Archive for the ‘Keyes Side’ Category

TU or not TU: that is the big question

Happy WIT graduates. Fears that the Institute may be led down the garden path by the TU process cannot be dismissed as tribal paranoia.
“New legislation due to commence soon will pave the way for the first technological university. The idea is that by merging institutes of technology, we can create larger and more powerful institutes of technology. A DIT-led university will likely be the first to meet the criteria towards the end of 2018. A formal name-change and [...]

Glencairn Life Through A Lens

'Glencairn Abbey: A Year in the Life' provides a fascinating insight into a different way of life that's been rooted in West Waterford for almost 90 years. 	| Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan
“Anyone who has ever passed through the gates of Glencairn Abbey, know well that as well as delicious cherry cake, it has something very special to offer. It gives people peace, time to listen to the inner spirit and encouragement when facing difficulty.” – Mairead Lavery ‘Glencairn Abbey: A Year in the Life’ is a magnificent [...]

Sharing the Festive Load

Sharing the load is a catchy tagline, no doubt, but it’s also one worth paying attention to.
“Dig deep within yourself, for there is a fountain of goodness ever ready to flow if you will keep digging.” - Marcus Aurelius Christmas throws up so many emotions, from either end of the spectrum. While we’ll revel in the wide eyed joy that children bring to the Festive Season, us grown-ups will take stock [...]

All is Calm…

Christmas Eve: the one day of the year there’s a candle lit in my house. Now it’s not that I’ve an aversion to candles, but growing up in a house where my Dad spoke about the marks left by them on walls he plastered would appear to have left its mark! December 24th, as long as [...]

VdeP: Education the key to breaking the poverty cycle

“We got a request a few years back from a young student in Ballybeg, who had just completed her Leaving Cert,” said Mick Hassett of the Waterford Saint Vincent de Paul (VdeP). “She was the first member of her family to enter third level education. She wrote a letter to us asking could we help her [...]

Gardaí appeal for driver diligence during Christmas

Gardaí throughout the region’s divisions will be targeting driving offences during the busy Christmas/New Year period, according to Assistant Commissioner Eugene Corcoran. “The campaign will target offences such as driving while intoxicated (including ‘drug driving’), speeding, non-use of seat belts and the use of mobile phones,” said Assistant Commissioner Corcoran. “These are the key lifesaver offences.” He [...]

Impatience growing with Ferrybank Centre’s grimy look

The increasingly algae-clad exterior of the Ferrybank Centre has come in for further criticism at the December meeting of the Piltown Municipal District, which meets under the roof of the still largely empty building. “This white elephant has now been standing here for the past nine years and now it’s starting to deteriorate, as anyone walking [...]

Mayor’s fears for the “art of conversation”

Mayor of Waterford City & County Council, Cllr Pat Nugent chatting with one of the Deise Men’s Shed founders, Willie Moore and Mattie O’Shea (Waterford Industrial Properties) at last Thursday's official opening of the Deise Men's Shed. See News 14 for more.										| Photo: Noel Browne
City & County Mayor Pat Nugent (FG) has voiced his concerns for the future of one of our greatest national assets: the gift of the gab. Speaking at the official opening of the Deise Men’s Shed at the Six Cross Roads Business Park, Mayor Nugent referenced another engagement he’d attended in which he noted how many [...]

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 [...]