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BLESSED BRILLIANCE: IT’S THE TRINITY OF TRIUMPHS Freedom fighter in riveting musical » Story & pics P26

FANTASTIC: Salute our heroes. A camogie All-Ireland for our Presentation Convent, an All-Ireland crown for Windgap boxing wonder Clare Grace and a superb Leinster Final hurling win for our city CBS » See Pages 67, 68 to 70

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John Duggan, Tullahought, Paul Treacy, Inistioge, Willie Walsh Wellie wonders: Local students are dressed to get messed at the farm walk and John Dalton, Boolyglass at a farm walk in Mullinahone

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›’œ‘ȱŠ’˜—Š•ȱž The Irish National Stud is one of our country’s best locations for a celebration as well as just for a day out; it is an angelic stretch of land that enriches all who enter and leaves nothing to be desired. Founddoed in 1901 by Colonel Hall Walker, the e location has been n e the home of some of the best thor-oughbred horses of the world; including Minoru, named after the designer of the Stud’s famous Japanese Garden, who took King Edward VII of England to victory in the 1909 derby. Along with its reputation as a breeding facility, the Irish National Stud is home to the divine, transcendent beauty of the aforementioned Japanese

Gardens. The garden was an attempt to depict the ‘Life of Man’ and is something worth being experienced by all. As well as this there is also St. Fiachra’s Garden and the Horse Museum to keep you yo entertained for the entire day. The location is perfect for communions and confirmations and also wedd dings and any o other celebrat tion you could h have need of. A Along with the ou outdoor facilitie the Irish naties tio tional Stud also ha a restaurant, has children’s play area, gift shop, guided tours and an area for picnics; it is perfect for an entire family.


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Rachael Ellard, Edward Hayden, Trish Duff, Eddie Hughes, Karen Fitzpatrick, Margaret Egan, Pat Moylan and Ann Bradley

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Corporal Eddie Clifford, Kilkenny City and Corporal Brian Kelly, Callan

Sergeant Tom Hennessy with his wife Goretti, son Liam and daughter Laoise, Callan

Corporal Rory O’Donovan with his sons Rory Óg and Shay from Kilkenny

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Michael Hayes who plays ‘The Big Fella’ in the musical Michael Collins – A Musical Drama, with the tank in which Collins was ambushed at Béal na Bláth

Some of the Cast of Michael Collins, Michael Hayes as Michael Collins, Kevina Hayes plays Kitty Kiernan, Owen Phelan is Harry Boland and Kieran Dunphy plays Éamon de Valera.

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From left, Jane King, Peter Mark, Ger Woodgate, Cois Nore volunteer, Mary Hickey, Cois Nore volunteer, Marion Acreman, Centre Manager MacDonagh Junction, CP Louwrens, Courtyard Bar and Grill

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Right: Cathal and Jake Acreman join members of Kilkenny Fit4Life to launch this year’s St Patrick’s Day Dash

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7KH6WDJ Hugh O’Connor’s effeminate Fionnan - that’s Finn-awn - is too wrapped up in his upcoming nuptials to think about a stag so fiancée Amy Huberman convinces best man Andrew Scott to take him away for the weekend. Rounding up Fionnan’s brother Kevin (Michael Legge), Kevin’s partner (Andrew Bennett) and friend Simon (Gleeson), everyone agrees that it’s best to keep the camping trip secret from Huberman’s brother - loose cannon The Machine (McDonald). However, find out The Machine does and he invites himself on the camping trip, threatening to derail the weekend … Liking or disliking this largely amiable comedy depends solely on how you take Peter McDonald (Moone Boy, Paths To Freedom). The Stag begins as a quiet O’Connor/Scott bromance, but once the abrasive ‘Machine’ turns up he dominates the rest of the movie with most of the humour coming from the gang’s reactions to his outlandish statements (the gay couple are the focus of taunt-

5LVH2I$Q(PSLUH It’s been 8 years since Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender and their crew of motley, muscular sorts took on the Persian army in Zack Synder’s overtly stylised, hugely enjoyable action-fest; and if you thought 300 was bloody, wait until you get a load of the sequel. Taking part around the same time as the battle of 300, Rise of an Empire pads out its back-story a little more than its predecessor before embarking on its own scuffles. Basically, we learn a bit more about the lanky God, Xerxes, and what went on around the time he and the Persian army hand Leonidas’ 300 their arses. They want utter domination, and on their way to take over The Democratic city of Athens, they find themselves a sturdy obstacle in the shape of master tactician and all round hard bastard, Admiral Themistocles (an ace Stapleton). Themistocles finds himself engaged in a game of war chess with the powerful and ferocious Artemisia (Green), with the future of his city, and people, in peril. It’s fair to say that Rise of an Empire is aimed at a certain audience; while there will be an element of those who go to marvel at the shredded soldiers on show, the vast majority will be young

men hungry for action - which it delivers by the blood-ridden bucketload. This is probably the most endlessly entertaining action film since The Raid. It’s also sporadically thrilling with the relationship between Artemisia and Themistocles brimming with all sorts of tension, and the parallel plot of 300 taking place adding another layer to feast upon. As leads, Stapleton grasps his chance at stardom, with a far more cerebral, but no less violent character than Butler’s

brutish, loud Leonidas; in footballing terms, Themistocles is more of a Mourinho while Leonidas would be Fergie midhairdryer treatment. Eva Green steals every single scene she’s in, though, and ultimately the movie. It’s far from perfect; at times the obviously wordy dialogue feels stoic and some of the supporting players a bit stiff, but what it does do is deliver exactly where it’s supposed to. A genuine spectacle and an entertaining one at that.

