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Kilkenny Reporter

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 30 2011

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Local firm chips in with 20 new jobs »Page 2

Enterprise boost will bring staff tally to 40 Exclusive pic: Donal Foley

NIGHT OF STEAK, STAWBERRIES AND MEDALS

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City girls, Elaine Murphy, left and Jane Stapleton were among those paying tribute to the hurlers of Kilkenny at an awards evening in Langton’s. Fittingly there was a bumper attendance, parents, brothers, sisters, girl friends for an end of season dinner which brought down the curtain on another fabulous GAA year for Kilkenny.

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Time to lighten up and ignore budget doom and gloom Enjoy a good laugh with The Reporter’s top columnist Sean Hurley

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It’s in the bag: Local firm boost with 20 jobs on stream Far left: When the chips are down Mario is positive. Left: Work continues at the new premises Right: Welcome: The door to good food

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GAA girls: Aoife O’Neill and Laura Wall Family support: Tom and Kathleen Dalton Pics: Donal Foley

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Eimear Ni Bhraonain presents US ambassador Dan Rooney and his wife, Patricia Rooney, with a copy of her book

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As she wheels her wheelbarrow... Caring Gillian and friends follow in footsteps of Molly Malone JIMMY RHATIGAN JRHATIGAN@KILKENNYREPORTER.IE

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T REALLY h has been b extraordinary, the response I have had to my Reporter article last week about â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Politiciansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. People are very, very angry, totally disillusioned and feel they have been let down by all our political representatives nationwide. It is bad enough the large salaries and tax free expenses that they all get, but to now hear that on top of all that, Ministers get â&#x201A;Ź3,500 towards their laundry and dry cleaning. Just imagine what that amount alone would mean to a family in difficulty. It would pay the two monthly ESB bill of â&#x201A;Ź120 for approximately 29 homes. It would pay the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allowance for a family with one child receiving â&#x201A;Ź140 per month for over two years, a family with two children receiving â&#x201A;Ź280 per month for approximately one year, a family with three children

receiving i i â&#x201A;Ź447 per month th ffor eight months. On top of all that the Government are now proposing to take â&#x201A;Ź10 per child from each family. It would pay for the proposed charge of â&#x201A;Ź50 for a medical card for 70 people. It would feed 35 families who spend â&#x201A;Ź100 on food per week. I could give you hundreds more examples of what that amount of money could do for employers, carers, people in debt with their mortgage, people who are unemployed and many more. Now donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget readers, we are only talking here about their â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Laundry Moneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Is it any wonder people feel so hopeless? The politicians are giving two ďŹ ngers to the people of this country, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obscene taking money like that from the hard pressed taxpayers, and it goes against all that is fair and just in our society.


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Hardy kids show true grit but luck runs out FIFTEEN HARDY and brave Deen Celtic U8s were involved in thrillers under lights against Freebooters at wet and windy Scanlon Park. In game one the home side raced into a two-goal lead. Celtic pulled one back with a great free from Alan Smyth and came out much stronger in the second half, drawing level with a goal from Matthew Heeny and then came a brace from Eoghan Moore. Luke Flanagan had another ďŹ ne game in goal and got great cover from full backs Kieran Brennan and Malachy Flaherty. Dominic Bolster Conroy was strong in central defence while Robbie Ring did well in midďŹ eld. With the game level at 4-4, Celtic conceded a late goal. In game two, Celtic battled hard but were two down. The Celts found a new lease of life and levelled at 2-2. Both teams added a goal but Celtic conceded another. Scorers: Evan Harding (2) and Corey Bray.

