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Wednesday, 30th May 2018

Waterford Philosophical Society

Waterford Philosophical Society presents a Stand Alone Lecture - The Confessions of Saint Augustine at 7:30 p.m., Monday 4th June, at Waterford Cheshire, John’s Hill, Waterford.

Saint Augustine’s contributions to philosophy, theology and a range of other intellectual disciplines have exerted a deep and wide-ranging influence upon the history of ideas. This lecture will explore Augustine’s seminal autobiography and consider the ways in which it can be related to core ideas from a selection of his other writings. Augustine’s indebtedness to Plato and Platonism, and his influence upon figures such as Calvin, Kierkegaard and Heidegger, will also feature as dominant themes throughout this talk.

No prior knowledge of this lecture topic is required. For further information, please visit our Facebook page (Philosophia Waterford) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view

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Wednesday, 30th May 2018

Irish passport card

I am 18 and flying to Spain for a holiday this summer. Can I use a passport card when travelling to Spain, and how do I apply for one??

You and your partner each need The Irish passport card is a credit-card sized Irish passport. You can use it for travel within the European Union, the European Economic Area (which includes Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Switzerland. So, you will be able to use it when going to Spain this summer.

You must be aged 18 or over to apply for a passport card. You must also hold a valid Irish passport that is not due to expire in the next 3 months. The personal details you provide when applying must be exactly the same as those on your passport book.

The passport card is valid for a maximum of 5

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Wednesday, 30th May 2018

The Waterford Local Enterprise Office is set to host a brand new business event which will take place in Dungarvan Town Hall this June 7th (from 5.30pm to 7 pm) with Sean Gallagher and a panel of Waterford’s top entrepreneurs.

The panel discussion will provide the audience with the opportunity to hear from some of Ireland’s and Waterford’s leading entrepreneurs and gain helpful and real-life insights into success in business.

This conversation with Sean Gallagher and local leading entrepreneurs will be facilitated by Eamon Keane of Deise Today on WLRfm. The event is free to attend however those planning to take a seat must register in advance via

Sean Gallagher is a well-known entrepreneur, speaker and business writer. Recognised as a champion of small and medium sized businesses, he is co-founder and CEO of leading commercial property company, Clyde Real

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Wednesday, 30th May 2018

As a person gets older, his or her likelihood of dying in the next year increases, doubling about every 8 years. For example, if at age 60 you have a 1% risk of dying per year, then at age 68 it’s 2% per year, 4% at 76, 8% at 84, and so on. The risk mounts quickly and few of us make it to 100. All mammals studied age this way, that is, all except one. What’s the exception?

A. Naked mole rats are a stunning exception to the rule, claims Rochelle Buffenstein and her colleagues in a recent online paper in "eLife." She started working with naked mole rats in 1980, says Kai Kupferschmidt in "Science" magazine, and over the years has maintained thousands of them in scores of colonies, keeping meticulous records, including births and deaths.

In captivity they maintain

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Wednesday, 30th May 2018

Continued from previous page

Whether or not you like a punt on the horses a day at the Tramore races is a wonderful sporting experience and is a great day out.

The Patrick Lafcadio Hearn Park is the latest attraction and is worth a visit to Tramore to view the Park. Lafcadio Hearn spent many of his childhood summers in Tramore and Her Imperial Princess Takamodo paid a visit to the Park and planted a tree to his memory. He is regarded as a national treasure in Japan and his writings still inspire millions of Japanese with his prose. The wonderful layout is a credit to all concerned impresses visitors and locals alike.

Another favourite part of Tramore is the Guillamenes which attracts thousands of swimmers and families for a deep sea swimming experience and a marvellous venue for a picnic. On Saturday

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Wednesday, 30th May 2018

Tramore is also well known for the wide variety of accommodation available. Whether it be hotel, guest houses, bed and breakfast, you also have a choice of caravan parks and camping. Its numerous licensed premises also provide music at night.

The Tramore area is great as a base for exploring the Waterford hinterland. You can take a coastal trip to Dunmore East and Cheekpoint fishing villages, or along the copper coast via Bonmahon to Dungarvan a bustling country town with lots to see and do. Just five miles outside Dungarvan you can take in the Ring Gaeltacht and the magnificent Helvick Head region. You can also head further on to Ardmore with its famous round tower and the superb Ardmore Cliff Hotel with their views over the bay.

However, a visit to Tramore would not be complete without taking in a trip

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Wednesday, 30th May 2018

Aries- This week is an 8

Talk with your partner. Discuss options and priorities, and take action. Invest in efficiency. Avoid stepping on another’s sensitivities.

Taurus- This week is a 7

Discuss your physical performance with your coach, doctor or colleague. Stretch and practice to refine your moves. Stay flexible.

Gemini- This week is a 7

Romance arises in conversation. A visit to a favorite place provides inspiration. Dream a little dream together.

Cancer- This week is an 8

Make domestic decisions carefully. Keep your wits about you. Discuss solutions with family. Ask for what you want.

Leo- This week is an 8

Communication is key. Listen to all considerations. Resolution of a misunderstanding opens up new possibilities.

Virgo- This week is a 9

Creative projects can get profitable. Focus energies on the job at hand, and provide excellence. Avoid distractions. Watch your finances. Harness optimism.

Libra- This week is a 9


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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

Walks programme

Phil carroll will lead a walk to the comeraghs next

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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

How might it be true that "wax in your lugholes hides your filthy secrets," as "New Scientist" magazine recently wrote?

A. Besides waxy compounds that protect the ear canal and kill off bacteria, as well as bodily cast-offs, cerumen (aka earwax) contains a unique chemical signature that could be used to extract plain old DNA, says the magazine's Christie Wilcox. Engy Shokry and her Brazilian colleagues have used earwax "to detect drug and tobacco use and diagnose both types of diabetes."

Earwax offers several advantages: Collection is more straightforward and less invasive than blood or urine samples and requires little processing to be analyzed. Also, because earwax builds up over time, tests on earwax can detect drugs up to three months after they're taken, so they can be used for both short- and long-term monitoring.

Yet currently, using earwax as a diagnostic tool

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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

European Health

Insurance Card

My partner and I are planning a holiday in ~Spain. How do we access publich healthcare services if one of us becomes ill when abroad?

You and your partner each need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This card allows you to access public healthcare services if you become ill or get injured when travelling to or visiting certain European countries. It doesn't cover private treatment or the cost of repatriation to Ireland if required.

The countries covered by the card are the 28 member states of the EU, the three other members of the EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland. You don't need the card for a visit to the UK if you can show that you are ordinarily resident in Ireland. In practice, this means showing a driving licence, passport or similar document.

If you have a smartphone you

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Letters to the Editor

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    When the latest statistic that waiting times for patients had risen to their highest level yet, there can't have been too many people that were surprised.There are now over 700.000 people on waiting lists with over 50.000 of them children. That so many people are waiting for treatment in one of the most developed economies in the world is truly frightening. Of course you can take into account the underfunding of the health sector during the economic downturn but it still wouldn't fully explain why so ma …

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