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Nuacht Chláir  

The free community-curated newsletter for Claregalway November 2013 | Vol.18 iss.3

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Best Possible News for Tiny Dancer Lily-Mae Claregalway’s Tiny Dancer Lily-Mae Morrison is flying to America to participate in a clinical trial this month, following the great news that she is now in remission.

Exciting Roles for Local Actor Eugene Horan

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Móna’s Delicious Warm Potato & Sausage Salad

Marie Madden, Galway Independent

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Carnmore U9s Win Thrilling City League Final More at www.claregalway.info

udith Sibley and Leighton Morrison received the “best possible news” about the five-year old’s condition last week, with confirmation that her scans for neuroblastoma were clear following a 16 month battle with the condition. Speaking to the Galway Independent last week, Judith said that the family had been suffering from “scanxiety” ahead of the recent tests but had remained hopeful, as the alternative would have been “inconceivably bad”. She said that they are “thrilled” with the news and are now feeling positive about Lily-Mae’s future but acknowledged that “we still have a long road ahead of us.”

As the chanced of relapse are high, Lily-Mae will now enrol in a clinical trial in Michigan and the family will travel to the US on 10th of November to begin the process. “We are very excited about the DSMO trial in Michigan because currently the success rate is extremely good on it,” explained Judith. “We will fly every three months for the next two years where LilyMae will get a full, nuclear body scan to keep a very good, close eye on things and we’ll also collect drugs called DSMO, which basically create a protein that stops tumours growing. It has no side effects, it’s just a tablet she takes morning and evening.” Continued overleaf →


→ Judith also revealed that, despite undergoing nine different types of chemotherapy, Lily-Mae has avoided any lasting side effects and has “really come through with flying colours”. The story of Claregalway girl Lily-Mae’s battle with neuroblastoma has captured the hearts of the nation since the release of the Tiny Dancer charity single last year and while Judith said that being in the public eye has been “quite strange”, she added that the family are “very proud” of the work they have done in raising the profile of the condition in Ireland. “I think, because of the media support, neuroblastoma is now a word that everybody knows and I think that’s a very good thing because we always look at it as awareness equals funding, funding equals research and hopefully, that will one day bring a cure.” She also paid tribute to local charity Hand in Hand which offers services such as cleaning, babysitting and meal preparation to families battling childhood cancer, for their ongoing support during Lily-Mae’s illness, as well as the team at University Hospital Galway for their lifesaving diagnosis of her condition. Judith adds that the remission diagnosis has offered “normality” to the family, with both she and Leighton returning to work and Lily-Mae now back at school, as well as undertaking ballet and gymnastics classes. She added Lily-Mae’s “bravery, courage and sweetnesss” during her ordeal has offered hope to many suffering from similar illnesses across the country.

Girl’s Night Out for Lily-Mae Thursday 28th of November in the Claregalway Hotel from 7–10pm. Ladies from Claregalway and the extended surrounding areas will come out in force once again to enjoy a PreChristmas shopping and pampering extravaganza on Thursday 28th November in the Claregalway Hotel to show their continued solidarity and support for local girl Lily Mae Morrison and the Sunni Mae Trust. What promises to be a very enjoyable evening for all also hopes to raise in excess of €5,000 for the Sunni Mae Trust. Last year’s very successful event raised in excess of €6,500. A group of hairdressers and make up artists will be on hand for the night to touch up ladies make up and do upstyles/hair styling. The array of stands will also have special offers for various products—the stands promise to fulfil every ladies dream with a wide variety of jewellery, handbags, millinery, fashion, soaps, candles, cupcakes and jams, paintings, flowers, fine gifts, health products, crafts and much more. Anybody wishing to make donations or raffle prizes would be gratefully accepted. Tickets go on sale from Tuesday 12th Nov and will be available from the Claregalway Hotel and other venues in Claregalway yet to be announced. Check out Girls Night out for Lily Mae on facebook for updates or contact Valerie on 086 320 7202.

Glam Girl’s Night Out for Lily-Mae Thursday November 28th, 7PM-10PM

Enjoy this fabulous event and help raise vital funds for the Sunni Mae Trust, Helping 5 year old Lily -Mae AND fighting Neuroblastoma in Children

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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

Don’t forget to check out our brand new website www.claregalway.info for local news, events, features & sports updates! Plus some fascinating local history. We need your help! Any assistance with a few of the things we do would be greatly appreciated. Can you help us? It will require small but regular commitments of time. We produce this newsletter voluntarily as a service to the community. If you are willing to help keep Nuacht Chláir going, please contact Josette at 798 430 or 086 391 3852. 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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The recent devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan has left the city of Tacloban in the Phillippines in ruin—at least 10,000 people have been killed and most houses destroyed. It is thought to be the worst storm ever to hit land. Mobile phone networks, power lines and trees and most roads were cut off. The gusts of winds were up to 210kph— such was the strength of power. Again, the realization that anything can happen in the blink of eye brings more awareness to us. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people whose lives have been totally and utterly destroyed by this treacherous typhoon. On a local note the success of local man Eugene Horan continues to rise and is truly well deserved. After years and years of hard slog Eugene is finally reaching the top. We all wait with bated breath to hear who is the Oscar winning Hollywood legend he is appearing in film with? He has promised to let us know and we will keep you duly informed. Continued best wishes for the future Eugene and you are a great inspiration to all your fans in Claregalway/Carnmore. You can read more about Eugene overleaf or check out his website www.eugenehoran.com. The community is delighted for local girl Lily-Mae, who has received some good news after a long battle with cancer. Results of recent tests that Lily-Mae underwent for Stage 4 Neuroblastoma revealed no traces of the killer disease. For the past six months she has undergone a gruelling immunotherapy pogramme. Her delighted and relieved parents Judith Sibley and Leighton Morrison said they now have more reason than ever to believe their daughter will continue to thrive and lead a happy and healthy life. This month we bring you our regular contributors for whom we are grateful for helping us to keep Nuacht Chláir in circulation. Your comments and thoughts most appreciated. Until next time, Josette.

