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Nuacht Chláir   The free community-curated newsletter for Claregalway

Three in a Row for Coláiste Bhaile Chláir MATHletes

May 2014 | Vol.18 iss.8

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Know Your Candidate— Claregalway Residents features

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Móna’s Cheesy

Asparagus Tart

Pictured are the top Mathletes from Coláiste Bhaile Chláir. Irish secondary school students who took part in the MATHletes Challenge 2014 spent 54,000 minutes working on maths over their Easter break. That’s more than 900 hours in just two weeks. Congratulations to all!

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir have completed the treble and have won the February, March and April MATHletes schools challenge!

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Success at South Connacht Track & Field Championships For more local news see www.claregalway.info

he top 500 MATHletes from across the country competed in-person at Provincial Finals on Saturday 10th of May, for a place in the national final. The finals were hosted by Dublin City University (Leinster), Tyndall Institute (Munster), Donegal Education Centre (Ulster), Coláiste Bhaile Chláir (Connaught). Students from Coláiste Bhaile Chláir have put in a huge amount of work at home and in school and have regularly featured in the top ten in Ireland. Coláiste Bhaile Chláir welcomed 110 MATHletes representing Mayo,

Sligo, Roscommon and Galway to Claregalway on Saturday. Students from 5th and 6th class 1st, 2nd and 3rd years competed. Over forty students from Coláiste Bhaile Chláir were selected to compete in the provincial finals on Saturday. Congratulations to the following students who qualified to represent Connacht in the Mathletes All-Ireland: Avril King, Evan Creane, Jake Larkin, Katie McCallig, Kieran Spellman, Leanna Callanan, Medeina Macenaite, Niamh McCullagh, Roy Grealish, Shauna Flaherty and Thomas McStay. Continued on page 10 →


Don’t forget to check out Claregalway.info/josette-farrell As a community volunteer, with a Diploma in Community Development from NUIG, I see the impact on the ground of delays in dealing with issues and am putting my name forward as a candidate with the aim of contributing to resolving problems and improving facilities. 2

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Editorial by Josette Farrell

by phoning Josette on 086 391 3852 / 091 798 430 via our website www.claregalway.info or via our facebook page www.facebook.com/claregalway.info

We are always on the lookout for new local contributors. If you would like to share some local news, photos, events or stories, just get in touch. We are also putting the finishing touches on our website www.claregalway.info. Here you can keep up to date with local news and events, read up on some the history of Claregalway, or check out our ever-expanding local business directory. If you have any suggestions for features we should include on the site, let us know. Finally, don’t forget to like our popular facebook page at facebook.com/claregalway.info where we share local news snippets and photos. 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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Welcome to the May issue of the Nuacht Chláir! It’s great to see that there’s lots going on in Claregalway at the moment, and there are even more exciting events coming up in th next few months so no doubt the village will be buzzing for a while longer. Having a Youth Café in Claregalway would offer young people in the area a much needed facility where they could have their own space.  It would be a place for the young people of both sexes from all social and cultural backgrounds to gather. It would be a place to hang out with their friends and decide themselves on what leisure services they need. The age group of 15–18 would particularly benefit from this vitally needed facility. I’ve raised this issue countless times over the years, and with Coláiste Bhaile Chláir now in the village, there has never been more of a need. Perhaps someone out there would have such a place to offer for local teenagers? Another facility would be a retirement village for the elderly. There is one in the village of Corrandula which is working extremely well.  When one reaches a certain age, they might like to downsize their homes and move to a retirement village where they could mix with like minded independent people. The idea is that everyone has their own dwelling but also the added security of support or assistance if needed. The local elections are fast approaching and I wish each of the candidates well in their quest for a seat on the County Council. You may be aware I have put my name forward with the intention of continuing my community work at a higher level. The area has developed so rapidly in the past decade and I feel that local facilities and services have not developed accordingly. If elected I will continue working to ensure the appropriate amenities for the booming town of Claregalway are implemented. If you would like to read about what I done for the area already please visit Claregalway.info/josette-farrell. This month we have a delicious and quick recipe from local blogger and regular contributor Móna Wise. If you haven’t already read it, check out her wonderful book The Chef & I, available to buy online. We also have a fascinating report from local Scout Dylan Buckley, who completed an arduous trek in Iceland earlier this year. We also feature an interesting snippet from our archive on page five, which I think evidences the power of community. When a group is formed with an ambition it is amazing what can be achieved. I visited The Old Forge recently and it is looking resplendant—a fascinating glimpse into a bygone era. Until next time, Josette.

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A Smile a Day Goes a Long Way

Pictured are second class pupils from Claregalway National School helping out with some planting in the school garden recently. Photo by Paddy O’Connell

Two Galway girls, Sofia Badalova from Knocknacarra and Caoimhe Keenan from Carnmore, have proven that smiling ‘improves your mood and health’, in their project, ‘Smile for a GJJd MJJd and GJJd Health’, which they presented at the Sci-Fest at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. The two 2nd year students in Dominican College, Taylor’s Hill investigated the impact of smiling on people’s mood and on blood pressure measurements. The students showed a humorous video clip to 70 people and then asked them to respond to a survey. 94% responded that smiling puts them in a good mood 86% responded that having someone smile at them puts them in a good mood J 92% responded that they think smiling is contagious. J J

Additionally, using a Home Digital blood pressure monitor the students measured 30 people’s blood pressure after three minutes of sitting relaxed without smiling. Then they measured the same people’s blood pressure following three minutes of sitting relaxed whilst smiling. 87% of the participants had a decrease in their blood pressure after sitting relaxed for three minutes whilst smiling. In their presentation the teenagers reported that the smile is the most scientifically studied human facial expression, that there are two types of smile—the Duchenne (genuine) smile and the Fake smile—and that we all smile in the same language. Previous published research has shown in relation to mood that smiling can make you feel happy even when you’re not, it can reduce depression and anxiety, people with Duchenne smiles live happier lives, and that within social networks, when one person is happy, the feeling migrates to two people beyond them. Research on smiling in relation to health has concluded that people with Duchenne smiles live longer, feel less pain, have better sleep, and lower blood pressure readings. Caoimhe and Sofia concluded that with the numerous reported benefits of smiling and the results of their investigations that smiling ‘improves mood and health’.

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Pictured are some Claregalway Cub Scouts planting summer bedding plants at the Day Care Centre in the village. Supporting ones community is one of the core principles of scouting. While on the visit to the centre the Cubs learned of the range of activities that the Centre offers the older people of the community.

