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For Kieran Heffernan, Dominic Street; John Hackett, Kennyswell Road; Noel Lanigan of Emmet Street and all the Everton boys in Kilkenny. 

Oviedo  is back from injury and  got the official Man of the Match award yesterday (although Greg O’Keeffe tells me Mo Besic should have), and Bryan Oviedo is eyeing up a lengthy cup run this season.

Here’s what he had to tell Everton’s official website after the win over Dagenham...

“Sometimes these types of games can be difficult and we need to make sure we are at our best to win. We now need to continue and try to win this cup, because winning a trophy is very important to us.

“We’re confident. All the time when you win games it gives you confidence and we need to continue now and be better in every game.”

“I need a few more games to get better but I feel really good and I am so happy,” he added. “There are two very difficult games coming up and we need to be very clear in what we’re doing and do the maximum for this month because it’s also very important for us to get into the Capital One Cup final and also get closer to the top of the Premier League.”

Everton's Bryan Oviedo slides for the ball during the Emirates FA Cup, third round game at Goodison Park, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday January 9, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Everton. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.



WATCH: Yarmolenko

We’re obviously looking into the latest round of Andriy Yarmolenko-to-Everton rumours, but in the meantime here’s a video of the man himself. Just to whet the appetite.

What? It’s Sunday, everyone is allowed a little daydream



It wasn’t the liveliest of games, but if you missed any of the action...


Cock up

What? This is news! It’s 2016


Exactly what I’ve been thinking...







Nathan Holland

Here is some reaction to the news that Nathan Holland, the young winger, has signed a pro contract at Everton.

This from the lad himself....

“I’ve worked hard for his moment and I’m made up to see the rewards. I just want to kick on again now.

“It’s something you want to work for from the time you join the Club, you know how big it is. Obviously you go through your scholarship first but to get a pro deal is just fantastic.

“I’ve been unlucky with a couple of injuries this season and I missed the World Cup for England Under-17s but I think I’m over that now. I’ve worked hard in the gym and hopefully when I come back I can come back stronger and get some more games under my belt.

“None of us want to have that feeling of missing out again. We all know how hurt we were, obviously not getting what we wanted on the last game at Manchester City.

“We want to put it right and so far this season we’ve been doing that. Now, we just need to keep going and hopefully it will happen for us.”

Everton u16s v Swindon

Nathan Holland

Good luck, young man


Spinning a Yarm?

Have we seen this tale in the Mail this morning?

It’s from Joe Bernstein and concerns a familiar name. Andriy Yarmolenko.

He writes...

Everton are preparing a bid of £21million to sign Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko.

The Ukrainian international, 26, has been a long-standing target for Everton boss Roberto Martinez, who is now worried that his side will miss out on Yarmolenko if they wait until the summer and he then has an impressive Euro 2016.

Kiev are due to play Manchester City in the last 16 of the Champions League and Yarmolenko will only be allowed to leave if club president Ihor Surkis allows it.

The player has won 50 caps for his country and Everton’s chief scout Kevin Reeves has regularly watched his games over a long period of time.

Everton could recoup £8m by selling Steven Naismith to Norwich.

Not a huge amount to go on, but clear that this lad is still high on Everton’s agenda.

What a good signing he’d be.

Everton's Ross Barkley (left) and Dynamo Kiev's Andriy Yarmolenko battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 12, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Everton. Picture credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire


Ian Croll isn’t happy with the moaners




Moyesy's grin

Tickled me, this


Not you again!

Everton and Manchester City will be sick of the sight of each other by the end of January - what odds the FA Cup fourth round draw pairs them together too?!

Three games in the space of three weeks means they will be pretty familiar with one another.

And it’s happened before.

Here, The King of Dorset Chris Beesley takes us back through the other occasions when Everton have faced off against opposition in quick succession.

Spoiler: includes Dan Gosling

Read here

Everton's Dan Gosling celebrates scoring with teammate Leighton Baines (right) during the FA Cup, Fourth Round Replay at Goodison Park

Noah Cunningham tribute

And if you don’t know what that’s in reference to....



Absolutely brilliant this, yesterday. Dealt with Noah and his family a while back for a news story - lovely family.

Well done all concerned.


