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On Sunday 24th of May Park AFC plan to run a 10K Fun Run around Shannon. The purpose of the run is to raise funds for Milford/Cahercalla hospice. They plan to do this by inviting Junior soccer players from both the Limerick and Clare soccer leagues to participate. Both of these management committees have given the

idea their full backing. There are over 140 teams involved in both leagues and they are asking all participating clubs to nominate two players to run the 10K. They will be given a sponsorship card each and hopefully will raise as much funds as possible to make the event a worthwhile one. continued on page 30

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Youth Exchange Plans 2009 . . 14 CYS Projects Update . . . . . . . . . 14 Shannon Community Radio. . 15 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY. . . . . 16 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 DIRECTORY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Shannon Town Twinning Assoc.19 Clare Supported Employment. . 19 CLASSIFIED ADS. . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Phoenex Ladies Basketball . . . 21 Sightsavers Donation update. 21 CROSSWORD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Riverfest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Eoghan Quigg Disco. . . . . . . . . 23 Shannon Bowls Club. . . . . . . . . 24 Peach Studios. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Burren Marathon Challenge. . 25 French/Comp Summer Camp. 25 DAY IN THE LIFE OF. . . . . . . . . . 26 Atlantic AirVenture. . . . . . . . . . . 28 COMMUNITY NOTICE BOARD . 29 SUDOKU. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

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NOTE FROM THE EDITOR The dreaded budget is behind us, Spring has sprung and the Summer awaits. Time to be positive and get things going again. Apparently 90% of us are still employed and even though we’re all nervous, it’s basically up to us to get things moving. The best way to do that is to support your local retailers and businesses. The world keeps turning and normal life goes on and what could be more normal than getting married. Yes, people are still doing that, and in this issue we have a great wedding feature. Every penny counts when planning your wedding and if you aren’t fortunate enough to have it all on a plate, you will no doubt be looking at your finances carefully. The good news is, there are fantastic deals to be had and as ever, think local when chosing your suppliers. There is lot happening around Shannon, as you will read, and don’t forget if you want to publish anything about your club or organisation, just get in touch and I’ll be happy to help. Judith Kearney Publisher When you have finished with this magazine, please recycle it.

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Wedding feature 2009 Wedding Trends Keeping it green and ethical

White weddings were the fairytale stereotype but green is the colour of fashionable weddings. Going green is the trend in almost every area of life and is spilling over into the wedding scene as well. Many couples are choosing organic fabrics, flowers, food and invitations, etc. Measuring the carbon footprint of your big day will be top of the list for a growing number of couples this year. But the issue is not only about sending recycled paper invitations and using sustainable materials… a bigger issue of ethical weddings is also growing in popularity: think about using charity donations as favours, supporting local suppliers, renting a venue for a charitable or cultural cause, giving your gown to charity shops after the event… Civil ceremonies boom in Ireland

Those looking to tie the knot in Ireland and not necessarily interested in religious ceremonies don’t have to ‘emigrate’ anymore to have a civil service in a lovely venue. With the new law that came into effect in November 2007, couples marrying in Ireland can now choose their venue (with some restrictions) and forget dark and un-romantic registry offices. According to the CSO, the number of civil marriages was over 22% of all marriages in 2006, five times higher than

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If you’re planning a wedding, you’re probably wondering what will be trendy and hip. There’s no denying that 2009 Wedding Trends will be heavily influenced by two things. Firstly, the economy. It seems dreary to be constantly talking about how the economy will impact your life, but fortunately, there are already ways in which a smaller budget can inspire couples to have more creative, intimate, and personal weddings. These weddings are benefiting from a heavy dose of style, influenced by the many images and ideas circulating around the blogosphere. This chic style will be the second biggest influence this year. Budgets might be tight, but that doesn’t mean that luxury and glamour are going away. By having fewer guests, couples can have more opulent details, like elaborate favours, beautiful wines and gourmet tasting menus. With such a backdrop, it then feels right to be in your tuxedos and gowns, surrounded only by your truest friends and loved ones.

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in 1996, when just under 6% of all marriages were civil ceremonies. 2009 will definitely see an increase in the number of couples choosing civil ceremonies in Ireland. The new laws are great news for Irish venues as it opens lots of new marketing options and it will encourage people from abroad wishing to have their wedding in Ireland, so it will help with Irish tourism.

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Wedding ‘It’ Colour

The fashion runways walked it and the bridal magazines made it official - gray is the new brown for weddings in 2009! For the past few years, chocolate brown has been the “It Colour” popping up in weddings as a hip neutral, and combined with bright pink or cheery yellow. While chocolate brown isn’t going anywhere, gray switches the colour palette to cooler tones. Even though gray is a cool tone, it doesn’t mean you can’t spice it up! There are a wide variety of colour combinations you can chose from but the added bonus with this trend….is that you can mix and match colours that you never thought would go! And keep in mind, gray comes in all tones and variations such as a lavender or pewter (adding a touch of purple or blue to it). So think out of the box!!

