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The sudden death of Jim Carroll had a devastating effect on Kilkenny people. Affectionately known as Sag, he spent a lifetime working within the hospitality industry. A gregarious, ebullient and effervescent personality ensured that Jim forever remained well liked. Yet along with the friendliness, the companionable nature, he was a man of steely determination and …

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This week The Kilkenny Observer is delighted to introduce a short story from a Newpark resident Renowned for sporting prowess over decades, the inhabitants of Newpark regularly brought honours and titles to their beloved estate. High performances delivered accolades in hurling, courtesy of O’Loughlins and Dicksboro. Much to the chagrin of some observers, the other …

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BY JOHN ELLIS, FINANCIAL ADVISOR MY bank account was hacked last week! I noticed a sum of money was sent to an online delivery company to deliver from a restaurant in Dublin to an address in Dublin – a nominal amount – at 5.15 pm last Friday. I called, or should I say logged on …

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BY NED EGAN Part 2 Two lovely summer months went by. The Aussie girl was more popular than ever with most people. But the odd one had doubts. Aggie’s old poison kidded a few. A very few. Then, one day, a letter arrived for her. Registered. So the Postman said, anyway. Probably solicitors advice about …

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BY CLAIR WHITTY Bloating, constipation, or heartburn are common digestive problems that many of you may experience from time to time. But some of you might only have digestive issues when you’re away from home. This can happen because you eat food that you don’t normally eat at home, or just more food in general. …

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AS I SEE IT MARIANNE HERON HEIR hunting made headlines recently when Padraic Grennan of Erin Research – specialising in probate genealogy – traced the next of kin of Hilary Smith and her husband Nicholas, whose bodies were found 18 months after they died in their rural Tipperary home. Grennan’s investigators found a son of …

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By Frank Cody The Newpark housing estate, when I was a boy, was surrounded by fields. This safe environment granted freedom to frolic and play. Paddy Phelan, John ‘Sundown’ Phelan and Danny McEvoy owned these swards. The Phelan brothers used good farm husbandry to rotate crops of cereals and vegetables. This practice allowed the corncrake …

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By Ann Downey Contrary to what the experts would say, what drove me on to win any match, be it Club or County was the fear of losing. I would put my head in the way if it meant stopping an opponent. For any player appearing in an All-Ireland, it is all about getting the …

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BY: Dermot Kavanagh As thousands of Stripy Men women and children flock to Dublin for the Kilkenny v Limerick All Ireland, author and lifelong GAA supporter Dermot Kavanagh shares his first visit to Croke Park in 1957 with The Kilkenny Observer Mankind’s association with epic marches has been well documented throughout the ages. Those adventures …

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All-Ireland final preview By Jim Fogarty Limerick have an unbeaten championship sequence, now spanning 15 games. They lost the 2019 semi-final to Kilkenny, but should have had a 65 to level. Their shot was waved wide despite a deflection. In this year’s Munster final with Clare, they were level 15 times, before winning in extra …

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