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Average rent rises to €1,000 a month THE average standardised rent in new tenancies in County Carlow for the first quarter of the year to date has now climbed above €1,000, new figures show. The stark findings were published in a report by the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) which revealed Carlow was one of 14 counties with average new tenancy rents above that figure. The 14 counties that have standardised average rents in

new tenancies above €1,000 per month in Q1 2022 were: Carlow, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Louth, Meath, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, and Wicklow. In Carlow, the average rent now stands at €1,107. Nationally, the Q1 2022 index showed that the standardised average rent in newly registered tenancies was €1,460 per month, which was an increase of €46 compared with Q4 2021.

The quarterly growth rate represents a 3.3% increase and on a yearly basis, rents in these newly registered tenancies increased by 9.2%. The 9.2pc rise is the highest annual percentage increase since the last three months of 2017, when rent levels increased by 9.6%. Commenting on the figures, Niall Byrne, director with the RTB, said: “The latest Rent Index, which is based on new tenancies registered with the

RTB in the first quarter of 2022, shows continued growth in rents nationally with a yearly increase of 9.2%. “We also see a continued fall in the number of tenancies that were registered with the RTB in Q1, 2022. “These results are likely still indirectly impacted by COVID-19 public health measures along with constraints in supply and tenants choosing Continued on next page

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Taryn de Vere at the launch of the programme for Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir 2022 on September 23. Pic Maxwells

04| news in brief Funding boost for rural roadworks A funding boost for rural roadworks has been approved for both Carlow and Kilkenny. Both county councils are getting an additional cash injection following announcements that came already in April. The latest round of funding under the Local Improvement Scheme will see further investment for the upgrading of rural laneways and non-public roads. Kilkenny already received an allocation of €390,790 in April and a further €237,820 has been declared for the county. Carlow meanwhile, which got €351,880 in April, is in line for an additional €592,202.

Heritage week A week of indoor and outdoor events celebrating the rich heritage the county has to offer, as well as promoting awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage, has just begun and will continue until August 21. Activities for this year’s Carlow Heritage Week range from fairs, night-time bat walks, wildlife tours and lectures to music recitals, historical re-enactments and plenty of outdoor activities. For more information, go to: www.

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Think before you pour — we don’t mean wine

Robbie Keane, Shane Byrne, Laurence Kinlan, Ketih Duffy, Pete Youell, Alan Hansen, Ronan Keating, Storm Keating, Brian Ormond and Brian McFadden at the Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic at the K Club recently. Pic: Andres Poveda

IF you are planning to get together with friends and family for a back garden gathering and some outdoor dining while the weather is still glorious, please spare a moment to think about the impact such activities can have on your local environment if you dispose of fats, oils and greases (FOGs) incorrectly. In a recent study by Clean Coasts and Irish Water, 8% of people admit to disposing FOGs from their BBQ down the sink, compared with 30%

of people disposing FOGs from the kitchen down the sink. Washing FOGs from dirty pots, pans and plates directly down the sink instead of removing them first, like with our barbeques, can cause major issues along wastewater networks, at wastewater treatment plants and, in turn, the local environment. Although FOGs might seem like liquid when poured down the sink, once cooled, they will solidify along the wastewater pipes. This can

cause blockages in homes, the public wastewater network and at wastewater treatment plants. When disposing of FOGs at home the advice is simple. Always scrape any vegetable peelings, rice, pasta, food debris, fats, oils and grease from plates, pans and utensils into the bin. Before washing the dishes, use a kitchen towel to wipe any grease left in pots and pans and put it in the bin. For more information, go to: www.

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Continued from previous page to stay longer in their existing tenancies.” The rent index report is based on new tenancies in existing rental properties, new properties being let for the first time, and (new tenancies in properties that have not been let in the previous two years. The RTB stressed that the rent index is not deigned to provide a measure of the rents being paid by existing tenants. Mr Byrne said the board was seeing a continued fall in the number of tenancies that were registered with it. “These results are likely still indirectly impacted by Covid-19 public health measures along with constraints in supply and tenants choosing to stay longer in their existing tenancies.” He added that the index results only provide us with a snapshot into a small proportion of the private rental sector in Ireland. Meanwhile, the lowest yearly growth in the standardised average rent is in Wicklow where rents grew by 1.3%. The county with the fastest growing rent is Leitrim which reported year-on-year growth.

