entitlement to any of the above. In addition to claiming tax relief on certain qualifying expenses, you can also actively manage any income tax bill through pension contributions. In essence, you can contribute to a pension fund before 31st October next and those contributions will be deductible against your 2007 taxable income. The most straightforward option for many individuals would be to invest in a PRSA (Personal Retirement Savings Account), however there are many pension options out there so a bit of research is always advisable. In brief, the PRSAs were announced with much fanfare in the last few years as a solution to the low participation rates of Irish workers in organised pension plans. Whilst they have enjoyed limited success there are moves afoot to make them more attractive to the general public. Basically, your standard PRSA is a generic pension product with standard fee structure which allows you to make payments into an approved pension scheme and claim tax relief without the hassle of setting up the scheme yourself. In summary, most people are probably obliged to make a tax return, particularly if they have income from multiple sources. Even interest income on your deposit account will trigger your obligation to make a tax return. Whilst there are many tax pitfalls relating to income received, there are similarly many ways to legally reduce your tax burden. If your affairs are straightforward and your books are in order then the Galway tax office can probably go a long way to sorting you out, without the need for a professional tax adviser. If however you have past issues to resolve, then the clock is ticking and perhaps you should put down the paper and pick up the phone to your professional advisor or citizens advice bureau to see how best to resolve your tax position. Declan Mannion is a Chartered Accountant with Mannion Lochrin & Co., Market Street, Clifden. Telephone 095-30030 Fax 09530031 e-mail

Tourism sector needs to go site seeing After a rained-out Connemara August this year, it comes as somewhat of a shock that Ireland’s hospitality sector spends only 1% of its marketing budget online and is rapidly falling behind accepted global standards. About 80% of Irish people research online before booking holidays and among the top-visited sites in Ireland are and Yet at home, the average online marketing spend for the hospitality industry is 1% of its overall budget. The consumer has gone online, but where is the hospitality industry? If you want to reach a digital audience, you should be breaking down your advertising spend accordingly. The 1% spend as it stands is mostly by the bigger companies with dedicated IT departments, but in Ireland most tourism businesses are owner-managed or independent. The challenge for the owner-manager to take control of a website, email, marketing and IT is becoming more complex and very often they do not have the in-house resources or the budgets to hire in experts. In 2007, more travel sales were booked online than in person. So that means if we want to increase visitors to Ireland, we need to shift more to the web. We need Irish travel websites where users can see practical information, research travel plans, read user reviews and watch user photos and videos. The ideal is a mix between a tourist office, a travel agent and a social network so that everyone around the world can relate to people’s experiences when they think about Ireland. This reality is reflected in a basic internet search. ‘Google’ for a hotel in Galway. You will find results, but these will mostly represent the bigger properties. And why is it that a travel site with user-generated content, like, will have in-depth listings of Irish B&Bs where time and care has been taken to write a full review and add pictures, yet there is no way to click through and book a property online, whereas the bigger hotels are using these sites to their advantage? Some smaller players have embraced the change with gusto, such as Aer Arann, which has gone on to

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become an Irish e-commerce success story. With an online marketing budget of €800,000 for 2008, Aer Arann’s website sells 3,000 flights daily and offers unique features including SMS booking confirmation and, best of all, only three clicks to booking. When it comes to lookers vs. bookers, there is always a huge drop-off rate between the first click and the six or seven steps to completion which most other sites offer, even when credit card information has been entered. 70% of Aer Lingus flights are booked online; Aer Arann’s online booking represents 92% of its business. Tourism Ireland has watched this evolution and reflected it in their marketing budget so that online now represents almost a quarter of their entire marketing spend. While individual businesses are still catching up, nobody can accuse Tourism Ireland of falling behind. Last year, Tourism Ireland joined up with Virtual Dublin, a virtual reality version of the capital city that exists in the 3D online gaming world of Second Life, and this year threw the first ever St Patrick’s Day parade with live music from actual events streamed into Virtual Dublin, as thousands of people from around the world tuned in. But even with this innovation, more investment is needed: online marketing represents about 25% of the overall marketing spend of Tourism Ireland. It should be at least 50%. It’s not a big investment, and with the right partner even a small B&B can set up a website with a booking engine and collaboration tools and be distributed worldwide. The key, it seems, for the smaller players in the travel industry is not a huge budget and mass migration to the web, but rather mass collaboration and looking to central sites and the individual tourist to promote Ireland. For a small B&B, allowing your web visitors to record and read reviews means people will share their experiences, not only about the room but about the full experience, from the church they visited to the beach they went to. This is so powerful that web visitors will make up their mind from reading these experiences. For a free consultation on a website for your business, call into Two Dog Computers & Business Solutions, or phone 095 22194. John Claró is an I.T. Consultant with over 20 years experience offering all kinds of computer sales, services and repairs at Two Dog Computer & Business Systems in Clifden.



Death of Capitalism confined to America? The oilman and silver speculator Nelson Bunker Hunt, his fortune ravaged by inflation and having fallen foul of American Financial Authorities in the late 70’s, was reputed to have remarked “that a billion dollars ain’t what it used to be”. It was cited to me at the time as an example of the state of development of mental arithmetic in Texas. The big figures once again are flying around the U.S. but unlike the 70’s, we now have a greater appreciation of billions and how little a Government can get for you with them. In Ireland for example, in July 2007 a billion euros would have got you 3,304 average houses. If you decided to sell these in July 2008 you would have realised a loss of some €100 million. These calculations are based on ERSI House Price Index. So every 30,000 houses in the country are nursing a notional €1billion deduction in value. Conserva-

