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Our hope is to provide a fun and enjoyable day for all the family. As always we will have the usual run of events - Donkey Derby – this was a tremendous success last year and hope to see our “jockeys” back again for more of the same, Mice races, Vintage display, music and dance, Produce stall, with the usual good fair and new this year bags of turf and “candle decorated turf” for that fireplace that is not used. Pat’s kitchen, the colcannon has been very popular and no doubt it will be again this year. pony & trap rides, barbeque, pillow fighting, dumped in the water tank, horse shoe throwing, sheaf pitching, face painting , dog show and once again we have introduced some new ones for this year which include: Walking on stilts, Soldier Course, Fishing Reel race, Bucking Brown Bull, Guess the Weight of the beast, guess the Face, Brick o’Brac.

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Clara GAA Notes By Peter Sheridan, Clara GAA PRO. U14 HURLING FINAL Clara U14 hurlers will play in the clubs first county final of 2010 next Sunday at 12noon in O’Connor Park Tullamore. Clara’s opposition will be CRC Gaels. Come show your support to the lads and wear your Black and Whites!

U12 HURLING SEMI FINAL Clara U12 hurlers lost to CRC Gaels in the county semi-final last Sat 6th of August which was played at a well prepared Rath pitch. In a low scoring game of 1-5 to 1-2 Clara could not break down a very well organized CRC defence. The scores were level at half-time 4 pts to Clara’s 1-1 but CRC scored a crucial goal at the start of the 2nd half. Both teams produced some very exciting hurling with Clara throwing everything at CRC but time ran out and we wish CRC and Ballinamere well in the County final. Training continues every Thursday at 6.15pm with 2 challenge games organized for the end of the month. Well done to the panel and selectors, Mark Murray, Tony Egan, Mel Doyle and Greg Tierney who left no stone unturned since indoor hurling training started last January in the GAA centre. Clara Panel: Ruairi Cushen, Daryl O’ Brien, Gerard Hackett, Thomas Dolan, Conor Egan, Kieran Hartnett, Adam Owens, Callum Egan, Seamus O’Brien, Ciaran Doyle, Eoin Dunne, Mark Newman, David Falsey, , Conor Murray, Sean Tierney, Nathan Bracken, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Stuart Kelly, Josh Fleming, Mark Doorley, Jack Mears, Gary Kelly, Alex Roe, Josh McCloskey, Sean Fleming, U14 FOOTBALL Clara U14 footballers played Killcormac/Killoughy last Monday evening the 9th of August and won on a scoreline of Clara 3-13 to 4-8. After a poor first half Clara found themselves down by six points at half time. With a very exciting second half Clara came out victors on the narrowest of margins. Carl Stewart was outstanding along with Alan Gavin, Stephen Buckley, Luke Dignam and Donal Recks in Goals. All in all Clara put in a great team effort. SENIOR FOOTBALL Clara Senior Footballers played Ferbane in this year’s second round of the championship last Saturday evening the 7th August 2010 in Pollogh. Ferbane got off to the better start going 1-1 to no score up after 10 minutes. Clara got a couple of chances without getting a score. 15 minutes in Clara got their 1st score through a Matt Mitchell 45. This was cancelled out straight away by a Ferbane free. T Deehan then scored a free for Clara and he got another from play to leave the score 1-2 to 3 points in favour of Ferbane at half time. Clara got the opening two scores of the second half through T Deehan and J O'Hara to level up the match before another T Deehan point put Clara ahead. Clara then got a goal scored by T Dalton to put Clara 4 points up. A Ross Brady free and a J Reynolds point extended Clara's lead to 6. A goal scored by J Reynolds and a T Deehan point put Clara 10 clear. Ferbane then scored what would be their only score of the second half before A Cronin and T Deehan got the last 2 scores of the match to leave the end score 2-10 to 1-3 in favour of Clara. INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL Clara Intermediate footballers played St. Rynaghs in Ferbane on Sunday last the 8th of August 2010. Clara lost on a scoreline of Clara 0-8 to St. Rynaghs 2-18. The Clara team was J Buckley, E Dunne, S Nolan, L Monaghan, D Coyne, J Taylor, S Grennan, M Meehan, K O'Meara, K Mannering, M Deehan (0-1), B

