New York Tribute To Ennis Christian Brother

Members of the County Clare Patriotic, Benevolent and Social Association of New York are the latest to join in congratulating Brother Sean MacNamara of the Irish Christian Brothers, Ennis on celebrating his 70th year in the order.

Bill Lewis (left)chairman of the Board of Directors of the Clare Association in New York making a presentation to Brother Sean MacNamara, Ennis,to mark his 70th year in the Irish Christian Brothers.Bill Lewis (left)chairman of the Board of Directors of the Clare Association in New York making a presentation to Brother Sean MacNamara, Ennis,to mark his 70th year in the Irish Christian Brothers.Their good wishes were conveyed by Bill Lewis, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Clare Association in New York, who made a presentation to Brother MacNamara on their behalf on a visit to Ennis in November 2014. He paid tribute to the Kilmurry McMahon native on reaching a milestone in his association with the Christian Brothers and also for his work on behalf of the GAA, Muintir an Chláir in Dublin and many other voluntary organisations.

Bill Lewis, who is New York born, also visited his cousins and friends in Killaloe. His father, William Lewis came from Killaloe and his mother was a member of the O'Grady family from Sligo. He made the presentation to Brother MacNamara at Clare County Council headquarters- Áras Contae an Chláir- at New Road, Ennis prior to a monthly meeting of Clare County Council.

Afterwards he renewed acquaintances with the Mayor of Clare, John Crowe, council members and officials. He met many of them when they travelled to New York for the 125th year celebrations of the Clare Association last year and for the St. Patrick's Day parades.

His itinerary also included a visit to Tulla to meet members of the Tulla Pipe Band. Last year they invited the band to lead them up 5th Avenue in the St. Patrick's Day parade. The band also marched in Brooklyn and gave a memorable performance at the National Park on Ellis Island.

Bill Lewis told The Clare Champion that the Clare Association in New York is going well. They recently held their annual dinner dance and their annual general meeting. They are also preparing for their participation in the St.Patrick's Day Parade on March 17.

Above article and photograph by Tony Mulvey reproduced with permission from the Clare Champion, 13 November, 2014


Clare music night

A Clare night of music, song and dance was organised by Muintir an Chláir and held in Clasaċ, Clontarf in October 2014, and a very enjoyable night was had by all. Many thanks to Seán Murphy for organising the wonderful entertainment and to Jim McAllister and his staff at Clasaċ for their warm welcome and for the refreshments they provided on the night.


 

  Martin Corry 10k Charity Walk 2014

The annual Clare Association - Muintir an Chláir Martin Corry Memorial 10k Charity Walk  took place on Sunday 14th September 2014 departing at 12 noon from Clasaċ, Alfie Byrne Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3 with all proceeds going to support the Clare Crusaders Children's Clinic.  Clare Crusaders Clinic is a registered charity (No. 16966) which was founded in 2005 by a group of parents of children with special needs to provide much needed therapy to children living in County Clare  with special needs in terms of Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down Syndrome and other conditions.

A special thanks to the musicians led by Mick O'Connor, along with former Clare person of the year, Cllr. Ann Norton, Director of the Clare Crusader's clinic, with her daughter Nicole and Martin Donnelly. Seán Murphy and friends entertained us with music and song on our return to Clasaċ. The Clare Crusaders Clinic does not receive any government funding and relies on fundraising and personal donations to generate the €250,000 required each year to maintain existing services. For more information on  the Clare Crusaders see: www.clarecrusaders

 


  Two new books on Killaloe published

Members of the committee attended the recent launch of two new books by the well known barrister (and author of Murdoch's Dictionary of Irish Law), Henry Murdoch at the National Rehabilitation Hospital on 25 June 2014. Remembering Killaloe is an entertaining account of living in twin Irish heritage towns, Killaloe and Ballina, over 50 years ago as a child, teenager, and young adult. My Killaloe is a personal tour of 100 places of interest in Killaloe and Ballina, most with both historic and contemporary photographs. All the author’s royalties for these two  books will go directly to the charity The NRH Foundation for the benefit of patients of the National Rehabilitation Hospital Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin. For more information on services please see: www.nrh.ie


Clare Person of the Year 2014

The 2014 recipient of Clare Person of the Year is Mr. Davy Fitzgerald, RTÉ Sports Manager of the Year Award 2013, Manager of the County Clare Senior Hurling team and the 2013 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship winners.

Pictured left to right: Mr. Liam O'Looney and Mr. Davy Fitzgerald, Clare Person of the Year, 2014Pictured left to right: Mr. Liam O'Looney and Mr. Davy Fitzgerald, Clare Person of the Year, 2014

We wish to acknowledge the well-deserved success of the Clare Senior hurling team in winning the All-Ireland Championship in a thrilling match replay against Cork on September 28, 2013.

This talented team lifted the spirits of Clare people everywhere in a magnificent display of hurling skill which made this match one of the most enjoyable sporting spectacles in recent times.

                     Hall of Fame 2014

Pictured left to right: Mr. Liam O'Looney Fr. Harry Bohan, recipient of the Hall of Fame Award 2014 and Mr. Pat O'DonnellPictured left to right: Mr. Liam O'Looney Fr. Harry Bohan, recipient of the Hall of Fame Award 2014 and Mr. Pat O'DonnellThis year's recipient is of the Hall of Fame award is sociologist Fr. Harry Bohan in honour of his many years of  work in rural development. A former Clare hurling manager in the late 1970s and early 1980s, winning two National League hurling titles and reaching three Munster finals, he later served as a hurling selector. One of Ireland's  best known social commentators, he founded the Rural Resource Organisation which built houses in 120 villages  throughout Ireland.

Fr. Bohan founded the Céifin Centre for Values in 1998, which evolved from practical experience of developing communities across Ireland in an effort to counter the growth of cities. Céifin's main aim is to generate the capacity for debate on social change issues. It does this through facilitating a number of activities and programmes including conferences, lectures, workshops and research projects. Further information on these initiatives is available at www.ceifin.com

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