Kilkenny Observer 17th November 2023

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South Kilkenny crime concerns as Minister urged to increase Gardaí

Carlow Kilkenny TD John McGuinness has hit out at Minister for Justice Helen McEntee and at Garda Commissioner Drew Harris accusing them of forgetting about South Kilkenny as concern has grown that crime is on the increase in the region.

Mr McGuinness said there was a rise in crime in areas such as Piltown, Kilmoganny, Windgap, Bennettsbridge and Mullinavat. “I raised the issue with both Minister Helen McEntee and Commissioner Drew Harris that I believe the time has

come for them to increase the numbers of Gardaí in South Kilkenny as there has been a rise in particular in the sale and distribution of drugs,” said the Fianna Fail TD. “It has gone completely out of hand.” “It would seem that [the

Gardaí] have forgotten about South Kilkenny. Crime in general and especially drug dealing has increased across rural Ireland and South Kilkenny has not escaped this. There is a need to step up the action on all of those issues,” he said. “The only way to really do

that and be part of the local community is to have a greater number of Community Garda. Many rural stations have been closed in Kilkenny with more responsibility being given to the bigger stations in the county to cover the smaller areas also.

“It’s not that we need to see one at every corner as I understand there is a staffing crisis within the force,” he said. Deputy McGuinness said the Minister and the Commissioner have promised him that they will look into the numbers of Gardaí in the area.

Govt pledge to find Emily (9) The Tánaiste has said the Government will leave “no stone unturned” in their efforts to return an IrishIsraeli girl to her family. Emily Hand, just turned nine, was initially thought to be dead but recent information indicates that she is now feared kidnapped to Gaza. Tánaiste Micheál Martin met Emily’s father Tom in Dublin on Tuesday, November 14. “Everyone in Ireland feels the deepest sympathy for Thomas and all the Hand family, given the horrific and traumatic ordeal they are currently experiencing.”

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Keith’s Bridge House is simply the best! Kilkenny City’s Bridge House has been named ‘Best Restaurant in Leinster’ at the 2023 Food and Wine Awards, in association with Rémy Martin. ‘Keith Boyle at the Bridge House’ brought home the win to Kilkenny following just four months of being open.

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The Bridge House is based in the Kilkenny River Court Hotel [pictured above] and offers dinner service from Thursday to Saturday from 6pm, and lunch service on Saturday and Sunday commencing at 1pm. The Neville Group reopened Kilkenny’s Bridge House after €2m revamp earlier this year.

The historic former Dower house has been restored to its former glory following a fire in 2018 and now boasts 12 bedrooms and restaurant headed by Keith Boyle Taking to X (formerly Twitter) to share the good news, Keith Boyle said: “We are immensely proud to be

awarded the best restaurant in Leinster after just four months of being open. The whole team are overjoyed today. Thank you to all who dined with us thus far. We look forward to welcoming guests old and new to our new home in the city.” The Highly Commended

Award in the same category went to ‘Neighbourhood’, a restaurant in Naas, Co. Kildare. As well as counties Kilkenny and Kildare other counties including Wicklow and Tipperary were also recognised as excelling in the food industry in Leinster.

CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan has been remembered as the woman who “lit the flame with her passionate crusades” on the first anniversary of her death. “Her spirit lives on and inspires us all,” said the 221+ patient support group for women and families directly affected by failures in the screening. Mooncoin native Ms Phelan died of cervical cancer at 48 on November 14 last year.

RTÉ job cuts Crisis-ridden RTÉ will cut 400 positions as part of its rescue plan in the wake of the payments scandal. Popular shows are also now at risk of being outsourced. The plan says RTÉ will be a more streamlined organisation. Top presenters’ fees will be capped at €250,000.





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News Applications from sports clubs in Co. Kilkenny and beyond are now invited under the fourth Texaco Support for Sport initiative in which a fund of €130,000 will be divided in €5,000 amounts and distributed to successful applicants in each of the 26 counties. In the past three years, a gross figure of €385,000 has been divided amongst 77 sports clubs across Ireland, of which €5,000 each went to three successful Co. Kilkenny clubs: Kilkenny winners were Kilkenny Hockey Club (2021), Marble City Boxing Club (2022) and Piltown AFC Football Club (2023). Open to all sports clubs irrespective of sporting discipline, size, membership, age, cultural appeal or gender (including clubs that may have been unsuccessful in their application previously), the initiative is one that “recognises and supports the valuable contribution that sports clubs make to communities and throughout Irish society”. Launching the 2024 initiative, James Twohig, Director of Ireland Operations, Valero Energy (Ireland) Limited – the company that markets fuel in Ireland under the Texaco brand – described the programme as one that “provides a route to vital funding for those clubs and communities that need it most”. Following lines similar to that which proved successful over the past three years,

Come on Kilkenny, aim for that sports fund

clubs wishing to apply should first register their interest on www.TexacoSupportforSport. com, followed, before closing date, by a completed application that should include details of their sporting activity, the importance of the club

in their local community, the purpose for which the funding is sought, and the use to which the funds will be put. A sole qualifying requirement is that clubs must be properly constituted and supply confirmation of a valid

Be a good sport: former Irish rugby international, Donncha O’Callaghan is encouraging sports clubs to ‘aim for the target’ in the 2024 Texaco Support for Sport funding initiative

Games & Sports Exemption number (GS number) issued by the Office of the Revenue Commissioners. Closing date for applications is January 31 next with adjudication taking place thereafter.

Leading the process once again is Texaco Support for Sport ambassador, broadcaster and former Irish rugby international, Donncha O’Callaghan. Clubs that received funding to date span the spectrum of Irish sporting

activity – archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowls, boxing, camogie, climbing, cricket, diving, Gaelic football, golf, gymnastics, handball, hockey, hurling, kayaking, rowing, rugby, soccer and tennis amongst them.

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Europe on mortgage ‘needs’ More green mortgages and products aimed at helping young people get a home are needed so first-time buyers can get a foot on the property ladder, according to the European Mortgage Federation (EMF). Luca Bertalot, Secretary General of the group which represents more than 2,000 European lenders, said he

was concerned about the impact of poor housing affordability and rising living costs on families trying to buy a home. He said banks must try to make the market more sustainable and “be attentive to the young generation”. High interest rates and inflation were having an negative affect.

“Inflation is eroding the purchasing ability of families, and is also a problem for energy costs which are growing at a higher rate than other things. “Studies show when costs are increasing or inflation is rising, the priority for families is education for their kids. So if we don’t control household running costs, we will impact

the future of the young generation growing up in that house.” Irish mortgage interest rates are among the highest, — if not the highest with some lenders — in the euro area. Central Bank of Ireland figures show interest rate rises in the past year mean repayments on a typical €300,000 new-buyer mort-

Case of Castlecomer farm ‘pollution’ is raised again in Dáil cross-party support Dáil Éireann recently saw cross-party support and unity of purpose for Castlecomer farmer Dan Brennan. The Ceann Comhairle, in a break from usual proceedings during Debates on Topical Issues, permitted extra speaking time to four TDs to raise their concerns on Mr Brennan’s case with the Minister for Agriculture and to call for an independent enquire into the matter. Fianna Fáil Deputies Jackie Cahill and John McGuinness were joined by Independent TD, Michael Fitzmaurice and Sinn Féin TD, Matt Carthy as they raised Dan Brennan’s case on the floor of the Dáil. Chairperson of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Jackie Cahill said: “It is a very rare occurrence in Dáil Éireann to see numerous TDs from different parties and groups standing together, in complete unity on one single issue. But that is exactly what happened last night. Deputies McGuinness, Fitzmaurice, Carthy and myself have all been very moved by the evidence presented to us by Dan Brennan on the alleged pollution that took place on his farm over a long number of years. “I have been working with Dan for the last couple of

years in my capacity as Chairperson of the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee. Dan and his colleagues previously made a presentation in front of the committee where he outlined the years of struggle he has experienced as a result of the alleged pollution on his farm by a neighbouring factory,” he said. “I called on the Minister to seek answer to a number of questions that remain outstanding, namely, why the foliage and trees on Dan’s farm failed during the years the factory was operational; why did bones grow in his cattle’s tissues and kidneys; and why did the milk yield of his cattle double when the factory closed. “Dan was accused at times of being a bad farmer, when any farmer worth their salt knew this not to be the case. This has since been clearly proven to be untrue and that Dan was not at fault for what happened on his farm over those many years. “The four TDs that stood in the Dáil last night are fully united behind Dan Brennan and his family. We want answers and we want justice for this man. We are calling on the Minister to establish a fully independent enquiry into this matter so that Dan gets the answers and justice he deserves.”

gage have increased by about €3,300 a year. The average rate offered on new Irish mortgages in September was 4.3%. The average rate in the euro area is 4%. Average rates here a year ago stood at just under 2.6% — but then the European Central Bank launched a series of 10 back-to-back rate hikes in an effort to try and

stifle rampant inflation. It is expected interest rates would reduce next year, if inflation remained stable or decreased. Annual inflation stood at 5.1% last month, according to the CSO, down from 6.4% in September. However, the indications are that interest rates may remain high until next July.

Karin at The Sanctuary International flutist Karin Leitner will play a charity concert (matinee and evening) for best-selling author Lorna Byrne in The Sanctuary, Thomastown on Saturday, December 2. All proceeds go to the Lorna Byrne Children’s Foundation.

Freshford honoured at community awards Freshford village was honoured recently at the annual Pride of Place community awards which took place in Armagh City. Freshford was runner-up in the ‘Population between 500-1500’ category and was one of three Kilkenny projects to receive nominations for the awards – the others St Canice’s Community Action and The Callan Community Energy Company. The awards, hosted by UTV’s Pamela Ballentine,

took place in in front of 400 community volunteers from across the island. The awards were delivered in partnership with Armagh, Banbridge, and Craigavon Borough Council. Sponsored by IPB Insurance, the Pride of Place competition was initiated 21 years ago though a Co-operation Ireland programme to acknowledge the invaluable work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in local community development. It has grown into the largest

competition recognising community development achievements on the island of Ireland. President Michael D. Higgins, Joint Patron of Cooperation Ireland, said: “The Pride of Place awards are a most important initiative, reminding us that creating societies that are ethical and inclusive is a task for all of our citizens, of all ages and circumstances.” Sir Julian King, Chairman of Co-operation Ireland, said: “Co-operation Ireland

has no other programme that embodies the charity’s ethos better than Pride of Place. “We work to build relationships across the island and Pride of Place plays a critical role in that work. The impact the awards have had in towns and villages across the island since they started two decades ago cannot be underestimated, and the continuing success of the awards is down to the dedicated volunteers and their love of where they live.”

Rent is now an average €1,411 a month in Kilkenny The average listed rent in both Kilkenny and Carlow is now just over €1,400 a month. The latest report from daft. ie shows the average rent in Kilkenny it’s €1,411, while Carlow is €1,432 A lack of properties outside Dublin is continuing to push up rents, even as things stabi-

lise in the capital, with rental stock only a third of where it needs to be. Prices for new rentals across the country rose by an average of 1.8pc between July and September, compared with the second quarter of the year, and were up 8% compared with a year ago,

the latest report by property website shows. While 8% marks the lowest rate of annual inflation in two years – in 2021, rents were rising at almost double that – areas outside Dublin are still facing double-digit hikes. Sitting tenants have faced much smaller increases of

around 3.8% in the year to mid-2023. The report covers only new rentals. The average monthly rent across the country now stands at €1,823 – more than twice what it was a decade ago – with rents in Dublin at an average of €2,333. Dublin 2 is the most ex-

pensive place in the country, with a one-bed apartment setting you back €2,006 a month. The same type of property in Leitrim costs €678 a month. A lack of supply is keeping prices high, the report found. There were almost 1,800

homes available to rent on the first day of this month, up almost two-thirds (64pc) compared with the same day a year ago. But most of that increase is concentrated in Dublin, with the capital accounting for 1,000 of the 1,800 available properties on November 1.

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The Fact Of OfThe Matter Paul Hopkins

Even I got hooked on Chandler and Friends My only daughter when aged about 16 would repeatedly say to me: “Ah, Dad you have to watch Friends. It’s the best thing ever. Even the boys love it.” Knowing, vaguely, it was a comedy about young people hanging out and not doing much else, I figured that, as a grown-up father of three teens, I was well past the sell-by date. It was only years later when Niamh left home to set up an apartment with her future husband and I got my favourite TV seat back, that I willy-nilly found myself watching an episode of Friends and then another – and another. And then I was hooked. I became hooked on the humour, deadpan or otherwise, the fine acting and deft drawing of the characters of the six main protagonists. Friends was clever and cute and appropriate to the lives and times of young people. The series ran from 1994 for 10 years and is still running,

streaming repeatedly on Netflix. I’d say at this stage I’ve seen every episode at least three times and each viewing gives me more to laugh about and ponder upon. For many, Matthew Perry’s sudden death was a jolt, because he as Chandler – and the show he helped create – was such a fixture of many lives for so long. One of those TV shows that feels as if it’s just always been around – and never fading into irrelevance. Netflix paid WarnerMedia something close to $100 million to keep the show on its service for a single year after fans went belly-up over a proposed platform change in 2018. And five years on, the same deal is annually renewed. When the show first became available on Netflix in 2015, it prompted a wave of think pieces about millennials who were rejecting Friends over its outdated

cultural politics. Offended by Ross’s anguish over his gay ex-wife and Chandler’s transphobic comments about his father, such critics predicted that Friends’ supremacy would soon be over. In a twist of TV fate, the opposite came about. Friends is somehow more relevant than ever. In the initial decade it ran, Friends never materially changed in format. A group of six young adults — Joey, Chandler, Ross, Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe — live in close proximity to one another and preserve the unity of their ‘family’ at all costs. They reside in New York City but are rarely filmed outdoors or at work, instead mostly occupying one of two large apartments or the Central Perk café, where they regularly put their shoes on the furniture. Various romantic permutations come together and break apart, threatening but never destroying the

family’s integrity. Outsiders (like Phoebe’s eventual third husband Mike) may only become permanent members of the community by submitting to the group’s codes; all others are given the cold shoulder. Probably the best-known critique of Friends came from

”I’ve seen every episode at least three times...

Oprah Winfrey. In 1996, she had the cast on her show, where she told them: “I’d like y’all to get a Black friend. Maybe I could stop by.” Race didn’t – doesn’t – come into the equation, with the entire social group being white, despite living in an extremely culturally and ethnically mixed city. The show never intended the whiteonly casting as a statement but the effect was to alienate many people of colour in America and elsewhere. In reality, a New Yorker would have to live a pretty cloistered life to end up in such a homogeneous clique. From its very first scene, Friends offered its viewers an odd mix of fixed gender roles, with accompanying satire. Chandler is an indulgent portrait of self-obsessed masculinity, while Monica’s terrible taste in boyfriends is the punchline about women’s inability to understand men. Though every ‘friend’ is

straight, Friends tried to have its politics both ways by including gay characters who were simultaneously mocked and admired by the other characters. Ross’s ex Carol is certainly meant to seem smarter than him, but Ross makes many more homophobic jokes than Carol gets lines at all. There is also a large quantity of trans-bashing on Friends, as Chandler bemoans his “gay dad” who seems much closer to a trans woman. Friends acknowledged the existence of gay people, while not treating them – disturbingly so – as quite fully human. Despite its obvious flaws – more contentious today than back in 1994 — the death at 54 of Matthew Perry has brought positive reminiscences in the media, many calling it “the best ever show about 20-somethings”. That goes for this writer too ...

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The Kilkenny Observer Friday 17 November 2023


'Scandal of waiting time' for young with scoliosis Seventeen children in Kilkenny and Carlow are waiting on treatment for scoliosis. Eight of these are waiting for more than six months. That is according to Co. Kilkenny’s Aontú representative Tom Healy, who says the figures were released to his party leader, Deputy Peadar Tóibín, in response to a parliamentary question.

“The scandal of under-investment in our nation’s children needs to be addressed as a matter of national urgency with a dedicated funding line for the treatment of these children. We have all heard our Minister for Health wringing his hands as he admitted that the State has failed the many hundreds of children with Scoliosis," he said.

1,000 medics sign up for 'public-only contracts' More than 1,000 hospital consultants have signed up to a new public-only contract, according to figures announced by Health Minister Stephen Donnelly today. The number represents between a quarter and a third of the overall number of consultants working in the State and comes, despite surveys carried out earlier this year by health unions which indicated large numbers would not move to the new deal. The contract, which does not allow consultants to treat private patients in public hospitals, comes with annual pay of between €217,335 to €261,051 on a six-point salary scale, plus overtime and allowances. Health sources have told the Sunday Independent that "many hundreds more consultants”, who are on existing contracts, have applied to take the new contract, under which consultants can be rostered to work on a Saturday. While consultants who take the deal will be able to continue to do private work, they must do so away from the site of the public hospital where they work and in their own time. The new figures are an increase on the 418 consultants that were reported by RTÉ at the end of August as having accepted the new contract. The contract was introduced by Mr Donnelly despite strong criticism from the consultative body Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA). The IHCA raised concerns it places no limits on the number

of late evenings and Saturdays that a consultant on the contract may be rostered to work. A survey by the IHCA earlier this year showed strong opposition to the contract, while most members of the Irish Medical Organisation also indicated in a ballot they would not move to the new contract. The HSE has launched an international marketing campaign to recruit consultants to work in Ireland, including a specific campaign targeted at Irish doctors working in the UK and Australia. The new contract enables hospitals to roster consultants to work an extended day and on Saturdays — 8am to 10pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 6pm Saturday — with the aim of ensuring hospitals had more senior decision-makers on site. Now Mr Donnelly is likely to hail the deal as a landmark by the Government in its longheld ambition to deliver universal healthcare. He has previously said the new contract would enable the health service to maintain efficient and timely patient flow out-of-hours and at weekends. It would also, the Health Minister has argued, enhance senior decision-maker presence on-site and reduce waiting times for patients by maximising capacity in Irish hospitals. There are 3,500 permanently filled consultant posts, up from just under 2,600 in 2019, although there are some estimates that as many as 3,800 consultants work in the public system.

Vehicle charity run for ASD A local vehicle charity run entitled 'Light Up The Parish' will take place on Saturday, December 2. All funds raised will go towards Saplings School Goresbridge to support children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This vehicle charity run is

for tractors, trucks, cars and vintage cars. To enter, vehicles are dressed up in lights and decorations for Christmas. Vehicles start in Goresbridge, drive to Paulstown, Gowran and return to Goresbridge. The run first took place last year and raised €7,824.60.

"They are forced to endure serious pain and discomfort as scoliosis is an extremely serious condition impacting them and their families. It is completely unacceptable and cruel that these little children have to wait for treatment, despite repeated promises by successive Ministers for Health that they would get to grips with the waiting lists.

