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Enda O Doherty and Sean Power pictured at the Pieta House Darkness Into Light walk/run.

Enda O Doherty and Sean Power pictured at the Pieta House Darkness Into Light walk/run.

Linda Galibert, Denise Galibert and Dawn Weldon at Saviours Crystal Boxing Club  \'Brick by Brick\' fundraiser

Linda Galibert, Denise Galibert and Dawn Weldon at Saviours Crystal Boxing Club \'Brick by Brick\' fundraiser

Dessie O Leary and friends

Dessie O Leary and friends

The Waterford AC u12 relay winners.

The Waterford AC u12 relay winners.

Alan and Pat Grant with Garda Dan Mannix

Alan and Pat Grant with Garda Dan Mannix

Elena Vaitute and Karolina Karpaviciute at Ursulines Communions at Sacred Heart Church

Elena Vaitute and Karolina Karpaviciute at Ursulines Communions at Sacred Heart Church

Ciara Meaney pictured on her Confirmation Day last Friday

Ciara Meaney pictured on her Confirmation Day last Friday

Joshua, Gavin and Conor with Garda Joanne O’Mahony at the launch of Mayor’s Health Week.

Joshua, Gavin and Conor with Garda Joanne O’Mahony at the launch of Mayor’s Health Week.

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News


‘Despicable’ treatment of Dunnes staff condemned

While no Dunnes Stores workers in Waterford or Dungarvan are believed to have been dismissed in the wake of the one-day work stoppage taken on April 2nd, ’some changes’ to work hours in the county have been noted. Mandate’s Bill Kelly told The Munster Express that the “disproportionate action” which had been taken against other [...]

Contracts signed to tackle poverty throughout Waterford

Contracts signed in Dungarvan last week will see some €3m invested in projects to tackle poverty and promote social inclusion and equality in Waterford city and county through to 2017. SICAP (Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme), which is being rolled out nationally by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government, will be delivered on behalf [...]

New tourism initiative for South East is launched

A high profile tourism initiative aimed at promoting the East and South-East of Ireland is due to be launched in Dublin today. The Fáilte Ireland initiative, which is similar to the hugely successful Wild Atlantic Way in terms of scale and ambition, will be unveiled by Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe at the RDS. According to [...]

Eamon Quinlan to seek FF election nomination

FIANNA FÁIL Councillor Eamon Quinlan intends to seek his party’s nomination to contest the next general election. Cllr Quinlan, who represents the Tramore-Waterford City West Area, was elected to Waterford City & County Council last May. Having been chairman of Waterford’s youth wing he rose to prominence when he became the first Waterford person to secure [...]

New water project worth €7m approved for Ring Gaeltacht

Gaeltacht Native and Fianna Fáil National Executive Member, Seánaí Kiely, has been informed this week by Irish Water that funding for the establishing of a new water source to supply water from Dungarvan to Ring has been approved by Irish Water. This comes after months of representations from Seánaí Kiely, Cllr. James Tobin, (Mayor of [...]

Stolen ashes returned after Facebook appeal goes viral

The stolen ashes of a Waterford woman and her unborn child have been safely returned to her heartbroken partner. Keith Nolan, whose partner Lorraine died last summer whilst five months pregnant with the couple’s third child, made a plea on Facebook last week for the public’s assistance after his home in Tramore was burgled on Wednesday [...]


BREAKING NEWS


John McLoughlin, a life less ordinary.
Matt Keane
Child involved in attempted burglary
Michelle Clancy
Foreign direct investment set to deliver in south east.
Kieran Walsh
Leevale double for McCarthy
Fintan Walsh
Council launches new economics grant scheme
Kieran Foley

THEY SAID


Trish Flanagan:

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

Sport


It’s A Suir Thing

The chat’s been lively on either side of the River Suir in recent weeks, and it’s no surprise that the hurling chat has proven so plentiful along the most tribal stretch of our famed river valley. In Carrick-on-Suir, the denizens of Carrick Mór believe they’re [...]


Skipper Is Keen To “Tipp” Premier Over

Kevin Moran is a very happy captain, and with good reason. Leading Waterford out of Division 1B at the first time of asking is a significant box already scratched off the Deise’s ‘to do’ list for 2015. Sunday’s League semi-final clash with Tipperary represents a second [...]

Courty Signal the Intent

Ballinacourty signaled their SFC ambitions with a ruthless 15-point dismissal of Rathgormack at Fraher Field on Sunday last. Throughout the field, Ballinacourty were on top, and had it been but for the accuracy of Jason Curry’s free-taking, Rathgormack’s margin of defeat would have been much greater. Early [...]

Stradbally Stutter To Opening Victory

Stradbally staved off a second half comeback from Gaultier, adding 1-1 to their total in the closing minutes to ensure victory after an entertaining hour’s football in Kill last Sunday. Ger Power and Shane Aherne got the med in red off to a good start inside [...]

Busy Easter Period for Waterford Racing Club

A congested Easter fixtures schedule ensured that WRC riders were kept busy. The main event was Ras Mumhan in Kerry, an international event featuring professional and national squads which received national media coverage on the six-one news where the WRC jersey was prominent on stage 1 following Robin Kelly’s fine fourth place. It was mixed [...]

Brilliant City Reach Garryowen Final

Clanwilliam went through their Division 2 season unbeaten this year and earned a well-deserved promotion. The Tipp town outfit are a strong side from 1-15 and with home advantage for this cup match would have been fully confident of reaching the final. Any thoughts of an easy win however were [...]

