Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

No mistaking that famous Doonican smile

Enjoying a joint birthday celebration were brother and sister, John Doonican and Teresa Finnegan.
Visitors to the Whitford House Hotel in Wexford a couple of weeks ago could be excused for glancing a second time in the direction of this happy pair enjoying a very special double-birthday celebration. John Doonican and his sister, Teresa Finnegan, are originally from Roanmore Park in Waterford and were celebrating their respective 82nd and [...]

Investing in our Estuary

Michael Fortune standing next to the River Suir at Cheekpoint where he has lived all his life. Photo: Noel Browne.
Local fishermen are highlighting the need for an assessment of the Waterford Estuary to be carried out in order to preserve and promote the area’s assets Recent episodes of RTÉ’s ‘Nationwide’ brilliantly highlighted the beauty and potential of our Three Sister rivers – The Barrow, The Nore and The Suir. Local fishermen here in [...]

Retail in Waterford – does it need a rebrand?

A very interesting gathering took place of retailers and some experts in Waterford last Tuesday.It proved most illuminating and suggested that there is not as much retail leakage to other areas as is popularly felt. There is only a small minority of shoppers going to Cork, Kilkenny and Dublin, over 70 per cent shop [...]

Playing the Blues and killing cancer

Looking at this band photograph you could be excused for saying there was nothing too unusual about the middle-aged guy blowing up a storm with his harmonica. You would be wrong. As well as being a red-hot player with the US Checkpoint group, James Allison is also a Nobel Prize winner in medicine for his pioneering [...]

Magnificent Marie

Stella Mackey, Marie Cummins and Bernadette Myler-Driscoll pictured promoting the Parkinson's Association of Ireland, Waterford and South East Branch, Fundraising Ball in 2018. Photo: Noel Browne.
Well-known local woman Marie Cummins reflects on her many years of fundraising for various causes after her recent decision to step back from fundraising activities Marie Cummins recently announced that she was stepping back from fundraising activities for family reasons.Although Marie had already stepped back from her many activities with Waterford Hospice, she had still been [...]

Coronavirus effects

As we write there are no cases of the virus Corona in this region. We should be just more vigilant on hygiene and live life as normally as possible.There seems to be a major anxiety and panic building up, in Ireland and around the world which can be destructive in its own [...]

A plea to those who cruelly write and comment

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has withering words for cruel trolls
Most people are aware of the trouble and stress caused by some tabloid newspapers and, of course, bullies calling themselves keyboard warriors on social media. The most recent case of television personality, Caroline Flack, is a case in point with her family claiming that internet trolls, some sections of the media and even part of the [...]

Community collaboration in picturesque Piltown

The cast of ‘The General’. Cahill: Niall Bergin; Noel: Aidan Falconer; Frances: Shannon Keever (missing from photo); Tina: Sarah Dunleavy (missing from photo); Inspector Kenny: Val Treacy. Film Producer – Michelle O’ Shea
‘Piltown Does the Oskars’ is being staged at the Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny as a fundraiser for the new Pil River Park and Playground and the parish’s three national schools. PICTURESQUE Piltown is certainly punching above its weight in terms of community spirit, pride of place and entrepreneurial activities.Boasting several remarkable achievements, Piltown is a [...]

North Wharf gets state aid

An image of the proposed development on the North Quays.
We were glad to see that the North Wharf is still getting state aid and substantial investment for infrastructure of 12 million plus as we wait to see a Government formed. There had been worries expressed elsewhere and by Waterford Fine Gael Candidate Cllr. John Cummins that there was no certainty that other political parties [...]

Bernie and Eddie take their final bows

Cheers from pianist Bernie Flanagan who died last week.
Sad to record the deaths of Bernie Flanagan and Eddie Drea as another two, respected Waterford musicians passed to their eternal reward last week. Affectionately known to some of his musical friends as ‘Fingers’, Bernie was a pianist par excellence equally at home playing classical and standards as a soloist or as a member of any [...]