"In February of 2022 the Minister promised that no child would have to wait for more than four months by the end of last year," he told The Kilkenny Observer “Staff in the health service are struggling to do their best to cope with lack of funding and staffing and ultimately, the buck stops with the Minister for Health and this Gov-

ernment who, it appears, is clearly unable to deal with the situation." Two percent of the Irish population have scoliosis. Pat Kiely, co-founding Surgeon of Straight Ahead, has said that, hopefully, new technologies and innovation in spinal surgery will improve the quality of life for some of Ireland’s worst cases of scoliosis.

Straight Ahead is a partner of the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation (CMRF) Crumlin, and has completed over 125 life-changing operations on children in Ireland. While most with scoliosis will not have harmful long-term effects, some cases do result in serious problems if not treated. like obvious spinal deformity and severe back pain.

From left, Calvin Lan, CEO Huawei Ireland; Charlotte Kavanagh, Partnerships and Engagement Manager, Cliona’s Foundation, and Brendan Ring, Cofounder and CEO, Cliona’s Foundation

Cliona Gala Ball will help sick children Entrepreneur and TV presenter Suzanne Jackson is joining forces with Cliona’s Foundation to host its very first Christmas Gala Ball in Dublin’s Marker Hotel. The event is sponsored by Huawei which means that all proceeds from ticket sales will go directly toward helping Cliona’s families. The event, set to take place on December 7, aims to raise funds for Cliona’s Foundation – the goal on the night is to raise €50,000 which will benefit up to 20 families.

Since 2008 the foundation has provided financial assistance to over 1,300 families, with 36 in Kilkenny alone. The foundation was set up by Brendan and Terry Ring, following the death of their daughter Cliona, from an inoperable brain tumour in 2006 aged 15. Over the years, as Cliona underwent numerous different hospital treatments, Brendan and Terry were struck by the number of families, facing enormous financial hardship, on the brink of financial free-fall,

blindsided by non-medical expenses piling up. They saw at first-hand the enormous toll it took on these families, already struggling to cope with the nightmare of having a seriously ill child. They decided to act and set up Cliona’s Foundation, in honour of their daughter. Mr Ring said: “We are also very grateful to Huawei who have sponsored the gala. Families need help, we have seen a 59% increase in applications from the same

period last year and they need support more than ever, Cliona’s is proud to play our part in helping out families in need.” Cliona’s Foundation expects at least 200 families will apply for financial assistance this year and will need to raise a minimum of €500,000 to meet these applications. To learn more and to help please visit or tune in to the two-part documentary “Ireland’s Forgotten Families” which is readily available on their website.

Prestigious southeast award for psychotherapist Pauline Macey of Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford has been honoured with the Southeast Regional Award at the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s recent eighth annual conference. The IACP Regional Awards recognise an IACP accredited member who makes a notable contribution to the profession of counselling and psychotherapy in their local community and region. Ms Macey has built and maintained a private practice as a psychotherapist, supervisor and lecturer over

the last 25 years. After completing a Diploma in Counselling Competence with PCI in 1998, she went on to complete a Masters in Family Counselling at Iona University, New York in 2002. She completed an advanced Diploma in Supervision with PCI in 2008, which allowed her to further explore and develop her interest in this essential branch of therapy. She has written book and workshop reviews and articles for the Irish Journal of Counselling and Psychother-

apy and served on the editorial board. She has facilitated many workshops in the area, to different groups, including cofacilitating a Diploma in the Expressive Arts at ICPPD (2010 -2019). Receiving the award IACP member Pauline Macey said: “I was delighted, surprised and humbled in equal measures, to receive the South East Regional Award. It is a huge honour and I value it immensely. "The hard work and networking activities provided

by South East Regional Committee are such important resources for us members. I would like to give a special thanks to Dawn O’Brien and the SERC team for the nomination, and for all that they do to reach out to us," Ms Macey said. "It is always an informative and pleasurable experience to attend the numerous and varied events, meetings and workshops they organise and provide. The spirit of warmth, welcome and accessibility of the SERC team is consistently invaluable.”

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As I See It Marianne Heron

Keeping an eye on Ireland’s journey Where are we? Where are we going? Are we nearly there? When it comes to how we are progressing on our journey as a society, it seems to me that, in these days of fake news and 50 shades of views on social media, now more than ever we need journalists with a sure finger on the national pulse. Truthsayers, who also offer opinions like a whetstone on which to sharpen our own thoughts. ‘An Eye On Ireland’, a book of journalist Justine McCarthy’s selection of articles, starting from the 1990s, provides a compelling insight into that journey. The chosen pieces begin prophetically with the historic election of Mary Robinson as the first woman President of Ireland, a symbol of changed times as she extended the hand of friendship to those who

elected her here and to both communities in North. The collection ends with the crisis at RTE provoked by the inflated payments made to Ryan Tubridy. In between are stories which shone a light on issues crying out for change, heartwrenching stories of tragedy and human triumph. Reading them I had both a sense of how far we have travelled but often the feeling that we haven’t moved forward at all. Take the story of’ ‘Rosie’ who went on air to tell listeners that she had been condemned to death due to her seven month’s long wait for a colonoscopy. Her courage in speaking out resulted in a 24 bed Day Services Unit at St Luke’s Hospital. Telling Justine her story in 2007, ‘Rosie’ said: “I feel

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Let’s talk men’s health: Movember is a global fundraiser that encourages men to look after their health. You will see a lot of men with moustaches this month in support of this initiative. Let’s encourage the men in our life to take action on their health. I think most of us know a man who needs a bit of encouragement to go to the doctor. I think it is a good idea to get a check-up once a year with your GP. You would get an NCT done

on your car or bike without hesitation but many men put a visit to the GP on the long finger. Your GP can check your prostate, blood pressure and cholesterol, blood sugars, and thyroid. If you’re feeling tired you can request B12, Iron, and Vitamin D. The main questions I get asked by men are if there any supplements to help with tiredness, stress and mood, as well as supplements to support prostate health. As part of the conversation, I will ask about your diet and lifestyle and if you have seen your doctor. Armed with this information I can suggest some supplements that may help keep you on track.

sorry for the health service workers who are put under such strain to do a good job just because they are underfunded or there is a cock-up in how the service is organised.” Sixteen years later, given the current row over health service funding, this sounds horribly familiar. There are clear-eyed views here, pointing up the hypocrisy involved in the cover-ups of clerical sex abuse and corrupt politicians and the contrasting treatment meted to women and their bodies. Remember the X Case in 1992 where a 13-year-old girl became pregnant following a rape and where an injunction was taken to prevent her travelling to the UK for an abortion. It was a time when the corrupt payments taken by top politicians were brought

One of my favourite supplements for men, is Cleanmarine For Men, as it contains a nice mix of omega oils from Krill with Zinc which helps support testosterone levels. Mood, energy, joint health, cholesterol, heart health can all benefit from having adequate levels of omega 3 essential fats. Stress impacts on all areas of life. It can affect your mood, energy, sleep, hormone production and cardiovascular health. Getting stress under control is important. It is easy for me to say to take time out for yourself in this busy world, but do try. If taking time out is training super hard at the gym then this can be a stress on your body too. Balance is everything. Supplements like One Nutrition Ashwagandha with Magnesium and Zinc can help your body deal with the effects of stress, and supports cognitive function helping you to feel more relaxed and able to cope. To support prostate health, look at New Nordic Prostavital. This is a special formulation to help men’s health and vitality. It contains folic acid and vitamin D, Pumpkin seeds, Lycopene, Pine Bark, and Turmeric. Look after yourself starting today! Shop online at www. where you’ll be able to take a look at these brands. Natural Health Store, Market Cross Shopping Centre Phone: 056 7764538 Email: info@

to light in the tribunals. Justine McCarthy writes: “The decade when Haughey, Burke, Ahern, Flynn et al got their toe-hold in Ireland was when Eileen Flynn was sacked as a school teacher for living with a separated man: Joanne Hayes was viciously cross-examined at a State tribunal about her outof-wedlock pregnancy: Anne Lovett died, aged 15 at a holy grotto in Granard with her new- born baby….. and tens of thousands of women and girls stole across the sea for abortions.” Many of the stories Justine covered during 30 plus years concern landmark cases of women who found the courage to speak out They include interviews with Annie Murphy about her decision to go public about her affair with and her son Peter

by Bishop Eamon Casey and the unbelievably shocking story of the Kilkenny incest victim abused by her father from the age of 10 until she became pregnant by him five years later. There are articles that bring back joyful occasions: feting the green army of Irish football in Paris in 2016, success stories like the rise of Ryanair, but then the ongoing story of homelessness. There are is a prescient piece on the question of reunification of Ireland which still faces us, where in Justine’s words, ”No political party owns Ireland’s future. None has a monopoly on this State’s constitutional aspiration that Ireland be joined up again. The first imperative is getting to know each other after a century of being corralled in our binary boxes.”

Where are we now? Dithering over admission of yet more refugees when we can’t house our own people. Considering telling Ukrainian women and children to find homes after 90 days when there are no homes. Failing to facilitate these women’s ability to work with affordable child care and English language tuition and punitively cutting off all support the minute they do find work. “This is not our final destination, as a pluralist democratic nation entering an era of cautious liberalism, there is much yet to be done,”writes Justine. A telling reflection. * An Eye On Ireland: A Journey Through Social Change, by Justine McCarthy is published by Hachette Books Ireland, €20.99

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The Kilkenny Observer Friday 17 November 2023




The Kilkenny Observer Friday 17 November 2023



JFK’s historic visit to Ireland just months before his assassination John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s emotive and poignant speeches whether delivered from the steps of Capitol Hill or in front of the Berlin Wall connected with his audience, and often signalled landmark shifts in US domestic and foreign policies. His address to the joint Irish Houses of the Oireachtas on June 28, 1963 – just five months before his assassination was one such moment. When Air Force One touched down on the runway at Dublin Airport two days before, President Kennedy became the first serving US head of state to visit the island of Ireland. He would spend four days in the country during which time he would visit Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and his family’s ancestral home in Wexford. His arrival was long anticipated and he was jubilantly received by the Irish people. Although Kennedy was not the first White House resident to have visited the island (this honour belongs to 18th President Ulysses S. Grant who visited Ireland and his own ancestral home in 1879 during his tour of Europe, two years after leaving office), JFK ’s status as the first Roman Catholic elected president, the first serving president to visit the island and the first US President to visit an independent Irish state heralded his visit as significant. The president also benefited from the advent of television. The young Republic had only launched its first television station, Telefís

Éireann, two years earlier but Kennedy had long mastered the medium. His state visit was extensively recorded and this included his personal address to the Dáil; which was also the first by a foreign head of state. He spoke at length about the long, shared history of Ireland and the United States, the impact that Irish immigrants had in shaping and advancing America and its institutions and the role they had and continued to play in the defence of liberty and freedom in the world. He also referenced and quoted from several Irishmen who had played key roles in American history such as James Hoban, the architect of the White House, John Barry, the father of the US Navy, John Boyle O’Reilly, a noted Fenian leader, poet and journalist and Thomas Francis Meagre, the leader of the Irish Brigade in the Union Army in the American Civil War and later Acting Governor of Montana Territory.

President Kennedy presented one of the flags of this battalion, the ‘Fighting 69th’, to the Irish people and ended his address with a call to action; announcing that Ireland’s hour had come and that her role on the global stage was to ensure ‘peace with freedom’. JFK was many things to many people and this was evident in his dealings with Ireland. Ever the pragmatist, his televised visit was partially for the benefit of his Irish-American constituents leading up to an election year but equally it signified a ‘return to the fold’ for Ireland in the wake of the diplomatic isolation it had endured following its refusal to join NATO. In Ireland, JFK’s ascent to the pinnacle of US politics was an ‘Irish’ success story to be proud of and often his portrait could be found beside that of the Pope in Irish homes long after he had departed from the island. Ireland had claimed him as their own.

Here’s 25 facts about that fatal day in Dallas 1. On November 11, 1963, President Kennedy laid a Veterans Day wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. 2. The 36th President of the United States would be buried at the cemetery exactly two weeks later. 3. Jacqueline Kennedy rarely travelled with her husband on political trips but decided to fly with him to Texas on November 21. 4. On November 22, the couple attended a breakfast

in Fort Worth, Texas. 5. The presidential open-top limousine had been flown in from Washington DC. 6. A 14-year-old boy reported watching JFK’s face go blank around 12:30 p.m. on November 22. 7. The boy also said he heard Jacqueline Kennedy shout: “God, oh God, no.” 8. Texas Governor John Connally Jr. received multiple gunshot wounds. 9. A priest administered last

rites to the first Roman Catholic US president.

minutes after John F Kennedy’s assassination.

10. This was the fourth presidential assassination in a nation that was less than 200 years old.

15. Kennedy’s body was also aboard for the return flight to Washington.

remove her wedding ring and put it on her husband’s finger to be buried with him. 19. Later, she had an aide retrieve it.

16. Judge Sarah Hughes wept as she administered the oath of office.

20. Jackie’s suit has never been cleaned and lies in the National Archives. 21. It will not be seen in public until at least 2103, according to the wishes of the Kennedy family.

13. Lyndon B. Johnson took office aboard Air Force One.

17. Jackie Kennedy refused to take off her pink Chanel suit, stained with her husband’s blood. She told Lady Bird Johnson: “I want them to see what they have done to Jack.”

14. He became president 99

18. Jackie did, however,

11. It was the first since the Secret Service began protecting presidents. 12. The Service scuffled with Dallas police for control of the president’s casket.

22. Attorney General and presidential brother Robert F. Kennedy met Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base

upon its return. 23. The Texas School Book Depository’s sixth floor, where assassin Lee Harvey Oswald had positioned himself for the shooting, is today a museum dedicated to JFK’s assassination. 24. Oswald was a self-described Marxist. He had tried to defect to Russia in 1959. 25. At the time, assassination of a president was not a federal offence; Oswald would have been tried in Texas had he not been shot dead by Jack Ruby, a nightclub owner.

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The Kilkenny Observer Friday 17 November 2023


Your Money & You John Ellis

Varied reasons behind fall in corporation tax The recent release of Exchequer figures for the period ending October paints a multi-facet picture of Ireland’s economic landscape. While overall tax revenues have grown, there are concerns about the third consecutive monthly decline in corporation tax receipts. The figures reveal that tax revenues for the first 10 months of the year reached €66.5 billion, marking a significant €2.5 billion (4%) increase compared to the same period in the previous year. This growth is primarily driven by healthy income tax and VAT receipts, which, together, offset the decline in corporation tax. Income tax receipts reached €25.7 billion by the end of October, demonstrating steady growth of €1.8 billion (7.6%) from the previous year. This increase is attributed to the strength of employment, reflecting a healthy job market. October, however, saw a more modest annual growth

of 2.4%. VAT receipts amounted to €17.0 billion, registering a €1.6 billion (10%) increase compared to 2022 with October, despite not being a VAT-due month, contributed €0.2 billion to this total. But corporation tax receipts saw a decline for the third consecutive month in October. The monthly figures

were €1.0 billion (45%) below the same month last year, contributing to a year-to-date decrease of €0.4 billion (2.7%). This decline is associated with declining exports, particularly in the pharmaceutical sector. Other contributing factors include increased public expenditure, reduced non-tax revenue, and a €4 billion transfer to the National

Reserve Fund earlier in the year. These figures give timely reminders of the importance of not making “permanent monetary commitments based on windfall revenues”. Commenting on these figures, Finance Minister Michael McGrath T.D., reiterated the Government’s commitment to maintaining a budgetary

surplus and announced the establishment of two longterm investment funds, the Future Ireland Fund and the Infrastructure Climate and Nature Fund, to properly manage temporary windfall corporation tax receipts. (The Future Ireland Fund and the Infrastructure Climate and Nature Fund – will allow the government to invest temporary ‘windfall’ corporation tax receipts to provide resources for known future fiscal challenges and ensure that these receipts do not become part of the permanent expenditure base.) Minister Paschal Donohoe TD highlighted the Government’s balanced fiscal approach, underscoring the €72 billion invested in 2023. This includes a 30% (€1.6 billion) increase in capital expenditure, indicating progress in the National Development Plan. Peter Vale, a tax partner at Grant Thornton Ireland, characterised the statistics as “striking,” expressing

heightened concern about the timing of this trend preceding November. The predicted underperformance in corporation tax had been anticipated. But, according to Tom Woods, Head of Tax at KPMG, the October decline seems more substantial than initially foreseen in figures released just last month. “The indications suggest a more significant decrease in anticipated receipts than even the adjusted projections had estimated,” said Mr Woods. As the Government navigates the complexities of the economic challenges and global uncertainties, the commitment to prudent fiscal management remains a key priority for the year ahead. The establishment of investment funds and ongoing collaboration with officials underscore a proactive approach to safeguarding Ireland’s economic resilience. 086 8362622

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News Science & Wellbeing There’s a growing need to slow down the ageing process. The world’s population is getting older and, according to the Max Planck Institute in Germany, by 2050, people older than 60 will account for 2.1bn. people on the planet – 22% of humanity – outnumbering those aged under 15. As we age, the risk of many chronic diseases goes up, from cancer to heart disease to Alzheimer’s. In December 2022, a company called BioAge Labs published findings on a drug that worked to prevent muscular atrophy, or the loss of muscle strength and mass, in older people. BioAge Labs, a company based in California, is using genetic data to help people stay healthy for longer. CEO Kristen Fortney was inspired by the genetics of people who live long lives and resist many age-related diseases. In 2015, she started BioAge to study them and develop drug therapies based on the company’s learnings. The team works with special biobanks that have been collecting blood samples and health data from individuals for up to 45 years. Using artificial intelligence, BioAge is able to find the distinctive molecular features that distinguish those who have healthy longevity from those who don’t. In December 2022, BioAge published findings on a drug that worked to prevent muscular atrophy, or the loss of muscle strength and mass, in older people. Much of the research on ageing has been in worms and mice, but BioAge is focused on human data, Fortney says. “This boosts our chances of developing drugs that will be safe and effective in human patients.” With assistance from AI, BioAge measures more than 100,000 molecules in each blood sample, looking at proteins, RNA and metabolites, or small molecules that are produced through chemical

How AI will help fight unhealthy ageing processes. The company uses many techniques to identify these molecules, some of which convert the molecules into charged atoms and then separating them according to their weight and charge. The resulting data is very complex, with many thousands of data points from patients being followed over the decades. BioAge validates its targets by examining whether a pathway going awry is actually linked to the development of diseases, based on the company’s analysis of

biobank health records and blood samples. The team uses AI and machine learning to identify these pathways, and the key proteins in the unhealthy pathways become their main drug targets. “The approach taken by BioAge is an excellent example of how we can harness the power of big data and advances in AI technology to identify new drugs and therapeutic targets,” says Lorna Harries, a Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Exeter. Martin Borch Jensen is the founder of Gordian Biotech-

nology, a company focused on using gene therapy to treat aging. He says BioAge’s use of AI allows them to speed up the process of finding promising drug candidates. However, it remains a challenge to separate pathologies from aspects of the natural aging process that aren’t necessarily bad. “Some of the changes are likely protective responses to things going wrong,” Jensen says. “Their data doesn’t... distinguish that so they’ll need to validate and be clever.” BioAge decided to focus on

muscular atrophy because it affects many elderly people, making it difficult to perform everyday activities and increasing the risk of falls. Using the biobank samples, the team modelled different pathways that looked like they could improve muscle health. They found that people who had faster walking speeds, better grip strength and lived longer had higher levels of a protein called apelin. Apelin is a peptide, or a small protein, that circulates in the blood. It is involved in the process by which exercise

increases and preserves muscle mass. BioAge wondered if they could prevent muscular atrophy by increasing the amount of signalling in the apelin pathway. Instead of the long process of designing a drug, they decided to repurpose an existing drug made by another biotech company. This company, called Amgen, had explored the drug as a way to treat heart failure. It didn’t end up working for that purpose, but BioAge took note that the drug did seem to activate the apelin pathway. BioAge tested its new, repurposed drug, BGE-105, and, in a phase 1 clinical trial, it protected subjects from getting muscular atrophy compared to a placebo group that didn’t receive the drug. Heather Whitson, the Director of the Duke University Centre for the study of aging and human development, says that, overall, the results are encouraging. More studies are needed to find out which patients benefit the most and whether there are side effects. “I think further studies will answer more questions,” Whitson says, noting that BGE-105 was designed to enhance only one aspect of physiology associated with exercise, muscle strength. But exercise itself has many other benefits on mood, sleep, bones and glucose metabolism. BioAge is planning Phase 2 trials for muscular atrophy in patients with obesity and those who have been hospitalised in an intensive care unit. Using the data from biobanks, they’ve also developed another drug, BGE-100, to treat chronic inflammation in the brain, a condition that can worsen with age and contributes to neurodegenerative diseases. The team is currently testing the drug in animals to assess its effects and find the right dose. BioAge envisions that its drugs will have broader implications for health than treating any one specific disease.

