Local News


London Calling!

Waterford’s air connection to London Luton Airport will be restored on Monday, April 27th after Belgian carrier VLM Airlines was unveiled as the new service provider for the south east’s regional airport. VLM, which was founded in 1993, will fly 12 times a week in [...]

National Lifeguard Training Centre opens in Tramore

Tramore’s National Lifeguard Training Centre ‘wouldn’t be out of place in Miami or Sydney’, according to Tramore-based politician and Irish Water Safety volunteer Lola O’Sullivan. The €500,000 on the Lower Prom, the first of its kind in the country, was officially opened on Monday. The new ocean-themed building was built through a partnership between Tramore Surf Lifesaving [...]

Tricolour Festival held in glorious city sunshine

he Fifth 1848 Tricolour Celebration was held in Waterford last weekend, with the ceremonial flag raising ceremony held in glorious sunshine on The Mall on Sunday. Two ambassadors attended the event: from France, Jean Pierre Thebault and Canada’s Kevin Vickers, who, as Sergeant at Arms in the Canadian Parliament, gained national hero status when ending [...]

Waterford set for St Patrick’s Day

Waterford City is set for a great day of Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations on Tuesday next starting with a performance of Irish dancing from the McGrath School of Irish Dance on The Mall before the annual parade. The parade will start at 1pm with over 50 colourful entries including Spraoi and the ever popular Children’s Grouplink [...]

WIT facing another key personnel change

Just weeks before the release of a Government-commissioned report into getting a proposed merger and university application between WIT and IT Carlow back on track, the Department of Education has sought the secondment of WIT’s President Dr Ruaidhri Neavyn to the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Should Dr Neavyn depart [...]

Facebook details relayed to jury in city murder trial

The jury in the trial of a Waterford man charged with murdering Martin Brophy has heard that a Facebook message from what was believed to be the accused said “I beat him to death (with) a cinder block around 10 times off the head and gave him the American History X job”. William Moran (20) of [...]

Hospital Heartbreak

A Cheekpoint man recuperating from coronary stent surgery at University Hospital Waterford who complained of chest pains on a Sunday afternoon was told he was suffering from a panic attack and no consultant would be available to see him until the following day, [...]

Garda drugs unit reduced by 50%

Waterford’s drugs unit has seen its staffing levels cut by 50 per cent over the last four years. During the same period, controlled drug offences in the Waterford Garda division fell by almost 44%, a clear indication of the catastrophic effect that cutbacks to policing services are having on local detection rates. Information released in a [...]

Excessive radon levels in Portlaw

Excessive levels of radon have been recorded in Portlaw. Radon is a known carcinogen and a major cause of lung cancer. A high radon level can be found in any home in any part of the country, but such homes are more likely to be located in High Radon Areas. Sinn Féin Cllr Declan Clune highlighted the [...]

Fire at St.Saviour's GAA Club Waterford.


Ballybeg community rallies after double arson attack Up to 500 children and teenagers in the Ballybeg area were displaced this week after arson attacks gutted the Ballybeg Youth Resource Centre and caused extensive damage to St Saviour’s GAA Club, with the loss of tens of thousands of euros worth of equipment, priceless memorabilia and old [...]

Lecturers still opposed to Waterford/Carlow merger

Lecturers say they are unconvinced by the academic rationale for the proposed merger between WIT and IT Carlow. Last week, representatives of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) met with Michael Kelly, who was assigned by the Minister for Education to consult with stakeholders regarding the South East Technological University (SETU) proposal. The TUI, which represents over [...]

Bishops Palace, Waterford

Council announces legacy project

The OPW have agreed a budget of €91,600 for new arts projects for Waterford this year. In 2013, former Director of Services with Waterford City Council Colette Byrne initiated discussions with the OPW to release the per cent for art allocation relating to the flood relief works to go towards public arts projects in Waterford [...]

Personality Portraits

Living In Fear

A mother of two whose home at Ardmore Park was subject to an ‘elaborate hoax’ on Saturday morning last was previously sent a bullet in the post, it has emerged. The discovery of a suspicious device in the front garden of her property, believed [...]

Cuts in direct bus links to Dublin are criticised

In the wake of the news that Carrick-on-Suir has lost its direct bus link to Dublin, which led to a protest at the Waterford terminus on February 14th, Bus Eireann has announced further cuts in services linking the region to the capital. A total of 93 services are [...]

Sports Minister shocked at Ballybeg fire damage

Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring visited Ballybeg on Thursday last and he expressed his horror having witnessed the extent of the damage at the facilities targeted during the recent arson attacks. Accompanied by colleague and fellow Minister of State Paudie Coffey and Councillor John Cummins, their first port of call was [...]

“Stay The Course”

The long-awaited issuing of pensions for 1700 former Waterford Crystal employees will be delivered ‘without undue delay’ once members return a second letter issued to them by the Department of Social Protection. A well-placed source told The Munster Express that the procedures required to ensure the [...]

Tributes paid to ‘The Purple Lady’

TRIBUTES have been paid to an elderly woman who died in a house fire in Tramore last week. The fire broke out shortly before 1am on Thursday last at a house on Priest’s Road. Members of the emergency services and a neighbour managed to carry Catherine Coughlan out of her detached bungalow after the fire was [...]

“Like A Scene From A Movie”

A witness told a murder trial in Dublin last week that the accused stamped on his alleged victim’s head, saying: ‘This is out of American History X’. Gavin Walsh (21) was giving evidence on Tuesday last in the trial of a 20-year-old Waterford man charged [...]