Kilkenny Observer 5th August 2022

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Our lives matter Kilkenny vs Cork Politicians answer Preview to All-Ireland Senior the woke call Camogie Championship Final  Marianne Heron, page 12

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Over 80k raised for house blaze family THE Mullinavat community has rallied in support after a local family’s home was destroyed in an early morning blaze. Derek Kenneally, his wife, Deirdre, and their three children, Anna (11), Eoin (8) and Oisin (6), have been left with almost nothing following the house fire but are relieved none of the family was injured. The blaze broke out at the Kenneally family home in

Mullinavat in the early hours of last Thursday morning and spread from a garage, which engulfed their house. Everyone inside managed to get out safely but the house was extensively damaged in the fire. It subsequently emerged that the house insurance had lapsed leaving the family in a hugely difficult situation. In response, Mullinavat GAA and Camogie Clubs set

up a GoFundMe campaign to support their fellow club colleagues and neighbours. In a statement on their fundraising page, the clubs said the family are left in a situation, where they are left without a home, and “little more than the clothes they had on their backs.” “We know the family have been blown away by the help and support they have received over the past few days

from neighbours and friends. These offers of help and support spurred us to set up this page in the hope they can start to rebuild their lives.” Derek and Deirdre Kenneally both work at Waterford University Hospital. Mr Kenneally works as a clinical nurse manager in the emergency department and his wife works in the laboratory. In the early hours of July 28th, they were woken by their

eldest daughter Anna and her friend who was on a sleepover. The girls were awake chatting when they heard a noise outside, looking out the window they saw the garage was on fire. They quickly woke the couple, who in turn got the two boys up out of bed. The family left the house and removed the dog from its run to safety. When they were all outside, while calling the fire brigade,

they noticed the roof of the house had caught fire. In a matter of minutes, the whole house was ablaze. Over 1.5 thousand people have made donations to the GoFundMe page, raising a total of €81,205 in just five days. If you want to help the Kenneally family start to rebuild their lives, you can make a donation at: www.gofundme. com/f/mullinavat-house-firesupport-fund

Vicky reunites with brother for ‘last time’ VICKY Phelan reunited with her brother Robbie for ‘last time’ ahead of his return home to New Zealand. The siblings enjoyed a staycation at her Clare holiday home as they filled their last day together making “wonderful memories”. The mum-of-two opened up about the family trip as she spent time with her husband Jim and their children as well. Vicky shared on social media how delighted she was to see her brother again who lives on the other side of the world. The cervical cancer campaigner said, “The end of a fabulous bank holiday weekend spent with some of my favourite people in the world - my BFF @susanmcfe, my brother @robbiekelly007 his fiancee @ fionav1 and of course Jim and

my kids... “We spent the weekend at my holiday home in County Clare and did what everyone does on holidays – read books and eat out.” The Kilkenny native explained how “important” it was for she and Robbie to get together for the “last time” before his return home. She said, “In between meals, the boys played some golf while the girls sat outside on my new garden furniture reading or chatting. “We walked Doughmore beach and Darragh and Robbie found loads of golf balls and we even got in a sea swim yesterday at Spanish Point (well obviously not me but everyone else but me...and Fiona) The weather was simply glorious yesterday.”

Calling all Kilkenny Gold Awardees GAISCE Gold Award recipients from across Kilkenny are asked to come forward to inspire new generation of community leaders. Gaisce – The President’s Award – wants to record their unique stories as part of a special collection and living archive of Gold Awardees from nearly 40 years of the President’s Award. Visit:

More booster vaccines to be offered against Covid-19 A SECOND booster vaccine of Pfizer or Moderna is being recommended for people aged 50-64. It’s among a number of new recommendations in relation to Ireland’s Covid-19 vaccination programme, which have EVERY FRIDAY

been accepted by the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly. The recommendations were made by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) to the Interim Chief Medical Officer (CMO),

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who has endorsed them. NIAC has also recommended that a third booster dose be offered to people aged over 65. A second booster dose will be offered to people in the 1249 age group who have un-

derlying medical conditions or who are residents of longterm care facilities. Healthcare workers and pregnant women will also be offered a second MRNA booster vaccine. As well as the over 65s,

NIAC has also recommended that a third dose be offered to immunocompromised people who are aged between 12 and 64. A first MRNA booster dose will also be available for immunocompromised children

between 5 and 11 years of age. NIAC has recommended that Covid vaccines can be given at the same time as the flu vaccine and that booster doses should be given four months after a previous dose or a previous Covid infection.


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News Visit to Jurassic Newpark is a ‘roaring’ success for Eimear, Mick, Ava and Evie McDonnell.

Dino-mite – visitors flock to ‘Jurassic Newpark’ THE opening weekend of the new Jurassic Newpark farm and adventure trail at the Newpark Hotel Kilkenny was a huge success, as crowds thronged to the venue to see life-sized (robotic) dinosaurs that move and roar. The hotel, which is located

on 25 acres of parkland, has created a dino-mite experience for any Dinosaur fan. The space is similar to the paddocks depicted in the Jurassic Park movies (but without the escaping dinosaurs or ensuing carnage). It features ‘electric fenced

in enclosures’ for the carnivorous predators including the fearsome ‘king of the dinosaurs’ Tyrannosaurus Rex and the dangerous and yet fascinating Velociraptor, with its signature curved claw on each toe for pinning prey.

There is also a large fenced in open paddocks for the plant eating herbivores including the distinctive three horned Triceratops, armoured Stegosaurus with plates along its spine, and the long necked majestic Brachiosaurus. These pad-

docks are linked with accessible trails, with fantastic photo ops along the way and Park Rangers who give informative talks about the different dinosaurs. The tagline for Jurassic Newpark is ‘not just a walk in the park’ and that

is certainly apt as designing habitats to display ‘live’ dinosaurs is no small undertaking. Preparations for the launch of this new dino themed attraction included reallocation of space in the hotel grounds, major landscaping work, and extensive planting to create a lush natural habitat with an authentic prehistoric feel. This project involved a financial investment of in excess of €250,000 and has created 10 new jobs. Roles include ‘Jurassic Newpark’ rangers, maintenance workers, landscaping, gardening, café and gift shop employees and additional hospitality roles within the hotel. The hotel The grounds also feature a tree-top adventure playground with a zip line to whizz across and Little Rascal’s Go Carting, which are both sure to set hearts racing.There’s also a 2.5km nature walk around the Newpark Hotel Fen nature reserve, which is an ideal way to burn off some energy. Or stir your family’s imagination with a visit to the hotel’s very own fairy trail. Children and young at heart adults will be mesmerised by the fairy houses, wishing well and the chance to post a letter to the fairies. Newpark Hotel Kilkenny offers a unique memory making occasions for families. For more, visit NewparkHotelhotelkilkenny. com or jurassicnewpark. com.

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Watching the grass grow from an eye in the sky KILKENNY farmers could soon be using hi-tech ‘dairy drone’ imagery and a form of artificial intelligence to help them decide which fields to let their cows graze. Researchers at Teagasc, UCD and DCU, funded by the VistaMilk SFI Research Centre based in Teagasc, Moorepark, Co Cork, are currently testing the accuracy of physical and lab-based observations of

grass growth against new image-analysing, machinelearning models based on photos captured by drones and static cameras. The aim is to produce predictive data of the yield and composition of grass growth on pastures. This innovation is designed to help farmers determine the best time and which areas to allow their cows to feed.

Promoting animal welfare in City and County for 140 years KILKENNY SPCA, one of Ireland’s oldest Societies of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals celebrates its 140th anniversary this year. Founded in 1882 by the Marquis and Marchioness of Ormonde, the Kilkenny SPCA was set up to promote the welfare of all animals, both domestic and wild. The first meeting took place in Kilkenny Castle on April 25, 1882 and it became a registered charity in 1937. Today the charity is one of 17 affiliated member societies of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA), of which the Kilkenny SPCA was one of the founding members. Commenting on this historic year, Animal Welfare Officer and Board Member Noel O’Donoghue said, “Our aim today is the same as it was in 1882; to improve the welfare of all animals, both domesticated and wild. Even though attitudes towards animals have changed greatly, and for the better over the last 140 years, unfortunately there remains a small minority who continue to abuse and neglect animals.” “We’ve been a part of the history of Kilkenny for so long but it feels like a case of quietly operating in the background. For example, the horse trough in The Parade was commissioned by Kilkenny SPCA back in 1902. People pass it plenty of times every day and

probably never thought about its origins. It is very unique as it was designed to provide water to horses at the upper part and for dogs on lower parts. Originally there were three troughs, one in Irishtown and one in Dungarvan, but sadly they are no longer there.” “We are staffed by volunteers and rely on donations from the public and corporate sector, as well as membership contributions in order to survive. We have gratefully received a small grant from the Department of Agriculture, Food & The Marine in recent years,” added fellow board member Ciara Murphy. “Our sincere thanks to the people of the City and County of Kilkenny, as the Society wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the generosity of the people over the decades. People can make a secure donation on our website which will help to fund veterinary care for sick or injured animals and their rehabilitation, our ability to attend accidents involving any animal, neutering services and the investigation of reported incidents of animal neglect and abuse.” “We hope to be still helping sick and injured animals for another 140 years and to do this we’ll need the publics’ financial support for our work and services.”

To date, the predictive models based on a simple photograph are resulting in 95% accuracy rates when compared to physical observations. Deirdre Hennessy, VistaMilk Funded Investigator and Senior Teagasc Research Officer, said that grass and pasture management is vitally important for the success of Ireland’s €5bn dairy industry.

Deirdre said, “It’s not as simple as letting the cows out to eat where and when they want. Farmers are constantly walking their fields monitoring grass growth, paying particular attention to its yield, composition and its grazing suitability. “They must determine when there are adequate quantities available to feed their animals while making sure they

avoid having too much grass, leading to waste and poor quality or potentially under grazing. “This is very labour intensive and time consuming, and the research that VistaMilk is funding is designed to provide them with that information more easily and quickly. “Image-analysing, machinelearning algorithms will work with pictures captured by

drones – and even satellites in the future. The potential of what we can do in will only be limited by our imaginations. We can theoretically look at sending out drone swarms that will return their information to a base in a matter of minutes, giving farmers in a whole county the results that will allow them to make better business decisions while farming more sustainably.”

South Kilkenny port welcomes return of cruise ships this summer. Photo: Colin Shanahan

South Kilkenny port reports profit boost A SOUTH Kilkenny port has reported operating profits of €1.1 million for 2021, up from €700,000 the previous year. Turnover at the Bellview Port based Waterford Port was €7.7m and shareholder’s funds ended the year at €34m. Bulk throughput in 2021 came in at 1.7 million tonnes, an 11% increase on 2020, while containers handled remained broadly in line with 2020. The port said that activity for the first half of 2022 demonstrates that the

business is again showing positive momentum in 2022 with bulk handling ahead of 2021 by over 12% at the half year and laden container throughput up 5% on last year. Frank Ronan, Chief Executive, said the port performed well in 2021 despite the many challenges faced in that year. “We have seen further recovery in the first half of 2022 in our parking income, continued growth in bulk and container volumes and

an overall step up in developmental activity. However, as in other areas of the economy, we too are experiencing significant cost pressures and volatility in some throughputs as we move into the second half of the year.” Ronan said the company is very well placed to handle a significant level of onshore renewable wind projects in the coming years and well positioned to support the offshore industry as it gears up for major investment later this

decade. On cruise tourism, Ronan welcomed the return of Cruise Ships visiting Waterford Harbour this summer. “We are delighted to be working with the local Cruise Co-operative and Dunmore East Fishery Harbour again to deliver business for our region’s tourism and hospitality operators. The return of these visitors is particularly welcome following on from what has been a really difficult time for this sector.”

Online breastfeeding courses for Kilkenny parents A NEW suite of breastfeeding courses from NursingMama. ie covering the early days right through to the end of your breastfeeding journey is now available to parents in Kilkenny. The first of its kind to be launched in Ireland, this new service allows parents to take courses at their own pace and from the comfort of their own home. Everything expectant parents need to know is now broken down into simple, easy to understand videos so they can feel empowered and confident throughout the

breastfeeding journey. was founded in 2021 by Katie Mugan. With over 20 years’ experience as a Registered General and Paediatric Nurse, Katie established her own private practice after qualifying as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2019. Through her extensive experience in the community, Katie witnessed many parents feeling anxious and overwhelmed, unsure about breastfeeding and was passionate about sharing her knowledge to help them suc-

ceed and thrive through those early stages. Through her nursingmama. ie platform, she devised unique antenatal supports in the form of Breastfeeding Preparation, newborn care classes and a Weaning from Breastfeeding Workshop; which has proved hugely successful and allows mothers to end their breastfeeding journey in a gentle and positive way. For the first time in Ireland, these services are now available on-demand and can be accessed remotely, nationwide. Katie Mugan said, “I have seen

a major rise in demand for my breastfeeding courses. Now everyone can be part of Nursing Mama’s community. Everything expectant parents need to know is now broken down into simple, easy to understand videos so they can feel empowered and confident throughout the breastfeeding journey. “Not only do members receive a lifetime membership but they can also access my very own private Facebook group and meet like-minded Mums. I will host a bi-monthly live Q&A for each course.”

