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WEDNESDAY APRIL 27 2011

Wedding will bring a royal flush to the Marble City Prince follows Count at our Georgian celebration »P2

John Nulty realises dream in time for Good Friday

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Exclusive: Pat Moore

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MAD HATTER’S EASTER PRIZE PARTY Adam Walsh (7), Dunmore receiving his prize from the Mad Hatter, The Rabbit and Market Cross Centre Manager, Pat Ryan »P24

NEWS

Pastor goes full circle in quest to launch new Kilkenny Church


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KILKENNY REPORTER 27 04 2011

City’s first Aldi store will lead to new jobs JIMMY RHATIGAN JRHATIGAN@KILKENNYREPORTER.IE

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NEWS 3

27 04 2011 KILKENNY REPORTER

From Hardware to Church as the wheel turns full circle New house of prayer opens in city centre JIMMY RHATIGAN JRHATIGAN@KILKENNYREPORTER.IE

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I WOULD VIEW OUR NEW CHURCH AS THE RESURRECTION OF CHRISTIANITY IN OUR CITY. I HAVE SEEN PEOPLE HEALED OF SICKNESS IN OUR CHURCH

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Cross carrier, Paul Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shea, Bishop Birch, with Cllr Joe Malone and his son, Jamie (10), Tommy Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill, and Paul Kealy Pic: Pat Moore

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Pastor Andy Guilfoyle, Pastor John Nulty and Church member, Brian Stone; Natasha Guilfoyle (inset) Pics: Pat Moore

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KILKENNY REPORTER 27 04 2011

Presentation girls in the best of company after classy craftwork

Fire fighter, Paul O’Sullivan climbed Everest last year for Saplings School and is confident the lads will pull it off again on the April 30 charity climb

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Sky’s the limit for fire fighters facing daunting Everest climb Felter Nicola Brown in her Thomas Horst Duster

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NEWS 7

27 04 2011 KILKENNY REPORTER

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ted passes away

Nursing along the talent of a lifetime Pics: Pat Moore

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REPORTER WISHLIST THESE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE THINGS.... COLOUR BLOCKING COLOUR blocking is a huge trend this spring/summer but it is not for everyone. It takes a brave person to put a mixture of bright colours together without feeling a little bit like a circus clown. However, if you want to embrace the trend without going the whole hog you could invest in these beaded t bar sandals from Penneys. Due in store mid-month they are going for a song at only €9. They would work really well with most colours but if you really want to make them pop wear them with black. These sandals would see you right through the summer!

BRIGHT STAR EMBRACE a creative design with this yellow tropical scarf top from Star by Julien Macdonald. The artistic tropical print brings

a relaxed and bright tone to your look, complete with a contrasting black trim to the round neck and cuffs and a tie to the waist, giving a more fitted look. This would be a great holiday top that would carry you from the beach to a night out and would be super flattering on all body shapes because of the way the material drapes. It’s also an opportunity to add a designer piece to your wardrobe while paying only a high street price. Available from www. debenhams.ie for €60 plus delivery.

LIQUID FABRIC IT can be difficult to find good products for curly hair. Most of them either leave your hair feeling too soft and flyaway or rock hard. This is not the case however with Shu

Uemura’s Liquid Fabric. Designed to accentuate the beauty of curly hair, Liquid Fabric revitalises and invigorates curls and waves. This mineral-infused spray produces an ideal curl pattern with a natural looking finish while providing moisture balance, humidity resistance, frizz control and heatstyling protection. It’s also perfectly safe to use on colour-treated hair. Shu Uemura products can be hard to find but there is a great selection of them available on www.shampoo. ie where you can order the fabulous Liquid Fabric for €27.

SUNSET WITH a stretch opening up in the evenings it’s time to go out and get a barbecue and start enjoying some meals outdoors. Chimeneas are the hottest garden accessories right now. As the story goes, chimeneas were invented hundreds if not thousands of years ago by Mexican tribesmen who developed them as a means of providing heat for their families as well as a vessel for cooking and baking. The original chimenea was designed to keep the rain off the fire and the family warm using merely a couple of sticks. This handsome Old Yellow Sunset chimenea is available from www. barbecue.ie. A small one will set you back €59, medium €79 and large €129.

RUBY WOO! YOUR search for the perfect red lipstick is over! Mac’s ‘Ruby Woo’ is hands down the best shade of red lipstick ever invented. It is the colour of choice for stalwart red lipped divas Dita Von Teese and Imelda May so if you wear it you can be sure you are in good company. The rich blood red lipstick is very reminiscent of pin up girls of times gone by. It has super staying power so once on it will not bleed or budge all night. It’s quite a matte lipstick, which is what gives it such as lasting effect, however, if you prefer a glossier finish you could always top it up with a clear lipgloss such as Mac’s ‘Clear Lipglass’.

