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GLOBALLY, we drink about 1.4 billion cups of coffee a day, according to the Intern national Coffee Organisation (ICO). This might explain why you rely so heavily on your cuppa every morning or why you stop at one of many coffee shops for a take-out only when out walking in these pandemic times. In our …

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As lockdown locations go, you couldn’t really get much better than An Rinn in the heart of the beautiful Gaeltacht na nDéise, according to Ros na Rún actor, Elaine O’Hara. A proud Kilkenny woman by birth, she now finds herself living with her fiancé Cian in the beautiful Rinn Ó gCuanach, Co. Phort Láirge. Elaine …

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SPAIN has always been a favourite for Irish travellers — and with good reason. But part of the Iberian peninsula also belongs to Portugal, a neighbouring country often overlooked in favour of its popular Spanish popular sister. Although Portugal is slowly emerging as a holiday hotspot, you may still find parts of the country tourist-free, …

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IF you prefer traveling alone to going around with a big group, it might be because you’re smart. According to a study from the British Psychological Society, intelligent people are more likely to experience “lower life satisfaction with more frequent socialiSation with friends”. Using data from a long-term survey of 15,000 people, aged 18 to …

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LOCAL tourism bodies are hoping to entice domestic ‘staycationers’ back to Kilkenny City and county., as the roll-out of the vaccine gains pace, despite teething problems with supply. Kilkenny Tourism has launched #More to Explore, a multi-pronged campaign highlighting Kilkenny’s many unique tourism attractions, from outdoors activities and authentic experiences to family, couple, and group …

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THE Civil Defence team in Kilkenny is to increase its 34 volunteers to 50 volunteers in 2021, as the demand for their services has increased in the 12 months of the pandemic. The purpose of the Civil Defence team is to be ready in an emergency to give support to the principle response agencies in …

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Research by: Commandant Larry Scallan Compiled by: Gerry Cody   MORE OFFENSIVE ACTION FOLLOWS ARREST OF LEADING IRA MEMBERS The story of the Friary Street ambush starts in Delaney’s tailoring shop, in the Watergate area of Kilkenny, towards the end of 1920. A much depleted Brigade HQ staff meeting was taking place. The recent arrest …

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PLANS to reboot its successful #MadeLocal campaign this summer are to go ahead, according to the Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI). The national agency says almost nine out of 10 retailers who took part in the campaign reported a rise in sales as a result of the nationwide promotion. The campaign was launched last …

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DRINKING coffee during pregnancy can change important brain pathways that could lead to behavioural problems later in life, according to new research. Researchers analysed thousands of brain scans of nine and 10-year-olds, and revealed changes in the brain structure of children exposed to caffeine while still in the womb. “These are sort of small effects …

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Since the beginning of the current coronavirus crisis, people have been turning to nature to seek comfort. To feel the soil on their hands, finding ways to keep grounded while we wait for this moment to pass. Having been asked several times, why she launched a wildflower seeds business in the middle of a global …

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