Happy hunting The Kilkenny â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cross Country Championships in Thomastown were a happy hunting ground for local athletes. Four gold medals, two team, two individual, and a team bronze were won. In U8 girls, Molly Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dornan and Ella Buggy ďŹ nished 9th and 11th. U10 girls were joint bronze medallists - Katie Clarke (10th, Molly Coogan (14th) and Sarah Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill (20th). Sean Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dornan won U10 -

John Kevin Malone, William Fox, Cathal Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Reilly , Tommy Coogan, Liam Doyle, James Hogan and Luca Downey combined for gold. U12 also struck gold - Killian Hogan was leading when he strayed but recovered well to ďŹ nish 4th, followed by James Buggy (6th) and Nicky Connolly (9th). Roisin Allen impressed when winning U12 - Aoife Cahalan (14) and Ellen Buggy (24) completed the team. Ross Connolly was 9th and Conor Normoyle 10th in U14. Maedbh Delaney was 9th in U14. Lauren Dermody won U16 gold.

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This truly is the miracle of Fatima: Absolutely brilliant!

Pics: Donal Foley

A fantastic journey down Memory Lane with snapper Tom Brett JIMMY RHATIGAN JRHATIGAN@KILKENNYREPORTER.IE

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Well done Tom: GAA Co Board chairman Paul Kinsella

Kilkenny People columnist Gerry Moran and hurling legend Eddie Keher

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REPORTER WISH LIST A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE THINGS... Scrub up for Christmas GET healthy and glowing skin, even after waxing, with Lycon deep clean scrub and moisturising lotion. Using nature for inspiration, the collection is a sensory and visual delight. The spa-quality, oil-free sugar scrub (€19.95) is suitable for the entire body. It gently exfoliates and moisturises without leaving oily residue which can clog skin and create breakouts. It’s excellent to help dislodge ingrown hairs after waxing or shaving. The fast absorbing hand and body moisturising lotion (€15) is a luxurious and invigorating blend of pink grapefruit, shea butter and jojoba oil. Specially formulated with pro-vitamin B5 and vitamin E, it effectively minimises the visible signs of ageing. Lycon is available in leading salons countywide.

Atari Flashback A CLASSIC is reborn! The legendary gaming console Atari Flashback 3 has returned and with an amazing 60 built-in games it is sure to make you seriously nostalgic. It comes with two original style Atari controllers and console.

With games including such as ‘Asteroids’, ‘Missile Command’, ‘Centipede’, ‘Yars’ Revenge’, ‘Submarine Commander’, Night Driver’ and 54 others, there are hours and hours of gaming entertainment for the whole family. The Flashback 3 really is a nostalgia trip to an era when video gaming first had mass appeal. Suitable for ages five years and over. Available from Argos.

Cake Chic IF baking and tea-time are back in vogue then ‘Cake Chic’ by Peggy Porschen is the bible of the trend. Not just a book of recipes but a font of straightforward techniques that create the most sophisticated and appetising treats. Peggy combines her amazing gift for matching charming design with striking colour and her effortless flair for accessorizing cakes like fashion outfits to produce her most striking and

elegant collection of cakes yet. Create ‘Ballerina Pumps’,’Cherry Blossom Bites’, ‘Damask Delights’ and a host of other highfashion accessories for the perfect tea party. Available from Yesterdays, Patrick Street for €24.95.

Shark attack! Crazy helmets provide a rare opportunity to combine play and safety. The helmets have specially designed 3D effects that provide a vivid expression, which without a doubt is both cool and exciting. The Crazystuff company produces bicycle accessories for kids inspired by cartoons. The aim is to increase the safety of children cycling, particularly in traffic. All products have been carefully tested and meet all the necessary safety standards. The interior shock-absorbent foam is moulded and melded to the outer shell, which is a new process for this type of product, and the final details are painted on by hand. Available from www.paulsmith.co.uk for €45.

Festive cheer INJECT some festive cheer into your winter wardrobe with this stunning red knitted dress by Dorothy Perkins. The chunky cable knit dress comes with pretty plait detailing at the shoulder and falls to a flattering knee length. It would look great worn with cosy tights and knee high boots. As it is a wool mix it should keep you warm no matter what weather the coming season brings.


