Martin Kirwin, Siobhan Kennedy & Thomas Kirwin at The Vadrafjord five mile walk/run which took place in Waterford recently

Martin Kirwin, Siobhan Kennedy & Thomas Kirwin at The Vadrafjord five mile walk/run which took place in Waterford recently

Pat Cashman, gets an autographed rugby ball from Niamh Briggs during the open day at Bolands Hyundai.

Pat Cashman, gets an autographed rugby ball from Niamh Briggs during the open day at Bolands Hyundai.

Valeria Zaharia, Yulia Giyazova & Sean Zaharia (Russia) looking very stylish at the Intercultural Fair held at Waterford Educate Together N.S.

Valeria Zaharia, Yulia Giyazova & Sean Zaharia (Russia) looking very stylish at the Intercultural Fair held at Waterford Educate Together N.S.

The Nire Jamie Barron surges clear of Cratloe\'s Conor McGrath.

The Nire Jamie Barron surges clear of Cratloe\'s Conor McGrath.

Tommy Rowe gives it his all as he sends the bowl down the road at the Passage Hurling Club and Killea Road Bowling Club Fundraiser in aid of Pieta House.

Tommy Rowe gives it his all as he sends the bowl down the road at the Passage Hurling Club and Killea Road Bowling Club Fundraiser in aid of Pieta House.

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Institute to explore ‘alternative options’ he 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 [...]


A former priest labelled the ‘Hannibal Lecter of the clerical world’ who was released from prison last April, is believed to have been staying in Waterford city for the past seven months. The Sunday World revealed that Oliver O’Grady, who has served two separate jail sentences; the first for abusing two brothers, the second for possessing [...]


Anti-water charge advocate disrupts City Hall meeting

Meeting adjourned as pact is accused of ‘turning its back’ on angry public he monthly meeting of Waterford City and County Council was adjourned by Mayor James Tobin on Thursday last following a disruption caused by an anti-water charge campaigner from the public gallery at City Hall. This followed the Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil/Labour pact’s amending [...]


Serious crime in Waterford on par with national average

Divisional statistics for 2012 revealed in detailed Garda Inspectorate Report Crimes classified as serious by An Garda Síochána amounted to four per cent of all offences reported in the Waterford Division during 2012, according to the Garda Síochána Inspectorate Crime Ivestigation Report published on Tuesday last. This level, which also reflected the national average, underlined the [...]


Over €700,000 claimed by Waterford’s TDs

COMBINBED amount in excess of €700,000 has been claimed by Waterford’s TDs since 2011. According to figures published in the Irish Independent last weekend, Independent TD John Halligan claimed the highest expenses of Waterford’s four TDs at €195,974. The report showed that Labour’s Ciara Conway claimed €183,086; Fine Gael’s John Deasy claimed €178,510; while fellow Fine [...]

Revenue services to continue at The Glen

The Office of the Revenue Commissioners has said there are no plans to close its over-the-counter service in The Glen, although a number of new public service delivery options are to be experimented with at the Waterford office. It was reacting to fears that the public counter would close on December 1st, with all enquiries made [...]


‘Economic tide is turning’, says Chief Justice Denham

‘Constitutional Architect’ John Hearne honoured by ‘Waterford 1100′ lecture reland’s Chief Justice spoke of her ‘great pleasure’ at delivering the final lecture in the well-received ‘Waterford 1100′ series at the Large Room on Monday last, acknowledging both our honoured past and a sunnier future. Before a packed auditorium, Susan Denham spoke of her honour at [...]


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, [...]


Pamela in firing line

WATERFORD’S Pamela Uddin was the latest contestant to be fired on the BBC One show ‘The Apprentice’. Assistant brand manager Pamela (24) from Waterford City had managed to reach the halfway point of the hotly contested competition to win a £250,000 investment from Lord Alan Sugar. In the episode of the popular TV series which was aired [...]


