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clare memories - cuimhneamh an chlair

L-R: Tomás Mac Conmara, Project Co-ordinator; Des Bishop; Alex Whyatt, Website Manager; Edel Greene, Secretary Cuimhneamh an Chláir are an independent, voluntary group of mainly young people from across County Clare, who have come together in an attempt to record, document, archive and share the memories, experiences, customs, traditions and practices that characterise county Clare and to rescue the remaining memories that connect us to an older and fading way of life in Clare. They set up in February 2009

and are motivated by a sense of urgency, mindful that our current elderly population may represent the last link to an older way of life in Clare. To this end, a team of Cuairteoiri (volunteer recorders) have been trained by the Folklore Commission at UCD and Age Action Ireland. They have now started visiting and recording the life stories and reminisences

Health & Complementary Therapies feature pages 4-7 of Clare’s older generation. The Cuairteoirí will also develop projects with Day Care Centres, Community Groups and schools across the county. The information will be professionally archived and over the coming years, these memories will be shared through educational initiatives, publications, podcasts, articles, and seminars. continued on page 21

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Contents Clare Memories. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Note from the Editor. . . . . . . . . . . 3 HEALTH FEATURE. . . . . . . . . . 4 - 7 Shannon Area Social Club. . . . . . 8 Park AFC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Shannon Litter Survey. . . . . . . . 10 VEC News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Children’s Book Festival . . . . . . 11 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY. . . . . 12 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

JOIN US FOR COFFEE MORNINGS AT

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DARCY’S COFFEE DOC

Shannon Flyers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

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CLASSIFIED ADS. . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Ariston College Camps. . . . . . . 17

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DAY IN THE LIFE OF. . . . . . . . . . 18 CROSSWORD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 COMMUNITY NOTICE BOARD . 21 Clare Memories (continued). . 21 Run to Africa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 SUDOKU. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

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NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

Copy deadline for next issue (Nov/Dec ‘09) is 2 October. Published by Scene Media Unit 7, Elite Business Park, Smithstown, Shannon, Co Clare

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Disclaimer

The views/opinions expressed by the authors of articles published in this magazine are those of the individual author and are not necessarily the views shared by the publisher. All articles accepted are on the assumption that they have the correct permissions with all sources credited where necessary. Dates and information quoted are believed correct at time of going to press but are subject to change without notice. No responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. Printing of advertisements is in no way an endorsement of the company or individual by Scene Media. Reproduction of this magazine in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited.

Where did the summer go? Autumn is here and although it can often be a lovely time of the year, we are still heading for that time when the bugs and lurgies reacquaint themselves with our immune systems. Time to reinforce the troops and get everything in tip top shape for the battle ahead. Our feature this issue is on complementary health therapies. Right on your doorstep you have everything from Acupuncture to Reflexology. All of the contributors to the feature are very approachable, so why not at least give them a ring and see if they have something that can help you or your family stay healthy this Autumn and Winter. And don’t overlook a healthy dose of prevention! It’s especially easy for you ladies with a fantastic Curves gym and their handy half hour training system, just over in Smithstown. And if anybody is looking for a bit of extra pocket money while getting fit, please give me a call as I am looking for people to deliver the Shannon Scene. See the ad on page 22. The testing times continue for us all so don’t forget to keep on supporting your local businesses. You’ll be shopping for back to school and Autumn and Winter wear so make sure you give the locals a fair chance before heading for Limerick on autopilot. Judith Kearney When you have finished with this magazine, please recycle it.

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Health & Complementary Therapies feature

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Benefits of Complementary Therapies A Complementary Therapy is any form of medicine that remains outside the realm of conventional modern medicine. It does not replace traditional medicine although it can if one so chooses. Practitioners of these therapies do not suggest giving up your medical doctor but rather working side by side to improve your health. Instead of treating symptoms, complementary/alternative medicine helps you understand what is causing your illness or ailment. Without knowing this, it can reoccur. There is a growing interest in the role that complementary therapies have to play in the management of stress. They are beneficial in developing increased selfawareness and well-being, thus improving the quality of your life and supporting you to greater confidence. Most complementary therapies are relatively safe and pleasurable, with no adverse side effects. Complementary therapies can help to restore the body’s natural equilibrium and balance and when the body is relaxed and in balance it can cope with the everyday stresses and strains of life much more effectively. Complementary therapies can; boost the immune system, help eliminate toxins, help relieve pain, improve circulation, improve sleep patterns, increase energy levels,

Providing effective treatments for headaches, muscle/ sports injuries, postural problems and back pain

