Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

A Community Touches Hearts

Community groups across Waterford are continuing to support the Touching Hearts charity in its quest to raise funds for a new Sacred Heart Centre for children with varying degrees of physical and learning disabilities. IT’S OFTEN said that charity begins at home and the people of Waterford have certainly not been found wanting when it comes [...]

The Wisdom of Brian Kerr

Brian Kerr’s performance at the World Cup on RTE has the nation talking. I have always had a lot of time for Brian and believe he got a raw deal from the FAI who succumbed to media pressure and removed him as manager of the senior national side without giving him a proper chance to [...]

The Glory of Curraghmore

“The variety of scenery is unsurpassed by any demesne in the Kingdom, and indeed may one exclaim on beholding such grandeur and such repose – ‘But who can paint Like Nature. Can imagination boast Amid its gay creation, hills like hers?” - Beauty Spots in the South East of Ireland and how to see them by Car [...]

Climate Change Now a Hot Topic

Given the extreme heat of last few weeks, conversations about climate change are becoming increasingly mainstream – and necessarily so. By coincidence, in the past week, Environment Minister Denis Naughten has launched a ‘Call for Applications’ under a new €500 million Climate Action Fund The Climate Action Fund will support initiatives from the public and private sector [...]

The Silent Epidemic of Loneliness

A recent Taskforce report on ‘Loneliness’ urges the Government to fund a public awareness campaign to tackle this nationwide problem. Chairperson of the Loneliness Taskforce, Senator Keith Swanick, who is also a rural GP, says that loneliness is the most ‘unrecognised health crisis’ of this generation’. Author and broadcaster, Father Brian D’Arcy, believes people are lonelier than [...]

Wooden Wonders

‘The Lady By The River’ which will be located in Windgap, County Kilkenny.
Waterford wood carver John Hayes is continuing to attract significant international attention. He recently returned from the Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championships in Canada and will attend many more international events this year. (header across right page) JOHN Hayes has enjoyed remarkable success since his ‘Angel of Fenor’ masterpiece, located in Fenor graveyard, started to [...]

Everesting on Wheels

John Keyes (an elder brother of mine) pictured in the middle of an extraordinary fundraising cycle he undertook on Friday, June 22nd. 	| Photo: Kevin Keyes (my younger brother!)
On Friday, June 22nd, a Portlaw man I’ve known my entire life did something quite extraordinary on a relatively unremarkable stretch of mid-Kilkenny road. John Keyes, one of two elder brothers of mine, took to his racing bike and completed 80 trips (each three kilometres long approximately) up and down a hill in Kilmanagh, four miles [...]

Staying Sun Safe During Heatwave

The South East coast has enjoyed a booming June due in no small part to the fantastic spell of sunny weather, with the Tramore Promenade Festival drawing huge crowds on both Saturday and Sunday last.This leader writer was in Kilkenny last Thursday afternoon, when the temperatures were in the range of 30 degrees Celsius. We [...]

Councillor’s Cycle of Awareness

Cllr Liam Brazil has once again presented the funds from his successful Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Cycle to the Suicide or Survive (SOS) charity which is providing important services in Waterford. A COUNTY Waterford charity cycle has been praised for generating significant funds for a mental health and suicide awareness charity. The 50k Mental [...]

What’s Going on at Galway Airport?

While the future of Waterford Regional Airport is still in the balance, a very interesting little story has emerged about Galway Airport which is owned by the City and County Council and currently being used by the local flying club.According to very well placed sources, one of the two biggest aircraft manufacturers in the world, [...]