WEEK IN PHOTOS
Ruth, Lily and Daisy Whyte were at the opening of Waterford’s new Omniplex cinema.

Ruth, Lily and Daisy Whyte were at the opening of Waterford’s new Omniplex cinema.

Santa\'s Little Helpers - The Walsh Family at Tramore Racecourse.

Santa\'s Little Helpers - The Walsh Family at Tramore Racecourse.

Peggy and Joey enjoyed the Christmas Party at Lady Lane.

Peggy and Joey enjoyed the Christmas Party at Lady Lane.

Munster Minor Girls School\'s Cup.Lauren Singleton (Davis College) beats St.Angela’s Kate Lynch to this ball.

Munster Minor Girls School\'s Cup.Lauren Singleton (Davis College) beats St.Angela’s Kate Lynch to this ball.

WATERFORD AC HALF-MARATHON. Patrick Trihy from the Tower Hotel.

WATERFORD AC HALF-MARATHON. Patrick Trihy from the Tower Hotel.

Oisín, Sorcha and Fíonán Langford enjoying Christmas festivities at Georges Court Shopping.

Oisín, Sorcha and Fíonán Langford enjoying Christmas festivities at Georges Court Shopping.

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News


CRYSTAL CLEAR PENSION DEAL

Hundreds of former Waterford Crystal workers are awaiting details of a Labour Relations Commission (LRC) proposal that will bring their long fight for pension justice to an overdue conclusion. Trade Union Unite has called a meeting of its members at the Woodlands Hotel for this coming Saturday to present full details of a package sanctioned by [...]

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SEX FOR SALE IN OUR CITY

n Wednesday of last week, there were 14 women based in Waterford selling their bodies online for sex, a seminar held in the city was told. This startling statistic was relayed to all too small a gathering at Garter Lane Theatre where White Ribbon Ireland held a ‘Working Against Gender Violence’ seminar as part of its [...]

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Five arrests following ‘Christmas Day’ revelry

ive people were arrested during late night public order incidents last Wednesday night, following the annual ‘Christmas Day’ celebrations amongst local third level students. Extra Gardaí were deployed to the city centre and also several housing estates close to Waterford Institute of Technology throughout Wednesday in response to reports of large crowds. Public order incidents were reported [...]

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Curtain up at Patrick Street Omniplex!

he Omniplex cinema will re-open on Patrick Street this Friday night for the first screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the latest and final installment in director Peter Jackson’s journey through the imagination of JRR Tolkien. The landmark city centre premises, which closed in September 2008, has undergone a €2 million renovation [...]

A foreign student’s view on ‘WITmas’

Returning from a long day in Dublin in the early hours of Thursday morning, I disembarked at the Parnell Street bus stop at 2.30 am approximately. Not having any idea about the tradition of ‘Christmas Day’ as it has become known locally, I was at a loss to explain why there were so many young men [...]

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Midwinter ball in aid of Parkinson’s on December 18th

MIDWINTER Ball takes place in Waterford on Thursday of next week, organised by the local branch of the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland. Parkinson’s is a progressive, neurological disorder, which so far cannot be cured. It is variable in its progression and is caused by a shortage of dopamine, a chemical that helps instructions from the brain [...]

Employers predicting recruitment during 2015

An overwhelming majority of small and medium sized (SME) employers are confident about the prospects for the Irish economy and their businesses when casting an eye to next year. That’s according to private and family businesses which took part in the PwC 2014 Irish CEO Pulse Survey. The survey further revealed that over half (54 per cent) [...]

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People with disabilities seek action on transport

Pilot transport scheme for people with disabilities mooted by WDN etropolitan Mayor Lola O’Sullivan, with the support of the Waterford Disability Network (WDN), is to lobby Transport Minister Paschal Donohue to establish a public transport pilot scheme in the city for people with disabilities. Mayor O’Sullivan made the commitment when receiving a copy of WDN’s Transport [...]

Crime File

Youths arrested following citywide crime spree Four male teenagers have been arrested in connection with the theft of a car in the city last Friday night and an ensuing series of burglaries and acts of criminal damage across the city. A black Nissan Micra was stolen from Connolly Place at around 7pm on Friday whilst the owner [...]

