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Retirement of Noreen Hynes, Vice Principal of Carnmore N.S.

After completing 40 years of teaching and 20 years of outstanding service to Carnmore N.S. Noreen Hynes was honoured for her dedication to the teaching profession on Thursday Oct 7th at a special retirement party organised by the Carnmore N.S Board of Management and the Parents Association.

The evening began with a special mass concelebrated by Fr.Noel Mullin. Fr. Noel spoke kindly of Noreen in her teaching profession and of her involvement in the life of the parish. Both past and present pupils participated in the readings and prayers of intercession. The offertory procession depicted various aspects of Noreen’s like and was narrated by Carmel Kenny Chairperson of the Board of Management. A Board of Management Representative presented a symbol of the school ethos, a teaching colleague presented a symbol of life as a teacher while a parishioner presented a symbol of Noreen’s involvement in the life of the parish – as a Minister of the Eucharist Minister, a member of the Altar Society and the Parish Choir. A parent presented a symbol of Noreen dedication to her pupils while a family member presented a family portrait. Lastly two children presented the gifts of bread and wine.

The pupils from Carnmore N.S provided the beautiful choir, under the direction of Philip Kyne, school principal.

Thereafter the party continued in the Carnmore Community Centre. Both Philip Kyne and Carmel Kenny paid tribute to Noreen and wished her well with her retirement. Sheila Holland-Fox represented the Parents Association and reiterated both Philips and Carmel’s sentiments. Carmel Kenny made a presentation to Noreen of Bog Oak, which was followed by the ladies club who also made a presentation.

When Noreen took to the podium she expressed her gratitude to her teaching colleagues in Carnmore N.S. and in her previous schools. She thanked the children who made teaching such an enjoyable profession and lastly she paid tribute to her family for their love and support.

The Board of Management and the Parents Assoc would like to say a special thank all those who give of their time generously to help out in any way with the organisation of the party. Unfortunately they are to numerous to mention but a big THANK YOU TO ALL.

Once again, we would like to wish Noreen a long and happy retirement and wish Noreen’s daughter Denise all the best in her upcoming wedding to Ronnie Walsh.

Sheila Holland-Fox

Obesity and Being Overweight

The classification of obesity (in adults) is usually based on the measurement of body mass index (BMI).

BMI = weight (KG) divided by height (M) squared.

< 20 = underweight
20-25 = healthy weight
25-30 = overweight
> 30 = obese

Obesity and being overweight are the most common nutritional problems in the developed world and are increasing. More the half the Irish population are now either overweight or obese.

Human beings abide by the laws of conservation of mass and energy, and when energy intake and energy expenditure are equal, body weight is maintained. Excess intake over expenditure results in weight gain, so either or both must be altered in order to address any imbalance.

The consequences of obesity include increased risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, non-insulin dependent diabetes, arthritis and back pain, breathlessness and respiratory disease.

The management of obesity is complex involving not just dietary and exercise advice but also cognitive and behavioural techniques are important too. Realistic goals must be set. Obese patients may aim to lose 1 KG per week, reducing calorie intake by 1000 kcal a day, below normal, should achieve this level of weight loss. Keeping a balanced diet is important, so aim to reduce fat intake, consume low calorie nutrient dense foods (e.g. fruits and vegetables), increase fibre rich foods contributes to satiety and helps prevent constipation, increase consumption of low calorie drinks. Increased exercise is a useful part of any weight management plan. If you have not exercised for some time or have any illness the level of increased activity should be discussed with your doctor.

Cognitive therapy involves recognising the reasons for the eating patterns that have led to weight gain. Binge eating after alcohol consumption for example can add significantly to calorie intake. It is helpful to understand possible reasons for weight gain before embarking on a weight loss programme.

Healthy eating and a gradual increase in daily activity will help to create the right balance between energy intake and energy expenditure.

John Duffy MPSI.

Claregalway Pharmacy is open late 8 PM Monday to Friday and 6.30 on a Saturday.

Drama Group Provide Excellent Value in Rip-Off Ireland

IN an era of rip-off Ireland, it is good to hear some news of fantastic value here in the midst of our own community. Compántas Lir, the Claregalway-Carnmore drama group stage their annual Autumn Theatre on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday October 13th, 14th and 15th at Carnmore Community centre.

Patrons will get to see not one, not two, but THREE plays and have a light supper served with wine for just €10. Where else would you get value like that?

The year the group will be staging a rib-splitting play written by Paddy Greaney entitled Nuts and Bolts, directed by Philip Cribben, and two other plays, The Rheumatic Clinic and The Pension, both directed by Brid Conneely.

