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Albert Einstein, was a German born theoretical physicist who is widely held as one of the most influential scientists. Best known for developing the theory of relativity, Einstein also made important contributions to quantum mechanics. However, for today, let us borrow one of his many quotes: “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination …

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By: PM O’Sullivan “The smell of the bakeries was just gorgeous…” Mary Cradock is talking about Kilkenny in the mid 1970s. Settling there simultaneously felt like destiny and the lucky side of mere chance.Her production of Shirley Valentine, with Clare Gibbs in the title role, will shortly be staged in The Home Rule Club. This …

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Photos by Pat Shortall A recent production of ‘Showstoppers’ at Kilkenny’s Watergate theatre received great praise from Kilkenny audiences. It was presented by ‘Dancewise’ who are based in Kilkenny and Castlecomer. This energetic and talented group were founded in 1998 and it would appear that the same enthusiasm, vim and energy is still as strong …

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Newpark Residents Association held their annual community Field Day on the upper green recently. Officially opened by Mayor Joe Malone, the large gathering of neighbours and friends enjoyed an eclectic mix of activities catering for the young and the young at heart. Musical entertainment throughout the afternoon was provided by ‘The Buddies’, and the Ukrainian …

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By Kilkenny Observer Reporter Photos by Pat Shortall The wonderful O’Loughlin Gaels pavilion was the venue for the launch of a new book last week. Kitty’s War is the second book by Eimear Lawlor having first published ‘Dublin’s Girl’ in 2021 during lockdown. The novel is set in 1941 in Ballyfoyle, Kilkenny, and The Curragh …

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“The Open Gardens of Ireland takes you on an enchanting journey through Ireland’s finest gardens.” Those were the words of broadcaster, culinary arts lecturer and TV chef, Edward Hayden when he officially launched the new book by Shirley Lanigan in Rothe House on Tuesday night. “This book is more than just a guide; it is …

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Text: Gerry Cody Photos Pat Shortall One of the most relaxed and entertaining theatre launches took place last week in the wonderful surroundings of Billy Byrne’s pub on John Street. Over forty years ago during the halcyon days of my youth I frequented Billy Byrne’s, on a regular basis. At that time the pub was …

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Photos by Kilkenny Observer newspaper On June 5th, the Kilkenny Observer visited the city hall in Kilkenny to attend the annual ‘Fáilte Isteach awards. They came from around the globe, Africa, Asia, South America Middle East, and Europe. An eclectic bunch of people, all gathered together in harmony and friendship which had flourished as the …

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Photos by Pat Shortall On Sunday June 9th, a gathering took place at Mac Donagh railway station to remember those who participated in WW ll. Organised by The Kilkenny Great War memorial committee, it was a very dignified affair that saw candles being lit and wreaths being laid for those who fought in the war. …

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By Stephen Patterson Photos: Pat Shortall The sun shone brightly on St Canice’s church on June 1st. Crowds made their way to a thanksgiving mass for the bicentenary celebrations of the church, founded in 1824. Small groups gathered on the front steps greeting and celebrating. They spoke of the concert held in the church on …

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