There was great excitement in the Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry on Sunday afternoon last, when for the first time ever the children of Cregmore National claimed first prize in the traditional music group section of Scór na bPáistí. The children, mentored by their two teachers Ms Maude Connolly and Ms Rita Healy played two well known tunes, John McHugh’s Jig and The Continental Reel. The photo, (courtesy of On The Spot Photos) shows members of the trad group Viska Mulroy, Hugh Crowley, Niamh McGrath, Sarah An nuachtán McHale pobail and le Katelyn haghaidh Ford.Baile Chláir, Co. na Gaillimhe


Ten Years Ago In Claregalway Snippets of local ‘news’ (now history), printed in Nuacht Chláir ten years ago. Lighting Up the Old Forge Originally published in the May 2004 Nuacht Chláir Plans are afoot to restore the old Forge at Loughgeorge in Claregalway which has been operated by the Smith family over the years. Hopes are that a scheme can be brought on stream to bring the Forge to the forefront once again, something along the lines of the neighbouring Lackagh Museum. This week local Countillor Jarlath McDonagh allocated funding from his Discretionary fund to put a new Public Light adjacent to the Forge area so from now on there will be a light shining on the Forge and hopefully it will not be too long before the old Forge is restored to its former glory and the people of the day—particularly the young people—can view again the Ireland of yesterday, in particular with regard to horses and the making of various iron implements. For the moment Councillor McDonagh says he is pleased to be in a position to at least highlight the location of the Forge in Loughgeorge by providing the new Public Light which should be put in place within the next month or so. Cllr McDonagh says that he is also pleased that two lights are to be put in place at Cregboy together with an extra light at Kiniska and two new public lights at Carnmore West. All the lights in question will be put in place in the not too distant future. Meanwhile Cllr McDonagh is looking at a number of other locations and will hopefully be in a position to provide a few more lights from his current budget in the weeks ahead. www.claregalway.info

Pictured above is the Old Forge in 2013. The Forge was indeed restored (check out our photo album on Claregalway.info/photos) and a new building—the Claregalway Museum—was built adjacent to the Forge over the past year, and opened two months ago. NB: It is worth noting that in 2004, when the snippet opposite was originally published, there were no street lights on the N17 in Claregalway (or anywhere in Claregalway for that matter) and as the Forge was unoccupied, it was unknown to many residents and passers-through. The Forge’s restoration is yet another example of the fantastic work that can be done when members of the community get together with an idea and the ambition to fulfill it.

For more local news from the year 1996 onwards, visit our online archives at claregalway.info/archives

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Local Notices The Claregalway & District Day Care Centre is now open five days Monday–Friday from 9.30am–4pm.  For more information please drop in, contact 091 739 385, 086 445 8989, or visit claregalwaydaycarecentre.ie. Claregalway Parent & Baby/Toddler Group meet every Wednesday from 10am–12 noon at Claregalway Community Centre. All welcome. Contact Yvonne 087 943 7410. Walking Club meets every Sunday at the Arches Hotel at 10:30am and on Wednesdays meet at Claregalway Church at 7.30pm. All are welcome. For info contact Edel—085 102 0611. Legion of Mary meeting every Monday from 7.15pm–8.15pm in Cairdeas. New members welcome. Ultra-Flex School of Dance classes in Disco-Freestyle, Street Dance and Musical theatre every Tuesday in the SMA House Claregalway. Classes range from 3–17 years old. Contact Emma on 085 2388 591 for specific class times or for more information.

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Adult Music Classes, subject to demand, are being offered at Lackagh Village Centre on Button Accordion, Tin Whistle, Keyboard, Bodhrán & Céilí Drums from September. For further info please contact Padraig on 086 3166 972. Singing lessons with a fully qualified teacher available in Turloughmore. Beginners to professional; children and adults. Traditional, pop, folk and musical theatre included. Practical prep for Junior & Leaving music students. Call Siobhán on 087 852 7760.

Local and experienced night time babysitter available. References on request. Own transport. Contact Julie–Ann on 085 7080214. Claregalway/Carnmore Active Retirement meeting every Friday at 10.30am in Cairdeas. New members are always welcome. Claregalway/Carnmore Senior Citizens Cards and bingo held every Monday night at 8pm in Cairdeas Parish Meeting Room.

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Jubilee Anniversary of The Growing Tree The Growing Tree Montessori School would like to invite past and present pupils to celebrate its 25th Anniversary. The school will open from 12pm to 4pm on Saturday 7th of June 2014 with refreshments, a display of photographs, memories shared and friendships renewed where past pupils and teachers celebrate this great occasion. We look forward to seeing all our past pupils. The Growing Tree Montessori School was established in June 1989 by Mary Fleming. The school was originally a one classroom school. The second classroom was opened September 1994, with the opening of the third classroom in September 2006. Mary lectured with St Nicholas Montessori College on the BA in Humanities and Montessori Education course. Mary has also presented workshops to St Nicholas Montessori teachers on the Montessori approach to Language Development, Sensorial Education, Cultural Studies and Positive Behaviour in the Montessori classroom. All teaching staff at The Growing Tree have completed their teacher training with St Nicholas Montessori Training College. The Growing Tree is also recognised as an educational establishment by the Department of Education under the umbrella of the Irish Montessori Education Board. The Montessori Method is a child-centred philosophy of education which meets the needs of the individual child at each stage of his/her development. The goal of the school is to cultivate the child’s natural desire to learn. This objective is approached in two ways; by allowing each child to experience the excitement of learning by his/her own choice rather than by being forced and second, by helping him/her to perfect all his/her natural

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tools for learning so that his/her ability will be at a maximum in future learning situations. All this work is carried out in the Prepared Environment of the Montessori Classroom. Through it, the child becomes eager to learn, independent, selfconfident, and is more able to cope with our complex world. The learning environments are maintained by fully trained staff. As each child develops physically, socially, intellectually and emotionally to his/ her full potential, a strong sense of independence is fostered. Self-esteem and self-respect will grow so that the child will in turn respect others. Our Curriculum offers Practical Life exercises, Sensorial activities, Music, Mathematics, Science, Language, Geography, nature activities, arts & crafts, school concert, patio and garden play areas.At The Growing Tree Montessori School we aim to ensure that the unique qualities of each child is recognised by giving them a happy and secure learning environment. ECCE grants are available for Montessori tuition. Phone 091 798160/087 9430822 Email thegrowingtree2010@hotmail.com A new website will be launched in coming weeks.

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Móna’s Tasty Cheesy Asparagus Tart by Móna Wise

Green spindly spears are shooting up in the shops right now. They are parceled in little packets of 20 spears or so and although once seen as a delicacy, are now, due to the availability of imports, enjoyed year round at the dinner table. Although we have a few plants ourselves, this trim tipped vegetable, mostly composed of water, is found more commonly growing in back gardens than on commercial farms.

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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sparagus has a short growing season and that, coupled with people’s desire to buy local, keeps the price of Irish or British Asparagus at a premium— ranging in prices from €5–15 per kilo. That said, if you are wondering whether to save or splurge on this item as it is in season right now, our advice is to splurge.  This month we have a recipes for an Asparagus cheese tart. Learning how to make a savoury tart like this one is invaluable in the kitchen because it is one of those tarts that tastes like more. Although making your own pastry is recommended, we keep a few of the pre-rolled boxes of pastry in the freezer so we can throw this tart together at the drop of a hat. The mixing of mustard and egg for the sauce mixed with the melted cheese makes for an excellent base and we find it pays perfect homage to Asparagus at this time of the year. Enjoy! Móna

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Asparagus Cheese Tart (makes one tart—25cm size pie dish) If you are wondering how to encourage the pickier members of your family to try Asparagus, then this is the recipe to use. Smothered in cheese and a delicious mustard and egg sauce, you can have your lunchtime snack whipped up in no time at all.  What you need for the filling 400g asparagus spears 1 large egg 200g cheese 1 tsp salt & black pepper 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1 Tbsp olive oil What you need for the crust 250g pastry, rolled and pre-baked How to prepare it Blanch the asparagus in rapidly boiling water for five minutes and then drain and set to the side. Mix the mustard with the egg using a fork and then spoon it into the base of the pre-baked pie crust. Layer 150g cheese on top of the mustard then arrange the asparagus on top of the cheese. Brush the asparagus with some olive oil and sprinkle on the salt and pepper. Top with the remaining cheese. Bake at 200°C for fifteen minutes or until golden brown. Stores well in the fridge for a week and freezes very well too.