The Compantas Lir Autumn Theatre is the main fundraiser for the group as they set off on the route to the All-Ireland final next year. Their rehearsals for the three-act play start in November and details of what should be a spectacular production will be revealed first in next month’s Nuacht Chláir.

So support your local drama group, have a great night out, be entertained and fed and watered for just a tenner. Tickets are available from group members and will be on sale in the Parish Meeting Room after mass in Claregalway over the next two weekends. However, get your tickets soon as places are strictly limited and every year is a total sell-out. Declan Varley

Update from local Councillor Jim Cuddy

Claregalway Bypass
Three weeks ago the then Minister for Transport Seamus Brennan visited Claregalway to see for himself the serious traffic problem that exists in the village of Claregalway. On that occasion he was left in no doubt that the people of Claregalway will settle for nothing less than a bypass to resolve the serious traffic problems that are being encountered not alone in the village of Claregalway but the many side roads leading into the village. Many local people got to meet the minister and hear him speak on the issue.

Claregalway is suffering very badly as a result of the traffic problems and many of the local people living in the village itself feel very unsafe trying to cross this very busy road. Recent figures show that there are approx. 27,000 vehicles going through the village each day. This figure does not take into account the large number of vehicles using the side roads to avoid the village each morning and evening. For ay person to now suggest that a roundabout at the Church would resolve the problem shows a complete lack of understanding of the problem. Such a roundabout would not reduce the number of vehicles going through the village.

You will be aware that both Deputy Noel Grealish and I are 100% supportive of the bypass and we would like to think that even at this stage that all councillors and members of the Dail for this area would show the same commitment. This is not an issue for party politics. Either we represent the views of the local people or we do not. No one to date has told me that should not be a bypass in Claregalway. We have to convince the NRA of the need for such a bypass. At the meeting of Galway County Council on September 27th I asked that all the councilors for this area would act together to have this problem resolved. The council have decided to invite representatives from the NRS to address the council on this issue and I hope they will support the proposed bypass for which a proposed route has already been identified and is about three miles long.

Motorists going through Claregalway and the people of Claregalway itself just cannot wait for the proposed N!7 motorway. Even if we got agreement from the NRA in the morning on the Claregalway bypass it would take at least three years to complete it.

We have to get the message across to the NRS that it is in Claregalway the problem is and that the solution in Claregalway should take priority over the N17 motorway.

I can be contacted as usual any day at (087) 6360242 or 798136

Special News

Sincere apologies for stating wrong name in last month’s issue – correct details as follows:

Congratulations and best wishes to Peter Flanagan, Lakeview and Aoife Murray, Mullingar who wed on the 27th August.

Congratulations to the following couples who got married recently:
Maria Murphy, Ballymurphy and Martin Fahy, Craughwell on the 11th September.
Roy Devitt, Lakeview and Eimear Cannon, Donegal on the 17th September.
Mairead Geraghty, Claregalway and Nigel McIlkenny, Castlenock, Co. Dublin in September.
Grainne McDwyer, formerly from Cregboy and Kieran O’Connell on the 2nd October.

Very best wishes to Mary and Martin Greaney from Caraun who celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary recently.

Congratulations also to Bridgie and Paddy Murphy, Waterdale, who celebrated 50 years of marriage recently.

Very best wishes to Noreen Hynes, who has just retired from her post in Carnmore National School. No doubt Noreen will be missed by both pupils and staff at the school. Wishing her good health to enjoy the many years of leisure and pleasure that she so deserves.

Welcome to baby Darragh, a son for Rena and Kevin Moran, Lakeview, born on the 28th August.

Welcome baby Maire Aine, a daughter for Siobhan and John Geraghty, Claregalway, born on the 20th September.

Welcome also to Jonathon, a baby boy forAisling and Shane King, Riveroaks – a brother for Shauna and Mark.

Best wishes to Jacinta and Martyn Dowd and daughters Jennifer and Karen who moved into their new home in Lydican Wood.

Welcome to Marie and Michael Laffey and daughter Alyssia who have come to reside in Lydacan, Claregalway.

Catherine Hurney (better known as “Katie”) is launching her CD in Cloonacauneen Castle on Thursday 21st October at 8.30 p.m. A good night of music and craic guaranteed – all are welcome.

Mary Bodkin, Gortadooey, September 2004

Carnmore Hurling Club

At the end of another very active year Carnmore Hurling Club received a big boost when Barry Hanley lined out for Galway minors in Croke park against Kilkenny. We watched the game with great pride as Barry made a huge impact in the game by scoring 2-03 and forcing the game into a replay which Galway won by one point. With so much good work going on at juvenile level and the fact that so many of the juvenile players travelled by bus to Tullamore to support Barry and the minor team Barry’s success can only have a positive impact on the club at all levels.

