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Scepticism over new crime stats

Eoghan Dalton Reports The statistical drop in crime across the Waterford Garda Division, as relayed to City & County Councillors last week, was greeted somewhat sceptically by members in the wake of the breathalyser controversy. The biggest drop, which members of the Joint Policing Committee (JPC) were informed of in Dungarvan last week, came in public order [...]

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“We Must Keep Speaking Out”

Campaigner and cardiac patient will maintain the fight for UHW A LOCAL health campaigner has reiterated her call for 24/7 cardiac cover for Waterford and the South-East following her personal ordeal at University Hospital Waterford (UHW). After arriving at UHW with chest pains, Liz Murphy (whose story was originally detailed in The Munster Express last week), endured [...]

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Plaza’s Fall From Grace

WATERFORD’S William Vincent Wallace Plaza is no longer in demand as a venue for hosting events, according to Waterford City & County Council. Councillors have been told that the popularity of other city centre locations means the Plaza is no longer sought after by performing groups. Speaking at the December Metropolitan District meeting of Waterford City & [...]

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Emotional Family reunion at Granville

EMOTIONS were high at The Granville Hotel on Friday last as a family were reunited. Thomas Walsh (90), originally from Queen’s Terrace, Ballybricken and now residing at the Holy Ghost Residential Home, was reunited with his first-born daughter Maureen May who was adopted almost 60 years ago when she was a baby. Maureen, who grew up with [...]

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“It’s time to publicly display our city’s illegal dumpers”

WATERFORD City & County Council remains reluctant to publicly display CCTV images of people engaging in illegal dumping – despite further calls to do so. Speaking at the November Metropolitan District meeting of Waterford City & County Council, Cllr Eddie Mulligan (FF) said illegal dumping is one of the issues which he and his party colleague, [...]


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Trish Flanagan:

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

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“It’s the only show in town”

County Board Chairman determined to see Walsh Park revamp delivered The long-awaited redevelopment of Walsh Park into a 21st Century, 18,000-capacity venue represents ‘the only show in town’ according to the Chairman of Waterford GAA’s County Board. Speaking to The Munster Express, Paddy Joe Ryan said he’s hopeful that the Board will get planning permission for the [...]


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Shane Bennett taking a break form Senior Panel

Twenty-one-year-old Shane Bennett is taking what’s been described as an extended break from the Waterford senior hurling panel, manager Derek McGrath has disclosed. The Ballysaggart clubman, who was a starter in each of Waterford’s Championship matches, may well be back before the end of the National League, according to the Deise boss. “He’s been on the road [...]

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Another stellar season for Thomas O’Gorman

Every team needs leaders. When the chips are down, leaders – real leaders – can be the difference between winning and losing a game. Twelve months ago after his side won the County Final, easily beating Ballinacourty in the decider and then going on to the Munster Club Final against Dr Crokes, The Nire’s Thomas O’Gorman [...]

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Waterford sports groups receive €1.5 million boost

Funding of almost €1.5 million has been allocated to community and voluntary sports groups in Waterford under the Sports Capital Programme, Minister of State John Halligan has confirmed. The grants were announced on Thursday last by Minister Halligan’s Independent Alliance colleague, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross. Welcoming the news, Minister Halligan said the funding [...]

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Nicky Dean: A Faithful Footballing Servant

Born on December 27th, 1953 Nicky (Nicholas) Denn has been deeply involved in local football for an incredible 55 years and he freely admits that he is still very much in love with the beautiful game. Ever since he was a young boy he has been one of the pivotal figures both as a player, a [...]

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Ferrybank march proudly into Round 6

Ferrybank followed up their superb3-0 victory over the Villa in the FAI Junior Cup last week when they defeated Railway Union 3-1 in Sandymount, Co Dublin on Saturday and they will now take their place in Round 6. They will have to travel once again to play either Rathmullan or Innisvilla FC in the last 32. [...]

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TQS Integration announced as new Waterford GAA sponsors

At a special function in Lismore on Friday last, TQS Integration announced its new sponsorship of Waterford GAA county teams. The sponsorship covers all Waterford county hurling and football teams from under 14 to Senior in both codes and will be performance bonus related. The new county jersey along with all leisure wear including track [...]

Entertainment


Record-breaking sword reaches new home in Viking Triangle

WATERFORD’S record breaking Viking sword has been installed at its new home in the Viking Triangle. The installation of the world’s longest wooden sword sculpture, which was created by John Hayes and James Doyle from Special Branch Carvings, took place last Saturday morning. The sword is 23 metres long and was over a year in the planning. It [...]

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Wesołych Świąt! Christmas in the Polish Community in Waterford

The Polish Christmas Craft Market has returned to Waterford as part of the Winterval festival, sharing Polish Christmas traditions with the Waterford community. Michelle Heffernan spoke to active members of the Polish community in Waterford, to shed light on how their community celebrates the festive season. The Polish Christmas Craft Market The Polish Christmas Craft Market has [...]

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Surviving Christmas

Michelle Heffernan Reports Martin Matthews of Shine Discovery Waterford outlined his Dos and Don’ts for managing stress this holiday season DO Make Lists Lists make you feel organised, even if you don’t follow them! Martin recommends making the usual Christmas lists such as grocery list, gift list, or Christmas card list, but also a more personal list. The [...]

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New Ross Bridge project advancing

Almost 90 per cent of the earthworks operations for the €230 million New Ross Bypass have now been completed, with a million cubic metres of bulk earthworks having been excavated and re-used to date. The latest update on the project was provided to South Kilkenny’s County Councillors at the December meeting of the Piltown Municipal [...]


Impatience growing with Ferrybank Centre’s grimy look

The increasingly algae-clad exterior of the Ferrybank Centre has come in for further criticism at the December meeting of the Piltown Municipal District, which meets under the roof of the still largely empty building. “This white elephant has now been standing here for the past nine years and now it’s starting to deteriorate, as anyone walking [...]

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Funding boost for O’ Connell Street

The injection of €150,000 by Waterford City & County Council into the O’Connell Street ‘Cultural Quarter’ project won extensive praise at last Tuesday’s Budget meeting held at City Hall. Referring to the investment, Council Chief Executive Michael Walsh said O’Connell Street was “the one area that hasn’t, in some respects, got the benefit of investment over [...]

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New Ross Greenway can be “regional hub”

Brendan Keane reports THE PROPOSED Greenway route between Waterford and New Ross will form a major regional hub in terms of the overall greenway tourism infrastructure in the south east, according to a senior figure involved with the project. Director of Services with Wexford County Council, Eamonn Hore, said the new greenway, which will follow the path [...]

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Apartment Plan for former Stella Maris School in Tramore

Tramore residents are concerned about a recent planning application for 30 apartments at the former Stella Maris School on the town’s Pond Road. The planning application is dated November 17th and according to the document running on local street signage as well as in newspaper advertising, a five-week period for public submissions as of the aforementioned [...]

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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.