Mac products are available through Mint on Patrick Street.

STRESS AWAY IS stress getting you down? Unfortunately stress has become an accepted part of modern life but help is at hand with BetterYou ‘Stress Away’. The supplement has been formulated to help provide sustainable energy, mood uplift and clarity of thought to tackle all that modern life can throw at you. The quickly absorbed combination of naturally sourced herbs and minerals helps to relax muscles and sharpen the mind to help promote a sense of control. The combination of natural, food-sourced ingredients have been specifically chosen to help during times of modern, urban stress, anxiety and unease. Available from www.betteryou.uk.com.

COWSHED IT’S almost time to start planning what products you will bring with you on holidays. Cowshed are renowned for their range of honest, natural and therapeutic products that are made using only the best organic and wild crafted plant extracts. Their products have individual and thoughtful fragrances, they deliver what they promise and have a positive effect on your body and mind. Their handy travel size pack contains everything you could need for a trip away including ‘Saucy Cow’ softening conditioner, ‘Cowlick’ gentle shampoo, ‘Knackered Cow’ relaxing body lotion, ‘Horny Cow’ seductive bath and shower gel and ‘Lippy Cow’ natural lip cream. The set is available from www.asos. com.

BEACH READY GET your body beach ready with the aid of a personal trainer or some fitness classes with ‘ES Fitness’. Run by Eddie Sheehan, who has 10 years experience in the health and fitness industry, ‘ES Fitness’ can offer you the services of a qualified personal trainer and a lifestyle and weight management consultant. Eddie is also a qualified kettlebell coach and co-founder of Kilkenny Kettlebell Club where he trains athletes for international competitions. As well as one to one personal training and semi private sessions, he teaches group fitness classes and in 2008 established Bootcamp Kilkenny outdoor fitness class. Log onto www.esfitness.ie for details.


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A|wear invites you all to join Club Tropicana

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OLD colour blocking, midi/ maxi lengths and brave new shapes all feature strongly in A|wear’s ‘Club Tropicana’ summer collection. Think Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall dancing the night away in Studio 54. Silhouettes are dramatic with floor skimming maxi dresses in luxe aubergine and deep purple mixed with bright tropical prints. A cool ‘70s influence is key across the collection with vibrant colour playing a vital role. Hues of tangerine, coral, fuchsia, yellow and purple are all dominant. There are two key lengths in dresses this season; the maxi and the midi. Both are versatile and easy to wear. Team them with simple flip flops and costume jewellery in shades of gold. According to A|wear the midi length is the new ‘go to’ length this season and they predict it will be a wardrobe staple going forward. The Club Tropicana collection includes a 1970s inspired black midi dress (€45) to get you started. Its length and cinched waist make it bang on trend. Dress it up with killer heels or dress down with flats. Add a faded denim cropped shape jacket and it will definitely be your ‘throw on and go’ dress this season. In trouser shapes, the new style is definitely the all in one palazzo jumpsuit, a real timeless classic. The A|wear slinky aubergine style (€45) is a must have this summer. Team with a thin gold waisted belt and relaxed hair and make up for a simple yet glamorous evening look. For the girl who likes to brave her legs, the shorter style dress is still important. Key shapes include the asymmetric dress (€45) which will make the perfect party piece or the floral ditsy print belted dress (€40) ideal for a daytime casual look. In knitwear and t-shirts, colour blocking really bursts onto the scene with super bright orange, pink and coral. Team up with easy white denim

(€30) or softly faded skinnies for instant summer colour. In accessories, the classic clutch is key (€20) in shiny mock croc and gold. This season A|wear is introducing their first ever summer footwear collection starting at just €19 for fab flip flops in metallic gold and silver. Suede sandals with pretty corsage detailing in burnt orange and taupe (€29) will also make a real footwear statement. For height, they’re championing the wedge. With catwalk inspired woven and raffia styles in natural and block colours (€55) these will make for effortless holiday mix and matching. For something a little more special they offer embellished platform styles (€45) in pinks and purples and the season’s signature print; leopard (€39) to really make a wow statement. The most important thing to take from the new collection is most definitely the price! You can achieve the entire ‘70s look including footwear for less than €100. What’s not to love! A|wear is available in Goods, High Street and MacDonagh Junction.


