Nuacht Chláir June 2011

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The local newsletter for Claregalway & Carnmore

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Vol. 15 Iss. 9 | June 2011

Galway Garden Festival 2011 at Claregalway Castle 9th & 10th of July

Tribute to Local World Champion, Claire Greaney Page

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Elderflower & Apple Jam — Delicious Taste of Summer! Page

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All in a Day’s Work — Móna Wise Shares Her Stories Page

The 2nd Annual Galway Garden Festival will take place in Claregalway Castle on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of July 2011. Last year, the Festival attracted over 5,000 visitors to the recently refurbished Castle, and raised more than €20,000 for Christian Blind Missions (CBM).

The event promises to be unmissable, with a large selection of stand holders from across Ireland, supplying plants, trees, shrubs, flowers and various other products to gardeners. Live music, children’s entertainment, food stalls, drinks etc. will be available. Continued on page 4

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Editorial

Sponsors

Hello and welcome to the June issue of Nuacht Chláir. This month we have a wide range of local stories and upcoming events, including a very interesting article from local budding writer Móna Wise. I thoroughly enjoy reading her articles and strongly encourage you to follow her blog http://MonaWise.wordpress.com.

The Nuacht Chláir is compiled monthly voluntarily by a small committee and distributed free of charge.

Josette Farrell, Editor

Foróige is doing brilliant work in Claregalway – check out their update on page 27. It’s great to see the youth of our parish involved in so many things and the Group Leaders are to be commended. The work Paddy Tobin and his team are doing in securing a Secondary School for Claregalway is to be commended. No stone has been left unturned with this committee and we wish them well in this much sought after facility. Please support the next meeting on Monday the 20th June. There is huge public interest in this and the more people that turn out to support the need for a Secondary School will highlight the need for such a facility.

What appears to be becoming an important date in the Claregalway Calendar is the upcoming Annual Galway Garden Festival. By all accounts it was a brilliant success last year and judging by the line up of guest speakers this year, it will be even better. A huge gratitude is due to Dr. Eamonn O’Donoghue who is the instigator behind all this. We look forward to many more years of this Festival. It’s great to see that a committee has been formed to progress with the development of a Day Care Centre for Claregalway. This is a valuable commodity and one that every village/town should have. These centres exist in other countries and are hugely popular. To have Independent Living with the support of a Day Care Centre should be the norm everywhere. Ciaran Burke has contributed this month – check it out on page 15. Ciaran is a renowned Horticulturist who is managing the blog www.thegardenschool.ie. Until next time, Josette

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2nd Annual Galway Garden Festival 2011 2011 Exhibitors

Specialist Groups

www.galwaygardenfestival.com will be updated regularly with information.

Specialist Services & Equipment

We are delighted to announce that the exhibitors below have confirmed that they will be showcasing their products and services as they support the Galway Garden Festival. Please give them your support.

Specialist Nurseries ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶

Abbey Florists, Claregalway Altamont Plants: Roses and Perrenials, Co.Carlow Buckley Nursery, Co. Tipperary Burnafea Willow Works, Co. Kilkenny Caherhurley Nurseries, Bodyke, Co. Clare Camolin Potting Shed Coosheen Nursery Field of Blooms, Co. Tipperary Fruit Hill Farm, Co.Cork Future Forests Gort Garden Centre, Co.Galway Green Earth Organics Harrington Exotics, Co. Dublin Irelands Online Garden Centre Irish Seed Savers Irish Water Plants Jack of Hearts Design, Co.Wexford Leamore Nursery, Co Wicklow Meelick Bay Nursery, Co.Clare The Mobile Garden Centre, Co.Galway Moonwave Nursery, Co. Wicklow Patchwork Vegetables Peppermint Farm Rare Plants Ireland, Finlay F. Colley, Dublin.

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Birdwatch Ireland Bóthar - helping people to help themselves Coillte - sustainable management of natural resources The Irish Beekeeping Federation The Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co.Leitrim.

Charlie Byrne’s Bookskop Dermot Casey Tree Care Hammockology, Co.Cork Med Lights Stucco Mulhall Obelisks, Abbeyleix, Co.Laois Irish Organic Weed Killer Peppermint Farm Greenhouses Sarah Largue (Terracotta, garden furniture, pots, etc.) Specialist Garden Gloves. Urban Arks. Willowtree Cottage Timber Products

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The Good Wood Toy Company, Co. Waterford. Lynn Stringer, Botanical Artist Nature Cures, Herbalists, Co. Sligo Roisín Gregory Ceramic Art

Especially for the Children ▶ Americano Ice Cream ▶ Man of Aran Fudge, Co.Meath

Live Music

▶ The Galway Baytones ▶ St. Patricks Brass Band ▶ Castlebar Brass Band and others to be announced.


A key feature is the talks, held over the two days and the theme this year is ‘Trees’, addressed by seven speakers. The theme was chosen to coincide with 2011 being The International Year of Forests. The speakers have international reputations — ▶ Prof. Oliver Rackham OBE, Cambridge, (knighted for his services to conservation) will talk and he often deals with historical ecology and how the landscape stores/reveals history as much as the written word/archaeology etc. ▶

Thomas Pakenham, who, as well as being a distinguished historian, is one of the world’s greatest photographers of trees and a great champion of trees internationally. He will probably refer to trees he has met on his world travels – as in his book Meetings With Remarkable Trees’

▶ Niall McCoitir, Fingal County Council, has written on the folklore of Mammals and the folklore of Trees.

