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Kilkenny Reporter

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 7 2011

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Kilkenny Reporter

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 7 2011

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Confidence is key, legend tells heroes Rugby and soccer pays tribute to young hurling stars

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PHOTO LOVE IS... WINNING A CROWN FOR CARING KIDS Fundraising king Eamon Cleere met his most devoted fans on Friday. After winning a national title for the O’Neill Centre, on Thursday it was tots at the centre who won Eamon’s heart with a home-made card of congratulations which carried the magic words: ‘A Big Thank You from all at the O’Neill Centre’. The Charity King is pictured at the centre’s Rompa Room with staff member Áine Delaney » Story, Page 3 and young service users

Home alone: No hope say Gardai and Contact Senior citizens in fantastic mood at Christmas party for 400 » Story and pictures P16


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Far left: Super stars: a group of talent Left: Young support: Aoife Wadding and Amy Brian Right: Advice: Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh Get well soon: John MacClean

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Youngsters on course in cross country challenge Students from the NUI CertiďŹ cate in Addiction Studies with staff from Kilkenny Campus and NUI Maynooth. Back, from left: Dr Derek Barter, Professor Rowena Pecchenino, Maeve Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Byrne. Front, from left: Niall Brennan, Ruth Dreeling, Ger Campbell (tutor), Ann-Marie Dunne, Aidan Fitzpatrick

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BIG LOCAL interest in the Cross Country Championships Sligo was in the Juvenile Even Ages races. Conor Clarke U12 and Lauren Dermody U16 took on the course which featured one particularly steep climb and heavy underfoot conditions. Conor and Lauren performed with distinction. Conorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 19th earned him Leinster team silver medal. Lauren ďŹ nished 42nd. These will be joined by Nicky Connolly, Killian Hogan and Andrew Dowd in the second tranche of juvenile races - Conor at U11 and Lauren at U15 - at The Curragh shortly.

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Liam Lawton Concert in aid of church renovation fund, in the Church of the Immaculate Conception on December 13, 8pm. Tickets: Post Office, Parish Centre or the Gem Book Centre.

Exhibitions Sylvia Parkinson, Gowran is exhibiting paintings, including scenes of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Comer, until December 10. Also on display is a selection of hand-made jewellery by Winifred Roche. The Afternoon Book Club meets in the Library today at 2.30. All are welcome to join their discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Keyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Tatiana De Rosnay.

The Nattering Knitters Group meet on Thursday mornings. Anyone with an interest in knitting, sewing or any craft, is welcome between 10am and 12 noon. Toddlers and their carers are welcome to join them for crafts and stories at 11.30 every Thursday.

Out for blood The Blood Transfusion Service will be in the Community School tomorrow, Thursday, 4.30 to 8pm.

Local lottos GAA â&#x201A;Ź9,800; Golf â&#x201A;Ź8,600; Vaults â&#x201A;Ź650. The Deenside is now on sale in local shops.

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Father and son on red alert in battle for green JIMMY RHATIGAN JRHATIGAN@KILKENNYREPORTER.IE

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Man stabbed following shop raid JIMMY RHATIGAN JRHATIGAN@KILKENNYREPORTER.IE

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Rev Elaine in move to Cork parish

Tristan McGrath (5) and Laoise Nolan (7) from Clara, Kilkenny at the launch of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Give Irish Craftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; campaign

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Pics: Donal Foley

Happy South Kilkenny group

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REPORTER WISH LIST THESE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE THINGS... Pick of the crop THE gorgeous Ziaja natural olive range offers a gentle and effective way to soften and hydrate dehydrated winter skin. Olive oil is rich in Vitamin E which nourishes and softens skin and stimulates microcirculation. Olive oil also promotes the elimination of toxins and protects skin against free radicals. Natural olive antiwrinkle cream (€5.99) reduces wrinkles and prevents their formation because it is so rich in anti ageing nutrients like monounsaturated fats, Vitamin E, anti-oxidants and OMEGA 3 fatty acids. Available from Keane’s, John Street; MacEneany’s, High Street; Quirke’s, Castlecomer and Urlingford Pharmacy.

