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‘This is not Mecca’

Meeting hears ‘99.9% of locals’ object to mosque By Jake Maxwell MORE than 200 local residents attended a meeting last week to address a planned mosque, with one objector saying that “This is Kilkenny, not Mecca.” The meeting was organised by Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness and his son Andrew, a Fianna Fáil councillor, after a number of people from the area raised concerns. Subsequently, Green Party councillor Malcolm Noonan claimed that some of the

FRQWULEXWLRQV IURP WKH ÀRRU contained hate speech and that the meeting was badly moderated. “The language that was being used in the build-up to it on certain social media platforms led me to believe there was going to be trouble at the meeting,” he said. “It wasn’t well moderated and people were allowed to say things that were really disparaging and very hurtful to people and for that, I think it is most regrettable.” The majority of the public

who spoke said they were opposed to the planned €5m development, which includes a mosque, community hall, library, accommodation, halal shop and cafe. They said it might be close to a burial ground and could have DQHJDWLYHH൵HFWRQORFDOWUD൶F and parking. John McGuinness’s brother Eugene, who lives in the area, said: “I have walked to every door in this area, all the housing estates, and 99.9% of people do not want this building to go ahead.”

He added that his objection was to do with planning and not religion. “We are here to answer your questions and concerns,” Imam Ibrahim Ndure told the the audience in O’Loughlin Gaels GAA. The meeting was intended to provide information about the planning application and planning process, and was attended by a planning expert and by the project’s architect.

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Ciara Culline and Tara Beehan, Ormonde College Charity Fashion Show, Left Bank raising funds for Amber Kilkenny Women’s Refuge and The Good Sheppard Centre. Image by Rue Photography. More pix inside


04| news in brief Charity walk helps African school A WALK Kilkenny is line to receive along historic Mass paths in Ballyouskill helped raise over â‚Ź5,000 for charities. Organised by Jimmy Palmer and his family and friends, the walk and a cabaret at the Wheel Inn managed to raise the sizeable sum, which was used to send a team of craftsmen to Gambia, where they spent â‚Ź2,000 refurbishing a school. .

Dates set for war memorial unveiling Two war memorials being erected in Kilkenny are to be RྜFLDOO\ XQYHLOHG LQ -XO\ DQG August. Work on the John’s Quay Peace Park memorial commemorating the 825 Kilkenny people who died in World War One is underway. The memorial is to be unveiled on July 15, at 2pm. Those attending are asked to gather from 1pm. Meanwhile, MacDonagh Railway Station will be transformed to the days of 1916 and a parade will march through Kilkenny on August 12 as part of the celebrations being organise by the Kilkenny War Memorial committee when the 1,329 people who died in both world wars are commemorated at the station.

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Mum’s book pays tribute to her little boy Jake, 6 By Jake Maxwell “MAMMY, I don’t want to die‌â€? They were the last poignant words of six-year-old Jake Brennan after he was struck by a car while playing outside his Kilkenny home in 2014, and they have now been used as the title for a book about his life and tragic death. Written by Jake’s mother, Roseann, as a tribute to her son, the book tells the story of little Jake from the time Roseann and husband Christopher found out he was due, through all the happy times of his life, the day of his death and the aftermath. Hurling legend Henry 6KHĂ€OLQZLOOEHRQKDQGWRJLYH his support when the book is launched in Lnagtons Hotel on April 18. Roseann said that writing the book has been very therapeutic. “When I’m having a bad day, I would just go to the chapter when it happened, when Jakey was taken from me, and I just think ‘if I got through that day, I can get through this,’ she told independent.ie. “It helps me

New high in number of patients on trolleys at St Luke’s By Jake Maxwell

Heartfelt tribute: Jake Brennan is remembered by his mum Roseann in her book, Mammy, I Don’t Want To Die with seeing just how far I’ve come. Some days I feel like I’m getting nowhere but when I look at it, I have come a long way.� Jake was killed on June 12, 2014, when he was hit by a car outside his house in the Lintown estate in Kilkenny city. Roseann has since campaigned to reduce speed limits in residential areas – a move which has been acted on by the local authority.

Roseann, who is also mum to Savannah and Kaelem, struggled very badly after losing Jake, even going so far as to take an overdose of pills, and the book chronicles the highs of life with Jake to the desperate lows afterwards. “I tell everything exactly how it went, and anything that was put into the inquest is all in there. We just wanted people to see the true story,� she said.