The event is also a Garden Festival (specialist nurseries, garden suppliers, food stalls, music (jazz, trad, vocal, etc.) Birdwatch Ireland, Irish Beekeepers Federation, Charlie Byrne Bookshop, children’s entertainment and much more on both days. The number of stalls is up on last year and suppliers are coming from Northern Ireland as well this year. It’s a family day, a gardener’s day, an arborist’s day, those wanting time out and a chance to leave the car at home... come on out to Claregalway. We’re very fortunate that Bus Eireann will provide a courtesy bus departing on the half hour from the City train Station — so as many as possible can leave their cars at home, reduce their eco footprint and travel free. All gate profits go to the relief of avoidable blindness via www.CBM.ie

▶ Dr. Matthew Jebb, Director of Botanic Gardens, is so wide ranging in his knowledge he might talk about any variety of subjects. ▶ Dr. John Feehan, Dept. Of Agriculture, UCD, might compliment Prof. Rackham’s historical ecology. ▶ Gordon D’Arcy will be speaking again this year. At last year’s Festival, he held a very popular art workshop for all ages and focused on birds. ▶ Prof. Willie Smith, formerly UCC, author of recently published ‘Map making, Landscape & Memory’ will also be giving a talk on “The Greening of Ireland 1730 1900. Tree planting by Tennant Farmers”. He featured recently in the ‘Heartlands’ series on RTE 1. We hope to have a panel discussion/question time with all seven speakers on Sunday. Despite all the speakers’ expertise, talks will be suitable for everyone and should be great for anyone with an interest in trees, landscape, woodland, woodland birds, the past as reflected in the landscape and more.

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Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease What is Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease and what causes it? Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease (HMFD) is due to an infection that usually causes a typical illness, including a typical rash. It is most commonly caused by the Coxsackie A16 virus. Some cases are caused by a different, but related, virus called enterovirus 71. Rarely, the same illness is caused by other strains of the Coxsackie virus. What are the symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease? HFMD most commonly affects children under 10 years of age. Older children and adults are sometimes affected. Adults and older children with HFMD tend to develop a milder form of the illness compared with younger children. Like many viral infections, the illness often starts with a feeling of being unwell for a day or so. This might include a high temperature (fever). After this a sore throat commonly occurs, quickly followed by small spots that develop inside the mouth. These soon progress into small mouth ulcers. In about 3 in 4 cases, spots also develop on the skin. This is typically a day or so after the mouth ulcers develop. The spots are small lumps that are a few millimetres in diameter and usually appear on the hands and feet. Spots sometimes also appear on the buttocks, legs and genitals. They rarely develop on other parts of the body. The spots are similar to chickenpox, but are smaller. Unlike chickenpox, they are not usually itchy but can be quite tender. Is hand, foot and mouth disease serious? Usually not. The fever and spots usually clear within a few days. The mouth ulcers can be painful, and may last up to a

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week. The sore mouth may make a child miserable for a few days. In a very small number of cases, the virus affects the heart, lung or brain to cause a serious inflammation of the heart, lung or brain, which is fatal in some cases. But it has to be stressed - these serious complications are rare. What is the treatment for hand, foot and mouth disease? There is no treatment that will take away the virus. The aim is to ease symptoms and make your child as comfortable as possible until the illness goes away (which it normally does within a week or so). Make your child comfortable A fever can make a child feel uncomfortable and irritable. The following are things that you can do that may bring the temperature down & make your child feel more comfortable: â–ś You can give paracetamol or ibuprofen. Both of these medicines can lower a temperature. You can buy these medicines in liquid form for children. They come in various brand names. â–ś An alternative is to give soluble paracetamol in a drink. The dose for each age is given with the medicine packet. Note: These medicines do not treat the cause of the fever. They merely help to ease discomfort. You do not need to use these medicines if the child is comfortable and not distressed by the fever. Note: Do not give both paracetamol and ibuprofen at the


same time. However, on occasions, if a fever is difficult to control then for each time a medicine dose is given, a doctor or nurse may advise alternating one of these medicines with the other. It is best only to do this alternating dose regime after assessment by a doctor or nurse. Note: Do not use ibuprofen for: ▶ Children known to react (have hypersensitivity) to ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). ▶ Children in whom attacks of asthma have been triggered by an NSAID. ▶ ▶

Take the clothes off the child if the room is normal room temperature. It is wrong to wrap up a feverish child. The aim is to prevent overheating or shivering. Give lots of water to drink. This helps to prevent dehydration. You might find that a child is more willing to have a good drink if they are not so irritable. So, if they are not keen to drink, it may help to give some paracetamol or ibuprofen first.

Then, try them with drinks half an hour or so later when their temperature is likely to have come down. Cool sloppy foods such as yoghurt may be best for a day or so if the mouth is sore. Ice lollies may help to ease a sore mouth, and are also a way of giving a drink. If breast-feeding then keep breast-feeding, as breastmilk is the best fluid. However, you can offer feeds more often to increase the amount of fluid.

Do not cold-sponge a child who has a fever. This used to be popular, but it is now not advised. This is because the blood vessels under the skin become narrower (constrict) if the water is too cold. This reduces heat loss, and can trap heat in deeper parts of the body. The child may then get worse. Many children also find cold-sponging uncomfortable. Some people use a fan to cool a child. Again, this may not be a good idea if the fanned air is too cold. However, a gentle flow of air in a room which is room temperature may be helpful. Perhaps just open the window, or use a fan on the other side of the room to keep the air circulating.

Tell a doctor if a child stops drinking due to a sore mouth as, rarely, dehydration may develop. Also, see a doctor promptly if you are concerned about any unusual symptoms that develop. Is hand, foot and mouth disease infectious? Yes. The incubation period is 3-5 days. This means it takes 3-5 days to develop symptoms after being infected from another person. Most cases are passed on by coughing and sneezing which transmits the virus into the air. Sometimes small outbreaks occur in nurseries and schools. It is mainly infectious until the spots and mouth ulcers have gone. Therefore, children should be kept off school until the symptoms ease, all blisters have dried, and they are feeling better. There is no need to wait for the last blister to disappear to go back to school or nursery, providing the child is well. However, children can still be mildly infectious for several weeks longer as the virus may be passed out with the faeces (stools) for several weeks after the symptoms have gone. Therefore, it is sensible to maintain good hygiene to reduce the chance of passing on the virus. For example: ▶ Make sure that children wash their hands thoroughly after using the toilet. ▶ Aim to keep mouth and nose covered when coughing and sneezing. Wipe the nose and mouth with disposable tissues. ▶ Adults should take particular care when handling nappies and tissues. Wash hands thoroughly after handling nappies and tissues. ▶ Soiled clothes, bedding, and towels should be washed on a hot cycle of the washing machine. ▶ It is best not to share cups, eating utensils, towels, etc whilst ill with this infection and for several weeks afterwards. ▶ Do not deliberately pierce blisters, as the fluid is infectious. John Duffy MPSI. Claregalway Pharmacy. Open late Monday to Friday until 8pm Saturday until 7pm. Phone 091-799754.

