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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Community clean-up celebrates 21 years

Two members of the Comeragh Community Development Group Tom and Michael Flynn outside the entrance to Crough Wood which is going to be extended to the bridge in Mahon Bridge and to the base of the Mahon Falls.
The Easter Monday ‘Clean Up the Comeraghs’ event, organised by the Comeragh Community Development Group, celebrates its 21st anniversary this year. WATERFORD’S Comeragh Mountains are renowned throughout Ireland and beyond for their majestic beauty. We are truly blessed to have such a gorgeous geographical feature on our doorstep. The expansive mountain range, which incorporates popular beauty spots such [...]

Community Collaboration

Senator Paudie Coffey and Chief Superintendent Padraig Dunne.
Representatives from various different community groups across County Waterford attended a Community Engagement Forum with members of An Garda Síochána in Kilmacthomas last week. MEMBERS of An Garda Síochána staged a Community Engagement Forum in the Rainbow Hall, Kilmacthomas last week. On Wednesday March 14th, on what was an incredibly wet and windy afternoon, many members [...]

A Host of Golden Daffodils

Chairperson of Waterford Daffodil Day Committee Des Daunt.
EVERY three minutes a person in Ireland receives a cancer diagnosis, and in Waterford 883 people were diagnosed with cancer in the past twelve months. Daffodil Day, proudly supported by Boots Ireland, takes place on March 23rd and is a crucial fundraiser in the ongoing fight against cancer. In order to provide services to people affected by [...]

Councillor’s Charity cycle

Cllr Brazil pictured participating in his Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Cycle.
Fine Gael Cllr Liam Brazil is once again holding his charity cycle to raise awareness of mental health and suicide in County Waterford. A CHARITY cycle to raise awareness of mental health and suicide is being organised by a local Councillor once again this year. With the support of his family and local community, Cllr Liam [...]

A Special Girl’s Rare Condition

Emily Garcia Ferguson who has Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome (WHS).
Wednesday 28th February is World Rare Disease Day. Emily Garcia Ferguson, daughter of Ruth Ferguson from Grange Park Road, Waterford and now living in Murcia, Spain, was diagnosed with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome in 2008 at three weeks old. THIS Wednesday February 28th marks World Rare Disease Day. A condition is considered rare if it affects [...]

Men at Work

Thomas Barry and James O’Sullivan working hard at the new Waterford Estuary Men’s Shed at Passage East.
Waterford Estuary Men’s Shed is the latest addition to the Men’s Shed network in Waterford. Members were hard at work fitting out their new premises in Passage East last weekend – a premises which is undoubtedly one of the most enviable Men’s Shed locations in Ireland. WATERFORD Estuary Men’s Shed is the latest addition [...]

A Knight’s Tale

Cllr John Hearne pictured alongside Paddy when speaking at the unveiling of the new sign outside the graveyard during his tenure as Metropolitan Mayor last year. Photo: Noel Browne.
Paddy Houlihan from Ballybeg is maintaining and promoting an almost forgotten site of significant historic interest – the Knights Templar Graveyard, Kilbarry. AN IMPORTANT piece of Waterford’s history and heritage is being preserved and promoted thanks to the Trojan efforts of one local man and his granddaughter. In a fantastic display of community spirit and pride [...]