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Council working off “blank canvas” for North Quay project

aterford City & County Council is working ‘from a blank canvas’ when it comes to the ultimate vision for the North Quay development, the draft planning scheme for which is due to be publicly displayed next Spring. In response to a detailed submission made by The Munster Express last week, the Council said that the artist’s [...]


Council seek to defer ‘pay-by-weight’ scheme

WATERFORD City & County Council is to write to Minister Simon Coveney asking him to defer the introduction of the controversial pay-by-weight waste collection scheme. At the council’s May plenary meeting, councillors voted in favour of asking the newly appointed Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to defer the introduction of the scheme until January [...]


Work underway on primary care centres

tart-up activities began on the new Primary Care Centres in Waterford city and Dungarvan this week. Commencement notices for the sites at St Otteran’s in the city and Dungarvan Community Hospital have been issued, with remedial and structural works on the 100-year-old listed brick chimney already taking place to allow for the development. The European Investment Bank [...]


Demand for diabetic services placing ‘huge strain’ on UHW

n increased demand for diabetic services is placing a ‘huge strain’ on University Hospital Waterford (UHW), according to Waterford Fianna Fáil TD Mary Butler. “Having being contacted recently by a constituent Elizabeth Murphy who herself has Type 1 diabetes, the stark reality of diabetes sufferers in Waterford has become very clear,” she said. “At present there are 300-400 [...]


Funding sought for additional signage

Councillors have issued renewed calls for additional signage in rural areas of County Waterford. At the May plenary meeting of Waterford City & County Council, Cllr John O’Leary (FF) outlined the need for increased signage across the county. “We’re at a huge loss in relation to signage, in particular in rural areas,” he said. “There are people who [...]


1916: EASTER. DUBLIN. 2016.

Kieran Walsh reports We visited Dublin on both Holy Saturday and Easter Monday to sample the atmosphere and festivity of the Easter 1916 Centenary Commemoration. It was a pleasure to hear the Island of Ireland Peace Choir (previously known as the Waterford Omagh Peace Choir) performed at the Garden of Remembrance before President Michael D Higgins, Acting [...]

Local barman hailed a hero

Kieran Foley reports A LOCAL barman, who saved the life of a customer, has highlighted the importance of learning first aid. Barman David Hearne (26) was at work in Shortt’s on John Street when he was informed by another member of staff that a male in his early 20s was in distress. David, who is an emergency first [...]


Journalist and Republican James Upton honoured at new Bishop’s Palace exhibit Dermot Keyes reports The legacy of journalist, radical and socialist republican James W Upton has been appropriately and expertly honoured as part of the new ‘Other Voices’ exhibition which recently opened at the Bishop’s Palace (Waterford Treasures) Museum. escribed by a J Bouch of the National [...]


Kieran Foley reports In 1992, The Munster Express reported on the Terry Wogan Golf Classic which was staged at Waterford Golf Club. he event, which took place Saturday June 27th 1992, proved to be one of the major sporting and social events in the locality that year and was attended by a star studded line up. Among those [...]

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 [...]