A is for “Ah”, as in “Ah sure the week wouldn’t be the same without ‘the People’. And it wouldn’t.
B is for Barry, the one, the only Barry Enriquez whose sporting profiles are a must read. And B is for Brennan as in The Brennan Beat; Nicky Brennan’s take on hurling is always interesting & informative.
C is for columns and God knows there is no shortage of columns in our local paper: Sean Keane on arts matters (and business & farming matters), Mary Cody on style matters, Damien Hogan on city matters, Shirley Lanigan on gardening matters, Jill Kerby on money matters, Sam Matthews on school matters, Breda Gardner on health matters, Albert Nolan on nature matters and yours truly on what really matters (don’t mind me) and Peadar Bairéad on matters as Gaeilge.
D is for Death Notices, one of the most important roles of a local paper, informing us of the passing of friends and neighbours and colleagues in our community.
E is for Entertainment. The Kilkenny People keeps us right up to date with entertainment in all its guises in the various venues throughout the city and county
F is for Forgetful – and I’m almost forgetting a very important person when it comes to the Kilkenny People, the Editor, Brian Keyes, a gentleman of the first order (I would say that wouldn’t I) F is also for fibber – but I wouldn’t dare fib about that.
G is for Grace as in Edwina as in ‘Up Close and Personal’. It’s always a pleasure being up close and personal with Edwina. And I mean that as it’s meant to be meant!
H is for hurling, a sport, nay a religion, that is practised the length and breath of the county and is covered in detail, the length and breadth of the sports section of the Kilkenny People.
I is for In as in In Memoriam, a sad, yet very moving section of the Kilkenny People. There I see the faces of people who have long passed on, faces I remember with fondness: old neighbours, friends and acquaintances and often I mutter a wee prayer for them even though prayer is far from my forte.
J is for John – John Kerry Keane, former Editor of this paper, who offered me this space in the People back in 1995, a space I hope I have used wisely and wittily, though I wouldn’t stress ‘wisely’.
K is for Knox - John Knox, hurling analyst and motoring correspondent and longest serving journalist with the Kilkenny People. Take a bow, John.
L is for Local. Your local paper is just about as local as yourself, why you’ll even find it in your local. Indeed you may well read it in your local.
M is for Me, Myself, Moran. Sure the People wouldn’t be the same without him (feel free to disagree) and for sure he wouldn’t be the same without the People.
N is for News, the backbone of any paper. And N is for Notes and sure where would we be without the Callan notes, Castlecomer notes, City notes and notes from every nook and corner of the County. And N is for Norah, the longest serving staff member of the People.
O is for Opinion – a new addition to the KP whereby people in the community can voice their opinion on a topic close to their heart. And O is for Obituaries, as with Death Notices, hugely important in our local paper.
P is for Photos - wedding photos, graduation photos, sporting shots, school shots and especially those good old blasts from the past that evoke such memories and nostalgia and conversation..
Q is for Query. It’s good to know that if you have a query about your rights you can have it addressed in the Kilkenny People’s very helpful Citizens Advice column
R is for read. Read the People. Enjoy the People.
S is for Sport. And it’s not just hurling that is covered in our local paper, there’s also basketball, boxing, bridge, chess, camogie, darts, golf, greyhound racing, horse racing, handball, soccer and rugby.
T is for Tabloid. The Kilkenny People went tabloid on 14th June 2013
U is for Ubiquitous, meaning ‘present everywhere’. You could find a copy of the People anywhere – in the chipper, in the barbers, in the café, in your local, in the library, even in the loo! Hey, a local paper has many functions.
V is for Validation. The Kilkenny People has been in circulation since 1892. That’s Validation with a capital V.
W is for Words, the building blocks, not just of this newspaper, but of civilisation itself.
X is for Xylophone. You may find one for sale in the Classifieds, another vital section of the KP.
Y is for You - you the readers, without whom there would be no paper. So thank you, for your loyalty and support.
Z is for Zip up and Zip off. Which I am about to do. Zee ye all next week.