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WEDNESDAY JANUARY 15 2014

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Kilkenny Reporter

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 15 2014

T: 056 7795051 E: sales@kilkennyreporter.ie

ALL GUNS BLAZING AS LOCAL COMMUNITY LETS RIP » P4

Giddy up Gowran says generous Goffs

WHEEL POWER: They may be confined to wheelchairs but they are men of courage, conviction and sporting passion. Our local team has real drive. » Story and pics Page 78

THYESTES BATTLE: Top jockeys Brian Cooper, left, and Danny Mullins, with Kilkenny’s international model Karen Fitzpatrick. » See Pages 24, 25&26

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INSIDE YOUR THIS WEEK

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People of courage: Meet our brilliant young entrepreneurs

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An earlier protest by the ‘Care for Clara’ group

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Joanne Cuddihy, left, at the launch of the ‘Run Mount Juliet’ charity event. She is with event organiser Caroline Walsh and General Manager at Mount Juliet William Kirby

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MODERN LIVING €1,250,000 CLEARING & UPDATING GRAND SALE

A RACE AGAINST TIME! FINAL DAYS - LAST CHANCE TO SAVE The store closed on Wednesday to make further reductions on a wide range of items across the store. We must urgently sell off all our furniture & accessories including: Suites (fabric & leather), sofas, chairs, recliners, dining sets, wall units, sideboards, wardrobes, beds, mattresses, dressing tables, chests, coffee tables, mirrors, pictures, lamps, carpets, laminate flooring, rugs, etc.. Absolutely Everything Must Be Sold Out a.s.a.p! EVERY SINGLE PRICE WILL BE DRASTICALLY REDUCED! THIS IS OUR BIGGEST SALE EVER!

SAVE €€€’S THIS THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY

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JUST A SMALL SAMPLE OF THE OFFERS IN STORE... 18 Offers TCS “BRADLEY” (see seperate sheet)

3 seater recliner sofa and 2 recliner armchairs in soft corded fabric. RRP ¤2,295

YOU PAY ¤999 SATIN FURNITURE 18 Offers (see seperate sheet) “OXFORD”

FURNITURE LINK 18 Offers “AMALFI” (see seperate sheet) 2 seater sofa and 2 armchairs in quality leather. Was ¤1,995

NOW ¤699 GANNONS 18 Offers “GALWAY” (see seperate sheet)

18 OffersBARDI “ATLANTA” (see seperate sheet)

3 seater sofa and 2 armchairs in high grade washable fabric. Was ¤2,995

NOW ¤1,499

18 DERRYS Offers FURNITURE “SOFIA” (see seperate sheet)

nest of 3 tables in solid mahogany.

wardrobe with 2 doors and 2 drawers in solid pine.

RRP ¤399

Was ¤699

large nightstand with 2 drawers, in cream painted finish. RRP ¤399

YOU PAY ¤99

NOW ¤299

YOU PAY ¤99

FERRAND 18 Offers 5ft. bedframe in (see seperate sheet)

18 Offers MAYA (see seperate sheet)

ANNAGHMORE 18 Offers “ATLANTIS” (see seperate sheet)

FURNITURE LINK 18 Offers “LORENZO” (see seperate sheet)

large extending dining table in walnut finish with 6 chairs. RRP ¤2,999

you pay ¤899

18NAVINZI Offers UPHOLSTERY “MONZANO” (see seperate sheet)

FAITH AND ETHAN 18 Offers (see “BACK seperateCARE” sheet)

4ft. 6in divan set with quality spring mattress and luxury foam inlay. RRP ¤1,295

YOU PAY ¤499

18 Offers MAYO FURNITURE (see seperate sheet) “LUCY”

FURNITURE LINK 18 Offers “VIVALDI” (see seperate sheet)

YOU PAY ¤1,699

NOW ¤49

NOW ¤499

18 Offers MODERN LIVING (see seperate sheet)

18 Offers COACH HOUSE (see seperate sheet) “VENETIA”

RRP ¤699

RRP ¤299

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YOU PAY ¤75

NOW ¤189

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stylish console table in all mirrored finish. RRP ¤499

RRP ¤1,499

RRP ¤899

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3 drawer wide chest in painted pine finish.

study desk with sliding keyboard feature in glass and chrome.

5ft. dining table and 6 chairs in walnut and glass finish.

swivel cuddler chair in modern fabric.

3 seater and 2 seater sofas in quality fabric. Was ¤1,598

3 seater sofa and 2 chairs in luxury Italian leather.

TV/DVD unit with open shelves in glass and chrome.

hardwood finish, with 5ft.memory foam mattress.

18 Offers BUOYANT (see seperate sheet) “BLINX”

18 Offers PLUS (see seperate sheet) all mirrors, pictures, lamps, rugs and accessories. PRICED TO CLEAR!

SPECIAL EVENT HOURS Thursday, Friday & Saturday.....10 - 6 Sunday............12 - 6

Green Street, Kilkenny Tel: 056 777 5980 All offers correct at time of going to press and subject to availability. E. & O.E.

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Photography for Beginners Local Photographer and Videographer, Pat Shortall once again begins his springtime photography workshop. 2014 is his sixth consecutive year; passing on his valuable experience to camera and photo enthusiasts. Capturing photographs is now a more popular hobby than it ever has been. Recent figures released; state that more than two thirds of mobile phone users regularly use its attached camera. Pat is especially well known in Kilkenny for his event videography, social and wedding photography and photo exhibitions, in fact he is the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longest serving professional videographer. He has welcomed and embraced all aspects of digital technology and employs both PC and Apple systems as part his day to day workflow. The course is just three hours per

week for duration of twelve weeks. It teaches the art of properly using a camera and linking it to a computer. The amazing results when you begin getting control of your camera in manual mode; is a vital part of becoming a good photographer. He also covers problems and difficulties that may arise with incorrect use of flash and camera settings and gives answers to the questions that regularly arise when reading your camera start up disc or instruction manual. Also included is a lesson in picture framing, creating your own digital album, improving and restoring old photographs and much more.

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In Castlecomer with Chubby Brennan

From left, Johnny Hetherington, Joe Kelly and Tom Gleeson

From left, Kevin Byrne panto producer, Willie Coogan, Anne Gleeson, Fonsie Mealy

Down memory lane with our panto Will 2014 Be the Year You Start a New Business? The Kilkenny County Enterprise Board (KCEB) recently announced their 2014 Spring Training Schedule offering a broad selection of topical business training courses. First on the list is a ‘Start Your Own Business’ training programme which runs for five consecutive weeks on Monday and Thursday evenings beginning on January 27th. This course covers areas such as Legal Issues for Start-ups, Preparing a Business Plan, Sales and Marketing, Information Technology and Social Media, Funding and Basic Bookkeeping. Ten trainers and industry experts are involved in the delivery of the course which is designed to help navigate participants through the steps involved in assessing their business idea, converting it into a realistic business concept and in due course, launching an operational business. KCEB reports that contrary to popular belief many aspiring entrepreneurs are not letting a tough economy get them down. Rather than laying low, they are seizing the opportunity to start-up new businesses and benefit from some of the advantages that to-

day’s market place has to offer such as more generous terms from suppliers, affordable leases, lower-cost advertising etc. Indeed the biggest hurdle in starting up a new business is often connected to having the courage to pursue the idea rather than economic factors. “We believe that education is vital not only for the purpose of attaining the necessary knowledge and skills to set up in business but also to give would-be entrepreneurs the confidence required to take a leap of faith from the familiar into uncharted territory” said Fiona Deegan, CEO of the KCEB. KCEB provides a number of supports for start-ups and existing businesses across a diverse range of sectors, including a business information service, business mentoring, business training programmes, and business networking opportunities. For further details about KCEB supports and the broad list of subsidised training courses on offer from Jan until May, please visit www. kceb.ie or alternatively call 056 7752662 or email: enquiries@kceb.ie

Back, from left, Betty O’Neill, Eileen Gleeson, Mary Deevy, Claire Ryan, Biddy Shea. Front, Sally Hetherington, Maria Fogarty AS WE enjoy a photographic pantomime trip down memory lane, we remind that rehearsals are in full swing for this year’s production of ‘Snow White and the Seven Drawfs’. The show opens in Castlecomer Community Hall on February 4.