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induce deep relaxation, reduce stress and tension, restore balance to body systems. Complementary therapies can be used to target a specific physical, mental, emotional or spiritual problem, or as a preventative measure or purely for relaxation, so whether you have a specific health problem or you just want to increase your feeling of well-being or simply relax more, why not try one of these beneficial therapies and see what it can do for you.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY

Craniosacral therapy is a scientifically based system of bodywork that utilizes very light touch both for diagnosis and for treatment. Craniosacral therapy is most well known for its effectiveness in diagnosing and treating problems involving the muscles and spine, and for healing the emotional body. If you suffer from back, neck, or shoulder pain, headaches, fibromyalgia or arthritis, or if you think you need emotional healing, craniosacral therapy might be for you. Craniosacral therapy is widely recommended as a treatment of choice for infants and children. It can be beneficial in healing the effects of numerous types of birth trauma, including Caesareans, vacuum extractions, and the use of drugs in the birth process. It is also effective in resolving colic and infant infections and in treating learning disabilities and behavioral problems. (See Classified Ads, page 16 - under Holistic Therapies)

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Acupuncture Acupuncture, which can be used to treat a broad range of conditions and is a treatment which encourages the patient’s body to cure itself, is one of the oldest medical procedures in the world. In acupuncture, the nerves in the skin and muscles are stimulated by the penetration of thin, metallic, solid needles at anatomic points also known as acupuncture points or acupoints and this produces a wide variety of effects. It causes the system to increase the release of natural painkillers. These natural painkillers, endorphin and serotonin, are released in the pain pathway of the brain and the spinal cord causing the pain signals which are received to be modified. Stimulation of the immune system is said to be brought about by acupuncture. It also has an effect on the release of various hormones that take part in helping the body to react to injury and stress. In cases where the use of Western medicine is said to be very limited, like chronic pain management and drug addiction, acupuncture has shown encouraging results. (See ad below for more details).

• Reiki • Hopi Ear Candle • Deep Tissue Massage • Sports Injury Massage • Indian Head Massage • Geo-Thermal Therapy • Swedish Holistic Body Massage Mary White, ITEC, CIBTAC & IHM, Drumline, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co Clare

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SPORTS INJURY & PREVENTION MASSAGE Minor injury is by far the most common musculoskeletal problem and may seriously affect a person’s job, sport or quality of life. If not treated properly at an early stage a minor injury can sometimes lead to a more serious condition in the long term. Massage can treat the majority of such minor problems quickly and effectively. Massage can also treat more serious conditions by following a program of massage and rehabilitation exercise. (See Suilin ad above, Shannon Injury Clinic on page 4 & ad below).

SPORTS INJURY AND ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC 8 Ballycasey Park, Shannon, Co Clare

The only clinic that combines sports injuries and acupuncture (TCM) therefore giving you faster results. Check out our website on www.tcmi.ie for a full list of our treatments. We use the latest equipment! Ultra sound, electro-magnetic heat lamps, cupping, Tens machine, hot wax, faradic, vacuum suction, maxibustion, hydrotherapy, cryotherapy, audio sonic, etc. All sports injuries treated without using needles! Neuro-muscular problems, ankle injuries, ligament injuries, hamstring/quadricep problems, frozen shoulder.

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These are some of the complaints we treat: Asthma, back pain, depression, Bells Palsy, rheumatism, paralysis, trigeminal neuralgia, hayfever, hysteria, sciatica, sinusitis, tennis elbow, infertility, morning sickness, impotence, prostatitis, addictions (Food, Alcohol, Smoking, Drugs, Tranquilizers).

To book an appointment call: 061 718616 or 087 243 6350 For information on our Acupuncture Courses see www.acupuncture-school-ireland.com Fully qualified and medically insured

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Doula Marie

Support through Pregnancy, Birth & beyond Giving you emotional and practical support during the pregnancy, birth and post-natal period.

Contact Marie

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Divine Healing The Power of Complimentary Therapies

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Reflexology Reflexology during pregnancy/infertility Reiki - Treatments and Workshops IET - Treatments and Workshops (Integrated Energy Therapy - healing with angels)

Hopi Ear Candles Indian Head Massage Registered with all medical aids for reflexology

Ingrid Britz MNNRI, MIFR Fully qualified, insured reflexologist 6 Owengarney Court Limerick Road, Sixmilebridge

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Doula Service The word ‘ doula’ refers to a trained and experienced lay woman who offers physical and emotional support to parents, single, and teen mothers, before, during & after childbirth. Chosen and employed by the parents-to-be, the doula aims to support them as they set out on their rite of passage to parenthood. Relatively new to Ireland the service has been available since 2005 mainly in Dublin, North-East and Cork and has since spread to Galway, Mayo, Clare & Limerick . Research has shown that having a birth doula can: • Reduce the caesarean rate by 50% • Shorten first time labour by 25%. • Decrease epidural requests by 60%. • Decrease the need for forceps deliveries by 40%. Evidence shows that the support of a postnatal doula can increase the likelihood of your enjoying established breastfeeding and lower any chance of your suffering postnatal depression. Doulas do not speak for you – we provide the information so you can make the best decision for you and your baby. Having a doula will give you and your partner the confidence to ask key questions about your care. If you have any questions you can contact Doula Marie whose details are on the ad on this page.

