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Nuacht Chláir  

The free community-curated newsletter for Claregalway July & August 2013 | Vol.17 iss.10

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Minister Opens New Oranmore Railway Station features

Celebratory Mass for St James at Páircín na hÁltóra 2013 marks the Year of Faith on the Catholic calendar. In celebration, a special Mass was held at Paircín na hÁltóra in Cahergowan on Thursday the 25th of July—the feast day of our parish patron St. James.

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Bia Oisín—a Treasure Trove in the Village

Pictured above are Fr Seamus Nohilly SMA, Rachel & Jennifer Hughes, Fr David Cribbin, Aoife Hughes and Fr Ian O’Neill PP, with Johnny Casserly (seated), who owns the field in which the Mass Rock sits. More on page 4

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Mayoral Reception in Honour of U14 Boys

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he only surviving Carraig an Aifrinn (Mass Rock) in Claregalway Parish is situated in a small field owned by Johnny Casserly, known locally for generations as Páircín na hAltóra, in the townland of Cahergowan. The field derives its name from the fact that, after the enactment of the Penal Laws in 1695, the Mass rock was a source of spiritual refuge for local Catholics. Mass rocks, which came in a variety of shapes and sizes, were dotted around the countryside and many are still to be seen. This is one of the smaller examples. The Penal Laws, which were enacted between 1695–1829 (the year

of Catholic Emancipation), proved to be a prolonged and oppressive phase of Irish history which only helped to reaffirm our strength as a Catholic people striving to practise our faith in dangerous times. They were designed to force the Catholic Irish into accepting the reformed Protestant faith. Catholics were excluded from holding public office, from attending school or voting. One of the more sinister of those laws decreed that Catholics were obliged to divide inherited land among children, a policy that ensured successive generations inherited smaller and smaller Continued on page 4


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What is the single most significant local issue of concern to you in the Claregalway area? ❶ Local Justice / Absence of Garda Presence / Retention of Garda Station ❷ Local Road Speed Limits ❸ Availability of Public Transport locally ❹ Local Employment Supports ❺ Local Authority Business Rates & Charges ❻ Graveyard Space ❼ Development levies on farm-building construction ❽ Development levies on housing construction ❾ Taking in Charge of local roads by Co. Council or anything else?

Let us know! Please submit answers by posting them to Nuacht Chláir, ‘Currach Ruadh,’ Creig Buí, Baile Chláir, Co. na Gaillimhe. online at www.claregalway.info by emailing them to news@nuachtchlair.com or by phoning Josette 086 391 3852 / 091 798 430 or post them on our facebook page www.facebook.com/claregalway.info

Don’t forget to check out our brand new website www.claregalway.info for local news, events, features & sports updates! Plus some fascinating local history. The Nuacht Chláir is an open access publication and we try to include everything that’s submitted, subject to the law of the land, and editorial judgement. This judgement is exercised by the volunteer production team in order to preserve balance in the newsletter. The views & opinions expressed in the articles are those of the individual contributors and are not necessarily those of the production team.

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Editorial by Josette Farrell With this brilliant weather we have been enjoying, there is certainly no place like Ireland. It’s great to see the effect good weather has on people—it lifts moods and we’re very good at grasping every opportunity to avail of this weather. The Mass Rock celebrated in Johnny Casserly’s land in Cahergowan was a huge success. A large crowd gathered at the Church and after a short prayer there, proceeded to walk to the Mass Rock in Johnny’s field, where the Mass was concelebrated by Fr Cribbin, Fr O’Neill and Fr Nohilly. Local resident Maura Kavanagh wrote a lovely poem about the occasion which you can see overleaf. The Claregalway U14 GAA team continue to do the parish proud and their remarkable winning streak was recently recognised by the Mayor of County Galway at a reception in their honour. Check out Sean’s report on the footballer’s success on page 22. The Claregalway Agricultural Show is fast approaching again and this year they will be nominating a Mayor of Claregalway. This should be a fun element as there are lots of potential Mayor’s in the locality. Make sure you join in the fun and nominate someone for the role. We wish the best of luck to students receiving their exam results next week. Enjoy your achievements and look forward to new beginnings. Grow it Yourself (GIY) will fill you in on what to do in this garden this month (page 14). All the gardens are looking splendid around the area and the Claregalway Tidy Towns are having a competition to select the best garden, so best of luck to all involved. The work the Committee has done in the area is second to none. The flowers look resplendent on all approach roads and at the Nine Arches Bridge. Never Too Old Charity Shop in the Cois Chláir Shopping Complex continues to thrive and is run completely by volunteers. It is now known as one of the best Charity Shops in the county, with people coming from near and far to shop here. All the proceeds go to the equally successful Claregalway & District Day Care Centre which is also run by volunteers. It’s great to see what can be done when people get together. A site for a playground is so badly needed and if there is anybody out there with ideas, please get in touch with us and let’s progress the idea further. Children need a place to play in—there are enough houses but few to no recreational spaces? We’ve launched our new website www.claregalway.info and would love to hear your thoughts. If you encounter any problems or have comments or suggestions, let me know. In the meantime, enjoy the balmy weather. Until next time, Josette.

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→ holdings and thus became poorer and poorer. During those oppressive Penal times, Bishops were banished and a price was placed on the heads of Priests who were discovered celebrating Mass. Priests and Catholics alike risked execution, deportation or imprisonment by engaging in public displays of their faith such as an open air Mass. Churches were closed and it was usual for priests to celebrate Mass in isolated and secluded areas and at irregular times, in order to avoid drawing the attention of the British army. It was usual for lookouts to be positioned around various points of the land surrounding the rock to avoid discovery. In some areas Priest hunters were paid a bounty for the delivery of a Priest caught in the act of celebrating Mass. It was customary for a screen to be placed between the Priest and the congregation, so that, in the event of a person being found guilty of attending Mass s/he would not be in a position to identify the Priest. The narrow Penal cross was often hidden up the sleeve of the Priest’s shirt or in a narrow hole which was often bored into the Mass rock and then concealed. Páircin na hÁltora, was a place of special worship. Johnny Casserly can recall previous generations talking about its role in keeping the faith alive during very difficult times. The remains of what was believed to be a clochar (convent) is situated beside the Mass rock. Also close by is what was known as cosán na sochraide or funeral path used by the people of Cloon. It is a fitting tribute to our ancestors to celebrate Mass at this simple, but historic site on the feast of our parish patron, St. James, in the Year of Faith 2013. It is a testament to their determination, resilience and deep spirituality that we the church is alive today. Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a n-anamacha cróga uaisle.