A poetic plan ‘Twas the month after Christmas and all through the house, nothing would fit not even a blouse! Away with the fruit cake, chocolates and chips,

trade them in for some weight loss tips! No more trouble and strife, it’s time to start on Herbalife. New Year’s resolution to lose weight, get fit or get healthy? Find out how with a free wellness evaluation, nutritional advice and meal planner. For more info contact Edel 0872876363 or 087-1657112.

Thank you Castlecomer Wellington Race Committee would like to ask for any outstanding sponsor-

ship cards to be returned asap.

Local lottos GAA €3,000; Golf €7.200. Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it... Happy New Year to all. Regards, Chubby


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Up and over: The excitement of Thyestes Chase Day

Brilliant Gowran Park is a winner in a photo finish! JIMMY RHATIGAN JIMMYRHATIGAN@GMAIL.COM

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The big prize: The Thyestes Chase Cup

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Pictured with the Goffs Thyestes Chase trophy are Joe Connolly, Managing Director, Connollyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Red Mills, Henry Beeby, Chairman, Goffs and Eddie Scally, General Manager, Gowran Park Racecourse

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WHY PEOPLE ARE MAKING FENNELLY FITNESS THEIR NUMBER ONE CHOICE FOR 2014

With 2014 in its infancy Fennelly Fitness has become one of the most popular fitness clubs in the country for those aspiring to get in shape and lose body fat. In addition to catering for those who have never used a gym before, the club also boasts a plethora of award winning athletes, in addition to other clubs and services that use the Fennelly Fitness service. Owned by James Fennelly and Johnny Ryan, who are both accomplished athletes, the club has grown rapidity in a very short timespan and was recently featured in an RTE documentary. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We have every make and shape coming through our doors,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; James Fennelly explains, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;And the reason is very simple - we get results! People are losing weight and toning up, others are putting on the muscle mass they desire, and competitive athletes and teams are improving their performances in their chosen sport, because we take pride in making sure that each individual is getting the best possible service and we make sure that we always impart our years of knowledge and expertise to a lll our members.â&#x20AC;? At Fennelly Fitness there is an unrivalled staff team working with a broad range of individuals and the atmosphere is second to none. The club also has a range of classes both

for men and women ranging from spinning to circuit and even bootcamp. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even an onsite supplement store to complement the environment and to make sure that members have access to the best sports supplements for fat loss, toning and performance. In addition to this, the club works with communities and services to promote exercise and wellbeing. To date, the club has devised Health and Wellbeing Programmes for Ossory Youth in conjunction with Kilkenny Leader and often works with client from Rehab Care in Dublin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal for 2014 is to expand our Health and Wellbeing Initiative to other services and to those on the margins of society, in an effort to give everyone a fair opportunity to get active and get the best out of their bodies and out of lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; explains co-owner, Johnny Ryan, who worked many different areas of the Health Service for many years. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We will also be looking at working with kids and assisting those with limited physical ability and mental health issues, with the intention of using our service and our experience to promote exercise and wellbeing in these area.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fennelly Fitness will be adding to their range of classes very soon and also expanding their premises to accommodation the rapid increase in membership.

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LONE SURVIVOR For Your Consideration ads taken out by Universal on behalf of Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor leaned heavily on a quote by Grantland and ESPN columnist Bill Simmons, calling the movie “the most extraordinary war film since Saving Private Ryan.” I like Simmons. A lot, actually. He’s an excellent, insightful columnist, and I read him often… if I’m interested in the NBA draft, or the Patriots’ offseason maneuvers. But when a studio uses a sports expert for a blurb on a movie’s poster – and one with awards aspirations – it immediately raises a caution flag. Thankfully, there’s no cause for concern. Raw and real (right up until a brutal conclusion lifted out of a Rambo movie), Lone Survivor is a meat-and-potatoes soldier story, beautifully shot with an eye for unusual terrain by Berg and his regular cinematographer, Tobias Schliessler (Battleship, Hancock). It embraces the horrors of war, even as it celebrates the men and women who willfully choose to enter such visceral militaristic contests. And the film’s second hour, essentially one sustained firefight, is about as tense and realistic a combat sequence as we have seen since – well, maybe Mr. Simmons was on to something. The story is based on the bestselling memoirs of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, the lone survivor of a failed mission who is portrayed on-screen by blue-collar Mark Wahlberg – comfortable now in character-actor gigs and heavyhanded genre action. Lone Survivor can be a bit of both. After showing our hero flat-lining in the aftermath

of the central, bloody battle, Berg leaps back three days to introduce the men of SEAL Team 10. Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch) is engaged to a girl back home who hopes he’ll buy her a horse. Danny Dietz (Emile Hirsch) and his significant other are building a home, and there are a lot of creative decisions that need to be made. All along, the men of Team 10 consistently haze the “new guy,” Shane Patton (Alexander Ludwig). When the mission starts, though, Lone Survivor shelves the boys-club nonsense and becomes all business. By following Luttrell’s book to the letter, it details “Operation Red Wings,” a failed mission targeting Ahmad Shah, a Tier-One target for our military. In order to bag the Taliban leader, Luttrell and his team embark on a mission with “a lot of moving parts.” They have no idea. The mission takes a left turn when two kids and an old man stumble on the pack of soldiers, presenting a life-threatening quandary. Kill the unarmed prisoners, and Luttrell’s squad breaks military protocol. Let them go, however, and the soldiers know they are going to alert Taliban forces to the soldiers’ position, compromising the operation and inviting all hell to break loose. Care to guess which happens? It’s not “if” the men die in Lone Survivor. It’s “how” they die, and Berg generates ample amounts of behind-enemy-lines tension throughout this compelling war drama, which lays its cards on the table with a revealing title but still holds us in a vice grip for two com-

pelling hours. The rocky, isolated landscapes of Afghanistan – really New Mexico – act as an antagonistic character for the soldiers on this deadly, fact-based mission. And Berg eschews night-vision green or the hand-held chop that has characterized war pictures of the recent past. Lone Survivor proves contemporary, with his Taliban targets, but isn’t rooted in a conflict that makes it of-the-moment. It’s an authentic military exercise that can (and will) stand the test of time. Berg’s men also have an enviable chemistry, a rapport that bonds the unit and, in turn, supports the movie. Credit Luttrell, who reportedly was a consultant on the picture and helped Berg train his actors in the irregular art of military combat. Wahlberg’s ideally cast as scruffy Luttrell, the veteran leader who acts like a big brother to the men in his squad. Ben Foster stands out as the voice of reason in an unreasonable situation. And Kitsch, God help me, is watchable. After dreadful turns in Battleship and John Carter, I never thought I’d appreciate the young actor in any feature. He may survive in this industry after all. Lone Survivor delivers what it promises, and nothing more. It is a hard-hitting, bloody account of a failed combat mission, giving enough time to the man who survived, as well as to the men we lost. It may not contend for awards in this crowded season, but it will earn standing ovations in American multiplexes for its no-nonsense approach to heroism in impossible situations.