Let us know what you think of our website www.claregalway.info We are busy updating the archives, building a new online directory for local businesses, and regularly updating our local events calendar at www.claregalway.info/news

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Foróige’s Youth Leadership Graduates from Claregalway

Exciting Roles for Local Actor The acting career of Claregalway native Eugene Horan is going from strength to strength of late, with no less than two new international movies on the horizon for 2014. Eugene begins shooting a new psychological thriller in Dunfermline, Scotland in February, after which he will turn his attention to a scene opposite an Oscar winning Hollywood legend, details of which cannot yet be released. When pushed for more info, Eugene simply smiles and says, “As soon as I get the green light to make this public, the people of Claregalway will be the first to know!” Eugene continues by saying, “All I can say is, it’s an incredible honour to have my name mentioned in the same breath as such a legendary talent & I believe my years of hard work are starting to really pay off now.” Eugene’s last movie Somebody’s There has just been signed by LA based distribution company Pop Twist Entertainment and is set for an Irish, US and European release in 2014. The movie was written & directed by another local man, the hugely talented Stephen P. Kenny. Meanwhile, Eugene prepares to jet off to New York City in December where he has been invited over for, what he describes as, “the meeting of a lifetime!” Eugene apologizes for not being able to share all of the details of his exciting times ahead, just yet but promises all will be revealed very soon! For more on Eugene, visit: www.eugenehoran.com.

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Saturday 19th of November saw 167 young people aged 16–18 years graduate from NUI Galway with a Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action. All of which have gained this certificate before they have even completed their Leaving Certificates. These young people participated in the programme through Foróige projects, clubs, schools, and at Foróige’s youth leadership conference. This was the fourth group of graduates from this programme which was developed under the academic leadership of Prof. Pat Dolan from the UNESCO Centre for Child and Family Research in conjunction with Foróige’s Best Practice Unit. Leadership programmes are a pivotal resource in equipping young people with the skills to become positive role models and take on effective leadership roles in their communities. Programmes such as this strengthen young people’s skills in problem solving, communication, critical thinking, goal setting and leading others. These skills are of the utmost importance to the Irish economy and these young people’s ability to contribute not only to the workplace but also to society at large. Each of the students graduating has already made a substantive contribution to their communities through their community action project. Projects which they developed from concept to completion and which saw them put their skills into practice to benefit others around them. Particularly, as they have an energy and a fresh way of looking at things that can enhance how communities solve their problems if they are included. From the Claregalway Youth Leadership group, eight of the seven young people who graduated are pictured below. The question now remains what will these young people do with their skills and where will we be seeing them in the future! Best of luck to them all.

Back: Carol-Ann Began & Andrew Dolan. Front L–R: Karen Conroy, Julie Flagherty, Emily McNamara, Dr. Susan Redmond, Chloe Crowe, Haley O’Shea, Riona Greally, (Saidhbh Madhí absent). An nuachtán pobail le haghaidh Baile Chláir, Co. na Gaillimhe


Ten Years Ago In Claregalway Snippets of local ‘news’ (now history), printed in Nuacht Chláir ten years ago. Hotel to Open in Claregalway Village Originally published in the November 2003 Nuacht Chláir

The ever expanding village of Claregalway is to have its own hotel and leisure centre within the next 6 months when the €7 million development will open its doors to the public. Already bookings are being taken for the new Claregalway Hotel which is a 48 bedroom facility with conference centre, while it also hopes to make a major impression in the weddings market. The new hotel is currently under construction and it is hoped that the official opening will take place around St. Patrick’s Day (2004). And the management at the hotel are confident that it will provide a convenient alternative for couples in the North Galway area who regularly have to travel to Galway city or further for their wedding reception. In the absence of a hotel in the Tuam area, couples from North Galway often have to travel long distances for their receptions and now the Claregalway Hotel operators are confident that they can tap into this market. The hotel which is being constructed by GK Developements, will have both a modern and old style bar, a health and fitness club which will include an 18 metre swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi, a conference centre which can accommodate 400 people and a banqueting room which caters for 300. General Manager, Paul Gill, said that it was an exciting new development for Claregalway and they had received a very positive response from local residents to the hotel. At the moment there is an intensive marketing initiative in place to establish bookings for 2004 and Mr. Gill said that they were encouraged by the number of inquiries that they had received to date. “We believe that it is ideally located in that it is very close to Galway city and will also be serving the whole of North Galway which doesn’t have such a facility available to them,” he said. Mr. Gill, who worked for seven years in the Ardilaun Hotel in www.claregalway.info

The photo above was taken in 2000 at the pump on the N17 in front of the Claregalway Hotel. Before construction on the hotel began, there was a large field between RiverOaks and Dunleaveys (now Cois Chláir Shopping Centre). Pictured are Rachel Farrell and her brother Niall.

Galway, said that they also have had a number of inquiries from tour operators which augers well for the summer months next year. The new hotel, which also has 180 car parking spaces, is offering a 20% discount to couples who book their wedding in 2004 as part of their opening offers. Mr. Gill, who also worked in the Connemara Coast Hotel as well as hotel in Zurich, said that being located at the junction of the N17 and N18 it was also convenient for tourists flying into both Shannon Airport and Knock Airport. “Plans are going according to schedule and we hope to have the hotel open for St. Patrick’s Day. It is a major development for the Claregalway area and we are confident that it will provide a significant boost to what is a growing village,” he added. by Declan Tierney (Connacht Tribune) 5


Local Notices

Food for Thought by Edward Coppinger

The Claregalway & District Day Care Centre is now open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9.30am–4pm (limited places on Tuesdays). For more information please drop in, contact 091 739 385, 086 445 8989, or visit our website www.claregalwaydaycarecentre.ie.

Who used to gambol just next day After their tails were taken away, Never thinking it wrong or cruel Their appendage loss was non consensual! Gathered up in sacks or pails Lots and lots of young lambs tails, In innocence didn’t seem to mind Their stumps soon healed in March wind!

Claregalway Parent & Baby/Toddler Group meet every Wednesday from 10am–12 noon at Claregalway Community Centre. All welcome. Contact Yvonne 087 943 7410.

And whilst around fields they ran Their tails were in the frying pan, Oh this dish was beyond compare But for the lambs most unfair!

Walking Club meets every Sunday at the Arches Hotel at 10am and on Wednesdays meet at Claregalway Church at 7.30pm. All are welcome. For info contact Edel—085 102 0611.

That we sat down inside to eat, While they poor things were on their feet, Wondering where their tails went Removed from them without consent! There never was such nice cuisine, Second only to pigs crubeens, What a treat when in the bog, Cold lambs tails and feet of the hog!

Timber for sale— 8 × 4 trailor or bags. Phone 086 80 66644.

Always a harbinger of Galway springs Bainne bhui or beastings. Honest and nourishing some used to maintain –That buttermilk was Irish Champagne!

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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All this world I’ve travelled around And such good food never found, That in youth used to avail The lovely taste of young lambs tail!