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Carraig an Aifrinn

by Maura Kavanagh, Cregboy, Claregalway Feast of St James, Baile Chláir, 25th July 2013 No ordinary Thursday A month long heatwave Thawing our hearts and sun starved bones, Quieter and half anaesthetised we gather In our Church of St James. Mostly on foot from all corners of the parish We could have been in Spain Wearing our mantillas, as some of once did! Sadly they too pilgrimaged last evening Eighty plus killed and a hundred plus injured In a train disaster en route to Santiago de Compostila. Fr Ian remembered and we prayed in unison No doubt St James will welcome them home Trí geataí flaitheais Dé So how lucky we we in Baile Chláir;

Crinniú sa Séipéal Triúr sagart i solas Dé Athair Ian, Seamus Nohilly and our own David. Corp Chriost go Cathair Gamhain siúl, siúl, agus run o. síos bóthar Muintioch suas go garraí Johnny Casserly go paircín na h-Áltóra; An nuachtán pobail le haghaidh Baile Chláir, Co. na Gaillimhe


Who gathered here from near and far —Casserlys, Lenihans, Morans, Hughes To name but a few, Their faith survived hell and highwater Fire and brimstone, Faith of our fathers Garraí geal, Gort Dhaithí, Gort Chormac, Gort Thaidg agus Paircín na h-Altora

Carraig an Aifrinn in a mbun, Iseall i scáth na gcrainn, Sean ballaí clochair taoibh thuas Aoibhneass agus cuimhneas Ceol na n-éan agus teas na gréine Thugamar féin an samhradh linn. 300 years since the last gathering Barefooted, cold and hungry

Fearful, watchful, persecution of priests and banishment to Van Demon’s land. “An raibh tú ar an gcarraig Nó a bhfaca tú fhéin mo ghrá” It was a moment in time In the hollow of paircín na h-altóra. Three priests celebrating what they ordained to do without fear or favour; David poured blessed water into a natural font in the low Mass Rock. A Rock uncovered in his uncle’s field, Sprinkled all present young and old Firm and infirm and new babes in arm. www.claregalway.info We thought especially of all the ancestors

Buíochas a Johnny agus an ciste A chuir tús leis an ócaid seo. It was a privilege to be present, Carrying our cares & joys, hopes & dreams Our faith is our life’s blood, Without it we are an empty shell No ordinary Thursday in extraordinary times. Imeoigh mise agus tusa ón áit seo Ach ní imeoigh an grásta Ó Dhia Go mbeímid beo air an am seo aríst. Solás na flathais dóibh A d’imigh uainn i rith na bliana.

Nóta beag Lest we forget many hands helped to make it possible, even provided chairs for the aged—a special thanks to our two Councillors Malachy and Jim for transporting some of us not fit to walk—entertaining us en route with stories of olden days and hidden passages in Cahergowan, not to mention hearing our confessions and spiritually and physically uplifting us in and out of the minibus. For more photos visit www.claregalway.info

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Local Notices

The Burial by Edward Coppinger

Cloon Group Water Scheme The Trustees of the above Scheme will be travelling the various segments of the Scheme (Cloon, Clogher-Cahergowan, Montiagh and Cregboy Road) over the next week, marking the locations of water connections as a preliminary to seeking the Taking in Charge of the Scheme by Galway County Council. This is in advance of the reversion of all such Scheme to Irish Water in 2014. We would request the fullest possible cooperation from all members of the Scheme.

All Day Coffee Morning in aid of Our Lady’s Childrens Hospital Crumlin on Friday 16th of August at Molloy’s (Conway’s), Bawnmore, Claregalway from 10am–8pm. All Welcome. Further details contact Frances Molloy 087 414 8386

Claregalway/Carnmore Confirmation & Communion DVDs for 2013 Contact John O’Sullivan 087 247 0112 or 093 35847 to order.

Walking Club meets every Sunday at the Arches Hotel at 10am and on Wednesdays meet at Claregalway Church at 7.30pm. All are welcome. For info contact Edel on 085 102 0611. Claregalway Study Centre (located on the N17 in Cregboy) now enrolling for Junior & Leaving Certificate students. Contact Josette at 086 391 3852. Congratulations to the following on their recent weddings —Breda Keane & Dan Morris— —Denise Cooney & Enda Forde— —Olivia Roche & Brian Divilly—

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Is there a place for me In that old old family plot, Together once more to be From whom I was begot? I’ll only need a little space There isn’t much of me anymore, To lay in that sacred place With all who went before. And talk again of days long gone When alive beneath the sun, Of youth, laughter and song, Before our earthly time was done. Around us so many we knew, In line of row and row array, Having bid their hour or two I likewise must go their way. Put me into that grave’s mould To the murmuring rosary refrain, Like burials in days of old, When fell and fell the Irish rain. Padre, say these words if must But not so harsh or stern, Remember man thou art but dust And into dust thou shalt return. For all who went before Edward Coppinger, a native of Lackaghbeg, who is well known for his excellent poetry over many years, has launched a book entitled The Poacher’s Son —Memories of Ireland & other Poems. Edward, who has been a regular contributor to Nuacht Chláir, will have his book available from early September. For details email brendacoppinger@ntlworld.com or telephone 0044 023 8056 1508.

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Claregalway Agricultural Show—Sunday 18th August Claregalway’s 23rd Annual Agricultural Show is fast approaching. It will take place on Sunday, August 18th in Duffy’s Equestrian Centre, Rockwood. This has been the venue for the show for a long number of years and is probably the most suitable venue with all it’s facilities in Claregalway. The committee is indebted to the Duffy Family for the use of their grounds and facilities.

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he Race Night fundraiser has taken place already and some much needed funds were raised to help run this year’s show. Last year the weather wasn’t very kind to us for the show but we are very optimistic and expecting good weather this year. The schedule has now being printed and has been distributed by post. It is also available on our website www.claregalwayagriculturalshow.ie to download. We have over 200 classes at the show again this year. Why not browse through the schedule and select what you would like to enter. There is a huge selection to choose from with classes ranging from Horses, Ponies, Donkeys, Sheep, Cattle, Dogs, Fowl and Pets in the outdoor sections to Crafts, Home Produce, Baking, Flowers, Art, Photography, Jam and a large Junior Section indoors. Every year the show committee introduces something new to the show and this year we have introduced Fancy Dress Classes. There are two categories: ages 3–6 years and ages 7–12 years. This competition will take place after the Bonny Baby classes. These competitions are always of great interest to spectators and entrants alike. They are always very enjoyable and very well supported. The grand finale of the day is the Donkey Derby. This has got bigger and more competitive over the years. The prize money is €100 for first past the post. If you want to win that coveted prize, it’s time to get your donkey, and yourself, in training for the race. For information on the show, please contact Show Secretary Madge Fahy on 087 918 0723 or Entries Secretary Bernie Noone on 091 798 931. Alternatively you can check out our website for details on the show, photographs and lots more—www.claregalwayagriculturalshow.ie.

Claregalway Agricultural Show Raffle €2 per line—Great prizes to be won 1st Prize: Weekend Away for two people sponsored by Station House Hotel, Clifden. 2nd Prize: Floor Rug sponsored by Tom Dempsey Flooring, Oranmore. 3rd Prize: Hamper, 4th Prize: Hamper, 5th Prize: Bottle of Whiskey. Please support if you can. All funds go towards the running costs of this year’s show.

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Supporting Our Local Farmer by Móna Wise

How fortunate are we that we have had such a nice stretch of summer? Yes, race week was a bit of a wash out but the glorious three weeks of uninterrupted sun made summer holidays seem real this year. Picnics were packed and long days spent at the beach. Appetites waned and I am certain that our kids were not alone in eating their fair share of ice cream.

This story & recipe is by local blogger and author Móna Wise, who regularly contributes to the Nuacht Chláir. For more of her stories & recipes, check out her popular food blog at www.WiseWords.ie.