Christmas lust have ACHIEVE the perfect glow for Christmas with this botanical bronzing gift set (rrp€29.99) by Karora. The micro peel will prep and prime your skin prior to self tan application. The tinted self tan mist will create an instant bronzed effect which can be transformed from day to evening by adding a touch of luminosity mineral

shimmer dust. The gift set contains: self tan mist, micro peel and shimmer dust. Available from Unicare Pharmacies, Sam McCauley’s, Gowran Pharmacy, Newpark Pharmacy, White’s Pharmacy, High Street or online at karoracosmetics.com.

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IF you feel dead in the morning before you have had your first shot of caffeine then this beautifully illustrated Skeleton Espresso Cup Stack by Phoebe Richardson is for you. The coffee cups, inspired by 16th century medical engravings are guaranteed to make your espresso a bona fide talking point. It comes as a stackable set of four cups that build into a full skeleton. The images are silk screen printed onto fine bone china are

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Savings you can bank on THIS little guy looks like he was let loose in a prize garden and got tangled up in all the flowers. A fun ceramic piggy bank covered in pinks and burgundy. Very traditional in design but with a lovely chintzy twist. And you don’t have to worry about cracking him open as he has a sealed hole underneath. At just €12.95 from Yesterdays on Patrick Street this would make a lovely addition to a Christmas stocking.

Christmas party glamour BLACK lace is still a key trend this season and works really well at Christmas time as it adds a touch of glamour to any occasion. This dress from Evans comes in a wide range of

plus sizes. It’s ‘50s style structured waist, full skirt and round neck would be super flattering on most body shapes. Wrap up warm in this faux fur coat, also from Evans. It comes in sizes 14 to 32 and with it’s nipped in belted waist you won’t feel, or look, like a bear.


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Shop of the week ECLECTIC Interiors is located in a beautifully restored stone farm building in the ‘Art and Craft Yard’ off The Discovery Park, Castlecomer. It is run by Selina Gittins, who restores, paints and renovates antique country furniture. Finished pieces are displayed with smaller vintage curios, alongside contemporary pendant lightshades, in an eclectic mix of contemporary country style. Log onto her website www. eclecticinteriors.net to see her oneoff antique or vintage piece or have a

browse through the ‘sold’ section to get a feel for the kind of pieces she chooses. Selina also provides a service

painting/ c customising cclients’ furniture; sso if you have an old inherited piece o that could be upth dated or something d that you like the th shape of but not sh the finish - too th dark or too ‘pine’ or da damaged in some da waythen it could be given th a new lease of life with some of the paint colours used in the shop.

Theatre of the week ‘CHRISTMAS Eve at the North Pole’ comes to The Watergate Theatre on December 15 and 16. Santa Claus is coming to town and he needs to find out who’s naughty or nice! This fantastic Christmas play is written and directed by Mary Cradock and stars Colette Brown, Ann O’Keeffe, Joe Murray,

Brendan Corcoran, Andrew Small and Peter McEvoy. Music is by Martin O’Reilly Mrs Claus is in the kitchen getting ready for Santa’s big trip around the world. Suddenly we find out someone has been very naughty. But who is it? - What will Santa do? Come find out in a

hilarious Christmas play the whole family can enjoy! Tickets are €7.50 and can be booked now online at www.watergatetheatre. com. Two shows each day at 10am and 11.45am. Special family show Sunday 18 at 2.30pm. Suitable for children age three years and older.

Book of the week IN ‘Tinkers’ by Paul Harding an old man lies dying. Confined to bed, he sees the walls around him collapse, the windows come loose and the ceiling plaster fall off, showering him with a lifetime of debris: newspaper clippings, photographs, rusty tools and the brass works of antique clocks. Soon, the clouds from the sky plummet down on top of him,

followed by the stars, till the black night covers him like a shroud. He is hallucinating, in death throes from cancer and kidney failure. A repairer of clocks, he is now finally released from the usual constraints of time and memory to rejoin his father, an epileptic, itinerant peddler, whom he lost seven decades before.

