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Tuesday, 5th September 2017

GSK’s annual fundraiser, the Wheelie Good Cause, was hosted by GSK Dungarvan on Saturday, 2 September. Over 200 cyclists and volunteers took part in the cycling event which followed two routes, one 50 and one 100km, through the local countryside. Both cycles started and finished at GSK’s OTC plant on the outskirts of Dungarvan. All funds raised at the event were donated to the Make-A-Wish foundation and a cheque for €7,000 was presented at the end of the event.

The Wheelie Good Cause has been GSK’s flagship fundraising event since 2012. The first two events were hosted by Dungarvan and it returned after three years away. Participants in the event signed up for either a 50k cycle or the more challenging 100k route. All involved actively fundraised or donated to GSK’s nominated charity for which many thousands of euros have been

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Tuesday, 5th September 2017

Minister of State John Halligan TD has congratulated the players and management on a ‘fantastic and memorable season’:

“I am absolutely gutted for the players and management and backroom team and their families who have sacrificed so much to give us this amazing summer of hurling. It was a proud day to see the blue and white on the pitch at Croke Park and Derek McGrath should hold his head high for getting us there. Waterford has a young, highly skilled team who are determined to bring the Liam McCarthy cup to Waterford and there is no doubt that we will be back, stronger than ever. Déise Abú!”

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Wednesday, 30th August 2017

Autumn is coming!

Of course everyone knows what 'Winter is Coming' means but before that you have to have Autumn and within a very short time that is going to be here and there is very little that we can do about it. For a lot of people it means very little, a slight change in the weather, as most seasons in Ireland we really have just one slight change in the weather to the previous seasons' without a great deal of difference. In summer you have slight warm rain and in winter you have slightly cold rain. In Autumn just split the difference.

Of course it is the time of year when the trees lose their leaves and some of the more intelligent birds leave the country for better climes. But with climactic seasonal differences there are other changes as well.

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Wednesday, 30th August 2017

All the preparations are now complete and it just remains for the Waterford hurlers to go out on Croke Park and give it all for their county. The team has always given huge entertainment to their legions of followers and have always done their county proud with their hurling artistry. We wish them all the very best in the knowledge that every man, woman and child are behind them all the way. Up the Déise!

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Wednesday, 30th August 2017

Light up the night with Well

Festival of Arts and Wellbeing “Night Flowers” project

Dear Editor

Waterford Healing Arts Trust is looking for Waterford people to take part in lantern-making workshops to help them to light up the night at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) as part of the Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2017. “Night Flowers”, an installation project with artist Tom Meskell, will involve the lighting up of dozens of individually created flower lanterns – sculptures shaped around a wire frame and lit from within – to be created by the Waterford community.

The workshops take place at Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 September from 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm. Anyone over 15yrs is welcome to take part – No experience is necessary. The workshop fee is EUR10.00 for a half-day or full day (free to WHAT members).

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Wednesday, 30th August 2017

According to the most recent figures published by Eurostat, the gender pay gap in Ireland in 2014 was 13.9%, while the EU average was 16.7%. This means that, on average, women employees earned 13.9% less than male employees.

A public consultation on tackling the gender pay gap in Ireland was launched recently by Charles Flanagan TD, Minister for Justice and Equality and David Stanton TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration.

Members of the public, employers, trade unions, civil society and other interested organisations are invited to give their views on the factors creating the gender pay gap, actions that need to be taken, and whether they can contribute to implementing those actions.

Contributions are welcomed by email or written submission before the closing date, which is 4 October 2017.

The consultation paper and details of how to make

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Wednesday, 9th August 2017

School Costs

Although we are still just at the start of August many parents will already be figuring out exactly how much they will have to hand over for their children to go back to school. The children's charity Barnardo's have just compiled a report saying that for a primary school child the figure will hit nearly 400 euro while a secondary school child will have to have roughly 750 euro paid out to ensure that they have everything that they need. And of course these figures are just for going back to school and don't figure into account the numbers that will accrue over the entire year as a child grows and needs extra clothes and shoes let along school supplies. If there is one saving grace from the figures that were just released is that there hasn't been a

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Wednesday, 9th August 2017

Yet again the Spraoi team have pulled off a wonderful August bank holiday weekend in Waterford city that was full of fun, creativity and magic. It is always hard to think how Spraoi will top the events of the previous year but they always manage to do it and judging by the number of people who came out onto the streets to enjoy the great atmosphere in the town they certainly agreed. While no doubt the Spraoi team drew in many thousands from across the country and brought

in some much needed trade for businesses the best thing was not the monetary boost it brought but the moments of joy and excitement that will lie in the memory for far longer. Creating wonderful experiences is what Spraoi is all about and they never fail to deliver.

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Wednesday, 9th August 2017

Cill Chiaráin,

Conamara,

County Galway,

A chara,

The deal struck between the DUP and the British Government has a clear lesson for the people of Rural Ireland. (By Rural Ireland I mean all the areas outside the cities as outlined by the CEDRA Report, which was chaired by Pat Spillane.) We, living in these areas, need a similar strategy to wring concessions from a system which is unduly centred on Greater Dublin.

In April, Paddy McGuinness highlighted the enormity of the problem when he announced he would not be seeking reappointment to the chair of the Western Development Commission after four years in the post: “I believe strongly that there is absolutely no commitment at either political or administrative level to balanced regional development, nor is there any worthwhile plan do address rural decline,” he said.

I spent two terms as an Independent on Galway County

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

What a mess!

Round one of the Brexit talks haven't even finished and the only thing that you can really say about what has gone on is that the whole thing is a mess. There is so much posturing, so many provocative statements and so little content that you really have to scratch your head and wonder what exactly is going on with the whole Brexit agenda.

The fact that the Conservatives called an election to get greater clarity for the talks and ended up nearly losing to the opposing sides is one manifestation of just how much nobody seems to know what exactly is going on. While both sides seem intent on showing what exactly they are not willing to give up, at the same time they are both not showing any way forward either. In fairness this seems to be

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    Celtic BounceThat our economy has steadily been getting better in the last number of years is something that won't be lost on most people. In fact things were so bad for so long at one period that there was no other way but up. Things are getting better but the questions have to be how much better and for whom? That there has been a bounce in our economy was witnessed by the better than average trading figures for the Christmas and New Year period. People did have more money to spend and they went ahe …

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