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Wedding Dresses

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You’ll want to choose the dress that’s most comfortable and flattering to you, but being aware of wedding dress trends for spring 2009 can help you make the difficult decision of which dress to buy for this important day. If the look of the traditional wedding dress has never really appealed to you, you can be ultra chic and modern on your wedding day with a short wedding dress. Shorter wedding dresses being shown for 2009 have fitted bodices with full skirts that stop at or just above the knee. Many are strapless or have thin spaghetti straps. These dresses may be appealing if you’ll be having a casual, outdoor wedding and if you have the figure to carry it off. The one shouldered gown is very popular for 2009. This chic, distinctively modern look in wedding dress appeals to those who like a slightly less traditional look. White is still the traditional favorite when it comes to wedding dresses but colour is the new trend for 2009. Not only will softer pastel shades be popular but warmer splashes of color including scarlet red make their appearance. Contact Mairead Neil for more advice (see ad on page 4)

The wonderful thing about shoes in 2009 is that there are no set rules. It’s all about comfort and adding a bit of spice to your dress. The bigger trend in all of this is that your bridal shoe is no longer a match-to-white specialized bridal shoe!! It’s all about cocktail and evening wear translated into bridal, if that makes any sense at all! Tip: be sure to break your shoes in before the wedding day. Wedding Hair Styles

In recent years, brides have been going away from wearing a veil and that trend continues into 2009. Instead, wear your hair pulled off your face and secure it with a tiara or headband. The emphasis is on romance in 2009, including loose updos, ringlet curls and long, soft waves. One of the most popular trends in terms of bridal hairstyles is the half-up, half-down look. This style pulls your hair away from your face, however it also leaves the back portion of the hair long and flowing for a more natural . For more advice contact The Salon Hair & Beauty (front page ad) Abbey Beauty (ad on page 31) Ilona’s Hair Studio (ad on page 9)

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Top Trends in Wedding Bouquet Design

Affordable and Rewearable Bridesmaid Wedding bouquet design is constantly evolving along Dresses

with current fashions and trends. Simple and elegant designs are popular at the moment; these include handtied bouquets and posy bouquets. There is now a choice of ways to accent your bouquet. Diamante and other crystals can be incorporated into the design and these are quite popular with young brides. The use of decorative wire has now reached designer status and incorporating feathers into the wedding bouquet design is another way to add a modern touch. Roses are still the most popular wedding flowers. But tulips and gerber daisies (gerberas) are also well-liked and there has been a rise in the number of people asking for tropical flowers in their bouquets. Brides are becoming much more daring in their colour schemes, eg. pink, with purple and burgundy. Angel Flowers (see ad on page 8) or Shannon Flower Studio (see page 11)

Forget the peach tulle atrocities of yesteryear. 2009 brides are considerate, and mindful of the economy, so they’re looking for bridesmaid dresses that are truly rewearable, and don’t come with a sky-high price tag. For a beach wedding, consider telling your bridesmaids that they can wear a knee-length, spaghetti-strap dress in any shade of blue. They’ll not only be able to shop the department store sales, but your wedding will reflect the beautiful colours of the ocean. If you still want a unified bridal party look, consider gathering your bridesmaids for a group shopping expedition. Talk to Mairead Neill (ad on pg 4) Wedding Reception Decorations

Brides are choosing centerpieces that are in the same colour tones, but of different sizes. This gives the reception tables a more interesting look and a less “coordinated” feel. Candles add light and romance to any setting and come in a myriad of shapes sizes and colours. A new trend

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in unity candles allows the bride and groom to personalize the candle with names, monogram and wedding date, creating a wonderful keepsake for years to come. For more info talk to Bernie in Bunratty Candles (see pg 11) The photo-journalistic (candid) approach to wedding photography is preferred by many brides to the traditional posed shots. Capturing the day’s events as they happen helps tell the story of your wedding. Naturally, posed pictures are still enjoyed and requesting that some of the photos be black and white is common. For more information contact Ryall Photography (ad on page 6)or House Of Fun (ad on page 8) Wedding Stationery

Wedding invitations come in all shapes and sizes and the one that has been very popular recently is the pocket fold invitation. A unique invitation which says style and elegance and incorporates your additional info cards like directions, RSVP, accommodation details or an added before or after celebration and then neatly folds up into a standard size invite keeping everything in place. 2009 will also see a more economic trend playing its roll, its got to in this day and age but at the same time you don’t have to skimp on the quality. Nearly Hitched (see ad on page 5) or McNamara Printers (see ad on page 7)

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Flower girls are sporting fairy wings and cute wands, although baskets of rose petals, posies, pomanders, and dainty purses remain popular. A-line dresses and dresses accented with chiffon overlays steal the show. Floral head wreaths or dainty tiaras finish the look. The tuxedo is still the most popular choice for the ring bearer. Try Bit Of A Do for childrens outfits (see ad on page 8)

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Wedding Cakes

Wedding cakes today are expected to look gorgeous, fit in with the overall wedding theme, and taste eye-rollingly good. Cupcake towers continue to be a strong trend for 2009 weddings, but this is also the year that miniature cakes in geometric shapes will make their debut. Towers of square cakes made an introductory appearance for Summer and Autumn 2008 wedding seasons, and are becoming a top pick for brides in 2009. Look for classic square cakes decked out in ribbons and flowers, in a tiered or staggered style for extra appeal. These cakes can also be decorated as miniature ‘presents’, adding a unique and festive touch to any wedding party. Contact The Fairy Queen for your own unique cake ideas (see ad on page 11 - opposite)

companies will offer significant discounts for package deals. It also means you are dealing with only one person on the day with regards to your wedding entertainment instead of 3 or 4 different individuals. Contact James Sexton (see ad on this page) for more advice, also Wedding Singer (ad on page 9) or House of Fun (see ad on page 8) Wedding Make Up

