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THE average standardised rent in new tenancies in County Wexford for the first quarter of the year to date was just above €1,000, new figures show. The stark findings were published in a report by the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) which revealed the Model County was one of 14 counties with average new tenancy rent above that figure. Counties Kilkenny, Waterford, Carlow and Wicklow were also among the 14, however in the case of Wicklow, the report revealed the Garden County experienced the lowest growth in standardised average rent at 1.3%. The average figure for standarised new tenancy rents in County Wexford for the first quarter of this year was €1,001.79, compared with €964,44 for the final quarter of 2021.Inthe first quarter of last year, the average figure across the county was €857.09 with the year-on-year increase amounting to 16.9% — the sixth highest growth increase across the country. Within the county, the average standarised rent for new tenancies amounted to: Gorey (€1,035.01); New Ross (€999.40); Wexford town (€1,002.71) and Enniscorthy (€900.97).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 to stay longer in their existing tenancies.”

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Maria Gore and Val Boggan at Rosslare Strand andStrandGroundsFestivalSummerintheofRosslareCommunitySportsCentre

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.Inarecent 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. thinkbeforeyoupour.org

Grace, Catherine, Olivia and Clodagh Breen at the 10th anniversery of Wells House and Gardens in Gorey

OWNERS of tourist venues, hospitality and other sec tors catering for both domes tic and overseas visitors have welcomed news that County Wexford is to receive €186,250 in Government funding for outdoor amenities. The funds have been earmarked for investment in the county’s outdoor trails, with six projects due to benefit from the grant aid. The largest allocation is €49,500 which will go towards the ongoing expansion and development of the riverside trail and promenade walk in EnniscorthyAnnouncingtown.the funding, Enniscorthy’s Minister of State James Browne expressed delight that projects in Wexford will be included, and said: “County Wexford projects will benefit from Government fund ing. The scenic Enniscorthy Riverside Promenade Walk will receive funding to assist the pathway’s expansion.”

IRISH Water said 13 areas have been impacted by shortages across the county. These include a number of water treatment plants: Wexford Town, Killmallock Bridge, Taylorstown, Bunclody and Bennettsbridge.Thecompany said there was a “significant” increase in demand during the hot weather in mid-July.

Water shortages

Continued from previous page Meanwhile, a property owner in south Wexford – including a three-bed house which is renting for €3,000 a month to workers – has said things are only going to get worse unless the Government gives tax breaks to developers. Willie O’Leary owns Hookless Village, along with numerous rental properties in New Ross. One of the Hookless properties was highlighted on social media recently as it was going for €3,000 a month. Mr O’Leary said the property would make €5,000 a month if it was a holiday rental, adding that it accommodates nine workers within three bedrooms. With the price of three-bed houses climbing closer to €2,000 a month, Mr O’Leary told the new Ross Standard that something has to give. He said: “The rents are sky high because the Government are taking half of it. That is why everybody is getting out. Renting property now is a pure waste of time. The only option to remedy the rental situation in Ireland is for the Government to take action.

Think before you pour — we don’t mean wine

“Many people are visiting County Wexford this summer and this announcement will give County Wexford residents and visitors alike another reason to get out and enjoy the outdoors on the Enniscorthy Riverside Promenade Walk,” he said. In addition, Mr Browne also expressed delight that his home town will also receive funding for the river Slaney bank trail and re-routing with a link to Blackstoops Road. Other areas of County Wexford that will receive funding under the scheme will include resurfacing of Old Bawn car park near Cahore Point trail, while funding will also be provided to install seats along easy graded Wexford walking trails.In the New Ross area, €26,500 will go towards relo cating part of the Forge Trail, at Carrigbyrne, with a particu lar emphasis on relocating part of the trail away from the N25 road.Funding of €20,250 will also go towards upgrading the walk ing trails at Curragh, Kilanerin, Newtown and Annagh. The allocations for Wexford amenities will include: Enniscorthy riverside walk (€49,500); Forge trail reloca tion, Carrigbyrne (€26,500); Oldbawn Car park, Cahore Point (€30,000); River Slaney banks trail and re-routing link to Blackstoops Road (€30,000); Upgrading trails at Curragh, Kilanerin, Newtown and Annagh (€20,250); Installation of seats on easy graded walking trails in Wexford (€30,000).

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THE Wexford County Wexford Chamber of Commerce came in for some unusal attention recently, after it appeared a cannabis plant had been growing in the car park at the front of their building off Hill Street in Wexford town. The plant, which has now been removed, was brought to the attention of Sinn Féin councillor Tom Forde, who said the majority of people certainly seemed to see the funny side of it. “A few people had contacted me and sent on photos of the plant to me,” he“Isaid.went down and had a look myself and it definitely appeared to be a cannabis plant by look and smell anyway. I think a lot of people saw the funny side of it due to the location outside the Chamber offices. I had people jokingly messaging me asking if this was a new approach to small businesses!”

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news in brief Wexford library is put on the map A delegation of 38 librarians from across the globe browsed the shelves at Wexford Town Library on Mallin Street recent ly as they came to sample the sunny south east. The group were in Ireland to attend the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) which was organised and hosted by the International Federation of Library Associations at the Convention Centre in Dublin. As part of the conference, the librarians visited Wexford, where they were welcomed by Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council George Lawlor, who spoke about the important role of the local library in the rich cultural and historical heritage of Wexford town and county.

Rents rise to €1,000 a month

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The Garda division which polices counties Laois and Offaly also reported 95 more incidents in the past year than 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 ClareMeanwhile,(-13.5%).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 byThe23%.number of murders is also on the climb, with a 7% cent increase from last year.

