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All Photos by Pat Shortall Christmas Eve in Kilkenny is classy at the best of times. Add in the continuing growing festival that is Yulefest and Kilkenny comes into a league of its own. Such was the case this year. Thanks to the local authority and its workforce, the Parade looked radiant, as lights shone, …

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As we find ourselves in the midst of a January like no other, it is more important than ever to support our immunity and in turn, give ourselves peace of mind and a mental boost. This is where SOMEGA, Ireland’s purest health supplement brand, comes in to its own. Co-founded by two Cork-based nutritionists and …

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Congratulations to Ann Marie Thank you to all who entered the draw to win a gift voucher sponsored by The Kilkenny Observer. Congratulation to Anne Marie O’Hara, Station Avenue, Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny who won the €200.00 gift voucher for Caulfield’s SuperValu, Loughboy, Co. Kilkenny. The gift voucher was presented to Anne Marie by Lorna Fletcher, …

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Nicholas Ryan Purcell pictured with his recently published book ‘Anything is Possible’ which details his life growing up in Ireland and living with autism. It is a wonderful insight into his life and deals with the trials and tribulations attached to autism. The book, which has received many positive comments, tells his story from childhood to …

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The service users in the IWA have had the privilege of having the ‘Mobile Music Machine’ visit which is a group of the finest musicians from Ireland who played a number of concerts for them over the past 12 months. Covid care concerts were created by Gerald Peregine who plays the cello. The concerts bring …

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Nicholas Ryan-Purcell was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at thirteen years of age. He was also faced with mental health challenges, brought on by early trauma, which triggered a lengthy depression. Nicholas overcame a series of obstacles to complete his Leaving Certificate and then undertake, and graduate, from a three- year course in TV production at …

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We have heard it over and over again. The saying is around since Adam was a boy. ‘Never judge a book by its cover’. It is a saying that has come from the lips of many. Whether it is in relation to love, or purchasing an item, the saying is repeated ad nauseam. It is …

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This week marks the final week in our series of Christmas Short stories and The Kilkenny Observer is delighted to welcome Patrick Griffin (A re-imagining of the Christmas story) By Patrick Griffin There was no question about the quality of the table in my workshop. “You are an exceptional carver of wood,” my customer said. I …

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A SEASONAL SHORT STORY BY PAUL HOPKINS I had thought about it for, I guess, the best part of a day, mulled over it, slept on it, my baby brother rabbiting the head off himself in his bed opposite me. My plan was to burrow my way to the back of the huge stand-alone wardrobe …

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