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The FREE local newsletter for Claregalway / Carnmore

Images from Claregalway floods Pages 15-19


December 2009


Vol. 14 Iss. 4

Christmas Dinner recipes Pages 30-33

Death of Canon Mullin saddens village Frank Kearney

There was deep and profound sadness in the Claregalway area as the news spread on Friday morning of the untimely passing of Claregalway Parish Priest, Very Reverend Noel Canon Mullin. A simple man he was Fr. Noel to everyone. Having replaced the long serving parish priest the late Canon Gerard Callanan, there was much apprehension among parishioners as to what the new priest would be like. There was no need for them to worry as Fr. Noel, quickly settled into his new administration and it wasn’t long until he became a friend to almost every parishioner in the parish.

Fr. Noel had a gentle approach that made him tremendously popular among his peers and parishioners. Fr. Noel was a native of Shrule just across the Mayo border. He attended St Mary’s College, Galway before taking up further studies in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. On June 23rd 1963, at a time when Galway was focused on the visit to Ireland and Galway of the late President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Fr. Noel Mullin was ordained to the priesthood. His first appointment was as a curate in Rossaveal and a year later Fr. Noel took up an appointment as a curate in Gort. In 1965 he

R.I.P. Canon Noel Mullin 02/01/1938 - 04/12/2009

was moved to St Mary’s College, Galway as Dean and remained there for three years. He was then moved to take on the role as chaplain to Merlin Park Hospital where he

remained until 1972, when he was appointed as Chaplain of the new Regional Technical College and Holy Family School. In 1981 Fr. Noel Continued on page 3

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was back on parish duties when he was appointed as curate in Galway Cathedral and served there for six years until 1987 when he was appointed as Diocesan Secretary for the Galway Diocese. In 1996 Fr Noel Mullin took up the appointment as parish priest of Claregalway succeeding Canon Gerard Callanan who had then retired. Following many years away from duties in a rural parish, Fr. Noel took on his new challenge with tremendous faith and courage. He would soon become an inspirational leader and had a tremendous way about him in getting other people to help. He was easy to talk to and with his pleasing and unassuming personality he quickly had people all around him anytime he looked for help. Full houses began to emerge for Masses in Claregalway as Fr. Noel’s simple sermons became meaningful for everybody. He never looked for money but collections doubled as he began to develop the church grounds. An extension to the church car park was followed by the building of the Claregalway Mortuary Chapel and meeting room. People in the parish had no need to travel to Galway for funerals and the Mortuary Chapel became available to all undertakers and the meeting room to all

organizations. The special festive occasions in the church became very meaningful to the congregation as the Easter Garden, Advent trees, Lent Crucifix and so many other little tokens provided a special meaning to everybody. The numbers of readers, collectors, Eucharist ministers all increased and Fr. Noel had a wonderful way about him in teaching Mass servers. He was also responsible for the development of the Apostolic Work Society and the Young Priest Society and he was richly proud of Claregalway where in excess of two hundred people were working in a voluntary capacity in church activity. Fr. Noel Mullin was appointed a Canon to the Diocesan Chapter in 1997 and was appointed Vicar Vorane for Galway Rural Deanery in 2008. Last June Fr. Noel announced to the people of Claregalway that he was to have medical tests and asked people to pray for him. In August Fr Noel went for surgery and everyone expected that he would be back in full health in a short time. However Fr. Noel was struck with further illness and word filtered that the gentle Claregalway pastor had been diagnosed with serious illness and finally lost his battle with illness