Effort bias, and those Taylor Swift and Springsteen tickets People value something more if they perceive that more effort was put into acquiring it `– like finding` the money for a Taylor Swift [pictured] gig or a hotel when Bruce Springsteen comes to town next year. Research has shown that people tend to value products, such as poems and paintings, more highly if they believe more time and effort went into creating them. People also tend to highly value things that required pain, embarrassment, or a long waiting period to attain. We tend to respect effort. When we find out that someone has spent a lot of time on a project,

we value that work more. This is known as the ‘effort heuristic’. People will rate a product more highly if more effort has gone into it. An interesting point raised by the paper is the role of art and the artist. When Jackson Pollock first appeared on the art scene in the 1930s with his paint-splattered canvases, the art world was torn. Some were unimpressed by the random, seemingly nonsense drips. Others thought it was genius. At the time, and now, Pollock was defended based on the effort heuristic. The work was a slow, deliberate, and exhausting process, often requiring weeks or even months of hard work. When

we appreciate art, we do so, at least in part, with the effort heuristic in mind. The effort heuristic also pops up in initiations or rites of passage. In 1959, psychologists Elliot Aronson and Judson Mills argued and proved that the more severe an initiation, the more favourably an initiate views the group they join. If you have to endure some kind of pain, embarrassment, or long waiting period, then you value the membership more. It is not hard to imagine how the effort heuristic manifests in everyday life. Here we can look at three common examples of the bias at play:

Relationships. “Treat them mean; keep them keen.” Or so it goes. If you want someone to fall madly in love with you, then you need to appear aloof and hard to get. It turns out that there might be some truth to that. If someone devotes a lot of time, effort, and money to win you over, they are more likely to value the subsequent relationship more highly. Weight loss. The more effort and discipline you exert on losing weight and being healthier, the more likely you are to carry it on. Let’s suppose you have a New Year’s resolution: “I will eat no chocolate.” The hardest month will be the first. The average American will

give up their resolution in just 32 days. But the longer you work at it — the longer you go without — the more steadfast is your determination. Luxury goods. In 2020, a team from South Korea showed that if you earn a coupon (as opposed to being given it through little or no effort), you are more likely to rate it highly and, therefore, use it. A similar phenomenon is seen in the pricing of luxury goods. We value items more when they have a higher price tag — more money, more effort, more value. And, of course, concert by Taylor Swift and The Boss... coming our way soon

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Travel & Leisure

In Bruges

One of Europe’s most underrated cities Many of us have heard of Bruges, because of that wonderful movie some years back with Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell. It was 2008, would you believe? While so many tourists flock to beloved cities like New York, Amsterdam, London, and Paris, the ‘Venice of the North’ is less crowded and just as beautiful. Bruges, a small but vibrant city in Belgium, has so much to offer to tourists who are looking for a place with fewer crowds and even more charm than the bigger cities. Located on the northwest coast of the country, you’ll be swept away to a land of cobblestone streets, medieval-style buildings, winding canals, and rich history. Located a little over an hour away from the hustle and bustle of Brussels, Bruges has a sort of quaint, romantic charm that feels straight out of a fairytale, frozen in time. From the horse-drawn carriages clomping through the square to some of the impeccably preserved medieval architecture, you’ll find yourself staring in awe at every turn. Bruges boasts an exceptionally well-preserved medieval city centre, with towering buildings that will take your breath away. Walking through the city centre, you’ll feel like you’ve tripped and stumbled into a completely different century. Rows of gable houses, pointed arches, ornate

facades, and barrel vaults are just some of the remnants of the different transformations that Bruges has gone through. Bruges manages to maintain a certain level of charm and history while still adapting to current trends. The oldest architecture in Bruges, which saw the construction of the early Romanesque and Gothic buildings, is still visible in the city today. During your visit, you can’t miss seeing the Belfry of Bruges, both literally and figuratively. This astonishing bell tower, dating back to the 13th century, sits in the centre of Bruges and is one of the most notable buildings in the old city. For a small fee, you can climb to the top of the tower for breathtaking aerial views of the town and surrounding areas. Or if the 366 steps to the top are too intimidating, there are smaller exhibitions within the tower that don’t require as much cardio. Other architectural beauties to visit include Museum of the Church of Our Lady, which is the second tallest brick tower in the world, and The Basilica of the Holy Blood, which contains what is believed to be a cloth stained with the blood of Jesus. Though Bruges is known for its beautiful preservation of historical architecture, today you can also see some of the more modern additions that blend seamlessly with past structures. One of the most picturesque

and unique parts of Bruges is its intricate network of canals that connect different parts of the city. This is a city where having a car is not necessary because most of the attractions are walkable, and what you can’t walk to, you can take a scenic canal ride. The city is crisscrossed with several canals that wind through the city’s historic centre, and were originally used for transportation and trade but have now become an integral part of the city culture. There are tours that depart from the city centre and can be a relaxing way to soak in the ambiance of Bruges. There are several boat tours available , showcasing passing landmarks and providing a break from the busy streets. There are a plethora of different canals to choose from that will no doubt captivate you, but try visiting Groenerei, utterly charming, Rosary Quay, a photography hotspot, or Minnewater, dubbed ‘Lake of Love’. And if you aren’t a fan of boats, simply taking a stroll along the canals will provide you with views of dainty swans going for a swim and charming little bridges connecting adjacent parts of the city. Belgium’s chocolate is considered some of the best in the world, so it’s no surprise that Bruges is home to some of the richest chocolate in the country.

Today, Belgium is home to thousands of chocolate shops, many of which are located in Bruges. The city’s chocolatiers tend to use high- quality ingredients such as premium cocoa beans, cocoa butter, and fresh, local dairy products to create their chocolates. Even if you don’t consider yourself a chocolate connoisseur, you can’t leave Bruges without a little taste. Thankfully, the city has something for everyone. The shops offer a wide range of flavours and fillings, including pralines, ganaches, and truffles, which can be filled with nuts, fruit, liqueurs, and more. Some of the wellknown chocolatiers in Bruges include Neuhaus, Leonidas, and Godiva. Bruges is a hub of artistic and cultural treasures. The

city boasts world- class museums, including the Groeningemuseum and the Memling Museum, showcasing Flemish and Dutch masterpieces. The Musea Sculpta is a hidden gem that features statues and sculptures made from gypsum, a soft, sulphate mineral. The preservation of the city’s medieval architecture makes it a work of art in and of itself. The city’s canals, dometopped buildings, and historic windmills contribute to its charm and offer numerous opportunities for photography and relaxation. While Bruges is celebrated for its historical art, it also embraces contemporary artistic expressions. The Bruges Triennial, held every few years, invites artists to create contemporary

installations throughout the city, blending modern art with its medieval backdrop. Bruges is a food lover’s dream due to the fusion of Belgian and French influences. The city’s quaint restaurants, often nestled in those historic buildings, offer an unforgettable dining experience with an ambiance that perfectly complements the culinary delights. If the famous crispy Belgian fries are your thing, grab lunch at FriteBar – Bruges for an array of “pommes frites” with a side of sauces like truffle mayo, Indian curry, or BBQ. Flemish Stew is another local staple, which you can get at eatery ‘T Huidevettershuis, which has tables overlooking the canals. Whether you’re a food enthusiast or simply seeking a memorable dining experience, Bruges offers a culinary journey that mirrors the city’s timeless charm. Belgium in general is a country worth spending time in, but Bruges will take your breath away. When you consider the world-renowned chocolate, captivating museums, and picturesque canals, Bruges offers something for everyone. Foodies from all over will appreciate the sidewalk cafes and restaurants serving up local favourites and breathtaking views. With so many things to see and do, it’s worth the hour-long train ride from Brussels to transport yourself to a real-life fairytale.


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Furthermore Gerry Moran

A ballroom dancer and the power of words Hardly a day goes by when I don’t find myself walking down the Parade. Or is it up the Parade? And is there a difference, I’m wondering? I guess if you’re walking from the Castle towards High Street you’re walking down the Parade as there is a bit of a downward slope when going in that direction. Anyway what I really want to write about is the gentleman I encountered during one of my regular Parade perambulations. I meet many people on my walk; friends, acquaintances who I sometimes stop and chat to briefly or simply nod to in passing. This was different. Unusual to say the least. “Excuse me,” he said ever so politely, “but are you from around here?’” “A thoroughbred native,” I smiled. “How can I be of assistance?” “Where,” he asked, “might

I purchase a pair of ballroom dancing shoes?’” “Ballroom dancing shoes?” I repeated with more than a hint of surprise in my voice. “Ballroom dancing shoes,” he repeated. Now I have been stopped many times in this city of ours by tourists – some foreign, some local– seeking directions to various places of interest, or wondering where they might find a nice place to eat (no shortage there, of course). Indeed there have been times when time was on my side (and for sure time is very much on my side now) that I have escorted some tourists to their destination, offering a little ‘guided tour’ en route. I love being an ambassador for this beautiful city of ours. But I’ve digressed. So, I am standing in the middle of the Parade with a

strange=looking gentleman who has an equally strange request. He’s petite, about five foot five, has a huge head of ginger, curly hair and wouldn’t look out of place in a circus. Indeed as we chat I look down at his feet and can easily imagine him in a gigantic pair of clown’s shoes. Clown’s shoes, however, are not on the agenda, what’s on the agenda is a pair ballroom dancing shoes and where he might purchase same. And, yes, I can envisage this lithe, slim man of about 40 years of age twirling around a ballroom floor. “Well’,” I tell him, “there’s Walls The Man’s Shop just down the High Street on the right and just across on the other side of the street there’s Paul’s and further up on the left there’s Duggan;s Menswear, all of whom sell shoes, but in my entire life I’ve never seen

ballroom dancing shoes on their shelves.” “Mmm,” my man muttered, “thank you very much” and off he ambled. It was only later as I thought about his strange request that I wondered if

“I wondered if he was a spy

he was a spy and was this the phrase that his contact was meant to react to! And then, God forbid, was it a chat-up line! I quickly banished that thought and ambled off with ‘ballroom dancing shoes’ reverberating in my head. Not long after my encounter with the ballroom dancer, three young foreign ladies stopped me on the Parade. “You speak Irish?” one asked. “I do,” I replied. “What is Irish for pear?” she wanted to know. I had no idea whether she meant pear or pair. She meant pear. Piorra, I told her and off they went. It was only afterwards that I berated myself for not asking why they wanted to know the Irish for pear? Pair, as in a couple, a young romantic couple perhaps, would have made a lot more sense. Anyway, as I ambled down the Parade I was now

trying to envisage – a PEAR of ballroom dancing shoes! Finally, the Parade hosts many buskers. I am very impressed with a relatively newcomer who positions himself close to the Castle. This man has a good voice, a good repertoire, and a great selling pitch: his little sign reads: ‘Out of work musician. All tips greatly appreciated.’ Clever. Reminds me of something I saw on-line one time: a blind man begging on the street, his little sign read: ‘Please help, I’m blind.’ A lady stopped and asked if she could write something else on his piece of cardboard. She did and the blind man noticed an immediate increase in donations. And what did she write? ‘It’s a beautiful day and I can’t see it.’ Ah, the power of words. As this busker on the Parade fully understands.

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The Kilkenny Observer Friday 17 November 2023

Global Report In a world that is constantly changing, businesses are continually evolving, and some industries could be at risk of disappearing by the end of this decade. As technology advances and consumer preferences change, major sectors face significant challenges that could lead to their collapse. From traditional retail to print media and beyond, these sectors must find ways to adapt or face the possibility of going out of business. Print Media The era of print media seems to be nearing its end, as digital platforms offer more convenience and immediacy. Newspapers and magazines face dwindling readership and declining advertising revenue – though in Ireland and the UK regional weekly newspapers still have a place in the local community. It is mostly nationals papers globally that face the end of the print version for the digital platform. that Consumers now prefer accessing news and information through online platforms and social media, making print publications less relevant. As digital media continues to evolve and adapt, the traditional print media industry faces an uphill battle to survive. Traditional Retail The rise of e-commerce and changing consumer preferences have taken a toll on traditional retail, not to mention the huge popularity onAmazon online shopping. With online shopping becoming increasingly popular, brickand-mortar stores are finding it difficult to compete. Many retail giants are already facing financial hardships and store closures. And Covid did not help, with many stores globally never reopening. While some have embraced digital platforms, the shift may not be enough to salvage the industry, as online retailers continue to dominate the market. Travel Agencies The advent of online travel platforms and increased accessibility to information has diminished the relevance of traditional travel agencies. Today, holiday-makers can easily research and book flights, accommodations, and experiences online, eliminating the need for intermediaries. The convenience and competitive pricing offered by online platforms have made it challenging for travel agencies to compete. As technology continues to empower individuals to plan their trips independently, the role of travel agencies is becoming obsolete. Oil and Gas The urgent need to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions is putting pressure on the oil and gas industry. The shift towards renewable energy sources, government regulations, and growing environmental concerns have made fossil fuels less desirable. With the rising popularity of electric vehicles,

Businesses that, globally, may go out of business – soon advancements in solar and wind energy, and a global push for sustainability, the demand for oil and gas may continue to decline, leading to potential industry-wide disruption. Traditional Telecommunications The traditional telecommunications industry, dominated by landline telephones and cable TV services, is facing intense competition from digital

alternatives. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, streaming platforms, and internet-based communication tools are steadily replacing traditional landlines and TV subscriptions. As consumers increasingly opt for more flexible and cost-effective digital services, the traditional telecommunications industry may struggle to stay relevant. Main Street Banks The rise of fintech startups and

the increasing popularity of digital banking are challenging the traditional brick-and-mortar banking industry. With the convenience of online banking, mobile payment apps, and digital wallets, consumers now have more control over their financial transactions. Physical bank branches and in-person transactions are becoming less necessary, leading to potential closures and downsizing within the traditional banking sector.

Taxi Services The rise of ride-hailing platforms like Uber and Lyft has disrupted the traditional taxi industry in many countries, though Ireland has stayed solid against such moves. With their user-friendly apps, competitive pricing, and driver ratings, ride-hailing services have gained significant popularity among consumers. Taxi companies that rely on traditional dispatch systems and limited technology may find it increasingly difficult to compete. Unless traditional taxi services adapt to the changing landscape and adopt innovative strategies, they may face obsolescence by 2030. Traditional TV Networks The rise of streaming services and on-demand content consumption has challenged the traditional television network model. As more viewers embrace streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+, traditional TV networks are losing viewership and advertising revenue. RTE being case in point.The ability to access a wide range of content anytime, anywhere, has made cable and satellite TV subscriptions less appealing. Traditional TV networks must adapt and embrace digital transformations to remain relevant in the era of streaming.

Traditional Car Dealerships The traditional car dealership model faces disruption due to evolving consumer preferences and the rise of online car shopping. Customers now have access to a wealth of information online, allowing them to research, compare prices, and even purchase vehicles without stepping foot in a dealership. The growth of online car marketplaces, direct-to-consumer sales, and subscription=based vehicle services poses a significant threat to traditional car dealerships. Unless they reimagine their business models and provide value-added services, traditional car dealerships may struggle to survive the next decade. Print Advertising Print advertising, once a staple of marketing campaigns, faces a daunting future in the digital age. As more businesses shift their advertising budgets to digital platforms, print publications, including newspapers and magazines, are experiencing a decline in ad revenue. The ability to target specific audiences, measure campaign effectiveness, and the costefficiency of online advertising have made it a more attractive option for businesses. Print advertising must reinvent itself or risk being overshadowed by the digital marketing realm.

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An unforgettable live experience at Ryans Bar Ryan's Gig with Shane Barry and the Silver South Ensemble Waterford-based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, Shane Barry, brings his 10-piece band to Ryan's on Sunday, November 26th at 8pm, to celebrate the release of his debut, solo album ‘Songs from the Silver South’. The album represents a wide range of influences and interests. From ambient country to indie new-wave to folkrock to the instrumental retro-dance/electronica of the album closer, Shane creates a number of tapestries to present the stories inspired by small-town living. The 10-piece band includes a brass and percussion section, all dedicated to filling out the ambitious arrangements of Shane’s songs. Having had previous success with the soul/indie influenced Shane Barry & the Distractions, Shane has spent the last few years completing a PhD in Applied Linguistics,

starting a family, and playing other people’s songs to finance this new solo project. The pause in performance opportunities in 2020 led to a rediscovery of enjoying music and writing songs. In discussions with regular collaborator, mixing engineer and former O Emperor drummer, Brendan Fennessy, enough basic equipment was purchased to self-engineer his album, ‘Songs from the Silver South’. Away from the time and financial pressures of the studio, the album was recorded in bedrooms, hallways and practice rooms over 2021 and 2022, while toddlers slept and neighbours mowed lawns. ‘Songs from the Silver South’ is available on 12” vinyl, CD and digital, only on Bandcamp or at live shows, and released independently through Shane’s Distraction Music label.

