Clareperson of the Year 2017 - Caitríona Lucas

 The Clare Association, Dublin - Muintir an Chláir  announced on Wednesday 7th December, at the launch of The Clare Association’s annual yearbook in O’Shea’s Merchant Hotel, that  Caitríona Lucas (R.I.P) is to be awarded Clareperson of the Year, for her outstanding contribution to communities in Co. Clare and beyond. This will be the first time that The Clare Association in Dublin, Muintir an Chláir, will make a posthumous award. Caitríona Lucas lost her life during a search and recovery operation with Doolin Irish Coast Guard earlier this year.

Speaking at the launch, Clare Association chairman Gerry O’Reilly said the association was honoured to  be able make the presentation to Caitríona’s husband, Bernard. The chairman said that she gave many dedicated years of her life to maritime activities around the coast of Clare, to the Doolin Coast Guard Unit,  to the Search and Rescue Dog Associaton, to the Clare Library Service and to the North Clare community,  including  the many hours she spent in promoting awareness of water safety, especially among young people.

 The presentation was made at the Clare Association's Annual Dinner Dance  in The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon on Saturday, February 25,  2017. The chairman said that in the special circumstances, The Clare Association felt they should relocate their annual dinner dance from Dublin to North Clare in order to facilitate attendance by  the North Clare community.

Clareperson of the Year 2016  - Willie Keane

Muintir an Chláir, The Clare Association, Dublin is delighted to announce that Willie Keane was the recipient of the Clareperson of the Year 2016. Willie is a household name in athletics in the 32 counties of Ireland and beyond, for the past 50 years.

 In 2015, Willie presented 56 All-Ireland Gold medals to be placed in the G.A.A. museum in Croke Park. It was a pleasure to be present on that occasion to mingle with the large numbers of athletes, past and present, who all had their own stories to tell of Willie’s achievements on cross-country courses and tracks, all over the country.

To mention one year alone, 1969, Willie was 20 years of age when he won the annual 15 mile All-Ireland road race in Firhouse in Dublin. Willie says that was his first big win but that same year he won another five All-Irelands on the track, among them the 1500 meters and 5000 meters. It was the start of his 56 All Irelands.

Congratulations to Willie Keane and his beloved St John’s Athletic Club, Kilkee.

The award was  presented at the 2016 dinner dance in the Ballsbridge Hotel (formerly Jury's  Hotel, Ballsbridge on 23rd  January, 2016.

 Clareperson of the Year 2015 - Marty Morrissey

Muintir an Chláir - Clare Association Dublin is delighted to announce that the Marty Morrissey, RTÉ's Gaelic Games correspondent, has been presented with the Clareperson of the Year Award 2015 for his services to sport and to Gaelic games in particular.

In his youth Marty Morrissey was a dual player, playing hurling with Ballyea GAA and Clonbony GAA ,and Gaelic football with Kilmurry Ibrickane GAA, St. Flannan's College (runner up in the 1976 Munster Final), University College Cork and Clare GAA. He joined the RTÉ Sports Department in 1994, and has commentated on many sporting events but specialises in all matters GAA. He has worked on some of RTÉ Sport’s biggest productions including the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. 

Tá an-áthas orainn a fhógairt gur bronnadh duais Muintir an Chláir - Clare Association Dublin Hall of Fame 2015 ar Shéamus Mac Mathúna. Is ceoltóir cáiliúil é Séamas Mac Mathúna agus tá sé ar a chumas an fliúit a sheinm, amhráin a chanadh agus portaireacht béil a dhéanamh.

Photograph by Mick O'ConnorPhotograph by Mick O'ConnorHall of Fame 2015  - Séamus Mac Mathúna

Muintir an Chláir - Clare Association Dublin is proud to announce that Séamus Mac Mathúna has been presented with the Hall of Fame 2015 award for his contribution to traditional Irish music and song. From Gower, Cooraclare, Co.Clare, during his youth Séamus Mac Mathúna's interest in Irish music and singing was fostered by singers and musicians of the area.

