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CD of Christmas stories presented to Clare nursing homes

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Cuimhneamh an Chláir has compiled an album of Christmas stories on CD for the entertainment of the county’s older residents – the very people, in many cases, who have given these stories to the archive.

Nursing homes in Clare have been presented with the CD for the entertainment of their communities through communal and private listening sessions.

Compiled and presented by Paula Carroll of Clare FM, the listener is signposted through stories of Christmas rituals, from ‘buying the Christmas’ to decorating the house, to lighting the Christmas candle, to making your way to mass by candlelight, to the delights of the Christmas Goose and the mouthwatering ‘sweet loaf’, not to mention a certain visitor.

“It is a cliché at this stage to say 2020 has been a tough year. But it’s true. One of the things that has caused the most pain is not being able to visit family and loved ones, especially older loved ones. It is the older residents of Co. Clare who have given these stories to the archive. They have given us long hours of pleasure and now it’s time to give these stories back to the community in a permanent and easily accessible form,” Paula told The Clare Echo.

For further information or to get your copy, email

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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