tively. If the drop is really 20% then the loss is €2 billion, and so it goes. In 2006 alone there were 80,000 new houses built and bought. Developers will give you a car, a flat in Bulgaria, an allowance, a mortgage holiday, in short anything that doesn’t represent a dropped price. This couldn’t, of course, have anything to do with asset values on balance sheets. It will take a little while to play out but there will be grief. Now, dear reader, you can have 2 guesses as to where this grief will reside. As I write, our very own Roundstone Senator Dodd is demurring slightly at the notion of the American Taxpayer buying into the Great Bail Out. A Wheeze* however must and will be found so that the whole process can start all over again. We will, to paraphrase the words of Josef Locke “make a bonfire of our toxic debt” with the fuel supplied by the compliant taxpayer. But so many questions remain; how long will it take to reach the bottom, if the safeguard of moral hazard is removed from the financial system could bank failure be in some way and for some few a desirable option? Who let it all happen? It is my suspicion that The Wheeze this time will be rampant inflation, led by a devalued dollar and when it’s all over the Chinese will rule the world. The DIY Portfolio has not traded since last report but will shortly be buying some Ryanair shares. The aim of doubling €20,000 in 5 years though a little off track, is still possible. Exploration shares have proved to be duds so far. The DIY Investor is delighted to return for this guest appearance to the now downloadable Connemara View. A standoff of sorts had developed with Madame Editor. Yours truly had sought benchmarking, wet time, disturbance money and above all, bonuses in line with the financial markets. The Lady was not for turning. We can only surmise the state the world would be in had the Federal Reserve got personnel of such fortitude and tenacity. DIY Investor *Definition: Wheeze-A sort of idea that’s patently crazy, but with the addition of some smoke and mirrors, fast talk and conviction from the perpetrators allied to a gullible or otherwise distracted victim can go down a treat. Disclaimer: The views expressed are entirely personal. Markets crash as well as fall. The author is not regulated by any authority of the state. The views do not in any way imply or suggest entreaties to buy or sell any of the securities mentioned above.


Roundstone Village This two bedroomed property is set in the heart of Roundstone village. The residence boasts famous views of Roundstone Harbour, Bay and the Twelve Bens. This is a unique opportunity to acquire a permanent residence or holiday home in this well sought after area. The property is located on the left hand side of the village. Offers on € 550,000. Matt O Sullivan Auctioneers, The Square, Clifden, (095) 21066 e-mail Number 14 Lettershask, Ballyconneely Four bedroom cottage for sale in Ballyconneely Holiday Village. Finished to a very high standard with cherry wood flooring and granite worktops. Top class property with conservatory and patio at rear. Needs to be viewed to appreciate its quality. Price: €450,000. For further information call Carol at: Clifden Real Estate, Main Street, Clifden. 095-30808/ 087-2900121.

Lettergesh East, Renvyle From its elevated position, this substantial hillside cottage on 1 acre circa site has commanding views of Inishturk, Clare Island

views over Roundstone Bay and the Twelve Bens. From the courtyard railed steps lead to No.9. The entrance hall opens into the living-area and a stairs leads to the first floor. The living room has an open fireplace with large full glass doors leading out to the balcony, from here the stunning views over Roundstone Bay and the Twelve Bens can be enjoyed. There is a fully fitted and tiled kitchen and dining area on the floor. The two large bedrooms and bathroom are on the first floor. No 9 has its own private parking space and a separate store-utility room. €640,000. Sherry Fitzgerald Kavanagh, Main St, Clifden (095) 21888. Lettermore Na Coille A delightful 3 bedroom bungalow in a commanding, south facing and elevated position and set in beautiful gardens with lovely mountain and moorland views. The property was built around 30 years ago of concrete block construction under a concrete tile roof with accommodation consisting of entrance halls, kitchen, sitting room, 3 bedrooms and bathroom set on 1/2 acre site in a most delightful setting. The house has oil fired central heating system, is presented in simply immaculate condition, and is being sold with all the carpets and most of the curtains included. Lettermore Na Coille is a tranquil village set back from the main roads on the lower slopes of Lackadunna, which rises behind the village to a height of 1,040 feet, with exceptional views. Offers on €279,000. Spencer Auctioneers, Main St, Oughterard, (091) 552999 e-mail

and Achill. It’s a very short walk to the renowned Lettergesh . beach and is an ideal location for all outdoor pursuits. Accommodation includes; Entrance Porch, hallway, living room, Kitchen/Dining, 6 Bedrooms (2 Ensuite), bathroom, Shower room and Utility. Price: €525,000. Connemara Properties, Bridge St, Clifden (095) 21473. e-mail

9 Radharc na Farraige, Casla Radharc na Farraige is a development of 12 luxury sea side apartments in a Gaeltacht village know as Casla (Costelloe). No. 9 is a quality two bedroom property; it is beautifully decorated and is set in one of the most scenic areas in Connemara. The property enjoys the benefit of two large balconies which offer excellent views of the mountains and the sea to the front of the property. The spacious accommodation comprises of an entrance hall, kitchen/dining room, 2 bedrooms, study and main bathroom. Nearby important local amenities include the Radio Na Gaeltachta, TG4, Rosaveal Harbour with its ferry connection to the Aran Islands, nearby villages include Carraroe and Spiddal while Galway City is less than a 30 minute drive. This would be ideal for first time buyers, as a holiday home or investment property. Asking Price: €230,000. DNG Martin O Connor Auctioneers and Valuers on (091) 866708 or e-mail 9 Village Court Roundstone Village Court is an exclusive development of 9 Townhouses in the centre of Roundstone village. On mature grounds the property has excellent


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The Cr ystal Ball By John Amenhauser At the start of October, in Connemara the sky is reasonably dark between about 8 pm and 6 am. Sunrise gets about 2 minutes later and sunset about 2½ minutes earlier each day. By the end of the month, the clocks have gone back: the Sun rises around 7:15 am GMT, and sets around 4:30 pm GMT; the sky is reasonably dark between about 6 pm and 6 am GMT. End of Summer Time Summer Time ends in the early morning of Sunday 26th October. Clocks should be put one hour back. Full Moon is on Tuesday October 14th, in Pisces. When it’s Full, the Moon is on the opposite side of the sky to the Sun; so it rises in the east at sunset, shines throughout the night, and sets in the west at sunrise the following morning. New Moon occurs on Tuesday October 28th. The new crescent probably won’t be visible in the south-west at sunset until about Sunday November 2nd. Constellation Map

Connemara Night Sky for Oct. 15th at 22:00 Mercury is at inferior conjunction (almost directly in front of the Sun) on October 6th. But it reaches its greatest elongation west of the Sun on October 22nd, so towards the end of the month, this elusive little planet could be visible before sunrise. Any morning between about October 20th and 28th, try looking out around 7 am, slightly to the south of east. The sky will be growing light; you may be able to see the planet Saturn like a fairly bright star, about 30 degrees above the horizon. Mercury will be much lower down than Saturn, and a little further left. It too will look like a moderately bright star (it will appear about the same brightness as Saturn). Binoculars will help in locating it, but once found, it should be visible to the naked eye, if the sky is sufficiently clear.

