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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 16 2011

Drug user’s hearfelt plea after four die City’s shock and sympathy for victims’ families

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Professional trainer looking forward to challenge »P11

PHOTO VALENTINE’S HURLING HEARTBREAK Pic: Donal Foley

John Lockes and Dicksboro both unlucky as they crash out of All-Ireland Junior and Intermediate Croke Park Finals »P3

NEWS

Ireland’s Strongest Man opens gym in Marble City


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Patrick Connaughton, of the South East Drugs Task Force, says some users had used the ‘drought’ in supply to try and wean themselves off the drug. He warned users to avoid the current batches of heroin on our streets and reminded those in need that help is available throughout the county. If you have been affected, you can contact Patrick (in confidence): 085 7888326

Tragedy as ‘strong’ heroin kills four... JIMMY RHATIGAN JRHATIGAN@KILKENNYREPORTER.IE

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• The Reporter is indebted to Patrick Connaughton of the South East Drugs Task Force for arranging this interview.

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UR FRIEND, Dick, Wolfe Tone Street, Kilkenny and Ballingarry passed away quietly on January 27. The twinkling eyes have closed for the last time, but in his almost 90 years, Dick has left his family, friends and acquaintances, the better for having known him. Dick generated happiness ss and fun. He took great pride in his working life, where he wass e, so close to God and nature, in his love of gardening. Such was his love of the soil, that after his retirement, he continued to maintain gardens and lawns. He was deeply religious and was a regularr Massgoer in St Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. His other great passion was hurling, especially ed on Tipperary hurling. He played the Ballingarry senior hurling team which, for the ďŹ rst time, won the South Tipperary championship in 1949. His nephews, Tommy and Martin, won All-Ireland hurling medals with Tipp at U21 and intermediate. His grand-nephew, Nigel Cleere, won an All-Ireland minor hurling medal with Tipp in 1996. Dick was a Manchester United fan. He met Roy Keane in Old Trafford and took

great pride in his grandson, Gavan Holohan of Hull City FC (pictured on right). My own favourite memories of Dick revolve around the many occasions we travelled together to hurling matches. When a match was concluded, a stop at â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mary Williesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was compulsory. Dick was in his element, seeking and giving giv views on how Tipp perfo performed. After a drink or two, the hurling discussion would co continue as we journeyed back to Kilkenny. Meetings of the S Slievenamon Association iin Kilkenny, were also d dominated by hurling d debates. At the A.G.M. of the Sl Slievenamon Association on November 26, Dick was prese presented with a framed colour photog photograph of the 2010 All-Ireland champions by manager, Liam Sheedy. Our sympathy to his daughters, Geraldine and Marie, his son, Tony, his grand-children and to all his other relatives. Dick will always be remembered as long as a sliotar is struck. We pray that he has now joined his beloved wife, Nan, in the green ďŹ elds of Heaven, where many a Kilkenny- Tipp game will be replayed.

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Loreto girls shine in wind and rain NIAMH LEAHY LORETO SECONDARY SCHOOL

47 athletes contest South Leinster Schools Cross Country title

A GROUP of 47 talented and enthusiastic students from Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny travelled to Carlow for the South Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships. Events were in the hurling club beside Dr Cullen Park, GAA Grounds with all schools in the South Leinster region battling it out in high standard competition. It was a wet and windy day, but spirits were not dampened by the miserable conditions and all students ran exceptionally well. In fact it was a joy to watch big numbers of girls displaying a wonderful mix of courage and determination as they battled for the glory of their schools. The school running club introduced many new students to the cross country championships

Inter Team: Megan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keeffe (9th), Niamh Leahy (12th), Annie Condren (14th), Orla Dooley (19th), Kate Walsh (20th) and Mary Pat Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sullivan (21st) and many were placed in the ďŹ rst 70, with up to 200 competitors in a race. The newcomers did the Loreto club and school proud and the probability was that supporters were watching future champions. New members will keep up the hard work every Monday and Wednesday as training continues in preparation for future events. Two individuals and two teams qualiďŹ ed for the Leinster Championships in Santry Park, Dublin, an event which could bring further success to a Kilkenny school which promotes a plethora of sports at several levels. The individuals were Aisling Mc Donough (1st year) who came 6th in minor and Orla Mc Philips (5th Year) who was 7th in senior. With the junior team 1st and the inter team 2nd, 14 students will represent Loreto Kilkenny in the Leinster Championship.