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Shop of the week H&M recently arrived in Kilkenny in MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre. It is a shop that the whole family can enjoy as it offers clothes for everyone’s tastes. It has everything from gorgeous dresses for women from just €29.99 to cosy winter jackets from €39.95. Classy shirts are also available for men from only €12.95 and comfy winter gloves from just €4.95. There is also a wide

y. selection that kids can enjoy. Fabulous denims from boot m leg to skinny jeans start from €12.95 and a range of fun tops from €6.95. H&M is a shop that will keep the wholee family happy this Christmas.. From winter jackets for mum to woolly gloves for dad they have it all at prices that won’t break the bank! Open Monday to Saturdays from 9am to 7pm, Sundays and bank holidays 12 noon to 6pm.

Theatre of the week ADELE King (aka Twink) performs ‘Trading Faces’ or ‘Who gives a tuck?’at The Watergate Theatre from December 1 to 3. Fifty-something dowdy Dublin dreamer Eve has decided that the answer to a new and exciting life is cosmetic surgery- but will a new face, a tight tummy and a ‘trout pout’ really makes her dreams come true? Laugh (if your Botox allows) and celebrate with Eve as she goes on an

hilarious and often touching journey to realise her new look. The hilarious show will have the audience in stitches with its witty gags including ‘Next time I buy a bikini it’ll be a three piece; a top, bottom and a blind fold!’ and ‘I still have an hour glass figure – but all the sand has run to the bottom!’.” Joining Adele in the show is Janet Philips who previously played solicitor June Pearson in Fair City. Tickets €25/€22.

Book of the week ‘WHERE Were You? Dublin Youth Culture and Street Style 1950 – 2000’ is the coffee book of the year. The book is a photographic journey through five decades of Dublin’s youth cultures, street styles and teenage life. The book’s content takes in punks, teddy boys, skinheads, hippies, mods, rockers, goths, bikers,

B-boys, skateboarders, soul boys, new romantics and pshcobillies. The material sourced for the book covers roughly the 14 to 23 year old age group. Photographs range from individual or crowd shots, taken at or inside gigs, clubs, discos and pubs to scenes shot in streets, houses and parks. Available in independent book shops now.

Product of the week AT only €12, the Spokelit cycle light is a great safety device which glows as you cycle leaving a trail of light to catch motorists’ attention. Not only is it a great safety device it will also make your bike looking trendy and attractive. The Spokelit is easy to use as it is attached to the spokes of your wheels using clips. This

trendy device is also made durable for tough terrain and has a protective shield that renders it water resistant. So whether it’s for young or old, competitive or leisure cyclists the Spokelit is the affordable, fun safety device for this Christmas. Available from iwantoneofthose.com.

Pub of the week THE Harvester Bar, Danesfort, is a family run country pub that prides itself on its warm, friendly atmosphere and customer care. While its customer base is mostly local, the same welcome is extended to tourists and passing trade. The premises consists of a small, cosy lounge where customers can relax, chat and socialise in comfortable surroundings. The bar is where most locals go to meet

friends, enjoy a few drinks, play cards, pool, darts, rings or watch matches on the big screen. There is a comfortable smoking area with TV and an enclosed beer garden to the rear which is safe for younger clientele to play in. Responsible drinking and customer care are an in-house priority so free transport is provided with a customer courtesy bus. Facilities include bar, lounge, smoking area, beer garden and car parking and there is a cosy open fire almost all year round.


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THE Field Bar overlooking The Parade is a lively spot if you are looking for a night out however, they also offer a delicious menu with lots to choose from. Their reputation for food has managed, despite the recession, to hold its niche in the Kilkenny bar and restaurant food market. From their succulent steaks and Singapore style noodles to traditional favourites such as Irish stew and lasagne to our signature sea food chowder, interest continues to mount and the

punters, young and old, tourists and locals are gushing in their praise. Chef’s Matthew atthew Perdieu and Asar Nashaldi have managed to get the perfect blend through hard work, finesse and their culinary skills. Food service hours are from 9am

until un 8p 8pm every ev da day. W Why no not pop in a and hav have peek a pe at ttheir new improved menu and say hello to their friendly staff who will do their utmost best look after you and your needs.

