THE FACT OF THE MATTER BY PAUL HOPKINS I have but one memory of my grandfather, Old Ned Hopkins, and he sitting at his dining table having eaten a hearty Sunday dinner and being fussed upon by two doting daughters who never married but stayed home to mind their ageing parents – as was the …

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BY MICHAEL O’LEARY With the eyes of the Soccer world focused on Euro 2024 which gets underway in Germany tonight (Friday), one South Kilkenny man who has been enjoying a whirlwind spell is Thomas O’Connor from Tullogher. In January 2022, Thomas joined up with Wrexham and since then he has been a central part of …

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Do you suffer from excess wax in your ears? This happened to me recently for the first time ever. I thought I had an ear infection because I had some discomfort and tenderness so I went to the GP to have it checked out. It turned out that there was no infection but one ear …

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THE KILKENNY INVOLVEMENT CENTRE AND RECOVERY COLLEGE SOUTH EAST HAVE PRODUCED A WONDERFUL ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY AND PROSE. ‘WHITE TWINE AND OLD SUITCASES’ COMPRISES OF 128 PAGES AND 60 AUTHORS AND IS COMPLEMENTED BY SOME WONDERFUL PHOTOS AND ARTWORK BY TASK CAMERA CLUB. IT IS PRINTED BY MODERN PRINTERS. IT IS DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED READING FOR …

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BY JOHN ELLIS, FINANCIAL ADVISOR As a financial adviser I often encounter individuals with differing expectations about their financial needs in retirement. They often underestimate how much money they will need and how long they expect to live in retirement. Living longer into your 80s and 90s can significantly impact your financial needs. The State …

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FURTHERMORE  By Gerry Moran I had a drink last week. Really, Gerry! The drink I had was an Irish Coffee – something I haven’t had in quite a while. And, as I sat sipping, and savouring, it I got to wondering how Irish Coffee came about. Indeed I wondered if it’s Irish at all? And …

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If you are a young emerging Kilkenny musician, singer songwriter or in a band, Kilkenny Arts Office is inviting you to apply to be a part of ‘In Bloom, Future Sounds of Kilkenny’. July is set to be an electrifying month for the city’s music scene with the launch of a gig series dedicated to …

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By Stephen Patterson Photos: jbs photos kilkenny A celebration of Traveller Culture took place in the Neighbourhood Hall on Friday the 31st of May. Traveller Pride Week is an important celebration that promotes the Traveller community’s unique contribution to Irish society while combating the discrimination and prejudice Traveller’s face. Every year Traveller Pride is underpinned …

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PART 1 BY JOHN FITZGERALD A visit to Desart Court When she was 77 years old in about 1958, Nell Dooley-Monaghan wrote to Callan’s local correspondent Peter Roughan to share some memories with him and his readers. Nell was a daughter of Jim Dooley who worked with Ben Thompson, a gamekeeper in Desart. In the letter she wrote: “Dear Peter, You will …

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THE LAST WORD By Pat Coughlan Television in Ireland is in the middle a revolution! Gone are the fixed TV schedules, making way for the reign of streaming services and smart TVs, our modern thrones. We’re entering a new era where TV suggests shows quicker than a barman pours a pint unless it’s Guinness of …

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