Archive for the ‘General Stories’ Category

An ‘Evergreen’ expedition

WASHINGTON State has earned the nickname ‘Evergreen State’ – and it’s certainly a very appropriate term as I discovered while travelling around this picturesque corner of the United States. After spending a few days in the bustling metropolis of Seattle, I was keen to discover the beautiful unspoilt scenery of the famous Olympic Peninsula. But first we [...]

Man to serve three years for sexually assaulting stepdaughter

A 51-year-old Waterford man was sentenced in the Circuit Criminal Court, last week, to four years in prison with the final year suspended, for sexually assaulting his eight-year-old step daughter over a period of 13 months. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to seven sample counts of sexual assault on the [...]

Apple Market businesses are concerned by works disruption

Significant excavation work is causing disruption for some local businesses in the Apple Market.
BUSINESSES in the Apple Market have expressed concerns over disruption caused by ongoing works in their area. Work has been ongoing for a number of weeks in the Apple Market area which has resulted in a new traffic layout and restricted pedestrian access in certain parts. Raising the issue at last week’s plenary meeting of Waterford City [...]


WIT President, Professor Willie Donnelly 	| Photo: Patrick Browne
WIT President underlines need for fresh investment Eight years of underfunding at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has been described as ‘an attack on the region’ by WIT President Willie Donnelly. Speaking exclusively to The Munster Express, Professor Donnelly said the depletion of cash reserves at the Institute over the past decade was primarily due to [...]

Death of ska-loving keyboardist

The late Graham Harte, far right, with Skunk.
The death took place last Saturday of well-known musician Graham Harte, a native of Artane, Dublin who resided in Andrew Street, Waterford for many years. Mr Harte, a keyboard player with numerous ska bands in his adopted city of Waterford, died at St. Francis Hospice, Blanchardstown after a short illness. Best known to his friends in music [...]

Power assumes control at Waterford United

Chairman and current owner of Swindon Town Lee Power is to take over as the new owner of Waterford United.
Waterford United FC announced yesterday (Tuesday) that Lee Power has assumed control of the football club. Former professional footballer Power is the current owner and Chairman of Swindon Town FC, and has represented Ireland at youth, U21 and B level. He takes over from former Chairman John O’Sullivan. Mr O’Sullivan said: “I am delighted to support Lee [...]

Cardiac campaign “won’t back down”

Plans afoot for ‘bigger, better’ protest LOCAL campaigners have vowed to do “whatever it takes” in order to deliver increased cardiac services at University Hospital Waterford (UHW). The decision to postpone last Saturday’s planned protest was announced earlier last week after Health Minister Simon Harris cancelled his planned visit to Waterford – Minister Harris was due [...]

Friends rally in support of Tramore’s Mike

EFFORTS are underway to raise money to help a Tramore man living in the US who is battling a serious illness. Michael ‘Mike’ Reape has lived in New York since he emigrated 30 years ago. Mike is known as ‘Coach’ to thousands of students that he has coached and mentored over the years. He has contributed [...]

Concerns over ‘ground-breaking’ windfarm plan

Comeragh District Chair John O'Leary (FF) has called for the government to release a strategy on wind farms before approving any further such projects.
CONCERNS have been expressed over plans to build an 11 turbine wind farm in one of the most scenic areas of County Waterford. BSB Community Energy Ltd. (BSB), which was established by a substantial number of local people in the areas of Stradbally, Bonmahon and Ballylaneen, plans to construct a community owned windfarm in this area [...]

Varadkar on Brexit and the industrial relations challenge

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar spoke about the dangers of Brexit and current challenges to Government, from the Budget to the industrial relations situation at a special Fine Gael dinner recently held in Langton's. The Government would like to be able to restore pay and tax rates to pre-crisis levels but would cost €4 billion [...]