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I remember a production of ‘The Field’ in The Club House Hotel, during the early 90’s. Smithwick’s Brewery employee Tom Halpin played the role of the Bull McCabe. In the dramatic pub scene, where McCabe demanded the silence of the village on events that were about to unfold, Halpin came into his own. Fearsome and …

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The Eastern Environs Community group gathered in St John’s Parish Centre to bid a fond farewell to Fr Brian Griffin after his six -year sojourn in the Parish. Fr Brian’s transfer to cover the two Laois parishes of Castletown and Camross was the surprise inclusion in the Bishop’s recent Diocesan clerical changes. In bidding farewell …

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To coincide with Heritage week 2021 (14th to 22nd August) The Kilkenny Observer in association with Cois Céim and The Saturday Walkers Group Present a history of The Mills of Kilkenny Photos: jbs photos Kilkenny Kilkenny’s industrial history is a bustling tale of innovation, struggle and perseverance. Much of the city’s industrial life circled around …

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By Fr Richard Scriven Today we share the history of The tower at St Mary’s Cathedral. The tower of St Mary’s Cathedral was described in the Kilkenny Journal of Saturday 12th, 1857, and referring to it as the ‘glory of the cathedral’.  So, what of this magnificent tower that stands 186 feet and 6 inches …

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-A book review – Kilkenny, city and county, is steeped in history. Tourists that visit are amazed at the myriad dramas and stories hidden within its heart. Politics, sport, and industry are part of the rich tapestry interwoven in the abode of St. Canice. The extensive library at Rothe House captures, in fine detail, the …

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AN enthralling exhibition of paint, sculpture, and photography. It takes its title from Elizabeth Cope’s recently complete triptych 9,000 Babies? and the accompanying Portrait of Child Mother is running Kilkenny’s Shankill Castle unit; Sunday, August 22. The pieces were inspired by the history of the Mother and Baby Homes, recently in the news, and Cope’s …

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The call was issued and the community rallied. For weeks, residents of Walkin Street worked diligently to ensure the occasion was a success. The area known as ‘The Closh’ witnessed hundreds of Kilkenny people, gather for a day of music, song and dance. by: Gerry Cody Photos: Pat Shortall Over 50 men marched through Friary …

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Well done to New Ross athlete Sophie Becker on her qualification for the Tokyo Olympics. While Wexford can rightly claim Sophie as one of their own, Kilkenny folk can take pride in the fact that Sophie’s roots are in Kilkenny. Fatima place in Kilkenny city was home to Sophie’s mother Tina Cody. Sophie (24) flew …

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Home to ancient kings, a place of steeds and a venue for military and royal gatherings By Cois Céim, in Association with Kilkenny Saturday walkers group This locality was selected for a residence by one of the ancient Kings of Ossory and was continued by his successors long before the Anglo Norman invasion. According to …

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Forty years ago this week, Queen’s Greatest Hits topped the album charts, and it’s back again this month. Paul Hopkins recalls a visit to the birthplace of Freddie Mercury and the exotic romance of this beautiful East African island that never fades It is the smells of Africa that get to me: the scorched, ochred …

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