Music lovers, get ready for an unforgettable evening of FREE live music at Up The Junction  – a free outdoor gig celebrating young talent in the heart of the city. Taking place on Thursday 18 July from 6 – 9pm at Goods Shed Square, MacDonagh Junction, this event promises an electrifying line-up featuring some of …

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FURTHERMORE  By Gerry Moran And so another birthday is coming around. A big one, Gerry? Listen, they’re all big now if for no other reason than that I’m still around. ‘Still standing’ to quote that great survivor Elton John. Indeed several of my contemporaries are no longer around. Who is around, however, is a great …

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THE FACT OF THE MATTER BY PAUL HOPKINS I’ve written about his before. In truth, I can not but write about it too much, too often. Carnage on our roads. Death by driving– bike, scooter, being just a pedestrian – driving towards 100 fatalities for the first six months of this year, a dozen up …

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Photo: Vicky Comerford Rás na mBan returns to Kilkenny in September and Ireland’s international bike race for women has a number of exciting new innovations for its 18th edition. All-New Stage Three Popular Kilkenny City Centre Race the Fin This year’s race is the eighteenth edition of the popular international stage race to be based …

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BY JOHN FITZGERALD The connection between Kilkenny and Newfoundland has been well-documented. Mass emigration from the Southeast turned the wind-swept, inhospitable island into an ‘Eire Nua.’ Among the most colourful characters to make his mark there was Father Patrick Power, a Waterford based Franciscan. In the late 18th century, Newfoundland was steeped in Catholicism. It was a deeply conservative society. …

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Photos by Pat Shortall A recent production of ‘Showstoppers’ at Kilkenny’s Watergate theatre received great praise from Kilkenny audiences. It was presented by ‘Dancewise’ who are based in Kilkenny and Castlecomer. This energetic and talented group were founded in 1998 and it would appear that the same enthusiasm, vim and energy is still as strong …

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AS I SEE IT BY MARIANNE HERON Knowing when to quit is a form of wisdom which seems to have escaped America’s President Joe Biden. It was sad to see a man who has stayed too long make a stumbling spectacle of himself in last month’s head- to- head with Donald Trump. Sad for the …

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Banner dominate 2nd half to secure final berth BY NIALL SHERRY, SPORTS EDITOR SPORTSEDITOR@KILKENNYOBSERVER.IE All–Ireland SHC Semi-Final Kilkenny 2-16 Clare 0-24 Croke Park, Referee: Liam Gordon So that’s that. There was to be no third final in a row for Kilkenny as they fell to to stirring second half comeback by Clare in Croke Park …

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BY MICHAEL O’LEARY Two Kilkenny Athletes from the Kilkenny City Harriers Club will represent Ireland in the European U-18 Athletics Championships in Slovakia next week. Pia Langton will compete in the 800 metres, while Molly Daly will compete in the 200 metres and she is also part of the medley relay squad. Both Athletes are …

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Aisling Maher leads Capital ladies to historic win BY NIALL SHERRY, SPORTS EDITOR SPORTSEDITOR@KILKENNYOBSERVER.IE Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship QF Dublin 1-13 Kilkenny 0-12 Kilkenny senior Camog’s bowed out of this years Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship after losing to Dublin in Croke Park last Saturday.  Peter ‘Chap’ Cleere’s team were beaten by …

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