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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

On Tuesday 20th March, members of Waterford Business Group and business owners, met with Waterford Garda. The annual meeting took place in Boxworks co-working space, in Patrick Street.

The meeting was attended by around 40 business owners, as well as Superintendent Chris Delaney, Sgt Brendan Roche, Sgt Finbar O’Sullivan and Peter Clifford, from Waterford City and County Garda Station, in Ballybricken.

The evening was hosted by WBG Chair Michael Garland. During his introduction Michael gave an overview of some of the tireless work carried out to date, by the voluntary members of the Business Group. In particular he focused on this year’s City in Bloom, the Retail Watch Scheme, City Safe, #AskForAngela, Purple Flag and the need for people and businesses to work together, for the betterment of Waterford.

The 2018 City in Bloom is expanding for the fourth year in a row.

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Who stole the Easter Bunny’s eggs? That’s the mystery your children will be solving at a three-day Easter creative writing camp being run by writer Derbhile Graham. The camp runs from 3-5 April at the Edmund Rice Heritage Centre in Waterford City.

The camp will last from 9.30am to 1pm each day and during the sessions, children will create wacky characters and create wonderful worlds. The camp will culminate in a storytelling session, where the children will write a story step by step, which they can share with their parents.

This writing camp is aimed at children aged eight to twelve and costs €60 per child, with concessions for two children or more. To book, contact Derbhile on 087 695 9799 or 051 386 250.

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Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Cllr Jason Murphy calls on UHW management to scrap cruel parking charges for cancer sufferers and their families Fianna Fáil city councillor Jason Murphy is calling on hospital management at UHW not to wait for the results of a national review into hospital parking charges but to show "compassion and leadership" by unilaterally abolishing what he described as a "cruel and insensitive" levy on cancer sufferers and their families at the Waterford hospital.

Cllr Murphy stated, "While I obviously welcome the long overdue announcement by Minster Harris of a review into exorbitant hospital parking charges I am now calling on management at UHW to show compassion and leadership by immediately scrapping parking charges for cancer sufferers and their families while they're receiving treatment at UHW".

Cllr Murphy who is also a member of the Regional Health Forum proposed a motion along with

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Wednesday, 21st March 2018

It was a proud moment in Waterford’s esteemed history of glass manufacturing as, this year, the traditional bowl of shamrock presented to the US President on St. Patrick’s Day originated in the Crystal County.

Sean Egan of Sean Egan Art Glass had the distinction of designing and crafting the stunning piece, the Shamrock Bowl, which was presented to President Donald Trump by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD on Thursday, March 15th, ahead of the traditional St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

The practice of presenting a bowl of shamrock to the US president dates back to 1953 when President Eisenhower accepted the gift from Ambassador Hearne. The first Taoiseach to present shamrock rather than the Ambassador was John A. Costello in 1956. The next Taoiseach was Jack Lynch in 1971,

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Wednesday, 21st March 2018

The first programme in the brand new GIY (Grow It Yourself) TV series ‘GROW COOK EAT’ presented by the founder of GIY Michael Kelly and the GIY Head of Community Development Karen O’Donohoe aired last week. This Wednesday evening, the second programme focuses on tomatoes including a visit to Grantstown Nurseries in Waterford.

During the programme which will air on RTE 1 on Wednesday, March 21st at 7.30pm, Michael Kelly heads to meet the team at the nurseries located in Ballygunner, who have been growing tomatoes for the last 40 years. Managing director of Grantstown Nurseries David Currid ensures that the Ballygunner nursery is at the forefront of tomato growing in Ireland. David inherited his passion for tomato growing from his father

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Wednesday, 21st March 2018

February Lecture – The development of Dungarvan c. 1200 – 1900

The WAHS lecture season for 2017 and 2018 continues on Friday 23rd March with a lecture titled ‘The development of Dungarvan c. 1200 – 1900’ by the historical geographer Mr John Martin at 8:00 pm in the St Patrick’s Gateway Centre, Waterford.

The town of Dungarvan developed in the shelter of the 13th century King John’s Castle and over the following centuries grew to be a bustling port, market town and administrative centre. John Martin’s lecture will focus on the development of Dungarvan, the layout of its streets, buildings and open spaces, from its foundation by the Anglo-Normans to the end of the 19th century. The medieval street pattern is still visible, as are the ruins of the castle, Augustinian abbey and parish church. The town walls no longer survive above

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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

South East Cardiac campaign groups are asking all clubs and groups walking in this year’s St Patricks Day parade to adopt a ‘Hand On Heart’ gesture while passing the reviewing stand - this to show support to the call for expanded cardiac services and 24/7 cardiac care for the South East.

Despite the announcement that a national review is needed to decide the case for any expansion of the South East cardiac service, Government has in the interim, given approval to enhanced facilities in Galway and the addition of another Catheterisation Laboratory at St. Vincents Hospital Dublin without any requirement of a national review. The approved extra lab at St. Vincents brings the Dublin Public Cath Lab total to 13 from 12, a patient ratio of 1 to

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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Waterford is set to have a fantastic day of celebrations for the annual Waterford City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Vikings will once again walk the streets of Ireland’s Oldest City as the parade theme for this year is "Our Viking Heritage". Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Pat Nugent is delighted to announce Her Excellency Else Berit Eikeland, Ambassador of Norway to Ireland as this year’s Grand Marshal.

This year’s Viking theme also ties in with Ireland’s very first International Viking Festival which will take place here in Waterford over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

The St. Patrick’s Day festivities will begin with a performance from Higgins Academy of Irish Dance at the viewing stand on The Mall at 12.30pm. The parade will then officially begin at 1pm with over 60 colourful entries taking part. The lead band this year

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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Despite initial confusion that full planning had been granted to the multi million Euro North Quays development is has emerged that there are now two valid objectors to the project.

The objectors are Pat Moran from Cheekpooint and Eddie Lynch from Passage East.

Mr. Moran said that his objection was based on his belief that Waterford City and County Council have not given enough assurances that cruise ships, and the Tall Ships, will be able to come into the city.

The second objector, Mr. Eddie Lynch, Passage East is based on his objection that the Council is trying to compulsorily acquire his property which is outside the North Quays Strategic Development Zone.

Deputy Mayor comments Collr. John Cummins, Deputy Mayor has issued the following statement on the latest development:

"Obviously this is extremely disappointing news. I think An Bord Pleanala have very serious questions to

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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

The announcement from PTSB and Ulster Bank that they intend to sell thousands of mortgages to vulture funds is a real cause for concern according to

Cllr Joe Kelly. Recent figures from PTSB included 4,000 buy-to-lets as part of the sell off. This could affect up to 10,000 people across the country according to

Threshold CEO John-Mark McCafferty.

Cllr Kelly said that its only right that a lot of the recent focus is on home owners who face eviction when vulture funds take over the loan books of banks but we must also recognise the threat to people who rent their home. These people face being put out on the road too when the houses and apartments they rent are sold to vulture funds.

Cllr Kelly continued ‘in many cases the vulture funds appoint receivers to often get tenants out of the houses so

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