‘Psycho Larry Murphy resistant to therapy’

LARRY Murphy was described as a cunning psychopath who is “resistant to therapeutic change”, according to a forensic psychologist’s report on the chief suspect for the murder of Deirdre Jacob. The shocking report suggested the convicted sex offender had “psychopathic personality disorder” and could go on to commit further crimes. The psychologist described Murphy as being aggressive, as well as cunning and quick thinking, the Sunday Independent has said in the second of two reports into Murphy. He was both “impulsive and controlled” and a person who took precautions. The report noted Murphy had refused therapy during his time in Arbour Hill prison and that there was a “high risk” of future offending. The report was included in the file on Ms Jacob’s murder sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) last year which recommended Murphy be charged with the crime. However, the DPP concluded last month that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute. Murphy’s brutal crime bought him to the attention of gardaí investigating the disappearance of Ms Jacob, a student teacher who vanished without trace in broad

daylight, walking home from Newbridge, Co Kildare, on July 28, 1998. The 18-year-old had gone there to post a letter and was last seen close to her home. Her remains were never found. Her disappearance was upgraded to suspected murder in 2018, with Murphy identified as a prime suspect. However, the “moderate” possibility Murphy was the ‘person of interest’ captured in the post office minutes before Ms Jacob disappeared was deemed insufficient for a prosecution; his former work colleagues provided no conclusive identification; and detectives were ultimately unable to prove Murphy’s movements on the day Ms Jacob disappeared. The forensic psychologist’s assessment was commissioned ahead of Murphy’s release from prison in August 2010 after he completed 10 years of a 15year sentence for abducting a woman in broad daylight in Carlow and repeatedly raping her in the mountains. As Murphy refused to accept treatment while in prison, psychologists couldn’t interview him. The assessment was based on a study of his crime and his interactions during his time in prison.

A NEW report from the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) shows a total of 11 pubs in County Carlow shut between 2005 and 2021, representing a decline of 10.1%. Two of these pubs closed during the pandemic. The stark The Irish Pub: Stopping the Decline report is based on the group’s analysis of Revenue license data, including an economic and social analysis by Dublin City

University (DCU) economist Anthony Foley, shows a 21.2% decline in the number of pubs in Ireland from 2005 to 2021. All 26 counties experienced declines in pub numbers through the 16-year period. The largest decrease was seen in Laois with 30.6% less pubs since 2005. Three counties, Carlow (10.4%), Kildare (13.6%), and Wicklow (10.1%) showed decreases between 10% and 14.9%.

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Assaults on the rise following pandemic THE number of assaults has increased beyond pre-pandemic levels in more than a dozen counties, the latest figures show. In total, 15 counties have seen an increase in assaults in the 12 months up to March of this year, compared with the same period up to March 2020 when the pandemic began. The highest percentage increase in assaults has been in Wexford with 20pc, where 526 assaults have been reported in the past year compared to 442 incidents at the same time prior to Covid restrictions. Mayor of Wexford, Labour councillor Maura Bell, said there has been an issue with anti-social behaviour, however more gardaí are being put on the streets. She said Wexford Town “is a safe town”. Significant increases have also been recorded in Louth, Galway and Waterford, where reporting of assault-related crimes has risen by 16%. The Garda division which polices counties Laois and Offaly also reported 95 more incidents in the past year than

Physiotherapy graduates Roisin O’Neill and Mollie O’Reilly who were among 125 pharmacists and physiotherapists to graduate from RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences in St Stephen’s Green recently. Pic: Maxwells

Leah Quish (9) at the launch of Round Up for Ronald McDonald House in Crumlin Hospital. Pic: Andres Poveda

prior to the pandemic, resulting in a 15.5% increase. The county with the biggest drop in assaults has been Donegal, which recorded 590 attacks compared with 706 in the period analysed. This represents a 16.5% drop,

and is followed by Wicklow (-16%), Roscommon and Longford (-15%) as well as Clare (-13.5%). Meanwhile, murder, rape and assault are on the rise in Ireland, according to shocking new figures released by An Garda

Siochana. While overall sexual offences in 2022 are 3% down on last year, the number of rapes reported has skyrocketed by 23%. The number of murders is also on the climb, with a 7% cent increase from last year.