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Continued from cover → Launched in late January by tech entrepreneur Sean O’Sullivan and the Minister for Training and Skills Ciaran Cannon, the national maths tournament has caught the attention of educators, parents, and students from across Ireland. Based on the Khan Academy method of teaching and learning maths, MATHletes compete as individuals or with their schools for the championship title and a piece of the €20,000 prize fund. Founded in 2006 by the American educator Sal Khan, the Khan Academy is a leader in free online maths education. With more than 10m users per month and 4m practice problems solved each day, the Khan Academy had been successful in accomplishing its mission to provide “a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.”

Congratulations to 1st place Connacht Championship winner Thomas McStay and runner up Leanna Callanan, pictured above with their prizes. Pictured above are the winners of the Senior Team event run by The Think Academy: Michéal ó Dálaigh, Coláiste na Coiribe, Liam Burke, Fynn Duclaux and Thomas McStay from Coláiste Bhaile Chláir. Photos courtesy of Emma Ryan, Coláiste Bhaile Chláir

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SMA Family Day Sunday 1st June 2014 SMA House Claregalway from 1–5pm Admission is free Events include Irish Music, Dancing, Bouncing Castle, Face Painting, Magician, Sports, Dog Show Stalls include Cakes, White Elephant, Novelty Stall, Plants, China Stall, New item stall etc. Refreshments Soft Drinks, Ice Cream, Crisps, Sweets, etc. Teas and Sandwiches - Barbeque Sports Races, Sack Race, Egg & Spoon Race, 3 Legged Race. Painting Exhibition (Primary Schools) How can you help? By baking a Cake for the Cake Sale, Unwanted Gifts for White Elephant Stall or Donation of any kind. All such items need to be handed in to SMA House, Claregalway by Saturday 31st May.

Proceeds in aid of our Missions in Africa For more information telephone 091 798 880 Family Day Timetable 1pm Events Begin 2–3pm Sports 3–4pm Magician 4–5pm Music & Irish Dancing 1–5pm Bouncing Castles 1–4pm Tickets will be on sale for raffle— Draw will take place at 4.30pm. Refreshments available throughout the day— Teas/sandwiches, BBQ Dog Show Contact Tom McCann at 087 4179175

See our local events calendar at Claregalway.info/events and don’t forget to like our page on Facebook: facebook.com/claregalway.info www.claregalway.info

Sean Mitchell, Daragh Jordan and Conor Finnerty winning the overall GAA prize in RDS at the BTYSTE

Continued Success for Coláiste Bhaile Chláir’s Young Scientists The winning group of students from this years Young Scientist festival will present their work in University of Limerick on May 23rd at the PESS Young Scientist Initiative. The boys; Daragh Jordan, Conor Finnerty and Sean Mitchell, have been invited to attend the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science and present their project which did so well in the RDS in January. The project was titled KillTech: An Innovative Technology to reduce controversy in handball refereeing. and uses a laser detection system along the floor of a handball court to detect whether a fast ball has hit the ground or wall first. This is a common area of controversy in matches as this shot, the Kill shot, is often the end of a rally and can mean winning a game, or losing service.   The boys also have interest from GMIT this week, with a meeting with the Electronic Engineering Department on Thursday 15th May to discuss how to upscale the design and incorporate PLC devices instead of the school science equipment. This will make the product more saleable and the group leader, Daragh Jordan is definitely planning on

The GAA have also arranged a meeting with us to update on our progress and discuss possible funding to proceed. pursuing the idea to production if he can. He says “The GAA have also arranged a meeting with us to update on our progress and discuss possible funding to proceed with the idea into production. It’s great! We never expected there to be this much continued investigation after the competition. It’s really exciting to be involved in something that everyone is interest in finding out about. “A really hard working bunch of entrepreneurs here with a bright future ahead of them without a doubt!

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Grow It Yourself May 2014

by Michael Kelly—GIY Ireland

Each month, I try and think about my seed sowing in two categories. The first category is those veg that we must sow pretty much every month to guarantee a consistent supply (without gluts)—so for example: lettuce, spinach, oriental greens, calabrese etc. Between March and August, I sow a little of these at the start of every month.

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he second category consists of those vegetables that are sown once during the year, and in this category there are some really important ones to be sown this month. In early May, I sow my parsnips direct outside in the veg patch. Given how easy they are to grow and how well they stand in the soil over the winter months, I grow a lot of parsnips—enough at any rate to provide perhaps 20 parsnips a month between November and April (ie 120). That is a superb supply of winter food. In the potting shed early this month I will also sow my pumpkins, squashes, cucumber and sweetcorn in pots for later transplanting. Pumpkin and squash are worth spending time on, given just how much food they can supply for the winter—last year, thanks to the brilliant summer weather, we had a bumper year for fruiting veg and I had about 40 squashes and pumpkins on top of the dresser in the kitchen. They are an invaluable ingredient for stews, soups and curries. Though they don’t store so well, cucumbers are also a productive veg—a single healthy plant will produce about 40 cucumbers over the summer months. Later in the month I will do a sowing of French and runner beans outside, while in the last week of the month I will sow my main crop carrots outside. Again, this is a crucial sowing. I aim to grow enough carrots to keep the kitchen supplied between October and next April—given that they are the quintessential stock-pot veg. We could easily go through 30–40 carrots a month, so ideally, I aim to grow about 250 carrots. If that sounds a lot, bear in mind you can grow 100 carrots in a 1m × 1m veg bed.

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To do this April May is the time to get those outdoor beds ready for early summer transplanting. Fork over and rake. Earth up potatoes as the plants develop. Put protective barrier around your carrots to thwart the dastardly carrot root fly. Regularly hoe weeds and mulch. Water plants if required. Support tomato, bean and pea plants with twiggy sticks, pea netting, timber supports with chicken wire, or existing fence or hedge. Pinch out the growing tips of broad beans plants to prevent Blackfly. Sow Indoors for planting on later: basil, dill, coriander, courgette, cucumber, sweet corn, pumpkin. Outdoors: winter cauliflower, cabbage, kale, spinach, sprouting broccoli, leeks, beans (French, Runner, Climbing French), beetroot, parsnip, turnip, swedes, radish, lettuce, peas, broccoli, rocket, carrots. Harden off and begin to plant out seedlings you have lovingly raised indoors—e.g. tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbages, sweet corn, leeks.

Harvest May is another tricky gap month as stores continue to dwindle. Continue picking asparagus, purple sprouting broccoli, radish, rhubarb, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach and chard. May is likely to see the first real bumper salad leaves like lettuce and rocket—as well as the first garlic, beetroot and globe artichokes.

