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Waterford and the EU

iscussion on the European Union and the role it plays in our lives has perhaps never been as prominent as it has been in the past few weeks. We elect our MEPs every five years, but how many of us are aware of what they actually do once they reach the corridors of Brussels and Strasbourg? At [...]


Mary Butler TD opens offices on the Waterside & Dungarvan

oll-topping Fianna Fáil TD Mary Butler is now providing a constituency point of contact in both Waterford city and Dungarvan, having officially opened her office in West Waterford on Monday of this week. In addition to her city base at Number 4, Waterside, Deputy Butler also has a permanent presence at Number 74, O’Connell Street, Dungarvan, [...]


“Economic Atlantic Way”

he ‘crucial role’ of city regions including Waterford has been identified in a major report published by the Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE) in a bid to further inform ‘major infrastructure development over the coming decades’. As previously reported in The Munster Express (June 14th and 21st), the development of four ‘Atlantic City Regions’, namely Waterford, [...]


Ferrybank Local Area Plan review is well underway

ork on the updated Ferrybank Local Area Plan (LAP) is already underway, with the long-awaited development of the locality’s playground topping the list as far as local residents are concerned. Speaking at last Wednesday’s Piltown Municipal District meeting in Ferrybank, Kilkenny County Council Executive Planner Caitriona O’Sullivan said that of the 50 submissions the Council has [...]


“Wind turbines in this stunning area would be wrong.”

outh Kilkenny Councillors spoke as one in voicing their opposition to DunoAir’s proposal to construct eight wind turbines on Curraghdobbin and Carrigadoon Hills, adjacent to the boundary with Kilkenny. Speaking at last Wednesday’s Piltown Municipal District meeting, Councillors said it was vital that both sides of a valley through which the Lingaun River runs through, remained [...]


Newrath approach to city set for new look

ilkenny County Council is committed to an overdue enhancement of the approach into Waterford city at Newrath and Sallypark, which it has identified as the ‘gateway route to the gateway city’. In a circular issued at last Wednesday’s Piltown Municipal District meeting at Ferrybank, the Council stated: “The roundabout at Newrath is the arrival point for [...]

Personality Portraits



MATT KEANE MEETS Part Two n 1996, all of 20 years ago, Tosh Lavery was deeply involved in the investigation of the murder of Veronica Guerin, the Sunday Independent journalist who was gunned down in cold blood behind the wheel of her car at Newlands Cross. “The motor bike was the big factor in that case because [...]


TOSH LAVERY: Tales of Life, Death and Anger

MATT KEANE MEETS The blue eyes of the gravelly voiced Tosh Lavery (aged 62) often sparkle during the full flow of conversation, but when recalling his past both as a member of the Garda Sub-Aqua Unit and as a family man, they can occasionally dim. There’s no doubt whatsoever that the 30 years he spent with An [...]


NOEL CONNORS: An All-Star On Several Fronts

In last week’s issue, Noel Connors spoke about his love of his native village Passage East and the day they won the Waterford Senior Hurling Championship for the first time. He also looked back on Waterford’s amazing year which saw them being crowned National League champions and he outlined his ongoing study at WIT and [...]



MATT KEANE MEETS Part one. During the course of life, you sometimes get the opportunity to get to know someone whom you’ve greatly admired, and for a decade or more now, I’ve been fortunate to cross paths with proud Passage man and Waterford hurling All Star Noel Connors. Noel, who as born on May 5th, 1990, picked up [...]