July’s heatwave was a ‘shock to the system’ JULY was hot and dry with above-average temperatures recorded across many parts of the country, according to Met Éireann’s latest weather round-up. The highest temperature of the month was 33C at Phoenix Park in Dublin on July 18 – a record for the forecasting station. Rainfall was below average across the country, with values ranging from 31pc of normal levels at Shannon Airport, which was its driest July since 1989, to 82pc at Malin Head in Co Donegal. On July 24, the wettest day of the month was recorded at Finner, Co Donegal, when 24.8mm of rain fell. It rained on only six days at Oak Park, Co Carlow, but rain fell on 22 days at Malin Head and at Finner. Along with Phoenix Park, eight other stations reported on July 18 their highest daily temperature ever. These were Casement Aerodrome, Co Dublin, at 31.9C; Mount Dillon, Co Roscommon, with 31.4C;

Charity appeals for volunteers

A MENTAL health charity has appealed for more volunteers for its support line as demand remains high post-lockdowns, with an increase in calls from people affected by the cost-ofliving crisis. Aware is looking for volunteers aged 21 and over to work remotely from their home, or at Aware’s headquarters on Leeson Street in Dublin. Aware support line manager Lauren Smith said that the plea was being made due to a significant increase in calls to the free phone line during the pandemic. She said that the demand was

also higher because of a greater knowledge among the public about Aware’s support line. When asked about the impact of the cost-of-living crisis, Ms Smith said: “That’s starting to increase a bit on the line – people who have been personally impacted, and also people who are trying to process the news.” The main people the Aware line aims to support is people experiencing depression, people with bipolar disorder and other mood-related conditions. If you wish to explore volunteering further, go to:

Airport ‘no role in luggage’

DUBLIN Airport has said individual airlines are responsible for the luggage crisis, after people took to social media to get answers. Dublin Airport Authority (daa) apologised for the delays but placed responsibility on individual airlines. “We don’t have any role in baggage handling, nor access to any details regarding delayed/lost luggage. “We really hope you have your items back soon,” the airport told one passenger on social media. One passenger

wrote: “Just got back last night, just after midnight. You almost have to walk through a sea of unclaimed (lost) luggage just to get out of the airport.” The airport said it “does not employ any baggage handling staff, and it has no information in relation to missing aircraft baggage. “Daa does not have any role in relation to baggage delivery and passengers are advised to contact their airline or its local ground handling agent in relation to queries.”

Gurteen, Co Tipperary, with 31C; Ballyhaise, Co Cavan, on 30.8C; Athenry, Co Galway, and Dunsany, Co Meath, both with 30.5C; Mullingar, Co Westmeath, at 30.4C; and Dublin Airport, with 29.6C. The highest number of daily sunshine hours recorded was 15.7 at Johnstown Castle, Co Wexford, on July 10. The high temperatures were described as a “shock to the system” by the Climate Change Advisory Council. Professor Peter Thorne, Director of the Climate Research Centre at Maynooth University, said that Ireland is not equipped for these kind of heatwave events. He said the recent heatwave is “just a foretaste of what will happen as climate change continues to progress”. He added: “This was well forecast months in advance. That doesn’t mean every day in the summer, but there will be an increased propensity for this sort of heat across various parts of Europe for the remainder of the summer.”

Sinn Fein calls for €50 dole increase

SINN FEIN is proposing an almost €50-a-week increase in the Jobseeker’s Allowance to address the cost-of-living crisis. In a submission to the Government’s Commission on Taxation and Welfare, the party said unemployed people currently in receipt of the €208-a-week allowance should be entitled to a payment that meets the Minimum Essential Standard of Living (MESL). An MESL is a standard of living which meets an individual or household’s physical, psychological and social needs. In a wide-ranging submission, Sinn Fein quoted 2021 research by the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice (VPSJ) that found the weekly MESL expenditure for a single adult living alone is €251.82. Sinn Féin has hit out at the “fiver for all budgets” which the Government has introduced in recent years. These have seen welfare rates increase by €5 per week, while tax cuts put a similar amount into the average worker’s pocket.

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Homeless numbers rise to 37

CARLOW recorded 37 cases of homelessness in the June monthly homeless report, an increase of five compared with the 32 cases recorded in the county in the previous report. Nationally, the Monthly Homeless Report for June 2022 shows that 10,492 individuals were accessing emergency accommodation, an increase of 167 (1.6%) on May 2022. There were 7,421 homeless adults recorded in June; 1,385 families were recorded as homeless, including 3,071 children (under 18). Commenting on the figures, Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien said the “‘continuing increase in the numbers accessing emergency accommodation is a serious concern”. “The Government, local authorities and those in our NGO sectors are making every effort to reduce homelessness. Key to this is the delivery of new social housing and boosting overall supply,” he added. Meanwhile, the number of renters ordered to leave their homes has more than doubled in the last 12 months, as 1,781 tenants were issued with Notices of Termination (NOT) in the second quarter of this year.

