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Connemara in Flames The month of April saw vast areas of Connemara go up in flames after a prolonged spell of dry weather left the ground dried out to a fire hazard level. While the burning of gorse and scrub on land used for agricultural purposes is a commonplace and accepted practice in Connemara and indeed all over the country, the level and scale of damage caused by blazes outside of the permitted controlled burning period this year has not been seen in many years, or in living memory for many. Between April 1st and 23rd the Galway Fire Service attended in the order of 150 fires which can be included in the category of bog, gorse and forest fires compared to a total of approximately 160 such fires in the whole year of 2009. The majority of these fires occurred in the western part of the county, particularly involving the areas of the Galway City and Clifden Fire Brigade, which have a fire ground area in the region of 1000 kilometres each. Clifden Fire Brigade attended approximately 50 gorse, bog and forest fires in the time period concerned. Lands around the outskirts of Moycullen, Oughterard, Roundstone, Moyard and Letterfrack were among the areas worst affected. In response to a letter from The Connemara View, Chief Fire Officer for Galway, Mr. Michael Raftery stated “It is very difficult to estimate the cost and impact of such fires and the impact has been quite severe; in a lot of cases the Fire Brigade were deployed in conjunction with Coillte personnel and local volunteers to protect adjacent forestry and properties, particularly houses and water supplies. One of our main concerns was to maintain some level of fire cover to attend

Youth Café Open! The latest addition to the newly renovated section of Clifden Town Hall is a state of the art Youth Café providing a much needed social venue for secondary school students. To begin with the café will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:30 to 7:30pm, with the potential for further opening hours and days in the future, dependent on availability of volunteers and demand. Users of the venue are required to register and pay a minor subscription towards the costs and maintenance of the facility (€15 per year or €25 for families). At least two members of a panel of local volunteers who have undertaken training courses with Foróige will be on hand at all times supervising the café, which has a maximum capacity of thirty people at any time. Youth café mem-

other serious incidents like road traffic collisions or house fires at the same time”. He also acknowledged the support of Coillte personnel and local volunteers during the ‘very difficult period’. Under the Wildlife Act 1976 as amended in 2000, it is an offence to light vegetation from March 1st to August 31st. The instances of successful prosecution for this offence are rare however, as the burden of proof is often difficult to obtain in rural and remote locations. Supt. Tony O’ Donnell of Clifden Garda Station explained to The Connemara View that there were no reports of deliberate lighting in the month of April. “There are currently no evidence or reports of deliberate lighting. We understand the frustration that everybody feels at this time and the fear and terror that pervades the community during episodes like this, and would appeal to the public to come forward if they have information that they feel is relevant to the damage caused in recent weeks”. In addition to the extremely high costs placed on the Galway Fire Services, enormous commercial damage also occurred. While many homes were in serious danger with some temporary evacuations, there was no loss of life or significant domestic damage, due to the constant presence of the fire services when homes were under threat. However, Coillte estimates losses of around 300 hectares of its forestry in Connemara, with a replacement cost of €2,500 per hectare. Tony Clarke of Coillte said “In total, about 1000 acres of forestry was severely damaged or lost in Connemara, between Coillte and privately owned forests. The cost of replacing that and all of the costs incurred, including the hire of the helicopters

has been and will be extremely high”. Another serious cost has been incurred by the animals and wildlife that inhabit the affected areas. District Conservation Officer at the Connemara National Park Ger O’ Donnell expressed his concern at the impact these fires cause for wildlife. “Illegal burning causes huge problems for wildlife, not just the burning of nests and eggs and young birds but also causing damage by wiping out valuable food for birds and mammals such as insects, frogs and lizards, snails and slugs etc. Valuable cover for birds and mammals has also been seriously damaged”. There have also been reports in some localities at the need to destroy some sheep that were trapped in the raging fires. In the week ending April 24th, a welcome change in the weather conditions helped to get the still burning and smouldering areas under control. While the affected areas will gradually regenerate over the coming months, the cost of these fires will be counted in many quarters for some time to come.

Who Pays? It appears that one of the main concerns or reservations that the public have when it comes to reporting fires are the potential bills that they could be faced with. The charges for calling out the Fire Services are significant, but the cost of not doing so when a situation requires their assistance is highly likely to be far greater. At present, a call out to a Bog/Commonage/Gorse Fire is €400 for the first hour with a €400 fee per hour or part hour thereafter. Charges are per Fire Brigade Station in attendance. This fee will be charged to a landowner who calls out the service to deal with a fire on his/her land. However, a member of the public that

witnesses a fire, or a fire being lit and reports it to the local Gardaí would not be liable for the cost of the call out. With local authorities and their emergency services under the same economic pressures and strains as other bodies, the costs of fires like the ones in recent weeks will have a serious impact on public finances and impact on scarce resources that would otherwise be spent elsewhere. A full list of Fire Charges obtained from the Galway Fire Station can be seen at Catherine Pryce Photo above: The fire accelerates in Moyard. Photo by Shane Bisgood

bers will also join the management committee of the venture, ensuring that they will have a voice and influence on the way the café is run and develops going forward. Many local young people were already involved in the design of the café and how it should look and the feedback to date has been fantastic and extremely positive. Internet facilities, hot and cold refreshments and snacks, reading material, a notice board and a projection screen for movies and video games are just some of the features of the new café, as well as comfortable seating and hang out areas. The provision of this new and valuable youth facility was undertaken by a subcommittee of the Clifden Town Hall ARC Committee, with support from Marie Feeney and the FORUM Adolescent Support Project, the FORUM Social Inclusion Programme, the Probation Services and the Regional Drugs Task Force. The support of many local sponsors who have donated to and supported the cafe is also greatly appreciated. The future success of the Youth Café will rely on the availability of volunteers- anyone interested in getting involved may contact Eily Vaughan on 087-644-9164. Name Needed! While the Clifden Youth Café is now up and running, a name has yet to be chosen by members. A dedicated Facebook page has been created and is open for posts and suggestions-just type ‘Clifden Youth Café’ into the search option and make a suggestion, or drop in to the café on Tuesday or Friday afternoons from 4:30-7:30pm.

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Credit Union Talent Competition

Animal Rescue Sale

The Credit Unions of Co. Galway are seeking entertainers for their CU-Factor Talent Competition. All those who like to sing, dance, play music or make people laugh are invited to contact their local Credit Union and pick up an application form. Individuals and groups are welcome to take part and there’s no age limit. Contestants are expected to provide their own accompaniment or backing disc/tape. Judging criteria will be based on performance, stage presence and entertainment value. The winning act will receive a cash prize at local and county final level. Each Credit Union organises their own local competition and the winning two acts go forward to the Galway County Final in the Town Hall Theatre in Galway on Sunday May 30th. Auditions will take place in the Cashel Community Centre on Saturday May 8th from 11am so come along and show off your talent-it just might be worth your while! Application forms and further details are available from the Cashel-Connemara Credit Union at 095-31128 and 095-31101.

A fundraiser in aid of Renvyle Animal Rescue will be held on Sunday June 6th at the Ellis hall, Letterfrack from 10am to 3pm. Books, bric-a brac, toys, plants, clothes, DVD’s, curios, home baking, and much more will be for sale on the day. Donations of items for sale are very welcome-phone 087-056-6302 to arrange collection or bring on the day. Our last sale at Easter was a great success thanks to all who supported us. Judy Lawrence

CSI Cake Sale CSI Clifden are holding a cake sale on Sunday May 9th at 11.45am in The Station House Hotel, Clifden. All donations of baking will be welcomed. Please leave your cakes/ breads etc to Siobhán in King’s Hair Salon on Saturday 8th May or directly to the Station House before 11am on Sunday. Please support by attending this event and passing the word on. The CSI Clifden public meeting took place in Ballyconneely on April 26th last with thanks to Brendan Keogh for the use of his premises. The main news at the moment is that arrangements are being made for the Design Team to meet the planners in Galway Co. Co. for a pre planning submission consultation very soon. We understand that this meeting will go ahead with no delay once a date has been made. After this meeting takes place it is expected that the planning application will be lodged sometime during this month. The next CSI Clifden public meeting will take place in Claddaghduff Community Hall on Monday 14th June at 8 pm. See for all the latest news. If you want to be included in any text alerts please text your name to 087-125-4208. Please include your email address to be included in our mailing list.

World MS Day A Coffee Day will be held in Connemara Community Radio on Wednesday 26th May from 10.30am to 6pm to help raise much needed funds. Every cent raised will be donated to the Western Branch of the Irish MS Society. If you would like to help out on the day by way of baking or making a donation please contact Colleen Curran on 095-41616 or 087-284-1006. World Multiple Sclerosis Day is a global movement uniting every person with and affected by MS worldwide. Together every individual, group and organisation in the world can fight to improve the quality of life of all people with MS and many more people affected by it. To

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Community Clean Up A general cleanup is to take place in the Streamstown / Tempaill an Dearg Graveyard on Sunday May 9th at 2pm. Please take some garden tools along-rubbish bags and gloves will be provided. The FÁS team recently strimmed the graveyard and a good turnout should further help to improve the appearance of the area dramatically.

Heritage Society Talk The Clifden and Connemara Heritage Society will hold their last indoor meeting for the season on Wednesday 12th May in the Station House Hotel and the starting time is 8pm. The main speaker on the night will be local archaeologist Michael Gibbons and he will talk on, ‘Recent finds in the Connemara area’. As with all of Michael’s talks, there will be plenty of interest and a few surprises as well. This talk will bring to an end a busy season with many interesting speakers, most of them from the area. The Clifden and Connemara Heritage Society will begin again in the autumn with a further series of fascinating talks. The society welcomes members at any time, but all of the talks are open to the public. Breandan O Scanaill

Padraig Ó Céidigh Addresses Connemara Tourism The Annual General Meeting of the Connemara Tourism organisation which took place in Clifden on Monday, April 27th naturally focused on the difficulties in tourism in current economic times but with a positive, solution-based tone. The guest speaker, Aer Arann’s Padraig Ó Céidigh, inspired the members with a mix of candid realities, encouragement for CT programmes, and great humour. Among the hurdles to be tackled for the organisation include a declining membership and the increased competition for grant monies. Chairperson Josephine De Courcey spoke eloquently of these situations and the need for CT to continue to build the wonderful brand that is Connemara. As a volunteer group, the energies of all members are required. Over the years, the website has developed significantly. Julian Matz of Netlink is the webmaster and he presented statistics that showed that the majority of web hits come from America and the UK while the continental European market is growing. A fuller multi-lingual website that is more regularly updated was discussed. Hill walking has become a major focus for CT. The organisation has put an exciting new programme together in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland, FORUM and Co. Galway VEC. The first year’s participants are now in the process of obtaining qualifications as Professional Marine and Countryside Guides with

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Hill Walking Specialisations. There was a great uptake for the course which will position Connemara to professionally respond to the huge Hill Walking tourism market. CT Director Michael Laffey is the primary force behind this programme. He stated that currently there are approximately 200,000 individuals who come to Connemara for hill walking annually. Over 6 million go to the Lake District in the UK for this activity. Since getting to the West of Ireland is actually faster by flying to Galway or Knock airports from London, a goal of doubling the number coming here is very achievable. Padraig Ó Céidigh, the founder and CEO of Aer Arann, is also the Chairman of the Board for Fáilte Ireland. A Connemara man, he bonded with the crowd quickly and responded to numerous queries on Fáilte’s style of marketing the West. The number of tourism related organisations in Galway West was a concern to him. In Galway, Mayo and Roscommon, there are 34 organisations that are all seeking grants from the same sources. He recommended bringing regional organisations under cooperative umbrellas. He was particularly impressed with the new Hill Walking programme and envisioned it as an important future market for the region. Photo below: Pictured at the AGM of Connemara Tourism in Foyle’s Hotel in Clifden on April 27th were (l-r): PK Joyce, Aer Arann CEO Padraig Ó Céidigh, Greg Thompson, Connemara Tourism Chairperson Josephine De Courcey, Joe Lynch, Carmel Murray, Julian Matz, Eileen Morris and Michael Laffey.

Údarás Re-appointments The Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Mr. Pat Carey T.D., has announced the re-appointment of three members of Údarás na Gaeltachta for a further three years. The appointees are Liam Ó Cuinneagáin, Director, Oideas Gael, Gleann Cholm Cille, Co. Donegal, Treasa Uí Lorcáin, Administrator, Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, An Cheathrú Rua, Co. Galway and Cathy Ní Ghoill, Manager, Comharchumann Árainn, Co. Galway. “These appointees have carried out their functions on behalf of Údarás na Gaeltachta and the Gaeltacht community in a committed and diligent manner during their current term of office,” Minister Carey said. The Minister added that these appointments will provide stability and continuity for Údarás na Gaeltachta’s activities at this crucial time for the Gaeltacht and the Irish language, having regard in particular to the ongoing work on the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language.

42 New Jobs in Connemara A newly expanded manufacturing operation of HID Global Ireland Teoranta at the Údarás na Gaeltachta Business Park in An Tulach is to create 42 new jobs in the Connemara region. HID Global, one of the world’s largest providers of secure identity solutions, announced last year that it was consolidating its eGovernment passport inlay production to its Connemara campus. Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Éamon Ó Cuív officially opened the newly expanded operation, which is supported by Údarás na Gaeltachta, in late April, saying “HID Global Ireland Teoranta is a key contributor to the economy of the Connemara region and this development shows that the area can sustain and support the expansion of a high-tech industry, even in these testing economic times”.

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Computer Volunteers Needed Volunteers are needed to assist with the running of one-to-one beginner computer classes for those over 55 in association with Age Action and the Clifden Library. The classes will go on for 8 weeks and will consist of approximately 2 hours per week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Very basic computer skills will be taught in a fun and caring programme and induction and training manuals will be provided. Classes are free and learners can contribute up to €10 towards the cost of the training manual. Further details can be found on www. or phone or email Justine Delaney, 087- 262-5517. Details can also be left with Paul at the Clifden Library.

Roads Update Cllr. Eileen Mannion said more funding is urgently needed to bring the roads up to a safe standard after further deterioration of the Connemara roads network. While much work has been carried out in recent months there are still major repairs required to being the roads up to an acceptable standard. Cllr. Mannion said that there are plans to resurface 1km of road at Cashleen, 1 km at Lettergesh, 2km of the Inagh Valley and 2 km stretch of the R341 (Canal Stage, Roundstone, Ballyconneely) in the next few weeks. Galway County Council is also seeking funds to carry out major road resurfacing on the N59 Clifden to Leenane road.

Family History Day A successful genealogical seminar was held at the Station House Hotel in Clifden on the 17th of April. The seminar was hosted by the Clifden and Connemara Heritage Society and organised by Kathleen VilliersTuthill and Marie Mannion, Galway County Heritage Officer. It was partially funded by the Heritage Council. During the course of the day, those attending were introduced to a variety of sources to help them trace their family history. Many of the sources are available on the Internet and instructions were given on how to access documents such as Griffith’s Valuation, the

census forms and other Internet genealogical aids. The seminar is one of a number of initiatives currently underway in preparation for Clifden 2012, when the town will celebrate its bicentenary. The Society hopes that by facilitating people in their quest to trace their family roots, they will encourage a greater interest in family and local history. Photo above: Gregory O’Connor, archivist at the National Archives Dublin, local historian Kathleen Villiers-Tuthill, Tom Cuffe of the Western Family History Association, Marie Mannion, Galway County Heritage Officer, and Rob Goodbody, lecturer and historian. Photo courtesy of Kathleen Villiers Tuthill

FF Comhairle Ceantair AGM The West Connemara Comhairle Ceantair AGM was held in JC’s function room on Monday April 26th. There was a great turnout with about 50 people in attendance including Minister Éamon Ó Cuív and Cllrs Seán Ó Tuairisg and Seamus Walsh. The outgoing chairperson Seán King was contested for the chair by Michael Gibbons. The outcome of the voting was Seán King-20 votes, Michael Gibbons-5 votes. The outgoing secretary Mary Corbett-Joyce was contested by Patricia O’ Halloran. The outcome of the voting was Mary CorbettJoyce-22 votes, Patricia O’ Halloran-3 votes. Robert Mitchell of Ballyconneely and Mary Booth of Renvyle were elected treasurers unopposed and Josie Conneely was elected P.R.O. The delegates elected to the Comhairle Dáil were Mary Corbett-Joyce,

Seán King, Liam BartleyAllen, Raymond Conneely of Moyard, Daniel Sammon of Renvyle, Sharon Lee of Cashel and Josie Conneely. Youth officers are Sharon Lee and Martin Kearney of Renvyle. Daniel Sammon was elected vice chair. Josie and Margaret Keaney of Cashel who recently celebrated 50 years of marriage were presented with a framed photo taken by photographer Carmel Lyden, by Minister Ó Cuív on the night. There followed a very active meeting and amongst the many issues raised were: the new community school, Clifden sewerage and water, SAC’s and planning permission, destocking of sheep from the mountains, the recent gorse fires, Roundstone marina, water meters, the importance of water conservation with a possibility of grant aiding rainwater collection tanks and tourism.

National Heritage Week Event Registration is now open for National Heritage Week, which takes place from August 21st -29th 2010. National Heritage Week offers new ideas, enjoyment and an important educational opportunity. The week provides opportunities to promote Ireland’s quirky hidden gems and also provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase the natural and cultural heritage in your area. All events that relate to aspects of our heritage, including our evolving multicultural heritage are suitable for National Heritage Week. All events must be registered by 31st May for inclusion in the Heritage Week Event

Guide. The guide is distributed in advance of the week throughout Ireland and Europe. For full details go to

Environmental Partnership Fund Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government John Gormley T.D. announced details of this year’s Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund on April 24th-inviting applications from communities, individuals, not for profit groups, or organisations offering projects or initiatives that contribute to increasing local levels of environmental awareness; or those which promote building greener, more sustainable communities. The Department is making total grant assistance of €315,000 available for the 2010 scheme. Matching funding by local authorities will bring the Fund to €630,000. The Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental projects at local level. A wide variety of projects and schemes have been supported under the Fund in previous years ranging from community gardens,allotments and compost schemes to rainwater harvesting systemsfrom ecological educational initiatives to environmental exhibitions. Projects should focus on environmental awareness and actions which complement national environmental policies such as those on Waste, Biodiversity, Climate Change and Sustainable Development. Application forms and further information on the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund and can be obtained from the Environmental Awareness Officer of your local authority and on the Department’s website

Day Care Art Exhibition On the morning of Friday April 30th, members and staff of the Clifden Day Care Centre gathered at the new premises of the Cashel-Connemara Credit Union in Clifden to mark the opening of an exhibition of art works by members of the centre. Local artist Cathal O’Malley gave classes over a six week period at the centre and the resulting creative and inspiring works are currently on display at the Credit Union offices where they will remain for the month of May during normal opening hours. Photo right: Mary Gavin and Barbara King with art teacher Cathal O’Malley. Photo below: Clifden Day Care members whose art is included in the exhibition: (L-r): Frank Sullivan, Cathal O’Malley, Michael McDonagh, Thomas King, Bill Brown, Paddy Hoverty, Peggy King and Loretta Canavan of Clifden Day Care.

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Thomas Whelan Wreath Laying

Despite the cold and rain there was a large turnout of approximately 100 people in Clifden on Easter Sunday for a wreath laying ceremony at the Thomas Whelan Memorial monument. The event was organised by the Thomas Whelan Fianna Fail Cumann and chairman Liam Bartley Allen began by welcoming the large crowd. Mary Whelan Pryce, niece of Thomas Whelan sang ‘The Shawl of Galway Grey’ which Thomas sang to his mother from his prison cell the night before his execution. This was followed by Daniel Sammon of Renvyle, author of the book ‘My Great Walk across Ireland’ who spoke at length and with great passion about the life of Thomas Whelan. Mary Corbett Joyce, secretary of the Cumann and National Executive member of Fianna Fáil sang the ballad ‘Kevin Barry’ accompanied by Aodán McGlynn on accordion and Deputy Frank Fahey then read out the Proclamation of Irish Freedom. Mary Corbett Joyce welcomed the Whelan family members present and acknowledged the attendance of Cllr. Seamus Walsh, former Cllr. Josie Conneely and a visitor from the birthplace of Kevin Barry who came to pay his respects. She went on to say that 2011 will be the 90th anniversary

of Thomas Whelan’s execution and that the Cumann would be marking the occasion in a manner befitting the sacrifice he and so many others made. Minister Éamon Ó Cuív then said a decade of the rosary as the rain poured down and laid a wreath of lilies in green, white and gold at the memorial cross. Liam Bartley Allen thanked everyone for their attendance and invited all for tea and coffee afterwards which was much appreciated by the saturated crowds. Photo (L-r): Christy Canning, Mary CorbettJoyce, Liam Bartley Allen, Tommy Whelan, Deputy Frank Fahey T.D., Mary Whelan Pryce, Minister Éamon Ó Cuív T.D., Seán King, Daniel Sammon, Josie Conneely, Cllr. Seamus Walsh, Oisin Conneely, Margaret Keaney and Josie Keaney. Photo courtesy of Mary Corbett-Joyce

Library News Easter Art Competition Well done to everyone who took part in the library’s Easter Art competition. All the entries were wonderful and were proudly displayed in the library windows over the Easter Holidays for the community to see. Thank you to everyone who supports our ongoing used book sale; the proceeds of which funds all our children’s activities in Clifden Library.

Summer Reading Challenge The summer reading challenge is a reading initiative aimed at primary school pupils. Its goal is to encourage children to visit the library regularly during the summer holidays and to keep up their reading outside of school. Studies have shown that children who take part in the reading challenge over the summer maintain their reading level and sometimes can improve on it for their return to school in September. There is a different theme every year to make it more interesting and there are also lots of fun challenges and competitions (with prizes) along the way. It runs all through July and August and finishes with a party and presentation of certificates in early September. More details will be available in the library nearer the time. Photo: March reader of the month was Patrick Nevin of Clifden. Bernie Jeffries

Local Lotto Win Congratulations to Eileen Coohill of Sky Road, Clifden who won the Clifden Lotto jackpot of €7,800 on April 5th. She was presented with her winning cheque on April 12th by Dave Beecher and Siobhan Stoney of the Clifden Lotto Committee. Photo courtesy of Pat Casey

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Tidy Towns News Our third Super Sunday clean up held on Sunday 18th April was once again a great success! The 2 large industrial skips provided by Galway Co.Co. were full to capacity and near enough was left in bags to fill another. It was great to see all approach roads clean as a pin for the last few days due to the dedicated work carried out by all those that volunteered their time. A fantastic day weather-wise also helped to create a great community spirit for this annual event. It was great to see so many age groups represented, especially our more senior citizens who give great guidance to the younger generations to help give great pride back to our town. At the end of the clean up, Joe Lynch and Supervalu staff once again provided a great spread that was greatly appreciated by all the days’ volunteers. On behalf of the Tidy Towns Group we wish to thank everybody that participated in this annual event, it is very encouraging to see so many sectors of our community give such dedicated time to such a great cause. At the end of the day, the satisfaction of seeing our town super clean was a great reward and we look forward to it staying that way over the coming year. Ballyconneely Road Tree Project: One of our major projects this year was to do a tree planting project on the Ballyconneely Road, from the Old Mill outwards. This project was completed last weekend and the results are fantastic as have been seen by those that have driven the road during the past few days. This is part of the 2012 Clifden Bicentennial Celebration projects and whilst we are obviously a little bit ahead of schedule, this is only a part of the Tidy Towns group’s efforts to get the town ship-shape for 2012. The group chose Mountain Ash, Silver Birch and White Hawthorn as the tree types best suited to enhance the drive into town from that side. We would like to acknowledge the invaluable contribution of Supervalu Clifden, who sponsored the purchase of the trees as well as the support of Mary Margaret and John Reilly who stored all the trees before planting as well as allowing access to their water supply etc. The work and effort in putting the trees into place are another reflection on the invaluable work carried out by the Clifden Tidy Towns group volunteers. The Group once again has shown how dedicated citizens within the town can take on such projects and enhance their community and environment. Old Jail Walk: Another of the Group’s projects is nearing completion with the finishing touches being put to the Old Jail walk. It is great to see so many of the secondary school students once again using this old right of way as a safer and easier route into the town centre. With just a bit of landscaping left to complete as well as a few minor environmental projects to finish off, this project once again is testament to the Group’s dedication to our town. We have one or two other projects that will be coming into the public domain shortly, one of which we will be completing shortly is the wild flower garden at the Social Welfare Offices. As always, to keep on top of all the garden tidy ups etc, we welcome any volunteers to join us on Thursday mornings at 11 am to help keep us up to speed. You can keep an eye on the notice board in Supervalu or contact the secretary at cregghouse1@ or alternatively ring Sheila Griffin, at 095-21441 or P.K. Joyce at 095-21688. PK Joyce Photo below: A group of Super Sunday Tidy Towns volunteers before undertaking a major clean up in Clifden on Sunday April 18th.

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Ballyconneely N.S. News Last month, a team from Ballyconneely NS school won first prize in the junior section of the Credit Union table quiz. The team consisted of Cliona Gay, Rory

the coffee morning in McWilliams Café in Ballyconneely on Friday mornings. For more information contact Carmel Lyden on 087-661-8419. Photo: (L-r): Ethel Keogh, Monica Conneely, Matthias Conneely, Mamie Flaherty, Majella Bourke, Mickey Joe Conneely, Carmel Lyden, Nonie Flaherty and Margaret King. Photo courtesy of Mary Corbett Joyce

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Conneely, PJ Nee and Emma Ridge. They won a trophy for the school and each one of the team got a plaque and some prizes. We started our sean-nós dancing classes this term. Irene Cunningham will continue to teach us dancing for the term. Thanks to Galway Atlantaquaria for all their help with the fish project. The fish have now been safely returned to the sea as the weather was getting too warm for them in our tank. Photo courtesy of Bridie Duane

Mini Marathon Volunteers Veronica O’Malley and Lillian Little of Ballyconneely are to once again run the Flora’s Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin on June Bank Holiday Monday. Their chosen charities are Ability West and Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children. Anyone wishing to make donations of any amount are asked to contact Veronica (Our Lady’s Hospital) on 087-968-1590 or Lillian (Ability West) on 085-278-1435.

Active Age Outing Members of the Ballyconneely Active Age Group enjoyed a recent outing to Clifden where the group had lunch at EJ King’s. It was a great day with wonderful food and craic and was greatly enjoyed by all. New members are always welcome at

Minister Éamon Ó Cuív initiated a meeting to discuss ‘rural transport’ which was held on Monday, April 26th at the Ballyconneely Community Centre. Josie Conneely chaired the meeting and the invited guests were representatives from Bealach (who operate rural transport systems in other regions), FORUM, and the Garda Superintendent, who sent two Gardaí in his place. The Minister did not present any specific plan on rural transport to the half filled room but did solicit opinions on the subject. He suggested that a hackney system could be coordinated. However, discussions moved quickly away from that subject and for the better part of an hour the main statements and queries were regarding the activities of the Gardaí in Ballyconneely. Various speakers queried the need for the constant traffic checkpoints in a village of such a small population. In particular, the need to impound cars for expired motor tax caused significant discussion. The point was made that in such dire economic times it makes little sense to hinder an individual’s ability to work by taking their vehicle, since back tax must be paid regardless, in any event. Publican Brendan Keogh stated that the constant checkpoints added severely to the already intense pressures in operating a pub in today’s economy. Others remarked that they had experienced a severe lack of

courtesy at the Garda Station. The two Gardaí present could not provide any official comment on the night. Eventually, a three person delegation was formed to meet with the Superintendent to discuss the situation. Just before the meeting wrapped up, the Minister sought a consensus on whether to move forward with developing a rural transport plan, which resulted in a fairly unanimous show of hands. The Bealach and FORUM representatives present were not called upon to speak at the meeting. Ellen McDonough


First Confession & Communion Congratulations to the children from Cleggan and Claddaghduff National Schools who made their First Confession in Claddaghduff Church on Thursday, April 29th. The children; Catherine, Jennifer, James A., James O., Amy, Hilary, Leanne, Megan, Michelle, Brian, Brendan, Paddy and Ronan will celebrate the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 15th at 11 o’clock Mass in Claddaghduff Church. Thanks to all who have helped them prepare for their special day and best wishes for a happy day for the children and their families!