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Shop of the week ‘ARTISTS By Night’, Tia and Dani Vellani design and handcraft out-ofthe-ordinary jewellery with prices that everyone can afford. A visit to their workshop at Castlecomer Estate Yard allows customers to witness the meticulous effort that goes into each piece. Tia and Dani aim to bring innovative and beautiful art to the community and to maintain their studio as a cutting-edge visionary space where visitors can share a stimulating chat and become part

of the creative process. They offer handcrafted designer jewellery, wearable fine art sculpture, a guarantee of superior quality and durability, outstanding customer service, a range of prices, selections for women, men, teenagers and kids and accept ideas from visitors who order custom works. ‘Artists by Night’ were recently commissioned to make a special one-off brooch for Hollywood legend Maureen O’Hara.

This influence encourages young Mark Sweeney to leave his home and enter religious life in Chapel Hill House Of Prayer. However, Mark is introduced to a different

outlook, culture and ‘world’ when his exiled Uncle Jack returns home unexpectedly in late ’69. What ensues is a tense, enthralling and emotional story as these two worlds inevitably clash. Willie Egan’s previous work includes ‘Dreams, Schemes and Miracles’, ‘Darby’s Castle’, ‘The Diamond Spider’ and ‘The Good To Suffer’. The play is directed by Brendan Corcoran.

Theatre of the week WILLIE Egan’s ‘The Winter Of 69’ opens at the Watergate Theatre tonight (Wednesday) and runs until Saturday with performances 8pm nightly. The play looks at a particular situation when two cultural worlds collide within the same family. The Sweeney family, rural small farmers of the time, have lived all their lives in the safe sheltered ‘world’ of religious influence and guidance.  

Book of the week HER name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Born a poor black tobacco farmer, her cancer cells, taken without her knowledge, became a multimillion-dollar industry and one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet Henrietta’s family did not learn of her ‘immortality’ until more than twenty years after her death, with devastating consequences. Balancing the beauty and drama of scientific discovery with dark questions about who owns the stuff our bodies are made of ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ by Rebecca Skloot is an extraordinary journey in search of the soul and story of a real woman.

Product of the week FORGET all that boring communication business, the sophisticated timewaster’s favourite app involves catapulting comedy birds at egg-snaffling piggies. Indeed with over 50 million downloads across all platforms, Angry Birds is a smartphone phenomenon. But why merely play Angry Birds when you can snuggle up to a real one? If you like your birds big and angry (but don’t mind the odd pig) look no further because these snugglesome cuddlies are 8” high! There are four different ones to collect – Piggy, Yellow, Blue and Red Angry Bird. Get yours from www. firebox.com.

Pub of the week A NIGHT out at Biddy Early’s on John Street is guaranteed to be an eventful one. With live bands, djs, karaoke and party nights there is always something happening. Tonight (Wednesday) they are hosting a ‘Bud Ice Cold Index launch where customers will be introduced to the all new Bud Ice Cold Index App for mobiles. There will be food, sample pints, music, entertainment and fun. Every day between May

1 - August 31 barstaff will read the temperature at 1pm. When the temperature is 16-17.9 degrees = €1 off a Budweiser, 18-19.9 degrees = €2 off a Budweiser and 20+ degrees = Free Budweiser Ice Cold!! You can download the App on iTunes and android from today. The hotter the day, the less you pay. Biddy Early’s also do an exciting line in cocktails and shots at very competitive prices.


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THE ETHOS of Cafe Sol, William Street and Thomastown is to provide good honest local food freshly cooked and tastefully presented at value for money prices. Recommended by The Bridgestone Guide and Georgina Campbell’s Ireland Guide, both restaurants are members of the Kilkenny Food Trail. The restuarants’ cuisine could be described as contemporary Irish with a Mediterranean influence. They use fresh local produce such

as Lavistown sausage and cheese, cheese Kilkenny beef and Ballon free range eggs. They offer quality food and wine with friendly service in a warm

and inviting atmosphere. Open for lunch and for evening dinner seven days a week, they run occasional theme nights and regular wine tasting dinners. They also offer a Sol Rewards! Loyalty Card  so diners can eat, drink and save. Collect points every time you eat in one of the restaurants and once you’ve collected enough points you’ll be able to avail of special offers that are exclusive to Reward Card holders.

DRAWING and music have much in common. They possess many similar tools of expression such as rhythm, movement, pace, fluidity, harmony and tone. With this in mind artist Catherine Barron will engage with the Rhythm & Roots Festival this coming weekend as a creative force for a three day drawing project, where the drawings will be a direct reaction and response to the sights and sounds of the festival. The drawings will then form the basis of an exhibition during The

Kilkenny Arts Festival in August. Speaking about the project she said: “ I will prepare a variety of grounds and materials so that I can engage with abstract/expressive drawing as well as observational/ figurative drawing and every hybrid in between including collage. “I hope not to engage in any retouching or redrawing when the festival has ended so that I will have an authentic body of work which directly reflects my experience of the festival.”