Junior Team: Anna Sheehan (5th), Aoibhe Richardson (13th), Linsoy Dillon (14th), Margaret Calbeck (15th), Nicola Murphy (17th) and Eimear Mc Mullan (21st)

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16 02 2011 KILKENNY REPORTER

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Strength from within is the key for our Strongest Man Powerhouse James Fennelly opens Kilkenny gym

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“One, two, buckle my shoe Three, four, close the door Five, six, pick up sticks Seven, eight, shut the gate Nine, ten, start again”... Now when was the last time you overheard that from a group of children skipping or playing Hopscotch?

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Eye magic and an increase in energy WITH AISLING HURLEY

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REPORTER WISHLIST THESE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE THINGS WEDGE ISSUE FOR all the benefits of wearing high heels without having to suffer their ill effects you could consider investing in a pair of wedges. They are the perfect high heel as they are built for walking in and are extremely versatile. There are few outfits, skirt lengths or jeans that look great with a pair of wedges. These brown wedge lace up ankle boots from New Look are ideal for this time of year as they would look equally good with a pair of warm winter tights or under a pair of jeans or wide leg trousers. The best thing of all about wedges is that they give definition and shape to heavy ankles making them appear thinner. Score!

HANDY KING L’OCCITANE lavender hand cream is the king of hand creams. It is a worldwide

best seller and is one of the signature products from the French cosmetics and skincare company. The hand cream blends the nourishing benefits of shea butter with soothing lavender essential oil and rosemary extract. It also contains vitamin E which has been shown to help encourage cell renewal. If you suffer from dry skin it takes only a few applications to totally transforms your hands and ensures you no longer have to try and hide them away. It smells delicious too so every time you use it you can’t help but be transported to the sunny climes of Provence.

on the catwalks a few years ago. They are not going away any time soon so maybe it is time to embrace them. This season’s jumpsuit is a far cry from the ‘80s batwing disco numbers we are all trying to forget. They are available in a wide range of flattering styles so it’s just a matter of trying a few until you find the one that’s right for your body type. This snake print jumpsuit from A|Wear is great value at €45 and comes with a material belt so that you can cinch in your waist and give yourself a great hourglass figure. The key with jumpsuits is to make sure you don’t wear them too tight and to keep accessories to a minimum.

It contains witch hazel, a natural astringent, to absorb excess oil and impurities from second-day hair. It also contains aloe vera to replenish moisture and improve shine and softness and citrus extracts to leave hair smelling and feeling refreshed. This is nothing like the dry shampoos of old that leave a white powdery residue behind. It makes your hair look and smell fantastic. It also has the unexpected benefit of giving your hair wonderful volume.

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HOW often do you buy an eye shadow palette knowing that you will probably use only one or maybe two of its colours at the most. It’s almost impossible to find the perfect palette with the ideal combination of shades. That is until now! The Smashbox In Bloom palette is one of the best you will find this season. It comes with ten shades including Lavender Grey, Ballet Pink, Marine Blue, Moss and Nude. The luxe shadows are arranged in duos for sure-fire colour co-ordination or you can use the brush included in the palette to mix-andmatch your own custom look. Every single colour in the set is wearable no matter what skin tone you have so this is a must for every woman looking to update her spring look.

LOVE them or hate them jumpsuits are here to stay. They have been a slow burning trend since they re-emerged

RADIO GAGA ADD a touch of the ‘50s to your kitchen with one of these great retro-style radios from Roberts. The great thing about this model is that it has all the look of a wireless from times gone by but enjoys all of the up-to-date touches needed for life in the modern world. It is a DAB/FM RDS digital radio and comes complete with a favourite station button and station name/multi preset mode. It also comes with a line-out socket and stereo line-in for iPod/MP3 playback. It can run by 4 x D cell batteries with up to 120 hours battery life or an AC adaptor. Available from www.littlewoodsireland.ie

CONTROL ORDER Tresemmé have come up with the product that everyone has been waiting for – a waterless foam shampoo especially for dry, frizz prone hair. Instant Refresh can be used on those mornings where you just don’t have enough time to shampoo and blowdry your hair.