Match verdict

Ok, so yesterday’s game wasn’t exactly a thriller. “Routine,” was the word of the day for Roberto Martinez’s side. A goal in each half, a clean sheet and a place in round four. Nice one.

Here’s what Phil Kirkbride made of the action.

His verdict may well be a damning one for some of Everton’s “fringe” players.

Dagenham and Redbridge's Ashley Hmmings (right) and Everton's Aaron Lennon battle for the ball during the Emirates FA Cup, third round game at Goodison Park, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday January 9, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Everton. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Steven who?


I’m just going to leave this Mark Lawrenson clip here, with no explanation.


Ian Snodin

Right then. Snods.

“No fear!” he bellows down the M62, hoping the noise reaches the Etihad Stadium.

I’m paraphrasing.

Basically, he believes Everton have no reason to worry about any of their forthcoming trips to Manchester City, having shown Manuel Pellegrini’s big-money would-be champions that they are more than up for the fight at Goodison on Wednesday.

I have to say, he’s spot on.

Read the rest of Snods’ thoughts here

Everton v Manchester City in the Capital One Cup, semi-final first leg at Goodison Park. Ramiro Funes Mori celebrates his goal after making it 1-0 for Everton.

The new Shani Tarashaj?

Some common sense from Ian Doyle.

Yes, I know.

Basically, this week’s column is:


And you can read it here

There are also a few comedy picture captions in there too, I have to admit. And a reference to his favourite ever ongoing Twitter joke. What a card.

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 7: Shani Tarashaj poses as he signs for Everton, at Finch Farm in Halewood, on January 7, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Everton FC via Getty Images)

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This morning around the churches in Kilkenny city we found a surge in support for Renua and the party's local candidate Paddy McKee in the wake of Lucinda Creighton's statement that refugees will have to be seriously vetted before they are allowed into Ireland. Already they are being called "Rapefugees" by protesters against refugee rapists and gropers in Germany.

We had a reporter at each church, St. Mary's, St. Patrick's, St. John's and St. Canice's to engage and interview people emerging after mass. 

And we are proved right here on the Kilkenny Journal about our concern over these refugees and mass immigration in general. So indeed has Independent candidate Noel Walsh who does well too from what we heard from mass goers in Kilkenny this morning. We knew that there was deep concern out there that was being reported by us - but not by any of the other local media in Kilkenny. So we went out to seriously find out on the ground and report back to you here. 

We found that three quarters of those we spoke to have serious concerns about these migrants and about any more immigration into this country where so many of the immigrants are now on the dole and are classed as long term unemployed joining the Irish lifelong unemployed here. 

This is the real news on the ground that you won't read in the Kilkenny papers run by liberal editors and journalists, nor on local radio either. We are recording what people are really saying in their everyday conversations in this city , and isn't that what a journal is really about, to record conversations and events. The Left liberals would tell you different, that the newspapers and media are there to calm the people and lead their opinions . That we completely disagree with because that is the way of propaganda. 

Right now Paddy McKee and Noel Walsh are the only two candidates voicing public concern in Kilkenny though it's too early to give them any sort of a lead as there's seven weeks left to election day. But it's encouraging news for both of them at this stage of the campaign.  Noel Walsh has to produce a leaflet yet,  and he says this is ongoing in discussions with his campaign staff and that he should have his statement of policies designed and printed in a week. Indeed we know that the genuine Independent has two top handlers locally this time round and that Noel will put on a decent campaign with a chance of being elected this time round. He himself admits that formerly he only dipped his toe in the electoral process to test it. He says there's no room for many more migrants here, that there's no houses or jobs for them here any more, and that in view of the Paris bombings and now the German sex attacks on women, they simply cannot be trusted and that the 4000 refugees announced for this country by Fine Gael and Labour must now be abandoned in light of these horrific events.

Lucinda Creighton: Refugees coming to Ireland should be screened


Niall O'Connor 

PUBLISHED10/01/2016 | 14:21

Lucinda Creighton launches her new political party.1Lucinda Creighton launches her new political party.

Refugees being relocated to Ireland should be screened in light of last week’s horrific sex attacks in Germany, according to Renua leader Lucinda Creighton.

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The Dublin Bay South TD today said it is not “xenophobic” to hold the belief that a screening programme should be in place.

Ireland has committed to accommodate up to 4,000 refugees who have fled war-torn countries such as Syria and Iraq.