Josette Farrell, Editor The village is still mourning the death of Fr. Noel Mullin. His death came as a shock and he will be greatly missed. The recent flooding in Claregalway and Carnmore has left many families evacuated from their homes and livelihood. Over 35 houses in the area were completely flooded out. Places that were never flooded before were under several feet of water and many locals are wondering why. The devastation the flood has caused is heart breaking - parents with young children moving to temporary accommodation until the damages are repaired in their homes. One good thing that has arisen out of this terrible crisis is the tremendous bonding of the community. Every area effected had people helping out in every conceivable way. In the village of Claregalway, I saw the huge work brothers Jimmy, Cyril and Martin Duggan carried out. They ferried people over the bridge and back again - it was like a shuttle service. Fr. Seamus Nohilly was ferried from the SMA House to say Mass in Claregalway Church in the ‘Priest Mobile’! This service was done on a purely voluntary basis and I believe these lads, and the many others who helped, should be commended for all the work they carried out. They had their own system going where they manned the traffic and kept the show on the road throughout the whole crisis. Whilst the powers that be were slow to respond, we had our own community operation going on. People got to know their neighbours and many friendships were formed, so in the world we live in, it’s reassuring to know that people can reach out. Talking to a few neighbours recently, the question of dog poo came up. Our lovely new footpaths are being destroyed with dog poo. This is ruining the paths and it would be nice if our dog walkers could bring a poop scoop with them, or train their dogs not to foul the paths. We all have to walk on them and it’s not nice to be dodging dog poo! We hope you like the new look Nuacht Chláir, and do remember to check out our updated version www. In the meantime, thank you for your continued support throughout the years, without which we would not be able to exist. Have a very happy and peaceful Christmas and best wishes for 2010. Until next time, Josette

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on Friday 4th of December. His funeral was one of the biggest seen in Claregalway as people filed all day from early morning past his remains that lay in Claregalway Mortuary Chapel as local people took turns all day in helping people and providing refreshments. On Sunday evening the remains of Fr. Noel were removed from Claregalway Mortuary Chapel to the Church of the Assumption and St James, Claregalway where they were received by Most Reverend Dr Martin Drennan, Bishop of Galway and Most Reverend Dr John Kirby, Bishop of Clonfert. His long time curate and friend Fr Ian O’Neill placed the book of gospels and the crucifix on his coffin as Claregalway folk choir sang. Among the attendance at his funeral was Most Reverend Dr Brendan Kelly, Bishop of Achonry and Most Reverend Dr Eamon Casey, former Bishop of Galway. At the funeral Mass for Very Reverend Noel Canon Mullin, the Church of the Assumption and St James, Claregalway overflowed with people as chief celebrant Most Rev. Dr. Martin Drennan, Bishop of Galway, was joined on the altar by Fr. Seamus Nohilly, SMA, Claregalway and Diocesan classmates Fr. Michael Mulkerrins, Renmore, Canon John 4

O’Dwyer, Oranmore and Canon Richard Tarpey, Ennistymon. Fr. Noel’s nephew Micheál Mullins welcomed everybody and told numerous family stories of his life. He spoke of his wonderful interest in photography, his love of the pets and his wonderful way with children, especially with his nieces and nephews. Micheál added that as the nephews and nieces grew up, they realized the value of the uncle they had as Fr. Noel was a wonderful listener, a good friend and a wise advisor. He added his special thanks on behalf of the family to the community in Claregalway for their support, to Fr. Ian O’Neill who was a wonderful friend, to his housekeeper Maudie and Secretary Teresa. He also thanked all the medical team for their help and his two wonderful friends, Fr. Mulkerrins and Sr. de Lourda. In his homily Most Rev. Dr Martin Drennan, Bishop of Galway described Fr Noel as a wonderful caring priest who served God and his people well. He had touched the lives of thousands during his long priestly live and added that people saw the beauty in Fr Noel’s life. He added that Fr Noel had a very positive outlook on life and told the people of Claregalway as he went for surgery that

he wasn’t absconding; he was just going for a little surgery. Fr Noel’s always said “Don’t worry, it mightn’t happen and if it does, don’t worry, it won’t be too bad”. However in Fr Noel’s case it was bad and he didn’t return to Claregalway, instead he joined his God. Bishop Drennan extended sincere sympathy to Fr. Noel’s family. Claregalway senior and junior choirs sang at the funeral Mass and people wept openly as Fr Noel was leaving Claregalway church for the last time. People of Claregalway formed a guard of honour and escorted his remains to the end of the village as the remains of Fr Noel made the final journey to his home in Shrule. A number of complimentary buses were supplied by local bus company Callanan Coaches to bring priests and people from Claregalway to Shrule and back to Claregalway. Fr Noel was buried with his parents in Shrule cemetery. Very Reverend Noel Canon Mullin, Claregalway Parish Priest, is survived by his brothers, Joe (Shrule), Frank (Galway and Shrule), Paschal (Glencorrib), sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family, Bishop Martin Drennan, Priests of Galway Diocese, parishioners, and a very large circle of relatives and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.


