Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

David Walsh’s secret County hurling medal!

Award winning sportswriter and author, Slieverue's David Walsh.
Most people know who David Walsh is but, for the record, best selling author David is from Slieverue and is chief sports writer for The Sunday Times. He is a four-time Irish Sportswriter of the Year and a three-time UK Sportswriter of the Year. However, not many people know that David began his journalistic career with [...]

One Moment in Time

Bernadette at the tomb of Henry Denny at Abbey Church Graveyard, Ferrybank.
‘Moments in Time with Bernadette’ is an inspiring and uplifting attempt by a local woman to showcase Waterford in all its glory and to promote an air of positivity and a ‘can do’ attitude. ‘Moments in Time with Bernadette’ is an inspiring and uplifting attempt by a local woman to showcase Waterford in all its glory [...]

Jack’s life brought to book

Jack Kelly’s book, ‘77 Years A Dreaming’, was published by the Waterford Healing Arts Trust.  | Photo: Sean O’Brien
Writing a book is an ambition that many have, few pursue and even fewer realise. To see one’s name on the cover of a publication assembled largely by one’s own wit and recollection must be quite the sensation, akin to topping a cast list for a major stage production. A truly magical, validating feeling. But [...]

Could tax incentives end nursing crisis?

Trying to get Irish nursing graduates to remain in the country to work is one of the prime challenges facing the health service. Perhaps there are some lessons we can learn from elsewhere which could be put to good use here without leading to a pay-linked ‘free for all’ not only in health but across the [...]

Ballybricken’s missing cats!

It was interesting to read last week that Ballyhaunis in County Mayo is being over run by feral cats. Apparently, the number of wild cats has reached epidemic proportions and volunteers counted at least 30 of the species in just one back street. Mind you, Ballyhaunis must be the most rodent free town in Ireland so [...]

Community collaboration in Carbally

Participants in the 2018 Barony of Gaultier Rose Festival pictured outside The Spinnaker, Dunmore East
The activities of the Carbally Community Development Project are continuing to have a hugely positive impact in the local community. A LOCAL community is showcasing pride of place at its best through a variety of different activities. The Carbally Community Development Project has become an integral part of life in this pocket of East [...]

Glimpsing a Better Future

A visit to Athlone Town Centre on Sunday felt like a glimpse of what lies ahead at the Michael Street development.
Last weekend, the potential for the Michael Street development hit me right between the eyes in the guise of a superbly appointed retail centre which, on first viewing, is clearly getting quite the polish to look this good a dozen years after its opening. The 176,000 square foot, €500 million Athlone Town Centre, with over [...]


Minister of State John Halligan has faced further questions about the provision of the second Cath Lab at University Hospital Waterford (UHW), with local concerns understandable in the context of this region’s ongoing wait for health equality. Speaking to new ‘Deise Today’ presenter Damien Tiernan on Monday, the Minister re-iterated what he told this newspaper [...]

Dearth of influence at cabinet table

Former Waterford TD and Government Minister Austin Deasy
As Waterford struggles on so many fronts at present, can I just repeat, once again, something I have been saying for many years. There is no agenda against Waterford. Nobody hates us and nobody is constantly trying to do us down. But what everybody else is doing is looking after themselves and because we don’t [...]

Friends of the community

Déise Men’s Shed built and donated a bench to the Friends of St. John’s River for use on the St. John’s River Walkway. L-R: John Deveraux (FSJ), Joe Walsh (DMS), Jackie Fletcher (DMS), Cllr Breda Brennan (FSJ), Willie Moore (DMS) and Leo Barnes (FSJ). Bernard Sheehan (FSJ) provided the transport but was unavailable for the photo.
The Friends of St John’s River voluntary group are continuing their admirable efforts in promoting and preserving the area in and around St John’s River, Kilbarry A GROUP of proactive citizens are showcasing community spirit and volunteerism at its best through their efforts in improving a local amenity. The Friends of St John’s River [...]