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ANOTHER WIN FOR COMPÁNTAS LIR AT CLAREGALWAY FESTIVAL OF DRAMA It ended with a tremendous night of entertainment but it was Nenagh Players and local group Compántas Lir that had most to celebrate as Claregalway Festival of Drama came to an end at Claregalway Leisure Centre on the 20th of March. Over the nine nights some wonderful performances enthralled the large gatherings and Brendan Murray, ADA, Adjudicator for the Festival paid tremendous compliments to all who participated in what was exceptionally high standards. He also paid tribute to Claregalway Festival of Drama committee under the direction of Festival Director Mike Hession and Secretary Deirdre Gaughan for the excellence of what now must be regarded as one of the best festivals in the Drama circuit. Claregalway Festival of Drama Festival Director Mike Hession paid tribute to the hardworking committee who helped make the festival such a success ‘Belinda McDonald,’ played by Ruth O’ Driscoll of for everybody, but expressed special Compántas Lir in their production of ‘Johnny Belinda’ thanks to the audience and supporters who made the festival a huge success. He added his thanks to all the groups, the ladies catering committee, the local hostelries, teachers and pupils in the schools for their art work, the advertisers and especially the sponsors of the festival. Nenagh Players scooped the top prize at Claregalway Festival of Drama when the results were announced as they took the Best Overall Production award and also took the Best Play in the Open section with their production of “Tuesday’s with Morrie” by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom. The Best Play in the Confined section was won by Compántas Lir for their production “Johnny Belinda” by Elmer Harris. Robin Lee of Friar’s Gate Theatre took the Best Director in the Open section for the production of “The Shape of Metal” by Tom Kilroy while Bríd Conneely of Compántas Lir


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 took the Best Director in the Confined section for their production “Johnny Belinda” by Elmer Harris. Best Actor in the Open section was won by William Lyons of Shoestring Theatre Company who played the part of ‘Kevin McAlister’ in “A Night in November” by Marie Jones. Best Actress in the Open section was won by Cora Fenton of Friars Gate Theatre who played the part of ‘Nell’ in their production of “The Shape of Metel” by Tom Kilroy. Best Supporting Actor in the Open section was won by James Harris of K.A.T.S. who played the role of ‘Michael’ in their production of “The Pillow Man” by Martin McDonagh. Best Supporting Actress in the Open section was won by Noelle Clarke of Palace Players who played the part of ‘Valerie’ in the production of “The Weir” by Conor McPherson. Best Actor in the Confined section was won by Kevin Shalloo of Amphitheatre Company, for his role as ‘Dinzie Conlee’ in “Sharon’s Grave” by John B Keane. Best Actress in the Confined section was won by Ruth O’Driscoll who played the part of ‘Belinda McDonald’ in their production of “Johnny Belinda” by Elmer Harris. Best Supporting Actor in the Confined section was won by Vincent Moran of Compantas Lir who played the role of ‘Locky McCormack’ in the production of “Johnny Belinda” by Elmer Harris. Best Supporting Actress in the Confined section was won by Joan Walkin of D.A.D.S. Dunmore who played the part of ‘Peggy’ in the production of “Conversations of a Homecoming” by Tom Murphy. The Mary Duggan Memorial Shield was presented to the Best Stage Crew and that award went to went to Nenagh Players for their production “Tuesday’s with Morrie” by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom. Best Lighting, Best Sound & Best Setting also went to Nenagh Players. The Adjudicator Award went to Palace Players for their ensemble work in their production of “The Weir” by Conor McPherson. Deirdre Gaughan, Secretary made a special presentation of Crystal to Brendan Murray, ADA, Adjudicator for the festival and a bouquet of flowers to Committee President Mary Moran, which was accepted on her behalf by her grandson Adrian Moran. The hardworking committee of 2009 who made the Festival of Drama at Claregalway such a success were Mary Moran (President); Michael Hession (Chairman and Festival Director), Seamus McNulty (Vice Chairman), Deirdre Gaughan (Secretary); Julie-Ann Hession (Recording Secretary), Mary Kelly (Assistant Secretary), Tom Lenihan (Treasurer), Mary McCarthy (Assistant Treasurer), Declan Varley (PRO), Helen Cahalan, Mary Fleming, Cyril Duggan, Francis Moran, Bernadette Prendergast, Agnes Lenihan, Adrian Moran, Sheila Hession, Tom Moran.

Under 14 Girls Team: Back Row: Lorna Hannon, Siobhan Gavin, Karen Dowd, Ruth Horkan, Jennifer Dowd, Shauna Doyle, Roisin Holland, Shauna Hurney, Iarlflaith Green, Michelle Dunleavy. Front Row: Niamh Fahy, Leanne Martin, Eimile Gavin, Emily Keane, Linda O Connell, Anna Goldrick, Louise Brennan, Emma Conway. Managers: Joan Gavin, Jimmy Gavin.

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Under 14B (U13) Boys Team: Front Row: Eoin Concannon, Cillian Byrne, Darra McGaugh, Colm Mannion, Ryan Manning, Kyle Concannon, Conor Shaughnessy, Mark Rohan. Back Row: Eoin Whelan, Richard Doyle, Sean Linane, Jamie Holland, Keith Herwood, Damien Dolan, Padraig Kearney, Raymond Heneghan. Managers: Tom Dolan, Colie Green and Matthew Kearney. Missing from photo: Audie Murphy, Aiden Boyd, Christopher Carrol, Cian Faherty, Jack Keigre, Mark Kenny, Cian Conlon, Kevin Ruane, Darra Nash, Liam Egan.

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COLM MANNION’S FAREWELL TO CLAREGALWAY GAA JUVENILE FOOTBALL A match was held at the beginning of March in Claregalway GAA Pitch to salute one of its finest players, Colm Mannion. The Under 14B Boys team who won the County Championship 2008 under their managers Tom Dolan, Colman Green and Matthew Kearney kicked off their new season against the Under 14 Girls, managed by Joan Gavin and Jimmy Gavin. It was a great game, both teams enjoyed this unusual match up (See picture across). Tom and Colie presented Colm with a plaque to remember his days with Claregalway GAA Football, Ryan Manning giving the farewell words from the team.