Exhibition of the week A Irish jewellery An eexhibition, which is open tto visitors at Terminal 2 2, Dublin Airport will sshowcase the best of K Kilkenny and Irish jewellery d design to the hundreds o of thousands of holiday ttravellers passing through tthe busy hub between now aand Christmas. T The exhibition, featuring 116 of Ireland’s top jjewellery designer-makers, rreflects the diversity

of contemporary Irish design. As part of the exhibition makers are holding jewellery making demonstrations giving passengers flying in and out of Ireland the opportunity to appreciate the fine craftsmanship of each individually designed piece. A selection of work from the exhibition will travel to Munich in Germany in February for a major international trade fair,

Inhorghenta. The jewellery designers featured at the T2 exhibition also include well established jewellers such as Alan Ardiff, Angela O’Kelly, Rachel Swan, Inga Reed from Johnswell in Kilkenny, Geraldine Murphy and Filip Vanas. The beautiful pieces are available to purchase at the House of Ireland shop in T2 and can be seen on www.giveirishcraft.com/ jewellery.

free santa suits provided. All funds raised will go to the Kilkenny branch of the Irish Society for Autism.

The Society was formed to create awareness of autism and to convince authorities that early diagnosis and specialised education would greatly enhance the quality of life for people with Autism. In the last 45 years they have provided information for thousands of people, parents, families, educators, students and health care workers.

Fundraiser of the week KILKENNY’S annual 5km Santa Fun Run /Walk will be held on Saturday, December 10. Registration is in The Left Bank on The Parade between 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Santas will depart Kilkenny Castle gates at 3pm before walking down Rose Inn Street in their santa suits and then running, jogging or walking the 5 km route. Santas are advised to bring a belt or tape with them

as the suits can be quite large. Entry is €10 for santas and €5 for mini santas with

Gig of the week KILKENNY band ‘Saturn’s Virtue’ play their long-awaited debut gig in Cleere’s Theatre this coming Saturday. The four-piece progressive rock band formed in late 2010 when like minded musicians from two different bands found they had a lot of the same interests in music. They started

to push it as far as it would take them and found their varied styles came together in a flood of emotional and rhythmic intensity. Their writing often takes a contemporary approach to rhythm and song structure with use of compound time and phrasing. Their songs can sound complex at times but when it all comes together there is

Food of the Week IF you are off sugar or unable to eat gluten it can be difficult to track down nice tasting sugar free or gluten free sweets. However, the Slip Sweet Shop on Kilkenny’s Butterslip has a great range to tempt your taste buds. Choose from sugar free fruit gums, gummy bears, cola bottles, lemon and lime acid drops and twin cherries; sugar free and gluten free sherbet lemons, rhubarb and custard and fruit drops and gluten free cola pips

all for €2 a quarter pound. If you can’t make it to the shop it has a wonderful easy to use website where you can order whatever takes your fancy. Tease yourself while browsing through the hundreds of sweets and see if you can stop yourself from buying a quarter pound of your favourite sweets or a retro sweet jar with a selection of up to three of your favourite sweet mixes. Log onto www.slipsweetshop.com

a resounding simplicity of melody. The careful blend of effects help aid the transition of their instruments into subtle textures and alternate voices. This gives their songs more depth and clarity. Have a listen to some of their tracks at www. reverbnation.com/ saturnsvirtue. Support is by ‘Paradox’ and ‘Syllian Rayle’.

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On the streets that you know . . . Kwilla Kwilla is a truly precious little find nestled neatly on Rose Inn Street. Staff at Kwilla aim to provide you with design led, fashion forward, unique accessories and gifts at affordable prices. All of the brands in stock are exclusive. Many of the products on sale are hand-made here. Kwilla are proud stockists of: A Box for My Treasure - Jewellery Handmade in Ireland; Adam King - Stunning Handmade Silver Jewellery; And Mary - Cute Jewellery and Fab Leather Bags;

Arty Smarty - Jewellery hand-made in Ireland; Cable & Cotton - Handmade garland lights; Chupi - Jewels hand-made in Ireland; Decadorn - Boho Chic Jewellery; Fay’s Studio - Exclusive collection of greeting cards; Galibardy - Wild rings and necklaces - Ultimate statement pieces; Hannah Davies - Exclusive Collection of Greeting The Christmas Club at Kwilla is now open to anyone who wishes to put items away on deposit. Spread the cost and have your favourite items in time for Christmas!