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ut once the weather broke we returned them to their normal eating habits. This time of year the poly tunnel veers on the edge of being completely overgrown and we have to be careful not to let it slip away from us and become a jungle in there. A few weeks ago, I met up with Oisín Kenny, who is the farmer behind the Bia Oisín food label (available at Hughes Supervalu) and he is also the grower responsible for that massive poly tunnel on the left side of the road as you enter into the village coming from Galway city. What made me wonder about Oisín and what he was growing, was I noticed he was selling golden beetroot at Hughes and this is one of our favourite vegetables. When I phoned Oisín and asked him if I could check out his poly tunnel he was only too delighted show me around. Having lived and worked abroad for several years, Oisín returned home a few years ago and is now back working on the family farm with the rest of his family. His tunnel, which he installed last year, is filled to the brim with the most gorgeous vegetables we have ever seen in Galway. He takes great care to make sure that from the moment it is picked and packaged, it reaches its final destination with very little food miles travelled. Oisín just recently purchased a refrigerated van and spends his days picking and preparing his vegetables for his customers, then he sends out a text and asks who would like a delivery and drives around to sell his produce to his customers—right out of the back of his van. Oisín works hard. His garden is free from pesticides and his focus on selling direct to the customer is fabulous. We can’t wait to see what he shows up with every week and are certain you will never be disappointed with what you buy from him. Make sure to keep an eye out for his vegetables at Hughes Supervalu too.

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I remember, growing up in Cloon village, there was a traveling shop that came around every Friday at 12 noon. During the summer months, we would wait patiently for it to stop next door at our neighbours in the hopes that she would throw us a few bullseyes sweets. So Oisín has not only returned to the land, he has returned to an old fashioned way of doing business. Selling his produce direct to his customers.

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A few days ago, Oisín popped over for a visit to us and Ron (my husband) made lunch for him. We had an old favourite called Panzanella which is just a simple bread salad, typically made in Italy during the height of tomato season. Ron had baked the loaf of bread and we used all of Oisín’s vegetables. There is not a salad any finer than this one. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Panzanella What you will need —450g bread, stale and oven dried —1 litre water (to soak the bread in) —1 red onion, sliced into ⅛" rings —Cucumber, cut into medium dice —120ml cider vinegar, —120ml extra virgin olive oil —360g ripe tomatoes, cut in ¼ or smaller —Salt & Pepper to taste How to prepare it The bread needs to be a crusty loaf and best to use a stale loaf. Cut it into cubes and air dry it overnight if you have time. Soak the dried bread in the water and squeeze out the excess water with your hands. Mix all the ingredients into a large bowl and sprinkle the salt and pepper over it to taste. The bread will soak up the juices from the tomatoes along with the olive oil and cider vinegar. Serve and eat immediately or can be refrigerated for a few hours. Over refrigeration of tomatoes really kill the flavour so it is not recommended.

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Bridge Column The Principle of Fast Arrival N/S vulnerable, Dealer North

North AKJ987 K7 84 542 West — 10 9 8 7 6 KQ2 AK763

Carnmore Ladies Club Sponsored Walk

East Q 10 6 A5 10 7 5 Q J 10 9 8

South 5432 Q432 AJ963 —

We the members of Carnmore Ladies Club would like to thank all who walked with us and sponsored us in our recent sponsored walk for the Claregalway & District Day Care Centre.

Bidding: Table 1 E S W N 1S P 4S P P P

We were delighted to be able to hand over a cheque to Tom McCann from the Centre for the sum of €1,405.

Lead: CA Bríd Conneely, Sec. Carnmore Ladies Club

N/S lose one spade, one heart and one diamond, making 4S for +620 to N/S Bidding: Table 2 E S W N 1S P 2S 3C 4S 5C Dbl P P Lead: SA E/W lose one heart and one diamond, making 5C* for -550 to N/S

Congratulations to Denise Cooney & Enda Forde (pictured above) who were married in the Assumption & St. James Church, Claregalway, on the 9th of August 2013. Best of luck to you both in your married life together and may you have long and happy lives together.

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The Principle of Fast Arrival basically states if there is a chance of game, the weaker you are, the faster you bid it. In the case above, with only 7 HCP opposite what might be a minimum, bidding the spade game seems the correct approach and proves to be the winning move, giving a 1170 point swing to E/W.

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Lackagh Comhaltas Sweep the Boards at Connacht Fleadh Cheoil A magnificent day was had by Lackagh Comhaltas at the recent Connacht Fleadh Cheoil, which took place in Carrick-on-Shannon on the 6th & 7th of July. Once again the Lackagh Branch of Comhaltas was very strongly represented on the day. A lot of hard work took place in the lead-up to the event. Well done to all who participated.

The results were as follows (U12) Concertina Sebastian Knoop (1st) & Rachel Hughes (3rd) Flute Rachel Hughes (2nd) Melodeon Mary Duggan (1st) Drums Sinéad Duggan (3rd) Piano Mary Duggan (3rd) Fiddle Sarah McHale (3rd) Fiddle Slow Airs Sarah McHale (3rd) Duet Niamh Moran & Sarah McHale (2nd) English Singing Sebastian Knoop (1st) 12–15 Category Concertina Amy Murphy (2nd) Melodeon Amy Murphy (2nd) Piano Daniel Knoop (1st) Mandolin Eoghan Gallagher (1st) & Darren Hession (2nd) Uilleann Pipes Shane Lawless (2nd) Trio Amy Murphy, Darren Hession & Kellie Mannion (2nd)

Lackagh U12 Céilí Band

15–18 Category Flute Eimear Whelan (2nd) Whistle Eimear Whelan (3rd) 18+ Category Piano Catherine McHugh (1st) Piano Accompaniment Catherine McHugh (2nd) English Singing Paddy Costello (1st) Congratulations to all who participated in the competition. Qualifiers now go on to represent Connacht at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Derry on the 17th & 18th of August. Best of luck to all competing!

Lackagh U15 Grúpa Cheoil

Lackaghmore U12 Grúpa Cheoil

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Lackagh U15 Céilí Band

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R.I.P. Nellie Prendergast, Liscaninane Died Sunday 21st of July 2013, peacefully There were many fond memories as the news spread of the passing of Nellie Prendergast of Liscaninane. Nellie was well known and much loved in the Baunmore area and beyond. Nellie, who came from the nearby village of Waterdale, was a hard worker who was a dedicated family person, neighbour and friend. When Nellie lost her husband, while the family still had to be cared for, she never moaned and always looked to the positives in life. Nellie had a great interest in people and had love for music and dancing. She took pride in her family’s interest in the same and in her retirement became an avid listener of Midwest Radio. Nellie would regularly be in contact with the radio station and became a household name among many of the receptionists and presenters. It was only fitting that music would play a major role at her funeral Mass, as one of her favourite singers, Kevin Prendergast attended to sing Our Lady of Knock at her funeral. Nellie had a word for everybody and was never afraid to speak her mind directly to anybody. Nellie’s remains were removed from Síoraíocht to the Church of the Assumption and St James, Claregalway and after funeral Mass celebrated by Fr Ian O’Neill, burial took place in Claregalway Cemetery. Nellie is survived by her son Martin, daughters Mary and Ann, grandchildren, sister Maudie, brother Tommy, in-laws, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam uasal, go raibh sí faoi shíocháin These obituaries were written by Frank Kearney of Kearney Funeral Directors, Lackagh. We post local death notices on our website, which can be seen at www.claregalway.info/news/tag/death-notices For up-to-date information, check out our website or like our page on facebook— www.facebook.com/claregalway.info