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Back in 2008 a group of like minded Instructors frustrated with the lack of training areas for Martial Arts decided to team up and rent a premises that could be a full time venue for Martial Artists. Kickboxers who fight in competition need to train on a more regular basis, so a venue needed to be found. This was to be the birth of Dragons Lair a center, of excellence in the promotion of all Martial Arts. Dragons Lair has grown from strenght to streng over the past few years and has achieved an enormous amount in the competive world. Winning world professional title, and european and national titles. Coaches at Dragons Lair have completed courses in child welfare and various coaching and refereeing courses. It can also boast to having Irelands only qualified Instructor in the Art of Kyujutsu which is Japanese battle field Archery. To achieve all this takes dedication and thats what Dragons Lair has in abundance. We teach both young and old to be confident on the street, learn how to defend themselves whilst improving their fitness at the same time. At Dragons Lair you must earn your belt NOT BUY it. Gradings are twice a year and not every month and tags on belts are free. We supply all the weapons

and training equipment. We are all part of a family and host free parties for our kids twice a year at our full time training center at the Hebron Industrail Estate. Earlier in 2013 Kilkenny Taekwondo club joined the Center under the direction of Grand Master Guy Jones. Guy who is a 7th Dan Kukkiwon black belt is a master of Traditional forms and Olympic sparring . In late 2013 Guy accepted the invitation to test for his 7th Dan and was presented in front of a panel of three Nine Dan examiners from Kukkiwon. It took three months of hard training and preparations to get Guy to the examiners expectations that are required for this rigorous test that consisted of eight fighting forms, one fighting session, wood board breaking and the presentation of a Thesis. This European grading was an opportunity of a life time. It was attended by 129 participants from 25 European Countries, and the success rate was 39%. 2014 will be an even better year with new classes such as kids Japanese Archery, Sword classes, TRX training and advanced circuit training. It will also be a very busy time for the kickboxers with many title fights on the cards for adults and children. Dragons Lair has everything under the one roof so why not come over and take one of our free classes and see for yourself.

Razeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s setup is reminiscent of Saw and The Hunger Games. Fifty women (of whom we meet six) have been drugged and abducted from their lives, thrown into cells and made to fight in kill-or-bekilled brawls for the enjoyment of untouched and presumably wealthy watchers. In case their own survival is not enough to spur these kidnapped women to murder their peers, the smiling and otherwise mysterious married couple who runs these â&#x20AC;&#x153;gamesâ&#x20AC;? offers a greater threat. The penalty for not fighting or losing/dying is the knowledge that a loved one will be murdered. Video feed of unsuspecting husbands, children, mothers, and fiancĂŠs torment these women as they tend to their wounds and ready for battle. Bell stars as Sabrina, who fights for the daughter she gave up for adoption years ago. I almost wish Bell had been cast in the smaller but livelier role of this prisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resident psycho, who fights not to save the mother she loathes but because she loves killing, plain and simple. Rebecca Marshall shoulders that role, and makes nice work of it with a wild, rangy physicality and a demented giggle-and-whistle routine. With more quirks to her character and no heavy bangs covering her face, she outshines Bell... which is a crime of casting, if nothing else. Still, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a welcome presence as the script pours forth barely formed characters that get little lift from the cast, who offer eager but shallow portrayals for the most part. To her credit, Tracie Thoms, who once co-starred with Bell in Death Proof, brings some actual depth and gravity to the film in her final scene, brief though it may be. But by and large, broad sketches of weeping victims and grinning maniacs in a barely defined world are what this flick has to offer. Well, that and violence. Slick and sloppy, bone-crunching violence is where Raze really delivers. Eventually the uniformity of the scenes becomes tedious, though. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same ring, the same circle of slim-limbed fighters in matching white tanks and grey sweatpants. The same fatal face-smashing blows. Even at 87 minutes, this repetitiveness makes Raze feel overlong. Watching the way Bell throws herself into every one of her many, many fight scenes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear she gave her all for starring role here. As a confessed fan of her, I am frankly disappointed the film isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worthy of her talents and completely squanders her screen presence with a dull heroine and a bleak and poorly plotted tale. True devotees of the women-in-prison genre may find the doggedly brutal violence and high impact action scenes reason enough to praise Raze, but for me I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get over how illfitting and suffocating it was to its dynamic star.

Interesting tips for your cats Cats Love Running Water A pet drinking fountain is one of the best investments you can make in your catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health. Cats find cool, running water to be appealing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a natural behavior, because stream water is less likely to be contaminated than a stagnant pool. Cats tend to be chronically dehydrated, and feline fountains are proven to get cats to drink more water. Many feline health problems can be aided with proper hydration, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more efficient than leaving a faucet dripping to entice your cat to drink. Pick a Pretty, Allergy-Easy Kitten While no cat is guaranteed to not be an allergy trigger â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and people with life-threatening reactions are better off without a cat â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible to pick a pet who might be less of a problem. Black, unneutered males are purported the worst choice for people with allergies, since they typically have higher levels in their saliva of FelD1, the protein that triggers sneezing and wheezing. Some breeds of cat, most notably the Siberian, have a high number of individual animals with low levels of FelD1. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re paying for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;hypo-allergenicâ&#x20AC;? cat, insist on saliva testing. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re choosing a kitten, choose a light-colored female, and get her spayed. Panting Is a Problem Dogs pant up to 300 times a minute to cool themselves, but if you see your cat panting it may be a medical emergency. While sometimes it can just be from extreme anxiety, it can also be a sign of respiratory or cardiovascular problems, warranting an immediate call to the veterinarian. Canned Cat Food Is Preferred Veterinarians recommend feeding canned cat food over kibble. Canned foods have a higher percentage of protein

and fat than dry foods and are significantly higher in water content than kibble (70 percent vs 10 percent). Also, canned foods tend to be more palatable to cats that are finicky, elderly or have dental problems. Better health for your cat can start by closing the all-day kitty kibble buffet and feeding measured amounts of a good canned food. Talk to your veterinarian. Want a Cat to Love You? Look Away! What can you do to get a cat to come to you? Avoid eye contact. Cats donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like eye contact with strangers, so will almost always go to the person whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not looking at them. This also is the answer to the age-old mystery of why cats always seem to go to the one person in the room who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like cats. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because she may be the only one not â&#x20AC;&#x153;rudelyâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s view â&#x20AC;&#x201D; staring. Tale of the Tail You can tell a catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mood by watching his tail. Tail upright, happy; tail moving languidly, keep petting me; tail low, twitching erratically, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on the prowl; tail swishing rapidly, beware and leave me alone. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever been surprised when a cat youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re petting suddenly grabs you angrily, you missed a tail tale: The unhappy twitch of the tail tip would have told you to stop petting, now. Surprising Signs of a Cat in Pain Chronic pain is not uncommon in cats, especially as they age. Cat-lovers miss the signs of a pet in pain because cats are good at hiding it. Any cat observed as being hesitant to jump up or climb, not using the litter box, not able to groom themselves as well, more aggressive or more withdrawn need to see the veterinarian. These are classic signs of discomfort, and need to be addressed.


