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Wednesday, 20th December 2017

Christmas at Ferrybank Library

Christmas Storytime with Mrs Claus: Mrs Claus will be in Ferrybank Library once again for a very special Christmas storytime! Young children are in for a festive treat with Christmassy stories, songs and maybe will learn a thing or two about Santa Claus himself! Suitable for under 8yrs. Wednesday the 20th of December at 4pm. All are welcome.

Customer Coffee Morning – To thank all our customers for their continued support in Ferrybank Library, the staff will host a customer coffee morning on Friday the 22nd of December from 10.00am. We invite everyone to join us for a cuppa and a festive treat! All are welcome.

Annual Christ Church Cathedral Christmas Draw

The draw took place on Saturday 2nd December 2017 in St. Olaf"s Hall, Waterford. Prizewinners as follows:

1st - Watercolour by K. Dolan (value €400) was won by Mr.

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Wednesday, 20th December 2017

Buying goods online

December 2017


I have ordered a few presents from a Belgian website. Can I return them if I change my mind when I get them?


Online purchases from businesses based in the EU are covered by the EU Directive on Consumer Rights. Under this Directive you are entitled to a cooling-off period of 14 days. During the cooling-off period, you can cancel distance contracts such as online purchases without giving a reason and without incurring charges or penalties, other than possible charges incurred in returning the goods. The 14-day cooling-off period begins on the day that you receive the goods.

Upon cancellation, the distance seller is obliged to repay you within 14 days, including delivery costs. If you chose a more expensive type of delivery than the seller"s cheapest standard delivery, you are only entitled to be refunded the cost of

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Wednesday, 20th December 2017

Waterford Today weekly horoscopes

Wednesday 20th December - Tuesday 2nd January

Aries 21st March-21st April

You"ve learned some tough lessons in the last twelve months Aries. You know yourself a little better, warts and all, and you"re certainly not about to sell yourself short. Choices made now, especially on the career front, have long lasting implications. Make sure your ladder is leaning against the right wall, and that the path you"re taking is leading where you want to go.

Taurus 22nd April-21st May

Hard work that you"ve been putting in piece by piece, day by day and week by week, will have built up to a substantial investment in time and energy and eventually you may begin to see the rewards. It could be that you finally have squirreled enough money away for a deposit for a home, or that a relationship is finally on

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Wednesday, 20th December 2017

Top tips to help your festive display dazzle in the safest and most energy efficient way

Irish lighting experts Solus have some top tips to help your festive display dazzle in the safest and most energy efficient way.

Safety first: A&E departments are filled with homeowners who lose fights with their Christmas lights and fall off ladders or suffer electric shocks. To avoid the Christmas black and blues, never hang lights solo; instead, work with a partner who holds the ladder. Also, avoid climbing on roofs after rain or snow.

Use LED Christmas Lights: These consume 90% less electricity compared to old Christmas lights and incandescent bulbs. Don"t turn on the Christmas lights during the day, it is a waste of energy and electricity and no one can really enjoy looking at the lights during the day. Use timers to automatically switch the

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Wednesday, 20th December 2017

With Breda Gardner Homeopath, lcph, mcos, rgn

Health Therapies Clinic

13 Gladstone Street, Waterford.

Tel: 087 2025753.

Insight Natural Health Clinic

15 Upper Patrick St, Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7724429

Stress-free christmas

Christmas is almost upon us. If you are fortunate enough to have your own home and can afford to have food on the table, then it is a happy Christmas for you. I have a little decoration hanging on my front door and it says "Let's count the blessings of what we have that money can't buy." It's a sentiment with which I totally agree.

But for many, Christmas brings up the pain of lost loved ones and of regrets. Or indeed the lovely or painful memories of past Christmases.

There is no denying that Christmas can sometimes be a stressful time. At certain moments, everyone seems to be stressed out by something or someone. Nobody goes through life

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Wednesday, 20th December 2017

Commission International Accreditation for 4th time, meeting highest standards of safety and quality

For the fourth time since 2008, UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre in Waterford has successfully achieved accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCI). This recognition is based on an extensive review of the centre"s patient safety and quality standards and processes.

