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A farewell to Dick Warner

The late Dick Warner, who will be sadly missed.
resident Michal D Higgins led the tributes to Dick Warner (70), the golden voiced documentary maker with a poet’s turn of phrase who died suddenly almost two weeks ago. Credited with bringing Ireland’s waterways into the imagination of the nation, Dick was on a boat near Ballinasloe when he took ill. Apart from his television and radio [...]

Did Judge miss a golden opportunity?

Celebrated artist, Blaise Smith, unpacking his painting of Waterford commissioned by The Office of Public Works and Waterford City & County Council.
distinguished, Kilkenny-based artist was escorted out of Athy District Court recently for sketching Judge Desmond Zaidan. Blaise Smith from Gowran is an associate member of the Royal Hibernian Academy and his work hangs in Waterford City Hall and in some of the major galleries, including the National Portrait Gallery in London. Last year, The Office of [...]

Joe Dolan still drawing the crowds

The late Joe Dolan, whose popularity hasn't waned.
t seems the late Joe Dolan is still as popular as ever and while the authorities in his native Mullingar are very proud of their native son, the adoring fans are causing a few problems. Joe is buried at Walshestown Cemetery and such is the constant stream of fans to his grave there are ongoing and [...]

The Prince of Gaffes

Stepping back: Prince Philip.
ven though he is probably a right contrary old sod, we will miss Britain’s Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who is retiring from public life aged 96. While always loyal and dutiful to his wife, Queen Elizabeth, the grinding routine of being the Monarch’s consort often made him irritable and tetchy, sometimes with deliciously embarrassing [...]

The Last Dance at the Olympia revisited

Frank and Michael Comerford.
prior commitment, coupled with a morbid fear of Sieges of Ennis, meant that I missed out on Saturday night’s hooley in the Olympia Ballroom. By all accounts, it was a most enjoyable affair that attracted patrons from far and wide whose vigorous dancing to the Congress Céilí Band from Kildare really tested the mettle of [...]

Kilkenny blocks naming of new bridge over the Barrow

An artist’s impression of the new bridge linking Kilkenny and Wexford that will bypass the town of New Ross.
resh from their success at blocking a boundary extension from Waterford into South Kilkenny, politicians from the Piltown Electoral Area have turned their attention to their Wexford counterparts in New Ross. At a meeting of New Ross Municipal District Council, the members unanimously agreed to name the new by-pass bridge over the Barrow the ‘Rose Fitzgerald [...]

Tales of the Tellurians – January 3rd 2017

A power worker in Japan, sent out to repair a line over the Christmas period, got more than he bargained for when he discovered an angry male chimpanzee perched near the faulty item.  The lads in the ESB would sort that out in a flash!
An editor’s inspired choice As we enter the New Year, I recall an incident that occurred a few years ago in a newspaper office not too far from here. The newspaper was ready to be ‘put to bed’ and all that was missing was the front-page photograph that was to be selected from one of the [...]

Tales of the Tellurians – 13th December 2016

Saddened and dismayed by dramatic boundary headline Probably one of the most dramatic headlines to appear in a regional newspaper for a long time featured in last week’s Kilkenny People. Almost the entire front page was taken up by three words decked on top of each other, ‘Never, Never, Never’. The front-page story was a rallying call [...]

Tales of the Tellurians

Columnist and 'bit of a hippy' Caitlin Moran.
The buzzards are after your cats and dogs! A few years ago, on this page, I wrote about the steady spread of buzzards in a diagonal line across the country from Donegal to North Wexford where they were causing some problems. Now I have learned that the birds of prey have moved south of that trajectory into [...]

Sale of land once dubbed the ‘dearest’ in Ireland

Businessman Noel Frisby has purchased, for an undisclosed sum, what was once the ‘dearest land in Ireland’. Right: Des Purcell who first sold the land on behalf of the City Council in 2005 for a staggering €44 million.
Congratulations to Waterford businessman Noel Frisby on his purchase of 32 acres of prime land on the Outer Ring Road close to the Farronshoneen Community Centre and the nearby shopping stores of Tesco, Next, etc. In 2005, before the recession, the property in question was the subject of the most expensive land sale in Ireland [...]