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KILKENNY Relay for Life has told The Observer that The Village Childcare & Community Services Group has generously offered to run its Drive-In Bingo at the Castleinch Venue for Relay for Life Kilkenny. The Irish Cancer Society will benefit from the bingo on Saturday next, September 26 at 7pm. Relay for Life Kilkenny fundraising has …

FOR THE sixth successive year in a row, bananas are top of the list for Irish parents when it comes to choosing a snack food for their baby or toddler. That is according to a National Parenting Product Awards competition. Based in large part on a survey conducted by Millward Brown amongst parents and experts, …

HE WAS a mere boy, albeit a lonely lad in a grip of fear and uncertainty. He was a child pauper home alone after his dad died and his mother and siblings headed to the US where his mum re-married. He was staring down a dark tunnel. But with a resilience that can spark miracles, …

By Jimmy Rhatigan OUR forefathers and mothers who now occupy a beautiful place titled God’s Garden are badly in need of a short back and sides. Local bishops, mayors of our city and eminent brothers in writing, Michael and John Banim are among those resting in peace at the Old St John’s Cemetery on the …

A MAN of honour who gave unselfishly of himself to our city for almost 20 years is now in need of our help and support. As a friend I enjoyed many hours in the company of Norman Lynas and his wife Nicola and as a popular and caring clergyman, I believe many will now want …

THAT a proud son of Castlecomer loves his mother with a combination of passion and loyalty hardly makes him unique. As is the wont of millions of young boys around the world, he has a special relationship with his mum. But perhaps what makes James Gerrard Saunders, popularly Jimmy, so special is his fantastic relationship …

By Professor Timothy Snyder, historian THE creation of Solidarity is one of the most important events in the history of Poland and the world at the end of the 20th century. It became a moment that changed the essence of the Leninist system. Before that, the communist party had a monopoly on power. This changed …

WITH THE promptings and support of people like Newpark man Murty Brennan our city now has a thriving Polish Community with numbers rocketing to 1,200 plus. A relationship between kindred spirits, fostered and driven by the pro-active Polish Embassy in Dublin, meant that Polish families came here to live and work and very quickly became …

THE KILKENNY relation of Bram Stoker, the writer who created Count Dracula in the late 1800s is continuing to follow in the footsteps of his famous extended family member. Frank Salmon of Essaness Music, St Kieran’s Street, Kilkenny has just published his second children’s book, a brilliant follow-up to his very successful writing debut, The …

IT MAY be too late but it would not be at all surprising if Big Phil Hogan were to give up golf and dining as part of his New Year wishes for 2021. And who could blame him? For it was a combination of the former allied to a few car journeys that were to …