Compántas Lir are calling for new members and invite all people who have an interest in amateur drama, either onstage or backstage, to join us. You can make contact with any of our members, fill out the online form on our website www. , ring or text our secretary (Ruth O’Driscoll, 085 115 4715) or indeed directly. The group are always eagerly looking for aspiring actors and talented backstage crew. Even if you have no specific background in theatre thus far, we provide help and training to unlock those hidden talents. The aim of the group was always to provide a chance for aspiring actors to perfrom on stage. With an increase in members over the past few years, and to try to meet the groups main aim, Chairman Vincent Moran

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Claregalway Carnmore Area Flood Relief Frank Kearney

has encouraged new ways for those members to get stage time. So for 2010 the group have decided to add a new event to its activities. This is in the form of a 1 act play which will be performed locally in the Spring time. The newly appointed director, Joe O’Connell is calling for people to come forward and try their hand at acting. One of the aims of the show is to showcase new members and provide them with valuable experience for the future. Compántas Lir recently held the launch night of their 3 act Play , I do not like thee, Dr.Fell by Bernard Farrell. The play is being produced by Philip Cribbin, and is being entered as with other years, in the confined section of the Amateur League, which is run by the Drama League of Ireland. The top 9 places in the league will qualify for the All-Ireland Finals which are being hosted

in mid April 2010 by Glenamaddy. The group are busy rehearsing for the play at the moment and which stars both new and established actors. The cast is Liz Hession, Vincent Moran, John Heneghan, Ruth O’Driscoll, Mary McCarthy, Dermot Hession and Paddy Greaney. The show will be first perfromed at the Kildare Drama Festival on March 6th 2010, will appear at the Claregalway Drama Festival in March and also run for three nights in the Town Hall Theatre in Galway in late March. Be sure to catch one of the performances. Outside of performances on stage the group try to host workshops for both acting and backstage. These are hosted locally but under the guidance of a national instructor.

Members of community groups in the Claregalway and Carnmore areas got together recently to form a new committee which aims to provide relief to those affected by the recent flooding in the area. The Claregalway Carnmore Area Flood Relief have opened a Bank Account in the Post Office in Claregalway to which people can contribute donations. Irish people have always put others first when it comes to helping those effected by natural disasters. The group has a positive aim of providing whatever is needed to allow people to get back on their feet and recover from the flooding. This will be achieved by local fundraising events and managing a list of volunteers who can give of their time to help rebuild people’s lives. The first event that is organised is a fundraising

night in the Claregalway Hotel, on St.Stephens night, 26th December. Tickets will be available within the next few days and a website with full information will be live shortly. In the meantime all news will also be carried on the local community websites including those of the Claregalway village, Carnmore Hurling, Claregalway GAA, Nuacht Chláir and Compántas Lir www.compantaslir. If you wish to get in touch with the group please contact secretary Hilda Murray: 087 767 7064 or PRO Joe O’Connell: 087 9333181


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reddish-brown insect; most infestations consist of less than 10 lice. A fine-toothed comb should be used to aid detection of live lice. Special attention should be paid to the area near the ears and nape of the neck where most of the eggs are laid. Treatment: It is appropriate to start treatment as soon as possible after the diagnosis has been made. There are two basic treatment options for which there is some scientific evidence of efficacy: (1) topical insecticides, e.g.

Malathion, permethrin and phenothrin, and (2) wet combing. Herbal products containing tea tree oil, battery powered combs and other shampoos are also used to help treat and prevent infestation. Wet combing used in addition to insecticides provides the best attack on an infestation. The rationale behind wet combing is that lice do not move to another host within 7 days of hatching and do not reproduce within 10 days of hatching. Therefore, if all young lice are combed out within a

few days the infestation can be eradicated. It is done with wet hair and added lubricant (e.g. hair conditioner.) and continued until no lice are found. Combing is repeated every three days and should be continued for two weeks after initial infestation is detected. Claregalway Pharmacy is open late Monday to Friday until 8pm and 7pm on a Saturday. Tel. 091-799 754