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The Fact Of OfThe Matter PAUL HOPKINS

Sixty years on, Monroe still sexiest woman ever MARILYN Monroe is the sexiest woman ever. No argument. Those accentuated, full-pointed breasts; the sinuous figure and sensuous curves; that sexy walk with those swaying hips. The sultry look, the dreamy, come-hither eyes and kissable lips make Monroe the sexiest woman ever — bar none. That skirt-billowing scene in The Seven Year Itch was every voyeur’s dream. The ‘little-girl innocence’ — frowned on today with suspicion — made the Hollywood star every man’s dream and I make little apology for saying what might not now seem PC. When you visualise Marilyn Monroe, it’s the blonde hair, red lip, full lashes. But the star actually started out her career as a fresh-faced brunette. While her beauty look quickly evolved as her career took off, Monroe continued to experiment with her hair and makeup, wearing her iconic

curls in a variety of styles. Sixty years ago, on a Sunday, August 5, Marilyn Monroe’s body was found stretched out and naked on her bed clutching a telephone. An empty bottle of sleeping pills lay nearby. The alleged tragic overdose — for the conspiracy theories involving the Kennedy brothers John F and Robert still abound — robbed the world of its most iconic female star. She was just 36. Robert Kennedy, who ‘inherited’ Monroe as a mistress from his brother, the then 49th US president, had just ended their five-year affair. The Hollywood legend was said to have been left “distraught, heartbroken and feeling abused by the Kennedys.’’ All these years later, men — men of my age that is, as a young colleague says few under 40 know who she is, which is their loss really — are still fascinated by her. And

60 years after her death, she regularly makes $8m every year, according to Forbes magazine — no mean feat for a dead, allegedly dumb, blonde. Her image has been used to sell perfume, Dom Perignon champagne, Volkswagen and Visa cards, not to mention T-shirts, coffee mugs and posters. Her iconic pink satin dress, worn in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and in which she sang Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend, was sold recently for $256,000. Perhaps the most iconic Monroe garment was worn by her when she infamously sang Happy Birthday to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in 1962. The dress, which fetched millions eight years ago at auction in Los Angeles, will forever be marked in the history books thanks to Monroe’s sensual performance at the famous New York venue. The star walked on stage and peeled

away her white ermine fur coat, revealing a skin-tight, sheer, flesh-coloured dress that sparkled with 2,500 handstitched crystals. The custom Jean Louis creation was so tight-fitting that Monroe wore nothing underneath — and had to be sewn into the dress at the last minute. Monroe once famously said: “Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and 50 cents for your soul.” Men of my age would pay a ransom for that kiss. The star, born Norma Jean Mortensen, had a hard upbringing, with an arranged marriage when she was just 16. On the silver screen though, her carnality, yet innocence, made her Hollywood’s most enduring sex symbol. The dumb blonde I don’t buy. Her diaries, published some years back, give an insight into a more intel-

lectual side, featuring poems and musings on Italian Renaissance art, the writings a reminder that Monroe was more than just a pretty face. “She was a great reader and someone with real writing flair,” Courtney Hodell, then an editor at Straus and Giroux,

A thousand dollars for a kiss, and 50 cent for your soul. . .

told me back in 2012. “There are fragments of poetry that are really quite beautiful, lines that stop you in your tracks.” Other diary entries reflect the thrice-married star’s reluctance to be typecast as the token sex symbol, a role that, perhaps sadly, ultimately defined her. “Being a sex symbol is a heavy load to carry, especially when one is tired, hurt and bewildered,” Monroe once revealed. For me, and hundreds of thousands like me, it is this duality of sexuality and vulnerability that makes the mystery of Marilyn Monroe as alluring now as ever. She is ranked as the sixth greatest female actor of all time by the American Film Institute. To understand why — and do yourself a favour if, like my colleague, you are under 40 — check out Bus Stop and Some Like It Hot, for starters. And then tell me I’m a deluded old man.

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New facilites means better service for community as radio station get upgrade


Community Radio Kilkenny City recently celebrated the opening of its brand new studio facilities. The upgrade includes a large all new, fully accessible digital studio, with capacity for live musicians, drama

groups and large debates. The station’s Production studio has also been upgraded to digital. The official opening was performed by long time Community Radio volunteers, Liam Langrelle and

Ber Scott, who jointly cut the tape on the new studio. It followed a blessing of the studio by Fr Willie Purcell, Dean of St Canice’s Cathedral, Stephen Farrell and the Imam Ebraheem. The new facilities, which

cost almost €150k, were supported by Kilkenny Leader Partnership, through the Rural Development Fund 2014 - 2020 and also by St Canice’s Credit Union, through its Community Connect fund.

The balance of the cost was raised through the station’s fundraising efforts. The main building contractor was local company, RMcC, while studio equipment was supplied and fitted out by Radio Services, based in Co Limerick. The magnificent new studio desk was made by CRKC volunteer presenter, John Bergin from Jenkinstown. Speaking to The Kilkenny

Observer newspaper, radio manager Declan Gibbons expressed his delight at the upgrade. “It is a great asset, not just for the presenters and staff, but for community groups who can avail of the service”, said Mr Gibbons. Community Radio Kilkenny City broadcasts seven days per week on 88.7fm and online on

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As I See It Marianne Heron

Politicians answer the woke up call TIME was, not so long ago, when there was a lot simmering under the surface in our lives in Ireland. There were things that weren’t right, which affected our lives; privately acknowledged but publicly ignored, issues of discrimination, social justice which were swept under the official carpet. It was as though politicians were either sheltered in their own bubble or afraid to take contentious bulls by the horns. But now, hallelujah, our lives matter, some of our politicians are woke. They are taking note of injustice and taking steps to address it. Banks have too often got away with treating their customers like dirt but now look at Michael Martin’s prompt reaction to AIB’s proposal to effectively close down 700 branches by making them cashless. The move was discriminatory, especially to rural communities, small businesses who

need cash and those who can’t bank online. Martin, on a visit to Japan and Singapore at the time, immediately demanded that AIB – where the Government are 70% shareholders – reconsider the plan and called a meeting with bank bosses. Result AIB backed down. (The bank might also reconsider the advisability of having board members who don’t live in Ireland and are out of touch with the everyday lives of their customers.) Half a century after Women’s Lib organised the Contraceptive Train in protest against the ban on contraception, we have recognition that a) women may be sexually active from their teens and b) that they need access to contraception. A measure giving 17- to 25-year-olds access to free contraception will be financed in the next Budget. Not only contraception, but free twice-yearly consultation, prescription costs and train-

ing for contraceptive staff. OK, older women may need contraception too but younger women are being prioritised as the least likely to be able to afford it. It is patently evident that people are living longer these days, (our life expectancy is stretching by three years every decade) and your powers of observation would have to be severely challenged not to notice that those reaching retirement age at 66 are not all the same. People age differently and they want different things. Last week the pensions nettle was finally grasped when the Taoiseach announced changes to the pension system and that, “The rigid mandatory cut off point for retirement at 66 is to end.” People will now have the option of working on until 70. Bravo! If more could be done to counter ageist attitudes better still. Anyone with half an eye in

their head can see that there are 100s of vacant or abandoned buildings (100,000 according to the official count) in our towns and villages, at the same time there is a critical housing crisis. So applause for Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien who has noticed the waste of potential homes and introduced the Croi Conaith scheme which will give grants of up to €50,000 towards making these fixer uppers good for first time buyers – with mortgage approval and without having to deal with the dead hand of planning permission. (Why the scheme doesn’t include houses in the countryside like the ones featured on that excellent TV series Cheap Irish Homes I can’t fathom.) One of the legacies of the unhappy history of Mother and Baby homes is that adopted people have often been denied access to their records. They face further

heartache trying to discover if birth parents want to be contacted. From October the Birth Information and Tracing Act will come into effect allowing access with a contact preference register which will allow relatives to state their preference in relation to contact.

‘‘Now, hallelujah, our lives e €.

The violence against women, which has claimed the lives of 239 women over the last 26 years and the spike in domestic violence during lockdown are tragic evidence of the need to tackle sexism and genderbased violence. Where better to start than in the classroom. Education Minister Norma Foley has introduced a draft curriculum for junior cycle in secondary level (Social Personal and Health Education SPHE.) The new curriculum will deal with a wide range of issues facing teens today including consent, human sexuality, healthy and unhealthy relationships, the dangers of online pornography and the inadvisability of sending nude pictures on the internet. Couldn’t adults do with this kind of course too? There are more indicators of wokeness in politics but no more space here to list them, never mind the many areas that remain to be tackled!

Let’s feel good with Solgar Ultimate Calm CLAIR WHITTY

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Sacred music in St Mary’s Cathedral BY FR RICHARD SCRIVEN

At a meeting of the parishioners of St Mary’s in the Cathedral Sacristy on Sunday October 18 1857, it was calculated that the ‘organist and quire-assistants’ would probably account for an expenditure of £50 per annum, and at a subsequent gathering it was proposed by John Callanan, T.C., and seconded by John Feehan, T.C., “that the salary of the present organist be twenty pounds per annum, to be paid to her in August next”. The ‘her’ in this case referred to the first organist of the cathedral, Miss Coffey, who, until her disappearance from the account-books in 1865 ruled her choir from a small organ in the south transept of the cathedral, a transept now knows as the site of the Little Flower shrine. Mr Whyte of Dublin, who apparently supplied the first organ, presided at the instrument for the consecration of the cathedral and Herr Stoedkell, B.M., of the 16th Lancers conducted the choir. Miss Coffey was followed

in rapid succession by Miss Dunny, 1865, during whose

term the present Cathedral organ was installed; G Morosini,

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1867, - a pupil of the composer pianist Thalberg; Miss O’Brien, 1871, and Mrs Somers, 1872, the latter being probably a member of the choir advanced in ‘stressful time” to the post, and apparently unequal to the training of the choir, a duty which was undertaken for “some months” by Mr. Washington, a member of the teaching staff of the Model School. At any rate, by 1873, Mr John Fallon had assumed the duties of the organist, and Mrs Somers had reverted to the ranks.

A notice in the Kilkenny Journal of February 1878, referred with pleasure to a new Mass composed by Mr Fallon and augured that it “would add largely to the high musical reputation acquired by the well skilled and versatile composer”. He died in 1878 and Mr August Moosmair followed him as organist. The newcomer must have left very quickly, since, Ms Donegan played temporarily for “several months” and received a reward of £5 for her pains on the appointment of

Mr McDonnell in 1879. In October 1881 Miss Donegan was again appointed and on her retirement in 1905 Most Rev. Dr Brownrigg, in appreciation of her devoted services, presented her with a gift of £100. Mr Rudolph Nieermann, who came in 1906 – Mr Carl Mueller of St Kieran’s College was the organist during the interregnum – relinquished the office to Mr Corry in 1907 and Mr. Koss succeeded in 1912. During the five years, 19171922, Miss Josephine McGrath supplied the organist’s round of duties.

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Your Money & You John Ellis

Don’t skimp on your travel insurance EVEN with a travel insurance policy, many Irish holidaymakers could be leaving themselves exposed to serious financial hardship this summer for the sake of the price of a pizza and beer on the Costa. The whole point of a holiday, is it not, is to relax and enjoy oneself, returning refreshed? So why then do so many people not bother with travel insurance? And why do so many, after taking the time and expense of buying the insurance, not read the policy terms and conditions, thus leaving themselves exposed to serious levels of stress and financial difficulty should anything unexpected happen while away? Travel insurance gives peace of mind because you know you have protection in case of common travel mishaps. Not only that, you’re never alone as no matter where you are, help is but a call away. Whereas if you don’t have travel insurance you will have to pay out of your

own pocket to deal with any problem while you’re away, or lose money if you have to cancel a trip and can’t get your money back which can run to thousands of euros. A lot of travellers are purchasing cover that is simply below the minimum level that is required for the policy to have any meaningful impact in the event of a claim. According to Peopl. Insurance “while a ‘cheap’multitrip policy may cost just €25, it may not cover a holidaymaker for the most basic of claims, but spending just €15 more, travellers can get a policy that will provide them with much more comprehensive cover.” Of course we all want to save money where possible, but where this cost cutting renders a policy virtually unusable, or below what you need in the event of a claim or worse void, means you have wasted what you shelled out and could also find yourself with a huge bill

should something happen while on holiday, or even before you leave. Ireland is well on the road to recovery in terms of international travel but the high numbers of passengers are challenging airport operations at the moment due particularly to staff shortages. Therefore, according to Peopl CEO Paul Walsh, ”one could argue it’s more important than ever to ensure that you have appropriate travel cover to protect you in the event of flight delays, cancellations, and delayed or lost luggage. “ While the pandemic has abated, Covid is still a consideration and holidaymakers are advised to check the details of their policy to ensure cover is in place should you contract Covid while abroad. Cheap is not always cheerful, so peace of mind is vital and paying that little bit extra to ensure you have sufficient cover may turn out to be a blessing in the event

Denise Drennan graduates from Templemore Garda Training College Right: Garda Denise Brennan, Ballyroberts, Cuffesgrange who graduated from Templemore Garda Training College on July 8th 2022. Denise will be stationed in Waterford. Below: L-R - Sister Becky, mother Bernadette, father Denis, Garda Denise, sister Molly and sister Katie. Denise’s sister Sarah currently resides in Australia and was unable to attend the event