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Owners of derelict sites owe State €4.5m Owners of derelict sites have paid less than a quarter of the €4.5m they owed in levies to local authorities last year, it has emerged. Just under €1.1m of levies on such sites has been received for 2021 by city and county councils – a collection rate of just 23pc. Department of Housing figures reveal only 368 landowners out of 1,113 issued with a notice by their local council were levied for 2021. A total of 1,251 properties were listed on derelict site registers at the end of 2021. Only seven local authorities have collected any amount due under the levy for 2021: Carlow, Cork city, Dublin city, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Kildare, Limerick and Mayo. However, the total amount owed to the country’s 31 local authorities is even higher because the figures exclude updated statistics from four councils – Laois, South Dublin, Westmeath and Wexford. Eighteen councils failed to collect any levy despite issuing notices to the owners of more than 400 sites.

Annette Bolger at the Blackwater Vintage Club Tractor Run

Nine councils – Cavan, Clare, Donegal, Galway county, Leitrim, Longford, Monaghan, Sligo and Waterford – have not collected any levies in any year from the owners of derelict sites. Cork City Council collected

the largest amount in levies at €570,000, ahead of Dublin City Council with €417,447. The cumulative amount owed by the owners of derelict sites to councils for the levy going back to its introduction has now

reached more than €12.6m. Dublin City Council is owed the largest amount in arrears of the levy at almost €4.8m, with Cork City Council due a total of €4.2m and Limerick City and County Council almost €1.1m.

Tonne of rubbish found in waters

Over a tonne of rubbish was removed from Irish rivers, canals, lakes and beaches in one day, including 20kgs of dog faeces, adult toys, and “endless” gunshot cartridges. Environmental charity Flossie and the Beach Cleaners tackled marine pollution in their annual The Big Weigh In 2022 recently, where 440 volunteers cleaned their local waterways. The aim was to raise awareness about the amount of pollution in and around Ireland’s rivers, canals, lakes and beaches. The good news is that this year there were more volunteers cleaning and less rubbish collected. Last year, when the charity hosted the same event, the total amount collected was almost 3.5 tonnes, over triple the amount of this year. One of the worst results was on one clean-up, a group in Kilcoole (Co Wicklow) picked up 20kgs of dog poo,” said the charity. According to Flossie Donnelly, the 15-year-old who originally started a beach cleaning club in 2017, the planet “is now in crisis mode”.

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It’s DIY air travel – you do everything but fly the plane


HAD booked, online, a flight to France. I had checked-in remotely, printed off the boarding card and downloaded it to my phone as backup. With Ryanair I can check-in for both legs of a journey but this was Aer Lingus and they won’t let you check-in closer than 48 hours before departure, 24 hours for some flights. Around that time, a message from Aer Lingus pinged on my phone. “Dear Michael,” it said. Nice to know we are on such matey first-name terms. What should I call them? Aer? Seems fair. So, “Dear Michael,” says this message from Aer. “Check-in online and save time.” The message has my flight details and booking reference number and invites me to click and check-in.

Michael Wolsey I click and I am sent to an Aer Lingus site . This one does not provide the booking reference number but requires it before I check-in. I can’t remember the six-character code so I have to close down this site and go back to Dear Michael. I write down the reference code and return to the boarding card site where I am again assured that checking-in will save

me time. I provide the reference code and several other pieces of information and click. But I get no further because, the site informs me, online check-in for this flight will not open for another four hours. But Aer, my old pal, it was you who sent me the message. You told me you would save me time, of which I have now wasted about half-an-hour. I don’t like to complain about a good friend like you, Aer. But if I can’t check-in why, in god’s name, did you send me a request to do so? All part of the joys of modern travel, I suppose. It used to be so simple. If I wanted to leave the country, I went to a travel agent who made the booking for me. Alternatively, I might call into the Aer Lingus office in the centre of Dublin and buy a ticket or order it by phone and