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As 2009 draws to a close the close, Claregalway GAA can look back on it as one that has marked a historic year for the GAA and for Claregalway GAA in many ways. This was the year when as an organistaion the GAA marked their 125th anniversary, as a club Claregalway GAA purchased 20 acres of land in Claregalway to further develop their facilities and as teams we had the unique distinction of our U-14 Boys and Ladies teams winning the triple of league, championship and Feile in Galway. Lastly our Juvenile Club were honoured when awarded the Juvenile Club of the Year from Coiste Peil na n-Óg. The purchase of land follows a long search for extra land to accommodate our growth of players over the past number of years. The lands, located in Knockdoemore are ideally situated and its location provides easy access to our members. The club plans to develop training facilities on this 20 acres and redevelop the existing grounds in Claregalway with floodlighting and modern facilities. In early December the Club was granted full planning permission for the development plans of 3 training pitches, dressing rooms and an all weather pitch. Fundraising for the new land is underway and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our members, players and community for all the support shown thus far. Off the field we celebrated the 125th anniversary of the GAA with a fun day on Lá na gClub, May 10th. A unique game was held on the pitch where past players from the 70’s and 80’s showed the young pretenders that they had not lost the touch. Representatives from all our current 23 Teams and present members in the club posed for a Group photograph afterwards and this is proudly displayed in the Clubhouse. The Club also held our Harvest BBQ in early October. The weekend kicked off on Friday night with a Teenage disco at the grounds in Claregalway. Saturday was a busy day with many clubs around the county participating in the underage blitz competitions held in Carnmore, Loughgeorge and Claregalway. We thank the Hurling 8

Club and Football Board for the use of their facilities and to the Naas GAA club for travelling. Our U14 team was hosted by Naas earlier in the year for the Feile competition. The family BBQ kicked off later in the evening and by 9 o’clock over 600 hungry souls had tasted the delightful food from Jackie Dolan and her staff from Treat Cafe. Joe Kernan was the guest of honour for the unveiling of the plans for the new training grounds at Knockdoemore. This year also should be remembered as Claregalway Senior Football team secured promotion to the top league of Senior Football and will compete in 2010 in Group A for the very first time. The club wishes to congratulate Adrian Flaherty, Barry Cullinane and Daniel Cummins for involvement with the Galway Senior Football team this year and we wish you all more involvement and success for 2010. Claregalway Ladies have scored a hat trick for 2009 with the U12’s, U14’s and U16’s winning both league and A Championships. The U14 Ladies also represented Galway in the National Féile Finals in Kildare. The Juveniles weren’t to be left out as the U-14 Boys achieved a first for County Galway when they won the triple County Féile, A League and A championships. At this time of year we take a moment to remember our past members, family members and friends who have passed away this year and in the past.

To our hard working Club committee officers, and to everyone who has helped out in some capacity with all our Adult, Juvenile and Ladies Football Teams, to all our members and supporters, we wish you all the best for a peaceful Christmas, and look forward to seeing you all in 2010. Nollaig Shona dhibh go léir.

Right: Members and supporters of Claregalway GAA Club during the 5km Walk on Lรก na gClub earlier this year


Floods met with floods of community spirit From a Volunteer during the floods in Claregalway

As I watched the turnout of people that landed up to the sand pile at Claregalway church, I had to stop several times in amazement at the type of people who were turning up to do their bit to help those who were in serious flood trouble. The local farming community were there in big numbers as you would expect, because they are 10

nearly always the first out of the trap in a crisis like this very one, without their powerful machinery and knowledge of the land, we would have been fighting a losing battle. What really stunned me was the array of professional and ordinary people that turned out to help, whether it was an hour or for the five days. There were a variety of

people ranging from a beautician to a solicitor, from block-layer to sales reps, from a plumber to retired locals, from child minder to head- master, old and young, men and of course some mighty women, all banded together for the sake of people they probably never even met, and what was even more stunning was

the enthusiasm that they showed as they did. It made me proud to be living in Claregalway. There were guy’s who jumped seven foot walls to get sand bags to peoples’ back doors; that’s the kind of neighbourhood we can be proud of. A special mention for Malachy Noone who

spearheaded the whole thing for the five days and more, and nobody understands how his phone battery last so long with amount of use it was getting. Every motion that moved through that village was channelled through his phone (a good advert for Nokia!). His ear must be ringing still at this stage! There was a rumour that

he was re-charging the battery of his phone by holding to the wire brace holding up the telegraph pole in the church car park. With the way he had everyone motivated, we could have built an ark if it was needed! There are many other great people contributed to this huge effort, community reps like Josette Farrell, Shops

and Hotels for food and beverages supplied. I would like to thank especially to those who supplied the food and beverages; as a helper that was greatly appreciated. “The people that eat together work better together!� The only time people took their eyes off the sand was to stop and look at the