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Cafe of the week Orange Café The Orange Café, located in Danville Business Park, is one of our city’s great undiscovered gems that provides some of the best food and drinks around. Every morning, Colette makes the scones, cakes and delicious brown bread. They make their own pesto and dressings from scratch. The freshly made soup, salads, wraps,

ciabattas, focaccias and Knockdrinna goat’s cheese tartlets are all fantastic to eat and provide a diversity not often seen in cafes. On top of this there are daily hot specials and gluten free options. The café is open 8:30-4pm, Monday to Friday and is just off the Bohernatounish Roundabout, to get in contact call 056 770 1976.

DVD of the week 2 Guns 2 Guns was one of the biggest surprises of 2013, a buddy cop movie released in August sounds like a recipe for disaster but what we got instead was a fun and competent ride with one of the most interesting premises seen for a long time. Mark Walberg and Denzel Washington are both undercover agents who are

unaware that the other is also an undercover agent working for a different branch of the police and both intend to throw the other under a bus in order to get the main target in custody. It turns out to have been a set up and the two men are now wanted by the police as well as the gangsters. The film is endlessly fun and should be watched.

Book of the week Jim Crace: Harvest The author of Harvest, Jim Crace, has stated that it will be his final novel, and if this is true then I can’t imagine a better way he could have left the field. Harvest is a book of mystery, The book takes place in an unspecified time in an

unspecified location that is simply called: ‘The Village’. Our main character is Walter Thirsk, a mischievous and judgemental man who tells the story in this rhythmic and in some ways antiquated prose

that isn’t modern but certainly doesn’t belong to the past. Harvest’s greatest strength is its ability to portray this place so vividly and magically that it feels as if we are there; it is a unique and lovely novel that deserves to be read.

Baker of the week Jarek Orlowski (aka Jerry) Jerry is a baker working in Kilkenny who recently came fifth in The Great Irish Bake Off, a competition featuring over twothousand bakers from all across the country. As he said himself, his greatest

strength is his passion, he has been baking since he was twelve years old and supporting his family with

it from seventeen onwards. Currently the only place one can obtain Jerry’s baked goods is in the House of Dingle but he hopes to have his own bakery open by the end of April. Jerry makes cakes, scones, muffins and a myriad of other baking items, he takes orders for any occasion and his number is 0877629756.

Club of the week Kilkenny Macra For those unaware, Macra is a youth organization across Ireland that provides activities and a social experience for those between the ages of 17 and 35. The club currently has 8,000 members across the country and its branch in Kilkenny is one of the best available. The activities available in Kilkenny are football,

Badminton, Basketball, tag rugby, hurling, gaelic football, drama and drama workshops, debating, hiking, travel opportunities, as well as regular cinema and social nights and a host of other activities to choose from. It is a fantastic club to meet people and enjoy dozens of different things to do and I highly recommend it.


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Don’t Starve Don’t Starve is a new survival game that debuted on PC, Mac and Linux last April and was ported to Playstation 4 last week. The game opens with our protagonist, Wilson, being transported to a mysterious land by the crafty Maxwell and everyone there wants him dead. After this happens, you have no goals but to survive as long as you can.

This requires eating, maintaining your sanity and not being murdered by any of the hundreds of foes out for your head. The game’s a roguelike and it becomes gruellingly difficult after a few days but is always an engaging experience and gives you the ability to unlock new characters and perks as you go.

App of the week Pac Man It’s Pac Man and it’s free, what else needs to be said? The app plays the game perfectly and is a lot of fun even 34 years after its original development. Since there’s nothing to say about this app, it’s interesting to think that the publishing of pacman on the Atari 2600 at the

height of its popularity was a big reason for that company’s $536 million loss in 1983. Atari were so sure of Pacman’s success that they printed 12 million copies even though only 10 million consoles had been sold up to that point. But the game was not ready for the holiday

season, so they made 12 million copies of this awful prototype and sold it to the masses. The game sold 7 million copies but so many were returned that Atari lost millions on their greatest cash cow. Thankfully the app version is completely devoid of all these problems.

Film of the week American Hustle David O’Russell returns to the movie making world with possibly his best piece yet, the bizarre and entertaining American Hustle. Russell’s reputation as a director has increased tenfold in the last few years due to the huge

success of films like The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, but American Hustle is a completely different creature. Set in the late 70’s, the film follows the infamous abscam scandal that led to the conviction of a US senator amongst others, though the

film deviates from the true events slightly and opens with: ‘some of this actually happened’. The film has an all-star cast including Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams and should certainly be seen.

Gig of the week David McSavage ‘One of Ireland’s funniest comedians’ said the Evening Herald about comedian David McSavage, ‘McSavage may overstep the line but that doesn’t stop him making great comedy’. David McSavage is a comedian who will perform at the Watergate theatre next Saturday night from

Album of the Week Bruce Springsteen- High Hopes Bruce Springsteen as a musician has so much unreleased material, either from songs only played live or those that didn’t fit onto any album. For any Springsteen fan, High Hopes is something certainly worth purchasing; a compilation of various

covers, outtakes, and reimagining’s of released material. Amongst these is the great title track, the divisive but incredible American Skin and the Chris Bailey featuring Just Like Fire Would. A must-have for any fan of Bruce Springsteen.

8-10PM, tickets at €20 are a bargain given the quality of performance on display here. His cutting commentary of Irish life has made him famous and infamous to an almost equal degree and he is regularly featured on television and radio shows. It is certainly worth attending.

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If Zodiac had not been based on a true story then then killer probably would have been our main detectiveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partner or the alcoholic crime reporter who is covering the case. Also the investigation probably would not have gone out for twentytwo years, two and a half hours and be full of dead ends and leads that go nowhere; but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the nature of real life and this incredible ďŹ lm. The ďŹ lm follows the famous Zodiac murders that occurred between 1968 (or 66) and 1969 (or 72). The murderer sent the press letters and encrypted messages that have been interpreted to mean a dozen different things throughout the years, and sections of bloody clothes from the murders. The cartoonist of the San Francisco Chronicle (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) becomes obsessed with the murders and tries to help solve them; this obsession lasts for decades, long after the police have shelved the case. What makes Zodiac so compelling is the fact that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a true story. This frees the ďŹ lm from the shackles imposed

by ďŹ ction; suspects come and go from the narrative, clues are introduced and analysed but their signiďŹ cance is often lost to the detectives and their reason for existing is left for us to decide. An example of this early in the ďŹ lm is when the zodiac killer leaves his gloves in a taxi whose driver he just murdered. T he police failed to ďŹ nd a reason for this and in the end they cannot. Its elements like this that make Zodiac great, the movie can head in any direction at any time because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not bound by the formulas of ďŹ ction and because of this you never know what will happen next. There is also the fact that the ďŹ lm is just really well made; the directing by David Fincher is unparalleled, the cinematography is fascinating, and the acting is perfect. As well as Gyllenhall the ďŹ lm also stars Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo and Brian Cox, who all do great jobs. Zodiac is one of, if not the best murder mystery ďŹ lm ever made and is worth a watch.