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Mayor's Award

Bernadette receives Mayors Award for her work in community development Photos jbsphotos Kilkenny A crowd consisting of family, work colleagues and friends gathered at City Hall in Kilkenny. Bernadette Brophy was being presented a special Mayors award for her work in Community Development, and the general consensus on the night was that none deserved it more. In the 1990s Ber started a children’s liturgy group in the newly opened St Fiacres church in Loughboy and that sowed the seed. Little did she know that from that beginning there would follow over thirty years of work in Community Development. In welcoming the gathering to City Hall, Cllr Joe Malone said he was delighted to see such a large turn out to honour Ber. “I have known Ber and her family for many years and I have always admired her dedication to the work she has done in the community”. The Mayor listed of many of the groups that Ber was involved with, including Community Development in Loughboy, The Liturgy group, The After schools programme, The homework and Child and Toddler group.

Cllr. Martin Brett, Ber Brophy, Mayor Joe Malone, John McGuinness T.D, Sheila Donnelly and Cllr Andrew McGuinness at City Hall

Mayor Malone continued: “When Ber moved to The Newpark Resource Centre she started many

Bernadette Brophy who received the Mayor’s certificate from Cllr Joe Malone

John McGuinness and Tony Coy having a chat at City Hall where Bernadette Bropy was awarded a Mayors Certificate for service to the community

John, Taylor and Lisa Banks enjoying the night at City Hall

Sheila Donnelly with Stephanie Coy at The Mayor’s Parlour

Kyle and Finn Abbot attending the function at City Hall, Kilkenny

valuable community initiatives with the people of Newpark, through child and toddler groups, men health groups, single parent’s network, and Newpark Men’s shed” The Mayor paid special tribute to Ber for her work with ‘The Nifty Fifties’ women’s group who have one of the largest older women’s groups in Kilkenny. Attending on the night, John McGuinness congratulated Ber on her wonderful contribution to society. “ In this day and age, and now more than ever, Community workers , and their imput to society is so important.” Mr McGuinness said he was delighted to see Sheila Donnelly in attendance, noting that Ber and Sheila had done colossal work in the advancement of the many projects at Newpark Close Resource Centre. Deputy Mayor Martin Brett spoke of Bers dedication and said that she epitomises all that is positive about community development and this presentation was a great acknowledgement of her work. Cllr Andrew McGuinness said that the Mayor had mentioned a lot of the groups that Ber had worked with. But the O’Loughlin Road based councillor says that he was amazed when he read the number of groups that Ber worked with. He recalled some including The Irish Wheelchair Association, SOS Kilkenny, St Patricks Kells Rd, The O’Neill Center & Enable Ireland, and Relay for Life and St Patricks Lourdes Fund. She even packed food parcels for Snowbusters during our severe weather episodes. Accepting the award from the Mayor, Ber said she felt very humbled and took the opportunity to thank family and friends for the support afforded to her over the last thirty years. Speaking to The Kilkenny Observer Newspaper, Ber said: “To be honest, it was a labour of love,

and it was great to have achieved what we did. However, none of our success would have been pos-

Past the bedtime… Phoebe McGuinness with dad Cllr Andrew McGuinness at the celebrations at City Hall

sible without the support of family friends and the community”, said Bernadette.

Having received her ‘Mayor’s Award Certificate’ Ber Brophy addresses the audience at The Council chambers at City Hall

Carmel Delaney and Ella Brewer, enjoying their night at City Hall

Attending the night at the Mayors Parlour to honour the work of Ber Brophy were, Macy Abbott and Jacqueline Brophy

HAPPY FAMILY: Mégan Coy, Anthony Coy and Shannon Regan

Phil and Jim Tyler at City Hall, to support Ber Brophy

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Competition Winner


Goods voucher winner is drawn by Heidi Good Thank you to all who entered the draw to win a gift voucher for Goods sponsored by The Kilkenny Observer. The winning entry was drawn by Heidi Good, Director.

Congratulations to Anne

Congratulations to Anne Hearne, Kilnaspic, Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny who was the lucky winner of the €100.00 Goods gift voucher, a great opportunity to shop at Goods and now with the festive season approaching, Goods is the shop for your festive party wear with a huge collection of fashion to choose from. Heidi Good, Director and Annette Quirke, Marketing Co-ordinator are delighted to announce the winner of the Goods voucher

Annette Quirke, Marketing Co-ordinator, Heidi Good, Director prepare to draw the winning entry for the Goods €100 voucher sponsored by The Kilkenny Observer

Faith O'Neill, Features and Advertising Consultant presents the Goods voucher to winner Anne Hearne

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Yulefest Kilkenny

The New Brass Kings & Rhythm Makers to take to the stage at Yulefest Kilkenny

This year Yulefest Kilkenny are inviting you to revel in the joy of live music. With live music performances, workshops and concerts! Each weekend at Yulefest Kilkenny (from Saturday 25th November), the Yulefest Bandstand, will showcase live music performances covering a range of genres and ages. From local community groups, to rising talent

and well-established local performers, free to the public performances take place at 12noon, 2pm and 4pm every Saturday and Sunday from November 25th – December 23rd. Bands featuring on the

Yulefest Bandstand in 2023 will include: The New Brass Kings, Code of Behaviour, Burnchurch, The Pinsetters, Harmania choir and lots more!! The Yulefest Bandstand is located on The Parade in Kilkenny city, alongside the

Yulefest Christmas Market. A great free day out for all the family. Visitors to Yulefest will also have the opportunity to take part in a musical workshop with acclaimed drummer Jeremy Hickey of R.S.A.G. This Rhythm Makers event will give participants an opportunity to enjoy a fun, relaxing and creatively stimulating drumming workshop. Taking place every Saturday from the 2nd – 23rd of December, on the Parade in Kilkenny city, these workshops will be broken into 3 age categories allowing all ages to find their space. 12noon (5-7 year olds), 1pm (8-12 years olds), 2pm (adults). Rhythm Makers workshops are brought to you by Jeremy Hickey, a multi-instrumentalist, music educator, performer and producer from Kilkenny. With the stage name Rarely Seen Above Ground (R.S.A.G) Jeremy has been making waves since 2008. Renowned for his seriously explosive live sets and the debut double album release which received a five star review from the Irish Times and gained a Choice Music Prize nomination. His latest album ‘Chroma’ was once again met with high praise solidifying Jeremy's reputation not only as one of Europe's most impressive drummers but as a celebrated producer and a talented showman. As well as a performer and producer, Jeremy is a pas-

sionate music educator, who has been teaching music to groups and individuals of all ages and abilities for almost a decade. Speaking about the upcoming workshops Jeremy Hickey said: “These sessions will help develop unity and listening skills through active music making. Drumming workshops are a natural team building activity and promote inclusion, reflection, and mindfulness.” Music on the Yulefest Bandstand is free. Workshops cost €3 + booking fee and must be booked in advance. A number of musical events and concerts will take place across the city and county throughout November and December. Find out more at www. Yulefest Kilkenny is an initiative of Kilkenny County Council. Celebrating Christmas in Kilkenny, Yulefest brings festive cheer to the city and county with Christmas markets, family entertainment and special events!



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Butler Gallery

New fabric and film exhibition at Butler Rehearsals Yvonne McGuinness (21 October 2023 – 14 January 2024) Butler Gallery is pleased to present Rehearsals, a solo exhibition of new fabric and film works by Yvonne McGuinness. Rehearsals was developed and inspired by the environs, architecture and people of Kilkenny; past and present. Bound into this collective history is the biography of McGuinness whose paternal family have been involved in the political life of the city for three generations. This legacy of political engagement fuels the work. McGuinness has established a practice that supports individuals and communities in using their voices to question systems of power and to ‘act out’ within them through public, performative interventions. With collaboration and diversity at its heart McGuinness has worked over a six-month period with school children at St. John’s Senior school and with members of Equinox theatre Ensemble, both based in Kilkenny. McGuinness forged new relationships, the bedrock of her practice, and developed two new film works with them. In ‘Priory’ the artist uses the ruin of Callan Augustinian Priory to stage rehearsals, creating a multi-layered, filmic, almost hologrammatic atmosphere. A transmutation of energies

Schoolyard. Costumes two

Rehearsals Intallation 2


Frontier. Priory

occurs, boundaries collapse and unexpected connections occur. An official makes a speech only to be disrupted by his audience. The passive audience become active participants; all energies, material or immaterial, combine in riotous colour only for the carpet to ultimately get rolled up as the shadow of the building shifts and ‘reality’ returns. In ‘Schoolyard’ we observe a group of children haphazardly make a ‘scene’ in 10 minutes. Nobody is in charge, yet there is a symbiosis; something occurs from nothing, that holds the weight of the world. Calamity, catastrophe and comedy intermingle—a biblical scene unfolds holding the resonance of a religious past still permeating the imaginations of children. Individual portraits speak to the chaos, ‘we are born for this’ one girl shoutsthrough a megaphone in Ukrainian. The films communicate with each other, one from the religious ruin, the other from a schoolyard, testing and ultimately transcending the boundaries of their institutional contexts. These ‘rehearsals of readiness’ conjure up tableaux of absurd preparedness where collapse and chaos, ritual and emergency, coalesce in energetic acts of collective momentum.

New freeform, large-scale, fabric assemblages loom in the gallery, hosting collaged fabric elements from an evolving, material archive of the artist’s expanded practice. The artist sees these assemblages as collective cumulations, that she can touch, rip, paint, stitch, unpick, fold away. A series of wearable silk works hang throughout the gallery featuring decontextualized elements: a statue missing her head, an altar missing its church, their object-ness dissolving against a chroma green backdrop. Costumes and works on paper hang as prompts into the performative process. The diverse elements in the exhibition are bound by a soundscape, a pianist idly practises a melody as we continue to act out within the chaos of our times. Yvonne McGuinness (b. 1972) received a BFA from Crawford College of Art, Cork in 1997 and an MFA from Royal College of Art, London in 2003. She lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. She has exhibited and been commissioned in Ireland and internationally and has been supported with awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, Fingal Arts office, South County Dublin Arts office. Her work is represented in the Irish Arts council collection.

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Butler Gallery

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Costumes. Schoolyard



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A call into Callan this Christmas main defence, Sir Richard Talbot, who was known to be a weak leader, opted for surrender but their defences decided against him, which resulted in a bloody fight to the death for the town. The battle took place at the Callan Motte, where local legend claims that cannons belonging to Cromwell's soldiers were placed there during the fight. Many lives of the defendants and civilians were lost because of the battle.

Callan is a parish town situated 16 km south-west of Kilkenny. One of the largest towns in Kilkenny, the 2022 Census recorded it having a population of 2,678. It is a town full of rich history and continues to grow into one of the finest towns in Kilkenny. So for this Christmas, we’ve decided to take a brief

look at the unique history of Callan, and what Callan has to offer. History of Callan: Callan in the 1200s Callan was founded in 1207 by ‘William the Marshall’, the 1st Earl of Pembroke. Callan in Irish is Callainn. It rather deservedly got its name through the brave

and courageous actions of one man, the High King of Ireland, Niall Caille, who attempted to save his servant who was trapped in a flooded river with ferocious currents. In answering a call to action, he got on his horse and dived in to save him, but he got trapped and ultimately drowned, the current

sweeping him away. He was just 55 years of age. The river is now named ‘King’s River’. Callan in 1600s: Cromwell’s Invasion In the spring of 1650, Callan was invaded by Oliver Cromwell and his army, the New Model. The commander of the

Callan Bridge The Callan bridge is an important part of the history of Callan. Built in 1818 under the time of Humphrey Hartley Esq. J. P., it is a three-arch road bridge made from rubble stone. It joins the north and south parts of the town. In 1922 during the time of The War of Independence, the Callan Bridge was destroyed as part of an explosion that blew up the middle arch. It was reconstructed in 1925 and has a plaque erected in its history. Edmund Rice Heritage Centre Home to the birthplace of

Brother Edmund Ignatius Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers. Almost 300 years old, the thatched house contains many artefacts from the late 18th century, and the bedroom where Edmund Rice was born. Alongside is the Edmund Rice Chapel and a visitors centre. Some Facts about Callan: • Some scenes from the film ‘Breakfast on Pluto’ featuring Cillian Murphy and Liam Neeson were filmed in Callan. • James Hoban, an architect famous for designing The White House, was born in Desart, near Callan. • The famous Irish artist Tony O’Malley (1913 – 2003) was born in Callan. Overall, Callan is a wonderful place with plenty to offer. Full of history, heritage, and character, it’s sure to leave a lasting impression on you. This article was written by Michael Doyle, student at Ormonde College of Further Education on work experience with The Kilkenny Observer.


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The idyllic Kings River

The Paupers and the Horsehole – messing about on the Kings River Swimming in the King’s River was a much-loved pastime in Callan up to the late ‘70s. Local historian, John Fitzgerald, shares some happy memories from that era


HE Paupers - called after poor folk who dwelt and slaved in the Callan Workhouse in times past - was the name given to the spot on the river most favoured by swimmers.

“Sandy Bottom” on Grainger’s land was a stretch of water for infants to paddle or be washed in. Parents carried or rolled them to the river in prams to avail of free open-air bathing. “Sandy Bottom” was separated from

The Paupers by a natural division called The Rocks, an accumulation of rock and stone in the river. The Little Paupers was at the shallow end and was frequented by older children and teenagers. Poplar trees

stood majestically nearby, their leaves overshadowed the scores of people who sat or lay down along the riverbank…often affording shelter and protection to them when the skies opened. About 30 yards from the

Little Paupers was the Big Paupers, so-called because it was deeper. The adults of the town swam there. In the summer months, there was a daily stream of townspeople to this part of the King’s River. Many of

them who travelled from the countryside left their bikes parked against the wall of nearby Cahill’s Quarry and made straight for the deep or shallow waters, depending on their preference. Weekend picnics went hand in hand with the big swimming sessions. Many a Callan person remembers this experience as rivalling a day in Tramore at the seaside. Further down from the Big Paupers was the Horsehole, reserved for priests, Christian brothers, schoolteachers, auctioneers, solicitors and certain other business people. The “plebs” had to look on from a distance as the upper crust dived into this “Swimmer’s Heaven”. The splashing about in the King’s River ended when all the rocks were removed from The Paupers in the course of a flood relief programme in the 80s. The water then became shallower and unsuitable for bathing. The crowds of laughing swimmers, ramblers and picnic groups have disappeared from the riverbank. Many of them have said goodbye to this world. A new generation has grown up that has never seen a swimmer in the Calm Avonree. That halcyon age, with its rough-and-tumble fun for all, is gone forever…preserved only in sepia toned photographs.

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The Magnificent Nine: Part one

The Convent of Mercy in Callan

Callan. They gratefully accepted the offer and arrived in town on December 8th, 1872. In 1884, Moran was transferred Sister Alocoque to Australia, where he was appointed Archbishop of Sydney. A year later, he was promoted to Cardinal. Shortly after assuming that enviable position, his thoughts wandered back to Sister Kavanagh his adored Convent of Mercy in Callan. He wrote to them, asking if the convent would consider sending over a few nuns to start a foundation cree. He was assigned in Sydney. Sister Woodlock to that post in 1872 at Never ones to duck the height of the infamous a challenge, or a chance schism in the town. to elevate themselves Moran and the in the sight of God, suspended Callan PP, the Callan nuns Father O’ Keeffe beagreed to accept came locked in a bitthe invitation. ter struggle that was a The Cardinal continuation of a perexplained that sonally clash between Sister A Shelly their central house, the priest and Bishop’s should they decide Moran’s predecessor, who to take on the great had stubbornly refused cross he held out to to allow a French order them, would be at of nuns to take over Parramatta, about Callan Lodge. thirty miles from Within weeks of his Sydney, which appointment, Bishop already had a small Moran invited the Sister Wall convent. Sisters of Mercy in Athy Parramatta had been to establish a foundation in

Callan nuns blaze a trail down under BY JOHN FITZGERALD

Callan’s Convent of Mercy is best known for its glittering academic achievements. For decades these have equalled and in many cases eclipsed those of many schools in Ireland. Aside from the odd case of a pupil escaping through a skylight or window to meet one of the lads from the hardpressed CBS, the girls burned the midnight oil to great effect under the tutelage and benign influence of the worthy nuns. The Convent’s reputation for

turning out bright and brilliant young women with brains to burn is widely acknowledged. Each autumn, it receives fresh accolades for its role as a centre of learning. Less well known is the story of how nine dedicated and idealistic teaching nuns from the same convent made a massive contribution to education and the care of poverty stricken children in Australia. In 1888, a small group of Callan-based nuns embarked on a journey across the globe that was to transform the lives of countless people down under. Their story begins with the appointment of Bishop Patrick Moran of Ossory as Parish Priest of Callan by Papal De-

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associated with Catholic education in Australia since 1823. In 1838, Mary Xavier Williams of the Irish Sisters of Charity became the first official nun in Australia. She made her vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience in a cottage that had been converted into a makeshift convent. A number of other religious orders also made their mark in the district. One of these, the Good Shepherd Sisters, had been banned from running an orphanage by the ruling Governor, for reasons unknown to present day historians and researchers. In 1888, just days before the arrival of the Callan nuns, the Monte Sisters of Mercy, an English order, also left Parramatta in a hurry…again for reasons unknown. So the brave nuns from the Town of the Ructions were understandably apprehensive about sailing half way across the world to face an uncertain and potentially unproductive future in the Land of the Kangaroo. Cardinal Moran had great faith in the Callan sisters, and he left them in no doubt as to the vital importance of the mission he had in mind for them: The catholic community in the part of Australia concerned was growing at a fast rate, and had been deprived of state aid for education of its children. The Cardinal believed the women from the Convent of Mercy could help to fill the vacuum created by this cruel

blow inflicted by the secular authorities. The task that faced them was enormous: They had to find schools and teachers to ensure that the children were not deprived of the life opportunities that a sound basic education could offer them. A highly portentous meeting of clerics set the ball rolling: The Bishop of Ossory, Dr. Brownrigg, and the Callan Convent’s Reverend Mother, M. Maher, entered into complex and lengthy deliberations. The Reverend Mother was a cousin of Cardinal Moran. They decided to allocate nine of Callan’s most devout and toughest nuns to what, privately; they feared might be a “Mission Impossible.” The elite women selected were: Mary Clare Dunphy (Superior); Alphonsus Shelly; Columba Woodcock; Alacocque Kavanagh; Agnes Kavanagh; Teresa Wall; Mary de Sales Shelly; Brigid Darby’ and a novice, J. O’ Callaghan. Mary Clare hailed from Cullohill, County Laois. Her grandnieces, the Dunphys and Walshes of Cullohill were boarders at the Callan convent in the 1970s and 80s. Mary de Sales Shelly and Alphonsus Shelly were natives of Callan. To be continued... (My book Invaders tells the story of how a small band of men and women stood up to the most powerful army on earth. It’s available in all Kilkenny bookshops and from Amazon).

