Archive for the ‘General Stories’ Category

Deise dig deep in dogfight

Waterford’s Pauric Mahony looks on as his shot hits the back of the Dublin net as the hurley of Dublin’s Liam Rushe flies through the air.			| Photos: Noel Browne
“A dogfight”. That’s how Anthony Daly described last Sunday’s Division 1A clash between Waterford and Dublin, in which the hosts came out on top after another wholly committed and uplifting Deise performance. And how right ‘Dalo’ was. Played on an unforgiving surface, one which the ever-effective Seamus Prendergast prospered on, a second home win now leaves [...]

Minister opens new Fenor N.S.

Pictured on his visit to officially open the extension at Fenor NS on Thursday last was Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn, along with Paudie Coffey TD, Ciara Conway TD, Cllr. Dee Jacques, Tim O’Byrne, Principal Fenor NS, Stan Flynn, Chairperson Fenor School Management Board, Cllr.Lola O’Sullivan, Waterford Deputy County Mayor and Cllr Ger Barron.
Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn officially opened the new Fenor National School last week. The impressive new facilities in the school have replaced pre-fabricated buildings and include four new classrooms, three resource rooms, and a staff room. “We’ve achieved quite a lot,” said Principal Tim O’Byrne. He paid tribute to all those who have helped [...]

Waterford hosts its first ever Citizenship Ceremony

Defence Minister Alan Shatter reviewing a Naval Guard of Honour outside City Hall prior to the Citizenship Ceremony.
Citizens from 25 different countries gathered in City Hall to receive their Irish citizenship on Friday last as part of the 1848 Tricolour Festival Celebrations. The ceremony was hosted by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter and proved a momentous occasion for the latest group of ‘New Irish’. Mayor John Cummins opened the ceremony [...]

FAREWELL, FLOUR MILLS?

Derelict buildings and grain silos on the North Wharf.
Waterford City Council has sought tenders for the demolition of all derelict buildings and structures on the 5.7-acre North Quays site occupied by the listed R and H Hall Flour Mills building. The local authority is understood to be attempting to put a ‘real price’ on the cost of cleaning up the land mark site, with a [...]

Tramore’s Grand Hotel for sale

The closure of the Grand Hotel was described as “devastating” by Cllr Maxine Keoghan.
Given the uplift in the hotel trade in past year, the outlook may be bright for a sale. We understand there had been some staff meetings about reopening and there was a plan to re-open in late February, but after careful consideration the decision was taken within the past week to seek a buyer. There [...]

New Council ‘goes live’ on 26th May

The newly amalgamated Waterford (city and county) Council will “go live” on Monday, 26th May 2014, local authority Manager Michael Walsh has confirmed. At the City Council’s February meeting, Mr Walsh welcomed the newly appointed management team, made up of existing County officials Brian White (Planning and Corporate Affairs), Paul Daly (Roads and Emergency Services) and [...]

T&H’s to be auctioned on March 6th

T & H Doolan's, due to go under the hammer on March 6th.
Sherry FitzGerald John Rohan is overseeing the sale by public auction on Thursday, March 6th (at 12 noon) of well-known city hostelry T&H Doolan’s, which recently closed its doors, thus ending a centuries-long level of service on George’s Street. Once owned by the Clancy Brothers, the agent is describing the property as “a truly unique opportunity [...]

‘Strong city voice needed on new Council’

Pictured at the launch were, from left, Aoife Marks, Eoin Reinhardt, Cllr Sean Reinhardt, Aisling McGrath, Brendan Halligan and Deputy John Halligan. | Photo: Mick Wall.
Independent councillor in the Waterford City South area Sean Reinhardt launched his Local Election campaign at the Granville Hotel last week. The Lisduggan resident, who replaced TD John Halligan on the Council in 2011, has been a community activist for 30 years and, during that time, has been involved in some key initiatives in Waterford, including [...]

Violent storm leaves 22,000 homes without power

A Mighty Wind
Gardai, emergency services and local authority workers reported one of their busiest days ever last Wednesday, as hurricane force winds battering Waterford knocked out power to around 22,000 homes and businesses in the area. The storm, ranked by Met Eireann amongst the top five worst to hit the country since weather records began, saw unprecedented winds [...]

DUTCH DRIVER’S REMORSE

Strain family meet with driver at Courthouse The man who caused the death of teacher Alice Strain in a road traffic accident on April 4th last met with three sisters of the deceased prior to his court appearance on a charge of dangerous driving causing death and serious injury. Dutch courier driver Frans Coenraad, who pleaded [...]