Honour for Kilkenny volunteer A CONCERN volunteer from Kilkenny was among a group of charity workers who were given the presidential seal of approval on a recent visit to Aras an Uachtarain. Mary Conway, from the Freshford Road, was among 170 &RQFHUQYROXQWHHUVDQGVWDŕľľLQvited to meet President Higgins and his wife Sabina to be honRXUHGIRUWKHLUVHOĂ€HVVZRUNDWD special 50th anniversary event. Mary (inset) has been involved in aid work for the charity, working in a range of countries, including Sudan, Liberia, Somalia and Ethiopia. Concern chief executive Dominic MacSorley paid tribute to the generosity of the Irish public, in helping the organisation to give aid to millions of people. “The response of the Irish public was phenomenal. Images of war and starvation broadcast into homes across Ireland tapped into the instinctual empathy and generosity of a nation and this is what has continued to sustain Concern over the past 50 years.

THE long-running crisis of bed shortages at St Luke’s General Hospital shows no sign of imSURYLQJ DQG QHZ ÂżJXUHV VKRZ record numbers of patients languishing on trolleys at the hospital throughout March, 7KH ODWHVW ÂżJXUHV IURP WKH Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) reveal that 19 patients were on trolleys in the Emergency Department and 31 on hospital wards at the local hospital last week. 7UROOH\ ÂżJXUHV KDYH EHHQ high since January when a combination of the H1-N1 virus and the annual vomiting bug led to an increased number of patients in the Emergency Department. A statement from the Ireland East Hospital Group stated: “St Luke’s General Hospital Carlow/

Kilkenny continues to experience a high number of patients attending ED with a variety of complex healthcare needs,â€? said the statement. “Everything possible is being done to reduce delays for patients waiting on bed spaces and ensuring that patients no longer requiring hospital care are discharged in a timely and appropriate manner.â€? According to the INMO, Trolley/Ward watch statistics, WKH ÂżJXUHV IRU 0DUFK DUH WKH highest ever for that month at the hospital. In March last year, a total of a 364 patients without a bed at St Luke’s Hospital. 7KLV \HDU WKH ÂżJXUH KDV VN\rocketed to 603. ,QWKHÂżUVW\HDUIRUZKLFK records were available, there were 48 patients on trolleys for the entire month.

Museum is ‘Miles’ better than others Award: Kilkenny’s excellent Medieval Mile Museum

By JakeMaxwell IT HAS BEEN an historic time at Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile Museum after the building scooped a top award at the Irish Construction Excellence Awards recently. Judges at the gala event in Dublin’s Mansion House awarded it Silver to the museum for managing to combine contemporary design with sensitive restoration and contemporary design to an exemplary standard The restored building is the centre-piece of Ireland’s Medieval Mile, a concentration of medieval sites and buildings

in the core of Kilkenny City. The awards recognise performance excellence for the contracting sector in Ireland and provide an opportunity for the industry to highlight best performance across the full range of construction disciplines and project categories. But that wasn’t the only good news for the museum, which also received an ‘honourable mention’ in this year’s Domus International Prize for Restoration and Preservation, and will be featured on the cover of the next issue of The Irish Architect magazine. Congratulations to all involved, and be sure to visit the museum to see just how good it is.


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06| news in brief Brandon has write stuff for papal book SECOND class pupil at St Leonard’s National School in Dunnamaggin, Brandon Carrol has plenty to smile about after a letter he wrote to Pope Francis has been included in a commemorative book to mark the upcoming papal visit in August. Eight-year-old Brandon is the only child from Kilkenny to feature in the book. In his letter, he complimented the Pope on his ‘pope-mobile’ and asked for everyone to pray for world peace. The Failte Pope Francis book is produced by Columba Press.

Eight held for suspect drink-drive offences IT SEEMS some people aren’t getting the message when it comes to ‘Never Ever Drink and Drive’, as eight people were arrested on suspicion of drink-driving over the Easter Weekend between Carlow and Kilkenny. Three of the drivers were issued ZLWKDÂż[HGFKDUJHSHQDOW\DQG penalty points, while four others are waiting for an analysis of their tests. Gardai have charged one motorist, who is due to appear before the court.