However, today’s Sunday Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll reveals that almost three in five people (59pc) are concerned that terrorists could enter Ireland under the guise of the relocation programme.

The poll was conducted prior to shocking incidents in Cologne, Germany last week, which involved a spate of attacks on women.

Speaking on Newstalk today, Ms Creighton called for tough screening rules.

“I don’t think it’s xenophobic or unreasonable to say that there should be screening, and that there should be a process and mechanism in place to ensure that refugees are genuine refugees and not economic migrants,” she said.

I think in a sense there has been an attempt to silence anyone who questions the kind of complete open door policy. It has to be open door, but it has to involve screening in terms of security but also in terms of the kind of cultural issues that are emerging in Germany,” she added.

Absolutely, Lucinda, we here at The Kilkenny Journal are subject to repeated attack from ther left, the Liberals and the Plain Ignorant for telling the facts and the truth about all this mass immigration into Ireland that must now stop once and for all in light of all these horrific events in Paris and Germany. Renua could really find a decent niche in Irish politics in the coming general election if the new party continues to address and face up to the real issues like this. 



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Head of new Irish party , Identity Ireland,  addresses anti-rape rally in Germany. 
supports Noel Walsh in Carlow-Kilkenny. 

Identity Ireland said Germany’s Pegida movement invited Peter O’Loughlin to speak at its first rally of the year.
The German and Irish people join together against refugee terror on our streets.

Image: Lutz Bachmann/YouTube

A new Irish political party calling for stricter border controls says it will work with patriotic movements across Europe to oppose mass immigration.

The head of Identity Ireland, a new moderately right-wing party launched in Dublin last July, was cheered by demonstrators in the German city of Dresden on Monday as he addressed a rally held by the country’s huge anti-Islam Pegida movement.

Peter O’Loughlin, a candidate in the 2014 European Parliament elections and the carlow=Kilkenny by-election where he scored 7000 and 1000 votes respectively, said in his speech that German and Irish people should unite to fight the forced resettlement of migrants arriving in Europe.

“Our future depends on the united strength of reasonable, rational and emphatic European people,” he said.

From Stockholm to Athens, from Cork to Krakow, we must act together because the forces allayed against us are so powerful.

“For those of us who take our responsibilities seriously and speak out against the criminal neglect of our leaders,” O’Loughlin added, “what happens?”

They release the hounds. The cultural Marxist hounds and media hounds [call us] racist, fascist, Islamophobic, blah blah blah.



The national secretary of the new party, Gary Allen, said in a statement that the address represented “a good step forward for us and our increasing membership”.

“It’s a strong start to the year and we’re going to build on it significantly in the general election ,” he said.

Pegida, short for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident, hold anti-refugee demonstrations in Dresden every Monday.

Earlier this week, it launched a British branch headed up by former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson.

The launch of Identity Ireland was disrupted by Trotskyist so-called "anti-racist" protesters last Summer.

O’Loughlin told at the event that the group intends to contest general election seats in areas like Cork and Dublin, where he said its support is strongest. In Carlow-Kilkenny they support realistic candidates like Noel Walshwho are not blinded by political correctness. 

Young men giving up on marriage: ‘Women aren’t women anymore’


Fewer young men in the US want to get married than ever, while the desire for marriage is rising among young women, according to the Pew Research Center.

Pew recently found that the number of women 18-34 saying that having a successful marriage is one of the most important things rose from 28 percent to 37 percent since 1997. The number of young adult men saying the same thing dropped from 35 percent to 29 percent in the same time.

Pew’s findings have caught the attention of one US writer who maintains that feminism, deeply entrenched in every segment of the culture, has created an environment in which young men find it more beneficial to simply opt out of couple-dom entirely.

Suzanne Venker’s article, “The War on Men,” which appeared on the website of Fox News in late November, has become a lodestone for feminist writers who have attacked her position that the institution of marriage is threatened, not enhanced, by the supposed gains of the feminist movement over the last 50 years.

“Where have all the good (meaning marriageable) men gone?” is a question much talked about lately in the secular media, Venker says, but her answer, backed up by statistics, is not to the liking of mainstream commentators influenced by feminism.

STORY: My father raped his daughter. And I am their baby. My story.