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Minister Martin must explain unacceptable delays on basic income for artists throughout Carlow and Kilkenny BY: DEPUTY KATHLEEN FUNCHION SINN FEIN TD FOR KILKENNY CARLOW Sinn Féin TD for Carlow Kilkenny Kathleen Funchion, has called for a full explanation from Minister Catherine Martin as to why the long-awaited basic income for the arts has been delayed for the third time since applications closed. Teachta Funchion said: “Minister Martin has spent over a year promising artists across Carlow and Kilkenny whose livelihoods were destroyed by pandemic restrictions that a basic income was on the way. “The Minister provided hope to many when she committed €25 million to it in the Budget last year on the basis that applications would open in early Q1 2022, with the first payments promised for April. “Instead, applications did not open until April, and now we know it will be after Budget 2023 before any funding actually reaches artists’ pockets. “Applicants were then emailed in May to say that the high level of applicants – 9,000 – meant they applicants would have to wait until June to find out if they were successful. Then they were emailed in June to say the same

high level of applicants meant they had to delay until July. “Now as July draws to a close, they received a third email, with the same excuse about the high level of applicants being used to justify delaying selection until September. “Given that there has been no change in the number of applicants since May, why the repeated delays? This comes after the opening of applications was delayed, as a result of the consultation with stakeholders being delayed from last year. “This effectively means that the €25 million promised for the scheme in Budget 2022 was a phantom figure, and won’t in fact be spent this year. “To the many artists who have been forced to sell equipment, leave the sector, or even emigrate to make ends meet in the meantime, a €25 million underspend for vital arts supports at a time when the sector is on its knees would be a total betrayal. “Minister Martin has proven utterly incapable of keeping her word to our artistic community and cultural workers. How many more months can they face being strung along with the promise of getting supports, if they’re lucky enough to be picked at all? “It was a shameful decision to begin with for the Minister to turn what was originally proposed by the Taskforce as a recovery programme for all artists and arts workers into what is

now essentially a lottery system for the lucky few, based on pure chance rather than need, that won’t reach anybody until far too late to aid recovery. “Minister Martin must explain how her Department ended up blindsided by 9,000 applications to begin with, when the very report where the basic income was first proposed itself identified a potential 55,000 directly employed in the wider arts sector. “What sort of numbers had been expected and planned for, and what work went into setting deadlines and making sure they were realistic before making promises they could not keep? “Had she been honest from the start about timelines, Minister Martin could have put in place a robust system of temporary immediate supports at the same time as this pilot was being developed – like Sinn Féin’s proposal for a Hardship Fund to help those struggling most – instead of rejecting them on the basis that this basic income would be up and running within no time. “Instead of unachievable deadlines and phoney excuses, it’s time for government to give artists some respect. The 9,000 applicants need a cast iron guarantee from Minister Martin that they won’t get another last-minute email in September telling them they’ll just have to wait another few months.”

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Newpark residents celebra outdoor community mass Photos By Pat Shortall On Wednesday evening a large gathering of neighbours and friends joined Fr Dan Carroll & Fr Joseph from St John’s parish to celebrate an outdoor community Mass on the Upper Green, in Newpark. A joint initiative by the Residents Association, and Fr Dan, the local celebration took on an international flavour with the addition of Fr Joseph from Uganda and Svitlana Saseyi from Ukraine. Residents from the surrounding estate played an active part in the ceremony. Included were Mayor David Fitzgerald, Brid Lawless, Sheila Donnelly, Autumn Tobin, Paddy Neary, Joan O’ Connell, Teresa Butler, Ann Fogarty and Bridget & Siobhan Cody. The simplicity of the sacred gathering was emphasised as the congregation remained afterwards to chat and reminisce whilst enjoying a cup of tea and a selection of Chris Wong’s homemade buns.

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Furthermore Gerry Moran

The ‘Famous Five’ & Enid Blyton nowhere in sight! WHO are we? What are we? Where did we come from? Profound questions indeed. Answers to which you most certainly won’t find in this column. Or any other column. Answers to which no philosopher, poet, priest, or wise man, has yet to come up with. No sir. I do however have a question of my own, the answer to which does not require a degree, or Ph.D. in philosophy. The answer requires a bit of local knowledge. Now I appreciate that one has to be of a certain vintage to entertain this question but let’s not be ageist. Let’s not dare be ageist! This question regularly raises its head in my local leaving us scratching our heads and furiously rummaging in the memory bank. And the question? Name the five original members of The Fifth Degree, one of Kilkenny’s favourite, and most famous, bands during the late sixties and early

seventies; they were even on the telly in 1969 on a popular music show called ‘Like Now’. So, name the Famous Five – the original Famous Five. This question hasn’t just left us scratching our heads, it has tortured the best of minds (and the worst); it has plagued the brightest

“This question hasn’t just left us scratching our heads, it has tortured the best of minds.

(and the dullest) and it has plagued yours truly who really should know as they were my contemporaries. However, as simple as this question might seem, believe me – it is not. Indeed anytime the question has been raised (usually in the pub where memory is not at its optimum, I’ll admit) no one, but no one, has correctly named the original members. And I stress ORIGINAL. And here’s a better one for you – not so long ago I bumped into one of the original members who gave me five names that did not tally with the five names a former member (not in the original line-up) of the Fifth Degree gave me. That former member is adamant that his five names are correct; in fact he is willing to swear an affidavit to that effect. See now how simple this question is? Meanwhile, if the Fifth Degree is proving too difficult, try this: name the origi-

nal Fab Four i.e. The Beatles. Not difficult, but tread cautiously. Kilkenny’s ‘Fab Four’ Still on entertainment – I am standing outside Supervalu in Loughboy chatting with Ger Cody (not thespian Ger) the other Ger who can fairly carry a note and entertain the ‘troops’ when the occasion arises. Ger and I bump into each other now and again in the Supervalu car park, or sometimes inside by the fruit and veg stall, when the discourse is usually about hurling. But not always. Sometimes we park our shopping needs momentarily and get quite philosophical, tackling the big issues like: ‘Who are we?’ ‘What are we?’ (not really but near enough betimes) Anyway, we’re blathering away when who should come along but the legendary Jim Maher, allround entertainer and storyteller supreme, with whom

I have shared many a stage over the years. Jim stops to chat when who should come by but another legend of the Kilkenny entertainment scene – the one, the only and always affable: Billy Murphy, a pal of mine for more years than either of us care to remember. Billy stops, takes one look at the three of us, launches into an air-guitar routine and quick as a flash, says: ‘Lads, the four of us could go places.’ Whereupon someone shoots back: ‘We are going places – we’re going grocery shopping.’ I’m still laughing. In the meantime I’ve been toying with the concept of: ‘Jim, Ger, Bill & Ger’ as a commercial enterprise! Not quite, ‘John, Paul, George & Ringo’, I’ll admit, but hope springs eternal Finally, the names: Louis Kenealy (RIP), Willie Maher, Jim Kelly, P.J. Finnegan, Joe Dunne. And it’s those last two names that elude every-

one. P.J. and Joe were later replaced by Andy Murray and John Travers (and congrats, John, on receiving the Mayor’s Award for your contribution to music over 60 years, well and truly deserved). Joe Dunne I am told emigrated to South Africa, where he worked in the mines before moving to Australia where he subsequently acquired a Harley Davidson and, wait for this, drove it home to Ireland. I’m in awe of you, Joe. Other musicians who featured with the Fifth Degree were the late, Dave Prim and Pat Griffin who played a 12string acoustic guitar (not many people know that). And the original Beatles? John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best (known as the fifth Beatle) who was later replaced by Ringo Star. But you all knew that, didn’t you? You of a certain vintage!

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Horse Whisperer BY NED EGAN

Horse Whisperer? Kells once had its very own H W!! Back in the 1940s/50s, such a person was in that sweet village. I knew him well. Also, there was an ‘old saying’ at the time re the local towns – ‘Kells was, Kilkenny is, and Callan will be!’ Hasn’t happened yet, but who can tell, in the future? Do locals say it anymore? The ancient village has been in the news. It’s missing out on tourists, due to ‘Water-loo’ probs. A committee is trying to fix things. They deserve support – and commendations. The ‘Priory Village’ is not alone in this pozzy. In a different ‘take,’ Waterford City had some perfectly situated toilets beside the Clock Tower, in situ for years. They ripped them down. {Probably ordered by the same dozy oinseach who hacked up ancient cobble stones and pasted dreary brick pastiches all over the show.} They then had a new ‘Dr Who’ type yoke put up – a one-person joint compared

to the destroyed multiple/ urinals. I got trapped in this Tin-Can-Castle one day - had to pull the door off its hinges to get out! A fine headline there? - “Pensioner goes berserk – wrecks Space Loo!” Back to Kells; the village I remember well was a quiet, warm, welcoming place, back in the 40’s and 50’s. As a child and youth, I used wander the countryside, and Kells was one place where no kids would fire stones at you, and no adult would try to bully you. Nor had they a priest to harass you – as was the habit of such people. And the Head teacher – Willie Byrne – seemed a most humane fellow. From memory, he used play the fiddle, accompanied by my mother on the piano. On good-weather nights you’d find lots of people standing on the ‘Cross’, talking. A few infunds fellows would be playing pitch-and-toss, and younger lads just ‘cannatting’ about. It was never a violent village – no pecking-order rows, common to the times. Such antics weren’t important to Kells locals. Even though I was a ‘blow-in’ {from all of two miles away!} – I was treated well – listened to – conversed with - always addressed politely.

A {new} summer feature was the Gymkhana held in Frank Hughes’ field, out on the Haggard road. The great and the good assembled there to compete in what was then a fairly exclusive pursuit. {In my book – ‘Tales of Old Ireland and Australia’ – I describe a day there, long ago. And the downfall of an ‘Ice Maiden…..’} Shirley’s Pub was the first place I ever had a ‘dhrop’, at about sixteen y/o. It was on a cold November night, and I’d just helped ‘sprong’ beet onto Paddy Cody’s lorry, down at Mick Long’s farm. I had ten shillings, and when Mick Shirley asked what I wanted, I said - “a pint of whiskey!” That’s how much I knew! Mick said ‘here’s a glass of cider to be going on with, Neddy boy…’ – and didn’t make a ‘show’ of me, either. Down I’d often go on a Sunday to the handball alley in the ‘Seven Castles’ – we never knew it as a Priory in those days. The Flemings of Kilree would play the Henneseys of Rathculbin. Each set of brothers included a ‘kithogue’ – so they were ideally matched. I think the Hennesseys won big prizes in Kilkenny and Dublin. The Flemings were good at anything they bothered with,

but preferred the cards and geegees to all else. All those players were lovely fellows. I remember one summer night, about 1951, and I’d gone to Delia Marnell’s Pub {now The Priory} to have a few ciders, and wait to go down to the Kings River - when all was quiet in the village. I told Percy F that I had the ‘net’ hidden - and – as I needed another to help me net the river for some fine finny lads I’d spotted earlier in the week – I asked Percy if he’d be in on it. ‘Yep, for sure!’ Down we go about one o’clock, and the river is dark, mysterious, silent and warm. Percy could swim – I couldn’t – so in deep spots he towed me along. As said - I’d seen lots of the pisces mob in the spot we hopped into. However, our less than smooth and graceful progress - {splashy-drinkyplunging, more like} - alerted the cute water-citizens to our presence – and our aims too, no doubt. So, when we pulled the net out after us onto the bank, we’d caught sticks, lots of weeds, a few crabs – and just one fish. But wasn’t he the fine fellow! Not a sprat like the denizens of the Glory River – but a monster! Percy pulled him out, performed the ‘coup de

gras’ on him – then fondled him lovingly – proclaiming: “what a great breakfast this lad’ll make for Paddy, the Da, and meself!” This end-game to our adventure hadn’t figured in my script at all. So I put my old Wellingtons back on, thoughtfully, and rolled up the net – waiting for my chance. It came. A call of nature had to be attended to by Percy. He put down the trout, and got on with the usual post-drink ritual. When he was midway through the act – I grabbed the trout and net - and off across the fields I go – and he tearing along after me! But his hastily fastened nether garment fell down – and down he go, too! By the time he could resume pursuit, I was well on the way to the old Creamery, my Wellie boots slapping away, and my chaser’s angry yells fading... The next morning the Ma and I had a great feed. As she deduced that the brekky just might be ‘illegal’ she felt honour bright - obliged to ask: “and where did you catch this fine lad, sonny?” “Robbed an otter, Ma,” I go – and that was it; honour satisfied. A forlorn little tale now... A Mrs Halley used to live up towards Goodwinsgarden, just past Hutchinson’s Mill.. She was

a teacher in the old school in Baurscoobe. I was never to be her pupil – and more’s the pity. She taught several of my older brothers, a few of my soondead sisters. The Egan siblings always spoke of her with great affection; almost love: which was a little-used word in those times. But love was about…. Unfortunately for me, Mrs Halley’s good life was cut short in her prime. And in a most unfortunate way. Whilst gardening one summer, she was stung by an ordinary honey bee – and got quite ill as a result. Her doctor – name unknown to me – told her to avoid bee stings in future - at all costs; no gardening, no walks in the fields, no summer windows shut. ‘One more sting,’ quoth the prescient bright medic, ‘and you’re a goner.’ Well, words to that effect, anyway. She followed his advice to the letter. But….. To Be Continued Ned E Disclaimer The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of The Kilkenny Observer.