Barry attented the Juvenile fundraising dance and brought along the minor trophy and some members of the team.


27,000 cars passing through Claregalway on a daily basis and nobody doing anything about it or are we? Do we want to continue living like this – prisoners in our own homes, not able to walk the roads, looking at watches, clocks all the time, stressed out to the last? Where does reality fit in with all of this? People power is an amazing thing – the more united we stand on issues of worth, the more we can achieve. There are a lot of hurlers on the ditch – isn’t it time you came off and gave your voice with action. If we do nothing, traffic volume in Claregalway will increase and increase. You are the residents here and your voice is as important as the next. Some voices have already been heard but collectively much more can be achieved. In this day and age we do not have to put up with hours of needless bumper to bumper slow move traffic. Remember, we also have our health to watch out for with obesity on the rise, lack of exercise, etc. etc. How can we get time to deal with this when we are stuck in needless traffic!

Until next time,

Carnmore Camogie Club – Two County Final wins in 1 week!

Chairman – Ger Crowe – 087-6390010
Treasurer – Mary Thornton – 087-2242318
Secretary – Pakie Fox – 087-2517486

Team Managers and Trainers
U10 –
Maura Murphy – 087-9381093, Dorothy Kenny and Frank McHugh
U12 – Mary Thornton – 087-2242318 and Declan Walsh
U14 – Anthony Molloy – 091-798930, Declan Walsh
U16 – Anthony Molloy and Sean Davoren
Junior Team – Anthony Molloy and Sean Davoren.

Under 10
The U10’s are in the semi-final of the City League. We will be playing either Cois Farraige or Turloughmore.

Best of luck to Maura, Frank and Dorothy in the semi-final with this team of girls that give their all in every game.

Under 12 – “The County Champions” of 2004
Well done girls, a brilliant display from all the panel, a good win over neighbours Oranmore helped in no small way by the management of Mary Thornton and Declan Walsh. Thanks to all in the Carnmore area for the bonfires on the day and thanks to Bernie McHugh and Mary Fox for the lovely tea and sandwiches.

Under 16
Our u-16’s are in the semi-final of the championship against Kiltormer. The game will be played on Sunday 17th Oct. We have a strong panel in this age group, but we will be well tested against Kiltormer who are a useful side, with lots of skill.

Juniors – “The County Champions of 2004”
Well done to our full panel of players under the management of Anthony Molloy and Sean Davoren. A big thank you to these two gentlemen, on all the work they have done with this team. It certainly showed on the day.

Carnmore – 03-11
Mullagh – 01-04

Again it was a day where from no. 1 to no. 15 everybody had to pull their weight and they certainly did. 1-4 each at half-time, with both sides a bit nervous. Our team played much better in the second half, with Lorraine Crowe at no. 10 scoring 1-9 in total, 1-4 from play, 0-5 from frees. She was well supported by Laura Tyrell, Dorothy Kenny, Mary Kelly, Tracey Hynes and Alva McHugh. The backs really kept this alive with great defending and midfield supporting the forwards well.

Thanks to all the supporters for turning up on the day. Thanks to Bernie McHugh and Mary Fox for the nice tea and sandwiches. Thanks to all yet again in the Carnmore area for the bonfires on the way to the celebrations in the Centre.

Carnmore juniors play Oran from Roscommon on Sunday next 10-10-2004 at 4.30pm in Carnmore pitch in the Connaught Final.

Sponsor- Thanks to Mr. Liam Glynn of Glynns Centra store, who is the sponsor of our club and for his generosity on the two occasions when we visited the store recently after the 2 county-final wins.

Under 18
Our u-18’s play Castlegar on the 24-10-2004, venue and time not yet known

It has been a great year for our club so far, it is not yet over, we will put in a big effort with the u-16 and u-18s, to see can we have even more success. It is well within our grasp. Also, our u-10s in the city-league look good. Best of luck to all.

Ger Crowe, P.R.O. for Carnmore Camogie Club – 087- 6390010

Restaurant Review

Members of the Nuacht Chláir team, in an ongoing spirit of public service and adventure, decided to explore the culinary delights of the Abbey Restaurant the other evening. We finally decided to try the bar food, which is, we understand, the same menu as in the upstairs restaurant.