You’ve got the guy, the dress and the flowers -- all perfect, of course -- but don’t overlook the one detail that will make yours a picture-perfect wedding: your face. The makeup you wear every day is probably not the best choice for your walk down the aisle. So before taking your vows, take some advice from local experts. The Salon, Hair & Beauty (see front page ad) or Wedding Entertainment Abbey Beauty (see page 31) or A number of wedding entertainment companies provide Touch of a Brush (see ad below) options for every part of the event including: Church/ Wedding Jewellery Ceremony Music, Arrivals/Pre Reception Music, Dinner When it comes to weddings finding the right jewellery for Music, Band for After Dinner Reception & DJ. If you are the day of is important. What is more important however thinking of having a number of elements beyond Band is the jewellery that will be worn by the bride and groom & DJ it may work out more cost efficient to book from for what one hopes will be the rest of their lives. Wedding one company, where possible, as most entertainment rings show the fashion in jewellery at the time the rings were exchanged. 2009 brings with it new trends in wedding bands for both men and women. While colourless diamonds are still king, many brides are receiving a combination of colourless and coloured diamonds or just a band with coloured diamonds. Curved bands James are becoming popular, especially with Sextonextremely Entertainment with James Sexton for those brides whose engagement ring settings are Entertainment Since 1986 shaped James Sexton Entertainment has been unusually or larger than the average setting. providing both ring nationally Enhancerswedding allow entertainment the engagement and wedding Our wedding entertainment can be and internationally for many couples. The invaluable band to look like one. 2009 is bringing more elegant, experience we have gained, along with the tailored to your particular taste and complex, and unique enhancerswe to work fit engagement rings. exceptional team of professionals with budget to ensure that your marriage For more contactentertainment wedding ring in ensures thatadvice your wedding will specialists be of gets off to the perfect start. Ballycasey GleesonThe Goldsmiths ad on page 5 the highest -standard. preferred- see Entertainment

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send us a list of some of your favourite songs and will ensure the DJ plays a selection of these on the night. They are of the highest standard and you can be guaranteed if they work under the James Sexton Entertainment name they are without doubt the best DJ’s around.

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Overseas weddings have increased in popularity but require a good deal of planning and attention to detail, in order to ensure a stress free, successful and enjoyable wedding day. The rise of couples getting married abroad over the past decade can be attributed to several factors; waiting until later in life to get married; better financial security which give couples more control over events; but probably the most compelling reason is cost. A wedding abroad costs a fraction of the amount of a wedding at home and many couples think it makes sense to combine the happiest day of your life with your honeymoon and saving a fortune. Obviously a hot sunny climate is preferred for most overseas weddings but you need to do your research to make sure that you are not planning your big day during the monsoon or earthquake season. Some countries make it relatively easy to exchange your vows, whereas others involve complicated paperwork, Hiring a reputable wedding planning company or using a travel agent that specialises in overseas weddings will help ensure that your wedding goes smoothly as they will know all the best locations for the wedding ceremony and the reception and a thousand other little details that may get overlooked if you try to do it yourself. Getting married abroad creates memories that will last forever and you will want everything to be perfect. Allowing a wedding planner to iron out all the details so that you can focus on what's really important—like the honeymoon and marriage—will make the memories happy and positive.


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MAYORS BALL This year’s Mayors Ball will be held in the Oakwood Arms Hotel, Shannon on Friday May 15th with music by Split Ends. This is one of the social highlights of the season and and is also a great fundraiser which provides vital support to the selected recipients of the proceeds. There will be a wine reception at 8pm followed by a meal. Tickets cost €70 and Meara Bhaile Gerry Flynn has nominated two charities to benefit from the proceeds which are Shannon Family Resource Centre and Wolfe Tones Camogie Club. Every year this well established fundraiser has provided vital support to clubs and organisations throughout the Shannon area. Now, more than ever, these organisations are depending on financial support to survive. In terms of this year’s event, it is very important that local people are encouraged to support facilities in their own community.

Shannon Family Resource Centre recently lost funding for some vital services that they provide in the community such as the Homework Club and the Kool Kids Club. Shannon FRC was set up in response to local needs i.e. deficits in childcare, training, employment, and second chance education. Wolfe Tones Camogie club is a voluntary sporting organisation catering for over 150 girls in seven teams from under 8s to seniors. Down through the years they have won many honours and are proud of their success on and off the field. Many people are not aware that Shannon has the only dedicated camogie club in the country and they are now nearing the completion of their pitch development. As always there will be a funding shortfall to complete the development. However with the continuing support of the local community, they are confident they can achieve their goals. Tickets can be purchased from the Town Clerk Tomas MacCormaic (061) 362319, Meara Bhaile Gerry Flynn (087) 2188654 or any member of the Shannon Town Council. Any sponsorship or donations towards these two charities will be greatly appreciated.

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The 10th International Jazz Festival will take place in Doonbeg over the Bank Holiday weekend, (30th May - 2nd June) and it promises to be better than ever! The festival of Swing, Dixie and Jazz is a hugely popular annual event, attracting many visitors to the Doonbeg /West Clare area to enjoy a weekend packed with music. All music over the weekend is free of charge!

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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.

STONEWELL CONSTRUCTION

Allotments in Shannon Shannon gardeners were allocated their new Allotments in the vicinity of Illaunmanagh Cemetery in March. 37 allotments each about 150 square meters in size have been allocated to local people on lands made available by Clare County Council and the cost per annum is €40 per plot. A further ten applicants have been placed on a waiting list. Plots will have to be vacated each February and reassigned again in March.