flashing of cameras as our local celebrities who pranced around in their ankle wellys till they found a dry spot for their own personal photo shoot, they would then move on to the next scene of flood damage for another photo shoot. Once the flashing of cameras stop, the volunteers just got Continued on page 12


back to filling bags because they knew the local celebrities were no good to them and their situation. They can take as many pictures as they like, but the people know who were working on the front line! One thing I think came out of all this is that even though we might be forever living in a flood zone, at least we surrounded by a great bunch of people! Well done everyone involved! Now lets see what the local celebrities can do for the village to prevent something like this ever happening again. I would like to express our sincere thanks to the following people who gave us outstanding help in “sandbagging” our store & the other shops in Riveroaks Shopping Centre which contained the flooding to the car park. Due to the massive effort of these people the store remained untouched and we were able to continue to serve the people of Claregalway and surrounding areas. •

Our wonderful neighbours, local residents, adjoining businesses, & friends.

The tractor drivers who ferried people through the floods.

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THANK YOU – John & Marie Raftery, Centra, Claregalway.


Thank you from An Mhainistir I live in An Mhainistir and over the past 10 days we have experienced the best community spirit and help from a number of people, but I would like to thank one or two people specifically: Tommy Duggan was there throughout the 4 or 5 days of flooding for about 18 to 20 hours a day, helping people get sandbags to their houses, taxi-ing people in and out and protecting the ESB Substation and Treatment unit so a huge amount of gratitude to him. I would also like to thank all the local volunteers who helped out over the past week or so, a huge thanks from all in An Mhainistir!

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BOOK REVIEW The Guardians

by D.S. Green

Happy Christmas to all from Carnmore Hurling Club! We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone in the parish for their support at games and events arranged throughout the past year. We would especially thank all who continue to support Claregalway/Carnmore Lotto which helps to provide necessary funding for both clubs to continue their development. Our Annual St. Stephens’ Night dance will take place in Claregalway Hotel. Tickets €12.50 available from committee members and see our Web page for more info www.Carnmore. net. Music by LEGEND (of Race Week fame at Claregalway Hotel) and a good night guaranteed. It has been decided that proceeds from the Dance will go to Claregalway/ Carnmore Area Flood Relief. Finally our thoughts are with everyone within the parish who have been affected in the recent flooding. We will be working within the community to try to assist in any way we can. 20

Lorraine Shea, Grow It Yourself Oranmore

Thanks to all of you who came to the meeting on the 3rd of December - your participation and contributions were most welcome. I would also like to thank John Stevens for his excellent demonstration apple tree pruning - there really is no substitute for a live demo and I know that I feel far better able to tackle the job after seeing John at work. On behalf of all of us John - Thank you. And thank you also to John Lawlor and all the staff in the Oranmore Library. The venue is really excellent and the new layout for the meeting worked very well. And none of you panicked when you saw a tree being dragged in through the door!

Well done to everyone who has their garlic in the ground already and best of luck to those of you who are going to give it a go in the coming weeks - remember it likes to be planted before the shortest day of the year. And with the forecast improving there should be an opportunity to do it over the coming weekend. Our next meeting will be on the first Thursday in February when we will talk about plans for the garden for the coming year. It just remains for me to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and I look forward to meeting again in the new year.

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Corrandulla Church Annual Carol Service takes place on Sunday 20th December. Admission is free. Monies raised from the collection will be donated to the Galway branch of the Motor Neuron Association. The Presentation College, Athenry traditionally presents a Musical at this time of year where virtually all the Transition Year students participate in all aspects of the show. This year we were privileged to attend an excellent production of “The Pajama Game”, a musical based on the novel “7½ Cents” by Richard Bissell. The original score was by Richard Adler and Gerry Ross and was a huge Broadway hit in the 1950’s. The theme is an industrial dispute in a Pyjama factory where, despite serious tensions between staff and management, love manages to bloom across the divide. A really enchanting story. The performance we attended was exceptionally

good, verging on the professional in terms of the acting performances, the singing (both individual and chorus), the orchestra and the choreography. The show was staged in the school gym and the transformation into a very acceptable auditorium was a quite amazing feat of set design. There was a full house and the audience were exceedingly appreciative. Not only was there the usual youthful enthusiasm of the cast of 15-16 year old students, but a level of both musical and artistic maturity very rare in such a young group. By the time this appears in print, it will be too late to attend this year’s production but I would strongly recommend

booking tickets for next year’s show. The school had been supported by numerous local and regional sponsors, including a number of the school’s own staff and management. In these difficult times, the sponsors were undoubtedly significant contributors to such an outstanding success. Whilst it would be invidious to single out any individual, nevertheless, I cannot praise highly enough the tremendous contribution, as Producer, Director, Musical Director, set designer etc of Padraic O’Reilly. Padraic is a teacher in the school and, in my view, is a near genius in terms of his activities with the school musicals.