Reiki Reiki is spiritual practice that supports life. It’s not a massage, it’s not a religion, it’s not a belief system, it’s not a substitute for medical treatment, it’s a form of energy healing, that works whether one believes or not. Reiki can maintain and enhance health; it can be used for stress relief or relaxation. Reiki works at four different levels: physical, emotional, mental & spiritual. Contact Suilin (see pg 5) , Divine Healing (see pg 6) or Sanctuary Garden (see pg 7) & pg 16 Classifed Ads under Holistic Therapies.

IET Treatments (Healing with the energy of the Angels). IET (Integrated Energy Therapy) painlessly identifies and releases your deeply suppressed feelings; clears energy blocks that limit your health, life purpose, prosperity and creativity; empowers you to experience fulfilling loving relationships in all areas of your life; and provides gentle yet powerful support for survivors of childhood trauma. (see Divine Healing ad on page 6)

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Reflexology & African relfexology

Sole Purpose

Reflexology is one of the most popular complementary therapies available today. Based on the theory that the anatomy of the body is reflected in miniature on the reflex zones on the feet and also on the hands, reflexologist’s apply pressure via their fingers & thumbs to a particular reflex point and zone to alleviate all sorts of different ailments. It helps with sinusitis, sciatica, aches & pains, migraine to digestive disorders, the list is endless. It also supports mother-to-be and baby throughout pregnancy. The life coaching capacity of African Reflexology is profound if not phenomenal in terms of the deep insights which can be ascertained when the client & practitioner form a partnership & delve deeply into the clients soles, assisting the client to see how they have unfolded in the past, & armed with this information give a clear indicator as to how the present and future could unfold. It must be stressed that this is not a fortune telling session. African reflexology works both feet simultaneously believing that we are whole and therefore it is logical to work both feet together. The end result is a deeply harmonizing and centering experience. (See Divine Healing ad on page 6 , Sole Purpose or Sanctuary Garden on page 7) & pg 16 Classifed Ads under Holistic Therapies.

African & Classical Reflexology Metamorphic Technique Celtic Shamanic Chakra Balancing Treatment Fees: €50.00 Treat yourself to one of these amazing therapies.

Vouchers available.

Contact Patricia on 086 083 7287

Dip. African & Classical Reflexology, Dip. Metamorphic Technique, Secheim Master Tera Mai, Reiki Master Tera Mai

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INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE

Indian Head Massage is an ancient treatment used for centuries for relieving symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression and mental tension. It is a wonderful relaxing therapy that involves massage of the upper back, shoulders, neck, arms, hands, scalp and face. (See Suilin ad on page 5, Divine Healing - page 6, or Sanctuary Gdn)

HOPI EAR CANDLING

This is an ancient holistic therapy which was used by Indian, Egyptian, Chinese, Tibetan and American Indian cultures. It is a simple and natural prevention method. The hollow herbal remedy is inserted into the entrance of the ear and lit. Warm dry smoke from the Hopi Ear Candle gently draws out excess fluids, wax and toxic debris by osmosis. At the same time vaporised beeswax infuses its natural infection-fighting properties into the inner ear para-nasal sinus lymph drainage system that clears and purifies the mind. (See Suilin ad on page 5 and Divine Healing , ad on pge 6)

Back 2 Health, 12 Westfields, Limerick Road, Ennis T: 065-6843688 M: 086-0869677 E: info@back2healthireland.com W: back2healthireland.com

Advanced Nutritional Health Screening The top 3 killers are cancer, heart disease, and diabetes and all 3 are caused by nutritional deficiencies and chemical poisons. Advanced Nutritional Health Screening can help you take control of your health by giving a very detailed picture of the energetic health of internal organs as well as any toxicity build up that could be contributing to ill health. Health screening can benefit anyone of any age, whether you are suffering with a severe health condition or simply feel that you need a kick start to a new weight loss regime. (see ad above)

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FACEBook - SHANNON AREA SOCIAL CLUB