%22. -DFN .HURXDF² 7KH'KDUPD %XPV   Those who called Kerouacâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On the Road meandering and boring are probably not going to like The Dharma Bums. For those who loved On the Road, you still might not like The Dharma Bums. It is a strange creature to review; a celebration of American Buddhism in the mid-1950â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, where the protohippy beats were all living together in San Francisco in shabby conditions, climbing mountains and eating the simplest of meals. The novel, like all of Kerouacâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novels, is autobiographical and is focused on his time with Japhy Rhyder (Gary Snyder in real life) and his ďŹ rst experiences with Buddhism. Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassidy return from On the Road and live in a small community in San Francisco along with a bunch of other assorted characters. Thinking back to the book now, it is hard to recall exactly what the

$/%80 characters did other than mountain climbing and discuss philosophy, but the manner in which these elements are used makes the book extremely refreshing. Many have criticized the book for Kerouacâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear lack of understanding of Buddhism (including Snyder himself) but this argument is largely irrelevant. What is important is its feel of genuine sincerity and happiness that enriched Kerouacâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life during the time; even if this is due to his extremely amateur understanding of religion. The bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest strength is its

ability to capture the mindset of its characters. On the Road was frenetically fast paced but Bums is slow, thoughtful and relaxed; whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the hurry? Kerouac may not be a Buddhist but he had certainly reached some sort of Zen in this stage of his life. For these reason I would not recommend this book as a ďŹ rst introduction to Kerouac, as a working understanding of his life up to that point (On the Road mostly) greatly enriches The Dharma Bums. Despite what many would say, Kerouac was an extremely eclectic author, and The Dharma Bums offers an experience almost unparalleled in literature.

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Heart of the Congos is an album that I will either regret covering at this stage or be forced to re-evaluate at a later date. I say this because reggae is a massive and incredibly inďŹ&#x201A;uential genre that I have almost completely unexplored apart from some Bob Marley and punk records that were inspired by it. The Congos are a band that formed in the mid-1970â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and still release albums to this day. Their debut, also considered their magnum opus, was largely ignored in its time and was only rediscovered in the late 1990â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shortly after the band reformed. The sound is Roots Reggae, a subgenre that takes the music out of the city and into the countryside with a sound that strips the cacophony of city music and layâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on a heavy, drone like feel; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a sea of sound. T he producer of the album was the

famous Lee â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Scratchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Perry, who spearheaded the roots reggae movement in Jamaica in the late 70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and invented dub in the early part of that decade. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the most important musicians of the century and Heart of the Congos is considered one of his best and deďŹ nitely his most consistent work. He crafts this biblical, dense and rhythmic sound that is a long way away from what one would expect

in reggae. But what makes The Congos truly special are their vocals. Cedric Mytonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s falsetto coupled with Roy Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tenor both sound great and are styles barely used in contemporary music, but what makes them special is the contrast they create with Perryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s addition of Watty Burnett. Watty Burnett is a baritone singer and brings so much to the albums vocals, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incredible to think he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in the initial lineup. Like the instrumentals, the vocals are incredibly hypnotic and rhythmic, bringing extra validity to what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re saying. The majority of the lyrics pertain to Jah, the bible and Rastafarianism as opposed to the protest songs of urban reggae. Heart of the Congos is like a religious experience, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an incredible album and worthy of the praise it receives today.


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You could be exceptionally emotional this week - especially if things between you and someone important ( a lover or boss) are not in the condition you’d hoped them to be. By Thursday’s Full Moon you may well need both extra support and someone to ‘take you out of yourself’.

Can you find the words then fit them correctly into the grid?

Just where you’re going - both career-wise and within the family -will surely now have priority. It may be that you’re now carrying different responsibilities. It’s very likely that you are now in a situation you’d never expected and that this is throwing both of you. Financial matters could have your undivided attention from about Tuesday. It may be time to re-balance the books - or at least address areas where there are clearly ‘leaks’. The process might require that you change your mind about a commitment made some time ago. It’s the annual Full Moon in your sign on Thursday. The following day a series of interesting aspects involving Uranus (planet of the unexpected) set to work. It’s likely then that you could soon ‘push your own boat out’. This isn’t so much a re-launch or re-branding exercise and more likely to be a first venture. Generally you are at your best when you know exactly where you stand, when others keep to arrangements and where an objective is clear. This week then could be trying as it appears there’s more disunity than harmony - especially in the run up to Thursday’s Full Moon. Nimble, versatile, analytical, constructive, meticulous and often mimicallygifted Virgo. Your ruling planet is Mercury, your best day of the week is Wednesday and your colours are Earthy greens and browns. With Neptune now in your opposite sign of Pisces, the need to find perfection is strong. Perhaps more than many others sign you know the value of people pulling together and working as a team. In the days leading into Thursday’s Cancer Full Moon you may find that people are more emotional than usual and that this outpouring of feelings and thoughts threatens you.

O. Taxing (7) P. Monetary (9) R. Parts of a ladder (5) S. Hallowed (6) S. Time of year (6) S. Creep (5) T. Mock (5) T. Betrayal (7) T. Shudder (6) T. Branch of a river (9) U. Common (5) V. Planet (5) Y. Units of time (5)

A. Creatures (7) A. Irritated (7) A. Main artery (5) A. Greed (7) B. Armed robber (6) B. Candid (5) C. Seizure (7) C. Stringed instrument (5) D. Measures of medicine (5) E. Train (7) H. Source of danger (6) I. Envisage (7) O. Acquire (6)

E. Malevolent (4) K. Rope fastening (4) L. Departing (7) R. Dried grapes (7) R. Responded (7) R. Majestic (5) S. Fusillade (5) S. Vicious (6) S. Scandinavian buffet (11) T. Topic (5) T. One of three (7) V. Assorted (7) W. Author (6)

A. Increased speed (11) A. Dialects (7) A. Entirely (3) A. Vacuous (7) B. Armed robbers (7) B. Stringed instrument (5) C. Vegetable (7) C. Hoard (5) C. Auto (3) C. Circus performer (5) C. Snake (5) D. Inactive (7) E. Ahead of time (5)

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Mesmerising, insightful, determined, resourceful and focused Scorpio Your ruling planets are Mars and Pluto, your best day of the week is Tuesday and your colours deep, deep red and black. Saturn is moving through your sign until late 2014. View this as a long period of self-investment. Yours is one of the Fixed signs and generally, it’s not too easy for you to change course. You have a reputation for being persistent and, even, at times, dogmatic. Yet you have been known to change direction and thoughts with real speed. Thursday’s Full Moon is in your opposite sign. In the hours leading up to this, the Moon will oppose Venus - and yes, you could be caught in the eye of a relationship storm that concerns friends, family and loyalty. It’s usually not hard for you to be pragmatic. At one level you may now be thinking more clearly than for almost a year. Yet this is the week of the Cancer Full Moon (Thursday). Thinking back and realising that you may have broken with one habit it’s still not quite enough to have pushed you to where you want to be. You may be far closer to solutions to some problems than you think. It seems there’s at least one person willing to pull strings on your behalf. Thursday’s Full Moon is in another of the Water signs and could see your affairs put in the spotlight and problems addressed.