STRESS has become an acceptable part of everyday life but it’s not something that people have to tolerate. There are plenty of options out there that can help. Franc Micklem of Healing by Franc is of the opinion that there should be a nationwide plan implemented for stress management. “Firstly, everyone is affected. Pessimism and anxiety are common place and are considered simply realistic,” she said. She is offering an Energy Clearing Workshop from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 19 (€60), a Space Clearing Workshop from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 20 (€60) and drumming at 7pm on Friday 25 (€20). All workshops are held in Harmony Hall, Castlewarren. Call 087 1370859.

BROW BEATEN EYEBROWS frame the face and a perfect arch can act as a mini facelift. The idea of threading, an ancient Indian way of removing hair, can seem a bit scary to some, but it is actually a lot less stressful than many other methods of hair removal. Threading involves twisting a loop of thread around the root of unwanted hair and plucking it. The process is very quick and can be used to shape eyebrows or remove hair from the upper lip, chin or sides of the face. Threading is available from €12.95 at Mint. See www.mintbeauty.ie for further details.


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Return of the fringe: Tips and trends for head-turning style

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E are now almost a couple of months into a new year and a new decade so it is not surprising that new hair trends are beginning to emerge. Fringes are back with a vengeance with blunt, bold fringes a la Jane Birkin being one of the hottest trends right now. Unfortunately they are not for everyone so make sure you ask your stylist’s advice before going for the chop. There’s generally a fringe out there for everybody, whether it’s a full fringe or a flattering side fringe, just make sure you find the perfect one for you. If you don’t want something permanent you could always invest in a clip-in fringe. Every shape, colour and texture you want is available on ebay from as little as €4.70. Another trend that is going to be big this year is the extreme side parting. This look is very low on commitment and works extremely well with curls, straight hair, buns or plaits. Try it out and if you don’t like it you can get rid of it in minutes. This season you can also kiss goodbye to the top knot and make way for low buns and plaits and the messier the better. Finger waves are also going to be huge, helped in no small part by the popularity of

Oscar nominated film ‘The King’s Speech’. A low bun with finger waves was the hairstyle favoured by Helena Bonham Carter’s character in the movie, Queen Elizabeth. The look was also all over the spring summer catwalks and was much favoured by Prada in particular. While finger waves might look complicated they are actually very easy to do. All you need is a few sectioning clips, hairspray and a little bit of patience. Get your stylist to show you how or there are some great, easy to follow tutorials on youtube.com. Colourwise, blonde is still in vogue but the tones are getting warmer with hints of gold making an appearance. Blacks and brunettes are going in the opposite direction with cool undertones, such as violet based brunettes, coming to the fore. Red is also still as popular as ever with Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks and Florence and the Machine being the two most desirable shades. A word of warning though: Do not try to achieve this look at home. Red is one of the hardest colours to get right and can be one of the most difficult to lift out if it all goes badly wrong. Other key looks that are going to continue through 2011 will be

balayage highlights as favoured by Alexa Chung, Kate Moss and Sienna Miller. This method of colouring gives a very natural looking result that is very low maintenance. Also popular will be ombre highlights – a method of colouring that almost gives the effect of having dip dyed your hair.

Style icons: Jane Birken, Drew Barrymore and Helena Bonham Carter have all blazed a trail at the beginning of this year


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Shop of the week FOR many years Sherwood’s Digital has been providing shoppers on High Street, Kilkenny with an exhaustive selection of electronics. This excellent store has everything from 3D televisions to internet radios and washing machines and hoovers. They have something to suit every budget or need. The friendly staff are there to provide customers with expert advice on the best products

available. available They have a fantastic array of wires and cables of every kind that can help connect up

y your home systems to any sspecification. Sherwoods aare also known for their hire purchase facility which in these p recessionary r times is needed more m than ever. For generations this family business b has sold devices that t will last and they can be b trusted to honour any guarantee. So whether it is a laptop, lapto ironing board or a cooker for your home this is the first place to look.

