Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

UHW’s Mortuary: the need for clarity

The prospect of a deceased loved one’s body not being treated in a manner any family should be assured of at so traumatic a time is appalling to even contemplate. And if one bereaved family anywhere in this State has discovered that such post-mortem treatment was anything other than exemplary, then that is, without hesitation, [...]

A beautiful book, especially for printers – young and old

One of the reproductions in the book is of the poster that advertised the first ever amateur production of John B Keane’s now famous play, ‘Sive’. For many years, every theatrical poster printed in Listowel carried the following slogan on the bottom line: ‘The stage shall never die’.
A good idea is a good idea and I’ve just read a very interesting and beautifully printed book that I wished had been written about Waterford but, in fact, it was written about the town of Listowel in County Kerry.Entitled ‘Listowel – A Printers Legacy 1870-1970’, it tells the story of the history of printing [...]

A warm welcome at Déise Day Centre

Volunteers Eddie Moore and Ger Wyley bring Hilda Riordan and Margaret O’Connor for a spin on a trishaw.
Déise Day Centre won the Mayor’s award at the 2018 Waterford Public Participation Network (PPN) Community & Voluntary Awards and will represent Waterford at the IPB Pride of Place Awards Déise Day Centre won the prestigious Mayor’s award at the 2018 Waterford Public Participation Network (PPN) Community & Voluntary Awards held last November. The Centre [...]


Playing the lead role in South Pacific at the Theatre Royal next week will be a great thrill.
February 1996. I’m in Fifth Year in CBS Carrick-on-Suir, the second school founded by Edmund Rice. At the time, my world generally revolved around soccer, athletics, Gaelic football, the family dogs and my Granny Kit, whom I then lived with. There were also more than a few thoughts about girls, and, heaven forbid, even the [...]


On Thursday last, this newspaper attended the launch of the Labour Party’s ‘Literacy Ireland’ document, a policy paper which aims to “ensure that literacy supports are available to every adult and child”. Launched at the Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms in Waterford’s Cultural Quarter, Labour’s plan bids to address a multi-generational failure of the [...]

The ancient Romans loved sulky racing

Now that the bright evenings are getting longer, racing sulkies, much loved by Travellers, are becoming more visible on our roads.Different people have different views but, last week, a councilor in Tipperary called for an official sulky racing track to be established in the county, one that would also most likely attract sulky enthusiasts from [...]

Keeping an eco-friendly eye on Tramore

The Tramore Eco Group is striving to heighten awareness about the beauty and diversity of Tramore’s ecological environment MEMBERS of Tramore Eco Group have made a significant contribution to promoting and preserving their local environment since the group was established. Its aim is to heighten awareness about the beauty and diversity of Tramore’s ecological [...]

A Mayor with teeth is worth delivering

I wasn’t a fan of the proposed merger of Waterford’s two local authorities, but from this juncture and given the size and population of the city and county, such a move now looks sensible. Well, hands up: since the councils were amalgamated, the sky hasn’t fallen in and local government has continued to function, albeit [...]

Brexit shivers begin to relent

For well over a year, there have been major concerns in Ireland regarding the dreaded Brexit. Thankfully, that cloud somewhat lifted last week given the ‘Flextension’ that was agreed to by the European Union following further discussions with the British Government. With a no deal Brexit already off the table thanks to one of the few sensible [...]

Just like The Queen, they were not amused

We’re reliably informed that our story was read by the EU’s Chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, along with Commission President, Jean Claude Juncker
The Greek philosopher Plato once said that even the Gods loved jokes but for a while last week he was almost proved wrong.Our Munster Express April Fool story about British Prime Minister, Theresa May, buying a holiday home in Dunmore East took off like a rocket in the print and broadcast media and went viral [...]