Claddaghduff Monster Bingo There will be a Monster Bingo in Claddaghduff Hall on Sunday, May 23rd with €1,700 in prizes to be won. All welcome, so come along and try your luck. Bingo takes place every Sunday evening in Claddaghduff Hall at 8:30pm. Best Wishes to Stevie King from Aughrismore from all at Claddaghduff Bingo. Stevie is recovering from surgery in Galway and we look forward to having him back with us very soon. The winner of the fourth quarterly bonus draw for the Claddaghduff Hall Bonus Ball was Eddie O’Toole, Aughrismore. Congratulations Eddie and thanks to everybody who has supported the Bonus Ball Fundraiser over the past year.

Carna Basket Making Course A FETAC Course in Basket Making sponsored by FÁS in conjunction with Áras Shorcha Ní Ghuairim took place in Carna recently. Áras Shorcha Ní Ghuairim is part of NUI Galway that promotes the Irish language and culture through third level courses as well as working with FÁS. Photo: Liz O’ Donnell, Sandra Uí Cheannabháin, Colm John Mac an Iomaire, Teagascóir, Mairín Uí Cheannabhain agus Antoine Ó Mainnín a d’fhreastal ar chúrsa caoladoireachta Fetac in Áras Shorcha Ní Ghuairim Carna le gairid. Photo courtesy of Seán Ó Guairim

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Claddaghduff Hall Fundraising Triathlon The 2nd Annual Claddaghduff Hall Fundraising Triathlon will take place on Saturday, June 26th at 3pm. As with last year, the starting point will be Acton’s Beach in Claddaghduff. There will be a 4km tidal assisted swim to Doon followed by an 18km cycle from Doon to Sweeney’s in Claddaghduff via Tank Road, Emlough, Aughrisbeg and Aughrismore. Then a 5km run starting and finishing at Sweeney’s via Larragan and Aughrismore. For entry details please contact Laurence Conneely at 086-853-0339 or by e-mail to

Community Remembrance Helen Cosgrove of Aughrismore passed away on February 7th last in the care of the staff at UCH, Galway. Helen was a very prominent member of the Cleggan Claddaghduff community and whenever there was a bit of craic to be had, Helen would always be there to join in-she was even known to go travelling to Ballyconneely, Roundstone and Letterfrack for a good night out! Up to recent years, Helen could be seen (and heard) travelling the roads on her trusted Honda 50 motorbike; visiting with neighbours and going for her groceries. Helen was one of the founding members of the Claddaghduff Bingo. In 1970 or thereabouts, Helen and Gerry DeLappe carried out a doorto-door collection in the Aughris, Cleggan, Claddaghduff area to raise money for the first ever Claddaghduff Bingo prize money with a view to putting the monies raised back into the community and to maintain Claddaghduff Hall for community use. She attended bingo religiously every Sunday over the years and always enjoyed the chat and craic and maybe a little trip to the local afterwards (weather permitting!). Helen is greatly missed by many people; her family Jack, Margaret, Olivia and Brian and their extended family and by her neighbours and friends and of course all of the regular bingo goers. Thanks Helen for your great community work all through the 1970’s and I think it is safe to say that she left a great legacy. Dorothy & Laurence Conneely

Festival of the Sea 2010 Plans are well underway for the 2010 Festival of the Sea which takes place in Cleggan and Claddaghduff from Saturday July 24th through to the finale of the Claddaghduff Pony Show on Sunday August 8th. The aim of the festival is to provide entertainment and activities for all in the community and a vast array of sporting, musical and artistic events are already planned, including a community triathlon, badminton, beach rugby, golf, sea and fresh water fishing, ceili’s, exhibitions, a seafood buffet banquet and much more. Anyone who wishes to enter teams in any of the sporting events is asked to contact Maura Nugent at mauranug@ A full schedule of events will be available nearer the time.

The third annual fundraising dinner dance for Clifden Lifeboat Station took place on Saturday 10th April in Inishbofin House Hotel, Inishbofin Island. Again, this year the event was well attended and Inishbofin House Hotel served a fantastic meal, which was commented on by many who attended. We had the pleasure of having the company of Emma O’Sullivan and John O’Halloran who entertained us with their brilliant dancing and music after the meal. Our raffle, which always raises a lot of money, raised over €700, the prizes for which were generously and kindly donated by businesses and individuals on the island and the mainland. We danced long into the night to great music from ‘The Amps’, who travelled from Clifden for the night and we thank Island Discovery for sponsoring their travel and Inishbofin House Hotel for sponsoring their accommodation. Overall we raised just under €2,400 for the lifeboat station. Roll on 2011! Rita Burke Photo: Pictured at the Inishbofin RNLI Dinner Dance on April 10th were Olga Carey and Galway Harbour Master Brian Sheridan. Photo courtesy of Mary Day Lavelle


Sally O’Connor, Mary O’Halleran, Geraldine Queally, Sheila Thomas and Catherine Kelly. Front (l-r): Pattie O’Connor, Sarah Kay, Bridie Murray, Mary McDonagh, Bridie Connolly, Brigid O’Connor, Margaret McDonagh, Kathleen McEvilly and Lilly Ryan. Photo courtesy of Kay Diviney


May Retreat A retreat day at Kylemore Abbey will take place on Saturday May 8th. This year we are discussing various aspects of Benedictine spirituality, always relating it to the needs of daily living and a close relationship with Jesus Christ. The guest speaker will be Abbot Patrick Hederman OSB, Abbot of Glenstal. The first talk will begin at 11am and the day will end at about 3.30pm. All are welcome.


Wonderful Walking! The third annual Leenane Walking Festival was once again a great success on the May Bank Holiday Weekend as walkers from all over the country converged on Leenane to join with local guides and organisers to explore the walking wonders of Leenane and the Killary. Archaeologist and walking guide Michael Gibbons introduced walkers to the village and its history on Friday evening before walks of varying length and difficulties were undertaken over the weekend, including Benbaun, Mweelrea, Glencroft Valley, Leenane Mountain, Aasleagh Falls and the Delphi Valley. Guides and walkers were also assisted and aided by local landowners, whose knowledge and contribution to the Walking Festival have ensured its success and feasibility since its inception

School Cake Sale A cake and book sale will be held in the Killannin Community Centre on Sunday May 9th. All proceeds from the event will go towards the ongoing development taking place in St. Annin’s national school. The school is currently developing a tenth classroom, new road entrance and car park. The sale will take place after 11 o’clock Mass.

Community Support Funding The Killannin Collinamuck Community Alert group has received funding of €2,808 under the Scheme of Community Support for Older People as part of a total allocation of €117,000 announced on April 9th. Announcing the funding Minister Carey said “The ethos of the Scheme of Community Support for Older People is centred on continued involvement with older people within our communities and I must thank local organisations in promoting and fostering community activity at local level”. The Scheme is open to people aged 65 and over who have a genuine need for assistance. Funding is available towards the cost of installing monitored personal alarm systems, monitored smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, external security lighting and other ancillary items of physical security equipment.

three years ago. Now a firm favourite on the calendar of events for walking enthusiasts, the Leenane Walking Festival continues to go from strength to strength due to the efforts and hard work of all involved. Photo: A large group of walkers in action during the recent Leenane Walking Festival which took place in Leenane and the Killary on the May Bank Holiday Weekend. Photo courtesy of John Holmes

Library to Reopen

Pictured below are the St Annin’s Retirement Group from Killannin at their Easter Draw in the Killannin Community Centre. Back (l-r): Tess Connolly, Julia Cullinane, Vera Farnan, Sally Kinneavy, Nora Lydon, Peggy Audley, Rose Davin,

Leenane Library is set to reopen in the near future, as a new librarian has now been selected for the library. Cllr. Eileen Mannion said that it is very welcome news for the residents of Leenane as they have had no library service in recent times. The library will be open ten hours per week, two hours per day Tuesday to Saturday.

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Claddaghduff Hall Events Sunday 11-12: Kids badminton.12-2: Sunday Club-Senior Badminton and Book Sales.8:30-10:30pm: Bingo. Monday: 8-9:30pm: Senior Indoor Soccer. Tuesday: 7-8pm: Junior Indoor Soccer. 8-11pm: Senior Badminton. Wednesday: 8-11pm: Senior Badminton. Thursday: 4-4:40pm. Senior Badminton.


Arts Festival The popular Inishbofin Arts Festival will take place on the island from Friday May 7th to Sunday May 9th. For a full line up of events see Pages 36 and 37 .

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Community Support Funding The Leenane Day Care Centre has received funding of €400 under the Scheme of Community Support for Older People. The Scheme encourages and assists the community’s support for older people by means of community-based grants to improve the safety and security of its older members. It is open to people aged 65 and over who have a genuine need for assistance and funding is available towards the cost of installing monitored personal alarm systems, monitored smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, external security lighting and other ancillary items of physical security equipment.


Bog Week 2010 The 26th annual Conamara Bog Week 2010 starts on Friday May 28th and finishes on Bank Holiday Monday June 7th. On the previous weekend, May 22nd-23rd, there will be two cycle races, sponsored by Rogan’s Gala Stores of Tully and Renvyle House Hotel, which are being run in conjunction with Western Lakes Cycling Club; a 65km event, The Conamara Bog Week Grand Prix on Saturday 22nd at 3.30pm, and an 80km event, The Gogarty Cup, on Sunday 23rd at 12.30pm. Both of these races are open to all categories-sign in at The Marian Hall, Tullycross for each event. It promises to be a great weekend of cycling with some fine riders taking part over a challenging and breathtakingly beautiful course. These races put cycling on the map in the Conamara area and give support and encouragement to local riders such as John James Flaherty and John O’Halloran who have been wonderful advocates for cycling, a considerable sport in Conamara. Western Lakes Cycling Club in association with CEECC are organising the event. All the riders will be feed and watered at The Renvyle Inn after their day on the bike. Conamara Bog Week will as usual be a celebration of landscape with many facetsan art exhibition; sean nos dance workshops; music workshops; walking events culminating in the Conamara Walkabout featuring poets, musicians and scientists exploring landscape together. A school’s programme runs throughout the week and some of Ireland’s finest singers, musicians, poets and dancers will be on hand to make this a memorable week. For information on the cycling events contact John James Flaherty on 087-9120910 or go to For a full line up of Bog Week events go to or for more information e-mail or call 095-41034/43443 or 085-115-4629.

Citizens Information Service The Letterfrack Citizen’s Information service will be available at Connemara West (Portacabin 4) on Tuesday May 11th and Tuesday May 25th from 1:30-4:30pm. If you have any questions about Social Welfare, pensions, housing, consumer affairs, employment, education or any of your rights or entitlements call us on 087-130-1100 or just drop in. A wide range of application forms and booklets are also available. For more information call 095-22000 or 087130-1100/ or go to

Funding for Water Scheme The Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government has ap-

proved funding for the upgrade of the Letterfrack Water Supply Scheme. Cllr. Eileen Mannion said “This is welcome news for the people of Letterfrack who have been subjected to a ‘Boil Water Notice’ for over a year. While the Boil Water Notice is still in place at least there is now an end in sight” said Cllr. Mannion. The estimated cost of the work to upgrade the Letterfrack Scheme is €425,300. The Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government has approved €335,383.


Women’s Group Members of Maam Women’s Group recently finished Art Classes in Ionad Pobail an Mháma. The course was very enjoyable and the participants hope to do another course later this year. Some members went for a weekend away to the Tullamore Court Hotel in Co. Offaly on April 16th. Lowry’s minibus collected the group in Maam on a lovely sunny day and the good weather lasted for the whole weekend. In Tullamore the Group hired a minibus and went on a tour of Offaly and Westmeath. They visited Belvedere House near Mullingar, which was built in 1740 by Robert Rochfort, Lord Belfield. Since then it has been owned by various people. It is now owned by Westmeath Co. Council and has been developed into a major tourist attraction. The group enjoyed a great weekend. They met 8 members of Tullamore Women’s Group who will visit Maam in the autumn.

Retirement Best wishes to Terry Keenan, Maam, who has retired from An Garda Síochána. A retirement party was held in Peacocke’s, Maam Cross and was attended by family, friends and members of An Garda Síochána. We wish Terry a very happy retirement. R. Hanley

nacht Welly Throwing Championships, a Wool Fashion Show, and guests include sean nós Champion Emma O’ Sullivan, IFA President John Bryan, the Queen of the Wool and the King of the Culchies! Trade stands and kid’s entertainment will also be present ensuring that there will something to occupy and entertain all age groups and interests. Is Your Dog a Tramp?! If so, then he or she might win the title of The Tramp of the Connacht Dog Show. The Connacht Dog Show which will start at 1pm with a range of classes is looking for a lovable character of a dog, that you may well have at home but fail to bring him out for the day in case he starts a fight or piddles where he should not! He should be everybody’s friend but does not fit the bill or any particular class at your average dog show. Further enquiries on ‘the tramp’ may be directed to Roger Thomas at 087-632-5681. For more information on the day or trade stands contact Paddy Rock on 087-243-9760 or Peter MacDonagh on 087-203-8294.

the shores of Lough Corrib at Baurisheen Bay, Glann, Oughterard. The focal point of the ceremony was an altar fashioned from a fishing boat. See photo above. The morning was cold but dry and the large crowd that attended appreciated the heat from the Paschal bonfire. The mass was concelebrated by Fathers Jimmy Walsh, Seán Manning and John Mullen. Music was provided by the Oughterard choir under Dennis Geoghegan and solo flageolet by Gareth Small.


Easter Dawn Mass The annual Easter Sunday dawn mass was once again celebrated on

Maam Cross

Sheep Shearing The village of Maam Cross will be a hive of activity on Sunday May 23rd when the Connacht Sheep Shearing Championships roll into town once again. Shearing events will take place all day from 9am featuring Ireland’s top hand shearers, national and international machine shearers, and teams from the four provinces competing for the honours. There will also be a special feature titled ‘From Sheep to Shawl in 10 hours’ run in association with the Leenane Sheep & Wool Centre, the Con-

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Oughterard Show 2010


Oughterard Revives Old Tradition There was a time when markets were seen in every town and village right across the country long before the Celtic Tiger, but many fell away with either time or emigration. In 2006 the council changed legislation on market towns. Many of these market towns now no longer exist and many traditions have been lost. The village of Oughterard renowned for its location in Connemara or fishing for trout

and salmon on Lough Corrib has now revived that age old tradition. Thanks to the Oughterard Business Association, ‘The Village Market’ is once again a reality. Traditionally the Market was held in the Square on the Main Street but that was a time long ago when a horse and cart were the main means of transport, however the Market will be held in a location that was around at the time-Keoghs Yard. There will be plenty of variety on offer with chickens, coops, traditional and artisan breads, cheeses, olives, pancakes, preserves, cakes, baskets, vegetables, flowers, outdoor wear and much more. The first Market Day took place on Tuesday May 4th from 10am until 6pm and from now on it will take place every Tuesday throughout the year with it being held outdoors from May to September and inside from October to April. Keoghs Yard is located across from Supermacs in the village of Oughterard. Free car parking is also available. For further information email, or visit or call 086-864-2204. Photo: An image of the old Oughterard fair in the 1920s. Photo courtesy of Jackie Lyons

Vintage Car Rally A vintage and classic car and vehicle rally took place in Connemara on Saturday April 11th starting at the Connemara Gateway Hotel, and driving through Oughterard, Seanapheistín , Ballinahoun, Spiddal, Moycullen and back to the Gateway. Pictured in their vehicles in the sunshine were: Sinead Waters with her 1967 Triumph Herald. Christy McEvilley with his 1963 vintage Massey Ferguson 35X multipower tractor. Photos by Tom Broderick

The 48th Annual Oughterard Show takes place this year on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th August. As usual, Saturday’s events will involve the International Connemara Performance Championships. These are now in their ninth year, having developed from small beginnings at Mountbellew in 2002. Last year’s championships were the most successful to date with entries well up and approximately 80 ponies competing. The number of people attending also showed a marked increase on previous years. At the Annual General Meeting held in the Boat Inn on Sunday 21st February 2010 officers elected for this year were as follows: Chairman: PJ Burke, Secretary: Maria O’Neill, Vice Chairman: Leslie Lyons Treasurer: Serena Butler. In this time of financial crisis, when there is a serious down-turn in the economy, the Show Committee recognises that sponsorship will be difficult to raise, but nevertheless is hopeful that the loyal sponsors of the past will again offer their support. The Committee is heartened by the fact that the two main sponsors-Power’s Quarry and the Boat Inn-have already committed to the cause. The Show Schedule will be available in early June and, as usual, there will be Connemara pony performance classes together with classes for cattle, sheep, horses, dogs, cats, pets, ponies, donkeys, domestic arts. For further information about the 2010 Oughterard Show please contact Secretary, Maria. O’Neill, Show Office, Camp Street,Oughterard, Tel: 086-151-7289, Email: or check out the Show web-site:

Water Services Allocations The Oughterard Sewerage Action Group has welcomed Minister Gormley’s announcement of the Water Services Investment Programme for 2010-2012. The Oughterard Sewerage Scheme Network has been allocated €2.8 million and the Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade has been allocated €3 million. Due to the fact that the Network has been allocated separately the Oughterard Sewerage Action Group is urging Galway County Council to begin work on this part of the scheme as quickly as possible while the Treatment Plant goes through the necessary stages of approval. The construction of a new plant in Oughterard should contribute to the improvement in water quality in Lough Corrib.


Mussels and May Madness! The Connemara Mussel Festival, which is now in its fifth year on the Renvyle Peninsula, was once again a great success over the may Bank Holiday weekend, with the recently reopened Paddy Coyne’s playing centre stage for many of the festivities and mussel cooking and eating. Celebrity visitors included BBC TV explorer Monty Hall and his crew who are filming in Connemara for the next six months and the cast and crew of Single Handed, who have once again returned to Connemara for the filming of the latest installment of the popular drama. Copious amounts of fresh Killary mussels were cooked and eaten and the celebrity cook-off was once again one of the highlights of the festival


New Speed Limit The village of Recess has now obtained a speed limit of 60km per hour, after years of lobbying by the people of the area and the Recess community council to reduce the speed limit going through the village on the N59 between Galway and Clifden. Many visitors to the village must cross the road from the opposite car parking area and the speed of many vehicles passing through has been problematic for many years. The speed limit has been widely welcomed by the Recess community council and residents who have been persistently lobbying elected representatives and the roads authority for this amendment in order to reduce the risk of accidents to pedestrians and motorists alike.

Little Gems Community Playgroup There are currently 11 little gems in our playgroup. Six of these will be going to school in September 2010 so we wish the very best of luck to Teegan Walsh, Cliona Dunne, Neasa Linnane, Ronan Mannion, Shane Lapierre and Grace Kelly. We will miss them all very much. The children come predominately from the Ballinafad, Recess, Bun na gCnoc and Cashel areas but we are open to other areas availing of our

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service subject to availability of places. The playgroup offers the ECCE Scheme (free preschool year scheme) and the childcare subvention scheme. The playschool is dedicated to creating a warm, caring and educational venue delivered to the highest standards. The playgroup also has a wonderful playground and sensory garden attached. The group is holding a sponsored walk and cycle on 13th June 2010 and all are welcome to participate. The event starts at 12 noon at the Lough Inagh Boat-house to St. Patrick’s Church Recess via Finisglen. If you wish to contact the playgroup please call Elizabeth at 087-976-1811. Photo above: Neasa Linnane, Shane Lapierre, Teegan Walsh and Ciarán Davitt. News & photos courtesy of Karen Mannion

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as well as plenty of lively music and dancing over the course of the weekend. Photos: The celebrities and their assistants who took part in the celebrity cooking competition. (L-r): Seán Coyne, Brian Cunningham (All Ireland sean nós dancing champion), Máirín Uí Chomáin (Chairperson of the Irish Food Writers Guild), Ed Daly (Munster Rugby), Connemara Councillor Thomas Welby, Owen McDonnell (Sgt. Jack Driscoll from the Single Handed series), Fidelma Healy-Eames, Gerard Coyne and Gerry Meade (Euro-Toques chef ). BBC’s Monty Hall and crew filming some of the cooking action at the Connemara Mussel Festival. Photos courtesy of Aoife Herriot To see more of the action and festivities of the 2010 Connemara Mussel Festival go to www.connemaramusselfestival. com where photos of this year’s events will soon be posted.

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Diocesan Youth Council Pilgimage

A rather lovely story here: Alan Keane Conneely and Eamon Mongan were monitoring a thrush’s nest over the last few weeks. To their sadness they saw a cat kill the mother bird, leaving three half feathered fledglings. Martina brought them up to me with the kids and the nest. As I had an infra red lamp we duly started to warm them up and feed them, running around for worms, soaked small bits of bread and showed them how to feed these tiny birds. Having warned the kids they might not survive the night and not to over feed them, however the birds did survive the night. The next day after school the kids were up here like a shot and so glad to see them still alive. They decided to take my infra red light and took them home to look after them. Sadly for the kids the birds died but what a great effort. It’s so good to see young people with a very genuine care for the wild life, considering the mass destruction around them of the fauna and wild life from these horrendous recent gorse fires.

On Sunday May 9th a youth pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick will travel from Roundstone with mass being celebrated at the summit of the mountain at 12 noon and the day will finish with a barbeque in Murrisk. A bus has now been confirmed to depart at 9am from Roundstone but we do need to confirm number of persons who wish to do this climb and to avail of the bus. Last year 400 young people took part with about 12 from our parish. So just give me call 086-821-5153 and by the way, the climb is open to anybody, naturally weather permitting. But we do need to know who would like to go before a bus is ordered so get in touch!

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Gorse Fires While we are on the subject of fires, another gorse fire broke out close to Roundstone on Thursday the 22nd up by the quarry on Val Gorham’s and John King’s land heading towards Yvonne King’s house. Thank God once again for the prompt action of the Clifden Fire Brigade; they had their work cut out, with fires starting up all over Connemara over the last few weeks. What is even more disturbing I don’t suppose we will ever find out how they are being started- is it just devilment, vindictive or just plain accidental? Of course there is the possibility of jumping on the band wagon in the name of vandalism in the clearing for new grass. Whatever it is, it’s a cruel act. I have some photos of scorched sheep and the bog road bogs have all been scorched. It was pointed out to me on Facebook that a local person’s mother who was on holiday driving along the bog road saw two guys just after lighting a fire right by the road. The following day she counted five ewes along the road with all their wool scorched and could see patches of skin all blistered. How they were still walking around defeated her. It is just a pity this lady had no camera to take a shot of these two guys. Perhaps through this message it could be investigated for some sort of identification. It’s just a thought that some years ago we were given a fire engine as back up for Clifden with a local working crew, but unfortunately the powers that be would not allow us to use the engine. It now makes me think that perhaps we should organise a Roundstone gorse fire crew, with these special beaters at a central point should this ever happen again, God forbid. We now have had a bit of rain; what man has destroyed perhaps nature will recuperate.

Corncrake Alert

The scheme to protect the country’s last remaining Corncrakes is renewing its appeal for reports from anyone hearing the loud, rasping ‘crex crex’ call of this rare bird this summer. With the first Corncrakes returning to Connemara from their South African wintering grounds early this month, anyone hearing one is asked to please report it to the Corncrake hotline on 095-44941. In particular, anyone fishing around or visiting uninhabited islands in north Galway Bay is asked to keep an ear open for these birds. Corncrakes nested on Illaunnacroaghbeg, near Croaghnakeela (Deer Island) in recent years and can opportunistically establish new breeding grounds when, for instance, sheep are removed from an island. They can also turn up in areas where they haven’t been heard for decades, as happened last year on the Renvyle Peninsula. The male Corncrake attracts a female and then protects its territory with its machine-like call, most often heard at night. The sound can carry for a mile or more in calm conditions. The birds nest in hay meadows and silage fields, where mowing machines and earlier harvesting dates have progressively destroyed their nesting habitat.

BBC Production Filming The BBC production of the series ‘Monty Hall’s Escape’ which will be the third episode filmed up and down the west coast of Connemara, will be based in Roundstone for the next six months. A public meeting with Monty took place at Roundstone Community Hall on Tuesday May 4th. Monty is a marine biologist and a public speaker with tales of diving around the world and this was a chance for everybody to meet him, hear about the project and possibly have a brain storming evening.

Belarus Last Monday after Mass we had a visit from a sister from the Convent of St Elizabeth in Belarus in Ukraine. The sister gave a presentation on the history and works of her community in Minsk which is aimed at helping the patients of the psychiatric hospital, also to help children without parental support and sufferers of drug and alcohol dependence. The sister had a small stall in the hallway of the church selling various hand made products from her convent, such as icons, crucifixes and other church items etc but also handmade toys for the kids.

She has travelled all over Ireland to sell these rather lovely items and the proceeds will help the convent’s construction and of course its charitable works.

Fish Shop As from early June I am delighted to say that Denis Keane will be opening a Fish Shop in the old Post Office. No better man with his knowledge of fish-it certainly will enhance Roundstone as a fishing village, so just to wish him the best of luck for his future project.

Roundstone Bingo Club Friday April 23rd was the third time to hold bingo in the Community Hall. There was a great crowd with two of our regular visitors from Douglas in the Isle of Man. John and Fiona Ferguson won the full house-but get this-they gave the money back into the kitty. So this gesture plus the crowd-could it be a good omen for the future? So John and Fiona-the number 22, two little ducks was a lucky number for all of us. Our grateful thanks to you both, and to Oliver Coyne for hosting the Friday night when I was away. Richard De Stacpoole

Up until the 1940’s, there were still tens of thousands of Corncrakes in Ireland; their calls filling the night air throughout the countryside. Although they remain plentiful in countries like Poland and Russia, they are largely absent in Western Europe, for instance being extinct in England and Wales, as well absent from all but the western and northern fringes of Ireland. Conservation efforts in recent years have halted the decline in the few areas where they have survived, principally the North Connemara and Southwest Mayo coasts, Erris and in North Donegal. Last year there were eleven calling Corncrakes (i.e. pairs) in Connemara. The scheme to encourage the Corncrake’s return offers grants to farmers for Corncrake-friendly farming measures in fields where the birds are confirmed nesting. Funded and now managed directly by the National Parks & Wildlife Service, the scheme has seen Corncrake numbers in West Connacht steadily increase, from as low as 14 in the year 2000 to 48 last year, a total representing 40% of the species national population, which stood at just 128 calling (male) Corncrakes in 2009. To report hearing a Corncrake, please phone 095-44941, or call the Connemara National Park on 095-41054.