ing) and actions (the casual tossing Scott’s compass into a pond). Given free rein McDonald does come up with the laughs, like his total disgust that an Irishman (Gleeson) is not a fan of U2 and his grapple with an electric fence. Those in the nay camp will be put off by The Machine’s incessant abuse - he’s not Leslie Mann in Knocked Up but he’s in the neighbourhood. Thankfully, Butler and McDonald (who co-writes and produces) do soften his rough edges to hint at a tortured soul behind the obnoxiousness and he eventually dissolves into the background as the O’Connor/

Scott bromance takes centre stage again. The Stag sometimes follow the principles of comedy all too closely - there shall and must be a drug scene, a group confessional bonding scene, a nudity scene, etc - but the latter, expected as it may be, turns out to be one of the movie’s highlights. Despite McDonald’s dominance it’s Andrew Scott, given the character with most depth, that shines. He can carry a tune too, giving On Raglan Road the full gun. Ripe for an American remake it might be but do the decent thing and go see this version.


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It would be disingenuous to say that these films do nothing but critique contemporary French society as is so often told; they were only made that way because the films funding was French, in reality the films touch on much more interesting and engrossing themes than simple liberty, equality and fraternity. Each film deals with the theme of reinvention; all of our main characters make attempts to abandon their past and form a new destiny but are always unable to. They are haunted by symbols of their past lives; Julie’s blue beads and Karol’s white bust are examples of this. Their new lives disillusion them; in White Karol has finally made something of himself but can’t escape his ex-wife; in Red Valentine is like a ghost to the judge who lost a woman just like her forty years ago. Each of the three films in this trilogy has a different cinematographer, which would explain why each of these movies has their own completely unique aesthetic. Most people seem to have a pretty regimented order of which movie is better (red followed by blue followed by white) but I don’t agree with it, they are all so different from

each other that any attempt to compare and contrast in terms of quality I find to be a fruitless endeavour. Note how in all three films we see an elderly man or woman struggle to put a bottle in a recycling bin. In Blue Julie ignores it, in White Karol smiles at it while in Red Valentine helps the older woman with the job. Another connecting theme in this film is the torture of love lost; Julie and her husband, Karol and his wife and the judge and Valentine are all examples of this and love is something our characters simply cannot escape. Even at its most tragic, The Three Colours trilogy has the tone of satire to it. In Blue, the most dark and serious of the trilogy, the bombastic ode to Europe in production by Julie’s husband seems to quietly mock the very event it is being made for, the celebration of unity in Europe. Overall, the Three Colours Trilogy are not some grand epic statement on France; they are three beautifully crafted and many layered films by one of the greatest directors of our time; their use of ambience and visual storytelling set them apart from their contemporaries and make each one a classic of 1990’s cinema.

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to die, it is the same for the civilians of Dresden. This is the only way Billy is able to cope with the meaningless of the slaughter that he has witnessed and is something that Vonnegut explores throughout the book. If you have not heard of this book or its author before, this description might make it sound like some Falkner-esque nightmare that takes multiple readings to simply understand the chronology, but this could not be further from the truth. The writing is simple and straightforward and the narrative weaves its different elements together masterfully.

([XPD([XPD  Even if you don’t completely understand the narrative on the first read, the book is engaging enough that you will want to go back and read it again. The book is also funny in a very dark and surreal way. It would be hard to describe the humour without spoiling the book somewhat so I’ll leave it for the reader to discover, I’ll just say that the humour helps to make the book feel more personal and human in ways that are difficult to find. Overall, Slaughterhouse Five is a fantastic piece of literature that shouldn’t be missed under any circumstances.

The music of Exuma is not something you hear but something you feel, it cuts right to the soul and is effecting in its passion and sincerity. Exuma, McFarlane Gregory Anthony Mackey, was a musician from the Bahamas who moved to New York at age 17 and would become heavily involved in the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early 1960’s that would bore Bob Dylan and Joan Baez as well as dozens of others. Mackey never lost touch with his origins and his music is a swirling blend of American folk, calypso, jungaloo, reggae and African music; all these influences come together to create this strange and entirely unique blend of freak folk. Freak folk is a type of folk music that implemented elements of Avant-Garde, baroque and psychedelia to

bring a new dimension to the genre and Exuma was a pioneer of the style. What makes the music so special is its strong flowing rhythm and incredible vocals. Exuma sings of voodoo, obeah and possession, absurd concepts to most listeners but Mackey screams with such passion that you believe, if only for a moment, that he was born of lightning with fire and brimstone in his mouth as he states. His voice bypasses your senses and is something

felt, something implicit to your very being. It’s clearly influenced by the likes of gospel and soul and sounds spiritual; like a religious experience. The rhythm on this album carries the vocals and creates something infectious and almost danceable, but by no conventional dance. Like a light swirling in a jungle you feel possessed and hypnotized by the sounds in front of you. The music isn’t complicated by any means, and is something you’ll probably enjoy from the first listen. The music of Exuma is affecting to the same extent that the music of Captain Beefheart is; it does more than just sound good it inflects everything you hear afterwards like stains in your coat. It is not music that you listen to in your car on the way to work and it’s probably not something you’ll break out very often but when the time is right there is nothing like Exuma. I highly recommend this album to everyone.


