Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

Numbers at Kerry Airport Expanding

Former senior minister Martin Cullen – his influence at the cabinet table is sorely missed.
There is no point in going on and on about the loss of commercial flights in and out of Waterford Regional Airport but something happens almost every week to make me upset about our state of affairs. Last week, I spotted a news item about Kerry Airport at Farranfore and tourists from Germany. Over 400,000 German [...]

A Knight’s Tale

Cllr John Hearne pictured alongside Paddy when speaking at the unveiling of the new sign outside the graveyard during his tenure as Metropolitan Mayor last year. Photo: Noel Browne.
Paddy Houlihan from Ballybeg is maintaining and promoting an almost forgotten site of significant historic interest – the Knights Templar Graveyard, Kilbarry. AN IMPORTANT piece of Waterford’s history and heritage is being preserved and promoted thanks to the Trojan efforts of one local man and his granddaughter. In a fantastic display of community spirit and pride [...]

Shining a Light on our Dark Past

Pictured at WIT (Waterford Institute of Technology) at the submission of the Justice for Magdalenes (JFM) Archive to WIT were, from left: Kieran Cronin (WIT Developmental Librarian,) Dr Jennifer Yeager (Lecturer in Psychology, Principal Investigator of the Waterford Memories Project), Claire McGettrick (Co-founder JFM Research and Adoption Rights Alliance) and Dr Katherine O’Donnell (Justice for Magdalenes Research, UCD School of Philosophy). 		| Photo: Patrick Browne
“Ireland imprisoned or incarcerated one per cent of its population during the 20th Century,” UCD’s Katherine O’Connell told a slack jawed audience at WIT’s College Street Chapel on Friday last. “More than any other country in the last century. More than Soviet Russia.” Dr O’Connell was among the keynote speakers at the launch of the [...]

The Need to Safeguard Local News

The case for safeguarding regional journalism within the public service funding sphere has long been clear as far as this newspaper concerned. And if TV3 and regional radio stations feel they should be getting some slice of the licence fee, the case for newspapers being afforded some level of State protection is inarguable. Of course, such [...]

Mary McAleese caught up in “Vatican Civil War”

Mary McAleese – barred from addressing a conference in the Vatican to mark International Women’s Day.
A decision by a powerful Vatican body to bar former president, Mary McAleese, from speaking at a conference in the Vatican to mark International Women’s Day is almost certainly linked to a bitter internal battle raging within the Church. Pope Francis, a liberal pontiff who appears to becoming more popular with every passing month, is fighting [...]

Fitness for All

Peter Kirwan: “It’s not just about adding years to your life, but adding life to your years.”
A range of innovative local classes are helping older people to get active, proving that age is no barrier to keeping fit. WITH January now behind us, the novelty of New Year’s fitness regimes may be starting to wane for some. Everyone can encounter difficulty in maintaining motivation levels, but the prospect of ‘getting fit’ [...]

It’s Hard to Be a Man: Since When?

Feminist Germaine Greer, who has described the #MeToo campaign as "whingeing".
The #MeToo and #Time’s Up campaigns have shone a light on the alleged sexual misconduct of several major Hollywood personalities and if the past few months offer any indicator, further revelations appear inevitable – and more reputations will tumble. But the idea that it’s suddenly become hard to be a man appears a tad misplaced, and [...]

Hopes for a Spring Tide

As far as most Irish are concerned, Spring has sprung once more, and hopes for a progressive year in Waterford and across the region are building. News broke last week of a proposed leisure facility development in Ballybeg on a site adjoining Tesco. This represents the most positive news the area has received in quite some [...]

Leave the judges and their poor boxes alone

The matter of District Court judges using the ‘poor box’ as a means of defendants avoiding a conviction is once again back in the news. Under scrutiny is the very idea of a ‘poor box’ and also the charities that benefit. Personally, I firmly believe in the notion of the poor box and in judges [...]

Honouring a GAA stalwart

Noel O’Sullivan was the recipient of the Jack Furlong Award at The Local Bar Waterford GAA Awards. Pictured is Pat Flynn, Secretary Co. GAA Board presenting the award to Noel. Included are Paddy Joe Ryan, Chairman Co. GAA Board and Molly Gough, The Local Bar, Sponsors.  Photo: Sean Byrne.
Noel O’Sullivan was recently given a special presentation in recognition of his distinguished service to the GAA. NOEL O’Sullivan is a familiar face to many Waterford GAA fans. Noel’s illustrious involvement with the GAA has taken on various guises down through the years, including as a player, referee and steward. In recognition of his many years of distinguished [...]