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U 21 A Championship Title for Oughterard The victorious Oughterard West Under 21 ‘A’ Football Championship winning team defeated Salthill Knocknacarra in the final in Spiddal on Saturday April 10th on a scoreline of 4-10 to 2-8. Pictured above: (L-r): John Joe Reilly (Manager), Alan McQuinn, Michael Gibbons, Conrad Clancy, Joe Joe Greaney, Donal Gibbons, Patrick Walsh, Mark Kavanagh, Damien O’ Reilly, Jordon Waller, Martin Coady, Paul Mulkerrins, Barry

Molloy, Aaron Coady, Shane Molloy, Ronan Molloy, Bob Naessens, Luke McConnell, Christopher O’ Toole, Michael Mayhew, Stuart Upton, Liam Moran. (Also pictured are selectors Joe Folan and Tom Dougher). Photo right: Oughterard’s Under 21 captain is hoisted with the cup in celebration of the team’s success in the championship final on April 10th. Photos by Tom Broderick

Oughterard Boxing Club All-Ireland Title Win

All Ireland boxing champion Colm Molloy celebrated his win recently with trainers and members of Oughterard Boxing Club. Colm defeated the Ulster, Leinster and Munster champions to go on to win the All Ireland B3 (39 Kilo) Championship in Dublin. (L-r): Tony McQuinn, Mathew Tierney, James Kelly, Stephen Molloy, Eddie Casey, Colm Molloy (Champion), Raymond Lee, Martin Healy, Aaron Molloy, Sean Clancy, Marvin Lee and Peter Kelly. Full story on page 15.

Above: All Ireland Boxing Champion Colm Molloy with his parents Stephen and Sarah Molloy. Photos by Tom Broderick

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Positive Reflections on a Badminton Renaissance The AGM of Ellis Badminton Club was held in Letterfrack on April 26th last. In his opening address, Chairperson Brendan Ridge commended the Division 6 squad on reaching the County League Semi Final. He highlighted the Division 6 championship achievements of Collette Gannon (Ladies Singles semi-finalist), Josephine Davitt and Niall Conneely (Mixed Doubles finalists) and Paul Gannon (Doubles semi finalist and Singles Winner). He thanked all the players both competitive and non-competitive for their tremendous dedication and commitment to the sport and he looked forward to more of the same in the year ahead. He acknowledged the outstanding contribution of outgoing Treasurer Barbara Joyce to the administrative affairs of the club and thanked Connemara West for their help and co-operation re Ellis Hall. The Treasurers report followed and the Executive Committee was subsequently elected: Chairperson: Brendan Ridge, Vice Chairperson: Oliver Heanue, Secretary: Paul Gannon, Vice Secretary: Rosaleen Basteed, Treasurer: Collette Gannon, Vice Treasurer: Josephine Davitt. Under Any Other Business, incoming Secretary Paul Gannon thanked Connemara Community Radio and Connemara View for their invaluable contribution to the revival of badminton in West Connemara and also Stephen Gannon of The Old Monastery Hostel

who was the official sponsor of the County Division 6 League. In conclusion, he congratulated Ann Merrins, Oliver Heanue, Collette Gannon, Josephine Davitt and Pat Pryce on completing the Badminton Ireland Foundation Level Coaching Course and acknowledged the key role that some of the Ellis members continue to play in the ongoing development of Conamara Thiar’s junior players. Ellis Badminton Club will be training on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in Ellis Hall, Letterfrack from 8-10pm throughout the summer months. New members are welcome. The cost of membership is €20 and new members will be registered with Badminton Ireland in Dublin. Photo above: Galway County Badminton Board Chairperson Sheila Noone presents Letterfrack Captain Paul Gannon with his Winner’s medal after he defeated Oughterard’s Richard O’Halloran in straight sets in the Men’s Singles Division 6 Championship Final in Galway. Top Right: Competition Sponsor Helen Sheehan of FC Catering presents Letterfrack club duo Niall Conneely and Josephine Davitt with their Runners Up medals after they lost out


Oughterard Angling Bartley McGauley Competition 2010 On Sunday April 18th the Oughterard Anglers & Boatmen’s Association held the annual Bartley McGauley Fly Fishing competition. 32 anglers entered the event with just 7 trout caught on the day. Lough Corrib has seen very poor fishing since opening on February 15th last, so let’s hope the coming of the Mayfly will see an improvement. The results were: 1st Kevin Molloy / 2 trout / 1.74kg, 2nd Owen Kelly / 2 trout / 1.02kg / Heaviest Trout .66kg, 3rd Kenneth Ferguson / 0.54kg, 4th John Gibbons / 0.36kg, 5th Jim Glynn / 0.34kg.

in three sets to the Loughrea pairing of Aoife Wynne and T.G. Lowry in the County Division 6 Mixed Doubles Championship Final. News & photos courtesy of Paul Gannon

Ellis Badminton Club Letterfrack Division 6 Squad pictured in the immediate aftermath of their County Semi Final defeat to Loughrea in Galway. The match ended in a 3-3 draw and the sides were still inseparable at 6-6 after the set countback. The East Galway side eventually prevailed by 208 to 196 on a subsequent point countback. Back (l-r): Oliver Heanue, Eamon Lacey, Niall Conneely, Pat Pryce, Liam Murphy, and Paul Gannon. Front (l-r): Josephine Davitt, Lisa Walsh, Ann Merrin, Collette Gannon.

dated town sewage system and a recent infestation of pike that prey on the salmon and trout spawning areas. The Club would like to acknowledge the support of John McDonagh of Galway Co. Council for his help in this work. Youth Coarse Fishing Demo The Oughterard Angling Club held a Course Fishing Demonstration for their U16 members on Saturday, April 17th. The demonstration and talk was given by local man Mike Darcy, well know coarse angling champion. Mike showed the gathering how to set up their rod and reel, what were the most effective baits and the different methods of course fishing. The Oughterard Angling Club would like to thank Mike for his time and the Club will be holding a demonstration in Fly Casting in June. News & photos courtesy of Kevin Prunty

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Above left: Kevin Molloy receives the Bartley McGauley Cup from Joe McGauley. Above right: Owen Kelly receives the Baurisheen Cup for Heaviest Trout and prize for overall second place from Club Chairman John Gibbons. Oughterard River Clean Up On Monday April 12th, members of the Oughterard Anglers & Boatmen’s Association organised a clean-up of the Owenriff River in Oughterard. This is an annual event that Club members take part in voluntarily to protect this Special Area of Conservation (SAC), which is also under threat from the out-

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Harley Cup The annual Harley Cup Fishing Competition took place on Sunday April 25th. On the day, 19 anglers took part with one junior and the total catch was 77 fish. The heaviest fish of the day was 1lb 2oz caught by Danny Vaughan of Faul. The results were as follows: 1st: Mike Coyne with 6lbs 4oz of fish (13 fish in total). 2nd: Danny Vaughan with 4lbs 3oz of fish (7 in total). 3rd: Des Black with 3lbs 9oz of fish (10 in total). 4th: Ricky Cronnelly with 2lbs 7oz of fish (10 in total). 5th: Pat Canavan with 2lbs 15oz of fish (7 in total). 6th: Eamon Mannion with 2lbs 10oz of fish (5 in total). Joe Acton

Community Games Badminton Success The Conamara Thiar Theas badminton team travelled to Sligo on April 10th to take part in the Community Games Connaught Badminton Finals. The standard of badminton was very high on the day however the team did succeed in bringing home medals. We secured second place overall in the competition which was a fantastic accomplishment considering the opposition were older and more experienced. Congratulations once again to everybody, a great day was had by all.

Back (l-r): Mairéad Uí Dhomhnaill (trainer), Mary Ellen Ní Fhatharta, Joan Bharry (trainer), Tadgh O’Lochnain, Cathal O’Griofa, Katie Ní Neachtain, Bríd Uí Lochnain. Seated (l-r): Marcus O’Domhnaill, Eoin MacDonnacha, Jennifer Ní Hanrachain, Roisin Ní Neachtain. News & photo courtesy of Mairéad Uí Dhomhnaill. Photo left: The group of anglers who took part in the river clean up who filled a car trailer with rubbish which was removed from the river.

The group of young anglers with instructor Mike Darcy and Oughterard Angling Club Youth Officer Tommy Tuck.

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DARTS Grainne Mhaols Darts Administrative Committee 2009/2010 Season Roll of Honour Competition, Winner, Runner Up • West Connemara Singles Cup: John Boisclair, Eamonn Mannion • West Connemara Singles Shield: Tommy Flaherty, John Joe Donoghue • West Connemara Doubles Cup: Alan & James Flaherty, John Boisclair/Tommy Flaherty • West Connemara Doubles Shield: Hazel Salmon/ Larry Keady, Ros Salmon/ Mike Connolly • Canavan-Berry Doubles Cup, Tommy Flaherty/ John Boisclair, Eamonn Mannion/ Thomas Conneely • Canavan-Berry Doubles Shield: Alan and James Flaherty, Sean Coohill/ Michael Mullen • Mary Canning Singles Cup: Noírín Needham, Teresa Geary • Mary Canning Singles Shield: Cathy Coohill, Melissa Wallace • Peter Veldon Memorial Cup: Alan and James Flaherty, Dermot Flaherty/John Joe Donoghue • Peter Veldon Memorial Shield: Jamie Flaherty/Gerry Aspell, Eamonn Mannion/Peter Coneys • Peter Lydon Memorial Cup: Tommy Flaherty, Justin Murray • Peter Lydon Memorial Shield: James Flaherty, James Joyce • Oliver Coyne Memorial Cup: John Boisclair, Alan Flaherty • Oliver Coyne Memorial Shield: Justin Murray, Eoin Gannon

• The Atlantic Cup: Larry Keady/Hazel Salmon, Mike Connolly/ Ros Salmon • The Atlantic Shield: John Boisclair/Sandra O’Farrell, Sean Coohill/Teresa Geary • Peter McMahon Memorial Cup: Mark Fitzpatrick, Justin Murray • Peter McMahon Memorial Shield: Peter Coneys, James Joyce • West Galway Singles Cup: James Flaherty, Eamonn Mannion • West Galway Singles Shield: Gerry Folan, Tommy Flaherty • West Galway Doubles Cup: Eamonn Mannion/Joachim McHugh, Gerry Folan/Declan Ridge • West Galway Doubles Shield: James and Alan Flaherty, Michael and Nathan Mullen • Hynes/Coyne Cup: James and Alan Flaherty, Mark Fitzpatrick/ John Roger Heanue • Hynes/Coyne Shield: Sean Coohill/Nathan Mullen, Eoin Gannon/Stephen Heanue • Connemara Division 1 League: Teach Daingean A, Keoghs A • Connemara Division 1 Championship: Teach Daingean A, Keoghs A • Connemara Division 2 League: Sweeneys, Angler’s Rest • Connemara Division 3 League: Glynsk House, Tír na nÓg A • Connemara Division 3 Championship: Glynsk House, Tír na nÓg A • Connemara Division 4 League: Teach Daingean B, Ros’s Bar • Connemara Division 4 Championship: Teach Daingean B, Ros’s Bar • Connemara Youths Mikey Mullen Memorial Cup: Simon Heanue Joyce, Sean Coohill • Connemara Youths Mikey Mullen Memorial Shield: Jack Shannon, Norman Leggett Photo left: Teach Daingean A, 2010 Connemara Inter Pub Division 1 League and Championship Winners. Back (l-r): John Boisclair, Tom McDonagh, Máirtín Griffin. Front (l-r): Michael Connolly, Larry Keady, Tommy Flaherty. From Top Right: Glynsk House, 2010 Connemara Inter Pub Division 3 League and Championship Winners. Back (l-r): Matt Casey, Declan Ridge, Seamus Cloherty. Front (l-r): Gerry Folan, John Joe Donoghue, Hubert McGrath. Not pictured: Joseph Conroy. The 2010 Mikey Mullen Memorial Connemara Youths Shield was won by Jack Shannon who defeated Norman Leggett in the final. The Mikey Mullen Memorial Connemara Youths Cup 2010 was organised by Michael Mullen in the Renvyle Inn. Simon Heanue Joyce defeated the defending champion Sean Coohill in the final. Participants in the 2010 Mikey Mullen Connemara Youths Memorial Cup and Shield Competitions. Below Left: Sweeneys Tigers 2010 Connemara Inter Pub Division 2 League and Championship Winners. Back (l-r) Jimmy Canavan, Paul Hayes, Michael Coohill, Leo Murray, Niall Conneely. Front: P.J. Coohill, Kenneth DeLappe. Below Right: Keoghs, Ballyconneely, 2010 Connemara Inter Pub Division 1 League and Championship Runners Up. Back (l-r): Eamonn Mannion, Kenneth McGonigle, Marty Mullen, Martin Woods, Thomas Conneely, and John King. Front (l-r): Harry O’Toole, James Joyce, Michael Conroy, Justin Murray. Photos & results courtesy of Paul Gannon

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Oughterard Golf Lady Captain of Oughterard Golf Club Peggie Blehein presents the Easter Hamper to Ruth Cunningham (photo above) at the Clubhouse recently. The Hampers for the Easter Competition were generously sponsored by Probus Wine, Main St. Oughterard. 04/04/10 Easter Hampers Stableford. 1st Gearoid O Cualain (7) 37 pts, 2nd Richard McNamara (9) 36 pts (20b9), Gross: Michael Darcy (4) 30, Gross points: 3rd Tom McDonagh (11) 36 pts (19b9), 4th Tony Dowd (18) 36 pts (17b9), 5th John Ruane (13) 36 pts (16b9). 05/04/10 Stableford. 1st Rob O’Brien (17) 37 pts, 2nd Luke Bohan (11) 34 pts, Gross: Michael Darcy (4) 25 Gross points, 3rd David Joyce (15) 32 points. 4th Eanna Malone (26) 31 pts. CSS 33 pts. 07/04/10 Mc Grath’s Limestone and Gravel 18 Hole Ladies Stableford. 1st Overall, Niamh O’Dwyer , 29, 38 pts, 2nd Overall, Teresa Butler, 22, 36 pts, Gross, Marguerite Fallon, 14, 19 gross pts, 3rd Overall, Monique Bolger, 27, 34 pts bk 9, Category 0 – 20 1st , Isolde Claffey, 15, 30 pts, 2nd , Rita Jordan, 14, 29 pts, Category 21 – 28, 1st , Mary Farrell, 21, 31 pts, 2nd , Ruth Cunningham, 22, 30 pts bk 9, Category 29 – 36 1st , Emily Stanley, 30, 34 pts, 2nd , Bernie Mc Tigue, 31, 33 pts. 11/04/10 18 Hole Stableford Competition: Sponsor: Irish Turf Care. 1st Ollie Walsh (14) 39 pts (23B9), 2nd Gearoid O’Cualain (7) 39 pts (19b9), Gross: Michael Darcy Snr. (5) 31 Gross Pts (17b9), 3rd Rory Murphy (13) 38 pts (20b9), 4th Andy King (21) 38 pts (18b9, 12b6), 5th Pat O’Sullivan (27) 38 PTS (18B9, 11B6). CSS 36 pts. 18/04/10 18 Hole Stableford Competition. 1st John Gillespie (13) 42 pts, 2nd David Joyce (15) 40 pts, Gross: Ger Cunningham (4) 33 Gross pts, 3rd John Colleran (26) 39 pts (20b9), 4th Cammie Gallagher (13) 39 pts (18b9), 5th Robert Monroe (10) 38 pts, CSS 36 pts. 20/04/10 Open Day Competition 18 Hole Stableford. 1st Peter Moore (17) 43pts, 2nd Niall Mannion (12) 41 pts, (21B9) 3rd Liam O’ Reilly (4) 41pts, (20B9), 4th Eanna Noone

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(17) 40pts, (21B9), C.S.S 36 PTS 21/04/2010 Ladies 18 Hole Stableford. Sponsor: Tom Lydon Carpets & Furniture. C.S.S. 72 1st Laura Gore (15) 40pts, 2nd Ann M. Byrne (36) 39pts, Gross: Niamh Keogh (15) 20 Gross pts, 3rd Alice Naughton (29) 38pts. Category 0-20: 1st Barbara Buckley (20) 34pts, 2nd Monica Power (20) 33pts. Category 21-28: 1st Peggie Blehein (28) 38pts, 2nd Margaret Fahy (26) 38pts, Category 29-36 1st Linda McDonagh (29) 38pts, 2nd Mary Loughman (29) 38pts. 25/04/10 18 Hole Stroke Medal Competition. Sponsor: Tom Lydon Carpets and Furniture. 1st Noel Cheevers (17) 64 Nett, 2nd Geoff Ginnetty (19) 65 Nett (33.5b9), Gross: Michael Darcy Snr. (5) 75 Gross, 3rd Wally Russell (18) 65 Nett (36.0b9), 4th Jimmy Sheehan (15) 66 Nett (32.5b9), 5th Declan Davin (12) 66 Nett (35.0b9) CSS 70 Nett.

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07/04/10 Open Men’s.1st: Hugo Mays (18) 37pts, 2nd: Derek Joyce (9) 36pts, Gross: David Stapleton (1) 29pts, 3rd: Peter Byrne (12) 34pts, CSS: 35pts. Ladies: 1st: Ruth Shaw (28) 38pts, 2nd: Pauline McCarthy (20) 37pts, CSS: 36pts. 11/04/10 Stroke RNLI. 1st: Josephine O’Neill (27) 70,2nd: Breda Barry (14) 71, 3rd: Maura O’Connor (28) 72. Mens: 1st: Fearghal O’ Rourke (14) 67, David Glynn (15) 69, 3rd: Fergal Moran (17) 70. 14/04/10 Open Stableford. Ladies: 1st: Helen Royliston (21) 33pts, 2nd: Evelyn King (20) 32pts, CSS: 33pts. Mens: 1st: Derek Joyce (9) 39pts, 2nd: Billy Reilly (10) 34pts, 3rd: J.F. O’ Malley (17) 33pts, CSS:33pts. 16/04/10 Mens Seniors Open. 1st: Michael Keyes (17) 38pts (b9), 2nd: John McBride (20) 38pts, Gross: Gilbert McCarthy (10)27pts, 3rd: Jack Cosgrove (13) 37pts, 4th: Vivian Cotter (18) 36pts, CSS: 35pts. Cat A: 1st: Chris McCormack (24) 32pts, 2nd: Ciaran McNamara (11) 29pts (b9), Cat B: 1st: Tim Hickey (15) 34pts, 2nd: Martin Lally (17) 33pts, Cat C: 1st: Tomas Treacy (16) 35pts, 2nd: Geoff Tucker (23) 31pts, Cat D: 1st: Pat Quinn (15) 31pts (b9), 2nd: Sean Birmingham (18) 31pts. 17/04/10 Open Stableford. Sponsor: Joyce’s Grocery. Ladies: 1st: Margaret Lavelle (11) Maureen Brennan (20) 40pts. Mens: 1st: Joe Lavelle (18) PJ Brennan (16) 42pts (b6), 2nd: Bartly Fahy (24) Mattie Connor (15) 42pts (b9), 3rd: Tar Higgins (11) Des Griffith (11) 42pts. 18/04/10 Open Stableford. Ladies: 1st: Helen Stapleton (31) 40pts, 2nd: Carmel Gaughan (25) 38pts, Gross: Sheila Richardson (9) 26pts, 3rd: Deirdre Murphy (15) 36pts, CSS: 36pts. Mens: 1st: Brendan Commins (17) 40pts, 2nd: Dave Beecher (15) 38pts, Gross: Joe Lyons (0)37pts, 3rd: JR King (17) 38pts, CSS: 35pts. 19/04/10 Open Stableford. 1st: Mary Geoghegan (24) 36pts,CSS: 36pts, 1st: Billy Burgoyne (19) 40pts, 2nd: Bill Fortune (15) 35pts, CSS: 35pts.

20/04/10 AM AM, Sponsor: Renvyle House Hotel. 1st: Noel Cheevers (17),Christy Higgins (19), Des Cheevers (15), Martin O’Connor (20) 92pts, 2nd: Billy Reilly (10), Kenneth Coyne (19), Padraic Malone (9), Michael King (14) 89pts, 3rd: Carmel Gaughan (24), Josephine O’Neill (26), Siobhan Forde (17), Kathleen Burke (24) 88pts, 4th: Jimmy Hayden (15), Frank Clarke (10), Peggy Clarke (18), Geoff Tucker (23) 86pts (b9). 21/04/10 Open Stableford. Sponsor: Faller’s Sweaters, Galway. Ladies: 1st: Nuala Brangan (30) 42pts, 2nd: Ciara Ryan (21) 38pts, Gross: Marion Duffy (14) 34pts, 3rd: Deirdre Murphy (15) 34pts, CSS: 36pts.Mens: 1st Derek Joyce (8) 40pts, 2nd Billy Burgoyne (17) 36pts, Gross: Frank Clarke (10) 32pts, 3rd: F W Fortune (15) 35pts, CSS: 35pts. 22/04/10 Open Rumble. 1st Mary Geoghegan, Mary Howley & Helen McCormack 81pts, 2nd James DeCourcey, Michael Gaughan & Carmel Gaughan 80pts, 3rd Frank Clarke, Peggy Clarke & Deirdre Murphy 78pts, 4th Christy Niland, Declan O’Toole & Michael Naughton77pts. 23/04/10 Open Stableford. Ladies: 1st Kathleen Burke (24) 35pts, 2nd Bernie Grady (27) 32pts, 3rd Bridie Colleran (28) 32pts.Mens: 1st James Shivnan (7) 35pts, 2nd Joe King (11) 32pts. 24/04/10 Open Fourball. Ladies: 1st Geraldine McGettigan (18)/Mary Mooney (23) 40pts, 2nd Maureen Brennan (18)/Detta Doyle (21) 38pts (b9). Mens: 1st PJ Brennan (16)/Joe Lavelle (18) 45pts, 2nd Feichin McDonagh (14)/Sean Birmingham (18) 40pts (b9).

25/04/10 Open Stableford. Ladies: 1st Evelyn King (20) 37pts, 2nd: Mary Howley (24) 37pts, 3rd: Marie Bourke (28) 36pts, CSS: 37pts. Mens: 1st Adrian Glynn (14) 39pts, 2nd Killian Riddell (11) 38pts, 3rd Padraic Malone (9) 37pts, CSS: 35pts. 01/05/10 4 Ball. Ladies: 1st: D Murphy (15)/ M Brennan (19) 42pts, 2nd: R Hurson (22)/A Neary (23) 40pts. Mens: 1st: D Geraghty (20)/ M Bradley (10) 42pts, 2nd: B Jackson (12)/D O’Buachalla (14) 41pts (b9). 02/05/10 Ladies: 1st C Gaughan (24) 39pts, 2nd: R Hurson (22) 36pts, 3rd: C Murphy (21) 35pts. Mens:1st: P O’Donoghue (18) 36pts, 2nd: D McDonnell (20) 34pts, 3rd: J Mahon (13) 34pts.

Oughterard Boxing Club All-Ireland Title Win Continued from page 12. As the boxing season finishes we look back on a fantastic year overall for the club. There has been a great increase in numbers attending training and there are now up to forty members attending twice weekly. Last season also saw the welcome addition of girls joining the club. The club entered three boys, Gareth Small, Colm Molloy and Kieran Molloy to the Connacht Schoolboys Championship in November 2009. They each won Connacht Schoolboy Titles with Colm defeating the Irish Champion in the final. Kieran Molloy and Gareth Small won County Titles for the club. Gareth Small and Colm Molloy had great Connacht Championship wins and went forward to represent the club in the All-Ireland Finals. Both boys had put in great effort and determination to reach this level. Gareth was defeated by a boxer who went on to win the title. Colm’s first opponent was the Antrim Champion in the Quarter Final whom he beat 4-2. In the semi-final he defeated the Dublin champion 3-0. In the final he faced the Munster Champion who proved a very tough opponent. Colm boxed extremely well,

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held a steady nerve and went on to win the Irish Title. This is the first All-Ireland Title for the club in seven years; the last winner was Peter Lee. Colm was welcomed home to Oughterard with bonfires and great cheers from wonderful neighbours, friends and fellow club members. The club has also just been informed that Colm has been selected to represent Ireland against Scotland at end of May. These are very exciting times for the club and this success is down to the remarkable dedication of the club coaches who commit so much time on a weekly basis to support our young boxers. It is great to see the increased attendance over the past season and the effort being put in by all the boxers to promote the sport and make the club a success. As the season finishes we extend a very sincere thanks to all who have supported us over the year, the staff of the Community Centre, parents who travelled to the tournaments and all who volunteered at local tournaments. A special word of thanks to the following coaches and mentors: Raymond Lee, Marvin Lee, James Kelly, Sean Clancy, Martin Healy, Peter Kelly, Ronan Molloy, Keith Joyce, Eddie Casey and Matthew Tierney.

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CYCLING Rás Chonamara 2010 Easter weekend saw the 5th installment of the Gerry Clancy Memorial Cup, with its first as a Stage Race. This began on Saturday April 3rd with a charity cycle through beautiful Joyce Country, although conditions were far from perfect. Cyclists cycled a testing course rolling out from Oughterard to Leenane via Maam, on through the Inagh

Valley and back to Maam Cross where they stopped for refreshments kindly sponsored by Peacocke’s Hotel. The more daring then completed the second more testing loop, which brought them to Cashla and over Seanaféistín of FBD Rás fame and finished back in Race HQ at the Connemara Gateway Hotel. Despite the cold and wet conditions, feedback from the participants was positive. All proceeds went to the Galway Hospice and the Oughterard Business Association sponsored two bikes for a draw with proceeds also going to the Galway Hospice. Stage 1 of the 2 Day Race saw 61 riders comprising of Juniors, A2, A3, A4’S and Vets and one lady who headed out

ing revealed conditions unsuitable for anything other than a high stool or a remote control! Gusts of wind made the 10km TT very difficult for all - including spectators - was won by Vet, Chris Troy of Castlebar CC in a time of 13’33”. Nearest to Troy was another Galway rider Brian O’ Donnell, West Coast Wheelers in a time of 13’54” and Castlebar CC rider, Paul Dunne in 3rd position with 14’05,” with the top 6 riders on GC finishing within 30 seconds of each other and Dempsey managing to extend his lead on his nearest rivals. After much discussion and feedback from the riders themselves, Stage 3 was left at its original length of 80km, the bunch again headed out towards Maam Cross with the daunting prospect of the second cat climb at Seanaféistín ahead of them. The riders had a rolling start after being neutralised through Oughterard and it is safe to say that the neutralised flag was no sooner lowered, than local rider and main race sponsor Nigel Forde of Nigel’s Cycle Store went for broke and attacked in what can only be described as an all-in move in abysmal conditions. In the end after a gruelling race, Jarlath Hassett took the stage from Dempsey, who took overall honours with the chasers finishing 1’04” down and the unfortunate Rigby finishing 1’56” down. Many riders failed to finish but hats off to the forty riders who stayed in the saddle in what was one of the more difficult days racing. Then it was back to the Connemara Gateway Hotel who kindly provided warm showers for all who wished to avail, followed by a slap up spread in Faherty’s Bar, Oughterard for the prize giving. Overall honours went to Dempsey, followed by Hassett and Hack with the team prize going to West Clare C.C. Thanks to all involved especially the local marshals and Gárdai, who offered their time and assistance before they read the weather forecast! Cliodhna Ruane Photo left top: Rás Chonamara winner John

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from Oughterard on a windy Sunday to Leenane. The bunch stayed together until Maam Cross where much of the racing began. There was fierce activity between there and Maam with John Dempsey of Carrick Wheelers eventually victorious. Conditions deteriorated overnight and Monday morn-

The Connacht finals of the Secondary Schools Olympic Handball took place in Killannin hall recently. After a keenly fought competition the titles went to Sacred Heart Westport at U14 girls, Galway Community College won U14 boys and senior boys and Gairmscoil na Piarsagh, Rosmuc won titles at U16 boys, U16 girls and senior girls. The score lines were: U14 girls Sacred Heart 1-Gairmscoil na Piarsagh 0, U14 boys Galway Community College defeated Gairmscoil na Piarsagh 1-0 on penalties after a 2-2 draw, U-16 girls Gairmscoil na Piarsagh 3-Sacred Heart 1, U16 boys Gairmscoil na Piarsagh 11-Galway Com-

Dempsey (centre in yellow jersey), Jarlath Hassett (left, who came 2nd overall) Joe Kelly of the Rás committee, Nigel Ford (main sponsor) John Dempsey, Sean Clancy (committee) and Gerhard Hack of Western Lakes CC, who came third. Photo left bottom: Winner of the Rás Chonamara Stage on Day 1 on Sunday April 4th, John Dempsey of Carrick Wheelers. Photos courtesy of Tom Broderick

Jigsaw Community Cycle The Jigsaw Galway Community Cycle took place on April 10th. Individuals and teams of four cycled to the heart of the Galway city, starting from four different points across the county and uniting in Eyre Square. Jigsaw is a free and confidential (private) support service for young people, aged 15-25, in Galway City and County. Jigsaw support is about listening to you, to find out where you’re at and figure out where you want to be. The Clifden representatives raised €550 in sponsorship and wish to thank everyone for their support for this very important Community Support group. Photo below: Pictured at Eyre square after participating in the Jigsaw Community Cycle were (l-r): Brian O’ Donoghue, Brendan Madden, Frank Brady and Damien Stoney. Photo courtesy of Brendan Madden

munity College 6, Senior Girls Gairmscoil na Piarsagh 4-Sacred Heart 0, Senior Boys Galway Community College 16-Gairmscoil na Piarsagh 14. The All Ireland finals will take place in May. Bernard Lee

Gráinne Mhaols Registration Day A Registration Day for Gráinne Mhaols Ladies Gaelic Club will take place on Sunday 16th May 2010. The venues are Clifden Town Hall from 3-4pm and Connemara Community Radio from 5-6pm. If you cannot attend or require any further information please contact Club Registrar Colleen Curran on 087-284-1006 or Paul Gannon on 086-384-7499.

