Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

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 [...]

Eat, drink and be merry?

A Group of Workers at the Home & Colonial Store on Borad Street, Waterford May 10th 1910
A well-known Waterford couple were both into their 80s and had been married for over 50 years. He was known to be under the thumb of his bossy wife who had her own reputation of never spending a euro if a cent would do. She controlled the purse-strings and, if he was lucky, her [...]

Stray Thoughts on the Festive Season

Being this time of year and all, one particular email, though somewhat expected, still came as a delight to receive amidst the helter-skelter of a season that, for many, particularly reminds us of those we’ve lost. It matters not if you’ve buried someone this year, 10 years or 30 years ago: that particular space at [...]

Likely Loss of Ferry Link a Huge Blow

It is with great regret that we learned of the proposed closure of the Irish Ferries Rosslare-Cherbourg route. This ferry route to France goes back to the 1970s when the State owned Irish Continental Lines ran ferries to Le Havre and later to Cherbourg. It opened up Ireland to more tourism traffic from France, Italy, Belgium, Germany [...]

Growing numbers of people with no place to live

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” - US President Franklin D Roosevelt For the most part, Fr Peter McVerry is associated with the battle against homelessness in Dublin but, last week, the respected [...]

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 [...]

We must believe suffering women

Margaret Martin (Women’s Aid Director) and Virgin Media’s Elaine Crowley, highlighting a radio, online and poster campaign the charity ran in 2015.
This firmly and wholeheartedly remains a man’s world. The notion that it’s become something other than that has been largely peddled by men for whom, in the natural course of events, the finish line is a few furlongs closer than it is for younger, fitter generations. The notion that women are “taking over” this country [...]


The recent insight provided to this newspaper by the pending commercial interest on Waterford’s North Quays, in addition to the Chief Executive of the Port of Waterford at Belview, provided much food for thought. The winds of change may well be taking time to blow through this city and region, but it would appear that stronger [...]

Whatever happened to that cute little ‘Ho, ho, ho’ girl?

The Stapley family photographed at the wedding of Holly in 2013. Her sister, Alexandra, is on the extreme right.
Well it’s Christmas time and the famous Kelloggs Corn Flakes ad is on television once again, the one with the cute little blonde girl who says ‘Ho, ho, ho’ to Santa.Believe it or not, that ad was made 27 years ago in 1991 and the little girl is now grown up and was married in [...]

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 [...]