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Drive for Liam

Drive for Liam

As Kilkenny gears up for the All-Ireland senior hurling final this weekend, much has been done by fans on the ground to help raise money. The Drive for Liam table quiz last Thursday saw 1,800 participants in 48 venues across the county answering questions as they were called out live on KCLR 96fm. Then on Sunday over 44 tables were booked out at Langton’s for the annual Corporate Night, for which Paddy Power and Brian Cody were the guest speakers. You can still do your bit by joining the Kilkenny Supporters Club or by buying a ticket for Sunday’s post-match banquet or later disco at City West.


A new home has been found for a special music night. Soul’d moves this Friday to The Nixon on Watergate. There from 8.30pm enjoy DJs Cleveland Mike, IANO and guests as they mash soul, breaks, afrobeat, funk, mod, rare groove, dubstep, ska, classic ’80s and ’90s, funk rock, Latin, punk, blues, old-skool electro, RnB, hip-hop, reggae, Motown, disco and other funky stuff. Organisers promise free CD giveaways, complimentary pizza and great drinks promos.

Referee Dinner

The 50th Anniversary Referees Dinner Dance is on this weekend. The Springhill Court Hotel will be home to the occasion on Friday from 8pm. The aim is to celebrate five decades of refereeing in Kilkenny. Tickets can be purchased on the night at the door or from secretary Pat O’Connor.

Match Day

If you’ve not secured a ticket for this year’s All-Ireland senior hurling final, rest assured that there are a number of venues hosting screenings of the game this Sunday afternoon. Langton’s will have a screening of the match from 3.30pm on a giant cinema screen. Entry’s free and the game will be followed by Langton’s Night Club.

Fundraising table quiz

Crumlin Children’s Hospital and cancer research will benefit from a city-based table quiz this week. It takes place at Cleere’s on Thursday from 7.30pm. Tables of four cost €20.

Kilkenny Ballroom Classic

The Kilkenny Ballroom Classic takes place this weekend in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association. The Springhill Court Hotel hosts the event on Saturday with competitions for all ages and levels. It kicks off at 3pm with music by Tommy Carroll. On MC duty are Collette O’Hallorhan and Tommy Shaughnessy. The event also sees the Irish debut performance of two of the newest Irish couples, John Edward Nolan and Hazel Ryan and Sam Hunter and Shannon Fitzgerald. Admission’s ’10.

Cinema operas

Thanks to a soon-to-be-introduced live satellite system to the digital screen at Omniplex Kilkenny, live concerts and events are to be screened. It starts in October with a 12-week opera season live and direct from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Full details have yet to be announced for this and other events, so keep an eye on the Kilkenny People for further details.


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