October Video Releases

Forgetting Sarah Marshall: Struggling musician Peter Bretter has spent six years idolizing his girlfriend, television star Sarah Marshall. But his world is rocked when she dumps him and Peter finds himself alone. To clear his head, Peter takes an impulsive trip to Hawaii, where he is confronted by his worst nightmare: his ex and her tragically hip new British-rocker boyfriend are sharing his hotel. Stars: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell. The Incredible Hulk: The explosive, action-packed adventure in one of the all-time most popular superhero sagas unfolds We find scientist Bruce Banner living in shadows, scouring the planet or an antidote. Upon returning to civilization, he is pursued by The Abomination - a nightmarish beast of pure adrenaline and aggression whose powers match The Hulk’s own. A fight of comic-book proportions ensues as Banner must call upon the hero within to rescue New York City from total destruction. Stars: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth. Adulthood: The Sequel to the hard-hitting drama Kidulthood. Six years after Sam Peel is released from jail for killing Trife. He is forced to confront


Venus is just starting to become visible as an “Evening Star”. By the end of October it is setting about an hour after the Sun. Look for it very low in the south-west, as soon as the Sun has set. Venus is intensely bright, and can show up even in a bright twilight sky. If you can find the new crescent Moon on the evening of Saturday October 4th, try looking for Venus at about the same altitude, but 30 degrees further right. Don’t confuse Venus with Jupiter, which is much higher up and further left. At the start of October, the two planets are over 60 degrees apart; by the end of the month, the gap has shrunk to only 30 degrees. Mars is setting very shortly after sunset. We won’t be able to see the “Red Planet” at all this month, or indeed for the rest of the year. Jupiter: The giant planet Jupiter is the only one we can see easily in the evening sky this month. It’s low in the south at dusk, and sets in the south-west about four hours after sunset.Relative to the stars, Jupiter is moving very slowly eastwards in the constellation of Sagittarius. This is where the Sun is in January, so it’s not very high above our horizon. Jupiter looks like a very bright, steady star, brighter than any of the genuine stars (though not as brilliant as Venus). But conditions won’t be favourable for making any close observations of it. On the evening of Monday October 6th, the Moon will appear to the lower right of Jupiter; the following evening, it will be to the lower left of the planet. Saturn is rising in the early hours of the morning, and is well up in the eastern sky by dawn. It’s moving very slowly south-eastwards in Leo. Don’t mistake it for Regulus, the brightest star in Leo. Saturn is to the lower left of Regulus (getting gradually farther from it as the days go by) and Saturn is a little brighter than Regulus. In a telescope, the disc of Saturn appears 16 arc-seconds across, and the famous rings form a narrow oval, 37 arc-seconds wide and only 2 arc-seconds high. Before dawn on Saturday October 25th, the narrow waning Moon will be to the lower right of Saturn, about 5 degrees away (the two objects will fit together into the same field of view, in a normal pair of binoculars). Meteors The Orionid meteor shower is active during the second half of October; it will probably peak around Monday 20th, but activity stays high for a week or more. The radiant is in the northern part of Orion, to the upper left of Betelgeuse, so a few Orionid meteors may be seen even in the late evening; but the best rates will be in the early hours of the morning. This year the light of the waning Moon will cause some interference. This is also generally a good time of the year for seeing sporadic meteors, which may appear at any time, in any part of the sky. John Claro the people he hurt the most. Through his journey Sam struggles to deal with his sorrow and guilt and those seeking revenge. As he’s pursued by a new generation of bad boys, Sam sets about trying to get the message across to his pursuers that they should stop the violence. Can Sam stop the cycle of violence and make something positive from the destruction he caused or will his journey into Adulthood end here? Stars: Noel Clarke, Danny Dyer and Adam Deacon. Sex And The City: Carrie Bradshaw, successful author and everyone’s favorite fashion icon-nextdoor, is back, her famously sardonic wit intact and sharper than ever, as she continues to narrate her own story about sex, love and the fashion-obsessed single woman in New York City. Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall. The Superhero Movie: From the creators of Naked Gun and Scary Movie come the hilarious spoof Superhero Movie! After being bitten by a genetically altered dragonfly, high school loser Rick Riker develops superhuman abilities. Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Drake Bell. Video releases courtesy of Video Vault, Main Street, Clifden. 095-22033.

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Past The High Priestess

Present King of Cups

Future Queen of Pentacles

With the High Priestess reversed in the past position, you are being told that you did not trust your instincts in the past and made a wrong choice as a result. The King of Cups reversed in the present lets you know that you have been on a bit of a roller coaster since then. The Queen of Pentacles upright in the future lets you know that you will be able to correct all of this by trusting your intuition and sticking to it.


