Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

A Wonderful Woodland Walk

The cascading River Mahon.
Waterford City & County Council is currently considering plans by the Comeragh Community Development Group to extend the beautiful Crough Wood walkway to Mahon Bridge. PLANS are well underway to extend a beautiful County Waterford walkway which will further increase the area’s tourism offering. Crough Wood is a tranquil retreat nestled beneath the Comeragh Mountains.The [...]

Blues report translated into six languages!

A recent photograph of former Waterford FC footballer, Brian Gardner, and his wife, Lyndsay. Brian, who signed to Waterford from Preston North End, scored the magic winning goal in the 1980 Cup Final against St Patrick’s Athletic that propelled the Blues into the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
Congratulations to Waterford FC on a successful return to the Premier Division. When the Blues were promoted last season we all said we would be happy if they could just manage to stay up but, as it turned out, we finished in fourth place and, for a long time, looked as if the third spot [...]

Poignant Scene in Moon Movie Creates New Talking Point

Ryan Gosling plays astronaut Neil Armstrong in the new film ‘First Man’.
‘First Man’, the new movie about Apollo 11 commander, Neil Armstrong, is receiving some very good reviews. Starring Ryan Gosling as the first man to walk on the moon, one of the film’s scenes has created another talking point as to whether or not it really happened. There is a poignant scene in the film on the [...]

Care and Compassion at Pieta House South East

Clinical support staff Jenny Moloney, Laura Spillane and Sylvia Malone with Olive Ruane.
Pieta House South East has been open in Waterford for just over two years and has dealt with more than 350 clients so far this year. PIETA House provides freely accessible, professional, confidential services to people who are in suicidal crisis, those who are self-harming, and people who have been bereaved by suicide. This week marks [...]

Rose Kennedy: Life, Faith & Loss

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (Born in Boston July 22nd, 1890; Died at Hyannis Port, January 22nd, 1995). 						| Photo: John F Kennedy Presidential Library
“Faith has been a cause of great, great comfort, and a great inspiration,” Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy declared in the opening frames of a ‘Radharc’ interview filmed at the Kennedy compound at Hyannis Port in 1973. “It’s the greatest gift God has given me.” This ground-breaking documentary (as so many Radharc productions were) was aired a [...]

Higgins is Poised for Áras Return

Kathleen Stone of Portlaw pictured presenting a knitted Michael D. Higgins to the President made by the Clodiagh House knitting group, Portlaw during his visit to Waterford City on Friday last.
It looks very likely that Michael D Higgins will be returned to serve a second term as Uachtarán na hÉireann following Friday’s Presidential Election. President Higgins has served both the office and this country well, and given the many centenaries that lie ahead, be it the First World War Armistice, the War of Independence, the [...]

Guinness World record for Singer Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett and Diana Krall.
At 92, iconic singer Tony Bennett is still setting records. Recently, he was awarded a Guinness World Record for the longest time between the release of an original recording and a re-recording of the same single by the same artist. The song is ‘Fascinating Rhythm’ written by George and Ira Gershwin in 1924. It has [...]

Responding Within the Community

Nicky Butler of Kilmacthomas CFR speaking at the unveiling of the new AED outside D.Kirwan/Mulhearne (Danny’s) on the village’s Main Street. Also pictured are Ger Barron and Dolores Mulhearne.
A new automated external defibrillator (AED) has been installed by the Kilmacthomas Cardiac First Responder (CFR) Scheme on the village’s Main Street. CARDIAC First Responder (CFR) schemes perform a hugely important role in communities throughout Ireland, fighting sudden cardiac death and cardiovascular disease. The importance of CFR volunteers is clearly evident when you consider that 10,000 [...]

Building a Consensus on Our Housing Crisis

The housing discussion document prepared by TD David Cullinane offers realistic targets on what could be delivered in the immediate term.
A Waterford-focused discussion document on housing, authored and recently published by TD David Cullinane (SF), takes issue with the current Government’s approach to addressing the housing crisis. But it does so without resorting to the sort of language journalists are immediately drawn to and prone to base big, bold headlines on. Instead, Deputy Cullinane’s tone is [...]

VAT Increase on Hotels is Baffling

While the decision to retain the VAT rate for newspapers at 9% is evidently welcome from our perspective, Paschal Donohue’s 4.5% increase on the hospitality sector is impossible to justify. As economist Jim Power succinctly put it at last Wednesday’s Waterford Chamber Business Breakfast, not only is the VAT increase on the hospitality sector hard to [...]