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Luxury to a tea at


The five-star, Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny has created a glamorous and truly opulent residential package for guests to enjoy this August. The ‘Luxury to a Tea’ offer (from €280 per person) includes two nights bed and breakfast for two guests and a delectable Afternoon Tea with a glass of champagne per person in the newly renovated, Lady Charlotte’s Drawing Room. Located in the original Manor House of Lyrath Estate, the drawing room is named after Lady Charlotte Wheeler-Cuffe, a famous botanical artist, plant collector, gardener, and former resident of Lyrath. The elegant drawing room has feature wallpaper depicting lush jungle scenes and vibrant flowers in a nod to Lady Charlotte’s botanical discoveries and collections. Deep sofas, elegant high-backed chairs and an interesting art collection all add to the eclectic feel of this room. Afternoon Tea here is an elegant affair, dainty savoury and sweet treats are served on fine afternoon tea stands. Sip on carefully selected loose leaf tea from delicate bone china cups, choose your own botanical inspired tea from the elegant tea caddy or opt for a glass of bubbles! An impressive Irish resort, Lyrath Estate is located just five minutes from the heart of Kilkenny city and is set on over 170 acres of mature parkland. The estate enjoys a peaceful,

rural setting yet is in easy reach of the famous medieval city with its many shops, historic castle, and cultural attractions. The original Manor House at Lyrath Estate is the most important surviving country house designed by John McCurdy. It was reconstructed by Sir Charles Wheeler- Cuffe in the 17th century to appease his prospective father-in-law, Lord Stuart de Decies who felt that it was not grand enough for his daughter, Pauline and would not permit her to marry Wheeler Cuffe until the house was deemed impressive enough. The manor has since been sympathetically restored to its former glory and is home to a most impressive collection of fine antiques and contemporary Irish art. Old world charm sits in perfect harmony with the slick hotel wing and the link with the old and new is both stylish and tasteful. Facilities include a 17-metre swimming pool, gym, sauna, jacuzzi and fitness centre. There is also a 22-seater private cinema, falconry centre, playground, outdoor covered and heated BBQ area, expansive conference centre, several meeting rooms and a walled garden. The Oasis Spa incorporates several treatment rooms, offering face and body treatments for both men and women. The thermal suite in the spa includes several heating and cooling experiences including a stunning outdoor hydrotherapy pool

which looks out on the mature, private gardens. Apart from Lady Charlotte’s Drawing Room, there are several dining outlets on the estate including the main hotel restaurant, Yew Restaurant which serves modern Irish cuisine, The Grill and Bar and Tupper’s Bar, a traditional pub. There is also a private wine cellar, located via a secret stairwell underneath the main hotel restaurant which is a wonderful space to enjoy a wine tasting experience or post dinner drink.

The ‘Luxury to a Tea’ offer starts from €280 per person, based on two people sharing accommodation. This offer includes two nights bed and breakfast and afternoon tea on one day of your choice with a glass of champagne per person. To book your great five-star Kilkenny Escape now log on to or call (056) 7760088.

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Who Let the Dogs Out!

Cillin Hill in Kilkenny was awash with dogs last Saturday for the ‘Kilkenny’s Next Top Madra’ top show which took place at the Red Mills Store and was sponsored by local dog food brand Leader. With lots of fun classes including ‘Quickest Sit’ and ‘Best Treat Catcher’, as well as face painting and balloon modelling there’s was lots on offer for all the family. Leading the proceedings was the ever glam Tracy Millea who chatted to contestants about their dogs, along with experts in the fields of dog behaviour, training and canine nutrition. Judge Zoe Walker had a tough time choosing first second and third in each of the 13 classes, which ranged from ‘Most Pawsome Puppy’ to ‘Most Rockin’ Rescue’ and of course ‘Best Golden Oldie’. Over 100 pooches attended the busy event and the highlight of the day was the Egg & Spoon race on a lead, which saw owners compete in an effort to balance an egg on a spoon whilst running… and holding a dog on a leash. Close to €500 was raised from the dog show, and Leader dog food matched this with their own donation, bringing the final total on the day raised for PAWS Animal Rescue to €1000, which will help towards their Vet bill which

is nearing €50k currently. A huge thanks to all the paw-rents who took part and generously donated for a very worthwhile cause. If you missed out and fancy doing it all over again, Leader will be bringing Kilkenny’s Next Top Madra to the

Savour Kilkenny Festival in October, where they will be taking over the Parade on the Bank Holiday Monday with lots of dog centric activities for all the family. For more information keep an eye on and

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Bigger and better every year

After an absence of two years the great Iverk Show is delighted to be back. It is all happening in Piltown on Saturday 27th August. “We are already looking forward to the best show

ever,” said chairman Robert Dowley. With over €100,000 in prizes for the first time, there is something for everyone. From tiny tots to international show jumping superstars to dogs, poultry, crafts and vintage

machinery, fashion, all-day entertainment and much, much more. And this is not the first time the Iverk Show has bounced back after a break. In 1892 and 1951 after a break of ten years

in both cases the revival shows came back stronger than ever. We are really looking forward to the new competitions and events. What caught my eye was the new ‘Best Dressed Lady and Gentlemen’. Kindly

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Sponsored by The Merrion Hotel, Dublin and Connolly’s Red Mills Store there are fabulous prizes to be won. Now lads, here is your chance to make a name for yourself! Pride of place in the cattle section must go to the continued partnership with sponsor Aldi in association with ABP Food Group and the Irish Angus Cattle Society for the Irish Angus All Ireland Bull Calf Championships. The show horse and pony classes continue to offer opportunities for all equestrian enthusiasts. Frank Knight and Morris Oil have joint sponsorship of the All-Ireland Broodmare and Foal Team final. The side saddle riding classes are always beautiful to watch and so graceful There are 25 dog classes and all dogs are welcome. Just bring your dog and enter on the day! The 41 classes in the fantastic poultry marque are a must to visit. There are Hard Feather, Light and Heavy Soft Feathered, Bantams and Waterfowl breeds on display. The flower arrangers create their own magic with very interesting themes this year. The children’s class “All Creatures Great and Small” is a tribute to the imagination of our young people. Classes for young people

have always been a feature of Iverk Show. In the 1800s the local primary schools had a school garden to encourage pupils to grow vegetables. The best plot won a prize for the child and the teacher supervisor. Check out the baking, arts and crafts, and photography classes. The ‘great’ cherry cake competition is very well named with over 50 entries. The Iverk catwalk will be heaving with the fashion show once again. If you are a bonny baby under 18 months, make sure your parents bring you as every baby will get a prize! Why not check it all out on our website www.iverkshow. ie. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Free parking with a designated area for disabled parking.

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A touch of class from local actors as ‘The Quiet Land’ comes to life at the Home Rule Club By Chris Walsh Photo by Pat Shortall I had two great loves when I was growing up in Kilkenny. Being a resident of Patrick Street, I was reared on hurling. In particular James Stephens hurling. Like many ‘Village’ supporters I followed the boys in Red and Green with passion and pride. My second love was the theatre. Only a ‘hop and a skip’ from Stallards, I was a regular at their shows. Given that my late father was a volunteer at the venue I attended many musicals, theatre and Tops of the Town shows. I have to say, I still feel saddened to think that Stallards, a fantastic theatre, was allowed to close. By the age of twenty two, I found myself qualifying from UCD and moving to Sligo. Although my adopted county was not as strong in the hurling department as Kilkenny, I found my love of the arts blossomed, thanks mainly to the opening of The Hawks Well theatre in 1982. It was a venue I would form an affinity with over forty years, both as a patron, jour-


nalist and actor. My return to Kilkenny each year for the Arts Festival is sacrosanct. The city comes to life with music, opera, theatre and dance. Of course the wonderful Shakespeare at the castle is a must. On Monday last, I attended a wonderful ‘trad’ session at The Home Rule Club and was delighted to see a poster for the play ‘The Quiet Land’ by Malachy McKenna. I hadn’t heard of McKenna before but both local actors – Brendan

Corcoran and Ger Cody (I knew him as Gar) were well known to me. I saw them regularly and in many guises over the years appearing in such venues as St Kieran’s College, The Club House Hotel, Kytelers Inn, Cleeres and of course the Watergate. Indeed, I had the pleasure of sharing the Friary hall stage with Brendan on a couple of occasions when our director was the wonderful Kitty Drohan and her husband

Maunsell handled all things technical. And so with twenty plus others (full house in the Barn Studio) I attended the lunch time theatre where both Corcoran and Cody gave a sterling performance in what can only be described a beautiful piece of theatre. The play, I discovered, is adapted from the original radio play which won the PJ O’Connor Radio Drama Award in 2014 and was now being presented by Barnstorm theatre as part of the AKA festival. Two elderly farmers, Eamon and Nashee, meet at a gate on a remote hillside. These men are old friends, old rivals, and old neighbours. They are men of heart, of humour, of hardness. Their conversation is a throwback to a gentler time, when silence was as telling as declaration and meaning was more often found between the lines than on them. But there’s nothing gentle about today’s conversation. In facing the bitter reality of their remote defiance, Eamon and Nashee have grown fearful and desperate. Now they are forced to confront each other

with some heart-breaking truths that test their friendship to its limit. After today, will they ever again talk on this hillside? Both actors played with alacrity and a commitment usually reserved for the professional stage. In the recent All-Ireland hurling final, commentator Marty Morrissey credited both Limerick and Kilkenny with wonderful ‘off the shoulder’ hurling. “The player’s ability to synchronize each pass and to gel with each other’s move,” continued the RTE pundit” “was a pleasure to behold”. Well, such was the case in this McKenna piece. Both actors looked totally at ease in each other’s company and I don’t believe there was second during the sixty minute performance that I didn’t believe that the characters were real and oh so believable. There was fun, sadness and indeed points to ponder as we watched and attempted to decipher the intricacies of a play set in a changing Ireland. And although it is set in rural Ireland, it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to visualise much of the content happening in a

Phelan welcomes outdoor pursuits investment across Kilkenny Kilkenny TD John Paul Phelan has welcomed investment in five outdoor walk and trail projects in Kilkenny. The funding will be distributed through Kilkenny County Council and Kilkenny LEADER Partnership and includes €25,790 for the Castlemorris Woodland Trail as well as €29,700 for the Dock Road in Graigeunamanagh. A further €29,700 is to be invested in the Garyduff Loop Walk and the final investment for Kilkenny sees €29,700 invested in Phase 2 of the Kells Kings River Trail. “These are all very welcome investments in scenic rural locations across the county and will spur more locals as well as visitors to the region to get out and about, explore and lead healthier and more active lives. “Many of us have started to walk and cycle more since Lockdown and it’s great to see investment coming for key locations across our county,” Deputy Phelan said. Funding is also being made available for longer-term

projects and initiatives in Kilkenny. Just under €50,000 has been earmarked for an off-road cycling/ pedestrian link to Kilkenny Countryside Park. And €18,000 has been set aside for an Outdoor Kilkenny Campaign for 2023. Just over €16,000 is earmarked for Pollrone Quay in Mooncoin and the Windgap Village Loop upgrade gets €29,700. The final two investments confirmed include €29,700 to both the upgrade of the Wood Road in Graiguenamanagh and Woodstock Estate where a promotional and marketing campaign is about to begin.

city or town setting. I have to say I was delighted to attend this event and would urge Kilkenny folk to do likewise. It is sixty minutes of class. The very realistic set was by Harry Harris. My final word on the show is to say a word of congratulations to the director Philip Hardy. I have walked the boards of the Hawks Well Sligo on enough occasions to know that for a show to work, the directors input is crucial. He got everything possible from his cast. I particularly enjoyed that awkward friendship between both actors which see- sawed between silences, harsh words and laughter. Hardy’s direction got every detailed nuance from character and script to tell this tale. Well done Barnstorm and The Home Rule Club on this initiative. The show runs at The Barn Studio, at The Home Rule Club at 1pm until August 13th. €15 includes lunch and theatre. Booking : or 056 7751266

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News can Bottle-feed lambs or goats and cuddle chicks and baby rabbits, as well as learning about the Irish heritage of farming. encourPetmania is encour aging everyone in Co C Kilkenny to enter its competition to be in with a chance of winning a €1500 Petmania gift card. Greg Maternik of Petmania Kilkenny said,

Kilkenny pet store celebrates 15th anniversary with PAWsome PAWty Fetch a prize worth €1,500 Irish owned pet store, Petmania is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month. Locally,

Petmania Kilkenny is celebrating the milestone anniversary with a PAWty and PAWsome competition. The top prize is a €1500 Petmania gift card for one lucky winner to spend instore at Petmania.

Petmania began as a pet section in a garden centre in Kilkenny City in 2005. Part of the O’Keeffe Group, founded by Eamonn and Maureen O’Keeffe, the first Petmania Superstore opened its doors

in Waterford in July 2007. Its popularity propelled a rapid expansion of Petmania pet stores across the country and the pet retailer opened its 15th store in Roscommon this year. Petmania Kilkenny opened its

doors in 2006 To celebrate Petmania Kilkenny is inviting animal lovers from across the county to join the fun in-store at Petmania in Kilkenny Retail Park, on Sunday, July 31st to celebrate 15 Years as Ireland’s Premier Pet Experts. There will be lots of family fun on the day, including a visit from Nore Valley Petting Farm between 11 am and 5 pm. Nore Valley Petting Farm now has a mobile farm show, with live animals and a fun interactive show for the kids. Visitors to Petmania Wexford

“Petmania is delighted to have milereached this mile stone. All the team here at Petmania are looking forward to celebrating with all our loyal customers and can’t wait to see you in store. Be sure to enter the competition to be in with a chance of winning the amazing prize, this is our way of saying thank you for all your support over the last 15 years.” Petmania is 100 per cent Irish-owned and the largest specialist pet retailer and grooming studio in Ireland. From its headquarters in Co. Kilkenny, Petmania employs 200 people through its stores, central office and distribution centre. To enter the competition simply join the Petmania mailing list before Wednesday 31st August 2022. Visit for more information.


