Kilkenny Observer 27th May 2022

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Alzheimer’s big break Breakthrough research by a UCD-based scientist sees a new class of anti-Alzheimer’s drugs capable of stopping or even reversing the devastating form of dementia now possible. “Some think if we can design the right drugs, people could be taking them from their 30s forwards, as it’s a very slow-moving disease,” said Professor David O’Connell, of the School of Biomolecu-

lar and Biomedical Science at UCD. He is part of the team who published their findings in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. At least 50 million people are believed to be living with Alzheimer’s or some type of dementia globally. Major pharmaceutical companies have invested heavily in finding new medicines, but up to now most candidate

drugs have failed clinical trials. “Very few companies are willing to spend billions on developing an Alzheimer’s drug since most molecules fail in the clinic,” said Prof O’Connell, who worked with Professor Sara Linse of Lund University in Sweden and Professor Pietro Sormanni of Cambridge University. “The drugs we have are either not targeting the correct

molecules or they’re not acting in the correct place in the brain.” Prof O’Connell’s father suffered from Alzheimer’s. “There’s often a 10-year window of degradation where you don’t even realise that the person has it,” the professor said. “It manifests later, as with my own father, in a very debilitating and awful situation.” Scientists believe Alzheimer’s is the result of the sticking

together of two proteins into a toxic disease-producing form called an oligomer. There are a few such toxic oligomers, including one named amyloid-beta 14, which was the subject of Prof O’Connell’s study. As the toxic oligomers form and accumulate over time in the brain, they slowly poison and kill cells and cause the formation of what scientists called plaques.

Russian army ‘faces defeat by summer’ To achieve such small gains in Ukraine, Putin and the Russians have suffered heavily. Meanwhile, a retired US general predicts that the Russian army will collapse by the end of the summer. Analysis, Page 15

Crisis in our hotels A shortage of staff is why some hotels cannot operate at full capacity. There are a variety of reasons for the lack of hotel rooms available locally. Pent-up demand for events, celebrations and travel is also a factor according to the General Manager at the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel.

Best walks are in Kilkenny!

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€193k. net wealth Three of the best 50 walks in a newly-published book are waterside walks Carlow/Kilkenny; the Barrow Towpath, the Nore Valley and the riverside walk from Thomastown to Inistioge. Many others are easily accessible in counties Tipperary, Laois and Waterford. Tipperary-born author John G O’Dwyer’s book is entitled ‘50 Best Irish Walks: Easy to Moderate’. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in Ireland’s hill country since the trails range from easy to moderate in all regions of the country. The book is available from bookshops nationwide and from publishers,

The average net wealth of households in Kilkenny and Carlow is just below the national average. That figure is €193,100, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO) which shows the average value of a main residence across the country is €260,000. See also John Ellis, Page 16

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New cases of Covid variant detected The first cases of a new Covid-19 variant of concern have been detected in the Republic, according to chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan. Two cases of BA.4, a sublineage of the currently dominant Omicron Covid-19 variant, were detected earlier this month. EVERY FRIDAY

No cases of a related sublineage, BA.5, have as yet been identified here, Dr Holohan said in his latest weekly report on the pandemic. BA.4 and BA.5 were designated variants of concern by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) earlier

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this month. They were first identified in South Africa in January and February this year, and have gone on to become dominant there. In the UK, 115 cases of BA.4 and 80 cases of BA.5 have been detected. In Portugal, the two strains have been linked to a re-

cent resurgence of cases there. Dr Holohan said the two strains have a growth advantage most likely because they can evade immunity provided by prior infection and vaccination, particularly as this wanes over time. Scientists expect BA.4 and

BA.5 will eventually replace the BA.2 sublineage that is dominant in Europe at present. However, there is no indication they are any more severe than previous Omicron lineages. The ECDC has warned that they may cause increased virus transmission in Europe in the near future.

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TOURISM AT A GLANCE... PRE-COVID *10.9 million out of state visitors *Tourism accounts for almost 4% of GNP *Total tourism revenue of €9.2 billion in 2019 * Tourism industry created over 90,000 new jobs since 2011. Before the COVID-19 crisis it supported over 260,000 jobs, equivalent to 11% of total employment in Ireland with over 65,000 of these jobs in the hotel sector alone. * €7.25 billion in foreign exchange earnings *€1.96 billion in domestic tourism revenue in 2019 *Total of 64,383 hotel and guesthouse bedrooms in Ireland (2022)

Our hotels are open for business ... and for jobs Kilkenny hoteliers have welcomed the launch of the new ‘Works for Me’ campaign from Fáilte Ireland, aimed at attracting more people to jobs in the wider tourism industry. With currently some 9,000 positions available in hotels and guesthouses across

Ireland, local hoteliers are encouraging people across all ages to consider a career in the industry – including parents, people returning to the workforce, retirees and those simply seeking a career change. Colm Neville, Chair, South East branch of the IHF said:

“Now is an ideal time to consider a career in tourism given the wide range of exciting options available for people at every stage of their working lives. “We know there is an increasing number of people who are seeking greater flexibility in the number of hours

they work, particularly those who may be returning to the workforce – and this is something hotels and guesthouses are ideally placed to accommodate,” he said. “We are encouraging those with an interest in working with people to find out more about the many opportuni-

ties and positions available. Few sectors provide such a wide range of options for people across a variety of skills levels, backgrounds and interests – offering plenty of opportunities to support professional growth while meeting and working with great people and devel-

oping skills,” Mr Neville said. The types of positions on offer are spread across a large number of different career choices including areas such as food and beverage, catering, accommodation services, reception, leisure centre and spa facility management, sales and marketing, human resources, IT, management and finance. A national database of live opportunities in the tourism industry is available at

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Nama highlights house crisis Nama has warned that the number of homes that need to be built every year could be almost double the number contained in Government targets. The State agency, set up in 2009 to take over property loans from Irish banks in the wake of the financial crash, said it had com-

Kilkenny’s TransferMate $70m fund brings value up to $1bn TransferMate, the world’s leading provider of B2B payments infrastructure as-a-service, has announced a $70m. funding round bringing the company to a valuation of $1bn and $130m. of total funding. Railpen, one of the largest UK pension funds, managing £37 billion, participated in the round. TransferMate, which has its HQ in Kilkenny, has grown its global licensing infrastructure and banking network to be one of the widest in the industry and has been chosen as the partner of choice to power B2B payments products for some of the largest software platforms, innovative banks and Fintechs in the world. This funding round which consists entirely of primary capital will be used to expand its teams globally and further invest in its technology innovation and product suite. “We are delighted to welcome Railpen as a shareholder at this exciting time,” said Terry Clune, TransferMate’s Founder. “By combining our technology and our global licence network, we empower software providers, banks and fintechs to deliver payments dramatically faster & cheaper than the traditional SWIFT system. We will use this investment to continue to recruit senior financial talent who can help broaden our customer base.” “Since the very beginning we have been on a mission to set new standards in how businesses make and receive international payments. Our commitment to deliver realtime transparency and speed when businesses are conducting cross border payments has resulted in TransferMate becoming the global B2B payments infrastructure of choice for the world’s leading procure-to-pay and spend management platforms” said Sinead Fitzmaurice, CEO of TransferMate. “This investment will allow us to accelerate our mission to drive innovation as businesses seek to digitise their B2B payments within the core software that they use to conduct their day-to-day activities.”

missioned a new report to examine the number of homes needed to meet future demand because of concerns it had about the impact on land zonings on housing supply targets. That report, by economist Ronan Lyons, concludes that Ireland needs to build between 2.8

million and 3.4 million dwellings between 2016 and 2051. That’s equivalent to between 38,000 and 61,000 a year, “which is somewhat higher than the 33,000 ESRI figure”, said Nama in a submission. “To reduce the quantum of land zonings to reflect such a re-

duction would result in serviced land being unavailable for development which is not in the public interest, particularly at a time of surging demand and chronic under-supply of housing. It would also undermine parallel objectives of Government to dampen land prices.

“This may not be improbable as the annual housing requirement of 33,000 units presented by the ESRI in its report underpinning the HSTs [housing supply targets] is much lower than reports prepared by other commentators including the Central Bank and indeed earlier ESRI reports,” it said.

“Because of concerns with the impact of the reduced December 2021 housing targets on land zonings, including on lands secured to Nama, we commissioned Ronan Lyons, economist, to undertake a review the assumptions/inputs used by the ESRI,” it said.

Fire brands: front from left, Cllr. Pat Fitzpatrick, Chair of Castlecomer Municipal District, Colette Byrne Chief Executive, KCC, Cathaoirleach Cllr. Fidelis Doherty, John Staunton McStan Construction, Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr Michael McCarthy Back from left, Daryl Cody Nolan Construction Consultants, Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer Frank Dunne, Martin Peters MPA Consulting Engineers, John Collins Chief Fire Officer, KCC Photo: Vicky Comerford:

Brand new modern fire station for Urlingford finally a reality The contract for the construction of the new fire station for Urlingford has been officially signed by Cathaoirleach Fidelis Doherty and John Staunton of McStan Construction. The old fire station in Urlingford has been in operation since the early 1970s and needs replacement as the existing station is limited to cope with the demands of a modern fire and rescue service. The proposed new site is adjacent to Urlingford Garda station and across the road from the existing station. The new design is to incorporate a two-bay station with a training yard, lecture room,

canteen and staff facilities, Specific training installations include a drill tower, an underground water tank and breathing apparatus compressor room. On signing the contract, Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council Fidelis Doherty said: “Kilkenny County Council continues to invest in the Fire Service by upgrading and developing the facilities and equipment of Kilkenny Fire and Rescue Service. “in the last number of years, we have provided new fire stations in Graiguenamanagh and Castlecomer and recently provided 3 jeeps to Castlecomer, Graiguenamanagh

and Urlingford,” he said. Chief Fire Officer John Collins was delighted that work was finally to begin on building the new fire station for Urlingford. In addition to high levels of training and competence amongst our firefighters, he pointed out how important it was that the fleet and equipment in place for those firefighters was up to the very highest standard and fit for the purpose of running a modern Fire and Rescue service. The existence of a professional fire and rescue service was fundamental to public and personal safety. He said the Fire Service played a crucial role in making our

communities safer, whether it be preventing and protecting people from fire and other risks or responding swiftly and effectively to the incidents and emergencies that occur every day. The majority of fire deaths continue to occur in domestic premises and Kilkenny County Council is encouraging people to ensure they fit and maintain a working smoke alarm in their home. Queries please contact John Collins, Chief Fire Officer, Kilkenny County Council email address john.collins@kilkennycoco. ie

Vacant housing tax move is welcomed The Peter McVerry Trust, the national housing and homeless charity, has greatly welcomed the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Housing’s report recommending a tax on vacant homes. The Government plans to introduce a vacant property tax in Budget 2023 which could impact on an estimated 137,000 properties. A

commitment to bring in such a tax was given in the Housing for All plan, published last September. Peter McVerry Trust strongly believes an empty homes tax will encourage landlords to renovate or sell their vacant property and will result in an increased number of homes to rent, to buy and to be used for social housing.

Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said: “Since 2016 Peter McVerry Trust has been advocating for the introduction of a vacant property tax – this recommendation is an important step forward for the housing sector in this country. “Various incentives introduced over the past number of years to tackle the issue

have not resulted in significant numbers of vacant homes being reused,” he said. “This tax is not about raising revenue, but rather about creating more social housing, improving communities and lessening carbon outputs by re-using existing stock. “Research conducted by our charity in 2017 found that 62% of the Irish public were

in favour of a tax on empty homes – signalling the recognition of the far-reaching benefits of such a tax for Irish society. “A tax on vacant homes is the final piece of the jigsaw for unlocking these properties to provide more social housing across Ireland,” the CEO of the Peter McVerry Truest said.

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The Fact Of The Matter PAUL HOPKINS

Move on Roe v Wade will see a dystopian society When news of the US Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v Wade was leaked, millions of Americans were caught off-guard, despite six of the court’s nine judges considered conservative. Up to 69% of Americans are against overturning the legislation, which next year will be 50 years in existence. Republicans have been working towards this decision for decades. I did see this coming. From back when the Republican Party refused to let Barack Obama appoint a Supreme Court judge, then convinced the conservative Anthony Kennedy to retire early, changed the rules and allowed Donald Trump to appoint the ultra-conservative Amy Coney Barrett in the last weeks of his tenure ,it was a given that a judgment striking down Roe v Wade was inevitable. The leak of the decision shows how entrenched the

anti-abortion wing of the court is. Two days after the leak, the Senate again failed to advance abortion rights legislation, in a symbolic effort that Democrats had mounted in response to the Supreme Court’s draft. In a 51-49 vote, the Senate rejected the legislation, with Democrat Joe Manchin, and all Republicans, voting no. You don’t need me to tell you the obvious — that, 50 years on from Roe v Wade, pr0-choice is still a massively divisive issue, with the court’s draft opinion now upping the stakes. Former Attorney General Eric Holder says the decision will have a “seismic effect” on America. No two of the 50 US states have similar laws on abortion; some allow termination up to only six weeks, others 15 weeks, while some allow only in cases of proven rape and incest. Texas mooted the other day that to assist

someone to cross the state line to avail of a more ‘lenient’ abortion law could become a capital offence. An overturn of Roe v Wade would immediately ban abortion in 26 states. The Supreme Court’s impending action sets back women’s rights, their rights over their own bodies, by that 50 years since Roe v Wade and will see a growing somewhat dystopian society, mirroring Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Canadian Atwood (83) has often wondered if her novel, of a fictional theocracy in which enslaved women are forced to bear children, was too far-fetched. Last week, she said: “Theocratic dictatorships do not lie only in the past. What is to prevent the US from becoming one?” It makes our squabble here over the proposed National Maternity Hospital and a few words in a draft proposal just that — a squabble. The forthcoming US ruling has implications not just for

a woman’s right to choose — nor, indeed, that it potentially places women’s health in danger — but has equally frightening implications for many pieces of current US legislation. Laws on family planning, on sexual consent, on same-sex marriage and the ongoing agenda of the LBGT movement and the issues of transgender. Any proposals for the Supreme Court to overturn these laws, to look at overturning, say, same-sex marriage — and it’s a very tangible likelihood — will become more draconian as one goes deeper into the Red, the Republican, states. The pitched battles witnessed down the decades since Roe v Wade — 11 pro-choice people murdered in the last 20-plus years, the burning down of clinics, the horrible depiction of ‘murdered foetuses’ — are set to reach that “seismic effect” that former AG Eric Holder speaks of. And see an

America more divided than at any other time in my lifetime. Family member pitted against family member. Of course it is all part of a bigger picture — the growth of the ultra-Right the last number of decades. Book banning has reached “unprecedented heights” in

‘Of course, it’s all part of a bigger picture...

America, most notable in the states of Pennsylvania and Florida in recent days. Books on all manner of subjects — not least the issues of transgender, racism and Woke — removed from schools and libraries. Cue, Ireland decades ago. And, with two granddaughters in America, this concerns me greatly. Such measures are all part of the Make American Great Again (MAGA) movement’s growing commitment to the political Right. That said, political activism is important because it suggests commitment to political engagement. And such engagement is always a good thing, whatever side of the fence you reside. Meanwhile, multi mass shootings across four states in just days with at least 17 dead and many critically injured. Last year 703 died from such in the US, with 2,842 injured and traumatised. Facilitated by lax gun laws, largely supported by the Right.

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Poulacapple cited as Creative Schools deadline looms The Arts Council have flagged that schools have just two weeks left to submit their application for the Creative Schools 2022/ 2023 Programme. Designed to provide opportunities for children and young people to build their artistic and creative skills, the Creative Schools Programme supports Primary and Post-Primary schools and Youthreach centres

across Ireland to put arts and creativity at the heart of children’s and young people’s lives. Key supports offered by the programme include specialist support and advice from an assigned Creative Associate, training and networking, and funding to implement Creative Schools Plans. A number of schools in Kilkenny have already been

part of the Creative Schools programme. One of these is Poulacapple National School which has been working on the creation of sensory outdoor space for their school. They have worked on a 'Comic Book' project with Sarah Bowie author, illustrator, comic book artist as well as an animation project with Mike Byrne. Making the most of both indoors and outdoor,

they are focusing on environmental art and printmaking with artists Tunde Toth and Rachel Burke. The Creative Schools initiative has been very well received since its inception in 2018, with more than 90% of participating schools recommending the programme. Each school taking part receives a grant and works with a Creative Associ-

ate who use their practical experience in supporting them to develop and implement their own unique Creative School Plan. This is a two-year guided journey in which children and young people’s involvement in planning, decisionmaking and reflection is central. The programme offers a real opportunity for school communities to explore what creativity means

Farmers 'need to prepare' for new statutory sick pay law New legislation giving employees a statutory entitlement to sick pay is currently making its way through the Oireachtas. When enacted, the Sick Pay Bill will provide a level of sick pay coverage for employees who currently do not receive sick pay/ or are not entitled to illness benefit. Consequently, ifac, Ireland’s farming, food and agribusiness specialist professional services firm, is advising Kilkenny farmers to prepare for statutory sick pay for their employees. Mary McDonagh, Head of HR & Payroll Services at ifac, said: “At a time when input costs for everything from feed and fertiliser to energy, transport and labour are rising, it is particularly important that farmers with employees do not overlook making provision for statutory sick pay in their budgets for next year. This year’s introduction of statutory sick pay is an additional cost that farmers with employees need to include in their budget. “Now is also the time to address situations where an existing employee’s wages are based on ‘take home’ rather than ‘gross’ pay. This is important because ‘net’ or ‘take home’ pay arrangements are difficult to budget and expose employers to potential additional costs if income tax rates rise or an employee’s tax credits change. Wages should always be agreed on a gross pay basis,” she said. Under the legislation, employers will be required to pay sick pay at a rate of 70% of an employee’s wage, subject to a daily maximum threshold of €110. The scheme will be phased in over four years, allowing employers to plan

for the additional costs they will incur. Initially, employees will be entitled to three days of statutory sick pay a year, rising to five days in 2024, seven days in 2025, and ten days in 2026. These sick days do not have to be consecutive. Employees will need to obtain a medical certificate to avail of statutory sick pay. To be eligible, they will also need to have worked for their employer for a minimum of 13 weeks. If they need additional time off work once the entitlement to sick pay from their employer ends, they may qualify for illness benefit from the Department of Social Protection provided they have sufficient PRSI contributions. Accurate record-keeping is essential when managing employees. In respect of statutory sick pay, the details to record include the employee’s service history, statutory sick leave dates and the payment made. These records may be needed in the event of a Workplace Relations Commission inspection or investigation. Note that statutory sick leave should not be included as part of annual or any other leave. Ms McDonagh said: “Farms which already provide paid sick leave for their employees need to check how the new legislation will impact those contracts. The legislation states that employers are not prevented from offering better terms to their employees.” If you are concerned about the impact of statutory sick pay on your farm business or have questions about how to budget for the new scheme, further information is available from your local ifac office.

