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BY JOHN ELLIS, FINANCIAL ADVISOR First-time buyer (FTB) mortgages and household incomes in Ireland have reached record levels. A report, the latest Mortgage Market Profile Report from Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI), provides a detailed analysis of the mortgage market. It highlights “significant trends and shifts in borrowers’ profiles and regional dynamics”. It outlines …

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Some instant stress relievers for when we need them By Paul Bolger. Chartered Physiotherapist at Nano Physiotherapy, Kilkenny (www.nanophysio.ie). We’ve heard it before – there is just too much stress in the world today! However, it is worth considering that there would have been plenty of stressors in the past – food scarcity, predators, exposure to …

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THE LAST WORD By Pat Coughlan Choosing terms for our older friends stirs debate. “The elderly” sounds delicate, while “old people” feels outdated. “Seniors” carries respect, reflective of wisdom. “Elderly adults” finds a middle ground, embodying both formality and casualness. It’s the blend of respect with a human touch that truly matters. Ultimately, the significance …

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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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As summer is upon us, Kilkenny County Council is thrilled to announce the 2024 launch of the National Cancer Control Programme’s “Sun Smart” campaign. This vital initiative aims to educate the public on protecting their skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays while enjoying the beautiful Irish weather. The Sun Smart campaign will roll out in …

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Artist Paddy Cunningham is making waves with his first art exhibition.  On show at Callan library, his drawings of celebrities, especially GAA stars, has cast a spell over the Town on the King’s River. Local man Paddy is a relative newcomer to the visual arts. For decades he made his mark as an eagled-eyed amateur photographer in Callan and the surrounding district. …

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Kilkenny County Council Library Services & Heritage Office are delighted to announce a new project called ‘Mná Feasa/Wise Women’; a social history project and podcast series comprising of stories, experiences & local lore from the women of Kilkenny. On November 3rd 1324 in Kilkenny, Petronella of Meath became the 1st woman to be burned at …

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AS I SEE IT BY MARIANNE HERON The warnings of climate catastrophe are too urgent to be ignored in UN Secretary General Antio Guterres’ stark ‘moment of truth’ declaration recently. If we miss our limit of no more than 1.5 degrees warming and go scorching on to 2.9 degrees increase by the end of this …

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THE FACT OF THE MATTER BY PAUL HOPKINS One of the great war-cries among boys of a certain age, when they have fallen foul of yesterday’s best friend, is to mutter with clenched jaw and fists: “Loser!” How often have you said to your children at some school sporting event, “Go out there and do …

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