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WEDNESDAY MARCH 23 2011

US President could cure our sick economy Visit could catapult us to tourism boom »P2

St John’s Juniors are the pride of city parish »P6

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WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING Diarmuid Meally (8), Sinéad Brennan (11), Áine-Bríd Meally (11) and her brother, Seán (9) from Moneenroe, Castlecomer, enjoying the Kilkenny St Patrick’s Day Parade in Kilkenny City.

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Brilliant students show a real touch of class in contest


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KILKENNY REPORTER 23 03 2011

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23 03 2011 KILKENNY REPORTER

Callan shows bottle in inviting President Obama!

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Coca Cola could be key to securing historical Obama visit to proud local town BY JIM RHATIGAN JRHATIGAN@KILKENNYREPORTER.IE

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KILKENNY REPORTER 23 03 2011

‘Book comes alive in the eyes of children’ BY AISLING HURLEY

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Kate Leyden, Johnswell Road daughter of the author with Katie (8) and Michael Malone (11), Johnswell and Virginia Black from the Book Centre. (Left) Author Paula Leyden’s daughter, Christie gave a reading at the launch of Butterlfly Heart. (Left) SDUHQWV DQG WZLQ VLVWHU 0D Author GLOORDQG,IZDIZDWKH6QDNH Paula 0DQ +H LV DQ ROG PDQ ZKR Leyden VHHPV WR KDYH PDJLFDO ZD\V signs a copy ZLWK VQDNHV DQG LV D ZRQGHU of the book IXOVWRU\WHOOHU for Mary 7KHWZLQVGLVFRYHUWKDWWKHLU Rogers, IULHQG :LQLIUHG LV LQ WURXEOH Glendine DQGVRZLWKDOLWWOHKHOSIURP (Above) Author Paula Leyden and Children’s Heights. )UHGWKHLUQHLJKERXUDQGDORW Laureate, Siobhán Parkinson pictured with Pics: Pat RIKHOSIURP,IZDIZDWKH\WU\ Siobhán O’Flynn and Virginia Black from the Moore WRKHOSKHU Book Centre.

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Peter O’Connor interviewing Minister Phil Hogan

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23 03 2011 KILKENNY REPORTER

Ciara will swim her heart out for Ireland BY AISLING HURLEY

Ciara Trait on her way to Athens 2011 Pic: Pat Moore

Reporter readers can boost local films bid for glory

Dermot Tobin and David Thompson during shooting of the latest episode of Rent A Friend BY AISLING HURLEY

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KILKENNY REPORTER 23 03 2011

Brilliant young students show a touch of class BY AISLING HURLEY

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Aimee Glynn (6), complete with builder’s helmet, signing the visitors book.

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No room for loafing in King Contest says our bread salesman BY JIM RHATIGAN

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Eimear Connery, Jenkinstown with daughter, Aisling (four months)

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County Council Chairwoman Catherine Connery with daughters, Áine and Sinéad, Jenkinstown. Pics: Pat Moore

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Ashling Wall (11) and Bronagh Doheny (10) of the Evelyn White School of Dancing.

Ciara Maher (8) and Lauren Scallen (7) of the Evelyn White School of Dancing.

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Seamus is all fired up by Cromwell’s cannon guns BY JIM RHATIGAN

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Seamus Lawlor and Johnny Barry with Cromwell’s Cannon


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South Kilkenny unites in drugs and alcohol awareness scheme JIMMY RHATIGAN JRHATIGAN@KILKENNYREPORTER.IE

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Shop of the week THE Hurling Depot is now open at Unit 17, The Goods Shed, MacDonagh Junction, Kilkenny. The one-stop shop for all your hurling and football needs, stocks hand crafted hurleys by Dowling Star Hurleys, Murphy Hurleys and O’Keeffe Hurleys. It also supplies Cooper and Mycro helmets, Cooper and Myrco hurling gloves, Murphy football gloves, official GAA pyjamas and all sizes of

sliotars. Customers are welcome to visit the shop and try out the hurleys and helmets before purchase. The staff at the shop are very knowledgeable and friendly and can offer great advice if you are not sure of the best product for your needs or are shopping for a present for someone who is into sport. The Hurling Depot is open seven days a week. Call 086 8965401 for more details.

