Archive for the ‘Tales of the Tellurians’ Category

Was there life on mars?

IT looks like the age-old question of whether or not there was once life on Mars will finally be answered before too long.NASA’s next rover mission will touch down on the Red Planet with the specific aim of trying to identify evidence of past biology. In particular, it will be searching for clues in rocks that [...]

Eat, drink and be merry?

A Group of Workers at the Home & Colonial Store on Borad Street, Waterford May 10th 1910
A well-known Waterford couple were both into their 80s and had been married for over 50 years. He was known to be under the thumb of his bossy wife who had her own reputation of never spending a euro if a cent would do. She controlled the purse-strings and, if he was lucky, her [...]

Growing numbers of people with no place to live

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” - US President Franklin D Roosevelt For the most part, Fr Peter McVerry is associated with the battle against homelessness in Dublin but, last week, the respected [...]

Whatever happened to that cute little ‘Ho, ho, ho’ girl?

The Stapley family photographed at the wedding of Holly in 2013. Her sister, Alexandra, is on the extreme right.
Well it’s Christmas time and the famous Kelloggs Corn Flakes ad is on television once again, the one with the cute little blonde girl who says ‘Ho, ho, ho’ to Santa.Believe it or not, that ad was made 27 years ago in 1991 and the little girl is now grown up and was married in [...]

The Fascinating Story of William Carr Beresford

At the launch of the biography of Marshal William Carr Beresford were the author, Marcus de la Poer Beresford (right) and the distinguished Waterford-born and Newtown School educated historian, Professor Roy Foster.
Most Waterford people know a little about Curraghmore House and the Beresford family who have been the marquises of Waterford since the 1700s but, perhaps, not too much about individual members and their extended families.A new book by the distinguished lawyer and historian Marcus de la Poer Beresford about his distant relative, Marshal William Carr [...]

Trailblazing Woman in Historic Photograph is Rediscovered

Lyndon B Johnson is sworn in as President of the United States by Federal Judge Sarah Hughes aboard Air Force One. Johnson is flanked by Jacqueline Kennedy (right) and his wife, Lady Bird Johnson (left). Judge Hughes can be seen in the lower-left corner with her back to the camera.
In recent years there has been much discussion about women in politics and business and about the prejudices they still face in some quarters.One woman who overcame a lot of hurdles to achieve considerable success against the odds 60 years ago was Sarah Hughes, a Texan lawyer who despite appearing in one of the most [...]

Walt Disney Was A Kilkenny Cat

Walt Disney has Kilkenny heritage, a historian has revealed.
It is surprising that, until now, nobody suspected that the late Walt Disney might have Irish ancestors. Well, for the record, the creator and founder of the iconic Disney brand is a direct descendant of a Kilkenny farmer.Kilkenny historian, Frank Kavanagh, was doing some research when he stumbled across the name of Arundel Elias Disney who [...]

People Are Having Less and Less Sex

Birth rates in Western countries have been falling for some years now for a variety of reasons and part of the reason is that people are engaging in sex less often than their parents and grandparents.Figures released by the HSE earlier this year show that almost 62,000 babies were born in Ireland in 2017 compared [...]

Dancehall Claim Had Young Audience in Mild Hysterics

Over the recent Bank Holiday Weekend I found myself in mixed age company that, as well as old codgers like myself, also included some yummy mummies and trendy cool-dudes in their 20s and 30s. For a while the conversation moved around the pros and cons of website dating and I had nothing to say because all [...]

Blues report translated into six languages!

A recent photograph of former Waterford FC footballer, Brian Gardner, and his wife, Lyndsay. Brian, who signed to Waterford from Preston North End, scored the magic winning goal in the 1980 Cup Final against St Patrick’s Athletic that propelled the Blues into the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
Congratulations to Waterford FC on a successful return to the Premier Division. When the Blues were promoted last season we all said we would be happy if they could just manage to stay up but, as it turned out, we finished in fourth place and, for a long time, looked as if the third spot [...]