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Food & Drink


Wines to go with veal ... and with fish


Sourdough pizza Prep: 1 hour Cook: 1 hour plus 4 days for the sourdough and 4-18 hrs resting Ingredients For the base • 1 batch white sourdough (see step 1) • strong or plain flour , for dusting For the topping • 2 x 400g cans plum tomatoes • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil , plus extra to serve • 1 tsp dried oregano • 300g mozzarella , torn into chunks • small bunch of basil , leaves picked (optional) Method STEP 1 Make a batch of our white sourdough, following the recipe to the end of step 10. When the dough is ready, tip it onto a lightly floured surface and divide into six equal pieces. Roll into balls and leave to rest on a floured tray, covered with a damp teatowel, in the fridge for at least 4 hrs, and up to 18 hrs – the longer you leave the dough, the more sour it will taste. STEP 2 Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce. Drain some of the juice from the plummed tomatoes and tip the rest into a bowl with the olive oil, oregano and a generous pinch of salt. Combine by either scrunching everything together with your fingers (this will make a chunky sauce) or blitz with a stick blender (this will make a smooth sauce). Chill until needed. STEP 3 To make the pizzas, heat a grill to high and prepare an ovenproof frying pan. On a floured surface, push and stretch a ball of dough into a circle roughly the same size as the pan. Get the pan very hot, then working quickly and carefully, drape it into the pan, spread over some of the sauce, a handful of mozzarella and some basil, if using. STEP 4 Cook for 2 mins, until little bubbles appear, then put the pan under the grill for another 2-4 mins until the sides are puffed up and the cheese has melted. Remove, drizzle with a little olive oil and cut into wedges. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Can I use sourdough starter to make pizza dough? Yes, in fact we use our basic white sourdough bread recipe as our sourdough pizza base. The key to this is white flour – classic pizza is made using 100% white flour and not all starters are made with just white flour so bear in mind that if your starter has been made with brown or rye flour your pizza dough will be a bit more ‘wholemeal’. Our basic white sourdough recipe has less water than others which is why it can be straight swapped for pizza dough but other recipes that use more water might be a little too wet and sticky to stretch out. Ideally, for pizza dough you’ll never need more than 650g of water per 1kg of flour. Can I freeze sourdough pizza dough? Balls of dough and stretched out pizza bases can be frozen for up to three months. For the balls, you’ll need to wrap them well individually and then defrost fully for 8 hours at room temperature or 24 hours in the fridge before using. For the stretched out bases, you can freeze them piled up with baking parchment between them, then top and bake from frozen on a hot tray or pizza stone. You could even top them and freeze them and bake from frozen. How do you shape a sourdough pizza base? The best way to shape pizza dough is to roll it into balls, then leave it to rest for the gluten to relax. This resting time can be anything from 15 mins on the counter to up to 24 hours in the fridge. The balls can then be stretchedout on a lightly floured surface. The most traditional way, and for the best defined crust, is to do it with your fingers then pick it up and stretch it over your fist. This takes some practice and you can still get good results simply using a rolling pin. Can sourdough pizza be cooked in the oven? For the best cooking results, we recommend the frying pan method which replicates a pizza oven, but you can still get good pizza using a hot baking tray or and a very hot oven. Pre-heat the oven to 240C/220C fan/gas 8 with a tray in it. The pizzas can be assembled on another floured tray then slid onto a hot tray and baked for 10-12 mins.

Tips for making sourdough pizza from scratch • 100% white flour is traditionally used in pizza which also extends to the sourdough starter you use. Organic or stone-ground strong white bread flour works best in the starter can also be used for the main dough as well as Italian white ‘00’ flour. • Ideally a pizza dough is around 60-65% hydrated, you’ll never need more than 650g of water per 1kg of flour. Our basic white sourdough recipe has less water than others which is why it can be straight swapped for pizza dough. Other recipes that use more water might be a little too wet and sticky to stretch out. • Sourdough pizza can be made 15 minutes after the dough has been divided into balls and rested but the longer you leave the balls to prove in the fridge the more flavour the dough will develop. For the sour flavour to be obvious, you need to leave the dough in the fridge for at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours. • Getting your raw pizza to the oven can be tricky, so either use the frying pan method (see below) or make your pizza up on a floured flat tray which you can slide onto your hot oven tray or pizza stone. • In our opinion, you don’t need a cooked tomato sauce to top pizza. Just use finely chopped canned or crushed whole tinned tomatoes with a potato masher or through your fingers. • Good-quality mozzarella can become watery when melted, so bear that in mind and if you want to avoid that, use the cheaper pre-grated or block mozzarella that doesn’t come in a water. • If you wish to reduce portion size, the dough and toppings recipe can easily be halved to make three pizzas.

VEAL pains best with crisp and rich whites or fruity and smooth reds. Also consider aromatic whites and powerful reds. Veal is similar to Pork, in that it occupies the middle ground between red meat and white meat and can pair well with either red or white wine. The delicate flavour and tender texture of veal should be taken into account when making your wine selection, as well as the fact that it is naturally low in fat. How the veal is cooked and any accompaniments should also be considered. Lighter dishes, and those prepared with cream or lemon juice, go very well with crisp style whites and fruity style reds with good acidity. More substantial dishes call for rich style whites or smooth style reds, and the weightiest dishes, such as veal stew, can take a powerful style red. If the dish is spicy, or has a sweet ingredient (such as Veal Marsala with a sweet, rather than a dry Marsala), then an Aromatic style white would be ideal. Meanwhile, fish pairs best with crisp whites. Also consider aromatic and rich whites with good acidity and, by exception, fruity reds. Fish are generally light in texture and flavour, and are therefore best paired with white wine. The lighter the flavour and softer the texture of the fish the lighter the wine should be. Equally, heavily flavoured and chunkier fish require a more full bodied white. A sauce, if used, will also be an important determinant in deciding on the overall weight of the dish. Look for good acidity in the wine, as this will cut through any oil or saltiness in the fish and bring out its delicate flavours. Generally, crisp style whites are best with fish, while rich style whites are also very good when the dishes are weighty enough to take them. Aromatic whites, with good acidity, can also be excellent. By exception, some fruity red wines with good acidity and low tannin, such as a Pinot Noir (light), can work very well with salmon, for instance.

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A guide toeatingin Italy 1. EAT LOCAL BY REGION Italy has 20 distinct regions that date back to the days before the Kingdom of Italy became a country. Many of these regions, like Campania and Tuscany, are famous around the world while others live under the radar. Not only do these regions have their own customs and histories, but they all have distinctly unique food cultures. While it’s it’s human nature to want to eat pizza in Italy regardless of the region, the better move is to quickly research each region’s top food before you arrive. You’ll then be practically guaranteed a memorable dining experience whether you eat pesto in Liguria or orecchiette in Puglia. 2. SHOP AT LOCAL FOOD MARKETS Food markets are a key element of Italy’s food scene. Most Italian cities have one major market with more sprinkled around the neighborhoods. This is where locals shop for vine-ripened tomatoes and freshly caught fish. It’s also where intrepid food travelers can learn a lot about a city’s local food products while nibbling on tasty tidbits. Our favorite Italian markets

include Mercato delle Erbe in Bologna, Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio in Florence, Mercato Albinelli in Modena, Mercato Testaccio in Rome and Mercati di Rialto in Venice. We’ve also heard great things about A’Piscaria in Catania and Piazza delle Erbe in Padua. 3. EAT PIZZA WITH UTENSILS... USUALLY If you visit Italy without eating pizza, did you really visit Italy? We’re kidding, sort of. That’s how prevalent pizza is in Italy. But not just one kind of pizza. Hailing from Naples, Neapolitan Pizza is always served as individual whole pies with the diner usually responsible for cutting it into slices. While locals use a knife and fork to eat this type of pizza, we like to eat our pies with a hybrid method that involves folding each slice after we cut it with our utensils. We honed this skill after years of eating pizza, of course. Rome has two main styles of pizza – Pizza al Taglio, which is typically cut into slices and sold by weight, and thin crust round pies called Pizza Romano. Further south, the Mediterranean island of Sicily specializes in Pizza Siciliana which can be rectangular and/or stuffed except when it

isn’t. Then there’s fried pizza called Pizza Fritta, another Neapolitan specialty. 4. MAKE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS If you wander around any Italian city, particularly during high tourist season, and pass a plethora of restaurants with touts at the doors and menus translated into 10 different languages including Chinese, you have to wonder “who eats there?” Well, we’ll tell you who – people who really don’t care about food or... those who fail to plan in advance! You don’t have to make reservations super far ahead for most restaurants in Italy. In some cases, you can walk into a popular local restaurant a couple days before your planned meal, have a pleasant conversation with the host and walk away with a reservation. It’s so simple yet so important to do. 5. DRINK YOUR MORNING COFFEE STANDING AT THE BAR Order your coffee and pay at the register. If you want a typical espresso, just say “uno caffè per favore.” Take the receipt to the barista at the bar. The barista will likely give you a cup of water right away at no additional charge.

(If you prefer sparkling water, like us, say you want Aqua Frizzante.) Drink the glass of water, preferably sparkling, to cleanse your palate. Add sugar to taste once the coffee arrives. Drink the coffee at the bar. If you ordered food, eat the food at the bar too. Leave a small optional tip if you’re satisfied with the service. Thank the barista (Grazie!) and leave. 6. EAT A BIG LUNCH The adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day doesn’t apply in Italy where most breakfasts pair coffee with a cornetto or other pastry. This is a country where the real food action occurs during lunch. Italians often linger over their midday meals, eating multiple courses, sipping wine and ending on a sweet note. 7. GET CREATIVE WITH BALSAMIC VINEGAR If you think that you know traditional balsamic vinegar based on the balsamic vinegar that you’ve purchased at the grocery store – think again. Authentic balsamic vinegar is a Denominazione di Origine Protetta (DOP) product that can only be produced in Emilia-Romagna. And, unlike

the grocery store version made with vinegar, sugar and additives, traditional balsamic vinegar has just one ingredient – grape juice. Balsamic vinegar producers age that grape juice for at least a decade but preferably for more than a quarter century. The fermentation and maturation process may take years of patience but the end result it a luxury product that’s a worthy splurge. 8. HAPPY HOUR DINNER WITH APERITIVO If it’s 5pm in Italy and you find yourself walking around Bologna’s Quadrilatero, through Naples’ Piazza Bellini or in Rome’s Piazza Benedetto Cairoli, you’ll notice tables filled with ‘pre-gamers’ holding bright orange Aperol Spritzes in their hands. Most likely, they’re also munching on a range of appetizers – from nuts and olives all the way to platters filled with a large assortment of salumi and cheeses. In other words, it’s aperitivo time in Italy. More than just a ramped up version of the ‘happy hour’, Italy’s aperitivo is a time to connect with friends as the sun goes down while enjoying special meats like culatello in Parma and porchetta in Rome as well as great local cheeses

like Moden’s aged parmigianoreggiano, Florence’s sheepy Pecorino Toscano and Napoli’s fresh, creamy slightly tangy balls of mozzarella di bufala. If you’re so inclined, it’s entirely possible to turn an aperitivo session into an early dinner. 9. ORDER WINE AT EVERY MEAL We exaggerate when we say to order wine with every meal since we don’t typically drink wine in the morning. However, we stand by this recommendation when it comes to drinking wine every time you eat lunch and dinner in Italy. This tip may seem excessive. However, you don’t need to worry breaking the bank or becoming intoxicated when you order wine at most Italian restaurants. Many offer a vino della casa (house wine) that’s both local and inexpensive with options to order by the glass or carafe in addition to by the bottle. 10. EAT PASTA AS A FIRST COURSE PRIMO At restaurants, the primi section is the place to look for pasta on an Italian menu. Primi translates to ‘first courses’ which is the time of the meal when Italians eat a small-ish serving of pasta unless they’re in the mood for risotto or soup.