Equestrian Jumping and Dressage Leagues The Cleggan Beach Spring Jumping and Dressage leagues are in full swing at the moment. Leading in the turn out class is Joanne O’Toole on Ojo and in the lead rein turn out section the leader is Maeve O’Neill and she is also leading in the lead rein class. Sarah Dickenson from Cleggan is leading in the intro class with 26 points. After week 3, Alison King is just 2 points ahead of Alwyn Moran in the prelim. section with 27 points and Alana Cazabon Sullivan is in the lead in the novice section closely followed again by Alwyn. The jumping league started on Sat 24th April. Peter Cazabon holds jumping lessons on Wednesday evenings and both events are gaining popularity by the week. The next Dressage show will be held in Cleggan at 2pm on Sat 8th May and check our Facebook page Cleggan Beach Riding Centre for dates, times and the venue for the next jumping show. Photo Right: Pat O’ Neill goes double clear on his first outing. Far Right: Siobhan Cazabon Sullivan warms up before her test. This combination got 1st and 3rd in Advanced Medium at the Cavan Dressage Festival on Sat May 1st. News and photos courtesy of Judy Cazabon

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RUGBY Connemara Rugby The Connemara senior rugby team wound up this year’s AIB league campaign on Saturday April 10th against a keen Naas side, who were fighting to win the match to stay in Division 3. Connemara went into the last game safe in the knowledge that they were out of the drop zone, after a difficult year which saw the side winning just a third of their matches and they eventually finished in 14th position in the league. Naas held out for a 23-13 win with both sides places secured for next year.

Photo above: Connemara’s David McDonagh runs into a Naas player in the final match of the season.

Photo above: In the pre match warm up at Griffins Bar before the final game of the season a presentation of a Connemara RFC club tie was made to Pat Mannion of Moycullen by President Aidan O’ Halloran in recognition of his logstanding support of the club. Gabriel Keady was also honoured but was unable to attend to receive his presentation on the day.


Heartbreak in U15 Plate Final The April Bank Holiday Monday saw the Connemara U 15’s travel to Galway to take part in the Connacht U15 Plate Final. It was to be the last game of the season and it produced a roller coaster of a match against Ballinasloe RFC. Both teams had beaten strong opposition to get to the last two but on the strength of their league games and their performances in the semis, Ballinasloe were slight favourites. Connemara won their place in the final by beating Galwegians in Cawley Park in a tight, hard fought semi-final which both sides of supporters agreed was the best match both sides had played all year. The weather could not have been worse for the game with a gale force wind blowing down the length of the pitch. The ground was also heavy and the threat of rain loomed on the horizon. After a good warm up and pre match instructions,

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Connemara elected to play with the wind in the first half. The opening exchanges were nervous and tense and both sides began to test each other. Both Ballinasloe centres ran hard and fast at Connemara 12 and Captain Jack Shannon and both received heavy hits for their efforts. The resulting turnovers saw Connemara on the attack. Big carries from No. 3 James O’ Toole and No. 8 John Joyce saw us inside their ‘22. Quick rucking from our pack got us an opening and Hooker Stephen McDonagh was away. Crashing over the line between two tacklers, it looked like the opening score. Not to be however, as the ref judged it to be held up. From the restart Ballinasloe attacked hard and several phases of play saw them reach our 5 metre line. It was a real team effort to keep them out but Connemara held the line. A fine clearing kick from Out-half Peter Brittain was followed up by No. 8 Joyce, the resulting tackling and rucking saw a great ball for lock Patrick King to break through the cover. Centre Oisin Heffernan was away, inside and over for the first try. The conversion was good and Connemara had a lead. Playing with the wind, we needed more points and fast. Ballinasloe tried to vary their attack and both Wingers James O’ Toole (Claddaghduff ) and Brian Holmes were well tested. Both stood up to the test and soon, quick thinking by Fly half John Prendergast had us on the attack. His quick pick and go from a ruck got a few vital yards and great handling through the back line released winger Holmes who crossed in the corner for the try. No extra points were added due to the wind. The day was shaping into a real forwards battle and as the wind worsened both teams were keeping the ball tight and not risking any long passes or loose play. The set piece began to play a bigger part in the match, as both sides tried to cope with the conditions and gain possession. Our scrum, normally a strong point, began to creak and it took a huge effort from props Matthew Gavin and James O’ Toole to hold and steady the scrum. Not to be outdone, our other forwards were also rising to the task. No. 4 Daniel Hannon was superb in the lineout, winning two of our line outs and one of Ballinasloe’s in a row. With the clock running down to half time, a huge booming kick from the Ballinasloe No. 10 spun and fell deep into Connemara territory. It was very well fielded by full back Thomas Joyce who quickly countered and brought play back up to half way. Quick support by Flanker Darren Burke fed ball to Matthew Gavin who brought play to the ’22. A great offload in the tackle followed to No. 6 Mark Staunton who pulled in the cover and Winger Holmes was over. However it was not to be yet again; he was smothered by a retreating and improvised Ballinasloe defence and the referee felt he hadn’t touched it down. The feeling at half time was that we were far from safe and needed to keep up the pressure in the second half. It was set to be a tense finale. After the restart and a few loose exchanges, Connemara were quickest to find their rhythm. Quick handling from Flanker Mark Staunton and Winger James O’ Toole (Claddaghduff ) got us nice position on the 10 metre line. A couple of great ‘pick and go’s ‘ had pulled in the Ballinasloe defence and a short pass from a ruck went perfectly to the hands of No. 8 John Joyce.With lighting speed he cut inside through two defenders and handed off the next two before striking for the line, trying to avoid the remains of the drifting Ballinasloe defence. He touched down for a spectacular try between the full back and cover-

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ing Ballinasloe winger. From a desperately difficult angle, Jack Shannon struck the conversion and as the ball arched into the wind it fell narrowly wide. It was now 17-0. Ballinasloe were not for giving up. They continued to play with determination and structure. With the advantage of a full bench, wholesale changes were made. Connemara went for the knockout blow knowing that with such a strong wind they were in danger of getting pinned back with deep kicks to touch. The heads on the Ballinasloe teams were not going down; we needed another score to be safe. As in life, there are instant moments that can change everything or any game, Connemara were now on the receiving end. The three Ballinasloe substitutions began to click, with blistering turns of speed their replacement winger cut through the Connemara defence and touched down under the posts. It was now 17-7. Loose head Matthew Gavin was substituted for a blood injury by Chris Joyce and the constant pressure at the breakdown led Connemara to move Oisin Heffernan to No. 7 to shore up the pack. Once patched up, Gavin came back on and Flanker Darren Burke was called ashore. Ballinasloe used the wind well; a huge kick down field fell perfectly for their winger to run on to and for the second time in 10 minutes he touched down under the posts. The alarm bells were now well and truly ringing with the score at 17 to 14. With ten minutes to go, a very tight match got decidedly tighter when Connemara gave up a silly penalty, quickly taken, the east Galway lads chipped a good ball up to the Connemara ‘22. They spread the ball wide and exploited the space going over for a try, a fine conversion followed and the game had turned in favour of Ballinasloe. There were still 6 minutes to go and it was all to play for. Connemara attacked for all they were worth but to no avail. Each turnover or spilt pass was met with a huge clearing kick by Ballinasloe. One last throw of the dice saw Connemara attack through the forwards. Huge carries and breaks by No’s 8 Joyce, 12 Shannon, 4 Paddy King and prop O’Toole put the Ballinasloe defence under pressure. A scrum on the Ballinasloe ‘22 was won against the head by Connemara as scrum half John Prendergast picked the ball for the backs. The ref blew the whistle and signalled the end. The scene was one of sorrow and heartbreak in the moments after the final whistle for the Connemara squad; the scenes and emotions in the dressing room afterwards worse again. No small words or platitudes can do anything in moments like these. In all sport, to appreciate the highs of winning you have to know the lows of losing. With such talented and dedicated young players, there will surely be another day and finals ahead. Well done lads; you did yourselves proud, your parents, your coaches and your club proud and special thanks to subs on the day, Cian Laffey and Jack Moran. There are ten players who will be eligible to play U15’s next season. Our player’s player of the year was a joint win between Patrick King (Lock) and No. 8 John Joyce. John Joyce was also the leading try scorer on 8 tries. Thanks lads! John O’Halloran Photo above: The Connemara U15 side with coaches John O’ Halloran and Nigel Murray. Photo courtesy of Irene King

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West Coast Capture League Title West Coast Utd are Galway 4th Division champions following a thrilling penalty shoot-out win over Cois Farraige on Monday April 19th in Drum. An unusual evening to play a league play-off it may have been, but it delivered one of the games of the season; two good teams going head to head with a winner takes all outcome. West Coast should have been red-hot favourites, but most independent observers seemed to expect a victory for the South Connemara men. Being successful all through their underage careers gave the West Coast lads the edge, and the ability to stay cool when the game seems to be slipping away can only be gained by competing in big games and winning. On a perfect night for football the pitch in Drum (Salthill Devon) was immaculate, so there was no excuse for either side not to perform to their best. Cois Farraige started really well and looked a fit, well drilled side, a big team playing very direct football. A great contest was in store as West Coast had vastly superior ball players sometimes struggling to compete in the physical side of the game. The game came alive after 25 minutes, when to the delight of their huge support, Cois Farraige took the lead from a corner their centre back headed powerfully into the net. The back four of Aiden Flaherty, Tommy Walsh, Finian Sheridan, Brendan Kane and keeper Peter Wallace were keeping West Coast alive, until suddenly the whole team woke up. Having not played well, we were not too unhappy to reach the break only one in arrears. The second half was all West Coast and amazingly, it took until the 86th minute to equalize. Thankfully all three substitutes worked on the night and the value of a really strong panel was probably the difference in the end. Eoin Gannon and Stephen Heanue dominated the centre of the park and Mark Gannon and Niall Black provided pace out wide. Black, a second half sub for Neil Lydon was creating all kinds of problems for a Cois Farraige side that showed obvious signs of tiring. Danny Sammon was introduced for Cathal O’ Neill to add a bit of strength as the tackles kept flying in. We had three good penalty shouts turned down and lady luck seemed to have deserted us in our final game of the season. Despite being totally dominant at this stage, West Coast weren’t creating too many chances, so a change was needed to get a bit of power up front to help captain and leading goalscorer Shane Lydon. With 15 minutes left Lorcan Conneely came on in goal with keeper Peter Wallace going to partner Lydon in attack. The move worked and the overworked Cois Farraige defence had no answer to Wallace’s direct play and pace. To the astonishment of all watching, the referee and linesman failed to spot a blatant trip on him as he bore down on goal, but moments later the same player beat two defenders before crossing for Shane Lydon to head home a deserved equaliser. West Coast were rampant now and attacked in search of a winner but the final whistle saved the South Connemara men. 10 minutes a side extra time was played, but neither side could find a goal to win the contest. The fitness of both sets of players was well tested and the Tullycross based side in particular were not found wanting. With no goals, the game had to be decided by the dreaded penalty shoot-out and this turned into a marathon affair as well. Tommy Walsh, Mark Gannon, Shane Lydon and Niall Black all scored, while efforts from Peter Wallace, Stephen Heanue and Danny Sammon were saved or off target. The contest was tied 4-4 and Lorcan Conneely saved Cois Farraige’s 8th penalty. He then wrote himself into West Coast history by smashing home the next and last penalty himself. To the victors the spoils, and total despair for Cois Farraige, who had given their all and face another season in Division 4. Chairman of the Galway and District league Jim McSpadden presented the cup to Shane Lydon acknowledging

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the contribution West Coast Utd. has made to the league over the last 26 years. He looks forward to seeing us competing in even higher divisions soon. It was a fantastic night for all involved in the club and a special mention to the subs who didn’t get to play on the night, but their contribution over the season was immense; Dermot Clancy, Cal Gray, Simon Heanue Joyce, Shane Kerrigan and Danny King who was unavailable for this game. The league win gave great satisfaction to the management team of Joachim Lydon, Kurt Lydon and Danny Coyne who know that this is a small step on the road to compete in Galway’s premier division. Photo left: West Coast Utd. Captain Shane Lydon with the Division 4 League Cup.

West Coast Underage The u13’s need one win from their last two games to clinch the league title. They recently beat Colga 3-1 to keep control of their division. The goalscorers were Colm Coneys, Fechin Mitchell and James Salmon. Goalkeeper Matthew McCarty is becoming a real star of this team with a string of fine performances and centre back Nathan Staunton is

looking like a real find. The u14s were narrowly beaten 2-0 in the Connacht Shield semi-final but overall had a good season and have lots to build on for 2010/11. The u16s played a friendly against touring US team Galway Rovers from Boston. Galway Rovers were founded by Martin Faherty from Recess thirty years ago and have been regular visitors to Galway and Connemara in recent years. The standard of football was very good with our American visitors very impressed with the skill levels of the West Coast boys. For the record the Connemara lads won 3-2. We are delighted to accept their invitation to visit Boston with a team in the future. All 6-14 year olds are reminded that booking is now open for west coast/ FAI summer camp in Letterfrack from August 16th-20th at or calling 1890 653 653. For further information, contact local co-ordinator Joachim Lydon at 086-409-8814. To avail of special prices book early and avoid disappointment. News & photos courtesy of Joachim Lydon

Photo above: West Coast Utd. at league game v Oughterard. Back (l-r): Danny Coyne, Mark Gannon, Cal Gray, Eoin Gannon, Neil Lydon, Peter Wallace, Finian Sheridan, Tommy Walsh, Stephen Heanue. Front (l-r): Dermot Clancy, Shane Lydon, Danny King, Simon Heanue Joyce, Niall Black, Aidan Flaherty, Danny Sammon. Photo below: West Coast Utd and Galway Rovers from Boston mix before their recent friendly.

On Tour in U.K. Clifden Community School and West Coast Utd. combined forces in April to bring the under 14 soccer team to Manchester for a four day trip. The tour included taking part in the Bobby Charlton School of Football, attending the Man Utd. v Spurs game in Old Trafford, playing two games, a full day in Alton Towers, shopping, and the highlight-a tour of Anfield, home of Liverpool FC. Needless to say a fantastic time was had by all and it was really a trip to remember for all involved. May 2010

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Art & Antiques

Employment & Opportunities

Roundstone Ceramics in Michael Killeen Park, Roundstone is open daily 10am-5pm. We make a wide range of functional stoneware and unique hand decorated porcelain. We also make porcelain jewellery, all sold exclusively from our workshop. We welcome individual orders for commemorative pieces, house signs & original commissions. 095-35874. Prendergast Antiques. Lower Market St., Clifden. For that unique gift or special piece for your home why not peruse our extensive collection of antique furniture, silver, ceramics, collectibles, antique and reproduction glassware, prints, mirrors. Best prices, 32 county delivery, worldwide shipping, trade welcome. Phone 087-629-6195 anytime. Clifden Antiques & Irish Art. Station House Courtyard. 095-22230. 087-664-9845. clifdenantiques@eircom. net. Make your home beautiful by investing in wonderful Antiques & Art. It’s a great time to buy as prices have decreased considerably. Come in – you may be pleasantly surprised, it’s a chance to invest your money wisely.

Want to Join Avon as an Independent Sales Rep. Unlimited earning potential. No Costs involved to Start. Free Organizer gift with 1st order of €250.00 or more. Please contact either Maria Smyth on 087-263-8414 or Margaret Daniels on 086-816-1910.

Books, Periodicals & Cards

King’s Paper Shop. Main St, Clifden. 095-21119. Newspapers. Magazines. Lotto. Huge Card Gallery. Gifts. Sweets. Cigarettes. Colour photocopying and faxing. Our New Angelito Ice Cream Machine has arrived! Clifden Bookshop. Main St., Clifden. Offering a comprehensive range of titles with particular emphasis on local Connemara history, Irish literature, guide books, maps, memoirs and book tokens. Extensive range of books currently selling at parity. Best sellers/thrillers/biographies. Also stockists of artist’s materials, cards and stationery. Provides ordering and mail order service. 095-22020. Open Mon -Sat 10-5.30pm.


A la Carty Catering: For all your home catering needs contact Joe and Olive Carty. 095-22842. 087-260-5961.

Children’s Products

Brats of All Ages. Unit 1, Market St, Clifden. 095-22952. Berg Go Carts. Didi Cars. Games Workshop Agents. Childrens clothes, accessories, toys, communion and Irish dancing tiaras. Also pet baskets and accessories. Party decorations etc... only €1 per pack.


Cleaning Service: Cleaner available for holiday homes on Saturdays. Call or text for details. 087-064-5030.

Computers & IT

Education & Courses Do you need help writing or comprehending English? Confidential, Tailored Tutoring and Editing Services Available. Very Reasonable Rates. Will suit your schedule. Contact Patricia O’Toole (B.A., M.A.) on 087-771-7563.

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“Dusty Banjos” Trad session for beginners/improvers (adults). Learn tunes, play music with other people. Friendly relaxed atmosphere, slow pace. Suit all melody instruments. €5/night. Tuesdays 7.30pm – The Bens Music Shop, Clifden. Info – Heather: 095-44845. New faces always welcome! Martial Art classes at the Connemara Judo Academy in the West Connemara Leisure Center on Sundays. We cater for children from 7yrs to 14yrs, youth and adults 15yrs to 60yrs, Contact Paraic on 086-356-5590 or enrol on Sundays at 1pm. Yellow Door Expressive Arts Summer 8 week term starts May 10th one on one piano lessons €100; primary and standard one ballet €50; Standard two ballet €60; Junior Stage Door €60 and Stage Door Class €80. Hip Hop classes also available €50/€60.. Summer Term Production ‘Hoodwinked’, a comical fun version of Robin Hood to be performed in June. Call Elaine for more details 085-1544664 Special Saturday Art Workshop on Saturday 29th of May with Catherine Ryan. Exhibition of both her work and Emmelina Wallace’s. Launch on Friday 28th of May at 7pm. Pots of tea and live classical music from Arco Trio on the launch evening, all ages welcome, exhibition will be hung in the Yellow Door Studio until the end of June. Call Elaine for details on 085-154-4664. Shooting Lessons: From the complete novice to the most experienced gun with Shane Bisgood. Coaching for over 30 years in Ireland & the Americas. Call 086-279-5118 or email: Art Classes. Would you like to learn watercolour painting? One to one and small group classes available. Take a one off class or several. I can also come to your small group. Patricia Morrison. Derrigimlagh, Ballyconneely. 087-656-9255.

Farming Calf Dehorning and Tagging Service Available - Portable Gas Burner for calves aged 3 weeks - 3 months. Larger cattle also done under local anaesthetic with no pain or blood loss to the animal. Call Donal Staunton on 087-992-2301. An extensive range of animal feeds including the Red Mills and Gain brands now on sale at Clifden Fruit & Veg. Main Street, Clifden. 086-836-5864. Diamonds. Renvyle. 095-43486. For all your farming, building supplies & home heating needs. Hay, straw, bedding, cement, steel, blocks, stakes, fencing, animal feedstuffs, gates, posts, coal, briquettes, Eco-Logs, wood pellets, fertilizers and much more. May Specials: 18% E&L Ration €235. Beef Ration €220. Polish coal “Champion” €325/ tonne (25 x 40kg Bags). Briquettes €418/pallet (128 bales). Fertilizer now in stock. For the best prices & free delivery throughout Connemara call us today on 095-43486.

Advertise in the newspaper and online directories for €75+vat per year. Call 095-22888 or go to May 2010

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selling an extensive range of animal feeds. SuperValu Clifden. The Square, Clifden. 095-21182. Opening hours: Monday-Thursday/Saturday 8am-9pm. Fri 8am-10pm. Sunday & Bank Holidays 8.30am-7pm. An Bhean Feasa Health Store. Market St., organic wholefoods, nutritional supplements, herbs, natural remedies, organic face and body care. 095-30671.

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or call Helena on 086-809-5607. Hennelly Financial Services Ltd. T/A Hennelly Finance is regulated by the Financial Regulator. Bookkeeping & Accounts service for self employed and small businesses. Very experienced financial administrator is available for all your bookkeeping requirements. VAT/ PAYE/PRSI returns, payroll, monthly accounts etc. Contact: Marian Herriott 087-647-8303. email: mherriott4@ Cashel-Connemara Credit Union. Clifden Office relocation new premises beside Bank of Ireland from March 25. 095-21101. Cashel Office 095-31128. Therese Thornton, Solicitor, Clifden, Co. Galway. Professional, comprehensive legal service at reasonable rates. Call 087-262-5385 or email for advice or a quote with no obligation.

Gifts by Grace. Courthouse Square, Clifden. 095-22101. 25% off YANKEE candles fragrance of the month. Newgrange glasses [6] were €39.99 now €29.99. Lamps were €89.99 now €59.99. Canvas prints were €29.99 now €14.99. Newgrange Candle holders, set of 3, were €39.99 now €29.99. Garden table w/2 chairs now €149.99. Whistlestop “Gifts & Interiors”. Station House. 095-21532. 086-230-4210. www.whistlestop. ie. Design-led home accessories at affordable prices. Lamps, mirrors, throws, glassware sourced world-wide. Baby gifts including award winning Organics for Kids babygros and an eclectic range of jewellery & silverware. Wedding list & personal shopping source available. Broderick’s Electrical Centres. For the BIGGEST selection of electrical appliances and LCD TVs in the West. Lodge Road, Westport 098-28130. Moneen, Castlebar. 094-904-4735. Free Delivery to anywhere in Connemara.

Fashion, Shoes & Accessories Cottage Handcrafts. Moyard Connemara. 095-41029. Wrap yourself up in our traditional yet contemporary knitwear and jewelry collections, inspired by the local landscape, with a variety of subtle styles, textures and colours that reflect the ever-changing seasons. Stanley’s, Lower Market Street, Clifden. 095-21039. Stanley’s ½ Price Sale Room. Massive sale continues throughout May – Any 3 items €50 and our new 5 items for €50 sale rail. Belle Blu, Market Street, Clifden. 095-21321, Just arrived…”The Makeup Miser”, get 20% more out of your makeup with this ingenious new product! Exclusive in Ireland to Belle Blu. Loads of NEW costume jewellery and accessories in store! Beginners, Basic Jewellery Making Classes for all girls age 7 and up, €8 per class, Dates: May 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th at 10am in Belle Blu. Please call Lee at 087-410-4492 to book your place, each class is limited to 10. See in store for project list. Opening Hours: Weds. – Sat, 11-6 (closed for lunch 2-3) Remember you can always shop online at! Hehir’s Woolen Store, Market St, Clifden. 095-21282. Stocking an eclectic range of ladies & gents fashion & footwear- style and comfort at affordable prices. A personal service is guaranteed and a layaway service is on offer. Our range is updated every two weeks- all you need for Summer is now in stock - Join us on Facebook “Hehirs, Clifden” . La Femme Bleue. The Square. 086-129-5548. Jtmchantal@ 3rd Anniversary stock clearance sale - Saturday 8th May from 10am to 6pm – Felt bags, hats, summer dresses, scarves and much more… reduced to clear from only €10, €5 and €2. Anniversary offers throughout May, drop in and complete your outfit with some of our unique products! Ohh! By Gum. Station House Courtyard. 095-21334. 086-025-9568. ‘Ohh! By Gum has colour in abundance for this Spring/Summer. Call in and check out the new deliveries of fashion and childrenswear, plus the exciting new Debbie Bliss knitting yarns and pattern books. A free bag of sweets with every wool purchase this May!’

Information Services & Media Flowers Connemara Florist. Main St., Clifden. Monday -Saturday 10am-5.30pm - 095-21565 connemaraflorist@gmail. com - Fresh flowers for all occasions: birthdays, anniversaries, births, funerals and weddings. Great gift ideas - whatever your budget! Delivery throughout Connemara. We cater for all budgets!

Food, Wine & Country Markets

The Roundstone Country Market started on Sunday May 2nd. All local artisans and craftspeople. Ten stall holders selling cheese, breads, eggs, veg, pastries, crafts and jewellery. The future dates for the market are May 16th, June 6 and 20. Every Sunday in July and August. September 5. Hours 10am-3pm. Held at the Roundstone Community Centre carpark in the centre of Roundstone. For more info contact John Walsh on 095-41243. Connemara Hamper. Lower Market St., Clifden. Large selection of Irish and European farmhouse cheeses. Organic wines, fruit and vegetables. Freshly baked breads and baguettes. Gourmet lunches and Illy coffee to go. Open all year. Mon-Sat 10-5pm. 095-21054. Des Moran Family Butchers. Main Street, Clifden. 095-21232. Home of the national award winning sausages, white pudding and black pudding. Catering to all of your meat and poultry needs. Clifden Fruit & Veg. Main St., Clifden. 086-836-5864. Full selection of fruit and vegetable at great prices. Now

Financial / Legal

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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. Connemara AA. Tuesdays, Old School, Recess, 8.30 pm. Wednesdays, Clifden Day Centre, (behind the hospital) 8.30pm. Thursdays, Clifden Day Centre, 8.30pm. Fridays, Ellis Hall, Letterfrack, 9pm. Saturdays and Sundays, Clifden Day Centre 12 noon. Clifden Citizens Information Centre. Free and confidential service to the public. Galway Rd, Clifden. 095-22000 and 087-130-1100. Thurs 7pm-8pm. Friday 10.30am3.30pm. Connemara Community Radio. Letterfrack. 095-41616. Connemara View Newspaper. Clifden. 095-22888. AWARE Depression Support Group meetings take place at the FORUM Office (upstairs), Ellis Hall, Letterfrack on the 1st Thursday of every month at 8pm. Contact Margaret 095-21741 afternoons except Tuesday for more details.