© GIY Ireland 2014—all rights reserved. GIY is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to create a healthier, more sustainable world where people grow their own food. For more information check out their website www.giyireland.com.

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Mass Time Change Please note that Thursday Mass will now be at 7.30pm. There is no morning Mass on Thursdays.

Claregalway Church Sacrament Times Mass Sunday 9am and 11am           Thursday 7:30pm          Monday 9:30am       Tuesday 9:30am           Wednesday 9:30am   

Friday 9:30am           Saturday 9:30am Vigil (Saturday) 7.30pm  

Holydays Vigil 7:30pm, Holyday 11am, First Friday 9:30am and 7:30pm Sacrament of Baptism Baptismal preparation training night second Tuesday of each month at  7.30pm in Cairdeas.  Baptisms are celebrated on the first Sunday of the month at 12 noon and the third Saturday of the month at 4pm. Booking forms are available from the Parish Office. Sacrament of Marriage Please contact Parish Office for booking form. Devotions Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Wednesday 10am–6pm First Friday 6pm–7.30pm, Palm Sunday after 11am Mass to 4pm          Feast of Christ the King after 11am–4pm. Novenas Our Lady of Perpetual Help every Saturday at 9.30am In preparation for the Feasts of St Patrick, Pentecost, Sacred Heart, Assumption, Immaculate Conception and Christmas, Novena to Padre Pio every Thursday evening at Mass. Rosary—Daily before morning Mass. Email claregalwayparish@eircom.net Website www.assumptionandsaintjamesparish.com Radio Mass FM106.4 Facebook claregalwayparish

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Don’t forget, you can tune in to 106.4FM to listen to Mass in Claregalway Church live every day. Congratulations to Emer Kearney & Gerry Finnegan who were married in Claregalway recently. Best wishes to you both. RIP Rita Caulfield, Kiltrogue baptisms Baby Jesse Gannon Parents: Noel & Paul Baby Jack Dunbarr Parents: Chris & Lorraine Baby Ewan Donoghue Parents: Gerard & Sandra Baby Aidan Flaherty Parents: Joseph & Niamh Baby Lucy Mullaney Parents: Adrian & Nicola Baby Aoife Lally Parents: Seán & Tracey 13


Claregalway Scouts— An Icelandic Expedition At the February mid-term I had the adventure of a lifetime. I went on the Crean Challenge Expedition to Iceland with Scouting Ireland. Report by Dylan Buckley, Claregalway Scouts

The adventure began in May 2013 when I applied to participate in the 2014 Crean Challenge Expedition—a week-long expedition to Iceland in the spirit of Tom Crean, Antarctic Explorer, who is the inspiration for the Scout Section of Scouts. The centre piece of which is a day-long hike in conditions similar to what you’d experience in the Antarctic. In my application I had to prove that I had the necessary skills and determination to complete this very arduous adventure. I was successful in my application and was the only Scout from the West of Ireland to be selected for the Expedition. My training began immediately as I had to complete ten 15–20km hikes before I departed for Iceland. In addition we had three formal training weekends in preparation for the actual expedition, one in Cork in September where we kayaked out to Spike Island, had to find food and build shelters for the night which we slept in and it was the end of September. We learned loads of stuff on these camps that would assist us in our week long expedition in Iceland, navigation which covered map reading, route planning, compass work, food preparation and cooking, packing, gear repair maintenance and first aid. Finally the big day arrived and my Dad drove me to Dublin. We were staying in the Raheny Scout Den as we were leaving very early on Sunday morning for our flight to Reykjavik via Glasgow.

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When we arrived in Reykjavik we met up with a group of Icelandic Scouts who were going to join us for the week. Luckily they all spoke great English as my Icelandic is pretty poor. On the Monday morning we did rock climbing, abseiling and pioneering which is a key scouting skill as you often have to make your own equipment using timber poles and rope. In the afternoon we hiked to our campsite for the night. We slept out in tents and it was –12°C. I have never been so cold in my life and I thought my feet were going to fall off. On Tuesday we hiked back to the scout centre we did activities such as breaking the ice on a frozen lake so we could get a boat in. This was a challenge Tom Crean faced when his ship, Endurance, got trapped by ice on its way to the Scout Pole with Ernest Shackleton in 1914, 100 years ago this year. We also got to meet some husky dogs, did a route plan, some first aid, yoga and orienteering. That night we had a traditional Iceland meal, it was one of the weirdest meals I ever had.

We had sheep’s brains and sheep’s testicles which were both disgusting but nothing compared to the taste of shark which was really, really bad. On Wednesday we had a hike to a cave but it was windy so we didn’t actually get as far as the cave. We went back to the centre and had a few talks from two different guys, one who climbed Everest. We then prepared for the Crean Challenge hike the next day. On Thursday we got up at 6.30am to get ready for the big hike. I was feeling a bit nervous. The hike was only 17.7km which in Ireland would normally take 4–5 hours but in Iceland in the middle of February it could take up to 12 hours. The weather when we set off was good but after lunch it started to snow pretty heavy and the wind picked up. As the afternoon progressed the weather got really bad and when the huts we were going to stay in that night came into view, I went to my knees and bowed. That’s how relieved I was. The hike only took us eight hours which was the fastest Crean Challenge so far. Last

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year it took them 11 hours and the year before 12 hours. On Friday we got to build an igloo and a snow cave which was great fun. I was going to sleep in the snow cave with one of my Icelandic friends but ours needed a bit more work. On Saturday we travelled home to Ireland.

A lot of people have said to me that this was a “once in a lifetime” experience but I’ll be back to Iceland as I enjoyed it so much. I learned loads of new skills, made new friends and challenged myself. It was a fantastic opportunity and I am very thankful to Scouting Ireland and in particular all the Scouters who made the trip possible. Note on Claregalway Scouts 12th Galway Scout Group based in Claregalway and serving Claregalway, Lackagh and surrounding parishes is a very active group that has sections for all ages from 6 years up. Scouting is a mixed activity with both girls and boys very welcome to join. We are now taking names for our waiting list for the scouting year starting in September 2014. If interested please contact Gillian Buckley (Group Leader) on 087 2236982 or gillianbuckley17@gmail.com. We welcome new and former members. Beavers are aged 6–8 year and meet Tuesdays at 6.30pm. Cubs are aged 9–11 years and meet Mondays at 6.30pm. Scouts are aged 12–15 years and meet Mondays at 7.45pm. Ventures are aged 15–17 years Rovers are aged 18–26 years.

