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Tom Raises the Barr in Berlin

Ferrybank AC's Thomas Barr pictured with his bronze medal after finishing third in the Men's 400m Hurdles Final at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin. See News 18 and Sport 1, 10 and 11 for more! 							| Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Thomas Barr’s European Championship bronze medal represents an ambition made manifest for the Dunmore-born hurdler, bringing great honour to his home village, his club, Ferrybank AC, Waterford and the nation as a whole. The 26-year-old became the first male Irish sprint medallist in these championships when taking bronze in the 400 metres hurdles, joining [...]

The Race for the Áras

Aspirant presidential candidate Gavin Duffy
We are glad to see that a Presidential Election will be held in the Autumn/Early Winter. The incumbent, Michael D Higgins, has certainly fulfilled his brief well but whether the prospective candidates yet to be officially endorsed can overcome his long-standing popularity with the general public remains to be seen. However, whoever is President beyond the [...]

Dignity Amidst Despair

The grey skies over Carbally Church on Sunday morning last mirrored the mood among the hundreds of mourners who bade farewell to Jack Power of Brownstown, whose young life was snuffed out in the early hours of Thursday last. Bewilderment and shock was both palpable and pervasive among the congregation, who for the past few [...]

Waterford Continues to Lag the National Recovery

The South East Economic Monitor 2018 shows that, despite some signs of improvement, Waterford continues to be left behind and is not enjoying a fair share of the national recovery. According to one of the report’s authors, Dr Ray Griffin, “a weak labour market, combined with lower levels of support from state agencies and the lack [...]

The Water Supply Challenge

The past month to six weeks has seen Ireland experience its hottest and driest weather since the summer of 1976. And the only sprinkle of rain we’d seen anywhere prior to the weekend was on a drive to Dublin last week, which barely constituted what we constitute as ‘a drop’. While gardeners may be justly concerned [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Mental Health Services Must be Safeguarded

“This Office is concerned with staffing problems in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) which means that children experiencing escalating levels of stress and anxiety are often unable to access the emergency supports they need. It is crucial thatthe HSE addresses issues relating to the out-of-hours contracts of consultant psychiatrists to ensure that [...]

Contrasts on Litter Front

Cigarette butts remain the most prominent form of litter on Ireland's streets
Cigarette butts remain the most prominent form of litter on Ireland’s streets: that’s the major funding revealed in the 2017 National Litter Front, which has just been published by Environment Minister Denis Naughten. The Report by the Department’s Litter Monitoring Body reveals the extent, causes and composition of litter across the country. However, Waterford is welcomingly [...]

Hurlers Make an Early Exit

Tommy Ryan striking home Waterford's goal in Sunday's defeat to Limerick
Waterford began their memorable run to the 2017 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final on June 18th last year when they exited the Munster Championship at the hands of Cork. This Sunday, June 17th, they will face the same opposition with their fate already decided, leaving players, management and supporters with a quiet summer, a far cry from [...]