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W/E 03/08/2014

posted Jul 28, 2014, 9:50 AM by John O'Sullivan
Bridge Closure.
Diversions are in place on the Ballygriffey Road, between the Corofin Road at Kilcurrish and Ballygriffey Castle as a result of instability of the bridge at Curragh.   
Clare County Council has taken the matter in hand and have examined the bridge, and repairs will be carried out in due course.

Recent Death.
The death took place in Albany, New York on June 6th last of Hume Crowe, who was born in London on Oct. 24th 1921.  His father (also Hume) was born in Dromore, Ruan, and the young Hume spent all his childhood holidays in Ruan with his cousin.  He left Ireland in 1948 and did not return until 2010, but his Irish roots obviously meant a lot to him, as, shortly before he died, he expressed a wish to have his ashes brought back to Ruan. 
 Upon leaving school, Hume joined the Leinster Regiment, 1st Batt and served in France.  Early in the war, he was seconded to the Indian Army and fought in the Sahara Desert for two years.  After the fall of Tobruk in North Africa, his unit was detailed to collect the dead and injured.   While so doing, they were captured by German forces under Rommel and he spent the rest of the war in Prisoner of War camps in Italy, and later near Bruswick, from where he was liberated by the Americal Army. 
His love of Ireland almost got him courtmartialled during his time in the British Army in WW2, when he expressed the opinion, in the hearing of a senior officer, that Ireland had every right to stay neutral during the conflict.
On his return to civilian life, he worked as a lumberjack and coal miner and as a safety officer in radar stations in the Arctic during the Cold War.  Later on he became a teacher and worked in Iowa and San Antonio, Texas, where he taught History, Comparative Religion and Economics.  He retired when his sight failed, as a result of his time in the Sahara and in the mines.  
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo, daughters, grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.