Edward Coppinger, a native of Lackaghbeg, who is well known for his excellent poetry over many years, has launched a book entitled The Poacher’s Son —Memories of Ireland & other Poems. This month the book became available to purchase for €14 (postage is free). For details email ecoppingerpoetry@gmail.com or phone 0044 023 8056 1508.

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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 singing 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. Claregalway Badminton Club meet every Tuesday morning from 10am– 11.30am in the Community Centre. All levels welcome. Open to both male & female. Why not come along for a bit of exercise and fun! 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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To mark the 2013 year of the gathering, Carnmore Hurling Club is hosting a Gathering Dinner in Cloonacauneen Castle on November 29th 2013 at 7.30pm. The club will celebrate the 26th anniversary of the U21s who won the County Championship and the 25th anniversary of the 1988 team who won the Intermediate County Championship. We will be honouring the players and management of both teams on the night. This will be an opportunity to meet up with old acquaintances, reminisce on old times, and enjoy good food and music. We hope that you or a member of your family will be able to join us on the night. We would also ask you to tell other members of your family or friends to may wish to be part of the Carnmore gathering. Tickets for our gathering dinner are available from Sheila Fox on 087 667 5516, and cost €20 each.

Social Dancing Classes take place on Wednesday in Keane’s Oranmore. Beginners at 8–9pm, Improvers 9–10pm. Learn to jive, waltz, foxtrot and quickstep. No partners needed, all ages welcome.  Call Padraig at 087 181 2248. Galway Diocesan Directory is available from the Parish Office. Cost €5. The Directory has information on all the Parishes in the Diocese including Mass times and telephone numbers.

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Warm & Wonderful Delicious, Comforting Hot Potato Salad Wow. Winter rolled in with a bang, didn’t it? I can’t complain really. We did have a few longer months of calm and warmer than usual weather for Autumn. But my goodness, the chill of the rain on my face every morning is a good reminder of what is yet to come. Time to fire up the stove and get the comfort food recipes back into circulation.

by Móna Wise 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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e are huge fans of soups and stews and rich tomato broth sauces this time of year. At any given moment there will be a pot of stock simmering away on the stove and always enough to make a quick pasta dish or pot of soup at the drop of a hat. We find that the kids appetites increase ten-fold during the winter as they try to keep fueled and fight off the cold. This recipe is an excellent ‘leftover’ dish to have on hand for when you are stuck with nothing but spuds and sausages for supper. Ever since the horse-meat scandal last year, we have been grinding our own minced meat. We started buying larger (and sometimes much cheaper) cuts of meat and have become pros at meat grinding and even sausage making. A few weeks ago we made a gorgeous batch of Pork sausages and that reminded me of this salad we have made and shared many of times. What makes this salad more of a plate-licker is the fact that you use the potatoes and sausage when they are still hot. Combining the acid of lemon juice, the raw garlic and the olive oil into the bowl, topped off with fresh parsley makes for a delectable dish. I am sure you will enjoy this one. It is hard to jazz up bangers and mash but this recipe will turn a very ordinary plate of potato and sausage into a supper that your friends and family will be asking you for again. Thanks for reading along, Móna Wise

For more of Móna’s stories and recipes, check out her website at www.WiseWords.ie or facebook page at www.facebook.com/WiseWordsMona or see our posts tagged WiseWords at www.claregalway.info.

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Warm Potato & Sausage Salad (Serves 4 people) What you need —8 medium potatoes —1 cup roughly chopped parsley —1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil —Juice of 1 1/2 lemons —3 cloves of garlic —1 Tbsp of salt & black pepper —4 large sausages How to make it Wash potatoes (skin on) and cut into quarters. Boil in cold water until just tender (10–15 minutes). Don’t over cook them or you will have mashed potato salad. Cook the sausages and slice them thickly when they are done. After potatoes have cooked, drain them and then put them in a large serving bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss until well incorporated. Serve warm.

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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.

Neither vulnerable. Dealer East.

West Q4 543 10 9 5 3 QJ95

Claregalway Parish is now on Facebook, with up to date news on the Parish. Why not like the page and share it with family and friends at home and especially abroad. 213 likes to date. Let’s aim for 300!

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South KJ98763 Q 10 2 4 10 6

East 10 2 K96 862 A8432

Table 1 Bidding N E S W P P P 2C1 P 2D² P 2NT³ P 4S⁴ P P P P

St Jame’s Choir is now being set up. 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 the weekly practice which is about one hour. People must be over 18 years of age. It is always nice a hear a choir at weekend Masses. Appeal for leader of Junior Choir— It is hoped to resume the Junior Choir soon. If interested please call the Parish Office on 091 798 741.

North A5 KJ87 AKQJ7 K7

¹ 21+ high card points (HCP). ² Mandatory (relay) bid; says nothing about Diamonds. ³ Shows 21–24 HCP. ⁴ Does not like NT at all, so bids the Spade game. On the lead of CQ, E/W win the first two tricks. Therefore result 4S + 1 : 450 to N/S.

Table 2 Bidding N E S W P 3S1 P 4C² P 4D² P 6NT⁴ P P P ¹ Pre-empt showing 7 Spades. ² Gerber, asking for Aces. ³ 0 Aces. ⁴ North can count probably 7 Spade tricks, 4 (or 5) Diamond tricks and a Heart trick and, if the Clubs are led, a Club trick, so bids the small slam. East leads the CA and North claims the rest. Small slam made +980 to N/S.

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Bridge Lessons will be commencing on Friday 10th of January 2014 from 9.30am to 10.30am each Friday for 12 weeks in the Claregalway Hotel. Contact: bplace@iol.ie. Subject to sufficient numbers, Bridge lessons will be offered by the undersigned. Please contact me with ① your contact details and ② times that you are available. Brian Place: 798 857 or bplace@iol.ie

Congratulations to local photographer Des Glynn whose photo of Galway Cathedral (above) won the 2014 Top Oil competition, and will be featured in next year’s calendar.

Claregalway Study Centre takes place in Coláiste Bhaile Chláir after school. 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/news Don’t forget to like our page at www.facebook.com/claregalway.info to keep up-to-date with local news. Also check out www.claregalway.info

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Congratulations to Mike O’Connell and Alacque Keary, who were married recently in Claregalway. Best of luck in your lives together.

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Congratulations to Ciara Spelman and Jonathan O’Gorman, pictured above, who were married in Claregalway Church on September 13th. Best of luck in your future together.

R.I.P. Malachy Keaveney, Lakeview Welcome into our Christian Community Noel Glynn, who was recently baptised.

