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IN NOVEMBER OF 2023, CLOGH WRITERS GROUP LAUNCHED ‘WHERE I AM’, A COLLECTION OF POETRY AND PROSE FROM ELEVEN DIFFERENT WRITERS. AS CO-ORDINATOR OF THE WRITERS GROUP JANE MEALLY SAID: “WHERE I AM” IS A PUBLICATION WHERE EACH WRITER COMMUNICATES THEIR PASSION TO THE READER.” Having attended the launch in Clogh, The Kilkenny Observer Newspaper was quite taken with not only …

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Laois Open Door theatre are all set to bring their Spring production ‘Flying Feathers by Derek Benfield to the wonderful Thomastown Community Hall on February 24th When Chief Constable Henry Potterton and his sister arrive at the peaceful country house of their late, lamented brother Bernard, they are astonished to find several scantily clad ladies …

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Ben Lanigan holds first exhibition in Belfast Photos of exhibition by Ben Farr Kilkennyman Ben Lanigan has just launched his first solo exhibition in Belfast. The exhibition consists of work ranging over two years exhibiting his investigation of understanding how to represent his subject matter and the space they live in. Originally from Kilkenny, Ben …

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By Geoff Rose On one of his many visits to Kilkenny to see productions of his plays, Jack Keyes Byrne (aka Hugh Leonard,) remarked that he felt like an imposter, when it came to the Theatre. This from a playwright and author who had successfully won 4 prestigious ‘Tony’ awards on Broadway for his play …

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PHOTOS BY Pat Shortall The first pantomime performance in Castlecomer was on 29th December 1959 with the show, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. It was performed by the Deenside Players under the direction of Rev. Cleary, C.C. It was a colourful, happy show, with laughs for all and songs to suit every taste. The …

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In November of 2023, Clogh Writers group launched ‘Where I am’, a collection of poetry and prose from eleven different writers. As co-ordinator of the writers group Jane Meally said: “Where I am” is a publication where each writer communicates their passion to the reader.” Having attended the launch in Clogh, The Kilkenny Observer Newspaper …

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All images: Amanda Burke Gowran Park were delighted with the 2024 Goffs Thyestes Day with an attendance of just under 9K treated to a great day’s racing. Without question the highlight of the day was the brilliant Rachael Blackmore claiming her first Thyestes Cup after a superb ride on the Henry de Bromhead trained Ain’t …

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On February 4, The Barnstorm venue at The Home Rule Club on John’s Quay will play host to a theatre production detailing the contribution made by Lady Ellen Cuffe to the city of Kilkenny. Miss Ellen Bischoffsheim was the eldest daughter of a London Jewish banker and her marriage to William, the fourth Earl of …

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Any student of Kilkenny local history must wonder about the school at Nore View House and it’s whereabouts. Advertisements appeared in the local Press from 1840 publicising this school gave the name of its headmaster and owner who was Dr James St John B.A. T.C.D. L.LD. The school was built for the purpose for which …

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By Phelim Devane, Dublin Review. There are times when being a journalist is one of the nicest jobs going. When your editor emails you to cover the Dublin New Year’s festival, then it doesn’t get much better. My remit was to cover music at Dublin Castle, National Museum, and Meeting House Square. It was while …

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