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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

A story by a Waterford native features prominently in a new book recalling the halcyon days of the showband era which was launched this month.

'From The Candy Store to the Galtymore' chronicles the late 1950s to the 1970s in rural and urban Ireland through the stories of the young men and women who went to their local Ballroom of Romance each weekend.

The book echoes an era of social and cultural uprising in Ireland as the country began dancing the weekends away to the sounds of showbands in newly-built ballrooms.

It was the time of Larry Cunningham, Joe Dolan, Brendan Bowyer, Dickie Rock and Butch Moore and wherever they played, the crowds followed.

Joan Griffin, nee Aulsberry, a native of Ballyduff, Kilmeadan, writes about her time in London as a young mother and how she would go to dances sometime – not to

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

For the past 25 years, WLR has raised vital funds for the St Vincent De Paul in Waterford City and County, through the radio station's annual Christmas Appeal. This year will see the Appeal expand, with several different events running across the county. First up will be Fresh Éire, taking place on Saturday 18th November in Shortts Bar and Terrace in Waterford City. This unique night aims to showcase some amazing new bands and D.Js that are emerging from Ireland.

Here's what's in store:

Shortts Bar

SON : Susan O'Neill

2017 has been a great year for Ennis born Susan O Neill. The husky-voiced songstress has enjoyed the release of her debut album "Found Myself Lost to critical acclaim, as well as embarking on a tour in New York and opening at the National Concert Hall for Sharon Shannon. This makes her performance at

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Theatre Royal Wednesday 22nd November

Join multi-award winning wildlife cameraman and presenter Colin Stafford-Johnson for an evening of hair raising stories from 30 years filming in some of the wildest places left on earth. Filming and presenting the 'Secret Life of the Shannon', 'Wild Ireland' and 'Living the Wildlife' has led to adventures in every corner of Ireland. Hear about Colin's most special wildlife encounters close to home and learn how to witness them for yourself in what promises to be a spell binding evening.

In the news for over the past two decades, Stafford-Johnson has tracked and filmed animals all over the world, including jaguars in the Amazon, tigers in India and birds of paradise in New Guinea. In 2006, he won an Emmy for cinematography on the film Mississippi — Tales of the Last River Rat for Discovery Channel. He

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

The Platinum Collection Tour 2017 with Aonghus McAnally & His Musicians

After a hugely successful tour in 2016, that included two sold-out shows at The National Concert Hall in Dublin, the renowned entertainer and RTÉ personality Aonghus McAnally takes his "Celebrating Christie Hennessy – The Platinum Collection" show back on the road for an extended run this autumn. The show recreates the iconic sound of his close friend and is a touching tribute to one of Ireland’s greatest ever singer-songwriters, Christie Hennessy.

Celebrating Christie Hennessy: The Platinum Collection is at Theatre Royal, Thursday 16th November.

Christie Hennessy delighted audiences at home and abroad until his tragic and untimely death in 2007, aged just 62.

In this all-new show, celebrated entertainer Aonghus McAnally brings the Hennessy songbook to life with his uncanny recreation of his close friend Christie’s voice and guitar playing. Featuring all his

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

(Karl Spain & Bernard O’Shea)

Theatre Royal on Saturday 18th November

Irish comedy fans are in for a double dose of laughs with the announcement by top Irish stand-ups Bernard O’Shea and Karl Spain of their first ever joint tour, Fat Chancers, which comes to the Theatre Royal this November

When they’re not keeping audiences rolling in the aisles, the funny men have thrown down the gauntlet to see who is the biggest loser – in weight that is – after challenging each other to a slimming contest over the tour. Expect plenty of references to fasting, snacking and even colonic irrigation.

Commenting on the tour, Karl Spain said "Don’t expectmassive weight loss or body transformations or Bernard being funny".

