Tales of the Tellurians


The Wisdom of Brian Kerr

Brian Kerr’s performance at the World Cup on RTE has the nation talking. I have always had a lot of time for Brian and believe he got a raw deal from the FAI who succumbed to media pressure and removed him as manager of the senior national side without giving him a proper chance to [...]


The Silent Epidemic of Loneliness

A recent Taskforce report on ‘Loneliness’ urges the Government to fund a public awareness campaign to tackle this nationwide problem. Chairperson of the Loneliness Taskforce, Senator Keith Swanick, who is also a rural GP, says that loneliness is the most ‘unrecognised health crisis’ of this generation’. Author and broadcaster, Father Brian D’Arcy, believes people are lonelier than [...]

John O'Connor

Dermot Keyes

Keyes Side


The Glory of Curraghmore

“The variety of scenery is unsurpassed by any demesne in the Kingdom, and indeed may one exclaim on beholding such grandeur and such repose – ‘But who can paint Like Nature. Can imagination boast Amid its gay creation, hills like hers?” - Beauty Spots in the South East of Ireland and how to see them by Car [...]


Everesting on Wheels

On Friday, June 22nd, a Portlaw man I’ve known my entire life did something quite extraordinary on a relatively unremarkable stretch of mid-Kilkenny road. John Keyes, one of two elder brothers of mine, took to his racing bike and completed 80 trips (each three kilometres long approximately) up and down a hill in Kilmanagh, four miles [...]

Foley on File


A Community Touches Hearts

Community groups across Waterford are continuing to support the Touching Hearts charity in its quest to raise funds for a new Sacred Heart Centre for children with varying degrees of physical and learning disabilities. IT’S OFTEN said that charity begins at home and the people of Waterford have certainly not been found wanting when it comes [...]


Wooden Wonders

Waterford wood carver John Hayes is continuing to attract significant international attention. He recently returned from the Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championships in Canada and will attend many more international events this year. (header across right page) JOHN Hayes has enjoyed remarkable success since his ‘Angel of Fenor’ masterpiece, located in Fenor graveyard, started to [...]

Kieran Foley

Kieran Walsh

Express View

climate change

Climate Change Now a Hot Topic

Given the extreme heat of last few weeks, conversations about climate change are becoming increasingly mainstream – and necessarily so. By coincidence, in the past week, Environment Minister Denis Naughten has launched a ‘Call for Applications’ under a new €500 million Climate Action Fund The Climate Action Fund will support initiatives from the public and private sector [...]


Staying Sun Safe During Heatwave

The South East coast has enjoyed a booming June due in no small part to the fantastic spell of sunny weather, with the Tramore Promenade Festival drawing huge crowds on both Saturday and Sunday last.This leader writer was in Kilkenny last Thursday afternoon, when the temperatures were in the range of 30 degrees Celsius. We [...]