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R.I.P. Maudie Moran, Peake Died Sunday 4th of August 2013, peacefully at her home in Peake There were many memories recalled as the news spread of the passing of Maudie Moran of Peake last week. Maudie’s death came just two weeks after the death of her sister Nellie Prendergast of Liscaninane. Formerly Maudie Keaney of Waterdale, Maudie was a much loved active community person. The highlight of Maudie Moran’s career was undoubtedly being named as Mayor of Claregalway. That title came about when Claregalway Football Club bought the field from Martin O’Boyle and they went on to develop the pitch and later a community centre. The community set about building a facility that would cater for all ages and all sports and although they received substantial funding that covered two thirds of the initial cost there was still a lot of fundraising to be gathered. Among the fundraising ideas that came on board was to elect a Mayor of Claregalway. Among those who went for the position (where the person who collected the most money would be crowned Mayor of Claregalway) was Maudie Moran of Peake. Running all sorts of events that raised sometimes small money, in the end when the cash was counted Maudie Moran surprised everyone when she was named and crowned Mayor of Claregalway. Maudie was hugely popular within the Claregalway community and there were wild scenes of celebration when she was carried shoulder high by her colleagues from the Oslo Hotel to Salthill Church. Maudie was the first Mayor and represented the parish with immense pride and dignity at all events. When it came to carrying out any task, none was ever too big or too small for Maudie. Drama meant a lot to Maudie and she played with the old Claregalway Drama Group for many years. Indeed it was while playing with Claregalway Drama group that Maudie met her husband Micheal Moran of Lakeview and they would go on to share almost fifty years together. Always ready to entertain Maudie always pulled the house down with her version of The Cobbler. In later years Maudie worked as housekeeper for the late Fr Noel Mullin when he served as Parish Priest of Claregalway. Always ready for a bit of fun as well as serious stuff, Maudie and Fr Noel worked well together and the passing of Fr Noel brought great sadness to Maudie. The remains of Maudie Moran were removed from Síoraíocht to the Church of the Assumption and St James, Claregalway where members of several parish organisations formed a guard of honour. After the funeral Mass celebrated by Fr Ian O’Neill burial took place in Cregg Cemetery. Maudie is survived by her husband Micheal, brother Tommy, in-laws, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

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Disability Groups Meeting With Minister Quinn On the 26th of July 2013, disability groups comprising Inclusion Ireland, Special Needs Parents Association, Irish Autism Action, Irish Society for Autism, Dyspraxia Association, Irish National Council of ADHD Support Groups and the National Parents Council welcomed the opportunity to meet with Minister Quinn. by Rose Kavanagh, Cloon

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he Minister acknowledged that the decision in relation to the reduction in the allocation of Resource Hours for children with Special Educational Needs had been reversed which everyone agreed was the appropriate course of action. At the meeting the Minister and his officials asserted the following: 10,575 SNA positions exist and that number will be retained. In relation to this year’s allocation the Minister confirmed that 53% of schools received no adjustment in SNA allocation, 23% received an increase and 24% a decrease. With regard to the 10% increase in numbers of children presenting with additional needs qualifying for SNA support, the Minister stated that this only equates to a 2% increase in terms of whole-time SNA posts and falls within the overall cap on SNA numbers. This means that the 2% increase would have to be met within the budgetary allocation of 10,575 posts. Representative groups responded expressing concerns as follows: The notion that shared access by children to SNA support does not in itself address the needs of those children in an appropriate manner. This is further evidenced by trying to meet the needs of 2,000 extra children within the current allocation with the inevitable outcome that shared access to SNAs by children with additional needs will become much more

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prevalent, leading to a reduction on the quality of support for all children with identified needs. Furthermore it was highlighted that such an approach can only result in increased costs in the future to support these children as they become young adults, due to insufficient and appropriate support in earlier years to enable them to access education in a meaningful way. Significant anxiety on the part of families with regard to July Provision issues was highlighted and various examples given in this regard. The non-implementation of the EPSEN Act 2004 was raised. The Minister stated that ‘we simply cannot implement it’ with estimated costs of implementation calculated by the Departments of Health and of Education of €775 million. Increase in suspensions and expulsions driven by schools lack of capacity to respond to complex and/ or challenging needs was identified to the Minister as an issue which has not been addressed in a meaningful way. This issue will be further exacerbated in a policy of shared access to SNA support due to complexity of needs and lack of training. Alongside this is the issue of children being given restricted hours of access to the whole school day. It was brought to the Ministers attention that there were cases of Principals and School Boards of Management arbitrarily deciding to reduce hours of attendance to 1 hour a day due to their inability to manage the child’s needs under the current allocation of supports.

Outcomes from the meeting The group gave a press briefing to RTÉ after the meeting and was represented by Paddy Connolly (CEO Inclusion Ireland). In relation to the SNA issues the Minister invited the group to contribute to the working committee, chaired by Eamon Stack, where one of the focus areas of that review would be the review of the allocation model for SNA support. Our group is absolute in seeking representation on the committee as opposed to just contributing to the committee and will be writing to advise the Minister accordingly. In relation to suspensions and expulsions the groups will write to the Department seeking statistics for the last three years as there is a firmly held belief on behalf of the groups that the frequency of suspensions and expulsions has increased. In thanking the Minister for the meeting, the groups asserted that they would continue to lobby for the implementation of the EPSEN Act and reversal of cuts in the disability sector across all government departments and to defend and protect the allocations that currently exist.

Rose Kavanagh is the Galway representative of INCADDS—the Irish National Council of ADHD Support Groups.

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Grow it Yourself August 2013

by Michael Kelly—founder GIY Ireland

For me, August is the ultimate payback month, when all the hard work of the year really starts to pay off. Somehow, it never seems as busy as other months. August and September sees us poised between the hard work of the current growing year and the hard work of preparing for the next one. We could hardly be described as bone idle, but we can kick back a little and enjoy the fruits of our labour.

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e’re done with most of the toil of preparing and growing vegetables—preparing soil, sowing, potting on, planting out etc). The key harvesting jobs (lifting main crop carrots, potatoes, celeriac, turnips, beetroot etc) can wait until next month. And, the prep work for the 2014 growing season (clearing beds, getting them covered down with compost and manure etc) has yet to begin. Even the weeds are, generally speaking, not such an issue by now, as the main growth of the year has already passed. So if you’ve been diligent about your weeding through spring and early summer, an occasional hoeing now should be enough to keep on top of things. The only fly in the ointment potentially is a prolonged hot and dry spell, which necessitates long bouts of watering outside. We GIYers are even more demanding about the weather than the rest of the populace—so, yes please, give us a dry spell by day so we can take to the beach, but we need rain at night so we don’t have to take out the hose each day. Before we hang up our sowing boots for the year, it’s worth bearing in mind that this is pretty much the last chance to get a good crop of winter greens going. If you can therefore, do a good sowing before the end of the month of lettuce, perpetual spinach, chard, lamb’s lettuce, and oriental greens (such as mizuna, mibuna, mustard, tat soi). Things to do this Month—August Green manures (mustard, buckwheat, radish, rye, alfalfa, clover and vetches) are plants which are grown specifically to improve soil fertility and useful at times when beds are empty (as is often the case in August). Grow directly in the bed and then cut down and dig in to the soil. Give pumpkins plenty of water and apply a high-potash liquid feed. Nip out the growing points to encourage the fruits to swell. Net brassicas to keep butterflies and the cabbage moth away (and check undersides of leaves regularly for caterpillars). Keep watering—mulch around plants to retain moisture.