Items for Sale or Rent

For sale – 24ft Cruiser/racer yacht, GRP hull, fin keel. 10hp yanmar diesel inboard, 5 sails plus spinnaker. €6,750.00. Contact 086-166-5278. Land Rover Discovery TD 5 SE. 2.5 diesel. Manual. 2004; Metallic Silver. Mileage: 100,000. One owner. 5 door. ABS. Leather upholstery etc. €8,000. Interested? Contact Eugene: 087-235-9129. Opel Astra Hatchback (00). Maroon, 98,000 miles, sunroof, cd player, electric windows, alloys. Fully serviced, 4 new tyres. €1,200. Contact 087-230-1022. Connemara Bouncing Castles for hire for all occasions, supplied with rain covers, delivered, erected and collected. 095-21219. Diamonds. Renvyle. 095-43486. Coal, briquettes, pellets, Eco Logs, sand, gravel. For coal & briquettes - Nobody beats our prices. Call today for a quote. Free delivery. Baby items for sale. Baby cot, baby changing unit, buggy with car seat, travel cot, toddler car seat. Everything in excellent condition. Contact Eileen on 087-653-2115. Top quality showroom kitchens for sale. Excellent condition. Electrical appliances included. Timber and corian worktops. For details contact Paul on 086-293-1819.

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Connolly’s Boarding Cattery near Rossaveal. Open all year for long or short stays. Designed for safety and comfort of cats following FAB guidelines. All cats must be vaccinated and males neutered. Tel. Maureen on 086-398-8179 or 091-572-000 or visit

Photography & DVD Services

Office Supplies & Photocopying Video Vault, Main Street, 095-22033. More than just movies – Now available A4 and A3 colour photocopying. Also available - Internet access, VHS / camcorder transfer to DVD, faxing, laminating and disc repair. Open 7 days until late. King’s Paper Shop. Main St, Clifden. 095-21119. A4 and A3 colour photocopying. Faxing. Laminating. Homeware Plus. The Square, Clifden. Office supplies at discount prices! 095-21348.

Professional Connemara based photographer available for all occasions. Weddings, family portraits, functions and corporate events. Ideal packages for wedding couples on a budget. Also specialises in pet photography. Text or call 086-046-5542 for rates and to view portfolio samples. Video Vault. Main St, Clifden. Call 095-22033. VHS to DVD transfer. Disc repair: 5 discs repaired for €10. Photos restored, rescued & reprinted. Have your photos digitally scanned, burned to CD, ready for print. Open 7 days unitl late.

Properties Apartment for rent in Moyard. 2 bedrooms with en suite, kitchen and dining area, living room, warm. All utilities included, reasonable rent, private separate entrance and parking. Call 087-770-2460 or 095-41082. Clifden: 2-bedroomed apartment to let. Town centre. All mod cons. Spacious and refurbished to a high standard. Responsible tenants sought. Minimum one-year lease. Available immediately. Contact 095-21066 (quote ref. K1). House for rent long-term on the scenic Sky Rd. Ocean view. Close to Clifden town. Private parking. 4 bedrooms (3 ensuite). Central oil heating. 2 open fires. 086-354-7513. Rooms to rent in town centre. New house, all mod cons. 086-837-7120. 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.

Organic Fruit & Veg Jagur Organic. Get your Organic Fruit and Vegetables from your local Organic Grower. Our produce is available in the Countryshop Letterfrack, Connemara Hamper and Duanes Fishmonger in Clifden. Look for our stall at the Clifden Market on Fridays. 095-44855.

Properties - BER Selling your house or renting long-term? Then you must have a Building Energy Rating. Contact Oliver Coyne today! 095-35813. 086-238-4195. olivercoyne@gmail. com. Listed on the SEI Register of BER assessors. Book now for your Building Energy Rating certificate which is compulsory for all homes for sale or rent from January 1st 2009. If you are buying or renting a new house or apartment now, you are entitled to a BER. BERs will be carried out by specially trained BER assessors, registered by Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI). Call Sinead at Matt O’Sullivan Estate Agents on 095-21066 or e-mail Listing properties for long term rental.

Pets, Animals & Ponies


Pony Riding Restorations Church-Castle and Monument. Architectural and ecclesiastical restoration and conservation. Our service: statues repair and repainting. Marble altar works. Stained glass windows. Outdoor statues. Towerbells and clocks. Fountains. Crypts. Church furniture. Stations of the Cross. Vestments. Chalices and monstrances. Grotto statues. Also sandblasting and metal engineering works etc. Nationwide service. Purchasing-Statue showroom. Michele Thierbach G.R.A.D. www. 091-556-735.

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Signs Traditional Irish sign writing by ‘Studio Nicholas Connemara’. Moycullen-Tullokyne. 091-556-735. 087-220-3898.

Taxi Service

Tender Notices Invitation to Tender -Modifications to Letterfrack National School – Project involves replacement of windows, doors and associated works. Closing date for applications Monday May 10th 2010. ASK Solutions. 095-43575/087-970-5348. See ad on page 4. Invitation to Tender -Modifications to Roundstone National School – Project involves modifications to toilets and replacement central heating. Closing date for applications Monday May 10th 2010. ASK Solutions. 095-43575/087-970-5348. See ad on page 4.

Trade Supplies & Services Alternative Energy & Plumbing

Airflow Renewable Energy Solutions, Ballybrit, Galway. Daikin air to water heat pumps. Ground source geothermal heat pumps. IVT heat recovery ventilation. Solar panels. System design & project support. Domestic & commercial. SEI approved. Cut your oil bill by two-thirds with solar powered water heating. Call Michael Carey for a free no obligation quote. Testimonials from satisfied customers available. SEI grants available. Carey Solar Powered Systems. Sky Rd. Clifden. 086-603-9299. Liam Shannon Plumbing & Heating Contractor. SEI Registered contractor for Home Energy Savings Scheme. Specialists in Oil, Gas & Renewable Energy Heating Systems. Solar Panels. Boiler Maintenance/Service.Sheeauns, Cleggan 086-248-8853.

Building Contractors & Supplies

Diamonds. Renvyle. 095-43486. For all your farming, building supplies & home heating needs. Hay, straw, bedding, cement, steel, blocks, stakes, fencing, animal feedstuffs, gates, posts, coal, briquettes, Eco-Logs, wood pellets, fertilizers and much more. See ad on page 15 for specials.

SEI Grant Approved Installer in Connemara. Call us on 087 14 2 14 14. Patrick & John Folan, Letterfrack.


Memorials/Headstones Headstones. Surrounds, cleaning, inscriptions. Mongan’s Stonecraft. Memorials-fireplaces-flagstone-signage. Derryinver, Letterfrack. 095-43473. 086-199-1988.


Painting and Decorating: Interior and exterior, timber floors sanded and varnished. Neat and tidy job guaranteed. Also offering garden and lawn maintenance service. Competitive rates. References available. Contact Johnny Coyne, Renvyle, 086-857-0302.

Plant Hire


Noel Connolly Plant Hire. Site work & land drainage. Top quality graded topsoil. Large volume of material available at €70 per load. Prices on extensions and renovations. Keenest prices around. C2 Reg. 095-23781. 086-247-6610.

Omey Tyres. Connemara’s 1st complete mobile tyre fitting centre. Recession Beater: Wholesale prices on new tyres. Best prices guaranteed. 24 Hour - 7 Days. Service throughout Connemara. Now stocking Wipers, Bulbs, Batteries and Oil. Contact Daniel Ryan on 095-44979 / 086-831-3462 or


The National Broadband scheme is rolling out in your area soon, for more info contact Frank 083-408-2480. Free to to air satellite service from Harrington Electrical Connemara. Full standard installation with box and dish €160. Hundreds of free to air channels. Call Paul on 087-144-1118. Wireless broadband. Aerial and satellite installation and repair. Peter Keane, Clifden. 095-21827. 087-668-7468.


Upholstery Service. Loose cover. Curtains. Blinds. Materials and swatchbooks available. Custom projects. Call Maurice or Agnes. 095-44902. 085-723-1774. 087-762-4983.


Connemara National Park, Letterfrack. Park Centre 095-41323, office, 095-41054. Guided nature walks. Connemara Pony information. Fun with nature for kids – strictly 5-10 year olds. Walks can cover rough, wet terrain – It is essential visitors have appropriate footwear and rainwear.


Website Design: Creative, professional and affordable websites by Cuán Mara Design, Letterfrack, Co. Galway. For pricing and to view portfolio visit www.cuanmaradesign. com. For a competitive quote phone Caroline Herriott on 086-079-1918 or email Two Dog Computer & Business Solutions. Visit our new retail office on Bridge Street. 095-22194. 086-404-3125. Website design and development.

Wedding Services

Vintage and modern cars available for weddings, social or corporate travel and airport transfers. Our rare and unique cars are fully PSV licensed and insured. Special midweek rates. Visit our website or call us on 091-506-896 or 087-990-2294. Wedding Videography by Pat Coyne. Professional, friendly service. Two camera operators digitally capture your big day while blending into the background. Portfolio of videos available for review. References available. Package includes 4 copies of the edited video. Packages to suit every budget. Renvyle, Connemara. 095-43756. 086-406-2394. email: Connemara Weddings. Music for your perfect day. Call Eithne on 095-43928 or 087-768-4921.

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Carpentry Newman Carpentry Services. All carpentry work undertaken by experienced tradesman. Fitted doors, kitchens, stairs, decking, built in wardrobes, PVC fascia and soffit, wooden floors, 2nd Fixing and general maintenance. Competitive rates – Display units made to order. Contact Paddy Newman on 086-316-5978 or 095-44931.

Gardening & Landscaping

Decorative garden stones and bark mulch delivered. Stonetech, Clifden. Call Seamus on 087-668-7437. Neighbourhood Gardening. Lawns mowed. Tidy beds and borders. Hoeing and weeding. Hedge planting and clipping. Lawns raked and seeded. Tree holes dug. Light pruning duties.Garden labour assist. Kerbing around lawn. Sleepers laid. Base for garden sheds. Compost areas created. Raised bed built. Fence posts replaced. Broken paving fixed. Stone pointing. Servicing all of Connemara. Contact Peter 087-147-3308. Homeware Plus. The Square, Clifden. Everything at discount prices! 095-21348. Gardening Pots, Boxes, Gloves, Tools & more from €1. Tree pruning, crown reductions, crown thinning, deadwood removal, tree removal, hedge cutting & chipping, est 1998. Alan Linnane. West Coast Tree Surgery. 086-284-8340. 3 for €15 Sale on Garden & Planting Products. Multipurpose Compost 75 litre bag. Moss Peat 100 litre bag. Mini Bark Chips 75 litre bag. John Innes Compost 75 litre bag. Brown Gold 75 litre bag. All products listed- 3 bags for €15. Clifden Fruit & Veg. Main St., Clifden. 086-836-5864. Open Mon-Sat 8:30am-6pm.


Connacht Gates Moycullen. Manufacturer of wrought iron gates domestic and commercial. Side gate, railings, balconies, stainless steel handrails, glass balustrades, customised stairs, fire escapes. Registered contractor. 091-868-803. 087-261-6947. Email:

Plastering & Tiling Tiler specialising in all types of floors & walls; Ceramic, mosaic, marble, terracotta, porcelain, slate, paving. Call for FREE quote & advice. Commercial & residential. Competitive rates, professional throughout. Paul Davis. Tel: 095-23803 Mob: 085-110-3035.

Sand, Gravel & Stone

Stonetech, Clifden. Call Seamus on 087-668-7437. The Original Bagged Sand Supplier. Soft & sharp sand, washed gravel & decorative chippings, Bark mulch. Corbett Stone. Natural Connemara Building Stone. 095-21744. 086-247-5619. Cut stone by the bag or hand picked at rock bottom prices. Any quantity. Flag stones for paving. Unusual shaped stones for your garden. Good quality topsoil by the truck load or 1 ton bags. Delivered promptly. Our prices won’t be beaten. Washed and graded sand and gravel. Decorative stone chippings in a variety of colours for pathways, driveways and patios. Choice gardener’s bark mulch. Free delivery to your door. See details in ad on page 13. Mongan’s Stonecraft. Derryinver, Letterfrack. 095-43473. 087-130-7752. 086-199-1988.



Connemara Seamless Gutters. Suppliers of roof line cladding and guttering systems. Over 17 years experience. Aluminum, UPvc. Wide range of colours. Free quotations. 095-41180. Gerry: 086-103-1053. Peter: 085-760-4130.


West Coast Insulation. Your local cavity wall and attic insulation specialists. Eco bead Platinum. The ONLY

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Errislannan Explorations Recorded The Errislannan peninsula is the site of a number of interesting recent archaeological recordings by Connemara archaeologist Michael Gibbons and fellow like minded colleagues and locals. While there is a cill or monastery near Errislanan manor, built by followers of St Flannan in early Christian times, to date, there have not been many archaeological monuments recorded in Errislannan, despite the area being relatively densely populated in recent centuries. Michael and friends had been recently scouring the landscape at low tide and exploring the lands around the ‘crumpaun’, a beautiful and sheltered inlet lagoon with a narrow mouth. In the grounds of Brooks’ Errislannan Manor house there is an old road running down the western end of the crumpaun which has two small quays and a nearby ruined house, sometimes called the poitín house. Along the shore an inter-tidal zone edges the tide, creating a small cove that can be seen from Clifden beach. The cove has been completely cleared of large boulders and the remains of a large quay between 30-40 metres in length and 3-4 metres in width can be seen at low tide. Describing the quay, Michael said “It is more than likely that it was the quay for the initial builders of the manor house which would have been replaced by the boat harbour or the new roads running into Clifden. It also probably went out of use fairly quickly as it would not have been used by other locals. At high tide the upper part of it is quite broken up, but at low tide it’s very visible and typically has a slipway on the sheltered eastern side with a shingle beach behind it. Once we saw it clearly, it’s as obvious as the nose on your face”. According to Michael, it was either built in the mid 19th century by the predecessors of the Heather family or possibly even before that in the late 18th to early 19th century. To the east there is a bathing house, another little 19th century ruin used by the Heather family, with the remains of an oyster midden just below it. A midden is where domestic refuse was disposed of at the shoreline and built up over a period of time. “While there was an oyster fishery there in the 19th century, what’s interesting about this one is that it probably predates that, as it’s quite well buried and sealed”, Michael explained. While there are a couple of small ones of these around Clifden Bay, they are

Fundraising Extravaganza Michael Kealy, a producer on The Late Late Show, held a monster fundraising concert for Irish charity Habitat for Humanity in the Abbeyglen Hotel in Clifden on Wednesday April 28th, showcasing the ever generous nature of Irish musicians and performers to get involved in fundraising for a good cause. Guest of honour on the night was The Late Late Show host himself Ryan Tubridy, who was happy to mingle for photos and chat with the large crowd in attendance. Frankie Gavin and Michelle Lally, Matt and Seán Keane and John O’ Halloran were among the many musicians who performed on the night

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quite rare in Connemara and so are of great interest to archaeologists. The earliest dated midden in the area is at Dunlochan, at Truskagh Bay on the far side of Mannin Bay which dates from around 1800 to 2000 BC. On walking further east along the shore heading towards the quay towards the end of Errislannan, there is a deserted landscape and a 19th century cleared landscape, with the remains of the ruined houses of possible evictees. On a pony path, also near the shore, there is also a small well and the pony trail cuts straight through the remains of a bronze age ‘fulacht fia’, a kidney or horse-shoe shaped mound of discarded burnt stone on top of a large trough. “It’s a classic fulacht fia about 10 yards above the shore. The eastern arc of the half of the trough still survives and is visible and this is the first definite prehistoric monument recorded on Errislannan”. Also visible at

the crumpaun at low tide is an intertidal peat bog containing an interesting example of a 400 year old forest with the tree stumps still visible in the peat. There are also a large number of vernacular 19th century quays in the area which would have been used by the people of the area in the 19th century including the residents of Drinagh House overlooking the crumpaun. “While many monuments have been discovered and recorded on the Sky Road on the opposite side of the bay over the years, this is the first time that the archaeological history and potential of the Errislannan peninsula has opened up in such a way, and it is exciting and fascinating to think of all the locations and discoveries out there still waiting to be mapped”, Michael concluded. Michael Gibbons, John Conneely and John Brittain at the recently recorded quay in Errislannan. Photo courtesy of Joe O Shaughnessy while superb dancing was provided by All Ireland sean nós champions Emma O’ Sullivan and Brian Cunningham, Steven Coohill and clog dancer Nathan Polowskie. Michael will travel to Northern Zambia in June to take part in a building project coordinated by Habitat for Humanity and said on the night “I am extremely grateful to the Abbeyglen for hosting the event and to all the fantastic musicians and guests for supporting the concert so generously”. For more information on Habitat for Humanity go to Photo below: Pictured at the habitat for Humanity Fundraising Concert in the Abbeyglen Hotel on April 28th were (l-r): Tim O’ Sullivan, Paul Hughes, John O’ Halloran, Emma O’ Sullivan, Paddy Reilly, Michelle Barry, Matt Keane, Brian Hughes and Carmel O’ Sullivan. Photo top right: (L-r): Fundraiser and organiser of the night, Michael Kealy with his brother John. Photo bottom right: Ryan Tubridy was delighted to have his photo taken with Steven Coohill who gave great dance performances during the night along with his fellow dancers and teacher Emma O’ Sullivan.

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Monastery Hostel, Letterfrack The village of Letterfrack on the N59 between Clifden and Westport has an interesting history. No doubt there would always have been some settlement in the area, but the founding of the present village goes back to the Famine and the pioneering

work of a Quaker couple, James and Mary Ellis from Bradford in England. The Quakers or Society of Friends had been very involved in famine relief and the reports of the various visiting Quakers, in particular that of James Hack Tuke would have affected many right minded people. James and Mary Ellis decided to do something about it and so, selling up in Bradford they moved to Letterfrack and leased close to 1000 acres of land from

Robert Graham from Keelkyle. They began the task of bringing the land into cultivation and creating work for the people of the area. Their house, which is now the Monastery Hostel, is described as a detached 7 bay single storey house above a raised basement, built in 1849. The building has an H-plan layout, with gables and limestone ashlar facade. It retains some original joinery and ceiling cornices and is set on an elevated site. The house was built within a couple of months of their arrival and everyone was amazed at how quickly it was constructed. Although it was built on a hillside, James managed to clear the site using gunpowder. The house measured 49 ft long, 24 ft wide and 13 ft high and was built over a basement or semi-basement. They also built a shop, dispensary, meeting house, and temperance hotel. With these buildings and probably a number of houses, the village took its present form. The people of the area flocked to Letterfrack as there was plenty of work with a steady income and a fair landlord. The land was drained and fertilised and trees and gardens planted. You can well imagine the hardships which had been part of daily life in the West of Ireland going back many years, never mind the added hardships caused by the Famine. The conditions were bleak and many people had left the area, but now there was a ray of hope and people would cling to any hope in

A Slice of Old America

Every year at about this time I get asked the same question, “Any boats?”, and the criteria is always the same; something seaworthy, easy to transport and most of all affordable. Often too busy working on other people’s boats and not being able to afford any time, ‘No’ was the reply. That was of course, until this year. After the Volvo Ocean Race, things got very quiet, very quick, so I looked at my options

and decided to take on a FÁS Business Appraisal and Start Up programme to check the feasibility of a Small Craft Production Company. I had to look at my potential customer needs and come up with a suitable product range. The Canoes, Kayaks, Yacht Tenders and Paddle Boards were all pretty straightforward and would always have their enthusiasts, but what about the average Joe, who’s not into any of the above and just wants to head out on the water and drop a line over the side? There the search began. I went through the design books slowly, combing the small craft that would fit the above criteria. I was asking a lot and I couldn’t find anything suitable so I decided to give the design books a miss and talk to marine architect Paul Fisher. I told him what I was looking for, and he said I’d be best looking at something like an ‘Old American Banks Dory’. Old American? I remember arguing the principles of boat design in pubs that were older then the country, but I never really put ‘old’ and ‘American’ into the same sentence.

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order to stay in their own place. The Ellis’s offered this hope but it must also have been fairly bleak for James and Mary Ellis and the family themselves. Try and put yourself in their place; they swapped a comfortable life in an English city for life in one of the most remote areas you could find. They had little if any knowledge of farming, particularly in the harsh conditions of Connemara, but they had an interest in people and helping in any way they could. No doubt they got much help from other Quakers who would visit the area on a regular basis. These visiting friends would report back to the Society and any shortcomings in expertise or materials could be forwarded to them. They were also living in an area of established landlords and their arrival and social attitudes might have been looked upon with some suspicion in the big houses of the area. Their religious beliefs would have been at odds with both Catholic and Protestant landlords and clergy. It appears that they had no problems with any of the churches or landlords, on the surface at any rate. What might have happened if the Ellis family had stayed is an intriguing question, but unfortunately due to ill health James sold up and the family moved back to England in 1857. The short few years which James and Mary Ellis spent in Letterfrack had taken its toll on the family, but it had given something special to Letterfrack, something which carries on to this day. The property was bought by John Hall, a supporter of the Irish Church Missions. In 1882, the property was purchased by the Archbishop of Tuam who invited the Christian Brothers to establish St Joseph’s

However, one of my boatbuilding mentors was an avid fan of Herreshoff, one of the greatest classic yacht designers, who happened to come from Rhode Island. So I ‘Googled’ Paul Fisher’s idea to see what kind of boats came up and that was it- the ‘Grand Banks Dory’. The Grand Banks Dory mainly originated in Gloucester, Massachusetts, first used for fishing in and around the 1850’s. Sadly, the town of Gloucester is now remembered as the home port of the ‘Andrea Gail’ that foundered on that night of ‘The Perfect Storm’ in October 1991. The Gloucester men knew the sea and knew the potential weather they were getting into and so their designs followed suit; flat bottomed and slab sided, the Dory had a signature steeply raked tombstone shaped transom. The Dories ranged from 16 to 30ft or more LOA, with the larger ones carrying sail and lee boards. It was one of larger that made a cameo appearance under the helm of Captain Jack Sparrow ( Johnny Depp) as he sailed into Port Royal on the opening scenes of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl’. Hollywood aside, the boats were light, portable and easy to build. More importantly, they were very stable in rough weather and due to the raked transom, could handle a following sea very well. The boats were designed to be stacked inside each other like fish boxes and then loaded on a fishing schooner which acted as a mother ship that made its way to the rich cod fishing grounds of the Grand Banks. Once at the Grand Banks, the dories were manned and lowered over the side and each Dory would brave the weather and the swells. Due to the Dories’ slab sided design, they could carry weight very well, and became even more stable under a load of anything up to a half a ton. The Grand Banks Dory became notorious for its seaworthiness and many stories came back of great feats of survival from fishermen who got separated from their mother ships in adverse weather. One of the more famous stories was of a man named Howard Blackburn. After getting separated from his mother ship in a January storm in 1883, he immediately made for shore, fighting high winds and freezing conditions. With no food or water and bad frostbite, Blackburn battled on and made it into

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Industrial School for Boys and the school was opened in 1886. The Ellis house then became the Monastery for the Brothers. It was to remain in this role until the reformatory closed in 1973. At first the school, although tough was giving opportunities for the boys to learn trades and skills. The workshops which the Ellis’s had built were used to teach ironwork, leatherwork, tailoring, carpentry and many other crafts. A bakery and farm was also part of the establishment and offered work for the local community as well as further training for the boys. Unfortunately the system also allowed for cruelty and abuse and only now, many years after the closing of the school is this abuse coming into the open. In 1978 the complex was bought by Connemara West, a local Community Development Group and a new chapter was opened for the old buildings. The School buildings became the Connemara West Centre and contained the offices of the company and many other local groups,and eventually the renowned Furniture College, which is run in partnership with GMIT. The farm buildings and lands are now part of Connemara National Park. The Monastery itself is now a popular tourist hostel. It also plays a role in the community as a venue for music sessions during the many arts and environmental festivals which take place in the area. The many uses to which the building was put are evident to this day, but it is lovely to stand outside and look at the wonderful scenery in front and out over the now fully mature trees of Ellis Wood. Breandan O Scanaill

Newfoundland five days later. Today he’s remembered in the Blackburn Challenge, a twenty mile rowing race through open water around Cape Ann. This is the role the infamous Grand Banks Dory fills today; recreational rowing and fishing. The last of the Dory Schooners made its final commercial fishing voyage in 1969. Over time the design of the Dories has never changed but the construction materials of caulked planking on frame has been upgraded to Ply/ Epoxy, which reduces the building time even further and reduces the annual maintenance. I bought the lofting plans in a Jim Bolger publication off the internet and set to work on the prototype. The build was un-complicated and painless with no hang-ups or errors and after forty hours the boat was done. Averaging the cost of the materials and the construction time I could retail these very inexpensively. On the clear crisp evening of Christmas Eve the 16ft Gloucester Banks Dory was lifted onto the roof rack of the car and taken to the slipway at Clifden Pier. On a low tide, the Banks Dory was launched in nine inches of water and drew next to nothing. It wasn’t until I reached the first marker that I could let the oars dip long and deep and feel the hull glide over the winter calm. It rowed beautifully. Three days later I had the rowing and the stability technique down and venturing further and further I rowed it out past the White Lady to see if it handled the swells as well as it was documented. Somewhere out past Errislannan and Mannin Bay, between that and the rocks of Carrigaroon, in the slow rolling swell of the East Atlantic, I was not disappointed. In the silence my thoughts went to the likes of Howard Blackburn and I wondered how many currach men of Connemara made the trip across the pond and found themselves earning a living rowing one of these “currachs” of the eastern American seaboard. Now as Summer edges closer I often head out packing a fishing rod and as the occasional high powered boat blasts by, I wonder how fast do you have to be going to miss the point altogether? The Dory handles the wake and the intrusion well and settles back down to the calm. Kicking back and taking in the quiet, I think of the journey that got me here. Hmmm….recession, what recession? Mark O’ Hara

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MAY Horoscopes Aries (Mar 21 Apr 20): Get ready for action this month. Things will get under way and you need to be ready. Taurus (Apr 21 – May 20): HAPPY BIRTHDAY! It’s a month for celebrating so do your birthday up with style and enjoy the fun. Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21): HAPPY BIRTHDAY! It’s time for you to step into the role that you have been preparing yourself for. Cancer ( Jun 22 – Jul 22): Patience is a virtue and you have been patient, but you will have to wait a bit longer. Leo ( Jul 23 – Aug 23): Good things are coming your way this month Leo, just sit back and see what happens. Virgo (Aug 24 – Sep 22): You can and will achieve all that you put yourself towards this month so make the most of it. Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 23): Take stock of all the good things that you have in your life and don’t worry about the things you don’t have. Scorpio (Oct 24 – Nov 22): Trust in yourself to be your best guide this month. Whatever the old gut says, trust it. Sagittarius (Nov 23 – Dec 21): Don’t let the talk of others affect you. What they have to say does not matter in the long run. Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 20): It’s time for you to strike a balance in your life. Don’t lean too heavily on any one area. Aquarius ( Jan 21 – Feb 19): Not sure what to do next, go back to the basics and ask yourself is it “right” or “wrong”. Pisces (Feb 20 – Mar 20): Spend this month with family and loved ones; keep those closest to you by your side.

Tarot The Hanged Man represents a lack of control that is necessary in order to achieve what you wish. The 5 of Swords indicates that a battle will be fought and you will win but at an unexpected price that you do not want to pay.The 10 of Wands indicates that the work will be completed and you will reap the rewards in the end for all of your efforts.

runes The blank rune is all about trust so at this time you must take no action and trust that everything will be ok. The challenge comes from a new beginning without any clear path to follow. Standstill is the rune of withdrawal.