have it waiting at the airport. In any event, I would present the ticket at the Aer Lingus desk in Dublin Airport where it would be exchanged for a boarding pass. If I had luggage it would be checked in there and then. I would hand it over, pretty confident that it would end up in the place I was flying to. All this would be done about 40 minutes before the flight, giving me time for a coffee or a drink at the bar. It would be served in a glass – yes, a glass made of glass – and if I had food, it would come on a plate. Today I make the booking myself, check-in online and print the boarding card. I arrive at the airport two hours early because I want to put a case in the hold. I stand at an unstaffed computer terminal, print out a luggage tag and attach it to my case which I put on a conveyor belt in the hope it will be going to the

same destination as me. The amount of unclaimed luggage lying around Dublin Airport does not give me confidence. Security is working well, so I have about 90 minutes to wait for my flight. Over an hour, as it turns out, for it is delayed. I ask at a café for a glass of white wine. They only have red. It is served to me in a cardboard cup. A family ordering for children is told that water is the only non-fizzy drink available. I go through Dublin Airport with minimal human contact and make none whatsoever at the other end, Marseille. There you enter France by running your passport over a scanner and presenting your face to a camera. It worked well for me but children who did not reach camera height could not get through and their agitated parents could find no-one to help them.

Marseille airport is not big on staffing. A café there has a microwave oven in which customers heat their own food. But I must stop moaning. I have had two foreign holidays this summer and count myself very lucky. Contrary to reports and rumours, Dublin Airport was working well for both. There were no long queues. it was perfectly clean, the security checks were fast and the checkers friendly. They got my luggage there and back with no problems. It’s just that I remember another time when air travel was dearer but much nicer. Now – in the name of progress or with the blame on Covid – it’s a do-it-yourself venture. A friend back from Spain once told me: “I think I did everything but fly the plane.” Give them time and airlines might manage that trick too.

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with Justin Ivory

Beautiful Butterflies Last weekend half of the East Coast flocked to Bray to see the annual spectacle of the Bray Air Display. Well with the glorious weather we have had of late we are currently being treated to spectacular air displays anywhere there are a few flowers. These displays are more about beauty and grace rather than speed and power. Of course I am referring to our beautiful butterflies. Ireland has 32 resident and 3 common migrant butterfly species. Below is a selection of some that are on the wing at the moment. So take the time to go out and see these little beauties and even better report your sightings to the National Biodiversity Data Centre. Enjoy! (All photos Justin Ivory)

ninenottomiss book of the week

art of the week


film of the week

the cautionary woman by Darren Darker

Keating’s Allegories of Change National Gallery, Aug 20-Nov 27

thirteen lives Cinemas nationwide

IN search of a better life, Aoife Cassidy’s family fled the gloom of recession-hit Ireland to the bright lights of New York City. But as a teenager, she spirals out of control after suffering sexual abuse at the hands of her father; seeking solace in the drink and drugs that numb the pain she constantly carries with her. After a series of catastrophic personal events, the law catches up with her, and Aoife lands in the most brutal mixed prison in NYC. This is a gripping pageturner from prolific Wicklow writer Darren Darker and is available exclusively from Dubray books as well as the usual online outlets. Definitely one for the holidays.

A new display at the National Gallery of Ireland comprises nine works by Irish artist Seán Keating and one work by William Orpen. Opening in the Gallery’s Milltown Wing on 20 August 2022, Keating’s Allegories of Change centres around the artist’s 1924 painting An Allegory, which addresses the divisive nature of the conflict of the Irish Civil War. The display is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries Programme 2012-2023.

CINDERELLA MAN, Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon, Cocoon . . . the list of great movies by Ron Howard is endless and his latest only cements his role as one of the best in the business. This is really a big-budget adaptation of the Thai cave rescue story that gripped the world in 2018, and this telling is every inch the glossy Hollywood adaptation you’d expect. It of course mines real-life heroics for drama, but this is an exceptionally well-made portrayal of one of the most extraordinary news stories of recent times. As a bonus for the Irish, Colin Farrell features as English diver John Volanthen.

stream of the week

RECIPE of the week

album of the week

trainwreck: Woodstock ‘99 Netflix


TaurusReview your reserves, and determine financial priorities and strategies to keep your boat afloat. Get support from your partner. GeminiClarify details in a collaborative project. It’s easy for things to fall through the cracks. Manage practical priorities first. CancerThere’s plenty of work. Postpone what you can, and stick to practical objectives. Maintain your fitness and health practices. LeoClear communications can save you from a tangled mess. Make sure to loop in everyone involved. Keep things respectful to work out roles and responsibilities.