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Hundreds Gather to Pay Tribute to Claire Greaney Hundreds of people gathered in the Claregalway Hotel on Monday night to pay tribute to Claire Greaney, who has captured five World Championship titles in Irish Dancing. It is a truly outstanding achievement for the Loughgeorge native who is daughter of Martin Joe & Mary Greaney. A Gala night of entertainment was organised with Lackagh National School Band, Lackagh Under 12 Groupa Ceoil and members of Lackagh Senior ban providing the musical entertainment. Malachy Noone acted as Master of Ceremonies for the night and the highlight of the evening was undoubtedly left to the end. Midway through the evenings entertainment presentations were made on behalf of the people of Claregalway. Vincent Lyons Chairman of Claregalway Development Association spoke of the marvellous achievement of Claire Greaney. He added that over the years many people from the parish had captured numerous All Ireland titles and that in itself was a huge honour. However for a local girl to win not alone one, but five World Championship titles, it was just a unique and extraordinary achievement.

Members of Claregalway Tidy Towns presented bouquets of flowers to Mary Greaney, mother of Claire Greaney and to Claire’s grandmother Winnie Greaney. Bouquets of flowers were also presented to Claire Greaney’s dancing teachers Gemma Carney, Deirdre Gallagher and Celine Hession. Claire Greaney started dancing at the age of five and the first Feis that she took part in was in Maree Community Centre. Claire quickly became an integral part of the Celine Hession School of Dancing and weekly practise sessions gave her tremendous confidence in her own ability. However Claire was quick to acknowledge the huge encouragement that she received from her teachers at Bawnmore National School and from her parents and family members.

Speaking at the gala event local TD Noel Grealish who is a cousin of Claire Greaney said that all her family and the entire Vincent Lyons added his congratulations and thanks to her community were tremendously proud of her achievement. family and the teachers who guided her through to reach such She was a tremendous ambassador for the area and everyone a professional level at Irish Dancing. He told Claire Greaney was justly proud of Claire and wished her continued success. that the people of the area were richly proud of her and her achievements and added that she was a tremendous ambasClaire was then joined in a spectacular dancing session by sador for the area. Mr Lyons then presented Claire Greaney many other members of the Celine Hession School of Dancwith Galway Crystal in recognition of her achievement on ing, which included the Keaney brothers from Oranmore behalf of the people of the area. who were both also World champions in Irish Dancing.

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Fergal captured five World Dancing titles before retiring from competitive action while his brother Cathal Keaney captured a World Title along side Claire Greaney this year. Having dancers who between them had eleven world titles between them on stage together was a momentous occasion and along with the remainder of the young and not so young dancers, the huge crowd were in awe of their extraordinary talents.

performed in front of a 60,000-strong audience at Galway Docks during the Galway leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. Claire has also starred in the film on Irish Dancing “Jig”. Speaking at the presentation ceremony Claire Greaney thanked the people of the area for the wonderful support and appreciation that they had shown to her. She paid particular thanks to her dancing teachers, Gemma Carney, Deirdre Gallagher and Celine Hession. Claire also expressed her sincere gratitude to the support she received from teachers, past pupils and parents in Bawnmore National School which played a hugely important part of her success in Irish Dancing. Claire added her warm gratitude to her parents Martin Joe and Mary, her brother Alan and his wife Caroline, and to her grandmother Winnie Greaney who played an important part in her life. Claire also added her thanks to the extended family members. Claire concluded by expressing her gratitude to the organising committee who put this night together and added that being acknowledged in her home parish meant an awful lot to her. It was a night to treasure and remember.

Claire, who is now 21 & a fourth year Heritage Studies student at GMIT, has for the past five years successfully retained the World Title at the World Irish Dancing Championship, making her the number one female dancer in the world. In addition to winning the All Ireland Dancing Championship, Claire has also won the British National Championship, the All Scotland’s Championship and the Great Britain Championship. Claire has performed in Spain, England and Scotland, and throughout the United States - Milwaukee, Boston, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Claire has also been the leading dancer with Trad on the Prom, a show that entertains thousands of tourists in the Salthill each year and

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The Grave of Percy French In a Formby Churchyard wherein you lie, Under the grey of a Lancashire sky, ‘Tis peaceful and quiet where you abide, Your last resting place on Merseyside.

The Band often played ‘Phil the Fluters Ball’, Down by Suez and BerlinsWall, In foreign lands dreary and war torn, They ‘Beat Retreat’ to the ‘Mountains ‘o’ Mourne’.

Can you still hear the Irish sea surf, And wish ‘twas Roscommon with the smell of turf, Lying with your kin in their demesnes, From whence you came, near Elphins plains?

Proudly wearing the Saffron kilt too, So evocative the pipes of Brian Boru,* And all our hearts burst with pride, Whether from Shanklin – or the Bogside!

The words on your cross made my heart wrench, The grave of my idol – poet Percy French. How I remember that song with love, ‘Come back Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff ’.