For those of you who use Facebook (a social utility on the internet that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them) Shannon Area Social Club was originally set up by Gary Leonard so that he could communicate with his friends on Facebook and find more people in Shannon or from Shannon to talk to

about subjects of interest to Shannonites. Within the first couple of hours the numbers started to get bigger and bigger and as of writing this article membership is now creeping up to 400. There are members from as far away as Calgary, Washington and Tuscon. Gary says, ‘Every weekend people are either going to Limerick or Ennis and I think it is important to promote what the Shannon area has to offer. I am now using the group to promote friends’ businesses and there are several discussions in the blogs ranging from Shannon Dog park, to the first Miss Shannon.’ If anyone from Shannon has a question about anything, not necessarily Shannon related, they can post it on SAS and someone will be bound to provide an answer. Members are encouraged to put up postings but remember that it is a family website, so nothing offensive. Gary is hoping to arrange some events at later dates and try and get sponsorship/funding and would like to give some back to local charities. If anyone would like to join SAS all you have to do is log on to Facebook (if you are not already a member then you will have to sign up), do a search for Shannon Area Social Club and sign up. If you would like to contact Gary you can get in touch with him on Facebook.

Global Business Institute Empowering Through Knowledge

Day and Evening Courses Starting September 2009

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• ICM Diploma In Project Management • ICM Advanced Diploma in Project Management • Microsoft Project 2003 • ECDL • Introduction to Computers - Digital Living • Microsoft Office Specialist 2003 - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook

• Cercle Francais de Shannon - Conversational French for Beginners, Intermediate and Fluent Speakers • American Society for Quality Certification - Certified Quality Technician - Certified Quality Engineer - Certified Six Sigma Green Belt - Certified Six Sigma Black Belt - Certified Quality Auditor

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PARK AFC NEWS & 300 club

Shannon Flower Studio Fresh baskets & bouquets and plants Wedding flowers Large selection of grave plaques available Funeral arrangements Interflora MADE TO ORDER the gift experts Skycourt Shopping Centre, Shannon Telephone Marcella on 061 362560 or 086 2444513

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Early Days Playschool

Now enrolling for September 2009 AND January 2010 Limited places so book early!

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After a very successful season in 2008/2009, Park AFC are now hoping to develop and improve in 2009/2010. We now have 15 teams, with over 25 coaches training and managing these teams. Park have over 30 FAI certified coaches and players and the continuous development of our managers through FAI coaching courses is a core part of the clubs ethos. In order to continually improve the club and its facilities, ongoing fundraising is a vital aspect in the day to day running of the club. The 300 Club draw is one of the main fundraisers and has been the backbone of financial support to the club in recent years. It is used in the main to fund the development of the club grounds. Such improvements have included new dressing rooms and playing pitches, improvements to include floodlights and footpaths on the adjoining grounds. Your continued support for the 300 Club will allow us to further improve the facilities at our grounds in the future. The 300 club, as the name suggests comprises of 300 members who are entered into a monthly draw for €1000. In order to make it as hassle free as possible, each member can set up a standing order for €10 to be payed each month. continued on page 10

• Fully qualified staff • • HSE approved • • Fully insured/IPPA member •

Qualifies for new ECCE free preschool scheme Let your child spend those all important years in a safe, caring & stimulating environment

Contact Joanna Ferns on 061 362991 or 086 301 5038 13 Ballycasey Close, Shannon

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STONEWELL CONSTRUCTION New builds Extensions Renovations Fu l l y re g i s t e re d

Phone Damien on 087 6672500 EBS Mortgages

We’re open for mortgages Talk to Padraig Malone in EBS Parkway or phone 061-400816 Lending terms and conditions apply. Padraig Malone is a tied mortgage agent acting solely on behalf of EBS Building Society and is regulated by the Financial Regulator. EBS Building Society is regulated by the Financial Regulator. Chief Office: 2 Burlington Road, Dublin 4. Registered no: 139.

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Guitar School & Recording Studio Private Tuition for Beginners to Advanced in Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Ukelele • Rock • Pop • Metal • Classical • Country • Jazz • Theory • Recording facilties available for Individuals, Instrumentalists and Vocalists State of the Art software including: • Logic Studio 8 • Guitar Rig 3 • Jeff Green is a Professional Musician & Teacher, established for 20 years T: 061 357765 or 086 8648217 E: jeffrgreen@mac.com W: www.myspace.com/jeffreyrgreen Member of Registry of Guitar Tutors

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PARK AFC NEWS contd. We are continuously looking for new members to join, and if you would like to become a 300 Club member, and to be in with a chance of winning €1000 each month then please ring 086 8931226 for more details or contact any member of the committee

Shannon Does well in Litter Survey The recent IBAL (Irish Business Against Litter) report was very favourable from a Shannon point of view. Out of sixty towns surveyed Shannon came thirteenth despite three areas being singled out as “moderately littered”. These were the Skycourt Shopping Centre, The Bottle Banks near Tir na nOg and Tradaree Court. The approach roads to the town got great praise which is due in no small way to the attention given to these roads by the two “Litter Pickers” employed by the Town Council. Of course it goes without saying that without the efforts of Tess Barry, Olive Bowen and their small number of volunteers on the Tidy Towns Committee we would not have such praise. If anybody is interested in joining the Tidy Towns Committee they should contact Olive Bowen on 061 364974 and and with more help maybe next time we could come first.

