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Juliette Bolger enjoying the surroundings at the new French Library which opened last Saturday at Farronshoneen Youth & Community Centre, Waterford.

Juliette Bolger enjoying the surroundings at the new French Library which opened last Saturday at Farronshoneen Youth & Community Centre, Waterford.

A group of unidentified men photographed circa 1900 at the entrance to the cave known as Crottys Cave, located beside Crottys Lake.

A group of unidentified men photographed circa 1900 at the entrance to the cave known as Crottys Cave, located beside Crottys Lake.

Pictured during the 2014 Cycle Against Suicide were actor Moe Dunford, ‘Cycle Against Suicide’ founder Jim Breen and Cllr Liam Brazil.

Pictured during the 2014 Cycle Against Suicide were actor Moe Dunford, ‘Cycle Against Suicide’ founder Jim Breen and Cllr Liam Brazil.

City Square Easter Party

City Square Easter Party

Nicole Walsh, Comeragh College, Carrick-on-Suir pictured during the recent Careers Day at Kildalton College

Nicole Walsh, Comeragh College, Carrick-on-Suir pictured during the recent Careers Day at Kildalton College

Ben Gallagher and Alice Raher at Kill GAA Victory Social

Ben Gallagher and Alice Raher at Kill GAA Victory Social

Young Player of the Year Beth Carton receiving her Award from Ita Murphy and Michael Duignan. Beth scored 5-11 in two All-Ireland Final appearances last year.

Young Player of the Year Beth Carton receiving her Award from Ita Murphy and Michael Duignan. Beth scored 5-11 in two All-Ireland Final appearances last year.

Mount Sion’s David Akintomide totally focused on winning this ball.

Mount Sion’s David Akintomide totally focused on winning this ball.

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News


‘How can anyone plan a future working like this?’

Approximately 160 Dunnes Stores workers in Waterford and Dungarvan took to the streets on Holy Thursday for a one-day national work stoppage in protest over working hours and earnings security and the right to trade union representation. Dunnes Stores in City Square and Michael Street in the city and [...]

Cash injection for social housing

Over €35 million has been allocated to Waterford City and County Council for social housing projects up until 2017. Announced last week under a national €1.5 billion scheme, the funding will facilitate delivery of 760 housing units in Waterford. And it will, according to Minister of State Paudie Coffey, result in a 40 per cent [...]

Extra Friday evening Dublin/Waterford Train service introduced

Following a trial operation of the service over the past two Fridays, Iarnród Éireann has confirmed that it is to continue to operate an additional Friday evening service on the Dublin / Waterford route in the coming weeks to cater for growing demand. The additional 16.15hrs Dublin Heuston to Waterford means there is an unprecedented choice [...]

TD: ‘Teaching has been reduced to crowd control’

More than one in four primary school children in County Waterford are now being packed into classes of 30-plus, according to local Independent TD John Halligan. Responding to statistics which show the percentage of primary children in county Waterford in a class of 30 or more went from 22.1 per cent in 2011/2012 to 27.9 per [...]

Man airlifted to hospital after fall in Comeraghs

A man in his 30s is recovering at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) following a fall close to Mahon Falls in the Comeragh Mountains early on Easter Sunday morning. According to initial reports, the man was one of two friends who had pitched tents and camped on the mountain over the weekend. He suffered spinal and shoulder [...]

Diocese prepares for ordination of new Bishop

BISHOP Elect Alphonsus Cullinan will be ordained as the new Bishop of Waterford & Lismore this weekend. In advance of his ordination at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Waterford on Sunday April 12th (Divine Mercy Sunday), Fr Cullinan spoke with local media about embarking on his new role. Importantly, the Clare native (whose [...]


BREAKING NEWS


National Lifeguard Training Centre opens in Tramore
Michelle Clancy
London Calling. Luton service to be re-instated at Waterford AirportbyVLM.
Dermot Keyes
Saint Patrick's "will continue to play a key role for elderly".
Dermot Keyes
Facebook details relayed to jury in city murder trail.
Anne Sharkey
WIT facing another key personnel change. President set to depart as TUI ballot beckons.
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


Circuit Breaker!

Another life-long ambition has been scratched off Craig Breen’s ‘to do’ list following his superb victory in last weekend’s Circuit of Ireland Rally. The 25-year-old Peugeot Rally Academy driver, along with co-driver Scott Martin, tasted glory in the Discover Northern Ireland-sponsored event, winning by [...]


The Hunt For The Conway Cup Begins

The champions from The Nire Valley take on Clashmore on the SFC opener at Fraher Field this Friday night, and Benji Whelan’s men are keen to secure back-to-back senior titles. Having fallen just short in the Munster Club Final to [...]

Shels come from behind to catch Blues

Having lost to Finn Harps and Cabinteely in the previous two games Waterford United looked well on track to get back to winning ways when they led Shelbourne two nil at the interval at the RSC on Friday last. But two goals from set pieces during [...]

Curraghmore one-two for Benny Crowley

All roads led to Curraghmore estate outside Portlaw on Sunday for the annual Waterford Foxhounds point-to-point fixture, which was staged on an impressive new right-handed course. A terrific crowd, arguably one of the very best seen anywhere this season, turned out and the vast majority of the local interest was focused on the seven-runner Talbot [...]