to them, and how participation in the arts can support their schools’ learning and development priorities. All Department of Education-recognised schools and Youthreach centres interested in joining the programme in September 2022 are invited to apply to the Arts Council. The final deadline for receipt of applications is 17.30pm on Thursday, June 2

Five month sentence for assault on manager

Well weaved: Lisa Morris, Manager, Amber Women’s Refuge Kilkenny with Malcolm Noonan TD

TD Malcolm weaves stars to support victims of violence Kilkenny's Amber Women’s Refuge and its One Million Stars project hosted a star weaving ‘jam’ for members of the Oireachtas at Leinster House recently. The ‘jam’ was attended by TDs and senators from across the country who, assisted by Kilkenny’s star weaving volunteers, wove stars to show their support for victims of domestic, sexual and gender based violence (DSGBV) in Ireland. Amber’s One Million Stars is an inclusive community arts project connecting communities across Ireland in solidarity against domestic, sexual and gender based violence. Each eight-point

star represents light, hope and solidarity against DSGBV, while promoting the national project’s eight points of healthy love within relationships. The project was brought to Ireland in 2019 and is being co-ordinated nationally by art therapist Siobhan McQuillan, working with Amber Women’s Refuge. It is part of the global One Billion Stars project, founded in Australia in 2012 by artist Maryann Talia Pau after the rape and murder of Irish woman, Jill Meagher, who was living in Melbourne. Individual star weavers and weaving groups from Kilkenny and 19 other counties have

already woven over 150,000 stars since the project launched in Ireland. The youngest star weaver is five years of age, the eldest is 89. Stars have been curated into exhibitions around the country designed to spread love and hope for a future free from violence and abuse for all in Ireland. One in four Irish women and one in seven men will experience abuse from an intimate partner in their lifetime. One in two women murdered are killed by an intimate partner. *To register as an individual star weaver or star weaving group visit

A five-month prison sentence has been handed down to a defendant who admitted assaulting a manager of a homeless charity in Kilkenny City. William Fitzgerald, 3 Ashfield House, Milllenium Court, Hebron Road pleaded guilty to assault at The Good Shepherd Centre on November 1, 2021, to engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at Irishtown, Kilkenny on October 15, 2021 and to being intoxicated in a public place at the Accident and Emergency Department at St Luke’s Hospital on November 16, 2021. The defendant, with an address at 38 Hebron Park also pleaded guilty to criminal damage at Hebron Road on December 16, 2021. Sergeant Morgan O’Connor told the court that the assault at the Good Shepherd Centre took place where the defendant pushed past the manager, striking her on her left arm. The manager was not physically injured and did not receive any medical treatment. In relation to the public order charge at St Luke’s Hospital on November 16, 2021 the court heard that on the date in question the defendant was ‘extremely intoxicated’. Sgt O’Connor also outlined to the court the details of an incident on October 15, 2021 when Gardaí observed the defendant ‘roaring and shouting outside a fast food restaurant’. Facts were also given in relation to an act of criminal damaged to a premises on the Hebron Road on December 16, 2021 where damage of €750 was caused to a window. The defendant has 123 previous convictions and is currently serving a custodial sentence and is due for release in December. Solicitor Chris Hogan said that his client wished to apologise to the manager of the Good Shepherd Centre for his actions adding that the date in question the defendant ‘acted out’ and the injured party intervened. “There was no intention, it happened through recklessness,” he said.

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Question: if two men appeared in a high- profile court case would there be coverage abut how much they had spent on their outfits or comparing their hairstyles? No, of course not. But that is exactly what happened in the libel trial of Rebekah Vardy versus Coleen Rooney, because women get trivialised in the media in a way that men don’t. (In case you wondered, Rooney spent something like £14,000 and Vardy £15,000 on their fashion statements during the trial which ended last week in London.) Men have battles, women have catfights, especially if they are WAGs, famous only through marriage to-football stars. The trouble with this kind of insubstantial fame is that, when exposed to legal scrutiny, it can easily turn to infamy, causing loss of face and a great deal of money. In this instance, more €3 million where Vardy took the libel case against Rooney who accused Vardy of being behind kiss-and- sell and leaked stories about her. It’s the kind of story which has the merit of offering a bit of light relief in crisis-ridden times. But it can also provoke an exasperated reaction where you ask yourself why

Never was to be a happy ending for Wagatha trial the pair of them can’t get sense, go for a latte together and agree do something worthwhile like giving all that money to help Ukrainian refugees instead. But, despite the above I find myself coming to the defence of Coleen Rooney. Suppose you had a false friend, who rang you when you were in trouble, pretending sympathy

but actually fishing for information. A rival who used an agent to get embarrassing pictures of the car you crashed and ran a tabloid newspaper column gaslighting you. It would be upsetting to put it mildly and hard to know how to put a stop to it. But Coleen Rooney set the Wagatha Christy sting to expose the way Vardy was

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leaking information from Rooney’s private Instagram to undermine her. I think Rooney is owed a vote of thanks for outing that kind of treacherous use of the Press and social media and hopefully deterring others from similar behaviour. The trail has had elements of farce: the way Vardy’s agent Caroline Watt’s phone

was dropped overboard from a boat on the North Sea ( really?); the way Watt’s computer was mysteriously unavailable as evidence; and reminders about Vardy’s fondness of bitchy kiss- andtell revelations like the time she described Peter Andre’s penis as being the size of a chipolata. This, incidentally, caused Andre to attempt to

set the record or rather the size of his manhood straight on Instagram, (it’s the size of a Sky remote apparently.) But, ultimately, the trial has laid bare a sorry tale of jealousy and of dirty tricks by an individual desperate to score in the publicity game. There’s a passage written by one of the main characters in Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World Where Are You, which sums up Vardy’s toxic addiction to celebrity perfectly. “People who intentionally become famous — I mean people who after a little taste of fame want more and more of it are, and I honestly believe it, deeply psychologically ill. The fact that we are exposed to these people everywhere in our culture, as if they are not only normal but attractive and enviable, indicates the extent of our disfiguring social disease.” Now few would envy Rebekah Vardy following unfavourable exposure during the case she so ill- advisedly took. Marriage to a football star may have all the trappings of a modern fairy tale, where a beautiful girl wins the heart of a valiant prince and is carried off to a multi- million pound mansion and a life of unimaginable luxury. Some lucky princesses may count their blessings and become role models. But endings aren’t always the happy ever after kind, some princesses can be bewitched and fall under the evil spell of envy.

Avoiding toothache needn’t be a pain in the... mouth! ANDREW MCDONALD HYPNOTHERAPIST

Of all body pains, there’s nothing quite like a toothache. Maybe it’s that your mouth is so close to your brain that an oral abscess is excruciating. The throbbing doesn’t have far to travel, so it makes its presence known very quickly. You’re programmed to be particularly sensitive to your head, a vulnerable spot for all animals, including humans. Although a toothache is unlikely to be fatal, at least in the short term, anything going wrong so close to your uppermost organ puts your body on high alert. Believe it or not, there are cases of lethal tooth infections. That these instances make the headlines, for example, the death of Californian trucker Vadim Anatoliyevich Kondratyuk in 2017, means they are fortunately rare. A reason to get checked out if you feel dental pain, absolutely. Justification for over-panicking, probably

not. That said, most of us scream for the dentist when we feel a toothache. Once a tooth is so damaged it starts hurting, bacteria has built up, meaning drastic action is usually necessary. An extraction or root canal treatment are the likely cures. The key is trying to prevent teeth going rotten in the first place. Regular dental check-ups help by reducing plaque build-up. Frequent visits to a dentist also mean dental caries, tooth decay in layman’s terms, can be caught and easily treated, for example, with a filling, before it gets nastier. Diet also has a role to play. Reducing sugar intake, particularly fizzy drinks, is a good start. Another tip is to use an electric, rather than a manual, toothbrush. Power brushes remove up to twice as much plaque, making a big difference to gum health. Another plus of electric toothbrushes is that many of them come with timers. According to dentists, we should be brushing our teeth for a minimum of two minutes. Given most of us clean for an average of only

43 seconds, we need all the help we can get! Flossing is important too. Look at your toothbrush for a moment. How do you imagine it brushes the tight gaps between your teeth? If you said ‘it can’t’, you’d be bang on. The problem is food and residue from drinks definitely can find their way in there. Water picks are popular lately, and they are fantastic for people with bridge work or orthodontic braces. For people who’ve had less dental work done, good old floss tape works just as well, as do interdental brushes. As for toothpaste, at least 1,350–1,500pm fluoride is essential. Despite what some people think, herbal pastes aren’t necessarily better for you. Some don’t have any fluoride at all! After all those to-dos, what about something you can skip? Wetting your toothbrush before use is unnecessary nowadays, unless you’re using a yard broom. The reason? Dampening prior to cleaning harks back to the days when bristles were much tougher than they are now and needed water to soften them.

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The Kilkenny Observer Friday 27 May 2022

News When she appeared at Kilkenny District Court recently the sports icon Catriona Carey was in a somewhat apologetic mood but outside the courthouse when asked if she had anything to say to the many, many people who allege she scammed them out of €500,000, the former Ireland international hockey and camogie player remained silent. In court pleaded guilty to four road traffic offences, and, through her barrister, apologised for failing to appear in court the previous week, and was “especially” sorry to a female garda for her “totally out of control” behaviour after she was stopped for doing 70kmh in a 50kmh zone. Carey (44) was banned from driving for four years, but she walked out of court after Judge Geraldine Carthy handed down a suspended sentence. She has now had four convictions before the Irish courts and is currently being investigated for alleged fraud after 39 people came forward with claims she conned them out of hundreds of thousands of euro as part of an alleged mortgage scam. It came to light earlier this year that the mother-of-two has a previous conviction for fraud. In February 2020, she received an eight-month suspended sentence after altering a cheque she received from a client who had hired her as his accountant. She changed a cheque for €6,948, which had been made out to the Revenue’s collector general, instead making it payable to herself, and cashed it at a Bank of Ireland branch on Parliament Street, just a street away from the courthouse where she recently appeared. Carey, who had her BMW car seized by Gardaí in March, was driven to court by a relative and arrived nearly two hours early. Dressed in a pair of jeans, white top and black blazer, with a silver pair of heels, she seemed calm and reserved throughout the short hearing. However, that was not how Garda Julie Chapman described her demeanour on the day she pulled her over for speeding. In her evidence, Garda Chapman told how Carey was “roaring and screaming” after she stopped her travelling along the Castlecomer Road in Kilkenny on November 21 last year. When asked for her licence, she said she didn’t have it on her and only had a picture on her phone. Garda Chapman discovered she was banned from driving at the time after receiving a number of penalty points and when informed of this, Carey “disagreed”. “There was no talking to her,” and “she was totally out of control,” Garda Chapman said.


Carey remains silent over scam charges Latest court appearance for camogie sport star sees her apologetic

Another garda who pulled her over just a month later, again driving her BMW on the Castlecomer Road, told the court Carey said she felt she was being picked on, and asked him: “Do you expect me to get taxis?” Carey’s barrister, Kevin Roche BL, said there was a “certain confusion” about the penalty points which led to her disqualification. Under cross-examination, Garda Thomas Loughnane accepted that she had never received a road ban from the courts. Judge Geraldine Carthy said that, in relation to having no insurance or licence in the first incident, she was taking into account the early guilty plea and the apology offered. She fined Carey €300 and disqualified her from driving for two years. However, Judge Carthy said it was difficult to offer an ex-

cuse when stopped a month later after getting into a car “knowing full well she was disqualified”. In relation to the second instance of driving without a licence or insurance, Judge Carthy sentenced her to three months’ imprisonment, which was fully suspended for 12 months. She was also disqualified from driving for four years. Catriona Carey has been keeping a low-profile ever since RTÉ Investigates broadcast an inquiry into the activities of an asset management company she runs called Careysfort Asset Estates. Carey received thousands of euro from people across the country through a mortgage scheme that offered to buy debt from their lenders at a discount. As part of the arrangement, they paid her a deposit up front. Some paid in cash,

while others wired the money to bank accounts in the name of Careysfort Asset Estates. However, after receiving up to €500,000 from dozens of people, the deals never materialised. It is alleged the deposits were not returned, despite her providing terms and conditions stating they would receive their money back if the deal did not happen, and that the money instead went towards skiing trips, a new BMW, expensive clothes and lavish weekends away. A number of complaints have since been made to the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) regarding Careysfort Asset Estates, which is registered in the UK. It is understood about 39 people have come forward, but not all those affected are expected to make statements.

After her recent court appearance, Carey’s barrister said the subsequent media attention Carey had received had been difficult for her two children. As she left the court, Carey kept her head down and declined to answer questions; including whether she had

‘Sorry to a female garda for her totally out of control behaviour..

any comment to make on the court outcome or if she had anything to say regarding the multiple allegations of fraud. While Carey’s day in court has concluded, there are a number of people currently appearing before the courts on a regular basis in a bid to keep their homes after finding themselves in financial difficulty. The Irish Independent has reported speaking to two people who said they paid Catriona Carey a large sum of money after she promised she could help them secure a new mortgage deal that would allow them to keep their family home. One woman and her husband, who paid Carey €10,000, said Carey told them the RTÉ investigation was a “misunderstanding” when they asked her about the reports in the newspapers. The couple met Carey two years ago after falling into financial difficulties. During the recession, they got into financial difficulty after the man lost his business and they were struggling to make mortgage repayments. Carey said her company would buy their loans at a discount from their bank and provide a new rate for the mortgage holder for 10% to 30% of the value of the loan. “We had hit rock bottom and we were trying to keep our home,” the woman said. Those affected now fear their chances of getting anything back are slim to none after it was revealed by RTÉ how some of the money was spent on personal items, and by last February just €488.10 remained in the account. The biggest spend using funds from the company account came on July 21, 2020, when Carey bought a BMW for €55,226. It has also emerged that Carey has been encountering her own financial difficulties. A house she owned was sold for €365,000 in March after receivers were appointed to the property. The house is not her family home and was being rented out for €9,600 a year. It was up for public auction on property site Bidx1, and only one bid was made. Interested parties had to pay a deposit of €7,000 to take part in the auction. Detectives raided Carey’s home in Kilkenny in March, seizing documents and records. Also in March, members of the GNECB seized her car at a property in Co Wexford. The Sunday Independent reported that Gardaí have now asked British police for help in tracking bank accounts and potential assets. Detectives with the GNECB have submitted a formal “mutual legal assistance” request to the British police forces to trace any bank accounts or other assets she may have in that country.

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Ukraine Invasion In the three months Putin’s raggedy army has even Ukraine, it’s now more than a month since the Russian dictator, having failed to take Kyiv, launched an offensive in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine to salvage some glimmer of victory from his unprovoked war of aggression. So how is it all going for him? Well, Russia did finally take the southern city of Mariupol after the last defenders surrendered — not that there is much left of the city after the Russian bombardment. But Ukrainian troops have pushed the invaders out of artillery range of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s secondlargest city, located only about 20 miles from the Russian border. The Russian offensive is now focused on Severodonetsk, one of the last remaining Ukrainian strongholds in the Luhansk region, which the Russians are trying to turn into the ‘new Mariupol’. Overall, the Pentagon assesses Russian progress as “uneven” and “incremental”. To achieve such small gains, the Russians have suffered heavy losses, with the British government estimating last week that the invaders had lost a third of the 190,000-strong force that initially attacked Ukraine. One particularly spectacular Russian setback occurred during an attempted crossing of the Siverskyi Donets River in Donbas. Ukrainian artillery zeroed in on the Russian troops, leading to the loss of an estimated 485 soldiers and 80 pieces of equipment. Even Putin is implicitly conceding that things have not been going according to plan by reportedly firing the general in command of the 1st Guards Tank Army, after its failure to capture Kharkiv, and the admiral in charge of the Black Sea fleet after its flagship, the Moskva, was sunk by Ukrainian anti-ship missiles. The Kremlin is so strapped for manpower that is lifting age restrictions for new recruits. How long before they send a brigade of babushkas into Ukraine? The Russian offensive appears to be petering out, and a major Ukrainian Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman, who had not previously been cited by Russian authorities, has now been accused by Moscow of having recorded a video in 2017 in which he claimed Russia was plotting against the United States. Morgan is among a list published by Russia has of 963 American government officials and leading people who are banned from entering the country in retaliation for similar moves by Washington since the offensive in Ukraine. The list, published on May 21, includes President Joe Biden, business leaders such as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Jamie Fly, President of RFE/RL, along with several current or former members of the board that oversees RFE/RL.

To achieve such small gains, the Russians have suffered heavily

Retired general predicts that their army will collapse by the end of the summer counteroffensive is still to come. Retired Lt Gen. Ben Hodges, former commander of the US Army Europe, predicts that the Russian army will collapse by the end of the summer and that Ukraine will reclaim all of the territory it has lost since the invasion began on February 24. While that scenario may be overoptimistic, it is more likely than any kind of Russian victory.

Morgan Freeman now banned from Russia

But instead of celebrating the Ukrainians’ progress, many in the West are reacting with trepidation. French President Emmanuel Macron is warning that Russia must not be humiliated. Italy is circulating its own four-point peace plan. The New York Times editorial board is tut-tutting that “a decisive military victory for Ukraine ... is not a realistic goal” and advising President Volodymyr Zelensky to give up land for peace. This is faux-realism. Given that the world widely expected Kyiv to fall within three days of a Russian invasion, it is the height of hubris to say what Ukraine can or cannot achieve on the battlefield. Given the horrors that Russia has inflicted on the areas it has conquered — which include rape, murder and deportation — it is the height of inhumanity to insist that Ukraine turn over any of its people to indefinite Russian occupation. And given that Russia has shown no sign of stopping the war or entering into serious negotiations, it is the height of wishful thinking to imagine that Ukrainian concessions now would bring the war to an end. More likely, Putin would view any preemptive concessions as a sign of faltering resolve and simply redouble his determination to outlast his enemies. It is time to stop worrying about sparing Putin’s feelings. That is the mind-set that led to the invasion of Ukraine in the first place. Russia transgressed before — the invasion of Georgia in 2008, the seizure of Crimea in 2014, the bombing of Syria beginning in 2015, the attack on the 2016 U. presidential election, the poisoning of dissidents in the West — and the West never really cracked down because of the assumption that we had to do business with Moscow. Enough mollycoddling. Russia must suffer such a devastating defeat that it will be many decades before another Russian leader thinks of attacking a peaceful neighbour. What is everyone afraid of anyway? There is no conventional escalation that Putin can now undertake as a practical matter; his air force is

being held back not by Russian restraint but by Ukrainian air defences. The concern — let’s be honest — is that, if Putin is humiliated, he will go nuclear.