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Fundraiser of the week THE Carer’s Association mini marathon takes place this coming Monday. Everyone is welcome to take part. Bring the strollers or even the dog on a lead. Water will be available at tables along the route. Order of Malta personnel will be there in case of any medical issues and a wheelchair bus will be available for anybody in need of assistance.   You can stroll, walk, jog or run - it’s up to you. The race starts at 3pm at Woodies carpark on the

Ring Road. Late registration will be held outside Aspect Hotel. The 10k run will proceed out the Kilkenny/Waterford Road (N10), to Foulkstown, turning left at Foulkstown, and around in a right hand loop to Grovine Cross where participants will turn right and continue back to the finish line in Woodies carpark. Registration is €12. Log onto www.runireland.com or www. carersireland.com for entry forms or further details.

Gig of the week WHEN rock ‘n’ roll was shaken from its pre-punk complacency by the emergence of Dr Feelgood, it was their guitarist Wilko Johnson who excited most attention, not only for the startling violence of his stage performance but also for his guitar style which combined the roles of lead and rhythm guitar in driving riffs and a stuttering machine gun frenzy which altered conception of ‘guitar heroics’. The list of ‘70s New Wave bands

who acknowledge the influence of Wilko and the Feelgoods include The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The Jam, The Boomtown Rats, The Ramones and Blondie. Wilko plays two gigs in Kilkenny at the Rhythm and Roots festival – one this coming Saturday night in The Set Theatre and another at 3pm on Sunday afternoon in The Kilford Arms. Tickets are available from Rollercoaster Records, St Kieran’s Street.

Something for Sunday WITH the good weather set to continue it’s time to get the whole family out walking again. If you are looking for a signposted walk then you should head to Kilmacoliver Walk, Tullahought. The trail begins on level terrain and works its way uphill for about two kilometres. Once you reach the summit of Kilmacoliver Hill the views are truly spectacular. On a fine day you can see the counties of Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Carlow.

At the top you will also discover a circular enclosure of standing stones believed to be a megalithic tomb commonly known as the ‘Burial Ground’. On the walk back down you can see the village of Ahenny built by a mining company to house slate quarrymen. The graveyards that border the village feature Celtic High Crosses dating from the 7th century. Measuring six kilometres the walk takes about one and a half hours to complete.

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The Winter of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;69, Watergate Theatre @ 8pm Movie Night, Billy Byrneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s @ 8.30pm Open Mic Night, Ryanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s @ 9pm Texas Holdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Em McGuinnessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar @ 8pm

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KILKENNY DISTRICT UMBRO LEAGUE FIXTURES SATURDAY APRIL 19

Division 3 Cup, preliminary round Highview Athletic â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; v Evergreen â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, 6 45 Saturday, April 30 Leinster Youths Cup Evergreen v Belvedere, 2.30 Buckley Youths Cup (2.30) Deen Celtic v Clover United Freshford Town v Evergreen â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Freebooters v AC Kilkenny Bennettsbridge Parts Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup Final Bridge United/ or East End v Callan/or Thomastown, 6pm, Derdimus

SUNDAY, MAY 1

McCalmount quarter-ďŹ nals (11am unless stated) Callan United v Clover United River Rangers v East End Freebooters â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; v Freebooters â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, 2.30 Evergreen â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; v St Patâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boys Fix and Build Division 1 (11am) Thomastown â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; v Lions â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Stoneyford v Freshford Town Bridge â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; v Highview Athletic â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ken and Michael Byrne

Memorial Cup (2.30 unless stated) Deen Celtic â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; v Thomastown â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tullaroan v Spa, 11am Bridge â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; v Lions â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Division 3 Cup (2.30 unless stated) Newpark â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; v Urlingford Brookville v Clifden, 11am AC Kilkenny â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; v East End â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Clover â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; v Highview â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or Evergreen

MONDAY, MAY 2

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Division 1 Bridge v Tullaroan, 12 noon Tuesday, April 3 Premier Division Freebooters â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; v East End â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, 6 45

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4

Premier Division Freebooters â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; v Evergreen â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, 6.45 Division 1 Highview â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; v Callan, 6.45

SATURDAY, APRIL 7

Henderson Youths Shield Final Freshford Town v Evergreen â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, 6pm


Kilkenny Reporter 27th April 2011