Black Belt Academy Waterford excel at Irish Open

The first weekend of March brought plenty excitement to the world of martial arts in Ireland. The largest competition of its kind in the world, The Irish Open, was held in Dublin with excess of 4000 competitors from over 30 countries around the world. Team Black Belt Academy from Waterford was well represented by 11 of [...]

Deise’s NFL campaign ends in another defeat

A dominant first half performance at Páirc Sean MacDiarmada last Saturday was enough to secure a third successive win for Leitrim, leaving Waterford with just one win in the entire campaign. To give an example of Leitrim’s first half dominance, the game was almost 32 minutes old before Waterford [...]

Deise Minors Aim To Topple Tipp

Waterford’s hurlers will get their Munster Minor Hurling Championship campaign underway under the Semple Stadium floodlights when they take on Tipperary this Wednesday night. Having won the Irish Press Cup two years ago and come within a puck of reaching another final last year, expectations [...]

Entertainment


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 [...]


Total Eclipse of the Ogre

Fresh on the footsteps of last Friday’s momentous Solar Eclipse, St Mary’s NS Ballygunner eclipsed both the Sun and the Moon when they produced a three night extravaganza of outstanding musical and acting talent with their latest Musical entitled “Once Upon an Ogre” in a packed Ballygunner NS recently. Like the tiniest silkworm weaving a tapestry [...]

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 [...]

Launch of ‘Strictly Comeragh’ DVD

Friday April 10th sees the launch of the much anticipated DVD of “Strictly Comeragh”. This is an opportunity for the hundreds of people who could not get tickets for the show in the Woodlands Hotel to see a recording of the event and for the 600 people present on the night to relive the experience. [...]

Musical Extravaganza at Presentation School

There is a long history of Music in the Presentation Waterford. The tradition of the School Musical began in 1974 with ‘The Quaker Girl’. This year’s production of ‘The Pajama Game’ played to an audience of over 1000 over four performances and was the school’s 30th production. On March 16th friends of [...]

High Hopes Choir

Waterford’s High Hopes Choir is one of two regional choirs (the other is based in Dublin) made up of people affected by homelessness and the staff and volunteers who work with them. The two choirs were created by former principal conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra David Brophy as part of a three-part TV [...]

A Jolly Rose Outing!

Tramore Chamber of Tourism & Commerce hosted the Waterford Rose centre in glorious Tramore on Saturday March 21st. The sun was shining for the beautiful Roses who were entertained by the Tramore Chamber and local businesses for the day. Starting off with a visit to the big beach the girls created a stir as they strolled down [...]

Michael Lonergan reflects on 50 years with the Musical Society

Unknown to Michael Lonergan but to everyone on the Musical Society circuit, a surprise was adrift. After the last bow of ‘Hello Dolly’, a roar from the audience and standing ovation as the curtain fell on March 7th after another unbelievable performance from the Musical Society team, Michael Lonergan, Corporate and Patrons’ Secretary and [...]

The Pillowman

St Patrick’s Day at the Everyman Cork saw the Irish premiere of The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh. His plays confuse and confound people and this one, an early work, has the awful cruelty and dark humour with the twists in narrative that either disgust people or plunge them into an imaginative whirlpool. It gets its [...]

Business


First phase of Old Creamery Enterprise Centre completed

Piltown Community Enterprise was founded in 1988 to promote industry and employment in the Parish. Projects promoted by the Board include the development of the Enterprise Centre, Fiddown, completion of the Parish Plan, organising and running information evenings and courses throughout South Kilkenny aimed at equipping individuals with the skills required to develop their businesses. [...]


Tramore Chamber off to a great start

Waterford Chamber is delighted to be part of the formation of the new Tramore Chamber of Tourism & Commerce. Officially launched at their inaugural AGM on Tuesday, March 24th, the new entity, formally known as Tramore Tourism, will work to ensure better representation for the business community in Tramore, in terms of job creation, lobbying and [...]

Gripped By The Soles!

A native of Alphonsus Road is making giant strides through her business dedicated on making those first independent steps in life for our little ones as safe and as comfortable as possible. Aoife Tynan, the founder and CEO of ‘Gripper Soles’, has developed a prewalker shoe that is, as she put it herself, “both machine [...]

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Eishtec to create 320 jobs in Armagh

Locally-based customer contact centre operator Eishtec is to open a new facility, with the creation of 320 jobs, in Craigavon, County Armagh. The company, founded in 2011 following the closure of Talk Talk, now employs approximately 1,100 in Waterford and Wexford and specialises in providing services to the mobile telecoms sector. One of its largest customers [...]

nearForm Announces 100 New Jobs At Official Opening

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 [...]

New plans at Tramore Tourism and Chamber

A well-attended Tramore Tourism and Chamber held their general meeting recently and elected a number of officers at the Majestic Hotel in Tramore. There was widespread support for the new organisation, which will mean more grant monies and supports can be secured for Tramore Tourism. There was a message of support from city and county manager [...]

Government failure to keep records ‘disgraceful’

Fianna Fáil Councillor John O ‘Leary has slammed the “disgraceful attempts” by Environment Minster Alan Kelly to dismiss the Government’s failure to keep records of crucial meetings involving the establishment of Irish Water. The Killmeaden based Councillor has said it is outrageous that no minutes were kept of high level meetings between former Minster Phil Hogan [...]

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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.