Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category


Mayor Adam Wyse with his mother Michelle, sister Natasha and brothers Jason and Darren.
ATERFORD’S youngest ever Mayor began his tenure last June just two weeks after he had finished his final exams at WIT and barely a month after he had turned the ripe old age of 22. The stylish and affable Fianna Fáil Councillor proved to be a popular ambassador for Waterford during his time as First Citizen [...]

Kilmeaden’s ten years of tractor fun

Young tractor fans were on hand to help with the launch of the 10th Anniversary Kilmeaden Vintage Tractor Club Tractor Run.
ILMEADEN Vintage Tractor Club’s annual Tractor Run celebrates its 10th anniversary on Sunday July 16th. What started as a one off event has now become a much loved annual fixture and a fundraiser which has, to date, raised more than €40,000. Chairman of Kilmeaden Vintage Tractor Club Pat Fitzgerald explained the origins of this success story which [...]


Waterford’s Metropolitan Mayor Cllr John Hearne. Photo: Mick Wall.
OHN Hearne became the first Sinn Féin Mayor of Waterford in more than 90 years when he assumed the position of Metropolitan Mayor last June. For the popular Sinn Féin Councillor, who was the top vote getter in Waterford in the 2014 local elections, the role became his latest addition to a long list of very [...]

A Leap of Faith

Fr Brian Griffin from Slieverue, who was ordained in 2015, pictured with Bishop Seamus Freeman.
LIEVERUE in South Kilkenny is preparing for a very special occasion this weekend. Rev Liam O’Donovan S.A.C from Nicholastown will be ordained to the priesthood for the Pallottine Fathers at the Church of the Assumption, Slieverue, on Saturday, June 17th at 3.30pm. Although in the Diocese of Ossory, Bishop of Waterford & Lismore Most Rev Alphonsus Cullinan [...]

The ongoing fight for Health Equality

Health Minister Simon Harris: astoundingly indifferent to health equality.
oping that ill people in the south east could be treated just as patients are in any other region when it comes to cardiac care provision doesn’t strike me as an excessive demand. Well there’s an easy explanation as to why that’s the case. Because it isn’t excessive. It simply isn’t. A report can be dressed up, [...]

Enda O’Doherty aiming high again

Enda O'Doherty will attempt to scale Mount Kilimanjaro complete with his 40kg washing machine, to raise funds for Pieta House.
he load Enda O’Doherty is determined to carry to the summit of Africa’s highest peak means a great deal more than just the additional 40 kilograms which the washing machine strapped to his back will entail. Next month, the De La Salle College teacher will undertake a calorie-depleting, nerve-shredding and mentally taxing ascent of the 19,343-feet [...]

The fight against hateful narrative

Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri ( more of his fellow Muslim clerics here in Ireland should be publicly stating their condemnation of radical jihadist sentiment.
n January 2015, the prospect of Ireland becoming a breeding ground or safe haven for radical jihadism formed part of a speech delivered in Waterford by the country’s best known Muslim cleric. Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri of the Islamic Cultural Centre, who has taken a high-profile public stance in relation to radicalisation of Irish Muslims, is [...]

A farewell to Dick Warner

The late Dick Warner, who will be sadly missed.
resident Michal D Higgins led the tributes to Dick Warner (70), the golden voiced documentary maker with a poet’s turn of phrase who died suddenly almost two weeks ago. Credited with bringing Ireland’s waterways into the imagination of the nation, Dick was on a boat near Ballinasloe when he took ill. Apart from his television and radio [...]

Did Judge miss a golden opportunity?

Celebrated artist, Blaise Smith, unpacking his painting of Waterford commissioned by The Office of Public Works and Waterford City & County Council.
distinguished, Kilkenny-based artist was escorted out of Athy District Court recently for sketching Judge Desmond Zaidan. Blaise Smith from Gowran is an associate member of the Royal Hibernian Academy and his work hangs in Waterford City Hall and in some of the major galleries, including the National Portrait Gallery in London. Last year, The Office of [...]

Joe Dolan still drawing the crowds

The late Joe Dolan, whose popularity hasn't waned.
t seems the late Joe Dolan is still as popular as ever and while the authorities in his native Mullingar are very proud of their native son, the adoring fans are causing a few problems. Joe is buried at Walshestown Cemetery and such is the constant stream of fans to his grave there are ongoing and [...]