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Thursday, 30th November 2017

Someone in Waterford woke up a millionaire over the weekend after winning a cool one million euros on last night’s ‘Ireland Only Raffle’ EuroMillions draw. The National Lottery is now urging all Waterford EuroMillions players to check their tickets to see if they join the exclusive EuroMillions millionaire club.

The golden ticket for the EuroMillions guaranteed €1 million euro prize in Ireland was sold at the SuperValu store in the Kilbarry Centre, Tramore Road. The ‘Ireland Only Raffle’ winning code, found on your EuroMillions ticket, is I-CWQ-43032.

A delighted SuperValu store manager, Karl Carter, said today: "We’re absolutely delighted. It’s been great craic spreading the word to our customers this morning. I haven’t a clue who the winner is but the €7 Quick Pick ticket was bought in the store yesterday (Friday 24th November). Whoever it is is about to have a

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

The shortlisted candidates in the 2017 Ireland Best Young Entrepreneur competition gathered for the much-anticipated County final on Friday night (November 24th) at Dooley's Hotel. Founder of the waste collection service ‘Kollect’, Mr Robbie Skuse was announced as Waterford’s overall winner in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition 2017. (See also Page 48).

17 of Waterford's young entrepreneurs were shortlisted for the Waterford final and three winners and runners-up were announced on the evening in each of the categories ‘Best New Idea', ‘Best Start-up' and ‘Best Established Business'. Head of Enterprise at Waterford's Local Enterprise Office Richie Walsh announced each winner and runner-up and the presentation of awards was made by the Mayor of Waterford Councillor Pat Nugent. Each category winner was awarded with a financial investment fund from Waterford's Local Enterprise Office.

Robbie's business Kollect was launched in 2015; its business model

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Tuesday, 21st November 2017

Speaking at the Annual St. Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal on Thursday last, the Area President,

Mr. Michael Curran said that 24% of Waterford households were in need.

He said that the Society received 4,395 calls in 2016 and they expected up to 850 families to ask for their assistance this Christmas and a total of 1,500 families will seek their help over the winter in total.

He illustrated in moving terms the hardship caused to just one family last year due to unemployment and the loss of the family home.

He noted that the Society's average income has decreased again this year reflecting the 9% decline recorded between 2015 and 2016.

Mr. Curran said that the St. Vincent De Paul was the means by which the

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Tuesday, 21st November 2017

His Excellency José María Rodríguez-Coso, Spanish Ambassador to Ireland, paid an official visit to WIT on November 9th. Ambassador Rodríguez-Coso was

accompanied by the Head of Studies at the Instituto Cervantes, Dublin, Carlos García de la Santa Delgado, the Director of the

Spanish Tourist Office in Dublin, Teresa Gancedo Nieto and by Honorary Vice-Consul, Penelope Eades.

The Ambassador, who paid a return visit to WIT following a highly successful visit in March, commented that he is 'very glad to have this opportunity to visit Waterford Institute of Technology to strengthen the crystal clear relations between Waterford and Spain and make them even better'.

Welcoming Ambassador Rodriguez-Coso to the Institute, WIT President, Professor Willie Donnelly declared that 'we are delighted to welcome the Spanish Ambassador back to WIT. Our links with Spain

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Tuesday, 21st November 2017

The National Transport Authority has announced Bus Éireann as the preferred bidder for the contract relating to the operation of five city bus routes in Waterford City. This followed a competitive process involving five bids from Irish and international companies.

NTA will be formally sending the company a detailed Letter of Intent in the coming weeks.

Anne Graham Chief Executive Officer of the National Transport Authority said: "This is ultimately about improving bus services for people in Waterford City, and making public transport a more attractive option for members of the travelling public in the city.

"A significant benefit is the new fleet of 17 vehicles that we are purchasing for these services. The buses are powered by the latest Euro VI diesel engine, which are much cleaner in use than older diesel engines.

"They are all certified as 'low emission vehicles', which means

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Working together and building a brighter future for Waterford and the South East Region was the key message at the Waterford Chamber Annual Dinner in the Tower Hotel on Friday night last.

Sponsored by Liberty Blue Estate Agents, the annual black tie event played host to over 250 business people from across the city and county.

Opening proceedings, following a drinks reception hosted by McDonald Dwyer Reddy & Byrne Insurances Ltd., Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr Pat Nugent said we are living in exciting times and are on the cusp of many exciting developments for the city.

"In the early years of the recession, Waterford Council would have indentified key economic drivers which were necessary to position Waterford to be ready for a future economic upturn.

"The SDZ

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, is calling for a number of amendments to the Draft National Planning Framework (NPF) 'Ireland 2040' for it to be sufficiently robust to deliver the ambition of the plan.

Addressing businesses in the region, Ibec South East Regional Director John Farrell stated: "The region has experienced slower economic recovery than the national average in recent years, lower third level education attainment rates, lower value job opportunities and less job creation. An effective NPF will be vital to securing the future development of the South East.

"The draft NPF reflects a major effort across Government departments. The new focus on improving the quality of life in our region will allow us to become more competitive, resilient and inclusive.

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

The Tramore based Team would like to thank all that fundraised and donated to the recently held "Lip Sync Blaa-tle" charity fundraiser night in the Dome in WIT. This was the second year of the fundraiser and was held in memory of Trevor Sinnott who passed away a few years ago. The night consisted of 12 acts getting on stage, miming a song of their choice and putting on a performance with it. The audience then voted who they wanted to win. Money was raised from ticket sales, sponsorship cards, raffle and votes. From the whole night, €6057 was raised for different charities / organisations like Dunmore East RNLI, Pieta House, Waterford Musical Society, Johnville FC, Bring Ava Home, Gealscoil na nDeise,

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Tesco Ireland stores across the country raised a fangtastic €102,000 as part of Trick or Treat for Temple Street over the bank holiday weekend.

In all 149 stores, Tesco colleagues dressed up in a variety of costumes while they hosted Halloween parties at the front of each store with cake sales, face-painting, balloons and much more. Tesco stores in Waterford raised over €2,460 to support the little heroes of Temple Street.

All funds raised by Tesco stores will go towards purchasing eight new Patient Monitors located in several critical care units across the hospital. These new monitors will support the amazing staff of Temple Street to deliver the best possible care to little patients and allow patient data to move with them if they need to be transferred.

Denise Fitzgerald, CEO of Temple Street Fundraising said: "Once again our friends in Tesco all

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Focus Ireland is calling on the people of Waterford to give one night to change a life and take part in the Big Deise Sleep Out which will take place on Friday December 1 st at the Edmund Rice Centre.

This is the 2 nd year the event has been organised by Focus Ireland in Waterford, to highlight the issue of homelessness, and to raise vital funds in support of the ever increasing number families, children and young people who will be homeless this winter.

Speaking about the event, Rebecca Reynolds, National Fundraising Initiatives Manager at Focus Ireland said: "The homeless crisis gets worse and worse every year and for the first time this Christmas we will have over 3000 children who are homeless in Ireland and well over 8000 people who are homeless nationwide. The two groups most impacted by homelessness

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    No Gun ControlAs much as you might sympathize with the students and families of those who were at the center of one of the worst high school shootings in Florida last week, you easily get the impression that their deaths were all for naught. There is absolutely no way, following the 17 deaths at this shooting, that the law makers in America will bring in legislation that will see the curbing of gun use and gun ownership in that country. It is just not the American way.In actual fact if past histor …

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