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Medieval Museum wins major UK award

t the Stone Federation of Great Britain Awards held in London on Friday last, Waterford’s Medieval Museum won the top prize in the natural stone façade category. Beating off stiff competition from some really remarkable and stunning contemporary buildings the Medieval Museum was lauded for the sophistication of its design and the extremely high standard of [...]

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ALMOST A THIRD OF WATERFORD DEATHS RECORDED AT HOME

new research report commissioned by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) reveals that the chances of dying at home or in hospital are dictated by where you live in Ireland. The research highlights the wide difference in home deaths across the country ranging from 18 per cent of people in Dublin dying at home compared to [...]

EirGrid commits to improving its public consultation

EirGrid has committed to improving the organisation’s approach to public consultation in the future. Last week, EirGrid announced details of its new approach to consultation arising from a comprehensive review of existing consultation process for grid development projects. The review found that while significant consultation measures had been undertaken by EirGrid, changes are required to improve the [...]

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TIME TO DUMP THE ‘WASTERS’

on Houlihan once famously wrote that a man who misplaces an apostrophe was moreorless capable of anything, and not to humanity’s benefit, mind you. I wonder what that genial and greatly missed son of Currow made of those who think nothing of tossing their rubbish into ditches, streams and woodland. For a man who possessed such a [...]

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A special seasonal swim

IT’S CHRISTMAS morning and, for many, the only movement made is to reach for the remote control. However, for many other hardy souls, the thrill of participating in a Christmas Day swim is as much a part of Christmas Day as eating excessive amounts of festive food. One of the most established Christmas Day swims is the [...]

An affordable Festive season

Not that my young fellow is pretty much all grown and nearly ready to fly the nest, my Christmas preparations are a lot more low key than they used to be. I still love Christmas, but I’m also a lot more organised than I once was and I find it easier to stick to my budget, [...]

O’Connor Memorial Cycle funds new marine equipment

The annual Donal O’Connor Memorial Cycle takes place every year during World Suicide Prevention week to raise awareness about positive mental health, to remember loved ones lost to suicide and to raise for Waterford Marine Search & Rescue. Waterford Marine Search & Rescue was founded in 2010 by Darryl and Declan Barry to provide a 24-hour [...]

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A SPIRIT WORTH BOTTLING

ark Reynier talks a good game. A great one even. Sitting in what appears to have been the former Guinness Brewery board room in Mary Street, just off Grattan Quay, he spends 45 intriguing minutes discussing his plans for what will, in time, come to be known as the Waterford Whiskey Distillery. As we reported last [...]


BREAKING NEWS


Emotional day for families of deceased Crystal workers
Michelle Clancy
Flybe for Airport departure gate
Kieran Foley
LADIES FOOTBALL NFL FIXTURES ANNOUNCED
Thomas Keane
Déise no match for Cunningham’s Dubs
Brian Flannery
Waterfordians rally after elderly lady’s purse snatch
Michelle Clancy

THEY SAID


Trish Flanagan:

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

Sport


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Cats Nipped by Huskies

National Cup Quarter Final Maxol-WIT Wildcats 59 UL Huskies 57 Maxol-WIT Wildcats beat UL Huskies 59-57 in their second leg National Cup quarter final last Saturday evening in the Mercy gym but unfortunately it will be the Limerick girls that progress to the semi-final based on the eight point advantage they brought into the game. Having beaten UL [...]


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Alfie Hale: A Sporting Life

Waterford 1100 Talks Alfie Hale entertained his fans old and new at the latest talk in the Waterford 1100 series earlier this month at the Medieval Museum. He gave a great insight into his family, Waterford and the world of professional soccer. Hale spoke about growing up in Dominic Place and Ard na Gréine, jumping over the wall [...]

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Jim Power U-14 Inter-County Football Tournament

The Waterford team who took part in the annual Jim Power U-14 Inter – County Football Tournament recently in Bushy Park, Dungarvan sponsored by the Power Family, Kilmacthomas in conjunction with County Bord na nÓg. Photo: Rory Wyley.

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Solas Centre South East Run for Life – looking for fundraising inspiration?