Progress continues on the development of the Claregalway GAA Club’s Grounds at Knockdoemore as shown by the works displayed in these pictures from October 15th 2013. From top: Dugouts ready soon, internal roadway being set, the ground being cultivated and landscaped road.

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New volunteers needed for the various ministries in Claregalway Church. Volunteer forms are available at the church doors and maybe there is something on the form that you may like to do. If there is something you feel you would like to have an input in don’t hesitate to call the Parish Office on 798741. If under 18 years old a parent/guardian consent is required. Child safeguarding policies are in operation. The community-curated newsletter for Claregalway, Co. Galway


Be Grateful for the Little Things It’s hard to be grateful when everything is going wrong in your life. Your child is sick, your car won’t start or there is no money in your bank account, that’s if you have a bank account. What do you have to be grateful for? But, there are reasons to be grateful.  Be grateful that your child is at home and not in the hospital. Be grateful that you have a car. Be grateful if there is some money in your bank account. There are many people out there who are not as lucky as you.

by Ronan Scully Take the time to look There are a lot of people out there who think special occasions are the only times to sit down and count blessings. I think every day is a reason to be grateful. Instead of complaining about having to go to work, be grateful that you have a job to go to and that you can take care of your family.  Think about all the people out there who can’t work or who have lost their jobs.   You have a lot of reasons to be grateful, if you just take the time to look for them. Finding the silver lining can be the difference between having a bad day and having a great day. Take a look at some of the things going on in your life. For everything you see as being a disappointment or a reason to complain, see if you can come up with something to be grateful for. We, as a society, have forgotten that it’s the little things in life that make it worth living. Remember, no matter how bad your life seems, there is at least one reason to be grateful and there are always people worse off than ourselves. Make your life better Work hard at what you like to do and try to overcome all obstacles. Laugh at your mistakes and praise yourself for learning from them. Pick some flowers and appreciate the beauty of nature. www.claregalway.info

Say hello to strangers and enjoy the people you know. Don’t be afraid to show your emotions. Love your friends and family; they are your life. Look for a rainbow and always remember life is better than it seems. You must feel confident enough within yourself to follow your dreams. You must be willing to make sacrifices. Sometimes, familiarity and comfort need to be challenged. There are times when you must take a few extra chances and create your own abilities. Don’t stand in someone else’s shadow, it’s your sunlight that should lead the way. Thought for the month As your thought for the month, be grateful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to? Be grateful for the difficult times. During those times you grow. Find a way to be grateful for your troubles and they can become your blessings. Do the best you can with what you have got and be grateful for the little things.  

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How to Stay Safe at Christmas Christmas is a special time for celebration and should not end in tragedy because of the extra hazards that are present at this time of year. The following advice should discussed with all members of your family. by Liam Higgins, Cara Health & Safety Fairy lights · Check the fuses are the right type (see the box for the maximum size of fuse you should use). · If bulbs blow, replace them. · Don’t leave fairy lights on when you go out or when you go to sleep. · Don’t let the bulbs touch anything that can burn easily, like paper. · Don’t overload sockets. Outdoor lights · Ensure they are suitable for outdoors. · Check all wiring and follow manufacturer’s instructions. · Fasten the bulbs securely and point the sockets down to avoid moisture building up. · Never use indoor extension leads outside. · Keep outdoor electrical connections above ground and out of puddles. · Ensure trees hung with Christmas lights are not touching power lines. Decorations · Decorations made of light tissue paper or cardboard burn easily. · Don’t attach them to lights or heaters. · Don’t put them immediately above or around the fireplace. · Keep them away from candles.   Christmas trees Special fire safety precautions need to be taken when keeping a live tree in the house. A burning tree can rapidly fill a room with fire and deadly gases. An average sized sitting room can fill with dense smoke within 60 seconds.

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Selecting a tree for Christmas Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches, and the needle should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground. If many needles fall off, the tree has been cut too long, has probably dried out, and is a fire hazard. Caring for your tree Do not place your tree close to a heat source e.g. a fireplace. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. Be careful not to drop or flick cigarette ashes near a tree. Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times. Keep the fairy lights well away from the lights. Disposing of your tree Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood burning stove. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. The best way to dispose of your tree is by taking it to a recycling centre.   Candle Safety Advice—Do’s & Dont’s · Always put candles on a heat resistant surface. Be especially careful with night lights and tea lights, which get hot enough to melt plastic. TVs are not fire-resistant objects. · Put them in a proper holder. Candles need to be held firmly upright by the holder so they won’t fall over. The

holder needs to be stable too, so it won’t fall over either. · Position them away from curtains, cushions and your Christmas tree. Don’t put candles near curtains or other fabrics, or furniture. And keep them out of draughts. · Don’t put them under shelves. It’s easy to forget that there’s a lot of heat above a burning candle—it will burn surfaces. Make sure there’s at least three feet (one metre) between a candle and any surface above it. · Keep clothes and hair away. If there’s any chance you could lean across a candle and forget it’s there, put it somewhere else. You don’t want to set fire to your clothes or your hair. · Candles should always be out of reach of children and pets. · Keep candles apart. Leave at least four inches (10cm) between two burning candles. · Take care with votive or scented candles. These kinds of candles turn to liquid to release their fragrance, so put them in a glass or metal holder. · Don’t move them when they’re burning. Extinguish candles before moving them. Also, don’t let anything fall into the hot wax like match sticks. · Don’t leave them burning. Extinguish candles before you leave a room. Never go to sleep with a candle still burning. And never leave a burning candle or oil burner in a child’s bedroom. · Use a snuffer or a spoon to put them out. It’s safer than blowing them, which can send hot wax flying. · Double-check they’re out. Candles that have been put out can go on smouldering and start a fire. Make sure they’re completely out. General Home Safety · Make sure you have a properly working fire alarm. · Have at least one working carbon monoxide detector in the house. · Have a fire extinguisher available (Foam, CO2, Powder or Blanket). · Avoid overloading wall outlets and extension cords. · Extinguish fireplace ashes before going to bed or leaving the house.

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· After parties, check under and around chairs, sofas and other furniture for smouldering cigarettes if there have been people smoking in the house. · What is your escape route in the event of a fire? Practice a fire drill with your family / housemates. · At night time, keep all walkways in the house clear of any obstructions. · Close all doors at night. Plan your nights out · Have a nominated driver (many locations offer free soft drinks for the nominated driver). · Never ever drink and drive. · Be courteous and respect the rights of pedestrians and other drivers. · Allow extra time for heavy traffic and slippery roads (and roadworks). · Stay alert for the driver who has over-celebrated. · Expect the unexpected from pedestrians carrying large Christmas packages (day-time) and ‘tipsy’ ones celebrating Christmas (night-time).   Finally... Christmas holidays bring a dangerous combination—the throttle and the bottle. The Gardaí always mount special traffic operations over the Christmas period—don’t be a statistic. 