“You must go within to learn more about YOU ”

Ma y D V D R e le a s e s Avatar tells of a future conflict between resource-guzzling humans and the indigenous inhabitants of the planet Pandora: the Na’vi. Paraplegic marine Jake volunteers to become an Avatar who then falls for the Na’vi princess, Neytir, forcing him to choose sides when the conflict escalates into full-blown war. Sherlock Holmes: On a quest to solve a string of mysterious and brutal murders, Sherlock Holmes and his trusted ally Watson plunge into a world of dark arts and startling new technologies, where logic and a good right hook, are the best crime fighting weapons. Tenderness: Lori is an audacious teen who’s endured years of abuse from her mother’s conveyor belt of boyfriends. She’s developed an unhealthy obsession with Eric Poole, a high school student

who was sent to prison for killing his parents and after hearing that the murderer is to be released, Lori runs away to find him. St. Trinians 2 - The Legend of Fritton’s Gold: A rollercoasterstyle treasure hunt for the legendary Fritton’s Gold ensues as they face their most fearsome establishment rivals yet, but the feisty and ever-resourceful girls of St Trinians are undeterred in their mission to outwit the villainous Pomfrey and his sidekicks. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll: A biography of Ian Dury who was stricken with polio at a young age and defied expectations by becoming one of the founders of the punkrock scene in 1970s Britain. Video release report courtesy of Video Vault. Main Street, Clifden. 095-22033.

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Full Moon was on Wednesday April 28th. In early May, as it wanes to gibbous, it rises later every evening and sets just after sunrise. New Moon is at 01:04 UT on Friday May 14th. The new crescent could be visible in the north-western sky at sunset that same day, or any evening onwards. It stays up later each evening. Full Moon occurs at 23:07 UT on Thursday May 27th, in Scorpius, just to the right of the bright star Antares. At this phase, the Moon is on the opposite side of the sky to the Sun; so it rises at sunset, shines all night and sets at sunrise the following morning. Then, as it wanes to gibbous again, it goes on rising later every evening and setting later every morning. Mercury is at its greatest distance west of the Sun in late May. But it rises only minutes before the Sun; we’re unlikely to see this little guy all month. Venus is visible in the W sky as soon as it starts to get dark and doesn’t set in the NW until late in the evening. The “Evening Star” is so brilliant, it can be seen even against a bright twilight sky. Relative to the stars, Venus is moving rapidly eastwards. It leaves Taurus and crosses into Gemini on May 19th, heading a little below the “Twin” stars of Gemini. But Venus far outshines any stars. On the evening of Saturday May 15th, the narrow crescent Moon will appear to the lower right of Venus, about 7 degrees away. The following evening, the Moon will be a similar distance to the left of Venus. Mars is high in the SW sky at dusk, and it doesn’t set in the NW until the sky starts to brighten towards dawn. Relative to the stars, Mars is moving steadily southeastwards out of the constellation of Cancer into Leo, heading directly towards Regulus (the brightest star in Leo). The “Red Planet” actually shines with a steady orange glow and it appears brighter than most of the nearby stars. On the evening of Wednesday May 19th, the wide crescent Moon will be to the lower right of Mars, about 8 degrees away. Jupiter is rising at dawn and we may glimpse it very low in the SW just before the Sun rises. The giant planet is less brilliant than Venus, but can still be seen even against a brightening sky. Relative to the stars, Jupiter is moving slowly NE out of Aquarius and into Pisces. Early on the morning of Sunday May 9th, the waning Moon will appear to the upper right of

Jupiter, about 7 degrees away. Saturn is well up in the southern sky at dusk and doesn’t set until just before sunrise. At dusk, it’s about the same height above the horizon as Mars and about the same brightness; but Saturn is some 40 degrees further left and shines with a whiter light. Relative to the stars, Saturn is almost stationary this month, at the western end of Virgo, midway between the stars Regulus and Spica and slightly brighter than either of them. In the telescope, Saturn’s rings form a very narrow oval, 43 arc-seconds wide but less than 2 arc-seconds high, since we are viewing them nearly edge-on. The disc of the planet itself is about 19 arc-seconds across and may show some faint banding. Many of Saturn’s moons may also show up; the largest and brightest one is Titan. Titan will be immediately south of Saturn around May 1st and 17th, 3 arc-minutes to the east around May 5th and 21st, immediately north of the planet around May 9th and 25th and about 200 arc-seconds to the west around May 13th and 29th. On the evening of Saturday May 22nd, our own gibbous Moon will appear immediately below Saturn, eight degrees away. Meteors: On any clear night, we can see the occasional random meteor, as tiny specks of interplanetary débris burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere. At certain times of the year, the Earth travels through a cloud of this dust and we get a meteorshower. However, there are no significant meteor-showers for northern-hemisphere observers in May. Noctilucent Clouds: Late May is the time to start looking out for Noctilucent (“Night-Shining”) Clouds. These are beautiful, high-altitude clouds that form only occasionally and only for a few weeks around midsummer. Being so high up (over 80 km above the ground), NLCs are still in sunlight, even in the middle of the night. When ordinary clouds appear dark, or at best have a pink sunset glow, NLCs shine with a clear, blue-white light. They are formed of tiny ice-crystals and they have a sharply-defined structure, quite unlike the fluffy texture of most lowaltitude clouds which are made of water droplets. NLCs often exhibit a rippled pattern, like the marks left by waves on the beach. They are usually seen low in the northern sky. In late May, the best time to look for them is around 11:30 to midnight. John Claro

Rented Property Tax Due

have made representation to Government for this to be allowable. Stephen Faughnan, the Chairman of the IPOA said that “There are issues that need to be addressed to bring balance to this legislation; the charge should be allowable as an expense and there should be a cap of €400 for houses in bed-sit/studio accommodation.” Currently, a typical house in 6 single units has to pay a total of €1,200 compared to a similar house let on a sharing basis to 6 people where the charge is €200. The first payment of the charge was due last September and it was due again on the 31st March last. The latest date for payment is the 30th June. It can be paid on line at or paid to the local authority in the location of the rental property. For further information please contact Margaret McCormick on (01) 827 6000 or email

The Irish Property Owners Association (IPOA) has had numerous enquiries in recent weeks about the Non Principal Private Residence liability. Owners who have a property let in the private rental market are liable for the charge, unless the letting is under the Rental Accommodation Scheme. As a self assessment tax, it is up to owners to pay the tax and not wait for a bill. The consequences of non-payment of this tax are horrendous -an owner with one property who was unaware of the tax and had not paid their liability would have to pay over €13,000 in penalties after a 10 year period, not to mention the original €2,000 which would still have to be paid. Currently, this €200 charge is not allowable against tax as an expense and the IPOA

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May Bogman 60


9 Moral principle received from Elizabeth 1 courtier. (5) 10 Rearrange it or a predictable proportion may be exposed. (5) 11 It doesn’t sound well for errors to be disclosed thus, in parentheses. (3) 12 How a physician might get around a bird with great legs who might be reluctant? (5) 13 Casanova is less harebrained about a Gulf State. (9) 14 From a religious leader I already know it’s a logical consequence. (1,6) 15 Will owner’s meddling improve the situation? No. In fact, quite the opposite! (6) 17 By including a wad of money, can one make provision for overheads for a rainy day? (6) 18 You can put money on it – sweet Mr Robinson, though a fighter, will let you down. (6) 21 Might finally have to turn to the alternative in the remainder. (6) 23 Indulge in pretence about alternative, as it’s not native. (7) 27 Bins green salad on offer as starters? (9) 29 Judged speed to approach 500. (5) 30 Could flower of the country of 7 Down tail off to nothing? (3) 31 Not at all pleased - at finding vermin inside, that is. (5) 32 Brush around plant in the garden? (5)


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1 Drive round a great composer. (5) 2 Letting me pet shark is crazy in places like aquariums, zoos, etc. (5,5) 3 The art of leading the Miners’ Strike in the 80s. (8) 4 Put up reward for one that can be drawn out of a chest. (6) 5 Though very small, they play a most complex role in the matter. (5) 6 Carried nothing to a foreign land? (6) 7 She is twice as venerated as her brother’s wife in olden times. (4) 8 Deliver notes about vehicle with frightening meaning. (7) 16 Butchers displaying merriment amongst the meat-hooks? (10) 19 You can change either so you can speculate as to the result. (8) 20 Supply musicians with guns so as to surround a member. (7) 22 Went off and managed the detectives? (6) 24 An item of fine food included in Viceroy’s terrific meal. (6) 25 Would sound as if one cared about it. (5) 26 Used to rebuild abode in Mexico. (5) 28 Old gaolbird coming up with a splendid show. (4)


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I am a farmer but my income from farming has reduced a good deal over the past year. Can I get any help? You may qualify for Farm Assist. Farm Assist is a means-tested social welfare payment for farmers paid by the Department of Social and Family Affairs. It is similar to Jobseeker’s Allowance, but has a different means test. In addition, you do not need to be available for work to qualify. To qualify you must be a farmer, farming land in the State, aged between 18 and 66 and satisfy a means test. The means test takes account of virtually every form of income but assesses it in different ways and disregards various amounts. Different rules apply to income from farming; other forms of self-employment; income from schemes such as the Rural Environmental Protection Scheme (REPS); income from employment; and income from property and capital. If you have dependent children, €254 per year for each of the first two dependent children and €381 per year for each subsequent child are deducted from your means from farming and from self-employment. The difference between your assessed weekly means and the appropriate weekly amount of social welfare payment is the amount of Farm Assist payable. You can keep your Farm Assist payment until you are 66 provided you continue to farm and continue to satisfy the means test. You do not have to visit your local social welfare

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1. Friendly pooch (6, 7) 10. Kneecap (7) 11. Celtic’s arch rivals (7) 12. Recedes (4) 13. Long-legged bird (5) 15. Molten rock (4) 17. Informing rodent (3) 19. Metamorphosed limestone (6) 21. Flogged (6) 22. To cut a long story short (2, 5) 23. Mugged (6) 25. Superior house (3, 3) 27. Zero (3) 29. Crowning glory (4) 30. Computer’s communicating device (5) 31. Used for galvanizing metal (4) 34. Necessitates (5, 2) 35. Dizzying sensation (7) 36. Extremely hard of hearing (2, 4, 2, 1, 4)


2. Tenth month (7) 3. Type of seaweed (4) 4. Optical scanner (6) 5. Colourful bird (6) 6. Not any (4) 7. Facial hair (7) 8. Boy racer maybe (5, 8) 9. Very thin on top (2, 4, 2, 1, 4) 14. Violent robbery using vehicle (3-4) 16. Extraterrestrial (5) 18. Thin biscuit (5) 20. Terminate (3) 21. Was first (3) 24. Popular Irish liqueur (7) 26. Dried grapes (7) 27. Have a kip (3, 3) 28. Departs (6) 32. Island (4) 33. Stumble on tour (4)

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office or ‘sign on’ to claim Farm Assist. You apply for Farm Assist by completing the application form Farm 1, which you can get from the Department’s website at or your Social Welfare Local Office. You send the completed application form with the relevant certificates and documents to your Social Welfare Local Office (SWLO). Contact your SWLO or call the Department of Social and Family Affairs Information line at 1890-662-244 for more information. Further information is available from Clifden Citizens Information Service which provides a free and confidential service to the public.Tel: 095 22000 & 087 1301100 / Email: clifden@citinfo.ieAddress: c/o VEC, Statoil Apartments, Galway Road, Clifden. OPEN: Thursday 7pm to 8pm, Friday 1030am to 330pm (outside those hours, you can contact Declan on 087-1311-00). Information is also available online at and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, Lo-call 1890-777-121.

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What Do You Know? Quiz 19

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Send your answers to Connemara View, Clifden, Co. Galway, e-mail to or drop to the Drop Box at King’s Paper Shop, Main St, Clifden. Geography: How many states and mailand territories constitute Australia? History: After which war were adoption records sealed to the public? Sport: Ireland and Wales joined this tournament in 1880? Math: Thales, Pythagoras and Plato studied where? Science: Who was the first known person to propose a heliocentric model of the solar system? Food: These tribes are said to be responsible for introducing the word “pasta” to the Italians? General Knowledge: The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood how many feet? Music: What national anthem was performed the most times in a single performance? Art: A chessboard is based on what design? Entertainment: What famous actress/ model had six toes on one foot? Literature: When was the first volume of recipes published and by whom? Irish Interest: Mike Morgan of Co. Donegal has been crowned Irish champion of what sport?

April Quiz Answers Geography: Name the Capital city of the only South American Country that borders the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Ocean. Bogota, Colombia index;ylt=Asxg5h6a_mwXEPeK9uPDQtojz KIX;ylv=3?qid=20071106200148AAZ8GbV History: This decorating practice has been around for over five-thousand years. Feng Shui http://home.ivillage. com/decorating/fengshui/0,,9nlb,00.html Sport: The International Rugby Board has a membership of how many? 22 sports/rugby_union.html Maths: How many prime numbers are there? An infinite amount http:// ffiles/20001.5.shtml Science: What secretes FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone)? The Pituitary Gland http:// Food: What fruit was a fertility symbol to many ancient cultures The Pomegranate cookhistory.htm General Knowledge: A person of this profession invented the electric chair? A Dentist Politics: By what name was Mao Tsetung’s purge on liberal dissidents in China between 1966 and 1969 known? The Cultural revolution. http://www. Music: Who invented the CD and when? James Russell, 1965. http://inventors. Entertainment: In which year was the Rose of Tralee first televised? 1967 cfm?quiz=315906 Literature: Who invented the word “assassination” and “bump”? Shakespeare. Irish Interest: In which year was there no Irish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest? 1983

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What wonderful weather we have had over the past month; everything has started to bloom very well. The trees are all in leaf and the grass beginning to grow. The fact that we have had so little wind and rain has been a bonus for flowers like tulips and daffodils, and they have performed better than usual. Their full flowers hate rough elements as these conditions knock them over, but when the sun shines they hold their heads up straight. It has been wonderful to see so many bees flying to their bright colours. I know that there are many options as to what should be done with bulbs when they finish flowering. I go for the simple way; I leave them in the ground. I let the flowers and leaves die away naturally, this is especially important in the case of daffodils. One drawback to the good weather was the need to be out and busy. A lot of people overdid the work and suffered pains and aches. It is obviously difficult to resist the urge to get gardening, but it is important to start slowly, allowing your muscles to adapt to the strain which you are putting on them. It is better to do a little often, rather than too much all at once.

Bog Gardens I have been thinking about bog gardens a lot recently. If the New Zealand weather guru is correct we will be thinking of wet conditions throughout the summer, so maybe it is timely. We look all around us and we see nature putting on a

lingua or water buttercup and Trapa natans or water chestnut, which has very striking leaves. Around the edge of the pool, you can plant marginal plants. Rushes and iris would fit into this category. There are some very striking plants including Butomus umbell (atus) or flowering rush, Pontederia cordata or pickerel weed, which have spikes of blue flowers. Ligulularia are most striking but need a fairly well drained section. Rodgersia aesculus is another striking plant; both of these need plenty of room and should be placed at the back of the bog garden as they grow very tall. Hostas are another excellent plant for moist conditions, there are dozens of varieties and you will have to check them out yourself, to select the ones you like. A word of warning about hostas; slugs and snails love them. Astilbes and primulas are other plants which thrive in the bog garden. Care is also needed if you are planting an area of a natural stream, on which you are planting exotic plants. If this stream is leading to a larger river or lake, you could cause problems further down the line. We are all becoming more aware of garden escapes and invasive species; remember that the wonderful Gunnera was once a much treasured exotic garden plant.


display, no matter how wet the area is. Pools and lakes are filled with water lilies, white with yellow centres, like fried eggs floating on the water. Rushes and yellow iris surround the lake, some even standing in the water; bog bean and marsh marigolds contrasting both colour and form and further back you have the heathers and gorse. In the garden we can recreate that scene, but we also have a host of other plants to work with. If you don’t have a pond, and would prefer not to build one, that is okay. Pick a low lying part of the garden, or dig out a higher piece of ground, lay some plastic on the ground and put the soil back on top. It doesn’t matter if there are a few holes in the plastic, as you are trying to create damp soil rather than waterlogged. If the area is large, you could place a few stepping stones in the soil. Make sure that they are well placed and steady. If you want to include a pond, dig one area deeper than the other parts and line this with a strong butyl liner, or cement. One of those preformed ponds could also be used. No matter which you use, make sure that the ground is firm and free from sharp stones or other debris. I would recommend that you line the pool site with old carpet, newspaper and cardboard. Fill with water. When your ground works are complete, the fun begins: the planting. As I mentioned, water lilies make a great display. Check the depth requirements for these, as there are types which have to be planted in shallow water, while others need depth. The common bog bean is also a great plant for the water. There are a number of more unusual water plants, including Orontium aquaticum or golden club, Rancunculus

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Now is the time for your containers. I have covered this topic fairly well before, but it is no harm to look at the basics. Ensure your containers are clean and sound. After the hard winter, there may be cracks in pots which could finally break causing injury to you or someone else. Add a good layer of stones or broken crocks for drainage, mix in a good compost, try layering plants, perhaps plant dahlia tubers or gladioli corms fairly deeply, then add a small tree or shrub or large herbaceous plant. This main plant has to be in proportion to

Super Valu Photo Contest April Winner The winner of the Kavanagh’s SuperValu photo competition for April was Patrick Howard of Clifden with his ‘April Fool’. A fantastic prize of a €50 shopping voucher is on offer each month for the winning photo judged best on that month’s theme. The winning entries will be displayed in SuperValu Clifden and on The theme for May is ‘Green Connemara’. Environmental issues or anything that depicts or represents a ‘green’ or eco friendly scene or idea will be welcomed by the judges, but as always the themes are open to interpretationso think creatively and start snapping! Photos must be original, have not been previously published and be relevant to Connemara. Please keep copies of photos as they will not be returned. The competition is open to entrants of all ages. Entries may be dropped

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the container. Then add bedding plants. Don’t forget a few seeds so that something else will appear later. Like all gardening, you want to keep a few surprises. Water well. This is the key to successful containers; they need plenty of watering and occasional feeding. Moss on lawns can be a problem at this time of the year. If it is not bad, the easiest way to remove it is to rake it off. I wouldn’t put it on the compost heap, so I throw it under bushes where it won’t be seen. If the problem is major, you can treat it chemically. There are a number of products available and as with any chemical, follow the instructions to the letter. Of course I like some of my moss, and I find that once you start cutting the grass a lot of the problem goes away.

Connemara Garden Trail Finally, a lot of people are only starting their gardens, and are wondering about what can be planted here in the ‘wilds of Connemara’. The answer to that is a huge range of plants. It is a good idea to visit local gardens and see what can be grown. The gardens which are open are part of the Connemara Garden Trail. Contact me for details on these gardens, 095- 21148 orbreandanoscanaill@ Happy gardening Breandan O Scanaill to the Photo Competition Box next to the express till at SuperValu Clifden, posted to Connemara View, Clifden, Co. Galway or e-mailed to (approx1Mb in size).

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Blazing Reflections I had a disconcerting experience this April, in fact, one of many as I watched vast tracts of Connemara land crackle, burn and smoulder as gorse, bog, mountain and forest fires devastated the countryside we all live in. As large pieces of ash landed on my car windscreen just outside of Clifden, I thought of how I would prefer it to be the volcanic ash that disrupted the whole continent this month just gone, rather than the remains of much of the forests, trees and wildlife of Connemara. Like many others, I sat in my car and watched in disbelief as an entire bog and hill blazed away before my eyes in a matter of minutes between Moyard and Cleggan Cross on the night of Tuesday April 21st. The next morning I watched a helicopter dropping water amid desperate attempts to prevent the whole of the Moyard forest from going up, but with the sinking suspicion that this was badreally bad. And so it continued for days, with the severely overextended fire services stretched to yet another limit, already exhausted from days of fighting fires to protect people’s homes and lives. Errislannan was already scorched; the surroundings of the Alcock & Brown memorial a black and desolate landscape. The Bog Road to Roundstone was closed on the Wednesday night that week as fire fighters battled to stop the spread. What I saw the following morning resembled a post-apocalyptic scene; smouldering bog as far as the eye could see, with scorched sheep searching for grass patches amongst the smoke. A fire raged in Oughterard for five whole days and nights before being brought under control, only for many more to be reported subsequently. I heard of a private forest owner in tears, watching as a life’s work, wood that had taken 20 years to grow, took just 20 minutes to burn. The burning of gorse has been common practice in this country for a very long time and will doubtless continue to be. The challenge of farming in Connemara has always been difficult and it is the right of people who farm to manage their land. This can be done to some extent by permitted and properly controlled burning. What is not permitted is the burning of vegetation between March 1st and August 31st, but it is a rule that seems to be interpreted as a guideline rather than a law by many. It is obvious to everybody that it is flouted far too often and without punishment. Events like this are confusing. Nobody wants to admit that many of these fires could have been started deliberately because it cannot be proven. Yes, the ground was as dry as kindling after unusual weather conditions this year including the hard winter, but does anybody really believe that all of this destruction was accidental? I understand the hesitance to report a fire set by a neighbour or someone you know. I also understand the concern of the cost that would be incurred by calling out the Fire Brigade. But I do not understand lighting a fire while knowing the state of the ground and then either leaving the scene to avoid being caught, or failing to act before it gets out of control. Not only is it supremely selfish, but it endangers the homes and lives of both people and animals nearby. There were countless appeals by the Fire Services, Gardaí and other authorities to desist from lighting fires of any kind outdoors in the time period concerned and to no avail. While there were undoubtedly accidental fires, or blazes that were unintended to go out of control, those who wanted to burn land would simply not resist doing so. Regrowth will happen in the burned areas as nature takes its course. That is the desired effect of burning gorse and scrub to clear land. Sadly it seems that unless a family are burnt out of their home or a life is lost, or basically until someone suffers financially, the environment can just take the hit. We should all be grateful for the tireless and selfless

work of our local Fire Brigade, without whose round the clock efforts, the above worst case scenarios would surely have happened. If scenes like the ones that occurred in this past month are not to reoccur in future years however, we as individuals need to accept some truths about this practise. If done properly, with supervision by the fire brigade if necessary, then gorse burning can be an acceptable and effective way of improving the land. The alternative is the destruction that raged through Connemara recently - and as long as the attitude of knowing silence and accepted resignation persists, we could see this happen again. The difference we can make is by choosing to speak up when enough is enoughand this year, we have certainly had enough. Catherine Pryce, Connemara View News Editor

Letters to Editor More refuse on road

Dear Editor, Further to Mr Robert Canavan’s letter in the April edition of Connemara View, I have to agree with what he had to say regarding the state of the road to Clifden; it really is disgusting! I moved here just over a year ago and I am presently living at Clifden Glen, and I generally enjoy the twenty minutes walk to and from town, come rain or shine. I am a Dubliner who has always loved Connemara and always wanted to live there; it has gone quite well for me so far in the near 14 months I’ve been here. As a City boy I appreciate the beauty of the area, the friendliness of the people and the easy pace of life, as compared to the bustle and noise of a city! But lately, my trips to and from town have been somewhat spoiled by all the refuse I’ve seen on both sides of the road, some of which appear to have been illegally dumped and/ or thrown from vehicles. Like Mr. Canavan, I hope that this problem will soon be rectified and steps taken to prevent a recurrence of same. Kindest regards, Eddie Larkin.

Sea Area Forecast

Madam, Since September last, RTÉ Radio 1 has dropped the afternoon Sea Area Forecast from the schedule. The safety of those about to go to sea and of those already at sea is critically dependent on the availability of reliable weather forecasts. Met Éireann produces such forecasts, forecasts that are updated every 6 hours. It is essential to the safety of life at sea that these updated Met Éireann Sea Area Forecasts are broadcast by RTÉ Radio 1 every 6 hours at set times. The current Sea Area Forecast is of vital interest, Summer & Winter, to the skippers and crew of the over 2,000 registered boats in the Irish fishing fleet, to the operators of over 270 licensed passenger boats & ships working our coastal waters, to the increasing number of leisure sailors, to those aboard sea-angling boats, to workboat crews servicing the range of sea-based activities, to shore anglers, to the families of those at sea, to those who live and work in coastal and island communities. Ashore, people do not have access to the Irish Coast Guard Coast Radio Stations and therefore cannot receive the Met Éireann weather bulletins transmitted via that system. There are over 1,100 boats in the Irish fishing fleet under 8m in length. There is a great number of small leisure boats. For practical reasons, most small ‘open’ boats do not carry Marine-VHF or Navtex receivers and thus cannot receive the Coast Radio Stations. Furthermore, reception problems preclude pick-up of the Coast Radio service in some areas. All boats could readily carry a portable ‘transistor radio’ and thus be able to receive RTÉ Radio 1. People in cars or in small boats do not have access to the internet. Ireland is a signatory to the SOLAS Convention of the

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IMO. Chapter V of the SOLAS Convention requires regular issue of weather forecasts to craft at sea using appropriate radio services. As a Public Service Broadcaster, RTÉ has a duty to serve the public-including those members of the public who go to sea. By way of assistance, I suggested that RTÉ could broadcast the afternoon Met Éireann Sea Area Forecast on Long Wave only-thus avoiding interruption of other scheduled broadcasts on FM & DAB. Such splitting of frequencies has long been performed by RTÉ. Broadcasting on Long Wave provides better reception at sea. Must we wait for a tragedy at sea to occur before resuming broadcast of Sea Area Forecasts every 6-hours? Readers who support the opinion that the Met Éireann Sea Area Forecasts should be broadcast by RTÉ Radio 1 every 6-hours at set times can e-mail their views to RTÉ by e-mail at or by post to Complaints Department, RTÉ, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. Yours, etc, John S. Holmes, Leenane, Co. Galway.

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Communions and Confirmations

The Confirmation of students of Eagle’s Nest, Tully, Lettergesh and Letterfrack National Schools took place at Tullycross Church on Saturday April 24th. They are pictured here with P.P. Fr. Gerry Burns and Archbishop Dr. Michael Neary. Photos courtesy of Padraic Lyden

Pictured above is the Scoil Niamh Bríde, Tullykyne, Confirmation class who were confirmed in Moycullen Church on Friday April 23rd. Photo courtesy of Kay Diviney

Above: On Wednesday the 21st of April seven children received the sacrament of Confirmation and six children received the sacrament of Holy Communion in St Coleman’s Church Inishbofin. Archbishop Dr. Micheal Neary was accompanied by Fr. Tony Neville, Fr. Tony Farragher and Fr. Gerry Burns on the day. The archbishop also blessed the boats before departing Inishbofin. A large number of the children’s families and friends travelled to Bofin for this special occasion and enjoyed the lovely music and choir on the day. Photos courtesy of Mary Joyce and Mary Day Lavelle

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Business Notes

Sunday during July and August. The Roundstone Country Market takes place at the Roundstone Community Centre car park in the centre of Roundstone. For more info contact John Walsh on 095-41243.

Meet Conn O’Mara!

Living Gardens

The character of Conn O’Mara was created by Clifden’s Leo Mansfield and his wife Susan, who moved back from London to Clifden with their dog Molly in 2001. Previously a character used by Susan to illustrate birthday cards for friends and family, Susan and Leo decided to adapt Conn for a series of tee-shirts to be sold in Leo’s shop, Faoin Tuath (The Outdoor Shop) in Clifden. The series shows Conn and his trusty companion, Seamus Sheepe in a number of activities and situations that would be familiar to both Connemara natives and visitors alike. These include Conn struggling to stay on a surfboard, touring in a campervan, riding his Honda 50 and acknowledging (cheerfully) that sometimes, it does rain in Connemara! Basking in Connemara’s glorious sunshine, buffeted by the frequent wind or drenched by the ‘occasional’ shower, Conn always wears a smile throughout his adventures.

