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Wednesday, 12th July 2017

A MARRIAGE of distant cousins that changed Irish history will be commemorated and celebrated next weekend as one of the country’s most majestic country estates opens its gates and doors to the public for a very special event.

Curraghmore House and Gardens in Portlaw, to the west of Waterford City, has remained in the same family for at least six centuries. For the last three hundred years it has been the seat of the Beresfords, Marquesses of Waterford.

On Sunday July 16, the tercentenary of the union of these two families and the marriage of two distant cousins from opposite ends of the country, Catherine Power and Marcus Beresford, will be celebrated as part of the annual Comeraghs Wild Festival.

To commemorate the landmark anniversary, Lord and Lady

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Wednesday, 12th July 2017

IT President of WIT Prof Willie Donnelly welcomed the appointment of a new Governing Body Chairperson. “Mr Moore is a member of the WIT governing body and chair of the institute’s audit committee. He has a deep commitment to the Institute and a track record in providing leadership in education both nationally and regionally. This leadership will be particularly important in helping the institute respond to the educational needs of the region and in particular to the development of our Technological University bid with IT Carlow.”

Institutes of Technology have a key role in driving regional development and jobs growth. Mr Jim Moore’s vast experience and knowledge, in the public, private and voluntary sectors, will ensure that WIT can be a strong driver of economic development and jobs growth in the South East region.

Mr Moore said he was pleased with the

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Wednesday, 12th July 2017

Minister of State John Halligan T.D. has announced the provision of an additional 11 Special Needs Assistants which will be available for allocation in Waterford schools over the period September to December 2017, in order to meet the level of assessed demand.

This increased allocation will bring the total number of Special Needs Assistants in Waterford to 325 and will result in additional special needs resources at schools across Waterford from September, according to Minister Halligan, as well as new special needs classes for pupils with Autism at Mount Sion and St Paul’s primary schools in the city and also Scoil Naomh Gobnait in Coolnasmear.

Annually, the number of Special Needs Assistants has increased by 32% across the country, from 10,575 to 13,990 since 2011, Minister Halligan noted:

“This increase reflects the growing participation of children with special educational needs and will support

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

As Waterford Today was going to print, people from Waterford and the South East area, responding to a call from the South East Patient Advocacy Group were converging on Dáil

Eireann to demand 24/7 Cardiac Care for the South East region. Many people carried “I am Tom” posters, in memory of the late Thomas Power who died on Father’s Day on his way to CUH because the Cath Lab at UHW was closed for the weekend.

The Health Equality for the South East group have released the statement below.

Health Equality For the South East (HEFSE.com) instigators of ‘Hand On Heart’ is one of the groups invited to take part in an Oireachtas members briefing Tuesday 4th July on South East cardiac services. Although we

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

Colr. Pat Nugent, F.G. has been elected as Mayor of Waterford City and County. Pat has been an elected representative to Waterford County Council since 2004. He represents the West Waterford-Dungarvan area, is married to Eileen and they have eight children. He works as a farm advisor with Glan Bia. Pat is a lifelong member of Clashmore, Kinsalebeg GAA club and a member of the Ireland Newfoundland Connections Committee. Keenly active in the community Pat seeks to assist as many community groups as possible. He is a member o f the Dungarvan Pigeon Club and is particularly committed to assisting older people to reduce the burden on them caused by rural isolation. Pat has secured substantial funding over the years for use by many local deserving groups such as the Scouts and

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

The growing support for Jeremy Corbyn in Britain and the tremendous mobilisation of voters in America by Bernie Sanders show that the politics of equality based on people power is growing and building in strength says People Before Profit.

The description by Taoiseach Varadkar of his right wing Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil Government as the new European centre, and the witless floundering of the Teresa May regime in Britain show that austerity parties are lost and confused and unable to escape from the corporate interests that they serve.

At the same time, all across Europe, all across the world, and not least in Ireland, the Left, with its simple and powerful message of solidarity, justice and equality is growing and offering real hope and confidence to people who know that they can and must use their voice and their power to transform society.

A

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

The ‘Father of the Irish Tricolour’, revolutionary and soldier, Thomas Francis Meagher is celebrated in a new stamp released by An Post last Thursday. Designed by Dublin design studio WorkGroup, the stamp is based on a portrait of Meagher, by Charles, with the colours of the Tricolour in the background.

The stamp and a very collectable First Day Cover (FDC) are available from main post offices, at the stamp counters at Dublin’s GPO or online via http://www.irishstamps.ie

Thomas Francis Meagher was born in Waterford. The family lived in what is now the Granville Hotel but later moved to a large house opposite the site on which the Waterford Treasures Museum is located.

In 1848, Meagher brought the flag which was later to become the flag of the Irish Republic,

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

A new outdoor sensory classroom has been opened at a small national school in a remote mountainous area of County Waterford. The teachers, pupils, past pupils and families at Kilbrien National School have delivered the attractive facility through a huge community effort supported by the Waterford site of Sanofi, a global healthcare leader.

Martin Delaney, Principal, Kilbrien N.S., said: “Learning through play is very, very important and there’s been a huge emphasis on Aistear, it’s a curriculum where children learn through play. We said that this could be incorporated into a new outdoor classroom.

Clair Daly who’s one of our parents here works with Sanofi was also very enthusiastic about it and suggested that Sanofi would be willing to become involved.

It’s of huge benefit to the children, especially in the junior classes for a start. Children learn through play. This would be

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

On Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July Waterford Treasures hosted a conference to remember the career and achievements of Waterford-born civil servant, John Hearne, described by Eamon de Valera as the ‘architect’ of the 1937 Constitution of Ireland and who later served as Ireland’s first ambassador to the United States. A comprehensive programme of events has been organised, including a national conference on the Constitution, the launch of a biography, the opening of a permanent exhibition and the unveiling of a bust of Hearne.

Who was John Hearne?

Born at 8 William Street on 4 December 1893, Hearne’s father was Alderman Richard Hearne, co-owner of Hearne and Cahill Bootmakers, and who served as Mayor of Waterford from 1901-1903. John Hearne was educated at Waterpark College and the King’s Inns. He was called to the Bar in 1919 and in 1929 was

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

ICSA president Patrick Kent has said cardiac care services at Waterford University Hospital need to be fully resourced for weekend cover. Mr Kent was speaking following recent events which resulted in the tragic death of Waterford farmer Thomas Power.

Mr Kent said

“The lack of a 24/7 cardiac care service in the south east region is a disgrace. Our sympathies go out to Mr Power’s family and friends at this very difficult time. Nobody should be denied critical services when they need them most, whatever day of the week it may be.”

Concluding Mr Kent said, “Those living in rural Ireland cannot be expected to accept inferior emergency care services. This preventable tragedy must serve as wake-up call for 24/7 cover to be implemented as a matter of urgency.”

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