This article was written by Liam Higgins BSc.—Principal Consultant at CARA Health & Safety. caRA offers Fire, Health & Safety, Risk Management, Consultancy and Training to an extensive client base. CARA recognises the importance of employers’ training needs for effective health & safety management to help reduce accidents and incidents in the workplace. “Our service is cost competitive and site specific to your needs and that of your workforce. We customise and personalise courses tailored to the requirement of our clients.” For more, like caRA on facebook: www.facebook.com/CARAsafety or get in touch with Liam: liam@carahands.com

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Water Meters Explained Process for the installation ① At least two weeks before the installation you will receive an information pack explaining our work, and what to expect when we install your water meter. ② At least two days before the installation we will notify you of the date when the water meter will be fitted. You do not need to be at home while your water meter is being installed. The installation process will cause disruption to the public road or footpath outside your home. This is unavoidable, but you will have safe pedestrian access to and from your home while all work is being carried out. Work will take up to two hours and your water supply will be interrupted intermittently throughout this period. While your water supply is off, please: · Don’t use the kitchen cold water tap, or any other tap that is fed directly off the mains, as this could cause the sink to overflow if it is left on when supply is restored. · Don’t drink water from your hot water tap. · Don’t use household appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers, which rely on a constant supply of water. · Don’t use other devices running on mains water pressure. While your water supply is off, typically you can: · Use other cold water or hot water taps in your usual way, i.e. a bathroom tap to wash your hands (only water from a mains water tap should be used for drinking). · Flush the toilet. After the meter has been fitted, and the water supply has been restored, run the cold tap in the kitchen for a few minutes to ensure any residue is flushed out. For more info, visit www.water.ie

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What Can I Do To Help Stay Healthy? John Duffy MPSI of Claregalway Pharmacy (091 799 754) has shared this information on staying healthy. For more information, call in and speak with any member of staff. by John Duffy MPSI You should not smoke If you smoke, stopping smoking is often the single most effective thing that you can do to reduce your risk of future illness. The risk to health falls rapidly as soon as you stop smoking (but takes a few years before the increased risk reduces completely). If you find it hard to stop smoking, then see your practice nurse for help. Medication may be advised to help you to stop. Do some regular physical activity Anything that gets you mildly out of breath and a little sweaty is fine—for example, jogging, heavy gardening, swimming, cycling, etc. A brisk walk each day is what many people do— and that is fine. However, it is thought that the more vigorous the activity, the better. To gain most benefit, you should do at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days. Two shorter bursts are thought to be just as good—for example, two 15-minute bouts of activity at different times in a day. Eat a healthy diet Briefly, a healthy diet means: At least five portions, and ideally 7–9 portions, of a variety of fruit and vegetables per day. The bulk of most meals should be starch-based foods (such as cereals, wholegrain bread, potatoes, rice, pasta), plus fruit and vegetables.

Not much fatty food, such as fatty meats, cheeses, full-cream milk, fried food, butter, etc. Use low-fat, polyunsaturated spreads. Include 2–3 portions of fish per week, at least one of which should be oily (herring, mackerel, sardines, kippers, salmon, or fresh tuna). If you eat meat it is best to eat lean meat, or poultry such as chicken. If you do fry, choose a vegetable oil such as sunflower, rapeseed or olive. Try not to add salt to food, and limit foods which are salty. Try to lose weight if you are overweight or obese. You don’t need to get to a perfect weight. If you are overweight you can gain great health benefits by losing 5–10% of your weight. This is often about 5–10 kg. (10kg is about one and a half stone.) Don’t drink too much alcohol Men should drink no more than 21 units of alcohol per week, no more than four units in any one day, and have at least two alcohol-free days a week. Women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week, no more than three units in any one day, and have at least two alcohol-free days a week. Pregnant women should not drink at all. One unit is in about half a pint of normal strength beer, or two thirds of a small glass of wine, or one small pub measure of spirits.

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The Launch of ‘The Poacher’s Son’ by Edward Coppinger There was a great turn-out on the 25th of October at the official book launch of The Poacher’s Son—Memories of Ireland and other Poems by Edward Coppinger which took place at Lackagh Parish Centre. Edward is a regular contributor to Nuacht Chláir where he shares his memories of growing up in Lackagh. The book was launched by Edward’s nephew and is an essential book for people with an interest in the local area. For more photos from the event visit: www.claregalway.info/photos

Bridget Coppinger and Julien Flynn

Denise Griffin and Josette Farrell

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Essential Local Contacts Group Contact name

Contact number

Carnmore National School John Reilly

091 798 718

Compántas Lir Drama Dermot Hession

085 711 4352

Conradh na Gaeilge Anna Glynn

091 798 351

Claregalway & District Day Care Centre

Geraldine Carr

086 227 4139

Claregalway Cemetery Maintenance

Malachy Noone

087 133 3711

Claregalway Cemetery Caretaker

Seamus O’Connell

087 313 7282

Claregalway Educate Together N.S. Terri Claffey

091 798 356

Claregalway Folk Choir Anne Moylan

087 638 6626

Claregalway National School Carmel Burns

091 798 720

Claregalway Parish Office Teresa Payne

091 798 741

Claregalway Second Level School

087 782 5302

Paddy Tobin

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INCADDS Seminar & Workshops An educational program for the recognition of ADHD in adults Friday 15th & 16th November from 9am–4pm in the Ardilaun Hotel Galway. “Treatment into making an invisible disability transparent” Key Note Speaker: Dr Timothy Bilkey Hons. BSc. MD. F.R.C.P. Geurt van de Glind ICASA Adult ADHD, the Pain & the Strain Tom Creaven / Niall Greene Key Toolkit for all GPs —Gaining knowledge on the size and scope of the problem. —Early detection and treatment for Children & Adults with ADHD and Substance Misuse. —Development of evidence. —Integrate changes to ADHD practice as a result of the new DSM 5. —Recognize how females present with ADHD across the reproductive cycle and develop and outline treatment strategies in females with ADHD. —Identify Anxiety & Depression in ADHD patients and become aware of medical and psychosocial interventions that can address these conditions. —Describe the phenomenon of “future self-continuity” and its potential implications for understanding the impairment of adults with ADHD.