Colie Green and Tom Dolan presenting a plaque to Colm Mannion

Unfortunately for Claregalway, Colm and his family are moving to Briarfield, our loss is most certainly MoyloughMountbellew’s gain. Colm is a terrific footballer, his quiet nature on and off the field does not deflect from his ability to get the ball and put it in the net or over the bar. Colm we will miss you, and your place will be hard to fill. Continue to enjoy the sport and no doubt, we will meet you on the field! We wish you the very best of luck.

EDITORIAL Welcome to this month’s issue of Nuacht Chláir. I have just come home from the Town Hall Theatre having seen the ‘Johnny Belinda’ play and I have to say it was the best drama I have ever seen. Each and every one of the actors excelled and fitted their roles so appropriately. The atmosphere in the theatre was palpable to say the least. I sat beside three ladies from Barna and they were so emotionally taken up with the drama that they had their fingers crossed that the Doctor would return to save the day! Take note these ladies knew nothing about the cast and at the end they discussed each character so well. Compántas Lir continue to impress us year after year and they have given us so much enjoyment. This is what community spirit is all about – connecting together and getting involved. It’s much more fun being a participator rather than a spectator. Working together creates unity and with unity we can get things out there. Best of luck to Compántas Lir and I can see them scooping an overall award in the All-Irelands.

Josette Farrell, Editor

This weekend I also attended the No Name Club National Youth Awards in Castlebar. Malachy Noone and I attended as guardians on behalf of the Claregalway No Name Club where our teenagers attend. Over 850 teenagers from all over the country attended and it was an amazing night from start, at 5pm, to finish, at 8am. It was great to see friendships forming with different clubs between teenagers and parents, and notes compared for new ideas for the various clubs. We are so proud of our No Name Club teenagers – they can party all night long and have fun without the aid of alcohol. The footpaths and lights extend from Cregboy junction to the Central Tavern in Loughgeorge and it is proving to be a huge success judging by the amount of walkers I meet on a daily basis. Progression at last! Now all we need for Claregalway to progress is the development of proper amenities – a playground, Secondary School, Library and a Bus Shelter for starters.

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CLAREGALWAY PHARMACY & PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTRE Claregalway, Co. Galway Tel/Fax: (091) 799754 V.A.T. No. IE 8286400

HEALTH EXPENSES: CLAIM SOME TAX BACK. Drug payments scheme: This scheme covers patients who are not covered by the medical card or long term illness schemes. Individuals or families pay the pharmacist the first 100 euro per month of the cost of prescribed medicines and appliances. If the individual or family member has to obtain a prescription from a second pharmacy in the same month, the second payment can be claimed from the health service executive by submitting the relevant receipts. Patients not already registered should send a completed application form to the health service executive, forms available directly from the HSE or in any pharmacy.

Med 1 form: Many patients are not aware that they are entitled to tax relief on the cost of their prescription medicines. A repayment of tax may be claimed in respect of qualifying medical expenses. Med 1 forms are available from your tax revenue office or online. Med 1 reports (the amount spent during a tax year) for an individual or family may be obtained from your pharmacy.

Long Term Illness scheme (LTI): The LTI scheme makes provision for the supply of medicines and appliances free of charge to individuals who suffer from certain chronic illnesses. These are: diabetes insipidus, diabetes mellitus, haemophilia, hydrocephalus, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, parkinsonism, phenylketonuria, epilepsy, mental handicap, mental illness (in children under 16) and acute leukaemia in children. Patients wishing to register on this scheme must submit an application form, which has been completed by their doctor, to the HSE. Many patients are not aware of these entitlements, should you have any queries you can contact your pharmacy, your local HSE community care office or the tax office regarding med 1 form.

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TEAC MÓR AND KNOCKDOE HILL Is Teac Mór there anymore, In my mind I see it still, Where in youth we did explore, On top of Knockdoe hill? When as boys we chased the hare To the place where no birds sung, Into that lonely pile did dare In days when we were young. Where the Banshee’s cry was heard And brave men paled in fright, And braver too were perturbed By that demon of the night. Are there yet piles of stones Where under rests the slain, Now old green decayed bones For long in Death’s domain? From that house sad and grey

That old hill is calling me

Was Lough Corrib seen so clear,

Oh I hear it soft and low,

On a fine day too Galway Bay,

“Come back once more and see

With Connemara looking near.

Me - once more before you go”.

Is there still a secret hollow

“I cannot go now Knockdoe

Where Penal Masses were said,

I am old weary and ill,

Did the faithful pray and follow

Not like I used to long ago;

To the altar on a primrose bed?

But I promise – my Ashes will”.

Edward Coppinger

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INTERIOR DESIGN - HINTS AND TIPS Revamping your kitchen The kitchen is probably the most hard-working room in the house, with cooking being its main function. But in recent years it’s also the social centre, where family members get together. It should reflect your life style and tastes, not someone else’s. There is no point in having a minimalist style kitchen with little preparation place, if you love to cook. You can spend a fortune on a new kitchen, so unless you won the lotto, maybe revamping is all you need to do. Small changes can make all the difference and can give a room a new lease of life. Paint is a wonderful decorating medium, it is easy to apply, and it comes in many shades and finishes, and is not expensive. It can be used in many different ways and if you make a mistake, it can be corrected by painting over it. Try to avoid this, by planning your colour scheme, before you start. Test out the colour on the wall to be painted and remember that paint looks darker when dry. Kitchens can take on a strong colour because there’s not usually a whole wall of it, just patches between units. Bright shades may not be for the faint hearted, but they give a room life and energy. Use pale colours if you want to lighten the look of your kitchen. Pastels can work well and are sometimes better than white, which can look bleached out. Blue can be a cold colour, but lighter tones will create a fresh, airy feel. A neutral scheme of cream, grey and soft white would suit a modern design. If you can’t afford or you don’t want to replace the splash-back tiles, you could paint them, making sure to use the right paint. To give your kitchen a country feeling, use stencils or create your own ones. Paint is the most suitable wall finish in the kitchen but patterned wallpaper can add interest to a wall. You can protect with safety glass or clear plastic panel or restrict it to the dinning area. For a bold backdrop, paper a feature wall with a striking design. Give your walls a wow factor with bold coloured glass; you can match or contrast with the wall or kitchen units. There are a variety of colours to choose from and you can pick out the same colour in the kitchen accessories. Or use glass that allows the wall colour to show through. Glass helps to make a room feel light and airy. To revamp the kitchen replace your splash-back tiles with new ones. You can use machine-made or hand-made ones. Hand-made tiles are thicker, more irregular and are a little different from each other. To create rustic looking kitchen, use e.g. a mix of dark and light blue tiles with honey-coloured pine units. Create contrast with a mix of green and cream tiles, will look good with birch units. To rev up a colour scheme, you could use bright colour tiles in a random pattern e.g. orange, black and grey or yellow, navy and turquoise. Before you fit tiles like this, make sure you really like them, because tile can be complicated and expensive to change. You could use mosaics instead of tiles and they can look great; they’re not hard to fit and come in lots of colours, so it’s easy to find a shade to suit your kitchen. Add pattern by using shimmery mosaics. Before you rip out your tired old kitchen and start afresh, think again, maybe you can spruce it up, with some imagination. Revamping old units can be done cheap and easy by painting them. Painting units provide lots of possibilities with colour and style. To add to the look, fit new handles. Simply changing handles can change the style of the room. There’s a wide range of sizes, styles, shapes, materials, finishes and colours to choose from. You can afford to spend a bit more on them, as painting the kitchen units will not cost as much as replacing them. If you don’t like the style of unit doors, you could replace them, which would give a new look to the kitchen. To pep up a look, just add colour on a couple of units, it subtle, adding interest without spoiling the overall feeling of the room. You could also just paint the centre of each door i.e. on a shaker style kitchen. To Page 6