The largely symbolic move names several top officials from the Biden Administration, including Vice- President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. The list also includes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat-California), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (Democrat-New York), and the president’s son, Hunter Biden. Moscow had already announced sanctions targeting many of those on the list. Russia also banned three former senators who are deceased: John McCain (Republican-Arizona) Harry Reid (Democrat-Nevada) and

Orrin Hatch (RepublicanUtah). The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement the move was in response to “the constantly imposed anti-Russian sanctions” and said it aimed “to constrain the US which is trying to impose a neocolonial ‘world order’ on the rest of the planet... to change its position and recognise new geopolitical realities.” It added that Moscow remained open to “honest dialogue” and drew a distinction between the people of the United States and authorities who it said have been “inciting Russophobia”. The ministry also said it also banned 26 more Canadians, including Sophie Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister.

But the chances of Putin nuking a NATO country and initiating World War III are infinitesimally small. If Putin uses a nuclear weapon it would be against Ukraine. The Ukrainians are willing to run that small risk to defend their country — and the entire civilised world — from an evil war of aggression. We who sit safely and watch the war from the sidelines have no right to tell the Ukrainians what their war aims should be. We have a moral and strategic obligation to simply support them. The Ukrainians need more weapons from the West, including HIMARS rocket artillery and F-16 fighter planes. They don’t need lectures from second-guessers who claim to know better than they do what is in their own self-interest. War in Ukraine: What you need to know The latest: President Biden signed a $40 billion package of new military and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine on Saturday while visiting South Korea, amid signs that the United States and its allies are preparing for a drawn-out conflict. A delegation of US. diplomats is set to travel to The Hague for talks with allies “regarding our responses to atrocities committed in Ukraine” and in other condicts, and on eeorts to “bring the perpetrators of atrocities to justice,” the State Department said in a news release. The fight: A slowly regenerating Russian army is making incremental gains in eastern Ukraine against valiant but under-equipped Ukrainian forces. The United States and its allies are racing to deliver the enormous quantities of weaponry the Ukrainians urgently need if they are to hold the Russians at bay. The weapons: Ukraine is making use of weapons such as Javelin antitank missiles and Switchblade ‘kamikaze’ drones.


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With the sharp rise in petrol and diesel costs over the past weeks many drivers are thinking about ways to save on fuel and where is the best price to be got at the pumps. A quick search online brought up a newish comparison site called Pumps. ie. The site has more than 1,800 Irish filling stations listed and receives in excess of 500 price updates from the public each day. This, according to the website, “vibrant on-line community ensures that always has the latest information on filling stations and fuel prices in Ireland”. There is a caveat – “fuel prices are indicative only as they are entered by you the public!” But less expensive fuel is not the only means to save money and driving around the stations can defeat the purpose. We need to be careful how we use and drive our cars. There is plenty of advice available to ensure you’re making your fuel last for longer. Here are a few: * Drive in the highest gear possible for the speed you’re travelling. Avoid letting your revs get too high and change gears sooner and gently to conserve fuel. Get into a high gear as quickly and safely as possible.

Here’s how to save on rising petrol costs *Don’t brake suddenly when approaching a red light or stop sign. Take your foot off the accelerator earlier and use the engine to slow you down before applying the brake. *Don’t drive at high speed unnecessarily – speed limits are not goals! If you have cruise control use it as it will do away with wild variations of speed on long journeys. I’m sure you have noticed that newer cars have a stop

start mechanism that shuts off the engine when the car comes to a stop in traffic. You might have an older car and might think that turning off your engine while waiting can save you fuel too. Not necessarily! Depending on your vehicle, stopping and starting the engine can actually use more fuel rather than conserve it. The general rule of thumb is ,if you’re stopping for a few minutes it’s better to keep

the motor running. But if you are at a stand still and are expecting to wait more than three or four minutes then it can be more efficient to turn your engine off and restart when needed. Have your car serviced regularly. It improves efficiency thereby improving fuel consumption. Ensure correct tyre pressure. Even slightly under the recommended pressure will

make your vehicle use more fuel. Check the handbook for the correct tyre pressure. Playing your favourite music in the car requires energy. So does heating and cooling the interior. Headlights also add to fuel consumption. Therefore minimise your use of ‘electrics’, the heater and air conditioner. If you have daytime running lights fine but if not don’t, don’t use your headlights until it’s dark or you have poor

visibility. If your car doubles as a bin or storage unit, please stop! Clean it out. Remove unnecessary clutter. Get rid of the roof rack until required. Reducing weight and drag will save in the long term. Seemingly fuel efficiency is reduced by up to 2% for every extra 45kg you carry. Don’t wait for your fuel light to turn on. With such low levels of fuel debris from the bottom of the tank can be caught up and damage the filters and fuel pump. Costly things to repair. Fill your tank up as much as you can, but remember fuel is heavy so get a happy medium. Petrol evaporates! Sounds stupid but make sure the petrol cap is screwed on tight and if damaged replace as soon as possible. Plan ahead. Avoid rush hour times and busy roads if possible. Many map apps will give you real time information to plan a journey even giving you alternate routes during the course of your journey thus saving time and fuel. Combine journeys. Make them shorter where possible – less driving means less fuel consumption! Finally, stop driving! Consider leaving your vehicle at home. Walk for the shorter journeys. Get the bike out. Use public transport. All will indirectly keep your tank topped up. For longer. Happy driving. 086 8362633

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Science & Wellbeing Ever wondered why the grass is green, a tomato red or the sky blue? Why are the oceans of the world blue? While science can explain them both, the reasons for each are entirely different. Most of us, upon learning that the skies and oceans are blue, hear the myth that “one is blue because it reflects the other”. This is not true. The sky is blue because of how atmospheric scattering works, sending blue light in a variety of directions more effectively than red light, causing blue to arrive at our eyes from a variety of directions. The oceans, meanwhile, preferentially absorb certain colours more than others, so as you go to deeper depths, the blue light is the last colour that remains. When the Sun is high overhead, the sky towards the zenith is a much darker blue, while the sky towards the horizon is a lighter, brighter cyan colour. This is due to the larger amount of atmosphere, and the larger amount of scattered light, that is visible at low angles on the sky. Schematic animation of a continuous beam of light being dispersed by a prism. If you had ultraviolet and infrared eyes, you’d be able to see that ultraviolet light bends even more than the violet/ blue light, while the infrared light would remain less bent than the red light does. Rayleigh scattering affects blue light more severely than red, but of the visible wavelengths, violet light is scattered the most. It’s only due to the sensitivity of our eyes that the sky appears blue and not violet. The longest wavelength and shortest wavelength visible lights experience a difference in Rayleigh scattering by nearly a full order of

Mammy, why is the sky blue, and the ocean too? magnitude. From very high altitudes in the pre-sunrise or post-sunset skies, a spectrum of colours can be seen, caused by the scattering of sunlight, multiple times, by the atmosphere. Direct light, from close to the horizon, reddens tremendously, while far away from the Sun, indirect light only appears blue. The discovery of the Earth from space, with human eyes, remains one of the most iconic achievements in our species’ history. Apollo

8, which occurred during December of 1968, was one of the essential precursor missions to a successful Moon landing, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary this July. The Earth’s oceans may appear blue, but along the continental shelves, they appear a lighter shade of blue than in the deepest parts of the ocean. This is not an artifact of the way the image was constructed, but a real phenomenon that details the difference between what’s

absorbed and reflected by the ocean itself at various depths. If you descend down into a body of water and only allow your surroundings to be illuminated by natural sunlight from above, you’ll find that everything takes on a bluish tint, as red light is the first to have its wavelengths absorbed away entirely. At deeper depths, when the sea is illuminated by natural sunlight from above, not only red colours but oranges and yellows begin to

‘Due to the sensitivity of our eyes the sky appears blue...

disappear. Even lower down, greens will be absorbed, too, leaving only faint blue light to be observed. As seen from space, planet Earth is often described as a pale blue dot, but it’s only the liquid bodies of water — dominated by Earth’s oceans — that appear blue-hued. The continents, clouds, and ice caps don’t appear blue at all; it’s the oceans, not the atmosphere, that give our planet its overall complexion. For thousands of years, humanity had to simply ac-

cept these properties of our world as facts. But with the advances of modern science, we understand why both the skies and oceans are blue. Contrary to what you might have read, there’s no one single factor responsible for Earth’s blue skies. The skies aren’t blue because sunlight has a blue tint; our Sun emits light of many different wavelengths, and that light sums up to be a net white colour. Oxygen itself isn’t a bluecoloured gas, but rather is transparent to light. However, there are a myriad of molecules and larger particles in our atmosphere that do play a role, scattering light of different wavelengths by different amounts. The ocean plays no role in the colour of the skies, but the sensitivity of our eyes absolutely does: we do not see reality as it is, but rather as our senses perceive it and our brain interprets it. These three factors — the Sun’s light, the scattering effects of Earth’s atmosphere, and the response of the human eye — are what combine to give the sky its blue appearance.

Breakthrough with new cancer-killing virus A new cancer-killing virus, known as Vaxinia, which has seen successful tests in animals, has been injected the first human patient, according to scientists. It’s easy to hear the word virus and instantly think of something bad. After all, there are a lot of deadly viruses out there. However, scientists are using the new cancer-killing virus Vaxinia in an experimental cancer treatment. The hope here is that the virus will amplify the body’s immune response against cancer. The virus itself has been engineered specifically to kill cancer cells. And, in previous animal trials, scientists have seen very promising results. These kinds of viruses have been a ‘smoking gun’ in the fight against cancer for over a century. However, the success of these viruses has been very limited, to say the least. This time around, though, the

scientists have engineered the cancer-killing virus to not only harm cancer cells, but also to make them more recognisable to the body’s immune system. Researchers hope that this will help make the body’s response stronger, allowing it to fight back better. Previous clinical trials of cancer drugs have shown promising results, too. But, Vaxinia could help open new doors, too. Of course, before moving on to the human tests, the scientists tested the virus on animals. In many cases, they saw huge success at shrinking tumours in early animal and lab experiments. The cancerkilling virus has shown that it can reduce the size of lung, breast, ovarian, pancreatic, and colon cancer tumours. With that success, the scientists decided to move on to human testing. Results seen in animals do not always directly translate to human patients. There are a lot of

reasons for this, obviously, but the researchers are hopeful this virus could improve patients’ chance to fight back against cancer. Currently, Vaxinia will be tested in a Phase 1 trial of just 100 cancer patients. These patients have metastatic or advanced solid tumours, and each has tried at least two other treatments. The researchers plan to administer the drug in two different groups. The first will receive just Vaxinia. The second group will get the cancerkilling virus plus an immunotherapy drug. Phase 1 trials are mostly about safety and finding the optimal dose. As such, it might not prove the efficacy of the virus as a whole. However, it is an important next step in possibly finding an alternative method to fighting cancer. The trial is currently expected to complete by early 2025. So, it’ll be a while before we see any final results.

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Travel & Leisure PART 1 OF A SERIES 1. London London isn t known for having the best weather in the world but when the sun shines and you’re on the Thames any city in the world would be hard pressed to beat beautiful London. When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life is the famous quote from Samuel Johnson. London is home to some of the world s most famous landmarks from Buckingham Palace to the just recently refurbished Big Ben to Westminster Abbey and well we could go on and on. There are 35 different bridges in London along the Thames from the beautiful pastel coloured Albert Bridge to world famous Tower Bridge. Experience some of the best art in the world at the Royal Academy, the Tate, Tate Modern, National Gallery and many more such institutions. A key part of London’s beauty is its lovely parks beloved by its residents. London has 3,000 parks and believe it or not 40% of the city is green. Hyde Park is the best known but don t miss stunning Richmond Park and its deers and views over London and gorgeous Holland Park. Head off the beaten path and explore London s street art scene in the East, take a rubbish tour and see lesser known green spots such as the Isle of Dogs, visit the coloured houses of Notting Hill or enjoy a gourmet meal on a London bus whilst experiencing fantastic views of the city. 2. Paris The city of lights, the city of love, whichever name you want to call it, love it or hate it there is no doubt that Paris is absolutely beautiful. Sunrise in Paris from the Norway is a great place to visit in the summer since the midnight sun offers almost 24 full hours of daylight, but you don’t want to miss the magic of a winter cruise when the Northern Lights take over the sky and the snow turns everything into a fairy tale scene. It’s a completely different experience and one of my all-time favourite trips. Even if your dream cruise involves lying on a ship deck in your bathing suit, don’t let the cold weather stop you. Here are 10 reasons you should buy yourself a warm jacket and book this winter wonderland of a cruise right now. Seeing the northern lights tops so many travelers’ wish lists and, although there are no guarantees, chances are you’ll get to experience them on this itinerary. In fact, I think every passenger got at least a glimpse of them on the cruise I was on. You can even sign up to get a phone call in the middle of the night if there’s a sighting so you can head outside. Because the route takes you so far north, crossing

the loveliest commutes in the world. Sydney is, of course, famous for its beaches. Bondi Beach is its most iconic beach and it really does have lovely sand plus some great restaurants. Many of the other best places to visit in Sydney are based around the water and beaches from Manly to Watsons Bay and many more. The most beautiful place in Sydney is the Bondi to Coogee coastal path. This is one of the most famous walks in the world for good reason. Virtually every step provides jaw-dropping scenery. From the ridiculously photogenic Bondi icebergs pool at the Bondi end to the Waverley cemetery with a view to end all views to lovely Coogee this is a walk you won t forget.

Your guide to the great cities of the world Trocadero Fountains Paris, of course, is known for its famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Louvre etc. However, what makes Paris beautiful is the charm and detail in its 20 arrondissements. Cobblestone streets, beautiful buildings, atmospheric cafes with wicker outdoor chairs arranged just so it is the combination of these details that gives the average Paris street so much charm. The Seine River and its beautiful bridges are critical elements of Paris beauty. Indeed there are 37 bridges in Paris, more than the bridges in London, and one of the best ways to enjoy Paris is a cruise under those bridges on the Seine.

Although only 10% of Paris is green, when it is green it is stunning. From the Jardin du Luxembourg to Jardin des Tuileries to the Interior Garden at the Petit Palais Paris does a garden well. Paris is at its most beautiful first thing in the morning and heading into the evening as the light softens and changes and bathes this beautiful city in a glow. Sunrise in Paris, as well as the sunset in Paris, are not to be missed. 3. Rome With over 280 fountains and more than 900 churches alone Rome is fully equipped with enough architectural landmarks to earn a spot on this list. Then add the Colosseum, the Vatican and the Pantheon plus all the other

significant buildings in this city and you have a shoe in for any list of the most beautiful cities in the world. It often seems like Rome has enough spectacular buildings and tourist attractions in each block to support a separate city. However, like Paris much of the beauty of Rome is in the details It is in the cobblestone streets, the beautiful Piazzas, a Vespa perfectly posed next to an ancient building and of course the beautiful inhabitants of Rome. And don t miss some of Rome s beautiful neighbourhoods like Trastavere and Parioli for a quieter but just as atmospheric Roman experiences. 4. Sydney

There is a clear rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney, with each city s inhabitants sure that their city is superior. Whilst Melbourne is of course the superior city, we cannot deny that when it comes to beauty Sydney does it as well as most other cities in the world. The heart of Sydney is its harbour and its two iconic Australian landmarks, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney Harbour is extraordinarily pretty and often sparkles, particularly at sunset. Sydney is a true waterside city that was built around the harbour and the desire for harbour views. Sydney ferries move inhabitants around town in what must be one of

Consider a winter cruise in Norway into the Arctic Circle and visiting places like Tromso and Alta – considered some of the best sites for viewing the aurora borealis – there are endless opportunities to

catch those glorious dancing lights on both land and sea. Many of the activities and shore excursions are actually designed around that goal but are just as enlightening

on their own. Even on sea days, though, you’ll get to enjoy Norway’s gorgeous scenery from the comfort of the ship, whether you head out on the decks to search

for northern lights at night or just admire the snow-covered views from your stateroom’s floor- to-ceiling windows during the day. The Igloo Hotel is one of

5. Venice Canals, waterways and bridges are a bit like good bone structure when it comes to making a city beautiful. And Venice has a lot of all three of those. Venice is actually 117 different islands that are linked by 150 canals and about 400 bridges or pieces of pavement. Venice is literally built on water. The base of its buildings go deep into the ground. As the soil is so water logged there is no oxygen in it and thus no decay. Venice and its delights are best explored on foot or by water. The Piazza San Marco is the centre of Venice and home to the magnificent Basilica San Marco which also has some fantastic views of Venice. Don’t miss the Rialto Bridge, the many Venetian Palaces, the Accademia Gallery and the Bridge of Sighs. Or a trip to the home of beautiful coloured glass Murano. Continues next week the most unusual hotels in the world, and you can spend a night there. Tour the hotel, which is filled with creative ice sculptures, and enjoy a drink in a glass made of ice before settling in to your ‘bed’ which is surprisingly cozy, thanks to reindeer hides and a double layer of down sleeping bags. Don’t worry if you have to get up to use the restroom in the middle of the night. It’s located in the warm building next door and, because there’s so little light pollution, the northern lights just may illuminate the way. What better way to enjoy the beautiful Norwegian landscape than on a sled pulled by huskies? These dogs aren’t just cute, though. They’re fast and hardworking, and they’ll happily take you on the ride of your life. You’ll be given warm weather gear to bundle up in before getting comfortable in the sled and letting an experienced musher take the reins. Afterwards, you’ll want to take selfies with your new furry friends.



