Opinion


Tales of the Tellurians


A farewell to Dick Warner

resident Michal D Higgins led the tributes to Dick Warner (70), the golden voiced documentary maker with a poet’s turn of phrase who died suddenly almost two weeks ago. Credited with bringing Ireland’s waterways into the imagination of the nation, Dick was on a boat near Ballinasloe when he took ill. Apart from his television and radio [...]

Did Judge miss a golden opportunity?

distinguished, Kilkenny-based artist was escorted out of Athy District Court recently for sketching Judge Desmond Zaidan. Blaise Smith from Gowran is an associate member of the Royal Hibernian Academy and his work hangs in Waterford City Hall and in some of the major galleries, including the National Portrait Gallery in London. Last year, The Office of [...]

Joe Dolan still drawing the crowds

t seems the late Joe Dolan is still as popular as ever and while the authorities in his native Mullingar are very proud of their native son, the adoring fans are causing a few problems. Joe is buried at Walshestown Cemetery and such is the constant stream of fans to his grave there are ongoing and [...]

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Dermot Keyes

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The ongoing fight for 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

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 [...]

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The fight against hateful narrative

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 [...]


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Kilmeaden’s ten years of tractor fun

ILMEADEN Vintage Tractor Club’s annual Tractor Run celebrates its 10th anniversary on Sunday July 16th. What started as a one off event has now become a much loved annual fixture and a fundraiser which has, to date, raised more than €40,000. Chairman of Kilmeaden Vintage Tractor Club Pat Fitzgerald explained the origins of this success story which [...]

METRO MAN

OHN Hearne became the first Sinn Féin Mayor of Waterford in more than 90 years when he assumed the position of Metropolitan Mayor last June. For the popular Sinn Féin Councillor, who was the top vote getter in Waterford in the 2014 local elections, the role became his latest addition to a long list of very [...]

A Leap of Faith

LIEVERUE in South Kilkenny is preparing for a very special occasion this weekend. Rev Liam O’Donovan S.A.C from Nicholastown will be ordained to the priesthood for the Pallottine Fathers at the Church of the Assumption, Slieverue, on Saturday, June 17th at 3.30pm. Although in the Diocese of Ossory, Bishop of Waterford & Lismore Most Rev Alphonsus Cullinan [...]

Kieran Foley

Kieran Walsh

Express View


FUNDING THIRD LEVEL IRELAND

The cost of sending schools leavers to third level education is becoming an increasingly onerous burden on parents, and is all the more pressing for parents in the south east, as we remain without a university (or Technological University). Fees have risen on average to €3,000, the increase in which has really kicked in since the [...]

BRANDING THE SUNNY SOUTH EAST

Fáilte Ireland’s pushing of the ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ brand, while not making any formal hay with the ’sunny south east’ moniker we are more readily familiar with, appears to be a flawed approach, in our view. This Ancient East marketing is primarily aimed at international tourists, and while we realise that we may not [...]

Food, Brexit & marketing our wares in Asia

Ireland’s South East can boast of a strong and vibrant food sector, with market leading companies including Glanbia, Dawn Meats and Flahavan’s. Dungarvan has also marketed itself as a leading ‘foodie’ destination and the city continues to make welcome strides in this key area of the hospitality industry. However, legitimate fears remain about how a potentially [...]