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Time to say goodbye Tears were shed, memories and friendships made that will hopefully stand the test of time. That was the scene at the Orchard House farewell party for the Twilight Youth inclusion group and their new friends for LEO youth Group Margny Les Comp-

iegne and Malbork Poland as they packed their bags to head back home. The three youth groups had spent the last 14 days together. They spent week one in France and toured the historical city of Margny Les Compiegne as well as an exciting day in the French Capital, Paris. It was here they climbed the steps of the

Eiffel Tower, saw the iconic tourist attractions of the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile , Louvre Museum, the world’s most-visited museum and then took to the pool to cool down in the 42 degrees of heat, the week’s adventures for young Twilight explorers On their return to Ireland the team set up home in the fantastic facilities of Kilken-

ny College. The care and attention that the college staff showed to the 36 guests was, as always, top class as they left nothing to chance to ensure a memorable stay was had by one and all. Now Paris may have the Eiffel Tower but Kilkenny has one of the only two round towers in the country that people may climb. The round tower at St Canice’s Cathedral provides a magnificent view of Kilkenny and the surrounding area on a clear day. The group reached the tower’s summit, by climbing a series of internal ladders comprising seven floors and 121 steps in total, to view a beautiful city and stunning landscape. A trip to Tramore, for many of us, our summer sun holiday, when travel to Spain and beyond was just a dream, but now with the Twilight Erasmus+ programmes our youth group members can experience trips of a life time to the many partners Twilight Community Group have built up since 2014. For students who are members of our older Twilight Young Adults group we can offer work placements under the EU solidarity corps Pro-

gramme. The Castlecomer Discovery Park is now a must for anyone who visits Kilkenny. And our troop of adventures spent a day exploring and team building while taking to the air on Ireland’s longest ZIP line was one of the many highlights of the week. But like all great holidays the ‘Time to say goodbye’ always comes. Friday last was just that day. The 3 groups that by now had merged into one big family of friends gather at the Orchard House, who are kind supporters of Twilight, and dined away their final moments together on burgers, chips, drinks and ice cream. As they danced and posed for photographic memories for their social media pages, it was not long before the dry eye became a little moist breaching the dry exterior they had hoped

to portray. Final hugs and kisses, promises to stay in touch and the long wave goodbye as the bus pulled away and out of view. Where this might be a sad occasion for the Twilight Youth Inclusion group members, it also shows how successful this programme is. New friends form Europe, new horizons, new places that have not been visited and experienced, and the building of confidence for these young adults. This is the beginning of a beautiful adventure and who knows where they will go next. Twilight community is a fully inclusive group where, men, women, boys and girls are welcome in all their diversity. If you wish to join our every growing membership just call 0567813105/ 0863255840 or email info@

A letter from an elderly woman from a nursing home Loneliness is something we all have experienced. If you are young or old it hits you and can have a detrimental effect on your mental health and wellness. Humans are species that need family, friends and we all need companionship. If we are honest with ourselves, we have all sat somewhere feeling lonely and isolated. This was no more evident than during that last 24 months. Why I am talking about this today? Well I read a letter from a senior lady who was in such a predicament and I thought maybe we should give more time to our family, neighbours and friends who may now live on their own. Maybe just 5 minutes of your day. It may become your most enjoyable few moments in what is an otherwise hectic schedule. I have personally experienced loneliness during times of illness, as you lie in a hospital room, or when you are unable to get around at home. It is then you value your family and circle of friends who by just dropping in for that 5 minutes brightens up your day.

I am going to leave with her letter and maybe take a moment or two to reflect on the contents and think of someone in your circle of friends that could do with your company A letter from an elderly woman from a nursing home. I am 82 years old, I have 4 children, 11 grandchildren, 2

great-grandchildren and a room of 12 square meters. I no longer have a home or expensive thing, but I have someone who will clean my room, prepare food and change my bedding, measure my blood pressure and weigh me. I no longer have the laughter of my grandchildren, I don’t see them growing, hugging and arguing. Some come to me every 15 days, every three or four months, and some never. I don’t bake cakes; I don’t dig up the garden. I still have hobbies and I like to read, but my eyes quickly hurt. I don’t know how much longer, but I have to get used to this loneliness. Here at home, I lead group work and help those who are worse than me as much as I can. Until recently, I read aloud to an immobile woman in the room next to me, we used to sing together, but she died the other day. They say life is getting longer. Why? When I’m alone, I can look at photos of my family and memories I brought from home. And that’s all. I hope that the next generations will understand that families are born to have a future (with children) and that they do not forget about the family even in old age.

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Community & GAA Notes

SENIORS LEAVE IT LATE If ever there was proof needed that you should always hurl to the final whistle it was provided in Thomastown on Sunday. Clara looked dead and buried against county champions Ballyhale Shamrocks but produced an amazing late flurry of scores to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Clara had thirteen wides to their opponents eight, and also dropped 3 shots short, so they had their share of possession. But Ballyhale will rue not converting a few goal chances that they created, partly due to an excellent display of shot stopping by Kevin Nolan. Conor O Shea got the first score of the game straight from the throw in but it was the Shamrocks who held the lead for the rest of the half. Clara weren’t helped by hitting eight bad wides into a diagonal breeze. However Liam Ryan found the range with two points in a row just before the break to leave the halftime score at 0-15 to 1-10 in favour of the Southerners. The Clara goal had come from a real rasper of a shot from Paul Cody and brought them back into a contest that appeared to be slipping from them. After Liam Ryan and Jason Byrne from a free had levelled matters early in the second half, it was more of the same as Shamrocks eventually opened up a seven point gap. Ronan Corcoran, Adrian Mullen, Eoin Cody and Niall Shortall were their scorers in chief. The Clara comeback began with a point from relocated defender Jack Langton. Just as he had done in the first half Paul Cody closed the deficit to the minimum with another goal. This time the shot wasn’t hit with as much venom, but Paul hit the ground with it and the bounce deceived Dean Mason in the Shamrocks goal. Conor O’ Shea, who hadn’t scored since the first attack, then replied to an Eoin Cody free. Jason Byrne, who had contributed seven well struck frees up to that point, then levelled matters, and it was left to John Murphy with his first point of the day to seal the comeback with the winner. There was time for one more piece of drama when Eoin Cody failed to hit the target from a strangely awarded 55 yard free right at the death. Sean O’ Shea, David Langton and Chris Bolger were others to catch the eye for Clara. A very important win in the grand scheme of things. Team - Kevin Nolan, Bill Carrigan, Jack Langton 0-1, Sean O Shea. Shane Staunton, Matt Kenny, David Langton. Conor O Shea 0-2, Liam Ryan 0-5. Paul Cody 2-0, Martin O Connell 0-2, John Murphy 0-1. Tom Ryan, Chris Bolger 0-3, Jason Byrne 0-8, 0-7f. Sub used Paddy Ryan. See People Sport for the match report. GOOD WIN FOR MINORS Clara minors bounced back from three successive defeats with a hard fought win over Dicksboro in Palmerstown on Monday of last week. This was a victory forged on intensity and hunger, which had been absent to some extent from their recent losses. It was all the more noteworthy when one considers that they played the last fourty minutes with only fourteen men, following the dismissal of one of their forwards. But the work rate never dipped and was what ultimately carried them to a 4-15 to 2-13 victory. Clara really hit the ground running and Rory Glynn had the ball in the Boro net only a minute in, following a great run and low finish. Just a minute later he rounded his man again and after his shot was saved, Ned Langton pounced on the rebound and buried it. Conor Hoyne added a pointed free, before Billy Fitzpatrick got the Boro off the mark with a free. Conor Hoyne scored the next three points, two from frees, before Fitzpatrick converted another Boro free. This was immediately cancelled out by an Eoin Corr goal, when he was very alert to let fly on a ball that was bobbling around the square. This pushed Clara into a 3-4 to 0-2 lead but they had lost an eleven point lead to Castlecomer earlier in the campaign. Mikey Stynes then hit two super points for the Boro before Conor Hoyne replied with a similar effort. Three Boro points in a row coincided with the Clara sending off but importantly Conor Hoyne closed out the first half scoring with a superb free to leave Clara 3-7 to 0-7 ahead at the short whistle. Clara again hit the ground running at the start of the second half. Conor Hoyne and Rory Glynn signalled their intent with two beauties from play but the Boro fought back with a Patrick Lacey goal sandwiched by two Billy Fitz frees and suddenly the lead was down to six with twenty minutes still to play. That big squandered lead to Comer must have come into the players’ minds. Character was required and character was provided. Ned Langton, who showed an insatiable appetite for work all evening, scored a sublime point from the right sideline, and then Eoin Corr, who battled so hard in a two man full forward line with Rory Glynn following the Clara dismissal, picked a ball out of a ruck, fended off a couple of would be tacklers and coolly despatched it one handed to the net past an advancing Boro goalkeeper. Conor Hoyne then struck two brilliant frees and the Clara lead was back to twelve. A Billy Fitz free was countered by another Ned Langton peach before the Boro made one last ditch effort to close the gap with an unanswered 1-2. During this surge they were thwarted by a top class full back line of Tommy Delaney, Ben Crow and Philip Carrigan. Behind them Cian Kelly was in inspired form and made several saves that Eoin Murphy would have been proud of. The game produced only three more points, a free each for Billy Fitz and Conor Hoyne and it was left to Rory Glynn to close out the Clara scoring when he floated over a lovely point from distance after he won a hard fought for ball. The Clara half back line were very solid throughout. Harry Boyle gave a very energetic display and made some probing runs, Zach Lawlor delivered an aggressive display of centre back play while it was great to have Co-captain Ben Murphy back after injury. Davy Barcoe gave a terrific display in the middle of the park beside Conor Hoyne, particularly in the first half. Luke Lawlor and Joe Power belied their youth with a hardworking hour which really complemented Ned Langton’s efforts and Sean Carrigan was a fine target man and provided lots of breaking ball for corner forwards Rory Glynn and Eoin Corr to capitalise on. If this workrate is replicated for the rest of the year this team can take a few scalps. O Loughlins will provide the opposition for the final league game. Team - Cian Kelly, Tommy Delaney, Ben Crow, Philip Carrigan. Harry Boyle, Zach Lawlor, Ben Murphy. Conor Hoyne 0-11, 0-8f, Davy Barcoe. Joe Power, Ned Langton 1-2, Luke Lawlor. Rory Glynn 1-2, Sean Carrigan, Eoin Corr 2-0. Subs Hugh Kelly, John Bergin, Alex McDonald, Alex Firbank, Dillon Cummins, Daniel Ryan, Bill Kealy, Tom Murphy,

Tom Boyle, Orí Phelan. MARY AND AISLING The very best of luck to Mary O Connell and Aisling Curtis who are part of the Kilkenny senior squad that bid for All Ireland glory in Croke Park on Sunday. The Rebelettes from Cork will provide the opposition and are always a stern test for the Noresiders. Good luck girls! BRIAN CODY Huge well wishes and thanks are due to Kilkenny senior hurling manager Brian Cody following his retirement from the position recently. It was always a pleasure to follow Kilkenny during Brian’s tenure as they never failed to give 100% for the duration of his 24 year stint. Conor Phelan of Clara was part of his selection team for the last two years. Brian brought Kilkenny to the very top of the hurling ladder and left them in a very good place following a stirring display in the All Ireland final. Thanks for the commitment and the memories Brian. THE LATE TOM BECKETT RIP The people of Freshford, County Kilkenny and beyond were shocked and saddened recently to learn of the passing of Tom Beckett late of Blackwood Freshford. Tom who was only in his mid 60s was a native of Ballinlough County Cork and came to Freshford as a young chap and settled into Freshford where he set up business later and resided. He was a friendly, kind, outgoing and jovial character and was widely known and respected and ran a very successful landscaping business. He bred and trained greyhounds for many years and had many good successful dogs and probably most remembered “Handsome Billa” He was Secretary of the Freshfod Coursing club for over 20 years and did so impeccably. He was a keen GAA follower and he played for St.Lachtains for a number of years but he loved his native Cork too. He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him from his work contacts, from the GAA from the Geyhound and Coursing sector and people travelled from far and wide to pay their respects to Tom. There was a guard of honour from all his workers, GAA sector, coursing and greyhound sector. His funeral mass took place on Wednesday of last week in Clontubrid Church followed by burial in St.Lachtains Cemetary. The funeral cortege was led by one of his prestige greyhounds. Following prayers at the graveside a rendering of his song “Daisy a Day” was given by local man, Joe Crosby. He is mourned by his wife Mary, daughter Stacey, son in law, grandchild, brother Dreary, sister Marian, sisters in law, brothers in law, niece nephew and extended family to whom deepest sympathy is extended. HOME FROM DOWN UNDER Home at present on holiday with his Mam and family from down under Australia is Declan Rafter formerly of Woodview. Declan is a regular visitor back to his native Freshford but hasn’t been home for past three years due to the pandemic. SYMPATHY Sympathy is extended to John Guinan, Inch Freshford and all his family on the death last weekend of his father John in Birr, County Offaly. Funeral mass took place on Monday morning last in St.Brendan’s Church Birr followed by burial in Clonoghill Cemetery Birr. Sympathy is also extended to Margaret O’Reilly, Gathabawn and all her family on the recent death of her mother Mrs.Mary Rudkins late of Gathabawn. Funeral mass took place in Gathabawn church on Thursday last followed by burial in St.Lachtains Cemetery Freshford. SUMMER CAMP The annual summer camp took place last week at the GAA Grounds from Monday to Friday organised by local lad JJ Grace and his team of helpers. The camp was the very first camp in the village and has been going for over a decade very successfully there were lots of activities and fun for the kids throughout the week and the highlight of the week was on Friday when they were visited by the victorious Kilkenny Footballers who won the Junior All Ireland recently. DEATH The death took place also last week of Aidan (Aodan) Fulham late of Kilkenny Road Freshford. Although advanced in years and unwell recently nevertheless his passing caused widespread regret and sorrow. A native of Ardagh County Limerick Aidan was a teacher by profession and taught for many years in Clogh NS as did his wife Marie. He was a quiet, good living gentleman and a great story teller. His funeral mass took place on Thursday morning last in St.Lachtains Church Freshford followed by burial in Foulkstown Cemetery Kilkenny. He is deeply mourned by his wife Marie, his daughters Selina and Gemma, granddaughter Phoebe, sons in law, brothers, sisters in law, nephews, nieces and extended family to whom sympathy is extended. CEMETERY MASS The annual cemetery mass will take place in Tulla Graveyard on Saturday 6th August at 7.30pm (weather permitting). Otherwise the mass will take place in the Church. Please let people know who wish to attend. GAA St.Lachtains Intermediate hurlers started their league / championship campaign on Sunday evening last when they took on O’Loughlins in Jenkinstown and came out on the wrong side losing out by four points at the final whistle. St Lachtain’s hosted neighbours Tullaroan in the final of the Johnny Kavanagh memorial cup recently. Held in front of a big crowd in Freshford the spectators saw a close game throughout with the home side coming out winners on a score of 4.18 to 1.16. The cup was presented to the Captain John Fitzpatrick by Brenda Kavanagh and the Club express thanks to the Kavanagh family for their continued support of St Lachtain’s GAA CAMP A GAA camp will be held in the GAA Grounds from Monday 8th August to 11th from 10am to 2pm. All boys and girls from 6 to 13 are welcome. The cost is €50 per chid but there are family discounts available. To book a place or for more info please contact Ml Farrell on 0851283075, Deirdre Dalton on 0863575025 or Mags Hickey on 0860724071. SPLIT THE POT The weekly lucky winner of split the pot draw last week was Peader and Julie and they won the sum of €97. The draw takes place each Wednesday. 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. PARISH NEWS 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 Cards Special printed parish cards are available at the Parish Office or from Annette at Tulla Church signed by Monsignor Kennedy. You can contact the Parish office on 056 8832843 or by email – freshfordd@ LOOP Café Work is continuing on the Community Cafe a Buncrussia Street. The premises recently got new windows and front door and has been given a complete revamp with exterior painting a vibrant green colour. It is due to open in the next month or so and great credit is due to the volunteers who have worked so hard to get the work done. Féile Lachtain 2022. Ionad Lachtain Church, Arts and Heritage Centre is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11.30 until 4.30. Kevin Buckley’s bust of the late Sr. Patricia is the most recent addition to the museum. Also on display is Kevin’s replica of the Shrine of St. Lachtain’s Arm courtesy of Freshford Community Club and another replica of the shrine created 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. 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. 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 Lots happening this coming weekend in Dunnamaggin: Saturday August 7th from 7pm to 10pm Outdoor Barn Dance in Madge’s Garden: so get your dancing shoes and cowboy hats on and come on down to Madge’s Garden for some Line Dancing. Ray Cahill, line dancing maestro will be on hand to put us through our paces, a BBQ will be available and Ray’s will be open to quench the thirst. €5 on the gate - €10 to include a Burger and mineral. On Sunday August 7th the monthly market will take place the following day from 11.30am to 4pm. From 1pm to 3pm Ray will be on hand to give free Children’s Line Dancing Lessons - spot prizes throughout and one especially for best dressed cowboy and cowgirl. Connect with neighbours and friends BBQ, Real Lemonade from Gwen’s Stall and lots of craft and food stalls. Keep an eye on our facebook page Dunnamaggin Community News or text 087 7565376 to be included in our Whats App group to keep you up to date with what is happening and what we have planned. LOCAL LOTTO Results: Winning Numbers for July 25th: 11 , 25 , 27. No Winner. Winners of draw for 5 x € 30. Aoife McCormack ( Townsend’s),Jimmy Butler ( Townsend’s ), Margaret Sheridan ( Joe Sheridan ),Maria Reid ( John Reid ),Patrick B Fitzpatrick ( Pete’s Shop ) ROSARY Rosary in Dunnamaggin: The rosary will take place the first Monday of every month during the summer at 8pm at Our Lady’s Grotto Baurscobe, Dunnamaggin. All are welcome. GOWRAN DEVELOPMENT The defibrillator at Hennessy’s Garage was used recently. It will be out of action until new parts arrive in a few weeks. The defibrillators at the Young Irelands GAA grounds in Gowran and at the community hall in Dungarvan are available to use in the meantime if needed. GOWRAN COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL Save the date, the festival will take place on Sunday, 9th July in 2023. ST MARY’S CHURCH GOWRAN The church is open for the summer season from 10:00 – 17:30, Wednesday to Sunday. Entrance to the church is free. Visitors can view the many monuments of national importance on display within the church. GOWRAN PITCH AND PUTT Juvenile Friday evenings take place at 7 pm on Fridays. GOWRAN FESTIVAL OF SPEED The festival is taking place on Sunday, 21st August. Tickets available online, GOWRAN PARK The next race meeting takes place on Wednesday, 10th August. The