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Sow: Sow spring cabbage, red cabbage, winter spinach, salad onions (in polytunnel for spring crop), autumn salad mix, endive, parsley, onion seed, Chinese vegetables. Harvest: Pick beetroot regularly as they reach the size you require—if left to grow too large they will loose their tenderness. Continue to harvest tomatoes, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, peas, broad beans, french and runner beans, salad leaves, radish, turnip, potato, onions, peppers and chilli-peppers, aubergine, globe artichoke, courgettes, cucumber, gooseberries, raspberries & currants. Tip of the Month—Save Tom Seeds If you had a variety of tomato that was a particular success this year, why not try saving the seeds from the tomatoes to grow next year’s plants? You should only save seed from open-pollinated varieties of tomatoes, and not hybrids. Pick a nice big, ripe tomato and cut it in half. Squeeze the contents (seeds, gel and juice—not flesh) in to a cup or container and label the cup with the variety. Half fill the cup with water. After a few days a mould will form on the water, which is a sign that the seed coating has dissolved. Pour off the water and any floating seeds (these are duds that wont germinate). The good seeds should be on the bottom of the cup. Rinse the seeds under a cold tap in a very fine mesh strainer. Put the seeds in a single layer on a paper plate and leave for a few days to dry. Bag them up in a labelled envelope and store them somewhere cool (or refridgerate) until next spring. GIY aims to create a healthier, more sustainable world where people grow their own food. We bring people together in community groups & online to share tips & knowledge. We also run events and programmes to inspire and support people to grow their own. GIY is a registered charity (CHY 18920) and supported by Woodies DIY. Support our work by becoming a member of GIY for €25 and receive a member’s pack with seeds, member’s card, GROW magazine, grower’s guides & more. www.giyireland.com

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Oranmore Railway Station to Provide 23 Daily Services “A great day for Oranmore and its hinterland” as 23 new services per day scheduled for Ireland’s newest rail station. Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar officially opened Iarnród Éireann’s newest rail station in Oranmore on the 29th of July.

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he station, which opens in time for the Galway races will be served by a mixture of Galway / Dublin & Galway / Athenry / Limerick services, with 23 services calling at the station daily (Mon–Fri), 22 on Saturdays and 15 on Sundays. The journey time from Oranmore to Galway is as little as 7 minutes, and customers can travel to Limerick, Dublin and a range of intermediate stations also. Oranmore Station features a platform and ticket vending machine, with help points for those with mobility and sensory impairments. Bicycle parking and car parking facilities are also provided. The car park is owned and operated by Galway County Council and will provide 140 spaces at the station. The station cost €4.4m to open, which was funded by Iarnród Éireann (€2.9m) and Galway County Council (€1.5m). It is almost 162 years to the day since the first Oranmore Station opened on 1st August 1851 when the Midland Great Western Railway opened the Mullingar to Galway line a distance of 76 miles—the longest section of railway ever to open in any day in Ireland. At that time the station at Oranmore was used predominantly for the transport of cattle to Dublin and onward to the major cities in the UK. The station closed to services on 17th June 1963. The construction of the station has been funded by The National Transport Authority, who have also approved the timetable. Speaking at the opening Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Leo Varadkar TD said “I’m delighted to be here to officially open the new

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Oranmore train station, 162 years after a train station was first opened. Oranmore is the second train station I have opened in the last month and the 144th station on the Iarnród Éireann network. It will be a huge benefit to commuters on the Galway line, who can reach the city centre in just 7–10 minutes. Fifty years ago last month

There will also be some time changes to the Galway / Dublin and Galway / Limerick timetables from Sunday 28th July, to accommodate the new station and to improve punctuality further on the route. Customers are advised to check all departure times before travel, and Iarnród Éireann would particularly

Anyone who has travelled by road into Galway from here is familiar with the gridlock that can occur between here and the city centre, so with a journey time of 7–10 minutes, the train will be a very favourable commuting option.

regular scheduled passenger services ceased calling at Oranmore. Now the train calls at Oranmore once again.” Jim Meade, Director of Train Operations, said: “Oranmore is a busy town with a thriving vibrant community and it is my wish that as many people as possible utilise our services.”

draw customers attention to: 11:30, 13:30 and 15:30 Galway to Heuston services, which will be advanced to 11:05, 13:05 and 15:05 respectively. Full details on the schedule are available at www.irishrail.ie. Keep up-to-date with local news at www.claregalway.info/news

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Smoking Cessation John Duffy MPSI of Claregalway Pharmacy (091 799 754) has shared this information on stopping smoking. For more information, call in and speak with any member of staff. by John Duffy MPSI

Did you know? Every 6½ seconds someone in the world dies from tobacco use, meaning 1½ million people die needlessly each year. Every cigarette a person smokes can reduce their life by up to 5½ minutes. In Ireland, smoking is one of the leading causes of avoidable death. Nearly 7,000 people die each year from the effects of smoking and thousands of others are ill because of smokingrelated diseases. Reasons for giving up ❶ Better quality of life ❷ To be fitter/healthier ❸ To improve lung function ❹ To reduce the risk of cardiovascular complications in later life ❺ Financial reasons Health Benefits start straight away! ❶ Within 20 minutes circulation will improves, heart rate and blood pressure drop. ❷ Within 24–48 hours all the carbon monoxide will be eliminated. ❸ Within a few days sense of smell and taste will start to improve. ❹ After 72 hours breathing will improve and energy levels increase. ❺ Within 1 year the chance of heart attack drops by half and within 10 years the risk drops to almost the same as a non-smoker, or having never smoked.

What should I do? ❶ Keep a smoking diary to work out your smoking pattern and spot your triggers. ❷ Write down realistic ways to deal with or avoid situations that trigger you to smoke. ❸ Set a quit date and work towards it. ❹ Use relaxation techniques and rewards to reinforce not smoking, with all the money you are saving you can afford to treat yourself! ❺ Remind yourself of the 4 Ds: Distract, Delay, Drink water, Deep breathe ❻ Consider getting support from the HSE smoking cessation service. Further information and advice is available online at www.quit.ie or by calling to Claregalway Pharmacy (open 9am–8pm Monday–Friday and 7pm on Saturday). Tel/fax 091 799 754.