The action is for you to remove any obstacles or blockages from your life. This is something you must do on your own, do not ask for help. The challenge comes from examining what profit and gain represent in your life, and how you will handle these issues now and in the future. The overview as Movement lets you know that once you have accomplished these Action Challenge Overview things, you will be able to The Self Possessions Movement continue on with your life (Mannaz) (Fehu) (Ehwaz) on the correct path. “As You Cultivate Your Own Nature, All Else Follows”


Aries (Mar 21 Apr 20) While some things are looking up this month, others things will not. Don’t lose heart in the sight of some setbacks-it will all balance out in the end. Taurus (Apr 21 – May 20) It’s a good month ahead Taurus, but saying a few prayers never hurts anyone. Put your faith in what you believe in at the forefront. Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) Lots of good things can happen for you this month Gemini. As long as you are willing to work at them you can achieve just about anything. Cancer ( Jun 22 – Jul 22) Dust off that little idea you have had sitting in the back of the brain for so long- it’s time to see what you can do about making it a reality. Leo ( Jul 23 – Aug 23) You are putting your trust in something that is not there. Take a good look at the real issues in your life and get rid of the things that are holding you back. Virgo (Aug 24 – Sep 22) Dreams, dreams and more dreams. You will be having a lot of them this month.They should all be nice ones so don’t be afraid to act on a few. Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 23) HAPPY BIRTHDAY! What to do,what to do,now that you’ve accomplished this milestone in your life it’s time to figure out what to do next? Choose the right path carefully. Scorpio (Oct 24 – Nov 22) A little disruption at the start of the month is going to clear the way for you to start something new that will be very good for you. Sagittarius (Nov 23 – Dec 21) Often, not having all the answers about something is just where you need to be at that time in your life, don’t be stressed out about it. Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 20) The plans that you have for the rest of your life are starting to take shape. Keep up the good work and set some more goals for yourself. Aquarius ( Jan 21 – Feb 19) All of your industrious good work is going to pay off soon. Just keep working away at it all and make sure to take care of yourself as well. Pisces (Feb 20 – Mar 20) Not a very good month for you Pisces. Just rent a bunch of DVDs and stay on the couch-it will be November before you know it!


At this time of the year, the focus in the garden is very much on tidying up after the main growing season. I was going to say “summer season”, but I couldn’t bring myself to say that! It will be interesting to see what effect this last few weeks/months of rain and grey skies will have on the garden next year. I have noticed a big reduction in the number of bees and wasps, butterflies and dragonflies. Will the lack of these pollinators and bug controllers lead to serious problems? It’s hard to tell. I try to cut back plants and shrubs which have outgrown their spaces. Remember to take cuttings from these plants, rather than just throwing away the pieces that you cut. A small cutting can quickly grow into a decent plant and it is great to be able to plant this in another part of the garden or give it away to friends or family. It is a nice thing to be able to say that such and such comes from your garden. I heard of a wedding recently where the bride and groom gave each guest a rooted cutting as a memento of the occasion, what a lovely idea. I suspect that they had grown the plants themselves as the one I saw had that look about it. If you are cutting back herbaceous plants, make sure that you mark the spot where they are growing, as they die back completely and any digging that you are planning on doing later in the year or in spring might damage these plants. I generally find that this time of the year is fairly good for large projects, as the growing season is over and you can see what you are

doing, or trying to do at any rate. One task I have on the agenda is cutting back trees which have gone mad. I was walking through one part of the garden the other day and could hardly get through, due to the fact that a willow tree had spread so far out from the trunk. This is one of the common willows and so I have no problem cutting it back. I will be a bit more careful with a scarlet oak, one branch of which is growing over the path. It shouldn’t be too difficult to cut and it is unlikely to suffer much damage. Another tree which needs a good trimming is a Wych elm, this has cascades of branches reaching the ground and blocking the light from shrubs which are underneath. Of course the major task for this month and season is planting bulbs. I have talked about this before but it is a topic which interests so many people. It is one of the miracles of the garden, you plant, what looks like dead things, the bulbs, at this time of the year and come early spring when there is very little colour, you get a mass of greenery and wonderful colour, yellows, whites, mixed, red, pink and orange. What is even better is that they are almost trouble free, die back in late spring allowing you to plant something else in their place and they generally come up again year after year. The other great thing about bulbs is that there is something for almost every part of the garden. They come in miniature, ideal


for the rock garden or window boxes, to large formal, which work well in flower beds and pots and all sizes which look great naturalised in grass and under trees. I like daffodils and narcissi naturalised in grass where they show off against the green. I also like them in pots which can be moved around the garden to brighten up any area. Tulips and some of the more exotics are best in flower beds and formal borders. All of these, I plant deeper than the recommended depth, for a couple of reasons. One being that they are less susceptible to attack from pests, badgers, mice and birds, and pets, cats and dogs. Also, I think that they last longer when planted deeper. For naturalised plants, I like to plant a mixed variety of daffodils and narcissi, but occasionally will plant only one type. For all of these I take off the scraw and leave to one side, then I dig a fairly large hole, taking out most of the bigger stones. When I am at the depth I want, I loosen the soil below that, and into this I push the bulbs. You can pack them in fairly well. Make sure that they are upright, although they will grow whatever way they are planted; there is no reason to put extra pressure on them. Place the soil back around the bulbs firming it fairly well and place the scraw back. That is it. If it is very dry, which is unlikely, give them an odd drop of water. To plant in pots, I like to layer them, starting off with a clean pot. Put a layer of stones for drainage, cover with a small amount of com-

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post, then put in a selection of bulbs. I begin with the largest size, usually daffodils. Put another layer of compost and then a further selection, making sure that they are not directly on top of the first layer. Add more compost and bulbs until the pot is full. If you want colour straight away plant a few winter flowering pansies, primulas, or cyclamen. These will give a good display for months and then the bulbs will take over. Don’t forget to gather your fallen leaves and put them in black plastic bags,they will break down into great compost.Make sure the leaves are wet before you tie up the bags.Leave the bags out of the way for a year and then use the compost. Apple trees have produced great crops this year and should all be in by now. I have made great use of mine and have had loads of apple tarts and crumbles. If your window boxes and hanging baskets are past their best, take them away, dump out the soil and any dead plants. Anything that you can rescue can be planted again in the same place or in a different arrangement. Wash out containers and store. If you plan to reuse the window boxes, start off with fresh soil and plant different plants. If you have a site which suffers from high wind, make sure that the boxes are weighted down with heavy stones or are secured to the window ledge. Hanging baskets are best left down over the winter, as they can get damaged in strong winds. Happy gardening. Breandan O Scanaill


