Archive for the ‘General Stories’ Category

Hoax ‘grenade’ found under car on ‘Motor Mile’

There were dramatic scenes on the 'Motor Mile' during last Thursday's bomb hoax.
Businesses at the city’s ‘motor mile’ on the Cork Road came to a standstill for four hours last Thursday afternoon, following the discovery of a ‘grenade-like’ device underneath a car at Eddie Garry Car Sales. The army bomb disposal unit was dispatched from Cork after the suspect device was first noticed, when a car parked in [...]

Lights still on at ‘Little Pub’

As the sit-in at the Park Inn pub enters its second month, workers say they’re hopeful of an imminent resolution, following the announcement that a liquidator is to be appointed to the company. A creditors’ meeting is to take place within the next 10 days, after which the liquidator will be appointed. This means the statutory entitlements [...]

GLASS PENSIONS CASE IN COURT

The Waterford Crystal pensions case is due before the High Court today (Tuesday), with workers hopeful of a hearing date in June or early July. The 1,700 affected workers are determined that they’ll be granted a full hearing in their pursuit of tens of thousands of euro in pension payments, to which the European Court of [...]

St Patrick’s Day Parade success

St Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal Megan Cassidy.			| Photos: Noel Browne
There were  over 60 entries in the Waterford City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in this, the city’s  1100th year. The theme was ‘Past, Present and Future for Waterford’ and this catalysed much colour, music, dance  and variety. Thousands lined the Quays and Mall to view the event which saw thousands from the voluntary sector participate. Megan Cassidy, the [...]

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 [...]