 

When he was appointed Regional Organiser for Conradh na Gaeilge in Cork and Kerry, he moved to live in Cúil Aodha in the Muscraí Gaeltacht. An accomplished singer, musician and composer in his own right, in the 1970s he took up full time employment with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann as Timire Cheoil and moved to Dublin, where he recorded many of finest musicians and singers in Ireland for inclusion in the the Comhaltas Archive. Now in retirement, he continues to sing and perform regularly.

The awards were presented at the 2015 dinner dance in the Clyde Court Hotel, Ballsbridge on 31st January and a great night was had by all.


 

Clare Music Night

A Clare night of music, song and dance will be hosted by the Clare Association Dublin in Clasaċ, Clontarf on Tuesday 16th May 2015 starting at 9pm. 


 

Launch of Br. Sean McNamara's DVD on the Burren

 

Photograph by John KellyPhotograph by John KellyThe unique attractions of the world famous Burren are highlighted in the first personal DVD of the area, which was launched last week in the Burren Centre, Kilfenora by Killimer native, Professor Michael O'Connell of University College Galway.

Entitled Clare's Wonderland, The Burren, the DVD is based on a book of the same name by Br. Sean MacNamara, Ennis. The hour-long DVD is a personal account of the Burren by Br. Sean, who has been a regular visitor to the Burren for about 50 years.

It contains some pen pictures of some men associated with the Burren, including Brian Merriman; John Philip Holland, Liscannor; Michael Cusack of Carron; Paddy Nolan, Glenisheen, who discovered the Gold Collar in 1932; Charles Lucas, who wrote the first account of the national history of the Burren; Micho Russell of Doolin and Frederick J. Foot, a native of Dublin who produced a botanical map of the Burren and the first worthwhile list of plants in the area. He is credited as the first person to discover the very rare pyrmidal bugle in 1862.

Apart from photographs and drawings of many rare plants, there are pictures and information on Corcomroe Abbey, Kilfenora Cathedral, Coad Church, the old church in Kilnaboy, Carron Church and Templecronan. The DVD also highlights Lemenagh Castle, the Tau Cross, Ballyportry Castle, the Pinnacle Well, the Gleninsheen Gorget, the Cusack Centre, Lisdoonvarna Spa Wells, the Merriman memorial in Ennistymon and Lake Inchiquin.Also included are colourful drawings by Marianne McGeough who produced the DVD. Most of the photographs are by John Brody and Paul Sinnott.

"By looking and listening to the DVD they will realise that the Burren is indeed a wonderland and much more than a botanical paradise. Every school, hotel and guesthouse in Clare should have a copy of the DVD, which is available at the Burren Centre in Kilfenora” said Br. McNamara. The DVD opens with music from the Kilfenora Céilí Band and ends with tunes from Chris Droney, Bellharbour.

 

Our thanks to Tony Mulvey and the Clare Champion  for permission to reproduce this article which was published on May 8, 2015

Sr. Maura O'Donoghue RIP

It is with great regret that Muintir an Chláir - Clare Association Dublin has learned of the recent death of Sr. Maura O'Donoghue, medical doctor and missionary nun.  A native of Lickeen, Kilfenora, Sr. Maura  was presented with the award of Clare Person of the Year by Muintir an Chláir in 2011, in recognition of her courageous work among the sick, the vulnerable and the marginalised, mainly in Africa. More details here.

Members of the association attended Sr. Maura's funeral Mass in the chapel of the motherhouse of the Medical Missionaries of Mary, Beechgrove,  Drogheda on 6th May, 2015.  One of the gifts brought up during the offertory procession was the engraved vase which she received when awarded Clare Person of the Year in 2011. The association wishes to extend its sympathies to her family, to her friends and to the community of the Medical Missionaries of Mary.

Sr. Maura O’Donoghue's month's mind Mass was celebrated in St Fachtna's Church, Kilfenora on Sunday, May 31st at 10 a.m.

Sr. Maura O’Donoghue, Medical Missionaries of Mary, died on 5 May 2015. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílís.

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