Connemara Business Notes New Local Face in Finance In recent years, small business owners have become more aware than ever of the need to be fully tax compliant and up to date with what the Revenue Commissioners require. Connemara business people now have a new addition to local financial services with the arrival of Schley Accounting to Bridge St, Clifden, run by Suzann Schley. Clifden native Suzann has an extensive background is in IT consultancy and business guidance and has been a qualified accountant for over twelve years. During her many years working in the City of London she was employed by a number of high profile companies in order to maximise and improve profitability. In recent times, she has

been carrying out project work measuring profitability for Boston Scientific in Galway. She founded Schley Accounting in 2007 and the primary premises was then opened in Clifden in the summer of this year. Schley Accounting offers a full selection of traditional accountancy services as well as a comprehensive online accounts service aimed at small business owners seeking to maximise their productivity, while keeping costs low in these tighter economic times. While online business management is the more modern aspect of the business, traditional accounting services are the primary focus, for example, all tax services, financial accounts, company formation and simple and practical business advice. Suzann has also recently been short listed for the ‘Network Galway Businesswoman of the Year’ Awards for 2008 in the category of ‘Innovative Company of the Year’. Her impressive background and experience in accountancy and business is now available at a local level right here in Clifden, for anyone in need of advice or assistance with their finances. Schley Accounting is now open for business from Monday to Friday. For more details call (095) 30584 or check out

Canine Comfort and Care Arranging care for our canine friends when going away can be a bit of a headache. Asking friends or family to mind your dog can cause inconvenience and even concern or worry while you’re away from home for a period of time, whether short or long. A solution is provided by Clifden Kennels at Munga, Derrylea just outside of Clifden, run by Simon and Gina Boote, who have been looking after other people’s dogs for the past five years. It is clear that the main motivation for the Bootes providing this service is that they are dog lovers first and foremost. On checking in, Simon takes the dog for a walk around the premises to get them used to the environment. The purpose built kennels are high quality, immaculately clean and well kept. Dog beds of all sizes are provided, but owners are invited to bring along their dog’s own bed or blanket if they wish. There are ten large enclosures in all, with four double sized ones for larger dogs, or pairs of dogs if they come together. All dogs are walked on leashes three times a day, in the morning, afternoon and evening while staying at the kennels, so their exercise needs are met. Food can be provided by the kennels, but again owners are welcome to provide their own food if it suits the dog better. Special dietary requirements or administering medicine will also be taken care of. Simon outlines that each individual dog’s routine and temperament are respected; some dogs may not interact well in groups for example, or need less or more exercise or attention. Comprehensive discussion with the owner assures that the dog will be well cared for and avoid distress of any kind. The kennels even have a shower facility for dogs that get muddy out on their walks so they can even be returned to you fresh and clean! It is crucial that dogs staying at the kennel have been fully vaccinated, particularly


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for kennel cough. Vaccinations also need boosters, so make sure to check with your vet to avoid potential health problems for your dog. On request, dogs can sometimes be collected and returned after a stay at the kennels. Clifden Kennels is fully insured and offers a simple and safe solution to caring for your dog when you cannot. For more information call Simon Boote of Clifden Kennels on 095 30894 or 087 2817478 or e-mail;

Diamonds Under New Management Ros Sammon of Tullycross has recently taken over Diamond’s Bar in Tully. Ros has extensive bar management experience, having been involved in the trade for over 11 years in both Carna and Veldons and also has a family background in the business. An official opening night was held on Friday September 26th with celebrations and music provided by Danny Bruder, Sean Halpenny and Odie Lynch and friends. A full mix of music and lively entertainment is planned for the coming weeks and months, and a disco on Friday nights is also planned. Ask in the bar for details of upcoming events. There will be food available daily and a Sunday special will also be served. Ros is wished good luck and success in her new venture.

Retail Excellence Award Belle Blu of Market St has made it through to the third stage of the FBD Retail Excellence Ireland Awards. The shop first advanced to the top 100 stores and has now made it through to the top 50 stores in Ireland in its relevant division. There are three divisions based on the size of the store. The judging process involves independent assessors coming in and reviewing the store for design, merchandising, layout, product selection, housekeeping etc. The top 24 will be announced in October followed by the announcement of the overall winner. For more see


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Shops Survey: A Few of the Basic Items

In person survey conducted September 26, 2008.

What’s the deal with …telly addiction? As winter approaches and the evenings start to get shorter, many people will find themselves settling down on the sofa to watch TV a bit earlier than usual. I found myself looking at leaflets for Sky and NTL recently, considering whether or not to get some more channels to keep myself entertained through the long quiet winter in Clifden. I figured that since I spend about two hours a day watching television (in the evening) it wouldn’t really be worth my while to pay another bill. In the process of considering it however, I began to examine my viewing habits and my fixation with watching TV at some point on practically every free evening available. It turns out that by Irish standards, I’m a below average consumer of TV. The average amount of time spent watching TV in minutes per day is 199. That’s over three hours. There are 1,820,000 television sets in the country. The majority of households have more than one, and consider for a moment all the subtle places they turn up, waiting rooms, pubs, bookies, and shops. It is omnipresent media. The phrase “television addiction” throws up far more interesting information that one might think. It is defined as watching television when you don’t particularly want to, but feel a compulsion to start or continue doing so. Habitual watching of TV has been known to cause in some cases, a lack of motivation, feelings of listlessness, depression and anger. However, I suspect that for many people, myself included, it is just a way to relax and unwind, and only seems to have positive effects. But if you have ever driven home faster to see a show or refused to go out as your favourite TV show was on, or felt anxious or upset because you missed it, then you might be showing signs of being seriously addicted. It is well documented that children nowadays watch more