Product of the week THE Hoodie Buddie contains a standard headphone jack in the front pocket that plugs into any headphone-compatible device, like an mp3 player, iPod or iPhone, or other mobile device. Once plugged in the audio travels through embedded cables within the Hoodie Buddie to the headphones, which are built in to the ends of the

drawstrings The Hoodie Buddie’s drawstring earphones are always available, free of ‘Tanglitis’ and sound great with rich, full sound. Best of all, the entire Hoodie is machine washable - even the headphones. Plug in to your Hoodie Buddie wherever you go at the gym, on your way to work or on the plane.

Pub of the week A WARM welcome awaits you at the Glendine Inn on the Castlecomer Road. Steeped in character, the Glendine Inn is one of the oldest pubs in Leinster. It has been a licensed tavern for over 250 years and is justly proud of the heritage of the premises. Just a 15 minute stroll from the city centre it is very accessible by foot. If you opt to drive however

you can also avail of a large car park to the side and rear. If you decide to stay over the Glendine Inn also has seven en suite bedrooms, a residents’ lounge and dining room on the first floor. A lounge and public bars are located on the ground floor. All rooms have central heating and a TV. Lunches and snacks are served daily while evening meals are served on request. A baby sitting service is available.


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IF you are looking for good food, fine wines, top class service and above all, great value for money, then you should consider La Rivista restaurant on Parliament Street. The restaurant offers fine Italian dining to suit all tastes and budgets. Daily specials and set menus offer great value which means you can go there for a quick bite before the theatre or sit back and enjoy their full A La Carte menu. Their Christmas menu offers a varied choice including

‘Conchiglioni al forno’ (Crab and ricotta stuffed pasta shells, oven baked with dill cream and mozzarella), rkey, Pork Sage ‘Roulade of Turkey, and Chestnut Stuffing’, ‘Pan Roasted Breast of Silverhill Duck’, ‘La Rivista Christmas Pudding’ and ‘Warm Apple and Berry Crumble’. They also have plenty of vegetarian

options and cater for Coeliac dietary requirements. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 5pm to 10pm, and Sundays and Bank Holidays 12.30pm to 10pm.

Exhibition of the week SHOWCASE Ireland is reminding Kilkenny’s trade buyers to ‘save a date’ to attend Showcase 2012 in the RDS, Dublin from January 22-25. One of the best boutique shows in the calendar, Showcase is the foremost place for Irish and international buyers to discover unique, designled fashion and knitwear, jewellery, Irish made craft, gift and interiors and

products not available at other shows. Now in its 36th year, the 2012 event will feature 350 of the country’s leading

designers, manufacturers and craftspeople. It is expected to attract more than 5,500 retail buyers from Ireland and over 17

countries around the world including North America, continental Europe and Japan, seeking out the best of Irish creativity. ‘Creative Island’ – a space dedicated to beautifully crafted products exclusively ‘Imagined, Designed and Made in Ireland’ - has been expanded from 75 to 90 exhibitors, all chosen by an independent jury for their creativity, innovation and craftsmanship.

Fundraiser of the week A YOUTH Bank fundraising table quiz will be held at KCAT, Mill Lane, Callan on Wednesday, December 14. Teams of four cost €20. Raffle tickets and refreshments will also be for sale on the night. Contact Ossory Youth at (056) 7761200 or 087 2128787 for more details.

