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The countdown is on to Cheltenham 2021 and excitement can start to build for national hunt racing fans from all over the world By Eddie Scally In truth real racing fans have had one eye on Cheltenham since possibly last October, trainers on the other hand had both eyes on it since the curtain drew …

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By Paul Hopkins WELL, faith and begorrah, but as millions of people around the world may well don the shamrock and silly hat, but, thanks to the coronvirus, will mot be able to march in parades and drink green pints of the black stuff, the man they are remembering this March 17 is by all …

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WE would all love a holiday. Indeed, we could do with one. Our thoughts are turning to far-away places with strange sounding names. The sun and the sea and hazy days. As vaccination rollouts gather pace around the world, attention is now turning to vaccines of another kind: vaccine passports. The International Air Transport Association …

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It’s a slow summer day in Cornwall in the 1980s and Benjamin Neesham is fiddling with the medium wave dial on his radio in search of some sort of diversion. The airwaves crackle and the room he’s sitting in is suddenly filled with the mellifluous tones of Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh commentating on a hurling match …

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The news of the death of Seamus Walsh spread quickly around the north Kilkenny town of Castlecomer and indeed the county of Kilkenny. A poet, tour guide, historian and promoter of The Comer mines, he was certainly one in a million. By: Gerry Cody Coal Mining runs deep in the Castlecomer Community, and there was …

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GLOBALLY, we drink about 1.4 billion cups of coffee a day, according to the Intern national Coffee Organisation (ICO). This might explain why you rely so heavily on your cuppa every morning or why you stop at one of many coffee shops for a take-out only when out walking in these pandemic times. In our …

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As lockdown locations go, you couldn’t really get much better than An Rinn in the heart of the beautiful Gaeltacht na nDéise, according to Ros na Rún actor, Elaine O’Hara. A proud Kilkenny woman by birth, she now finds herself living with her fiancé Cian in the beautiful Rinn Ó gCuanach, Co. Phort Láirge. Elaine …

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SPAIN has always been a favourite for Irish travellers — and with good reason. But part of the Iberian peninsula also belongs to Portugal, a neighbouring country often overlooked in favour of its popular Spanish popular sister. Although Portugal is slowly emerging as a holiday hotspot, you may still find parts of the country tourist-free, …

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IF you prefer traveling alone to going around with a big group, it might be because you’re smart. According to a study from the British Psychological Society, intelligent people are more likely to experience “lower life satisfaction with more frequent socialiSation with friends”. Using data from a long-term survey of 15,000 people, aged 18 to …

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LOCAL tourism bodies are hoping to entice domestic ‘staycationers’ back to Kilkenny City and county., as the roll-out of the vaccine gains pace, despite teething problems with supply. Kilkenny Tourism has launched #More to Explore, a multi-pronged campaign highlighting Kilkenny’s many unique tourism attractions, from outdoors activities and authentic experiences to family, couple, and group …

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