Archive for the ‘Foley on File’ Category

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 [...]

A Scouting Swim

Tents pitched outside Annestown House by the 35th Waterford Copper Coast Scout Group.
The Michael Power Memorial Swim takes place at Kilmurrin Cove on Christmas Day and is being held in aid of the 35th Waterford Copper Coast Scout Group. IT’S CHRISTMAS morning and, for many, the only movement made is to reach for the remote control. However, for many other hardy souls, the thrill of participating in a [...]

Four decades as a diabetic

UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who is a Type 1 diabetic, was pictured wearing a glucose monitoring at an event during the visit of US President Donal Trump in July.
Local diabetes campaigner Liz Murphy marked 40 years as a diabetic on Tuesday December 4th. She recalls the challenges she faced after her diagnosis and details her ongoing quest for greater services for diabetics here in Waterford WATERFORD woman Liz Murphy marked 40 years as a diabetic on Tuesday December 4th – a day [...]

Miracle of Baby Adam

A happy family: the Waszkiewicz family are reunited in Tramore after a harrowing time.
Baby Adam Waszkiewicz has returned to Tramore from London after undergoing experimental heart surgery. CHRISTMAS 2018 will be extra special for one Tramore family who have been through more than most families will ever have to endure. Adam Waszkiewicz was born in May 2017 – however his first 18 months have been anything [...]

Living an Active Life with COPD

Members of the Waterford COPD Support Group exercising during a recent meeting.
Living an active life with COPD The huge benefits of exercise are being highlighted as part of World COPD Day on Wednesday November 21st. COPD Support Ireland has announced a new community-based exercise programme for people with COPD in Waterford. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a major cause of death and disability and mainly [...]

A Trip Through the Trenches

Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery.
Memories of a 2016 trip to Flanders and the Somme flooded back as Ireland and the world commemorated the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War on Sunday last. IRELAND and the world commemorated the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War on Sunday. Regardless of how many hours [...]

Celebrating the Golden Years

Babs Murphy, Peg Tebay and Bernie Murphy pictured at a past staging of the Golden Years Festival.
The Golden Years Festival, organised by the Sacred Heart Active Retirement Group, takes place in The Tower Hotel, Waterford from November 12th – 14th. The popular Golden Years Festival takes place in Waterford next week, with hundreds of visitors from across Ireland expected to descend on the city. This annual festival is open to members of different [...]

A Wonderful Woodland Walk

The cascading River Mahon.
Waterford City & County Council is currently considering plans by the Comeragh Community Development Group to extend the beautiful Crough Wood walkway to Mahon Bridge. PLANS are well underway to extend a beautiful County Waterford walkway which will further increase the area’s tourism offering. Crough Wood is a tranquil retreat nestled beneath the Comeragh Mountains.The [...]

Care and Compassion at Pieta House South East

Clinical support staff Jenny Moloney, Laura Spillane and Sylvia Malone with Olive Ruane.
Pieta House South East has been open in Waterford for just over two years and has dealt with more than 350 clients so far this year. PIETA House provides freely accessible, professional, confidential services to people who are in suicidal crisis, those who are self-harming, and people who have been bereaved by suicide. This week marks [...]