Archive for the ‘Tales of the Tellurians’ Category

The Wisdom of Brian Kerr

Brian Kerr’s performance at the World Cup on RTE has the nation talking. I have always had a lot of time for Brian and believe he got a raw deal from the FAI who succumbed to media pressure and removed him as manager of the senior national side without giving him a proper chance to [...]

The Silent Epidemic of Loneliness

A recent Taskforce report on ‘Loneliness’ urges the Government to fund a public awareness campaign to tackle this nationwide problem. Chairperson of the Loneliness Taskforce, Senator Keith Swanick, who is also a rural GP, says that loneliness is the most ‘unrecognised health crisis’ of this generation’. Author and broadcaster, Father Brian D’Arcy, believes people are lonelier than [...]

What’s Going on at Galway Airport?

While the future of Waterford Regional Airport is still in the balance, a very interesting little story has emerged about Galway Airport which is owned by the City and County Council and currently being used by the local flying club.According to very well placed sources, one of the two biggest aircraft manufacturers in the world, [...]

Munster’s First Flying Doctors

A helicopter air ambulance similar to the one that will be flying out of Cork Airport from August.
Our battle for permanent 24/7 cardiac cover at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) is well documented and we can only hope and continue to fight for equality with other regions. Because of their remoteness, our Munster neighbours in rural Cork and Kerry have also been at a disadvantage in instances when time is vital in getting patients [...]

Foul Plan to Water the Shamrock’s Pitch

'King' Henry Shefflin proudly wearing his Ballyhale Shamrock colours.
Forget the Suir that flows gently along through Mooncoin, the river of the moment in Kilkenny is the Arrigle that flows through Ballyhale. Our friends and neighbours in the South Kilkenny village are not happy at present as there is a potential threat to Ballyhale Shamrocks, one of Kilkenny’s county’s most iconic clubs. The threat is actually [...]

Liam Dwyer Rolls Back the Years for Peace

Carrick-on-Suir singer and entertainer, Liam Dwyer.
Congratulations to Carrick-on-Suir veteran singer and entertainer, Liam Dwyer, on his new single that is receiving a lot of plays and downloads on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Spotify and all the other major online platforms. ‘The Calling’ is beautifully performed by Liam and includes a poignant spoken piece by Stephen Travers who wrote the song. It [...]

Vincent was captain of his ship on land and sea

The late Vincent O'Toole was one of Waterford city's great characters.
While away from Waterford recently, I was saddened to learn of the death of Vincent O’Toole, one of the city’s genuine characters and legends. During his long and busy life, Vincent was a master mariner, a businessman, racehorse owner and fierce proponent of all things Waterford. He could also be dogged and fiery and it was [...]

Growing Pains for the European Capital of Culture

Readers may recall that a few years ago Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford came together as the ‘Three Sisters Region’ in a bid to win the title European Capital of Culture for 2020. A European Capital of Culture (ECOC) is a region chosen by the EU to host a year-long programme of events that reflect the richness [...]

Better News for Newspapers

The newest and most comprehensive media research figures in Britain contain some interesting and encouraging news for traditional print newspapers. The data confirms the use of the ubiquitous smartphone in news readership but only for some titles and there is a sting in the tail there too, especially for advertisers. Previously, Britain relied on the National Readership [...]

Big Tom Takes the Dusty Country Road to Heaven

One of the biggest showband icons from the 1960s to the present day left us last week. Big Tom McBride passed away aged 81 years just a few months after the death of his wife, Rose. Credited with coining the phrase ‘Country and Irish’ Tom and his band, The Mainliners, jam-packed halls all over the country for decades and when they visited Britain there were almost as many thousands left outside as those inside. He had many big hits such as ‘Gentle Mother’ and ‘Four Country Roads’.  President Higgins and the Taoiseach were among the many dignitaries that paid tribute to his talent and his success, an indication of his countrywide popularity.   Curiously, Tom and The Mainliners were never huge in Waterford City and Cork City where the preferred taste was pop and rock.  Mind you, they weren’t worried because as Tom once famously said: “We haven’t seen a floorboard in years!” Despite it being a small country, I never met Big Tom but friends who knew him well worshipped the man describing him as extremely decent, self deprecating, funny and totally unaffected by his fame.  May he rest in peace.
One of the biggest showband icons from the 1960s to the present day left us last week. Big Tom McBride passed away aged 81 years just a few months after the death of his wife, Rose. Credited with coining the phrase ‘Country and Irish’ Tom and his band, The Mainliners, jam-packed halls all over the country [...]