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The Prince of Gaffes

Stepping back: Prince Philip.
ven though he is probably a right contrary old sod, we will miss Britain’s Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who is retiring from public life aged 96. While always loyal and dutiful to his wife, Queen Elizabeth, the grinding routine of being the Monarch’s consort often made him irritable and tetchy, sometimes with deliciously embarrassing [...]

The Last Dance at the Olympia revisited

Frank and Michael Comerford.
prior commitment, coupled with a morbid fear of Sieges of Ennis, meant that I missed out on Saturday night’s hooley in the Olympia Ballroom. By all accounts, it was a most enjoyable affair that attracted patrons from far and wide whose vigorous dancing to the Congress Céilí Band from Kildare really tested the mettle of [...]

Kilkenny blocks naming of new bridge over the Barrow

An artist’s impression of the new bridge linking Kilkenny and Wexford that will bypass the town of New Ross.
resh from their success at blocking a boundary extension from Waterford into South Kilkenny, politicians from the Piltown Electoral Area have turned their attention to their Wexford counterparts in New Ross. At a meeting of New Ross Municipal District Council, the members unanimously agreed to name the new by-pass bridge over the Barrow the ‘Rose Fitzgerald [...]

Tales of the Tellurians – January 3rd 2017

A power worker in Japan, sent out to repair a line over the Christmas period, got more than he bargained for when he discovered an angry male chimpanzee perched near the faulty item.  The lads in the ESB would sort that out in a flash!
An editor’s inspired choice As we enter the New Year, I recall an incident that occurred a few years ago in a newspaper office not too far from here. The newspaper was ready to be ‘put to bed’ and all that was missing was the front-page photograph that was to be selected from one of the [...]

Tales of the Tellurians – 13th December 2016

Saddened and dismayed by dramatic boundary headline Probably one of the most dramatic headlines to appear in a regional newspaper for a long time featured in last week’s Kilkenny People. Almost the entire front page was taken up by three words decked on top of each other, ‘Never, Never, Never’. The front-page story was a rallying call [...]

Tales of the Tellurians

Columnist and 'bit of a hippy' Caitlin Moran.
The buzzards are after your cats and dogs! A few years ago, on this page, I wrote about the steady spread of buzzards in a diagonal line across the country from Donegal to North Wexford where they were causing some problems. Now I have learned that the birds of prey have moved south of that trajectory into [...]

Sale of land once dubbed the ‘dearest’ in Ireland

Businessman Noel Frisby has purchased, for an undisclosed sum, what was once the ‘dearest land in Ireland’. Right: Des Purcell who first sold the land on behalf of the City Council in 2005 for a staggering €44 million.
Congratulations to Waterford businessman Noel Frisby on his purchase of 32 acres of prime land on the Outer Ring Road close to the Farronshoneen Community Centre and the nearby shopping stores of Tesco, Next, etc. In 2005, before the recession, the property in question was the subject of the most expensive land sale in Ireland [...]

Experience on the wane in journalism

The ‘Worlds of Journalism’ project is an international attempt to better understand the changes in the professional orientations of journalists as well as the conditions under which they operate. Academics in 70 countries are participating in the research project and the first results relating to this country were carried in The Irish Times last week. The article [...]

Beware handbag thieves in car parks

IT billionaire Yuri Milner and Professor Stephen Hawking at the launch of the multi-million ‘Breakthrough Starshot’ project.
Sometimes, these days, between the horror stories in the newspapers and on the radio people are almost be afraid to leave their homes. Of course, we cannot allow our lives to be governed by the gurriers and bullyboys and we should remember that by taking reasonable care and keeping our wits about us, we will be [...]

Being shaky about Shakespeare

or years, literary scientists have been anxious to exhume the remains of William Shakespeare from their resting place at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Stratford-Upon-Avon. They believe that forensic analyses would reveal much about the Bard and his life that is not known. However, whether it be superstition or not, nobody has yet had [...]