Archive for the ‘Keyes Side’ Category

The ongoing fight for Health Equality

Health Minister Simon Harris: astoundingly indifferent to health equality.
oping that ill people in the south east could be treated just as patients are in any other region when it comes to cardiac care provision doesn’t strike me as an excessive demand. Well there’s an easy explanation as to why that’s the case. Because it isn’t excessive. It simply isn’t. A report can be dressed up, [...]

Enda O’Doherty aiming high again

Enda O'Doherty will attempt to scale Mount Kilimanjaro complete with his 40kg washing machine, to raise funds for Pieta House.
he load Enda O’Doherty is determined to carry to the summit of Africa’s highest peak means a great deal more than just the additional 40 kilograms which the washing machine strapped to his back will entail. Next month, the De La Salle College teacher will undertake a calorie-depleting, nerve-shredding and mentally taxing ascent of the 19,343-feet [...]

The fight against hateful narrative

Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri (www.impic.ie): more of his fellow Muslim clerics here in Ireland should be publicly stating their condemnation of radical jihadist sentiment.
n January 2015, the prospect of Ireland becoming a breeding ground or safe haven for radical jihadism formed part of a speech delivered in Waterford by the country’s best known Muslim cleric. Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri of the Islamic Cultural Centre, who has taken a high-profile public stance in relation to radicalisation of Irish Muslims, is [...]

ALL HEART FOR BETTER HEALTH

Proud of her work: Tracy Power, Regional Fundraising Manager of Irish Heart (www.irishheart.ie).
he 27th Happy Heart appeal was held on Friday last, and Tracy Power and her family were among those busily selling heart lapels in Waterford to help raise funds for Irish Heart’s CPR programme. Tracy, a proud native of Waterford, is Irish Heart’s Regional Fundraising Manager, and has happily worked with the organisation for the past [...]

Reawakened by our natural gems

We have an array of natural historic splendours within Waterford, such as Kilfarrasy Beach, near Tramore. We should value them more. 	| Photo: Noel Browne
recent Sunday morning in my lodgings. Gravity appears to be pressing my shoulder tips against the pillow ledge a little more heavily than usual. But as someone who’s never been too accustomed to lying in bed once light filters through a curtain gap – I’m fortunate that early starts have never been that great a [...]

To march or not to march?

Marching for a range of issues (such as better safety provision on the N24) may not be as effective as it ought to be, but we certainly shouldn't discard the practice.
t’s not that marches don’t work, I feel. It’s that they don’t work nearly enough. While they provide many of us with a means of expending frustration and, at times, anger, there have been few marches which have radically impacted upon the course of Irish history. I must admit I find it curious that the one [...]

Talking about homelessness can only help

The Apollo House campaign has got more of us talking about homelessness. And that's no bad thing.
A few weeks before Christmas, I met a man sat on his haunches on The Quay. In reasonable shape – about as reasonable as one could expect given his circumstances – he was begging but wasn’t vocally doing so. He had a paper cup extended outward in case anyone wanted to drop some change into [...]

High Hopes reign on Big Sleep Out

The Big Deise Sleep Out for Focus Ireland on Friday last was a night well spent.
“Lights will guide you home, And ignite your bones, And I will try to Fix You.” -The High Hopes Choir (Friday, December 9th, The Quay, 10.30pm) To hear someone openly talking about wanting to jump into the Suir a few hours previously, and then turning to the person she subsequently phoned who persuaded her to [...]

GAA President out of tune in anthem debate

Amhrán na bFhiann, I will readily admit, stirs something in me. And as someone who has had the privilege of singing our national anthem at several GAA matches of significance in Walsh Park and Fraher Field, it has taken on additional significance for me in recent years. Granted, the rush from offering pre-match opinion live [...]

An ill-fitting take on liberty

The championing of a military dictator shouldn’t rest well with those who advocate democracy on home shores.
Well, well, well, didn’t we all get a little knicker-knotted following the death of Fidel Castro? The commentaries about the former Cuban President have proven as varied as they’ve been plentiful, as newspaper editors dusted off long-since written obituaries and gave them a polish over the weekend when marking the death of Latin America’s most [...]