Clarifications A number of Clifden establishments have requested clarification on last month’s Consumer WatchDog price survey. The updates are as follows: At the Atlantic Bar, the Ham & Cheese Sandwich listed was the Open Faced Sandwich on brown bread, not regular sandwich. Off the Square Soup is €3.60 and not €4.95. Mannion’s Sandwich is Ham and Cheese Bap Melt not regular sandwich. EJ Kings prices were from the upstairs restaurant. The pub price for tea and coffee is 1.75 and the pub soup is 4.50. At the Atlantic Bar, the Ham & Cheese Sandwich listed was the Open Faced Sandwich on brown bread, not regular sandwich. Foyle’s prices were Marconi Restaurant evening prices only and the soup price was from Dinner Starter Menu.

television and from an earlier age than ever before. It is also acknowledged that fitness levels in children have been badly affected by hours spent idle watching television instead of burning off energy. In the aftermath of the poor results in Maths and Science in the Leaving Cert, one letter writer in the Irish Times suggested that too much passive watching of TV is causing the lack of use of the logical and analytical capabilities of the brain. It was a thought provoking assertion and I found myself continuing to consider it as not only possible, but likely. The damage is done by the quantity of TV watched, rather than the quality. Scheduled viewing of well made, informative, clever television is perfectly cultural and enjoyable. It’s the hours of flicking and superficial low quality television that is so prevalent now that is really mind destroying. Contemporary television can also be linked to contributing to a negative perspective on the world in general. neral. Violent crime filled news bulletins, constantly flashing, contribute ontribute to the sense that we live in a dark alarming world, while soaps and dramas widely revolve around abnormal dysfunctional functional families and traumatic and dramatic relationships. Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina begins with the phrase “All happy families are the same, but unhappy families are different in dramatic and compelling ways.” This negative representation of life and the relationships of the individual is the most common theme in modern day TV. Wholesome traditional programmes have gone out of favour because the competition for viewer attention promotes a bias towards weirdness and controversy. Television presents an immediate image and feeling, rather than context or consequence and so removes the viewer from reality somewhat. Its power is phenomenal and global, and its

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influences really cannot be underestimated. Our very failure to see it as anything other than normal and usual encapsulates it pervasive presence. While it is undoubtedly a positive outlet in many ways, its effects are worthy of consideration regarding your own and your family’s viewing habits. An average of 199 minutes sounds like a lot of couch potato time; consider whether you or your family are typical Irish viewers, and might be watching damaging amounts of television. As someone who follows series occasionally and dips in and out of soaps, the only things I really watch regularly are the news, and programmes I’ve read or heard of and planned to watch. Having weighed it up for a while, I’ve decided to stick to RTE for now, to hopefully read a bit more, or use my time a bit better. It might just increase the amount of money I spend on DVD rentals. Now how much is a TV licence again…? Catherine Pryce


Wedding Bells

Aoife Curran and Andy Ainley were married at Ross Castle, Killannin on September 6th. The ceremony was held in the Chapel with reception in the castle afterwards. Sarah O’Toole of Oughterard and John O’Neill of Sneem, Co. Kerry were married on September 13th at the Church of the Immaculate Conception with a reception after-

wards at the Westwood Hotel, Galway. Ann Ward who will be married to Michael Walsh in the near future, is pictured below with her hen party friends and family from Clifden at TR Dallas in the Connemara Gateway Hotel. All Wedding Bells photos by Tom Broderick

Gairmscoil Fheichín Naofa, Corr na Móna

Teastas Sóisearach/Junior Certificate 2008: Excellent results obtained. 70% Higher Level Papers taken of which 85% obtained Honours. Chun tosaigh: Jade Ní Fhloinn, Kirsty de Brún, Maireád Seoighe, Príomhoide na Scoile, Aine Bhreathnach ag déanamh comhghairdeachas le Seanán Ó Loideáin a fuair 10 A agus 1 B, Dean Ó Ciaragáin agus Dearbhla Nic Uistín. Ar chúl; Laura Ní Eithir, Barra de Búrca, Dara Ó Diarmada, Uinseann Ó hAodha, Marc Ó hAodha, Brian Ó Labhradha, Aisling Ní Spealáin. Photo courtesy of Cornamona VEC.

Féile an Dóilín Festival


The second instalment of the west of Ireland’s largest and liveliest maritime festival was a resounding success, with a magical parade of giants and fire, colour and music, as well as the first All-Ireland High Heel Sprint! Paráid na bhFathach (Parade of the Giant), the centre-piece of Dóilín 2 held at An Cheathrú Rua in Conamara, recreated the capturing of the fearsome giant living in the local Greatman’s Bay. The giant was marched through the village and burnt at the stake, making the Bay safe again for seafarers. The All-Ireland High Heel Sprint involved 3 inches of heel, scraped knees and a mad 100 metre dash to glory through the village of an Cheathrú Rua. Indeed, the race had to be run a second time after the first race finished dead level! The maritime highlight of Dóilín 2 was the gruelling Curach Marathon, a five-mile rowing race through strong currents and rough waters. The local An Cheathrú Rua team won, and were grateful for the fantastic weather over the weekend. “This is the first time we have added the second weekend to Féile an Dóilín”, said festival director, Rónán Mac Con Iomaire. “This weekend had more of a family feel to it, rather than a hardcore sailing weekend, with events for people of all ages and interests.” “We are extremely grateful for the assistance of Údarás na Gaeltachta, who helped us develop Féile an Dóilín from one strong weekend to two great maritime and family events.” Dóilín 2 is the second weekend of the Féile an Dóilín festival, the first weekend being the largest and oldest Galway Hooker festival in the country. Rónán Mac Con Iomaire