Theatre of the week ‘WILD Harvest’ opens at the Watergate Theatre tomorrow (Tuesday) and tuns until Saturday. Written by Ken Bourke and set on a smallholding, the play exposes the powerlessness of a group of young men and traces what happens when they begin to meddle with the past and kick back against the rules that are supposed to contain them. The story unfolds against the backdrop of forced emigration as 1980s Ireland suffers the horrors of depression.

As Colm Taggart (John Morton) continues to mourn his parents, life on the family farm with uncle Larry (David O’Rourke) becomes more and more tense. as the gulf between the two men widens. The talented cast includes David O’Rourke, Nicola Keating, John Morton, Ken McGuire, Dave Thompson, Alan Butler and Sean Hackett. Director is Ger Cody. Shows: 8pm. Tickets: €16/€12.50. Call (056) 7761674 for more details.

Book of the week ‘STARTED Early, Took My Dog’ by Kate Atkinson begins with a day like any other for security chief Tracy Waterhouse, until she makes a shocking impulse purchase. That one moment of madness is all it takes for Tracy’s humdrum world to be turned upside down, the tedium of everyday life replaced by fear and danger at every turn. Witnesses to Tracy’s outrageous exchange in the Merrion Centre in Leeds are Tilly, an elderly actress teetering on the brink of her own disaster and Jackson Brodie who has returned to his home county in search of someone else’s roots. Kate Atkinson dovetails and counterpoints her plots with Dickensian brilliance.

Product of the week IS your car looking a bit dull at the moment? Why not spruce it up with a set of carlashes. Yes, you heard correctly, eyelashes for your headlights! Carlashes were invented in the US but have been selling like crazy all over the world since they were launched last Autumn. They come in a number of sizes depending on what car you drive and you can even glam them up with crystal eyeliner and accents. Pink carlashes were recently added to the range and next product to be launched will be lips. Log onto www.carlashes.com to order yours.

Pub of the week KATTY Hunts Kitchen in Ferrybank is a 200 year old pub, serving quality food and drink. Renowned for providing real old traditional Irish food, people come from miles around for their house specials of ribs, crubeens, colcannon and roast chicken. The bar regularly hosts live bands and parties are also catered for in their function room. Irish and international sporting events are shown on

TVs in the bar so customers can be sure they won’t miss any big matches. The pub and restaurant is family friendly and supplies baby changing facilities, highchairs and wheelchair access. Customers can cosy up in front of an open fire during winter and when the weather is pleasant they can take advantage of the lovely beer garden. The pub also operates an off licence which is ideal if you want to stock up on your way home.


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THE Blackberry Cafe on Market Street, Thomastown provides a traditional atmosphere complete with fresh, home-made baking and principally organic and locally sourced ingredients and produce. Originally an old shoemaker’s shop, it has been lovingly and extensively restored, retaining its eighteenth century frontage and its characteristic large Georgian panelled windows that are now painted a fresh tea green and adorned with a magnificent

sculptural blackberry. The bright, airy interior has a comfortable minimal style, with a custom-made, hand-built counter displaying mouth-watering freshly baked cakes, tarts and scones. Choose from homemade soup, sandwiches, salads, quiches, a wide selection of homebaking, fresh ground coffee and a variety of teas and herbal infusions. Open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm and Saturday 10.30am 5.30 pm

Exhibition of the week THE Irish Craft Portfolio 2011 exhibition at the National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny runs until Wednesday, May 11. Curated by Yvonna Demczynska of Flow Gallery in London, her selection emphasises the links to nature and landscape present within much of the work, focusing on colours and forms that create a tranquil and contemplative environment. Each craftsperson profiled in Irish Craft Portfolio is a professional

maker with a track record for creating innovative and unique objects. Visitors are encourage to interact with the makers, learn more about their work and enjoy the richness and vibrancy of contemporary Irish craft. Irish Craft Portfolio is a programme that was established by the Crafts Council of Ireland in 2005, to promote and develop contemporary Irish craft of international exhibition standard.

and a respite/therapy for both parents and families. To help the centre raise much needed funds why not join them on the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon, Dublin on Bank Holiday Monday,

June 6. To register please visit http:// www.florawomens minimarathon.ie/ and to support the Aislinn Centre please contact Caitriona on (056) 8833777 or email caitriona@aislinncentre.com. The Aislinn Centre will provide sponsorship cards and t-shirts for the event. They will also provide a bus from Ballyragget via Kilkenny for those involved

Fundraiser of the week AISLINN Adolescent Addiction Centre in Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny offers skilled and extensive drug counselling and treatments to young people (15-21 years old), whose lives have been affected by alcohol, drugs and gambling. They also assist families by offering an addiction awareness programme

