Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

Election candidates edge to starting line

We still don’t know the exact date but it won’t be long until we are into the hectic swing of a general election. Hip, Hip, say some while others hold their heads in woe. Of course, with so little between the parties in the opinion polls (taking the degree of error into account) you would need [...]

Striding Ahead in the Anne Valley

A yoga session on the Anne Valley Walk last summer.
The committee responsible for the creation of the beautiful Anne Valley Walk in Dunhill were recently honoured with a prestigious local award and are keen to make even further progress in 2020 VISITORS and locals alike are taking note of the many wonderful walking routes which we are fortunate to possess here in beautiful County Waterford. [...]

North gets Assembly again

NI Assembly. Photo: Wikipedia
One positive outcome of the UK elections is that a new energy has emerged to get the Stormont Assembly up and running again.Loss of seats by Sinn Fein and DUP for the London seats have seen how the people are annoyed at the lack of public representation in Belfast. It has led to education and [...]

A majestic voice is silenced

The sudden and unexpected death of Dick Hayes caused much sadness over Christmas and the New Year and has deprived Waterford, and the city in particular, of one of its greatest, ever, singing talents. One of the finest vocalists of his generation, Dick enjoyed much success throughout his career and was genuinely admired and loved in [...]

Remembering The Missing Postman

Pictured L-R: Leo Griffin, Brian Griffin, Laura Griffin, Donal O’Rielly, Bridie Griffin, Willie Griffin and Breda Griffin.
To mark the 90th anniversary of the disappearance of postman Larry Griffin, a commemorative plaque was unveiled at the old post office in Kilmacthomas on December 27th. Christmas 2019 marked 90 years since the disappearance of Kilmacthomas postman Larry Griffin. On Christmas Day 1929, Larry, who had served as a solider in the British army [...]

Minister Bruton launches Climate Action Fund

Minister Richard Bruton
As we begin 2020, the biggest theme is going to be climate change actions.Ireland is way behind in many aspects from electric public transport vehicles for trains and buses to public transport policy in the regions and encouraging farmers to use less fertisiliser and promoting wetlands. The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, [...]

Vibrant local communities

The Anne Valley Walk is a hugely popular amenity. Photo: Noel Browne.
Throughout 2019, I was delighted to feature interesting and inspiring stories from communities across Waterford city and county in this column. Many remarkable individuals and groups are contributing to their local area in a variety of ways. Here’s a brief recap of some of those who I have been fortunate enough to feature this year…looking [...]

Infamous hoax revisited

‘Alice and the Fairies’ one of the most infamous hoax photographs of the 20th century – or was it?
One of the most infamous hoaxes ever perpetrated in England occurred during the early years of the 20th century. Two children aged 9 and 16 managed to fool everybody with their ‘joke’ so much so that their prank made headlines around the world. First of all it is important to remember that in 1917 very few [...]

Express View 2019 in review

The year 2019 overall has been mixed, when we do review it in a short summary. There was great tension towards the year end, as we waited to see would a council budget would be passed.As often happens the issue went to the wire and saw some members of the Mayor Pact opposing it finding [...]

General Richard Mulcahy – the Waterford connection

Richard Mulcahy as Minister for Education 1954 to 1957 under Taoiseach John A Costello.
A recent article about the new book on General Richard Mulcahy by Dr Padraig O Caoimh was so well received by readers that the author has written a special piece for this page highlighting the patriot’s strong Waterford connections.Richard James Mulcahy – former Chief of Staff of the Irish Volunteers/IRA and Commander-in-Chief cum Minister for [...]