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Although St Kieran’s College was only 10 miles from the Kilroy’s home at Callan, Tom Kilroy and his four brothers were educated there as boarders. In those days, early 1950s, any journey beyond that of a pony and trap was an adventure.You had to take Tom Nolan’s bus to get from Callan to Kilkenny. The school buildings were a mixture of carved balconies, and entrance steps in neo-Gothic riot. Behind its extravagant exterior, lay a new Catholic church, proudly testifying the various Emancipation Bills in the previous century, which gave Catholics the freedoms to practice. St Kiernans’ was a typical diocesan college of the Diocese of Ossory. An important function was the education of young men to be priests.
An urge to alter last week's article at the 11th hour spectacularly back fired on me as I somehow forwarded my piece from 12 months ago after making the alteration. The absence of sports editor Colm Gannon because of a family bereavement in the Advertiser office meant my mistake slipped through the net and the article from 2017 got published.
Often in life how you get to your destination can be deemed irrelevant - once you complete the journey.
Fresh from their defence of the Mayo senior championship, Tooreen will start the defence of the Connacht intermediate title on Sunday in Athleague.
Some time around 9.30pm tomorrow night after 32 games and 1,960 minutes of football (minus injury time), we will find out who is the best of the best in the county.
The footballers of Kilkerrin/Clonberne were far too strong for Corofin in the senior ladies' football final last weekend in Maigh Cuilinn, winning by 22 points on a whopping scoreline of 7-16 to 3-6.
The county senior ladies' football final between Kilkerrin-Clonberne and Corofin outfit takes place in Moyullen on Saturday (3pm).
When we played with Corofin or Galway back in the 1990s, we would point out at team meetings that to win a championship game, a team needed nine or 10 players to beat their direct opponent in their individual duels. If that happened, you generally won the game.
The Galway U17 footballers battled to the bitter end in Sunday's All-Ireland final before falling short by four points to a history-making Kerry side by 0-21 to 1-14.
IS PHILL Jupitus the Renaissance man of British comedy? He is a poet, stand-up comedian, improviser, actor, artist, radio presenter, TV stalwart, and DJ. He certainly is a man with many strings to his bow.