The JCI is the recognised leader in international health care accreditation and is considered the gold standard in global health care. Its accreditation process focuses on determining whether a health care facility has the right systems and processes in place to support high-quality and safe patient care, and has the culture and capacity to continuously improve care. JCI"s surveyors examine crucial issues such as patient and family education, access to care and medication management. The process requires hospitals to demonstrate a track record of standards compliance and relies on

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Wednesday, 20th December 2017

by Siúcra & Catherine Fulvio

With the festive entertainment season fast approaching, keep your guests happy with these Mini Christmas Cranberry Crackers by Siúcra & Catherine Fulvio. Whether it's for a Christmas party or New Year's drinks, this is the recipe to create some mouth-watering mini sweet treats. This easy yet impressive canapé recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Makes 12

- 4 sheets filo pastry

- 60g melted butter


For the coulis

- 100g fresh or frozen cranberries

- 50g raspberries

- 60g Siúcra Granulated Sugar

For the filling

- 150g dried cranberries, soaked in 100ml orange juice for 10 minutes.

- 50g Siúcra Granulated Sugar

- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

- 1 orange, zest only

- Siúcra Icing Sugar, to dust

- Siucra Roll Out Icing, for holly leaves

- Green colouring (optional)

- 150ml cream, to serve

- 4 tbsp. Siúcra Icing Sugar

- String,

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Wednesday, 20th December 2017

Latte Martini by Siúcra & Catherine Fulvio

Make your holiday season more merry with this amazing Christmas Latte Martini by Siúcra & Catherine Fulvio cocktail recipes. Greet guests on arrival with this festive holiday cocktail and spice up your party this holiday season.

Ingredients Makes 1

For the sugar syrup

- 100g Siucra Caster Sugar

- 150ml water

- 30ml vodka

- 1 espresso coffee shot

- 30ml cream

- 4 tbsp of ice

- 4 raspberries

- Siucra Granulated Sugar for the glass and raspberries

- Beaten egg white

- Large rosemary sprig


To prepare the sugar syrup

- Pour the sugar and water into a saucepan and bring to the boil, reduce the heat, simmer for about 6 to 7 minutes until a light syrup forms.

- Leave to cool completely. This will keep in your fridge for 2 to 3 weeks.

To decorate the glass

- Dip a small brush into the egg white and brush around the rim of the glass, dip the glass into the granulated

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Coffee morning for Samaritans

Coffee Morning - A Sunday of music with Bealtaine Library Choir Waterford in aid of Waterford and South East Samaritans will take place in The Granary, Hanover Street, Waterford on Sunday 17th December at 12 pm. There will be a raffle on the day with great prizes to be won. Price €5 includes refreshments. All proceeds will go to Waterford Samaritans to help raise awareness of the service they provide to the Community. Waterford and South East Samaritans Freephone 116 123.

Carbally Community Development Project Christmas Events 2017

The Carbally Community Development Project has a number of activities that are ongoing between now and Christmas.

The Ballymacaw Baby & Toddler Group; Come along to our baby and toddler group running every Monday during term time. Meet up for some adult conversation while the little ones play. Fun and games for

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Christmas Bonus


I am getting a social welfare payment. Will I get a Christmas Bonus this year?


The Christmas Bonus is paid to people getting a long-term social welfare payment. Long-term social welfare payments include the following:

- State Pensions and Widow’s/Widower’s/Surviving Civil Partner’s Pensions

- Invalidity Pension, Blind Pension, Disability Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit, Domiciliary Care Allowance and Guardian’s Payments

- Jobseeker’s Transitional payment, One-Parent Family Payment, Farm Assist, Deserted Wife’s Benefit and Allowance

- Community Employment, Rural Social Scheme, Tús, Gateway, Back to Work Enterprise Allowance and Job Initiative

- Back to Education Allowance (BTEA), VTOS and Further Education and Training (FET) training allowance (people coming from jobseeker's payments must have been on their payment and/or BTEA or VTOS or FET training allowance for 15 months)

For Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA) or Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance (BSWA), you must be getting the payment for 15 months

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Letters to the Editor


    No Gun ControlAs much as you might sympathize with the students and families of those who were at the center of one of the worst high school shootings in Florida last week, you easily get the impression that their deaths were all for naught. There is absolutely no way, following the 17 deaths at this shooting, that the law makers in America will bring in legislation that will see the curbing of gun use and gun ownership in that country. It is just not the American way.In actual fact if past histor …

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