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change the feeling of the room in the future, the units can be painted over. Solid cupboard doors can make a kitchen feel cramped, so add glass in a couple of the unit doors. It will add texture and lighten the look. If you have the space to add open shelves, they will break up a run of units and create an informal keel to the room. They can be used to display favourite items e.g. jars and books, a way to give colour and personality to a room. Items will be easy to find when you need them. To highlight a set of open shelves, paint the insides the same colour as the walls. If you have space add an island unit, it looks great and is functional as well. It acts extra work and storage space and gives the room a free-flowing feel. Add some bar stools and it can be used as a breakfast or dining space. When you have a party, guests can gather around it and chat with the cook. If you can’t build an island unit get a free-standing butcher’s block, it is good extension to the work surfaces and it will also add more storage space. To increase the use of the island unit, add sockets so you can plug in small appliances. You need a good selection of lights in a kitchen to meet all the different requirements. There are many ways of lighting your kitchen to make it efficient, as well as stimulating to live in. You need good general light as well as direct light for working for working areas. Fit lights under wall units to illuminate the worktop and sink area. Colours and textures can be enhanced with a “wash” of light directed on to the wall or ceiling. For maximum visual impact group together three pendant lights hung in a row over a dining table or island unit. Window sills are often crammed with bits and bobs, so a Roman blind as a good idea, it can be drawn down as far as needed. It looks neat and can add colour to a kitchen. A Roman blind in soft woven linen adds privacy, but its unfussy and minimal. You have a large window that lets in lots of light, a curtain could look too fussy, instead use a simple venetian blind, which adds privacy without loosing the light. Use a new flooring to revamp your kitchen. Wood laminate flooring will give a simple modern look, it is long-lasting and warm underfoot. Though water-resistant vinyl is also a good choice and it comes in many colours and designs. If you have dark units, lighten the look with a pale floor. Once you have created a feel with units and wall colour, accessories can make or break a kitchen. Break up an all-white kitchen scheme by adding brightly coloured bars stools. A large wall clock makes a decorative feature, while potted plants look fresh and pretty. A blackboard is always useful in the kitchen, you can write down the shopping list. A favourite print in a frame that matches the units, will create a focal point. You may own some great accessories, you just need to display them. Colours ones on open shelves will give a plain kitchen boost. Now that you have the perfect kitchen, without spending a fortune, you can sit back and enjoy it.

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Health & Fitness by Kieran O’Neill A.C.E., N.C.E.F., Escape Leisure Health & Fitness Club

Weight Lo ss VS Fat Loss

One of the biggest misunderstandings in people who come to me for training is the idea of weight loss.

We all own a weighing scales but the scales don’t tell you the whole truth. Everyone will tell you they want, or even need, to lose X amount of pounds, kilograms or stones. You want to lose X amount of what? Muscle? Bone? Skin? Water? Does it matter? If you want to lose weight why not just chop an arm off that will get rid of those pesky extra lbs on the scale? Or is it more than that you want? Do you want to feel more confident, look better in the mirror and fit into those jeans better? If the answer is yes then fat is what you need to lose! The healthy fat levels for men and women are: Men 10-25%, Women 20-35%.. Unfortunately for us, there is no magic, quick-fix to losing fat (despite what ‘magic tablet’ your best friend has told you about)! I know it’s not what you want to hear but patience is the most important part in losing fat mass. I always tell people “The slower you lose it the longer it stays off” The way to lose fat is to increase your activity levels (Aerobic and Resistance training), reducing your calorie intake while still maintaining a balanced diet. It takes approximately 3,500kcal to burn 1lb of fat. Considering the average, daily intake should be, for men 2000-2500kcal and for women 1500-2000kcal - never below 1,200kcal. The healthy way to lose fat is around 1-2lbs per week. This is around 500 calories a day.

The healthy way to create a calorie deficit - physical activity & healthy eating 1. Physical Activity Physical activity does not mean killing yourself on a treadmill, something as simple as cleaning the house or gardening is considered to be physical activity. However this type of activity is not as good or specific to burning fat as Aerobic or Resistance training. Aerobic training, such as walking, running, cycling, or classes similar to Aerobics (Step, Aqua, Spinning, Rebounding) are all great ways of burning calories which will make it easier to create a calorie deficit. Resistance training involves weight bearing activities making the muscles work to their maximum, exercises such as press-ups, squats and pull-ups are great body resistance exercises. Dumbbell presses, bicep curls and leg presses are external weight bearing exercises using different equipment such as machine weights, dumbbells, and dynabands. All these are great exercises and help to improve your ability to burn calories as for up to 48 hours after your resistance workout your body is burning extra calories to repair the tiny tears created during resistance training. For all the women out there shaking their heads and saying ‘Weights aren’t for me ‘cause I don’t want to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger,’ I tell you to relax! Building muscle is extremely difficult for men so fear not only 1% of women produce enough testosterone to build muscle. (I will go into more detail in later articles). 2. Healthy Eating One thing that we can change is our diet (remember diet is a lifelong eating habit not the latest fad). We can all cut back on the chocolate, sweets, crisps and alcohol as these all contain empty calories. One tip I give all my clients is to eat consciously, try keeping a food diary for a week, and check it at the end of the week! Eat slowly and remember that it takes the body 20 minutes to realise it’s full so take your time and chew slowly.