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Short Course in Community Development Galway Rural Development Company is organising a short course for members of Community & Voluntary organisations in the Gaeltacht area of East County Galway. The course will take place over four weeks, one night per week from Monday 16th September (venue to be confirmed). The course will be provided free to members of community and voluntary committees. Groups and individuals interested in participating should contact Mairéad O’Reilly, Galway Rural Development on 091 844 335, 087 763 5209 or maireadoreilly@grd.ie before the 30th of August to secure a place on the course. Session 1—How to keep your group going How is your group working? Are your meetings effective? Is it difficult to keep your group going and keep members involved? Explore how groups work and develop. Learn how to improve your meetings and generate ideas to sustain an energized group. This session will cover how groups develop, needs in a group, effective meetings and keeping your group going. Session 2—Ensure good communication How to ensure everyone knows who is doing what and is kept in the loop to avoid any problems. How to identify the changes needed in your group/community and communicate your message for effective outcomes. This session will cover ensuring clear communication, identifying issues, how to advocate on behalf of your group/ community and how to lobby & campaign. Sessions 3 & 4—Planning & making things happen Has your group got a project in mind? Is there an event you want to plan? Learn how to develop and carry through a plan and check if it is working. Bring your ideas or issues to the session. These sessions will cover the planning cycle, how to develop a plan, how to know if it is working, course evaluation.

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Essential Local Contacts Group Contact name

Contact number

Carnmore National School John Reilly

091 798 718

Compántas Lir Drama Dermot Hession

085 711 4352

Conradh na Gaeilge Anna Glynn

091 798 351

Claregalway & District Day Care Centre

Geraldine Carr

086 227 4139

Claregalway Cemetery Maintenance

Malachy Noone

087 133 3711

Claregalway Cemetery Caretaker

Seamus O’Connell

087 313 7282

Claregalway Educate Together N.S. Terri Claffey

091 798 356

Claregalway Folk Choir Anne Moylan

087 638 6626

Claregalway National School Carmel Burns

091 798 720

Claregalway Parish Office Teresa Payne

091 798 741

Claregalway Second Level School

087 782 5302

Paddy Tobin

9 Arch Musical Society Annette Cavanagh

Our Local Sponsors Arches Hotel, Claregalway Claregalway Dental Surgery Claregalway Medical Centre Claregalway Pharmacy Compántas Lir Drama Group Frank Kearney Funeral Directors Glynn’s Centra, Carnmore Glynn’s Fruit & Veg., Lydican Hughes SuperValu, Claregalway Kieran Moran Car Sales, Oranmore Noel Grealish td, Carnmore Turloughmore Medical Centre The Nuacht Chláir is compiled & designed voluntarily each month, as a service to the community. We rely on the generous sponsorship we receive from local businesses to cover printing costs and maintaining our website www.claregalway.info. Please show your support for the Nuacht Chláir, and the businesses & people that help make it possible, by shopping local whenever possible. If you’d like to become a Sponsor, get in touch.

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Letter to the Editor Clamping Should Be Abolished In the UK and Wales clamping on private land by Private Parking Operators has been banned since October 2012. It is time to outlaw this practice here in Ireland. The Irish Government announced last year that it was to bring in laws to regulate the Private Car Parking Operators but it has somehow put it on the back burner. There is no legislation governing this Industry in Ireland and the legal status of the Industry is unclear. While it is important to remove cars parked in areas where they are causing a danger to motorists and pedestrians, it is questionable if it is legal to clamp cars in private parking areas. How can it be possible for a company to take possession your property and then force you to pay a fine for its return without a court order or a right to appeal the fine without first having to pay up? This is extortion! How can the clamping of cars by Private Clamping Operators on private land be Constitutional? The clamper does not allow you the right to appeal without taking your money first. If you use your vehicle to earn your livelihood, then he is taking away that right also by taking possession of your car. Often Private Clamping Companies charge exorbitant and disproportional fees to unclamp cars. Where is the legislation to protect the Irish Citizen against this extortion which was promised and why are we allowing this legal ambiguity to continue to exist? Yours Sincerely, Cllr Nuala Nolan, Galway City Council.

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Update from Local Councillor Jim Cuddy Feel free to contact me any day or evening at 798 136 or mobile 087 636 0242 or you can email me at jcuddy@cllr.galwaycoco.ie Day Care Centre & Charity Shop I would like to commend the vision of those who first mooted the idea of a day care centre for Claregalway. This splendid facility was officially opened on June 26th. and a lot of credit is due to Seamus McNulty, Tom McCann and the rest of the committee and the very many volunteers who made this possible. A special word to thanks to all involved in the operating of the charity chop at Cois Chláir which helps to provide funding for the day care centre. Without the generosity of so many people who have made donations and continue to donate items for the shop and also cash donations and give freely of their time this project would not have been possible. Claregalway Traffic Lights I am glad to see that after many years the Council have decided to provide a left hand filter light at the Traffic lights outside Hughes. This is already having an effect on reducing the delays in the village and has been welcomed by many. Speed Limits As many people will know I have been trying for a number of years now to have a review of the speed limits carried out in this electoral area. My main concern as a result of repeated representations has been the 80km speed limit that applies to our country roads. This particular speed limit applies to country roads through the whole country and is known as a Default Speed Limit. I have been told by Council Engineers that nothing will be done about these particular speed limits until the body that is reviewing those speed limits on a national basis reports in about three months time, as Galway cannot be dealt with on its own. Meanwhile at the monthly meeting of the Council held on June 24th my proposal

to have the speed limit from Glynn’s Centra on the Monivea to the Ballintemple Road changed from 60km to 80km was adopted by the council although I was told afterwards that it would take about three months before it changes. The speed limit from Carnmore Cross to Glynn’s Centra will be changed to 50km. as well and the 60km speed limit will be extended on the N18 to the Oranmore side of the Corporate Park. Tidy Towns The Tidy Towns Committee in Claregalway have been doing great work to make the place clean and tidy and a place to be proud of. I am glad that after a number of requests to the Council by Cllr. Noone and myself that the streets in the village have been swept. All credit to the committee who can be seen frequently cleaning up the area and lets hope that their efforts will be rewarded with increased marks in this year’s competition. It is up to everyone to keep the village neat and tidy. Extension of footpaths and road repairs In order to facilitate the new secondary school at the Corporate Park, Galway Co. Co. have informed me that they intend to start work on July 1st on extending the footpaths along the N18 to the Oranmore side of the entrance to the Corporate Park. It is my understanding that the footpaths will be on both sides of the roadway and these works will incorporate traffic calming measures. I expect that the long awaited traffic calming outside the National School will be done in the very near future as well. Additional allocation of roads funds At the meeting of the council on June 24th an additional sum of €12,000 was allocated for roads works in Claregalway and €30,000 for a safety Scheme at Gortroe, Corrandulla. Jim

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Thought for the Month So many of us are quick to argue, get angry, or even end relationships over silly small things. However, it is more important to appreciate people for who they are and not to focus on their mistakes. You would not want someone to point out your every mistake so why do it to others? by Ronan Scully

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n fact, when someone makes a mistake, it is more important to show your love in that moment than to criticize. Not only will that expression of love stick out and always be remembered, it will help to further deepen the bond of your relationship. So, let the burnt biscuits of life go and be grateful for what you do have. Here’s a story to illustrate what I mean. The Burnt Biscuits When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and eat every bite! When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I’ll never forget what he said: “Honey, I love burnt biscuits.’ Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned.He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Your Mammy put in a hard day at work today and she’s real tired. And besides—a little burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!” Life is full of imperfect

