Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

Glencairn Life Through A Lens

'Glencairn Abbey: A Year in the Life' provides a fascinating insight into a different way of life that's been rooted in West Waterford for almost 90 years. 	| Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan
“Anyone who has ever passed through the gates of Glencairn Abbey, know well that as well as delicious cherry cake, it has something very special to offer. It gives people peace, time to listen to the inner spirit and encouragement when facing difficulty.” – Mairead Lavery ‘Glencairn Abbey: A Year in the Life’ is a magnificent [...]

Copper Coast communities collaborate

Members of Stradbally Tidy Towns proudly displaying their accolades.
WATERFORD’S Copper Coast has undoubtedly been one of Ireland’s hidden gems for many years. However, the profile of the area has thankfully increased and gained national recognition in recent times. This has been helped in no small part by the efforts of many different communities which have now come together as part of the Copper Coast Forum. Several [...]

The Christmas Markets of Bavaria

The Christmas market in front of Passau Cathedral.
We were in Munich and Passau on the Danube in the run up to Christmas. Bavaria and Germany are the home of Christmas markets with many countries now copying their wonderful traditions. The German tourist board say there are 3,000 to 4,000 markets across Bavaria alone in south east Germany alone; we were in Passau visiting [...]

Mother on a Mission

Mari Carmen Postigo is calling for greater services for local children with dyslexia and has established the Waterford Dyslexia Group
Mari Carmen Postigo recently established the Waterford Dyslexia Group and is striving to raise awareness of the condition and obtain greater services for local children. DYSLEXIA is a specific learning difficulty which makes it hard for some people to learn to read, write and spell correctly. It’s estimated that around one in ten Irish people have a [...]

Sharing the Festive Load

Sharing the load is a catchy tagline, no doubt, but it’s also one worth paying attention to.
“Dig deep within yourself, for there is a fountain of goodness ever ready to flow if you will keep digging.” - Marcus Aurelius Christmas throws up so many emotions, from either end of the spectrum. While we’ll revel in the wide eyed joy that children bring to the Festive Season, us grown-ups will take stock [...]

All is Calm…

Christmas Eve: the one day of the year there’s a candle lit in my house. Now it’s not that I’ve an aversion to candles, but growing up in a house where my Dad spoke about the marks left by them on walls he plastered would appear to have left its mark! December 24th, as long as [...]

Quarter of a million visitors to Greenway since opening

New survey reveals extent of amenity’s success ALMOST a quarter of a million people have used the Waterford Greenway since its official opening last March. Impressive findings from an extensive survey on the Waterford Greenway have revealed the huge success of the new amenity. The results of the AECOM Waterford Greenway Intercept Survey, which features responses [...]

Up In The Air

Happier times: Waterford Airport remains without a commercial carrier.
Future of Waterford Airport looks fraught with uncertainty EMERGENCY funding is being sought for Waterford Airport as the future of the Killowen facility remains ‘up in the air’. A memo is to be brought to Cabinet today (Tuesday) seeking emergency funding for the airport which is still without any commercial operator. Waterford Minister of State John Halligan has [...]

VdeP: Education the key to breaking the poverty cycle

“We got a request a few years back from a young student in Ballybeg, who had just completed her Leaving Cert,” said Mick Hassett of the Waterford Saint Vincent de Paul (VdeP). “She was the first member of her family to enter third level education. She wrote a letter to us asking could we help her [...]

Gardaí appeal for driver diligence during Christmas

Gardaí throughout the region’s divisions will be targeting driving offences during the busy Christmas/New Year period, according to Assistant Commissioner Eugene Corcoran. “The campaign will target offences such as driving while intoxicated (including ‘drug driving’), speeding, non-use of seat belts and the use of mobile phones,” said Assistant Commissioner Corcoran. “These are the key lifesaver offences.” He [...]