Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

Celebrating the Golden Years

Babs Murphy, Peg Tebay and Bernie Murphy pictured at a past staging of the Golden Years Festival.
The Golden Years Festival, organised by the Sacred Heart Active Retirement Group, takes place in The Tower Hotel, Waterford from November 12th – 14th. The popular Golden Years Festival takes place in Waterford next week, with hundreds of visitors from across Ireland expected to descend on the city. This annual festival is open to members of different [...]

Waterford’s Time to Shine

The North Quay will create a new neighbourhood in our city centre, and is likely to make the South Quay a more attractive residential proposition.
The Deloitte report prepared for Waterford City & County Council outlines this area’s prospects under the Government’s ‘Ireland 2040 plan’ and localises the plan’s eight major objectives. The first of these is titled: ‘A fair society within which all regions have the chance to prosper with the North Quay development identified as the key local innovation [...]

North Quay Plan Gets Green Light

After what has been a lengthy wait, it is welcome to report that the regeneration of the North Quays and Michael Street will go ahead, bringing with it genuine hope that a bright new future for Waterford is just around the corner. Senator Paudie Coffey (FG), who has won praise from the Middle East-owned Falcon [...]

Farewell to my Faugheen View

Waking up to this view over the past five and a half years has helped to sustain me through some difficult times.
William Wordsworth famously wrote of daffodils flashing upon his inward eye on those days when a vacant or pensive move struck him. At a moment of introspection, he directed himself towards a soothing and pleasant vision “fluttering and dancing the breeze” and in so doing his life became sunnier because of it. To draw inspiration [...]


Public concern about the prospect of a no deal Brexit is intensifying. One hopes that the national media will get its head back in the game having largely taken its eye off this massive issue due to a doleful Presidential Election campaign. Reports last week revealed that consumer confidence has dropped to a level not seen [...]

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 [...]