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Shannon Model Flying Club Shannon Model Flying club was founded over thirty years ago and first started flying at the Limerick Flying Club at Coonagh. In the late seventies the club moved to its present site at Shannon and is situated about three miles from Shannon Airport. We presently have over fifty members and all aspects of model building and flying is enjoyed by the members. The flying field is about two acres in size and has a long runway almost two hundred feet long and thirty feet wide. Surrounding the runway are secondary areas which are cut short and offer an off-the-mark landing area. The southeast corner of the field is taken up by an area suitable for helicopters or control line flying. On almost every Sunday flying will take place, and during the summer flying will also take place during the week after working hours mostly on Tuesdays and Fridays. Competitions are regularly held throughout the year. If you are interested in joining the club you are invited to drop down any Sunday for a chat and to see some models flying or see www.smfc.org

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Youth Exchange plans for 2009 This summer 20 young people will come together in Corofin Youth Hostel to work on a youth exchange between Clare Youth Service and its partner, the Omagh Youth Centre in Co. Tyrone. Last year 10 members of Skyview Youth Club in Shannon visited Omagh Youth Centre and stayed in the Ulster Folk Park for 5 days and got to know 10 young people from the towns of Omagh and Fintona. The group had a marvellous experience and made many good friends. This year it is the turn of the Shannon group to host the return leg of the Causeway British-Irish Youth Exchange program and this will take place from June 28th to July 3rd. Ten young people from Shannon and ten from Omagh will once again meet to work together on the themes of Drug and Alcohol Misuse and Youth Health issues over the course of the 5 day exchange. The exchange is funded by Leargas the Exchange Bureau and fundraising by both groups in their local communities. An advanced planning visit took place recently when Youth Worker Julie Donnaghy from Omagh Youth Centre met with Shannon Youth Worker Cathal Dillon and Trish Flynn of Clare Youth Service to finalise accommodation details and meet with those who will be facilitating workshops during the exchange.

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“The exchange is looking really good from what Cathal and Trish have shown me and from the preparation that has gone into organising the five days of events. I think that it will be a wonderful experience for both groups.” commented Julie. Cathal feels that youth exchanges are a great way for young people to see other places and make friends all over the world. “Taking part in a youth exchange is something every young person should be given the opportunity to do. They give young people the chance to experience different cultures and meet people from all walks of life, its something that will stay with a person forever and can leave people with wonderful friends for life”. For more information contact Cathal Dillon, Youthworker, Clare Youth Service on 087 1374482 or 061 364318 or email: cdillon@clareyouthservice. org

Clare Youth Service Projects Update Clare Youth Service’s Shannon Youth Office is continuously working to support young people aged 12-25 in the area to develop projects that suit their needs and stimulate their minds. The latest news from the many projects continuing throughout the year in Shannon is as follows: FREE Beginner Acoustic Guitar Lessons Shannon Music Project: FREE Beginner Acoustic Guitar Lessons started on Friday 17th April in The Respond M. 087 2284760

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Community Building, Rineanna View. Local guitar teacher Paul o’ Donoghue has once again volunteered his time and skills to facilitate a 15-week program on Fridays. For more info call 087 1374482. Shannon Music Project is also on the hunt for adult volunteers with a keen interest in music to get involved. Contact Shannon Music Project. New Youth Committee for the Kick Back Café A new 10-person youth committee is currently being recruited to work together to develop the Kick Back Café to ensure that the needs of the young people in the community are addressed. The committee is being set up to ensure that the café is a place where everyone is welcomed and listened to and where members are encouraged to get involved in decision making, organising events and have their voice heard. If you are interested in getting involved and becoming part of the new café committee you should contact Cathal or Pat at Shannon Youth Office 061 364318. The committee will meet fortnightly at a time agreed by all the members and meetings will last between 60-90minutes. The Kick Back Cafe is also looking for adult volunteers to support and supervise the youth cafe at the weekends. New Youth Club in Drumgeely Drumgeely Youth Club based in St Senan’s school is looking for volunteers’ to help plan and run youth club activities from 7:00 - 9:00 pm every Monday night during the school term. Contact Pat Kerr on 0863853404 for further details about this project. Skyview Youth Club Skyview Youth Club based in Rineanna View is looking for volunteers to help plan and run youth club activities from 7:00-9:00 pm every Thursday night during school term.

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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 (3-7 year olds) Counselling Services (SFRC) 10.00am - 12.30pm Wednesday Scrabble Club for Adults 2pm Sean Lemass Library. FÁS Libraries 1 - 3pm Sean Lemass Library. FÁS e college and the Library Council offer the chance to brush up on your PC skills Youth Information Point 3.30 - 5.30pm Sean Lemass Library. Information available on a wide range of topics from a Youth Information Officer Thursday FÁS Libraries 10am to 12pm Sean Lemass Library. FÁS e college and the Library Council offer the chance to brush up on your PC skills 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 Junior Chess Club 6.30pm Sean Lemass Library. Chess with coaching for ages 8 years and over Saturday Shannon Flyers 10am (Community Hall, Newmarket-onFergus)

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1-4 May Oyster & Trad Festival, Carrigaholt This festival of traditional music takes place over the first weekend in May. Open sessions in pubs all weekend with marathon trad session Sunday afternoon. Oysters available all weekend with competitions & cookery demonstrations. Contact Imelda Lynch on 086 8106925 for more details.