AUTUMN Fire by TC Murray comes to Coon Hall from this coming Friday until Sunday. The melodramaticic tragedy set in the south of Ireland during the 1920s will be performed by Coon based drama group ‘Kilquan Players’. The play centres around the love interests of Owen Keegan and his relationships with his two adult children. The cast consists of eight actors including Frances Sweeney, Maria Purcell, Michael Somers,

Tom Brennan, Anne Tunstead, Mark Haughney, Sabrina Brennan and Gordon Watchorn. Director is Michael Casey. There is also a large back room cast which is vitally important to the success of the drama group. Performances take place in Coon Hall at 8pm nightly. Admission is €10 and bookings can be made by contacting Thomas Brennan on 087 2228911 or 056-4443958. Part of the proceeds will go towards local charities and groups.

Theatre of the week

Book of the week NORWEIGIAN crime writer Jo Nesbo has been feted as the new Stieg Larsson. His book ‘The Snowman’ follows detective, Harry Hole as he investigates a number of recent murders of women around Oslo. His experiences on a course with the FBI lead him to search for links between the murders, and finds two - each victim is a married mother and after each murder a snowman is found at the murder scene. Going through historical murders, he comes to realise that he is on the case of Norway’s first official serial killer, as he discovers more women who have also disappeared and are believed to have been murdered in a similar pattern.

Product of the week SUGRU is a product that will change your life. It can be used to fix just about anything you can think of including shoes, bags, tools, glasses and bicycles. It is malleable when removed from its airtight and moisture-proof packaging, retains its plasticity for thirty minutes, is self-adhesive to aluminium and ABS plastic and materials, and it self-cures at room temperature. After curing, Sugru retains a ‘soft touch’ or slightly flexible, grippy surface and is waterproof and dishwasher-safe. Invented by Kilkennywoman Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh the product has been called the best thing since blu-tak and sellotape.

Pub of the week MURPHY’S Bar, Thomastown has a reputation for being one of the coolest pubs in Kilkenny. Its gig venue EVGBs has seen many big bands pass through there including Snow Patrol, Alabama 3, Damien Dempsey, Republic of Loose, Kerbdog and RSAG. It has a very loyal clientèle who are extremely friendly and welcoming so it is the type of pub you can walk into on your own and come away having made a bunch

of new friends. The bar staff are great also and are well known for serving up a great pint or cup of tea or coffee. It is also an ideal venue for parties and big events and there is plenty of outdoor seating available for when the weather is suitable. People have even been known to move to Thomastown just so that they can live near this fine establishment. Pop in the next time you are in the area to see what all the fuss is about.


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RYELAND House Cookery School, Cuffesgrange can provide you with the knowledge and know how to create restaurant quality food at home. If you are nervous of attending on your own, why not make a group booking for evening classes. They could make a great night out for family or a group of friends or act as a nice alternative for a work outing or as part of a hen night/weekend. Upcoming classes include

‘Cooking for Communions and Confirmations’, ‘Fabulous Fish, take the Mystery out of Cooking

Sea Food’, ‘One Pot Wonders and Desserts’ and ‘Easy Italian’. Ryeland House Cookery School open its doors in 1991 and is run by Anne Neary. When it comes to food the ethos of the cookery school is of using locally sourced, great quality ingredients. Much of the food used at Ryeland House is grown on the home farm, neighbours farms or is produced locally by skilled artisan food makers. You can book online at ryelandhousecookery.com

THE Showband Era is the title of an extraordinary exhibition of memorabilia on display in Graignamanagh Library until Friday, February 25. Before the days of electric guitars, keyboards and synthesizers, brass instruments dominated the music of Ireland. The true era of the Irish showbands actually started in the mid 1950s, but really didn’t catch fire and explode until the 1960s. What is certain is that a showband had just two main jobs – to entertain

the crowds and keep them dancing. Take a trip down memory lane to a bygone era in our musical past in Graignamanagh library. This nostalgic exhibition features original posters and photographs of showbands, some musical instruments and music. Graignamanagh Library is open 10am to 8pm Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to 5pm Wednesday and Friday. 10am to 1.30pm Saturday and is closed on Monday.

towns of Callan, Kells, Stoneyford, Bennettsbridge, Thomastown,

Gowran, Ballyragget and Freshford. It is hoped that some 200 runners will cover the distance over the tree days. The Susie Long Hospice Fund aims to establish a 10-bed hospice in Kilkenny, for the people of Carlow and Kilkenny. The fund is meeting this challenge through fundraising, increasing awareness of the need and benefits of a local hospice and by lobbying Government for support. Log onto mycharity.ie to donate.