She points out that for the first time in US history, the number of women in the workforce has surpassed the number of men, while more women than men are acquiring university degrees.

“The problem? This new phenomenon has changed the dance between men and women,” Venker wrote. With feminism pushing them out of their traditional role of breadwinner, protector and provider – and divorce laws increasingly creating a dangerously precarious financial prospect for the men cut loose from marriage – men are simply no longer finding any benefit in it.

As a writer and researcher into the trends of marriage and relationships, Venker said, she has “accidentally stumbled upon a subculture” of men who say “in no uncertain terms, that they’re never getting married.”

“When I ask them why, the answer is always the same: women aren’t women anymore.” Feminism, which teaches women to think of men as the enemy, has made women “angry” and “defensive, though often unknowingly.” 

“Now the men have nowhere to go. It is precisely this dynamic – women good/men bad – that has destroyed the relationship between the sexes. Yet somehow, men are still to blame when love goes awry.”

“Men are tired,” Venker wrote. “Tired of being told there’s something fundamentally wrong with them. Tired of being told that if women aren’t happy, it’s men’s fault.”

Click “like” if you want to defend true marriage. 

Feminism and the sexual revolution have simply made marriage “obsolete” for women as a social and economic refuge, but this is a situation that should not be celebrated by feminists, Venker says.

“It’s the women who lose. Not only are they saddled with the consequences of sex, by dismissing male nature they’re forever seeking a balanced life. The fact is, women need men’s linear career goals – they need men to pick up the slack at the office – in order to live the balanced life they seek.”

A cross section of research data from the Pew Research Center for the last months of 2012 shows the alarming trends for marriage and child-bearing in the US. One report published in mid-December said that the latest census data showed “barely half” of all adults in the United States are currently married, a “record low”. Since 1960, the number of married adults has decreased from 72 percent to 51 today and the number of new marriages in the U.S. declined by five percent between 2009 and 2010.

Moreover, the median age at first marriage continues to rise with women getting married the first time at 26.5 years and men at 28.7. The declines in marriage are “most dramatic” among young adults. Just 20 percent of those aged 18 to 29 are married, compared with 59 percent in 1960.

“If current trends continue, the share of adults who are currently married will drop to below half within a few years,” the report said.

Moreover, the link between marriage and childrearing has become disconnected in the minds of the so-called Millennial generation, those between 18 and 29. While 52 percent of Millennials say being a good parent is “one of the most important things” in life, just 30 per cent say the same about having a successful marriage, an attitudinal survey found.

The gap, of 22 percentage points, between the value Millennials place on parenthood over marriage, was just 7 points in 1997. The research found that Millennials, many of whom are the children of divorce and single-parenthood themselves, are also less likely than their elders to say that a child needs both a father and mother at home, that single parenthood and unmarried couple parenthood are bad for society.

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 01:19

Veteran Photographer wants his camera back!


Our esteemed friend and colleague of many moons, Tom Brett ( that's Tom on the right of the photo) has lost his camera.

It's a small black Canon digital camera that Tom likes to have with him, usually in his pocket . He thinks it may have toppled out of his car as he opened the door or maybe he left it in a hotel, club, lounge or cafe around town.

Tom misses it so he is appealing to people to be on the lookout for it. He's retired now and he finds a pocket camera a great companion. he might turn in the odd photo to the Press if he had it back, he muses.

So be on the look out, thanks.

Tom's phone is 0567721441,

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- says Independent candidate Noel Walsh. And he has backing!

The collapse of the boat in the Thomastown floods carrying the Tanaiste Joan Burton and her Kilkenny junior Kilkenny minister Ann Phelan was staged for propaganda purposes to gain sympathy and to deflect voter anger , according to a claim made today by Kilkenny Independent candidate Noel Walsh.

And tonight well-known Kilkenny and Thomastown man Jimmy Delaney , who is regularly home in the city from Germany, also alleged that the incident was staged for political purposes.

Jimmy, who was Kilkenny's first-ever tourist officer back in the 1960's, says that the Tanaiste even travelled to Thomastown with a change of dry clothes, prepared for the "accident" that drew nationwide attention and sympathy to her, thus backing up Noel Walsh's claim that it was an election stunt "pure and simple".