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things… and imperfect people. I’m not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. But what I’ve learned over the years is that learning to accept each other’s faults—and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences—is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.’ The good, the bad & the ugly So, learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. We could extend this to any relationship, be it a husbandwife or parent-child or friendship! As the saying goes, “Don’t put to key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket—keep it in your own.” The greatest gift “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and one for helping others.” I love this quote by Audrey Hepburn because being in service to others is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and the world around you. Being able to give, no matter what you have to give, shows that you are grateful for what you have. Being unselfish is sharing your love and

kindness. It can be as little as making someone move, making dinner for a friend, cleaning the dirty dishes in the sink, to volunteering with a charity! It does not matter what you do, what matters is that you are realizing the value of helping another person and doing it without expectation of compensation. You are doing it simply because it feels right and is human nature to help those in need. Thought for the month As your thought for the month, always remember that there are plenty of people out there with less than you who are happy. Sometimes helping those in need can in turn help you appreciate what you have in your life. When you do good for others, you are giving selfless love out to others and will in turn receive it back. The joy and personal happiness you get from helping others is something you will only understand when you do it. I am sure there are times in your life you have done something for someone out of the kindness of your heart and it makes you feel so happy. Why wouldn’t you want to feel that more often?

Ronan is a representative for Self Help Africa, a charity who work with African communities to help improve their farms. Date for your Diary—Self Help Africa Charity Dinner on Friday the 15th of November 2013 at 7.30pm in the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill.

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Ginalee Healy’s Walk & Talk Raises €3,260 for Jigsaw Galway

Literacy Lift-Off at Carnmore NS Pupils in Carnmore NS have been have been enjoying great reading success following a €5000 investment in a special literacy programme called Literacy Lift Off. The substantial investment in specially graded PM+ readers which was made just a few months ago is already reaping rewards. The class based programme which aims to increase each child’s competency in reading and writing sees a team of four teachers spend one hour daily with the junior classes over six weeks. During the hour the pupils spend time at different activity stations including several reading stations, a letters, words, phonics and sounds station and another on writing. The school could not have introduced this worthwhile programme without the support of the Parents’ Association, teachers, parents and local businesses. The school is grateful to all who contributed their time and hard-earned money to this worthy cause, especially the following businesses for their generous support: Cahertec IT Solutions, Newell Roofing Products Ltd, Flynns of Lackagh Limited, Claregalway Dental Surgery, St Columba’s Credit Union, Abbey Florists, Claregalway, Paul Nash Bus Hire, Maldron Hotel and Supermacs.

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Pictured above is Ginalee Healy atop the Nine Arches, during a fundraising Walk & Talk for Jigsaw Galway which she organised along with her family. The event took place in Claregalway on June 30th and was an amazing success. Over 200 people took part in the walk on the day and €3,260 was raised for Jigsaw Galway who provide services and supports for young people’s mental health & wellbeing in Galway. For more information see www.jigsaw.ie. Thank you so much to everyone involved.

Memory Lane Café Are you worried about memory loss for yourself or a loved one? Come along to this Month’s Memory Lane Café in Croí House, Moyola Lane, Newcastle, Galway on Tuesday the 20th August 2013 from 7pm–8.30pm. What is it about? This is a fantastic opportunity for people with early memory loss along with their families & carers to come along and enjoy some time with others in your peer group over a cup of coffee/tea. This social gathering is completely free. Memory Lane Café, which are held on a monthly basis at the above venue & time, has been co-ordinated by DREAM—Dementia Research Education Advocacy in Motion which is a national non-profit/charitable movement run by people with dementia for people with dementia. It is a forum to support and speak with an independent voice, to campaign to improve services in Ireland and to improve attitudes towards people with Dementia. For further information, please phone 091384202, visit www.mydementia.ie or email info@mydementia.ie.

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Back row L–R: Oisín Connolly, Kevin Daly, Luke Roche, Matthew Kilgannon, Sean Kilmartin, Martina Moloney (Galway County Manager), Cllr Liam O’Carroll (Mayor Galway County), Tiernan Collins, Conor Walsh, Ciarán Hynes, Iarla Ó Céitinn, Barry Callanan. Middle row L–R: Ronan McDonagh, Sean Lyons, Daniel Loftus, Paraic Commins, Keith Field, Ronan Manning, Aaron Molloy, Daniel Grealish, Dylan Walsh, Dylan Buckley. Front row L–R: Aaron Connolly, Mikey Cullina, Eoghan Gallagher, Conor Campbell, Shane O’Gorman, Mark King, Ruairí Gallagher, Sean Coakley. Missing from Photo: Colm Kelly, Tomás Cogley, Conor Harte, Keelan Grainger.

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Mayoral Reception in Honour of U14 Football Team A unique occasion and a tribute to the Community—the Claregalway GAA U14 Boys 2013 All-Ireland winning Féile Team were honoured at a Mayoral Reception in Áras an Chontae on Monday July 22nd. It was hosted by Galway County Mayor Cllr Liam Carroll and County Manager Martina Maloney. There were five Cups on display, a clean sweep of all U14 Division 1 Football trophies, namely North Board League, Co. Galway League, Féile Peil na nÓg Gaillimh 2013, Feile Dhoire All-Ireland 2013 and more recently, the Co. Championship Cup won at Tuam Stadium in the final against Salthill/Knocknacarra. The evening began at Claregalway Community Centre where the Supermacs Galway Team bus was made available to bring the team ↗

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panel and officials to Áras an Chontae. On arrival, the hospitality was marked by an array of tasty food and refreshments served and consumed in the Reception Hall. The proceedings were then opened by the County Secretary, Mr Michael Owens. In his Address of Welcome, Mayor Carroll congratulated the Claregalway U14 Boys for their great achievements during the year, crowned by winning the 2013 All Ireland Football Féile in Derry. The Mayor also praised the management team for their dedication in preparing this panel for many years to realise these great results. He encouraged the lads to continue playing sports in the years to come and was confident that many of the lads would represent their county in the years ahead.

“The lads are a credit to Claregalway GAA club and to their families.” Co. Manager Martina Maloney congratulated the Claregalway U14 players on their excellent results, the management team for their commitment and the parents for their great support during the past few years. She then invited each of the lads to be presented with a special commemorative medal from Galway Co. Co. in recognition of this special occasion and their great results on the field of play. In reply, Peadar Dolan, Chairman of Claregalway GAA, thanked Mayor Liam Carroll, Co. Manager Martina Maloney and Galway County Council for their invitation and distinction in honouring this hugely significant success in Claregalway’s GAA history. He thanked all the Club sponsors for their financial support which made these successes possible. He thanked all the club officers and the local politicians who were in attendance. In conclusion, he stated that Claregalway GAA Club was beginning a new chapter in their history with the construction of new facilities at the 20-acre training grounds in Knockdoemore. This historic occasion will remain with us for many years and surely will gain more significance for the U14 lads as the years go by. Parents and Club Officials in attendance were delighted to be part of such a great evening that will never be forgotten. Tim Hynes, Féile Coordinator, Claregalway GAA Club The Juvenile Committee would like to extend their sincere thanks to all who helped to make our Féile All Ireland win happen. The management: John Kilmartin, Tomas Kilcommins, John Fitzmaurice, Mike Field, Noel Grealish, Kevin Kilgannon, Fiona Molloy, John Loftus, Ja Keating and Féile Organiser supreme Timmy Hynes. Thanks also to our own Juvenile Officers and committee, the Féile Committee and the parents who worked so well together over the past few weeks. Thanks to our many sponsors and those businesses and individuals who contributed so generously to our fundraising. The Adult Committee, Members and the whole parish who came out to give the boys a welcome home they will never forget. This Féile Adventure was an awesome undertaking in terms of effort and planning. The boys were not only brilliant in the demonstration of their football skills, their behaviour was also exemplary throughout. They are a credit to their families, their parish and their Club. In conclusion, the lesson to be learned from this year’s successful Féile Campaign is that many hands make light work. Baile Chláir Abú!