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Local Elections With the Elections looming on May 23rd, Nuacht Chláir asked our local candidates for their profiles to share with our readers. There are sixteen candidates running in the Oranmore Electoral Area, which encompasses Athenry, Oranmore and Clarinbridge. Of these, there are four living in Claregalway: Jim Cuddy, Josette Farrell, Malachy Noone and Clement Shevlin. Each of these candidates has a strong presence in the Claregalway community and understand the needs of the people of the area. There are only four seats up for grabs in the Elections on May 23rd, and with sixteen total candidates running in the Electoral Area, there will be stiff competition for our local candidates hoping to represent Claregalway in Galway County Council. With varying priorities and concerns, each candidate has a different package to offer. Hopefully the profiles overleaf will help you make a decision. But bear in mind that there are other candidates in Claregalway’s hinterland who you should consider. More info is available online. Tips for May 23rd The polling station will be in Claregalway National School in the village. You do not need your polling card to vote. But you must bring a valid form of personal identification, such as a passport or driving licence with you. Remember, you are voting on who you want to represent your interests at a European and Local level... choose wisely! You vote for candidates in order of preference. You mark the ballot paper by putting ① opposite the name of your first choice candidate and so on. You do not have to put a number next to every candidate. Can’t get to your local polling station? Contact your local candidates for transport.

Check out the profiles overleaf →

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Update from Local Councillor Jim Cuddy Feel free to contact me any day or evening at 798 136, 087 636 0242 or email jcuddy@cllr.galwaycoco.ie Claregalway Relief Road I feel that I have to clarify the situation with regard to the stalled progress on the Claregalway Relief Road. As far back as 2002 the people of Claregalway were of the view that a relief road was needed to deal with the increasing level of traffic, particularly in the morning and evening time. Local people organised a local campaign to highlight the need for the relief road. At the same time progress was ongoing with regard to the Gort–Tuam Motorway. At the outset of this campaign the NRA made it known that it had the funding to do the work if agreement of local landowners was forthcoming. If such agreement was forthcoming it was felt that there would be no need for the lengthy CPO process. Unfortunately it was not possible through local negotiations with land owners to get all the land owners to agree. Galway Co Co were fully in support of this project. Over the years as a result of pressure being put on both the Department of Transport and the NRA a total of €750,000 was allocated for progressing this work. Only some of this money was used because of the length of time it took to carry out the various studies. Various Ministers of previous Governments have visited Claregalway and were supportive of the relief road. Funding was provided each year towards progressing the works until this year. At each election since 2002 politicians of all parties and none gave to understand that they were in support of this project. In the programme for Government after the 2007 elections, the Claregalway relief Road was included for the first time.

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In May of last year I wrote to all the TDs for this constituency asking them to work together in support of the relief road. Unfortunately only two replied—Deputies Ó Cuív and Grealish. I have never heard a word from the Government TDs so it would appear that they had decided not to support the Claregalway relief road. In the Roads Budget for Co Co Galway this year I noticed that for the first time since this campaign started back in 2002 that no money was being allocated for the relief road. In March 2014 the Minister for Transport announced that the Claregalway relief road was not needed and that it was not going ahead. I immediately wrote a three page letter to the Minister outlining the necessity for the relief road and asking that he come to Claregalway to see for himself the problem the motorists and residents of Claregalway have with traffic and the damage that is being done to the side roads which are being used as alternative routes to avoid Claregalway. Sadly I have to say that to date he has not even replied. It is quite obvious that this Government has no interest in the Claregalway relief road or never had but their supporters were happy to use it for election purposes at each election. I have been informed by Galway Co Co that development of the relief road was ongoing up to 2013. To date the works undertaken included a Feasibility Study, a Constraints Report, Public Consultation, Route Selection, Natura Impact Statement. In addition tenders were sought for Ground Investigation Contract. Finalisation of Design, EIS and CPO is dependent on the Department of Transport and NRA Funding.

It is very disappointing that after so much work and money having been put into this project that the Minister and decided that it is not to go ahead. Water pressure problems in Lakeview Some of the residents are having problems with water pressure and the Council have been asked to deal with the issue. Request for yellow boxes There is an ongoing problem with traffic trying to enter and exit at the Claregalway Hotel. Galway Co Co have been asked to deal with this problem and have visited Claregalway to see the situation for themselves. I have had further requests for a yellow box to be put in place at the junction of the Summerfield and Cahergown road to assist traffic turning right towards Galway. As the N17 is under the control of the NRA the council have to get both the sanction and funding from them. In the meantime the Council have informed me that the NRA are funding design road works in the village of Claregalway and it is hoped that they will provide the necessary funding next year towards doing the work. Local Elections on May 23rd As this will be the last issue of the Nuacht Chláir before the Local Elections I wish to take this opportunity to thank the people of Claregalway for their support and understanding over the years and I am asking that you give me your №1 Vote on May 23rd so that I can continue to be your Full Time Independent Councillor working in your interest. Jim

An nuachtán pobail le haghaidh Baile Chláir, Co. na Gaillimhe


Josette FARRELL Vote No.1

• A local parent, who understands you • An active volunteer in the community • A wish to serve you, and our area My main issues of concern in the Oranmore, Claregalway and Athenry areas are lack of infrastructure, amenities, road improvements, sewerage schemes and flood relief measures. I have been a community volunteer for decades and I can see the impact on the ground without these vital facilities. I founded Claregalway Community Development Association in 1996 and have been raising a lot of these ongoing issues with current politicians for many years. I am also the founding editor of Nuacht Chláir, the community-curated newsletter for Claregalway, which I have been collating and distributing voluntarily since 1996, as well as manager of the website www.claregalway.info. A growing population means increased demand for the provision of amenities, facilities, and services. I am putting my name forward as a candidate with the aim of contributing to resolving problems and improving our local facilities.

There is now an opportunity for new voices in Galway County Council. I want to be that voice and represent you.

www.claregalway.info Please contact me with any issues of concern: 086 391 3852 | josettefarrellFG@gmail.com

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A Chara, I have been selected as a candidate in the Oranmore–Athenry electoral ward in the upcoming local elections in May. As a Claregalway resident and father of three young children I feel that I have the experience and motivation to ensure that children in the area will grow up with the facilities and infrastructure they deserve. If there is any matter or issue that you would like to discuss, I would be delighted to hear from you. Best Wishes, Clement Shevlin

Clement Shevlin A fresh choice for a fresh approach

Clement’s Priorities • Job Creation—Making our villages and towns more attractive to local and inward investment. Championing local employment through tourism initiatives. • Roads & Traffic—Putting in place proper traffic systems throughout our towns & villages, including extra signage, bus shelters and speed controls. Securing funding for local road improvements. • Amenities & Infrastructure—Providing the necessary infrastructure for sporting, learning, recreation and community groups. Ensuring critical works on sewerage schemes, flooding and water. • Housing—Dealing with unfinished estates in villages and towns across the area. Ensuring that as demand for housing increases, better planning and consideration for young families is paramount. Ensuring a supply of social and affordable housing. • Local voice—Representing all aspects of community life—from future development to voluntary services for the elderly and disabled, and tackling mental health issues and rural isolation.

Churchview, Claregalway. clementshevlin@gmail.com 086 0758565

Clement’s Achievements • Chairperson of the Claregalway NS Parents Association that established a series of after-school activities for local children including the setting up of Cyril the Squirrel Saving Scheme which is now in its third year. • Involved in the Residents Association including getting pedestrian crossing and paths outside the primary school. • Member of the Compántas Lir drama group—has written, directed and starred in plays at the annual theatre festival. Contributes significantly to the Tidy Towns initiative. • Currently involved in a cyber-bullying campaign that will highlight the dangers posed by online bullying for children and parents in our area. • Director of Claregalway Community Development Association—a voluntary organisation that aims to improve facilities in our area through working with local people.