To secure your place please email info@incadds.ie or phone 091 755 090. For information on INCADDS (the Irish National Council of ADHD Support Groups) check out www.incadds.ie.

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Update from Local Councillor Jim Cuddy Feel free to contact me any day or evening at 798 136 or mobile 087 636 0242 or you can email me at jcuddy@cllr.galwaycoco.ie Taking in charge of Water Schemes The trustees of two Group Water schemes are anxious to have them taken in charge by Galway Co. Co. In relation to the Cloon Scheme the Council have advised me that there is significant unaccounted water but there are recommendations to address this issue. The trustees have been very active is dealing with this problem and commissioned a report which they are now working on. The Council have said that if the shortfalls in the scheme are address they will give this application favourable consideration. The trustees are to be commended for the excellent service they have provided over the years. Knockdoe traffic calming Contractors have arrived back on site to improve the design of this traffic calming measure which has come in for a lot of complaints and local business interests. On the 29th of October I attended a meeting on site with some of the local interested parties and a senior engineer from the Council. He is now to contact the NRA person responsible for this work and we have asked that he meet with us on site to discuss the various issues that arise. We are now waiting for a reply from the NRA and Council.   School Road, Carnmore Junction I am glad to be able to say that following on from representations from Deputy Grealish and myself to the Council that there has been major improvement works carried out on the junction of School Road Carnmore with the Monivea Road. It certainly should improve the safety at that junction. Without the agreement of the local land owner this work would not be possible. We appreciate his help.   Phase 2 of Claregalway Sewerage Scheme On February 21st and April 16th 2013 Galway Co. Co. sent submission to the

Department of the Environment to extend the Claregalway Sewerage Scheme and are still waiting for a positive reply. On October 10th the Council wrote again to the Department and are waiting for their reply. Hedge cutting The local area engineer has informed me that the Council have signed a contract for hedge cutting in the area. I am keeping in regular contact with the engineer to see that the roads that were listed are done. A lot of queries have been received in relation to Waterdale and Sliabhfin. Last week the hedge cutter was operating in the Clarenbridge, Moneymore and Maree area.   Water ponding at Lakeview estate Some months ago engineers of Galway Co. Co. visited Claregalway and met with some of the residents of the estate and agreed to deal with this problem. It was intended that it would have been dealt with at the same time as the pipe laying for the sewerage scheme. I have met with Liam Gavin Senior Engineer and have asked him to come out some wet day and see the situation for himself which he has agreed to do.   Lack of car parking spaces at UCHG  The question of the insufficient car parking spaces at the hospital for outpatients and day patients has been raised by me with the manager of the Hospital once again and I have received a reply saying that my suggestions would receive consideration going forward when they have an opportunity to reconfigure car parking. The situation is that many patients find it difficult to get parking near the outpatient and day patient section of the hospital and some of these patients are only able to walk a short distance. I have suggested that there should be a designated parking space for these people near the outpatient department. Jim

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Grow It Yourself November 2013

by Michael Kelly—GIY Ireland

If, like me, you like your apples, you will almost certainly have noticed how badly served we are by the commercial food chain when it comes to this wonderful fruit. Though there are literally thousands of apple varieties available around the world, just a handful make up the vast majority of apples sold by supermarkets.

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he famous southern hemisphere apples (Pink To do in the garden this November Lady, Royal Gala etc) have been chosen largely Do not leave beds bare for the winter—sow a green for their ability to withstand long journeys and even manure, or cover with a thick layer of manure/ longer bouts on the storage shelf. So if you want to compost and then black plastic or straw. This will experiment with flavour and diversity, you really have return nutrients to the soil, keep the worst of the to seek out dedicated Irish growers (like Conn Traas in weather off it, suppress weeds and prevent leaching Tipperary) or grow them yourself. of nutrients. ‘Earth up’ or tie up vegetables such as It’s a great time of the year to consider planting an cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Divide apple tree (while the trees are dormant). It’s important up your rhubarb if you want to propagate, and cover to give some thought to how much space you have— it with a thick mulch of manure. Prune apple trees. left to its own devices, an apple tree will eventually Mulch fruit bushes. Take cuttings of currant bushes take over your entire garden, but modern breeders from current season’s wood. have been able to graft varieties on to different root stocks to keep them in check. So you can Sow Harvest get a tree size to suit your needs. Springfield Sow broad beans outside now for Continue to harvest Nursery in Dungarvan even developed a an early crop next spring. To avoid perpetual spinach, cabbage, miniature apple tree—the coronet—that can be rotting before germination, make cauliflower, potatoes, grown in a 25l pot and has two apple varieties small newspaper cups and germinate swede, parsnips, apples, on the one tree. Clever or what? them indoors first. Next summer’s pears. Start harvesting I planted six apple trees out in the front garlic does best if it’s planted before leeks, winter cabbage, garden three years ago this winter—varieties Christmas—plant outdoors in well kale, artichokes, Brussels Katy, Elstar and Jonagold. I had almost no prepared soil in a sunny spot. Though sprouts. Time to lift carrots apples from them in 2012, but this year I have to admit I never bother with and turnips or at least they sprung in to life in a big way. The star them, some varieties of onion can cover them with a good performer was the early variety Katy (known in over-winter and will be ready to layer of straw to protect its native Sweden as Katya) which had over a harvest in early summer. them from frost damage.  hundred apples on it (yes, in a state of excited anticipation, I counted them). The apples were a little on the small side (perhaps because it’s a © GIY Ireland 2013—all rights reserved. relatively young tree?), but they tasted very pleasant indeed—very juicy, with a mild apple flavour that has GIY aims to create a healthier, more sustainable world a hint of strawberry. The apples can be eaten fresh (I where people grow their own food. We bring people grabbed two each morning before I got in to the car to together in community groups & online to share tips go to work—the ultimate convenience food), but the & knowledge. We also run events and programmes to acidity means that they also worked well in crumbles inspire and support people to grow their own. and tarts. GIY is a registered charity (CHY 18920) and supported Katy is an incredibly easy apple to grow and it’s by Woodies DIY. Support our work by becoming a very productive, so a great variety to buy if you’re just member of GIY for €25 and receive a member’s pack with starting out. The apples will ripen even in the worst of seeds, member’s card, GROW magazine, grower’s guides summers, as it was bred for the cold northern climate & more. www.giyireland.com of Sweden. 

