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THE LAST WORD By Pat Coughlan Irish songs are more than just melodies; they are the lifeblood of our stories, woven into the very fabric of our identity. Growing up, I often found myself lost in the lilting tunes and poignant lyrics of songs like The Foggy Dew and Spancil Hill that seemed to echo …

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Exploring this common and very treatable joint condition By Paul Bolger. Chartered Physiotherapist at Nano Physiotherapy, Kilkenny (www.nanophysio.ie). Osteoarthritis is one of the most prevalent conditions in the world, affecting over 500 million people worldwide in 2019 (and over 400,000 in Ireland). With the population aging, and other risk factors increasing, this figure is rising. Despite its …

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BY CLAIR WHITTY Premenstrual tension, PMT, which is also known as Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), is a common problem. Hormonal fluctuations, chemical changes in the brain, genetic factors and lifestyle can all contribute to the symptoms that you experience. Symptoms can include fluctuating mood, irritability, anger, crying, and increased worry. There can be digestive problems with …

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FURTHERMORE  By Gerry Moran And so another birthday is coming around. A big one, Gerry? Listen, they’re all big now if for no other reason than that I’m still around. ‘Still standing’ to quote that great survivor Elton John. Indeed several of my contemporaries are no longer around. Who is around, however, is a great …

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THE FACT OF THE MATTER BY PAUL HOPKINS I’ve written about his before. In truth, I can not but write about it too much, too often. Carnage on our roads. Death by driving– bike, scooter, being just a pedestrian – driving towards 100 fatalities for the first six months of this year, a dozen up …

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BY JOHN FITZGERALD The connection between Kilkenny and Newfoundland has been well-documented. Mass emigration from the Southeast turned the wind-swept, inhospitable island into an ‘Eire Nua.’ Among the most colourful characters to make his mark there was Father Patrick Power, a Waterford based Franciscan. In the late 18th century, Newfoundland was steeped in Catholicism. It was a deeply conservative society. …

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AS I SEE IT BY MARIANNE HERON Knowing when to quit is a form of wisdom which seems to have escaped America’s President Joe Biden. It was sad to see a man who has stayed too long make a stumbling spectacle of himself in last month’s head- to- head with Donald Trump. Sad for the …

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THE LAST WORD By Pat Coughlan Altruism, at its core, is about selflessly helping others, driven by a desire to do good. It’s the stuff of heart-warming stories and noble deeds. But what happens when these good intentions go awry? When the very act of helping turns into something darker? This week I am going …

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BY JOHN FITZGERALD The burning down of Callan’s Gaiety Cinema in 1964 was a mortal blow to the town. Though television had begun to eat into audience figures, the old “Picture House” in Green Street still drew large attendances for its nightly and matinee showings. W. F. Egan built it in 1941. It was a concrete structure …

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BY CLAIR WHITTY It is time to update you on some new products that we have recently gotten into stock. Collagen is a big topic at the moment, it has been for a while now. There is a lot of competition in the market with every company bringing out their own product. I thought you …

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