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Wednesday, 20th August 2014

Dear Editor,

The death of Robin Williams continues to provoke debate, even as his fans worldwide accept the reality of his passing from this world. Everyone has their favourite movies, but I especially liked his performances in What Dreams may Come, with its depiction of what the afterlife might be like, and Jacob the Liar.

I treasure the scenes in the latter movie in which his character pretends he’s receiving good news (from a non-existent hidden radio) about advancing allied armies drawing closer by the day, giving hope, albeit by devious means, to the oppressed Jews in the Ghetto for whom hope could mean the difference between life and death.

His comic genius turned frowns into smiles, enhancing life via the "best medicine." What a tragedy that an immensely talented man who made countless people laugh should opt for a mode of departure

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Wednesday, 13th August 2014

Big Bertha and forthcoming Bills

It has often been remarked that when it comes to water falling from the sky that Ireland has more than its fair share of it and the weekend just past with the downfall from the remnants of hurricane Big Bertha just goes to prove that. But come October, just a couple of months away, all of that free, lovely water will now have to be paid for. And paid for in large amounts. Of course we are all aware that when it comes to water that enters our houses that it is all a complex process, it isn't just a case of getting buckets of the stuff, bringing it in and using it where it is needed. No, water has to be treated, it has to go through a complex series of pipes and systems before

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Wednesday, 6th August 2014

School Daze

The cost of having children is never an easy burden for parents considering the fact that when it comes to their kids it is the one area where parents will never compromise on. That is not to say that it is becoming easier for parents to tackle the financial strain that they find themselves under during these months. Not only do most parents have to shell out for summer camps over this long holiday period for their children but they are also facing the substantial costs for them when they are going back to school. Books and new clothing always stretch parents financial responsibilities during the period leading up to their children going back to school but they are the sort of costs that there is absolutely no getting away from. Of course the cost of clothing varies significantly

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Wednesday, 30th July 2014

Making Hay

While the weather in Ireland is never a predictable thing the recent spell of very good weather that we have been experiencing has to be considered to be great for everyone. Of course we are not really used to having good weather, even in the summer, but it is a matter of making the most of it when it happens. We are very lucky here in Waterford in so far as we have great natural amenities on our doorstep which ensure that we can have a really good time when we have the good weather to truly enjoy them. Our beaches are second to none and no matter what kind of mood you are in and what you feel in the mood for there is a beach that will suit you down to the ground whether you just want

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Wednesday, 23rd July 2014


To say that the news that a packed airplane flying from Holland to Malaysia was downed over Eastern Ukraine and all on board lost came as surprise is to put things mildly. While at first there was some confusion as to what happened there now really can be no doubt that it was pro-Russian separatists who carried out the deed. Naturally enough there are some countries and agencies who want to find out and fully verify the facts before final blame can be assigned but it really doesn't take a scientist to work out what happened or indeed even how it happened. The Malaysian airline thought that it would be perfectly safe flying over the Ukraine because it did so at 33,000 feet and also that if anyone who had the technology to shoot down a plane would also now

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Wednesday, 9th July 2014

Joan of Inchicore

It came as no surprise that Joan Burton was elected as the new leader of the Labour Party last week but it was none the less a historic occasion as she is the first female leader of the party since its foundation in 1912. While there may be a grace period while she settles in as leader it won't be a particularly long one considering the particular circumstances surrounding her election. She has long been a part of the highest echelons of the party and a significant contributor to the party during its current period in Government. She is not an unknown quantity to the electorate and considering the fact that if the Government does last until the next scheduled election she won't have a particularly long time to put her stamp on her party's time in power.

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Wednesday, 2nd July 2014

Reshuffle Redux

When the Taoiseach Enda Kenny unveils the new line up of Ministerial posts and Junior Ministerial posts this week it will be interesting for a whole number of reasons. Naturally enough us here in Waterford will be anxious to see if anyone from our rota of T.D.'s gets a position and what that possibly could mean for the city and county. And there is no denying that with a Ministerial or Junior Ministerial post that it would be of significance for the city and county. A position at the cabinet table means a huge amount in terms of representation and what we could possibly get here in Waterford for ourselves. It is a decidedly selfish position to take but then again it is a very necessary one as we have seen time and again the importance of what top

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Wednesday, 25th June 2014


The WiKid Festival that took place last weekend was without a doubt a wonderful success. A combination of really good weather and some terrifically thought out events made sure that everyone who came to the event enjoyed every minute of it. Also with the majority of the events taking place in the Viking Triangle it really showed off this new historic centre in the city to its very best. However with so many different elements involved in the weekend taking place across the city it also at the same time ensured that visitors coming to the festival really got a taste of what Waterford has to offer. But first and foremost the event was all about children and with all the events based around what children would find interesting and fun there really was so much going on

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Wednesday, 18th June 2014

Looking Forward

Despite the serious news of reversals for Waterford over the last number of weeks it is heartening to see that this weekend we will have something to celebrate in the shape of the WiKID festival. If anything the festival shows without a doubt that whatever happens Waterford people are able to to tackle anything that is put in front of them with creativity and more than a touch of flair. There is no doubt that Waterford has had to meet some serious challenges over the last number of years and there is no getting away from the fact that it has been hard and that a lot of people have suffered serious setbacks. Hopefully though no matter what has happened the coming months and years will see a slow but sure positive advance for the city and county.

Sometimes it

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Wednesday, 11th June 2014

Lessons to learn

You cannot judge the past by the present. You can at the same time realise that there are certain standards of acceptable behaviour that are constant. Constants such as a regard for life and an understanding that the weak and powerless are as deserving of a quality of care as the rest of society. These constants were sorely lacking in how mothers and babies were treated in the Bon Secour's mother and child institution in Tuam from the 1920's onwards. The manner in which the children who died there were treated understandably have made headlines all over the world, once again showing that Ireland, no matter how we might view ourselves, was not a country that really understood or practised the religious values of care and specifically care for the vulnerable that we so often prided ourselves on.

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Letters to the Editor

  • 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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