Two little dogs BY NED EGAN

In these times of constant doom-talk, it’s nice to go back to youthful days, simpler times, and think of the bonds between country people and their dogs. The canine pal back then had a useful part to play in human lives, be it fetching idle-minded cows for milking, keeping manners on deceitful and deadly bulls, or the chasing down of the tasty bunny, who gave his little life {unwillingly} so that we could continue ours in some kind of a vertical state. Somehow, when there was no TV or fancy gadgets – or even a wireless – the links were that much stronger, as there was no better playmate than the faithful madra. But no matter how much affection, their life term was shorter than ours, so we often lost them when we most loved them. Such is life and fate. But like a shooting star in the dark, the shortest love

often burned brightest, and contained a great happiness that is remembered as fondly as long summer days in the woods and fields and rivers…………. Many years ago {about seventy five of the wretched things!} I was working for Mick Costello – a good amiable farmer. He had a great mare, who had foaled a horse that went on to win a huge race in England called the {Caesarwich?} or some name like that. The name of this flying gee-gee might have been Bluff King. Anyway, he was owned by a Lord Bicester, with whom Mick was friendly. This racing horse’s daddy lived up at Kilvemnon Stud, near Mullinahone, in Tipp. So, when the mare became a bit frisky, and her delightful little equine thoughts turned to matters romantic, I was given the job of leading her up there, from Goodwinsgarden. A fair oul trip, but nothing much in those days. We walked along, the two of us, with not many alarms from cars, as they were few and far between then, and you’d hear their iron-boxy clattering a mile away. Over the hill at Coolagh, and

then you’d see a long white ribbon of dusty road, straight to Poulacapple. The side of this road was a great haunt for the tinker clan – noble tinsmiths by trade and tradition – and well respected then in all communities. Anyway, I’m passing one of their tents, and a fellow comes out to talk to me. Of course, he was making offers to buy the mare! “Will you sell that mare, surr?” - but I decline – telling him who owned her. He knew Mick’s farm; “I’ve mended many a pot for that dacent man, surr!” Then I spied a tiny pup tied to a caravan wheel. A little beauty. “How much is that pup, there?” I asked. “How much money have you got, surr?” “Half-a-crown” I go. “That’s exactly what I’m asking for that royal animal – that fine Yorkshire dog!” he cried. I was amazed – and a bit curious – about this coincidence – but I handed the coin over, picked up the tiny bundle, and carried on to Kilvemnon. Having handed over the mare, I walked off into Mullinahone – birthplace of my good mother – and called to see her brother, who had

a house there. Having told him I’d walked up from Baurscoobe to see him, I was rewarded with five bob! A small fortune then. Alec would always give a few bob to a cheeky little chiseller! And gave me a pound for my mother, too, as well he knew her poverty-stricken state. The long walk home then, and the little creature snoozing in the oxter of my shirt. After a few months, ‘Fang’ became adept at catching the rabbits, sneaking up on them like a mongoose. Many a good feed resulted from her expertise, and she operated famously with a mongrel dog I had. I loved them equally, they were in my company sixteen hours of every day. The mongrel rejoiced in the name of Doggo Dog, and was as clever as they come. He’d wait down the road for me to come home from work. Sometimes I’d cod him by crossing fields and coming in the back door, then watching him fidgeting his bum around on the road, and giving a few impatient barks. Eventually he’d give up and come in, and when he’d see me in the kitchen would launch a big ‘attack’ on me, forcing me to lie

Relay for Life Returns for 10th Anniversary The popular fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society returns after a 2 year break All pics by Amanda Burke The committee of Relay for Life invited dignitaries, sponsors and team members to the Rugby Club to Launch the fundraising event on Friday night. After a 2 year hiatus the popular fundraiser is back for its 10th anniversary. George Candler was emcee for the evening and welcomed Kathleen Funchion TD, Councillor Maria Dollard

and Mayor Andrew McGuiness who arrived in support. Andrew McGuiness spoke in glowing terms of the work that has been carried out by the volunteers who spearhead the unique 24 hour long event. Committee Chairperson Patsie Cummins echoed his sentiments and explained to the attendees that all monies raised as part of Relay for Life Kilkenny stays in the local area to provide services such

as transport and the provision of night nurses. The concept of Relay for Life is based around teams, formed weeks in advance, teams register online and then organise various fundraising activities to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society. This culminates with the 24 hour Relay event where teams must have one member on the track at all times. While people take to the

track there is a family festival feel at the venue where the committee have a stage for live entertainment, a wellness tent and a hospitality area to keep the crowds well nourished. Despite being called Relay for Life there is no level of fitness required to take part. People take things at their own pace and give as much or as little time on the track as they feel comfortable. If you

down and beg for mercy! Then, one day, a shopkeepers son – a dire sour alcoholic brute – poisoned my mongrel. So I was left with Fang. One day she went a bit mad, running around in circles. I had no money for a vet, but we knew it was ‘the fits.’ Sometimes the animal recovered. I tied her up in the shed that night, went out to see her several times. But in the morning, she was gone, having chewed through the rope that held the chain to the butt of the post. I searched the countryside for her. My two pals were gone in two weeks. No sign anywhere. So I buried her old feeding tin beside where lay my dear old Doggo Dog. A couple of years went by. I never got another dog. I just went out with the gun and a borrowed terrier. One winters day, a dry one with the wind roaring through the trees and bushes, I was getting over a ‘double-ditch’ down near McEnery’s bog. As I was going to jump down, a shiny object caught my eye, near the bottom of the ditch I was standing on. I climbed down to see what it was. It was a shiny metal

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are not a member of a team you can still come and enjoy the day and support those who are participating. After a break of 2 years the committee is strongly encouraging people to come out and visit because Relay is the type of event that you need to experience to fully understand the impact. This year’s event starts at

3pm on July 2nd and continues until 3pm on July 3rd in the Rugby Club. There is still plenty of time to register your team and start your fundraising efforts. You can register at register or contact the team on Facebook or Instagram or send an email to rflkilkenny@

chain, and attached to it was a small rotting leather dogcollar. And in the collar was the tiny skeleton of my little Fang. The other end of the lead was snagged around a bush on top of the bank, so she had starved away to a lonely little death. I had passed within yards of her in all the weeks searching. Maybe fate had decreed she was strangled. Not much consolation, but the better of two rotten deaths. I brought her home, every little bone of her. I lifted the sods off the top of my dear old mongrel, and interred her amongst the chest bones of her faithful pal, the good old Doggo Dog. Together now in death, as they had been in life. I was sad to find her, and I was glad to find her. Nothing lasts forever; only memories….. Ned E

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Queues at airport no laughing matter says O’Briain Lengthy queues at Dublin Airport are pushing it towards the “bottom rung of international airports” with passengers left furious once again over queues at security reportedly lasting up to two hours. Comedian Dara Ó Briain has criticised airport management on Twitter – slamming the “in-

sane queues” and labelling the facility a “mess”. He said he was queuing for around 70 minutes to get through security, noting that the queues in Terminal 2 stretched out of the building and into the car rental area. DAA has insisted the queues were less than an hour, even at peak times.

Make-A-Wish is official charity for Irish Open at Mount Juliet Make-A-Wish Ireland has been announced as the Official Charity of the Horizon Irish Open until 2027, with the tournament’s title sponsor Horizon Therapeutics committing to long-term support of the charity which brings hope, strength and happiness to children with life-threatening conditions through granting their wishes. The deal will see an annual fundraising drive at each of the next six editions of the island of Ireland’s national open, with Horizon promising to provide a match to the donations raised on site at Mount Juliet Estate for Make-A-Wish Ireland – which celebrates 30 years of granting wishes in Ireland. To launch the partnership, Horizon and the DP World Tour have extended an invite for Peter McEnery – whose dreams came true as a 14-year-old by playing alongside Pádraig Harrington at the 2010 Irish Open thanks to

Make-A-Wish Ireland – to play once again in this year’s ProAm alongside his golf hero. McEnery, who lives with Cystic Fibrosis, was 14 years old when his wish came true to play alongside the threetime Major winner at Killarney Golf Club 12 years ago, when he also received a once-in-alifetime VIP experience at the historic national open. Now 26, McEnery is a four handicap golfer and credits his experience 12 years ago through Make-A-Wish Ireland as the primary reason for his continued love of the game. He will represent the charity at the Horizon Irish Open Pro-Am with the hope of raising awareness of its incredible work. There will be multiple fundraising activations on site at the 2022 Horizon Irish Open, which takes place at Mount Juliet Estate from June 30 – July 3, including the Mega Putt Challenge in the Championship Village.

Two in three only get health check-ups when GP advises Only 66% of people only have routine health checks done when advised by their GP, while a dismal 3% of people avail of health check services in their local pharmacy, according to a new survey. Research by McCabes Pharmacy also shows that 55% of people say the pandemic affected their access to health check services, while 37% of people say appointment availability has prevented them from getting health checks. Also 21% of people have never had their cholesterol checked. The research has highlighted just how much the pandemic affected people’s access to routine healthcare services, with more than half of those surveyed saying that the Covid-19

pandemic affected their access to health checks, either in the hospital, or with their GP. Some of the reasons listed were ‘appointment availability’ and ‘fear’ of catching the virus. In addition, 66% of people admitted to only having routine health tests done when advised by their GP, something which McCabes Pharmacy would like to see change. Lisa Byrne, Superintendent Pharmacist with McCabes, said: “With appointment availability still an issue in many GP’s and hospitals, we would advise people to put themselves first and proactively look after their own health. We would encourage everyone to book an appointment at their local pharmacy for these routine health checks.”

On Newstalk’s The Hard Shoulder, businessman Declan Ganley said the situation could end up putting people off visiting Ireland. “When it is functioning the way it is, it gives a very bad impression, especially when people are trying to leave,” he said. “I have to say the arrivals experience is OK but the depar-

tures, particularly around sort of busy times, transatlantic flights etc, is a disaster and it puts itself on the bottom rung of international airports. “It is not somewhere people would want to hub through and it is the sort of airport that is getting a reputation as a place to avoid – which is not a reputation you want to be get-

ting for yourself when you’re running an international airport.” He said the airport was building a “very, very bad reputation” that will discourage people from wanting to do business in Ireland. “The thing is Ireland has a fantastic reputation and it has been and is a place that people

want to go,” he said. “So, if you say to people, let’s meet in Ireland; let’s do a meeting, they generally would like to do that – but the airport experience, for somebody that has got a very busy schedule, they don’t want to be spending hours and hours going through airports,” the telecoms entrepreneur said.

What next? from left, Izzy Keane of Izzy Wheels, Pamela Laird and Ailbhe Keane of Izzy Wheels, last year’s winners

Entrepreneur support for women in business Visa is bringing the She’s Next Grant Programme back to Ireland, to support women entrepreneurs to run, fund and grow their business. Due to the success of the inaugural programme last year, and the continued need to support women business-owners, Visa is also doubling the funding for the programme. Womenled businesses in Kilkenny are invited to apply for one of five grants, totalling €50,000, and accompanied with one year of coaching provided by IFundWomen, the go-to funding marketplace for women-owned businesses. Applications are now open until August 16 at In Ireland, for every woman that is an early-stage entrepreneur, there are nearly double the number of men. This is well above the average across the OECD. Confidence continues to be a barrier to achieving parity, with only 38% of Irish

women perceiving they have the necessary skills to start a business compared to 58% of men. For those that have started their own venture, this disparity in confidence remains, with 43% of women business owners, surveyed by Visa, stating they were very confident in evolving their business compared to 65% of men. The lingering impact of the pandemic is also being felt and businesses run by women are again disproportionately affected, with over half (58%) saying 2021 had been a challenge and their business is still recovering, compared to 33% of men. Mandy Lamb, Managing Director UK & Ireland, Visa, said: “Women who own and manage businesses face a unique set of challenges including access to capital and peer networks. That’s why we’re excited to help make a difference to women business-owners across Ireland today through the second She’s Next Grant Programme.

“Our research also shows women are less confident than men in growing their business which is why we’re particularly proud to offer access to coaching and support through IFundWomen as well as that injection of €10,000 in capital.” To enter, applicants are asked to submit details about their business and online presence at Applications are invited under five different categories: General awards for: • Micro business: sole proprietorships or microbusinesses with no more than two employees • Early-stage business: Businesses founded and incorporated within the last 24 months • Small business: Any small business with less than 50 employees • Additional two categories for: • Innovation: Businesses in science, technology, engineering or medicine that are

focused on developing new technologies. • Sustainability: Businesses that show recognisable achievements in sustainability efforts e.g. sustainable energy, climate resilience, environmental and social best practice, environmental and social innovation, and gender and economic inclusion. Karen Cahn, Founder & CEO at IFundWomen, said: “It’s an honour to partner with Visa on the second She’s Next Grant Programme in Ireland. It was encouraging to see the amount of interest in last year’s programme and we’re confident that with continued funding and resources, each woman-led business will be able to take the steps to grow with confidence.” Globally, female entrepreneurship is growing, with 153 million women operating established businesses. Since March 2020, She’s Next empowered by Visa has awarded more than €1.25 million in grants and coaching scholarships.

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Prestigious conducting award is cherry on top as Council Award Civic reception to Violinist Patrick Rafter The Kilkenny Observer caught up with the multi-talented Patrick Rafter this week and spoke to him of his recent achievements.


atrick Rafter, international award winning violinist is no stranger to accolades and momentous occasions. However, for the Threecastles man and former St Lachtain’s hurler, there have been some recent exciting moments. Patrick was honoured by

Kilkenny County Council with a Civic reception on 25th April 2022. A Civic reception is the highest honour that the people of Kilkenny can bestow upon one of their own, and his nomination was unanimously accepted by the entire Council. Patrick was joined by a multitude of representatives

Family members of Patrick Rafter photographed with his award from Kilkenny County Council. From left : Sean, Nicole, baby George, Charlotte Rafter ( Patrick’s wife), Paddy (dad), Maura, ( mother) Alexander Carly.

of Kilkenny County Council, and his proud family comprised of his wife, Charlotte, parents Paddy and Maura, brothers and sisters Sean, Isabelle, Alexander and Nicola. Patrick was congratulated for his musical achievements in violin and conducting, and commended for bringing his talent home to Kilkenny as well as representing Kilkenny with pride in all his international appearances.

A very happy Patrick Rafter with his trophy following his win with the RTÉ concert orchestra

DEEPLY TOUCHED TO RECEIVE AWARD In his speech, Patrick mentioned how “deeply touching it was to receive

this civic reception, and that being recognised in his home city is greater than winning any international award”. Patrick Rafter conducting the RTE orchestra

Patrick and his mother, Maura Duggan Rafter treated those in attendance to a short recital full of fireworks

and violinistic acrobatics! It is unsurprising that Patrick has such an immense gift for music as his mother

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The Rafter Family , pictured at St Canice’s Cathedral where they have performed their music and song. Included, Patrick with parents Maura and Paddy.

Feis Ceoil Conducting competition in association with the RTE Concert Orchestra. Patrick is ‘forever grateful and humbled to have had the opportunity to conduct Ireland’s leading musicians’, as the final round saw him making music with the RTE Concert Orchestra. His prize will be a recording and performance with the Concert Orchestra in 2023

Season. Other exciting plans for Patrick are debuts with London Mozart Players(UK), Bad Nauheim Symphony Orchestra (Germany), RTE Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra among others and performances at a host of International and National Festival.. There is even a special trip home for Kilkenny Arts Festival this summer.

Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council Cllr. Fidelis Doherty, presents Patrick Rafter with his certificate.

Maura, and father Paddy, are two long standing bastions of music making in Kilkenny. The Rafter family, from Threecastles, undoubtedly have music in their veins. Maura, a pianist, and Paddy, a Tenor have supported and shaped their son into the musician he is today by exploring all genres of music in the home. When asked about his favourite music, Patrick shares that he loves all great music from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven through to Freddy Mercury and Leonard Cohen. Patrick is set to have a jam packed 2022/23 season with

concerts and recordings across Europe, and he is delighted that normal life seems to be resuming again. You can follow him on Facebook and Instagram or at MASSIVE CAREER DEVELOPMENTS AHEAD And for the other exciting career development for the young musician.. A case of “if life gives you lemons, make lemonade”... Like most musical artists, Patrick was faced with insurmountable career changing obstacles as a result of Covid-19 restrictions. It was a pivotal period of

time which allowed him the freedom to dedicate time to studying his ‘forbidden’ discipline - conducting. Patrick describes his yearning to learn the art of conducting from a young age, but had the wisdom to recognise that he needed to be an outstanding musician prior to commencing his studies as a conductor. In his early 20s, Patrick recognised that conducting was an avenue he desperately wished to explore, to add another string to his musical bow. When it became apparent that Covid would have long lasting ramifications

on live music making, and international travel, Patrick decided that the stars had aligned to create the perfect circumstances to begin his conducting journey. Throughout Covid, he commenced studying with the best of the best conductors of today through zoom, immersed himself in literature, became artistic director of his beloved choir, Carlow Voices, was awarded the Conducting Fellowship at UCD under Ciaran Crilly and Amy Ryan. The cherry on top of these accolades and experiences came in March 2022 when he won the prestigious


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Put a pep in your step! Pembroke Podiatry, part of the award-winning dental group, Pembroke Dental, are encouraging the people of Kilkenny to take care of their feet. Pembroke’s in-house Podiatrist, Raquel Fernandez is qualified to treat a variety of foot problems, such as corns and calluses, verrucas and ingrown toenails. When painful foot conditions arise, they can be uncomfortable, affecting your health and wellbeing. Foot care is important for all of us – for our health, comfort and quality of life. However, foot care is especially important for diabetic patients, pregnant women and older people. Pembroke’s Podiatrist, Raquel said: “I can examine your feet, how you walk, and assess any concerns that you may have. I will also take you through the traditional, non-surgical treatment options that we offer here at Pembroke Podiatry. Our feet need to be comfortable and pain free to keep mobility and balance at maximum levels - feet have a lot of work to do!” Pembroke Podiatry are welcoming

new and existing patients consultato book in for a consulta tion with the Podiatrist, Raquel, who can also carry out treatment on the day of the consultation. The clinic is located in the heart of Kilkenny city, in Provincial House on Patrick Street. If you suffer from any foot issues, or if you have any concerns relating to feet, you can email the clinic at patientcare@pembrokepatientcare@pembroke or call the Patient Care Team on 0818 211 211 to book a consultation.

A Degree from the University of Life


N today’s busy world of the life of our students and graduates while striving to achieve success in their chosen fields of their ambitious careers. Them chasing degrees and master’s degrees, year after year. Finally, leaving university with an education that was not available to our current seniors of society. Their chosen careers were decided by the needs of the family unit, the family farm and sometimes in the unfortunate case of a sick and ailing parent. They had to become the main breadwinner of the house sometimes as young as just becoming a teenager. So while the men and women of today have more letters after their names than in their names themselves! Head out into the working world of today, the one degree they lack, the one that you can only get while you travel through life. A degree from the “University of Life”. This degree is possibly the most important lesson anyone can gain. It is what our elders have in abundance. Our masters and degree holders could do a lot worse to improve their education than go and seek advice from students of the “University of Life”. As they head out ready to run down

every avenue left and right why not stop! Take a breath! Go ask the advice of those who have travelled all the roads and avenues that you are now about to embark on. Wise heads can direct you down the right road and avoid the roadblocks and obstacles that they encountered on their journey. Our students of today have acquired skills that they could trade in exchange for this advice. While our seniors will tell you how every motor runs, every plant or vegetable grows. In return our graduates can pass the necessary that will help our knowlseniors expand their knowl edge of technology that can be an incredible help to all in the senior years. All our degrees

are valuable to the one who holds it, and to the employer who wishes to hire you for the knowledge you have learnt as you passed through all levels of our excellent education system. But, imagine how valuable you would be to the workforce and your society in general if you also had a degree from the “University of Life”. Where your lecturers are more than willing to educate you as these seniors you see and pass everyday have a wealth of knowledge no book or computer can teach you. Talk to the seniors in your neighbourhood and valutowns to get the most valu able degree of all, “A Degree of Life”.