Oh them voices beautiful and clear, Rendering the air of Abdul Abulbul Amir! And others too with a Southern brogue, That moistened our eyes, to Eileen oge! Where now your family, where now your race, Are they of great lineage gone without trace, Who came to our land from the Welsh Marches, Foremost they were of Strongbows archers. A lover of Ireland it tells in your Words, The sadness and poignancy - the funny - the absurd. “Sleep on Percy by Merseyside’s wave – Where the breath of Ireland blows on your grave”. Edward Coppinger *Brian Boru Pipes – Irish bagpipes

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June Update from Your Local Councillor, Jim Cuddy Road Markings The issue of the failure of the council to maintain the road markings has again been raised by me with the council engineer and they have referred the matter to one of their engineers. The area that has been highlighted in particular is the entrance to the Lakeview Estate and the danger that this junction poses to both vehicles and pedestrians and also the danger for those waiting to turn into the estate coming from the Galway direction outside Hughes. Claregalway Relief Road As you will possibly have read in the local media consultants have been employed by Galway County Council with a view to establishing the best route for the relief road. I understand that it will be about 5 KIM in length . The four area councillors were recently made a presentation by the consultants and June 15th. is the date that has been set aside for local consultations in Claregalway where the public will be able to make their views known. There are four variations of the proposed route being looked at and the route will involve a new bridge over the River Clare. The public will be informed of the time and place that the various options will be on display in Claregalway.

be asked once again to include a pedestrian crossing opposite the school. On the evening of May 30th. I received an e-mail from the council saying that they have noted my requests and will have the matter examined by the Road Safety Unit with a view to improving the existing situation. Overflowing gullies This is a matter that is affecting a growing number of people where the gullies are full sand , grit etc. The gullies are locked so local people through well intentioned just cannot open the gullies. This was a matter that was also raised at the recent meeting of local councillors with council officials. One area that is particularly bad is the N 17 outside the entrance to the Claregalway Hotel Council where I had to call out the council workers one Saturday recently to deal with the problem. Jim

Road Works at Claregalway N.S. on N18 Again on May 30th. I wrote to the Director of Services for Roads and Transportation asking that this work be carried out during the summer school holidays and that the NRA would

Feel free to contact me any day or evening at 798136 087-6260242 or you can e-mail me at jcuddy@cllr.galwaycoco.ie.

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Dental Implants L-R: Pat Kelly (4th DAN), Dave Giles Snr. (3rd DAN), Renshi Bill Creasey (6th DAN), Gordon Myers (1st DAN), Allison Barry (1st DAN), Anthony Lawless (2nd DAN), Front: Mellisa Glynn (1st DAN), Jack Roach (1st DAN), Dave Giles Jr. (1st DAN).

In 2002 Claregaway /Turloughmore Karate Club began coaching children and adults of the local area, among those first students were Dave Giles (jr), Jack Roache, Mellisa Glynn and Gordon Myers which I am happy to say that they are the first students from both clubs that have achived the rank of Shodan Black Belt which took place May 27th 2011 in Shantalla dojo Galway City under Chief Examiner Renshi Bill Creasey 6th DAN. Renshi Creasey is the founder of Irish United Karate Do Kai organisation and is a well known and respected Coach he also holds a degree in Science in Sport and Exercise form Limerick University and is the head Karate coach of the Irish martial arts commission. All of the students have made a huge committment in their lives in attending training sessions twice a week over the last 9 years to attain their Black Belts all of them have proved that they are compedent in the main aspects of Karate do, which are Basics, Kata & Kumite each of them have also proved that they are cable in the art of Karate fighting as they all completed 4 fights each on the night so that they could put all the techniques they learned into action. Congratulations to them all including Allison Barry who transferred from her local club in Oughterard just over a year ago to Claregalway Karate Club and has been travelling over twice a week from Oughterard to Claregalway & Turloughmore which is a huge committment from both her and her parents.

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When replacing a single tooth there are a couple of options available. Usually a dental implant is the method of choice as it allows you to get a new tooth root. This helps to maintain the jawbone and gum and also reduces the chance of you loosing other teeth from decay or tooth movement. Other options would be a denture or a bridge or to leave the space. A single dental implant is commonly done to replace a missing tooth. A dental implant is designed to be as close to your old tooth as possible. If you have lost alot of gum/bone from the loss of a tooth you may not be able to get a dental implant or the tooth you get made may look long unless you get some bone grafting done. We are usually able to place dental implants and can check beforehand with the use of a dental CT which we have on site. A dental implant is a very simple procedure to get performed. The implant is usually placed under local anaesthetic and you will feel nothing apart from some vibration. If you are very nervous we offer sedation however most people say it is easier than getting a filling. We normally leave the implant buried under your gum for 3-4 months before we start to make the tooth. Once the gum has healed up perfectly we make the final crown and your smile is complete once again. You will be able to chew well once again and get back the confidence of having a full smile.


Oral Hygiene: The Basics ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶ ▶

Brushing your teeth for 2-3 minutes twice a day (morning & last thing at night). Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Floss your teeth once a day. Avoid smoking. Scale & Polish every 6 months. Eat a well balanced diet, avoiding sweets & fizzy drinks.

2011 Summer Specials — June, July & August

Your Entitlements on Medical Card & PRSI

Free check-up for one child under 16 with parents check-up visit

On the medical card scheme, you are covered for one check-up every year which includes a free cancer screening, two fillings, all extractions, denture repairs and prescriptions.

Two-for-one or three-for-two on check-ups for siblings under 16 years of age Saturday Dates available for appointments with Dr. Sinead Cooney Dates Available: Sat 25th June, 2nd July, 9th July & 23rd July from 9am – 2pm

This article is courtesy of Claregalway Dental Surgery, Summerfield, Claregalway.

On PRSI you are covered for one check-up per year which includes a free cancer screening. We are encouraging you to attend for your free check-up. Contact Claregalway Dental Surgery now to make an appointment.