Youth Bank Kilkenny is a group of 10-15 teenagers from Callan and the surrounding areas. The group is facilitated by Ossory Youth. They fundraise a pot of money every year and Ulster Bank then matches the money raised. They then award this money in grants to other youth projects in the

Kilkenny area. So far they have given out €18,690 to a number of youth groups involved in arts, music and sports. If anyone has a raffle prize they would like to donate they can contact Youth Bank through the numbers above. The table quiz runs from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Gig of the week TICKETS are on sale now for Rarely Seen Above Ground at Cleere’s Theatre on Friday, December 23. After a busy few months gigging at home and abroad Rarely seen Above Ground (RSAG) aka Jeremy Hickey and his new bassist Colm O’Caoimh return to Kilkenny with their new live show.

A multi-instrumentalist Jeremy records, performs and produces all his material in his home studio. When he plays live he has a virtual band, created by visual artist Paul Mahon, projected on a screen behind him backing his live drums, percussion and vocals. Influences and comparisons include

Food of the Week FIONA’S Kitchen Artisan Gourmet Products, Hugginstown, Kilkenny offer a delicious range of chutneys, pickles, relishes, ketchup, preserves and sauces. Fiona’s Kitchen started as a new enterprise earlier this year and already has a wide selection of products lined up for Christmas including ‘Tomato

Chutney’ (fabulous with a cheese board), ‘Country Ploughman Pickle’ (delicious with a good chunk of mature cheddar cheese), ‘Courgette Pickle’ (tangy crunchy pickle, great with mild goats cheese), ‘Spiced Apple Chutney’ (lovely with madras curry or blue cheese), ‘Sweet Chilli Sauce’ (excellent dip with party food

or a chicken wrap), ‘Cranberry Chutney’ (Christmas turkey and ham dinner is not the same without it). Fiona uses fresh local produce and where possible, fruit, vegetables and herbs from her own organic garden. A good choice of hampers are also available. Phone 087 1157186 for orders.

ESG, Talking Heads, Joy Division, Chemical Brothers and Aphex Twin with a new flavour of Dub Step rhythms. Support on the night is by The Kilo 1977 and Paul Mahon aka Geppetto. Tickets, €8, are available from Cleere’s Theatre or Rollercoaster Records, St Kieran’s Street.

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On the streets that you know . . . Kilkenny Cycles The owner of Kilkenny Cycles, Peter Scanlon, has been repairing bicycles since 1961. He opened the store 18 years ago and now works alongside his son-in-law Anthony. Kilkenny Cycles, which is based on Lower Michael Street, sells bikes, helmets, racing outfits as well as a wide range of accessories including pumps, gloves, saddlebags and mileage computers. Mr Scanlon can not only deal with bike and equipment retail, but also in repairs. Regardless of where you bought your bike, if there is a problem, he will do all that he can to fix it. Mr Scanlon has introduced the Government bike scheme in a bid to help during the recession.

Billy Byrne’s Located in the heart of Kilkenny, close to the railway station and in the ruins of St John’s Priory, Billy Bryne’s is a friendly, family run pub. Popular with families and sports people, this pub offers outstanding service from it’s

Matt the Millers Located beside John’s Bridge, Matt the Millers can provide you with everything from food to great nights. Five bars cater for the needs of all patrons, the Main Bar, the Loft Bar, the Tobacco Shop, The Cellar

and Stage Bar all provide a great night out at Matt’s. Not to forget every Monday night with After Dark and DJ Eddie Hughes until late, the perfect way to start your week.

friendly staff. Billy Byrne’s can also offer home cooked meals, which are served all day, including a full Irish breakfast. Patrons can also take advantage of a private car park, large beer garden and smoking terrace.


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On the streets that you know . . .

John Joe Cullen

The Dylan Bar

John Joe Cullen is known to be the butcher who has everything. You can look forward to a good word and a great laugh with John Joe whenever you call in.

At the Dylan Bar they love everything to do with Bob Dylan. The bar is renowned for its whiskys and barkeeps, the Whisky Boys, known for being truly passionate and knowledgeable on all things whisky/

The shop is located at the top of John Street, where only top class food can be found. This butchers, which is steeped in history, is open all year round.

whiskey. You can take your pick from an extensive menu featuring over 100 specialist whiskys and malts when visiting the Dylan Bar. The world acclaimed mixologists at the Dylan Bar

Biddy Early’s specialise in the creation of cocktail recipes from the classic cocktail menu. You can see how they use special expertise and professionalism with each and every cocktail they create.

