Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

“Occasions of Sin” in a Changed State

Ninety minutes in the company of Professor Diarmaid Ferriter at Waterford's Central Library proved time well spent
Professor Diarmaid Ferriter’s research into sexuality, as he informed the Central Library audience who attended his Heritage Week lecture, raised an interesting question: “Whether or not there was a distinct national sexual history or sexual story.” This issue has been raised by historians of differing nationalities, perhaps most prominently by French philosopher Michel Foucault (1926-84), [...]

Closure of Post Offices is Regressive

Kilmeaden Post Office staff members Angela and Breda pictured on the post office's last day of business.
his writing. From his small Leitrim farm, he once opined: “The universal is the local, but with the walls taken away.” One suspects were McGahern writing in 2018, he might be moved to suggest that the foundation of Rural Ireland, while not yet taken away, was beginning to slowly and irretrievably disassemble. The closure of [...]

Mooncoin author on Kilkenny’s role in War of Independence

This rare photograph shows Cathal Brugha, who was elected as a TD for the Waterford Constituency in 1918, speaking at a rally in Mooncoin on June 12th, 1922. Eamon de Valera is seated behind him. Brugha was killed three weeks later in a Civil War clash with Free State forces.  Photograph courtesy National Library of Ireland.
A new book by Mooncoin born author, Eoin Swithin Walsh, is set to rewrite history about the involvement of ‘military elements’ in Kilkenny during the War of Independence and subsequent Civil War. Entitled ‘Kilkenny in Times of Revolution 1900-1923’, Eoin’s book is described by Professor Diarmaid Ferriter of UCD as ‘well written, of considerable depth and [...]

Waterford’s Winning Roses

Kirsten Mate Maher’s victory gave Waterford a third Rose of Tralee title last week. Waterford’s two former winners, Orla Burke (1977) and Brenda Hyland (1983), reflect on their wins and share memories from their reigns. WHEN Kirsten Mate Maher was crowned the 2018 Rose of Tralee last week, many fond memories flooded back for two ladies [...]

Sex and the Irish: A Necessary Debate

Diarmaid Ferriter delivered a compelling address at Waterford’s Central Library on Wednesday last.
“To work on Irish social history over the last few decades has been to research during a time of extraordinary detailed revelations about a great range of suffering and the historian cannot stand completely outside of the environment in which they exist. But there is still an onus on us to remind of the need [...]

Cath Lab Numbers Make Case

It appears we have now long since passed the point of incredulity when it comes to the issue of improved interventional cardiology services at University Hospital Waterford (UHW). As reported in these pages and elsewhere in recent weeks, cold, statistical evidence is now firmly making the case for both a second Cath Lab at UHW, in [...]

A Wondrous Word Weaver

Sebastian Barry: “We’ve a tradition of writing that rivals the goddamn Greeks.”
“Don’t tell me a Irish is an example of civilised humanity. He may be the devil in the clothes of an angel but either way you’re talking to two when you talk to one Irishman. He can’t help you enough and he can’t double-cross you enough either…they have an awful fire burning inside them, like [...]

Happy Birthday Nellie

Nellie pictured with her daughters Catherine, Helen and Mary.
WELL-KNOWN and popular Faha resident Nellie Casey recently celebrated her 90th birthday with family members.A party was held in her honour at Teach Altranais Charna in County Galway where she now resides and receives loving care and attention. Originally from Aherlow, County Tipperary, Nellie moved to Faha, Kilmacthomas after marrying her husband the late Paddy and [...]

Fianna Fáil Proposes Aid to Combat “Fake News”

There has been general a positive response to the new Fianna Fáil proposals on newspapers and the media in general. The plan was recently announced by the party’s front bench Communications spokesperson, Timmy Dooley. It is, he says, a new policy designed to sustain high quality journalism in Irish public life. Mr Dooley said the decline in [...]

Large South-East Contingent to See Pope

The second papal visit to Ireland will attract a large crowd again to Dublin and Knock.New health and safety regulations will mean that crowds will be limited but still hundreds of thousands are likely to see Pope Francis.The country has changed much since 1979, mass attendances have fallen heavily since then, particularly in the urban [...]