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By Paul Hopkins There can be few of us of a certain age who haven’t seen Grease, the hit musical film in which Olivia Newton-John transforms from the demure Sandy into a seductress in skin-tight spandex and leather. That scene on celluloid when bad-boy Danny Zuko — the youthful John Travolta, with the hypnotic eyes …

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BY NIALL SHERRY SPORTS EDITOR PHOTOS BY INPHO Cats claim O’Duffy title in Croker epic Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final Croke Park, Dublin Cork 1-12 Kilkenny 1-13 The O’Duffy Cup is back on Noreside for the 15th time following an epic final between old foes Kilkenny and Cork. Just one-point separated the sides at …

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When we look back on history, we could do worse than study some of the various Indian tribes who have left a wonderful legacy. Their wisdom is legendary. Their achievements monumental. One quote from Chief Crowfoot of the Blackfoot tribe reads as follows:-“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. …

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(Photos by Peter Martin) When it comes to The Arts festival in Kilkenny, artists must feel like it is Christmas in August. Every available space both inside and out becomes an artist’s home for ten magical days. It is a time when the artist removes the cloak of invisibility and throws up his/her work for …

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By Ger Cody The death was announced last week of Stephen street resident Johnny Barry. His love and promotion of Irish country music, his easy going ways, his good humour and above all his daily acts of kindness made him a legend to family, friends and fans. Irish country music was Johnny’s true love and …

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This week, The Kilkenny Observer welcomes Kilkenny student Keela Ayres as she presents a short story for our readers. As a newspaper, we attempt to cover as much news as possible on various topics. The inclusion of a young writer, such as Keela, with aspirations in that field, is something we are happy to promote. …

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BY JOHN ELLIS, FINANCIAL ADVISOR Have you what is called or are in the process of setting up  a ‘one-man pension scheme’? A OMS is an executive pension plan with only one or two persons in the scheme.  The OMS is different from a PRSA or a personal pension as it is set up in …

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BY CLAIR WHITTY At this time of year, the whole family could do with a boost of energy and support for their immune systems after a busy summer of activities. Parents, students, and teachers can benefit from a boost of energy before heading back to school. This is where Revive Active comes in, they have …

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BY NED EGAN Part 2 But, cycling home from school one day a bee flew up her sleeve, and stung her. She was buried a week later. A huge crowd of devoted crying children, and ex-pupils, attended the ‘two days.’ Moral: for every flogging demon there was at least one gentle angel. Also close to …

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