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SPECIAL NEWS Congratulations to Sinéad & Michael John Murphy from Gortaleva, on the birth of their baby, Eoghan Patrick on the 28th of March. A brother for Clodagh, Emma & Ailbhe. Congratulations to Ailbhe Hession, Cahergowan, on being awarded 1st place in ‘Galway’s Got Talent,’ held in Coyote’s Bar in Galway. She won €10,000 for her singing act. Well deserved Ailbhe! Congratulations to Teresa O’ Malley from Mayo and Murty Killilea from Caherlea, Claregalway on their marriage in Rome on the 2nd of April. Congratulations to Eleanor Lardner from Lydican, who recently graduated in her Masters from Trinity College Dublin/Dublin Institute of Technology (A joint venture). She attained a special award for her top marks in her Masters. She was already very successful when studying for her degree in DIT, where, even struggling with the death of her mother Marian, she was awarded for both her excellent results and presentation. Rory Carroll, Margaret Fox, Eleanor’s sisters and brother, all her uncles and aunts and indeed all of her family are very proud of her, and delighted that she achieved the results she worked so hard for.

Eleanor Lardner, pictured here with her Grandmother Margaret Fox, at Trinity College, where she achieved top marks in her Masters.

Claregalway/Carnmore Active Retirement Association Meeting Every Friday at 10.30 am. in the Parish Meeting Room. All are welcome. Claregalway/Carnmore Senior Citizens Every Monday night at 8.00 pm. in the Parish Meeting Room. Mother and Toddler Group Meet every Wednesday morning in Claregalway Community Centre from 10.00 – 12 noon Contact: Teresa at 087-944 67 18. Junior Choir Practice every Monday night in the Church at 7 pm. Senior Choir Practice every Monday night in the Church at 8.15 pm. Folk Choir Practice every Wednesday night in the Church at 8 pm.

CLAREGALWAY/CARNMORE ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION Dr. Bhatti of The Village Care Centre in Craughwell will be giving a guest lecture on a number of health related topics at an upcoming meeting of The Claregalway Active Retirement Group. Some of the topics to be covered will include complementary medicine, nutrition and older people, arthritis, diabetes and other related topics. The talk is open to members and non members and will take place on Friday 17th of April at 10:30am in the Claregalway Parish Hall.

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JOB HUNTER Can I have a job? Please? Seriously, anybody who’s looking for an eighteen year old with little physical strength and endurance, but who can speak French and Irish and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of superheroes, then look no further than this byline. I’m punctual and hardworking but if you throw something in my direction, even if you’re passing me something, I will flinch and run away. I don’t understand how I don’t have a job already. I could blame the economy. Recession talk seems to have soaked into every watercooler conversation countrywide. I’m fairly certain I heard an octogenarian explaining to his eight-year grandson that he couldn’t give him money on his birthday because of the downturn. Scared people are flinging scary words around like toddlers flinging toys. I can’t walk down a street without hearing terms like unemployment, market slump, GDP, inflation, expenditure, wage cuts, credit crunch, bailout, budget, bubble burst and deflation causing debit deficit leading to downturn and dole queues. I may have gotten carried away with that last one. Everyone seems to be getting carried away with worry about the economy. It’s a serious problem don’t get me wrong but pessimistic speculation will only lead to people withdrawing their money and hiding it under the bed in their new fallout shelters. Easy for me to talk I suppose, I’m still in college. The point can be made that I’m completely the wrong person to be reporting on this recession. I’m still in the education stream, so providing nobody rocks the boat too hard and the college stays afloat then I’ll probably be able to tread water until the tide lowers enough for me to wade up the aisle and get my diploma. Although everyone who comes after me will be screwed if fees are introduced. All I can do is bide my time and hope the storm passes before I have to go out into the big wide world. If I’m being honest then the reason I don’t have a job is because I haven’t looked. That’s the end of all that. No more Celtic Miser for me. I’ll litter so many CV’s everywhere I’ll make Al Gore cry. So if you’ve got a job that needs doing, I’m your man. As long as it doesn’t require experience. How can I get experience if I can’t get a job?

Shaun Leonard

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‘Will Event’

Over 25% of Irish people die without making a Will From Monday 11th of May to Monday 25th of May 2009, Geraldine O’ Neill Glynn will be holding a ‘Will Event.’ During that time there will be a reduced professional fee for making a will:

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SCOIL NÁISIÚNTA CEARN MÓR AN EXAMPLE OF PARENT-SCHOOL CO-OPERATION. On Wednesday night last, Carnmore National School held an open night for parents to showcase the 7 new Interactive Whiteboards installed in the school since January this year. Every classroom now has one of these state-of-the-art whiteboards which ensures that every pupil enjoys a multimedia-filled educational experience. “The Board of Management and Parents’ Association came together a year ago and plotted a joint strategy which has lead to the provision of interactive whiteboards in every class in our school,” said Carmel Kenny, Chairperson of the Board of Management. “We felt it was important to provide technology in the day to day environment of the classroom that would reach as many children as possible. With computers you can only reach a certain percentage of children, with the interactive whiteboards the technology is accessible to all, independent of ability, language skills and age,” said Jennifer Joyce, Chairperson of Parents’ Association.

Pupils from SN Cearn Mór making a presentation to parents on interactive whiteboards.

“We in Scoil Náisiunta Cearn Mór are continually striving to provide our pupils with the highest quality, most interactive, most interesting and most future proof education available,” said John Reilly, School Principal. “All the stakeholders work very hard to provide the modern, spacious and technologically advanced school that we have in Carnmore,” continued John. Scoil Náisiunta Cearn Mór is located 8 kms from Galway, 1 km from Galway airport, has 180 pupils, 7 mainstream teachers, 3 learning support teachers and an administrative principal. Tá an scoil sa Ghaeltacht agus tá an Ghaeilge lárnach i saol agus múineadh na scoile.

A school with a long history of sport- hurling, football, camogie and soccer- Carnmore National School shows how with a strong parent-school partnership, the traditional and the modern can flourish.