Councillor Malachy Noone

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A Claregalway man, Malachy lives at the heart of the local community and has first-hand knowledge of the needs of the locality. He has personal experience of the rapid changes which have occurred in the area over the years and the challenges this has brought to the community. Malachy has volunteered for many local organisations over the past 25 years, giving him a keen understanding of the real issues on the ground. Malachy is a founding member of the Claregalway No Name Club, a member of the Claregalway Agricultural Show Committee, a member of the Compántas Lir Drama Group, the Claregalway School Parents’ Association and is involved with the Carnmore Hurling Club. His priorities are to improve traffic safety and traffic flow in the locality for the protection of children and adults, and to ensure that community and youth facilities stay on top of the political agenda. He is married to Julie and the couple have four children. Malachy will use his ability to create a strong and inclusive community for young and old. An nuachtán pobail le haghaidh Baile Chláir, Co. na Gaillimhe


GERALDINE O’NEILL GLYNN EXPERIENCED SOLICITOR—CLAREGALWAY VILLAGE General Areas of Practice • Conveyancing—buying & selling property / leases & letting agreements • Landlord & Tenant / Private Residential Tenancies Board • Wills & Probate / Enduring Powers of Attorney • Family Law—Separations / Divorce / Access / Maintenance etc. • Litigation—District, Circuit & High Court • Accidents—Personal Injuries Ring Marie or Geraldine for an appointment www.GlynnSolicitors.ie info@geraldineglynnsolrs.ie

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Local Notices

Bridge Column

Singing lessons have now resumed in Lackagh, Turloughmore Monday evenings and Saturday mornings.  Individual & group classes available for adults, teens and children of all levels and experience. Contact Siobhan Duggan on 087 852 7760.

The Rule of ONE

North K876 65 8 KQJ987 West South A9532 A2 A542 A2

Claregalway Parish is now on Facebook, with up to date news on the Church and Parish. Why not like the page and share it with family and friends at home and abroad.

Both vulnerable, Dealer South

St Jame’s Choir practice is on Tuesday nights at 8.15pm in Cairdeas. Singers, musicians and former choir members are invited. No previous experience or levels of musical ability are required to join, just a willingness to join with the group and attend weekly practice of about one hour. New members welcome.

Currently taking bookings for Summer Piano classes beginning the week of July 14th... Don’t miss out on a musical summer! *LIMITED NUMBER OF CLASSES LEFT!*

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Bidding (Playing strong (15–17) NT) E S W N 1S P 3S P 4C P 4D P 5C P 5S P 6S Lead: HK

South won the HA, played the S2 to the SK and the S6 back to the SA, West showing out. Here comes the RULE OF ONE. When the opponents still have ONE trump outstanding (the master trump, the SQ in this case), the rule says: do not draw that trump. (Leave the ONE trump outstanding) and look for discards on another suit. In the present case, whilst it may look attractive to play DA, ruff a diamond, play a club to CA and ruff another diamond, a better approach might be brute force! i.e. Play CA then C2 to CK and start running the clubs, discarding first the heart loser, even if East trumps with the SQ, since you still have control, by playing DA and ruffing a diamond in dummy to play the remaining clubs, discarding all the other diamonds. 12 tricks and slam made.

Contact Rachel on 0858443117 for bookings or more information!

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An nuachtán pobail le haghaidh Baile Chláir, Co. na Gaillimhe


Congratulations to the children from Claregalway NS, Claregalway Educate Together and Carnmore NS who were confirmed in Claregalway Church on the 10th of May.

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir Scientists Exhibit at GMIT Sci-Fest 2014

Claregalway Study Centre in Coláiste Bhaile Chláir now taking names for September. For info contact Josette at 086 391 3852 or 091 798 430.

Check out our new website www.claregalway.info and let us know what you think! We are busy updating the archives, adding new features and building our online directory of local businesses. You can keep up to date with local news and events in Claregalway at www.claregalway.info. Power Soccer recently started classes for kids in Claregalway Community Centre. For info visit powersoccer.ie or contact John on 0861956424.

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Eoghan Furey (left) and Ruairi Gallagher (right) with their invention the ClippyBin. On Thursday 15th May, seven CBC students will attend the GMIT Sci-Fest Exhibition with their fantastic projects to attempt to earn a place in the Sci-Fest Ireland Finals. The projects follow a range of topics with Jade Fletcher O’Grady and Maddie Duffy presenting their researched findings on what aliens would look like on the planets of our Solar Systems based on a solid analysis of the atmosphere and gravitational pull on each surface. Ailidh Molloy, Orlaith Roe and Jade Sweeney will represent the ECO UNESCO group with their project on education of primary school children in the need for recycling and litter reduction. ClippyBins is a new solution by Ruairi Gallagher and Eoghan Furey to stop our wheelie bins blowing over in the wind. The boys have worked very hard to draw, make and test their product and are excited to see how it will be received. Ruairi and Eoghan are enthusiastic about the chance to present on Thursday. “We think it is a good idea and while there are solutions to stop the bin lid opening, we think ours is a simple solution to stop the bin moving at all. We designed the clip to be easy to use for all age groups without having to touch the dirty parts of the bin.” Fingers crossed for all the scientists and best of Luck to all involved!

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Fógra Cúrsa Gairid (Notice for Community Development Course) Tá Cuideachta Forbartha Tuaithe na Gaillimhe ag eagrú cúrsa gairid do bhaill ghrúpaí Pobail & Deonach sa cheantar Gaeltachta in Oirthear Chontae na Gaillimhe (Galway Rural Development Company Ltd is organising a short course for members of Community & Voluntary organisations in the Gaeltacht area of East County Galway). Beidh an cúrsa ar siúil thar cheithre seachtain, oíche amháin sa tseachtain—dátaí agus ionad le cinntiú. Cuirfear an cúrsa ar fáil saor in aisce do bhaill ghrúpaí pobail & deonach. Ní mór do ghrúpaí agus do dhaoine aonaracha atá suim acu páirt a ghlacadh teagmháil a dhéanamh le Mairéad O’Reilly ar 091 844335, 087 7635209 maireadoreilly@grd.ie roimh an Aoine 23ú Bealtaine chun áit a chinntiú.

The course will take place over four weeks, one night per week from – dates and 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 Co. Ltd on 091 844335, 087 7635209 maireadoreilly@grd.ie before Friday 23rd May to secure a place on the course.

Cur síos gairid ar an gcúrsa Ó Smaointe go Gníomh—Coinnigh do ghrúpa ag imeacht agus cur i bhfeidhm tionscnaimh agus pleananna.

Brief outline of the course From Ideas to Action—Keeping your group going and getting things done

Seisiún 1—Do ghrúpa pobail a choinneáil ag imeacht Cén chaoi bhfuil do ghrúpa ag obair? An bhfuil do chuid cruinnithe éifeachtach? An bhfuil sé deacair do ghrúpa a choinneáil ag imeacht agus na baill a choinneáil páirteach? Scrúdaigh cén chaoi a oibríonn agus a fhorbraíonn grúpaí. Foghlaim conas feabhas a chur ar do chuid cruinnithe agus conas smaointí a fhorbairt chun grúpa fuinnmhithe a chothú. Clúdóidh an seisiún seo: Conas a fhorbraíonn grúpaí, Riachtanais an ghrúpa, Cruinnithe éifeachtúla, Do ghrúpa a choinneáil ag imeacht.