‘Indo’ report on city didn’t tell full story

n late July, in the midst of the uncertainty over the future of Bausch + Lomb, I got a phone call from The Sunday Independent. The printed word domain of Eoghan Harris, Gene Kerrigan, Brendan O’Connor and, er, Niamh Horan, commissioned me to write a lengthy news feature about Waterford city. My ego, suitably massaged by such [...]


Battling the ‘secret addiction’

he prevalence of gambling addictions has increased dramatically in recent years. An awareness week takes place from November 24th – 28th to highlight the services and supports available to gamblers and those impacted by gambling. In advance of the awareness week, two local men who have both suffered from severe gambling addictions shared their stories. For James*, the [...]


Benjy: the lucky, gay bull

nimal lovers in Britain have put their money where their mouths are and have put up enough money to ensure that a gay bull from Mayo will be comfortable for the rest of his life. This is for real, I promise, you couldn’t make it up! Somehow or other, a presenter at the University of [...]


Cocktails for ailments?

egular readers know that I don’t give out medical advice and I always urge people who are not feeling well to ignore the ‘guy down the pub’ who knows everything and go see a real doctor. But I came across the following remedies recently under the heading ‘Cocktails for Ailments’ and I offer them to you [...]


On yer fast bike!

urely, at least some cycling enthusiasts in this country are eyeing with interest the world record for speed on a pushbike that was achieved last week by a French cyclist. Surpassing even Sean Kelly riding downhill, Francois Gissy (32) reached 207 mph on a rally circuit. He actually pedaled his trusty onto the track but, once on [...]


A hard nut to crack!

espite the fact that neither of his parents used foul language, little Jimmy had a tongue on him that would put a drill sergeant to shame. Complaints were coming in from his teachers in First Class and from parents who said their children were picking up bad habits from Jimmy. Nobody could figure out where the boy [...]

Q&A on pensions, property and more

Mr L McK writes: I have just spent £3,000 sterling on dental treatment in Newry. Will I be able to claim the dental tax relief? Yes you can. A qualifying dental treatment attracts tax relief at your standard income tax rate of 20%. It also applies to qualifying medical treatments, which is why many people who [...]



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 [...]


Crystal pension progress

ollowing weeks of talks at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC), up to 1,700 former Waterford Crystal workers are optimistic about receiving a partial, lump sum payment on their pension before Christmas, amounting to approximately €1,000 per year of service. If confirmed, this would represent a massive cash injection in the region of €50 million into the [...]

Tramore takeaway issued with one-day closure order

A takeaway in Tramore was one of 16 eateries around the country served with enforcement orders by the Food Safety Authority (FSAI) last month. Star Kebab & Pizza House, on Strand Street, was issued with a closure order on 23rd October last by environmental health officers in the HSE on breaches of food safety legislation under [...]


Waterford City excluded from another map

Fáilte Ireland cites lack of conference facilities for exclusion ATERFORD has been excluded from another high prolife Fáilte Ireland map. The map, on Fáilte Ireland’s ‘Meet in Ireland’ website which is aimed at international businesspeople, contains all of Ireland’s cities with the exception of Waterford – including Kilkenny. Waterford is also absent from a separate list of [...]

IT Carlow retains hope of merger breakthrough

IT Carlow President Dr Patricia Mulcahy has revealed her ’surprise and disappointment’ with WIT’s decision to suspend discussions over the potential merger of both Institutes of Technology. Speaking at a conferral ceremony in ITC on Thursday last, Dr Mulcahy said a multi-campus Technological University (TU) of the South East remained her “top priority” and had the [...]


Minister reiterates commitment to university

inister for Education Jan O’Sullivan visited Waterford last week where she faced many questions on the controversy surrounding Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). Minister O’Sullivan visited a number of schools in the city and county last Thursday, however the hot topic of conversation was the ongoing saga involving the proposed merger of WIT and IT Carlow. “I [...]



inister of State Paudie Coffey (Fine Gael): “Michael Kelly has been appointed as the independent facilitator (by Minister Jan O’Sullivan) and has been asked to report on the best structure to implement the (WIT/ITC merger) project and the potential timescale. “Mr Kelly is former chair of the Higher Education Authority and will bring his considerable experience [...]


