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By Jimmy Rhatigan IS THERE a town or perhaps even a city in Ireland that can boast more or indeed as many famous people as the market town of Callan? We doubt it. Any proposed forensic research may prove otherwise, but at The Kilkenny Observer it is our belief that the native place of a …

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By Paddy Neary THE ANCIENT Parish Church of St John’s stood probably in the grounds of the old cemetery on the Dublin Road. St Stephen was recognised as the patron of this church in the 18th century. From 1800 on the church was always referred to as St John’s. In the Bishop’s visitation book for …

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By Jimmy Rhatigan MRS MURPHY has fond memories of her school days in the Presentation Convent which was then in James’s Street, near enough to opposite the Christian Brothers Secondary School. As it turned out the latter part of the last par is the key to why her student years were so happy. “We had …

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SINN FÉIN TD Kathleen Funchion has expressed frustration and annoyance at words of sympathy and pseudo support for workers’ rights to find this never converts to legislative protection. “If workers could spend words of sympathy they might be able to do something with them, but as it stands words are useless. “The plight of Debenhams …

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By Jimmy Rhatigam AS AUCTIONS go, the Fonsie Mealy Autumn Fine Art Sale is up there with the best. The three-day event is at the firm’s Chatsworth Auction Rooms, Chatsworth, Castlecomer on September 28, 29 and 30. The gavel will be busy from 11am each day as 1671 lots go under the hammer for a …

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CHILDREN in a Deis school in Kilkenny will receive a gift package of new books by leading Irish authors as part of an Arts Council initiative to ensure that as many people as possible can experience Culture Night tonight. Encouraging all parents to participate with their children, the government agency for funding and developing the …

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VILLAGE man Paddy Purcell who has passed away was a popular raconteur who loved telling a good yarn. He enjoyed relating the tale of how when he was a young boy he played in goal for James Stephens in an U16 hurling final. “It wasn’t one of my better days between the sticks,” he would …

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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 …

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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, …

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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, …

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