Run by Kay and Will Synott of Roscahill, ‘Living Gardens’ has just launched its new website and range of gardening courses and services. Having run successful courses on organic gardening in 2009, upcoming courses include ‘Growing under cover in polytunnels’ on Saturday May 10th and ‘Growing vegetables in the garden’ on Saturday June 12th. Kay is a qualified horticulturalist, garden designer and environmental educator and regularly gives courses for

Conn O’Mara is the result of a quest to draw attention to the attractions of Connemara in a way befitting the 21st century. Susan and Leo specifically wanted to move away from the traditional tourist images of leprechauns, shamrocks and Guinness. The response to the tee-shirts has been superb, with the first and second batches of Conn surfing and in a camper van selling out completely. Another six designs are now ready to go and Conn enjoys keeping his followers up to date on Facebook, where he already has over 1,000 fans but is keen to make more! Conn O’ Mara T-shirts are on sale now at The Outdoor Shop on Market St. in Clifden. To see more of Conn and his adventures check out Conn O Mara’s profile on Facebook or go to www.

Roundstone Country Market A new Country Market started in Roundstone on Sunday May 2nd consisting of all local Connnemara artisans and craftspeople. There were ten stall holders selling cheese, breads, eggs, vegetables, pastries, crafts and jewellery. Roundstone markets over the coming weeks will take place on May 16th and June 6th and 20th and will be held every

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The Return of Paddy Coyne’s After a brief sabbatical one of Connemara’s best known and loved local pubs, Paddy Coyne’s in Tullycross is now open once again, having played host to the 2010 Connemara Mussel Festival over the May Bank Holiday Weekend. Regular service has now resumed and the bar is also set to feature in the new series of Single Handed, currently being filmed on the Renvyle peninsula and around Connemara. It has also featured in the popular food series Two Fat Ladies and BBC’s Monty Hall and crew also dropped in over the Mussel Festival weekend. Paddy Coyne’s will celebrate its 200th birthday in 2011 and its recent reopening has been widely welcomed by the local community and visitors to Connemara.

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the VEC, Brigit’s Garden, Galway Education Centre and People and Nature project, and has helped to set up school and community gardens in Co. Galway. The 2 acre garden at Killannin House in Rosscahill comprises two vegetable growing areas, a polytunnel, herb garden, fruit garden, small orchard and native woodland and flower borders. All courses take place on the premises of Living Gardens in Rosscahill from 10am to 4pm and include a light home-cooked lunch and tea/coffee. For more details go to, e-mail info@ or phone 091-550-007 or 087-698-0526.

Color 10 is an exciting new hair colour on the market, exclusive to King’s Talking Heads Hair Salon on Market St, Clifden. Color 10 by Schwarzkopf is a permanent colour that covers grey with superb shine and condition, with a processing time of just ten minutes. Feedback on the rapid new colour to date has been excellent, with results of perfect coverage and fantastic shine. For more details call into King’s Hair Salon or call 095-21085.

Make Up Miser The recession friendly ‘Make Up Miser’ is now on sale at Belle Blu Lifestyle Boutique on Market St, Clifden. The product consists of a set of three long spatulas in different sizes, to fit various cosmetic containers and bottles, ensuring that every drop of expensive cosmetics can be reached and used. The set is also washable and reusable making it both friendly to the environment and on your pocket. For more details see the product in store at Belle Blu or go to www.

The Vickers Lands at the Alcock

Fabergé Eggs come to Clifden

The re-opening of the newly renovated Alcock & Brown at the Square in Clifden has been greeted with enthusiasm

Whistlestop Gifts and Interiors shop in the Station House Courtyard has been appointed to carry the prestigious Carl Fabergé eggs and jewellery, one of just three such suppliers in Ireland. Carl Fabergé was a Russian jeweler of French origin best known for his famous Fabergé (Easter) Eggs using precious metals and gemstones. The Great Russian jeweller designed and manufactured the famous enameled eggs for the Russian Tsars. The stunning enamel eggs are flexible charms which hang on a pendant or bracelet. The eggs are still manufactured in St. Petersburg today using original Carl Fabergé designs and their own more contemporary Alfa designs. Whistlestop now stocks a colourful range of both designs, which have been beautifully decorated with Swarovski Crystals and using 18k gold guild. The eggs make fabulous special gifts and are considered collector’s items. To see for yourself, stop into Whistlestop at the Station House or for more information call 095-21532.

Relax with Chokurei Clifden native Ethel Feneran has recently begun practising aromatherapy and acupressure massage operating from the clinic of Dr. Sophie Faherty on Main St, Clifden. Ethel trained at the Scotland College of Complementary Medicine and holds a Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy since 2004, as well as being registered with the U.K. Association of Medical Aromatherapy. She incorporates deep tissue massage and acupressure point manipulation into treatments to alleviate and treat many conditions, for example, digestive disorders, muscular pain, insomnia and migraine. This method is particularly effective towards the treatment of stress and anxiety related conditions. All aspects of the client’s health, diet and lifestyle are analysed initially before proceeding with an individually tailored massage. Ethel also operates as a mobile therapist and can visit clients in their own homes by arrangement upon consultation. For more details on Chokurei Aromatherapy and Acupressure Massage see or contact Ethel at or 085-173-7071.

the Community School, south to Gurteen Holiday Park and west to King’s Holiday Park. The service will run from 5pm to 1am from Sundays to Thursdays with a later time of 2am at weekends. More details will be available from the staff of Keogh’s in the near future. 095-23522.

by locals and visitors alike since its doors opened in April. The accommodation and hotel rooms are managed by Clifden’s Sharon Maher while Mick Byrne has taken over the running of the impressive new Vickers Bar and Coffee Shop. A full range of delicious hot meals, snacks and beverages are available in both, including Essence coffee which is new to the West of Ireland. There will be live music at weekends, 6 TVs for all sports viewings and parties and fundraising events are warmly welcomed. For more information call 095-21880 or call in and see the new venues for yourself. Above, Mick Byrne and Sharon Maher in the newly renovated Vickers Bar at the Alcock & Brown.

Pub Courtesy Transport Service Keogh’s Bar of Ballyconneely is set to introduce a new courtesy travel service for patrons of the bar. Stgarting on May 14th, customers of the bar will be able to avail of transport to the pub and home within the radius of north to

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Willie Diamond 1920-2010 The passing of Willie Diamond on April 22nd marked the closing of a chapter in the life of a man who devoted many of his 89 years to the good of the Connemara pony. He diligently served on the Council for almost 25 years and as vice President with the late Donal Kenny. Renvyle has lost a friend, a legend and a lover of country life, which was always evident to his friends and family. His chestnut mare Fanny Bunty, foaled in 1938, provided Connemara and Ireland with a foundation line that dominates throughout the breed right up to the present day. She in turn foaled a filly called Black Out who later, following a covering with Carna Bobby, produced one of Renvyle’s most famous mares, Queen of Diamonds. At Clifden in 1971,

Willie exhibited Queen of Diamonds to win the coveted Killanin cup. He also took the Supreme Championship with his lovely dun pony Kimble, who was the first Stallion to win the Supreme Championship; prior to this it had always been a mare. Kimble and Queen of Diamonds supplied the breed with the great stallion Abbeyleix Owen who features in so many of Ireland’s best gene pools. Over the decades, the Diamond prefix was evident in many countries. In the seventies the mare Four of Diamonds (Rebel Wind-Leam Grey) was exported to Australia where her bloodline has extended there ever since. Willie won the Killanin Cup at Clifden and also won at the R.D.S. in 1952 with Five of Diamonds. He held a strong view that the old mares in south Connemara, Spiddal and Carraroe were small with great bone and sustenance which they passed on to their offspring. Willie passionately

Connemara Rugby Football Club are now holding a car boot sale and farmer’s market at the Monastery Pitch on the first Sunday of every month from 11am -2pm. Anyone interested in selling from a car boot, trailer or stand is asked to contact Irene King on 087-901-7406 for further details.

Saturday Night Fundraising A night of ‘Saturday Night Fundraising’ in aid of the Clifden Playschool will take place at the Func Room at JC’s Bar in Clifden on May 22nd. It promises to be a fun night of 60’s and 70’s music. Doors open at 10pm and tickets are €10 with all proceeds going to the Clifden Playschool.

April Fools Revealed We are sad to report that our sense of humour may have been lost on some readers as our April fool’s pranks in our last issue of April 1st went largely unremarked upon! Our first spoof appeared on Page 25 where a doctored photo showed an RNLI volunteer on the St. Patrick’s Day float in Clifden, whose head had been mysteriously replaced by a pirate from the Foyle’s Hotel float. The second ‘red herring’ was a brief article on the health benefits of strange shaped fruit on Page 35. While some readers remarked on one or other of the anomalies, nobody submitted the correct two answers to our competition. Since the next issue of the Connemara View to come out on April 1st will be a long time in the future, we promise to stick to genuine news articles and photos from now on!

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believed that the Council is too big and at times they “cause more concern than they are concerned about”. He held the view that “twelve people and unity is the only way forward”. His foresight and wisdom was beyond question especially when breeding a mare, but also his passion, pride and respect of the Connemara pony will be etched in the history books. Willie’s great-granddaughter Talitha has already graced the ring at Clifden in the ridden classes and at Kill International, so the name of Diamond will continue hopefully for many years. He is survived by his wife Annie, sons, Liam, Neil, Aidan, and John and daughters Máirin, Eithnne and Evelynne, six Grandchildren and one Great Grandchild. Many Connemara pony enthusiasts travelled from near and far to pay their last respects at his funeral mass in Tullycross Church before he was laid to rest in Toorena Cemetery. May the sod rest lightly on his soul. Ruth Rogers Willie Diamond would have celebrated his 90th Birthday on the 12th May and he and his wife Annie would have celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on the 28th April. May he rest in peace.

Death Notices Joe Conneely, Ross, Roscahill William J. (Willie) Diamond, Renvyle Ellen (Lena) Faherty, Ballynew, Moyard Annie King, Fairgreen, Roundstone Frank King, Barnarusheen, Cleggan Josie Mannion, Lettershana, Cashel Robert McDonagh, Railway View, Clifden Tom McDonagh, Shrahalla, Cashel, Luton & London, England Martin (Sonny) O’Halloran, Lucan, & Pribaun, Rosscahill Matthew O’Malley, Bunowen, Ballyconneely Barbara Shaughnessy (née Jennings), Killola, Rosscahill 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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The grounds of Our Lady of Clonfert Church will be a busy place on the morning of Saturday 22nd of May, when a group of approximately 25 people driving vintage tractors will gather to undertake a 250 mile Tractor Run in aid of the Galway Hospice. The group will depart from Clonfert at 7.30am heading for our final destination of Ballyconneely. The route will see us travelling through Loughrea, where we will stop for rest and breakfast kindly sponsored by O’Dea’s Hotel. We will then continue on to Craughwell, Oranmore, Galway City, Moycullen, Oughterard, Maam Cross, Clifden and finally end up in Ballyconneely, where the kind people at Ballyconneely Golf Club are offering us a meal and a night’s entertainment. We will also have a well earned sleep before refueling all tractors and starting the return journey to Clonfert. We look forward greatly to the event which will be made possible by all our sponsors, all taking part and all organisers. Patrick Kelly

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Heather Heanue and Colleen Curran. 4-5pm: Listen Here with Pete Ball. 5.05-6pm: Hooked on Music with John Duane. *Clifden Chamber of Commerce. 6-7pm: Alternate Weeks - As Gaeilge with Caitriona Nic Ghiollaphadraig OR Heyday with Bobbi O Regan. 7-8pm: Talk Sport with Vivian Cotter. *Galway CoCo. 8pm: Roundstone Report with Richard de Stacpoole and Anne Conneely. 8.15-9pm: Ann’s Mixed Bag with Ann Conneely. Tuesday: 11am-12 Noon: Magazine Programme with Cliona Sheehan. *Connemara View Newspaper. 4-5pm: Reelin’ in the Years with Louisa Jack. 5.05-6pm: Jack’s Spot with Jack Tomlinson. 6- 7pm: Live with John Dunne. 7-8pm: Community Matters with Pat Walshe. *Tullycross and Cashel Credit Unions. 8pm: Cashel Report with Bernard Lee. 8.15-8.25pm CIC. 8.25-9pm: Community Matters continued. Wednesday: 11am-12 Noon: Magazine Programme with Mary Roe. 4-6pm: Gateway Hour with Mickey Mac. *SuperValu Clifden 6- 7pm: My Kind of Music with Martin Conroy. *ClifdenSupply Centre.78pm: Lift the Latch with Michael O’ Neill and Helen King. 8pm: Clifden Report with Breandan O’Scanaill. 8.15-9pm: Music with Pat Keaney. Thursday: 11am-12 Noon: FORUM Programme with Cathy Keane and Brendan O’Malley. 4-5pm: Gateway Hour with Kathleen O’Brien. 5.05-6pm: Fáilte with Mary Corbett Joyce. 6- 7pm: The Food Show with Janet O’Toole. 7-8pm: The Great Outdoors with Breandan O’Scanaill. *Acton Construction.8 pm: Cleggan Claddaghduff Report with Mary Gordon O’Toole. 8.15-9pm: Specialist Music with Breandan O’Scanaill. Friday: 11am-12 Noon: Friday Fix with Samantha Heanue & Priscilla Diamond. 4-5pm: Gateway Hour with Tonya Ni Chuirínn. 5.05-6pm: The Friday Feeling with Margaret Sheehan. 6-7pm: Lyrical Allsorts with Linda O’Malley. 7-8pm: Injury Time with Dave O’Halloran. *AIB Clifden. 8pm: Ballyconneely Report with John O’ Malley. 8.15-9pm: American Country with Brendan Ridge. Saturday: 11am-12 Noon: Monkeying Around with Heather Kearney. 4-5pm: Gateway Hour with Tommy Roe and Keefa Mullan. 5.05-6pm: Pretty Good Day so Far! with Sean Halpenny. 6- 7pm: Blue Highways with Lol Hardiman. 7-9 pm: Music Spectacular Alternate Weeks - Shelter from the Storm with Dave O’ Halloran or Coast to Coast with Paul Phelan. Sunday: 10-11am: Sounds a Bit Irish with Eamonn McLoughlin.11am-12noon: Mass from Clifden. 4-5pm. Listen Here with Pete Ball. 5.05-6pm: Words & Music with Kathleen Faherty. 67pm: Footappin’ Time with Tom Mongan. 7-8pm: Senior Side of the Street with Josephine De Courcey. *FORUM. 8pm: Ballinakill Report with Paddy Gannon. 8.15-9pm: Decades of Hits with Michael Coyne.

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Birthday Greetings Pictured right is Ethel Keogh of Ballyconneely who recently celebrated her birthday at McWilliams Coffee Shop with the Ballyconneely Active Age Group. 80 years young Congratulations to Johnny Coyne of Goulane (below right) who recently celebrated his 80th birthday. He is pictured here with his sister Mary Whelan and nephew Ramie Whelan. Golden Wedding Anniversary

Congratulations to Josie and Margaret Keaney of Cashel (below) who recently celebrated fifty years of marriage. Photos courtesy of Mary Corbett-Joyce

Graduation Success Congratulations to Angela O’ Malley of Recess who recently graduated in Business and Computing pictured with her parents Paraic and Mary Ann. Trinity Scholarship Pictured above right is Professor John Hegarty, the Provost of Trinity College and Súil Collins, a past pupil of St Paul’s School Oughterard who recently won the prestigious undergraduate Award of Scholarship at Trinity College, Dublin where she is studying Medicinal Chemistry. Súil has been awarded the title of Scholar given only to pupils of exceptional ability amidst stiff competition. Photo courtesy of Sarah Mackie

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Brian Hehir of Clifden, pictured above left with his wife Michele and daughter Caragh, was totally surprised by the big bash thrown for him on the recent occasion of his 50th birthday. Clifden Fire Chief Gerard King celebrated his 50th with family, friends and fire crew on May 1st at the Clifden Station House Hotel. Photo courtesy of Siobhan Stoney

Carraroe NUIG Ball Colm Ó Méalóid of Camus, Seán Bradshaw and Joanne Casserly of An Baile Mór were pictured at Acadamh na Gaeilge NUIG Carraroe’s Ball in Hotel Carraroe on Thursday April 29th. Photo courtesy of Seán Ó Mainnín.

New Arrivals Congratulations to Wayne and Orla Baylis of Clifden on the birth of their daughter April who was born on April 14th. She is pictured here (above right) with her big sister Holly and brother Max. Photo courtesy of Wayne Baylis Congratulations to Lisa Whelan and Audi Mannion on the birth of their daughter Roisín on January 23rd and to grandparents Bernard and Úna Whelan and Caroline and Peter Mannion. Photo courtesy of Úna Whelan

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C o n s u m er Watch dog : Pe t Food & Pet r ol Pet Food Pandemonium!

10475 Joyce, Michael, Glengowla West, 01/04/10. To construct an agricultural livestock shed and associated site works. 10505, Seoige, P, Glinsk, 07/04/10. Chun teach conaithe, garaiste agus coras searachais a thogail. 10506 Gamondi, G & L, Ballynahinch, 07/04/10. Chun sheid baid a thogail. Walsh, Paul & O Toole, Patricia, Fahy, 07/04/10. For the construction of a two storey dwelling house, waste water treatment system and all ancillary site works. 10531 Joyce, Ronan, Clifden, 12/04/10. For construction of a storage shed. 10541 Conroy, Mike, Bunowen Beg, 15/04/10. For a new dwelling house and septic tank disposal system. 10555 Cowgill, Harry, Clifden, 16/04/10. For changes to the design of the domestic garage granted under planning permission 09/1664. 10556 O Malley Michael & Nicola, Crocknaraw, 16/04/10. For dwelling house, septic tank and percolation bed. 10599 Corbett, Rory, Letterfrack, 23/04/10. For a change of use from residential to commercial-beauty salon and for signage at No. 1 Aras Ghuaire. Source:

diet for an animal, but the average pet owner is unlikely to have the time or desire to consistently focus on providing a truly balanced diet, sourcing and preparing fresh meat and produce every day, when convenient packaged foods are so standard and widely available. The arguments are quite literally endless when you research this subject online and anecdotally. Indeed, the consensus appears to be that there is no consensus! The first port of call when examining pet foods is the ingredient list. If you are concerned enough about what your pet eats it is worthwhile to familiarise yourself with some of the terms. Ingredients are listed in order of weight, so top of the list is the main ingredient. Interpreting the pet food label is far from easy or exact, however. If the first ingredient is ‘chicken’ or ‘lamb’ then it is probably a good protein source. Meat by-products are less beneficial but acceptable, meat and bone ‘meal’ or ‘derivatives’ far poorer. A tactic used by some manufacturers to disguise less desirable ingredients is breaking an ingredient into several different smaller ingredients and listing them individually to lower them farther down the ingredient list. For example, a product list could contain chicken, ground corn, corn gluten, ground wheat, corn bran, wheat flour, wheat middling, etc, which if grouped together as one would probably far out-weigh the amount of chicken. Also the ‘Guaranteed Analysis’ lists the protein and fat as crude sources rather than digestible sources, so it is a guideline rather than a hard and fast assurance of what your pet will get from it. While the most expensive foods are not necessarily the be all and end all of pet nutrition, I personally think it would be fair to say that the cheaper brands are a lot less likely to be of real value. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they must eat meat to survive. Their food should be high in protein (25-30%) from good meat sources, not by-products. Cat’s systems have very little use for plant and vegetable matter and carbohydrates. Many amino acids, vitamins and minerals necessary for life must be readily available in a commercial feline diet, eg. Taurine, Arginine, Vitamin A, and magnesium (but there are many more). Dry food contains a lot less water than wet food so a cat fed on dry food alone will require more water. Real, named meats like beef or chicken on an ingredient list (not on front of the pack) are far preferable to ‘meat’, ‘meat by-products’ or ‘meat and animal derivatives’. I feed my cat a mixture of dry and wet food but admit to being price conscious and have usually bought supermarket brands, for price and convenience. I don’t really doubt that the more expensive preparations are better, but I also feed the cat meat and fish scraps (which she prefers, as well as wet food), so in a way I am taking a chance and hoping for the best. She is a healthy adult cat and has had no health problems in ten years. I also feed my dog a mixture of foods, probably 80% dry to 20% wet.

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The trials and tribulations of pet ownership can be absolutely bewildering for a variety of reasons, from what sort of pet to get, to where to keep it, why you want it, and how much it will cost you. Naturally, pet ownership is a totally personal decision and is purely dependent on the individual’s approach to the task. Indifference and a casually careless attitude are possibly as common in this country as over enthusiasm and obsessive levels of interest and obsession when it comes to keeping pets. However, the single truly vital requirement for all animals is food. So what should you feed your pet? Well, the message from manufacturers of pet food is generally, and not surprisingly, ‘Our Food!’ As a result, the pet food industry on a global scale is absolutely enormous. One need only look at the variety of products on the shelves of supermarkets and retail outlets nowadays to be dazzled by an array of temptingly packaged and brightly coloured pet foods, all promising different benefits for the intended consumer. Of course, packaged, manufactured food of any kind is a composite of various ingredients and the pet food market is now so varied and confusing at times that it can represent yet another choice to make when choosing a pet. It should be noted at this point that this article contains guideline information. The only qualified advisors on animal feeding and welfare are veterinarians, so if in doubt, always consult one. Also, any quantities of nutrients refer to normal healthy adult animals as opposed to growing, working, pregnant, unwell or convalescing animals. Let’s take a look at the two most common household pets-cats and dogs. Both have separate and unique nutritional needs, depending on their age and level of physical activity. The most common food for both nowadays is either packaged dry ‘kibble’ or moist canned foods. There are plenty of arguments for which is better, so once again comes down to a personal decision. Advocates of dried food kibble maintain that it is ‘better for their teeth’ and leads to less dental deterioration as the animal ages. Conversely, advocates of wet food argue that it is closer to a diet found in an animal’s natural environment. Proponents of ‘raw food’ diets for both cats and dogs claim that it is a much healthier

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He also gets scraps when suitable. The simplest guide again seems to be that ensuring enough protein is the first step, so I always look for a dry food with the very minimum of 25% protein. Having been bewildered by starting to look into the vast gulf of opinion out there on this subject, I am now much more aware of looking at the ingredient list and questioning and weighing up the consequences of going for cheaper prepared foods in the supermarket as opposed to better balanced quality branded products. There are many books, theories and online guides and articles out there, so if in doubt, go and look into it and draw your own conclusions, as I have. What Not to Feed Another feature that crops up regularly when researching what to feed your pet is what NOT to feed your pet. The following list is far from exhaustive but these are all foods that are not recommended to be fed to dogs or cats. Bones: They can splinter or lodge in the intestinal tract or get stuck in the mouth or throat. Chocolate: It contains theobromine, which is digested easily by humans, but is toxic to dogs. Onions: They contain allyl propyl disulfide, which damages red blood cells and can cause fatal consequences. Other reported offenders to pet health include alcohol, milk, ham and other salty meats, caffeine, avocados, tuna fish, raisins and grapes, garlic and onion powders, macadamia nuts, mushrooms, tomatoes and tomato plants, xylitol sugar substitute, raw potatoes, turkey skin and nutmeg. In general, I found this subject to be one of the most divided and debated topics I have examined in this way. Breeders, owners and even veterinarians all have wildly differing and contradicting views on what is in or out when it comes to feeding pets, so the only conclusion I have personally drawn from it all is top follow some basic guidelines as outlined above and make sure your pet has enough, not too much. The rest is mind boggling, to say the least! Catherine Pryce

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Beauty The Treatment Rooms at Abbeyglen Castle offering hot stone massage, luxury Yonka facials, indian head massage, reflexology, Zen spa pedicure/manicure, waxing, California tanning. Non residents welcome. Open 9-6pm Monday to Saturday. Sunday 12–5pm. 095-21306. Anna’s Nail Bar & Tanning Salon. Bridge St., Clifden. 095-30001. Vibroplate. Wow Brown spray tanning now available. Hand file & polish €13. Toe file & polish. €16. Open Tues-Sat 10-5. Late appointments strictly by appointment. Hair Gallery, Bridge Street, 095-21901. Monday to Saturday 10 – 6. Monday, late night Thursday and Friday by Appointment only. Discounts on Wednesday for seniors and students. Organic colours available for sensitive heads! no ammonia or PPD. Looking for a style change drop in for a free consultation! Do you want a great hairstyle, color or Highlights? Don’t toss a coin and gamble on Heads or Tails. For advanced, classic or contemporary hairdressing Hedz it is. Leave your Heads in the hands of the experts. Station House Courtyard, Clifden. 095-22202. Tue-Sat 9-6. Late night Fri.

Damien Stoney. Neuromuscular Therapist ANMPT. Sports, Deep Tissue & Relaxation Massage, Dry Needling, Physical Therapy, Change Sensations In Your Body. 087-125-2578. Clifden Holistic Centre. Kinesiology, food testing, acupuncture, Bowen Therapy, massage and hypnotherapy at An Bhean Fheasa Health Shop, Lr Market St, Clifden.095-30671. Open Mon-Sat 10-5 p.m. day 27th June. Tranquillity Room, Kylemore Pass Hotel. €65 including lunch. Send a deposit of €30 to Deora Dé, Finisglen, Recess, Connemara, Co. Galway. 095-34664. Clifden Station House Leisure Centre. 095-30433. Fitness classes, Swimming Lessons, Aqua Aerobics, Circuit Training, Pilates, Personal Training.