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Business of the week Yindees Located in the Lyrath Estate Hotel, Yindees is a perfect destination for food in our city; with a constantly evolving and innovating menu as well as a fantastic atmosphere it retains its spot as one of our city’s best and will so for years to come. The cuisine is Asian with a modern twist; the head chef of Yindees is Gerard Dunne, a chef of passion

who carefully constructs new menus to present the finest ingredients of that specific season and orient. The restaurant is drenched in a beautiful and relaxing décor and ambience that transforms the Yindees experience into something wholly original. Yindees is a triumph of a restaurant and is one I highly recommend.

DVD of the week Philomena Philomena is a British drama film, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan that has just been released on DVD. The plot is about a political journalist (Coogan) and government advisor who after losing his job decides to pick up the story of Philomena Lee(Dench), a mother in search of her son

who was taken away years ago. Philomena is an Irish woman whose son was given away and she forced to move to a convent 50 years ago because she gave birth out of marriage. The film was inspired by real events that happened in Ireland with the convents and received rave reviews when it came out last year, I highly recommend it.

Book of the week Markus Zusak – The Book Thief The film adaption of Markus Zusak’s incredible 2005 novel The Book Thief has just been released meaning there has never been a better time to pick up and give a read one of the best books of the 00s. The book is set in Nazi Germany 1939 and is

narrated by Death, who as you may expect has had Christmas come early for him and will so for the next six years. The novel centres on Liesel Meminger, a foster child living outside of Munich who endlessly steals books with the help of

her foster father and learns to read while coming to the aid of her neighbours and the Jewish man hiding in her basement. It’s an enchanting read and one that will stay with you for a long time after reading it, I highly recommend The Book Thief.

Start-Upof the week Born 4 Bouncing Born 4 Bouncing is a new family run business starting up in Kilkenny City that will provide bouncy castles for the entire South East. The new business promises a fast and re-

liable service as well as clean and safe bouncy castles, it is a member of BIHA and as such a service is provided that can always be trusted. Born 4 Bouncing is headed by people who love what they do and

is an exciting new business for Kilkenny; any event big or small will be catered for. To contact Born 4 Bouncing, call 086 827 6855 or visit their website at www.born4bouncing.com.

Spa of the week The Oasis Spa Lyrath Estate Hotel’s award-winning Oasis Spa, with its thermal suite and outdoor hydrotherapy pool, has the definition of ‘Oasis’ perfectly captured. A calm, pleasant & peaceful space, ideal to take a break from the hectic pace of life. Our highly-trained therapists provide a blend of traditional and modern Spa treatments using the divine Kerstain Florian

products one of the most distinguished skin care lines in the spa industry , Oasis Spa also features treatments from Voya, a family owned, Irish range whose chic, effective and 100% organic spa products are based on hand-harvested seaweed, There are also treatments from Mama Mio, promoting body confidence and designed using facial

skincare technology, with products rich in omega 3, 6 and 9 a superfood for your skin. With ten treatment rooms, including two couples suites and one room specially designed for the enjoyment of herbal baths, Oasis Spa at Lyrath Estate Hotel also has a rasul mud chamber, a manicure and pedicure station, and the unique thermal suite experience.


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Watch Dogs debut at E3 2012 where it was named the best of E3 by many publications. The developer, Ubisoft Montreal, has built itself a high pedigree in recent years with the Assassins Creed and Splinter Cell games and Watch Dogs is expected to surpass even the high water mark set by its predecessors.

Watch Dogs is an upcoming open world stealth game by ubisoft, set to be released in May. It is set in an alternative history version of Chicago and follows the character of Aiden Pearce, a skilled hacker who wants to bring change to the dystopian city. The game has been on the radar ever since its

App of the week Final Fantasy VI Now THIS is the most expensive app I have ever recommended and by a long shot. €14.45/14.49 for a game? It sounds absurd but what must be remembered here is that Final Fantasy VI is no Angry Birds or Cut the Rope, it is a 50+ hour experience that rates as one of the best games of the 90’s and of all time. The game is a JRPG and

is the last 2D game in the series before it became angst obsessed with its move to the Playstation in 7. The game is traditional for the genre and if you are looking for something more in your phone/tablet games and if you have the patience for 50 hours of turn based combat then I highly recommend Final Fantasy VI.

Film of the week 300: Rise of an Empire If you thought that 300 was a film that endorsed the militaristic fascism of ancient Sparta as well as one too obsessed with hero worship of Leonidas then you may have a lot in common who whoever was in charge of that film’s sequel. Rise of an Empire

moves the film from Sparta to Greece and takes place before, during and after the events of the first film. Our main character Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) is more interested in using the efforts of the 300 for propaganda as opposed to any actual force; this

is a war between Greece and Persia not just the skirmishes of the original. You could argue forever which is better but what’s important is that Rise of an Empire is different and should be watched whether you were a fan of the original or not.

