Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

A Night at the Opera

Mezzo Soprano Rachel Kelly enchanted and charmed the Lismore Castle audience in her turn as Isabella, the titular character of Rossini’s ‘L’Italiana in Algeri’. 	 								| Photo: Blackwater Opera Festival
The din of enthused patrons, crunching along the gravel path of Lismore Castle’s Upper Garden, illuminated by tiki torches under a clear night sky, provided the closing bars of an unforgettable midweek soundtrack. Rossini’s ‘L’Italiana In Algeri’, the centrepiece of this year’s Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, had just concluded, having audibly won over both this columnist [...]

Water Safety in Grim Focus

While the strides made to successfully reduce deaths on Irish roads have been justly lauded and reported upon, the level of fatalities on our waterways, lakes and other water sources remains far too high. And this issue was tragically highlighted on Thursday last following the deaths of Jack Kenneally and Shay Moloney at a quarry [...]

Vincent was captain of his ship on land and sea

The late Vincent O'Toole was one of Waterford city's great characters.
While away from Waterford recently, I was saddened to learn of the death of Vincent O’Toole, one of the city’s genuine characters and legends. During his long and busy life, Vincent was a master mariner, a businessman, racehorse owner and fierce proponent of all things Waterford. He could also be dogged and fiery and it was [...]

Festival Fun on the Copper Coast

The beautiful Tankardstown area near Bonmahon on the Copper Coast.
When you consider we possess such gems as the Comeragh Mountains, Coumshingaun, Lismore, and Dunmore East to name but a few, you realise that Waterford is without doubt a special place.Out of all of our many scenic gems, my personal favourite is the ruggedly beautiful Copper Coast area. Stretching from Tramore to Dungarvan, the entire area [...]

“It’s a Disease of Our Time”

"Loneliness crosses the rural-urban divide," according to Senator and GP Keith Swanwick, who is chair of a new Loneliness Taskforce.
Why has loneliness become so prevalent in Ireland, I asked Sean Moynihan, the Chief Executive of ALONE, who spoke to me in the wake of last Wednesday’s inaugural meeting of the Loneliness Taskforce at Leinster House. “That really is the question,” said Mr Moynihan, who collaborated with Senator Keith Swanwick (FF) in establishing this new [...]

Housing Summit is a necessary step

Deputy City & County Mayor John Cummins
City & County Councillors, speaking at last Thursday’s Plenary Council meeting in City Hall, want a housing summit to be held within 30 days to deal with the extent of the local housing crisis. And that’s a means of addressing this issue that this newspaper would both support and endorse. The summit is likely to involve [...]

Growing Pains for the European Capital of Culture

Readers may recall that a few years ago Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford came together as the ‘Three Sisters Region’ in a bid to win the title European Capital of Culture for 2020. A European Capital of Culture (ECOC) is a region chosen by the EU to host a year-long programme of events that reflect the richness [...]

History Should Be Cherished

President Michael D Higgins was on the money on Monday last when calling for History to be retained as a core subject up to Junior Certificate level. From this September, under Junior Certificate reforms, History will no longer be a compulsory subject for students, meaning only Irish, English and Maths will be studied by all ‘JC’ [...]

Greenway Panto Fun at Gealach Gorm Theatre

Denise Cheasty (Tinderbell) and Jack Walshe (Granny).
A fantastic pantomime set on the Waterford Greenway was recently staged at the impressive Gealach Gorm Theatre in Kill village. The intimate arts venue has become a most welcome addition to rural Mid County Waterford. The Gealach Gorm Theatre at the Kill Community Centre in County Waterford has become a hugely popular arts venue. However, succeeding [...]

Is it Hard to Do What’s Right?

Eye of the storm: Health Service Executive Director General Tony O'Brien. | Still: RTE
The annual salary of Health Service Executive (HSE) boss Tony O’Brien comes to €185,000. No-one doubts just how tough a job fronting our national health service must be, but, by most standards, €185,000 represents a sizeable income. It’s what the Taoiseach gets by on, after all. Last week’s disclosure concerning Mr O’Brien’s joining the board of [...]