Congratulations to Pádraic Ó Connell, Cregboy, and Mary Farrell, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, who were married on the 5th of December 2009. Congratulations to Enda Davitt, Claregalway, and Marie Loughlin, Barna, who were married on the 4th of December 2009. R.I.P. Canon Noel Mullin, 4th of December 2009 R.I.P. Brian Fahy, Cregboy, November R.I.P. Peggy Gallagher, Carnmore


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Dear Editor, Every Farmer knows that if you dig a drain you first have for figure out where the water is going to flow to. So it is important that when planning permission for is given for houses that the water table depth is taken into consideration. In many cases this was ignored and that is why new residents are so shocked to find themselves up to their knees in flood water. In many cases their houses were built on flood plains. Should they sue the authorities for not doing their job? Well in the US this avenue of action would be a given. Most people are busy 24

getting on with their lives and expect the Government and the local Authorities to look after the country in their interest but that is not what has been happening. Many objections by ordinary people have been ignored by an Bord Pleanala who gave planning permission for huge housing estates where there was a history of flooding in the past. It has only the generosity of people in the various communities all over the country in the last few days that prevented the loss of life. Much of Holland is below sea level yet with constant new innovations not only have they managed to

stay “above water” but are busy reclaiming more land. It does seem to me to be something short of a miracle how a city as big as Amsterdam which is built on numerous canals deals with it’s sewage etc. Are our Engineers up to date on new technologies to deal preventative flooding methods? I don’t think so. It does seem to that the attitude has been to leave well enough alone, that is why we are so ill prepared for recent flooding. We don’t need to invent jobs, there is work to be done and we need to start now. What we need is investment in drainage, good water systems, up

to date sewage treatment plants and in the cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Let us also re-organize our Education so that it best serves us in an ere where climate change seem inevitable. As the head of the IFA has said proper drainage has not taken place over the last 40 years. But this has as much to do with the value of land for housing as much and the fact that of various Governments took their eye off the ball when came to the monitoring of flood plains. Yours Sincerely, Nuala Nolan

News from Claregalway Educate Together

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During the recent flooding in Claregalway the bridge over the River Clare became impassable. Flooding on the Cloonbiggen Road and on sections of our bus routes added to the chaos for the school. Some families were without a bus service and some staff were cut off by flooding near their homes and couldn’t travel by the end of the first week of flooding. Luckily the school was not damaged and with parental help it was possible to check it throughout the few days when access was impossible from the Claregalway side. A very special thanks to the Agri contractors Jimmy, Martin and Ciarán Duggan. These fine men offered to ferry staff and children across on the Wednesday when we reopened. They were at the bridge at 6am each day during the worst of the flooding, ferrying people who would have been cut off otherwise. When we discovered this we asked to avail of the service and get the school open again. They were delighted to help and Eimear our Junior

Infant teacher got to travel first class in the cab because she’s pregnant. What a pleasant surprise we got when we found our tractor and trailer awaiting us at 3 pm outside the school. It was a week of great Claregalway community spirit. People filled sand bags and organised help for older residents. Locals directed traffic. Some of our families were evacuated during the worst of the floods and are so relieved to be getting their lives back to normal again in the aftermath. Our bi-annual Winter Celebration is on December 8th this year. It was a super night in December 2007 and we look forward to three performances this year. The school is buzzing with excitement. Homemade costumes of all makes and sizes are arriving into the school daily. Sets are being painted and Abba songs waft through the air. Dance routines are being perfected. A super time being had in each classroom. Nick, one of our parents, has started lessons with Continued on page 22


the senior class which will prepare the way for the publication of a newsletter by the children. Irish classes for parents continue each Monday morning in the staffroom with Aoife, our HSCL Co-ordinator. There has been great interest to date. A hit for all parents wishing to help their children with Irish homework. So wonderful to hear our Lithuanian parents answer as Gaeilge as I pass through. Nick has also made available highly visual phonetic sheets of vocabulary for parents to help with the topics being taught in each class. Our board game Fund Raiser held on Fri 23rd Oct was a great success. Well done to students and to all of you parents and guardians for supporting the initiative. Total raised was €84.90. It was decided to donate the money this year to the Down Syndrome Assoc. of Ireland Voices for Galway, a charity which supports the provision of Speech and Language Therapy to children with Special Needs. (Last year we spent the money on school resources - sets of Irish readers for use in the classes 1st-6th).