091 798 333 | joan@claregalwaydentalsurgery.ie Mon,Thurs,Fri: 9am-5pm Tues, Wed: 8am-7pm

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Claregalway Second Level School Campaign The committee involved in the campaign for a new Second Level School for Claregalway has been very successful in the 10 months since it began its work last year. In January the Department of Education announced the official approval/recognition of the school for Claregalway and in March began the process of site acquisition when they advertised for tenders/proposals from local landowners. Several submissions have been made and the Department is now reviewing these proposals. The committee has been focused from the start on the establishment of the new school in temporary accommodation as soon as possible. This would not interfere with the new build process, which will take a number of years. Informal proposals to provide temporary accommodation received a serious response from the Department. The committee will be refining and submitting formal proposals to the Department within the coming weeks. We are requesting confirmation of a proposed start date of September 2012. There are some professional fees and related costs associated with these proposals and the furthre investigation and refinement of the proposals. The parents committee request your support in paying for some of these costs. The committee has the full backing and support of the Claregalway Community Development Association in its work to date and into the future. A public information meeting for in-

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terested parents and members of the community will be held on Monday 20th June at 8.30 p.m. in the Claregalway Hotel to bring everyone up to date on progress and developments. Claregalway Second-level School/Parents Action Committee (30 parents from the surrounding area): ▶ Chairman: Paddy Tobin ▶ Vice-Chairman: Michael Hannon ▶ Secretary: Anna Cormican ▶ Treasurer: Ronan Staunton See www.claregalwaynewschool.com for updates.


Elderflower & Apple Jam — A Delicious Taste of Summer! Despite the less than summery weather over the last while I do feel that summer has indeed arrived. The reason, the elderflowers are in blossom. Sambucus nigra, common elder, is a native shrub/small tree to Ireland and all throughout the countryside its creamy white flat heads are to be seen. Apart from its medicinal uses of which there are many, the flowers and fruits are a great source of food and tastiness. Elder is a relatively un-used plant in modern day Ireland, which is a shame. In recent years there has been a growing fondness for elderflower cordial, which is delicious and very easy to make. On Friday evening I made a litre of cordial which will be ready to use in a few days time. To see my previous blog on how to make elderflower cordial visit www.ciaranburke.ie.

I love the clear, fresh taste of elderflower and have been of the opinion that there must be more ways to capture its taste apart from making cordial. On Saturday we had elderflower pancakes which were delicious. I will post a blog on how to make them soon. But to enjoy the flavour of elderflowers every morning would be a treat, a great way to exercise the taste buds at the start of each day. So my mind turned to jam, not literally, but thinking of how I could capture the uniqueness of the elderflower flavour in a fruit spread, free of sugar. When making jams have clean jars ready. We use old jam jars, washed in hot soapy water then dried thoroughly. Place in a cool oven and heat to 100ºC, about twenty minutes at this temperature should sufficiently sterilize the jars.

Elderflower & Apple Jam (Sugar Free) Possibly the tastiest jam in the world!

Ingredients ▶ 1.1Kg peeled and cored dessert apples (the weight after peeling and coring). Chop into small pieces. ▶ 11 heads of elderflowers ▶ 2 x 360ml bottle of apple juice concentrate ▶ Juice of one lemon Method ▶ Place the elderflowers in a muslin cloth and tie to make a bag. ▶ Put all the ingredients into a saucepan. Cook on a low heat until the apples are soft (15-20 Minutes). Make sure that the muslin cloth containing the elderflower is in the liquid. ▶ Remove from the heat and using a hand blender, blend the apples until they are pulp. ▶ Return to the cooker and cook on a higher heat. The jam will be ready in about 10 – 15 minutes. ▶ Spoon into sterlized jars and cover jars with lids straight away. Elderflower & apple jam is delicious on fresh bread or toast. Also great with some yoghurt too. Even if the summer weather does not live up to expectations, elderflower will always be a summer treat in June.

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All in A Day’s Work Food, Photos, Fun & Friends Finding My Voice

Oh, I know. I have a voice. But this writing lark that I have gotten myself into has a very private and personal voice and to be honest, it is not one I always feel like sharing. I think that it is because I am still not quite ‘there’ yet. I still question all my ‘P’s’ and ‘Q’s’ (I always will) and I lack the confidence to brag-all-about it because it is just words. Not brilliantly written, not contrived.

Last weekend, with bags packed and camera and laptop charged, I took off to Germany for a weekend that can only be described as ‘life changing’. Side note: For those of you that might be a bit of a home bird like myself, this was the first time in sixteen years that the Chef and I have been apart for longer than one night.

Just easy-reading story-telling kind of words. Sometimes whilst stalking other great writers (on Facebook) I pause to admire their skill and envy their commitment to writing profound pieces of literature. They write poetry, they attend all the readings and book launches. They are true artists suffering for their art. I’m just a Mum. And these are my words. A few months ago I entered a (cooking/blogging) competition sponsored by Bord Bía. The grand prize was an all expenses trip to Weimar, Germany to participate in a ‘Photography/Food styling and Writing’ workshop. Now, I am in college to learn how to write and am doing ok so far in keeping my head above water. However, I really need a lot of help in the photography department and thought this workshop would be right up my alley. I cleared it with the bosses here at home (the Chef and my Mum) as they would be left home-alone to look after the kids for five days. Once I had their blessing I entered the competition and lo-and behold, I won!

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Whilst I was looking forward to the trip (no question) the feeling of walking around with only one shoe on stuck around for a while. That is until I got to Germany. When I met the other participants (mostly a gaggle of girls from around the globe) and I realised that this was going to be one fun-filled weekend. Throwing us in head first, the instructors at ‘Plate2Page’ cracked the whip the minute we arrived and we were thrown into our first assignment tout-suite.


Style – Click – Shoot – Eat Learning how to style food for a magazine article is hard. AND you can’t eat it until you get the shot right! The instructors put the WORK in workshop. Write, edit, style, photo, edit. Share, get critiqued & do it all over again! The icing on the cake. Bord Bía had sent a basket full of goodies to keep us sustained. And it certainly did that!

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How thick–skinned are you? College has taught me one thing

If you want to write, you have to learn how to take rejection and criticism on the chin. Turn the other cheek as they say. I have a natural fear of public speaking, and I about died when I realised that we would have to read our assignments (out loud) in class each day. Kill-Me-Now. The first day I managed to carefully avoid eye-contact with the instructors and kept my little scribbles to myself.

