The case involving the kidnapping of former Kilkenny hurler Adrian Ronan and his family will now be heard in Dublin and not in Kilkenny as originally expected.
This week a judge ruled that it would be ‘manifestly unjust’ for the case involving Stephen Freeman of 3 Balcurris Gardens, Ballymun, who has been charged with the false imprisonment of former county hurler Adrian Ronan, to be heard in Kilkenny.
The Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) provides a voice for hundreds of the nation’s pubs, and in less than four months’ time a Kilkenny man will be at its helm.
Gerry Rafter, who runs the Rafter Dempsey’s pub in the city, was previously the chairman of the Kilkenny City branch of the VFI. He is currently the president-elect, and will take over from Carlow-based publican Gerry Mellet in May, to serve a two-year term as VFI president.
Coláiste Cholumba, an Irish summer college located in Connemara Gaeltacht, is offering a recession-busting two week course with the advantages of the three week course but at a much reduced rate of €570.
Students can experience all the spraoi, spóirt, craic and ceol while learning Irish, which has made Coláiste Cholumba a huge success for more than 40 years.