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Dave Hearne’s heroic legacy

Garda David John Anthony Hearne (April 8th, 1972 to May 25th, 2019).
The Duncannon air was thick with grief on Tuesday last. The sadness and shock at the death of Garda Dave Hearne was worn across every one of the many hundreds of faces who came to support his devastated family and to honour his life and service. Another gut-wrenching reminder of life’s fragility, underlining how even [...]

Vicky: the spark who lit the fire

Vicky: the spark  who lit the fire
Darren Holden took to the stage at Mooncoin’s Coláiste Cois Siúire on Wednesday last, perched himself behind a keyboard and did what he’s done so brilliantly throughout his adult life: he entertained an audience. The audience in question was his alma mater’s latest compliment on a night when he was one of two special guests [...]

Mayoral proposal has been disserved

“The Government and members of the Oireachtas would retain the ability to produce legislation for a directly elected Mayor and bring it before both Houses of the Oireachtas.” This paragraph, the last text on page 6 of Waterford City & County Council’s guide to the plebiscite for a directly elected Mayor caught my eye during [...]

A Stage full of Memory

To play a principal role on the Theatre Royal was a privilege. A huge honour.  | Photo: Colin Shanahan/Digicol
Standing off stage right on the final night of ‘South Pacific’ at the Theatre Royal, wearing green army fatigues, I looked towards my fellow lead Susan Boyce standing off stage left and gave the tiniest of nods. It was time to take our bow. It was time to bid farewell to a big week for [...]

Retracing Old Strides

“Don’t measure yourself by what you’ve accomplished, but rather by what you should have accomplished with your abilities.” - John Wooden Saint Stephen’s Day. After a lovely lunch, I go for a long, long walk. The air is unusually mild for this time of year and it feels great to be away from a desk, [...]

The Coach House, Douglas

Having recently moved back to Cork from London where she lived for 13 years, Emily O’Donoghue and her husband, Chris, bought a house that had a Coach House on the grounds. They converted it into a two bedroomed cottage and since August 2017 have been welcoming guests from all over the world. “Airbnb is an [...]


Playing the lead role in South Pacific at the Theatre Royal next week will be a great thrill.
February 1996. I’m in Fifth Year in CBS Carrick-on-Suir, the second school founded by Edmund Rice. At the time, my world generally revolved around soccer, athletics, Gaelic football, the family dogs and my Granny Kit, whom I then lived with. There were also more than a few thoughts about girls, and, heaven forbid, even the [...]

A Mayor with teeth is worth delivering

I wasn’t a fan of the proposed merger of Waterford’s two local authorities, but from this juncture and given the size and population of the city and county, such a move now looks sensible. Well, hands up: since the councils were amalgamated, the sky hasn’t fallen in and local government has continued to function, albeit [...]

A hint of home in Trafalgar Square

The Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London's Trafalgar Square almost certainly influenced John Roberts when designing both of Waterford's cathedrals.
A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to be sat in the Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London’s Trafalgar Square for a glorious ‘Concert By Candlelight’.The performance was headlined by violinist Ciaran McCabe (a guest leader of the RTE Concert Orchestra and member of the London Chamber Orchestra) and the Brandenburg Sinfonia, playing works [...]

The reality of grieving

Most Christmas Eves for the better part of the past decade, I’ve visited the graves of my paternal Great Grandparents in Kilcash and Grangemockler to lay wreaths at both family plots. It’s a duty that my late Father used to look after annually, a drive that was made additionally poignant for him given that his [...]