By Day 2 the teacher was on to me and although I was left till last, I had found myself experiencing this strange sense of calmness and I was even (dare-I-say) looking forward to reading out my piece.

I had been paired up with a lovely gal named Jasmine (from Italy). So between her with her photos and me with my words we got a small bula bus from the class.

Third & final day

This one was special. It was our final assignment and I was paired up with this talented lass named Julia from Canada. ‘All you need is a Cannon and a Mac to be a photographer’, says she, and her handiwork behind the camera truly did capture the essence of our day together.

So maybe I am not so good behind the lens

Whilst she tinkered with her photos on her laptop, I fleshed out my notes and began to write an article that should have been written with intent to sell to ‘Saveur’ or ‘Conde Nast’. Half way through the article I realised that this would not be a sellable piece but more of a blog post.

I learned that I am a good writer. There, I’ve said it. I am half way through my (4yr) course at University and so far this month (May 2011) I have been offered three jobs. I am going to be hirable in my field once I graduate.

I knew I was not fulfilling my end of the deal and should have tried harder to do the assignment as instructed, but sometimes my words carry me away. So I let them. When I read it out in class, I made the teacher cry. Enough said.

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What did I learn?

That, I assure you, is a huge relief. I know what you are thinking, of course I am hirable. But, when you take a gamble and change careers after fifteen years doing one thing and wander in a completely different direction down another career path, then you kind of have to start building up street-cred all over again. It does not matter who you are, what you’ve done, or where you are headed.


Cameras shmameras

Eh. Great camerawork requires a lot of number-studying. I suck at maths. I hate having to figure out the ISO 1600 or any of that other difficult number-mumbo-jumbo on any camera, big or small. I learned that I take ok shots and will improve if I ever decide to read the owners manual and stop winging it. For now, my little Sony-Nex 5 is staying on ‘auto’ and if I miraculously find some free time during the summer I will try to improve. I am happy knowing that getting words from my the chaos of my mind onto the smoothness of a page is where I am most comfortable. This is the path that I chose.

Mobile Library for Claregalway

Galway County Council’s Mobile Library will be at the Church entrance, inside Lakeview Estate at the following dates between 3:50pm—4:15pm:

June 28th July 12th & 26th August 9th & 23rd Wise Words

Upping sticks and relocating a family all so that you can (selfishly) follow a dream is a huge risk to take. Your marriage will be tested like nothing else. You will depend on your friends and family financially, emotionally and physically. If you have a dream, and feel it is taking over every breath you take and thought you have, then up those sticks and go do it. Life is too short. Get out there and make a difference! To read more WiseWords follow my blog at: http://MonaWise.Wordpress.com

September 6th & 20th October 4th & 18th November 1st, 15th & 29th December 13th Membership Charges Adult: €5 Unemployed/Students: €1 OAP/Juvenile: Free

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Special News Baptisms Abigail Fleming of Ross & Petrina Roscam

Emma Biety of Joe & Tara Mullacuttra

Julia Szura of Dawid & Anna Cregboy

Twins Jamie & Joshua Flaherty of Padraic & Sylvia River Oaks

Weddings & Anniversaries Michael Glynn & Caroline Burke, Corrandulla.

Ruth McKenna, Cregboy, and Gordon Mackay, Edinburgh, who were married on the 4th of April 2011 in Scotland.

Congratulations Congratulations to Paul Fennell & Bernadette Conneely, Cahergowan, on the birth of their son Iarla, a brother for Cathal, on the 15th of March 2011.

Congratulations to Nigel & Catriona Donovan, of Claregalway, on the birth of their son Ryan Edward, on the 23rd of April 2011.

Congratulations to John & Charlene Cullinane, Cahergowan, on the birth of daughter Eireann, a sister for Shannon, Ethan and Oisin.

Congratulations to Amanda & Jarlath Sweeney, Kiniska, on the birth of baby James, born on the 1st of June 2011, a brother for Lauren and Zara.

Congratulations to Tom (Horkan’s Garden Centre) & Marie Stewart, on the birth of their daughter Ruby, on the 23rd of May 2011.

Engagements

Welcome Home

Job Promotion

Parish News Online

Welcome Home to Sheena Tierney, Cregboy, from Sydney, Australia, on the 16th of June 2011.

Congratulations to Patrick Farrell, Cregboy, who has been appointed Marketing Executive for Jumeirah Hotels, Dubai.

Don’t forget to check out www.AssumptionAndSaintJamesParish.com for up-to-date, local, Special News.

Artyloco Summer Camp Lots of creative activities such as pottery, jewellery design, painting, drawing, design, origami, print & photography, all under the supervision of experienced art teachers. Catering for children aged from 5 – 12 years old Claregalway July 11th – 15th, 9am – 2pm July 18th – 22nd, 9am – 2pm

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Corrandulla

Congratulations to Samantha Murphy, Cregboy, & PJ Harte, Castlerea, who got engaged recently.

Book early, limited numbers! Contact: Claire 085 741 4695 Jessica 087 788 0958

July 4th – 8th, 9am – 2pm August 8th – 12th, 9am – 2pm


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Thought for the Week “Ways of a Happy Life” How we achieve a happy life can be different for each us. Our expectations, life experiences, passions and even our personalities all contribute to the level of happiness we experience in our lives. Some find happiness in their careers while others prefer the happiness found in their sports, their religion and spirituality, their reading and writing, or their relationships.

thinking back at events or looking ahead to the next event in our lives, not appreciating the “present moment.”