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funerals ever seen in the city at the time. An Taoiseach Eamon DeVDr. Sean Tubridy Remembered alera led the attendance On a blustery rain soaked Connemara evening in early September, I met Philomena Squier (nee Tubridy) for a chat of public representatives and it is estimated that in the lobby of Foyle’s Hotel in Clifden. Phil’s father was over 200 motor cars Galway TD Dr Sean Tubridy TD, who lived and worked in followed the funeral Connemara and Oranmore throughout his career in public procession, an incredible office. He was born in Carraroe in 1897, where his father amount considering how Patrick Tubridy was the principal of the local boy’s school few cars were owned in and his mother was the principal of the girl’s school. After those days. completing his education at Blackrock College Dublin and Although she was only UCG he was appointed medical officer of the Lettermore 6 years old when he died, Phil has some poignant memories of her father. She described him as good humoured, charming and fun and recalls throwing snowballs and playing childhood games with him at their family home. She also adds that she spoke only Irish until that age, but lost it gradually after moving away from the area. As a child of a high profile public father, Phil has heard many great stories and anecdotes about him down through the years and says “I was always incredibly proud that he was my father”. She herself has a keen interest in genealogy and has traced her ancestors on both Ryan and Tubridy sides of the family extensively. Another member of Phil’s family, who is now a well known public figure in the Connemara area, is her nephew, Ryan Tubridy. She jokes that “once upon a time I was always asked if I was any relation to Sean Tubridy, these days people ask me if I’m related and Bealadangan dispensary district of South Connemara. to Ryan!” Phil lives in He had always expressed a strong interest in politics and was Indiana, and has reinvolved with the local Sinn Fein movements, the I.R.A, and turned to Connemara eventually joined the Fianna Fail organisation when it was and the place on the founded in 1927. Coast Road where she As a politician, doctor and person, Sean Tubridy was was born many times much loved and appreciated all over South Connemara and with family members Galway. His treatment of the typhus outbreak in Letterover the years. It is more in 1924 earned him the admiration and respect of all clear that her keen around, and it is said that he would often stay in the houses sense of identity, and of patients for days on end in an effort to cure them. After knowledge and pride promotion moved him to Oranmore dispensary, people would often travel from South Connemara to seek his advice. in her family’s history has always featured Being an Irish speaker gave him a close rapport with people of the Connemara area also, and it was missed in his absence. strongly in her life. I certainly found it a He married Miss Moira Ryan, daughter of Professor Hugh pleasure to meet her and enjoyed hearing a bit of Connemara Ryan and Kathleen Ryan of St. Brendan’s, Booterstown, history that I had previously known little about. Co. Dublin, in 1929 and they had three children together. The uppermost photo shows the members of the flying Philomena was born at home, delivered by her father at their column of the West Galway (Connemara) Brigade led by home, “The Lodge” on the Road to the Isles in 1933. Her Peter (Petie) Joe Mc Donnell in Connemara in 1921. The father is pictured here outside the house which was eventugroup ambushed a four-man RIC patrol in Clifden, resulting ally knocked and built over in recent years. in the death of two RIC men (Con Charles O’ M Reynolds After his unexpected death at the young age of 42, Moira and Con Thomas Sweeney). The RIC set fire to a number of and the children moved back to Dublin. Connemara and buildings in Clifden in retaliation. Sean Tubridy is pictured Galway mourned the passing of one of their most respected and admired public figures. He was buried with full military honours at the New Cemetery Galway, one of the largest

Connemara History

Death Notices

Paddy Kenny Acknowledgement Dawn Acton and her family along with the Kenny Family of Oldcastle Co. Meath would like to extend sincere thanks to all who called, wrote, sent flowers and travelled to be with them at the sad and untimely passing of Paddy .His Month’s Mind will take place on Sunday 12th October.


Paddy Connolly, Roundstone Tom Cribbens, London and formerly Kingstown Kathleen Curran (nee Gannon), Derryinver, Letterfrack Martin Faherty, Ballynew. Ivan Kats, Connecticut and Errislannan Joseph Murphy, Aughrismore, Cleggan Patricia Woods, Roundstone The Connemara View would like to extend sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased. This list is compiled from various sources and we apologise for any errors or omissions.

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second from the right. He is the only one not carrying a gun, as the Hippocratic oath he had taken as a physician prevented him from taking the life of another person. The photo came into her possession recently and she would be interested if any readers had any information on where it might have been taken or who the other men in the photo may be. If you have any information or knowledge on the photo, please contact or philsquier3@iquest. net. Catherine Pryce Photos: Dr Sean Tubridy TD pictured outside The Lodge on The Road to the Isles in 1930; West Galway (Connemara) Brigade led by Peter (Petie) Joe Mc Donnell in Connemara in 1921; Phil Squier with her son, Rob.

Connemara View Newspaper 7,000 copies distributed monthly throughout Connemara 095-22888/087-290-9351 Editor-in-Chief/Publisher: Ellen McDonough News Editor: Catherine Pryce Feature Writer: Connor McDonough-Flynn Distribution Mgr: John Dunne Graphic Design/Layout: Marie-Noelle Biddulph Contributors: Julian Acton, John Amenhauser, Gareth Anthony, Tom Broderick, John Byrne, John Claró, Marie Connaughton, Terri Conroy, Steven Coohill, Coleen Curran, Richard de Stacpoole, Gerry Delaney, Priscilla Diamond, Dr. Sophie Faherty, Paul Fennell, Sean Flynn, Kevin Gavin, Claire Griffin, Oliver Griffin, Rosemary Hanley, Eithne Hannigan, Michele Hehir, Bernie Jeff ries, Caroline Joyce, Peadar King, Bernard Lee, Lillian Little, Joachim Lydon, Declan Mannion, Paul Mannion, Ann Mitchell, Ronan MacConIomaire, Brendan Mullen, Hugh Musgrave, Laurence Nee, John O’Neill, Cathriona O’Toole, Breandan O’Scanaill, Maurice O’Scanaill, Declan Weir, Tricia Wilder.

plus many local schools, groups & organisations. Photography by staff unless credited otherwise. Send the Connemara View to friends & family: Annual Subscriptions - Ireland €36; Overseas €45.