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John Holohan, Urlingford, Mairead Stanley, Errill, Tom Kavanagh, Urlingford, Brian Stanley, Erill and Jerry Fogarty, Galmoy, gave a cheque to the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospital, proceeds of their brilliant Santa and sleigh campaign before Christmas

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............................................................................................................................................................ €4,350 2006 Peugeot 206 1.4 hdi 183kms Black alloys,cd,e\w,e\m ................................................................................................................................................................. €5,650 2006 Kia Sportage 2.0 cdri 165kms Silver alloys,half leather,cd,e\w,e\m ....................................................................................................................................... €7,950 2006 Peugeot 307 1.4 97kms Grey ac,alloys,e\w,e\m,cd,leather ....................................................................................................................................................... €5,950 2005 Citroen C4 1.6 hdi 155kms Grey ac,alloys,cd,cruise,e\m,e\w .................................................................................................................................................... €5,450 2005 Chevrolet Nubria 1.4 87mls Blue alloys,armrest,e\m,e\w,r\cl ................................................................................................................................................... €3,950 2005 Renault Megane Cabrio 115kms Blue alloys,elec roof,leather,e\w,e\m ................................................................................................................................ €4,250 2004 Ford Focus Zetec 1.4 120mls Silver alloys,s\r,e\m,e\w ................................................................................................................................................................ €3,950 2003 Ford Focus 1.8 tdci 145mls Silver alloys,e\w,e\m,r\cl,cd ............................................................................................................................................................. €3,950 2003 VW Bora 1.4 140mls Black cd,c\l,e\w ................................................................................................................................................................................................. €2,950 2002 Opel Astra 1.4 hb 120mls Navy e\w,e\m,cd,r\cl ............................................................................................................................................................................. €2,250 2002 Seat Cordoba 1.4 98mls Grey e\w,e\m ............................................................................................................................................................................................. €1,650 2002 Ford Focus 1.6 3dr 150mls Silver alloys,e\w,e\m,cd,leather heated ....................................................................................................................................... €2,950 2002 Skoda Octavia est 147mls Blue trade sale!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ........................................................................................................................................................................ €1,350 2001 Merc CLK 110mls Green leather heated,amg,alloys,auto .......................................................................................................................................................... €3,450 Family Size 2012 VW Passat 1.6 tdi fsi 47mls Black e\w,e\m,ac,alloys ....................................................................................................................................................................€19,850 2010 Ford Mondeo Zetec 60mls Black b\t,alloys,r\l,e\w .....................................................................................................................................................................€14,950 2010 Qashqai 23mls Silver alloys,fogs,6spd,p\d\s .................................................................................................................................................................................€15,850 2010 Audi A4 se 84mls Silver alloys,ac,cd,e\w,e\m ...............................................................................................................................................................................€19,450 2009 Qashqai Ntec 60mls Black 6spd ........................................................................................................................................................................................................€14,950 2009 Ford Mondeo 70mls Grey b\t,r\l,alloys,cd .....................................................................................................................................................................................€11,950 2009 Opel Insignia Eco 130ps 135kms Blue ac,r\l,cd,fogs,6spd,cruise ..........................................................................................................................................€12,450 2008 Ford Mondeo 1.8 tdci Zetec Hatch 171kms Silver a/c,alloys,e\w,e\m,cd ............................................................................................................................. €9,950 2007 Mazda 6 2.0d 160kms Silver ac,alloys,6spd,e\w,e\m ................................................................................................................................................................... €6,750 2005 Peugoet 407 1.6hdi 139mls Silver ac,r\l,e\m,e\w,alloys ............................................................................................................................................................. €5,150 2005 SAAB 93 Vector Sport 116mls Grey cd,e\w,e\m,r\cl,half leather,6spd ................................................................................................................................... €5,450 2005 Ford Mondeo 2.0 tdci 258kms Silver ac,r\cl,cd .............................................................................................................................................................................. €3,950 2004 BMW X5 Sport 118mls Black 20” alloys,cd,dvd,ac,leather,wood dash .................................................................................................................................€10,450 2004 Audi A4 1.8 t 117mls Silver fogs,ac,a\r,r\l,cd,leather,6spd ......................................................................................................................................................... €6,250 2003 Mitsubishi Spacestar 100mls Blue c\l,e\w,cd .................................................................................................................................................................................. €3,850 2002 Mitsubishi Spacestar 1.6 88mls Red alloys,cd,r\cl,e\w ................................................................................................................................................................ €2,350 7 Seater 2007 Opel Zafira 1.6 Club 133kms Gold ac,alloys,fogs,cd,e\w.e\m, .................................................................................................................................................. €7,250 2004 Renault Grand Scenic dci 1.9 85mls Silver alloys,cd,e\w,e\m ................................................................................................................................................... €4,250 2003 Toyota Avensis Verso 2.0 4d4 162mls Silver alloys,ac,e\w,e\m ................................................................................................................................................. €4,250 2003 Opel Zafira 2.0 dti 176mls Green alloys,cd,e\w .............................................................................................................................................................................. €3,450 Commercials 2006 Landrover Freelander 2.0td4 135kms Silver alloys,cd,e\w,e\m,ac,fogs ................................................................................................................................ €6,450 2006 VW Caddy 1.9 125kms White cd,towbar ......................................................................................................................................................................................... €5,950 2005 Citroen Relay 88mls White e\w,cd ...................................................................................................................................................................................................... €4,350 2002 Renault Megavan 1.9 dci 144mls White alloys,cd,e\w ................................................................................................................................................................ €2,350


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Betty Coates and Margaret Connolly

Mary and John Dempsey with Mary and Jim Aylward

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Aygo 1.0L Aura Yaris 1.0L Luna Yaris 1.0L Luna Yaris 1.0L Terra Yaris 1.0L 5Dr Terra Yaris 1.0L 5Dr Terra Yaris 1.0L 5Dr Luna Yaris 1.0L 5Dr Strata Auris Tourer Luna D-4-D Auris 1.L D-4-D 5Dr Terra Juke 1.5L Dsl XE 3 1.6L Dsl Golf 1.2L 5Dr Trendline BMW 116d Sport Corolla 1.4L D-4-D Luna Corolla Terra D W/Alloys Corolla 1.4L Terra Corolla 1.4L D-4-D Terra Corolla 1.4L Luna Corolla 1.4L Terra Corolla 1.4L Terra Corolla 1.4L Luna Corolla 1.4L Terra Corolla 1.4L Terra A3 1.6L Tdi 5Dr 105 Avensis 2.0L D-4-D Aura Avensis 2.0L D-4-D Aura Qahsqai 1.5L SV Dsl Cruise Avensis 2.0L D-4-D Aura Avensis 2.0L D-4-D Aura Avensis 2.0L D-4-D Aura Avensis 2.0L D-4-D Aura Avensis 2.0L D-4-D Aura Grand Picasso RAV4 2.2L 4x4 D-4-D 5Dr Kuga 2.0L Dsl Zetec 4x4

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Marina Byrne, Helen Ryan and Bronagh Whelan

Among friends: It was party time

Ann Dunne, Larry Dunne and Edward Galvin

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Alhambra Altea XL Leon Leon Toledo Toledo Ibiza Ibiza Mii Exeo Ibiza Special Edition Diesel Ibiza Special Edition Polo Diesel Altea XL Ibiza Diesel Cordoba 207 Partner Passat Sport Cordoba Diesel (choice) Cordoba Diesel Pajero COMMERCIAL 4X4 Polo 307 SW 7 Seater One ‘7’ Model Cordoba Diesel Toledo Fiesta Ibiza Landcruiser COMMERCIAL 4X4 Santa Fe COMMERCIAL 4X4 Passat Megane Diesel Ibiza Leon Beetle