15 - 17 May Adare Village Festival With Music, Dance, day and night event and exhibitions, Adare Village Festival intends to continue to provide an exciting atmosphere for locals and visitors alike.

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15 - 17 May The Burren Slow Food Festival 2009 The Burren Slow Food Festival 2009 focuses on several aspects of food and culture and hopes to encapsulate all these elements in the programme of events. It takes place in Lisdoonvarna and starts on Friday 15th May for 3 days. For more info call 065 6850027 or see www.slowfoodclare.com

1-5 May Fleadh by the Feale Traditional Music Festival held annually which includes a concert featuring top international traditional artists, master workshops, céilís, busking comp., storytelling, art exhibition. For more information contact Ms. Maureen Murphy 17-25 May on 068 51722 or email : abbeytiles@ Fleadh Nua - See page 30 eircom.net. www.fleadhbythefeale.com

4 May May Day Bank Holiday 6th – 15th May 2009 Kulyana Environmental Exhibition Sixmilebridge Public Library Kulyana is a Hawaiian word meaning both privilege and responsibility for our environment. The exhibition is intended to inform and help a community work towards combating climate change. 15 May Annual Mayors Charity Ball This years recipients of the proceeds are the Family Resource Centre and Wolfe Tones Camogie Club. The ball takes place in the Oakwood Arms. (See page 12)

22 - 24 May 3rd Annual Outdoor Landscape Painting Competition A weekend of Art for all enthusiasts. A painting demonstration on the Friday evening. The Landscape Painting Competition on Saturday 23rd May, painting at 3 locations in the Burren and North Clare. Drawing Workshop on Sunday morning followed by the Prize Giving and lunch. Entry forms and further details from Chris O’Neill, The Burren Painting Centre 065 7074208 or e mail info@ burrenpaintingcentre.com

23 May - 1 June Iniscealtra Festival of Arts 2009 The fourteenth Iniscealtra Festival of Arts 2009 opens in Mountshannon with 16 May Visual Art Exhibitions on Saturday 23rd Shannon Graveyard Clean Up May. The official Opening Ceremony and We hold clean-up’s in both Lenenagh & night of music and celebration follows

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on Wednesday 27th May and the festival If there are any mistakes on these diary pages, continues on through the Bank Holiday please accept my apologies. Also, if anyone would like to have their event listed on these weekend, finishing on Monday 1st June. pages, please contact Judith on 086 371 4804. www.iniscealtra-artsfestival.org Dates are believed to be correct at time of 25 May going to press. Please check dates of event with Free Legal Advice Clinic the organisers before going. Held at the Community Office, Unit 1, Business Centre, Shannon from 5.30 – 6.30 p.m. Please PUZZLE SOLUTIONS attend between 5.15 and 5.45 p.m. to ensure Crossword - page 22 being seen by a solicitor. No appointment needed. (Held last Monday of each month) 30 May - 2 June Doonbeg Jazz Festival The 10th International Jazz Festival will take place in Doonbeg over the Bank Holiday weekend, (30th May - 2nd June) and it promises to be better than ever! See page 13 for more details.

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1 June June Bank Holiday 6 June Elton John Live in Thomond Park Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster and other outlets nationwide. 13 June Shannon Graveyard Clean Up We hold clean-up’s in both Lenenagh & Illaunanmanagh Graveyards. All volunteers very welcome. Call Nicole on 087 2102807 for more details.

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19th - 21st June 2009 Clare Fleadh, Kilfenora, Co. Clare Come and join musicians from all over Clare in what will be a very memorable Fleadh. In 2009 the town celebrates not only the re-establishment of a very vibrant Branch of Comhaltas but also the centenary of the founding of the worlwide renowned Kilfenora Céilí Band in 1909! Contact Julie McMahon on 065 707 1891 or www.comhaltas.ie

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Shannon Town Twinning Association accept invite to visit Guingamp Shannon Town Twinning Association have accepted an invitation from their twin town Guingamp to visit Guingamp in August during the Guingamp Annual St. Loup Musical Festival which takes place from August 8th to 16th. This Annual Musical Festival attracts traditional musicians from all over Europe and has over the years hosted groups such as the Wolfe Tones, The Dubliners, Shaskeen, the Mac Cormaic Group and many famous Irish Traditional Groups. Members of the Twinning Association and anybody who would like to be part of the group visiting Guingamp in August are invited to contact the Town Clerk at 478081 who will be arranging various travelling options.

Clare Supported Employment First to be Awarded Q-Mark

Clare Supported Employment Service, which has been operating locally since 2001, supports people who have a disability or mental health difficulty to take up employment. Simultaneously, the service supports employers to source suitable staff.

and in December 2008, Clare Supported Employment were delighted to be the first FAS funded, Supported Employment Service in Ireland to be awarded the Q-Mark by EIQA. The Q-Mark Assessor deemed this a ‘very positive performance for an organisation coming into the Q-mark for the first time’. For further information and to view a DVD documenting the experiences of Clare employers who have recruited through the service, log on to www. claresupportedemployment.Alternatively call Alice or Frances on 065 6844007.

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Limerick, by a margin of just one point. They were also missing three of their starting 5 players for this game. Having lost out marginally to UL last season, Phoenix were determined to come out winners this year. Under the guidance of Coach Michael Hickey, the team put in a tremendous effort in training this season, to achieve their goal. The Club have also won in previous years, 2001 and 2003. This year will see the club celebrate their 10th season come September.