Positive moves in Tramore property

here’s been some welcome news on the property front in Tramore after a slew of high-profile sales were confirmed to The Munster Express by auctioneer Barry Herterich of Property Partners. Among them is the well-known Martha Powers pub on Queen Street, which had been closed for the past 18 months and is believed to have been [...]

Man died from blood loss following open fracture

DEPUTY State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis told the family of a man who died in highly unusual circumstances when he bled to death after a fall that it was “difficult to say” if he would have died were he not on a blood-thinning medication. Patrick Ormond (67), of Connolly Place, Waterford, died on February 10th after [...]



hil Hogan: my goodness, what a legacy he has left on both national and regional fronts. That the man who set the catastrophic Irish Water ball rolling was rewarded with the €250,000 a year before tax gig as European Agriculture Commissioner doesn’t add up to me. What, in his three years in office, did Commissioner Hogan do [...]


Mary receives Presidential award

aterford’s Mary Allen was honoured at a special reception at Áras an Uachtaráin recently in recognition of her contributions to the Irish community in Britain. President Michael D. Higgins presented Mary with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award under the category ‘Irish Community Support’. Mary has been active in the Irish Community in London for over 60 years. She [...]


Things that go bump in the night

Thank you to all the readers who got in touch last week, some to compliment others to give out, about the ‘Widow’s Curse’ item. Some of your comments and stories were very interesting indeed. Before I leave the subject of the so-called paranormal, I must mention two news items that appeared in the highly respected Anglo [...]


Long time readers of this column know how loathe I am to mention Christmas before December, but a survey produced by Aviva Home Insurance has raised an important issue – not just the huge cost of Christmas for the average Irish household this year – €1,463 – but the real and increased risk of break-ins [...]


‘Scrap Sky account to pay compensation’

JUDGE told a man who punched and head butted another while his friends held the man’s arms behind his back to get his Sky account “scrapped” to pay over compensation. Tramore man Paul Reid (36), with an address at Pebble Drive, Pebble Beach had a four-month jail term increased to six months with the entirety of [...]


Niamh Briggs voted Ireland's Best!
WIT still says no to Carlow
Convicted child abuser Oliver O'Grady seen in the city.
Serious crime in Waterford on par with national average
Tom Geraghty Tyre Services named Munster Tyre Retailer of the year.


Trish Flanagan:

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



Waterford ITF excel in Rome

World Taekwon-Do Championships The World Taekwon-Do Championships took place in Rome from Wednesday 23rd July-27th July. Four members of the 21 person team were from the Waterford ITF Taekwon-Do Centre, Ballinakill which is run by Neil Franks, 7th Degree Master. They competed in the following events, Zara Caulfield-O’Dwyer (Sparring, Patters and Special Techniques) Christine Franks, (Sparring and [...]


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 [...]


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.


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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.


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. [...]



TD ‘hopeful that Michael Street development will soon progress

Hopeful noises about the long-mooted Michael Street development have been re-iterated by Minister of State and Waterford TD Paudie Coffey. In a statement issued on Wednesday last, Minister Coffey expressed his hope that the redevelopment of the inner city “will proceed in the near future so that jobs can be created in the heart of Waterford city”. Stated [...]


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 [...]


Waterford’s 33.9% Increase in Car Sales

A new report by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) in association with DoneDeal has shown that new car sales in Waterford have increased by 33.9 per cent for the first half of 2014.

IT lecturers support suspension of merger

The trade union representing lecturers at both Waterford and Carlow ITs has formally lodged a dispute with the Labour Relations Commission over the lack of consultation regarding the proposed merger of the two ITs. Representatives from the Teachers’ Union of Ireland branches (IT Carlow and Waterford IT) met last Wednesday to discuss the situation, with teaching [...]

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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.