Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

An Epic Oz Adventure

Michael pictured during his trip.
A Waterford man living in Australia recently completed a lifelong aim of travelling extensively through a large part of his adopted country on his beloved Harley Davidson. Michael Foley, originally from Faha, Kilmacthomas, celebrated his 70th birthday last December.Michael left his native Waterford many years ago bound for a new life Down Under where he [...]

City/Tramore Ghost Finally Laid to Rest

This is an archive photograph of a Waterford street singer (and street walker) who was known as Happy Henrietta. Some people think that she was the infamous Waterford and Tramore ghost now finally at rest.
Remember the prostitute’s ghost who was reportedly encountered by different taxi drivers on the Quay in Waterford on two separate occasions? Then, according to reports, she took herself off to Tramore on her holidays?Well, it would appear that she returned to Tramore over the August Bank Holiday Weekend where she took up residence on the [...]

Little Red Kettle Marvels Enchant the Royal

Iarla Hennessy was a forceful, combative presence as Lusmore in Little Red Kettle's 2018 production, which ran at the Theatre Royal last week. 	| Photo: Mick Wall
“What is it about stories…they exist because we tell them…” Ben Quinlan made for home in the dusk of a Wednesday night to warm goodbyes from the young cast Ben Hennessy and he have put through their paces these past six weeks. The co-director of Little Red Kettle’s (LRK) summer production, ‘Lusmore, Lily, Doire & The Ollpheista’ [...]

Tom Raises the Barr in Berlin

Ferrybank AC's Thomas Barr pictured with his bronze medal after finishing third in the Men's 400m Hurdles Final at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin. See News 18 and Sport 1, 10 and 11 for more! 							| Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Thomas Barr’s European Championship bronze medal represents an ambition made manifest for the Dunmore-born hurdler, bringing great honour to his home village, his club, Ferrybank AC, Waterford and the nation as a whole. The 26-year-old became the first male Irish sprint medallist in these championships when taking bronze in the 400 metres hurdles, joining [...]

Concern Over Weakening of Warm Gulf Stream

A recent joint paper from scientists at NUI Galway and the US University of Maine has, surprisingly, not received front-page headlines in this country. Basically, the experts are saying that the flow of the Gulf Stream is now at its weakest in at least 1,600 years. If the trend continues, Ireland and Britain could experience a [...]

War and Peace

Metropolitan Mayor Cllr Joe Kelly has made the project a priority for his tenure.
A Japanese teacher living in Waterford is working with Metropolitan Mayor Cllr Joe Kelly to create a Peace Memorial dedicated to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the first cities in the world to suffer a nuclear attack. The memorial will support and highlight Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution which outlaws war as a means of settling [...]

Cheapening of Life Must be Reversed

Weapon-wielding Gardaí on every street corner may not be the cure to solve our anti-social/criminality ills, but there's no denying we need more officers nationwide.  								| Photo: Noel Browne
The buzzing of the school intercom represented, in general, a welcome intervention during my days in Carrick-on-Suir CBS (1992-98). It signalled a brief hiatus from Pythagoras, a fleeting moratorium from the Módh Coinníollach or a time-out from Trigonometry (no Maths fan was I). But such class interruptions didn’t always catalyse boisterousness bordering on anarchy amongst the spot-dotted, [...]

The Race for the Áras

Aspirant presidential candidate Gavin Duffy
We are glad to see that a Presidential Election will be held in the Autumn/Early Winter. The incumbent, Michael D Higgins, has certainly fulfilled his brief well but whether the prospective candidates yet to be officially endorsed can overcome his long-standing popularity with the general public remains to be seen. However, whoever is President beyond the [...]

New Barrow Bridge To Be Named Soon

Works are ongoing at the Glenmore Roundabout, as the Ballyverneen Road Overbridge continues. | Photos:
As work continues on the magnificent new bridge across the River Barrow from the Pink Rock near Glenmore to Stokestown on the Wexford side of the river, a total of 209 submissions have been received regarding the name of the bridge that will enable traffic to bypass New Ross, currently a bottleneck at peak times. There [...]

Home to Rome

Jordan and Arthur pictured after some training up and down the Comeragh Mountains.
Arthur Curry and his son Jordan will depart Ballyduff this Saturday August 4th as part of a poignant trip to Rome in memory of his late mother. A LOCAL father and son will embark on a challenging cycle through Europe this week bound for the Eternal City. Arthur Curry and his teenage son Jordan will [...]