League Winners 2008/2009 Season

SIGHTSAVERS DONATION Tom Kearney would like to say a big thank you to everybody who supported him in his endeavours to raise money for SightSavers by buying one of his poetry books, That I May See. He recently presented a cheque to SightSavers for €2348.00. He would like to remind people that the poetry book is still available to buy locally or directly from Tom. You can reach him on 061 364504 or 086 3623500. That I May See

The Team consists of: Karen Mockler, Majella Lillis, Anna Filitova, Claire Walsh, Sandrine Lestage, Sonja MaherGrainne Lynch, Ashling Marshall, Orla McCarthy, Carmel Peacock, Bella Boyle, Karen Arbab, Angela O’Connor, Susan Birmingham, Louise Ann Peoples, Gemma Hassett Phoenix Shannon emerged winners of this years local ladies league, having won 15 out of 16 games in the season. The game they conceded was to St. Colms from

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such as Brendan Grace, Andy Lee, Pat Shortt and a host of Munster and International Rugby Players. Riverfest 2009 will celebrate Limerick’s long fashion tradition with the Limerick International Fashion Experiment inviting Fashion Students from around Ireland and Europe to Limerick to compete with their fresh original designs for the Jim Kemmy Student Fashion Award. The Festival of Urban Sports Events will take to the streets of the city as Street Mountain Bike Racers, Skateboarders, Street Artists and much more come to Limerick to enthrall festival goers with the best of Urban Sports players.

Limerick City’s Annual Event - May 2nd & 3th Every May Bank Holiday Weekend Limerick embraces the River Fest, an event that attracts people from all over the country to come to the city and experience a carnival of events including the return of the established favourites such as the River Shannon-igans, the European Market, Riverfest Global Beats and the River Fringe Arts Trail, Dragon Boating, Music Gigs and, of course, the main attraction; the World BBQ Cook-Off - River Feast. This is a unique event incorporating teams from every corner of the world. Growing from strength to strength each year Munster’s Biggest Teenage this culinary competition has made its mark as being the Disco with eoghan quigg worlds largest international BBQ cook-off. Saturday 23rd of May at the South The location is Georges Quay in Limerick and the street Court Hotel. The event will take place is pedestrianised and awash with glorious colours, from 7pm until 11pm and will feature bunting, flags and music from all around the world, warm up DJs and dancers and an with the aromas of char-grilled cuisine creating an exclusive 30 minute Live Performance amazing carnival atmosphere. The cook-off provides an by Eoghan Quigg. opportunity for some 20,000 people to sample a variety Tickets cost €25 and are available of food from different countries while also enjoying the online or from Ticketmaster outlets, music and traditional costumes each culture has to offer. It also attracts the attention of local and national celebrities Strictly for 14-17 years. No Alcohol. Neat Dress Essential.

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The use it or lose it principal applies to many sports facilities, and is of particular concern to Shannon Bowls Club. We are one of the few Indoor Bowls Clubs in County Clare but in recent times the number of regular players has dwindled. The club needs to have at least ten members so that we can remain affiliated to the Cork Region of the Irish Indoor Bowling Association. Currently we meet at St. Tolas National School, 7.30 to 9.00pm on Wednesday evenings. We have two mats which can each accommodate a maximum of 8 players but currently are only using one mat. The game played in Shannon is the ‘short mat’ version of indoor bowls following the rules of the IIBA. Shannon is affiliated to the IIBA Cork Zone. Clubs with sufficient interested members compete with other clubs in the zone and there is a league which holds National Championships in Belfast. Adults of all ages are welcome to come and learn the game. Footwear with flat soles without heels are required to protect the mats; carpet slippers or plimsolls are OK. Come and join us on a Wednesday evening, or ring Rolande Hall on tel 086-8281141 for more details.

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they have the goodwill, support and help from the local landowners, the 100 strong stewards team, all walking club members, Gardai, Health & Safety organisations, R e n o w n e d and Clare Sports Partnership. For more information see actor Brendan Info@ballyvaughanfanorewalkingclub.com Gleeson was in Ballyvaughan to French/Computer Summer launch details of Camp the 2009 Clare Burren Marathon Following on the success of the French for Kids after C h a l l e n g e , School, Ariston college has decided to introduce a French\ which takes place on Saturday 23rd May. Having got the Computer Summer Camp. This camp will focus on inaugural marathon last May off to a great start, Brendan teaching the kids the basics of the French language, its continues his association with the event and is planning culture, typical games and songs, and also develop their to make time in his busy work schedule to take part this computing skills by using educative games and activities. The course is aimed at 7 – 12 year olds. year. The challenge offer’s a choice of three marathons, a Full Dutch for Kids / Nederlands voor kinderen 26.2 mile marathon, a Half 13.1 mile marathon and a Mini This course is aimed at Dutch natives living in Ireland 6-mile marathon. The event caters for all levels of ability whose children are bi–lingual speakers, (Dutch and and participants are welcome to walk, jog or run the English). The focus will be on student interactivity challenge of their choice. Do it for fun, for charity, or to through a series of typical Dutch songs, games, books and experience this very special place. The challenge will take educative TV programmes, in order to encourage correct them across one of Europe’s most unique landscapes, use of grammar, phonetics and communication among while enjoying the riches, flora and fauna of the Burren. children. For more info call 061 471064 Gerry Reidy, Marathon Manager, believes this presents Maloney Garden Machinery the ideal opportunity to promote the Burren region and Husqvarna Dealers for participants to challenge themselves to take part in a marathon that has focus on participation and personal Professionally proven, achievement. reliable outdoor power Last year the marathon attracted over 1500 people to the equipment, is right here in Smithstown. area and this year it is anticipated that the numbers will Come see us. be significantly increased, as the Ballyvaughan/Fanore Walking Club hosts one of the biggest events in the Unit 2, Main Rd, Smithstown, Shannon Clare sporting calendar. Building on the success of last 061 364300 www.maloneygm.ie years event, the organisers are delighted that once again

