Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

National lottery debacle

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The National Lottery debacle last week over the top prizes being unavailable for scratch card holders was quite astonishing.We are surprised that they would blame a printing issue and say it was an error. It may be more serious than that.An investigation is needed with the regulator.Also in the contract it was stated that unpaid [...]

Women of the Workhouse

The Union Workhouse, Kilmacthomas.
The Kilmacthomas Women’s Group, who meet regularly in the Kilmacthomas Union Workhouse, have admirably commemorated the lives of those who spent time in this historic building Since the official opening of the Waterford Greenway, the Kilmacthomas Workhouse area has been transformed and its current use is a far cry from its bleak, austere past. It has become [...]

Two new, local books

Two new, local books worthy of your attention at present are in the shops now and would make great stocking fillers this Christmas. ‘Decies’ the latest journal from the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society features 13 city and county articles from a range of authors and is well illustrated. It’s a great read especially for [...]

Driving safely over Christmas and New Year period

Driving at Christmas and in December can be risky.People are distracted and do funny things; the weather can change quickly and cause issues. Vigilance is needed like in summertime. It is not just motorists that are in danger but also cyclists and walkers too. Where Hi Vis jackets and walk on footpaths.The Road Safety Authority (RSA) [...]

Is Greta a time traveller?

It was only a matter of time before the conspiracy theorists turned their attention to the young climate activist, Greta Thunberg.How come a 16-year-old girl from Sweden could emerge as the so-called savior of the planet, they asked. Well, armed with a photograph found in the library archive of the University of Washington, they are now [...]

On a mission in Belarus

Volunteers pictured with hospital residents and staff.
A group of local volunteers recently travelled to Belarus as part of a hugely successful charity initiative and are already planning their next trip In September this year, a group of enthusiastic volunteers from the local area travelled to Belarus to embark on their latest charitable project. Portlaw men Michael ‘Noddy’ Jacob and Mick O’Hara were [...]

Council finances hit by Irish Water and other issues

Waterford seems to be getting the hard end in relation to the forthcoming annual rates review for business in the city.A 5 per cent increase seems extraordinary and is unlikely to be adopted.With an election coming in the new year, this is a strange move by Government to lump a big rates bill on Waterford.The [...]

‘Church has crossed two, blood-red lines’

Fr Brendan Hoban, a founder member of the Association of Catholic Priests.
One of the most outspoken writers on matters affecting the Catholic Church in Ireland is Fr Brendan Hoban, a founder member of the Association of Catholic Priests.Therefore, it was with some surprise that I read a recent column in which he declares that he has just received the best news about the Church in forty [...]

A ‘giant step’ for Men’s Sheds in Waterford

Des Hodge of Déise Men’s Shed proudly showcasing his creations.
Men’s Sheds from across Waterford participated in a showcase event at the Butler Community Centre last week A showcase event for Men’s Sheds in Waterford took place on Wednesday of last week at the Butler Community Centre in St. John’s Park.In attendance were members of Men’s Sheds from across Waterford and the keynote speaker was Enda [...]

Shop local for Christmas

Great crowds turned on for the switching on of the Christmas lights in Waterford City on Friday last. Photo: Noel Browne.
As we write this on Monday prior to Black Friday, we are looking at one of the biggest online shopping days of the year.Shoppers across the world are searching for value and variety in the run up to Christmas. People need though to shop local and support local shops in Waterford and [...]