Cushen (0-1), J Kinahan, C Flanagan (0-6, frees) and P Moran. Subs used, W Flanagan for J Buckley, N McEvoy for J Kinahan. St. Rynaghs got off to a good start going 1-4 to no score up after 10 minutes before a C Flanagan free gave Clara their first score. Rynaghs got the next 2 points to leave them 1-6 to 0-1 up with 5 minutes left in the half. A C Flanagan free with 4 Rynaghs points left the half time score 1-10 to 0-2 in favour of St Rynaghs. St. Rynaghs got the opening point of the 2nd half. C Flanagan scored a point from a free before St. Rynaghs got 3 unanswered points to leave the score 1-14 to 0-3 after 510 minutes of the half. A St. Rynaghs point together with a B Cushen point and 2 C Flanagan frees left the put St. Rynaghs 1-15 to 0-6 ahead mid way through the half. St. Rynaghs got another point before Clara got further scores through C Flanagan and M Deehan. St. Rynaghs got a goal and a point in the closing minutes to leave the end score 2-18 to 0-8. BACK TO SCHOOL DISCOS Clara GAA Bord na Nog are holding two discos on Sat the 21st of August in the GAA social centre. The kids can look forward to DJ Bundy in the afternoon from 4pm to 6pm and the Teenagers will have their Disco from 8.30pm to 11.30pm. WEEKLY LOTTO Weekly Lotto 7/08/10-There was no winner of the weekly club lotto jackpot. The winning numbers were 8-13-17-21. There were eight match three winners who will receive €20 and they were Sheila Coyne, Jude Meehan, Eileen Hughes, Margaret Smith, Nanto Reynolds, Seamus Doyle, Derek Handy and Aileen Feehan. Next weeks lotto takes place in Dolan’s and the Jackpot is €3800. Thanks to all who support our lotto and thanks to all our ticket sellers. SPONSOR A SOD “Sponsor a Sod”- Clara GAA club would like to invite all current and past members (and anyone with any connection to the club, no matter how tenuous!) to be part of the launch of the new official Clara GAA Club website and the 'Sponsor a Sod' campaign. As part of our fund raising campaign to complete the new Championship pitch in Kilcoursey members and friends of the club are invited to sponsor a sod on the new pitch. Sponsors will receive a piece of the virtual pitch on a special page on our new website with each “sod” being added piece by piece to the page. Each “sod” can be purchased for €20 from any committee member .Log onto to see how our pitch is doing. CLUB NOTES BY EMAIL Club Notes By Email-Anyone who wishes to recieve the club notes by email please send your email address to , you will be added to our email list and you should recieve them every Monday night. CLUB UPCOMING FIXTURES SFC: Fri 13th v Tullamore in Tullamore @ 7.15 U14H Final: Sun 15th v CRC Gaels in Tullamore @ 12 JHC: Sun 15th v Coolderry in Killcormac @ 6pm IHC: Mon 16th v Birr in Moystown @7.15 Minor(A)H: Wed 18th St David’s v Coolderry in Cool @ 7.15 Minor(B)H: Thur 19th v CRC Gaels in Carrig @7.15

Friday 13th is back! Well it’s that time of month again!!! (no ladies, not THAT time of month) Friday 13th is a normal day for some but for others it can mean not going outside the front door. It is right up there on the scale of superstition with April Fool’s Day and Murphy’s Law. I am not at all superstitious but do believe in Karma, so do something good for yourself on Friday 13th. Here are some facts according to WIKI: “The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia, a word derived from the concatenation of the Greek words Paraskeví (meaning Friday), and dekatreís (meaning thirteen), attached to phobía (meaning fear). This is a specialized form of triskaidekaphobia, a simple phobia (fear) of the number thirteen, and is also known as friggatriskaidekaphobia.” What a mouthful! Here is a suspicious little story for you: Do you know how to determine if a mirror is 2-way or not? This is not to scare you, but to raise your awareness. Try it with a ‘regular’ mirror, and you can easily see what the gap means. When we visit toilets, bathrooms, hotel rooms, changing rooms, etc., how many of you know for sure that the seemingly ordinary mirror hanging on the wall is a real mirror, or actually a 2-way mirror? (they can see you, but you can’t see them) There have been many cases of people installing 2-way mirrors in female changing rooms. It is very difficult to positively identify the surface by just looking at it. So, how do we determine with any amount of certainty what type of mirror we are looking at? Just conduct this simple test: Place the tip of your fingernail [or ballpoint pen, eyebrow pencil. any object] against the reflective surface and if there IS A GAP between your fingernail and the image of the nail, then it is a GENUINE mirror. However, if your fingernail DIRECTLY TOUCHES the image of your nail, then BEWARE, BECAUSE IT IS a 2-WAY MIRROR! REMEMBER…every time you see a mirror, do the “fingernail test.” It doesn’t cost you anything, it is simple to do, and it might save you embarrassment or violation. (source –

