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Paul Markham  dancing in the kitchen  in his home in the west Clare village of  Kilmurry McMahon. Photograph by Eamon Ward

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Paul Colton, Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross in the dining room of the Bishop’s Palace. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

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