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Even before recorded history, our ancestors flew birds of prey. From the Steppes of Asia, to medieval Europe, from five thousand years ago to the present day, Falconry has become a way of life for Falconers around the world Whether or not you have experienced Falconry before, you will get a chance to handle these …

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The 25th of April 2022 marks the 107th anniversary of the Australian and New Zealand landings at Gallipoli (now known as ANZAC cove). The sacrifice made by both countries during the eight-month long Gallipoli campaign quickly began to symbolize the emergence of their national identity This identity quickly became to be exemplified by ANZAC day, …

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By Joseph Kearney A neighbour of ours played the mouthorgan. He was a quiet man with a full beard and indi-go eyes. But shy, you’d have to coax him to pull the harmonica from his top pocket and play. Although he was born into our community, he was still regarded as a newcomer, a blow-in. …

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Cois Céim in association with The Kilkenny Saturday Walkers group, takes a look at the history of The Three Tholsels in Kilkenny city KILKENNY’S THREE THOLSELS IN KILKENNY One of the best known buildings is the Tholsel building on High Street in Kilkenny City. Regarded by many as “medieval” in fact it was built in …

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By Pat Shortall It is a natural human instinct to love hearing good news, unless of course there is begrudgery lurking. The story of the Passion and Death of Christ Jesus is anything but good news! In what is often titled “The Greatest Story Ever Told”, we must patiently wait until The Resurrection, to learn …

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WEEK SEVEN Kilkenny is home to the most famous cats in the world. For over two hundred years, people everywhere have heard of the fierce Kilkenny Cats. They are part of our history; part of our DNA. They reflect Kilkenny in all its glorious past, its developing present and exciting future. In week seven, local …

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The Kilkenny Observer takes a trip down memory lane with the Butts Community Centre Photo credits: Community hall project; Mike Kealy; Pat Shortall A question? What community in Kilkenny boasts the most All Ireland titles? It’s an interesting question and would deserve to be included as a tiebreaker in a pub quiz. One obvious answer …

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