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DAY IN THE LIFE OF ..... Cathal MacCormaic, local fireman, window cleaner and rugby fanatic, has lived in Shannon all his life. He is married to Shirley who he met in the Knights! and has Summer Options three children, Jamie(15), Chloe(12) and Crona(9). The Language Courses life of a Shannon Fireman can be very unpredictable as • National School Kids French/Spanish (after school) €50.00 they are all part-time and constantly on call, 24 hours a • Adult French/Spanish classes 8 weeks €165.00 day, 7 days a week. • English as a Foreign Language 10 weeks €199.00 • Dutch for Kids (5 weeks, 2 hours per week or 10 weeks, I get up 1 hour per week - €50.00) around 7.30 Summer Camp or 8.00 and • French or Spanish with Computers Summer Camp get the kids 13-17 July, 10am - 1pm, 15 hours - €75.00 Full Time Courses Starting September 09 ready for • FETAC Level 6 Advanced Cert in International Teleservices school, make • Applied Languages & Business breakfast, • Management lunches, etc. • Multi-Media & Web Development When they Risk Management • 2 Day Programme, 15-16 May €400.00 have gone Classrooms available for hire • Ample free parking I sit down and read the T: (061) 471064 E: info@aristoncollege.com paper, sports www.aristoncollege.com pages first; especially if there has been a big rugby match, and then the rest of the news. I then take the dogs for a walk; we have four dogs, Denali, Juneau (both Northern Inuit dogs), Sitka (Spitz cross) and Neala (German Shepherd), who are all fairly big and need lots of exercise. They keep me fit too! My wife loves dogs, she is involved in MIDS (Members of Irish Dogs Society) and she works from home as a marketing agent for Irishdogs.com. After walking the dogs I go out on my window cleaning round. I have a regular round which takes me 2-3 hours a day and I also do some work as a handy man around the local area. It is very difficult for us (the local firemen) to have full time jobs as we could get called out anytime. Most of us work for ourselves in a variety of jobs, ie. gardener, dog groomer, construction, etc. We have to have our bleepers with us at all times. There 12 of us altogether and whenever there is call out, we all get bleeped. The first 6 to get there go to the call out. If we need two tenders, the rest will follow on. If it is a Road

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Traffic Accident or an Airport call then we will need three tenders in which case 4 of us will go in the second tender and two in the third. The three tenders all have different uses. Alpha 1 is the main tender. It is a Pump, which means it has water and ladders on board, it also has cutting equipment for crashes and first aid equipment. We have four tenders altogether. We have 2 Pumps, an emergency tender, which would be taken out for chemical incidents or road traffic accidents, (it also has line rescue equipment) and we also have an Hydraulic Platform, which is necessary if there are fires or rescues from flats or high buildings. We also have a jeep which would be used if there is an accident in a remote area which is inaccessible for the tenders. The firestation is being extended as it was just a three bay station and we now have four tenders. In addition to the three extra fire bays, we are getting new accommodation facilities and a drill yard. The station’s lecture room, toilets, showers and Drying and Breathing Apparatus Equipment rooms are being upgraded. The extension should be finished in April or May. When I have finished my window cleaning round for the day around 2 o’clock, I go home and have lunch, by which time the kids are starting to arrive home from school. The afternoons are taken up with homework, cooking the dinner, (I do most of the cooking in our house as it is something I enjoy), after school activities for the kids, etc. The main problem with being a part-time Fireman as opposed to full time is that we are constantly on call. We have to live and work in a 1½ mile radius of the Station. If we want to leave Shannon for any reason we have to get permission. If we want to go out in the evening and have a couple of drinks, we have to get permission. There has to be at least 8 of the 12 of us around in case we get a call. I have been in the Fire Service for 12 years and I am used to it now now but the discipline of not being able to leave the locality was very hard to begin with. I don’t see the job in Shannon ever becoming full time in my life time as there would need to be about 1,000 calls a year for it to be viable and at the moment in Shannon we get about 270 280 calls per year, on average.

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Atlantic AirVenture Atlantic AirVenture in Shannon is a new exciting place for adults and kids to learn more about aviation. What better place than Shannon, a place rich in aviation history, to establish Irelands only Aviation Education and Flight Simulation Centre. Atlantic AirVenture opened its doors to the public last July with the first ACE Aviation Camp for kids, with great success. Over the summer 70 children from the Clare and Limerick region had the opportunity to learn how aircraft fly, talk to Pilots, learn how to plot a flight plan and then fly the route in a Flight Simulator as part of a pilot and co pilot team. ACE Summer Camp 09 running in July and August is booking now and is suitable for kids of 7 and upwards. Forms are available on the website.