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South East Swifts first quarter huddle

Mick Hennessy attempts a block

Wheels are turning in right direction JIMMY RHATIGAN JIMMYRHATIGAN@GMAIL.COM

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Barry Moloney & Orla Barcoe, in relation to a Notice of Further Information Request received on their planning application for planning permission for a development at Tomnahaha, Skeaghvasteen, Co Kilkenny. The development will consist of planning permission to construct a dwelling and detached garage, with Septic Tank/percolation area, and all associated site works. Planning ref. 13/447. Hereby gives notice that Significant Further Information/Revised Plans have been furnished to the Planning Authority in respect of this proposed development, and are available for inspection or purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the Offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours of 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A submission or observation in relation to the further information or revised plans may be made in writing to the Planning Authority within a period of 2 weeks from the date of receipt of the revised public notices. A submission or observation must be accompanied by the prescribed fee of â&#x201A;Ź20, except in the case of a person or body who has already made a submission or observation. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

I, Helen Connolly hereby intend to apply to Kilkenny County Council for planning permission for namely; (1) a change of house type, garage and wastewater treatment system (2) a revised location of house, garage, wastewater treatment system and raised soil polishing filter (3) a revised design of the vehicular entrance and driveway, all to that previously granted under planning ref. 0938 and permission for a new borewell at Ballygorey, Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Department, Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny, during its public opening hours 9 a.m.- 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4.00 p.m. Monday to Friday, and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (â&#x201A;Ź20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the planning application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

We, McKillen Brothers Ltd., intend to apply for retention permission for development at this site at Moanmought Commons, Callan, Co. Kilkenny. The development consists of the retention of 1) the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;as constructedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; gas compound 2) the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;as constructedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concrete post and panel fence along the south west boundary. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Department, Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny, during its public opening hours 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. Monday to Friday, and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (â&#x201A;Ź20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the planning application.

.LONHQQ\ &RXQW\&RXQFLO Take notice that we intend to apply to Kilkenny County Council for permission to construct four one bed and one two bed residential units. The development will consist of the subdivision of Brook House, a protected structure NIAH Ref. No. 12317033, into two one bed units, the construction of a one bed unit at first floor level behind â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gatewayâ&#x20AC;?, a protected structure NIAH Ref. No. 12317034, and the construction of 2 new residential units to the rear of the site, all connected to existing services on lands at Ladyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Well Street, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Department, Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny, during its public opening hours 9 a.m.- 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4.00 p.m. Monday to Friday, and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (â&#x201A;Ź20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the planning application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.


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Golf Notes Callan AGM Last Saturday night a huge number of members attended the 2014 AGM. Chairman John Kinchella, President 2013, opened the meeting which featured a financial report from Tony Harney which was very positive about the progression of the club in this sphere. John Kinchella, Linda Adare (Lady President 2013), Rose Brophy (Lady Captain 2013) and Paul Cashin (Captain 2013) all addressed the meeting and were lavish in their praise of the level of volunteerism which keeps the club vibrant and progressive, Margaret in the office, the course staff, all committees and sub committees (especially the Lotto and Junior committees) and all stressed the positivity around the club looking forward to the 2014 golf season. All wished the incoming officers the very best of luck over the coming year. The meeting also saw Murt Duggan invited to become a trustee of the club which he accepted graciously. The Joint Management Committee was elected in full following the addresses. The Committee is as follows; Captain Martin Maher; Lady Captain Kathleen Phelan; President John Healy; Lady President Rita O Neill; Vice Captain Pat Mulrooney; Lady Vice Captain Mary Manning; Honorary Secretary Don Bolger; Treasurer Stewart O Donovan; Ex Officio Paul Cashin; Junior Officer Joe Cuddihy; Olive Walsh, Christy Vaughan, Denis Collins, John Kennedy, Nigel O Donovan, Denis Carey and Jim Wellwood. There are many, many roles to be played by members of the club in all aspects of the running of the club and please try to contribute in any way possible over the coming year. The level of goodwill and volunteerism in Callan is the envy of many other clubs and is greatly appreciated by all involved in the club.

Bravery Despite horrific conditions many brave Callan golfers enjoyed the challenge of wintry elements and took part in this weeks singles stableford. John Lennon came out on top following a count back from Derek Delaney after both had 38 points. In the conditions to better 36 points was an achievement and John narrowly prevailed. In

third place was Michael Tobin with a solid 36 point total. Well done to all who played and hopefully the weather will be kinder over the coming months.

Membership 2014 From all in Callan Golf Club we would like to wish members and friends of the club the very best of luck for the coming year and we look forward to seeing everyone on the fairways as soon as possible. Every effort is being made to make membership as affordable as possible while ensuring the safe continuation of the running of the club. Membership for 2014 is now open with some fantastic deals for new or lapsed members from 499e (449 for seniors). Membership for existing members has also been reduced to 549 with an option of inviting in a new/lapsed member for 449 for both the new/lapsed member and the existing member. If one joins now they will be fully paid up members until January 2015. That represents amazing value and full details/finance options are available from Margaret on 056-7725136

Date for presentation of prizes will be in February and will be confirmed later. Two’s Club Sunday January 12th. Michael Doran, Kieran Wall at 6th and Paul Cullen at 15th. Each two is worth €45.33 and is credited in the Pro Shop.

LADIES NEWS Ladies Competition last week was cancelled due to the weather. Ladies Committee Meeting Wednesday 15th January at 7.30pm. Yoga recommences on Wednesday 15th at 10.30 am.

Ladies Fixtures Tuesday January 14th Ladies 9 Hole Stableford 8.45 – 10.20 and 12.20 – 2.20. Tuesday January 21st Ladies 9 Hole Stableford 8.45 – 10.20 and 12.20 – 2.20 Slots also available on Saturday Jan 18th 1.45 – 2.15 Bookable Online, Sunday Jan 19th 10.30 – 11.00 Bookable Online, 2.20 – 3.00 Draw.

SENIOR MEN

The entry Sheet for the Club Snooker singles is on the Mens notice board and the draw will take place on Friday January 17th, the entry fee per player is €5. Please enter names on sheet and place entry fee in envelope behind bar.

1. Martin Mullane (16) Christy Rainey (22) Joe O’Driscoll (26) Paddy Hally (25) 66 pts 2. Pat Drennan (15) John O’Regan (18) Tom Reade (25) Dave Schofield (27) 63 pts 3. John King (18) Paddy Gubbins (17) Kevin Donohue (19) Eamon Molloy (26) 63 pts 4. Billy Burke (8) Dick Cogan (21) Reay Brandon (21) Donie Butler (21) 63 pts 5. Gerry Bowe (23) Myles McCabe (22) Jim Meredith (19) 63 pts (58 +5) 6. Con O’Sullivan (15) Jimmy Rhatigan (19) Maurice Ryan (21) Jack Nolan (22) 62 pts 7. Noel Skehan (15) Andy Hughes (18) Tim O’Mahony (36) Joe Ledwidge (24) 62 pts Next competition Thursday January 16th 11.00 – 1.00. The AGM of the Senior Men will take place on Thursday January 16th at 4.30pm. If for weather reasons there is no golf on Thursday the AGM will be postponed until Thursday January 23rd at 4.30pm.