Session 1—Keeping your community 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, Keeping your group going.

Seisiún 2—Dea-Chumarsáid a chinntiú Conas cinntiú go bhfuil fhios ag gach duine cé atá ag déanamh cén rud agus go bhfuil said coinnithe ar an eolas sa chaoi go bhfuil tú in ann fadhbanna a sheachaint. Athruithe a theastaíonn i do ghrúpa/do phobal a aithint agus conas do theachtaireacht a chur in iúl go héifeachtach. Clúdóidh an seisiún seo: Dea-chumarsáid a chinntiú, Saincheisteanna a aithint, Conas saincheisteanna do ghrúpa/do phobal a chur os comhair na heagrais cuí, Conas stocaireacht agus feachtas a eagrú Seisiúin 3 & 4—Pleanáil—ag cur rudaí i bhfeidhm An bhfuil tionscnamh ar intinn ag do ghrúpa? An bhfuil ócáid á phleanáil agaibh? Foghlaim conas plean a fhorbairt agus a chur i bhfeidhm agus seiceáil an bhfuil sé ag obair i gceart. Tabhair leat do chuid smaointí nó saincheisteanna chuig an seisiún. Clúdóidh na seisiúin seo: An timthriall pleanála, Conas plean a fhorbairt, An bhfuil sé ag obair, Measúnú an chúrsa.

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Session 2—Ensuring 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, How to lobby and 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. Participants on this course will ‘learn by doing’ through interactive group exercises, practical examples and through sharing experiences and exchanging information.

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Buy My Dress Galway 2014 in association with Kellogg’s Special K in aid of the Down Syndrome Centre Do not miss this year’s Galway Buy My Dress which is taking place in the Clayton Hotel on Sunday 25th May and is shaping up to be our best year yet. It will be a fantastic Ladies Day out with plenty to offer ladies of all ages. Our Local VIP will be 9 year old Laura Ryan from Knocknacarra and we are all very excited to have her seal of approval. As always, the main attraction will be the dresses, but this year we would like to welcome Galway Native Suzanne Kinneavy of Suzanne’s Image & Wardrobe Consultancy on board. Suzanne will be at the event all day offering our ladies style advice & helping them find the perfect dress to suit them. Also in attendance on the day will be the Laserderm Clinic, Hair Flair (Hair & Beauty), Buttons & Beads, Caithriona King Designs to mention just a few of our supporters this year. Born Clothing and Standun are also back on board as collection points along with Heaslip Dry Cleaners and this year we would like to welcome the Zip Yard as a drop off point. Both Heaslip Dry Cleaners and Zip Yard will be offering exciting money off vouchers to all Buy My Dress Galway customers. The Clayton Hotel, McCambridges and Carraig Donn are also acting as drop off locations. For all you Ladies with dresses to donate, drop them into Carraig Donn & receive 10% off a new dress. This offer is running up to this year’s Buy My Dress event. Buy My Dress Galway will also be running a very exciting raffle on the day with some amazing prizes and don’t forget our celebrity dresses. Watch out for our competitions to win your choice of dresses and a fabulous makeover which will be announced in the coming weeks. Don’t forget to visit, like and share our Facebook page www.facebook.com/buymydressgalway.

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Should you wish to donate a dress to the Galway event please contact Noreen McKenzie Costello on 086 8063172 or email galwaybuymydress@gmail.com.

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Caring for Your Children’s Teeth As the Summer is fast approaching and hopefully the sun will start to shine it’s the time of year that brings a smile to all our faces, including the little ones. So it’s time to start thinking about booking a dental check-up as the school holidays will be soon be starting. by Claregalway Dental Surgery

Summer Specials —FREE check-up for one child under 16 with a parent. —3 for 2 or 2 for 1 on check-ups for children under 16. —Special offer also on Fissure Sealants. Contact us at 091 798333 or email joan@claregalwaydentalsurgery.ie. For more info check out our website www.claregalwaydentalsurgery.ie and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

Top 10 Tips for Perfect Teeth • Brush with Fluoride Toothpaste every morning after breakfast and before bed. • Spend 2 minutes brushing. • Use floss and mouthwash every day. • Use an egg timer to time your brushing. • Avoid snacking on sugary foods. • NEVER drink fizzy drinks and avoid juices. • Drink milk and water. • Try snacking on cheese, rice cakes, popcorn and a moderate amount of fruit. • Visit your local Dentist every six months to check your teeth. • Change your toothbrush every 2–3 months.

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What is Tetanus? John Duffy MPSI of Claregalway Pharmacy (091 799 754) has shared this information on tetanus. For more info, call in and speak with staff. by John Duffy MPSI

Tetanus is an infection caused by a germ (bacterium) called Clostridium tetani which can attack the muscles and nervous system. Tetanus is a serious infection which can even be fatal. Tetanus germs (bacteria) live in the soil and dirt. The bacteria may get into your body through a cut or a wound in the skin. The bacteria make a poison (toxin) which causes the illness. Even small wounds such as a prick from a thorn can allow enough bacteria to get into the body to cause tetanus. The illness usually takes 7–8 days to develop, but can vary from one day to two months. Therefore, you may have forgotten about a small cut before the illness starts. Tetanus in the UK is extremely uncommon. Most cases occur in people over the age of 65 years who have not been immunised against tetanus, as the immunisation was only routinely introduced in 1961. In 2012 there were only six cases of tetanus in the UK. Tetanus is largely a disease of the developing world and the poor, where there is inadequate vaccination. The vaccine Tetanus vaccine is actually given as a combination vaccine with other vaccines. There are three types of combination vaccine: • For young children the pre-school booster is normally part of the combined diphtheria/tetanus/ acellular whooping cough (pertussis) or inactivated polio vaccine (DTaP/IPV or dTaP/IPV). • For children aged under 10 years the vaccine is usually part of the combined diphtheria/tetanus/ acellular whooping cough

(pertussis) or inactivated polio vaccine/plus Haemophilus influenzae type b (DTaP/IPV/Hib). • For adults and teenagers who receive tetanus immunisation, a combined tetanus, diphtheria/ inactivated polio vaccine (Td/IPV) is normally used. The vaccine stimulates your body to make antibodies against the tetanus toxin. These antibodies protect you from illness should you become infected with tetanus. Adults—are you immunised? Some adults have not been fully immunised against tetanus because routine immunisation for children was not introduced until 1961. Men serving in the armed forces from 1938 onwards were offered tetanus immunisation. Some older people may still be at risk. See your practice nurse if you think that you are not fully immunised against tetanus (that is—if you have not had five injections in total). The course does not need to be started again if an injection is delayed. A late injection is sufficient to catch up, even if you have it years after it was due. The vaccine • If you are not immunised or upto-date with boosters then an injection of vaccine is usually

advised. • If you are up-to-date with tetanus immunisations, then you do not need a tetanus vaccine. Do I need a dose of tetanus vaccine after cuts, bites, etc? If your wound or injury is considered to be high risk for tetanus (for example, where there has been significant contact with soil or manure) then an injection of human tetanus immunoglobulin is usually given, regardless of whether your have been immunised against tetanus or not. This gives extra protection against tetanus. I am going abroad—do I need tetanus immunisation? Usually not if you are up-to-date with your immunisations. However, if you are to travel to areas where medical attention may not be available, then a dose of vaccine may be advised. This is even if you have had five previous injections. In particular, if it has been more than 10 years since your last injection. This is a precautionary measure in case you have a very dirty wound and do not receive antiserum. Your doctor or practice nurse will advise you further about this.