Exhibition of the week Ón Bhonn Aníos/From the Bottom Up To say the Gaeltacht Civil Rights Movement is ill known would be an understatement but this month at the Watergate Upstairs gallery you have a chance to find out more about the fascinating time. Here for the

Album of the Week Schoolboy Q- Oxymoron Oxymoron is the long hyped and long delayed third album by Black Hippy member Schoolboy Q and has been a huge hit across the world, debuting at #33 in the Irish charts. Its sound is deeply entrenched in the sunny and oft violent world of the American West

Coast and is purposely reminiscent of Dr Dre’s 1992 classic The Chronic. The album is bursting with features that all improve the experience but this is still a highly personal album and Q stands above all. For anyone interested in contemporary hip-hop I recommend Oxymoron.

month of March the work of Kells born visual artist Kasia Kaminski will be shown, this work documents the struggles faced by the Gaeltacht communities in the late 60’s utilizing audio recordings, transcriptions of interviews as well as series of

photographs that all culminate to create the fantastic Ón Bhonn Aníos/ From the Bottom Up exhibition. I highly recommend this exhibition for anyone interested in the history of this long ignored time.

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Kierney is the write man for the job! A NEW book will be launched by the Castlecomer Male Voice Choir at 8pm on Saturday in Castlecomer Community Hall. Tht book is titled ‘Castlecomer Male Voice Choir - Thirty Years in the Making’. The choir will perform a few numbers from their repertoire. The launch will be by Kieran Brennan, aka Kierney, who is credited with founding the Choir in January 1984. The book tracks the choir from its formation to the present day and highlights some of the more important events in its 30-year history. It looks at some of major competitions the choir entered into and catalogues some of the adjudicators’ comments. The book has many pictures that will bring back fond memories to the many families whose lives have been enriched by the choir’s performances over the years. There is a list of choir members who have gone to their eternal reward. An open invitation goes out to locals, friends and families to attend the launch. The choir has always enjoyed the support and encouragement of the Castlecomer and wider communities. The choir has

Children Award

Castlecomer Male Voice Choir members from Moneenroe, Ballyragget, Coon, Kilkenny City, Paulstown, Ballylinan and Athy.. The photo is of the Choir taken in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Castlecomer on Christmas Morning 2013. This performance was broadcast live on KCLR 96FM.

Who’s for coffee? A coffee morning will be held in the community hall on Saturday, 9am to 1pm, in aid of Community School student Lisa O’Rourke going as a helper on the Ossory pilgrimage to Lourdes. There is a Frugal Lunch on offer in the Rectory, Clogh Road, Castlecomer on the

Wednesdays of Lent, beginning today. Go and enjoy home- made bread and soup and fellowship between 12.30 and 1.30pm. Any donations will go to aid the local St Vincent de Paul and the parish poor fund. There is a Lenten Study Group in the Vestry of St Mary’s, Church of Ireland, Castlecomer on the Wednesdays of Lent, also starting today. The group will look at a short book called ‘The Ten-point Programme for Orthodox Life.’ The pamphlet is intended to help people explore how they might live a holier life; and each week the group will look at two of the ten points and discuss how they offer might

be adapted to other traditions. A mother and toddler group meets Tuesday mornings at 10am in the Wandesforde Hall opposite The Avalon, behind the school in Castlecomer. All welcome.

Off to Lourdes The Ossory Lourdes pilgrimage is from May 22 to27 and the committee is inviting applications from people wishing to travel as assisted pilgrims. Names must be in before St Patrick’s Day.

Thank you Thanks went to all who helped to make St Bridget’s Crosses. The project raised €4,890.

The following children were merit awards winners at the Last Supper in Shortall’s on Saturday. This means that each collected over €30 in sponsorship for the Weillie Race. Molly Bollard, Kaden Bolster, Rachel Brannigan, Marguerite Brennan, Paddy Brennan, Aoibheann Brennan, Keelin Brennan, Ciara Brennan, Abbie Brennan, Hollie Brennan, Darragh Brennan, Dara Brennan, Kevin Brennan, Conor Brophy, Aoibhinn Brophy, Sarah Brophy, Ella Buggy, Jack Buggy, Adam Buggy, Sharon Buggy, Cian Byrne, Aoife Cahalan, Shona Campion Aideen Carmody, Katie Clarke, Aislin Comerford, Jack Comerford, Michael Comerford, Nicky Connelly, Ross Connelly, Tomas Conry, Eve Coogan, Doireann Coogan, Tommy Coogan, Jack Coogan Burke, Nicole Dowling Camomile Downey, Lucas Downey, Lima Doyle, Cara Doyle, Katelyn Farnan, Aileen Gregg, Rachel Harnett, Katie Holohan, Katie Kennedy, Thomas Judge, Shauna Kerr, Abbie Lalor, Eva Lawler, Adam Lawler, Aaron Lawlor, Ronan Lynch, Laura McCarney, Christian McInerney, Michael McInerney, Niamh Meagher, Jack Mulcahy, Luca Mulcahy,