In fact Mr. Delaney , who is very big into the arts and literature and ancient Kilkenny, has no politics at all. He just feels that people should not be fooled like this. He told us that he was up at St. Canice's Cathedral for the new year bell-ring " and my trip home from Germany was worth it for that alone."

Meanwhile Noel Walsh is laughing at the Renua election policy announced today. "Renua sounds like some sort of a revolting kidney disease", the irrepressible Noel started , " they have borrowed straight out of the 1977 Fianna Fail manifesto with their announcement that they want to abolish car tax, so they're forty years out of date!", Noel remarked. "I don't know why a nice young lad like Paddy McKee is trying to flog forty year old Fianna Fail policies, he won't get far with that unless people are as foolish as he obviously thinks", Noel went on...

"All Renua is about in Kilkenny is Paddy McKee trying to get himself elected because John McGuinness in protecting his dynasty would never allow Paddy to be the next Fianna Fail TD to succeed him. That's reserved for the ubiquitous clown prince Andrew, that's the way politics is done in Kilkenny, and that's why I'm standing as an Independent , to stop it and to bring about an entirely new departure here."

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JimBob Crokr
JimBob Crokr She didn't get much sympathy to be honest she just cemented the fact that she is an idiot. Who in their right mind would get in a boat in 1 ft of water to be pulled by a man walking in wellingtons. The papers were a joke with their "North Atlantic temperature waters" if only I could post what I actually think about this you'd ban me from your page
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Our esteemed friend and colleague of many moons, Tom Brett ( that's Tom on the right of the photo) has lost his camera.

It's a small black Canon digital camera that Tom likes to have with him, usually in his pocket . He thinks it may have toppled out of his car as he opened the door or maybe he left it in a hotel, club, lounge or cafe around town. 

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Frank Kealy A photographic of camera might help
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Patricia Josephine Cahill Best of luck!!!!
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Kilkenny Journal editorial.


The Left started a Smear War - but they forgot to hide their own skeletons before they started it. And now it's backfired on them. 

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We welcome the timely intervention of the pub management in this scary episode. We would now like to see the pub offer adequate compensation to the victim while we wish him every recovery back to his full health.

In a case like this the victim can remain affected, even mentally scarred for life, from the sheer frightfulness, indeed terror , of the ordeal. So, therefore, as well as to the Gardai, we advise that his family have recour...

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Kilkenny pub Matt The Millers has issued a statement about the incident which occurred outside their premises on New Year's Eve.

"We abhor violence of any form...

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The incident occurred on New Year’s Eve outside Matt The Millers pub in Kilkenny.
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JimBob Crokr While the incident was bad Michael we must all remember that the incident was instigated by an aggressive drunk and possibly drug induced youth who spit in the face of one doorman and punched another. There's two parties to blame here and the managemen...See More
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The Kilkenny Journal Agreed, but the stamping on the head is unforgiveable. It will send out a wrong message about Kilkenny too as it hit all the national media outlets. A pity.
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Sharon Dwyer People are speculating what the chap did but in my humble opinion nothing could warrant the treatment he received from these thugs
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The Kilkenny Journal Seán Georóid MacÉanrúig I believe that both bouncers will be charged with non-fatal assault causing harm and a judge could take a really dim view of their abusing their trusted position.The pub licence could be endorsed too, "keeping an unruly house etc".

by Michael McGrath ( a founder of the Noreside Resource Centre)

Today there's a shop-like premises in Dean Street titled "The Noreside Resource Centre" . But it's a shadow of its former self when we set it up back in the 'Eighties (1987). It hasn't been great since the former co-ordinator, Eddie Slattery, left and died over twenty years ago and a successor called Yvonne Moriarty was appointed - rather than elected as the ...

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Dominic Kelly You really haven't a clue what your talking. I'm on disability and have been coming into the centre for over 15 years. Yvonne Moriarty has a heart of gold and an ear for everyone. You should seriously consider reevaluating your comment.
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The Kilkenny Journal Dominic Kelly Our criticism of the lady was not personal at any time and we called her no names! We criticised the Noreside Resource Centre's failure during her stewardship and that is a different matter altogether. 
But your comments are almost all of a vitriolic nature designed to cause personal hurt and harm, even descending to vicious name-calling.
In fact most of your comment comes under the heading of Abuse.
Dominic Kelly
Dominic Kelly I suppose freedom of speech only works when you're waffling
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The Kilkenny Journal If you wish to abuse your right to freedom of speech to call people names, and generally abuse them then that is your right and we can't stop you - but we can bar you from here to ensure you don't continue to practise your wicked craft here.

