Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

Déise leads the way on dyspraxia

An open day was recently held at the WIT Sports Arena to promote a new group for those with dyspraxia aged between five and 18. It’s hoped this pilot project can be replicated in other counties in the future. DEVELOPMENTAL Coordination Disorder (DCD), also known as dyspraxia, is a common disorder affecting gross and [...]

Tea in the Home of an Irish Hero

The Crean tomb at Ballinacourty Graveyard, which was built by Tom Crean himself.
“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, Honour and recognition in case of success.” The above quote, attributed to Ernest Shackelton, greets visitors at the South Pole Inn, the premises built and run by a “a great Irishman who didn’t have to die [...]

A Tough Time on the Farm

Farmers have been on tenterhooks these past few weeks, waiting for Spring to finally arrive. Even after a relatively dry week, much of the farmland across the region is still too heavy for ploughs and other heavy machinery. Some enthusiastic farmers have been caught ought by moving too early, which has led to some getting machinery [...]

A Colossal Cycling Challenge

Participants in last year’s Four Munster Airports Challenge pictured outside the Bunratty Castle Hotel.
Members of the Portlaw Village Wheelers will embark on the Four Munster Airports Challenge this month in aid of local charity Touching Hearts. (header across right page) A GROUP of 25 enthusiastic cyclists will embark on a mammoth challenge this month. The Four Munster Airports Challenge is a novel initiative organised by the Portlaw Village Wheelers [...]

Gary Graham on a life in full “Bloom”

Gary Graham devised the Bloom concept, and it’s proven an outstanding addition to the Irish festival/event circuit. For more on Bloom, visit
Bloom, the brainchild of Woodstown resident Gary Graham, has sunk deep roots into the Irish festival/event circuit since it was first held back in 2007. With its 12th staging in the Phoenix Park now less than two months away (May 31st to June 4th), its London-born and Dublin reared founder made for a fascinating guest speaker [...]

Blues on Crest of Soccer Wave

Waterford FC's Gavan Holohan celebrating a great win over champions Cork City: Photo by Noel Browne
It’s great to see Waterford FC riding high at the top of the League of Ireland Premier Division in the wake of their 2-1 win over champions Cork City at a packed RSC on Friday last. The bumper crowds which have made the Kilbarry venue such a fortress this season shows how hungry soccer supporters [...]

North Korean Money for Waterford Airport

North Korea’s Supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, has agreed to invest in excess of €20m in Waterford Regional Airport in a deal put together by Waterford TD, John Halligan and his Dáil colleague, Minister for Transport, Shane Ross. Deputy Halligan has had cultural contacts with North Korea for some time and, earlier this year, was criticised for [...]

Giving the Gift of Life

Ray Halligan (Chairperson if the Waterford IKA Branch) and Maria Ryan
The Irish Kidney Association’s Organ Donor Awareness Week runs until Saturday April 7th. Volunteers are out and about across Waterford this week in an attempt to raise vital funds. ORGAN Donor Awareness Week is being marked throughout the country this week. The annual campaign by the Irish Kidney Association strives to raise awareness about the ongoing [...]

An Open Letter to Simon Harris

Dear Minister The nature of journalism, to draw a comparison with politics, entails attending meetings. A lot of meetings. Sometimes, if it feels like we’re attending the same meeting again and again, discussing and debating the same issue, well that’s because we have been in this part of the country for far too long. And when it comes [...]

Regional Press Suffer Over SCU Controversy

It appears that other, more resource-rich elements of the media, in addition to some in the Opposition, have used the controversy around the Government’s Strategic Communications Unit (SCU) to curtail other Government advertising in the regional press. While watching television news reports on Tuesday last, one couldn’t help but conclude that some political parties appeared to [...]