Assaults on the rise following pandemic

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. Sinn Fein calls for €50 increasedole

July’s heatwave was a ‘shock to the system’

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-oflivingAwarecrisis.islooking 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.Shesaid 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: www.aware.ie

Charity appeals for volunteers Airport ‘no role in luggage’

SINN FEIN is proposing an almost €50-a-week increase in the Jobseeker’s Allowance to address the cost-of-living crisis.

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.”Theairport 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.”

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.Thehighest 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; 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, withThe29.6C.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.”

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 Significanttown”.increases have also been recorded in Louth, Galway and Waterford, where reporting of assault-related crimes has risen by 16%.

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

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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.Justunder €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. 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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Annette Bolger at the Blackwater Vintage Club Tractor Run

A NEW report from the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) shows a total of 51 pubs in County Wexford shut between 2005 and 2021, representing a decline of 17.2%. 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 toAll2021.26 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 stark decreases of over 10%.

A w ex FO r D man who has been working in Germany for the last 10 years is to return to the south east to take up the role of CeO of the Port of waterford. David sinnott, who is originally from Wexford town, has been in Germany for the last 10 years working for Carl Zeiss vision International GmbH, where he held the role of vice President of Product Management.Davidisto leave his position there to return to the south east to take up the role of CeO at the Port of waterford Company following the completion of Frank ronan’s term at the end of september. David is from Wexford town and was president of Wexford Chamber of Commerce in 2002 and 2003. Commenting on the appointment, Chairman of the Port of waterford Des whelan said: “The board of directors and I look forward to welcoming David sinnott to Port of waterford. The board are confident that David will continue to build on the progress of the port in recent years. David has the relevant experience and skills to provide strong stewardship at the Port and we wish him every success.”

PortmanWexfordforrole Tonne watersfoundrubbishofinA way to go as section of tourist trail set for spring w HIL e delays have hampered the opening of the long-awaited Southeast Greenway, efforts are being made at local authority level to see if the finished sections, including Ferrybank, can be opened to walkers and cyclists at the earliest possible date — possibly next spring. with 40pc of the surfacing of the entire greenway completed, excitement is building ahead of an expected opening of some sections of the 24km route. The rosbercon to red Bridge and raheen to Glenmore sections have been surfaced, along with a section at Ferrybank. Lighting has been erected along the completely surfaced sections and seats are now in place at viewing points along the route. The rural section has been upgraded to the same smooth surface as the urban sections in waterford and new ross, offering a better experience for greenway users. The 6km urban routes will be four metres wide to accommodate the anticipated bigger volume of visitors to the city and town sections, with the rural sections slightly narrower at three metres. The 5km route from raheen to Glenmore is complete, along with a 1.3km section from Ferrybank and the 3kms to the red Bridge from the old train station in rosbercon, where a large car park is about to be developed, complete with facilities. The greenway will be completed in early 2024, but two to three sections may open as soon as next April. The railway heritage of the route will be highlighted to visitors in several ways, including by retaining the original gates. The greenway will be maintained but the idea is that it will remain wild for biodiversity purposes. One big question mark — a sticking point! — which remains is the name to be allocated to the greenway, with Kilkenny pushing for it to be named the Kilkenny Greenway as most of the route lies within ‘Cat’ country, while the south east Greenway is a name which Wexford locals prefer

153 died from Covid in county

Last orders for 51 pubs

THE latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have revealed the human cost of the Covid-19 pandemic over a two-year period in Wexford. The CsO’s frontier series has broken down the death toll from the pandemic from March 2020 to February 2022 geographically, showing the counties which saw the highest and lowest numbers of Covid deaths. Wexford saw the highest death toll in the south east, recording 153 deaths due to Covid-19 over the two-year period. neighbouring waterford saw 116, Kilkenny 89 and Carlow just 70, while our neighbours to the north in wicklow were much closer with 150 Covid deaths. However, in terms of deaths per 100,000 of population, at 93.6, Wexford had a lower death rate than neighbouring Carlow (113) and wicklow (96.5), while waterford recorded a rate of 91.3 and Kilkenny 85.8. The Model County saw the ninth highest number of deaths in the country in the two year period from 2020 to 2022. while Dublin had far and away the highest numbers of deaths nationally with 1,883


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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 as sured that checking-in will save me time. I provide the reference code and several other pieces of in formation and click. But I get no further because, the site in forms me, online check-in for this flight will not open for an other 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 re quest 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 pres ent 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, pret ty 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 my self, 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 chil dren 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 par ents could find no-one to help them.

IHAD 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 someAroundflights.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.

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

Marseille airport is not big on staffing. A café there has a mi crowave 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 secu rity checks were fast and the checkers friendly. They got my luggage there and back with no problems.It’sjust that I remember an other time when air travel was dearer but much nicer Now – in the name of prog ress 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 every thing but fly the plane.” Give them time and airlines might manage that trick too. Michael Wolsey

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trainwreck: woodstock ‘99 Netflix 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. k eating’s a llegories of c hange National Galler y, Aug 20-Nov 27

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

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

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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.

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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.

Libr A Romantic fantasies can dissipate. Share your feelings directly with the one who stirs them, rather than hoping they get your smoke signals.

C A n C erThere’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.

sCorpioThe money’s good if you prioritize profitable tasks from distractions. A mirage could lead you in the wrong direction.

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Jack white Entering Heaven Alive Re CORD e D 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. thirteen lives Cinemas nationwide 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. our tiP of the week the cautionary woman by Darren Darker 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.

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.

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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!

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

Vir G oGet your family to clarify the domestic improvements desired. Work out what expenses and actions to prioritize. Determine your budget, colors and style.

t he secre t garden exhibition 2022 Runs until August 20. Admission free. 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.

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