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Purrfect line-up for upcoming Cat Laughs By Jake Maxwell THE Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival is back for its 24th year and unveils one of the most exciting and diverse lineup’s yet! The website is now live, check out www.thecatlaughs.com for tickets and all information. As always there are world class comics performing this year with a festival debut from Rory Scovel, one of the best comedians on the live circuit today. Manchester favourite Jason Manford will perform as will Aisling Bea fresh from recording one RI 1HWÀL[œV  minute comedy specials. Household name Reginald D Hunter, The Last Leg’s Adam Hills, whimsical master James Acaster and the whip smart Sara Pascoe are also on the bill.

Mock the Week’s Zoe Lyons, festival favourite and Ireland’s Got Talent Judge Jason Byrne, keyboard maestro David O’Doherty, Des Bishop and 0DHYH +LJJLQV À\LQJ LQ IURP New York for the weekend) are also all appearing at the 2018 festival. This year’s line-up brings together the best in Irish comedy including, Neil Delamere, Deirdre O’Kane, A n d r e w Maxwell, Barry Murphy, Karl Spain, Alison

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Chris Kent, Paul Currie, Joanne McNally, Colin Murphy, Eric Lalor, Kevin McGahern, Jarlath Regan, Fred Cooke, Gearoid Farrelly and many more. There are guest-curated showcases, podcasts, weird performance art and secret late-night craic! This year STRAY, a new strand of Cat Laughs will be unveiled for late-night explorers, day-time wanderers and the curious at heart. Blind Boy Boatclub’s new podcast will be coming live from Langtons Ballroom, where you can exp e c t

very special guests - one part ÂżFWLRQDSLQFKRISROLWLFVDQGD heaped spoonful of lunacy. Also making their Kilkenny debut are Reductress, your home for “Womens’ News. Feminizedâ€? with their unmissable Podcast “Mouth Timeâ€? giving you everything you’ve come to expect from a women’s magazine podcast. Dreamgun Film Reads will present their skewed, jokeVWXŕľľHG  ZKROO\ XQUHKHDUVHG take on cinematic classics. For their special Cat Laughs performance they are set to tackle the time-travelling classic “Back To The Futureâ€?. Seconds Captains Live show is back after it’s sell out success last year, as are Stephen Frost’s Improv All Stars with Today FM’s Dermot Whelan, and Karl Spain’s Hilarious Walking Tour. For more information check www.thecatlaughs. com. All show tickets on sale now from www.thecatlaughs.com

Kids kicks: free martial arts course for children

Majority of locals ‘object to mosque’

Top draw: Comic Spittle, Bernard Jason O ’ SByrne h e awill , be among the Eleanor Tiacts er-at the Kilkenny Cat nan, Abandoman, Laughs Festival Colm O’Regan,

LOOKING for some kicks and want to get to grips with a new challenge? If so, then the Budo Martial Arts Centre could be just for you. The centre will run a FREE four-week Beginner SelfDefence Course for Teenagers/ Secondary school-age children, starting on Saturday, April 14 and running for four consecutive weeks. The class will be held every Saturday from 12pm1pm in the Watershed Sports Complex, Botharnatounish Road, Kilkenny. The course if open to males and females and no special equipment or uniforms are necessary just wear something comfortable such as a tracksuit. 7KLV FRXUVH LV VSHFL¿FDOO\ designed for those between the ages of 12 and 18. The course will emphasise a positive atmosphere in which to gain DOO WKH EHQH¿WV RI PDUWLDO DUWV training including reducing VWUHVV EXLOGLQJ FRQ¿GHQFH improving strength and ÀH[LELOLW\DQGPDNLQJIULHQGV No prior knowledge is needed as this is a beginner’s course. To book a place on the course please call or text 086 3668669 or email budomartialartscentre@ hotmail.com. For further information check out www. budomartialartscentre.com.