Many Clouds wins Grand National

What a race! That was the universal reaction to the Crabbie’s Aintree Grand National on Saturday. The vast majority of interest centered on AP McCoy who had announced that he would retire on the spot if he managed to guide his mount Shutthefrontdoor to victory. That wasn’t to be as the Oliver Sherwood-trained Many Clouds, bred by [...]

Entertainment


Karan Casey to headline Gealach Gorm Singer / Songwriter Festival

The 4th Gealach Gorm Singer Songwriter Festival to be held on 18th and 19th April 2015 in The Gealach Gorm Theatre Kill, will continue to build on the outstanding success of previous years events. The Festival took its first tentative steps with the 2012 event and a rural audience were amazed [...]


Clancy Brothers Festival 2015

A great range of workshops will be on offer during the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art 2015. The workshops, many of which will be free, take place on Saturday May 30th and Sunday May 31st in various locations in Carrick-on-Suir. Arts workshops include ‘Paint and Play’ run by Montessori teacher Jane McLoughlin for children [...]

Daytripper returns to Waterford in July

Two of three nights at Waterford’s live music festival Daytripper in July have now been confirmed. The festival, now in its third year, will be headlined by UB40 on Saturday, July 4th and by The Darkness the following evening, all at the Bolton Street Car Park. The main act on the Friday night has yet [...]

Tramore gears up for Promenade Festival

The newly formed Tramore Chamber of Tourism & Commerce are finalising plans for The Promenade Festival 2015. The award winning festival is back for a second year in July 3rd,4th,5th in Tramore. The programme of events is set to wow audiences as the town gets ready to play host to 80,000 people over three days . Mary [...]

O’Regan Bursary – Applications Now Sought

The application for the 2015 Ted and Mary O’Regan Arts Bursary is now open – deadline Thursday 30th April at 5pm. The bursary grants up to €5K each year to artists with an association to Waterford. It is aimed at enabling artists to reach a goal which otherwise wouldn’t be possible without some financial assistance. Among [...]

Stagemad at Central Arts

This month, Central Arts is to play host to Stagemad Theatre Company as it presents Somebody and Nobody, a dark revenge comedy by Ian Wild. Directed by James Power and starring Waterford’s Darren Malone (fresh from a stint in Sister Act) and Richard Clare, who recently wowed gobsmacked audiences at Central Arts Open Mic Night [...]

Bealtaine Festival 2015

Garter Lane Arts Centre is thrilled to announce Mulligans Pharmacy as sponsor of Bealtaine 2015 in Garter Lane. May belongs to the Bealtaine, a festival that celebrates creativity as we age with over 120,000 people nationwide now taking part in Bealtaine. The 2015 programme at Garter Lane is jam packed with visual art workshops, tours, [...]

Tramore Ska Festival proves a great success

The fourth Ska Festival in Tramore proved a great success over the Easter Weekend and plans are already in place to potentially extend the event over four days next year. Hotels, hostels and guest houses were full in the town for the event, event organiser Owen Kavanagh told The Munster Express, with Mark Dunne also assisted [...]

Local writer launches sci-fi novel

Local writer Cecilia Carelse admits to photographing animal poo (and tracks) when out walking in the countryside but has since dropped that snippet of information from her author biography. Originally from England, she’s been living in the South-East of Ireland since 1991, worked at Bausch & Lomb, then CCImages photography and currently, in digital marketing [...]

Business


nearForm opens headquarters in Tramore

100 new tech jobs were announced last week for County Waterford in a major boost for the area as three-year-old Irish technology company nearForm officially opened its new headquarters in Tramore. The announcement was made by nearForm co-founders, chief executive officer (CEO) Cian Ó Maidín and chief technology officer (CTO) Richard Rodger. Speaking at the launch [...]


Dunmore East set to host major fisheries conference

A conference addressing the future of the Irish fishing industry is set to be held in Dunmore East this September, with MEP Liadh Ní Riada hopeful that the gathering can address many of the industry’s long-standing problems. Speaking to The Munster Express in Ferrybank on Wednesday last, [...]

Two decades of success for Dataworks

In the two decades since Liam Curham and Brian Robinson opened their doors, Dataworks has become one of the leading software solutions providers in the South East, providing sustainable employment for 23 people, with additional jobs due to come on stream next year. Dataworks has continued to grow steadily over the last number of years, providing [...]

‘Lost in the Cloud’

Failure to embrace cloud technology has put small firms in Waterford and elsewhere at a competitive disadvantage compared to Dublin companies, a new SME (small and medium enterprises) survey has revealed. The survey by Amarach of 600 SMEs and conducted on behalf of Magnet shows that a mere [...]

Prime Commercial Space Up For Sale

The two largest commercial spaces to be brought to the south east market since 2007, the Broad Street Shopping Centre and the City Square Car Park, are already attracting considerable interest. Both sites are being brought to the market by Des Purcell of Purcell Properties with the car park guide price established [...]

Sales blitz to boost tourist numbers to Waterford

The second stage of Tourism Ireland’s 2015 ‘Jump into Ireland’ sales blitz across the United States took place recently – in the cities of Atlanta (Georgia), Charlotte (North Carolina) and Tampa (Florida). In all, Tourism Ireland’s ‘Jump into Ireland’ programme will visit 12 different cities in the US this year, targeting hundreds of influential travel [...]

Planning Granted For West Pharma

As we went to press, it emerged that Waterford City & County Council has granted planning permission to West Pharma to construct a plant on the 44-acre site it acquired at Knockhouse, just off the Old Kilmeaden Road. The new facility will produce packaging components for insulin injector cartridges and other high-value packaging components, in [...]

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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.