Now is the time to Upskill!

Are you thinking of upskilling or taking on a new hobby? Well, the Shannon Adult and Community Education Centre is very busy at the moment preparing to deliver the following courses from September: Preparation for Work, Skills for Work, Basic Computers, English Language, Art, Driver Theory, Creative Writing and Everyday Maths, Community Care and Childcare. A Basic Computer Class for people in employment will begin shortly and we expect to start a Customer Communications course also for people in employment. Funding is available for eligible participants. If you are interested please call Margot on 087 6639305. English Language classes will also start up again soon, if interested in these classes please call Maire on 061 365495 or call into the centre.

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Children’s Book Festival Now in its nineteenth consecutive year, the national Children’s Book Festival has established itself as the foremost celebration of children’s books and reading in Ireland. With over 1,600 events taking place in 2008, it is by far the largest and most dynamic festival of its kind in the country. Following the success of last year’s programme, the festival will again run for the entire month of October in 2009. From the 1st - 31st a non-stop series of author readings, illustrator workshops, storytelling sessions, competitions, quizzes and countless other activities will be taking place in libraries, schools, bookstores and art-centres across the island of Ireland, as festival fever takes hold! The Children’s Book Festival is designed for children, to encourage them in the habit of reading, to enjoy books and reading and to gain benefit from them. National Print Museum Printing Workshop Fri 2nd Oct @ 10am, , Ages 6 – 8

Children’s Puppet Theatre - ‘The Town with No Stories’ Fri 9th Oct @ 10.30am, Ages 6 – 10 Children’s Puppet Theatre - ‘A Learning Experience to Remember’, Fri 9th Oct@1.30pm, Ages 6 – 10 Andrew McKenna - Storyteller, Tues 13th Oct @10am, Ages 8 – 12 Sarah Webb, Author - Bringing Children and Books Together Mon 19th Oct @11am, , Ages 3 – 4 and parents. Numbers limited Clare Muireann Murphy, Explores the themes of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - Interactive Workshop. Wed 21st Oct @ 11.30am, Ages 9 – 12 Pat Ryan, Storyteller. Thurs 22nd Oct @ 1.45pm. Ages 5 – 7 See Library brochure for further details. Library membership is free for children. Free admission to all events. Tel. 061 364266. Get your home cosy for those autumn nights

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Weekly Events All the events listed below take place in the Shannon Family Resource Centre (SFRC), Respond Community Hall, unless otherwise stated. Monday Art Circle (SFRC) 10.00-12.00 Art Circle (SFRC) 7.00 - 9.00pm Tuesday Drop in Computer Facility (SFRC) 10.30am - 3.00pm Baby Weight/Child Health Clinic 2.00 - 3.30pm Drop In. Every 2nd/3rd/4th Tuesday of each month in Health Centre. Storytime for Children 4pm Sean Lemass Library (4-7 year olds) Counselling Services (SFRC) 10.00am - 12.30pm Sit n Knit Womens Circle 7.30pm Meet, mingle and trade yarns with local knitters (including crocheting or tapestry). Tel 061 707600 Wednesday Scrabble Club for Adults 2pm Sean Lemass Library. Thursday Craft time for Children 4pm Sean Lemass Library (7+ year olds) Park AFC Training 6pm Training for Under 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10’s at the GAA astroturf pitches. Continues every Thursday. Creative Writing Circle (SFRC) 7.30pm - 9.30 pm Friday Toddlers Inc (SFRC) 10.00am - 12.00 Kick Back Café 5pm – 10pm. Respond Community Building Saturday Shannon Flyers 10am (Community Hall, Newmarket-onFergus) Kick Back Café 4pm – 9pm. Respond Community Building Sunday Trampoline Club 11am – 1pm

