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Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

On Wednesday 10th January 2018 at Edmund Rice Centre, Mount Sion | Barrack Street

Waterford City | Start time 7.00pm

Guest Speakers:

Donald Ewing, Tanya Brady

Dyslexia Association of Ireland

The talk will give a short explanation of what dyslexia is, and ways that parents can assist their children and discuss what supports and accommodations are available at school. The talk will also look at the demand for an after-school Dyslexia Workshop in Waterford for children with dyslexia. There will also be time for questions and answers.

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Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is the location for a presentation designed for adults considering applying as mature applicants (aged 23 or over) through the CAO in 2018.

The CAO 2016 Mature Applicant Presentation takes place on Wednesday, 10 January 2018, in the Auditorium, WIT’s Cork Road Campus.

The presentations are being organised by the rebranded Waterford Adult Educational Guidance Service (WAEGS) which was formerly known as the Regional Educational Guidance Service for Adults (REGSA).

Mature applicants can choose to come from two sessions: 11-12pm or 7pm- 8pm. Both presentations will include detailed information on applying through the CAO and completing the WIT Mature Applicant Assessment Form, with a questions and answers session at the end. No booking is required.

With the CAO deadline of 1st February fast approaching, mature applicants should not miss out on the invaluable tips and information which will be

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Wednesday, 20th December 2017

As Christmas draws closer, Winterval, Ireland"s Christmas capital, will be open every day right up until the 23rd for even more Christmas magic. With over 45 events and attractions the extended opening times means more time can be spent exploring the best Christmas festival in Ireland.

Highlights from the festival include Waterford Illuminates - the amazing light show, Winterval on Ice, the Winterval Express Train, Indoor Snow Globe at George"s Court and many more. They will be running every day and booking tickets in advance so days can be spent exploring this interactive medieval city as it celebrates this most wonderful time of the year is highly recommended.

Tickets can be purchased through the Winterval app too which can be downloaded for both Android and

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Wednesday, 20th December 2017

Crowds are expected to gather on the shortest day to watch the sun set at Knockroe, on the borders of Kilkenny and Tipperary near the village of Ahenny, at this year"s Winter Solstice on December 21.

Nestled in the Lingaun Valley in the foothills of Sliabh na mBan, Knockroe Passage Tomb, known locally as ‘the Caiseal", is unique due to its two chambers capturing both the sunrise and the sunset during the Winter Solstice.

Constructed by the first farmers, Knockroe Passage Tomb is part of a large collection of interconnected megalithic sites in the area, including Bawnfree, the Kilmacoliver Stone Circle, and the cairn on Slievenamon. Along with the two chambers with a dual solar alignment, archaeologists have uncovered the greatest collection of megalithic art outside County Meath.

This year the sun rises at

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Wednesday, 20th December 2017

On Tuesday last People Before Profit joined with community groups, housing charities and a number of political parties in the Mansion House in Dublin to organise a National Day of Action against the homeless and housing crisis. Waterford representative of PBP, Una Dunphy has called for people to get involved in a major national demonstration to be held on Saturday, the 7th of April 2018.

The Government"s policy, says Ms Dunphy, of relying on the private market to solve the housing crisis is unjust, cruel and has failed. That same private market gave us the Celtic Tiger crash, so it is hardly surprising that it won"t solve the current housing crisis. People Before Profit believes that there has to be decisive state intervention. There needs to be a major programme of council house building, rather than a permanent policy of subsidising

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Wednesday, 20th December 2017

Sinn Fein TD for Waterford Deputy David Cullinane has learned that state funding for Waterford Airport is under serious threat due to no commercial flights being in operation.

The Minister for Transport has previously withheld additional financial support to the Airport agreed as part of the Programme for Government as it was contingent on the operation of commercial flights.

Speaking today Deputy Cullinane said "It is my understanding that future state funding for Waterford Airport is under serious threat. The Airport has been without commercial flights since VLM ceased operations in 2016. Efforts to obtain a new carrier are ongoing. The status of Air Southeast announced this year is unclear.

"The Minister for Transport Shane Ross has previously withheld promised additional funding due to the lack of a commercial carrier in place. The Department also refused to fund an extension of the runway

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Wednesday, 20th December 2017

THE Road Safety Authority (RSA) has warned Waterford motorists to ‘expect the unexpected" as high winds and icy conditions make driving conditions treacherous in parts of the county over the busy Christmas period.

The RSA warning came as temperatures plummeted across the county and nationwide over the past week, heralding high winds and freezing sub-zero conditions.

Christmas is all too often a time of tragedy for families who have lost loves ones in road accidents, and motorists are being urged to doing everything they can to prevent further fatalities over the festive season.

In a statement issued in recent days, the RSA urged all road users to exercise caution over Christmas. It asked all drivers and cyclists to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.

RSA has the following advice for road users

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

A National Patient Experience survey 2017 has found that overall patients’ ratings of their experience at UHW were slightly below the national average. 79% of patients at

University Hospital Waterford said they had a ‘very good’ or good’ experience compared with 84% nationally.

While the Hospital scored below the national average for each question, patients did report some positive experiences. The survey found that patients in the hospital generally had good experiences of privacy once they had reached a ward and the level of dignity and respect shown to them. They also reported positive experiences of pain management and the standard of cleanliness and hygiene on the wards. Most patients said they had trust and confidence in the hospital staff treating them.

They survey found that

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

The Connect Effect were delighted to have Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley visit as guest speaker last week. Gerald spoke about the role of Waterford Chamber in the City, and the on-going initiatives by the Chamber to make Waterford a better place to do business.

The Connect Effect is network of local businesses from Waterford City and its surrounding environs. It helps its members grow their businesses in a positive and supportive environment. The Connect Effect does this by providing a structured weekly meeting, to facilitate members to get to know other business people and to showcase their own business.

Mr. Hurley is pictured here with Anthony Phelan from Advance Physio and Connect Effect.

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

The election of Trump, the elevation of climate deniers to head major US agencies and the record - breaking Hurricane Harvey, as well as other extreme events, including in Ireland, have injected a sense of urgency into many activists on climate change.

Records in temperature rises, heat waves, storm intensities, droughts etc. are broken with alarming regularity. 16 of the 17 warmest years on record have been since 2000. This year alone we have witnessed massive flooding in Bangladesh, Donegal, four extreme hurricanes in the Caribbean and the US south, Hurricane Ophelia in Ireland, forest fires in California and Portugal and much else. All this co-in siding with the announcement that the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has reached record levels.

The meeting which will be chaired by Una Dunphy, the local People Before Profit candidate in the next general election,

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    Celtic BounceThat our economy has steadily been getting better in the last number of years is something that won't be lost on most people. In fact things were so bad for so long at one period that there was no other way but up. Things are getting better but the questions have to be how much better and for whom? That there has been a bounce in our economy was witnessed by the better than average trading figures for the Christmas and New Year period. People did have more money to spend and they went ahe …

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