We started our explorations with the following starters:

Salmon and Potato Cakes – pronounced as ‘light and tasty’;
Crispy Potato Quarters – Verdict: ‘very tasty; too large a portion’ and
Warm Chicken Thai Salad – ‘Certainly very tasty but unwieldy’

Next to the main courses. The range on offer was modest in scope but we had to try different things so proceeded with:

Chicken Kiev – ‘very tasty, especially enjoyed the accompanying vegetables’;
Fillet Steak – ‘Excellent and particularly enjoyed the side portion of Cheese and Garlic potatoes’;
Trout – ‘First class, didn’t really enjoy the accompanying vegetables'(!).

Sadly, only one of us had the capacity for a dessert. We had, however, acquired a bottle of Chilean red wine (Santa Ines Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002) to keep us company. It was excellent. The atmosphere was pleasant and bustling including some pleasant and not overly loud background music(it was in the bar area) and the service was extremely good, thanks to Siobhán and Leona. Leona’s partner, Marty, was the chef and he is to be congratulated.

Overall impression: Good value, quality food, excellent service

Claregalway Escape Leisure Centre

The Claregalway area was given another major boost last week when the much anticipated Escape Leisure Centre opened on Friday last at Claregalway Hotel. The state of the art Health & Leisure club is the largest of its kind in the West of Ireland, with the latest “Star Trac” Cardiovascular & Resistance equipment from the Us , designed by a team from car manufacturers BMW. Escape Leisure Club brings health and fitness in the west of Ireland into the future by providing a standard of professional service and equipment unparalled in the west of Ireland.

The luxurious aquatics area includes an 18-metre Deck Level pool, children’s paddle pool, oversized sauna steam room and Jacuzzi along with spacious changing facilities. The fitness suite consists of a 4,000 square foot gymnasium, health and fitness suite which will hold high and low impact exercised claswses every day including kick-boxing, pilates, spinning, yoga and aerobics. Escape Leisure Club also caters for the less active members with two luxurious treatment rooms run by Calista Beauty and two sun rooms for those who want the summer flow year round! Spraoi Child Care Centre & Montessori also caters for our younger members with qualified staff on hand from Monday – Friday to entertain and educate children from one year and up.

The club is run by Escape Leisure duo Amanda O’Farrell and Jarlath Sweeney who bring with them over 15 years of experience in the Hotel and Leisure industry both on a national and international level. (Jarlath is a director of ILAM, Ireland’s governing body of the Leisure Industry). The club’s operations Manager is Armagh woman Donna Higgins who many will know from the Galway Fitness industry and is ably assisted by a team of seven qualified health and fitness instructors.. Many locals have been enrolling for membership over the past few months and a limited number of vacancies exist for membership and details can be had from Escape Leisure Club at 091-738220.

Frank Kearney

As a footnote to Frank’s article I cannot but resist reiterating above comments. I am one of the many members at Escape Leisure and it’s just fantastic. The equipment is top of the range, atmosphere is brilliant, pool is out of this world as is the jacuzzi, steam and sauna. I am totally hooked! Well done to Amanda and Jarlath and thanks to the foresight of local developer Walter King for providing us with such a facility – none of us have any excuse now – it’s right on our doorstep. Be sure to check it out. I would not be surprised if Claregalway Hotel rates as a 4-star with such wonderful facilities.


Loughgeorge Golf Society

Loughgeorge Golf Society held their President’s (Gerry Loughnane) Prize in East Clare Golf Club in August.

Over 60 participated with the Moran dynasty reigning as Jimmy and Tommy battled it out for top spot, both turning in magnificent scores of 45 points, with Jimmy just nicking it on the back nine.

Thanks to all who took part and to our sponsors for the day.

Results of President’s Prize
1st Overall Jim Moran
2nd Tom Moran
3rd JJ Kane
4th Gabriel Glavin
5th Gerry Moran
6th Kevin O’Connell
7th Gerry Loughnane
8th Tom McKenna
9th James Giles
10th Declan Shaughnessy
11th Sean Carr
12th John Murphy
13th Brendan Cummins
14th Martin Casserly
Front 9: Padraic Forde
Back 9: Gearoid Hartigan
Ladies: Kathleen Morley
Past President’s: Johnny Greaney
Longest Drive: Paddy McLaughlin
Nearest the Pin: Mick Collins

Thank You from Paul Casserly

“I would like to thank all those people who supported the fundraiser held on Saturday 18th September to raise funds for my trip to South Africa with Niall Mellon Township Challenge. A staggering €1,300 was raised on the day and people are still coming forward with donations. Every euro assist in the building of houses in the Township of Imizama Yethu, Capetown.

I am overwhelmed by the extreme generosity of the neighbours and friends in Cregboy and the entire community and thank you all sincerely.