Continued from front page Stephanie McDermott, from Kells, said that she had lived in Muslim countries and that Irish people were allowed to worship their faith in other countries. But another speaker said: “We don’t want a mosque. This is not just for the Muslims of Kilkenny. They are going to come from all of Tipperary, Wexford. This is Kilkenny, not Mecca. Don’t be bringing people down here. Don’t build the mosque. We don’t want it. You have to respect our culture – for us to UHVSHFW\RXUHVSHFWXVÂżUVW´

By Jake Maxwell KILKENNY is one of ten local authorities setting the standard for how best to integrate migrants into the community The information emerged after a survey was undertaken of local authorities on week beginning March 12 of this year, in which only 10 of the 31 ORFDO DXWKRULWLHV FRQÂżUPHG WKDW they have a migrant integration strategy in place. %HWZHHQ  IDPLOLHV IURP Syria will be welcomed to Kilkenny as part of the Irish Government’s commitment to the Irish Refugee Protection Programme, which aims to enable migrants play a full role in Irish society. Minister of State David Stanton said: “21 local authorities have stated they do not have a migrant integration strategy, in addition local authorities are addressing migrant integration and wider social inclusion.â€? Authorities with plans include: Carlow; Dublin City; Dun Laoghaire Rathdown; Galway; Kerry; Kildare; Limerick City, Co Mayo and South Dublin.

Imam Ebrahim (pictured) said Kilkenny’s Islamic community had been looking for sites for two years and asked anyone with an objection to raise it with the county council. A suggestion was also made from the ÀRRUWR build the mosque on Freshford Road, where the Kilkenny Muslim community has been renting premises for 10 years. The imam invitated everybody to visit that centre. John McGuinness called for calm and said anybody who wanted to make an objection could do so before the April 19 closing date.


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Claire Dunne (coordinator), Zoe Carol Wong (designer & MC), JJ Wright (presenter Community Radio Kilkenny City) and Michael Hammond (MC), Ormonde College Charity Fashion Show, Left Bank raising funds for Amber Kilkenny Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Refuge and The Good Sheppard Centre. Image by Rue Photography

Grace Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dowd, Jenny Owens, Mary Hoban, Olga Nowak and Audrey Garratt from Castle Orthodontics (sponsor), â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who Wants to be a Thousandaire?â&#x20AC;?, Ormonde Hotel, hosted by Presentation Primary School. Image by Rue Photography Gayle & Kayla Ruane, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who Wants to be a Thousandaire?â&#x20AC;?, Ormonde Hotel, hosted by Presentation Primary School. Image by Rue Photography

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No winners in Belfast trial

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he verdict recently in the Belfast rape trial may have seen the four defendants found not guilty of all charges, but in reality there were no winners. The defendants, the complainant, the police and the justice system have all been under the microscope during the nine-week trial that has been headline news and a topic of public debate all the way through. Now all involved have to try to somehow pick up the pieces and move on. The trial is over. Pady Jackson and Stuart Olding have been sacked by Ulster and Ireland. The jury deliberated on the mountain of evidence presented for nearly four hours before handing down the unanimous not guilty verdicts to Jackson (on charges of rape and sexual assault), Olding (who was charged with rape), Blane McIlroy (who was charged with exposure) and Rory Harrison (who was charged with perverting the course of justice and withholding information). The verdicts and the legal sys-

Brian Quigley tem must be respected, as must the police and the complainant who put forward their case for a prosecution of the four accused. Does the verdict mean that we now know exactly what happened at the party in Paddy Jackson’s house back in June 2016? No it doesn’t. We have heard the testimony of the accused, the complainant and various witnesses. We have seen the detailed forensic evidence that was presented. Ultimately the jury felt that, put together, it didn’t amount to conclusive proof of guilt. There were two versions of the events, and the lines between the two were blurred. They had a very dif¿FXOW MRE WR GR DQG WKH\ WULHG to navigate through it as best

Joanne Buckeridge, Leslie Ann Brophy, Avril Dwyer, Carmel Mooney and Deirdre Malone, organisers of ‘Who Wants to be a Thousandaire?’, Ormonde Hotel, hosted by Presentation Primary School. Image by Rue Photography they could. They are not to be faulted. Social media showed once again what a dangerous realm it is. If this – or any – printed newspaper had interfered in the trial process in some of the ways that social media sites did then they would have been sued for defamation and collapsed the trial. For example, the com-

