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On December 24th, word spread around Kilkenny city and county of the death of Allen Larkin. A former employee of Smithwick’s Brewery, Alan was a very well-known and liked man, with a particular passion for GAA, and a special devotion to his club James Stephens. The following is a report sent to The Kilkenny Observer …

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BY NED EGAN Final part Yep, worse. With the wind and the full weight of the big swells and rollers now directly in our rear, and the narrowing inlet being pressure-pumped by the three thousand miles of Indian Ocean between Jurien and Mauritius, the scene rapidly turned into a real rocky horror show. The Dutchie’s …

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BY CLAIR WHITTY The mock exams are just around the corner both junior cycle and leaving cert exams are starting on 26th January. You might be feeling the pressure now that the exams are so close. Some of you will take them in your stride and be nice and calm about them. While some of …

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By John Fitzgerald Jim Ryan of Coolagh, outside Callan- better known as the Poet Ryan- composed a lengthy poem in honour of the first tractor to see service in Coolagh, near Callan. The arrival in wartime of the famous tractor shook the district, some would say quite literally, to its foundations. Jim was something of …

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FURTHERMORE  By Gerry Moran Around the middle of December most years my wife almost always says to me, over a cup of tea at the kitchen table or maybe a G&T in some cosy hostelry: “Gerry Moran, what am I going to get you for Christmas?” To which I usually reply: “Peace and happiness and …

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BY JOHN ELLIS, FINANCIAL ADVISOR So, after last week’s article hopefully you have dealt with all the unwanted gifts from under the tree and have made a few euros into the bargain. Don’t stop there. Keep up the momentum. Decide that January 2023 is the date you will begin decluttering your finances. Review your spending …

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AS I SEE IT MARIANNE HERON “I want my father and my brother back,” Prince Harry says in an ITV interview with Tom Bradby to publicise his explosive memoir “Spare’.  The Duke of Sussex seems completely unconscious of the irony of his plea, given that the revelations in his latest broadside at the British monarchy …

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THE FACT OF THE MATTER PAUL HOPKINS Looking at the world right now, it would not take a genius to predict how 2023 might unfold for the now eight billion of us. This time last year — and although the signs were there — who would have thought that within weeks Russia would invade Ukraine, …

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BY CLAIR WHITTY Have you decided to go Dry for January and give up the beer for the month?  I think this is worth your while doing. The break will be great for your liver. You’ll be surprised how much more energy you’ll have, and be amazed at your new and improved concentration and focus …

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BY NIALL SHERRY SPORTS EDITOR Walsh Cup see’s post-Cody era begin Kilkenny vs Offaly John Locke Park, Callan And just like that it’s back. Inter-County hurling returns for Kilkenny as Derek Lyng looks to build what he hopes will be another dynasty for the black and amber. July 17th doesn’t seem that long ago, Brian …

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