Kilkenny is a county in Ireland.
Much like folk of a mature vintage can find themselves ignored to the point of feeling invisible, driving an old car also puts you under the radar, not just thanks to the way they tend to be smaller and lower to the ground but also because some people don’t seem to see a vehicle unless it’s the very latest model.
Last Sunday, the fields of Kilkenny were at a mid-harvest standstill, emptied to watch the hurling final. Like all of Europe we’ve had over 6,000 harvests with this year promising above the five-year average yields for all crops.
A woman who gave her then partner an alibi during an investigation into a fatal fire almost 16 years ago later came forward of her own volition and changed her statement after he started a relationship with another woman, the Central Criminal Court has heard.
‘And each flower and herb on earth’s dark breast/Rose from the dreams of its wintry r est” — Percy Bysshe Shelley, who lived for a time on Grafton Street in Dublin and supported the United Irishmen. He drowned off an Italian beach in 1822 and his friends gathered driftwood to cremate his remains.
We’re lucky in Ireland in so many ways, including the fact that we live on an island, giving most of us easy access to the beach and the sea. However, those from Kilkenny are surrounded by the counties of Wexford, Waterford, Carlow, Laois and Tipperary, so have no coastline to enjoy.
Leo Barnes’ saxophone solo on Don’t Go by Hothouse Flowers in 1988 was as beautiful as the song itself about not wanting someone to die. Last week Leo died in Dublin of a suspected brain haemorrhage.
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