DIARY DATES Monday May 4th at 7:30pm in the Arches Hotel

Tom Flynn - Clairvoyant & Faith Healer

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GARDENING WITH JOSETTE of Horkan’s Lifestyle & Garden Centre

GARDENING TIPS FOR APRIL Spring has sprung at long last and we can now look forward to spending time in the garden. Gardening has become hugely popular in these recessionary times. People are getting in touch with nature and there is nothing as therapeutic as time spent in the garden. The flowering cherries, magnolias and crab apples are a welcome sight at the moment.

The following are a few tips to keep you busy in the great outdoors: Trees, shrubs and climbers l Continue to water newly planted trees, shrubs and hedges during dry weather. l Weed and hoe along newly planted hedges. Fruit Trees l Feed any fruit trees with sulphate of potash now, to help fruiting. l Continue planting fruit trees now – plums, cherries, pears, apples and soft fruit bushes such as blackcurrants, gooseberries and blueberries. Planting and sowing l Plant evergreen trees and shrubs. l Plant climbers, heathers and pot grown shrubs. l Plant rhododendrons. Transplant any that have overgrown their spaces.

Horkan’s Lifestyle & Garden Centre, Lydican.

Pruning l Complete all pruning tasks as soon as possible. l Shear over winter-flowering heathers as they finish flowering. l Lightly prune shrubs, such as Japanese quinces and early flowering clematis that have finished flowering. l Hard prune forsythias after flowering and remove all flowered shoots. l Hard prune Buddeja davidi and Hydrangea aciculate, if not done last month. l Trim lavenders to shape. l Deadhead early-flowering azaleas and rhododendrons by hand. l If late frosts have caused damage to new shoots, prune them back to an undamaged bud. Page 14

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GARDENING TIPS CONTD. Propagation l Continue to propagate heathers by layering and cutting. l Roses – if not already done, feed established roses. l Apply a specific rose fertiliser. l Water newly planted roses thoroughly during dry weather. Lawns l Continue aerating, scarifying and feeding established lawns. l Level humps and fills in hollows. l Apply Feed and weed which has all the fertilisers to treat the lawn and kill moss. l Moss in a lawn is very common due to our wet winters and heavy soils. It can also be caused by shade, poor drainage an cutting the lawn too low. Vegetables and Herbs l Continue to plant onion sets. l Plant out summer cabbages sown last month.. l Sow further salad crops. l Plant tomatoes in the greenhouse. l Sow broccoli, winter cabbages and late summer cauliflowers in a nursery bed. l In the herb garden, plant out hyssop, lavender, mint, rosemary, sage and bay. l Sow basil under glass. Basil is tender and should not be put out until early summer.

That’s it for now and happy gardening!

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TWO LOCAL HAIRDRESSERS JUMP IN AID OF CHARITY Mellissa Callanan and Ava Ramaker, both from Galway, have decided to partake in a sponsored charity parachute jump for CD’s Helping Hands and the Galway Hospice. As well as this they have also organised a fundraising night in the Claregalway Hotel including a ‘Big Hair Day’ fashion show which involves all local hair salons to compete in a first, second and third prize competition, which will be studied by three judges. An auction waxathon will also be held on the night. CD’s Helping Hands is known for giving support to families in the West of Ireland who have a child with any type of cancer diagnosis. These excellent services allow families to carry on functioning as normal as possible while mam, dad or guardian is in hospital with the sick child. This cause is well known and well deserving.

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The Galway Hospice is also a well established foundation and over the years has grown from the help of a few volunteers to the help of many, including support services and daycare. This foundation has helped so many people suffering with illnesses. While most people benefit from their home care services, many can also go to the Galway Hospice itself for whatever treatment is necessary. Both chosen charities are excellent and prominent charities in the West of Ireland and will benefit from this fundraiser night. Tickets will be on sale in the next couple of weeks for the 26th of April, in the Claregalway Hotel, which combines fashion, fun and music by Bagatelle. We are looking for as many spot prizes as possible to raise as much money if you could donate prizes it would be a huge help.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Mellissa Ava

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UPDATE FROM YOUR LOCAL COUNCILLOR, JIM CUDDY Claregalway Bus Shelters Following repeated calls to Bus Eireann in relation to Bus Shelters for Claregalway I have last week received a letter from Bus Eireann dated March 26th and the reply is as follows; I refer to our most recent conversation regarding bus shelters for Claregalway and I am pleased to inform you that the drawings and documentation for the bus shelters have been submitted to the relevant planning authority and we would expect to install the shelters during the summer.

Request for improved bus service Bus Eireann has responded to me in this regard and have informed me that with regard to the bus services between Galway-Claregalway-Tuam, Bus Eireann currently operates 9 services daily to Tuam and 12 services from Tuam. The level of services increases on Fridays. There are a number of private operators operating on this route with a number of licenses at peak times, This would preclude Bus Eireann from obtaining additional licenses at these times.

Bus Corridor Work on the bus corridor from the Old Forge as far as the Bridge in the village of Claregalway is expected to be completed by Easter and will be officially opened at a later date. I think that you will all agree that it greatly improves the approach to the village. Pedestrians will now be able to walk with safety on the new lit up footpaths. The council will now direct their attention to the proposed roundabout which I mentioned nearly a year ago which they plan to construct at the junction of the Roscommon Rd. They also hope to incorporate a park and ride near this roundabout.

Claregalway Library This is an issue which I have been trying to resolve with Galway Co. Co. over the past few years. I recently received a letter from the Council dated March 11th in relation to my most recent query. The reply is as follows; in respect of the library service you correctly highlight that Claregalway was included in the Library Programme. As you will be aware the new library in Tuam is nearing completion and a new facility in Ballinasloe is currently being progressed. The development of a library facility in Claregalway would have to be funded by Galway Co. Co. and the staffing requirement and cost would also be an issue. As a result there are no plans to proceed with the library facility in Claregalway at this time but the matter will be kept under review having regard to the available resources at any particular time.

Bottle Banks Earlier this week I again contacted the council to see what progress they had made with regard to the provision of a suitable site for a bottle bank in Claregalway. They have informed me that the one they had in mind in the village center was not available but they are to continue to try and get a site. Two pieces of property which the council own have been suggested by me and they are to be looked at again. The council has given me an undertaking to keep me informed of developments and they are fully aware of the urgency of this facility for Claregalway.