Biddy Early’s is a fun bar in Kilkenny City, with something happening every night, from karaoke to live bands and live DJs every weekend. Biddy’s is known as

Kilkenny’s number one cocktail bar, where your drinks will be shaken by an award-winning team while you sit back and enjoy the entertainment.


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Shortis Wong Deli Shortis Wong Deli, John Street is a treasure trove of delicious food. Call in and see for yourself their wide range of food from all over the world, all at competitive prices. A visit to Shortis Wong’s will make for a wonderful experience as it will always turn up something new and Chris, Mary and the

rest of the friendly staff are full of brilliant advice when it comes to cooking and preparing your purchases. You will also find a great selection of food that will be ideal for lunches, including sandwiches, samosas, spring rolls, foccia bread, cheese, salads and home made wedges and they can heat the food for you if you

are ready to eat it there and then. They also sell their own home-made tofu which is both delicious and great value. Shortis Wong is also the perfect place to go to source ingredients that are normally hard to find. Chances are if you are looking for it, they will have it.

Breathnachs Steak and Ale House

Long’s Barbers

Breathnachs Steak and Ale House offers patrons live traditional music and DJs in a city centre location. When you visit Breathnachs you can take your pick from a full cocktail menu and extensive wine list as well as from food

Long’s Barbers is one of the longest standing barbers in Kilkenny, having been in business at 7 John Street since 1980. They offer loyalty cards to thank their customers for their continued support. They also offer a free haircut to those who call to the barbers when it is full.

menus which are based on traditional Irish food, with steak being a speciality. If you are planning a Christmas party, Breathnachs offer special group menus as well as private room hire for all your parties and functions.


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The Wine Centre The Wine Centre is one of Ireland’s leading wine merchants and off licences, located at 15 John Street. Founded in 1965, by Eamonn and Maureen O’Keeffe, The Wine Centre

has won numerous awards, including National Off Licence of the Year in 2003, NOFFLA Best Customer Service Award 2011, not to mention frequent recommendations in the Irish

Times and from Bridgestone. Staff at The Wine Centre offer their customers the very best of service and are passionate about every aspect of their business.

forward to a good night out, Leydon’s is the place to go. Sports are shown on the TV in this very homely bar.

Tuesday’s Kitchen Nights featuring the best of traditional music and son and mother’s brown break have become a huge hit.

to be a great entertainment venue. The Kilford Arms O’Faolain’s fabulous ‘super-pub’ is built over three levels, with stunning architecture incorporating the

ruins of a 16th century church. This pub has become a ‘mustsee’ on any trip to Kilkenny, and features late bar and DJs nightly and a heated smoking area.

Leydon’s Bar Leydon’s is known as bar that offers patrons great craic. Whether you are meeting someone for a quiet drink during the day or looking

Kilford Arms The Kilford Arms has everything to offer under one roof; great accommodation, fine dining in the unique environment of a ruined church and is also known

Langton House Hotel Langton House Hotel is one of the leading wedding venues in the South East and also boasts a purpose built theatre, a nightclub and an old world emporium. Although some locals may not have spent a night in one of the 34 amazing bedrooms, they will have a very special memory to share with Langton’s. Whether you met your husband or wife on a night

out there, celebrated your birthday, your engagement, a family wedding, communion or confirmation, Langton’s has been at the heart of life in Kilkenny for generations. The Langton family are delighted to have the recognition of a four star hotel and were quoted as saying that, “Langton House Hotel is still Langton’s where locals and non locals alike are always

their priority and improving upon the experience is and has always been the core goal.” The award winning Langton House Hotel has six wonderful bars, four comfortable outdoor areas, ballroom, restaurant, tearooms, shop and theatre and not that it has received four star status, the world really is its oyster.


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