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Community Radio Kilkenny City

Another double celebration for CRKC! Community Radio Kilkenny City (CRKC) was in the winners’ enclosure once again last week. Hot on the heels of its McNamee Award for the Best GAA Related Radio Programme, the station scooped two more gold awards at the recent National Community Radio Awards, hosted by Community Radio Ireland (CRAOL). Eugene Doyle, John Dreelan and Leo Quinlan were honoured for their extraordinary ‘Kilkenny Today’ programme about Jadotville. Through his military background and his journalistic endeavours, CRKC’s Eugene Doyle discovered the extraordinary story of John Dreelan, a hero living in our midst. John hadn’t spoken about Jadotville for over 50 years after the event. All that his two children knew of his extraordinary military exploits was that he had previously served in The Congo. John Dreelan’s interview on CRKC on May 5th, 2023 was the first time that he had spoken in public about the siege and the petrol raid. Following our interview with John, and Leo Quinlan - son of Comdt Pat Quinlan, the commander of A Coy in Jadotville - the Mayor of Kilkenny, Cllr Joe Malone and Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny Co. Council, Cllr. Michael Doyle honoured John for his service and bravery at an event in City Hall, Kilkenny on Monday 26th June 2023. Appropriately, CRKC’s Eugene Doyle was asked to MC this event. The programme received a Gold award in the Access and Inclusion category. Kilkenny Greats In 2021, Kay B came up with the idea to make a programme featuring solely Kilkenny artists. They could be from Kilkenny or Kilkenny artists based elsewhere. In honour of the 1994 albums, she called it Kay B’s Kilkenny Greats. The programme includes all of the artists that featured on the original albums, as well as a range of Kilkenny artists, established and emerging. The programme from 12 – 2pm every Thursday has proved very popular and has earned a large and loyal following among older listeners, the veteran singers and musicians and among new artists. It’s a valuable outlet for all. Building on the success of the series, it was decided to get the gang together from the original albums and hold a live concert at Kilkenny’s community theatre, the Watergate. In March, 2023, no fewer than 10 artists from

The Community Radio team attending the awards night. From left Regina Blunden; Declan Gibbons; Kay Brennan, Eugene Doyle and Mick Cummins

Community Radio Kilkenny City wins gold again at Community Radio Ireland Awards 2023

Eugene Doyle (Community Radio Kilkenny City) being presented with his award by Claire Hall. Eugene Doyle, John Dreelan and Leo Quinlan were honoured for their extraordinary ‘Kilkenny Today’ programme about Jadotville

Kay Brennan who presents on Community Radio is presented with her award by Claire Hall, Chair of CRAOL

those albums appeared on stage for the ‘Kilkenny Greats’ concert, ably backed by the ‘Station Band’, specially assembled for the night. The event was a complete sell out, capably MC’d by Kay Brennan. The goodwill for the

station from the audience was palpable. Since that night, the series has just got better and better. The Kilkenny Greats is now a Kilkenny institution, presented by a legend, Kay Brennan. The programme and concert

was awarded a Gold award in the Social Benefit – Music category. In addition, Kay B’ (Brennan) and the Kilkenny Greats were recognised with the presentation of an ‘Outstanding Submission’

award, granted to a chosen few projects across the country. The Community Radio Ireland Achievement Awards is an annual national event recognising the talents of broadcasters and producers

involved in community radio stations around the country. Awards are bestowed for a wide variety of categories including documentaries, music and drama. CRKC Station Manager Declan Gibbons said, “I am thrilled for CRKC and our very talented team to receive not one, but two gold awards again this year at what is regarded as the ‘Oscars’ for national community radio. Each of these programmes in very different ways, tapped into something very strong, reflecting the best of people in our community. “These awards are very special and well deserved by Kay and Eugene. They reflect the excellence that all of our volunteers and staff strive for and deliver for our community”. From its base at Hebron Industrial Estate, CRKC broadcasts throughout Kilkenny city on 88.7FM. Visit

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Food & Drink

Dine Me Come

Gooseberry gin


Slow-cooker beef stew

Prep: 20 mins Cookm: 4 hrs 4 hrs on high or 8 hrs on low Serves 4

Ingredients • 1 onion, chopped • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil • 3 carrots, halved and cut into chunks • 2 bay leaves • ½ pack thyme • 2 tbsp tomato purée • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce • 2 beef stock cubes or stock pots • 900g beef for braising such as skirt, buy a whole piece and cut it yourself for bigger chunks or buy ready-diced • 2 tsp cornflour (optional) • ½ small bunch parsley, chopped • buttery mash, to serve (optional) STEP 1 Fry the onion and celery in 1 tbsp oil over a low heat until they start to soften – about 5 mins. Add the carrots, bay and thyme, fry for 2 mins, stir in the purée and Worcestershire sauce, add 600ml boiling water, stir and tip everything into a slow cooker. Crumble over the stock cubes or add the stock pots and stir, then season with pepper (don’t add salt as the stock may be salty). STEP 2 Clean out the frying pan and

fry the beef in the remaining oil in batches until it is well browned, then tip each batch into the slow cooker. Cook on low for 8-10 hrs, or on high for 4 hrs.

Indian rice pudding (kheer) Prep:15 mins Cook:45 mins Serves 6 Make this indulgent slow-cooked Indian rice pudding with our easy kheer recipe. Studded with dried fruit, it has a sweetly spiced floral flavour and a lovely creaminess. Ingredients • ½ tsp saffron strands • 2 litres whole milk • 20 green cardamom pods, pierced with the point of a knife • 100g basmati or long-grain rice • 100g caster sugar • 100ml double cream • 2 tsp pure rosewater • 2 tbsp flaked almonds, toasted • 50g raisins, soaked in hot water STEP 1 Put the saffron strands in a small bowl and cover with 2-3 tbsp

warm water. Gently push the strands against the side of the bowl with the back of a teaspoon – this will help release the flavour and colour. Set aside to soak until needed. STEP 2 Pour the milk into a large, heavy-based pan set over a medium heat and tip in the cardamom pods. Bring to the boil, then scatter in the rice and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 40 mins, stirring often to prevent the rice scorching on the base of the pan, until the rice has broken down and is very soft. STEP 3 Stir in the sugar and continue to cook until it has dissolved. Scoop out the cardamom pods using a slotted spoon and discard these.t least 10 mins before serving.

STEP 3 If you want to thicken the gravy, mix the cornflour with a splash of cold water to make a paste, then stir in 2 tbsp of the liquid from the slow cooker. Tip back

into the slow cooker, stir and cook for a further 30 mins on high. Stir in the parsley and season again to taste. Serve with mash, if you like. Leave to cool before freezing.

Make the most of those gooseberries you’ve been growing and turn them into gooseberry gin (one 700 ml. bottle). Drink neat, with tonic, or mix with sparkling water and mint. Ingredients • 400g gooseberries • 150g-250g caster sugar • 700ml bottle gin You will also need • 1 wide-mouthed, flip-top jar, sterilised Method STEP 1 Wash, then top and tail the gooseberries, discarding any leaves or stalks. Cut each berry in half, then put the fruit into the sterilised 1-litre jar. Add the sugar – 250g for green gooseberries, 150g for sweeter, red gooseberries, then pour over the gin. Seal the lid and shake until most of the sugar dissolves. Reserve the emptied gin bottle for later. STEP 2 Keep in a cool dark place, and give the jar a shake every day if you can, or every couple of days. The gin will be ready after three weeks, but can be kept for up to three months with the fruit in for a stronger flavour. Don’t keep the gooseberries in the gin for any longer than three months or the flavour will start to deteriorate. STEP 3 Decant a little into a glass, and taste. When you’re happy with the flavour, discard the fruit, and strain through a fine mesh cloth or muslin, back into the original, or another, clean bottle. The flavour will keep developing over time, store in a cool dark place. Drink on its own, mix with tonic or drink with sparkling water and mint for a refreshing summery cocktail.

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service, it doesn’t own the streaming service outright yet. That deal still needs to complete and expectations are that Comcast will ask for more than the €8 billion that Disney is offering. This ultimately won’t derail Disney’s plans though. First, while the Hulu deal with Comcast still needs ironing out, it’s going to happen. It’s just a matter of money at this point. Second, there’s no way Disney would roll out a beta version within a month of the announcement when the sale of Hulu to Disney was always going to take a while to finalise in the first place unless they knew they

wouldn’t hit a roadblock. Don’t expect Comcast to swoop in and block Disney’s plans here, even if Hulu sale negotiations get a bit contentious before that deal is wrapped up. Don’t expect necessarily that you’ll also be able to watch non-Disney-owned properties like Schitt’s Creek or Rick and Morty. While Hulu regularly brings shows Disney doesn’t own into its content library, Disney may need to negotiate separately to also bring them to Disney Plus. It also may not want to promote content it doesn’t own outright.

2. Kingdom

Set in Korea’s Joseon period, Kingdom (2019) presents a historical horror drama following Crown Prince Lee-Chang’s pursuit to unveil his father’s fate amid a deadly epidemic sweeping the nation. This epidemic resurrects the dead and turns them into flesh-andblood-hungry monsters. Filled with thrilling action-packed sequences , what enhances its intrigue is the remarkable performance of the zombies, adding a realistic and eerie touch that keeps viewers deeply engaged.

3.The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom (2015) delves into brutal ninth-century England, a period marked by intense violence and political intrigue. The story follows Uthred, orphaned and adopted behind enemy lines after a battle between Saxons and Danes. Despite finding solace, tragedy strikes again, propelling him on a quest for vengeance. In an era of constant instability and fragmented kingdoms, the show guarantees drama, strife, and outright conflict.

4. Barbarians

Queen Elizabeth’s death sees The Crown rewritten The Crown is preparing to release its sixth—and final — season on Netflix. But did you know the show was supposed to end in a different way? Creator Peter Morgan recently sat down for an interview with Variety magazine to discuss The Crown Season 6, which will be split into two parts with the first half having just premiered. The showrunner revealed that he changed the show’s ending after the real-life passing of Queen Elizabeth. “We’d all been through the experience of the funeral,” he said. “So because of how deeply everybody will have felt, I had to try and find a way in which the final episode dealt with the character’s death, even though she hadn’t died yet.” Ted Sarandos (CEO of Netf-

lix) revealed that the original plan was to end the show with the Queen’s death. But once the British monarch passed in real life, it didn’t feel right. Now, the series will

end in 2005 at the height of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. “It was the cut-off to keep it historical, not journalistic,” Sarandos explained. “I think by stopping almost

20 years before the present day, it’s dignified.” Few series have had the ability to irritate audiences as reliably as The Crown. There has been affection, too: at least 73m viewers worldwide, critical acclaim, a glitter of awards and whatnot. But irritation reigns. The series has been criticised for its portrayal of Prince Charles (too scheming), the Queen Mother (too nasty) and the Duke of Windsor (too Nazi). It has been called “crude”, “cruel”, “intrusive”, “impertinent” and several sorts of nonsense, including pure “nonsense”, “nonsense on stilts”, and “a barrel-load of nonsense”. Rumours that this season will feature Princess Diana’s ghost led one historian to call it “farcical—just a sick joke”.

Barbarians is a thrilling German historical war show (2020) that unravels in a whirlwind of action and bloodshed. It focuses on the events preceding the Battle of Teutoburg Forest during the Roman Empire’s presence in Germany and the subsequent uprising of the Germanic tribes under the leadership of Arminius. Jeanne Goursaud, Laurence Rupp, and David Schutter deliver outstanding performances, breathing life into the characters.

5. Rise of Empires: Ottoman

Taking a historically accurate approach, this show blends reenactments and documentary footage to narrate the fall of the Holy Roman Empire and the rise of Constantinople’s successors, ultimately leading to the creation of Istanbul under Mehmed II’s conquest. In the 2023 season, the show centred on Vlad Dracula’s fight for his throne and battles against the Ottomans. This delivers the same successful formula that enthralled audiences in the first season.


The Kilkenny Observer Friday 17 November 2023

Community & GAA Notes

U21S BOW OUT The Clara U21s were knocked out of this year’s championship on Sunday when they lost 1-17 to 1-11 to Tullaroan in Tullaroan. In a competitive affair the young Clara side started brightly and two Rory Glynn points got them off the mark. Tullaroan opened their account with a Charlie Cleere pointed free and two minutes later the same player pounced for an opportunist goal to put his side ahead. Clara then found their groove and two Conor Hoyne frees were followed by two lovely points from play by Sean Carrigan and Rory Glynn. Charlie Cleere closed the gap with a free before Clara were awarded a penalty. Conor Cody stepped up and hit a fine shot towards the corner of the net. Niall Holland dived brilliantly to his right and got plenty on the ball but it still managed to trickle over the line to put Clara 1-6 to 1-2 ahead. However Tullaroan fought back to parity with four points of their own and Conor Hoyne and Charlie Cleere exchanged pointed frees to leave it all square at 1-7 each at halftime. Clara had played with a stiffening breeze in that first half and probably needed to be a few points up at that juncture. After an early chance was missed by Clara at the start of the second half Tullaroan took a two point lead. Harry Boyle closed the gap following a great run. Two Charlie Cleere frees were answered by a Conor Hoyne free and a Sean Carrigan effort from play. But It was then that the Tullaroan physical strength began to tell and they reeled off the next four points to open up a four point lead. Clara tried hard and went for goals from a couple of frees to try and bridge the gap but it wasn’t to be and Tullaroan closed out the game with a couple of long range points. Eleven of these Clara starters have three or four more years left at this age grade so it’s not all doom and gloom either. The important thing is that they all stay hurling in the years ahead. I’d like to thank the players for their efforts and also the selectors Paul Cody, Paschal Connolly and Ben Nolan. Team - Jack Murphy, Zach Lawlor, Brandon Ryan (capt.), Ben Crow. Cian Kelly, Conor Cody 1-0 pen., Ben Murphy. Conor Hoyne 0-5f, Harry Boyle 0-1. Ned Langton, Adam Harding, Tommy Delaney. Rory Glynn 0-3, Sean Carrigan 0-2, Alex McDonald. Subs Dillon Cummins, Noelie O Brien, Nick O Keeffe. TEA PARTY Clara Camogie American Tea Party.Tonight Friday 17th November, 8pm in Clara Hall. If you are interested in hosting a table, joining a table or supporting the event in any way, contact Eamon Dunne (0879227890). €10 per person. If you are living away from Clara, maybe you will host a table too and send us pictures on the night. Raffle and spot prize for Best dressed Lady and Gent. Come along and join the fun. Please share far and wide. AGMS The Clara GAA club AGM will take place in the Club House on Friday 24th Nov at 19.30. Nomination forms and motion forms are available on our website. All queries to Caroline Clifford 0872330026. Clara Camogie Club will hold its AGM on Sunday 26th Nov at 12:00 pm. Please return your nominations before Friday 17th November. If anyone wants to get involved in any capacity, please let current committee member know. New faces and fresh ideas are always welcome. CLUB LOTTO Lotto results 7/11/23; No jackpot winner. Numbers drawn - 9, 15, 17. €30 each to - Niamh Langton, Marty Meany, Liam Kirwan, Tom Fitzpatrick, James Dowling. Thanks to all for your support. CLUB LOTTO There is one winner of this week’s Club Lotto (November 7th). Numbers Drawn were 5, 9, 10, 18 Bonus 11. Play now at Thank you for your continued support SENIOR HURLERS A win for our senior Hurlers on Sunday sees them through to a Leinster Club Championship Semi Final on Saturday November 25th v Kilcormac Kiloughy. A good start that included an Owen Wall master stroke saw the Gaels steam ahead to a 1-10 to 0-4 half time lead. Mt. Leinster Rangers were guilty of some poor shooting in that first 30 minutes but credit where credit is due the O’Loughlins lads left them few clear cut opportunities to make those shots. The second half saw the Carlow side make some sort of a resurgence and reduced the deficit to just 4 points before substitute Luke Hogan found his way through and hit a sublime three pointer on 50mins to settle the Gaels back into their winning stride. Mark Bergin again produced another day of accurate striking hitting 8 points, 3 from play with Jack Nolan and Conor Heary producing the goods throughout the game. The win gives club supporters and players another day to look forward to. Well done to all involved. Lovely Hurling

U21 HURLERS Good luck to our u21 hurlers who host Dicksboro on Saturday at 2pm. Please come along and support the lads. PLAYERS GYM The players fundraiser “Sports Predictor” results are in and thanks to all those who entered. Funds raised will be used for improvements to the players Gym. Congratulations to all the winners. Results are; 1st Sarah Burke €500. 2nd TJ Bryan €200. 3rd John P. Conway €150. 4th Maurice Hanlon €100. 5th Jordan Molloy €50 The organisers will be in touch with the winners in the coming days. Lovely hurling. CAMOGIE Result: Hard Luck to our Minor Camogie team who were beaten in Sunday’s championship semi-final by Tullogher. The girls have put in a big year for the club, training since last January and giving us some good days. We look forward to seeing these girls play adult camogie in the coming years. A big thanks to the management team and as always thanks to O’Loughlin Gaels Camogie Club sponsors MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre Good luck to the u16 girls in their Championship semi final on Saturday at 11am in St. John’s Park. All support is greatly appreciated. JOHNSWELL ORGAN RESTORATION Johnswell Community is hosting a fundraising benefit concert on Saturday, December 2nd in Johnswell Church to aid in the restoration of its organ at 7.30 p.m. Sharp. Acts on the night include Castlecomer Male Voice Choir, Billy Carrigan and friends, Tony Coy, Ger Cody and more. A great night of entertainment is promised. Admission is €20. Donations welcome. Fabulous door prizes and raffle on the night full of goodies. For tickets, contact Seán 0866005511 or James 0872962039 or any member of Johnswell Community. PRIDE OF PLACE Congratulations to the community and all involved in the Pride of Place award. Freshford were announced as runners up on Friday night last in the Pride of place awards 2023 at the Armagh City Hotel. Great credit is due to all those involved and the late Ned Kennedy is remembered for his huge contribution in this award. This is a great achievement for the village of Freshford and a big well done to all involved. MARY EARDLEY RIP Great Sadness and shock was felt in the Parish and surrounding areas last week with the sudden and unexpected passing of Mary Eardley (nee Butler) late of Purcellsgarden, Threecastles. Mary who was only in her 40s was predeceased recently by her Mother May. A devoted wife and mother to her two boys, Mary was a quiet and hard working lady. She ran the family farm and loved her animals. She was kind and neighbourly and loved baking and anyone who called always got the cupa and piece of cake. She was a quiet good living and kind lady and her untimely passing caused widespread shock and regret. Her funeral mass took place on Thursday week last in Tulla church followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. She is deeply mourned by her husband Frank , her sons Sean and Conor her sister Ellie, her parent in law, brother in law, sister in law, niece, nephews, uncles, aunts and extended family to whom deepest sympathy is extended SQUASH Members of Freshford squash club took part in the Three Rivers Oil competition beating Galmoy with a 3-2 result in a very tight contest. This was the first league that the Freshford club had taken part in for a number of years. Shan Donnelly won 3-0 in a tough game, with Cathal O’;Leary and Neil O’Connor winning 3-0 also. OdhranBergin lost 3-1 and Cian Leahy lost 3-1 in his game. Well done to all on a great performance and looking forward to the next game. Meanwhile young local lad Nathan Walsh took part in the Munster Junior Open. He won his first game3-0, lost his 2nd game to a strong no 2 seed. Nathan put in a great display on Sunday morning when he took on the no 6 seed and played some great squad to beat him 3-0 and put himself in a great position to play for 5th or 6th place on Sunday evening. Playing against a strong no 5 he just lost out on a 3-1 score and finished 6th. So a good weekend for young Nathan finishing one position up from where he started. ON STAGE Patrick Rafter well-known Musician who performed at the National Concert Hall, Dublin recently where he shared the stage with Gavan Ring and Anna Sulkowska Migan conductor and the RTE Concert Orchestra. Patrick now teams up with Fiachra Garvey in concert. Violinist Patrick and Pianist Fiachra are to perform at Johns Priory John St. KiIkenny on 2nd and 3rd December. Tickets can be got on www.marblecity