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6 Ways to be fit and healthy in retirement It is important to look at ways to stay fit and healthy in retirement. Without good health while in retirement, you may find yourself spending more time in doctors’ offices and resting at home than doing what you planned. The good news is that you can do many things to take care of yourself in retirement to enjoy it to the fullest. I have developed a list of 5 things I would recommend


1. Exercise The benefits of exercise for people who retire is well documented. It can help regulate mood, manage stress, and increase self-esteem. In addition, exercise can prevent disease and help improve circulation of blood to the extremities. It also helps keep bones strong and improves balance to help lessen the chance of a fall. And exercise does not have to be scary or vigorous. A nice brisk walk around the town or down to shops is a good start. Also, if you can arrange it with a friend it is even better which I will talk about next. 3. Do classes and have a set routine There is a good quote “ The problem with retirement is that there are no days off!”. While this is funny line, there is a little truth in it. It is important to slow

down and enjoy retirement, but habit and routine are essential to keeping active and good mental health. Make it a point to try some classes to help structure your day. These do not have to be fitness related but having activities that keep routine in your week is vital. Warren Buffet had a line about how much money he is going to leave his kids when he dies and says “Enough so they can do anything they want but not so much they can do nothing!”. This is true for a happy and healthy retirement; you can do anything but not nothing! 4. Socialise According to the senior citizen association of America, lack of socialisation as in retirement can lead to negative impacts on health and mental well-being. Doing classes in addition to improving your fitness can also increase your socialising. Sometimes retirement can be a little isolating, so it is important to make new ties and bonds. Like I say in a previous point, maybe arrange a set walk each week with friends. Join or create

a book club, join a club or do a class. In particular, when you are newly retired, it is important to set these habits early. 5. Eating healthy food The benefits of eating healthy and nutritious food are well researched and wide reaching. Eating healthy promotes energy and helps reduce the risks of heart disease. It also helps with weight control, which is important as we age. Being less active and gaining weight at an older age can lead to higher chances of heart-related diseases such as strokes and type 2 diabetes. These can hamper any plans in retirement permanently. Eating well does not have to be complicated. Try to get a mix of food from on your plate from all food groups at each meal and start small. Try eliminating one thing or adding one thing at a time. In retirement you might have a little more time to focus on cooking healthy and tasty dinners so try a few new recipes out. 6. Stay safe While this may be a

consideration many overlook, safety is important when you retire. This does not mean learn karate or carry a hurl around with you! This means preparing your home with an alarm if it is just you in the house or other emergency alert equipment,

make your home comfortable and especially have good lighting as well as a clear and clean floor to avoid accidental slips. I did an Emergency First Responder course recently and could not believe how cheap a defibrillator is to buy. No one wants to think

of the worst but with a little training on this it could be the best thing you ever spend money on. Follow these tips above and enjoy what research tells us is the time we can feel happiest in our lives.

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Denis (Dency) Walsh, a great local character who died on May 17th A pall of sorrow hung over Callan this month. A great singing voice had fallen silent when Denis Walsh of Mellows Park, better known to his friends as Dency, said goodbye to the world. He passed away peacefully on May 17th at St Luke’s Hospital. He was in his eighties. For decades he blazed trail as a popular local entertainer. He had performed at charity functions since 1951 and livened up many a journey for Callan folk heading to All-Irelands. Nolan’s bus was the place to be when Dency sang his repertoire of hurling songs. It was better than the Albert Hall as Jackie or Eddie drove the bus and our very own tenor with the voice of an angel lifted the spirits of expectant fans en route to a Clash of the Ash in Dublin or an inter-county showdown. I wrote about Dency in the 2004 book Callan through the Mists of Time, recalling his exploits, and in particular the events of April 1999, which was a tense and fretful month for Callan because Dency announced he was to end his long singing career. He revealed to a saddened and disbelieving group of drinkers in the Cozy Inn that a performance due to be staged at a Search for a Star final the following month would be his last public appearance as a singer of traditional and operatic songs.

He had entered hundreds of competitions over a span of five decades, winning an impressive 38 of them. But, owing to health problems, he felt obliged to give his vocal chords a rest and take life easy. He decision to retire coincided with his well-deserved selection to represent Callan’s Cozy Inn in the second round of the Smithwick’s Singing Pubs event, which was held on May 6th 1999 at the Springhill Court Hotel. He believed this might be an apt occasion on which to “bow out” of singing. I spoke to Dency before the musical event. He looked back with a mixture of nostalgia and pride on his career. His happiest memories included the night he sang alongside the great Ruby Murray. It was on the stage of the old cinema in Callan. The “softlysoftly girl”, he called Ruby, referring to her sweet voice. And she took Dency to her heart, praising his interpretation and rendition of both classical hymns and

rousing Irish ballads. She told her Callan audience that Dency had “more captivating charm than Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind.” Dency complimented her too, and she appreciated his kind remarks about her high profile visit to Callan. “Ruby and I were the dream duet”, he joked. He also took part in the Vic Loving Show when it came to Callan. He almost put Vic and her professional entourage in the shade with his own performance, though the visiting celebrity was gracious enough to acknowledge Dency as “a great entertainer.” “Dennis is a man after my own heart”, Vic enthused, pinning a single red rose on Dency’s lapel after the Callan man’s “class act.” That was a rare compliment from a performer who had packed the ballrooms and parochial halls of rural Ireland. In the 60s and 70s, locals happily joined in the chorus when Dency sang on bus trips to the matches. He always kicked off a singsong with the Rose of Mooncoin, to which he famously added his own line: “Where the thrush ate the robin and the three balls of twine.” By the time the fans got to Croke Park or the other major venues, they were well and truly psyched up for the game. An admirer of Dency’s recalled for me an occasion that underlines the esteem in which

Grief is not a sign of weakness nor a lack of faith. It is the price for love Kilkenny Bereavement Support is a voluntary organisation offering a listening support service since its foundation in 1989. In that time thousands of people of all ages have been supported in their grief. Most people manage their grief with the support of families, friends and work colleagues. For some, it is difficult to adjust to a life without their loved one. Whereas many people experience a sense of shock and disbelief when a death occurs and have strong feelings of guilt, fear and loneliness, these tend to subside gradually. For others, these symptoms can persist for a long time. It is at times like these that Kilkenny Bereavement Support is available to the bereaved person. The volunteer seeks to accompany the bereaved person on their grief journey as they try to make sense of what has happened while

trying to live life without the loved one. Kilkenny Bereavement Support is currently looking for volunteers to help and continue to provide their invaluable service. With the lifting of Covid restrictions in recent months there has been an increased demand for this listening service which is confidential and free of charge. Kilkenny Bereavement Support is made up of volunteers drawn from all walks of life. The recruitment includes an applica-

tion form and an interview. This is followed by a 30 hour training course in September/October. Certification follows experience of bereavement support work. Trained volunteers will be asked to commit for two years to the service. Most of the support work takes place in a one-to-one situation although since our experience of Lockdown, we have incorporated phone calls and Zoom In general, the bereaved person and the volunteer meet at a time that is convenient to both in Villa Maria, Talbot’s Inch, Kilkenny. For a volunteer application form, please contact Kilkenny Bereavement Support at 056 7756538 or apply on line at “The truth about loss is that I have found a balance between remembering and living” Niamh Fitzpatrick (sister of Dara, Irish Coast Guard Helicopter crash victim).

he was held locally. Sometime in 1989, a large number of Callan men were on a restoration scheme at Tullamaine graveyard when one of them, Jack Condon, called for silence. There was somebody about to sing on Radio Kilkenny. It was Dency Walsh. Everybody downed tools. Shovels were abandoned, trowels fell to the ground, sprongs were put aside. Billhooks stopped slashing at a forest of weeds, and the men using them froze to the spot when the work supervisor emitted a loud “hush”! The engine of a growling chainsaw being used to cut down a tree in the graveyard suddenly cut out. A deferential silence descended over the ancient cemetery. For a few precious moments, the workers rested amid Celtic Crosses and moss-covered gravestones, and wiped the sweat from their weary brows under a blazing midday sun. The frowning work supervisor mellowed and broke into a beaming smile at the prospect of hearing her favourite tenor perform for the county. She granted special dispensation to the workers, allowing them a break to hear Dency. They gathered around a tiny transistor that was mounted on a wall beside the entrance to the graveyard. They started to cheer as Sue Nunn announced that their pal and fellow worker was about to sing. But the beaming supervisor cried “hush, lads,

he’s on”! An angelic voice became audible, rising and swelling by the second to a heart-fluttering crescendo. The strains of the Holy City (more commonly known as Jerusalem) pierced the calm air of a hot summer’s day like a trumpet blast from Heaven. The long-time friend of Dency’s who recounted for me said it reminded him of a scene from The Shawshank Redemption, in which a group of workers react in a similar way when an Italian soprano is heard over a public address system. The workers at Tullamaine were tongue-tied, overwhelmed, and transmogrified by the heavenly tones of the man from Mellows Park. Give his popularity; one can appreciate the near panic that greeted his retirement declaration in 1999. A bus had to be hired to bring locals to Springhill hotel to hear what many feared would be his Dency’s swansong. Following his Singing Pubs performance, dozens of fans from Callan and neighbouring districts approached Dency and pleaded with him to re-think his decision to quit. Candles were lit in the Parish Church. Prayers winged their way to Heaven from a small town in Ireland, beseeching the Almighty himself to intervene. The prayers were answered!

After hours and days of consultations and appeals, Dency agreed to postpone his retirement “indefinitely.” He continued to entertain, right up to a few weeks ago when illness interjected, singing Hosannas to the Most High and hurling songs with equal relish, and crooning the best of Irish ballads in the pubs and by the firesides… in the town of his birth and countywide. Throughout his colourful life and singing career Dency had a special reverence for the Holy City, and you could visualize the New Jerusalem looming on a far shimmering horizon when he gave it his all, whether he sang it on radio, in a church, in a pub, or at a charity fund-raiser. Regardless of the venue his audience caught a glimpse, be it ever so small, of the divine. Now, the man from Mellows Park has passed through the gates of that celestial home from home that he honoured in song. And I suspect that out there, somewhere, he’s still singing… in the place where the music never dies. Pre-deceased by his parents Martin and Brigid, brothers Sonny and Jim his sister Margaret. Missed by his loving family, his nieces and nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends, especially Ann and Roland Komar and Bosco and Elaine Bryan. -John Fitzgerald

Coffee Morning at Statham’s Bar, Pembroke on June 1st Courtney Cass (our Rooms Division Manager) is an ambassador for this year’s ‘100km in 30 Days’ event throughout June to raise funds for Breast Cancer Ireland The hotel is going to support her next Wednesday 1st June by ‘going pink’ for the day We will have a coffee morning in Statham’s Bar at Pembroke Kilkenny, 10am – 12.30pm on the day and will have pink themed food & drinks, décor and raffle prizes Mint will also have a ‘Pink Massage’ which will be available from 1st June -30th June 50% of the price of the massage will be donated to Breast Cancer Ireland The Massage will be: 30 min Back, neck & shoulder massage with a bespoke 10 min add-on treatment, including options such as Indian Head Massage, Soothing Foot Massage or relaxing Hand and Arm relief €60 This massage is suitable for everyone, including those going through their treatment journey or need help with relaxation, sleep and anxiety


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Bishop Nulty is chief celebrant as altar is consecrated at St Mary’s cathedral “Ours is but a small contribution to its long history; ours are but some of many prayers that have been, and will continue to be, placed before the Lord in this magnificent place. We shall pass, and generations of people will pass after us, and still these stones and timber will be standing here, an enduring memorial of our brief stay on earth but our abiding and enduring faith.”- Bishop Nulty Photographer Grzegorz Janta


t Mary’s Cathedral Kilkenny, 162 feet in length, 100 feet wide and 186 feet tall, has stood over the city of Kilkenny for 165 years. The Cathedral tower stands proud over the city of Kilkenny a familiar landmark which can be seen from many parts of Kilkenny City. There have been a number of times in its rich history when the interior has been transformed: in the 1890s Bishop Brownrigg significantly changed the sanctuary; in the 1930s Bishop Collier added the mosaics and a new organ; in the 1970s Bishop Birch oversaw the re-ordering of the Cathedral in accordance with the changes in the celebration of Mass following the Second Vatican Council. Bishop Freeman commenced the present phase of work in 2011 when the sanctuary mosaics and windows were cleaned and restored. In January 2019 Bishop Farrell invited liturgical architect Paul O’Daly to visit the Cathedral. Paul, a native of Dublin, has vast experience in the restoration and reordering of many churches and religious houses in Ireland and has designed several new churches. Paul brought an understanding of liturgy and the concept of ‘sacred space’, including

Fr Jim Murphy, a native of the Cathedral Parish, reads part of the Eucharistic Prayer.

the interaction between language, ritual, and the appropriate furnishing of a church. Paul met with local architect Brian Dunlop of Kilkenny and together they began the planning and design process that culminated in the celebration on Sunday 27th March. Bishop Denis Nulty, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese, was the chief celebrant at Mass in the Cathedral on Sunday 27th when the Altar was consecrated and the Ambo was blessed. Bishop Denis was joined by 20 priests of the diocese including four previous administrators of the Cathedral: Canon Pat Duggan, Fr Noel Maher, Fr Oliver Maher and Mgr Kieron Kennedy. The new altar and ambo are in integral part of the celebration of Mass. The

Ambo, or often called the Lectern, is the place where the Word of God is proclaimed. The Altar is the place of sacrifice where the Bread and Wine become the Body and Blood of Christ. The new altar and ambo are the work of Mr Thomas Glendon and his son Philip. Thomas is a renowned Irish craftsman specializing in in sculpture, letterform, ecclesiastical work and design in stone, wood and bronze. St Mary’s Cathedral is the second cathedral where Thomas’ work can now be seen; he is the sculptor of the new altar in St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford. Thomas visited St Mary’s Cathedral numerous times and took his inspiration for the new altar and ambo from the curves and designs of its magnificent pillars. Listening to Thomas speak

The beautifully restored centre aisle stretches from the East door to the Sanctuary and has been in place since 1857.

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Feature Bishop Nulty adds incense to the charcoal in the brazier; “Let my prayers rise before you like incense” (Psalm 141)

Bishop Nulty greets Mr Paul O’Daly (Liturgical Designer), Mr Thomas Glendon (Sculptor of the Altar and Ambo) and Mr Brian Dunlop (Architect).

of stone and its form is poetic. Watching him at work in his workshop in Loughrea and in the Cathedral was magical: carving, chiseling, shaping, curving – the chisel in his hands used with the ease of years of experience. Locally Kevin Moore and his team provided services to the work over the past three

months. Local stonemason Donal McDonald restored the side altars reinstated the marble reredos that have been cleaned and repaired. Jody O’Dwyer repaired the mosaic floors and Pat and Robert Walsh restored the magnificent black and white tiles of the centre nave. Bishop Denis welcomed all to

The O’Neill Family bring the Offertory Gifts to Bishop Denis in the Offertory Procession.

Fr Michael Reddin, Administrator of Seir Kieran, and Dáire Mahon, a student of St Kieran’s College, bring water from the Well of Saighir Kieran which was used to bless the new altar and ambo.

Bishop Nulty pours the Sacred Chrism upon the Altar during the Prayer of Consecration. He is assisted by four 6th class boys and girls who were confirmed this year.

the Cathedral for the blessing and consecration commenting that “Ours is but a small contribution to its long history; ours are but some of many prayers that have been, and will continue to be, placed before the Lord in this magnificent place. We shall pass, and generations of people will pass after us, and still these stones and timber will be standing here, an enduring memorial of our brief stay on earth but our abiding and enduring faith.” At the beginning of the Mass water was brought from the River Nore, the Breagagh, the fields of Clonmoran, Kenny’s Well and the Well of St Kieran in Seir Kieran. As the water was poured into the Baptismal Font in the Baptistery Ger Cody, Commentator of the Liturgy, remarked: This evening water is brought from where we live. The water from these wells and rivers represents our backgrounds, our stories that become one when we gather as the people of God, water from holy places where our stories and lives are blended. Bishop Denis blessed the water which was then sprinkled upon the new ambo and altar. After the homily Fr Richard Scriven intoned the litany of saints. Bishop Denis poured the Oil of Chrism upon the altar and he was assisted by Lucy Culleton (St Canice’s Parish), Dwayne Joyce (St John’s Parish), Kyle Tanap (St Mary’s Parish), Orla Dowling (St Patrick’s Parish) all who have been confirmed this

year. A brazier of charcoal and incense was placed on the altar symbolically representing our prayers which ascend to heaven. Sacred Music was provided by the Cathedral choir under the leadership of John O’Neill and organist Joy Bibby. Readings and prayers were read by Tina Lawler and Michael Whelan who are regular readers in the Cathedral; Pat O’Neill sang the psalm. The offertory gifts were presented by the O’Neill family; Rebecca was the bell ringer for the Mass. After communion the choir sang the anthem to Our Lady: The Ave Maria. During this hymn the new lighting in the side chapels of Our Lady and St Joseph was lit. The sacristans lit two candles in the Lady Chapel recalling those who had died of Covid in the past two years and also the people of Ukraine at this time. At the end of the Mass Fr Scriven, Administrator of the Cathedral, saluted the work of the various tradespeople and in particular the architects Brian Dunlop and Paul O’Daly for their work and dedication to the project. He acknowledged the work of Bishop Farrell, now Archbishop of Dublin, who during his time in Ossory had initiated this phase of work. Fr Scriven thanked Bishop Denis for his time and energy in this interregnum period as we await the appointment of a new bishop. He invited all present to take some time to stroll around after Mass to admire the work and then to gather for a cup of tea in the Chapter Room of the Cathedral. Two months on and the new sanctuary is a wonderful sacred space in which to celebrate the sacraments. Already five of the seven sacraments have been celebrated: Confirmation with the boys and girls of the parish schools; Eucharist each day and on special days such as First Communion in this month of May; The Sacrament of Penance during Holy Week, two weddings since the dedication ceremony has taken place and four baptisms using the font which is now relocated in the Baptistry. The cathedral has welcomed visitors from all over the world. Each day visitors from near and far come to stroll around the beautiful building that sometimes we may take for granted: St Mary’s Cathedral in the heart of our city and the heart of our diocese.

Eddie Tallent receives the light taken from the Paschal Candle and lights the Altar Candles.


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Food & Drink

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Black bean burger Prep: 30 mins Cook: 20 mins Serves: 4

Make some healthy, hearty vegan burgers layered with avocado and served with a fresh crunchy carrot and cucumber salad alongside. They’re full of goodness.

