Archive for the ‘Keyes Side’ Category

Mayoral proposal has been disserved

“The Government and members of the Oireachtas would retain the ability to produce legislation for a directly elected Mayor and bring it before both Houses of the Oireachtas.” This paragraph, the last text on page 6 of Waterford City & County Council’s guide to the plebiscite for a directly elected Mayor caught my eye during [...]

A Stage full of Memory

To play a principal role on the Theatre Royal was a privilege. A huge honour.  | Photo: Colin Shanahan/Digicol
Standing off stage right on the final night of ‘South Pacific’ at the Theatre Royal, wearing green army fatigues, I looked towards my fellow lead Susan Boyce standing off stage left and gave the tiniest of nods. It was time to take our bow. It was time to bid farewell to a big week for [...]

Retracing Old Strides

“Don’t measure yourself by what you’ve accomplished, but rather by what you should have accomplished with your abilities.” - John Wooden Saint Stephen’s Day. After a lovely lunch, I go for a long, long walk. The air is unusually mild for this time of year and it feels great to be away from a desk, [...]


Playing the lead role in South Pacific at the Theatre Royal next week will be a great thrill.
February 1996. I’m in Fifth Year in CBS Carrick-on-Suir, the second school founded by Edmund Rice. At the time, my world generally revolved around soccer, athletics, Gaelic football, the family dogs and my Granny Kit, whom I then lived with. There were also more than a few thoughts about girls, and, heaven forbid, even the [...]

A Mayor with teeth is worth delivering

I wasn’t a fan of the proposed merger of Waterford’s two local authorities, but from this juncture and given the size and population of the city and county, such a move now looks sensible. Well, hands up: since the councils were amalgamated, the sky hasn’t fallen in and local government has continued to function, albeit [...]

A hint of home in Trafalgar Square

The Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London's Trafalgar Square almost certainly influenced John Roberts when designing both of Waterford's cathedrals.
A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to be sat in the Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London’s Trafalgar Square for a glorious ‘Concert By Candlelight’.The performance was headlined by violinist Ciaran McCabe (a guest leader of the RTE Concert Orchestra and member of the London Chamber Orchestra) and the Brandenburg Sinfonia, playing works [...]

The reality of grieving

Most Christmas Eves for the better part of the past decade, I’ve visited the graves of my paternal Great Grandparents in Kilcash and Grangemockler to lay wreaths at both family plots. It’s a duty that my late Father used to look after annually, a drive that was made additionally poignant for him given that his [...]

Taking a look in the Mirror

Thomas Kinsella's 'Mirror in February' is a poem I first read in my teens and, for a multitude of reasons, remains with me as middle age approaches.
Your best friend and worst enemy stares back at you in the bathroom mirror each and every morning. By and large, how you choose to treat yourself and others between ‘Morning Ireland’ and ‘Late Date’ is down to you and you alone. Blaming someone else for your lot in life might feel momentarily justified but [...]

Striding for the right balance

WIT Masters student and international athlete Phil Healy believes more female students should consider technology as a third level and career option.
Technology courses throughout the country overwhelmingly remain a male student’s domain. It really shouldn’t be this way. And it really shouldn’t be up to WIT to host an event which promotes why third level technology courses are as accessible to girls as they are to boys. But that they have held such an event for the [...]

Daily danger on our roads

We’ve all seen examples of irresponsible, even downright idiotic driving during wet spells.
The most dangerous activity most of us undertake on a daily basis involves getting behind the wheel of a car. I realise we don’t consciously consider it in such terms every time we buckle up and pull out of the yard – I know I certainly don’t – but if one had to draw up a [...]