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dates for your diary dates for y September 1 29 September Photographic Exhibition Photographic Exhibition by Patrick Ryan in Sean Lemass Public Library. The theme of Patrick’s current exhibition is ‘After the Celtic Tiger’. 4 September - 4 October Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival The biggest ‘singles’ event in Europe and one of the oldest festivals in Ireland. Located in the Spa town of Lisdoonvama, with its Spa wells Health centre and the only working Spa in Ireland, the sulphur baths, famous for their therapeutic treatments are an excellent way to relax after the rigours of the matchmaking festival. The cosy bars of Lisdoonvarna have live music (and dancing!) daily, and according to www.matchmakerireland.com ‘romance and craic are to be had in abundance’! 5 September Bunratty Run to Africa The Bunratty Run to Africa will take place on Saturday 5th September and will start at Mac’s Pub car park at 3pm. Registration will take place on the day from 12noon or online (see page 21 for more details) 5 September Scariff Agricultural Show & Family Day Whether its entering in the Horse/Pony Showing sections, or jumping sheep classes. Bring along your dog for the dog show!! Check out the indoor section with great produce, arts and crafts. Then check out trade stands and local produce stalls, with bouncy castles and face painting. Or else dress to impress for the Most Appropriately dressed lady or child, bring your baby along for the Bonny Baby competition also. For further information call 061 921687 or email admin @ scariffshow.com

11- 13 September Tulla Traditional Music Festival The 3rd Annual Tulla Traditional Music Festival is a weekend packed with wonderful music, song, dance, concerts, céilithe and workshops. Come to Tulla for a weekend to enjoy, savour and remember..........Contact Breda McNamara on 087 8350996 for more details. 12 September Dun Aras Residents BBQ All Dun Aras residents are welcome. 18 - 20 September Clare Shout Fleadh A weekend of traditional Irish music, singing, dancing in Kilkishen. Highlight of the weekend will be the Clare Shout Competitions to find the person or persons who can best demonstrate the old distinct Clare Shout, believed to date back to pre-Celtic times in Ireland. Telephone 087 905 4309 for more details. 24-27 September Chord - Ennis International Music Festival CHORD will celebrate the cultural diversity now represented in this cosmopolitan town, with its old-world charm. Celebrating the cultural diversity of our county town, through a high-quality programme of music events and an array of street events. Call 065 6845370 for more details. 24-27 September Galway International Oyster Festival From Thursday 24th September to Sunday 27th September 2009, Galway City will come alive as thousands of people travel from the four corners of the world to enjoy a remarkable festival celebrating the oyster, a food known for it’s mysterious luxury and passion. Call 091 522066 or email info@galwayoysterfest.com

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26 September Chess Rapid Play Tournament 11.00am – 6.00 pm. Chess Rapid Play Tournament for adults and children in Sean Lemass Public Library. The celebration will mark the tenth anniversary and success of the Shannon Chess Club which has its origin and home in the Shannon Library. 27 September Traditional Harvest Day at Bunratty Folk Park Harvest traditions from over 100 years ago will be brought to life at Bunratty Folk Park, when a traditional 19th century Harvest Day will be held from 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

October

1 October 10.00am – 12.30pm Information Morning for public and voluntary service providers in the South Clare area will take place in Sean Lemass Public Library. This annual event is an opportunity for representatives of various disciplines, i.e. education, health, social and others, to meet and support each other for the mutual purpose of the betterment of the community. 1 -31 October Children’s Book Festival Festival designed to encourage children to read. Visit library for details of different activities happening during October. See page 21 for more details. 12 - 18 October Baboro International Arts Festival for Children This Festival for Children is recognised as the leading Irish arts festival devoted exclusively to children. It is the premier festival of its kind in Ireland and celebrates 12 years of presenting a multidisciplinary arts festival to thousands of children in the West of Ireland. For more information see www.baboro.ie or

6 - 26 October Photographic Exhibition by Neville Bedford in Sean Lemass Public Library. Neville who is from Shannon, exudes enthusiasm for his work by the numerous pictures he has selected for his first exhibition. 23 - 26 October Guinness Jazz Festival, Cork Ireland’s largest jazz event, the Guinness Jazz Festival takes Cork over for four days every year, promising a top line-up of jazz in all its guises - from Dixieland to swing, bebop and traditional. Performances take place at venues throughout Cork. 23 - 26 October 15th Lough Gur Storytelling Festival It promises a feast of entertainment with storytelling, traditional music, song, dance and drama. Each year the organisers manage to bring a quality programme and performers with a difference, and the 2009 programme promises to top previous years by bringing new and exciting performances and variety. For Information and Bookings contact Honey Fitz Theatre on 061 385386 or Christine or Roseanne 087-2852022 or e-mail

If there are any mistakes on these diary pages, please accept my apologies. Also, if anyone would like to have their event listed on these pages, please contact Judith on 086 371 4804. Dates are believed to be correct at time of going to press. Please check dates of event with the organisers before going.