BRIDGE LESSONS

SENIOR LADIES

Bridge lessons recommenced on Monday 13th in the club with 37 players attending and will continue in the club on Monday January 20th at 7.45pm.

No competition was held on Thursday January 9th. Next competition Thursday January 16th 10.00 – 11.00 and will be followed by Ladies Seniors AGM at 2.00pm, the Agm will take place even if there is no golf due to weather.

Kilkenny RESULTS & FIXTURES WINTER SPECIAL Golf Winter Special available until 31st March 2014. Green Fee plus hot plate of the day and Tea/Coffee for €35.

SNOOKER DOUBLES The Final of the Snooker Doubles took place Thursday January 9th. The match was won 2 nil by Nick O’Donnell & Johnny McEvoy who defeated Christy Power & Michael O’Neill.

SNOOKER SINGLES

RESULTS Sunday January 12th Mens 14 Holes Singles 1. Pat Butler (4) 29 pts 2. Pat Collins (11) 28 pts 3. Pat Butler Jnr (10) 27 pts Best Gross; Eddie Power (Scr) 25 Gross Pts 5. Eugene Coyne (18) 25 pts

FIXTURES Tuesday Jan 14th, Ladies 9 Hole Stableford 8.45 – 10.20 and 12.20 – 2.20. Wednesday Jan 15th, 1.00 – 2.00 Members Time Thursday Jan 16th, 10.00

– 11.00 Senior Ladies, 11.00 – 1.00 Senior Men, 1.00 – 2.00 Members Time Friday Jan 17th, 1.00 - 2.00 Members Saturday Jan 18th, 8.35 – 9.00 Boys Under 18 Practice. 9.00 - 10.00 Members, 1pm Mens Cross Card, 1.45 – 2.25 Lades 9 Hole ABC Competition Sunday Jan 19th, 8.30 – 2.20 Mens 14 Hole Mens Singles, 2.20 – 3.00 Ladies 9 Hole Competition Monday Jan 20th, 1.00 – 2.00 Members Time Tuesday Jan 21st , Ladies 9 Hole Stableford 8.45 – 10.20 and 12.20 – 2.20. Slots also available on Saturday Jan 19th 1.45 – 2.15 Bookable Online, Sunday Jan 20th 2.00 – 2.35 Draw. Wednesday Jan 22nd , 1.00 – 2.00 Members Time

Gowran AGM 2014 The AGM of Gowran Park Golf Club took place last Friday night. A large number of members turned up for the first official gathering of 2014. Outgoing Captains Melvyn Kennedy and Margaret Logue gave a detailed account of their term of office. In doing so they both thanked their respective committees for their support over the previous 12 months. They also extended thanks to the golf club members for their participation and involvement in Club activity and competitions during the year and wished the incoming captains the very best for the year ahead. In accepting their new roles as 2014 captains Declan Davis and Deirdre McCabe were looking forward to the year and the challenges ahead. Both captains were delighted to report that the club is in a healthy and vibrant position and vowed to keep up the excellent work of both Melvyn and Margaret. The following officers and committees were then elected – President – Jim Walsh, Men’s Captain – Declan Davis, Vice Captain Liam O’Dwyer, Club Secretary - Niall Kiely, Treasurer – Joe Farrell, Handicap Secretary – Richie Lowry, Competition Secretary - Ger Treacy, Committee members – Jim Walsh, Larry Comerford, Dan Stallard, Martin Donnelly, Melvyn Kennedy (ex officio). Lady Captain – Deirdre McCabe, Ladies Vice Captain – Hilary Dick, Hon Sec – Kerri Bolger, Handicap Secretary – Helen Dunne, Competition Secretary – Ger Hickey, Committee – Eileen Tobin

(Junior Convenor), Margaret Logue (ex Officio), Catherine O’Driscoll

Golden Golfers Back in Action Our Club Mixed Seniors (over 50’s) Competition resumes this Friday 17th January and runs until the end of March. Members will be notified of further arrangements by text. Spring Series – Our very popular Spring League resumed last week with a good entry despite the mixed weather conditions. Mark Kelly (7) Rathdowney Golf Club took the leading qualifiers spot with a fine score of 39 points followed by Brendan Melody (15) Cahir Golf Club with 37 points and 3rd place went to local member Tommy Bolger with 34 points. The competition continues this week and every Thursday and Friday with Singles competitions through January, February and March. Three qualifiers and equals from each week will go forward to the grand final which will be held on Friday 21st March 2014. Green Fee for visitors is €20.00 which includes soup and sandwich – telephone 056 7726699 for timesheet or book online.

Tuesday 4th February Seniors Open Singles (Over 50’s) Tuesday 5th February

Mountain View Open Series Mountain View is running an Open Series (Single Stableford Monday to Sunday) commencing on January 20th and concluding with each weekly winner in a grand final on Saturday April 19th. Each golfer in the final will receive an individual prize and be entered into a draw for 6 months membership of Mountain View. The overall winner will receive an Apple iPad and 6 months membership at Mountain View. Entry fee is €15 for visitors and €5 for members. Re- entry permitted in the same week.

Weekend Competitions Cancelled Members competitions for the past two weekends had to be cancelled due to the poor weather conditions. Last weeks scheduled 3 Person scramble is now penciled in for this coming weekend. Names must be on the time sheet by 1 o clock on Friday.

LADIES

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9 Hole Stableford - 8th January 2014 1st Kate Hennessy (10) 18 pts cb 2nd Niamh Connolly (17) 18 pts Well done to Ann Farrell who was a prizewinner in the Junior Alliance outing recently in Carrick-on –Suir golf club. Golden Golfers 11 Hole Christmas Scramble - Friday 20th December 2013 1st John Barcoe (14) Denis Kelly (18) Geraldine Hickey (21) 36.7 nett 2nd Kate Hennessey (10) Nora Barron (15) Mick Bolger (15) 37nett 3rd Liam O’Dwyer (9) Jim Fisher (21) Ann Mullins (15) 38.5 nett

Members are reminded that membership subscriptions are now due. The new membership rates for 2014 are as follows:Full €399, Senior €370 and our €99 rate (terms and conditions apply). All rates include GUI fee. Contact golf shop for more details.

JUNIORS 18 Hole Singles Stableford 2nd January 2014 1st Ciaran Whelan (9) 36 pts 2nd P.J. Dowling (4) 34 pts

FIXTURES Spring Series – Open Singles Thurs 16th/Friday 17th January Members 11 Hole Singles Sat 18th/Sunday 19th January Thyestes Race Day – No Golf Thursday 23rd January Open Fourball Sunday 2nd February Seniors Open Singles

Loyalty Card Our member/green fee loyalty card will be in operation again for 2014 where members and green fees can receive free a round golf after every five rounds played. Terms and conditions apply. Contact golf shop for details.

Fixtures The club committee meets this week and one of the items to be discussed is the list of fixtures for the coming year. The full list of fixtures will be available in the clubhouse and can be viewed on www.mviewgolf.com from next weekend.

Diary Sunday Jan 19th 3 Person Scramble Mon Jan 20th - Sun Jan 26th Week 1 Open Series (Single Stableford) Tuesday Jan 21st MV Seniors Competition Wednesday Jan 22nd Ladies 18 Hole Competition.


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