Grace Mulhall, Harry Murphy, Daniel Murphy, Ciara Normoyle, Claire O’ Neill, Sarah O Neill, Shauna O Neill, Cathal O’Reilly, Caoimhe O’Reilly, Conor O’Sullivan, Aoife O’Sullivan, Eimear Phelan, Harry Roche, Ruby Roche, Cathal Ryan, Aiden Ryan, Eoin Ryan, Cáit Scott, Lorcan Scott, Karen Shortall, Adam Stone, Ella Tynan, Will Tynan, Emma Tyrrell, Conor Wallace

Adult winners Adults who collected over €70 were Kathleen Boran, Keith Brennan, John Brennan, Claire Brennan, Dylan Brennan, Tony Brennan, Micheal Brennan, Richard Brophy, Megan Brophy, Ger Campion, Christy Cody, Flying Column, Marie Therese Comerford, Julia Connelly, Mairead Delaney, Margaret Dillon, Teresa, Dollard, Philip Doyle, Peter Doyle, Terry Dunne, John Dunne, John Feehan, Hanna Fenlon, Brigid Forristal, Enda Glennon, Ned Healy, Sean Kavanagh, Philip Lonergan, Frank McInerney, Aileen McInerney, Breda Mulcahy, John O’Brien, John O’Donoghue, Jeff O’Shea, Maurice Shortall, Seamus Walsh, June Wilson, Jamie Wilson.


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to help combat elevated blood pressure. One-quarter of the children surveyed in 27 schools were overweight, figures which are in line with the national statistics for obesity amongst children. It is known that obese children are twice more likely to have high blood pressure than their normal weight classmates. If we think about the physiology, the more overweight a child or adult is, the harder the heart has to work to pump the blood around a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;biggerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; body. Another 2012 study indicated that over 300,000 Irish children were overweight - rates which have trebled since 2000. Adulthood Professor Ivan Perry from UCC who instigated the study reported that children who have higher than average blood pressure in their first decade of life are likely to continue to have it for the rest of their lives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The problem is that it tracks from childhood to middle age and what you see in middle age is the culmination of 30 or 40 years of lifetime experienceâ&#x20AC;?. Having worked as a hospitalbased dietitian in the past, I had

observed that the age profile of adults being admitted to the coronary care units with heart attacks, angina and strokes was becoming younger and younger. A decade ago, heart attacks and strokes were mainly prevalent in the over 50s age group but nowadays, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not unusual for someone to be admitted with uncontrolled blood pressure or heart attacks in their late 20s. Shocking lifestyles Professor Perry indicates that the issue stems with a couple of roots; lack of physical activity, obesity and excessive salt intakes. The study found the children had very sedentary pastimes; one in five watched three or more hours of TV a day. Almost half playing at least one hour of computer games on a school night. Salt The greatest concern from the report focused on diet with half the youngsters surveyed ingesting far above the recommended daily salt intake due to their reliance on processed and takeaway foods. It is recommended that adults consume no more than 6g of salt

daily but the average intake is about 10g a day. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a common misconception that if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t add salt to cooking or at the table there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anything to worry about. The fact is that more than two thirds of our salt intake comes from salt which is added to everyday foods; sausages, processed meat, packet soups, jars of sauces, breads, breakfast cereals and ready meals. The studyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s co-ordinators admitted that the biggest concern was in the area of diet, with 5% of children not eating any breakfast before school, while 15% were treated to a takeaway more than once a week. The study will now be considered by Health Minister James Reilly, who has repeatedly expressed concern at the soaring levels of obesity in Ireland. It is clear that Ireland is facing a healthcare time-bomb unless greater efforts are made to promote healthier lifestyles. Ellen is a registered dietitian from Nutri Vive Nutrition Clinic at No 49 John Street, Kilkenny. For enquiries and appointments phone 087-6802248 www. nutrivive.ie

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Beat the slump and decrease kyphosis By Trish Hayden MODERN LIFE conspires against good posture. We spend our days sitting at desks hunched over computer screens. We drive home hunched over a steering wheel to finally round off our evening hunched up on a comfy sofa. Eventually, the muscles of the front body become short and tight, and the muscles of the back body become weak and overstretched, causing the upper back to curve and the head to poke forward. This rounding of the middle of the back,

or thoracic spine, is called a kyphosis. When we spend a lot of time in a slumped position, our weight hangs off the ligaments of the spine. Over time the back muscles become weak and overstretched from being in a lengthened position. They lose their ability to hold us in an upright position. As the back muscles weaken, the soft tissues of the front body, including the chest muscles between the ribs and the abdominal muscles begin to shorten. Medical conditions You may think that tight abs are a good thing but in this case they

are postural muscles and tightness causes the body to pull forward even more. Take care when doing abdominal exercises to always balance them with back strengthening exercises. There are other medical conditions that cause kyphosis such as osteoporosis or scoliosis which would require the assistance of a medical expert. In general, a well-rounded yoga practice will gradually reduce excessive kyphosis, opening up the entire front of the body and strengthening the back body. One of the most valuable poses to use for a kyphosis are supported back bends which stretch out shortened chest and abdominal muscles and the front spine ligaments.

In all these poses we focus the opening on the mid back (thoracic) section, making sure the lower back and neck are fully supported and stable so they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take the strain of the bend. Supported back bend For a supported back bend, place a rolled up yoga mat, blanket or towel on the floor in a horizontal position. Start with a small roll first. You can then increase the diameter of the roll it if it feels comfortable. Place your elbows on the roll, with your elbows directly under your shoulders and then slowly release onto the roll so your body rests on it at the level of your mid shoulder blades.

