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Wednesday, 22nd March 2017

Republican Icon dies

The death of Martin McGuinness in Derry yesterday morning brings to an end the life of one of the most remarkable Republicans ever in the history of the movement. A person who made the transition from violent militarism to a key figure in the peace process in Northern Ireland. He died aged 66 in Derry’s Altanagelvin Hospital with his family by his bedside.

A former member of the IRA’S Army Council he became Sinn Fein’s Chief negotiator in the peace process. He led the Sinn Fein Party into power-sharing with the DUP in 2007 and served as Deputy first minister alongside Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson and Arlene Foster. In 2011 he contested the presidential election which was won by Michael D. Higgins and no one who saw the debate on television forgot the intervention by McGuinness which was critical

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Wednesday, 22nd March 2017

John Halligan T.D. has paid tribute to the late Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, following this morning’s rescue helicopter crash.

Describing how he got to know Dara very well during her years at the Waterford Coast Guard base, after she led a delegation from Rescue 117 to a reception at City Hall whilst he was Mayor, Minister Halligan said the young mother was ‘an inspiration’:

“I later had the pleasure of Dara bringing me on a tour of the Waterford coastline in the rescue helicopter. What struck you from the first moment you were in her company was how utterly dedicated she was, both to her own work and also to water safety. Dara was an inspiration to the many school children to whom she gave safety talks, particularly young girls who were considering a career in the industry. My deepest condolences to her

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Wednesday, 22nd March 2017

The Board, management and staff at Waterford Airport offer their condolences to the family and colleagues of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick.

Dara was based at Waterford Airport for over ten years. During her time as base captain at Waterford, she was well known to and held in high esteem in the greater community and it was a shock to us all when we heard of her tragic death.

Dara was an absolute professional. She had a great working relationship with all the staff at the airport. Colleagues, past and present have been in touch, communicating their shock and sadness at the news.

Our thoughts are with our colleagues in the Irish Coast Guard and the families of the crew of R116

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Wednesday, 22nd March 2017

Workplace Well-Being Day Friday 31st March

dear editor,

Ireland’s third National Workplace Wellbeing Day will take place on

Friday, 31st March 2017 and we are inviting public and private sector

organisations across Waterford to

participate in the day, which aims to improve employee health through

promoting better physical activity and nutrition in the workplace.

On 31st March, Waterford employers are being asked to put a special focus on wellbeing by promoting existing and new initiatives available in their workplace as well as organising special events for staff, such as the “Lunchtime Mile” - where staff run, jog or cycle one mile in the vicinity of the workplace.

Again this year we are hosting the Workplace Wellbeing Awards to recognise those companies who are excelling at promoting workplace wellbeing within their organisations. Employers are being encouraged to enter these awards and the winners will be announced on the day.

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Wednesday, 15th March 2017

Being Irish

White, male, straight, middle-class and catholic. That definition of Irishness has long been the dominant model of what being Irish has meant in all walks of life here in Ireland. It might not have always expressed itself so assertively but if you were a member of this tribe then you rarely had to question anything about the status quo in the country because in effect you were the status quo and almost everything was skewed in your favour. It was such an accepted way of being and thinking about the way things were done in Ireland that it when questioned was met with little more than incredulity.

The paradoxical thing about this way of viewing Irishness is that it in the end did nobody any favours, whether you were a member of this tribe or any other of the many

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Wednesday, 15th March 2017

While no one should really look for outside validation it was heartening this weekend to read on one of our national newspapers about so many things that go to make Waterford such an exciting and unique place. X-rays were invented here, the foremost female novelist of the early Republic lived here and Robert Boyle the renowned scientist worked and made many of his world's first discoveries in Lismore. But what was singled out for special comment was the ancient Viking settlement of Woodstown just outside the city which is the largest Viking site ever found outside of Scandanavia. All of these, and more, go to make up the unique heritage that we have in Waterford and that combined with our location makes us a very special place indeed.

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Wednesday, 15th March 2017

Neville Hotels are delighted to announce the appointment of Seamus O’Carroll as the new General Manager of the Tower Hotel, in the heart of Waterford City.

Seamus, who hails from St. Mullin’s in Co. Carlow, joins the Tower Hotel on Monday 20th March, from the Springhill Court Hotel in Kilkenny and brings with him a wealth of experience and passion for the hospitality industry.

Seamus’s knowledge of the leisure market, his professional and hands on approach to management, will be pivotal in bringing the Tower Hotel up to the 4 star standard that is planned for the hotel.

Neville Hotels and all the staff of the Tower Hotel look forward to Seamus’s arrival and ensuring the hotel delivers on its full potential in conjunction with developing and enhancing the adjoining properties.

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Wednesday, 15th March 2017

The Spraoi team took time out of their busy schedule to give Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. Adam Wyse a sneak peak of their entry for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. The theme of the 2017 parade is “Do It the Green Way” and will celebrate the imminent opening of the Waterford Greenway (www.visitwaterfordgreenway.com), a 46km off-road walking and cycling trail following the route of the disused railway line from Dungarvan to Waterford. Spraoi’s entry will celebrate the Greenway’s wildlife including owls and goats!

The manager of the 2016 Hurling All-Ireland Under-21 Champions, Sean Power will lead the 2017 parade along with some of the stars of his winning team. Adam Wyse, Mayor of

Waterford City and County said “It’s a great privilege to be able to celebrate the success of Sean Power and his team on such a large

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Wednesday, 15th March 2017

WLR will be doing its bit for Anglo-Irish relations on St Patrick's Day when the station's much acclaimed Breakfast show, The Big Breakfast Blaa broadcasts live from the Irish Centre in

Camden Town in London from 6am to 10am this Friday.

WLR listeners in Waterford and online across the world can join Ollie Carroll and Mary O'Neill for a fun filled four hours featuring plenty of Waterford natives living and working in London including actor Jamie Beamish, musician Vince Power and more surprise guests.

All this and great live music; it's sure to be a morning to remember! We'll bring the Blaas, you stick on the kettle - and we promise, there'll be no mention of Brexit!

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Wednesday, 8th March 2017

Election results

The snap election in the North following the scandal over the DUP's controversial failed (but very costly) heating scheme has just resulted in a very interesting new political landscape for the North. The main result is that the nationalist vote in the North has made huge strides forward and that the leading unionist party, the DUP, was the main loser in the election.

Despite traditionally being the leading political party in the North, the DUP now has just one seat more than Sinn Féin. The next biggest party is another nationalist grouping, the SDLP, who even though they are traditionally antagonistic towards Sinn Féin does suggest that in this particula election that the nationalist parties have not only grown in size but have been far more effectively been able to get their vote out and make more of an impact.

Again,

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    Republican Icon diesThe death of Martin McGuinness in Derry yesterday morning brings to an end the life of one of the most remarkable Republicans ever in the history of the movement. A person who made the transition from violent militarism to a key figure in the peace process in Northern Ireland. He died aged 66 in Derry’s Altanagelvin Hospital with his family by his bedside.A former member of the IRA’S Army Council he became Sinn Fein’s Chief negotiator in the peace process. He led the Sinn Fein P …

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