Archive for the ‘Foley on File’ Category

Local charity brings opportunities to Uganda

Ursula pictured with Uganda children.
‘Opportunity Knox’, which was founded by Harry and Ursula Knox, is continuing to have a hugely positive impact in a Ugandan village. ALTHOUGH they are thousands of miles apart, a village in South Kilkenny and an African village are developing close links. Kilmacow and the village of Tiira in Uganda are becoming closely intertwined thanks to the [...]

The plight of Passage

Thomas Connors, Philip Gunnip and Tommy "Tucker" Burke next to the fishing boats lying idle in Passage East. Photos: Noel Browne.
The decline in its fishing industry has presented a dramatic change for communities along the Waterford Estuary PICTURESQUE Passage East is undoubtedly one of the many jewels in Waterford’s elaborate crown. Unfortunately, Passage has faced many of the issues which are replicated in rural communities throughout Ireland.However, Passage’s plight has been compounded by the decimation [...]

Support in the Déise Circle

Pictured are National Learning Network Staff Members Majella O’Grady, Kitty Galvin Hennessy, Maria Griffin, Ailish O’Brien, Claire Harper, Amanda Fox and Margaret Walsh.
The newly established Déise Circle Support Group is aimed at providing support to families, partners and friends of adults with autism. Déise Circle Support Group is a new support group for families, partners and friends of adults with autism. Rather than focusing on the individual themselves, the idea behind the establishment of the group [...]

One Moment in Time

Bernadette at the tomb of Henry Denny at Abbey Church Graveyard, Ferrybank.
‘Moments in Time with Bernadette’ is an inspiring and uplifting attempt by a local woman to showcase Waterford in all its glory and to promote an air of positivity and a ‘can do’ attitude. ‘Moments in Time with Bernadette’ is an inspiring and uplifting attempt by a local woman to showcase Waterford in all its glory [...]

Community collaboration in Carbally

Participants in the 2018 Barony of Gaultier Rose Festival pictured outside The Spinnaker, Dunmore East
The activities of the Carbally Community Development Project are continuing to have a hugely positive impact in the local community. A LOCAL community is showcasing pride of place at its best through a variety of different activities. The Carbally Community Development Project has become an integral part of life in this pocket of East [...]

Friends of the community

Déise Men’s Shed built and donated a bench to the Friends of St. John’s River for use on the St. John’s River Walkway. L-R: John Deveraux (FSJ), Joe Walsh (DMS), Jackie Fletcher (DMS), Cllr Breda Brennan (FSJ), Willie Moore (DMS) and Leo Barnes (FSJ). Bernard Sheehan (FSJ) provided the transport but was unavailable for the photo.
The Friends of St John’s River voluntary group are continuing their admirable efforts in promoting and preserving the area in and around St John’s River, Kilbarry A GROUP of proactive citizens are showcasing community spirit and volunteerism at its best through their efforts in improving a local amenity. The Friends of St John’s River [...]

Time to Tango

Jim attributes his longevity to a good diet and leading an active lifestyle.
A fundraising campaign is underway to ensure 99-year-old Jim McManus can travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina to dance the tango for his 100th birthday. STILL an enthusiastic dancer at 99 years of age, Jim McManus is a wonderful example of how leading an active lifestyle can bring about many benefits.Jim, who celebrated [...]

At one with nature

The sand art depiction of James Robert Love created as part of the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I.
Artist Sean Corcoran is making waves with his impressive sand art creations throughout Waterford and beyond WATERFORD’S Sean Corcoran is renowned for his magnificent sand art creations and has certainly earned quite a reputation. His home is situated at Tankardstown, Bonmahon at what is one of the most scenic locations along the Copper Coast and, arguably, [...]

A Waterford War Hero

Tom Snr and Tom Jnr.
TOM McGrath, the Waterford man who escaped a German prisoner-of-war camp during the Second World War, was honoured at a ceremony in Dublin before Christmas. A remarkable chapter in the life of this Waterford man, who was born in Portlaw in 1904, was discovered by his son Tom Jnr who, until two years ago, had [...]

At the heart of the community

The Sacred Heart Centre on Lady Lane
Throughout 2018 I was delighted to feature interesting and inspiring stories from communities across Waterford city and county in this column.Many remarkable individuals and groups are contributing to their local area in a variety of ways. Here’s a brief recap of some of those who I have been fortunate enough to feature this year…looking forward [...]