By Elaine Rogers

I do not know if it is true but have checked all the mirrors in my house and the space is there. REMEMBER…”NO SPACE, LEAVE THE PLACE!” Do the mirror test to see if you find a two-way mirror. Friday 13th has many explanations. Friday being the day Jesus was crucified, 13 being the number at the last supper. Alternatively, in British tradition, Friday was the day of public hangings, with 13 steps to the noose. Or it can be tracked more recently to 1306, when King Philip of France arrested the revered Knights Templar and began torturing them, marking the occasion as a day of evil. However, today our fear of Friday 13th, is mostly illogical, and comes from condtioning at an early age. Anyone who experienced bad luck on the date, has their fears justified, but somehow forgets that other days of the year also brought bad luck or misfortune. If nothing bad happens on Friday 13th, we quickly forget. If it does, we remember well for the next time. In 2009, we experienced 3 occurences of Friday 13th, so it could be deemed as rather an unlucky year. This year is somewhat better as August being the only one, and you’ll be glad to learn that the next occurrence is not until May 2011, also being the only one for 2011, with the next one Jan 2012. If you genuinely believe you will have bad luck this Friday 13th, you are probably right. If you beleve this superstition is nonsense, you are probably right.

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Bereavement and grieving The Four Tasks of Mourning

By Jim O’Shea

ple say that they have not changed a deceased child  s room, but have If grief refers to loss, mourning re- left everything as it was. This is fers to the process that follows loss. very understandable. Giving away It is often used interchangeably possessions emphasises the finality with grieving. most of the writers of death, and it is only natural to on grief explore what they call the postpone this. But, if it continues circle of grief, which is a range of over a long time it is unhealthy feelings that the survivor experienc- grieving. I recall when we gave es, starting with disbelief and endaway our child  s clothes and toys. ing with acceptance. One excellent It was extremely painful. author, William Worden, gives another helpful perspective that might Other types of denial include minibe useful for those that have sufmising the loss, denying its irreversfered losses. This involves 4 tasks ibility, selectively forgetting, of mourning - (1) to accept the real- resorting to spiritualism and even ity of the loss, (2) to work through irrationally searching for the dethe pain of grief, (3) to adjust to an ceased. environment in which the deceased is missing and (4) to emotionally Working through the pain of grief relocate the deceased and move on has already been dealt with in other with life. I suppose, given the terri- articles. Some people try to avoid ble pain of mourning, the word this by idealising the dead, using   task   may sound a little harsh. So drugs or alcohol, or perhaps travellet us remember how painful it is ling to get some relief from their for us to meet those tasks. emotions. I brought my family with me to London in 1990 when my In this article I will briefly look at child was killed. My other son and I the first two. The immediate task is found work on a building site and to accept the reality of the loss. The my wife worked in a hospital. But mourner who fails in this will bemy pain travelled with me. I carried come stuck in the grieving process it to my work each day. Grief is an and will inevitably suffer anger and inner tormenting ache, and we must perhaps depression. Accepting the carry it, and endure it, so that it will reality of the death of a loved one ultimately heal. however, is not easy. We can convince ourselves that we have done so, but we must feel this acceptJim O’Shea works as a counsellor ance. Acceptance is not a happy from Furze, Thurles. Ph. 087 feeling, but is one of peace, where 8211009 . the anxiety and confusion, menJimO’Shea’s book ‘When a child tioned in another article, have disdies. Footsteps of a Grieving Famisolved. Very often there is denial, ly’ is published by Veritas. The royand this is seen by some psycholoalties from this book will go tosthe gists as a temporary healthy reacChildren’s Hospital in Crumlin. tion, and a buffer to cope with sudden death. My own acceptance of my sons death was immediate. I suffered the full crushing impact of the loss at once. However, I now realise that this was a biological and intellectual acceptance, rather than an emotional one. Emotional acceptance enables the survivor to properly grieve and move on. I mentioned above being stuck in the grieving process. This can sometimes be seen by people who turn the deceased  s room into a shrine. How often do we hear peo-

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