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Blood donations

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service’s recent blood donations clinic in Carrick-on-Suir was attended by 261 donors

The IBTS wishes to thank all these blood donors, who bring life and hope to hospital patients every day.

The Carrick-on-Suir blood donations clinic took place in the Carraig Hotel on Main Street.

Day Care Centre

Carrick-on-Suir Day Care Centre’s annual church gate collection takes place in the parishes of St.Nicholas and Carrickbeg/Windgap this weekend Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8.

Please give generously to this very worthy cause.

Camera Club

Carrick-on-Suir Camera Club is hosting an exhibition of its members’ photographs in the Coastguard Cultural Centre in Tramore at the moment.

The exhibition continues until September 17.

Highland Games

Former strongest man of Ireland title holder Ray O’Dwyer from Carrick-on-Suir showed he is as strong and fit as ever at the famous Highland Games in Scotland this summer.

Ray came 5th overall in each of the four Highland Games competitions held in Burntisland in Fife, Inveraray, the Isle of Mull off the west coast of Scotland and the city of Inverness.

He faced stiff competition in all events but his daily training at CoS Fitness Gym in Carrick-on-Suir ensured he was in top form to face all challenges.

Those challenges included the 22lb heavy hammer, 16lb light hammer, 56lbs weight for distance and 28lbs weight for distance.

He also had to prove his might in the 7kg shot put, 28lb stone throwing, 56 lb weight for height and 22ft caber tossing contests. And he managed to complete the Strongman’s Stone feat, which involved lifting a 150kg ball and tossing it over a 5ft bar at Inverness.

Ray said he was delighted with his overall performance in these professional competitions. It’s just a taste of what lies ahead for him next September at the World Masters Highland Games in Inverness.