Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

Filipino fun in Waterford

Don Karim and Lora Pangilinan-Kiram wearing Philippine National Costume.
Members of the vibrant Waterford-Filipino Irish Community are proud to call Waterford their home and regularly organise and participate in a variety of events. There are almost 200 Filipinos living in Waterford City and its environs. The majority work in the medical sector within the locality as nurses and health care assistants for example. Handiego [...]

Meat Industry Woes

The row among farmers with the beef industry is getting more serious with the blockade of lorries bringing cattle and workers layoffs.Good to see talks underway and hopefully a resolution can be found. The protest, some say, did serve to highlight the problem but got very serious with staff layoffs and no production in factories.Is [...]

What about a Waterford Walk of Fame?

A Freeman of Waterford, the late Val Doonican.
Over the years many people have often felt that we in Waterford don’t really show enough appreciation for our high achievers. Of course, the significant and rarely given honour of Freedom of Waterford City has been bestowed on people like sports heroes John Treacy and Sean Kelly and entertainers Val Doonican, Brendan Bowyer and Anna [...]

Farmers fight back

Edmond Phelan speaking after being elected President of the ICSA.
Newly elected President of the ICSA, Fenor man Edmond Phelan, says farming is under attack as a result of climate change, the rise in veganism and excessive profiteering. Additionally, the industry is threatened by the controversial Mercusor deal and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. Waterford man Edmond Phelan was recently elected President of the Irish Cattle [...]

Waterford lags national recovery

Dr Ray Griffin.
The South East Economic Monitor 2018 shows that, despite some signs of improvement, Waterford continues to be left behind and is not enjoying a fair share of the national recovery.We carried this story last week and the report received much national press and radio which is a good thing, but being over negative can make [...]

Long train running

The much loved and not so fast Tramore to Waterford steam train.
Travelling by train is generally a pleasure, especially when it’s not too crowded. In this country, our trains travel at a fairly sedate pace and, I guess, that adds to safety. In Britain, the trains are faster and even more so on some routes in Continental Europe. So, how would you feel about travelling in [...]

GAA World Games comes to Waterford

Great to see over 1,100 Gaelic footballers, hurlers and camogie players from all around the world come to Waterford for the GAA World Games 2019.As Mayor of Waterford, Cllr John Pratt said: “It is fantastic to see so many teams from around the world arrive in Waterford for a week-long tournament of Gaelic [...]

Looking at moon samples with fresh eyes

Everybody knows that on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon. The last man to walk on the moon in December 1972 was Gene Cernan (pictured above) who was Commander of the Apollo 17 mission. America plans to return to the moon in 2024.
Sometimes in police cases, we hear about old evidence being reviewed using up to date profiling and DNA techniques.Well, NASA is about to do something similar with samples of rock brought back from the moon fifty years ago on the Apollo missions.Exhaustive studies were carried out on moon rocks and soil at the time but [...]

Women on a Mission

Michael Sullivan pictured with ladies from Déise Women’s Shed - Mna na Déise Dungarvan and Portlaw Women’s Group at Clodiagh House.
The newly formed Déise Women’s Shed – Mna na Déise Dungarvan has already proved to be a resounding success. Members recently visited the Portlaw Women’s Group and are now focused on seeking a home to call their own. WHILE the concept of a Men’s Shed is already very well established, the idea of a Women’s Shed [...]

Agora create 135 new jobs for Waterford

Woodlock House, the site of Agora Publishing, Portlaw, Waterford
Great to see the Agora Companies, the global publishing consortium, announce last week 135 additional jobs in its offices in Woodlock House, Portlaw, Co. Waterford as well as Waterford City.Collectively, The Agora Companies in Waterford employ 270 people. The additional 135 roles will be in all areas of the South East operations; digital [...]