Ingredients For the burger 75g wholemeal bread ,or sourdough 75g walnuts 400g sweet potato 400g can black beans, drained 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp onion granules 1 tbsp tomato purée 2 tbsp rapeseed oil, to fry For the salad ½ cucumber, halved, deseeded and sliced on an angle 2 large carrots (about 300g) peeled into ribbons small bunch coriander, finely chopped 2 tbsp lime juice 1 tbsp rapeseed oil To serve 4 sourdough burger buns 2 large tomatoes, thickly sliced 1 avocado, peeled, stoned and sliced 50g rocket coconut yogurt or burger sauce of choice

Method STEP 1 Put the wholemeal bread and walnuts in a food processor and pulse to make fine crumbs. STEP 2 Prick the sweet potatoes with a fork and microwave for 5-10 mins until soft. Cut in half and scrape the cooked

centres into the food processor with the bread and walnut crumbs. Make sure the beans are drained thoroughly then add them to the processor with the paprika, cumin, onion granules, and tomato puree. Season generously and pulse until the mixture is mostly smooth and holding together. Divide the mix into 4 patties and chill for 20 mins to firm up.

STEP 3 Meanwhile make the side salad by mixing the cucumber, carrot, coriander, lime juice and rapeseed oil together. Season and put to one side. STEP 4 Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat.

Add the patties and fry for 4-5 mins on each side until golden and hot through. Place a small handful of rocket into each burger bun. Top with the tomato slices, burgers, and then avocado. Add a dollop of coconut yogurt or burger sauce of your choice. Serve with the carrot and cucumber salad alongside.

Salted caramel cupcakes Prep: 20 mins Cook: 20 mins Serves: 12 Treat yourself to these easy cupcakes with a caramel-flavoured sponge and salted caramel topping. Perfect for afternoon tea. Ingredients • 100g softened salted butter • 100g golden caster sugar • 2 eggs • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 100g self-raising flour • 1 tbsp milk • 6 tsp caramel sauce For the icing • 75g soft salted butter • 150g icing sugar • 200g caramel sauce

• a pinch of sea salt flakes Method STEP 1 Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line a 12-hole cake tin with paper cases. STEP 2 Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric whisk until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla extract. Briefly mix in the flour until just combined, and stir in the milk until the batter just falls off the beaters. STEP 3 Divide the mixture between the cases, leaving about 2 tbsp batter in the bowl. Add a pinch of salt to the caramel sauce if it’s not salted caramel, then add ½ tsp to the tops of each cupcake.

Use a teaspoon to cover the caramel sauce with the remaining batter. Bake for 15-20 mins until springy and golden. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack. STEP 4 Meanwhile, make the icing. Beat the butter and half of the icing sugar together, then tip in the remaining icing sugar and whisk vigorously until pale and fluffy. Stir in half of the caramel sauce, then spoon the mixture into a piping bag with a round or star nozzle. STEP 5 Pipe swirls of icing on top of the cooled cupcakes. Stir the remaining caramel sauce with a pinch of salt, if unsalted, then use to drizzle over the icing. Sprinkle over a small pinch of sea salt over each, if you like.

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MacDonagh Junction leads the way for inclusive shopping MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre have just become the South East’s first Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Friendly Shopping Centre. The centre management team along with car park, cleaning, security team and 15 retail groups all undertook training provided by Hidden Disabilities Sunflower, to increase their awareness of the barriers that both adults and children with invisible disabilities can face. The Centre will now provide Sunflower lanyards at the Customer Service Desk which

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Congratulations to Rebecca Bourke

L-R Teresa Bourke, Commissioner Drew Harris, Rebecca Bourke, Helen McEntee Minister for Justice and John Bourke.

A big congratulations to Rebecca Bourke who graduated from Garda School, Templemore on Thursday

19th May 2022. Daughter of John and Teresa Bourke, Callan, Co. Kilkenny.

Rebecca will shortly take up her Garda position in Store Street, Dublin.

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Community & GAA Notes

SENIORS LEAVE IT LATE The Clara senior hurlers got out of jail on Tuesday evening of last week in Bennettsbridge when a late 1-2 gave them a one point win. The Bridge looked to have done enough to secure the points in this Credit Union Senior League clash as they held a four point lead with less than five minutes to play. The first half was a different story as Clara, despite playing into a strong breeze, led 2-8 to 0-11 at the break. They were full value for their lead as they had moved the ball around very well and ran up a decent score into the wind. Both goals had come from Chris Bolger, who had the beating of his marker most of the time. The second goal was the last score of the half when he pounced on the rebound of a Dara Glynn shot to fire home. If Clara thought the wind was going to win the game for them in the second half, they were rudely reminded otherwise.Thirty seconds into the new half when Willie O Connor drove an unstoppable shot to the Clara net. This galvanised the Bridge and, helped by some wayward Clara shooting as well as a saved Chris Bolger penalty, they went on to score seven of the next ten points to take that late four point lead.Jack Langton sensibly took his point for the next score, and as Clara pushed up on the puckout to gain possession, the referee awarded them a free. James Nolan took it quickly to release Martin O Connell, who shot low and hard to the net to tie up the game. The same player then added the winner to leave Bennettsbridge wondering how they had lost a game they looked destined to win. It was a good win for the Clara men to follow up on the Ballyhale game. O Loughlins are their next opponents in this competition. Team - Kevin Nolan, Bill Carrigan, Sean O Shea, Evan Whearty. James Casey, David Langton 0-1f, Shane Staunton. Conor O Shea, Jack Langton 0-2. Paul Cody, Martin O Connell 1-2, James Nolan 0-2. Dara Glynn 0-1, Chris Bolger 2-1, Joe Connolly 0-4f. KEVIN NOLAN HEROICS Then on Sunday Clara claimed the Leinster League title with a dramatic penalty shoot out win over Laois side Borris in Ossory/ Kilcotton. Clara started well and scored the first three points of the game against a fresh breeze. Borris/Kilcotton settled and answered with three of their own. The rest of the half was an even affair and Clara would have been the happier of the two teams when they retired at the break at 0-13 each. They had the help of the breeze to come. But much like Bennettsbridge did in the Tuesday night game, Borris/ Kilcotton began the second half with a goal and a point. They maintained their advantage for most of the second half, until a late Clara flurry of points from David Langton, Matt Kenny and Martin O Connell left them one point ahead. However Borris/Kilcotton deservedly posted an equaliser just before the final whistle, 0-24 to 1-21. This game was played in Nowlan Park as a curtain raiser to Kilkenny and Wexford, and time constraints dictated that no extra time be played. Instead the result would be decided by 5 penalties for each team. James Nolan slotted the first one while the Borris/Kilcotton player did the same. Then Shane Staunton had his well struck low shot brilliantly saved, but Kevin Nolan baled him out by doing likewise with the one he faced. Paul Cody stepped up and was also blocked, and when Borris converted their effort they were a goal to the good with just two shots each left. However Chris Bolger and Matt Kenny hit two rockets to the net and Kevin Nolan made two stupendous saves to clinch the title for Clara. Jack Langton was the man to lift the cup. Team - Kevin Nolan, Evan Whearty, Jack Langton 0-1, Sean O Shea. Matt Kenny 0-3, David Langton 0-1f, Bill Carrigan. Shane Staunton 0-2, Liam Ryan 0-6. Paul Cody 0-2, Martin O Connell 0-1, Jason Byrne 0-5, 0-4f, 0-1 x 65. Dara Glynn, Chris Bolger 0-1, James Nolan 0-1. Subs used Joe Connolly, James Casey MINORS WIN Clara’s minor hurlers played a very competitive challenge game against Oulart the Ballagh in Clara on Wednesday of last week. Oulart started the brighter and had six points on the board after ten minutes. However their good work was undone by the concession of two goals to Rory Glynn and Harry Boyle. Clara found their feet after that and dominated the rest of the half. Another Harry Boyle goal helped them to a 3-6 to 1-8 lead at half time.Clara won the second half ten points to six, which gave them a 3-16 to 1-14 win. A very useful exercise to keep things ticking over. Team - Luke Lawlor, Tommy Delaney, Ben Crow, Alex McDonald. Alex Firbank, Zach Lawlor, Ben Murphy. Eoin Corr, Sean Carrigan 0-2. Ned Langton 0-1, Rory Glynn 1-8, 0-3f, 0-1x 65, Davy Barcoe. Harry Boyle 2-2, Cian Kelly 0-2, Dillon Cummins 0-1. Subs used , Philip Carrigan, Hugh Kelly, Joe Power, James Cody. COUNTY Well done to John Murphy who was the Strength and Conditioning coach as Kilkenny won the All Ireland U20 title in Thurles on Sunday with a nail biting one point victory over hot favourites Limerick. The Cats finished out all their games strongly, which was testament to

John’s efforts. Well done also to Mary O Connell, who played for the Kilkenny senior camogie team that made the long journey north to put Down to the sword in the championship. Kilkenny won 1-23 to 1-10 with Mary getting the all important goal.

Well done to these three bucko’s who received well-earned ‘Player of the Week” awards at Sunday morning training CLUB LOTTO There was no winner of this week’s Club Lotto (May 17th). Numbers drawn were 4, 5, 20, 25 Bonus 8. Next week’s big Prize will be €8,800 (May 24th). Promotors Draw .1. Martin Gaffney c/o Kevin Cleere. 2. Dan O’Driscoll. 3. Anne Loy c/o Neil Loy. 4. Brian Jnr c/o Brian Murphy .5. Gladdie Maher c/o John Joe Cullen. 6. Pat Cody c/o Mary Cody. 7. Kay O’Halloran c/o Michael O’Halloran8. Andrea Mulloney c/o online 9. Dierdre Breen c/o online. 10. Gary Bryan c/o online. Thank you for your continued support SUMMER CAMP 2022 It’s back!! Summer Camp details and forms are being handed out at training evenings. So if you want in, be at training this week. Mark in those dates - July 25th to 29th and August 1st to 5th. We can’t wait. Lovely hurling U6 AND JUVENILE TRAINING U6s and juvenile training continues Sundays 11am and also Thursdays at 6:15pm every week. Sposors: McCarthy’s Eurospar, Newpark Shopping Centre THANKS A big thanks to all those who volunteered on Saturday around St. Johns Park to help facilitate the large crowd of supporters going to Nowlan Park. It’s always great to see so many new visitors to the club and to have so many volunteers makes it easier for a good welcoming. It is much appreciated by match day supporters and committee members. Anyone wishing to volunteer in the club in any facet please contact any committee member at any time. SUPPORT OUR TEAMS There’s plenty of action throughout the club with teams involved from go games to summer leagues in both hurling and Camogie. Please show your support for our players. They love it ! FEILE LACHTAIN 2022 A lecture on the “History and Architecture of St. Lachtain’s Church and

The Clara senior panel which claimed Leinster League honours on Saturday in Nowlan Park.

Doorway” was held on Friday evening last in St. Lachtain’s Church of Ireland. The speakers were, Dr. Rachel Moss of Trinity College and Ms. Margaret Quinlan, architect for the church renovation. Ionad Lachtain Church, Arts and Heritage Centre is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11.30am until 4.30pm. Kevin Buckley’s replica of the Shrine of St. Lachtain’s Arm is currently on display in the museum courtesy of Freshford Community Club. Also on display is another replica of the shrine by Pádraig Donnelly. There are gifts for every occasion on sale in the crafts shop. New additions here include souvenir Freshford greeting cards and carrier bags and clocks set in miniature hurleys and sliotars. While these sport the Black and Amber colours, they can be ordered in any county colours. Thanks to all who supported the recent book launch, art exhibition and lecture. Ned Kennedy’s book “Edmund Fitzpatrick Artist and Illustrator” is on sale at O’ Shea’s Shop and all Kilkenny bookshops. Cost €12. It can be ordered by post from O’Shea’s by adding post and packing. DEATH The death took place recently of Frank Kennedy late of The Square Freshford and Pragaue House. Frank who was in his nineties was the last surviving member of a well known and respected family in the village. He worked for many years in Dublin before retiring back to Freshford. He was a quiet and good living gentleman. Funeral Mass took place in St.Lachtains church following by burial in St.Lachtains Cemetery. He is mourned by his nephews Eamon and Pat, nephew in law, grandnieces and grandnephews and extended family to whom deepest sympathy is extended. TULLAROAN RUN Tullaroan AC will be holding their 7th annual run/walk day Saturday 4th June which includes an Ultra, Full, Half Marathon, 10K and 5k, starting at 7am. So a distance to suit all the family. We would like to thank everyone for their help and co-operation in making the day a success. There will be approx. 600 participants. We would like everyone to drive with extra caution that day and also to keep dogs off the road please. Come out and cheer on the participants. Feel free to set up an aid table outside your house. Just contact any of the committee and we will drop off water and goodies for it. The route starts at the Sports Field through theVillage to Oldtown, Lisscross, Valley inn, Kilaghy, Brittas Bridge back to the Village three times for the ultra. Your cooperation would be greatly appreciated. BIRTHDAY BOY Special birthday wishes go out to local well known lad Martin Walsh of Woodview Freshford who celebrated a very special birthday last weekend. Murty as he is known to all reached the big 50 and celebrated with all his friends at a party in Kavanaghs on Saturday night last. SPLIT THE POT The weekly split the pot draw took place on Wednesday last week and the lucky winner was Robin Theloke Clashacrow who won the sum of €170. Tickets are just €2 and the winner gets half of the takings. The draw is held each Wednesday and boxes and envelopes can be found in Kavanaghs Bar, Mace, O’Shea’s corner shop, Girls & Guys Hairdressers, Oasis Creche, Freshford Creamery, Freshford Butchers and Prague House. This months proceeds are going to Freshford Community Café. The Committee would ask you to Please support this fund raiser. GALWAY TRIP A trip to Galway is being planned for 7th June to Salthill, stopping off at Roscrea for tea and scones and then onto Galway city and Salthill. Dinner will be served in O’Meara’s of Portumna on the way back. The bus leaves from St.Lachtains GAA grounds at 8.20am sharp returning at 9pm.All are welcome. Names should be given to Paddy Butter on 087 6367667 , Ann Burke on 086 2030224 or Marie O’Connor on 086 2547430 BACK TO AUSTRALIA Returned to Australia last week after a month long holiday in Freshford was Ross Costigan Ross is son of Tony and Mary Costigan and its his first time back since the pandemic with his partner and baby son. FILL THE JAR A big thank you is extended to all those who donated to “Fill the Jar for UIkraine” at O’Sheas Shop Freshford. A total of€920 was collected and the proprietors extend a sincere thanks for your kind generosity. GAA NEWS Congratulations to local lads Alan Rafter, Mark Donnelly and David Brennan who were all members of the successful Kilkenny u20 victory in the All Ireland final on Sunday last when they beat Limerick. Alan was the sub goalkeeper and Mark was on the panel while David was a member of the management team. St Lachtains Intermediates hurlers are out against neighbours Lisdowney on Saturday evening next at 5.30 in Lisdowney. The U 13 boys take on St Patrick’s on Friday evening at 7.30 in Ballyragget. COFFEE MORNING AT LOOP CAFE The recent Coffee morning at Freshford Loop Cafe was a great success and very well supported. Many thanks to all those who donated cakes etc and all who supported the event. Work is continuing on Freshford’s new Community Café at Buncrussia Street Freshford and the volunteers are making great progress TRIP TO KNOCK On Saturday 4th June a bus leaves Kilkenny at Butts Green R95Fh90 at 8am for the All Ireland Rosary Rally. If you are interested in attending please contact 086 8469011 to book your seat. SOCCER Freshford Town Junior side had their last game of the league for this season last weekend. Forced to field without a number of regulars they lost out 3-0 to river Rangers. The schoolboys section is also coming to an end. Congratulations to Freshford U10 side and their management who won the semi final of the Gerry O’Reilly plate Saturday morning defeating Freebooters boys in the semi final.They now await their opponents in the upcoming final. The training sessions for U8s continue each Saturday morning (weather permitting) are on from 12noon to 1pm at the Sportsfield at Woodview. All boys from 5-8 are most welcome to come along and join in TALKS Threecastles Community Hall held the last talk of the Spring Series on Wednesday 11th May in Threecastles Hall . The talk was given by renowned Archaeologist Coilin O’Driscoll and was titled “Discovering the archaeology of Threecastles.” Refreshfments were served. COMMUNITY ALERT Freshford /Three castles Community Alert group held their AGM

recently. This was their first AGM since covid restrictions and the following officers were elected for the forthcoming year; Chairman – John Bergin, Secretary – Jacinta Power, Treasurer –Mick Cormack PRO – Anna Morrissey Anyone wishing to join the text alert scheme or have a personal alarm installed should contact any of the above Committee. It is 10 euro per phone number. New members are always very welcome. The group wish to thank everyone who has joined for their continued support. Please contact any of the committee members to discuss, John Bergin 0862592535, Jacinta Power 0877658672, Mick Cormack 0863535293 or Anna Morrissey 0858277965. PARISH NEWS Attendance at mass are now back to full capacity Mass is held in the Parish Church each Wednesday morning at 9.30am and on Sunday morning at 11am.wiith 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 Jennifer 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 Card s 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 – Contact Mongr Kieron Kennedy on that number or on 087 25235 MACRA NA FEIRME Macra na Feirme are looking to establish a new club in the Freshford area. Macra na Feirme is an organisation for young people between the ages of 17 and 35 who are interested in getting involved in sports, travel drama, debating or just want to meet new people and have some fun. To be a member of Macra you must join a Macra club in your area. This will open the door to new fiends and new activities. There are hundreds of clubs across Ireland bursting with activity who always welcome a new face. For more information please contact Training and Development Officer – Michael Wall on 0868359891 or email him at 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 KELLS HANDBALL CLUB Kells Handball Club ran a tournament in memory of the late Brian McCormack who was a member of Kells Handball Club. The juvenile doubles tournament consisted of 8 pairs played in a round robin timed game format. There were lots of excellent handball skill on display with the eventual winners Darragh McCormack and Jake O’Neill overcoming Shauna Hayes and Ava Walsh in the Final. Thank you to all the participants and their families for supporting the tournament and thanks to the McCormack Family for allowing us to hold the tournament in Brian’s honour. Light refreshments were provided during the evening, and everyone had time to have a chat. All participants received a medal and participation certificate, and the winners and runners up received a Brian McCormack Memorial Cup. CAR WASH A Car Wash to fundraise for the Féile will take place this Saturday May 28th 10am to 3pm. €7 a car, come along and support. We are also looking for donations of clothes for our second fundraiser. Clothes can be left at the car wash on Saturday. LOCAL LOTTO Local Lotto Results for May 16th 2022 Winning Numbers : 1, 5 , 31. No Winner. Winners of Draw for 5 x € 30. Tom McCormack ( Townsends ), Cindy Bryce ( Cis Ryan ), Dublin John ( Malachy Hogan ),Mockel B ( Petes ),Paschal Grace ( Ellen Delehunty ) Jackpot next week May 25th: € 2,200 Venue Dunphy’s Bar Kilmoganny at 9pm All Welcome MAY MARKET Dunnamaggin Village, May Market, Sunday May 29th 12 noon to 4pm: What a perfect month to have our Flower Market and to celebrate our new flower embankment in Dunnamaggin . Join us for food , stalls and lots of activities We are very excited to have Betty Holden join us for a flower arranging demo. We will also be holding a raffle for Bettys work for you to take home. We can’t thank enough for all the hard work and planning that has gone into the Embankment and we couldn’t have done it without the continued support of our community . The Pop Up Café will be open for tea coffee and cakes and Eamon’s BBQ will supply Beef Burgers, Chicken Burgers and Sausages in a Roll. Proceeds from the Café and BBQ go towards Dunnamaggin Development Groups ongoing work in the village. Lots of craft and food stalls and fun for the children. Come along and meet neighbours and friends in the beautiful Madge’s Garden. DUNNAMAGGIN LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB LITTER PICKS FOR FÉILE KICKS! Our U15s are through to Regional Féile in two weeks time!! They will be doing LITTER PICKS in their communities in the coming week and are asking you to DONATE to their Fund4Féile! Any small contribution is very welcome and will ensure they have the best Féile experience possible. Thank you for your support to the teenage girls playing a team sport in your community. DONATE HERE TO THEIR FUND4FÉILE fun.../11437193_fund4f--ile-2022.html KILMOGANNY BRIDGE CLUB The bridge results for 18/05/2022: 1st Teresa Walsh & Margaret Duggan.