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26 October Halloween at Bunratty Folk Park Shannon Heritage invites all ‘ghastly ghouls’, ‘grisly gremlins’, ‘scary fairies’, ‘wicked witches’ ‘devilish demons’ and ‘hair-raising warlocks’ to go a haunting at Bunratty Folk Park, Co. Clare, on Bank Holiday Monday 26th October 2009 to get into practice for Halloween. This year in addition to their spine chilling programme of scary happenings, a new 18th century swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean influenced show, complete with scary pirates, an inflatable pirate ship and a mesmerising laser lights show, is being unveiled at the event.

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Following its recent success at the Special Olympics Munster Regional Games, 2 athletes from Shannon Flyers Special Olympics Club have been selected to participate in the Munster Team at the Special Olympics National Games which will be held in the University of Limerick in June 2010. Colleen Mulcahy and Róisín Fitzgerald will represent Shannon and Munster in the 25m and 100m events, which will be the basis for the selection of Team Ireland for the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games due to be held in Athens from June 25th to July 4th. Shannon Flyers Special Olympics Club was represented at the Munster Regional Games in Cork on 13th and 20th June by Tina Lee Cahill, Róisín Fitzgerald, Patrick Hannon, Niamh Lyons, Mateusz Majewski, Colleen Mulcahy, Ciara O’Loughlin, and Cormac Ross. The athletes participated in track and field events, winning a total of 10 medals – 6 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze. The club, which was formed in 2004, provides training for Athletes with a learning disability every Saturday morning in running, long jump, shot putt and soft ball throw. Training will resume on 5th September in Shannon Leisure Centre and new athletes and volunteers would be very welcome. For further information please contact Therese Ross on 086-8072100.

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“Double Dutch” at Ariston College

French Camp at Ariston College

Ariston College also decided to run a French Camp for children between the age of 7 and 12. This was very successful and the kids learned through the computer and classroom much about France and its culture. Parents have been very enthusiastic so ran another French Camp from the 17th to the 21st of August. In September the college plans to expand its array of French & German courses not only to cater for the National School students and the adults but also to provide Junior and Leaving cert tuition classes. The college is very focused on quality training in a fun yet educative way to enable students not only to learn but also to enjoy the learning. The college also runs a variety of IT and Business courses in addition to Dutch, Spanish, German, Russian and Polish language courses. For further information on the above courses or any of our Languages, IT or Business courses, please contact 061-471064 or email: info@ aristoncollege. com, or see our website: www. aristoncollege. com.

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Following on from the success of the after schools French, Ariston College launched “Dutch for Kids” in July of this year. This course is aimed at those kids who have one or both parents originally from the Netherlands and are now settled here in Ireland. This has proven to be very successful with the learning not only focused on the Dutch language, but also on gaining an insight into the Dutch culture in a fun yet educative way. The idea behind the course is to equip the kids with Dutch to be able to communicate with each other when they meet up, and also talk to their family members in Holland over the phone, and indeed when they go visit Holland. The children ranged in age from four to seven. The kids were very enthusiastic and grasped the basics of the language very quickly; it was also very beneficial that the parents communicated in Dutch with them in between sessions.

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DAY IN THE LIFE OF ..... Wiestawa O’Brien has been living in Ireland for 28 years. She was one of the first people to immigrate from Poland . When she arrived 28 years ago, shortly after getting married, there were only 60 Polish people living in Ireland. She is married to Tom and has two children - Phillipe and Jadwigo - both of whom are in university. She runs the Tara Green B & B in Ballycally (behind the airport). She loves cooking and has her own vegetable garden from which she supplements her income by selling to local restaurants.

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I am a poor sleeper so I am usually up by 6.30 each morning. I have a big glass of water with lemon before going out into the garden to open the poly tunnel and water the vegetables and feed the chickens and ducks. We had 21 chickens and ducks up until a couple of weeks ago. But I went out one morning to discover that a mink had got in and killed them all. Luckily we had six eggs which have since hatched, although I did have to buy a couple of chickens and ducks so that I could continue to have a fresh supply of eggs. I then pick whatever lettuce and herbs that I need to supply the shops and restaurants. It is important to do this early in the morning before the sun comes out, so that the lettuce is nice and crisp. After having breakfast, usually yoghurt, fruit and muesli, I prepare breakfast for any guests that we have. At the moment business is very poor. We have had approximately 40 guests this year - five years ago we would have 40 guests per week! I then go and deliver the fresh fruit and veg before going to work in the Duty Free in the airport where I work three

