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Tragic Elisha was “Failed by the System”

Nine months before her body was recovered from the River Suir, it was determined that Carrick-on-Suir teenager Elisha Gault didn’t require additional psychiatric services in the wake of an attempt to end her life. That was the shocking contention shared by her mother Gráinne in a Facebook post over the weekend. Ms Gault said it was [...]

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Stabbing Victim’s Family Awarded €35,000 in Damages

The family of a Waterford grandmother, who was stabbed to death in St Otteran’s Hospital in 2014, was awarded €35,000 damages in a legal action for damages heard at the Circuit Court in Waterford last week. Maria O’Brien (55) died near a residential home in the hospital grounds after she was attacked and stabbed by a [...]

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Alleged Abuse Victims Reaching Out to Survivors

A survivor of convicted paedophile Bill Kenneally says he continues to be contacted by many men in Waterford who have not disclosed their own, decades-old abuse stories to family members or the authorities. Colin Power, one of four abuse victims who waived their anonymity in the wake of Kenneally’s conviction in February 2016, says he’s in [...]

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North Quay Decision deferred until July

The CEO of Waterford City & County Council has expressed frustration after An Bord Pleánala deferred a decision on the North Quays redevelopment to July. However Michael Walsh went on to say that the planning board is currently not holding up any part of the project. Decisions are due on both the North Quays Planning Scheme [...]


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THEY SAID


Trish Flanagan:

Our hero in Waterford thank you Tony
for all the years you gave to us.
You are the best.

Sport


Top Gun

Fifteen year old Eli Dunphy, son of Waterford Entrepreneur Martin Dunphy and grandson of Nellie and former Blues keeper Vincent Dunphy, won the Australian National Championship in Double Barrel in Wagga Wagga, Australia at the end of last month with a perfect score. Eli was the only shooter in all categories from the Northern Hemisphere to [...]


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All Too Easy for Courty

Waterford Senior Football Championship Group B Ballinacourty 2-14 Brickey Rangers 0-04 If ever proof was needed that Waterford might be best served by a reduction of the numbers playing in the senior championship to about eight clubs, it was clear to be seen in this first game of a double header played at Fraher Field on Sunday [...]

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Honours Even at Fraher Field

County Senior Football Championship Group B An Rinn 0-07 Kilrossanty 0-07 The two sides who lost out in last year’s Senior Football Championship had to settle for a share of the spoils at Fraher Field. What had been billed in the build-up as the big match of this year’s opening round of games proved to be a [...]

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Red Star Win Red Hot Decider

Red Star 3 Portlaw United 2 Red Star won the first domestic cup final of the season in Ozier Park on Friday night when they defeated Portlaw United with a goal scored one minute into stoppage time. Conor McDonald gave Red Star the lead after just nine minutes. Red Star doubled their advantage on 13 minutes when [...]

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Minor Pasting Underlines a Major Problem

Brian Flannery Reports Will Waterford develop a plan for Football? I was at a juvenile game last Wednesday when one of the lads asked me did I know how the minor footballers fared. I said I’d check Twitter and relayed the score – Cork 2-13 Waterford 0-03 – and then had to break the bad [...]

Entertainment


Our Musical “Tradition”

Waterford Musical Society present ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ from May 2-5 Michelle Heffernan Reports Ray Collins and Greta Rochford go back a long way. Both – not too long ago! – were teenagers with flair for acting, and, of course, acting the maggot, when they joined Stagefright Theatre Group, formed by the late Bryan Flynn. [...]

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“Meet the Artists” at Dungarvan’s Old Market House

The Old Market House Arts Centre & Gallery in Dungarvan will host a Meet the Artists event on Saturday, April 21st from 3pm to 4.30pm. This free, informal event will be an opportunity for public and people in town for the West Waterford Food Festival, to meet with the participating painters, Anna Marie Leavy from Westmeath, [...]

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Little Red Kettle Summer Play Auditions Beckon!

Attention, attention, exciting, fantbulous, fantastical and hugely important news for the youth of Waterford city and county. Little Red Kettle is delighted to announce that they will be holding auditions for their annual Summer Play 2018. Yes, we know – it’s terribly exciting. Just keep calm and read on! Following on from the success of their production [...]

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Tourism body accused of “institutional bias” against Waterford

CONCERNS have been expressed over an “institutional bias against Waterford” following Fáilte Ireland’s launch of a new tourism initiative for the Midlands. Last week, Fáilte Ireland announced its newest regional tourism proposition entitled ‘Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands’ which incorporates the Midlands and stretches from Limerick to the border with Northern Ireland. The €2m initiative, which will place significant [...]


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Council Must Double its Housing Output

Eoghan Dalton Reports The Chief Executive of Waterford City & County Council believes Waterford city must will have to more than double its current housing output if it hopes to match ambitions for growth set out in the Project Ireland 2040 plan. Michael Walsh told Councillors at last week’s Plenary meeting in Dungarvan that the Metropolitan area [...]

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Ballybeg leisure village is “ideal”

Eoghan Dalton Reports Plans for a massive leisure centre in Ballybeg have been welcomed as the ideal development for the community by local Councillors. Cllr Jason Murphy (FF) is based in the area and says the multi-use leisure village would bring upwards of 200 jobs. He told members that the land had “raised a number of challenges [...]

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Minister Reflects “Vanity Project” claims over refurbished Court

THE Minister for Justice has rejected claims by a local Councillor that the revamped and extended Waterford Courthouse is the “wrong project in the wrong place at the wrong time.” The new look Waterford Courthouse was officially opened last week by Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan at a ceremony also attended by Chief Justice of Ireland [...]

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Q & A with Richard Hayes of WIT

Dermot Keyes (DK): Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made an unexpected comment, I suspect, at the WIT Arena on March 9th when he publicly stated his disappointment with the likelihood that the WIT/IT Carlow bid for Technological University (TU) status will not be the first applicant past the post in this process, and that the Dublin franchise [...]

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'Shake Skin' by the brilliant Waterford band Kodakid. They have been chosen by Hot Press magazine as one of the finalists in The Big Break competition. Visit www.hotpress.com to cast your vote for them.