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Carnmore Camogie U12s Win County ‘A’ Championships Carnmore U12 Camogie team did the club proud recently in Loughrea in a tough match against Killimor in the County A Final. The final score was Carnmore 7–7, Killimor 3–4.

Back Row L–R: Aoife Clarke, Megan Flaherty, Niamh O’ Callaghan, Jessica Connell, Caoimhe Grealish, Aoibhinn Fox, Laoise Byrne, Jane Glynn, Saoirse Moran and Aoife Ryan. Front Row L–R: Alyssa Laffey, Sinead Murray, Sinead Donovan, Emily Duggan, Rachel Hughes, Niamh Heffernan, Rhiann Heery, Aisling Killilea, Jennifer Hughes and Emma Murphy. Managers & Coaches: Dorothy Coyne, Sean Byrne, Vanessa Molloy, Jenny Davoren and Catriona Byrne. Carnmore dominated in Midfield with Caoimhe Grealish and Rhiann Heery in excellent form. Our defenders goalie Emily Duggan, Laoise Byrne, Aoibhinn Fox, Jane Glynn and Aisling Killilea showed great maturity and held off a very strong Killimor forward line. Niamh Heffernan scored an incredible 3–3 on the day and was unstoppable in the forward line. Rachel Hughes scored a goal and four magnificent points. Jennifer Hughes and Sinead Donovan also scored a goal each. This was a wonderful performance by a very talented team. Well done to each and every one of them and their management team.

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Claregalway U13 Boys City League Shield Winners Back row L–R: Shane Mcdonagh (Management) Diarmaid Mullin, Colin Carr, Ronan Murphy, Conor Walsh, Kevin Kean, Aaron Connolly, Nial McDermott, Dylan Walsh, Hugh Mulryan, Rob Dunleavy, Joe Mulqueen, Dylan Buckley, Tom Culkeen (Management) Front row L–R: Peadar Dolan (Chairman) Ryan O’Sullivan, Maurice O’Brien, Eoin McDonagh, Conor Finnerty, Jason Reilly, Dara Whelan, Phillip Dolan, Paul Culkeen, Cian Daly, Dara Walsh, Alan Daly (Management).

Claregalway Ladies GAA July Updates Keep up-to-date at www.claregalway.info

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Claregalway GAA BBQ held in the Community Centre on 22nd of June A great night was had by all, especially those who took part in the football competitions organised by Juvenile Chairman John Morrin and his coaches. There was face painting and crafts for the kids, and Fintan Sound the DJ did a really terrific job! Peadar (Executive Chairman) and Jackie Dolan from Treat Café did the BBQ which was delicious and great portions! Kenny Murphy’s bonfire was huge, as you can see (pictured left)—well done Kenny and Co.

Claregalway Ladies played Glenamaddy/Williamstown in Round 1 of the Intermediate Championship in Glenamaddy on Sunday 30th of June. Aided by the breeze the Claregalway Girls had a commanding lead of 1–11 to 0–3 points and ran out comfortable winners 3–14 to 0–3. Panel: H Coen, O Murphy, H Moran, E Glynn, C Casserly, K Dowd, R Horkan, S Gavin, M Glynn, E Gavin, T Hession, L Brennan, C Burke, M Dunleavy, S Leonard, A Rohan, G Cahill, A Gilmore, G Cahill, R Downes, E Connolly, S Flaherty. Congratulations to the Boys U14 Team and Management on their fantastic win in the National Féile in Derry. Hard luck to Corofin Ladies who made it to the Division 1 final only to lose out to Foxrock.

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Claregalway Athletes Champion All-Irelands Congratulations to the juvenile Galway City Harriers athletes from Claregalway—Evan McGuire, Seán Kilmartin & Cilín Greene —who won individual All-Ireland medals at the outdoor national athletics finals in Tullamore on the 6th & 7th of July. A number of GCH athletes from Claregalway area qualified for the All-Ireland athletics finals held in Tullamore this on the 6th & 7th of July. Congratulations to all of them including Andrea Trill (U12 Shot putt), Clíodhna Ní Chochlainn (U14 javelin), Laura Nally (U14 800m), Kristian Flaherty (U12 600m), Cilín Greene (U16 100m), Seán Kilmartin (U15 250m hurdles), Evan Mc Guire (U19 400m & 400m hurdles). It was a great achievement to qualify through Connacht and reach the All Ireland finals. Particular thanks also to GCH coaches Pauline Harrington (pictured below with Evan McGuire) and Frank McGuire, again both from Claregalway. It’s great to see dedicated coaches from Claregalway helping to guide the GCH athletes through the juvenile grades. Your help is really appreciated by all in the community.

Left: Seán Kilmartin, Kiniska—Bronze medallist in the All-Ireland 250m hurdles final. Right: Cilín Greene, Kiniska—Silver medallist in the All-Ireland 100m final.

For more local sports stories visit www.claregalway.info/news. If you have stories or photos to share, you can submit them on our website, by calling Josette on 086 391 3852, or emailing news@nuachtchlair.com.

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Evan McGuire, Claregalway (pictured centre) took two individual Golds at the All-Ireland finals last weekend—one in the 400m hurdles, in which he got an U19 Championship Best and the other in the 400m race. Congratulations Evan and what an achievement!

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A snap from the 1st of August of the developments taking place in Claregalway Corporate Park as Coláiste Bhaile Chláir is nearing completion. The new secondary school is due to open its doors in just a couple of weeks. Sip-energy and Stewarts have constructed about ¾ of the interior structure and they will be a further few weeks on site completing the remainder of the interior structure. Keep up to date with developments at www.colaistebhailechlair.com or www.claregalway.info.

Paul Maher Garden Furnishings This local guy is only 17 years of age and has huge potential. His attention to detail is second to none and most importantly he has passion for what he does.

Expect to hear more about Paul soon—he has serious talent. Pictured right is Paul with Nuacht Chláir Editor Josette Farrell—one satisfied customer! Check out Paul’s page on facebook to get in touch.

Winners of the June Nuacht Chláir Crossword—Noel & Elaine, from Turloughmore being presented with their prize (a meal for two in Khazana Indian Restaurant) by Khazana proprietor Jasim Uddin. This month’s prize is a meal for two in the Arches Hotel, Claregalway. Give it a try, and send your entry to Crossword Editor Brian Place (details opposite). Remember if you’re not in you can’t win!

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Nuacht Chláir, the community-curated newsletter for Claregalway, Co. Galway, July/August 2013 edition.

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