September is here, the kids are back to school and the South East Run for Life is less than a month away. The annual 10 mile run, which takes place on Sunday, October 5th, is a week earlier this year, so that means a week less for training and a week less for fundraising. The [...]

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Roanmore crowned Junior Champions

he first adult championship up for decision this year was played on Saturday last against Roanmore and Ferrybank. Both of these clubs have only entered the Junior championship relatively recently so it was encouraging to see these teams compete for the County title. The two teams knew each other fairly well over recent times as they had [...]

Entertainment


The power of three

This year’s Imagine Arts Festival will feature three exhibitions in one space – the Port of Waterford Building – featuring legendary UK cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, filmmaker Paul Boger and ceramicist Katie Gaudig. Scarfe has had many exhibitions of his work worldwide, including New York, Osaka, Montreal, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, Germany and London, and more [...]

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Camino English Way

The port of Corunna was the port of call for Irish and English pilgrims to Santiago de Compostella back in the middle ages. Sir James Rice was one famous Waterford man to make it there to Santiago via Corunna. We traveled via Camino Ways in Dublin to travel the old and less fashion able English walking route [...]

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Between the Lines

iam Murphy – Into The Woods Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods is a dense and difficult musical and the David Hennessy Musical and Dramatic Society dealt competently with these demands, despite a space-consuming set made up of stairs and platforms that occupied more than half the playing area. This was essentially a youth production and I [...]

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Origami workshops

Fancy learning how to create amazing things with paper? Kathleen Power will show you how it’s done at Ferrybank Library at a series of free classes which start at 11am on Wednesday, 6th August and run for three weeks. Please note these classes are for adults only.

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City set for Festival of Architecture

The Waterford Festival of Architecture (WFA) is a festival which supports architects and works towards enhancing the understanding and appreciation of architecture among the wider community, including creative practitioners of other artistic disciplines. It produces a high quality programme of events that maximise its unique status in Ireland as the only festival of architecture outside [...]

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Camino General

The Camino is the world’s most well known Christian pilgrimage route. Increasing in popularity the head of it hopes that the pope might come next year for the Holy year and anniversary. He has been invited and could be one of the first away trips for Pope Francis who is patron saint of the poor. [...]

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Corporate Plan wins Councillors’ approval

City and County CEO upbeat about city centre rejuvenation aterford City and County Council’s Corporate Plan for the 2014-19 period won the approval of Councillors at last Thursday’s monthly meeting at City Hall, with Council Chief Executive Michael Walsh confident that the document will be delivered upon. Speaking to WLRfm’s Sinead Ahearne following last Thursday’s meeting, [...]


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HEAVEY TECHNOLOGY ARRIVE IN WATERFORD

ew city business to hold open day on Thursday, November 20th With 25 years of professional savvy to call upon, market leading label manufacturer Heavey Technology has proven a welcome addition to the Waterford business sphere in recent weeks. Based in the Waterford Business Park, just a couple of minutes from the city’s ‘Motor Mile’ on [...]

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WIT STILL SAYS NO TO CARLOW

Institute to explore ‘alternative options’ The Governing Body of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has reiterated its support for the suspension of all activities relating to a merger with IT Carlow, but pledged to work with the Government and Higher Education Authority (HEA) in ‘exploring alternative options’. The decision came days after WIT’s Board and staff [...]

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Waterford farmers to receive €2.2 million in disadvantaged scheme

A total of 1100 farmers in County Waterford will be in receipt of payments totalling €2.2 million via the 2014 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme, out of a total national pot of €149 million. Speaking at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska on Wednesday last, Minister of State Paudie Coffey described the payments as “extremely important” to farmers [...]

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Raise your income and beat the Budget

Is the message getting through – that high personal taxes discourage people to work harder, or to work overtime? That they can encourage emigration, especially of the most mobile cohort – the 15 to 24-year-olds who have the least financial obligations or ties? We’ll know on October 14th what the Minister for Finance really thinks [...]

Calls for clarity on Council’s wind energy policy

CALLS for clarity on the wind energy policy of Waterford City & County Council were made at the September meeting of the Comeragh District last week. Fianna Fáil Councillor Mary Butler raised the issue, inquiring about the Council’s current policy on the issue. “I’m very conscious that I can’t discuss any individual case, but at the moment [...]

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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.