SYMPATHY Sympathy is extended to Tom Hayes, Ard Lachtain, Freshford and all his family on the recent death of his brother Pat Hayes in the Philippines. Pat emigrated to the USA from Freshford many decades ago and was a regular visitor back to Freshford until recent years. COURSING Freshford and District Coursing Club held their 102nd Coursing meeting at Clone on 2nd and 3rd November. With weather being unsurprisingly dry and nice, it was another successful two day event. The Mick Bergin Memorial Derby was won by greyhound Party Smokey, bred by the late Tom Beckett and owned by James Morrissey and Maria O’Sullivan of Cashel. The Din and Martin Lennon Oaks Winner, greyhound Zauberflute owned by Gavin Johns and trained by Paudie Lyons overcame local dog Fiadhs Go Go owned by the ‘Our Wise Cowboy Syndicate’ and trained by Denis Lennon. The Handsome Billa Purdon Cup, was a bye for greyhound Yellowstone Air, owned by Michael O’Connell from Tipperary Town. The Sean Flynn Memorial and Wall Cup was won by Gowran greyhound Castelellis owned by Ben Williams and Pat Horgan, runner up Tullaroan greyhound Fire and Grace owned by the ‘Never see the like Syndicate’. In the local stake , it was another Tullaroan Greyhound Black December up against Liam Comerford’s Jeffy Haze in the final for the Kennedy Memorial Cup. Black December claimed the Cup, owned and trained by veteran Tommy Norton, getting the biggest cheer of the day. Great credit and thanks to all working members and sponsors who make Coursing Meeting run so well. GAA St.Lachtains GAA will hold their AGM on Friday 1st December at 7.30pm at the clubrooms. Nominations and motions to be with the secretary by Friday 17th November. Tre U21 hurlers bowed out recently when they went down to a strong Danesfort side at Pairc Lachtain. On a score line of 1-15 to 2-6 Team: A.Rafter, J.Cantwell, J.Bergin, C.Bowden, L.Phelan, M.Donnelly, C.Dalton, J.Hickey, C.Donnelly, S.Kennedy C.Hickey, M.Durnan, D.Killleen, C.Franey, J.O’Connor Subs. . .McCabe, J. Whitty and B.Dermody. Meanwhile the U15 hurlers lost to neighbours Lisdowney recently in the Shield final played at Lisdowney. DARTS FOR TEAC TOM Willie O’Connor and The Diamond White will come to Farrell’s bar on Saturday evening next. Darts start at 8pm with music, a raffle and food on the night. All proceeds on the night go to Teac Tom IONAD LACHTAINS St. Lachtains Church Museum and Arts centre is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11.30 to 4.30pm. BACK DOWN UNDER Returning back to Australia recently after their holiday with their family and friends was Paul Guinan, Inch and Seamus Hayes from Threecastles. BRIDGE Freshford bridge club resumed play on Monday next 25th September and continues each Mat 7.30pm in Tulla Hall, Threecastles. New members are very welcome. For further information please contact Olive on 087 9257610. CONCERT Johnswell community are hosting a fund raisisng benefit concert on Saturday 2nd December in Johnswell church in aid of the restoration of the organ. The concert will take place at 7.30pm sharp and acts on the night include the Castlecomer male voice choir, Billy Carrigan and friends, Tony Coy, Ger Cody and lots more. Admission is €20 and a great nights entertainment is promised and all Donations welcome. Some fabulous door and raffle prizes on the nights. For tickets please contact 086 6005511 or James on 0872962039 or any member of Johnswell Community SOCCER With the soccer season now well underway Freshford town Junior side had a good win over Lions of Durrow recently coming out winners on a 3-2 scoreline Freshford Town remind parents that Training takes place for boys and girls every Saturday at 9.30am at Wood view. You can contact Eoin or Graham for more info on 087 7672040 or 0872639770 DEER ON R693 With the annual deer hunting season opened and with thousands of licensed hunters entitled to shoot male animals in areas for which they have permits. The season opened on September 1st and hunters are allowed to stalk and shoot sika, fallow and muntjac deer species throughout the State. Hunting for male deer is permitted until the end of the year and hunting of female deer opens on 1 November and continues until the end of February. ATHLETIC CLUB Nena Athletics club have launched fit4life. In the Freshford area. All abilities are welcome from walkers wanting company to runners training for marathons

and everyone in between. Very experienced leaders are leading a program established by Athletics Ireland that caters for all experience and abilities. They meet each Tuesday morning and Wednesday evenings in Freshford GAA club. If you are interested please contact us on or call Caoimh on 0874175550 LOOP CAFE Another very successful dinner evening was held at the Loop café last Friday night with a full house and Ann Neary in attendance and some beautiful food served up. The bookings are been taken for the next dinner evening. The autumn raffle will now be on sale in The Loop Café. The Loop Café is a wonderful addition to the village full of character and history and is open from Tuesday to Saturday each week from 9.30am to 4pm. Why not go along and meet a friend or try some of their lovely food and support a local community café. They are also looked for volunteers to help out so if you can give little bit of your time please do so. PARISH NEWS Mass is held in the Parish Church each Wednesday morning at 9.30am and each Sunday morning at 11am.with Mass in Tulla Church on Saturday evenings at 7.30pm. Notices The parish newsletter is available on their website every week and also on the website you are free to pay your dues and make donations or any other contributions and you can find out more about it on the website or feel free to contact in the Parish Office. Please note community notices for the parish newsletter should be left in or emailed to the Parish Office by 11am on Thursdays. Parish office hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 1pm. Mass Cards Special printed parish cards are available at the Parish Office or from Annette at Tulla Church signed by Monsignor Kennedy. You can contact the Parish office on 056 8832843 or by email – freshfordd@ossory. ie. Contact Mongr Kieron Kennedy on that number or on 087 25235 21 HELP FOR ALL Are you struggling with anxiety or depression or finding life difficult or feeling isolated at this time GROW is there to help you. Their Mental Health support Groups are free and confidential and open to all no referral or booking is needed. For more information on same you can contact Mary on 087 284342 If you can’t cope and need support text HELLO to 50808. SAMARITAN - Whatever you’re going through a Samaritan will face it with you – available 24 hours a day 365 days a year – Freephone 1161Alone is available for older people who need support and you can call them on 0818 222024 (8am to 8pm) AMBER KILKENNY WOMENS REFUGE – is available for confidential support relating to domestic violence - call them on 1850 424244 (24/7) or on 056 7771404 or email MINOR CAMOGIE CHAMPIONSHIP On Sunday morning at the end of a thrilling Kilkenny Roinn “A” minor camogie quarter-final between James Stephens and St. Brigid’s (Ballycallan) in Pairc Sheamuis Stiophain the home club eventually took the honours with a merited 4-16 to 2-15 victory. This was a hard fought championship fixture in which both teams enjoyed brief periods of dominance but failed to break down their opponents tight marking defences to build a strong lead. At the end of the first half the James Stephens girls held a 2-04 to 0-05 lead, thanks to break away goals from Mia Dunne and Laura Leahy. From the restart St.Brigid’s went on the attack and their persistence paid off producing a point and goal in the early minutes to reduce the Village girls lead at 2-06 to 1-06 after 10 minutes. For James Stephens the accuracy of sharpshooter Roisin Leahy whose six points from all angles was vital keeping the Village girls in contention during a pressurised 2nd half in which St. Brigids scored some impressive points from play. All the while the Village defence had to withstand a constant stream of St.Brigid’s attacks impressively led by centre back Sophie Meagher in front of dependable goalkeeper Jenna Larkin with solid support from full back Cady Boyle, Niamh Leahy and Aoibh Lawlor. Molly Burke and Emily Smith were also active in their support of the defence while ensuring a plentiful supply of the sliothar to the forwards over the game. Nevertheless, with only minutes left to play the determined Ballycallan girls blocked an attempted Village clearance and drilled the sliothar to the net to level the game at 2-10 approaching the full time whistle. Throughout a tense first half of extra time the teams cancelled each other out on four occasions until Laura Leahy hit the net for a defining score in the closing minutes to give James Stephens a 3-14 to 2-13 lead at the interval. Defying tiring limbs due to the heavy underfoot conditions the Village girls somehow found

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Community & GAA Notes extra energy to hold on to their narrow advantage and when Roisin Leahy sent a long delivery to the net in the 4th minute to open a seven point lead at 4-14 to 2-13 the result finally slipped beyond the reach of the battling St.Brigid’s girls. Over the closing minutes Roisin Leahy added two more points to give the home club a deserved if somewhat flattering 4-16 to 2-15 victory, The winning panel included Jenna Larkin, Roisin O’Sullivan, Cady Boyle, Fiona McKee, Niamh Leahy, Sophie Meagher, Aoibh Lawlor, Molly Burke, Emily Smith, Mia Dunne, Gemma Lawlor, Laura Leahy, Roisin Leahy, Sarah Kenny, Ciara McDonald, Lucy Drennan, Maeve White, Emer Gladney and Aine Behan U-15 FOOTBALL Q-FINAL The early start on Sunday morning obviously suited the James Stephens U-15 footballers as they shot into their stride from the throw-in scoring two goals in as many minutes courtesy of Ryan Manogue-Lee and John Barton. This set the pattern for a totally one sided U-15 “A” football championship quarter-final fixture against a disappointing Dicksboro side on their home ground in Palmertown. With Diarmuid Behan ably assisted by Rory Glynn at midfield spraying accurate passes to the in-form forward line the Village lads went on to register three more three pointers by the end of the half to take an unassailable 5-06 to 0-01 lead into the break. A missed penalty opportunity by Dicksboro in the 17th minute did not help their cause. With little resistance offered by the ‘Boro side throughout the second half the Village went on to add six more goals from Sean Rea (2) with substitutes Andrew Brennan, Jack Mulcahy (2) and Eoin McDermott also hitting the net for an all too easy victory. Over the closing minutes Dicksboro kicked two late goals, one a penalty strike but it was all too little and too late to affect the comprehensive James Stephens victory. The Village will meet the winners of the Dunamaggin and Danesfort fixture in the county semi-final on Sunday next 19th November at 11am in Pairc Sheamuis Stiophain. RED AND GREEN SHOP With the festive season just around the corner, the shop supervisor, Breda Manogue confirms that the club sports shop in Larchfield will be open for business every Tuesday night from 8 to 9pm through to Christmas. Breda advises that the shop is stocked with a plentiful supply of club gear, including a new black jacket, half zips, gear bags, knitted caps, leisurewear tops, sliothars and hurleys. A new camogie crew neck top is expected to arrive in the near future. This is the perfect opportunity for parents, family members and friends to purchase the ideal Christmas gifts for supporters of the Red and Green in readiness for the 2024 season ahead. PODCAST RETURNS After a short break the popular weekly club podcast presented by Liam Kelly-O’Rourke returns this week. Included in this week’s presentation is an interview on the occasion of the 40th anniversary celebration of the club’s 1982 All-Ireland club champion victory over Mount Sion with forwards Mick Crotty and John Joe Cullen. Also in the programme will be a reflection on the recent U-21 championship victory over Graigue-Ballycallan and an interview with the club’s star camogie player, Michelle Teehan who is travelling to Kenya with the Self Help Africa Group to plant over one million trees to help reduce harmful greenhouse gasses. Overall, a programme worth tuning into for some interesting reflections on past glories, the present and future of the club and some information on topical global warming concerns. LOTTO Last week’s numbers were 7 : 9 : 11 : 28. There was no winner. This week’s jackpot will be €9,600. The €40 consolation winners were John O’Neill, Pat Hayes, Frank Manogue Snr., Hugh O’Neill and Eddie Kelly.

cards. Pick up that special Christmas gift from a selection of crafts and decorations. There will be something to suit every budget. Also a reminder that the Christmas card collection is now available in the local shops and sales are brisk. As has been the custom for many years, the local St Vincent De Paul will share in the proceeds. CHURCH NEWS Weekday Masses Wednesday and Friday Bennettsbridge 10.30 am. Both Days. Weekend Masses Tullaherin Saturday. Bennettsbridge Sunday 10.30am OFFERTORY COLLECTION Parishioners are reminded that the Offertory Collection which had been taken on entry to Mass on Sundays has now reverted to the usual collection system within the church. SCHOOL BOARD The Board of Management of Bennettsbridge National NS will be appointed by the Patron in early December. Grateful thanks is extended to the outgoing School Board for their service over the past four years. The school boards for Primary Schools have been in existence since 1975. On a personal level I served on the first one in Bennettsbridge in 1975. The late Fr Jim Murphy, PP was chairman, Dinny Eustace, N.T, Mark Marnell, Peggy Walpole and some others whose names elude me. CHILD SAFEGUARDING OFFICER AT DIOCESAN LEVEL A new Diocesan Designated Liaison Officer has been appointed. Sincere and grateful thanks to Kathleen Sherry who filled the role in a friendly, supportive and professional manner for many years. During her time in the parish Kathleen was also a dedicated reader. GATHERING GROUP Last week the six sessions of Yoga drew to a close. Usual activities were on the agenda last Wednesday, including a visit from Catherine Clancy, Community nurse/Podiatrist. She gave a talk on foot health. The date has been confirmed for the Christmas dinner, 13th December. The venue is the Hoban Hotel and numbers will be confirmed in the next few weeks. Members can also look forward to the Annual Flower arranging event with Annemarie Mahon which has been confirmed for 13th December. LOTTO

Whites next Sunday morning. Please check the Kilkenny GAA website for fixture details. Best of luck to all the team and management. AGM 2023 This year’s AGM will take place in the clubhouse on December 1st at 8 pm. Nomination forms have been e-mailed to all members who have provided e-mail addresses, if anyone else would like a form please contact 083 4654035 as soon as possible. Nomination forms are to be returned to Patrick O’Neill by 7 pm on Friday November 24th. CHRISTMAS RAFFLE All support greatly appreciated for this year’s Christmas raffle. Tickets will be available from all committee members in the coming days. CLUB SHOP New additions of a training top, shorts and tee shirts have been added to the Bennettsbridge O’Neill’s club shop. To access the full range of club gear simply go to the O’Neill’s website and enter Bennettsbridge in the search box. With Christmas coming why not get some club gear as a gift this year. SPLIT THE POT The next draw takes place today Friday at 6 pm in the clubhouse. The competition can also be entered on-line using club force. Please see the clubs Facebook page for details of how to enter on line. Envelopes are available in the usual spots around the village. Thanks for the continued support. CLUB LOTTO Club LOTTO Results 9th November 2023. Nos: 3 6 11 24. Jackpot: €13,250 Not Won Draw Prizes. €50: Kavanagh Family c/o Shane Kavanagh . €25 each Catherine Peters c/o Online. €25 each Stephen Kennedy c/o Online. €25 each Ruth Morrissey c/o Online Hurlers Co Op Draw Emer Murphy c/o Online. Promotors prize Deirdre O’Reilly We encourage all Dicksboro Families to sign up and play weekly for €2 per draw and we thank everyone who is currently doing so. AGM Our AGM of Dicksboro Camogie Club will be held on Tuesday 28th Nov at 8pm in Palmerstown and at 8pm on Wednesday 29th November at 8pm our AGM of Dicksboro GAA and Camogie Club will take place in Palmerstown Clubhouse. We look forward to seeing you there. UPCOMING FIXTURES Our u21’s are out on Saturday 18th November at 2pm playing O’Loughlin Gaels in Johns Park in the JJ Kavanagh & Sons Championship Quarter Final. Best of luck to all involved. In Camogie our U16A Team will meet John Lockes in the Championship Co Semi Final Sat 18th November at 12pm in Palmerstown. Please Come out and Support the Girls. SENIOR CAMOGIE After a tough battle in poor weather conditions our Senior Ladies beat St Martins of Wexford in the AIB Club Championship Semi Final. The girls will now meet St Vincent’s of Dublin in the Leinster Final which will be played in Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow on Sunday 19th November at 14.45pm. We are so proud of these girls and they deserve every bit of support they can get so let’s get behind them in the maroon and white and cheer them on. Boro Abú

GOWRAN AC The Clubs dedicated volunteers have begun setting up for the National Cross Country Championship on Sunday. There was great progress made, with the running routes marked out and warmup area prepped to go. Many thanks to all who give up their time, members, parents, coaches, and friends of the club. All information for the National Senior, Junior and Even Age Juvenile Championships on 19th November is available at Athletics Ireland Official. YOUNG IRELANDS GAA All involved in Young Irelands GAA and Camogie Clubs were deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Gary (Spike) Preston, husband of GAA Club Secretary Christine. We extend our sincerest sympathy to Christine, Alex, Sean and Mikey, extended family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. ART GROUP The BB Art Group are planning a Christmas Sale which will be held in the Community Centre on Sunday, 3rd December, beginning after mass and continuing until 5pm. Members are putting together a selection of original art pieces, textile art, prints and hand-made

