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Boundary Battle Re-Ignites

Eoghan Dalton Reports A dispute over the Waterford-Kilkenny boundary has arisen within Fine Gael following calls by Senator Paudie Coffey for South Kilkenny-based Minister John Paul Phelan to avoid “petty political rows about county jerseys” and support Waterford City’s expansion into Kilkenny. Minister Phelan says Senator Coffey’s comments concerning black-and-amber opposition to changes to the county boundary [...]

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North Quay Project Gets Green Light

Eoghan Dalton Reports Before the oral hearing into the North Quays objections had even begun last Wednesday there was already some doubt as to what would transpire. The previous evening saw Pat Moran, from Cheekpoint, withdraw his opposition to the project. He had been concerned about the capability of ships, both tall and cruise alike, to pass [...]

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“Our Region Needs a Medical School”

The creation of a Medical School in Waterford city is another essential step which ought to be advanced in pursuit of regional equality: that’s the view of well-known local academic, Dr Ray Griffin. Speaking to The Munster Express ahead of the opening of the Magee Medical School in Derry (Ulster University) in the Autumn of next [...]

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Funding Boost for Apprenticeships

Capital funding of €825,000 has been announced by Minister of Skills John Halligan for the purchase of equipment for new Electronic Security Systems and Plumbing apprenticeship syllabi at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). The grant includes €575,000 for an Electronic Security Systems apprenticeship and €250,000 for a Plumbing apprenticeship and will enable WIT to purchase equipment [...]


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Sport


Blown Away

Waterford Bow Out of Championship Following Heavy Defeat to Limerick Criticism and praise are the equivalent of the short distance between a pat on the back and a kick in the posterior. Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, whose philosophy has dropped into the narrative of this newspaper’s coverage of the Derek McGrath era, left behind a [...]


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Unqualified Success for Deise Lionhearts

All-Ireland Senior Football Qualifier Round 1 Waterford 3-14 Wexford 1-18 Mac Dara Mac Donncha at Innovate Wexford Park If ever a manager and squad of players deserved a rub of good fortune, it was Tom McGlinchey and the Waterford Senior Footballers. They had been badly struck by injuries and defections since the start of the year. They lost [...]

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Early Exit Cannot Conceal Success of New Format

Brian Flannery Reports First things first and despite Waterford’s early Hurling Championship exit it’s fair to say that the new format in both Munster and Leinster has been, in overall terms, a massive success. The quality of the games, the level of competition and the sheer drama of it all has had us all on the edge [...]

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Blues Outclass Ten Man Saints

Waterford FC 2 St Patrick’s Athletic 0 Waterford FC cemented their hopes of European football next season by defeating St Patrick’s Athletic at the RSC on Friday last. The team showed a few changes from the one which lost away to Cork City the previous week. Matthew Connor replaced Lawrence Vigouroux in goal [...]

Waterford FC Sign Noel Hunt

Hunt Hoping to Keep Blues Moving Forward

Noel Hunt began his career with Johnville and then signed for Shamrock Rovers before playing for Waterford on loan in season 2001-2002 (five goals in nine games). He then went on to play for Dunfermiline Athletic, Dundee United, Reading, Leeds United, Ipswich Town, Southend United, Portsmouth and Wigan Athletic. He also won three full caps [...]

Entertainment


Fireworks at the Gasworks!

Stage set for spectacular Daytripper Michelle Heffernan Reports From August 24th through to the 26th, the Daytripper Music Festival returns to The Gasworks in Waterford city centre for a cracking three days of pop, soul, funk and electric dance music. With the likes of Rudimental, Basement Jaxx, Sister Sledge , Mack Fleetwood and King Kong Company [...]


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Spokes Poetry Night at Grimes’

The year long series of Spokes poetry nights is almost at an end with just two more night events to be held. The penultimate night will be held on Friday, June 22nd marks the Summer Solstice on the Wheel of the Year with very special guest poet Colm Keegan and guest musician, local classical guitarist, [...]

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Rubber Bandits at Theatre Royal

Fresh from their sell out shows at London’s Soho Theatre, the Rubberbandits bring their new show ‘Loot Roosters’ to Theatre Royal Waterford on Friday, June 22nd. Distinctive for their plastic bag masks they always wear, musical duo Blindboy Boat Club and Mr Chrome started their career at the turn of the new millennium as prank phone [...]

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Attention Turns to Securing State Funds

Eoghan Dalton Reports There is strong belief among Waterford politicians that the redevelopment of the North Quays will meet requirements and be able to quickly draw down funds for the next stage of the project. Following the last-minute withdrawal of two objections last Wednesday, Minster of State John Halligan said it should be able to benefit from [...]


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Deputy Mayor: SDZ funding won’t be an issue

Deputy City & County Mayor John Cummins has described last Wednesday’s news in relation to the North Quays and Michael Street developments as ‘an enormous day for Waterford City and the entire South East region’. Cllr Cummins, who briefed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the wake of the news from Treacy’s Hotel, said Mr Varadkar was [...]

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North Quay Project is timely, says CIF

Eoghan Dalton Reports The redevelopment of the North Quays has been described as timely by the southern branch of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), with it coming as several other larges scale projects in the region have come to an end. “[These include] the €100m West Pharmaceutical plant, the €26m Waterford Courthouse, the €455m Enniscorthy Bypass [...]

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New Chamber President Set for Busy Year

New Waterford Chamber President Kathryn Kiely (co-owner and Director of Glazik Ltd) is looking forward to a challenging and exciting year at the helm. Addressing the Chamber’s 231st Annual General Meeting, which was held at the Granville on May 28th, Ms Kiely has established three priorities for her 12-month term: “Enhancing connectedness, capability building and continuing [...]

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Ross urged to embrace Airport investment plan

The exclusion of Waterford Airport from State grant allocations for regional airports is ‘a legitimate cause for concern for all stakeholders’, according to Senator Paudie Coffey (FG). Senator Coffey was speaking in the wake of the €3.85 million in grant funding announced by Transport Minister Shane Ross to airports in Donegal, Kerry and Knock (Ireland West). While [...]

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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.