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Opticians Martial Art classes at the Connemara Judo Academy in the West Connemara Leisure Center on Sundays. We cater for children from 7yrs to 14yrs, and youth and adults 15yrs to 60yrs, Contact Paraic on 086-356-5590 or enrol on Sundays at 1pm. 5 Rhythms Movement Meditation Practice with Caitriona Nic Ghiollaphádraig How about taking a day out to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy yourself? A day of movement and fun, good food and a beautiful venue. Sun-

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Superfoods or Superfads? One of the most common phrases regarding nutrition I have come across in recent years, both in print, on radio and television is ‘Superfood’. However, no sooner than I’ve begun to understand what goji berries are, it seems that they have been replaced by acai berries or some other new ‘superfood’ elbowing the last ones out of their fifteen minutes of fame. I recall Gillian McKeith’s show on a UK TV channel a few years ago introducing a number of ‘new and exciting’ food items to the public consciousness. Sales of pumpkin seeds went through the roof at health food shops after her claims that consuming them improved erectile dysfunction in men. Similarly, I remember being in a health food shop last year when a girl walked to the counter asking for ‘that Chinese tea that Posh Spice drinks to stay thin’(Pu-erh to the uninitiated). There’s no doubt that there is huge interest out there for foods and products whose benefits have only been recently discovered or else revived and hyped, but are they all they are cracked up to be? There is no official or scientific definition of the term ‘Superfood’. It is described by Wikipedia as ‘a term sometimes used to describe food with high phytonutrient content that may confer health benefits as a result’. Phytonutrients are described as antioxidants, anthocyanins, magansese, vitamins and many more potentially beneficial but not necessarily essential elements. In 2007, EU legislation was introduced to prevent marketing of products as superfoods unless they outlined the promised health benefits clearly, in the context of a whole and balanced diet many nutritionists and scientists claimed that the term was not only overly simplistic but potentially a misleading marketing ploy. Products may now only be marketed as a ‘superfood’ in the EU if they are accompanied by a specific medical claim, supported by credible scientific research. There is undoubtedly a trend of consumers opting to buy and try products that have been endorsed by celebrities or ‘celebrity experts’, with the selling point being that they look and feel great and it’s possible that you can too. So in this article and subsequent briefer follow on pieces I am going to look at some of these so called ‘superfoods’ and see how they can help our health and wellbeing and accordingly, if the marketing claims need closer examination. It would appear, on sensible consideration of all the information available that a ‘superfood’ is something that only works well in the context of a ‘super diet’, but having a look at these foods and their supposed benefits will surely throw up some interesting information. First up are three exotic berries the açai and goji and blueberry, both of which are available in various forms in Ireland today. Açai Berry The Açai (Pronounced A-SighEe) berry comes from a Central and Southern American palm tree. Pulped Açai contains a remarkable amount of antioxidants, healthy fats, fibre, plant sterols, minerals and amino acids, but its nutritional benefits are dramatically reduced after harvesting, so juices and freeze dried berries have much lower nutritive levels than fresh berries or pulp. While there is no doubt that this small fruit packs a serious nutritional punch in its original form, its credibility as a packaged and marketed ‘superfood’ has been damaged by negative PR in recent times. Açai berries have been marketed internationally as helping with weight loss and dieting but have also been the subject of internet scams, when people all over the world, including Ireland signed up for ‘free’ trials of Açai Berry Diet Pills and had their credit cards charged without their knowledge afterwards. The skeptic in me says enjoy these if you are lucky enough to get to South America some time, but in the mean time, see if you can ensure you get plenty of antioxidants from a more seasonal local diet. Goji Berry/Wolfberry The Goji berry or wolfberry comes from the Orient and has drawn lots of attention lately for its anti aging

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properties. They also have high levels of antioxidants and a wide variety of healthy vitamins and minerals (like most fruit). In dried forms they are small red and chewy and appear in snack bars and energy drinks and are also made into tea in traditional Chinese medicine. It has been claimed that goji berries may improve the immune system, circulation, sperm production, reduce inflammation and improve vision, but the question of hard scientific evidence is again elusive, with few recognized studies on the food. Goji berries were recommended to me by a friend who found them very useful for increasing energy levels. I added them to porridge and cereals for a while, but found that I wasn’t too fond of the taste so gradually drifted away once the pack had run out. Blueberries Native to North America, blueberries are one of the foods most highly lauded for having many health boosting benefits. They have a diverse range of micronutrients with high levels of the essential dietary mineral manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K and fibre. Many studies on both humans and animals have also been carried out on the beneficial qualities of blueberries so they are somewhat further along the scientifically guaranteed path than many other so called superfoods. Their antioxidant levels are extremely impressive and studies have found their consumption can be cardioprotective in the same way as red wine, potentially improve night vision and prevent macular degeneration, possibly reduce the effects of age related conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia, promote gastrointestinal health and protect against cancers of the colon and ovaries. It appears to be widely accepted that blueberries are a superb way of getting many vital and very important phytonutrients and their success rates are not subject to as much skepticism as many other similarly promoted foods. Other foods perceived and promoted as having extraordinary health benefits, although this list is not exhaustive, are: green tea, avocado, broccoli, onions, peppers, soy, spinach, sprouts, hot peppers, leeks, apples, pomegranates, pumpkin, kiwi, oranges, tomatoes, wild salmon, turkey, eggs, beans, barley, seeds, nuts, lentils, oats, walnuts, buckwheat, cinnamon, dark chocolates, garlic, honey, extra virgin cold pressed olive oil, yoghurt, kefir, sea vegetables, carrageen moss, umeboshi plums, wheat grass and miso. One point that strikes me about many of these foods is the distances they travel to make it into an Irish stomach. I would be wary of increasing the market for foods that have travelled significant ‘air miles’ and would like to learn how a balanced diet can be attained by eating local and seasonal foods as opposed to always looking to the latest celebrity trend for nutritional guidance. I will look into many of these foods in future issues, to see whether the claims match the reality and whether we really should be making efforts to get more of these foods into our regular diets. Catherine Pryce

GM Food Vs Homegrown

A Brave New World-but will it be any better? We all know that we need food to live-yet many of us are unaware of how our food is produced. Did you know that in any one day we are exposed to around 15,000 different chemicals in our environment and many of those come from food additives? These additives can cause behavioural and concentration problems in our children and hormone disruption in the greater population. A greater threat to our health though and to the planet, is Genetically Modified Food. Genetically Modified Food is a food that has had its genes altered or tampered with in some way. Have you heard the joke “what do you get when you cross a sheep with a kangaroo? A woolly jumper!” Such a joke is no longer too far from the truth. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) include seeds, crops, trees, crustaceans, fish, poultry, livestock, animal feed and food. Such foods contain

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foreign DNA (taken from viruses, bacteria, plants and animals). For example, tomatoes with fish genes, potatoes with spider genes and pigs with human genes. Some GMO crops are used in the pharmaceutical industry in the manufacture of blood thinners, blood clotters and contraceptives. GMO terminator crops make sterile seeds, meaning you cannot save one year’s seeds for the next year’s planting; you have to buy seeds every year. This is creating poverty in parts of the world-you can guess where. GMO crops are also genetically unstable; their long term impacts are unpredictable. Scientific evidence now links GM animal feed and food with deaths and diseases in laboratory animals, livestock and humans. Risks include new diseases, allergies, inflammatory responses, antibiotic resistance, reduced immunity and cancer. We in Ireland live in one of the cleanest environments in the world and yet so many of our community suffer with these complaints-could it be our food? Transgenic DNA in food can survive digestion and activate inside your body! Do you really want to be a living pesticide factory? According to the magazine Organic Matters, a leaked European Commission document admits “There is no unique, absolute, scientific cut-off threshold available to decide whether a GM product is safe or not.” Many people have lost touch with the land. Their food comes wrapped in plastic or cardboard and looks nothing like the living thing it used to be. Consequently, the only beings benefiting from such foods are agribusinesses. However, many other people are turning back to the land and growing their own vegetables. Everyone can grow something, whether it is a kitchen herb on the window sill or some lettuce in a large plant pot. The taste is so much better, food tastes as it is supposed to-peas taste like peas, tomatoes taste like tomatoes. You will feel so much better with home grown food and you will feel a great sense of satisfaction too. If you need help getting started, why not ask an elderly neighbor who grows their own or speak to FORUM Connemara. The Organic Centre in Leitrim or Irish Seed Savers in Clare are also there to help. We may not be able to control the government and the large multinational corporations who are responsible for so many of Europe’s laws; we may not be able to control the weather, but we can try and take control of our own lives, our own health and grow our own food. Your children will thank you. Terri Conroy

Car Sick Kids A common problem with many young children is car sickness, so why does it happen and what can be done? Sensory confusion occurs in the brain when the movement registered in the inner ear conflicts with the reduced movement messages received by the eyes. Distraction can be a good idea to try to turn away thoughts of it happening. However, reading, playing hand held video games or watching a portable DVD player are not good as they require the eyes to focus inside of the car. Listening to a story or songs on headphones is better, while focusing on a point in the distance up ahead. Greasy or oily meals should be avoided before travelling so instead of chips or crisps try a banana which is easy on the stomach and avoid large milk based drinks, fizzy drinks or fruit juices, all of which are likely to reappear later in the journey-only allow water. Ginger and peppermint are both recommended for queasy tummies, so try candied ginger or peppermint flavoured sweets. Kids are less likely to be ill if sitting in the front passenger seat. If this is not possible, then the middle seat in the back is the best spot, preferably on a booster seat so they can see ahead. Booster seats are good in general as they allow the child to see forwards, instead of the scenes whizzing past their sides which contributes to their sick feelings. Old fashioned remedies include putting an elastic band on the wrist, removing shoes and socks for the duration of the journey which may help cooling down or just provide a feeling of freedom. Fresh air is also the simplest and best thing for feeling unwell, so even if it is cold or raining try and keep a small bit of a window open at all times. Try to drive as smoothly as possible leaving plenty of time- harsh braking or cornering is not likely to help. Also be prepared with wet wipes and try to watch for signs of sickness before it’s too late! Catherine Pryce

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Dusty Banjos Trad Group

Pictured are members of the Dusty Banjos traditional music group at their weekly session in the Bens Music

Máirtín O’Connor. Flute player Ciarán Somers is noted for his musical links with Brittany: his recent CD Faoi Bhláth was recorded there with fiddler Dave Sheridan and Breton guitarist Nicolas Quemener, formerly of Arcady, while g Dubliner Fionn Mac Goilla Chuda has toured in Japan D aand across Europe in the distinguished company of The Helvick Heads, Dónal Clancy and Gorumna. T Tickets are €12/€10 and will be available on the door T on the night. o

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Shop on Bridge Street Street, Clifden Clifden. The session is primar primarily aimed at adults returning to Irish music or taking up a new instrument and new tunes are taught each week, while singers in the group bring their own favourite songs to share. The group meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm, and new faces are always welcome. More information is available from Heather or Mary at 095-44845, or see

Spring at Stronach Gallery

An exhibition of new work by Declan O’Connor titled ‘An Image in my Heart’ is currently on display at the Stronach Gallery at Fermoyle Lodge in Costelloe. The exhibition opened on May 2nd and will run at the gallery until Sunday May 16th. Passionate about Connemara, Declan spends long periods painting its bogs, ponies and characters. His work and the works of other artists on display at the gallery can be seen online at For more information call 091-786-111.

Pictured Pi t ed att the o opening e i of hi his eexhibition hibitio of new e work at the Stronach Gallery in Costelloe was artist Declan O’Connor with gallery owner Nicola Stronach. The exhibition continues until May 16th.

Upcoming Theatre Events Music Network Trad Tour

The Clifden Arts Society’s next concert will take place at the Station House Theatre on Monday May 24th at 8pm, with uileann piper David Power, flute player Ciarán Somers and fiddler Fionn Mac Goilla Chuda exploring the music of the South East. Virtuoso uilleann piper Power is a former All-Ireland winner and was a member of Liam Clancy’s Fairweather Band in the early 90’s. In recent years, he has recorded two highly-acclaimed solo CD’s as well as performing alongside such trad giants as Tony Mac Mahon and

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Meantime Theatre Company will present a perform mance of ‘The Good Father’ at the Station House Theaatre in Clifden on Friday June 4th. The Good Father is a contemporary love story of how two people starting aat the end try to reach a new beginning. Tim and Jane aare from different sides of the class divide, but when a rrandom meeting at a New Years Eve party leads to an unexpected pregnancy they attempt to form a relationu ship against all odds. for bookings or more details contact the station House Theatre at 095-30303 or log on to

Mary McPartlan in Oughterard

A unique national tour featuring renowned singer Mary McPartlan will visit 10 counties this May, coming to Kilcummin Parish Church, Oughterard on Tuesday May 25th at 8pm. The Leitrim-born singer is joining forces with multi-instrumentalist and singer Rick Epping and guitarist Aidan Brennan to perform a gloriously earthy mix of trad, folk and blues. This national tour has been organised by arts and community development organisation Rural Arts Network and uachtarARTS Oughterard Community Arts Group has been invited to host the event in the west of Ireland. Everyone is very welcome to attend. €8 admission (€5 concession).

Inishbofin Arts Festival 2010

The Inishbofin Community Arts Festival 2010 takes p place once again on the island this May from Friday tthe 7th to Sunday the 9th with yet another great line up of events and entertainment for all ages and tastes. u As usual, all indoor events will take place at the A Community Centre and the festival will be officially C opened on Friday 7th at 9pm with a cheese and wine o rreception and ‘the voice and rhythm of The Chieftains’ Kevin Conneff. K The schedule for the weekend is as follows: Friday May 7th F 99pm -Festival Launch with Cheese & Wine Reception and Official Opening by Kevin Conneff of The Chieftains. A regular visitor and performer to Inishbofin, we are delighted to have such a talented trad musician open the Inishbofin Community Arts Festival. Kevin is equally accomplished playing the bodhran and the mighty Conneff will host a unique Bodhran Masterclass! The Official Opening will be Broadcast By Connemara Community Radio. Accomplished and trained young musicians from Inishbofin will also provide festival goers with an inspiring and lively trad set. 11pm: Mick Flannery & Band €20. Recently voted the best Irish songwriter and the best in Irish Folk and Trad by Hot Press readers, Mick Flannery & band are currently one of the top acts on the Irish live circuit. A choice gig for passionate muso’s and all who

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enjoy quality live music. Saturday May 8th 1-8pm: Interactive Events Ireland-Paintball, Mini-Golf and Archery. Open to all ages. 1-2pm: Kevin Conneff Bodhran Masterclass €10. The lead singer of the legendary Chieftains, Kevin Conneff will host a very special masterclass. 1-4pm: Archaeological Walk With Gerry McCluskey €10. Gerry will interpret the landscape of the islands and relate their evolution and history. Appropriate footwear required. 1-5pm: Interactive Reptile Zoo €7 & €5. This extraordinary zoo displays all sorts of interesting reptiles including a Caiman Crocodile, a Tokay Gecko, a Chameleon, a Green Anaconda and even an Alligator snapping turtle! Hold a boa constrictor or pet a bearded dragon! 2-3pm: Children -Fire & Ice Show-4-12 yrs - €6 or both events for €10 3-4pm: Children Mad Science Workshop- 4-12 yrs-€6 or both events for €10 2-4pm: Film-Fly on the Wall Documentary Workshop€7. Join a local based film company; Onarock productions in the production of a Fly on the Wall Festival Documentary during the course of the weekend. State of the art equipment will be used in this workshop so why not be a part of filming performances, events and interviews with festival acts! 2-5pm: DJ Workshop with DJ Dan Sykes of Vivamusic Studios €10. Dan Sykes (Pulse FM) runs Vivamusic Studios in Limerick and lectures in Limerick College of Further Education. Open to all over 14 yrs. 5pm: Library-Poetry Reading with John Liddy. Adm-Free. Born in Youghal, County Cork, but raised in Limerick, John Liddy has been publishing his work over the last thirty years. The Irish poet who lives in Madrid will read from his own work, and he will also read from the work of Miguel Hernandez. This year is the centenary of the birth of Miguel Hernandez. 6.30pm: Athlone Little Theatre presents John B Keanes’ “Big Maggie” €10 & €6. One of the most prestigious amateur drama groups in Ireland, running almost 75 years, Little Athlone Theatre group promises to give a dramatic and powerful interpretation of John B. Keane’s Big Maggie. This west of

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Ireland play includes a stellar cast and an accomplished director and this production of Big Maggie has already received glowing reviews. 11pm: The High Kings €25. Comprising of the compelling voice of Darren Holden and Finbar Clancy of the well-known Clancy family, Martin Furey eldest

Show House Band are a group of accomplished musicians with a great sense of humour. Their lead singer Clint loved staying in the A Frame House on Inishbofin as a child and wants to rock the Island’s socks off as a result! There will also be art exhibitions by Peter McIlwaine and Mae Prendergast on display in the Community Centre throughout the festival. Tickets for the music gigs can be pre booked or purchased on the night subject to availability. For more information contact the Community Centre at 095-45895 or bofindev@

Images of Connemara ‘Spirit of Connemara’ is a new hardback book featuring images of Connemara in all its seasons and colours by Galway photographer Ronan Bree. Published

son of the ‘prince of pipers’ Finbarr Furey and Brian Dunphy who is the son of Sean Dunphy, a showband hero. The High Kings are a high profile quartet of great musical lineage playing classic Irish ballads and folk songs. Sunday May 9th 1-8pm: Interactive Events Ireland 2-3pm: Dance and Drama Workshop-Under 7 yrs- €6 or 2 for €10 3-4pm: Dance and Drama Workshop- 7yrs up - €6 or 2 for €10.Elaine Enright of Yellow Door Dance Studio is an accomplished performer and dance and drama instructor. She will offer dance and drama workshops for kids followed by a mini-performance at the end of the workshops. Elaine will also instruct a fun Salsa lesson suitable for all. 2-4pm:Film-Fly on the Wall Documentary €7 4pm to 5pm : Salsa Dance Workshop for adults €7 7.30-9pm: Local film: Inishark, Bas Oileáin, The Letter, Island Air €5 Inis Airc, Bás Oileáin’(‘Inishark, Death of an Island’) was the winner of a Galway County Arts Award for excellence, ‘Inis Airc, Bás Oileáin’ tells the story of the last years of the Inishark community on the island and the evacuation of its last 25 inhabitants in 1960. The director Kieran Concannon is a local of Inishbofin. The Letter and Island Air are two short documentaries produced by Inishbofin film company, Onarock Productions. 9-10pm: DJ Dan Sykes –Adm-Free. An eclectic and funky set of world music, hip hop and jazz. 11pm: The Late Late Show House Band €20. Formerly known as the Camembert Quartet, the Late Late

by Halsgrove Publishing, the beautiful collection of images of Connemara is now on sale at the Clifden Bookshop on Main St. Clifden.

An Jig Gig Last year An Jig Gig burst onto our screens with dancers of all ages, disciplines and codes, battling it out to become Ireland’s best traditional dance act. Now it’s time to begin the search for An Jig Gig Champion 2010! Hosted by Róisín Ní Thomáin, the show will again see hundreds of acts, from all different styles of Irish dance, and all age groups, take to the stage. All three judges are experts in the field of Irish dance, but will they see eye to eye with such a variety of styles on display? Only one thing is for certain – one act will be crowned champion and will claim the title of best traditional Irish dance act 2010. To apply to take part in the competition, please visit the programme website at and fill out the application form. The Galway audition will take place on Sunday May 9th. Please apply early to guarantee your place at the auditions. All applicants will be contacted to confirm a time and venue for their audition.

First Clifden Trad Fest Well what a weekend! The inaugural Clifden Trad Fest was a resounding success with a wealth of talent on display. It was a wonderful atmosphere all weekend in all the venues and a general feeling of goodwill and entertainment prevailed throughout. The opening concert showcased the very best of local and visiting talent with the packed pub sessions all weekend giving people the opportunity to hear some of Ireland’s finest musicians. The workshops and youth session were very well attended with young people and the ‘outdoor stage’ gig which was held in the Vickers Bar at the Alcock & Brown due to weather, was packed to the rafters! Sunday’s Music Mass received great feedback, with the ‘One for the Road Session’ going on until the late hours of Sunday night. The dates have even been set for next year 15th-17th April 2011. The event could not have taken place without our sponsors: the Forum Leader Project; Comhaltas

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Ceoltoiri Eireann; Failte Ireland; Connemara Chamber of Commerce and all the local businesses and pubs that supported the Clifden Comhaltas Branch. Our May monthly music session will take place in Guys Bar on Main Street Clifden on Friday 28th May at 8.30pm. As usual the wonderful youth session will start the evening followed by the senior session. All musicians, singers and dancers are welcome. For any details on the monthly sessions, please contact Marie on 086-401-5342 and check our Facebook page ‘Clifden Comhaltas’ for regular updates. Michele Hehir See photos of the first Clifden Trad on next Page

UachtarARTS Success! Colourful, fun and with something for everyone, the UachtarARTS Festival, which took place from the 23rd-25th April saw Oughterard come alive with creativity! The festival got off to a flying start with the launch of three community art exhibitions in Oughterard Tourist Office and then continued with a beautiful concert in Kilcummin Parish Church. The weekend was packed with workshops for all ages, performances to beat the band and fascinating talks and walks, not to mention a popular treasure hunt. The festivities finished off on a high note in Oughterard’s leafy Shrubbery Park with a showcase of newly learnt skills including sean-nós dancing, drumming, violin playing and music from instruments made with recycled materials, as well as a performance by Spraoi, Oughterard’s youth circus. Much fun was had by all at the various photo boards dotted around the town, while the stunning, gigantic wind chime installations in the Shrubbery were a feast for the ears and the eyes! The Festival was organised by uachtarARTS Oughterard Community Arts Group in collaboration with Clann Resource Centre, and was funded by the Arts Council, the VEC and Galway County Council, with support from local businesses. If you have any comments or ideas for future arts events, or would like to get involved, please contact or 091-557-633. See photos of the Oughterards Arts Festival on next page.

Looking for Fame! RTE One’s latest talent competition, entitled ‘Fame: The Musical’ is seeking a male and a female lead to appear in a nationwide stage production of the much loved movie and television series of the same name. One of the ten finalists Michael Joseph O’ Brien, is the nephew of Olive Carty from Clifden, and has already impressed the panel of judges with his singing acting and stage skills in the live shows to date. ‘Fame: The Musical’ is broadcast on RTE One on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm. To vote for Michael Joseph, text FAME 11 to 53125 or call 1513-717-111 when the lines are open after the live shows.

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Photos clockwise from top left: Clifden Trad Fest organiser Marie Walsh of the Clifden Comhaltas Group - Hazel Corbett and Connie Madden playing a tune - The céili band delighted audiences all over the town with their performances ensuring a bright future for trad in Connemara - Joachim McHugh, All Ireland sean-nós dancing champion Emma O’ Sullivan and Eamonn McLoughlin. - A rapt audience at the festival opening - Youth session at Vickers Bar - Niall McCann of Ballyconneely was one of many young local dancers to show off their steps during the first ever Clifden Trad Fest - John Gerard Walsh & Friends at Foyles Hotel Photos by Patrick Howard, Mary McCann and staff.

Oughterard Arts Festival 2010 Photos clockwise from right: Anna Morley, Bridget Morley and Kathleen Furey at the launch of ArtCase - ‘Nellie Murphy’ at the old time waltzing! - Getting artistic during UachtarARTS - Festival committee members Amber Walsh and Leah Beggs with Cllr. Tom Welby - Drumming in the Shrubbery at the Oughterard Arts Festival Photos courtesy of the UachtarARTS Committee

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Eating, Drinking & Gigs Guide

Alcock & Brown Hotel. The Square, Clifden. 095-21880. Vickers Coffee House: Boasting a brand new food menu with lunches from €6.95.Childrens lunches from €3. Essence coffee. Homemade apple pie, cakes, scones and desserts.Access to outdoor decking area. Open 9am to 6pm. 7 days a week. Vickers Bar Great value new bar menu served 12 noon to 9pm. 6 TVs for viewing all sporting events. Showing all Premiership matches Gigs: Sumbrellas (Irish, Americana, Italicana Music). Fridays May 7, 14, 21 and Saturday May 29. Amazing Apples. Saturday May 8th. The Rye. Saturday May 22nd. The Three Toms. Sunday Nights. Clifden Station House Hotel. 095-21699. Midweek dinner special – 3 course meal and a bottle of wine for two €59, available Sunday to Thursday. The Station House Bar – Food served daily noon -9pm, music Friday Night with Gerry Curran and Saturday Night with Barry Ryan. Station House Theatre highlights - Do Bhíosa Lá i bPortlairge, Mon 24th May, 8pm €12/€10, The Good Father, Friday 4th June, 8pm €15, Davy Arthurs & The Fureys, Friday 6th August €25. 095-30303/21699. Derryclare Restaurant. The Square, Clifden. 095-21440.

Event Listings May 2-16: Declan O’ Connor Exhibition ‘An Image in my Heart’ , Stronach Gallery at Fermoyle Lodge in Costelloe. 091-786-111. May 7-9: The Inishbofin Community Arts Festival 2010. See Pages 36 and 37. 095-45895. bofindev@ May 8: Retreat day, Kylemore Abbey. 11am to 3.30pm. All are welcome. May 8: Jumping and Dressage Show, Cleggan Beach, 2pm. May 8: Credit Union Talent Competition- CU-Factor Talent. Auditions: Cashel Community Centre. 11am. 095-31128. 095-31101.

Check out the NEW even more affordable menu at the Derryclare Restaurant. Dinner for 2 Any day. Any time. Only €58. Enjoy a 3 course meal including a bottle of wine. NEW Takeaway Menu. Let us do the cooking! Hot trays of our menu items available for all occasions. Pizza Takeaway Special. Any 2 Cheese. Any time. Any day. Only €15. Griffins Bar, Main Street, Clifden. 095-21370. All day breakfast served from 10am. NEW lunch menu served daily Mon-Thu 12-4pm / Fri 12-5pm. Takeaway now available. Watch sports in High Definition on our Big screen and 4 TV screens. Come have lunch and watch sports on the Big Screen in our newly improved and heated beer garden. Live music seven nights a weekMonday -Trad with Barry Brady & Friends 8-11, Tuesday - Trad 8-11, Wednesday - Trad 8-11, ThursdayTrad with The Herons Brothers, Friday - Johnny Óg Connolly & Friends. Saturday Nights Live Band & DJ, Sunday Trad 7 till 10pm and DJ Fiddler 11 till finish. Guys Bar, Main Street, Clifden, 095-21130, Food served daily 10.30am to 9pm. Snug available for private parties. Traditional music Wed – Sat 7.30 to 9.30pm – DJ Mike O’Malley every Saturday Night from 10pm. Clifden Comhaltas May Music Session - Friday 28th May from 8:30pm.

Kylemore Pass Hotel and Restaurant, Kylemore. Ideal for small weddings. Tranquillity Room suitable for civil weddings & therapy-use. Restaurant for a special meal. Sailors Bar for affordable meals. Celebrate birthdays, anniversaries etc. Take friends for a drink in our unique bar. 095-41141. email: Mannions. Market St, Clifden. 095-21780. Food served daily until 9pm. Traditional music at weekends. Marconi Restaurant at Foyle’s Hotel. The Square, Clifden. 095-21818. Open 6 days. 6-9pm. Early Bird Specials from 6-6:45pm. Mullarkey’s Bar. The Square, Clifden. 095-21818.Music every Friday and Saturday night. Check out our billboard on The Square for gig listings.

May 9: Community Clean Up. Streamstown Tempaill an Dearg Graveyard, 2pm. May 9: School Cake Sale, Killannin Community Centre, after 11 o’clock Mass. May 9: CSI Clifden: Cake Sale, Station House Hotel, 11.45am. May 9: Roundstone Youth Council pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick, bus departs 9am. 086-821-51-53. May 11: Letterfrack Citizen’s Information service, Connemara West (Portacabin 4), 1:30-4:30pm. 087-130-1100. May 12: Clifden and Connemara Heritage Society Talk, Station House Hotel, 8pm. May 15: Cleggan and Claddaghduff

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O’Dowd’s Bar & Seafood Restaurant. Roundstone. 095-35809. Open daily from 10.30am. Fresh seafood daily. Early Bird Special: 2 Courses, Tea/Coffee €19.50. (Until 7.30pm). Evening Restaurant Menu Served from 5 to 9.30pm. Bar Food Served Noon to 9.30pm.

First Holy Communion, Claddaghduff Church, 11 o’clock Mass. May 16: Gráinne Mhaols Ladies Gaelic Club Registration Day, Clifden Town Hall 3-4pm. Connemara Community Radio from 5-6pm. 087-284-1006. 086-384-7499. May 22: ‘Saturday Night Fundraiser’ 60’s & 70’s Music, The Func Room, 10pm. €10. (proceeds in aid of Clifden Community Playschool). May 22: The Conamara Bog Week Grand Prix, 65km cycling event, 3.30pm. 087-912-0910 May 23: The Gogarty Cup, 80km cycling event, 12.30pm. 087-912-0910 www.western-

May 2010 May 23: Monster Bingo, Claddaghduff Hall, Sunday, 8.30pm. May 23: Connacht Sheep Shearing Championships 2010, Maam Cross. 9am. May 24: Music Network Trad Tour, Station House Theatre, 8pm. €12/€10. May 25: Mary McPartlan, Kilcummin Parish Church, Oughterard, 8pm.. €8/€5. May 25: Letterfrack Citizen’s Information service, Connemara West (Portacabin 4), 1:30-4:30pm. 087-130-1100. May 26: World MS Day Coffee Day, Connemara Community Radio, Letterfrack,10.30-6pm.

May 28: May Comhaltas Session, Guys Bar, Main Street. 086-401-5342. May 28-June 7: 26th Annual Conamara Bog Week 2010. www. 095-41034/43443 or 085-115-4629. June 4: ‘The Good Father’, Station House Theatre. 095-30303. June 6: Renvyle Animal Rescue fundaiser, Ellis Hall, Letterfrack,10am to 3pm. 087-056-6302. June 13: Little Gems Community Playgroup, Recess. Sponsored walk & cycle, Noon. 087-976-1811. June 14: CSI Clifden: Public Meeting, Claddaghduff Community Hall, 8pm.

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May 2010 edition of the Connemara View Newspaper. Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland