Tag Archives: Clare

Portuguese man o ‘war found on Fanore Beach, Co Clare

The Big Jellyfish Hunt writez on Facebook:

Over the weekend we have had very large numbers of Portuguese man o ‘war washing up. 100s reported washed up on many different beaches.

Observations are still mostly from the south coast (Cork and Kerry) but we have more activity along the west (Clare to Mayo) and a few reports from the southeast (Wexford).

Please continue to submit records on the National Biodiversity Data Centre jellyfish sightings page so we can track numbers. Many thanks.

Jellyfish can be recorded here

The Big Jellyfish Hunt

Risk of stinging: ‘Phenomenal’ numbers of deadly Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish wash up on beaches (Independent.ie)

Pics: Burren Shores

The Central Hostel in Miltown Malbay, Co Clare; and a notice from the owner Pat Kelly to a number of asylum seekers currently living in the hostel

Sarah Clancy tweetz:

The stupidest thing about this curfew for want of a better word is that the Central Hotel has a pub downstairs! I presume the customers in the pub haven’t got to be in bed by 10 like children on a school night..that’s just asylum seekers.

The Central Hostel (Booking.com)


Top pic: Movement Of Asylum Seekers In Ireland

Met Eireann has announced that there is now Status Red wind warning (gusts of up to 150kph) out for Clare from 8pm until 11pm tonight, on account of Storm Hannah.

It’s also announced that similar gusts may reach Connemara, the Aran Islands, Dingle and the coasts of Kerry, Cork and Waterford.

Carlow Weather will be live tweeting updates from 5pm here

Earlier: Thar She Blows

Pic: Carlow Weather




Shannonwatch released a statement, following the arrest of two US veterans, aged 77 and 82, at Shannon Airport on Sunday.

The two men were charged with causing €2,500 worth of criminal damage to the airport perimeter fence at Shannon Airport and unlawful trespass into a taxi-way at the airport.

Shannonwatch wrote:

“Two US veterans were arrested at Shannon Airport on 17 March for entering the airfield to inspect and investigate an OMNI Air International plane on contract to the U.S. military. The two, Tarak Kauff and Ken Mayers, were refused bail at Ennis District Court today.

The plane, tail number N351AX, arrived at Shannon Airport about 8.30am from Eielson US air force base in Faribanks Alaska, believed to be on its way to the Middle East with up to 300 armed US troops.

At about 10am Mayers, a former Marine Corps Major and Kauff, a former Army paratrooper, both members of US Veterans For Peace, entered the airfield carrying a large banner that said:

U.S. Veterans say

Respect Irish Neutrality

U.S. War Machine out of Shannon Airport

Veterans For Peace

The two walked across the air field with the intent of inspecting the plane for weapons or munitions, but were apprehended by airport security and gardai.

There were detained and interviewed at Shannon Garda station and held overnight for arraignment on charges of trespass and criminal damage.

At Ennis District Court [yesterday] morning Mayers and Kauff were represented by solicitor Darragh Hassett.

The prosecution outlined the charges against them and indicated that they were opposed to bail.

Garda Sergeant Noel Carroll gave evidence of arrest on Taxiway 12 at Shannon airport. He also stated that there was a US military aircraft at the airport, most likely referring to OMNI Air N351AX.

He also confirmed that the defendants were both veterans of the US military.

The prosecutor, Inspector Thomas Kennedy, said there had been substantial damage to the airport perimeter fence.

When the bail issue was being discussed solicitor Hassett initially stated that the defendants were prepared to agree to bail conditions that involved surrendering their passports, and remaining in Ireland for the duration of the legal processes.

This was an unacceptable condition as it would mean that the defendants would have to remain in Ireland at their own expense for up to two years before the trial would occur, and this restriction amounts to punishment without trial.

The defendants then requested an adjournment to discuss matters with their solicitor.

After the court resumed, Hassett emphasised that the defendants needed to return home to the USA and would sign a sworn undertaking to return for trial.

The prosecution opposed this and continued to oppose the granting of any bail.

Judge Maire Keane then ruled that she was denying bail to the accused and remanded them in custody to Limerick Prison, where they are to appear for a further court mention hearing by video from the prison on Wednesday, 20 March.

Further discussions were then held with solicitor Hassett.

He raised the option of appealing the bail refusal to the High Court in Dublin and he was told to lodge such an appeal.

He indicated that it would likely be Thursday, 28 March, before this High Court appeal would be heard.”

Two US Veterans For Peace Refused Bail at Ennis District Court (Shannonwatch)

Two former US servicemen remanded over damage to Shannon Airport fence (Gordon Deegan, The Irish Times)

Previously: Cleared for Takeoff


MankyyClare beatmaker gets in with the first new release of the year

What you may need to know…

01. Mankyy is the beatmaking pseudonym of Clareman Daithí MacCrúitin. At a tender eighteen years of age, he’s already been up and down the country, sharing stages with This Side Up and the Cuttin’ Heads Collective.

02. Debut extended-player Character Development guest appearances from a litany of Irish hip-hop leaders, including Limerick trio Same D4ence, fellow prodigy Jonen Dekay, and Spekulativ Fiktion.

03. The E.P. is available for streaming and download in the widget above.

04. Technically the first release of the year in Ireland, the E.P. dropped in the early hours of New Year’s Day, via Limrock beatgods The Unscene.

Thoughts: Some absolutely scorching guest bars are the cherry on top of a well-developed, dense and eclectic collection of beats.



RoadBurren Fleadh @ The Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare. April 30.

What you may need to know…

01. From a town famed for matchmaking festivals and so forth, springs up RoadBurren Fleadh, packing both a killer line-out of Irish heaviosity, and a delicious festival-name pun.

02. An all-dayer rather than a weekend blowout, in the style of the Siege of Limerick and its various imitators (fight, etc.), RoadBurren packs a varied bill of artists and producers on the heavier end of the metal and electronic spectra.

03. Headlining are noise/ambient unit From the Bogs of Aughiska, and Galwegian post-metalcore outfit Ilenkus (seen freaking out Saturday shoppers in their home city in the video above). Also on the bill: folk-metallers Celtachor, black-metallers Mortichnia, dark ambient from Ruairí O’Baoghaill, and electroacoustic soundscaping from Barry Dillon.

04. Alongside the merchandise stands and craft beer will be a screening of the excellent Fractured series of documentaries. A must-see look at the unfairly-ignored but infinitely compelling and evolving Irish metal scene.

Verdict: Get to this if you possibly can. As Ireland’s independent music scene continues to grow and diversify across all genres (without much in the way of help or industry resources), festivals and all-dayers like it will need all the support they receive to become (and stay) viable options for venues and promoters alike, especially outside of the major urban centres.

RoadBurren Fleadh



Peter O’Connell, in the Irish Examiner, reports:

Gravediggers were told on the morning of a funeral, a burial plot on rocky ground was not deep enough.

And a person, believed to be a council official, had advised the grave would have to be extended down a further two feet. The incident was relayed to a council meeting by Clare Fine Gael county councillor Bill Slattery.

 He further claimed council employees in north Clare were doing spot checks on open graves to check if they were eight feet deep.

[Mr Slattery said:] “I believe there are personnel from Clare County Council, roaming around inspecting graves to make sure that a coffin is down, I’m told, eight feet.

“There are graveyards around here where you can barely go down five feet because of the rock situation. It has to be clarified because the undertakers are not too sure and they have asked to find out are there new guidelines for burying people?


Gravediggers told plot not deep enough on day of funeral (Irish Examiner)