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Wednesday, 27th March 2013

A new website to assist people seeking help and support in relation to alcohol-related issues has been launched. The website, DrinkHelp.ie, also has general consumer information on alcohol, including a drinks calculator and calorie counter.

DrinkHelp.ie has been developed by Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, in response to consistent demand from people contacting the charity seeking access to alcohol services, as well as information and advice. Last year, almost 6,000 people used Alcohol Action Ireland’s service finder to search for help.

Alcohol Action Ireland Director Fiona Ryan said: "The service finder had originally been set up to cope with the calls and emails to the office from people looking for help and information, usually for a loved one. We were surprised ourselves to find that almost 6,000 people had used the service finder in 2012. That coupled with

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Waterford Professional Photographers launch IPPA Happy Faces

in association with Canon in aid of the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation

Local photographers Leo Murphy, Keith Sullivan & Gerry O'Carroll join the nationwide team of their colleagues from the Irish Professional Photographer Association to offer professional portraits for just €25 with 100% of the proceeds going to Jack & Jill

Target is to get 3,200 people to participate thus raising €80,000 to fund 5,000 home nursing care hours for families nationwide with children with severe developmental delay as a result of brain damage

The way the campaign works is that, throughout Easter week from 30th March to 6th April 2013, members of the public can have a professional portrait for €25 by three local participating IPPA (Irish Professional Photographers' Association) photographers

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

The World is getting older, yet the topic of ageing and older people rarely makes the headlines in Ireland or around the World. Age Action in partnership with Waterford One World Centre is coming to Waterford to give a workshop called Older People Everywhere. Ageing affects us all and despite many differences between the lives of older people in Ireland and countries in the Global South (‘developing countries'), there are also many similarities. This workshop will explore the role and challenges of older people in Ireland and the Global South in terms of their roles such as being care-givers, leaders, farmers etc. We would also like to hear your views on how older people can be included in and consulted on issues that affect them, particularly when it comes to international policy on Ageing and Development.

The event takes place on

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

An Introduction to Creative Writing, will arm students with foundation skills and tools to create their own unique pieces of work. You will examine the work of some well known authors and poets, and look at how they have mastered their craft. Participants will get the chance to explore both poetry and the short story as formats, and will be taught exercises that will help develop and inspire their own ideas and stories. You need have had no previous experience with writing, just a willingness to create and have fun! All ages and levels of experience welcome.

Commencing Wednesday 10th April until 15th May at Ferrybank Library, Waterford. Tutor: Eimear Cheasty. Time: 5pm - 7pm. Duration: 6 weeks. There is a nominal fee of €25 to ensure your place in the course. Deadline for Bookings is 4pm on Monday 25th March

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Waterford Daffodil Day has arranged with the support of City Council to plant a garden of hope in the Peoples Park on Daffodil Day Friday 22nd March. The Mayor of Waterford Cllr. Jim Darcy will open the garden at 10.30 am that morning and plant a Daffodil Card.

Pupils from schools adjacent to the park Waterpark National School, St. Declan's, Christ Church, Newtown National School & Mount Sion Primary will plant Memory Daffodil Cards in the Garden to the memory of friends or relations who regretfully are not with us anymore.

The public are invited to participate and the cards will be available up to 11.00am in the park. Gardens are also been planted in St. Martins Kilcohan, Belmont Hospital Ferrybank.

This is a Garden of Hope to show that there is always hope & when a sufferer is informed that they are

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Paediatric First Aid course for parents/childminders of children aged 0-12 years in Treacy's Hotel, Waterford on Saturday 13th of April for 4 hours. Course includes training in CPR, choking, head injuries, temperature control, childhood illnesses and other topics. Course costs €50 per person. To book a place or for more information contact Ciara Dowling on 085-8393441.

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Second year students attending the Fashion Design and Accessories course in the Waterford Adult Education Centre ( W.A.E.C) are holding their Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Show and Art Work Exhibition at Treacy's Hotel, 1 Merchant Quay, Waterford, at 7.30pm on Thursday 21st of March 2013. Admission to this event is free.

The Fashion Show and Artwork Exhibition showcases the students creativity and completed work over a two year period and is organised by the fashion students. It is a wonderful opportunity for family, friends and the general public to view the collections, and selection of unique exhibits in ceramics and combined materials. This is the fourth Fashion show and Artwork exhibition. The previous shows have met with critical acclaim and were featured in the Munster express and double page spread in the News and Star.

The name of the Fashion Show and

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

The Waterford Country Market has been in existence for over 50 years. As time has gone by we have had to move premises occasionally but since the 1970s we have opened every Friday at St. Olaf's Hall behind City Square just down from the Friary between 8am-1pm.

Over the years many producers have come and gone but we still have two that have been with us almost all that time. Mrs. Dunphy (who is now 90 years old) still comes every week with her fresh laid duck and chicken eggs as does Mrs. Power, who although not quite so advanced in years, still comes with her freshly baked breads and cakes. Both of these ladies are rightly proud of their produce and enjoy meeting their regular customers as well as any new faces that come through the door.

Not all our producers

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Sunday working

Question: I am currently unemployed and getting Jobseeker's Benefit. I work in a bar on Sundays and I don't work any other days. I hear that the rules about working on a Sunday are changing. What is the change?

Answer: Since 20 February 2013 Sunday working is taken into account when calculating the amount of Jobseeker's Benefit or Jobseeker's Allowance to be paid. Any work on Sunday was previously ignored when looking at your pattern of employment and people who worked only on Sundays were considered to be fully unemployed. That is no longer the case.

To get either Jobseeker's Benefit or Jobseeker's Allowance you must be unemployed. However, you do not have to be fully unemployed. You can work for some days (although you may not work for a part of any day for which you are claiming a jobseeker's

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Mitchell to bow out in 2014

Fine Gael MEP Gay Mitchell has said the constant travelling between Dublin, Brussels and Strasbourg was a big factor his decision not to stand for re-election in next year's European Parliament elections.

However the 61-year-old Dublin MEP has insisted that he is not retiring from working life and that he will definitely keep contributing in either a voluntary capacity or in public service after June 2014.

"I want people to know that I will continue to work hard for my country and my community. I'd like to give something back, maybe by working as a volunteer," he said.

Mr Mitchell will leave the European Parliament next year after ten years as an MEP, before which he served as Dublin TD for 26 years.

"I believe this is a good time to allow new candidates to emerge, and I'm making

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