Archive for the ‘Keyes Side’ Category

A Journey Into Cycling “Hell”

“‘Paris-Roubaix’ is cycling’s Cape Horn,’ said the double winner Marc Madiot – in other words – the ultimate challenge – adding that, ‘in an era of cycling by computer it sublimates the artists who use pen on paper. It’s as beautiful as a parchment manuscript.’ The race is anachronistic, but glorious.” - William Fotheringham (Sunday [...]

Waterford’s Time to Shine

The North Quay will create a new neighbourhood in our city centre, and is likely to make the South Quay a more attractive residential proposition.
The Deloitte report prepared for Waterford City & County Council outlines this area’s prospects under the Government’s ‘Ireland 2040 plan’ and localises the plan’s eight major objectives. The first of these is titled: ‘A fair society within which all regions have the chance to prosper with the North Quay development identified as the key local innovation [...]

Farewell to my Faugheen View

Waking up to this view over the past five and a half years has helped to sustain me through some difficult times.
William Wordsworth famously wrote of daffodils flashing upon his inward eye on those days when a vacant or pensive move struck him. At a moment of introspection, he directed himself towards a soothing and pleasant vision “fluttering and dancing the breeze” and in so doing his life became sunnier because of it. To draw inspiration [...]

Rose Kennedy: Life, Faith & Loss

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (Born in Boston July 22nd, 1890; Died at Hyannis Port, January 22nd, 1995). 						| Photo: John F Kennedy Presidential Library
“Faith has been a cause of great, great comfort, and a great inspiration,” Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy declared in the opening frames of a ‘Radharc’ interview filmed at the Kennedy compound at Hyannis Port in 1973. “It’s the greatest gift God has given me.” This ground-breaking documentary (as so many Radharc productions were) was aired a [...]

Building a Consensus on Our Housing Crisis

The housing discussion document prepared by TD David Cullinane offers realistic targets on what could be delivered in the immediate term.
A Waterford-focused discussion document on housing, authored and recently published by TD David Cullinane (SF), takes issue with the current Government’s approach to addressing the housing crisis. But it does so without resorting to the sort of language journalists are immediately drawn to and prone to base big, bold headlines on. Instead, Deputy Cullinane’s tone is [...]

Hoping for a New Dawn

Game changer: a projection of the Fawaz Alhokair development on Waterford’s North Quay.
A very passionate advocate for Waterford with over 40 years of professional know-how, a great deal of which has been spent at executive level within the private sector, called me early on Tuesday morning last. His tone was one of immediate concern and he’d clearly ingested breakfast earlier than myself that same morning. He’d [...]

A University of Substance

Last year's Open Day at the WIT Arena. Students want a sound education that will stand them in good stead in the workplace.
Frustration at the decades-long wait for University status in Waterford is understandable. The absence of such a status to this point has undoubtedly proven an impediment to the long-term development of both this city and the South East in turn. Roadblocks to such a desired outcome were undoubtedly erected in the past, and all have [...]

Dealing With Debt’s Fallout

Anna Galvin (MABS Board of Management) presenting Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty with a copy of Waterford MABS' Personal Insolvency Practitioner Research Report on Monday last, September 17th. 				| Photo: Noel Browne
There’s a box of tissues on every desk at the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) office at Maritana Gate. They’re not a cosmetic prop. The seat I recently sat in, opposite Anna Walsh (Money Advice Co-ordinator with Waterford MABS) has been occupied by hundreds of distraught men and women, wondering what sort of a [...]

The Enduring Legacy of a Great Irish Man

John Hume: "Inside," said his long-time SDLP colleague Seamus Mallon, "was a man who had something big to do."
John Hume has spent most of the past two months in hospital, his son John Jnr told the Saint Michael’s Theatre audience in New Ross on the opening night of the recently held Kennedy Summer School. “He has advanced stage dementia,” said John Jnr following a screening of Maurice Fitzpatrick’s compelling and meticulously researched [...]

Thoughts on a Tuesday

Jake is our 14-year-old Labrador and one of my Tuesday walking companions. He remains stunningly intact and eternally loyal.
Tuesday, September 4th, 12.30pm: I’ve just completed a 500-word prologue to a book which I hope a publisher might take a gamble on. It just so happens that this short piece has carried me over the 50,000-word mark for the would-be tome and that fills me with a sense of self-satisfaction. Working on this project [...]