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Leave the judges and their poor boxes alone

The matter of District Court judges using the ‘poor box’ as a means of defendants avoiding a conviction is once again back in the news. Under scrutiny is the very idea of a ‘poor box’ and also the charities that benefit. Personally, I firmly believe in the notion of the poor box and in judges [...]

Air Quality in New Ross “is worse than Beijing”

For a short period in December, the air quality in New Ross was worse than that recorded in Beijing.
Former Tánaiste Mary Harney will always be remembered as the minister who saved thousands of lives by introducing smokeless coal zones in this country. The ban was introduced in Dublin in September 1990 after several years of severe winter smog. Five years later it was extended to a number of other major urban areas including Waterford [...]

Mobile Phone Health Debate Back on Agenda

The debate about mobile phone radiation and whether or not it is damaging to health is back on the agenda. It first emerged years ago when mobiles became popular with a large percentage of the population but, for a long while, there hasn’t been much talk about it. Now, however, the debate about electromagnetic radiation has taken [...]

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 [...]