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Wildlife Friendly Garden Plants for wildlife A good selection of flowering and fruiting shrubs is a great way of attracting birds & wildlife to your garden. Berrying plants like pyracantha, cotoneaster, crab apples, skimmia, mountain ash trees hollies and acuba provide a good food source for birds & small animals and the bloossom in spring time is great for bees and butterflies also. Plants like lavanders and buddleja are also excellent at attracting butterflies and bees to your garden & remember flowers mean food for lots of wildlife. Ivy produces a fruit which is eaten in late winter and early spring by thrushes and robins and provides good cover for nests and its' flowers are popular with bees and insects in spring. Fruit trees and bushes provide a natural eating habitat for birds and hedgrows can provide great shelter and a home for many birds & hedghogs which can be very benificial and help to reduce the number of slugs and other unwanted visitors in the garden reducing the needs for chemical sprays etc. Polinating insects like bees, butterflies & birds can help to increase the yield on many fruit crops and in lots of cases are esential for crop production. Having a water source like a pond or even a bird bath can also be helpful in attracting wildlife and allowing an area in the garden where you let the grass grow longer helps to provide a habitat for wildlife which in turn helps your garden eg. Ladybirds to eat greenfly, hedghogs to eat slugs, birds and bees to polinate fruit trees. Feeding birds Birds can be quite busy, between nesting, feeding young chicks and dealing with harsh weather conditions and a lot of their food sources have been depleted due to modern farming techniques, spraying of weeds, removing hedgrows etc. So it is important that we feed the birds especially if we want to encourage them to visit your garden. Peanuts are the most popular feed and are suitable for all birds and must be feed using a peanut feeder as whole peanuts can be harmful to young birds. Peanuts have a high oil content and are a great source of energy for the birds. Black sunflower seeds are also highly nutrious and popular for birds especialy tits & finches. Fat balls are another great feed for birds, containing a nutritious blend of suet and cereals to create a moist & tasty snack. Enjoyed by finches and robins and members of the tit family— hang from a bracket or branch or use a fat ball feeder. Nyjer seed is an excellent feed for attracting finches, siskins and redpolls—rich in oil and protein and fed from a nyjer seed feeder. Apples and grapes are also popular especialy with blackbirds who are very keen on fruit. Remember that robins like to feed from the ground or a flat surface e.g. birdtables etc. Rules of feeding ① Feed regularly: don’t put out lots of feeders and then forget to refill them—birds become dependent on a food source during harsh weather. ② Only use fresh peanuts and seed. Do not feed mouldy, peanuts or seed. ③ Ensure fresh water is always available for drinking and bathing. Make sure to remove any ice in cold weather so that birds can drink. ④ Birds often feed on the ground below a feeder. Make sure that there is no shrubbery nearby that could conceal a cat, and try to keep all feeders at least 5–6 feet above the ground. ⑤ Remember to wash all feeders and to change the water in the bird bath on a regular basis.

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Info on Local Property Tax Question: What are my payment options for Local Property Tax in 2014? Answer: When paying your Local Property Tax for 2014, there is a range of different payment methods from which you can choose. Commencing in January, you can choose to spread your payments evenly throughout 2014, by way of direct debit, or deduction from salary, pension or Government payment. Commencing in January, you can spread your payments by making regular payments throughout 2014 at service providers. You can pay in full by Single Direct Authority (like an electronic cheque) which will be debited by Revenue on March 2014. If you pay now by Direct/Credit Card, postal order or cheque it will be deducted immediately. This is the nature of the banking and credit card systems. Cheque/postal order: You should enclose your cheque/postal order when sending Revenue your payment instruction which is due after 7th of November 2013. Please record your PPSN and Property ID on the back of the cheque/postal order.

For more information, check out the website of the Revenue Commission www.revenue.ie.

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Back row L–R: Bronagh Kelly, Elsa Luculano, Emma Moore, Ava Moore, Rosin Collins, Aisling McHugh, Ava O’Flynn, Rachel Fahy, Ciara Donoghue, Maire Geraghty, Ailbhe Murphy, Alannah Fahy, Leah O’Halloran. Front row L–R: Ailbhe Lenihan, Emer Maher, Ava Killian, Jade Heery, Sarah Cogley (Capt), Niamh Donovan, Ava Brennan, Holly McGrath, Aoife Collins. Mentors: Tom Cogley, Kevin Collins, David Killian, Alan Kenny, John Donovan.

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Carnmore U9s Win Thrilling City League Final U9 City League finals took place on Sunday 13th October in Castlegar GAA grounds. The 2 semi-finals were Carnmore v Castlegar and Ardrahan v Cois Farraige. Ten minutes a half with 9-a-side and two winners were to contest the final which would be played shortly after semi finals were finished. Carnmore assembled a squad of 22 players and with one player injured before finals, allowing all 21 players the chance to participate was a huge challenge. In first semi final, Castlegar started well while Carnmore settled to task and scored first. Leading 1–1 to 1–0 at half time thanks a super goal from Alannah Fahy and a mighty point from Sarah Cogley, Carnmore defended resolutely for second half resulting in no further scores and qualified for the final. Carnmore opponents in the final were a very good Ardrahan team who had defeated Carnmore 2–0 to 1–0 the previous week in qualifiers. The large crowd of parents, relatives and friends witnessed a brilliant game between two very worthy and skilful teams with a high standard of camogie that would have been more evident in an older age group.

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The opening score went to Carnmore when a perfectly executed line ball was sent flying to the net by Niamh Donovan. This was followed by two fantastic points brilliantly scored from midfield by Sarah Cogley. Ardrahan replied with a point in between which left half-time score of Carnmore 1–2, Ardrahan 0–1. In the second half, both teams kept up the pressure and Ardrahan added to their score with a well taken goal. With both teams hitting some wides, the determination and wonderful skills on display had everyone tense with excitement and a one point lead looked sure to be temporary. To the credit of all players, the scores were not to come but the intensity and commitment from both sides certainly stood out and that the final whistle would signal the end of a very special game by very special players from both sides. Carnmore edged a wonderful game on scoreboard by 1–2 to 1–1 and all 21 players played some part in one or both games and all contributed 100%! Well done to all Carnmore girls—ye are a credit to our club. A special word of thanks to all families, friends and Carnmore officials who were instrumental in providing massive support to the team. A special thanks to Glynns Centra for providing treats for girls in Carnmore Centre after game and to all who helped out. A tour of the parish followed and was so well supported by all in Carnmore and Claregalway. A big thanks to all for coming out and supporting the team during Tour of the parish as made it a very special occasion for all. For most girls this represents their first success in camogie and we are sure it will not be their last.