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mornings per week. I have worked there for 22 years now. After work, I come home and make lunch and then I make up the beds if they have been occupied the night before. In the afternoons, I like to work in the garden or do some baking. A couple of days a week I go to visit an elderly friend in Kilkishen which is where I used to live when I first came to Ireland. My husband and I got to know each other when we were penpals. I wanted to learn English so I started writing to him. His letters were much longer than mine to start with, as my English was so poor! At the time I worked for the Polish Airlines and it was relatively easy for me to travel so after 2 or 3 years of writing I went to visit him in Ireland for a week - it rained constantly! He then came to visit me. After several visits he proposed. We got married in Poland and I moved to Ireland shortly afterwards. When I moved to Ireland there was very few jobs I could do as my English was still quite poor. As I had been to Horticultural College in Poland I started designing gardens for people. I also did some knitting and I painted models of Irish cottages and churches (for which I got paid 25p each!). I love to be busy so I was happy doing any kind of work. Then I got a job working in Knappogue Castle in the herb and rose garden and I also designed the gardens for a hotel in Castletroy. Last year the B & B was featured on the RTE program ‘At Your Service’. It was an interesting experience and although it did not result in any extra B & B business I had an incredible response regarding the gardening and I have now helped 6 local people set up and maintain their own home gardens. This is something that I really enjoy and as a lot of people are interested in setting up their own gardens these days, I am thinking of starting it up as a business, perhaps having residential weekends in ‘how to set up your own garden’ and also to show people what they can then cook with what they have grown In the evenings I usually make some dinner using salad or vegetables from the garden with some chicken or fish. I love cooking and like to prepare food that is different, so I enjoy having people for dinner. I also like to bake and I make jams from the fruit in my garden. I find it very hard to relax. There are always so many things to do I find that there are not enough hours in the day. I never watch TV as I am too busy to sit down. I usually go to bed around 11 after feeding the chickens and ducks again and checking that they are secured against the foxes and minks.

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continued from page 1 Des Bishop (the comedian) has been very supportive of this project. He says: “To lose the voice of a generation is a tragedy. I think what Cuimhneamh an Chláir are doing in preserving the memories of County Clare is fantastic. They’re young committed Clare people who are preserving the culture of their county”. You are invited to nominate anyone you know who has an interesting story to tell or who may be able to contribute to the project. For more information or to contact them see www. clarememories.ie or 087 9160373 or 087 9165916.

BUNRATTY Run to Africa Run to Africa is a Playing for Life project. Playing for Life was set up to work with underprivileged African communities providing skills training, education, the building of schools and a health awareness programme through sport. A series of ‘Run to Africa’ race events has been organised across Ireland during the coming months. Local groups and sports clubs have co-ordinated the events and Run to Africa has teamed up with Haile Gebreselassie, the Ethiopian, Olympic & World Champion long-distance runner, to support his 10k run in Addis Ababa in November 2009. All runners participating in the ‘Run to Africa’ events will have the option to register for this amazing race and we hope to enter a ‘Team Ireland’ consisting of runners from across the country. The trip over 6 days will include meeting Gebreselassie, getting some training tips on distance running from the master and walking the course. The Bunratty Run to Africa will take place on Saturday 5th September and will start at Mac’s Pub car park at 3pm. Registration will take place on the day from 12noon at the Shannon Shamrock Hotel Conference Centre or online on www.runtoafrica.org. It will be a 10km race and the route will be confirmed shortly. It is open to Elite runners, fun runners and walkers. We are inviting GAA clubs to enter teams of 10 and the first club with 6 members wearing their club jerseys across the line will win €500. For more information call 061 371177 or see www.runtoafrica.org.

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Jackie Hodges “Absolutely brilliant party. Fantastic value for money. Would recomend HT Promotions to all my friends, and we will be having another party there in January.”

Linda Lennane “We were very pleased with the venue. The set up was perfect, especially as it was a wet day. All the staff worked hard and were very helpful”

Rosie O’Neill “It was great. We had a fantastic day. Plenty of space for all the kids. Also plenty of variety for the two hours. Mike, Eileen and staff did a great job.” Cathy Keane Bridges “Had my sons birthday party here. It was brilliant. Us adults just sat back and let Eileen and the gang do all the work. Well worth the visit here.”

Karen Smyth (Mum) “Very happy with the service. I found it great value for money. All I had to do was set up the food table while the staff of HT Promotions took care of the entertainment. It took away all of the stress birthdays usually bring.” Jennifer Smyth age 7 “ I want to go there again, and again and again.” Jessica Smyth age 6 “I loved the music and the dancing.”

Sheena (Mum) and Joe (Dad) “Excellent facility. Every age of child catered for. Each party is set up with the birthday child’s interests taken into accout. We have had three very different but successful party’s there. Danny 12 had his Sumo wrestling, Jasmin 10 had her goth/metal music disco and Zoe 8 had a girly castle and disco. They loved it. Mike and Eileen looked after it all. And Fran was great at the facepainting, as usual.” Mary Lundy “Rosemary thoroughly enjoyed her birthday party. Services provided were fantastic. Great venue and great value for money”

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