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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

Twenty five years ago a group of volunteers got together in Waterford and decided to provide hospice care for the terminally ill in Waterford. At the time the only hospice care in Ireland was provided by religious orders in Dublin, Cork and Limerick. Hospice or palliative care is the care of patients and their families when the patient's disease is no longer responsive to treatment. The care is given by a multi professional team and the focus of the care is on the quality of life.

First meeting and committee

The first recorded meeting of Waterford Hospice movement took place in the home of Dr Chantelle McNamara on the 16th May 1988 with total funds available of £2,500. The next meeting took place in Ardkeen on the 13th June

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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

Men's Health Week, Monday 10th until Sunday 16th June

Men's Health Week will run from Monday 10th until Sunday 16th June. Each year, individual countries focus upon a specific theme. The theme for 2013 in Ireland is: "Action Men - Turning Words into Actions". There is certainly a need to do this, as men, on the island of Ireland, experience a disproportionate burden of ill-health and die too young ...

Local men die, on average, almost five years younger than women do.

Males have higher death rates than women for all of the leading causes of death.

Poor lifestyles are responsible for a high proportion of chronic diseases.

Late presentation to health services leads to a large number of problems becoming untreatable ...

Indeed, while many of these conditions are preventable, their prevalence among men may, in fact, rise in the future.

Why should we focus upon:

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Tuesday, 4th June 2013

The Waterford Harvest Garden ‘Venture into the Wild’ has been announced as the gold medal winner in the large garden category and the Best in Show at the annual Bloom Garden Festival, which took place last weekend from May 30 to June 3 at the Phoenix Park.

The Waterford garden is designed by Gerard Mullen, commenting on the win Gerard said, "I’m blown away and I’m very proud of the team and of myself, to be totally honest I’m a bit shellshocked, I don’t think about the medals in the lead into Bloom I’m just focused on the garden and staying true to the design and really trying not to think about what the judges might want, this is an amazing achievement and I’m delighted

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Tuesday, 4th June 2013

Widespread welcome for Technological University for Waterford IT and Carlow IT

The South East Institutes of Technology (Waterford IT and IT Carlow) welcome the approval by the Minister for Education and Skills Mr Ruairí Quinn TD for the Institutes to proceed to the second stage of the process for designation as a Technological University. The Institute's community and stakeholders welcome this vote of confidence by the Government, and in particular, the view expressed that the Institutes are 'within a reasonable distance of the criteria'.

This is a major boost for the regions served by the Institutes; from Kildare to Wexford, and from Kilkenny to South Tipperary. This is a natural next step in the further development of the two successful institutions in Waterford and Carlow.

This University will become a key component of the infrastructure required to drive sustainable regional economic development and

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Tuesday, 4th June 2013

Waterford City Councillor Davy Daniels has spoken of his sadness in the wake of the death of Reverend Fr. Pat Cooney, the Parish Priest of Saint Joseph & Benildus and St. Mary's, Ballygunner.

"It was with genuine and sincere sadness that I learned of Fr. Cooney's passing on Friday last," said Collr. Daniels.

"Fr. Pat was well known throughout the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore, and had become a great friend and counsel to many in the five years he served as Parish Priest of Saint Joseph & Benildus and St. Mary's, Ballygunner where he had also served previously.

"During his time in our Parish, Fr. Pat proved an engaging and effective contributor to our community, as exemplified by his work as Board of Management Chairman at St. Mary's Ballygunner National School.

"I wish to convey my deepest sympathies to Fr. Cooney's family and

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Tuesday, 4th June 2013

Waterford Chamber of Commerce President Nora Widger has welcomed the announcement by the Department for Education of a reorganisation of the higher education sector to include thecreation of a Technological University for the Southeast.

Within the announcement three groups of institutes are to progress towards technological university status including Waterford Institute to Technology and Carlow Institute of Technology through the formation of regional clusters between the institutes of technologies.

President of Waterford Chamber Nora Widger commented, "In February of this year the HEA agreed on new rules around the setting up of technological universities in Ireland and we are delighted to hear that this recommendation is being followed though upon and the Southeast region will now have a Technological University."

This has been a lobbyissue for Waterford Chamber for a number of

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Tuesday, 4th June 2013

Vodafone Ireland has switched on even better mobile coverage in Waterford City. Services across the city have been enhanced to bring mobile data services to areas where previously only mobile calls could be made. These significant improvements will allow customers, on Ireland's leading mobile network, to do more with their smartphone or tablet, whenever and wherever they want, right across Waterford City.

Over 50,000 people will experience the benefits of these improvements, specifically in: Waterford City Centre, Grange, Grantstown, Ballytruckle, Ballynakill, Kilbarry, Ballybeg, Skibbereen (in Waterford), Carrickphierish, Logloss, Belmount, Abbeylands, Christendom and Rathculliheen

In these areas, social media enthusiasts, on-the-go business people or families who want to keep in touch with loved ones abroad can access email, browse the web and share files, photos and other

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Tuesday, 4th June 2013

Farm safety essential in tough farming year By the FBD farming team

Farmers have had an extremely difficult start to 2013 due to the slow start to the growing season. However, regardless of the time pressure, farmers should make sure that they retain safety at the top of their priority list over the coming months. The high number of fatalities and serious injuries on farms means that everyone in the farming community needs to address this great concern with a practical common sense approach.

Many dangers on the farm are obvious - poorly maintained tractors and machinery; unguarded PTO shafts and inadequate fencing. However, farmers need to look out for danger as they carry out their routine tasks. For example, when preparing for spraying, it is vital to pay extra attention to the safe handling and storage of chemicals and spraying equipment.


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Tuesday, 28th May 2013

Waterford Chamber of Commerce yesterday evening (Monday, May 27) hosted it’s 226th Annual General Meeting at Dooley’s Hotel in Waterford City at which Orm Kenny, President officially ended his term in office and passed on the mantle to incoming President Nora Widger.

In his address Orm congratulated the incoming President and thanked the Chamber Executive, Members and staff for their support during his term.

Commenting on the previous twelve months as chamber president Orm said, “I would like to express my deepest appreciation to all members of the Chamber for allowing me to serve you as President over the last twelve months. The role has been challenging at times but it has given me the opportunity to contribute in some small way to the vitally important work of the Chamber

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Tuesday, 28th May 2013

City Centre on Friday 31st May from 17.00

Waterford City Council and Waterford City Centre Business Group, supported by the city centre retailers and businesses, are delighted to announce that from Friday 31st May there will be a programme of City Centre events, entertainment, special offers, promotions and lots, lots more all supported by a mixture of FREE and reduced car parking rates.

The programme of family fun entertainment will include puppets shows, street entertainment, live bands, children’s entertainment and a whole lot more.

Jane Cantwell, from Waterford City Council, is co-ordinating the programme of events, "We at Waterford City Council are delighted to be working very closely with the Waterford City Centre Business Group in developing a "Fun Friday" theme to Waterford City Centre. All of our Waterford City Council sponsored events will take place on and around the stage in John

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Letters to the Editor


    Cold war reheatedThe nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia has without a doubt ratcheted up tensions between not only the United KIngdom and Russia but also the entire Western Alliance. Such a blatant attack using nerve agents has not been seen on European soil since the Second World War and is being directly attributed by the British as a direct attack by the Russians. British Prime Minister Theresa May has already brought to a halt high level relations between …

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