LLola Rose Lola Rose is Kilkenny’s newest boutique and boasts elegance and sophistication. With a wide range of designers from all over the world in store, Lola Rose is a style haven for all fashionistas, and has quickly become known as the perfect place to go for women’s clothing and accessories. The boutique is open 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and after hours

by appointment for those who want to enjoy a VIP shopping experience. Deposits can be taken and gift vouchers are also available. Brands available at Lola Rose include: Pia Michi, Caroline Kilkenny, Gestuz, CéCi Tokyo, Manoush, Soaked in Luxury as well as Loraine Domican head pieces, Fiona McGuinness shoes, Hultquist and Tutti and Co.


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On the streets that you know . . . Blaa Blaa Blaa At Blaa Blaa Blaa at Canal Square, just off Rose Inn Street, you can purchase just about any sandwich, roll, Blaa or wrap you desire. With delicious toppings such as chilli jam and sundried tomatoes to choose from, every sandwich from Blaa Blaa Blaa is special.

All sandwiches are freshly made in front of you and ingredients such as sausages and eggs are cooked to order. Also worth trying is their delicious coffee that is made using their Gaggia machine. There is a small seating section outside if you fancy stopping for a

while to watch the world go by. With the River Nore flowing in front of you, Kilkenny Castle in the background, you won’t be stuck for a pleasing view. If time isn’t on your side, you can always phone your order in and collect it when it’s ready. Call 056 7752212

Darcy and Ralph Darcy and Ralph is an absolute treasure trove containing every kind of toy and trinket you could desire. This institution of Kilkenny retail has provided many last minute

presents and stocking fillers over the years since it opened. They have something for all ages and tastes, so you never know what you might find when you pop in. It has has one of the best dressed

windows in the city, where much of what is on offer within the shop is displayed to great effect. The friendly staff are there to help you find the perfect present or toy for that someone special.


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On the streets that you know . . . D&R When you see the marvellous window-display in this shop you will quickly realise that you are about to enter an Aladdin’s cave of antiques and bric-a-brac. The selection here is large and very varied, with religious

iconography, drink-related items, ashtrays, coins, lamps, China ornaments and carved birds nestling amongst larger antiques like fireplaces and furniture. Not surprisingly, prices vary

greatly across the range of items. Rather incongruously perhaps, the shop also has a wedding Rolls Royce and limousine hire service. D&R is definitely a place for the browser.

The Old Curiosity Shop This new addition just off Rose Inn Street is a must see. From old fashion TVs to record players, phones, they

buy all kinds of old furniture and collectables. Staff also buy gold and silver on request. It is

amazing what collectables you can find when you pay a visit to the Old Curiosity Shop.


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very dated next year once the technology has been improved. The beauty of the original was the puppetry which even now is still frightening. The storyline of this version is extremely derivative of another classic - ‘Aliens’ . The central character is very similarly drawn to Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley while at times even physically they look very like. It is bad enough to ruin the legacy of one franchise but to quote another so explicitly shows a serious lack of originality. The only thing it has to offer are plenty of cheap shocks which bluff the audience and then deliver a double whammy. But even this old trick is used too often to surprise anyone by the end. All in all a mess of a film which will only terrify fanboys by how crappy it is compared to the beloved Carpenter movie. None of the paranoia or witty dialogue is here and it is really hard to care about any of the character’s demise since none of them is established properly. Studios might be able to turn a penny over on this but I can’t imagine this haunting you for long afterward while the 80s film still gives me cold sweats even thinking about it. - DARRAGH BYRNE

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Champions: St Patrick’s, Ballyragget, who beat Ballyfin in the AIB Leinster Club Junior Hurling Championship on Sunday

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