avail of the pitch and Community Centre to do our athletics and gymnastics. We also have our Sports Day there annually. We are so grateful to avail of these facilities available to us free of charge. Our Green Committee are working towards renewing our green flag this year. The Student Council have been elected and are plotting and planning. Their latest endeavour is to get games painted onto the tarmac in the playground. Lines for the football pitch have been done. Parents are planning for February’s Activity Week schedule- we down academic tools to have drama, science, art workshops etc. Claregalway Educate Together is growing fast. We will add on a fourth class next year. This may mean transferring to a bigger premises in Claregalway or adding on a pre-fab. Our waiting lists are growing. Visitors are always welcome. What we lack in space and aesthetic buildings we more than make up for in spirit. It was heart warming to see the way the school community rallied during the floods.

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Galway Floods, Kevin Costner Jokes Abound Sean Leonard

It started with Cockermouth. Me and some friends were sitting around making fun of Paul McCartney at the Children in Need concert. Not maliciously, he was doing a good deed donating his time and energy to raise money for a good cause. We just found it hilariously predictable that he was finishing with ‘Hey Jude’ and all the other acts were coming out for the big finale. The mirth flowed even more freely when Dizzee Rascal began to try to sing, obviously confusing Jude for one of his many ladyfriends. We were then jolted out of our humour stupor by an absent friend, advising us to flick over to Sky News. There, in stark colour, was a very wet weathermen reporting on a very flooded area of Britain. In the top right hand corner, for the entire world to see, it said ‘LIVE From Cockermouth’. In Cumbria. So the next day I kept an eye out for people coping with the

torrents, expecting the usual griping and Why me’s. Instead, my heart was as warmed by what I saw as my feet were by my spare pair of socks. It’s not as bad as Cork. Or Cockermouth for that matter. One of our neighbours, being amongst the unfortunate, had to move house temporarily and came over not to complain, but to let me know how I should get to work in Claregalway. As we drove past the church we saw a sand pyramid in the carpark, with people helping each other to fill bags and load up their cars. As I got my bike out to finish the journey a traffic-jammed observer told me the extent of the flooding and advised caution. Work was expectedly slow, so after fashioning some makeshift wellies out of two plastic binbags and discussing the complicated beauty of women with a chef

Bus Timetable for Claregalway These times are for Bus Éireann buses passing through the village

Claregalway to Galway Monday to Saturday Dep. Claregalway

I sallied home, now convinced that you can push people all you want; when they feel like it they can stick together. The Christmas Spirit has never seemed more alive to me than when I saw people helping each other through the worst of the flooding. I’ve never heard a better ‘Tiding of comfort and joy’ than when a friend’s mother advised her son not to come home for the weekend because the house was full of water, and finishing the call not by saying ‘I love you’ but by saying that he shouldn’t listen to his iPod too close to the window because he could get struck by lightning through the headphones. I’ll finish with a final piece of nautical news I quite enjoyed. 200 people in a local cinema purchased tickets to see the Twilight sequel and were promptly evacuated when flooding caused the cinema’s electricity to depart. He moves in mysterious ways.

Sunday Services

Arr. in Galway

08:03 09:05 10:30 10:35 11:17 11:30 12:15 13:30 14:25 15:15 [FRIDAY ONLY] 15:55 17:10 17:30 [FRIDAY ONLY] 19:05 [FRIDAY ONLY] 19:31 [EXCEPT SATURDAY] 21:15 22:15

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Arr. in Galway

10:35 13:30 16:10 16:30 17:10 19:05 19:35 22:15

10:50 13:45 16:25 16:45 17:25 19:20 19:50 22:30

The bus stop in Claregalway is situated beside the Nine Arches. Please note these times are approximate only. Nuacht Chláir will not be held responsible for any errors or omissions in this timetable.

