Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

Just like The Queen, they were not amused

We’re reliably informed that our story was read by the EU’s Chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, along with Commission President, Jean Claude Juncker
The Greek philosopher Plato once said that even the Gods loved jokes but for a while last week he was almost proved wrong.Our Munster Express April Fool story about British Prime Minister, Theresa May, buying a holiday home in Dunmore East took off like a rocket in the print and broadcast media and went viral [...]

Foróige fun at White Strand

Pictured with the new banner designed for the White Strand Foróige Youth Club for Children with High Functioning Autism are club volunteers along with Cllr Damien Geoghegan and Clothilde Mignot, Designer. Photos: Dan McGrath.
White Strand Foróige Youth Club for Children with High Functioning Autism has marked one year in existence with a special birthday party (header across top of right page) WHITE Strand Foróige Youth Club for Children with High Functioning Autism recently celebrated one year in existence. This progressive and innovative club, which is based at White Strand, Abbeyside, [...]

A hint of home in Trafalgar Square

The Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London's Trafalgar Square almost certainly influenced John Roberts when designing both of Waterford's cathedrals.
A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to be sat in the Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London’s Trafalgar Square for a glorious ‘Concert By Candlelight’.The performance was headlined by violinist Ciaran McCabe (a guest leader of the RTE Concert Orchestra and member of the London Chamber Orchestra) and the Brandenburg Sinfonia, playing works [...]


By 2030, the South East will not only be the fastest growing region in Europe, but it will also be the most sustainable. That was the sunny sentiment offered at last Wednesday’s South East Business Expo by Falcon Real Estate Development Director Rob Cass, who believes the benefits of living in this region continue to [...]

What’s going to happen to our Saint Anthony?

The late Brother Columbanus Deegan in John Roberts Square at a time when it was still affectionately known to Waterfordians as ‘Red Square’.
It is sad to think that the Franciscan Friary in Waterford may close. There are few if any vocations coming through and the four Friars in Waterford are now elderly and cannot continue to serve for much longer. As the world twists and changes, as it always has, it would be the loss of yet [...]

A ‘can do’ attitude in Dunhill

The Anne Valley Walk has proven a huge success. Photo: Noel Browne.
The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Rural and Community Development visited Dunhill last week to hear about the impressive developments which have taken place within the local community MANY visitors, including politicians, senior civil servants and members of different community groups, have come to Dunhill in recent years to discuss issues relating to job creation, and [...]

The reality of grieving

Most Christmas Eves for the better part of the past decade, I’ve visited the graves of my paternal Great Grandparents in Kilcash and Grangemockler to lay wreaths at both family plots. It’s a duty that my late Father used to look after annually, a drive that was made additionally poignant for him given that his [...]


"What’s been achieved with at Waterford's Applemarket is proof that Waterford City & County Council did not sit on its haunches during the recession"
That the main streets of the South East need a leg-up is made plain by walking along any of them. Be it Waterford, Tramore, Cappoquin, New Ross, Carrick-on-Suir and even in parts of Kilkenny city, there are, at present, far too many vacant units. Vacant units not only means there’s an economic deterrent in play, [...]

Organ donation and the gift of life

Organ donation  and the gift of life
The Irish Kidney Association’s Organ Donor Awareness Week takes place from March 30th – April 6th. SINCE its foundation in 1978, the Irish Kidney Association has been raising awareness of organ donation and encouraging people to consider becoming an organ donor. The primary role of the Irish Kidney Association is to support patients with [...]

Taking a look in the Mirror

Thomas Kinsella's 'Mirror in February' is a poem I first read in my teens and, for a multitude of reasons, remains with me as middle age approaches.
Your best friend and worst enemy stares back at you in the bathroom mirror each and every morning. By and large, how you choose to treat yourself and others between ‘Morning Ireland’ and ‘Late Date’ is down to you and you alone. Blaming someone else for your lot in life might feel momentarily justified but [...]