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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

It is that time of year again and we are blessed with great weather this summer. Our annual out-door Coffee Morning in aid of Waterford Hospice will held again at that great location The Guillamene. The Newtown and Guillamene Swimming Club will very generously host this great fundraising event on Sunday 6th August from 10.00 am.

This is a great location and we have had some wonderful Coffee Mornings there and the hospitality we have received over the years is very much appreciated.

Donate a cake or a few buns or just come and join in the fun and music and enjoy the wonderful location. For your comfort you can bring a rug or chair to enjoy the goodies and the views.

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

David Cullinane, Sinn Féin TD for Waterford, said that the proposed move by management at Waterford Airport to cut staff cover for emergency and search and rescue should not be allowed to happen.

Deputy Cullinane said:

"I have received information that Waterford airport is to lay off four fire-fighters and security personnel, a move that will have a significant impact on search and rescue for the south east.

"It will also have significant implications for emergency cover at the airport itself.

"According to some sources within the airport, the management are proposing to 'step in' to fire-fighter roles in order to keep the service staffed at minimum standards.

"If this turns out to be the case it will be completely unacceptable.

"The government subsidises the emergency helicopter at Waterford airport so this is not simply a matter for the airport's management but for the Minister as

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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

Waterford is already a creative county and a new blueprint for the future of the sector in the region focuses not just on the arts but on craft, on biodiversity, on research and technology as well as built and natural heritage and will bring communities together to showcase what is best and what is unique about Waterford.

Launching Waterford’s Creative Ireland 2017 plan at Feile at the Falls, an evening featuring music from David Power and Triona Marshall, broadcaster and author, Olivia O’Leary, who read poetry on the night, described the national initiative as “truly inspirational” and looked forward to its implementation at local level.

“There is no greater feeling than when you create something totally new and unique. That needs to be encouraged and nurtured. Waterford

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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

The world’s oldest intact working lighthouse has announced that from mid-July 2017 Hook Lighthouse will offer sunset tours.

Jutting out to sea at the tip of the Hook Peninsula on the corner of Ireland’s Ancient East, there is there is no better place to take in the vast seascapes and glorious colours of Ireland’s Celtic Sea according to the lighthouse manager Ann Waters. “Watching the sun go down at the tip of the Hook Peninsula is a memorable experience. The lighthouse watch-room offers spectacular panoramic views underneath unpolluted dark skies with just the sea as it’s mirror and the lighthouse beacon casting its presence; enjoying this vista of the sunset at the end of the day is something we have enjoyed at the lighthouse for many

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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

Mount Melleray Abbey on the sunny slopes of Knockmealdown is recognised, to quote Dungarvan poet and songstress, Mai O’Higgins as a ‘Little Heaven of the Mountains’. And so it is, peaceful, quiet, contemplative and, season after season, consistently colourful and inspiring.

Through its mountain terrain, woods, fields, lawns, buildings and the imposing and historic Monastery itself, there is an endless stream of inspiration to be tapped. So much so, that a local photographer has decided to capture all of those colours, all of those moods and as much of the serenity and solitude as she could and has published the result in four magnificent volumes.

So, Mount Melleray Abbey is proud to announce the publication of that set of four books collectively entitled ‘In Search of Beauty’ depicting in pictures and words ‘The Four Seasons of Mt. Melleray’.

They will be displayed to

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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

This week Councillor Eamon Quinlan condemned the planned closure of the Carrickpherish Community office by Waterford City and County Council. This office has been in operation for a number of years by the Council and was a frontline service provider for the wider community for not only Carrickpherish but Gracedieu, Bilberry and estates like Bowefield, Sherlock Walk, Mount Suir, Ard Clauin, Blackberry Fields etc. This is seen as part of an overall trend that has been gaining traction in the last number of years where direct Council services are being rationalised and centralised to a small number of location such as City Hall in the Mall and the Civic Office buildings in Dungarvan.

Speaking on this, Cllr Quinlan said ‘,Following several inquiries it was confirmed to me that this office is facing closure. The Carrickpherish area would have a high number

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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

Incident 1.

South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA) were called by An Garda Síochána to an incident above Kilclooney Woods on Saturday the 15th of July at 11.40. The team initiated a full team call out to assist an injured male walker who was with a group making their way to Coumshingaun Lake. The walker had sustained a lower leg injury. Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 117 were also tasked to the scene. The walker had sustained a lower leg injury. A number of scouts in the area helped to identify the location of the incident to Rescue 117 when they arrived at the scene. Three SEMRA team members then arrived and managed the Hi Line for Rescue 117 as the injured walker was winched into the helicopter. He was transported to University Hospital Waterford.

Incident 2.

Just after the helicopter had departed for

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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

A cross party meeting with the Minister for Health on the future of cardiac care in the South East was described as constructive by Waterford Oireachtas members who attended.

The meeting was attended by the Minister for Health Simon Harris, Minister of State for Training and Skills John Halligan, Deputy David Cullinane, Deputy Mary Butler, Senator Paudie Coffey and a representative for Senator Grace O Sullivan.

The Oireacthas members agreed to the following joint statement:

“The need for 24/7 Emergency PPCI for the South East is an absolute priority. We impressed upon the Minister the need for urgent and speedy action. We detected a step change in his approach and a greater understanding of the issues.

“The Minister has agreed to expedite a National Review and consult with all parties and groups on its terms of reference. He also agreed that the review needs

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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

One in 6 adults living in the country – contacted one of the country’s 42 Citizens Information Services (CIS) last year, including Waterford, according to a new report launched last week.

Waterford CIS served 13,699 of the 607,913 people who contacted CISs nationwide in 2016. These people had 21,038 queries dealt with in Waterford, of the 1.01 million queries nationally.

Remarkably, the vast majority of callers to the services were supported by CIS staff face to face. Four out of five pepole (80%) contacted their local CIS in person, nearly 20% by telephone with just 1% contacting the service by email.

This in contrast to the move by many other services to use internet and automated responses to answer people’s queries, Waterford CIS said.

Over 46% of all queries (462,738) were in relation to social welfare. Over one in six of these related to

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Wednesday, 12th July 2017

Tramore was en fete to welcome the official representative of the Japanese Imperial Family, Her Imperial Highness, the Princess Takamado, on the only stop of her Irish visit outside Dublin - the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens.

Built only three years ago, the Tramore Gardens commemorate the life and literary genius of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, who later in Japan was to change his name to Koizumi Yakumo upon his marriage to a Japanese woman whom he met in Matsue, where he began his work chronicling the rich folklore tradition of his adopted country.

Hearn published 13 books during the 14 years he spent in Japan before his untimely death in 1904 at the age of 54. Initially Hearn’s writing about Japanese society and folklore had a

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