If you feel any discomfort, adjust the size and position. You may also need a smaller roll or cushion to support the curve of the neck, so the neck is not hanging. Experiment with keeping legs bent or straight so there is no strain on the lower back. Follow up with some back strengthening exercises such as back extensions. Remember to go slow with these exercises as if stepping into a hot bath. Trish Hayden, YogaToGo, teaches  Total Barre and Yoga in The Watershed, Lyrath Estate Hotel, Castlecomer and Callan. She also teaches Sports Stretch Yoga. For details of classes phone 086-3895507, or Facebook YogaToGo with Trish Hayden.


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CBS: Character, brilliance and skill PAT TREACY

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12 3 2014 KILKENNY REPORTER

Golf Notes Callan O Dwyer Golf Stores Singles Series The season long O Dwyer Golf Stores singles competition got underway on Wednesday last. It was the first step of many before the series culminates with the finale in autumn. The Captains drive in and the beginning of the singles series are usually a clarion call for all us fair weather golfers to take the cue that the golfing season has begun in earnest. This seasons first qualifier is, fittingly, Keith O Dwyer who is nephew of the series’ sponsor John. Keith has had a long assosiation with the club having been Junior Captain some years ago and since last autumn Keith has is providing the catering and bar services in the club. Keiths total of 44 points was excellently compiled and sets the bar very high for future qualifiers. Jimmy Dunne qualified in second place with a fine 41 points while Pat O Toole took the gross honours and a berth in the play off final in some months time. John Marnell was the top visitor and also will be invited to participate in the final also. The first four players have qualified for the O Dwyer Golf Stores and there are many more oppurtunities to join them every Wednesday throughout the golfing season. The Winter League has been extended to allow for the inclement weather. The final date will be decided over the coming days. Every Friday there is an open singles (Ladies and Gents prizes) taking place from 7th March. These singles competitions are not qualifiers and instead prizes will be awarded every Friday. Last week the first of these took place and Adrian Brennan taking first place on 39 points with Syd Harkin taking second place with 36 points. These weekly Friday competitions are a great addition to the yearly calendar.Both competitions are 12.50 for visitors and 6e for members which is marvellous value for visitors and members alike. There are full bar and catering services on both Wednesdays and Fridays.

Up Coming Competitions The golfing year has begun in earnest and next Saturday and Sunday sees the Singles Matchplay qualifier kindly sponsored by Little Sunflowers Creche. Last year Denis Carey and Tom Kenny played out a 20 hole final with Denis winning out after a great battle. 32 qualifiers will contest the first round of the matchplay proper and it is always a wonderful part of Callan golfing calendar. On Monday next St Patricks day, Callan will host a 9 hole re entry competition open to all. These re entry competitions are excellent value and entertainment some come along on Monday and give it a go.

Results O Dwyer Golf Stores Singles Qualifier Wed 5th of March 1 K O Dwyer 44 2 J Dunne Gross P O Toole Visitor J Marnell Men and Women Open Singles Fri 7th March 1 A Brennan 2 S Harkin Ladies Tues 4th March 1 M Butler 26 2 B Kearns 25 3 M O Mahony 24 4 C Dore 23 5 C O Sullivan 22 Senior Ladies Thursday 6th March 1 C O Sullivan 22 2 M Comerford 22 3 K Power 22 4 A Phelan 18

Club Lotto Week 50 Jackpot 2850. Numbers 23,28,32. No Winner. Three lucky dip winners 30e each; Kathleen Murphy, Milo Hennessy, Ollie Power.

Next weeks jackpot 2950. Thanks to all for your wonderful support.

deeply magical thrill of engaging one to one with nature is always felt with that careful, slow placing of the ball on the elevated first tee box. From intelligently seeking fingertips to manifested physical reality the new web-site opens Castlecomer Golf course to the interested world. The incredible ability to push the right buttons to gain access to the full physical experience of great golf, and anything to do with it, is facilitated by the web-site gateway. A gateway that is yet another way to enter the actuality of the fantastically real golf course in Castlecomer. An entrance to experience physically and fully, the progressive joy of playing golf, which remains the only fulsome way to get and retain a truly memorable and personal time. Few things surpass the actual doing of golf, for golfers. Anything that can bring that doing into being and making it even better as an experience is welcomed and gratefully received. From clubs, balls and tees to computers, phones and web pages, solid tools to invisibly operated technology, it doesn’t matter. Whatever makes golf in Castlecomer more available is wonderful and gratefully received. So, the work of Shamus Malone and all involved with the new web-site, is considered wonderful and gratefully received by all who love golf and all who are interested in having both their fingers and feet do the walking and playing.

Fixtures Wednesday 12th March O Dwyer Golf Stores Mens Open Singles Thursday 13th March Senior Ladies 10am-12pm Ladies Singles 12.30pm-2.30pm Friday 14th March Ladies and Gents Open Singles Saturday 15th March Singles Matchplay Qualifier sponsored by Little Sunflowers Creche Sunday 16th March Singles Matchplay Qualifier sponsored by Little Sunflowers Creche Monday 17th March Open 9 hole re entry RGA 11-1pm Tuesday 18th March Ladies Day

Beginners Lessons Callan Golf Club will host beginners lesson from Saturday 19th of April. The lesson provide an excellent oppurtunity for beginners to be shown basics of this wonderful game. Over four sessions there will be expert demonstration in a friendly and relaxed environment. It is always very well supported each year that it has been ran by the club and this year should be no exception. Please contact Margaret at 0567725136 to book your place.