MICK Hanly is no stranger to the music scene, he’s been around the block more times than most and has tried on a variety of hats in search of his own voice. He makes a rare solo Kilkenny appearance with support from Aisling De Cleir at The Hole In The Wall this Saturday night. Doors 8pm. Tickets €20 from Rollercoaster Records. Mick’s major hit single ‘Past the Point of Rescue’ picked up three BMI awards, most recently for passing ‘Two Million Radio

Plays’.  He also has two Hot Press, and two National Entertainment awards. His songs have been recorded by artists Hal Ketchum, Mary Black, Delbert McClinton, Dolores Keane and Christy Moore. Mick released ‘Mick Hanly Collected in 2009’, and recorded Mick Hanly & Friends Live at the Set Theatre in Kilkenny last May, with special guest appearances from Christy Moore, Mary Black, and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill. It is due for release in early 2011.

Exhibition of the week

Fundraiser of the week RUNNERS, joggers and walkers of all abilities are invited to participate in three marathons over three days in aid of the Susie Long Hospice Fund. The ‘Run Kilkenny for Susie Long’ charity fundraising event will be held on June 4, 5 and 6. Each marathon will be broken into two half marathons and four 10kms, which will give runners and joggers of all abilities an opportunity to participate. The routes will take in the

Gig of the week

Something for Sunday DO you have a yearning to hear some great music played by some of Kilkenny’s best musicians? If you have yet to see and hear The Barflies, who play The Pumphouse every Sunday night then you don’t know what you are missing. What better way to spend the last few hours of your weekend than in the company of friends while listening to music from

the likes of Wilco, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Nick Cave, The GoBetweens, Velvet Underground, Sparklehorse, Bruce Springsteen, Grandaddy, Pavement, and many, many more. The Barlflies have been playing gigs for more than 18 years and last year played a session with the great Tommy Ramone in City Hall. They also play one Friday every month in Ryan’s of Friary Street and pop up every so often at a wedding or birthday party.

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Langtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s @ 8pm In aid of the Carlow/ Kilkenny Home Care Team (tickets â&#x201A;¬30) After Dark, Matt the

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FILM FAIR GAME Director Doug Liman

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CIA and twisted the facts to ruin anyone in his way. What really gives this movie authenticity is the presence of Sean Penn as Joseph Wilson. Knowing about his activism during the Iraq conďŹ&#x201A;ict this ďŹ lm can be read as an

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examination of the damage his own opinions have done on his acting career. Here he is allowed to vent this frustration and it is a pleasure to behold to see him create this ďŹ&#x201A;awed but admirable character. Noami Watts is well cast

too as a woman whose whole life is about hiding from the truth which she now has to confront. The scenes between them are the central drama of the ďŹ lm and their arguments show how messy both love and war can be.

This movie is essentially about a marriage which may surprise many of Doug Limanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fans. Starting off with the ďŹ&#x201A;ashy comedies like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Swingersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Goâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; he then switched to creating the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bourneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; franchise before Paul Greengrass took over with the two superior sequels. This can be seen as his response to Greengrass who failed to make an exciting story with the material of the Iraq War in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Green Zoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fair Gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a very mature but entertaining work recalling the superb ďŹ lms of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s like Alan J Pakulaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;All the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or Sydney Pollackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Three Days of the Condorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. So for anyone who loves a movie that excites and makes you think afterwards this is the ticket. By concentrating on the human relationships that are threatened by conďŹ&#x201A;ict we are shown how our private lives are ruled by public decisions. Surely there has never been a more timely ďŹ lm in this country about someone losing their job because of a lousy government. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; BY DARRAGH BYRNE


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