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PRIORITY for Covid-19 vaccines should be given to the thousands of family carers in Kilkenny, campaigners have insisted. Liz Collins is the mother and primary carer of a teenager with a debilitating skin condition whose worst nightmare came true when she and her husband Gary both tested positive for the virus. Now she is pleading …

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TRIBUTES have been pouring in for the former Ireland international Gary Halpin who has passed away suddenly at the age of 55. The Kilkenny native represented Ireland 11 times — including 10 starts — between 1990 and 1995. His Test career ended with the 1995 Rugby World Cup, and he scored a try in that …

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THE Civil Defence team in Kilkenny is to increase its 34 volunteers to 50 volunteers in 2021, as the demand for their services has increased in the 12 months of the pandemic. The purpose of the Civil Defence team is to be ready in an emergency to give support to the principle response agencies in …

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By: Deputy Kathleen Funchion Sinn Fein TD for Kilkenny Carlow   There is little doubt that business and individuals are struggling with their insurance premiums, Sinn Féin has called on all parties to work together and support their legislation to cap the interest rates charged by moneylenders. The motor insurance industry here in Ireland have …

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AS the Covid-19 vaccines roll out there are reports of temporary side effects such as headaches and fevers. Much of this was expected, with clinical-trial data for the vaccines authorised suggesting such. But now that, globally, millions of people are vaccinated, compared with just thousands enrolled in early studies, reports of some rare, allergic reactions …

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Research by: Commandant Larry Scallan Compiled by: Gerry Cody   MORE OFFENSIVE ACTION FOLLOWS ARREST OF LEADING IRA MEMBERS The story of the Friary Street ambush starts in Delaney’s tailoring shop, in the Watergate area of Kilkenny, towards the end of 1920. A much depleted Brigade HQ staff meeting was taking place. The recent arrest …

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PLANS to reboot its successful #MadeLocal campaign this summer are to go ahead, according to the Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI). The national agency says almost nine out of 10 retailers who took part in the campaign reported a rise in sales as a result of the nationwide promotion. The campaign was launched last …

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DRINKING coffee during pregnancy can change important brain pathways that could lead to behavioural problems later in life, according to new research. Researchers analysed thousands of brain scans of nine and 10-year-olds, and revealed changes in the brain structure of children exposed to caffeine while still in the womb. “These are sort of small effects …

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Since the beginning of the current coronavirus crisis, people have been turning to nature to seek comfort. To feel the soil on their hands, finding ways to keep grounded while we wait for this moment to pass. Having been asked several times, why she launched a wildflower seeds business in the middle of a global …

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New website launch – www.thewinecentre.ie The new, improved www.thewinecentre.ie website is now live! Established in 1965, The Wine Centre is an independent, family run, specialist off-license based at 15 John Street in the heart of Kilkenny City. The newly re-launched website carries an extensive range of wine, craft beer and spirits – specialising in whiskey …

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