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AS I SEE IT MARIANNE HERON Not often in these post-Brexit times that I advocate taking a leaf out of the Brits’ book. But here’s a good idea; PM Ritchie Sunack wants to encourage older workers back into the work force as it emerges that thousands of early retirements are holding back economic recovery. Offers …

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THE FACT OF THE MATTER PAUL HOPKINS Back in the early Noughties on one of my trips to Africa I came across a book by the writer Christopher Hope, known for his controversial works dealing with racism and politics in his native South Africa. My Mother’s Lovers was the first of his novels I read. …

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By Michael O’Leary Thyestes Day in Gowran Park is one of the most prestigous days on the Racing Calendar and has a long standing tradition since The Thyestes Chase was first run in 1954. It’s a very special day in Gowran Village as each year – apart from the Covid Enforced Regulations in 2021 where …

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By Eoin Everard How physically fit must you be to ride a horse? Many an armchair analyst has lamented that a rider wasn’t stronger over the final furlong or blamed the jockey when they see their horse fall at the last. But having enough core strength to be able to balance on a horse for …

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Racing enthusiasts from all over Ireland are expected to descend upon Gowran Park Racecourse for the time honoured Goffs Thyestes Chase on Thursday January 26th, but yesterday ahead of the flagship meeting some of the biggest names in Irish racing were joined by friends to launch the 2023 Goffs Thyestes Day with a Golf competition …

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Presentation Secondary School’s recent win at the BT Young Scientist Competition First place in the category, Social and Behavioural Sciences – Intermediate Age group, went to   students Morette Alyward and Roisin McElwee for their project entitled ‘ A look inside our minds, when are we at our most dangerous’. More than 250 students were surveyed …

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BY NIALL SHERRY SPORTS EDITOR Season finale could bring just rewards AIB ALL-IRELAND SENIOR CLUB HURLING FINAL CROKE PARK, SUNDAY JANUARY 22nd Shamrocks Ballyhale vs Dunloy Cuchullains >> Sherry Says Final Preview…. All roads lead to Croke Park on Sunday when the pride of Kilkenny, Shamrocks Ballyhale go in search of a 9th All-Ireland club …

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BY NIALL SHERRY SPORTS EDITOR Avoid defeat in Wexford and we’ll see Henry in Croker! Walsh Cup (Round 2) Rathdowney, Co. Laois Laois 2-21 Kilkenny 3-31 It’s two from two for Derek Lyng’s Kilkenny as the Cats came away with the points following a comprehensive 13-point win over Laois in Rathdowney last weekend. It sets …

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Mai Dormer puts pen to paper for The Kilkenny Observer this week as she reminisces about life in a coal mining community Apart from the Audio/ visual tapes at the Castlecomer Mining Museum, little is written about the role of women through the coal-mining years. Mothers, wives, daughters and sisters within mining families played a …

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BY EOIN EVERARD Fifth and sixth year students from CBS and Presentation Kilkenny were down in Waterford last Friday to experience the first Leaving Cert PE Workshop at the South East Technological University. With PE recently becoming a leaving certificate subject it has led to some exciting but demanding challenges for schools. The PE curriculum …

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