Liscannane/Gardenham Rd. At the most recent meting of the council sanction was given for 60,000 euro for road improvement works to be carried out on these two roads under the Roads Programme. This work is long overdue.

Road Markings Some people have raised concerns with regard to the road markings at the Claregalway Traffic Lights and the Senior Engineer has agreed to do something about this issue.

Congratulations Sincere congratulations to the local Drama Group Compantas Lir on reaching the All Ireland Finals with their play. May we wish them every success in the final. It is nice to see that all their hard work and attention to detail is being recognised.

You can contact me any day or evening at 798136 or mobile 087-6360242 or you can e-mail me at

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NIGHT AT THE DOGS FUNDRAISING EVENT Friday 24th April 2009 Galway Greyhound Stadium. Claregalway Gone to the Dogs Claregalway Community Development Association (CCDA) is holding a Dog racing night on the 24th of April in Galway Greyhound Stadium. Last year the CCDA held a successful gala evening called ‘Oíche Buíochas,’ which recognised the positive aspects of life in Claregalway, celebrating individual’s involvement in the voluntary groups and associations. This year we are holding a Greyhound Race night as a fund raising effort. The Association has only been in existence for a few years with a group of dedicated committee members who are working to promote the development of our community in all areas. The activities of the Association have been well publicised covering the following areas: Social, Educational, Planning, Environmental and the Historical Heritage of the area all of which are carried out on a voluntary basis by the committee. Claregalway can now boast having Claregalway Community Development Association committee members, Michael Hannon, Josette two Defibrillators in the village, one Farrell, Niall Concannon, Ronan Staunton & Greyhound stadium manager, Fintan Monahan. in the Claregalway Hotel and the other about to be installed in the Community Centre. The River Walk project is ongoing at the moment. The Christmas lights, which illuminated the village at Christmas, are a joint effort between the Claregalway Business Association and the CCDA and plans for next years lights are in hand already. We’re organising the annual village clean up. The hanging baskets, which adorned the village last year were partially funded by Galway County Council, but there is no money available from them this year. This is part of a bigger Tidy Towns project, which we want to develop for the benefit of the community. We have a longterm plan to develop a tourist package based on the heritage of the area. Claregalway is in the Gaeltacht and we are working to promote greater usage of the Irish language in the Community. Any work undertaken by the CCDA for the area costs money. That is why we are having a fundraising night, where you have an opportunity to win a cash prize. Tickets cost €20 and for that you will get admission and a race card to the track, a chance to win the 1st prize of €1,500 with 5 opportunities to win €100. Like last years event, you will have what promises to be an entertaining night. For information and tickets contact, Niall Concannon on 086 2548497, Vincent Lyons on 087 6386432, Michael Hannon on 087 6744381, Ronan Staunton on 087 2543057, Josette Farrell on 086 3913852, Noel Walsh on 086 8299036 or Jimmy Roche on 086 2606691.

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CLAREGALWAY BASKETBALL NEWS The Claregalway Basketball Club had their annual Tournament last Saturday, in the Claregalway Community Centre. Basketball Clubs from Coláiste Éinne (travelled from Dublin), OranmoreMaree and Moycullen took part on the day. Each team played three games and the two finalists played a fourth. Claregalway won their three games qualifing them for the final against Moycullen and emerged victorious. The standard from each team was very strong this year, and each game was hard fought with terrific displays of ability from each member of the teams.

Claregalway’s Winning Team: Coaches: Liam Egan & Sean Coffee. Players: Padraig Kearney, Captain; Liam Egan; Aiden Boyd; Ryan Manning; Mark Rohan; Keith Cosetllo; Christopher Carrol; Peter O’Connor; Keith Herwood; Damien Dolan; Darragh Nash; Keane Faherty, Noel Shaughnessy.

Such great quality of playing is a testament of the player’s and coaches’ dedication, training and love for the game. Compliments were paid by the visiting teams: “There was a lovely, friendly atmosphere and we lapped up the great grub, ye have a great set-up there,” from Coláiste Éinne. We would like to thank our two referees on the day, Mary Rockall and Adrian O’Neil, for their hard work and for giving their time. Thanks also to those who supported the teams on the day.

Oranmore-Maree Basketball Team

Finalists: Moycullen Basketball Team

Coláiste Éinne Basketball Team

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We are living in interesting times and financial advice has never been so important. It’s easy to choose a savings plan, a pension, an investment product or an insurance policy. In some cases it is almost too easy, just fill out the forms, sign your name, hand over the money without another thought and it’s done you’re away. It’s so easy. Which is precisely why you need to stop and think hard about choosing any financial product, especially a pension or investment plan as has been shown with recent upheavals in the market. Even someone working in the financial industry will take plenty of time to weigh up their options before choosing the one that’s right for them, and they know what to look for when they start out. Savings plans, pensions and investments come in all shapes and sizes, offering a wide variety of terms, risk levels, charges and potential returns. There are literally thousands of financial products and probably hundreds of different suppliers to choose from. Good products and not so good products, good suppliers and not so good suppliers. You even need to choose the right time: what might have made a good investment six months ago won’t necessarily be the right investment now, and vice versa. If you’re the type of person who enjoys getting all your facts together - researching the market, calling around the different financial houses, understanding often complicated rules and regulations, as well as developing a keen insight and understanding of the workings of the savings, pensions and investment markets - then maybe, just maybe, you’re the right person to choose the plan or pension for you. What if there were people who would do all the hard work for you? Who would sit down with you and work out what your financial needs are. Who would use their in-depth knowledge of the market to draw up a list of suitable products? Who would know which financial company to turn to for the right savings or pension plan, the right investment fund? Who would guide you through the paperwork, help you weigh up the potential risks and rewards, and ensure that no matter what decision you make, at least you’d be making a well-informed decision. The good news is that are such people. They’re called independent financial advisers, and it’s their job to do all the financial legwork for you and give you professional, impartial, financial advice. It’s what they’ve trained and studied for many years to do, which is why they can do it very, very well indeed. A good professional adviser will certainly save you time. That’s because as soon as they start talking to you, they’ll know more or less what plans and product areas are and are not right for you. They’ll also know Page 22

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FINANCIAL ADVICE CONTD. straight away where to look for the right products. Plus, they’ll probably already have the brochures and other material to hand so they can talk you through some of your options there and then. They’ll also answer many of the questions that arise as you go through the process of weighing up your options, such as explaining the charges, the levels of risk, the return you should expect to get and so on. What you may not realise, however, is that using an independent financial adviser can also save you money, often quite a lot of money. That’s because they are duty bound to give you what’s called ‘best advice’: the best product at the best price at the best time, to the best of their professional ability. This can save you a lot of money in terms of charges and fees and even tax. Of course, by helping you choose a good product they can also be instrumental in maximising the return you get from your money - advice that’s literally worth its weight in gold.