The Kilkenny Observer Friday 27 May 2022


Community & GAA Notes

Dunnamaggin Caption Tournament group with cup. 2nd Josie O’Gorman & Tina Ronan. Bridge is every Wednesday night at 7.30pm in St. Eoghans Centre, Kilmoganny. All welcome. DROICHEAD FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE Would you like to learn how to drive? Droichead Family Resource Centre are now enrolling for Employment Skills QQI Level 4 commencing in September 2022. Get Driver Theory, Driving Lessons and Test preparation while training in Employment Skills including Safepass, HACCP and First Aid. Training allowance paid subject to DSP entitlements. For more information contact Droichead Family Resource Centre on (056) 7755660.Funky Fun Summer Camp are now taking bookings for their Multi- Activity Camp in Droichead on July 11th- 15th and July 18th-22nd from 9.30am-2pm . Contact Lorraine on (087) 3413970 to book your place. Pre booking is essential and book early to avoid disappointment.Droichead Family Resource Centre are running a Heartsaver AED Course on the 10th of June from 9.30am-12.30pm. Participants will learn how to use an Automated External Defibrillator and CPR. The Heartsaver AED Course costs €10 per person and each participant will receive an Irish Heart Foundation Heartsaver AED certificate. To book a place or for more information please contact Carmel on (083) 2098069 or email to know what is happening at Droichead Family Resource Centre? Text “what’s on “to (085) 8564950 or (083) 2098069 to be added to our What’s on at Droichead FRC WhatsApp Group. You can also follow Droichead FRC on Facebook or Instagram or give us a call on (056) 7755660 to keep up to date with all the services, supports and community groups available at Droichead. Gowran AC Sunday 22nd saw the third day of the Kilkenny County 2022 Track & Field championships. There was a huge turn out from Gowran AC, with lots of red everywhere. Thanks to the parents and coaches as always. Results below: GIRLS RACES 80m,u11 - 3 Emer O’Callaghan (G),u13 - 2 Rachel Duff (G). 500m, u13 - 2 Rachel Duff (G), u14 - 3 Kate Hayden (G). Walk. u14 - 3 Kate Hayden (G). Girls 4 x 100 Relay. u12 - Gowran (Emily, Heidi, Kate, Laura). u12 Gowran (Roisin, Lucy, Roisin, Rose). u14 - 3 Gowran (Aoibhlinn, Lucy, Rachel, Kate). u14 - Gowran (Orlaith, Daisy, Anna, Grace). u16 - 3 Gowran (Ceola, Rachel, Ailbhe, Hazel, + Lucy) GIRLS FIELD EVENTS High Jump. u12 - 2 Emily O’Keeffe (G). u14 - 1 Aoibhlinn Steger (G). u15 - 1 Ailbhe Steger (G) 2 Lucy Coomey (G) 3 Ceola Leamy (G). u16 - 3 Hazel Coogan (G) Shot Put. u12 - 3 Heidi Ryan (G). u13 - 1 Anna Kelsey (G). u15 - 1 Ailbhe Steger (G). u16 - 1 Rachel Gardiner (G) 3 Hazel Coogan (G) BOYS RACES. 200m. u12 - 2 MJ Carroll (G). u13 - 1 Robert Coogan (G) 3 Darragh Carroll (G). u14 - 3 Matthew Duggan (G). u16 - 1 Darragh Dunne (G). 800m. u12 - 2 MJ Carroll (G). u13 - 1 Robert Coogan (G) 3 Evan Ryan (G). u15 3 James Kelsey (G). Boys 4x100 Relay. u12 Gowran (Aidan, MJ, Milo, David C)u12 - Gowran (Oisin, Harry, Daniel, Oran). u12 - Gowran (Bobby, Sean, Ross, Adam). u14 - 2 Gowran (Matthew, Joe, Tómas, Odhrán). u14 - 3 Gowran (Dara, Evan, Conor, Robert). u16 - 1 Gowran (Noah, Charlie, James, Darragh) BOYS FIELD EVENTS Turbo Javelin. u11 - 1 Sean Farrell (G) 3 Bobby Cooney (G). u12 - 1 Milo Geraghty (G) 2 MJ Carroll (G) Javelin. u13 - 1 Evan Ryan (G) 3 Darragh O’Carroll (G). u14 - 1 Odhran Prendergast (G) 2 Conor Carroll (G) u15 - 2 Noah Denieffe (G) 3 Sam Smith (G). u16 - 1 Charley Bramley (G). u17 - 1 Christian Ross (G) Long Jump u11 - 1 Daniel Greene (G). u12 - 2 MJ Carroll (G) 3 Milo Geraghty (G). u13 - 1 Robert Coogan (G) 2 Darragh Carroll (G) 3 David Timmons (G). u14 - 1 Joe Hayes (G) 2 Odhran Prendergast (G) 3 Matthew Duggan (G). u15 - 1 James Kelsey (G) SENIOR RACES 800m Junior - 1 Cillian Dunne (G) 2 Matthew Holland (G). Senior - 3 Ray Lahart (G). o/35 - 1 John Coady (G) 2 Matthew Ryan (G) SENIOR FIELD EVENTS Discus. Senior - 3 David Denieffe (G) KILKENNY COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL The festival is back this year in Gowran Park, and it will take place on Sunday 3rd July featuring a host of top-class Country Singers. Performing on the day will be Mike Denver, Cliona Hagan, Robert Mizzell, Trudi Lalor, Jimmy and Claudia Buckley with backing band The Conquerors. Tickets now on Sale and for further information, check out or email GOWRAN FESTIVAL OF SPEED The festival is taking place on Sunday, 21st August. Tickets available

online, DOG FUND RAISE Gowran GAA will hold a fundraiser on Sunday, 29th May at Kilkenny Greyhound Track. GOWRAN PARISH The Irish Catholic Newspaper are for Sale from the Sacristy. Paper contains up to date popular news of Catholic and Christian interest, the cost is €3. If you like it and would like to order one each week just give your name to Fr. Dalton, Nellie Brett, or Ann Kelly (Dungarvan )and one will be retained for you for collection. GAA WRAP UP - MICHAEL O’LEARY PADDY PLAYS STARRING ROLE AS CATS WIN U20 ALL IRELAND Huge Congratulations to Paddy Langton who played a starring role as Kilkenny secured a first U-20 All-Ireland Hurling title and a first at the grade since winning U-21 in 2008. Paddy scored a superb long-range point in the first-half as Kilkenny held on for a one point victory, 0-19 to 0-18 MICHAEL STARS IN CATS DEFENCE Michael Carey produced a superb performance as he scored 0-2 from play and was named KCLR Man of the Match, as Kilkenny lost 1-22 to 1-18 against Wexford in their final round robin game of the Leinster Championship in Nowlan Park last Saturday. However, despite the loss, Kilkenny qualified for the Leinster Final on Saturday week, June 4th. JIM CARTER U12 YOUNG IRELANDS TOURNAMENT The Jim Carter U-12 Young Irelands Tournament held in Gowran last Saturday was a splendid success with 6 Teams taking part. Mullinavat, Mooncoin, Piltown, Danesfort, Ballyhale Shamrocks and Young Irelands all participated and before the action commenced, they were led by an Uileann Piper with the Music adding spectacularly to a wonderful occasion. Piltown won the Shield Final against their Southern neighbours Mullinavat, while a very skilful Danesfort outfit won the Cup Final against a gallant Young Irelands. The Tournament was held in honour of a proud Young Irelands Man who was a wonderful stalwart of the Club from a family steeped in the Club’s Tradition. The Carter family were well represented on Saturday for this special occasion. GREAT TURNOUT AND SUPPORT FOR WALK There was a great turnout and support for The Kilkenny Supporter’s Club and Tommy Maher’s Walk for Ukraine bid last Friday morning in Castle Ellis. Well done to all who supported this worthy cause STORMING FINAL QUARTER FIGHTBACK AS GOWRAN BOYS STORM TO VICTORY The Young Irelands U-13 Boys produced a storming and scintillating fightback during the final quarter against Piltown as they overturned a 7-point victory to emerge victorious with two late goals to win 3-9 to 2-9.Trailing 2-8 to 1-4 entering the final quarter, Four unanswered points between the 49th and 52nd minutes suddenly narrowed the gap to just three points (2-8 to 1-8), as Conor Carroll pointed three times from frees while Sam McAviney was on target from play.Piltown steadied the ship with a pointed free in the 54th minute(2-9 to 1-8), before Young Irelands late onslaught with two goals in the space of a minute.First, a Daniel Slye goal from a Conor Carroll free narrowed the gap, before another Conor Carroll free dropped in front of the goal and amidst another goalmouth scramble, the sliotar trickled over the goal line. Tomas Carroll added a point from play shortly afterwards and victory was assured. U15 B TEAM MAKE IT TWO FROM TWO The Young Irelands U-15 B Team made it two wins from two as they won 2-8 to 1-8 in their Second game of the League last week. U11 HURLERS MAKE IT A HAT TRICK OF VICTORIES The Gowran National School U-11 Schools Hurling Team made it a hat-trick of consecutive victories following a highly impressive and highly convincing 7-6 to 0-2 win against Windgap. They were also in action yesterday away to St. Patricks De La Salle. CAMOGIE GIRLS NARROWLY LOSE Following victory against Conahy Shamrocks the previous weekend, the Young Irelands Senior Camogie girls gave another encouraging before losing 4-6 to 3-5 against St. Martins last Sunday morning. KILMANAGH CEMETERY MASS The Cemetery Mass in Ballykeeffe will take place next Sunday 29th May at 7pm. We are asking people to be particularly mindful of parking and listen to the instructions of the stewards. We must make sure the road is not blocked to traffic. Tullaroan Cemetery Mass will take place on Sunday, August 14th at 7pm. LEAVING CERT MASS On Thursday, 2nd June, we will offer a Mass for the intentions of the Leaving Cert students from our parish cluster, that is Ballycallan, Tullaroan and Freshford. The readings and prayers will be led

by students sitting exams. The Mass will take place in Kilmanagh at 7.30pm and will be broadcast via the internet. All are welcome to attend. GRAIGUE BALLYCALLAN OPENING As you are aware Graigue-Ballycallan GAA embarked on an ambitious development plan in late 2020. Our ambitions included the construction of a new building to incorporate a state- of- the- art gym for our players, both male and female and a social area to be utilised by all members. As Tom Ryall Park holds a special place in the hearts and minds of the people of Kilmanagh, Ballycallan and Killaloe we were also conscious of our broader community responsibility and wished to provide an amenity that could be accessed by all. Consequently, our ambitions increased, and we broadened our plans to include a fully illuminated 750m walkway. This was a massive undertaking for a rural GAA Club made even more difficult with the spectre of the Covid 19 Pandemic, ever present during construction. I am delighted to say that despite all these difficulties we achieved our goals, and I am proud to say the project has been completed through dedication, hard work and unwavering support of all our members, both here and abroad. It is true that a strong GAA Club does not happen by chance but indeed by choice. Tom Ryall Park, named in honour of that great Gael and fellow clubman Tom Ryall was officially opened twenty five years ago in May 1997 and we feel that on this the Silver Anniversary, it is fitting that we continue the vision those founding fathers of Graigue-Ballycallan GAA had in 1969. It is our intention to officially open our new development on Friday 27th May at 6pm. The formalities will be followed by a Senior Match, GBC V Rower-Inistioge at 7.30pm. To this end it is my pleasure, on behalf of the Graigue-Ballycallan GAA Executive to extend an invitation to everyone to join us for this occasion and we look forward to welcoming you to Tom Ryall Park, Kilmanagh on the 27th and hope that you can join us as we embark on the next step of our journey. Dave O’Neill, Chairman, Graigue-Ballycallan GAA COLÁISTE ÉAMANN RÍS All are invited to attend our school closure ceremony at 1pm on May 29th in the school. After the mass a book celebrating the 154 year history of the school will be launched. Compiled by current teacher Martina Griffin and former principal Frank McKenna, this time capsule of 400 pages of photographs and stories from over the years of the school is a must buy for any of our former students and their families at a very reasonable price of €20. This book will also be available to buy from various parish outlets in June. BAKE SALE THANKS Sincere thanks to all who supported the bake sale recently in Ballycallan. Thanks to all who sold tickets, donated raffle prizes, and also for all the baking. Thank you to everyone who helped on the day. A total of €6,700 was raised for the Serena Kinane Trust Fund. KILMANAGH NOTES Anyone wishing to submit news items, events, announcements etc. can do so by email only to If you have any photos that you would like included, please send as an attachment.

Huge Congratulations to Derek Lyng and his team and especially to our own lads Padraig Moylan (Captain), Niall Rowe, Timmy Clifford, Harry Shine and James Carroll. Well done lads Club lotto Dicksboro GAA Club LOTTO Results may 19th. Nos: 4 11 19 28. Jackpot: €9,850 Won Tom McGrath c/o Gina Gaule. Draw Prizes – €50: Phil Hogan c/o Phil Hogan €25 each Ted Cunningham c/o online. €25 each Liz Holohan c/o online.€25 each The 4 Amigos c/o Gina Gaule. Co op draw ticket Pat Delaney c/o Jimmy McGarry. Promotors prize Jim Murphy. New weeks draw €2,000 26th May 2022 SUMMER CAMP 2022 Save the date for our hugely popular Dicksboro GAA and Camogie Club Multi Activity Summer Camp. Week 1 - July 18th - 22nd. Week 2 - August 15th - 19th. Booking System Launching Shortly KILKENNY REPRESENTATIVES Kilkenny Camogie Defeated Down on Saturday in Leitrim as they began their Senior Camogie Championship. Congrats to our Senior players Aoife Prendergast ( captain) Ciara Phelan , Niamh Phelan and Asha McHardy Kilkenny u20’s Kilkenny claimed their first All Ireland u20 hurling title since 2008 when they overcame Limerick by a point in Semple Stadium. Huge Congratulations to Derek Lyng and his team and especially to our own lads Padraig Moylan (Captain) , Niall Rowe, Timmy Clifford, Harry Shine and James Carroll. Well done lads. CLUB REGISTRATION Many thanks to all those who have registered to date. The closing date for registration this year of March 31st has passed, all members must

be registered now to take to the field. Registration is available through the membership option on ClubZap and a phased payment option is available. Any members who are having difficulty paying online can contact a member from the executive to arrange a cash payment facility. Many thanks. PALMERSTOWN CLUBHOUSE REOPEN Dicksboro Clubhouse Bar is reopened Thursday from 8.30pm and every Thursday going forward. Thursday nights is Lotto Draw and Cards Night.All are welcome out for a social drink, a chat and if there is interest, a beginners card table.We are offering a particular welcome to our senior citizens members, it’s been a difficult past two years and we would be delighted to see you out to the club for a chat. We have a selection of non-alcoholic beers, barista coffee and all the usuals PLAY IN PINK A huge thank you to our sponsors of the Play in Pink Day in aid of Breast Cancer research which was held on Friday May 20th. Also to all who played on the day and to those who supported the raffle. There was great support from the many clubs in the South East and as far away as Mullingar, County Westmeath. From the gated entrance right up the tree lined avenue was decorated in the many shades from Baby to Shocking Pink. The Clubhouse didn’t disappoint either as the colourfully warm atmosphere was welcomed by all on what began as a cool showery morning. Both Ladies and Gents came dressed in wigs, miniskirts, elaborate headbands to name but a few all in aid of this wonderful cause. The Greenkeepers Tommy and staff didn’t disappoint either and despite the heavy thundery showers the scoring was very high partly due to the good condition of the course . Results: Winners; Alice Walsh/Roger Kennedy Callan 47pts. 2nd Ben and Bernard Moore Callan 47pts. Best Ladies Team: Mary Harding/Ann O’Shea Gowran 45pts Best Gents Team: Michael Power/Eddie Tallent Callan 45pts Best Mixed Team: Dick and Ellen O’Shea Callan/Callan 43pts 6th Helena McCormack/Teresa O’Neill Gowran 45pts7th Larry O’Shea/Mick Fitzpatrick Callan/MtJuliet 45pts.8th James Ahearne/ James O’Brien Callan 44pts. 9th Teresa O’Brien/Ann Murphy Sliabh na mBan 44pts. 10th Mary Barry/Ann Hickey Callan 44pts Front 9: Katheen Brett/Kathleen Gaffney Mt Juliet 25pts Back 9. Ann O’Shea/Brian Gallery Callan 24pts Best Dressed Lady: Mary Barry. Best Dressed Gent: Club Captain Johnny Ryan The raffle prize winners have been contacted and results will be posted in the clubhouse. WEEKLY RESULTS Tuesday 17th 18 Hole Miss Designer Golf Sponsored 1st Bridget Holohan 36pts (29). 2nd Ena Kennedy 34pts (28) c/b.3rd Ellen O’Shea 34pts (37) 9 Hole. 1st Margaret Comerford 21pts (13). 2nd Helen Tuite 19pts (22) Thursday 19th 12 Hole Competition 1st Berna Walsh 29pts. 2nd Caroline Healy 25pts.3rd Sheelagh Foster 24pts c/b Well done to Rose Brophy who had a birdie on the 4th. This week will see our Junior Cup team take on Edenderry and our Carton Cup team will play Mount Wolseley so we wish you both the very best. TUBORG PREMIER LEAGUE David Murphy who beat Kieran Lennon in the final of The Tuborg Premier League Another great night of darts in Andy’s Bar Ballyhale with 41 players turning up. The standard of the games was excellent again with a lot of local players playing great darts getting out of their groups and into the last 16. The last 16 games were, Mick Dwyer jar V Damien Moore with Mick coming out on top Paddy Cullen V Brendan Kelly which saw Brendan winning PJ Byrne V Tommy Dalton, PJ was lucky to beat Tommy who played great darts,another local lad Cian Cullen was beating by Kieran Lennon , David Murphy and Michael O Sullivan probably had the best game of the last 16 with David winning, Kieran Furlong V Mick Kelly was another great game with Mick getting the nod , Michael Cummins and Michael Meaney again had a great game which Michael Cummins winning the last game in the last 16 was David Coyne V Mark Cullen with David winning. On to the Q/finals which saw Mick Dwyer jnr V Brendan Kelly, another close game with Mick jnr winning it, Kieran Lennon saw off PJ Byrne and David Murphy but Mick Kelly and David Coyne came out on top of Michael Cummins. The semi finals were superb games with Mick Dwyer jnr missing his doubles and letting in Kieran Lennon, David Murphy had too much in the tank for David Coyne. The final was outstanding with brilliant darts being thrown by both players, going to 2 legs all, it was David Murphy who won on the night. I am looking forward to next weekend with a lot of new players coming out to Andy’s Bar in Ballyhale, it will be another great night of darts