Audiences can expect plenty of on-stage banter as Fat Chancers will feature the popular comics share the

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

With his superb live band featuring some of Ireland's leading musicians, together with some amazing special guests, David delivers a song with passion and heartfelt emotion and will take you on a wonderful musical journey performing some of his huge repertoire of songs including his new Waterford Anthem and latest single "My County she is Calling". Back by popular demand, a David Flynn concert is a musical experience not to be missed.

Early booking is advisable and is now open at the Theatre Royal box office 051874402 or online at theatreroyal.ie

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

Waterford’s premier concert series Between The Bars returns to St. Patrick’s

Gateway with The Stunning's Steve & Joe Wall, The Gloaming's Iarla Ó Lionáird, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, plus Lorcan Reidy, Steve Cooney, Marc O'Reilly, Ailbhe Reddy and Basciville

Saturday 2 December

Steve & Joe Wall (The Stunning)

Thursday 28 December

Iarla O’Lionaird & Steve Cooney, Lorcan Reidy

Saturday 30 December

Ailbhe Reddy, Marc O’Reilly, Basciville

As always these shows are built around music, food and wine, with a different mood set for each night, both visually and aurally. Momo restaurant will present a 2 course meal with a glass of wine / Metalman beer for €25 to all ticket holders from 6pm every show night to add extra appeal and offer the people of the South East that something different. Wine will be served before each show, and at the interval. With stage design by Sarah

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

So says John Kelly, presenter of the legendary radio show, The Mystery Train, of songwriter and performer SEAMUS FOGARTY. But don't take his word it. Find out for yourself when Seamus takes his band to Phil Grimes Pub next Friday November 10th.

A native of Mayo, Fogarty has been based in London for many years and the city provides the canvas for his just-released album, The Curious Hand, which has earned 4 and 5 star reviews across the music press. As Q Magazine stated, The Curious Hand is an album of modern folk songs embroidered with bursts of electronica. According to The Guardian, it takes us 'on magical journeys through fable and modern life and back again'.

Sharing the bill is Arborist, whose album Home Burial was described by MOJO as 'a staggering debut of depth and substance'.

SEAMUS FOGARTY & band play

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

This Friday, 10th November sees 'The Light Runners' play St. Patrick’s Gatewey.

Combining talented musicians from across Ireland, Africa and Jamaica The Light Runners are a roots reggae band that seamlessly blends fluid African vocal harmonies and melodies with the irresistible groove of classic reggae.

Ticket is €10.

Their tour around Ireland has seen them put their unique stamp on many classic reggae numbers from Bob Marley all the way to the South African reggae music of Lucky Dube, embracing songs by Max Romeo, Peter Tosh & Steel Pulse (even Jimmy McCarthy) on the way.

The Light Runners have also been working feverishly in the studio on their own original music which is due for release in the coming months.

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

Another great weekend ahead at Shortts with the best of live music in the Bar and our resident DJs laying down the funk, house & disco party music out on Waterford’s best weekend clubbing space, The Terrace. Full line-up details are as follows:

FRIDAY – HIGH DEFINITION + GROOVE DJs

High Definition are a young energetic 5 piece from Waterford with a great set of rock. Pop & soul covers.

Meanwhile, the Groove DJs will be getting you in weekend mode out on the Terrace with funk, disco and house floor-fillers.

SATURDAY SUPERSOUL MACHINE + GOOD TIMES DJS

Supersoul Machine are a 4 piece from Clonmel and are one of the most popular resident bands at Shortts.

This is their first visit in a while due to a very busy summer around the venues of Ireland. Their 2 hour set of singalong pop and rock classics

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    Christmas timeBeing part of the huge crowd that was in Waterford city centre for the annual turning on of the Christmas lights was without a question one of the highlights of the year. Seeing so many people, and particularly young people, infants and children, being part of the whole event made the turning on of the lights an even better occasion than you could possibly imagine.Each year the Winterval festival just gets better and better and you really have to hand it to the people behind it whose …

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