No winner of Jackpot last week. Numbers, 1, 15, 19, 21. Consolation Prizes, Mandy Simpson, The Ring, Shangarry Syndicate, Ollie and Conor McGee, c/o Richard Comerford, Liam McEvoy, Gowran Road, Olive Morrin, Kilfane. CARDS 24/10/23 First Prize. Tom Brennan/Jack Bolger and Brian Blackmore/Annie Lehane(11 games) Table Prize Tommy Hayes/Bridget Cottrell 31/10/23 First Prize Siobhan Donovan/Joan O’Gorman and Bridget Cottrell/Pierce Purcell ( 9 Games ) Table Prize Alice Kelly/Michael Hanley SYMPATHY Sympathy is extended to the DeLoughry and Power families on the death of Maureen DeLoughry (née Power), 11 Noreview Crescent, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny and formerly of Rathcusack, Bennettsbridge, Co. Kilkenny, peacefully at St Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny. Maureen was pre-deceased by her husband, Peter. Sadly missed by her niece Cecilia (Carberry), Grandniece, Ann (Halpin), cousin, Kieran Power, extended family, friends and neighbours. Maureen lay in repose in the Side Chapel, Church of the Assumption, Thomastown. Family friends and neighbours came to pay their last respects. Rosary and prayers were recited by Fr Dan Bollard. Requiem mass was celebrated on Saturday in the Church of the Assumption, Thomas-town, followed by burial in St Bennett’s Cemetery, Bennettsbridge. Maureen had many good friends and neighbours in Bennettsbridge. She read the lessons in church for a number of years. She made some good friends in Noreview Crescent when she moved there some years ago. She will be missed by all. GAA Under 21 Hurling Hard luck to our under 21 hurlers who lost out narrowly to Dunnamaggin in the quarter final of the Roinn A championship in Bennettsbridge last Sunday. The ‘Bridge led by a goal at half time but Dunnamaggin had the better of the second half to win out on a score of 17 points to 1 -12 in a high quality game. Under 15 Football Bennettsbridge under 15 footballers defeated Slieverue well to qualify for the county final against Blacks and

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CHURCH NEWS November offerings now due. The webcam in Johnstown Church is now back up and running again. Mass on Tuesday and Thursday at 10.30am and Eucharistic Service Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.30am. A meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council will be held in the Parish Office on Monday November 20th at 7.30pm. Remembrance Mass for parishioners who died in the last 12 months will be celebrated in St. Kieran’s Church on Friday November 24th at 7.30pm SYMPATHY The death has taken place in New York of Jim O’Brien, formally of Main St, Johnstown. He will be sadly missed by his wife Delia, brother John, sister Catherine, sister in law Angela, relations and friends. May he rest in peace. TRACTOR RUN A tractor run is being held in aid of the North Kilkenny branch of the Wheelchair Association will take place from Johnstown on Sunday Novenber 19th at 1pm. This annual event is crucial to allow members to have a holiday. Music and food afterwards in McCarthy’s Bar. Information from Martin on 0876371307 or Margaret on 0860617033. URLINGFORD LIBRARY A festive,fun filled show of stories and songs with storyteller Helen on Tuesday December 12th at 6.30pm in the Library. Register at or call 0567794182 or call into the library. KIDS CHESS CLUB The Kids Chess Club will commence in the library on Tuesday Nov 21st. All ages and all levels. Call the library to book.

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Community & GAA Notes SHOEBOX APPEAL It’s that time of year again when Team Hope send thousands of shoe boxes filled with goodies to children in Africa and Eastern Europe. Into the box put something to wear, to wash, to write and to wow. Full shoe box covered in bright wrapping paper and €5 for expenses may be left into the Library where you will get labels, and they will store them for collection around November 20th. FENIANS HC Bingo as usual Wednesday nights with Split the Pot. Congrats to Jack Renehan who was the first young Fenian to play on the new handball courts at Croke Park. SPA UNITED AFC Weekend results Junior League division 2 Freebooters 8 Spa 3, U12 boys SFAI National Trophy Spa 2 Callan Utd 1, U15 girls league Division 1 Spa 1 Thomastown 0, U14 boys league Division 1A Spa 3 Stoneyford 1, U12 boys league Division 2 Freebooters 2 Spa 1, U12 girls league Division 1 Spa 3 Stoneyford 2. Also in action the U10 boys travelled to play Highview Athletic. Well done to the 10 girls who represented the district league over the weekend in U12, U13, U14 and U15 inter league games. Well done also to Aaron Phelan who played for the U14 District League in their win over South Tipperary. SPA DEVELOPMENT/FENIANS LOTTO... Winning numbers 7,11,19,22. Seven match threes Caroline Cahill, Kelly Webster, Pauline Whelan, Sarah O’Sullivan, Jonathan Dermody, Vincent Dermody and Margaret O’Gorman. EMERALDS URLINGFORD AND GRAINE LOTTO November 6th prize fund was €15,000. Jackpot: €13,000. Numbers drawn: 6, 12, 19, 27, bonus no 29. No winner and two match three winners: Hyacinth Roche and P. Healy. Five lucky dips of €20 each: John and Joan Norton, Margaret Tynan, May Cleere, Mary O’Leary, Tom Cummins. Promoters prize: John Holohan. SET DANCING In Graine Hall every Tuesday at 8.30pm. Live music, sets called by Paddy Martin. All are welcome. Contact Phil Fogarty 086 8638782; Mary Webster 087 7936113. URLINGFORD ARMS SPLIT THE POT This week’s winner of Split the Pot is Charlise Cash who will receive €738. Congrats Charlise on behalf of St Vincent De Paul! Tickets €2 on sale in participating businesses in town with proceeds going to St Vincent De Paul. Thanks to everyone for their continued support. GRAINE CARDS Graine progressive 25 card game every Wednesday night at 8.30pm in Graine hall. All are welcome. URLINGFORD / GRAINE DEFIBRILLATOR GROUP In case of emergency, call: 085 2726396. URLINGFORD NEWS Anyone wishing to submit news items, club events, announcements etc can do so by emailing If you have any photos you wish to include, please forward them to the email address. EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Glengoole Wednesday 10am to 2pm, Gortnahoe Thursday 10am to 1pm ROSARY Rosary for the month of November is being recited in the local cemeteries at 1.30pm each Sunday. 400 CLUB DRAW A sincere thanks to everyone who bought a ticket for this year’s 400 Club Parish draw. A sincere thanks also to all the promoters for helping with the draw. There is about 6 tickets remaining to be sold. It would be great for any first time participants to join, please contact your local promoter. Best of luck to all over the next 12 months TUESDAY BRIDGE Bridge is being played each Tuesday night in Gortnahoe Hall at 7.30pm. If you would like to join or find out more information please contact this number 089 4349106 Yoga classes started in Glengoole Hall last Thursday 9th November from 2-3pm, €20 for 6 weeks, supported by ETB and MFRC. Names to Julie O’Halloran, MFRC, on 087-1008075. Luchaireach Lamha Sensory Play Sessions for 6 months - 4 years on Friday 17th and 24th November in Glengoole Hall. €45 per child. Details/bookings 0877001883. Glengoole Christmas Festival Friday 1st & 2nd December. GORTNAHOE BINGO Bingo continues this Saturday evening at the earlier time of 4.00pm with doors opening from 3.00pm and will continue each Saturday evening at the same time. Over €2,660 in prize money on offer including a special €500 game. The feedback for the earlier start of 4pm was very well received last weekend. SPLIT THE POT Congratulations to last weekend’s winner Sharon Ryan Tierney, who won €213 in the Split the Pot draw. Sharon is a regular player at Gortnahoe bingo. Envelopes are

available at the usual outlets. Split the Pot for the month of November will be in support of The Gortnahoe Christmas lights. The draw takes place each Sunday at 12pm in Gortnahoe Hall. Your support would be appreciated COFFEE MORNING A sincere thanks to everyone who supported the coffee morning last Saturday in Ballysloe Sensory Garden. The fundraiser was in support of cancer aid. The total collected so far was over €1500 and the fund is still open for any donations. The organising committee wish to thank all those who donated prizes and helped in any way. BALLYNONTY COMMUNITY HOUSE Cookery and Nutrition Class with Eileen Bowden for 6 weeks started on Tuesday 7th November and will run untill 12th December, 10.30am - 12.30pm. Flower Arranging Class with Bertranda Delaney for 4 weeks started on Thursday 9th November and will run untill 30th November, 7pm - 9pm. CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL Glengoole Community Group are organising a Christmas festival on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of December. On Friday 1st December there will be a music night in Brennans. On Saturday 2nd December the events organised are as follows: Slievardagh Blooms Wreath making in the Hall, bookings on 086 8946995. Christmas lights will be turned on at 6.45 after mass with Santa arriving at 7pm. Christmas fair and crafts in the hall until 9pm followed by Monster raffle in Brennans. ELDERCARE SERVICES Eldercare Services through MFRC Glengoole will include the following, meals on wheels deliveries every Tuesday and Thursday, social group every Wednesday 1-3pm,includes soup, dinner and entertainment, laundry service, senior alert scheme for Gortnahoe Glengoole area, dementia cafe 1st Tuesday of each month 11.301pm, social group every Tuesday at 11am in the Old School House, The Commons. For further information on any of the above please contact Alice Teehan 0529157992. CASTLECOMER COMMUNITY NOTICE Public Meeting (Aontú) in Castlecomer Community Hall at 8pm on Thursday 23 November. Issues to be covered include housing, healthcare and water infrastructure in the locality. Speakers to include Peadar Tóibín TD. All welcome. Make your views and concerns known. For further information contact Tom Healy 087 9181436

BALLYOUSKILL 25S Next game on Friday November 24th @8 pm. Everybody welcome Results of last game. Pa Maher and John Dollard 12 games. Sean and Willie Dooley 10. Joe Cass and Eilish Phelan10. Jim and John Mooney 10. Raffle results. John Mooney, Shem Brennan, Vera Brennan, Neddy Delaney, James Farrell. A huge thanks to our Raffle sponsors for the last two nights. Paul Scully (MGM). Kieran Mooney (WTCS) GAA St Patrick’s GAA the under 21 semi final against Tullaroan on Saturday 18th in Tullaroan time to be confirmed. The AGM is on November 30th all motions and nominations to be in with the secretary by November 27th TRACTOR RUN The North Kilkenny Branch Irish Wheelchair Association are holding their annual tractor run in Johnstown on Sunday 19th of November starting at 1pm. This annual event is crucial to allow us to take our members on holidays and bring them on many day trips during the year.A great day will be had by all after the run with music and food in McCarthy’s Bar help or support would be gratefully appreciated. For any further information please contact Martin on 087 6371307 or Margaret on 086 0617033. CRAFT FAIR This year’s Christmas Craft Fair is on December 2nd in community hall from 12 to 5 there are some tables still available for anyone who is interested please contact Juanita 0872955864. CAKE SALE Many thanks to all who supported the Cake and Craft sale in the Cannon Malone Hall on Sunday last in aid of the Senior Citizens Christmas Party the support is very much welcome and appreciated by all. GAA The under-21 hurlers will play host to Fenians in the JJ Kavanagh and Sons Roinn D championship semi-final on this Sunday afternoon at 2.00 p.m. in Jenkinstown. Best of luck to everyone involved. AGM GAA club members are also asked to note that the Conahy Shamrocks GAA Club AGM will take place on Friday, December 1st at 8.00 p.m. in the GAA Clubhouse. Conahy Shamrocks Bórd na nÓg AGM will take place on Sunday, November 26th, at 6.30 p.m. in the GAA Clubhouse. All parents and coaches are invited to attend. DEVELOPMENT FUNDRAISER

Craft Fair Community members are asked to continue to support the Conahy Shamrocks GAA Club’s Development fundraiser draw. Tickets for the draw will be €25 each, or three for €65, or five for €100, with the winner with the winner receiving a new Hyundai Tucson car or €35,000 in cash. Tickets are available from promoters locally, and a website that will allow the purchase of tickets for the draw is available on The draw is also actively being promoted on social media platforms. All support would be greatly appreciated for what will be a development to benefit both young and old in the community. CLUB LOTTO The numbers drawn in the Conahy Shamrocks GAA Club Lotto were 11, 41 and 42. There was no jackpot winner so the consolation prize winners were Ian Kavanagh, Kathleen Maher, Shem Butter, Jim and Caitriona Tierney and Tadgh Rossiter. The promoters’ prize winners were Helen Cahill, Toddy Lacey and Nora Delaney. Knitting and Craft Fair (everything handmade): Friday, December 1: Christmas Fair, Mill Family Resource Centre, Main Street Urlingford, E41 E1W, from 11am to 1pm. All welcome. Counselling Services: Our low cost counselling aervices, includes one-to-one, adult, teens and children’s play therapy. Counselling provided: Bereavement, stress, anxiety and depression, drug and substance and gambling addictions. Play therapy is now also available. Age 5 years and upwards. Please contact Sue for more information or to make an appointment. Senior Alert: If you need to apply for a Personal Alarm, please contact Sue or Josephine. Defibrillator: Please note that there is a defibrillator located in the Mill Family Resource Centre if and when it may be required. Appeal for Clothes Donations: Any clothes donations would be greatly appreciated in aid of our counselling/ play therapy services. Donations can be left into the Centre, please call before dropping off. Jobs -Training Board: We have a Jobs Board here at the Centre, feel free to call in and take a look, we also offer help and support with CV’s and cover letters if required. Contact number for the Centre 056 8838466. MASS TIMES Hugginstown: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 9.30a.m. Vigil - Saturday 18th. at 8.00p.m. Sunday 19th. at 10.00a.m. Stoneyford, Wednesday 15th. at 7.00p.m. Vigil - Saturday 18th. at 6.30p.m Friday 17th. Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. PRAY FOR Eileen Henebry, Mylerstown, who died during the past week. ROTA Rota week-end, 18th. and 19th. November (Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time) Readers: Stoneyford, Saturday 6.30p.m. Margaret Ryan. Hugginstown, Saturday 8.00p.m. John Barron. Sunday 10.00a.m. Marie Ryan. Eucharistic Ministers, Stoneyford, Saturday 6.30p.m. Bernie Grace. Hugginstown: Saturday 8.00p.m. Mary Murphy. Sunday 10.00a.m. Kay Power. PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL Meeting will be held in the Parish House Hugginstown on

Wednesday 22nd. November at 8.00p.m. All members please attend if possible. TOTUS TUUS Scripture Conference 2023 is live on Radio Maria Ireland on Saturday 18th. November from 2.00p.m. Speakers include Fr. John Ryan (Cloyne Diocese), Fr. Luke Demasi (Home of the Mother), Fr. John McEneaney (Waterford and Lismore Diocese), Frances Hogan (Scripture Scholar). Radio Maria Ireland can be listened to by downloading the radio Maria Ireland App, Saorview channel 210 or listen live at 01 437 3277 NOVEMBER OFFERINGS 2023 November Offerings Envelopes 2023 are available at the Church Porch. Your contribution can be left into the Collection Boxes at the Churches or you may donate directly – Use IBAN: IE19 AIBK 9330 9000 0561 20 (BIC: AIBKIE2D). CONFIRMATION 2024 Bishop Niall Coll will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in Hugginstown Church on Thursday 22nd. February 2024 at 11.00a.m. LOTTO Lotto: Aghaviller Parish and Carrickshock G. A. A. Draw: Monday 6th. November 2023 Numbers: 13; 03; 05; 22. No Winner First 3 Numbers Drawn. No Jackpot Winner: €30.00. Winners, Breda Sheehan, Stonecarthy; Tony Hanlon c/o Teresa Fitzgerald; Geoggrey Doyle, Ballyfoyle; Mikey Kenneally, Kingsmountain; Aidan Farrell, Lismatigue 3 x €15.00 (Sellers) James Irish, Tommy Hoyne, Teresa Fitzgerald. Next Draw on Monday 13th. November. Please submit returns by 8.30p.m. Draw at 9.00p.m. THE CHAPTER HOUSE BOOKSHOP The Chapter House Bookshop at St. Mary’s Cathedral is open 5 Days a week (Monday to Friday). The Shop has a great selection of Nativity Cribs, Christmas Cards, Calendars and Diaries for 2024, also a wide selection of Bibles, Liturgical and Spiritual Books. The Bookshop also has a wide selection of Mass Cards and religious Gifts for any occasion. KILKENNY LIBRARY The new library is based in the old Mayfair Ballroom within the Abbey Quarter in Irishtown. It will be known as The Mayfair Library. The new library will be an important feature in the City and County, and will offer a modern library facility for the people of Kilkenny. Services and facilities will include areas for children, teenagers, and adults; general leisure and reading areas, computer and study spaces, self-service printing and photocopying facilities, meeting rooms, exhibition areas, and space to make things using new technologies. To ensure that as many people as possible can easily use the new library, you are encourage to register, or renew, your library membership now. This can be done online or at any library. Alternatively, library staff are available to visit your club, group, or gathering and assist you with registrations. Library membership is free! THEOLOGY ONLINE OPEN EVENING The Priory Institute provides online Theology courses to degree level. Attend Saturday lectures in Tallaght or from the comfort of your own home. Click on email to find out more about the Online Open Evening on Wednesday 29th. November. If you have any further questions contact: Frances O’Loughlin, The Priory Institute, Tallaght Village, D24 W410

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Kilkenny Sport Focus Michael O’Leary

Gowran pitch and putt Gowran Pitch and Putt Club have enjoyed plenty of success since establishing as a Pitch and Putt Club over 50 years ago at Regional, Provincial and National level, and as it's a sport that anyone of any age can play, it's a perfect way of meeting new people and getting involved with the sport while operating in both a competitive and fun environment. Having enjoyed so much glory over the past half a century, the Club continues to thrive and they had another highly successful year in 2023. It's a very popular Sport particularly among Juveniles, and the underage players had plenty to celebrate this year especially Jack McShane who represented Ireland recently in Catalonia in Spain. Jack won The National U-16 Strokeplay Championship in Seapoint Co.