BIG MIGRANT SITE FOR KILKENNY - refugees to be housed by Kilkenny County Council in preference to locals on the housing list. 
This will become a huge election issue with Independent Noel Walsh already blaming the parties for letting the local Irish people down for houses just to suck up to Angela Merkel. 

There is no other information. There is no information about where the site will be though it is to come into operation in a couple of months. Thus there is no information or consultation with neighbours or indeed with anybody. But then this is the Department of Justice and they are traditionally dictatorial. But whatever it is it is not democracy. 
Therefore we would not be surprised is there is massive objection and protest when they move the migrants in wherever in Kilkenny.

It would definitely affect property values in the city wherever it is to be situated, so we believe that there should be adequate local information and consultation before it goes ahead.


There has been no information and no consultation whatsoever so far, it's all being done by government and party diktat.

The Government has identified 26 locations that will house the 4,000 refugees Ireland has agreed to take in. Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that 90…

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 13:08

It's business as usual for Bobby Aylward!


Bobby out and about again for a Xmas drink.

We were talking to his cousin Richard Kenneally the accountant who was relieved to inform us that Bobby Aylward is now at home fully recovered after a few days in hospital.

And Bobby is now recovered enough to even having a careful Xmas drink or two.

He expects to be out with all guns blazing to canvass in the general election in the new year.

Goes to show , you just can't take this life for granted. According to Richard it was a damn close run thing and everybody is relieved and grateful to have Bobby back again.

It was a bit of a heart problem that might have been around since Bobby's successful prostate operation last year.

So if he doesn't get around to canvass as much as he usually does he hopes people will understand. Bobby is not the type of politician that you just see at election time, he's there all year round, and if he doesn't get to see you between now and the election he will get to see you anyway and will be there for everybody as usual.

Bobby should be re-elected but you'd never know. He has to share South Kilkenny with John Paul Phelan now and that's a hard one to call. He beat John Paul in the 2007 election and then John Paul beat him in 2011 last time out.

Is South Kilkenny big enough for the two of them? We are about to find out...

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It won't happen, John Paul will never become a Waterford man , we'll put him up in the spare room if we have to, won't we folks.
Bobby Aylward might have an oul hayshed to spare?

A Fine Gael Kilkenny TD has launched a scathing attack on the Department of Environment and his own party colleague over a proposed electoral boundary…


Wednesday, 18 November 2015 01:50



Kilkenny could lose a thousand jobs over skateboarding facility!

You simply cannot have a university campus with a skateboarding facility in the middle of it, the dons will not put up with all the racket and having to jump out of the way of skaters all the time and who could blame them.
Would you want skaters up your ass while you're trying to think and create?
We could not blame the academics, we could not blame the creative staffs, the programmers etc if they refuse to come and work admit all that racket.
Kilkenny could lose a thousand jobs over this!

It was an ill-conceived badly thought-out scheme from the start. You can have your skateboarding but you won't have your jobs and therefore your houses and all the prosperity that follows.

There is no way that WIT or CIT would put up with all the noise and all the dodging out of the way that you have to do with skateboarders about the place. It is logically not on.

And now we hear from a local Kilkenny People journalist that there are concerns that it is planned too near the old abbey disturbing the tranquility and the peace of that ancient spiritual centre of Kilkenny.

Kilkenny has its own tourist perennials who would not be of the skateboarding type but rather they would be admirers of the medieval city here. We fill a certain niche, you could say a classical one.

A skatepark would be incongruous in such a fabulous area of the city bounded by Rothe House, St. Canice's cathedral, the nearby St. Francis Abbey and the river.

Thus we are amazed to see any councillor promote such a noisy and boisterous activity that would be so obtrusive there. And also we wonder where are the funds going to come from for such a venture, hardly the local taxpayer we hope, especially as they are not the skateboarding types and nor are their children.

However skateboarding should be catered for so we recommend a greenfield or a brownfield site somewhere around the outskirts of the city where it would be more suitable. All the other sports and parks are out of the city centre so why should a skatepark be an excerption, especially when there are so few who want it in Kilkenny at all.


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