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09:00 10:30 12:00 14:00 15:00 [FRIDAY ONLY] 15:45 16:00 17:45 18:15 20:15 [FRIDAY ONLY]

Sunday Services

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Ingredients (serves six) 50g (2oz) of vegetable margarine 2 medium onions, (finely chopped) 1 clove of garlic (minced) 1 small red pepper, (finely chopped) 1 carrot, peeled and grated 50g (2oz) of mushrooms (roughly chopped) 100 – 125g (4oz) mixed nuts (chopped) 50g (2oz) almonds (ground) 50g (2oz) cashew nuts (chopped) 50g (2oz) wholemeal breadcrumbs 1 tomato (finely chopped) 1 egg (beaten) 1 teaspoon of dried parsley, or 2 teaspoons of fresh parsley 450g (1lb) of puff pastry (use vegetable fat) 4 tablespoons of cranberry sauce 1 tablespoon of milk Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Suzie O’ Connor


Melt the margarine over a low heat in a frying pan Add the onion, garlic and pepper, and cook until soft – approximately 5 minutes Add the carrot and mushrooms, and cook for a further 3 minutes, stirring Put the mixture into a large mixing bowl and stir in all the nuts, breadcrumbs, tomato, egg and parsley Mix together well, the mixture should be moist but quite firm If it is too sloppy, add more breadcrumbs Heat the oven 200°C, (400°F, Gas mark 6) On a floured surface, roll out the pastry to a rectangle approximately 12 x 10 inches Place half the filling in the middle of the pastry and spread over an area about 4 x 8 inches Spoon the cranberry sauce evenly over the filling then put the rest of the mushroom and nut mixture on top Dampen all around the edge of the pastry with water, then bring the pastry up the sides of the mix and over the top, pressing the edges together to seal Seal the ends like a parcel, then turn the en croute upside-down on a greased baking tray so that the seal is underneath With a sharp knife, cut shallow diagonals into the pastry, taking care not to cut right through Brush the pastry with milk and bake for approximately 40 minutes or until the pastry has risen and is golden brown Slice carefully before serving

roast duck with sage & onion stuffing Ingredients (serves four) 1 Duck, 4lbs, 1.8kg approx. – allow 1lb of duck per serving Stuffing: 1½ oz (45g/3 tablespoons) of butter 3 oz of chopped onions 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped sage 3½ oz of soft bread crumbs Salt and pepper Apple sauce: 1 lb of cooking apples 1 to 2 dessert spoons of water 2 oz of sugar (approx.) to sweeten the apples

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Stuffing: Sweat the onion on a gentle heat for 5 to 10 minutes until soft but not coloured Add the bread crumbs and freshly chopped sage Season with salt and pepper to taste Unless you are cooking the duck immediately allow stuffing to get cold When the stuffing is cold, season the cavity of the duck and stuff Roast in a moderate oven 180°C, (350°F, Gas mark 4) for 1½ hours approximately When the duck is cooked remove to a serving dish Allow to rest while you make the gravy

Gravy: Degrease the cooking juice, keep the duck fat for roast or sautée potatoes Add stock to the juice in the roasting pan Bring to the boil, taste & season if desired Serve with the duck

Apple sauce: Peel, quarter and core the apples Cut apple pieces in 2 and put in a saucepan with sugar and water Cover and cook over a low heat. As soon as the apple has broken down, stir, taste for sweetness and serve warm

mouthwatering chocolate yule log Ingredients (serves ten) 6oz of dark chocolate 5 eggs 6oz of caster sugar ½ pint of cream 1 shallow swiss-roll tin (12 inches) Icing sugar to dust

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Preheat the oven to 180°C, (350°F, Gas mark 4) Line the swiss-roll tin with oiled aluminium foil Separate the eggs and put the yolks into a bowl Gradually add the caster sugar and whisk until the mixture is pale to lemon coloured Melt the chocolate with the water over a very gentle heat Add the melted chocolate to the egg yolk mixture Whisk the egg whites until firm Stir a little of the egg white into the mixture Fold the remaining egg whites into the mixture and turn it into the prepared tin Cook in the preheated oven for 15 to 18 minutes or until firm to the touch around the edge but still soft in the centre Wring out a tea towel in cold water, take the tin from the oven, cool it slightly and cover with the damp cloth. This is to prevent any sugary crust forming Leave it in a cool place. (Provided the cloth is kept damp it will keep for 2 days like this)

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