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plainant was named on social media sites contrary to her legal entitlement. Stronger control of these sites is needed if they can’t police themselves and respect basic law and order. The complainant in the case was right to report what was, in her opinion, a sexual crime. The police, having weighed up the evidence, were right to pros-

ecute when they felt a crime had been committed. As a society we should have no tolerance of sexual crime. The complainant will need help more than ever now. She felt a crime had been committed. The trial felt there wasn’t enough evidence to agree conclusively. She has a long road ahead to try to rebuild her life, and I hope that

those with the skills at bringing people through the aftermath of such a traumatic process will PDNHWKHGL൵HUHQFHWRKHU On the other side, the defendants were entitled to a fair trial and they got that. The trial saw a very careful examination of the evidence take place. They were acquitted. Jackson and Olding are entitled to try to resume their rugby careers. They are still young men. They worked hard to get to where they did in the professional game. However hard that was, it will be nothing compared to KRZGL൶FXOWWKHLUWDVNDKHDGLV to try to get back to where they were prior to June 2016. We live our lives as best we can and assume that if we are wronged in any way then those who have wronged us will face due process and be found guilty. Likewise, if we step out of line ourselves and are found guilty we must face the consequences. If we are accused of something we didn’t do then we must trust that we will be found innocent. Ultimately our justice system is DOOZHKDYHDVD¿QDODUELWHU,W may not be perfect but it is what we must place our trust in.


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ninenottomiss BOOK of the week

TV SHOW of the week

FILM of the week

Boxing Clever!

HOROSCOPES

GOOD NIGHT STORIES FOR REBEL GIRLS 2

Hare in Co. Wicklow (Pic: Justin Ivory) “THE timid hares throw daylight fears away On the lane’s road to dust and dance and play, Then dabble in the grain by naught deterred To lick the dew-fall from the barley’s beard; Then out they start again and round the hill Like happy thoughts dance, squat, and loiter still...” -John Clare (1793-1864)

Hare in north County Dublin (Pic: Justin Ivory) It is dawn on an early spring morning. An eerie shroud of mist envelopes the fields. Two figures emerge out of the gloom. One jumping, kicking and dancing as if performing St. Vitus’s dance. The other rises up proud and tall, and like Katie Taylor squaring up to an opponent in the ring, boxes and slaps the first figure out of their personal space! You might say the pair of them are ‘as mad as march hares’ and you would not be wrong! Of course these are Hares and it is during their peak courting and mating season of March and April that the seemingly ‘mad’ behaviour from which the well known phrase derives can be seen. The Katie Taylor analogy is not amiss either as it is typically the female that displays the boxing behaviour as she wards off the over-enthusiastic advances of a would-be suitor. Despite Hare numbers having declined due to habitat loss, changes in agriculture and of course shameful coursing, hunting and poaching, there are still plenty of places to see Hares in Ireland, particularly here on the east coast.

The second book with Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is now available online and in store and brings 100 new bedtime stories, each inspired by the life and adventures of extraordinary women from Nefertiti to Beyonce. The unique narrative style of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls transforms each biography in a fairy-tale, filling the readers with wonder and with a burning curiosity to know more about each hero. Having a passionate community that spans across 70+ countries is a great way to discover incredible stories.The stories in Volume 2 are 100% stories you told us about. Now, we can all share them!!!

GIG of the week

NATIONAL TREASURES RTÉ One, Sundays, 6.30pm

READY PLAYER ONE Out Now

National Treasures is a new series exploring fascinating objects in the hands of ordinary people that reveal the social history of Ireland. Presented by John Creedon and filmed at a series of unique road show events held across the four provinces, each episode uncovers an eclectic mix of objects that have been preserved in the attics, mantelpieces and shoe boxes of Ireland’s inhabitants. During each programme a team of curators are tasked with examining these artifacts selecting a special few to be included in a exhibition in the National Museum of Ireland.

The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe.

VISIT of the week

THRILL of the week

ARIES- This week is a 6 Review your priorities and objectives. Lay low, and recharge your batteries. Keep old promises and routines before beginning new projects. TAURUS- This week is an 8 Monitor public opinion and cultural memes. Your friends let you know about the latest. Stay in touch with your community. GEMINI- This week is a 9 Keep weaving your web for a professional goal. Steady progress is built on many small, single steps. CANCER- This week is an 8 Choose the most promising route. Travel and discovery beckon. Go over the details and budget carefully. LEO- This week is a 9 Emotional energy drives you. Go over the numbers with your partner to get clear. Renegotiate an agreement if you need to. Consider suggestions and options.