Don’t forget to like Claregalway Pharmacy on facebook for regular updates! www.claregalway.info

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South Connacht Track and Field Championships 2014

Congratulations to Cregmore–Claregalway Football Club U12 Girls, who were victorious in the Division 2 League recently.

Pictured in Pearse Stadium at the U11s Festival of Hurling on 5th of May 2014 are: Back Row: Ryan Fox, Aodhan Byrne, Aaron Healy, Daniel Fox, Ryan O’Connell, Conor Maher, Jamie Lydon, Ryan Gaughan. Front Row: Ronan Killilea, Gerry Owens, Ronan Hession, Michael Coleman, Riain Concannon, Sean McHugh, Sean Donovan.

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir got their inaugural visit to the South Connacht Track and Field Championships off to a great start when our team competed in Dangan on April 30th. Students competed in the 100m, 200m, 800m and 1200m and relay events. We also had students compete in the long jump and shot putt. The following students also represented the school in the Connacht Finals in Athlone IT on Thursday 15th of May: Andrea Trill, Ciara McCarthy, Brandon McMenamin, Fola OldaIjemi, Thomas McStay, Darren Costello, Maciej Mrowka and Aaron Brennan.

Above is Andrea Trill heading for 1st in the 200m Minor Final.

U11 Festival of Hurling Carnmore U11s took part in the annual Festival of Hurling held in Pearse Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday 5th of May. They were fantastic representatives of the club, participating in the fes-tival in a spirited way, putting on a great display of hurling, teamwork and behaving wonder-fully. They met 4 teams in total, Castlegar, Moycullen, Clarinbridge, and Salthill/Knocknacarra. They topped their group, winning all their 4 matches. Well done to the U11 boys, stars in the making. Some of the students from Coláiste Bhaile Chláir who competed in the South Connacht Track and Field Final.

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Claregalway Ladies GAA May 2014 Updates

Pictured at Coláiste Bhaile Chláir recently are Ladies GAA President Pat Quill with Galway Senior GAA Star Lorna Joyce, Shauna Flaherty, Andrea Trill and Annette Clarke. Congrats to Orla Dixon, Tara Hession and Charolette Cooney who won National League Medals with Galway Senior Ladies on Saturday last in Parnell Park. Also congrats to  Shauna Flaherty and Andrea Trill who won Connaught U14 Medals with Galway on Sunday in Ballyhaunis. Claregalway U14 Girls played Tuam–Cortoon in the League on Monday in Tuam Stars Pitch and were well beaten on the evening. Next up is a trip to Ballinasloe next Monday. Training on Wednesday evening in Knockdoemore at 6:30pm and Saturdays at 5:30pm. The  U16 Team will play Corofin in a playoff next week for a place in the League Final. Training on Wednesday in Knockdoemore at 6:30pm and Lakeview on Friday evening at 8pm. On Monday 12th May the President of the Ladies GAA Pat Quill paid a visit to both the National and Secondary Schools in Claregalway as part of the promotion of the

upcoming Féile. He was accompanied by Ita Hannon Connaught Secretary and Galway Senior GAA Stars Lorna Joyce and Annette Clarke who brought along the Division 2 League Cup. The visit created great excitement in the Schools. The Gaelic4Girls programme in Claregalway has been a tremendous success, with 90 girls taking part over eight weeks. This LGFA national programme was held in association with Claregalway GAA. The programme targeted girls between the ages of 8–12yrs who were not part of a Ladies Football Club and introduced them to the sport in a fun environment. The girls were taught the basic skills of Ladies Gaelic football and then demonstrated their new skills through a series of mini games. The Gaelic4Girls programme will concluded on this Saturday in Knockdoemore with the presentation of t-shirts and certificates to all participants at 6:30pm.

For more local sports updates, visit Claregalway.info/sport or if you have stories or photos you’d like to share, email josette@claregalway.info or phone Josette on 086 391 3852.

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Meeting at car park at 10.30am and climbing at 11am. Celebrating Mass at the top. Return to car park for 5pm, refreshments in The Tavern Bar & Restaurant. Overnight in Westport (optional) Please share this event with family and friends and support the work of Self Help Africa. To register for a sponsorship pack which includes a sponsorship card for the event contact: Ronan Ciaracommunity-curated Tallon 086 8221782 ciara.tallon@selfhelpafrica.org 28 Scully 087 618 9094 Ronan.scully@selfhelpafrica.orgThe newsletter for Claregalway, Co. Galway or Call 01 677 8880


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Paul Costelloe ColleCtion

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Jewellery for the Perfect Bride at Center Jewellers The Paul Costelloe Jewellery collection has just arrived at Center Jewellers, Athenry (beside Joyces supermarket). The collection has some stunning jewellery pieces perfect for that discerning bride. In addition, Center Jewellers also stocks Newbridge Silverware and Antica Jewellery which also includes some amazing pearl pieces perfect for the bride or bridesmaids. We also stock a complete range of cufflinks and other gift items including hip flasks, frames and watches for the best man and grooms men. Many pieces can be engraved with a special message to celebrate your special wedding day. 29


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

087 219 7772

Our Local Sponsors

Useful Local Websites

Arches Hotel, Claregalway Claregalway Dental Surgery Claregalway Medical Centre Claregalway Pharmacy Flynn’s SuperValu, Lackagh Frank Kearney Funeral Directors Geraldine O’Neill Glynn Solicitor Glynn’s Centra, Carnmore Hughes SuperValu, Claregalway Noel Grealish td, Carnmore Paul Nash Transport Turloughmore Medical Centre

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Tel: 091 798138

Supermarket Opening Hours

Monday–Saturday: 8am–9pm Monday–Friday: 9am–5:30pm Don’t forget your special one Catering Sunday & Bank For Hols:All 9am–7pm Feb Saturday: 9am–1pm this Valentines…. Occasions 14th Offers on our Signature Dine in Tel: 091 798Deli 138counter Tel:Great 091 798 101 Ask at the Meal Deals (Meal + bottle of wine)!!! for more information… Ideal for Confirmation & Communion. Pancake Tuesday – 4th March

Garden Furniture & Outdoor Essentials Now available in Try our New Fish Range… Hughes Bargain Den

Available at the Fresh Counter & also Prepared by our Fishmonger

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Have you visited the newly renovated Bargain Den & Homestore???

Multipurpose Compost 150ltr Only €7.79

Potting Compost 175ltr Lots of recipes cards now available Only €7.79

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Nuacht Chláir May 2014  

Nuacht Chláir—the community-curated newsletter for Claregalway—May 2014 edition.

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