Archive for the ‘Tales of the Tellurians’ 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Two new, local books

Two new, local books worthy of your attention at present are in the shops now and would make great stocking fillers this Christmas. ‘Decies’ the latest journal from the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society features 13 city and county articles from a range of authors and is well illustrated. It’s a great read especially for [...]

Is Greta a time traveller?

It was only a matter of time before the conspiracy theorists turned their attention to the young climate activist, Greta Thunberg.How come a 16-year-old girl from Sweden could emerge as the so-called savior of the planet, they asked. Well, armed with a photograph found in the library archive of the University of Washington, they are now [...]

‘Church has crossed two, blood-red lines’

Fr Brendan Hoban, a founder member of the Association of Catholic Priests.
One of the most outspoken writers on matters affecting the Catholic Church in Ireland is Fr Brendan Hoban, a founder member of the Association of Catholic Priests.Therefore, it was with some surprise that I read a recent column in which he declares that he has just received the best news about the Church in forty [...]

Don’t slam the door!

Over the years I have literally sat through thousands of court cases and I think I am correct in saying that Irish judges do not send people to jail lightly.No wonder then that a case reported in the Virginia Pilot regional newspaper in the US caught my eye. Before the court on a relatively minor [...]

Goodbye to Gay

It’s hard to believe that the great Gay Byrne has gone to his eternal reward. RTE gave him a great send-off last week and it was well deserved and well received by the public. By now most people are aware of his huge contribution to social change in Ireland and it certainly was immense. His [...]

Dead rock stars generate big cash

This cardigan worn by Kurt Cobain sold for €300,000 last week.
It’s been said that some famous people generate more money dead than alive and a classic example of that surfaced last week when a cigarette-burned, old cardigan once worn by Kurt Cobain sold for close to €300,000 at an auction of rock memorabilia held at the Hard Rock Cafe, New York. Cobain wore the green cardigan [...]