Gig of the week IF you haven’t bought your ticket for the ‘Drive-By Truckers’ gig during The Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots Festival, what are you waiting for? These guys are hauling into town for one night only on Sunday, May 1 and tickets are selling fast. Drive-By Truckers are an alternative country/Southern rock band based in Athens, Georgia in the US. Noteworthy for their three guitars line-up,

Drive-By Truckers are often associated with the Southern rock movement of the ‘70s and jam bands but are too cerebral and irreverent to sit squarely in either genre. Their lyrics often revolve around the working class trying to survive in economically-depressed small towns of the South. Make sure you don’t miss out. Tickets from Rollercoater Records, St Kieran’s Street or The Set Theatre.

Something for Sunday COUNTRY Quads in nearby Borris, Co Carlow offers a fun day out for all the family from the age of eight and upwards. The quad course is suitable for all age groups. While you tackle the tougher, rougher parts of the track, the kids can stay on the easier areas. Weather is not a problem - in fact tackling the trails in the rain is even more fun and Country Quads will provide all the safety gear you need.

They also offer clay pigeon shooting which is a fun and highly addictive sport. You don’t need any experience; Country Quads will supply everything you need and their qualified instructors will teach you the basic skills. Their newest offering is a shooting cinema which is a simulated rifle and shotgun experience that recreates the actual experience of shooting. Beginners and those experienced in shooting will enjoy it. Call (059) 9724624 for more.

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Stephen Young is on the way to Cleereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s STEPHEN YOUNGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ďŹ rst appeared on the music scene in late 2008 was when the release of his debut EP: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Boat Called Lotteryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, garnered vast critical acclaim. This prompted Young to take his songs to a broader audience, as he put together a troupe of musicians called The Union to form his band and to set about recording an LP. Described as a visionary ricochet for the times we

live in (The Daily Star), it is Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capacity to deliver a song with pounding heartfelt retrospect that sets him apart from his luminaries. The singer joined forces with producers Gavin Glass, Tommy Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sullivan and engineer Stephen Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien to complete his debut album. The albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wilderness Machineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Young has been hailed as the one to watch in 2011, and Young & The Unionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut single Coke & Rum

can be heard on radio stations across the country. With the album due out March 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; available from all good record stores â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the band are taking the album on the road with an extensive nationwide tour. Accompanied by their Cello and Violin string section, they deliver a show that is simply not to be missed. Stephen and The Union will be in Cleereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Parliament Street on March 26.Admission â&#x201A;Ź8.

A TALK on the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Medieval Stone Carvings of Co Kilkennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; will be held by Graignamanagh Historical Society on Friday, March 25. Guest speaker will be Mr Joseph M Feeley Emeritus Lecturer Engineering, IT Carlow. The talk will begin at 8pm in Graignamanagh Library. All are welcome. Admission is â&#x201A;Ź3 to non members.

Matt Berry (Jackson), Rebecca Murphy (Emily) and Kevin Reade (John) in Kilkenny Musical Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Hired Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; which opens at the Watergate Theatre on April 3.

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pair of feuding brother-in-laws on either side of the white/blue collar divide. Ben Affleck reminds us that before his slick parts in action movies he was a South Boston boy in ‘Good Will Hunting.’ Costner underplays brilliantly and steals the show as a grouchy builder. However the unfortunate thing about this movie is that John Wells is directing for the first time after years of being a TV producer and writer. There is lots of unedited dialogue which expound his rather obvious ideas and  not a single moment of artistic flair. The only thing that saves it is Roger Deakins, the Coen Brothers cinematographer who captures this glossy world and its opposite perfectly. A much better take however on this subject matter both visually and intellectually was the recent Oscar winning ‘Inside Job.’ There are plenty of insights into the horrors of unemployment and it will really hit home with many audience members who have lost their jobs. The reason in the end it fails is that it is hard to care for these wealthy characters no matter how sympathetically they are drawn. I couldn’t imagine people on the dole in this country rushing to see a film that told a kindly version of the story within Fianna Fail/Anglo Irish. — DARRAGH BYRNE.


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CABINET SEASON OF... Morrissey Motors Unveil new Peugeot 508 in Kilkenny

Pictured at the Peugeot 508 Dealer Launch are from left to right: Des Cannon, Peugeot Sales & Marketing Director and Kevin Morrissey, Dealer Principal at Morrissey Motors, Kilkenny

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