But how do you choose a financial adviser? To start with, any financial adviser you choose must be regulated by the Financial Regulator. This ensures that they are qualified to give you independent, professional advice and that their business is sound and legally compliant. They should also at least be members of the Irish Brokers Association (IBA) and must be registered as Qualified Financial Advisers too, unless they have been active in the industry for close to a decade. When you meet your Financial Adviser you should also ask them about the providers whose products they sell and what their terms of business are. It’s important that you’re satisfied and confident in the financial adviser you choose, because it’s often the case that when you find the right adviser you’ll also find the right savings plan, pension or investment. For this reason and more, you’ll probably find yourself going on to trust that same adviser with your business for many years to come, and that together you’ll build a prosperous and rewarding financial future. Should you have any questions or enquiries contact: Michael Hannon on 087 674 43 81, 0818 300 211 or Email: Michael Hannon is an independent qualified financial adviser, contents of this article are by way of information only, professional consultation is recommended before proceeding with financial advice. Michael Hannon conducts his business through Citadel Financial Advice who are regulated by the Financial Regulator.

DIARY DATES Claregalway Community Development Association (see picture) have organised a ‘Night at the Dogs’ as a fundraising effort. Show your support for your town on the 24th of April at Galway Greyhound Track. Tickets are €20 and can be purchased from any committee member:

Claregalway Community Development Association Members Back Row: Niall Concannon, Tony Clarke, Josette Farrell, Paul Gill, Seamus O’ Connell Front Row: Jimmy Roche, Vincent Lyons, Noel Walsh, Michael Hannon

Niall Concannon on 086 2548497 Vincent Lyons on 087 6386432 Michael Hannon on 087 6744381 Ronan Staunton on 087 2543057 Josette Farrell on 086 3913852 Noel Walsh on 086 8299036 Jimmy Roche on 086 2606691 Page 23

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Sunday Masses: Sat: 7.30 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Weekdays: Mon - Sat: 9.30 a.m.

Additional Mass Friday: 7.30 p.m. Confessions: 7 - 7.30 p.m. on Saturdays. Baptisms:1st&3rdSundaysofthemonth at12.30p.m.

Canon Noel Mullin: Tel: 798 104

PARISH OFFICE Parish Secretary: Teresa Payne. Telephone: 091-798741 Email: The Office is situated in the Curate’s House, beside Canon’s Mullin’s house. Office Hours: 10.00 am. to 1.00 pm. Monday to Friday. All requests for Baptism and Confirmation Certificates, Anniversary Masses and other Mass bookings should be made directly to the Secretary during office hours. Items for the Church Newsletter should also be handed in or phoned to the Office. The deadline is midday on Wednesdays.

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Prayer Meeting 8:30 Tuesday Nights in the Claregalway Community Centre

Experience the healing presence of the Holy Spirit

All Welcome Please contact 087 684 35 51 for more details


Back: Paul Gill-Managing Director of the Claregalway Hotel, Ciara Muldoon-Esker N.S., Katie O Brien-Scoil Mhuire Clarinbridge, Daniel Coyle-Claregalway N.S. Front: Heather Losh-Claregalway Educate Together, Ríona Keenan-Carnmore N.S., Jillian O’Gorman-Claregalway N.S., Rachel McMahon-Claregalway N.S.

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CLAREGALWAY/LACKAGH COMMUNITY GAMES Cross Country: Congratulations to Rachel O’Brien who was placed second in the County U12 Cross Country Competition at the Palace Grounds Tuam recently. Rachel now qualifies for the team to represent Galway at the National Finals in Athlone in May. The area was well represented with everyone finishing over a very tough course. Well done to Roísín Egan, Caitríona Moran, Aoife Gavin, Emma Connolly, Emilé Gavin, Siobhán Gavin, Robert Healy, Rory Owens and Jack Nevin. Talent Show: Congratulations to Claire Kilcoyne, Caoimhe Moran and Maeve Moran who won a Gold Medal in the County Galway Community Games Talent show in Abbeyknockmoy. The girls competed in the traditional Irish dance category and performed a piece which they choreographed themselves to earn the honour of representing Galway in the National Finals in Athlone in May. We wish the girls the best of luck. Swimming: Congratulations to Josh Buckley. Dylan Buckley. Shaun Dempsey. Rachel Dempsey. Jason Gorham and Jamie Reilly who will represent Claregalway/Lackagh Community Games in swimming in the County Finals coming up soon. Thanks to Joe Kennelly and Brid Moran who Gold Medallists Claire Kilcoyne, Caoimhe Moran & Maeve Moran organized the competition. Team Sports: Panels are currently being put together for U12 Soccer boys and girls, U10 Gaelic Football boys, U12 Gaelic Football girls, U14 Camogie, U11 Hurling. These teams are coordinated through the local soccer, football and hurling clubs. If you would like to try out for a community games team and you are not a member of a local club contact us on Other Events Coming Up: Pitch and Putt (U16), Gymnastics (U8 to U16), Judo (U16 – various weight categories), Hardcourt Tennis (U13,U16), Rounders (U13, U16), Mini Rugby (U11), Tag Rugby (U11, U14), For more information see our website or Email us on

2009 Claregalway/Lackagh Community Games: Sports Day is on Sunday April 19th at 2pm in Dangan Track,Newcastle Galway. Registration from 1:15pm. Lots more info on our new website or from Christine Moran 091-798956 Page 28

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Josette Farrell Vote No.1 - June 5th 2009

in the Local Elections

Successful achievements in the Claregalway Area to date:

Founder member of Claregalway Community Market Restoration of the landmark Nine Arches bridge Erection of ‘Welcome to Claregalway’ stones Editor of local newsletter ‘Nuacht Chláir’ Erection of townland name stones Restoration of village pumps

