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Tuesday, 21st November 2017

It is often said that success has many fathers while failure is an orphan and nothing could be closer to the truth when you look back at last week at two hugely embarrassing failures in the sporting arena. First there was the toe-curling defeat of Ireland to Denmark at the Aviva and the second, no less bad, defeat of the Irish bid for the Rugby World Cup in 2023. If anything, the latter was somewhat harder to stomach particularly as those in the bid team seemed utterly mystified as to how they hadn't romped home with a win. That was the really embarrassing part of it. It is said that for a small country Ireland has a big reach but sometimes we don't really get it that we're not a big player on the international field. We're not even a

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Tuesday, 21st November 2017

Waterford Women's Support Network express appreciation for Minister Halligan

Dear Editor

In light of recent media revelations,we would just like to show our appreciation for all the help, support and guidance received from John Halligan the Minister for State over the past 5 years.

His support has enabled us to run Conferences, information evenings, training events and health promotions. All of which have been attended by ladies & gentlemen from Waterford City, County, South Kilkenny, South Tipperary and Wexford.

It is important to note that John has always shown us the greatest respect, expressed interest and put his trust in us to run events that will provide valuable information to all the Community through these free events.

We acknowledge he shouldn't have asked a potential interviewee a particular questions, but did so out of interest to facilitate her and her family regarding flexible working hours

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Tuesday, 21st November 2017

The Barony of Gaultier Historical Society is pleased to announce that its 2018 Calendar is in the shops now. It is also available by contacting the Society via its email address: baronyofgaultierhistorical @gmail.com or any member of the committee.

This year's calendar is one of our best with great photos and lots of historical facts on all parts of the Barony. It covers all sections of life in the Barony such as fishing, farming, hurling, football and some other lighter forms of entertainment. Our cover is a photo of one of the Suirway Buses which will bring back some great memories to many barony natives. The Society would like to wish Suirway all the best for their 90th birthday in 2018. We would also like to wish them all the best in the "2018 Fleet Bus & Coach Awards" for which

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Paradise papers

One of the most surprising things about the release of the copious amounts of tax details of some of the richest people on the planet wasn't the names of the people involved but the fact that three of them were actors from Mrs. Brown's Boys. Between them the three had accounts nearing 2 million euros in off-shore accounts and let's face it, these people aren't exactly Robert De Niros or Meryl Streeps but three bog standard, and that's putting it mildly, actors, from a middling comedy series that has been on the telly for just a few years. But then again, you might say that they are being clever with the money that they've earned so far by putting it in a low tax haven in a sunny part of the world. Indeed you might say that about all

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

For many historical reasons Armistice Day isn't really celebrated in the Republic of Ireland but that doesn't mean to say that it shouldn't be or that we haven't got as many reasons as other countries to be involved in such a celebration. For a start, tens of thousands of men, and some women, gave their lives in the First World War as well as the Second World War. Ireland was still a part of Great Britain when the First World War broke out and many men answered the call to join up and fight. The same happened for the Second World War even though Ireland was a republic and neutral, many Irish men still went to fight for the Allied cause.

While it might be wrong to call Armistice Day a day of celebration and much more an act of recognition

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Recent ban on wild animals in circuses very welcome but is only a start

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The ban on the use of wild animals in circuses announced by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed is a welcome milestone in the battle to protect sentient creatures from willful cruelty and mistreatment.

Yet I can't help but baulk at the double standards of the government in its alleged "commitment to animal welfare", and the Minister's statement that "The use of wild animals for entertainment purposes in circuses can no longer be permitted."

Last year, the Minister and his government colleagues led the charge against TD Maureen O'Sullivan's Bill to ban hare coursing, a practice which also involves taking wild animals from their natural environment, confining them in unnatural captivity, and then forcing them to perform for the amusement of voyeuristic human beings.

If anything, hare coursing is crueler than

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Waterford Regional Gardening Club - Thursday 16th November at 8.00pm in the Edmund Rice Centre, Barrack Street, Waterford. A talk "The Battle for Plants" with Ingrid Swann MGLDA Landscape & Garden Designer.

Non Members welcome €5.00 pp Refreshments and Raffle to follow. Contact:- 087-6502067

2] Reminder - Bookings will be taken/finalised for our Club Christmas Dinner on Saturday 9th December.

3] Waterford Regional Garden Club - in association with Kavanagh Travel

TOUR to THE GARDENS of NORMANDY - by ferry - 17th June to 23rd June 2018.

Visiting Claude Monet's garden 7 5 other RHS recommended Normandy gardens.

Tour Cost €810 pp sharing - €100 single supplement (Deposit of €100 is required by 8th December 2017).

Full itinerary by email or post on request Phone 087-6502067 - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloakc7e45184def3f9a151ab5dfa60c62d83').innerHTML =

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

A caring nation

One of the most surprising statistics released in the latest round of numbers by the Central Statistics Office was the fact that there are almost 340 million hours of unpaid work in caring for ill and elderly members of family done every year in Ireland. Everyone should know that the health system in the country wouldn't survive if there weren't so many people doing such trojan work on behalf of others at all times of the day and all for no monetary reward at all.

The CSO also went on to name the largest category of people who do all of this work and it is mainly middle aged women again showing that they are the lynchpin of modern Irish families. Many have their own families to care for as well as holding down jobs but that doesn't mean

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

Whether you like it or not now that Halloween is out of the way the only major public holiday that is coming up is Christmas and no matter what shop you walk into between now the start of November and the 25th of December you will be constantly reminded of that. For a lot of people that will be too much but from the point of view of retailers you can understand why they are gearing up for the number one selling period of the year. At a time when we are beginning to come out of the recession retailers are amongst one of many industries that are trying to make up for lost time when sales figures were low and considering that the retail industry is one of the biggest employers in the country it is understandable that they

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

Festival’s 80 events

Events to take place as part of National Science Week in Clonmel, Kilkenny, Wexford town, New Ross, Enniscorthy, Dungarvan, Lismore, Tramore and Waterford City and places are still available to book for public events

More than 3,000 places were booked out in an hour for primary school events at the Southeast Science festival which runs from 6-18 November 2017. Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology’s Science outreach centre, will be running events throughout the south east, showcasing the wonders of science with interactive shows and lectures, making sure there is something for everyone.

While the schools events booked out quickly, bookings are currently being taken for a number of public events for adults and children. These include, It takes Guts, a Guinness World Record holding juggler, The London Science Museum’s bubble show, the Lismore Family Science Day, Prof John Nolan, Waterford

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  • A Wonderful Harvest

    Even though the weather Gods didn’t exactly play ball over the weekend it doesn’t take away from the fact that this years Waterford Harvest Festival was yet again another wonderful success. It was great to see the streets of the centre of the city so beautifully and thoughtfully decked out. The various food stalls offering tastes from all over were great to wander around. The information and background that each of the stall holders were able to give on the provenance of their food was really interesting an …

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