Louth, while he was part of the U-16 Team along with Tomas Carroll, Harry Concannon and Michael Holland that finished runner-up in The National Inter-County competition. As they are affiliated with Pitch and Putt Ireland, Gowran Pitch and Putt Club is able to host competitions that attract competitors from around the country, and they always get a great response. The Scratch

Cup held in Gowran in in July brought several participants nationwide, and the home players performed very well in competition of a very high standard. Patrick Robinson won The Intermediate competition, while Liam O'Hara won The Junior competition with David Holland Runner-up. Patrick was runner-up in The National Intermediate Stroke Play competition. while Gowran also enjoyed glory in The Leinster Matchplay Finals in Enniscorthy with Mark Comerford runner-up in The Intermediate Final, while James Casey won The Junior Final. Gowran Pitch and Putt Club has produced plenty of Leinster and All-Ireland Champions throughout the years, and often produces playing

members from outside the parish enhancing the strength and popularity of The Club. One memorable day in more recent years occured in 2019 when Derek Delaney won The All-Ireland Junior Stroke Play Championship. Another of their highlights took place in October with Matchplay weekend for Club members, and that was a marvellous success with the competitions fiercely contested with Finals taking place in Ladies, Gents and Juveniles. Stasia Heafey won The Ladies Final against Chrissie Keating, Christy Purcell was The Gents winner as he prevailed against Mark Kirk, while Jack McShane pipped Tomas Carroll to win The Juvenile Final following a thrilling battle. Meanwhile, Eoghan Morrissey won The Plate section as

Kilkenny City and County Bridge results Simultaneous Pairs Well done to the Bridge players from two Kilkenny Bridge Clubs who featured in the Top 100 in the Simultaneous Pairs. Rothe Club Monday 6th November Kathleen Ferguson/Kathleen O’Shaughnessy (36) Josephine O’Reilly/Siobhan Roberts (85) Confederation 350 Wednesday 8th November John Mc Mahon/Esther Phelan (25) Margaret Kiely/Phil Kenealy (27) Club 17 – Tuesday Mornings

Results Tuesday 7th November 1st Prize Kathleen O’Shaughnessy/Kathleen Ferguson 2nd Prize Paul Brady/Ann Treacy 3rd Prize Mary O’Reilly/ Margaret Mullins Kilkenny Bridge Club – Tuesday Nights Results 7th November 1st Prize Donal Higgins/ Barbara Kearney 2nd Prize Liz Jennings/Peter Ryan 3rd Prize Maura O Mahony/ Teresa Dunne Bridge every Tuesday evening New members most welcome.

he took victory on the 4th extra Play-off hole. After all the competitions had finished that day, a special presentation was made to all players U-16 who competed in Regional, Provincial and National competitions in recognition of their acheivements. Also, The Patsy Gibbons Secret hole competition that was scheduled for two weekends ago had to be postponed due to a waterlogged course, and is hoping to be rescheduled at a later date. The competition named in honour of Patsy who sadly passed away recently and who was a long serving member of the Pitch and Putt Club for so many years, with so many of her relatives having been centrally involved within The Club over the years and continue to be very much involved to this

Kilkenny Bridge Congress is back again in Ireland’s Medieval City from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November in The City Suite, 2023 at Hotel Kilkenny, College Road, Kilkenny This is the first Congress since Covid so let’s hope the Kilkenny Bridge players will come out and play.

Contact Secretary 086 6050075 Please be seated by 7:15pm Abbey Bridge Club – Tuesday Nights Results 7th November 1st Prize Catherine King/John McMahon 2nd Prize Helen Tynan/Eileen Bolger 3rd Prize Susan Higgins/ Catherine Hogan . Friary Bridge Club – Wednesday Nights Results 8th November 1st Prize Dor Lanigan/Mary Murphy 2nd Prize Ann Farrell/Mary Weadick 3rd Prize Edward Gormley and Jerry Kirby

Nore Bridge Club – Thursday Nights Results 9th November 1st Prize Angela Carroll/Teresa Dunne 2nd Prize Margaret Knowles/ Maria Troy 3rd Prize Catherine King/ Gretta Ryan Ormonde Castle Bridge Club – Monday Nights Results 6th November 1st Prize Maura Holden/Joan Holden 2nd Prize Catherine McGoff/ Mary Shields 3rd Prize Marguerite Walsh/ Hilda Richardson KILKENNY BRIDGE CONGRESS

Programme of Events: FRIDAY: 7.00 p.m. Official Opening by the President of the C.B.AI. Gordon Lessells (North Munster Region) 7.30 p.m. Mixed Pairs Competition Novice Pairs Competition Gala Pairs Competition SATURDAY: (All prizes subject to entries) 1.30 p.m. Congress Pairs (2 sessions) 1.30 p.m. Intermediate A Pairs (2 sessions) 2.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m.- Open Pairs 7.00 p.m. Intermediate B Pairs (1 Session) 11.30p.m. Presentation of Prizes. SUNDAY: 11.00 a.m. Team of Four (2 sessions) 11.00 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.Open Pairs Prizes - Open Pairs Howell 10 Tables or more 1st €80.00, 2nd €50.00 & 3rd €30.00 Mitchell

present day. Gowran Pitch and Putt is an 18 hole course that was converted in the late 60s/ early 70s having been a Cricket ground prior to that, and over the past 5 decades it has seen so many volunteers who have dedicated their time and effort to keep the course in pristine condition. One of those volunteers who has given wonderful service for years is Larry Gibbons who constantly ensures that the course is in proper order and fit for purpose. In May 2021, Larry received a special presentation for his dedication and outstanding contribution to the sport for over 50 years, and he also received lifetime honary membership. He received his presentation from Aine Mackey, who herself has given wonderful service to Pitch and Putt for so many years as Club Secretary. It was thoroughly deserved for his committment and dedication across the decades, and in which he continues to do so professionally to this present day.

1st €80.00 and 2nd €50.00 N.S. & E.W. TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR: Diarmuid Reddan, Limerick Entry Fees: Congress Pairs and Intermediate A. Pairs €25.00 Intermediate B. Pairs €12.50 Team of Four €25.00 Mixed Pairs €12.50 Novice Pairs €12.50 Open Pairs €10.00 COMMITTEE: President: Hugh Donnelly Swift Vice President: Colette O’Neill Secretary: Ann Brennan Phone No: 087 9908954 Asst. Secretary: Loretto O’Driscoll Phone No: 086 8847839 Treasurers: Gretta Kelly and Tish Leech Entries to: Gretta Kelly Phone No: 056 7752040 Mary Fawsitt Phone No: 087 2474900 Marion Kilbride marion. Any club in Kilkenny City or County that want their bridge club results included please email them to marion. before lunchtime Tuesdays the latest. Any results received after that will be included in the following week.


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Hurlng matters - Review


Leinster GAA AIB Senior Club Hurling Championship Quarter Final Netwatch Cullen Park, Referee: Eamon Furlong (Wexford) Mount Leinster Rangers 0-13 O’Loughlin Gaels 2-16 O’Loughlin Gaels first match in the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship since 2016 ended in a comprehensive win for the Kilkenny champions as they dismantled the challenge of Mount Leinster Rangers in front of a big crowd at Netwatch Cullen Park. Brian Hogan’s charges came out of the traps quickly and had breached the MLR net inside the first five minutes and were in control for much of the game and despite a spirited third quarter push by the Carlow champions had nine points to spare at the long whistle. A semi-final now awaits against Offaly kingpins Kilcormac-Killoughey next weekend. The impressive Mark Bergin gave another captain’s performance and opened the scoring with a nice point from play in the first minute after taking a pass from the hard-working Conor Heary. Paul O’Brien’s side were level shortly after when talisman Chris Nolan fired over the first of his nine-point haul from the placed ball. The next score was to set the tone for the rest of the opening period. Owen Wall picked up possession and headed for goal, a touch of clever movement beating his marker, Michael Doyle before shortening his grip and batting the ball past the returning Dean Grennan in the MLR goal. Mark Bergin split the posts with his first dead ball of the day seconds later as the Noresiders moved into an early 4-point lead. No.14 Paddy Butler then benefited from his side turning over the ball to register a fine point as the visitors looked in complete control. Chris Nolan struck his and his sides second point of the day, again from the placed ball on 9 minutes before the Loughs hit 3 scores on the bounce, thanks to a brace from midfielder Jack Nolan and a rare point from defender and county star Mikey Butler as Hogan’s men pulled seven points clear. Not to be outdone by his brother, Jon Nolan doubled the number of MLR scorers in the 17th minute after taking a lovely pass from midfielder Fiachra Fitzpatrick. The Carlow champions were also guilty of hitting some poor wides and coughing up possession too easily as their long lay-off appeared to be affecting their first touch and decision making when it mattered most. O’Loughlin’s then hit another hattrick of scores, this time a brace from

O’Loughlin’s adv as Rangers crush Hogan’s men set for semi clash in Tullamore

captain Bergin (1f) and a cracking point from midfielder Cian Loy and the lead quickly grew to nine points with about three minutes of the first half remaining. There would be two more scores before the short whistle, a lovely strike by that man Chris Nolan and another Mark Bergin placed ball as the St James Park side went into the interval with a commanding nine-point lead. MLR Boss Paul O’Brien no doubt let his side know how disappointed he would have been with the opening 30 minutes and their wastefulness as he sought to halt the Kilkenny sides seemingly untroubled passage to their 9-point advantage. The Carlow side made one change at the break with Paul Coady replacing Ted Joyce in the forward line as they hoped to trouble the scoreboard more often in the second period. The Borris club started brightly, and it needed a timely if rather crude intervention from Eoin O’Shea to prevent a possible goal scoring opportunity for the home side.

O’Shea saw yellow for his trouble, while Chris Nolan popped over the resulting free. Another Nolan raised a white flag from the restart, this time Loughs midfielder Jack with his third effort of the day. The Nolan’s were having a big impact on the quarter-final, and brothers Chris and Jon added to their sides lively start to the second half as the gap was now down to seven. Then came an interesting moment in the contest, the second MLR substitution. Diarmuid Byrne was sprung from the bench but according to the officials, entered the field of play too soon and as a result was booked for his enthusiasm. Rangers got the next score as well, another placed ball from the reliable Chris Nolan. Cian Loy then put in a hefty challenge and saw yellow, when the MLR bench and supporters were shouting for red. The Loughs midfielder did leave the field, but it was due to a blood injury and was replaced for the remainder of the

game by Jamie Ryan. Mark Bergin then struck over a cracking point, his sides first in about 13 minutes to settle his supporters nerves in Netwatch Cullen Park. O’Loughlin’s were then guilty of some sloppy play as they conceded a flurry of fouls over the next five minutes and were duly punished by Chris Nolan’s unairing accuracy as the Kilkenny sides lead was now down to just four points as the game entered the final ten minutes. Any hopes of a MLR comeback were dealt a huge blow in the 53rd minute when sub Diarmuid Byrne picked up a second yellow card which left his side down to 14 men. Mark Bergin popped over a placed ball which Jon Nolan cancelled out immediately when he fired over a sweet long-range effort for this third of the day. The Loughs captain then rifled over a quality score before the second major of the day arrived, again for the visitors. Sub Luke Hogan powered forward and past Jack Murphy before unleashing a

fierce low shot that left Dean Grennan with no chance as the travelling Kilkenny support celebrated and started planning for a semi-final trip to Tullamore. Mark Bergin then fired over a superb point from play before another of the MLR subs, Dean Tobin struck the home side’s last point, but there was still time for three more scores for the Kilkenny champs. Conor Heary, who had assisted others and put in a serious shift all over the park hit two quality efforts to add to one further free from his captain, Mark Bergin as he finished his days work with 0-8. Wexford whistler Eamon Furlong sounded the long whistle which signaled a thoroughly deserved 9-point win for the Kilkenny city side. Final score at Netwatch Cullen Park, MLR 0-13, O’Loughlin Gaels 2-16. O’Loughlin Gaels scorers: Mark Bergin (0-8, 4 frees, 1 65); Owen Wall, Luke Hogan (1-0), Jack Nolan (0-3), Conor Heary (0-2), Paddy Butler, Mikey Butler, Cian Loy (0-1).

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Hurling matters - Review

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Mount Leinster Rangers scorers: Chris Nolan (0-9, 6f, 1 65), Jon Nolan (0-3), Dean Tobin (0-1). O’Loughlin Gaels: Stephen Murphy; Mikey Butler, Huw Lawlor, Anthony Forrestal; David Fogarty, Paddy Deegan, Jordan Molloy; Jack Nolan, Cian Loy; Conor Heary, Mark Bergin, Eoin O’Shea; Owen Wall, Paddy Butler, Sean Bolger. Subs: Luke Hogan for O’Shea (38), Jamie Ryan for Loy (45-f/t blood), Conor Kelly for Paddy Butler (51), Kevin Murphy for Jack Nolan (58). Mount Leinster Rangers: Dean Grennan; Sean Joyce, Jack Murphy, Michael Doyle; Tony Lawlor, Kevin McDonald, Richard Coady; Fiachra Fitzpatrick, Evan Kealy; Ted Joyce, Donagh Murphy, Jon Nolan; Ciaran Kavanagh, Edward Byrne, Chris Nolan. Subs: Paul Coady for Ted Joyce (h/t), Diarmuid Byrne for Lawlor (41), Dean Tobin for Edward Byrne (51), Tim Brennan for Kavanagh (57), Michael Malone for Kealy (61). Referee: Eamon Furlong (Wexford)

Conor Heary Feel the pain as he looses possession

• Congratulations to our Junior and Intermediate sides, Tullogher Rosbercon and Thomastown who secured their passages to provincial semi-finals with victories over Colt Shanahoe and Cloughbawn respectively. Walter Walsh was in good form as his side ran up an impressive total of 5-26 as they totally overpowered their Laois opponents who only managed to register two scores in a disappointing showing. The Kilkenny junior champions will now face Wexford side Fr O`Regans Craanford at St. Patrick’s Park Enniscorthy next Saturday. Meanwhile Noreside intermediate champions Thomastown were always in command against Clonroche based Wexford side Cloughbawn, emerging 14-point winners at Bellefield. Noel Doherty’s side will now take on Meath’s Kildalkey at Páirc Tailteann also, on Saturday.

Goal scorer Owen Wall on the prowl!

OLG captain Mark Bergin not afraid of the dirty work!


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Planning notices


APPLICATION TO KILKENNY COUNTY COUNCIL FOR A CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION Notice is hereby given in accordance with Articles 7 and 8 of the Waste Management (Facility Permit and Registration) Regulations 2007 that Eddie O’Keeffe on behalf of Wills Bros Ltd. of Ballylahan Bridge, Foxford, Co. Mayo, intends to apply for a Certificate of Registration at Garrynarea, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny for a deposition area for surplus fill material (inert soil and subsoil) on a 2.41 Hectare site of agricultural land, setback three fields from the regional road L1038. The application for a Certificate of Registration will be made to Kilkenny County Council within 10 working days of the date of this notice. The Classes of Activity at the site, as specified in the; Fourth Schedule of the Waste Management Act, 1996-2008, is as follows; R10: Land treatment resulting in benefit to agriculture or ecological improvement. And, Part II of the Third Schedule of the Waste Management (Facility Permit & Registrations) Regulations 2007 (as amended), is as follows; Class 5: Recovery of excavation or dredge spoil, comprising natural materials of clay, silt, sand, gravel or stone and which comes within the meaning of inert waste, through deposition for the purposes of the improvement or development of land and the total quantity of waste recovered at the site shall not exceed 25,000 tonnes. A copy of the application for the Certificate of Registration will as soon as is practicable after receipt by the Local Authority, be available for inspection or purchase at the principal office at Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny.


Iarnród Éireann / Irish Rail, intend to apply to Kilkenny County Council for Planning Permission for the construction of a new vehicular entrance and blocking up the existing vehicular entrance at Grange Station, Grange, Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny. The development will consist of the construction of a new vehicular entrance with gates and blocking up the existing vehicular entrance. The reduction in height of the East facing stone boundary wall. The excavation and removal of the raised front garden to reduce levels for the construction of a hardstanding for the resident’s vehicles. 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 Authority during office hours of 9:00am – 1:00pm and 2:00pm – 4:00pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority, Kilkenny County Council, on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.


Planning Permission is sought for change of use of existing residential dwelling to veterinary clinic to include single storey extension to the rear and 2-storey extension to the side and front to include a residential apartment on the first floor. Alterations to the existing residential structure, new replacement waste water treatment system on the Waterford Road, car parking, widened road entrance, boundary treatment, signage, landscaping including all ancillary and associated works at Birchfield, Waterford Road, 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. – 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 (€20.00) 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. Applicant: Village Veterinary


We, Helen and Mike Philips, wish to apply to the above authority for full planning permission for proposed works to our existing dwelling. The works include modifications to existing front elevation, construction of extension to side and conversion of existing attached garage to habitable space together with all associated site works at Moonarche Commons, Callan, 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. – 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 (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the planning application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Signed: Helen and Mike Philips


I, Micheal Moloney wish to apply to the above authority on behalf of Kevin Brennan for full planning permission to construct a bungalow, entrance, wastewater system, borehole, soakpits and all other associated site works at Currahill Lower, Kilmoganny, 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. – 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 (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the planning application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

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Memoriams / Miracle Prayers

JOHN HOLMES 2ND ANNIVERSARY In loving memory of John, late of Pococke House, Johnswell Road, Kilkenny whose 2nd Anniversary occurs on December 2nd. God saw you getting tired And a cure was not to be He wrapped you in his loving arms And whispered, “Come with me”. You suffered much in silence Your spirit did not bend You faced your cross with courage Until the very end. A golden heart stopped beating Hard working hands put to rest God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best. We cannot bring the old days back When we were all together The family chain is broken now But our memories live forever. Sadly missed and always remembered by his loving wife Edel, son Jonathan and daughter Louise. Anniversary Mass, Saturday 18th November at 6.00pm in St. John’s Church, Kilkenny.

The Miracle Prayer

Dear heart of Jesus, in the past I have asked many favours. This time I ask you this special one (mention favour). Take it dear heart of Jesus and place it within your heart where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your own favour not mine. Amen. Say this prayer three times for three days and your favour will be granted. Never been known to fail. Must promise publication of prayer. M.K.

The Miracle Prayer

Dear heart of Jesus, in the past I have asked many favours. This time I ask you this special one (mention favour). Take it dear heart of Jesus and place it within your heart where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your own favour not mine. Amen. Say this prayer three times for three days and your favour will be granted. Never been known to fail. Must promise publication of prayer. M.OB.

The Miracle Prayer

Dear heart of Jesus, in the past I have asked many favours. This time I ask you this special one (mention favour). Take it dear heart of Jesus and place it within your heart where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your own favour not mine. Amen. Say this prayer three times for three days and your favour will be granted. Never been known to fail. Must promise publication of prayer.I.L.

The Miracle Prayer

Dear heart of Jesus, in the past I have asked many favours. This time I ask you this special one (mention favour). Take it dear heart of Jesus and place it within your heart where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your own favour not mine. Amen. Say this prayer three times for three days and your favour will be granted. Never been known to fail. Must promise publication of prayer. T.T.

The Miracle Prayer

Dear heart of Jesus, in the past I have asked many favours. This time I ask you this special one (mention favour). Take it dear heart of Jesus and place it within your heart where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your own favour not mine. Amen. Say this prayer three times for three days and your favour will be granted. Never been known to fail. Must promise publication of prayer. M.M.

The Miracle Prayer

Dear heart of Jesus, in the past I have asked many favours. This time I ask you this special one (mention favour). Take it dear heart of Jesus and place it within your heart where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your own favour not mine. Amen. Say this prayer three times for three days and your favour will be granted. Never been known to fail. Must promise publication of prayer. M.D.

The Miracle Prayer

Dear heart of Jesus, in the past I have asked many favours. This time I ask you this special one (mention favour). Take it dear heart of Jesus and place it within your heart where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your own favour not mine. Amen. Say this prayer three times for three days and your favour will be granted. Never been known to fail. Must promise publication of prayer. M.M.


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