Dwelling There are times when we need the time to unwind, distress or just “to dwell.” Life comes at all of us hard and fast. Time keeps going forward at its own pace, which is not always the pace we would choose. Fatigue, stress and exhaustion may begin to settle in on us faster than we may think. The best remNo matter how you define happiness for yourself, there are edy for this is indeed time to rest and to dwell. The absence various ways to bring and sustain more happiness into your of aims in our lives, or more specifically avoiding to pursue life. The following ways to live a happy life can be tailored to fit your needs. Over time, these strategies will become positive our aims, makes us feel like we are stuck and ineffective. The pursuit of aims in our personal lives, in our relationships, or habits that will begin to bring more happiness into your life. with our careers, is the difference between having a mediocre life or a life full of passion and enthusiasm. Various ways Compliment as many people as you can every day in whatever way you can. Take the time to notice what is good in your life. Some find meaning in religion or spirituality while others find purpose in their work or relationships. Finding your vocation See the glass as being half-full, rather than half-empty. Take may be much more than accomplishing one simple way for all that life throws at you and reframe it with what’s good about the situation. At the end of the day, you will be more at increasing your happiness, but having a sense of purpose can perhaps bring the greatest joy of all. Know when to say no. ease. Learn to be grateful and caring and you will be open to receive a wealth of happiness. One way to find your happiness What gives you joy and happiness the first time may not work the second time. Too much of a good thing may begin not to is to remember the happy times of the child you were when feel as good if it becomes more of a routine, or an expectation. you were younger and to contemplate the people and things you love in your life and the good that you have already done Have healthy and reasonable boundaries and don’t overdo it. and would like to do in your life here on earth! Ways of living a happy life ‘Be the first to say hello. Live beneath your means. Treat There is no question that by merely watching acts of goodeveryone as you want to be treated. Never give up on anybody ness and kindness creates a palpable rise in our moods and increases the desire for us to perform good and kind deeds as – Miracles do happen. Forget the Jones’s. Be tough minded, well. Goodness and kindness are indeed contagious and when but tender hearted. Be kinder than you want or have to be. Don’t forget that a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel we make a commitment to be good and kind to ourselves and to others we can experience new heights of happiness for appreciated. Never break a promise. Learn to be cheerful even when you don’t feel it. Overnight success usually takes years our lives. Learn to spend time with your friends and make genuine friendships a priority in your life. To be in the present of hard graft. Leave everything in better condition than you found it. Winners do what losers don’t want to do.’ moment is to live in the present moment. Too often we are

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Claregalway Fine Gael June News Thought for the week As your thought for the week never give up on anything especially your happiness. ▶ To hate all roses, because you got scratched by one thorn. ▶ To give up all your dreams, because one did not come true. ▶ To lose faith in prayers, because one was not answered. ▶ To give up on your efforts, because one of them failed. ▶ To condemn all your friends, because one of them betrayed you. ▶ Not to believe in love, because someone was unfaithful. Remember that, another chance may come up. A new friend, A new job, A new love, A new happiness, A new life. Never give up on anything especially trying to live a Happy life!

The Claregalway branch of Fine Gael welcomes the new public representatives in Galway West, Brian Walsh TD and Sean Kyne TD. The addition to the Galway West team of Senator Fidelma Healy Eames is especially welcome as she is in our electoral area (Oranmore). Senator Healy Eames was re-elected to Seanad Eireann for Fine Gael with an overwhelming number of first preference votes resulting in her being the second candidate declared elected on the Labour Panel, reflecting her national standing as a Fine Gael politician. Branch members also welcome local activist Josette Farrell to the party. Fine Gael members are delighted to be joined by Josette who has been highly active working for the betterment of the community for many years.

Ronan Scully

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At the recent branch AGM the many issues which had arisen on the canvass during the election were discussed and it was agreed that the provision of a Secondary School and the Claregalway Bypass together with flood relief measures, footpaths along the N18 and extending to the Leisure Centre, and the need for a playground in the village, were the main priorities locally.

Claregalway Bypass Because of the critical state of the country’s finances, it looks extremely unlikely that the Gort to Tuam M17/18 Motorway planned by the previous Government will be built any time soon. Senator Healy Eames is liaising with Minister Leo Varadkar to establish the current situation on the provision of funding for the Claregalway bypass. During the recent election campaign Fine Gael canvassers encountered great scepticism at repeated announcements by local politicians of €250,000 secured for various initial works for a bypass. Churchgate Collection Thank you to all who contributed to the Fine Gael national collection which took place over the Easter weekend. Thank you also to Father Ian for his permission to hold the collection at the church. New members are welcome in the local branch. Please contact us at cgcmbranch.finegael@gmail.com or talk to Chairman Tom Hughes, Claregalway, or branch members Eamon Fox, Carnmore, and Madeleine Flanagan (PRO - 087 280 9932). Please visit Galway West Fine Gael on Facebook.

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Get the Perfect Summer Body 3 Month Membership Summer Camps 2011

Now taking bookings Suitable for 5—12yrs Daily from 10am—2pm July 18th — July 22nd August 1st — August 5th August 22nd — August 26th €60 members/€80 non-members

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Join today for 3 months and choose from one of the following absolutely free! 1 x Extra Month Membership 10 x Vibro Plate Sessions 1 x Child’s Summer Membership For details please contact:

Escape Leisure, Claregalway Hotel, Claregalway, Galway. 091 738 220 info@escapeleisure.com www.escapeleisure.com

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Dreams Begin with Responsibility The recent visit of Barack Obama will be vivid in my mind for years to come. I happened to be working with a client in a building right behind where Barack Obama made his public address to the Irish Nation. The visit of Barack Obama had some catchy phrases:

“What’s the craic Barack?” “Is féidir Linn!” “You guys keep all the good Guinness to yourselves” Much of the media attention focused on the audience applauding Obama’s use of Irish with “Is Féidir Linn”. Other parts mocked Enda Kenny for paying homage to Obama’s inauguration speech. It struck me in the aftermath that the media mocking Enda Kenny reflected part of the Irish psyche, which can at times negative. The most poignant thing that remained with me from Obama`s speech was not the much publicised “Is féidir linn”; rather the line “All dreams begin with responsibility”. How true is that statement?, reminding one of the Napoleon Hill quote:

“All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.” In essence we all have a responsibility to ourselves, we all owe it to ourselves not only to dream but to realise our dreams. Are we dependent on others to achieve that elusive dream or do we challenge the status quo and ourselves to achieve that

dream? Some people ridicule others for pipe dreams, others encourage people with raised eye brows… others are encouraged and fully supported. Some dreams seem wildly optimistic, while others are small and achievable. Some people allow their peers to dominate opinion, (”You can’t do that!”), while others lack a clarity or confidence about how to achieve their dream.