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UPMC Nowlan Park, Saturday 21st May Kilkenny 1-18 Wexford 1-22

Wexford arrived at UPMC Nowlan Park knowing that only an unexpected victory would ensure their season would continue. And in true sporting fashion, the neighbours produced their best performance to date to topple Kilkenny. Despite the 4-point defeat, Brian Cody’s charges qualified for next month’s provincial decider, where they will once again be reunited with their former son, Henry Shefflin and his Galway side. If the Cats are to reverse their earlier defeat to the tribesmen, they will surely need to perform better than they did last Saturday. There were two changes to the XV named, with Walter Walsh replacing John Donnelly and Tom Phelan in for Padraig Walsh. The decision not to start the Tullaroan man was on the tongues of many before throw-in, given the great form that P Walsh has been in this season. Darragh Eagan’s men, clearly still smarting from their draw against Westmeath, started quickly, and had the first score on the board when Jack O’Connor struck over a might long-range score, just seconds after the throwin. Naomh Eanna’s Conor McDonald then doubled the visitors lead when he struck over a fine point. The Cats then fired over three-in-arow, the first from Mikey Carey and the next two from TJ Reid. Kilkenny looked to have seized the initiative, when on eight minutes, referee Fergal Horgan played a good advantage when Cian Kenny was being fouled. The Village man laid the ball off to TJ, who moved it onto Martin Keoghan who rifled the sliotar to the net. Mossy then pointed to leave the home side a few points to the good, but it was the visitors shooting accuracy that was letting them down early on, hitting 5 wides in the opening quarter. Lee Chin then notched his first free of the day, before midfielder Diarmuid O’Keefe hit one from out the field, to bring the Model County back in touch. The in-form Adrian Mullen then slotted over a

lovely point on 16 minutes to move his side 4 ahead. That was to be Kilkenny’s last point from play in the opening period. Wexford then hit five scores on the bounce, between the 17th and 26th minutes. Captain Lee Chin notch 2 frees and there were also scores from Simon Donohue, O’Keefe and his St Anne’s club mate Liam Óg McGovern. Kilkenny would break a 15-minute scoring drought when TJ slotted over a free in the 30th minute of play. Rory O’Connor then struck a lovely point, having taken a lovely catch before turning and shooting. TJ tagged on another free before the Yellowbellies struck for a major. Mark Fanning’s puck-out was picked up by Oisin Foley who outpaced the home defence before striking an unstoppable shot past Eoin Murphy in the Cats goal. Kilkenny had their keeper to thank shortly after, when we somehow managed to save a blistering effort from Conor McDonald. He’s an All-Star keeper alright. Tj Reid and Lee Chin exchanged frees, before Tipperary ref Horgan blew for half time with Wexford leading 1-11 to 1-8. The Cats will have been relieved to be only 3 points in arrears at the break, thankful for Eoin Murphy’s wonderful save and some poor shooting from Darragh Eagan’s side who registered 9 wides in the opening 35 minutes. Some strong words must have spoken in the home changing room, as the Noresiders came out with a little more fire in their bellies. An early second half clash involving Paddy Deegan and Jack O’Connor saw Wexford boss Daragh Eagan step in to separate the pair. From the resulting sideline ball, Walter Walsh took possession and powered forward before sending over a nice point. Cian Kenny then won a free which TJ converted to leave just the minimum

Slaneysiders snatch victory in Cats back yard! Cody’s charges will face-off against Galway in provincial final

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between the sides. Between the 43rd and 53rd minute, the sides shared seven points, with Kilkenny outscoring the visitors four to three. A brace of frees from Lee Chin nudged Wexford two ahead, but Billy Ryan then reduced the deficit when we fired over a lovely point from the sideline. TJ then popped over another free to level matters with 61 minutes on the clock. The Model County appeared to have a little more left in the tank than their hosts, and in the final period of the game they registered six points to just two from the Cats in response including a crazy effort from sub Mikie Dwyer. Adrian Mullen and late sub, Padraig Walsh raised flags for the home side, but it was too little too late as the Slaneysiders ran out four-point winners in UPMC Nowlan Park. Final score, Kilkenny 1-18, Wexford 1-22.

Kilkenny: E Murphy; M Butler, C Delaney, T Walsh; M Carey (0-02), R Reid, P Deegan; A Murphy, A Mullen (0-02); W Walsh (0-01), TJ Reid (0-10; 0-08f; 1 65), T Phelan; C Kenny, M Keoghan (1-1), E Cody. Subs: B Ryan (0-01) for Phelan (44), J Maher for A Murphy (53), P Walsh (0-01) for Kenny (67), J Donnelly for Keoghan (69). Wexford: M Fanning; S Donohoe (0-02), L Ryan (001), C Devitt; M O’Hanlon, D Reck, P Foley; D O’Keeffe (0-02), L Chin (0-09; 0-07 f); J O’Connor (0-01), K Foley, L Óg McGovern (0-01); O Foley (1-00), C McDonald (0-01), R O’Connor. (0-02). Subs: C Flood (0-01) for Devitt (41), M Dwyer (0-01) for J O’Connor (54), C Dunbar (0-01) for K Foley (56), C McGuckin for O Foley (61), P Morris for McDonald (72). Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

>> SHERRY SAYS... So, thanks to Henry’s Galway defeating Dublin in Salthill, Kilkenny advance to the provincial decider where they will meet.... Galway of course! That’s scheduled for next weekend at Croker. If it is anywhere near the excitement of the Salthill showdown, we will be in for a cracker! What of Wexford’s win in our back yard? Based on the last few games, I certainly didn’t see Darragh Eagan’s men winning by 4. On the balance of play, the Model County deserved the win, and with it they breathed new life into their season. Their captain and star man Lee Chin turned up big time last Saturday. He led his players to an unexpected victory, scoring 0-9 and earning the MOTM award. In Damien Reck, they had a defender that was prepared to put all on the line and did a great job on nullifying the threat of Eoin Cody. For the Cats, the two Mikey’s, Carey and Butler stood out and are quickly becoming nailed on selections in the Kilkenny starting XV. The ‘keyboard warriors’ were out in force following the Wexford defeat. “Long ball merchant”, “no plan b”, “should have changed manager in 2016”. Whatever the merits of these opinions, we need to get behind the players and management team for what remains of the championship season. Que Sera, Sera...


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O’ U20 All-Ireland Hurling Final Semple Stadium, Thurles, Sunday 22nd May Kilkenny 0-19 Limerick 0-18

The future’s bright for Lyng’s All-Ireland winning star’s Photos by INPHO

Kilkenny are All-Ireland champions! Derek Lyng’s U20 side came out the right side of a swashbuckling clash with Limerick at Semple Stadium last Sunday afternoon. When referee Thomas Walsh blew his whistle to signal the end of the game, the Cats were 1-point to the good and huge celebrations ensued as they recorded their first U20 All-Ireland title. Previously, the Norseiders had claimed eleven titles at the old U21 grade, their last coming way back in 2008. While Billy Drennan was rightly awarded man-ofthe-match, much talk in the aftermath of Kilkenny’s victory was Paddy Langton’s first -half point. The Young Irelands defender’s longrange effort appeared to have been prevented from dropping over the crossbar by Limerick keeper, Conor Hanley Clarke. Much to the netminders annoyance, the umpire reached for the flag and signaled a point. The Hawk-Eye system was not in operation for the curtainraiser to the Cork – Tipp Munster championship game that followed, and those in black and amber will have been relieved when they watched the action back at home! The game was only a matter of seconds old when Doon’s Adam English fired over a fine point from out under the stand on the right-hand side of the stadium to set the tone. Kilkenny would register a couple of bad wides before a powerful and skillful run by Timmy Clifford was rewarded with an even better finish by the talented Dicksboro player in the 3rd minute. Denis Walsh then struck over a lovely score, after some good approach play by Peter McDonald. Limerick were level with a little over 5 minutes gone, thanks to a fine over the shoulder point by cornerforward Patrick O’Donovan, when the angle seemed against him. The dangerous Patrick Kirby then took possession and cut inside his man before splitting the posts from the middle of the ‘D’. Kilkenny hit back straight away, again through centreforward Timmy Clifford.

Effin’s O’Donovan then notched his second point of the day, again from a tight angle out on the left. The Treaty County were then awarded a free for a pull on the arm, and Aidan O’Connor pointed to give his side a 2-point lead. Timmy Clifford then turned provider when he passed to Andy Hickey, who feinted to go one way before slotting over a well taken point. A well-worked sideline cut found Glenmore’s Ian Byrne, who turned his man beautifully before pointing to draw the sides level again. Play then became a little scrappy, with the game being played in the middle-third. This period was broken when Aidan O’Connor rifled over a free from almost on half-way, out on the left. Then came the major talking point, Paddy Langton’s point. Limerick keeper Connor Hanley-Clarke got his hurl to the sliotar, but the umpire deemed that it had made it over the crossbar. The keeper challenged the decision made by the umpire, but the point stood.

Cats ma their PO Galmoy Genius! Billy Drennan was outstanding & rightly, MOTM

Diarmuid Mullins team then worked a short free and Adam English fired over the bar to restore the Treaty’s lead, but Billy Drennan then levelled matters again, after taking a lovely catch, finding space and sending over his first of the day with 21 minutes of frantic action gone. The weather then took a turn for the worst, and skies opened. Conditions then became a little tricky for both sides, especially underfoot. Shane O’Brien then took a pass and escaped the clutches of his marker, before

taking his point. Drennan the restored parity, this time from the placed ball after Timmy Clifford was cynically taken down. Aidan O’Connor then popped over a Limerick free to separate the finalists. That man Clifford was having a massive impact on the final. His next involvement saw him flick the ball over a Limerick defender and unleash a shot that was deflected away by Hanley-Clarke in the Treaty goal. The Cats recycled the ball well and Denis Walsh managed to register a point to deadlock matters again. As the game entered additional time, Kilkenny were awarded a fee inside their own half. Their keeper, Aidan Tallis stepped forward and sent over

a wonderful effort to edge the Noresiders ahead. Waterford whistler Walsh then brought the opening period to a close with the score board reading, Kilkenny 0-10, Limerick 0-9. The second half began in a carbon copy of the first with Limerick attacking from the off and drawing first blood, this time through wing-back Colin Coughlan who sent over a tidy point from distance. Galmoy’s Drennan then notched his 3rd point of the day, before Aidan O’Connor hit his fourth to make it 0-11 apiece. Kilkenny captain Padraic Moylan then sent a long ball into the Limerick defence, which broke kindly to Drennan, who made no mistake and pointed. Killmallock net minder

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Hurling matters Kilkenny: Aidan Tallis (01, 0-1f); Niall Rowe, Sean Purcell, Padraig Lennon; Joe Fitzpatrick, Padraic Moylan, Paddy Langton (0-1); Killian Doyle, Andy Hickey (0-1); Denis Walsh (0-2), Timmy Clifford (0-3), Peter McDonald; Billy Drennan (0-8, 0-2f, 0-1 ‘65), Gearoid Dunne (0-1), Ian Byrne (0-2). Subs: James Walsh for Andy Hickey (43), Eoghan O’Brien for Joe Fitzpatrick (50), Jack Doyle for Gearoid Dunne (58). Limerick: Conor Hanley Clarke; Chris Thomas, Fergal O’Connor, Evan O’Leary; Cian Scully, Ethan Hurley, Colin Coughlan (0-1); Jimmy Quilty, John Kirby; Adam English (0-2), Aidan O’Connor (0-10, 0-7f), Eddie Stokes (0-1); Shane O’Brien (0-1), Patrick Kirby (0-1), Patrick O’Donovan (0-2). Subs: Donnacha Ó Dálaigh for Patrick O’Donovan (50), Patrick Reale for Evan O’Leary (55), Joe Sweeney for Cian Scully (58). Referee: T Walsh (Waterford).

Captain Padraic Moylan & Co celebrate their All-Ireland win

Ian Byrne was in great form


ke INT! Hanley-Clarke then came to his side’s rescue twice in quick succession, with 2 fine reflex saves, the second of which from Ian Byrne’s improvised finish was sensational. The Cats just couldn’t raise the green flag that their attacking performance deserved. Billy Drennan then struck over the ‘65 that followed the second goal effort. Ballybrown’s Aidan O’Connor then notched his first score from play, from out on the left to once again level matters at Semple Stadium. Derek Lyng then made a change, with James Walsh replacing Andy Hickey. The next point would be a Kilkenny one. Ian Byrne took possession, spun away from

the swarm of players and sent over a fine point. In keeping with the previous 44 minutes, the sides were level thanks to a point popped over the bar by Doon’s Eddie Stokes. With neither side appearing capable of seizing the initiative, Cats skipper Padraic Moylan surged forward before off-loading to Tullaroan’s Gearoid Dunne, who fired over a good score. Kilkenny then gave up an easy score, when Lisdowney’s Aidan Tallis was blown-up for overcarrying, having emerged from the Kilkenny goal with the sliotar. Aidan O’Connor was never going to miss. Guess what – the sides were level, again! Eoghan O’Brien was then introduced for the

Timmy Clifford was a constant threat

recently booked Joe Fitzpatrick, who had stood firm and brought the physical battle to the Treaty forwards during his 47 minutes of involvement. Billy Drennan was proving a real thorn in the side of the Limerick defence, and he further demonstrated his powers when striking over a lovely point from the right side of the ground. The Galmoy man then took a catch from Denis Walsh’s sideline cut before swinging over an exquisite score. The Cats now led by two with 51 minutes on the clock. Aidan O’Connor then missed one before making amends moments later from about ‘65 out. Kilkenny were

winning the possession battle, but couldn’t pull away from this physically imposing Limerick team. In a bid to seek out elusive advantage, semi-final goal hero Jack Doyle was sprung from the bench in place of Gearoid Dunne. Limerick then halted Denis Walsh’s attempt to break forward, and Drennan made no mistake from the free awarded. Denis was then harshly adjudged to have fouled and Aidan O’Connor split the posts to reduce the Cats advantage to one. Kilkenny then attacked down the right-hand side. Some neat play from Denis Walsh saw the ball moved

to Timmy Clifford who fired over his third of the day with the game one minute into the 3 allocated minutes of additional time. Limerick’s placed-ball specialist, Aidan O’Connor then sent over another free to leave just the minimum between the sides, with just 1 minute remaining. The Treaty knew that they needed just one more score to force extratime. They worked the sliotar to Colin Coughlan, who was in space out on the right. The Ballybrown man’s effort sailed agonisingly wide. Their race was run. Kilkenny’s was won. Final score, Kilkenny 0-19, Limerick 0-18.

Kilkenny’s first AllIreland at U20 level! The Cats previous 11 title wins came at the old U21 grade, the last being in 2008. There may well only have been one point between the sides at the final whistle, but the Cats greater attacking threat and opportunities created, I believe saw them crowned worthy winners. OK, Paddy Langton’s first half point was debatable and contentious, but Ethal Hurley’s foul on Timmy Clifford could and possibly should have seen the Limerick centre-back see a dark coloured card! Also – I don’t remember Kilkenny keeper Aidan Tallis making any last ditch saves, the way his Treaty counterpart Hanley-Clarke had to. Billy Drennan was rightly awarded the MOTM award, his 5 points from play proving crucial, alongside his 3 placed ball scores. Drennan was ably supported by Denis Walsh, Ian Byrne and the talented Timmy Clifford. The defence stood firm against a much talked about Limerick attacking threat. Niall Rowe was one of the leading lights at the back, again the Dicksboro conveyor belt keeps on delivering.A As manager Derek Lyng said afterwards, there are lots of good hurlers coming through in the county. Perhaps Mr. B Cody should take note.


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Planning notices KILKENNY COUNTY COUNCIL I, Denis Carrigan, am applying for change of use of existing premises from a shop to a one bedroom apartment and permission for the erection of an extension to include a new first floor storey for use as a one bed apartment and all associated site works at 36 Kennyswell 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 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 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. Signed: Byrne & McCabe Design Ltd, Architecture and Engineering Services (059 9725684). KILKENNY COUNTY COUNCIL Planning Permission is sought by Marie Kenny to construct a new single storey dwelling house, new vehicular site entrance, new proprietary sewage treatment system and percolation area, new borehole well and all associated site development works at Rathkyle, Castlecomer, 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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The Kilkenny Observer Friday 27 May 2022

The Kilkenny Observer Friday 27 May 2022


Miracle Prayers

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.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. H.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.B

A prayer to the Blessed Virgin

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.B

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. B.D

(never known to fail). O most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful vine, Splendour of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, O Star of the sea, help me and show me herein you are my Mother. O Holy Mary Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to grant my request. (Please state request). There are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein you are my Mother. I place this cause in your hands (three times). Thank you for your mercy towards me and mine. Amen. This prayer must be said for three days and after this the request will be granted. This prayer must be published immediately. M.B

St. Anthony Prayer,

O Holy St. Anthony gentlest of Saints, your love for God and charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me (request). O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms. The gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen M.B



The Kilkenny Observer Friday 27 May 2022