Other Education programmes include Scouts Air Activities Badges. Troops from Shannon, Killaloe and Sixmilebridge are well underway to earning their wings! Special occasions like Confirmations, Communions and Birthdays can be booked at the Flight Simulation Centre also. A major addition to the Flight Simulation Centre is the only Boeing 737NG Flight simulator in Ireland accessible to the general public. This fixed base flight trainer is utilised for pilot training, but can be booked on a Gift Voucher basis for that special birthday or occasion, a gift that’s sure to be totally unique! Explore our website www.atlanticairventure.com and prepare to ‘take off’!

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Shannon Recycling Centre T: 061 364483. Hours of opening: Mon: Closed, Tues: 10am – 5pm, Wed: 10am – 5pm, Thurs: 12pm – 8pm, Fri: 12pm – 6pm, Sat: 9am – 3pm, Sun: Closed Items accepted: Glass Bottles & Jars, Aluminium cans, Steel/Tin Cans, Plastic Bottles, newspapers & Magazines, Cardboard, Tetrapak, Waste Oil, Oil Filters, Batteries, Metal, Textiles, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, Timber. Composters available for purchase. Please Note: Items accepted from domestic/householders only. CHRISTCHURCH, SHANNON Service every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 11am. Bible study every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 7pm in the Manse. Minister 061 363717. All welcome. St Senans Parish, Shannon www.shannon-parish.org. shannonparish@eircom.net Mary Immaculate Church, Corrib Drive Sunday Masses: 9.00am, 11.00am Daily Mass: in Jubilee Chapel, 9.30am SS. John & Paul, Tullyvaraga Sunday Masses: Saturday vigil 6.30pm Sunday 10.00am, 12.15pm Daily Mass: Monday to Friday 7.00pm Adoration Chapel, Town Centre Eucharistic Adoration Monday – Friday 10am until 9.00pm Daily Mass: Monday - Friday at 10am Please Note: No Adoration on Bank Holidays Convent Oratory Mass on First Friday at 8.00am Airport Oratory Sundays 8.45am Sean Lemass Public Library. Opening hours: Mon. 10.00 - 1.00 2.00 – 5.30, Tues 10.008.00, Wed & Thurs 10.00 - 5.30, Fri 10.00 – 8.00, Sat 10.002.00 Citizens Information Centre Unit 1 Business Centre, Shannon Town Centre Opening Hours Mon – Fri 9.30am – 5pm, Lunch 1.00 – 2.00pm. 061 364704 or 364705. cicshannon@eircom.net

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Alpha One Before becoming a fireman I worked in DefCon for about 9 years on quality control, after doing a chemistry degree in what is now LIT. Two evenings a week I coach rugby at St Senans Rugby Club. I grew up playing hurling but got into rugby in my 20’s and I am a big fan now. I was very lucky to go to Cardiff in March to watch Ireland win the Grand Slam. Every Monday evening from 7 - 9 pm we have training. We do different training every week, in a rota. We have ladder drills, pump drills, RTA (Road Traffic Accidents) practices, line rescue (this is basically rescue from height using abseiling techniques can be used on masts, cliffs and hills and also for confined spaces such as underground tunnels and grain silos, etc), first responder level first aid (this is just below the level needed to be a paramedic), and breathing apparatus equipment training, etc. We also have to do other longer training courses on a regular basis. Of course, any of this daily routine can be disrupted, and often is, by a call out, which can happen any time of the day or night. One third to one half of our calls are at night. We get a lot of small house fires and about 1/3 to 1/2 of the calls are RTA’s. Its very hard to put an average time on a call-out but I suppose if it did go over an hour it would be a more serious incident. Of all the various incidents that I have been involved in over the last 12 years the one that stands out in my mind is the day that Drumgeely Hall was burned down. It was very sad to see such an iconic building in Shannon’s history gone. I usually go to bed at about 11.30 and hope that I get a good nights sleep with no call outs. Please mention “Shannon Scene” when replying to adverts

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Today there are many Irishtraditional festivals organised throughout the Summer months but there are few people who will dispute that Fleadh Nua, which started in Dublin in 1970, is the forerunner of them all. The concept of bringing together concerts, céilithe, music, song and dancing workshops, street entertainment, pageants/parades and much more was innovative in its time. However, it’s still a winning formula today as evidenced by the thousands of visitors who flock to the festival every May for a week of unsurpassed traditional entertainment. Fleadh Nua moved to Ennis, County Clare in 1974 where it has remained to this day. The programme for Fleadh Nua will include concerts, sessions, street & gig rig entertainment, Irish language classes, Pléaracha, Scoraíocht and set-dancing competitions, story telling, céilithe, Singers Club and more. It thus manages to cater for the tastes of the majority of the 50,000 or so patrons

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FUN RUN FOR MILFORD HOSPICE (CONTD) There are very few people who have not been touched by the incredible work and care given in Milford Hospice and as they have to provide their own funding it would be a first for both leagues to work together to provide what could be a considerable amount of money. Individual clubs have in the past run events to support Milford/ Caheracalla but a collective effort would be far more beneficial and rewarding. On the evening of the race there will be entertainment by Johnny Fean and his brother Donal, and they will be joined by a number of top class musicians from Dublin. The venue will be the Shannon Knights Inn and the Knights will also provide water, tea and coffee etc for the runners on the day. There will also be a raffle on the night and some very good prizes are guaranteed. Tickets will be on sale for €5 and will be on sale on the night. There is a web site set up, www.midwest10k.com, with further info and the route will also be posted on it.

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