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Copper Coast Geopark awarded new UNESCO designation

WATERFORD’S Copper Coast Geopark has become a UNESCO Global Geopark, and now has the same status as a World Heritage Site. In 1972 UNESCO signed the World Heritage Convention which paved the way for the establishment of a list of World Heritage Sites. A vote at the General Conference in Paris last week created a new site [...]


Greenway will be ‘jewel in the crown’ of Waterford

Huge numbers already using amenity which is yet to officially open Kieran Foley reports EXCITEMENT continues to build around the Waterford Greenway, which has been described by local councillors as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Waterford. Although the Greenway has yet to officially open (with construction work still taking place along the route) thousands of people are using [...]

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Operation Thor hailed a huge success

Kieran Foley reports OPERATION Thor has been hailed a huge success in Waterford and has been credited with achieving significant reductions in criminal activity in the locality. Operation Thor came into effect across the country last November and targeted organised crime gangs and repeat offenders through co-ordinated crime prevention and enforcement activity. At the Waterford City & County [...]


Local bathing water quality remains high

Kieran Foley reports OUR Waterford locations have received ‘excellent’ classification in the latest survey of bathing water quality in Ireland. In the Bathing Water Quality Report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which was released last week, Clonea Beach, Tramore Beach, Counsellors’ Strand, and Dunmore Strand are all designated as ‘excellent’. Ardmore Beach and Bunmahon Beach have both [...]


The Sacred Heart Centre: a vital Waterford service

he significance of the services provided by the Sacred Heart Centre on Waterford’s Lady Lane has been made plain in the funding proposal document prepared by its Friends and Family Association (FFA). As we reported in last week’s edition, the FFA wishes to raise €8 million to see the service, which currently includes 49 children with [...]


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 [...]