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WATERFORD’S O’Connell Street has been under the spotlight recently for a whole variety of reasons. Many feel that the area has been neglected and concerns have been expressed over anti-social behaviour and the overall appearance of the area. Many local business owners have campaigned for changes to the Council’s parking rules in order to attract more people [...]


Participants in the Active Body Active Mind programme pictured in Waterford Warriors Gym with gym owner Gary Walsh. Also included is Brian O’Neill, Youth Sports Development Officer with Waterford Sports Partnership.  Photo: Mick Wall.
he Active Body Active Mind programme is run in collaboration with community based organisations in Waterford including Treo Port Láirge, Youth Reach, the Integration and Support Unit, Job Sampling Initiative, and Waterford Sports Partnership. Participants who complete the 11 week programme gain a Health Related Fitness Level Four Award and a QQI Award in Personal Effectiveness [...]

Calendar showcases Greenway’s beauty

The N25 Bridge at Kilmacthomas.
THE official opening of Waterford’s Greenway will, undoubtedly, be one of the major local news events of 2017. Although this fantastic new amenity has yet to be completed in its entirety, it has already attracted visitors from all over Ireland and beyond. The Greenway has revitalised Mid County Waterford and given a much needed boost to [...]

A special swim for Nadine

The original swimmers pictured at Kilmurrin Cove over 30 years ago.
FOR many hardy souls, the thrill of participating in a Christmas Day swim is as much a part of Christmas Day as eating excessive amounts of festive food. One of the most established Christmas Day swims is the Michael Power Memorial Swim which takes place in Kilmurrin on the beautiful Copper Coast. The origins and development [...]

A city centre sanctuary

Statue to Our Lady of Waterford which is believed to have been placed on the city walls during the 1650 Siege of Waterford
St Saviour’s Dominican Church on Bridge Street offers an oasis of calm and tranquillity within the hustle and bustle of Waterford’s busy streets. The beautiful church has been a place of sanctuary for people from across Waterford, South Kilkenny and beyond for many years. This historic building is an important part of Waterford life, and [...]

Wind Farm plans remain up in the air

A section of the huge crowd in attendance at last week’s public meeting in the Rainbow Hall, Kilmacthomas.
A COMMUNITY consultation due to take place in relation to a proposed wind farm in Mid County Waterford was cancelled last week amid mounting opposition to the plan. BSB Community Energy Ltd. cancelled its planned community consultation which was due to take place at the Barron Hall, Stradbally on Wednesday last. On Monday of last [...]

A Great Place

Waterford’s Viking Triangle has gained international recognition through the ‘Great Place’ award.
WATERFORD’S Viking Triangle was named “Great Place” winner at the 2017 Urbanism Awards in London last week. Of course all of us Déise folk already know that Waterford is a “great place”, but it’s nice when others sit up and take notice of what we have to offer. The Urbanism awards aim to recognise the [...]

Keeping the Greenway on Track

Andrew Fleming and Garvan Cummins of the Déise Greenway voluntary community group pictured near Durrow Station after the line was cleared of vegetation. Andrew's Great Grandfather was the Station Master at Durrow many years ago
headline in a January 2004 edition of this newspaper declared that Waterford was to become the “Walking Capital of Ireland”. Waterford County Council had big plans for a walkway/cycleway after negotiating a licence from CIE to take over the Waterford-Dungarvan rail line. It wasn’t long before a stretch near Dungarvan was completed – but not everyone [...]

Bike run remembers Kenny and Wayne

Sabrina Scannell is encouraging everyone to support this Saturday's bike run.
SPECIAL bike run takes place this weekend in memory of two local brothers. The 2016 Kenneth and Wayne Scannell Memorial Bike Run, which has proved hugely successful since its inception, will be held this Saturday July 30th. Kenneth (Kenny) died in a road traffic accident in 2007. “Kenny loved motorbikes,” explained his sister Sabrina. “He supported all of [...]

Waterford and the EU

Kieran Foley; Inside the European Parliament where Brexit is currently the main issue of concern
iscussion on the European Union and the role it plays in our lives has perhaps never been as prominent as it has been in the past few weeks. We elect our MEPs every five years, but how many of us are aware of what they actually do once they reach the corridors of Brussels and Strasbourg? At [...]