Red Admiral

Silver-washed Fritillary

AriesTravel and education have your attention. Focus on practical details. Avoid emotional spending. Fantasies are ephemeral.

WOODSTOCK ‘99 was supposed to be a millennium-defining celebration of peace, love and great music, following a fairly successful festival in 1994. Instead, this festival degenerated into an epic ‘clusterf*ck’ of fires, riots and destruction, sexual assaults and mayhem. Utilizing rare insider footage and eyewitness interviews with an impressive list of festival staffers, performers and attendees, this docuseries goes behind the scenes to reveal the egos, greed and music that fueled three days of utter chaos. Hippies look away. This gets very rough.

exhibition of the week

Quick herby green risotto THIS quick herby risotto is full of the greens you need for a healthy summer. Ready in just 30 minutes, enjoy the fresh flavours of zested lemon and basil in a bowl which makes the perfect mid-week meal at this time of the year. As this recipe is from Tesco, all the ingredients are readily available at your local Tesco store — unless they’re stuck somewhere in a Black Sea port. And the other bonus of a nice simple green risotto? Cheap as chips. Finally, remember a risotto boild is a risotto spoiled!

day out of the week

Jack white Entering Heaven Alive Recorded almost entirely at White’s home studio, this is his second release of 2022 following Fear of the Dawn and is one of hi more mellow albums to date. Rolling Stone writes: “Surprisingly nimble and fluid melodies that remind you of what a song craftsman he can be when he’s not overcooking his music. And some of those tracks—”If I Die Tomorrow” and “A Tree on Fire From Within”—are among the most arresting and least self-conscious songs he’s made in years.” Fans will be willing to shell out for a second time this year; whereas the uncoverted will likely remain so.

OUR TIP of the week

VirgoGet your family to clarify the domestic improvements desired. Work out what expenses and actions to prioritize. Determine your budget, colors and style. LibraRomantic fantasies can dissipate. Share your feelings directly with the one who stirs them, rather than hoping they get your smoke signals. ScorpioThe money’s good if you prioritize profitable tasks from distractions. A mirage could lead you in the wrong direction. Sagittarius-

Focus on a personal project, and keep your feet firmly on the ground. Handle practical matters. Don’t get carried away by a fantasy.


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Green-veined White

tHE SECRET GARDEN EXHIBITION 2022 Runs until August 20. Admission free.

ballymaloe house tour

back to school lunch box and

THE Secret Garden Exhibition is presented by The Kilkenny Art Gallery in conjunction with The Berkeley Gallery at Grennan Mill, Thomastown. Visitors will be treated to an outdoor sculpture garden featuring new original works from some of Ireland’s foremost sculptors. The Berkeley Gallery features over 400 original paintings from artists across the island of Ireland and is the first time that many of these artists will show their work in Kilkenny. Pictured at the launch are artists and sisters Robyn, Jade and Blaise Butler.

BALLYMALOE House is offering residents a behind the scenes look at a working garden with Head Gardener Mags Coughlan (above) as she brings guests on a tour of the walled garden. The tour offers guests the opportunity to gain an insight into the extensive knowledge at the Ballymaloe House gardens and their seasonal crop rotations. The walled garden at Ballymaloe House provides a varied and bountiful supply of seasonal produce for Ballymaloe Head Chef Dervilla O’Flynn (above) and her team.

THE HORROR, the horror . . . the school lunchbox. Most schoolgoing children eat a packed lunch from home, generally involving a hang sangwich, a bag of crips and an apple that rolls down through the week until the Friday when it is binned. Now, food creator Sinéad Delahunty of Delalicious (pictured) and Dietitian Evan Lynch have worked with the National Dairy Council to produce special videos with advice on creating nutritious, tasty affordable and above all quick Back to School Lunches. No excuses come September, folks.

CapricornA confusing situation only gets worse until you determine what you really want. Once you choose, everything gets easier. AquariusCarefully research the methods and steps to take. Your group could get lost in distractions and pitfalls. Keep things moving. PiscesMake sure that the career opportunity you’re pursuing is solid. Get terms in writing before contributing time or money.

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We take a look back at extracts from old newspapers to see what was in the news this month in years gone by

Irish Ind 15/08/1929

Irish Press, 01/08/1962

Irish Press 08/08/1968

Irish Press , 08/08/1969

Freemans Jrn 10/08/1855

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