Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

“I do not look on this as a crisis”

Bishop of Waterford & Lismore, Alphonsus Cullinan, pictured with Pope Tawadros 11 of Alexandria, the head of the Coptic Christian Church in Egypt.
e are not and cannot be people of despair. Sometimes we may feel that way. But we believe in the Risen Lord and that the Lord is in charge of all – however chaotic it may seem. What are we offering people is the message of eternal life and nothing less. The more I see of [...]

Food, Brexit & marketing our wares in Asia

Ireland’s South East can boast of a strong and vibrant food sector, with market leading companies including Glanbia, Dawn Meats and Flahavan’s. Dungarvan has also marketed itself as a leading ‘foodie’ destination and the city continues to make welcome strides in this key area of the hospitality industry. However, legitimate fears remain about how a potentially [...]


Fáilte Ireland’s pushing of the ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ brand, while not making any formal hay with the ’sunny south east’ moniker we are more readily familiar with, appears to be a flawed approach, in our view. This Ancient East marketing is primarily aimed at international tourists, and while we realise that we may not [...]


The cost of sending schools leavers to third level education is becoming an increasingly onerous burden on parents, and is all the more pressing for parents in the south east, as we remain without a university (or Technological University). Fees have risen on average to €3,000, the increase in which has really kicked in since the [...]

The Prince of Gaffes

Stepping back: Prince Philip.
ven though he is probably a right contrary old sod, we will miss Britain’s Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who is retiring from public life aged 96. While always loyal and dutiful to his wife, Queen Elizabeth, the grinding routine of being the Monarch’s consort often made him irritable and tetchy, sometimes with deliciously embarrassing [...]

The Last Dance at the Olympia revisited

Frank and Michael Comerford.
prior commitment, coupled with a morbid fear of Sieges of Ennis, meant that I missed out on Saturday night’s hooley in the Olympia Ballroom. By all accounts, it was a most enjoyable affair that attracted patrons from far and wide whose vigorous dancing to the Congress Céilí Band from Kildare really tested the mettle of [...]

Kilkenny blocks naming of new bridge over the Barrow

An artist’s impression of the new bridge linking Kilkenny and Wexford that will bypass the town of New Ross.
resh from their success at blocking a boundary extension from Waterford into South Kilkenny, politicians from the Piltown Electoral Area have turned their attention to their Wexford counterparts in New Ross. At a meeting of New Ross Municipal District Council, the members unanimously agreed to name the new by-pass bridge over the Barrow the ‘Rose Fitzgerald [...]

Battle to save local post offices

Mary Power, postmistress, Kilmacthomas Post Office, speaking at the meeting in the Rainbow Hall. Photo: John Power.
OSTMASTERS and postmistresses from across County Waterford highlighted their concerns for the future of Ireland’s post office network at a specially convened meeting in Kilmacthomas last week. The meeting to address the future of the post office network was hosted by Fianna Fáil TD Mary Butler at the Rainbow Hall in Kilmacthomas last Wednesday evening and [...]

Culture Club

WATERFORD’S O’Connell Street has been under the spotlight recently for a whole variety of reasons. Many feel that the area has been neglected and concerns have been expressed over anti-social behaviour and the overall appearance of the area. Many local business owners have campaigned for changes to the Council’s parking rules in order to attract more people [...]


Participants in the Active Body Active Mind programme pictured in Waterford Warriors Gym with gym owner Gary Walsh. Also included is Brian O’Neill, Youth Sports Development Officer with Waterford Sports Partnership.  Photo: Mick Wall.
he Active Body Active Mind programme is run in collaboration with community based organisations in Waterford including Treo Port Láirge, Youth Reach, the Integration and Support Unit, Job Sampling Initiative, and Waterford Sports Partnership. Participants who complete the 11 week programme gain a Health Related Fitness Level Four Award and a QQI Award in Personal Effectiveness [...]