I have been a community activist since I came to Claregalway over 22 years ago and I am proud to have been a member of the Claregalway National School Parent’s Association. I am a founding member of Claregalway Amenity Group that undertook the restoration of the Nine Arches Bridge, the erection of a memorial stone and place names; a founding member of Claregalway Community Development Association. Despite the demands of being a mother and a community activist I am the Editor of a local newsletter ‘Nuacht Chláir’ which comes out monthly; I’m a member of Claregalway Agricultural Show, Claregalway Adult Church Choir and the Galway Choral Association. I am committed to our people. As a mother of six children, I know only too well the challenges that face young families today. We need to elect a Local Council that understands these challenges and takes action that makes a real difference and I am looking for your support. I am delighted to be one of a number of new Labour Party candidates across the country who have been drawn to join as a result of not only personal beliefs but also as a result of the progress that has been made in this constituency by Deputy Michael D. Higgins, by our elected representatives and party campaigners and by Eamon Gilmore, our Party Leader who understands the true meaning of leadership. Please support me on June 5th. Josette Farrell, your strong Labour ticket for change.

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BUS TIMETABLE FOR CLAREGALWAY Monday to Saturday Departing Claregalway

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Hey boys & girls! Want to win a FREE book?! All you have to do is colour in this fun picture! You can use whatever you like to colour it in: pencils, markers, crayons, paints, whatever you like! When you’re finished you can send it in the post to: Nuacht Chláir, ‘Currach Ruadh,’ Cregboy, Claregalway, Co. Galway, before the end of the month. Make sure you get a grown-up to help you cut the picture out!

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Winners of Nuacht Chláir’s Colouring Competition from L-R: Joint Second Place Rachel Devaney, First Place Orlaith Roe and Joint Second Place Roy Grealish.

COMPÁNTAS LIR Local drama group Compántas Lir have taken a second first prize with their production of ‘Johnny Belinda’ by Elmer Harris as they captured the top honours in the Claregalway Festival of Drama. Bríd Conneely was named as Best Producer in the confined section with Ruth O’Driscoll taking Best Actress and Vincent Moran taking the award for Best Supporting Actor. In their opening show in Kildare town, Compántas Lir scooped an unprecedented seven awards. The results included Best Play in the Confined section, Best Director, Best Actor for Philip Cribbin, Best Actress for Ruth O’Driscoll, Best Supporting Actor for Vincent Moran, Best Supporting Actress for Fidelma O’Rourke. Ruth O’Driscoll also won a Special Scholarship Award for her performance. The group have also performed in Dundrum, Dublin, Roscommon and Claregalway and Ruth O’Driscoll also won a Special Scholarship Award for their performance in Roscommon, with the play taking second place. Compántas Lir were in action in Claremorris on Wednesday March 18th, in Cavan on March 23rd and in Glenamaddy on 26th March. The production also performed for two nights on 3rd and 4th April in the Town Hall, Galway. ‘Johnny Belinda’ tells the story of Belinda, played by Ruth O’Driscoll, who is growing up in the tough town of Nova Scotia. Life is made even harder for Belinda because she is deaf and mute. When the local doctor, played by Declan Varley, decides to take Belinda under his wing to try to help her communicate, the townspeople become wary. A powerful story unfolds with the support of all the other characters played by Philip Cribbin, Vincent Moran, Síle Mannion, Patsy Cahalan, Fidelma O’Rourke, Mary McCarthy, Breda Hannon and the much loved Paddy Greaney. For more information on their upcoming dates, and details of the results, log onto where news and updates will be posted.

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CLAREGALWAY GAA UPDATE U-14 Girls: On Sunday last the U-14 Girls made an early morning trip to Ballyhaunis where they played their first Game of the season against St Mary’s. Thanks to the St Mary’s Club for the match and refreshments afterwards and to all our parents who made the trip. Training takes place at the GAA pitch at 5pm on this Saturday and the following weekend we play in the County Feile Blitz. Good luck to Cregmore National School in the Girls Mini-Seven’s Finals in Annaghdown on Friday. Minor Boys: There will be a game in Dunmore on Friday evening and all players are asked to meet at Fahy’s Foodstore, Turloughmore at 6:15pm. The First League game is away to Ballinasloe followed by a home game with Mountbellew on April 8th. Good luck to Athenry V.S. in the All-Ireland Football semifinal on Sunday when they play Ashburn in Pearse Park Longford at 1:30pm. U-12 Girls: Outdoor training recommences on Monday March 30th at 6:30pm in Claregalway. Look forward to seeing all players, old and new return to outdoor training. Club Membership is now due and all players must be registered to play for the Club. Please return all outstanding Membership forms to Jimmy Moran 087 256 82 27, Mary Conlon 087 79 99 379 or your Team Manager this week. If anyone has collected Supervalu Kids in Action Tokens for the Club, please contact Assumpta Gallagher on 087 405 1600. The promotion is now finished in supermarkets. Many thanks to all who have supported this.

Many thanks to all who supported the Annual Claregalway GAA Social on Friday 13th March and to the committee who helped to put it together. A very enjoyable night was had by all.

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A huge selection of Wines Beer, soft drinks and water Great range of hampers, wine books, wine accessories, gift vouchers and other gift ideas Great value, especially when you buy by the case Great access from the Tuam Road Roundabout Ample parking outside the door Comprehensive tasting notes for all wines Full Party service including sale or return on wines and beers and free glass hire Free wedding wine planning service with a special consultation lounge for couples

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An unfortunate error occurred in last month’s first edition. As a consequence, the crossword was insoluble. The later edition was perfect but very few readers acquired that edition. In light of the foregoing the one and only (correct) solution received will be carried forward to April and be assessed along with correct solutions to the April crossword. Therefore two prizes this month. This one is very easy!


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Affirmative (3) Consumed (3) Organisation (6) Needle shaped monument (7) Island (capital Funchal) (7) Applies the whip (6) Lines up (6) Clothes maker (6) Desire (4) Male deer (4)

Please send completed crosswords to: B.D. Place, Woodleigh, Cregboy, Claregalway.

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Nuacht Chláir, the local newsletter for Claregalway and Carnmore, April 2009 edition.

Nuacht Chláir April 2009  

Nuacht Chláir, the local newsletter for Claregalway and Carnmore, April 2009 edition.