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Kilkenny native Joe Kearney will launch his new book, The Beekeeper and the River in Callan on Friday evening 27th January. Frank McKenna, retired school principal and historian, will formally launch the collection of short stories at Kevin Keogh’s pub in Mill Street Callan at 9.00pm. The book is published by Ballpoint Press and is …

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BY NED EGAN Part 1 It was about seventy-five years ago, sitting beside the fire in old Baurscoobe, in the County of Kilkenny, that I heard this story of ‘The Girl Auction’, or ‘Fair’. This story is laced with more truth than merriment. In this particular ‘girl auction’ story, there was only the one bidder… …

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By John Fitzgerald Religion was a stricter business in past times that it is today, as Callan folk were reminded yet again in May 1944 when the Rev. Dr Doyle took over as parish priest in the town. A Cuffsgrange man, Dr. Doyle was a strong believer in clerical and monetary competence. He was conscious …

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BY JOHN ELLIS, FINANCIAL ADVISOR With inflation increases, interest rate hikes and the continuing energy crisis, 2022 was a tough year for many of our readers. Areas that affects us all are the cost of electricity/gas and petrol/diesel. Late last year the cost of energy began to fall, but the cost of gas, for example, is …

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FURTHERMORE  By Gerry Moran January is not just the month for resolutions, new beginnings and sales; it is also the month for predictions — predictions for the year ahead and beyond. Old Moore’s Almanac has been making predictions for the past 259 years (and who could have predicted such longevity for such a small magazine) …

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BY CLAIR WHITTY Let’s spring into action and support the immune system. A healthy diet and digestive system will help, but stress, lack of sleep, a highly processed diet, and inadequate rest will put strain on it. Antioxidants like vitamin C, E, Beta Carotene, and Selenium are found naturally in food. They assist in protecting …

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AS I SEE IT MARIANNE HERON One thing that strikes me about the current screaming headlines over the crisis in the Health Service is that there is absolutely nothing new about this. The situation in our hospitals has been dysfunctional for years, particularly chaotic in emergency departments with long, distressful waits on trolleys before patients …

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THE FACT OF THE MATTER PAUL HOPKINS A Friday in July last year, the summer sun two hours from going to bed. I made my way home through crooked country roads from a neighbouring town where I had had dinner with a friend I hadn’t seen in 30 years. I was driving with just one …

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BY NIALL SHERRY SPORTS EDITOR Post-Cody era starts with Walsh Cup win over Offaly Walsh Cup John Locke Park, Callan Kilkenny 2-19 Offaly 0-21 Kilkenny hurlers recorded their first win under new bainisteoir Derek Lyng as they defeated a gallant Offaly side by 4-points in Callan last weekend. Emeralds club man Lyng’s first senior selection …

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“Taking a backseat behind the chaos and a back track to the reason behind it all, we take a deep dive into the mind of Debbie Brennan and how she ended up being a drug mule at only seventeen.” We, at The Kilkenny Observer are delighted to kick off 2023 with part four of the …

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