Claregalway Intermediate Ladies Win Connacht Final Claregalway Ladies captured the Connacht Intermediate title with a victory over Tourlestrane in Ballyhaunis on Saturday 26th of October Claregalway were aided by a stiff breeze in the opening half and ran up a big halftime lead of 1–12 to nil. Michelle Dunleavey was in fine scoring form from frees and Charolette Cooney scored the goal. Claregalway continued to dominate the second half and ran out winners on a score of 1–22 to 0–5. Afterwards the Cup was presented to captain Fabienne Cooney with full forward Deirdre Brennan picking up the player of the Game award. This is a second Connacht Title for the Claregalway Ladies having won the Junior in 2011. Claregalway will play Cork and Munster champions in the AllIreland semi at a Galway venue on Sunday 17th November. Claregalway added the Connacht Minor ladies Title to the Intermediate crown won last weekend. They

played Roscommon Champions Clann na Gael of Roscommon in the Connaught Minor Final in Clonbern. PAfter the Game Connacht President Kathleen Kane presented the Cup to winning captain Siofra Leonard. Ruth Horkan received the Player of the Game Trophy for her outstanding display at fullback. Back Row: Marty Dowd, Eva Gilmore, Rebecca Hansberry, Ciara Campbell, Dara Leonard, Laura Field, Louise Brennan, Megan Glynn, Siobhan Gavin, Rachel Fahy, Deirdre Cullina, Michelle Dunleavey, Shauna Doyle, Anna Goldrick, Laurie Moran, Aislinn Murphy, Jimmy Gavin. Front Row: Elaine Goldrick, Christina Hanley, Orla Murphy, Karen Dowd, Niamh Fahy, Caoimhe Moran, Aislinn Newell, Ruth Horkan, Siofra Leonard, Ciara Burke, Elle Glynn, Eimile Gavin, Grace Cahill, Andrea Glynn, Gerry Moran.

Claregalway Minor Ladies defeated Westport in the Connaught Minor Club Championship on Saturday last in Ballindine. This was a really good quality match in which Claregalway led at the break by two points on a score of 2–2 to 10 points. The second half again was score for score until the turning point came when Deirdre Cillina saved a Westport penalty and Claregalway girls broke upfield with Ciara Burke finding the Westport net. Final score was Claregalway 1–16 Westport 2–5. Team: D Cullina, E Gilmore, R Horkan, E Glynn, K Dowd, E Gavin, O Murphy, S Gavin, M Glynn, A Newell, S Leonard, C Burke, G Cahill, M Dunleavy, L Brennan, N Fahy, R Hansberry, C Moran, L Moran, A Goldrick, R Fahy, A Murphy, A Glynn. www.claregalway.info

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Annaghdown was the venue for the U14 Ladies Championship Double Header on Sunday Morning with Claregalway Greens taking on old rivals Corofin in the opener followed by Claregalway Gold v Caherlistrane in the D Championship Final. The opening game was always expected to be a tight affair and the first half of the game reflected this with both sides evenly matched. At the break, Claregalway led by just 3 pts on a scoreline of 1–7 to 1–4. A more energised Claregalway side took to the pitch in the second half outplaying the opposition all over the field. Corofin were given very few opportunities to score against a magnificent Claregalway defence and goals from Laura King, Aoife Gavin and Emma Finneran put Claregalway in the driving seat to become worthy champions for 2013 making this 5 years in a row for the Club. The final scoreline was Claregalway 6–11, Corofin 2–7.  County Secretary Mary Hernon presented the Cup to Claregalway Captain, Aoife Philips. Referee was Tom Browne. Panel: Sara Coady, Niamh Francis, Rebecca Downes, Shauna Flaherty, Aoife Philips, Andrea Glynn, Ava Fitzmaurice, Emma Connolly, Orla O’Gorman, Clodagh Murphy, Aisling Murphy, Maeve Moran, Aoife Gavin, Laura King, Emma Finneran, Gemma Coll, Grace Gilmore,  Hannah Coady, Katie Moran, Andrea Trill, Claire Kilcoyne, Izzy Moran, Caoimhlinn Keating,  Andrea Forde, Fionnuala

Keating, Emma Coakley, Eva Morgan, Valeria Coleman, Ellen Conneally, Anna Keating. The victorious Claregalway Green Panel provided a guard of honour for the second panel who took to the pitch to take on Caherlistrane in the D Final. The Claregalway Ladies put their stamp on this game very early on with 4 early goals in quick succession. Both teams played some great football but Claregalway  showed an incredible team performance leading at the break 6–2 to 2–1. Caherlistrane continued to create chances in the second half scoring a further 2 goals but it was not enough to beat a Claregalway side who played with incredible passion and skill.  The final score was Claregalway 10–7, Caherlistrane 3–7. Mary Hernon was on hand once again to present the Cup to winning Captain Grace Gilmore. Gold Team Panel: Caoimhlinn Keating, Kaitlin Kearney, Izzy Moran, Niamh McCullough, Ellen Conneally, Emma Coakley, Jayne Conlon, Hannah Coady, Grace Gilmore, Fionnuala Keating, Valerie Coleman,Claire Kilcoyne, Amy O'Connell, Andrea Trill Katie Moran, Eva Morgan,  Andrea Forde, Aoife Lyons, Anna Keating, Anna Conneally, Ciara Burke, Ruby Cullinane.  This is an incredible achievement for the Club at underage and congratulations must go to the Management, Mentors and the girls for the hard work they have put in throughout the year.

Claregalway U13s recently beat Corofin to win the County U13 A Final in Menlough. This panel has worked very hard all year and performed well to beat a very good Corofin side. The panel was: Kevin Keane, Rob Dunleavy, Jack Glynn, Diarmuid Mullin, Maurice O’Brien, Dylan Buckley, Dylan Walsh, Conor Walsh, Jason Reilly, Ronan Manning, Eoin Mcdonagh, Daniel Prior, Aaron Connolly,   Ryan O’Sullivan, Dara Whelan, Paul Culkeen, Phillip Dolan, Niall McDermott, Jack Hession, Alex Horkan, Shane Burke, Joe Mulqueen, Ja Commins, Drew Greenwood, Conor Finnerty, Cian Daly, Ronan Murphy, Hugh Mulryan, Thomas McStay, Mike Ahern, Harry Fleming, Ryan Coyle. A big thank you to the team mentors Gerry O’Sullivan, Peadar Dolan, Shane Mcdonagh, Alan Daly and Tom Culkeen for all their work throughout the year.

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Nuacht Chláir—the community-curated newsletter for Claregalway and Carnmore—November 2013 edition.

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