first race is at 4.50pm. The complimentary shuttle bus service will leave from Kilkenny City Centre (just above the gates of Kilkenny Castle) one hour before the first race. SPORTS ROUND UP MICHAEL O’LEARY GOWRAN CONTINGENT GETTING READY FOR CAMOGIE’S BIGGEST DAY Very Best Wishes to the Young Irelands contingent of Steffi and Tiffanie Fitzgerald, Ciara O’Keeffe and Pat O’Neill as Kilkenny go in search of their 15th All-Ireland Senior title in Croke Park next Sunday. Steffi and Tiffanie are almost certain to start having been ever present throughout the League and Championship, while Ciara who is also on the Panel played in every game in the Championship with the Kilkenny Intermediates. Pat O’Neill has become a vital part of the Management Team since coming on board in 2020 and his expertise and knowledge has been well received and well respected throughout the squad. If either Steffi or Tiffanie start next Sunday, it will be the first time since four-times All-Ireland Senior Medal winner Peggy Muldowney (nee Carey) started the 1981 Senior decider that Gowran will be represented in the starting 15 in an All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final. It’s one of the biggest days in the history of Young Irelands Camogie Club and with the Juvenile Section of the Club represented in huge numbers for the Semi-Final against Galway, no doubt bigger numbers will come in their droves next Sunday. The Camogie Club are organizing a Supporters Bus to Croke Park next Sunday and there will surely be huge support from the parish in attendance as they cheer on the Young Irelands contingent and the rest of the Kilkenny girls in their quest to regain the O’Duffy Cup. For anyone interest in travelling on the bus, please contact Padraig Brennan at 0879176245 for more information! DISAPPOINTMENT AS INTERMEDIATES LOSE A Disappointing start for the Young Irelands Intermediates as they lost 2-18 to 1-12 against Carrickshock in the opening round in Bennettsbridge last Sunday. GOALFEST AS GOWRAN MINORS HIT DUNNAMAGGIN FOR SIX Young Irelands Gowran 6-19 Dunnamaggin 2-10 The Young Irelands minors qualified for a Minor Roinn a League Final showdown with James Stephens following a comprehensive 21-point victory against Dunnamaggin in Gowran, as the exceptional duo of Ben Phelan and Michael Keating led the way with 4-12 between them. It was another excellent performance from Ciaran Phelan’s charges who bounced back to winning ways following the loss against their League Final opponents last week.They got off to a sluggish start as they trailed 0-3 to 0-1 after 10 minutes, but once Michael Keating grabbed the team’s first goal in the 12th minute (1-1 to 0-3), they started to accelerate and take control. Michael grabbed his second goal in the 19th minute after he was set-up by Thomas Langton (2-4 to 0-4) and buoyed on by that second goal, Young Irelands took control for the remainder of the half as they outscored Dunnamaggin 1-5 to 0-2 with Ben Phelan adding a further 1-2 and points coming from the hardworking Kieran Timmins, James Brennan and the towering Eoghan O’Neill. The goal coming in the 27th minute when the roving Diarmuid Langton soloed forward for Ben Phelan to apply a simple finish to give Young Irelands a 3-9 to 0-6 lead at half-time and they continued that dominance throughout the second half. Dunnamaggin grabbed a goal at the start of the second-half to narrow the advantage (3-9 to 1-6), but Young Irelands replied with points from Ben Phelan, Thomas Langton and a Ben Phelan ‘65 to lead 3-12 to 1-6. Goal number four arrived in the 40th minute when Ben turned provider for Thomas Langton to finish. 4-12 to 1-6. Michael Keating added another from play seconds later, and goals number five and six came in quick succession in the 48th and 49th minutes respectively. The Phelan brothers Ben and Cian combined for Ben to finish and that was immediately followed by a goal from Cian who took advantage of a defensive mistake. 6-14 to 1-9. The Gowran lads added five further points in the final 10 minutes as Michael Keating, Ben Phelan (2), Cian Phelan and Substitute Tadhg Ahern all added to the team’s tally as they got back to winning ways following a highly emphatic performance and victory. Young Irelands Scorers: Ben Phelan 2-8(0-2 frees 0-1’65), Michael Keating 2-4, Cian Phelan 1-2, Thomas Langton 1-1, Kieran Timmins, James Brennan, Eoghan O’Neill and Tadhg Ahern 0-1 each Young Irelands: Tim Brennan, Andrew Corbett, Shane Simpson, Richard Nolan, Sam Brennan, David Langton, Jim Conlon, James Brennan, Eoghan O’Neill, Cian Phelan, Ben Phelan, Kieran Timmins, Diarmuid Langton, Michael Keating, Thomas Langton DOUBLE DELIGHT There was double delight for Young IrelandsTeams as both the U-15s and U-19s won their respective League Finals. The U-19s defeated near neighbours Bennettsbridge 1-20 to 0-17 in the Roinn B League Final in Clara as they led from the outset.By the midway point of the first-half, Young Irelands led 1-5 to 0-4 and in a high scoring Second Quarter of almost a score a minute, the Gowran lads 1-13 to 0-10 at the interval. The Second Half was a much tighter affair in terms of scores happening less frequently.By the 47th minute, Bennettsbridge had narrowed the gap as Young Irelands led 1-15 to 0-15, but the Gowran lads dug deep throughout that final quarter as they outscored their opponents 0-5 to 0-2 to run out 6-point victors. Winning Silverware is a huge confidence booster for the U-19s ahead of the start of the upcoming Championship. YOUNG IRELANDS: Tim Brennan, David Langton, Cathal Darcy, Charlie Brennan, Bobby Brennan, Paddy Langton, Charlie Fitzgerald, Jimmy Lennon, Tommy Phelan, Padraig Naddy, David Drennan, Killian Carey, Diarmuid Langton, Conor Fitzpatrick, Ben Phelan, Jake Byrne, Jim Conlon, Cian Phelan, Shane Simpson, Richard Nolan, CJ Delaney, Eoghan O’Neill, Michael Keating, Daniel Manning, Sean Fitzpatrick, Ciaran Kavanagh, Rory Farrell, Jamie Middleton Meanwhile, the Young Irelands U-15 B Team had a resounding 3-17 to 2-8 win against Danesfort in the League Final in the MW Hire Centre, Dunmore last Thursday Evening. Young Irelands lost by a point to Danesfort in the corresponding Group Match the previous week, but last Thursday the Team gave a superb

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Community & GAA Notes

U14 Camogie Team who won the U14 Camogie League Final

Our Senior ladies claimed the MLM Hyundai Senior League Title performance as they ran out 12-point winners. U16 GIRLS QUALIFY FOR LEAGUE FINAL The Young Irelands U-16 Camogie Girls qualified for the League Final as they defeated Rower-Inistioge in Inistioge last Wednesday Evening. Meanwhile, there was a great win for the Young Irelands Junior Camogie as they qualified for the County Junior Championship SemiFinal following an emphatic 1-14 to 0-2 victory against Danesfort YOUNG IRELANDS ROUNDERS COMPETITION The Young Irelands Rounders Competition has now reached the knockout stages with the first two Quarterfinals down for decision last night (Thursday) with the remaining two Quarterfinals scheduled to be played next Thursday, 11th August. The Semi-Finals are scheduled for August 18th with the final scheduled to be played the first weekend in September - 3rd/4th September Next Thursday week, the 11th of August, The Steeplechasers will play Clashwilliam United at 6.45pm and that will be followed by the Final Quarter-Final between Paulstown Road and Rockfield at 7.30pm. CLUB LOTTO Dicksboro GAA Club LOTTO Results July 28th. Nos: 1, 6, 12, 26.Jackpot: €3,350 Not Won Draw Prizes – €50: John Power c/o Jimmy McGarry. €25 each Brian

Whyte c/o Paddy Maher €25 each Gerry Leahy c/o online. €25 each Ann Brett c/o online Co op draw ticket Ada Grace Hackett c/o T Hackett. Promotors prize Tommy Hackett New weeks draw €3500 4th August CLUB RESULTS Senior Hurlers The Senior Hurlers lost out to a good Bennetsbridge side Saturday afternoon in Clara in the opening round of The St Canices Credit Union Hurling League. Next up is Glenmore Sat 6th of August in Inistioge at 12.15pm. Lisdowney 7’s Hard luck to our Lisdowney 7’s Team who just came short to a very good James Stephen’s Team. Well done on getting to the Final and Congratulations to James Stephens. Club Camogie Huge Congratulations to our u14 Camogie Team who defeated a very good Mooncoin side to claim the u14 Camogie League Final. Well done to all involved. Our Senior ladies claimed the MLM Hyundai Senior League Title in a dreary Thomastown Monday Evening. They defeated a very strong St Brigid’s side on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-10. Well done girls and Management team. PALMERSTOWN CLUBHOUSE REOPENED

Dicksboro Clubhouse Bar has reopened Thursdays 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 PRETTY WEDDING St. Molua’s Church, Killaloe was chosen by Stephanie O’Brien, Callan and Padraig Dermody, Kilbraghan for their wedding. Fr. Liam Taylor, P.P. celebrated the nuptial mass. Stephanie’s chief bridesmaid was Sharon Bourke with bridesmaids Rebecca Jones, Deirdre Trant and Lauren O’Neill. Padraig’s brother Sean was best man while his groomsmen were his brother Noel, James O’Connor and Robert O’Brien. The little flower girls Polly Mai Dermody and Aoibheann Donovan and pageboy Paidi Dermody looked beautiful and were so excited as they attended to Stephanie and Padraig. The readings were read by James O’Brien and Catherine Nolan. The prayers of the faithful which were so appropriate for the occasion, were read by Richenda Delahunty, Shane Murphy, Breda Phelan, Dermot Hogan, Rachel Buckley and David