Kilkenny PADDY RAGGETT HOMES OPEN 4 PERSON TEAM EVENT This weekend the Paddy Raggett Homes 4 Person Team event takes place on Sunday and Monday. The same team may play both days if they wish but if the same team plays on both days they will only be entitled to feature once in the prizes. This competition is kindly sponsored by Paddy Raggett Homes. Friday and Saturday sees the rescheduled Mens Spring Singles competition which was cancelled recently.

LADIES & GENTS OPEN SINGLES Wednesday March 19th sees the first Ladies & Gents Open Singles of the season. The sheet went live for online booking last Friday.

ST PATRICKS NIGHT The social committee have organised a night in the club for Sunday March 16th. The night will commence with food being served at 8.30pm. Music will follow from the Dempseys and the musicians who accompany them to serve up plenty of Irish music from 9.30 till late. The cost is €10 per ticket. Please contact any committee member, the office or the bar for tickets.

SPONSOR A TREE By the time you read these notes the likelihood is that the 120 new trees will have been planted to replace the trees lost in the storm. By Thursday they will all have been staked and the project finished. We had mentioned last week that we were toying with the idea of asking members if they would like to sponsor one of these trees to help defray the cost of the replanting. Although no official decision was made members have jumped to the idea and are coming into the office offering to sponsor a tree, to date donations of €1500 approx have been received. The repairs to the protective netting on the left of the 1st hole on the Ballyfoyle Road is due to commence on Tuesday morning and the hole should be back in play from its regular spot at the weekend. Work has also commenced on replacing the fence at the putting green. The timber fence is being replaced by a small wall.

Mens Mountain View Club Captain Jim Dunne and Lady Captain Aisling Costello at the recent Captains Drive In.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL & FEES Members are reminded that 28th February was final date for payment of annual subscriptions; if it has slipped your mind please contact the office.

GOLF WINTER SPECIAL Golf Winter Special available Monday to Friday until 31st March 2014. Green Fee plus hot plate of the day and Tea/Coffee for €35.

RESULTS March Monthly Medal Sat March 8th & Sun March 9th 1. Tom McInerney (17) 63 net 2. Brendan Hogan (5) 65 net (B9) 3. Kieran Hoban (10) 65 net (B9) Gross; Graham Nugent 68 gross 5. Jim White (9) 65 net Best Juvenile; Bobby O’Mahony (17) 72 net Presentation of prizes Saturday March 22nd March @ 6pm. Two’s Club March Monthly Medal Sat 8th & Sun 9th Graham Nugent at 6th & 10th, Kieran Wall, Cathal O’Neill, Mark Power, Jim White, Ciaran Aylmer at 6th, Frank Byrne , Gerry Stewart, Shane Henderson at 10th, Aidan Phelan, Seamus McGuire, Steve Rochford, Justin Woods at 15th, Larry Carroll, Brendan Hogan, Colin Corbett at 17th. Each Two is worth €16.94 and is credited in the Pro Shop. Cross Card Saturday March 8th 4 Person Team Event- Two scores Counting 1. Ollie Cullen (11) John Greene (16) P J Martin (12) Willie Murphy (17) 71 Pts 2. Joe O’Neill (17) Ben McGarry (14) Maurice Ryan (9) Peter Ryan (17) 70 pts 3. Jack Troy (16) Richie Phelan (16) Brendan Hogan (5) Alan Snype (20) 69 pts 4. Liam Cody (12) Philip O’Neill (22) Alan Doran (15) John Bracken (17) 67 pts 5. Seamus Rochford (11) Myles McCabe (22) Peter Gowan (11) Leo

Byrne (6) 63 pts

FIXTURES Tuesday March 11th, , 8.20 – 10.20 and 12.20 – 2.20 Ladies 18 Hole Competition Wednesday March 12th, 10.00 – 11.30 Vintners Outing, 1.00 – 2.00 Members Thursday March 13th 10.00 – 11.00 Senior Ladies, 11.00 – 1.00 Senior Men, 1.00 – 2.00 Members Friday March 14th, 7.30 – 9.00 Members, 9.00 – 1.00 Mens Spring Singles, 1.00 – 2.00. Members Time, 2.00 – 3.00 Mens Spring Singles Saturday March 15th, 7.30 – 9.30 Members, 9.40 – 10.05 Barton Cup Practice ,10.10 – 1.00 Mens Spring Singles, 1.00 – 1.40 Members Time, 1.45 – 2.45 Mens Spring Singles, 2.45 – 3.15 Ladies Competition Bookable Online Sunday March 16th, 7.30 – 10.30 and 11.00 – 2.30 Paddy Raggett Homes 4 Person Team Event, 10.30 – 11.00 Ladies Competition Bookable Online and 2.45 – 3.15 Draw. Monday March 17th 8.30 – 3.00 Paddy Raggett Homes 4 Person Team Event Tuesday March 18th 8.20 – 10.20 and 12.20 – 2.20 Ladies 18 Hole Competition, Slots also available Saturday March 15th and Sunday March 16th see above. Wednesday March 19th 8.30 – 3.00 Ladies & Gents Open Singles

