Well for almost two years now the site here has been pretty much (well not very pretty actually!) a sorry sight, indeed something of a blight on an otherwise attractive suburban landscape. Not only that but the rather unstable perimeter fencing or parts thereof have been collapsing on a regular basis and as such constituting a real hazard. Increasingly the place had all the appearance of dereliction even akin to a war zone betimes. Yes they would eventually come and attempt to secure the fencing again but with the next bout of adverse weather down it would come. With each passing month the state of dereliction grew ever uglier. I fail to understand why such a state of affairs is tolerated by the authorities while such properties await redevelopment. But at least in this case the end seems nigh and its redevelopment is in sight. Units are available for rent. The likely rents are in the region of 430 Euro per sq metre. John Rohan, one of the agents for this development, gave us the following information.

“The site is located on the northern side of the Dunmore Road approx 5 km (3 miles) south of Waterford city. This high profile Neighbourhood Convenience Centre rests on what was formerly the Maxol Service Station and will now comprise retail/banking units at ground floor level together with offices and medical suites overhead.

The Centre is a short walk from the Waterford Castle Golf Club which is situated on its own 310 acre island in the estuary of the river Suir. The Dunmore Road itself is a busy vehicular thoroughfare carrying large volumes of traffic from Waterford city to the well know suburbs of Ballinakill, Grantstown, Williamstown and Knockboy.

The retail units occupy a prominent position facing the Dunmore Road and would be ideal for convenience uses such as: bank/financial services; off licence (subject to planning); pizza/takeaway (subject to planning); pharmacy; ethnic restaurant; hair and beauty operators; medical suites; serviced offices. Almost 1,115 sq m (12,000 sq ft) of retail/commercial space available together with 77 surface level car spaces.”

This development it seems will complement the well-established Ballinakill Shopping Centre. As we said at the outset we all look forward to some positive action in terms of the old site here. Needless to say, the final shape and nature of the outlets here will be subject to planning approval so as they say we await developments.

Views on Aging- Thoughts for Today

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids? If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about ageing that you think in fractions. 

‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m four and a half!’ You’re never thirty-six and a half. You’re four and a half, going on five! That’s the key

You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead. 

‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m gonna be 16!’ You could be 13, but hey, you’re gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life . . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony .YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!! 

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There’s no fun now, you’re Just a sour-dumpling. What’s wrong? What’s changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You  MAKE it to 60. You didn’t think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30,PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it’s a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday! 

You get into your 80’s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn’t end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; ‘I was JUST  92.’

Then a strange thing happens.. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. ‘I’m 100 and a half!’ 

May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!


1.  Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay ‘them.’ 

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’  And the devil’s name is  Alzheimer’s. 

4.  Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6.  The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive. 

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.  Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help. 

9.  Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. 


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Just thought I’d share the above with you, what with all this rain and stuff, as I reckon you all would be in need of cheering up and a bit of TLC!

At Your Service

Meant to bring you this story a few weeks back when I realized that Suirway Bus services had augmented their usual bus services to and from Dunmore East to/from the city centre in Waterford. Well the service had already been up and running for some time before this bird spotted it. No doubt the good folk of Dunmore are fully au fait with the increased frequencies of service, especially the much welcomed extended evening service. But I rather suspect that most city folk are not as aware of the new service. I know there are only a few weeks left of this enhanced summer schedule but it does vitally include the Bluegrass Festival Weekend at the end of this month. This service will bring you from the city from opposite the Tourist Office/Granary Museum at regular intervals with the last service outwards at 23.00 and a very handy 24.00 service from Dunmore back to the city. Sunday’s last departure is normally 22.00 but this will also be extended to the midnight slot for the Festival weekend. The Dunmore terminus is located at Harbour House/ Dingley’s shop. The full timetable is available on the Suirway website both summer and winter schedules. Best of luck to the rest of the season for this enhanced service and we look forward to its return next year. Meanwhile, HE-HAW.

Go Seachtain Eile, Slán