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The Kilkenny section of ‘The Big Busk’,a nationwide Today FM fundraiser to help Focus Ireland tackle homelessness through the powerful medium of music, art and performance took place, simultaneously, in Mac Donagh Junction Shopping Centre and Market Cross Shopping Centre on Friday 12th April. A wide variety of excellent performers from the South East ensured …

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Photos by Amanda Burke Despite the deluge, a large crowd of music fans attended the launch of the 26th Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival at the Smithwick’s Experience building last Thursday night. The festival runs from May 3rd to May 6th in venues throughout Kilkenny city. The horrible weather meant that the event was moved from …

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Shamrocks Ballyhale GAA Healthy club held their official launch night in collaboration with La na gClub, on Easter Sunday, with their overall focus to make the community of Ballyhale a healthier, happier, more connected place to live. On Friday night we took a step down memory lane to revisit some of our favourite times in …

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Photos by Pat Shortall Kilquan Players from Coon in North Kilkenny, know a thing or two about drama. Drama on the stage that is. To be fair, they should, as they have been producing and presenting theatrical productions for the last thirty years. This year they presented ‘Separate Beds’ by Irish Playwright Sam Creed and …

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On Wednesday 7th February local historian Paddy Neary delivered an in-depth talk on the O’ Loughlin Memorial church of St John the Evangelist to a group of enthusiasts from the Eastern Environs. The large attendance was enthralled as Paddy related how worship of St John the Evangelist began as far back as the 13th century …

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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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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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Jbs photos kilkenny Newpark residents gathered, in large numbers last Saturday for the annual older peoples Christmas Dinner. It proved to be a fun filled evening of reminiscences as friends and neighbours chatted and swapped some exaggerated stories of bygone days. Proceedings began when Una Lennon lit the Remembrance Candle acknowledging all deceased members of the …

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Photos: jbsphotoskilkenny The Fr. McGrath Centre was a hive of activity on Wednesday morning as diverse cultures gathered for the annual Failte Isteach Christmas “bash”.  They came from South America, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe, with a big gathering of our new Ukrainian community.  This convivial gathering brought together men and women from all over …

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