Castlecomer In this technological age of gadgets and gizmos designed for speed, accessibility and convenience, Castlecomer Golf club has stepped up to that mark with the launch of the new web-site www.castlecomergolf.ie . From the comfort of wherever anyone might be, it is now possible to purchase lotto tickets, check upcoming fixtures, book a tee time and find out just about anything that is wanted to be known about the club. Opposite ends of an amazing time line mutually complement each other. Having engaged with Castlecomer Golf Club through the modern magic of instant technology, the age old

Mens Open Singles 8 /9 March. Martin Irwin recorded his first win in Castlecomer in a competitive open singles at the weekend. Martin had a great score of forty points to deprive John Kelly of a second successive victory. Jason Brennan who played in very windy conditions on Saturday had the best gross score. 1st Martin Irwin (22) 40 pts 2nd John Kelly (28) 39 pts Gross Jason Brennan (4) 32 pts Class 1 Mark Shortall (6) 37 pts Class 2 Johnny Brennan (12) 39 pts Class 3 Donie Walsh (20) 38 pts

Diary 3 Person Open Champagne Scramble - Sat. 15th and Sun. 16th March €30 per team St Patrick’s Day Special Mon 17th March - Mens Open Singles ( Golf and dinner visitors €20 Members €13)

Ladies The High and Low competition which had to be cancelled the previous weekend was held on Saturday, 8th. Although strong winds gusted, it brought out clever adjustments in the skilled lady golfers. Usual high flighted arcs had to be restyled into low trajectory penetrating shots, made safe from the mischevious windy influence. Minds whirled as swiftly as the breeze, seeking the ideal spot and way to leave the ball ready for their partner’s next strike in this mutually supportive high and low handicap competition. The ladies that managed to do that best on the day were Betty Byrne and Jean Ryan who racked up 22pts. Coming in second, Marnie Brennan and Joan Brennan registered a score of 21pts. In third place Ann Breen and Breda Phelan recorded 20pts. A Ladies Open 2 person Scramble is scheduled on March 17th. As it is a bank holiday, the obligation of work is removed to make way for entry into the competition. After the weekend chance for competition in the 3-person champagne scramble, there is a long weekend feast of golf to look forward to in Castlecomer golf club. It’s a good time to ring around and pick partners who are most likely just hoping and waiting for that call to come and play. The spring league, in match play format, is underway and is to be held

to a tight schedule. The first round of matches is to be completed by 17th March. Early play of subsequent matches is allowed for the convenience of the players.

Lotto On Monday night, 3rd March the lotto draw was made with the inclusion of those who had purchased tickets on-line through the new web-site. Nobody had chosen those four winning numbers of 4, 15, 19, 22 and so the jackpot of €8,600 remained unclaimed. Next week the jackpot is €8,800. Being in to win becomes easier all the time, with access to buy tickets on-line at www. castlecomergolf.ie, in the club house, from members and from local retail outlets. Now all anyone has to do is easily pick the four winning numbers. If picking the right numbers could be made as easy as buying a ticket, then everyone would be a winner. First step is to buy a ticket and a chance to make your pick. The rest is up to you, for the reward of €8,800 if you get the next step right.

Deals and offers Always remember that there are great deals to be had in Castlecomer Golf club for visitors, groups and Societies. Golf only €19.00 Golf and Buggy €25.00 (PPS Buggy) Golf, Tea & Scone on arrival, Main Course Meal €29.00 Golf, Tea & Scone on arrival, Main Course Meal, Buggy

Mountain View Frank leads the way in Medal Competition The first of the seven monthly medals for 2014 took place last Sunday. Frank Kavanagh playing off 15 scored a fantastic nett 63 to take the category 2 medal and also collect 12 GOY points. Michael Kelly(13) net 66 was the category 1 medal winner and Jimmy Fitzpatrick (21) won category 3 with a net 67 . The following players collected Golfer of the Year points:- 12 Pts Frank Kavanagh, 9 Pts Michael Kelly, 6Pts Ned Mullally, Jimmy Fitzpatrick 4 Pts and Noel Doran 2 Pts.

Open Spring Series Last weeks qualifier of the Open Spring Series was Thomas Martin Jnr (8) (Waterford Castle).

Spring League Members are reminded that this year’s Spring League commences on weekend of March 23rd . Teams will comprise of four players and members can select their own teams. No substitutes will be allowed. For each round of the league two members of one team must play with two members of another team recording and verifying each score card. The Competition formats will be as follows, Fourball Better Ball , Champange Better Ball (Minimum of 6 Drives Each), Rumble (One score on all Odd Holes and Two scores on all Even Holes) and a Champange Rumble (Minimum of 6 Drives Each and One score on all Odd Holes and Two scores on all Even Holes). The four rounds will run over four consecutive weekends. Entry fee will be €80 per team. Contact the clubhouse for more details.

Diary Sunday Mar 16th Open Series (Single Stableford) Mon Mar 17th - Sat Mar 22nd Week 9 Open Series (Single Stableford) Wednesday Mar 19th Ladies 18 Hole Competition


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