Harrison. The mothers of Stephanie and Padraig, Annie Dermody and Brenda O’Brien, brought the offertory gifts to the altar. Padraig’s brother Paul read a beautiful communion reflection. The music which was appropriate for the occasion was performed by Margaret Nolan Doheny, Brigid Nolan and Paul Dermody. We wish Stephanie and Padraig many years of love, peace and happiness. END OF AN ERA The death of Mrs. Peg Bermingham of Ballycullen, Mullinahone in her 101st year has finally closed the Book of Life of the Walsh family. Peg was born at Ballykeeffe Castle where she spent her childhood and youth with her parents Catherine and Tom, her brothers Patrick, Dan, Michael and Bill. Peg was a very popular lady in her native district and on her marriage to Gerald Bermingham she went to reside at Ballycullen, Mulllinahone. She soon adapted herself to everything that made Mullinahone a very popular place. She became a member of the I.C.A. where her expertise made the guild and other activities successful. Peg was the mother of two daughters, Marie and Edette, and two sons John and Tom. Her requiem mass was celebrated by parish priest Fr. Danny O’Gorman in the parish church of Mullinahone. The large attendance on both occasions of her obsequies certainly bore testimony to the love and respect all had for Peg. Her son John, who is a talented musician, provided appropriate music during the mass. Sympathy is expressed to Marie, Edette, John and Tom, her daughters in law, sons in law, grandchildren and great grandchildren, her sister in law Kitty Walsh, Desart House, nieces and nephews Catherine and Mary, Brian and Manus, other immediate relatives and many friends. Ar dheis Dè go raibh a h-anam dílis. PARISH PILGRIMAGE It is regrettable that our parish pilgrimage to Knock has been cancelled. The Covid virus is still in many places with the result that we have to be cautious. UNA’S 5K A DAY IN MAY Una Dillon would like to extend a huge thanks to the people of Kilmanagh and Ballycallan for their overwhelming support in her recent fundraiser. A total of €34,000 was raised and was split equally between Cois Nore and the Marie Keating Foundation. Míle Buíochas. ST. MOLUA’S PATTERN There will be rosary and blessing of the graves in Killaloe Cemetery on Saturday 6th July at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend. TULLAROAN CEMETERY MASS Mass will take place in Tullaroan Cemetery on Sunday, 14th August at 7pm. BALLYCALLAN HISTORY BOOK A very limited number of parish history books are available. This was a recent update of Fr. Holohan’s notes on the parish (1875) and includes an update of parish history and clergy since 1875. The cost is €10. Contact Fr. Liam Taylor for further details. 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. HUGGINSTOWN NEWMARKET STONEYFORD MASS TIMES Mass Times in Aghaviller Parish: Monday 1st. to Sunday 7th. August 2022. Hugginstown Church: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday at 9.30a.m. Vigil - Saturday 6th. at 8.00p.m. Sunday 7th. at 10.00a.m. Stoneyford Church: Wednesday 3rd. at 7.00p.m. Vigil - Saturday 6th. at 6.30p.m. Thursday 4th. Feast of St. John Vianney. Saturday 6th. Feast of The Transfiguration of Our Lord. Friday 5th. First Friday: Mass will be celebrated in Stonecarthy Cemetery at 7.30p.m. Visitation with Holy Communion will take place as usual on Friday. Please let us know if you would like to receive Holy Communion in your home for the First Fridays or at any other time. PRAY FOR Anniversary Masses: Jim McCarthy and Jack Roche: Mass in Stoneyford Church on Saturday 6th. August at 6.30p.m. Nora Kenneally, Catstown: Mass in Hugginstown Church on Saturday 6th. August at 8.00p.m. ROTA Rota for next week-end: 6th. and 7th. August 2022 (Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time). Readers: Stoneyford: Saturday 6.30p.m. Rita O’Farrell. Hugginstown: Saturday 8.00p.m. John Barron. Sunday 10.00a.m. Noreen Kenneally. Eucharistic Ministers: Stoneyford: Saturday 6.30p.m. Pat Kenny. Hugginstown: Saturday 8.00p.m. Teresa Broderick. Sunday 10.00a.m. Lillian Carr. CEMETERY MASS Mass will be celebrated in Stonecarthy Cemetery on Friday 5th. August at 7.30p.m. LOTTO Aghaviller Parish and Carrickshock G. A. A. Draw: Monday 25th. July 2022. Numbers: 26; 19; 07; 04. No Winner First 3 Numbers Drawn: One Jackpot Winner: €6,600.00 Winner: Angela and Jamie Barron, Romansvalley. €200.00 Seller of Ticket: Teresa Fitzgerald, Hugginstown. 3 x €15.00 (Sellers): Jimmy Sheehan, Teresa Fitzgerald, James Irish. Next week: Match 3: €500.00; (First 3 Numbers Drawn) Jackpot: €5,000.00. (4 Numbers in any order) YOUTH SUMMER FESTIVALY Join over 1000 young people between 16 and 35 this August at the Youth 2000 Summer Festival. The festival takes place in Clongowes Wood College, Clane, Co Kildare from Thursday 11th. August to Sunday 14th. August 2022. For more information and to book your place go to REEK SUNDAY Reek Sunday 2022 will take place this Sunday 31st July. Holy Mass will be celebrated on the Summit every hour from 8.00a.m. to 2.00p.m. For more information:

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Camogie News


Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final Kilkenny vs Cork Croke Park, Sunday 7th August (Throw-in 4:15pm) Referee: Ray Kelly (Kildare)

Kilkenny camog’s will seek to be re-united with the O’Duffy Cup tomorrow when they face-off against the ladies of Cork in the 2022 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final at Croke Park. Having last tasted success in December 2020, Brian Dowling’s charges are keen to add another title to their county’s role of honour, but know that this Cork side will not be easy pickings as they bid for O’Duffy Cup number 15. Since that Christmas time win a couple of years ago, there has been lots of change within Dowling’s panel and the O’Loughlin’s man and his backroom team have done a fantastic job to keep Kilkenny involved at the business end of the season. The loss of Collette Dormer and Davina Tobin to retirement, The Doyle sisters, Aoife and Kellyann to horrible cruciate injuries and Meighan Farrell’s time-out to travel would be crippled and blunted many teams, but not the stripey women. This panel has regrouped, refocused and got stronger with every game as they look to reach the camogie ‘mecca’. This season has seen the return of Julieann Malone, and the Mullinavat woman has slotted back into the black and amber jersey with ease. Malone’s skill and ability coupled with her experience and undoubted leadership within the group has been a real asset to this Kilkenny panel. Malone has been central to a very fluid Cats attacking unit and as built a good chemistry with Denise Gaule, Katie Nolan, Mary O’Connell and Miriam Walsh. Tullaroan’s Walsh is in the form of her life and has produced some magnificent attacking displays this season. Her semi-final battle with Galway legend Sarah Dervan was a tremendous contest, two real warriors going toe-to-toe. Cork would be right to fear this Kilkenny front 6 – they definitely possess the firepower necessary to blow any opposition away, and even if one element of the unit isn’t firing on all cylinders, others will step up and add their ammunition to the arsenal. Like in any game placed ball’s will be crucial and in Denise Gaule, the Cats have one of the best in the business on their side. Last time out against the Tribeswomen, the Windgap player’s radar was a little out, a rare event indeed, but that’s when team mates step up, and in this case St Martins Katie Nolan. The diminutive sharpshooter took over the free taking and slotted a couple of vital opportunities to help push her side to that semi-final victory. Gaule possesses so many more attributes than free taking. You will go a long way to find a player that works harder, covers more ground and tackles like her life depended upon it. Against Galway there were times when Denise CONTINUED >>>

Stripey Wom out to end Re dreams Photos by INPHO

Julieann Malone enjoying Croker

Camogie final could be epic

Amy O’Connor - deadly from the placed ball

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News Camogie

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Best foot forward - Miriam Walsh clears the ball

Brian Dowling will be hoping for one more win

Manager Matthew Twomey and the lovable Davy Fitz!


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Camogie News

Denise Gaule - vital to Cats chances

Chloe Sigerson will take some stopping

Grace Walsh will look to halt Cork

Katie Nolan making her point

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Down to Cork - Sorcha McCartan

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Aisling Thompson is a powerhouse for Cork

>>> CONTINUED was making a last-ditch tackle or block in front of her keeper Aoife Norris. I expect Gaule will once again put in a serious shift on Sunday in Croker. It will be required. During the second half of the semi-final win over Galway, it appeared that Katie Power moved to a more attacking role at ‘11’ while Denise dropped back to a deeper roving role, we may see a similar pattern emerge when the battle with Cork develops. The Cats defence will once again be tested at headquarters. Cork possesses some dangerous weapons in the attacking third, and in Amy O’Connor they have a lethal placed ball specialist. The St Vincents woman has hit an impressive 5-44 in the championship to date, and this tally will no doubt be boosted at the Jones’s Road venue on Sunday. Keeping O’Connor company in the Rebel’s forward line will be the talented duo of Chloe Sigerson and Katrina Mackey. Brian Dowling’s defence will know all about these players, having faced them numerous times over the last few seasons. Providing another string to the Cork bow is Down native Sorcha McCartan. The daughter of All-Ireland football winner Greg, Sorcha had settled in with ease to the Rebel’s set-up and like those named above, will offer plenty of menace in attack. The Stripey women will look to Grace Walsh, Michelle Teehan and Claire Phelan to lead the defence. Grace will be looking to go one better than her brother Padraig and the senior hurlers and bring the biggest prize back to Noreside. The more defensive minded of the Tullaroan Walsh’s in this side, Grace has been mostly deployed at the edge of the square this season.

The Cats will need Grace and Co. to be on their toes from the start against the side that ended Kilkenny’s hopes last season. I’d imagine Aoife Norris would be happy with a quieter afternoon in Croker this weekend, but the Piltown stopper is there, should her services be required. Lisdowney’s Claire Phelan was found herself sweeping just in front of her full-back line. Phelan’s ability to read the game is a huge asset to this Kilkenny team. The more recent additions of Tiffi Fitzgerald and Laura Murphy have added a fresh dynamic to the defensive unit. Fitzgerald appears to be a real warrior; she loves the battle and the physical side of the game. O’Loughlin’s Murphy was a goal-scoring hero in the semi-final, drifting up from wingback and finishing with all the composure of a Gaule or Miriam Walsh. Matthew Twomey’s side didn’t have an easy ride in their semi-final against the Deise either. They really needed to dig deep during the second half to see off a very gallant Waterford team. The introduction of key player Aisling Thompson was crucial to the Rebel’s progression to this weekend’s final. Cork were 4 down at the short whistle, and didn’t take the lead until four minutes from the end of normal time, but their fitness and quality saw them home by five points at the end. In fact, Twomey’s team notched the last 8 points of the game. Kilkenny will know that they will have to take every opportunity going, while staying tight at the back to give themselves the best chance of emerging victorious on Sunday. This like the hurling, could be an epic final. Unlike 2020, our girls will have the supporters with them and behind them. Let’s hope Davy Fitz isn’t smiling. Let’s hope Dowling’s panel delivers.

>> SHERRY SAYS... So, our camog’s are back in another All-Ireland Final. Brian Dowling’s outfit have really dug in during a testing season and have deservedly managed to reach the decider. The Cats performance in their semi-final win over Galway was magnificent, but that will pale into insignificance should they fall at the final hurdle on Sunday. The result at Croker in two days’ time is all that now matters. Cork are old foes, and very dangerous opponents. When they got the better of us last season, I think they believed it was their year. Galway had different ideas. Matthew Twomey’s side will have learned a lot from that defeat and will be determined not to receive a second dose of that horrible beaten finalist’s feeling. The Rebel’s will bring their artillery, in the form of Amy O’Connor, Katrina Mackey, Chloe Sigerson and Sorcha McCartan to name but a few. Yes, they have quality camog’s throughout their panel, but so do we. The way Miriam Walsh has torn into defence after defence, Katie Nolan’s illusiveness, Denis Gaule’s accuracy, Mary O’Connells darting runs, Julieann Malone’s clever use of space. You see... we are more than a match for Cork. Something we need to make sure of is that defenders, Laura Hayes and Saoirse McCarthy aren’t given the freedom of Croker. These two ladies like to join the attack and are capable of troubling the scoreboard. I’d like to think Malone & Co. will keep them occupied nearer Amy Lee’s goal. Whatever the result on Sunday, Brian Dowling and his backroom team deserve much credit for how they have helped this panel develop and evolve. I want to see Miriam Walsh rifle the net; I want to see Katie Nolan make defenders dizzy. I want to see Aoife Norris show that she’s the best netminder around. I want to see if Katie Power can jump higher than she did at the final whistle against Galway. Most of all I want to see the O’Duffy Cup back on Noreside. I hope the stripey women deliver. COME ON KILKENNY!!!!


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Planning Memoriams/Miracle notices prayers

Planning notices KILKENNY COUNTY COUNCIL I, Gerry Cleere intend to apply to Kilkenny County Council for Planning Permission to retain existing extension to the rear of dwelling house and existing porch to the front of dwelling house and all associated site development works at Killarney, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Department, Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny, during its public opening hours 9 a.m.- 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. – 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.

KILKENNY COUNTY COUNCIL We, John and Tommy Buggy intend to apply to Kilkenny County Council for Planning Permission for the change of use of existing Pharmacy to Auctioneers office and all associated site development works at Kilkenny Street, 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 05 August 2022


Memoriams / Miracle Prayers

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 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. A.ON.

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. S.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. A.ON.

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. A.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. A.S.

The Miracle Prayer

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



The Kilkenny Observer Friday 05 August 2022