21st ROOTS FESTIVAL 2018 www.kilkennyroots.com, May 4- 7

KILKENNY ARCHAELOGY SOCIETY Rothe House,Kilkenny city

THE RIVERVIEW BAR Rivercourt Hotel, John Street

Get ready for this years 21st Roots Festival 2018 and get your tickets now. Since 1998 the festival has attracted some of the finest names in the Americana/Roots canon, including Calexico, Giant Sand, Ryan Adams, Alejandro Escovedo, Guy Clark, Chuck Prophet, Ray LaMontagne, Richmond Fontaine, Rodney Crowell, Phosphorescent, Sturgill Simpson and Alabama Shakes.Audiences wind their way through the medieval streets sampling the huge range of music in the 30 plus venues, hosting over 40 Irish and international acts, with over 90 ticketed and free shows from early afternoon until late into the night.

Genealogy Service: Rothe House is the Family History Centre for Kilkenny city and county. In addition to possessing a detailed computerised genealogical database, they also employ a genealogist who will assist customers in researching their family tree and tracing their ancestors from Kilkenny city and county. Appointments can be booked with the resident Genealogist on Tuesday afternoons from 2.30pm to 4pm (consultations usually last 20 minutes). Contact Rothe House for details.

The Riverview Bar overlooks the sedate flow of the River Nore as it makes its way through the ancient city of Kilkenny. The Terrace Kitchen operates on a daily basis in the Riverview Bar serving sumptuous cuisine to suit all tastes. When weather permits, The Terrace area offers diners the opportunity to dine al fresco along the rivers edge whilst being over looked by Kilkenny’s majestic 12th century castle. The terrace area is a dream location in which to spend an afternoon relaxing by the river’s edge or to take a moment’s reprieve after a hectic days shopping.

ACTIVITY of the week

EXHIBIT of the week

MARKET of the week

VIRGO- This week is an 8 Strategize with your partner. Collaborate for a shared passion. Forgive irritations or miscommunications. LIBRA- This week is an 9 Keep deadlines, bargains and promises. Reschedule what you can. Things could get busy or chaotic. Focus on priorities, including your RZQKHDOWKDQG¿WQHVV SCORPIO- This week is an 8 Relax, and follow your heart where it leads. Practice your enthusiasms, games and artistry. Learn new tricks from someone interesting. Prioritize love and fun. SAGITTARIUS- This week is a 7

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KNOCKROE PASSAGE TOMB Knockroe, The Caiseal Knockroe passage tomb is located between the towns of Callan and Carrick-on-Suir in the southwest of Co Kilkenny. It has about 30 decorated stones and, like Newgrange in the Boyne Valley, the face of the cairn flanking the eastern tomb was decorated with a frieze of quartz. Also, like Newgrange, the roof-box in the western tomb allows the rays of the sun to pass along the upward-sloping passage at the Winter Solstice (21st December), when it illuminates a tall red-sandstone portal.

AT SOME DISTANCE IN THE DIRECTION INDICATED Butler Gallery,Kilkenny Castle Until April 29. Free

KILKENNY FARMERS’ MARKET The Mayor’s Walk, Parade Plaza, Kilkenny City Thurs 9.30am-2.30pm

Kilkenny Farmers Market hosts stalls selling a Artist Martina O’Brien’s multimedia exhibition wide variety of produce including farmhouse cheese, goats cheese, fruit, vegetables, is derived from O’Brien’s time as the artist-in honey, organic meat, preserves, home-baked residence at The Irish Centre for High End breads and cakes, fruit juice, salads and much Computer in Dublin. The exhibition takes in more. There are 233 farms and rural families video installations, drawings, and paintings that supply produce to the weekly farmers that are informed by the work of computer market. Here visitors will find fresh wholesome science pioneer Ada Lovelace, and which produce sourced mainly in County Kilkenny investigate contemporary developments in and produced with quality ingredients of climate science technologies. known origin.

CAPRICORN- This week is a 7 Go ahead and get the word out. Communications FKDQQHOVDQGWUD൶FDUHRSHQ DQGÀRZLQJEXWVXEGXHG AQUARIUS-This week is a 9 Today and tomorrow could JHWHVSHFLDOO\SUR¿WDEOH Stick to your budget anyway. The piper needs payment, soon enough. PISCES- This week is a 9 Take charge. Assertiveness works well now. You can get what you need. Invent what you want.


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