If you have a dream … Go For It! There is a true story of a retired army colonel, who had left the army and his road construction company went bust. He came across a recipe for chicken and decided to sell the recipe. He spent 6 months going to over 1000 places trying to sell this recipe. With his army pension dwindling he made a last gasp effort and set up his own restaurant. That restaurant was Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). In 1967, seven years later, at the ripe old age of 75, Colonel Sanders sold his company for a finger licking $15 million.  So what do we learn from this? Did Colonel Sanders give up on his dream? Who was responsible for his dream? Sometimes all we need is some encouragement and support from the right person, with the right skills, at the right time. Coaching is an ideal professional support to realise your dreams. If you have a personal goal or dream you would like to realise, you can contact William Corless on 086-6080194 or william@yellowwood.ie. About the Author William Corless is the Managing Director of YellowWood. ie. YellowWood aims to improve business performance and optimise individual potential through NLP, Coaching, Training and Business Solutions. For more information check out www.yellowwood.ie www.nuachtchlair.com | 25


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French Summer Mornings for Children

Fun activities, indoor & outdoor games, songs, art & crafts with experienced teacher and native speakers in Cloonbiggeen, Claregalway July 11th – 15th, 10am – midday: 7 – 11 year olds (€60) July 18th – 22nd, 10am – midday: 4 – 6 year olds (€60) Book early, limited numbers! Contact: Aline O’ Connell 087 743 88 10

Classical Links The Callino Quartet will be joined by: ▶ Ronan Dunne (Double Bass), ▶ Sarah Beaty (Clarinet), ▶ Stephen Stirling (French Horn) & ▶ Peter Whelan (Bassoon) for a performance of Schubert’s Octet in St.Mary’s Cathedral Tuam on Wednesday 13 July at 8.00pm. This concert is presented in association with Galway Arts Festival and will be followed by a ‘Meet the Musicians’ Reception in St.Mary’s Synod Hall. Tickets €25 (€23 concession) are available from www.galwayartsfestival.com and in the Festival Box Office in Bord Fáilte. A special offer of tickets is available from Madeleine Flanagan at €21 in the month of June, Contact: info@classicallinks.ie or 091 799 258 www.classicallinks.ie

On the 6th of May the members of the Claregalway Youth Club held a cake sale and sponsored walk around Claregalway. The 6 km walk went from the Community Centre in Claregalway around by the Rock Road and back to the Centre again. On their return to the Community Centre the walkers had a feast of cakes which were all made by members of the youth club, and pancakes freshly cooked by David Doyle .

The proceeds of the walk and cake sale went to the Corrib Lions Club and members joined the youth club on their walk. Great fun was had by all who participated and the rain even kept away during the walk. The entire proceeds of the evening amounted to a total of €500. The Lions Club will use this money to fund local charities in the Claregalway and Oranmore area. Gerry Cahill, president of the Corrib Lions Club, thanked the group for their wonderful efforts and he spoke to them saying how impressed he was with the event.

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Out & About with Claregalway Scouts

In May the Claregalway scouts took part in the County Scout camp in the Lough Keel campsite, Boyle, County Roscommon. This is an annual camp and an opportunity for scout patrols throughout the county to compete against one another in a wide range of scout and campcraft skills. Over 100 scouts from 12 scout groups in the county participated. The groups came from Gort, Oranmore, Kinvara, Killimor, Killanin, Claregalway, Kilcoona, Tuam and four from Galway city. The Shield competition winners were 8th Galway from Oranmore, while second went to 1st Galway, St Josephs. Both now qualify to go forward and represent Galway County at the national Phoenix Shield competition in August. Also in May the Beavers and the Cubs joined together to walk up Diamond Hill. This 4½ mile mountain hike, in the Connemara National Park, proved to be great fun, even if it was a windy day. Things started in the playground of the Visitor’s Centre before setting off up the mountain. We walked through boggy grassland and climbed the trail to its peak, where the views were amazing. The Cubs and the Beavers really enjoyed themselves and we plan to go back again soon. Ken Folan.

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Thank You from SMA The SMA Fathers express their profound gratitude to all who patronised their Annual Family Day on June 5th and especially to the many helpers who were involved in the planning and running of the Day. They really appreciate all who made donations in cash or kind. The proceeds of the Day always go towards the development of SMA Mission in Africa. They look forward to another successful Event in 2012. So keep the First Sunday in June free in your Diary.

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Local Notices Felt Workshop Explore the principles of feltmaking in Claregalway Study Centre

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Gardening Tips

June 25th ‘11

10am — 1pm: Create your own felt flower corsage €30 including materials 2pm — 5pm: Create your own felt book cover €30 including materials Contact: Kathrina Hughes Feltmaker — Textile Artist 087 747 32 33

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Horkan’s Garden & Lifestyle have updated their website, now featuring seasonal tips and advice for your garden. Check out: www.gardencentre.ie

Official Opening of Irish Organic Weed Killer by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Unit 17A, Claregalway Corporate Park, 15th of July at 3:30pm. All welcome to attend.

Post Local News to Nuacht Chláir, Creig Buí, Baile Chláir, Co. na Gaillimhe Phone 086 391 3852 Email news@nuachtchlair.com

Yoga Classes Yoga for all ages

Relax and balance body & mind while increasing strength & flexibility Venue: Claregalway Leisure Centre Monday evenings 7:30pm - 8:45pm Contact Mary: 087 257 0316

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Nuacht Chláir — Last Month’s Solution Congratulations to winner Lorraine Fahy of Abbeyknockmoy.


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