Thursday, November 6th Display Ad Reservation Deadline: Friday, October 24th News Deadline: Wednesday, October 29th Classified Ad Deadline: Friday, October 31st

Classifieds Ad Rates: Up to 20 words-€5.00

21-40 words -€10.0041-60 words - €15.00 additional words at 25 cents/ word. If you are giving it away - no charge. Post in with cheque or drop in the Paper Shop, Main Street, Clifden.

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CLASSIFIED ADS Properties Spacious 2-bedroomed apartment to let in Clifden town. Recently refurbished to a high standard. Responsible tenants required. Available immediately. Contact 086-805-3760. 3 bedroomed house to let (near Cleggan). All mod cons, newly decorated with wooden flooring. Careful tenants appreciated. Contact 086-343-8900. Attractive 2-bedroomed modern cottage to let in Clifden, five minutes from town centre. OFCH. Available immediately. Contact 086-805-3760. Apartment to Let in Clifden. Two bedroom, modern, bright. Fully furnished. Available now for long rental. References required. Contact Connie on 086-165-9065. For Rent: 2 & 3 bedroom apartments and rooms to let, 5 minutes walk from Clifden town centre, fully furnished. 095 44924 or 087-249-8097.

Items for Sale or Rent

For Sale: Stanley 90 DeLuxe Oil Range. Heats radiators, in good condition. Call 095-21319. Connemara Bouncing Castles for hire for all occasions, supplied with rain covers, delivered, erected and collected. 095 21219. Free: 3 seater cloth sofa. Call 095-21319. Prefab Horse Stables for sale or rent (see photo): Delivered to your door. Two or four horse stables available. Call for appt to see on site. 086-346-9372.


Renvyle Animal Rescue: Good homes required for the following adorable felines. Fudge is a Fawn/ginger male kitten, very playful. Black and white female cat 6 months, found on Galway road 19th Sept, no owner has come forward. Very affectionate (pic included). Any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Western Veterinary Clinic on 095-22209. Attention all pet owners!! Wide selection of dog/cat accessories, premium pet foods, professional advice on nutrition, pet maintenance, radio fence pet containment systems, micro-chipping, cat boarding service, grooming and lots more at Western Veterinary clinic, Galway Road, Clifden. Tel 095 22209. Veterinary emergencies only, call 087-917-9248. Mare Scanning service now available at Western Veterinary Clinic. Ring the office on 095 22209 for an appointment. It’s Better To Neuter! Neutering is far better for your pet’s health, whether male or female. The good news is that you could be eligible to have your dog or bitch neutered for only €20.00! Phone Dog’s Trust Ltd on 1890 946 336. Are you feeding stray cats? Feeding is not enough! Cats are very successful breeders, and one or two cats can soon turn into a whole colony. So, don’t delay! Help fight the problem of stray cats: phone 01 4163030 to find out if you are eligible for a ‘Blue Cross’ Cat Neutering Voucher. Is your cat or dog overweight? Did you know that obesity in pets can cause serious health problems? Western Veterinary Clinic, Clifden, offers a FREE ‘weight-watcher’s’ programme for pets. Ring WestVet on 095 22209 for an appointment.


Traditional Irish Music classes by Marie Walsh now enrolling for new classes starting in September, Button Accordion, Piano/Keyboard, Fiddle, Whistle, for more info and to book now call 086-401-5342. Website Design: original design and professional layout, tailor-made graphic design, flash animations, online retailing, content management system, search engine submission, domain registration and web hosting. Visit www. Email: caroline@cuanmaradesign. com or phone Caroline on 086-079-1918.


Rosie’s Ladies & Gents Hair, Roundstone. October Specials: All Kids hair cuts €8-10 with a Halloween goodie bag for the month. Lads highlights and cut €20 for top part, €30 for whole head. Free treatment and blowdry with every colour or highlights. Semi colour €30, normal price €40. Specials in Salon every month and value pack shampoos back in stock at €19.95. Phone 095-35819. Personalised Candles for weddings, christenings, memorials and anniversaries. Allow 3 weeks for personalisation and delivery. For details call (095) 22101.


Cleaners/Caretakers required for holiday home rental agency. Good rates of pay. Flexible hours. For more info please call 095 41844. Part Time Barber required. Experience necessary. Turk’s Barber Shop, Oughterard. Contact Remzi at 091-866-669. Pub staff required for busy Irish pub in Naples, Florida, U.S.A. For details call 086-346-9372.


Reiki/Seichem. Experience the calm and healing energies of this treatment, which is drug free and non-invasive. These powerful energies can heal on a mental, emotional, spiritual and physical level. Qualified Reiki/Seichem Master Practitioner, call Yvonne on 086-365-3266.


02 Landrover Discovery TD5 HSE. Automatic, heated leather seats, all extras. NCT tested to Jan 2010. €15,000ono. 086-837-7120. 05 Toyota Corolla, 2 Door, low mileage, fully serviced. Tel: 087-243-6029. 04 Saab 95 Turbo. High Spec. Cream leather and carpets, cruise control, parking sensors, fully serviced. Tel: 087-243-6029.



Pony Photos Wanted: Roundstone Connemara Pony Show are putting together a Calendar of Connemara Ponies. We are looking for anyone that has old photographs or any other sort of information relating to Connemara Pony Shows or Pony Owners in the early years. Please send all information to Bernie Mullen, Foreglos, Ballyconneely, Co. Galway or email to

Lost and Found

Lost in Clifden on Saturday September 20th. Black ladies jacket with red fox collar. Sentimental value, reward for return. Call 095 41637.

Information Services

Does your partner? Call you names, constantly criticise you? Control your access to money/phone/car etc? Monitor your time, threaten you and the children? If so you may be in an abusive relationship. For free, friendly, confidential advice and support call D.V.R.@ 091-866-740. Clifden Citizens Information Centre provides a free and confidential service to the public. We are in the VEC offices above the Statoil Garage, Galway Rd, Clifden, and can be contacted on 095 22000 & 087-130-1100. Thursday 7pm-8pm & Friday 10:30am- 3:30pm.

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