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Wednesday, 8th March 2017

If there is one thing worse than not winning a huge lotto payout than it must be not winning but having everyone think that you did. That is the position that one doubly unlucky person in Knocklyon has found himself in when the news that someone there was the beneficiary of a 12.8 million euro payday. He has had journalists from all over the country and from Britain ring him about his non-win and has countless people come up to him on a daily basis to congratulate him. Maybe though he is playing the long con and has in fact actually won and wants to keep it on the downlow. He maintains though that he hasn't and is rightly sick of being a loser, twice over.

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Wednesday, 8th March 2017

Slash and burn policy will devastate wildlife in hedgerows

Dear Editor,

Our hard pressed wildlife is again under severe threat from interfering, ecologically oblivious politicians. Heritage Minister Humphries is committed to extending the period during which vegetation in the countryside can be cut and burned.

Currently there’s a ban on hedge cutting up to the end of August. There is an extremely good reason for this prohibition: Hedgerows offer shelter and sustenance and vital nesting sites to a range of bird species as well as playing a crucial role in flood defences in some regions

August is a month when wildlife desperately needs the refuge that hedgerows provide. Water flower species bloom in that month, feeding bees and butterfly pollinators. Birds continue to nest into September so that nests can easily be destroyed and the helpless chicks cruelly eviscerated as debris is hurled at

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Wednesday, 8th March 2017

The next Irish Wildlife Trust walk will take place on Sunday 12th March in the Comeragh Drive area. Meet at Miller Marsh at 12.15 or the Applegreen Service Station at 1 o’clock. This will be an easy walk and all are welcome. Contact 087 6452732 for further information.

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Wednesday, 8th March 2017

This one - day weekend workshop based on the healing philosophy of Louise L. Hay will be held at the Cheshire Home, John’s Hill, Waterford on Saturday April 1st from 10am -5pm. This wellness event will be facilitated by local Heal Your Life coach Mary Fitzgerald M. ED, ARCHTI.

The aim of the workshop is to help you find balance and meaning in your life. Learn the benefits and practice of visualization and affirmations. Take time out to experience meditation and relaxation. Self-care is health-care. For details contact: Mary 087-2269217, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak1deba12cf35550ac8433c929c8d63e52').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy1deba12cf35550ac8433c929c8d63e52 = 'maryfgerald' + '@'; addy1deba12cf35550ac8433c929c8d63e52 = addy1deba12cf35550ac8433c929c8d63e52 + 'gmail' + '.' + 'com'; var

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Wednesday, 8th March 2017

The Guild had a poignant talk on Monday 13th February from Ruth Murray a quilter with Hearts Creations in Butlerstown on the Bonnets Project which was set up in

memory of 304 women convicts from Waterford who were transported to

Tasmania in the 17 - 18th Century.

Each bonnet was embroidered with the woman’s name and the name of the

transportation ship and they are part of a bigger project called Roses from the Heart which started in Tasmania. We were given the details of age and occupation of the women we were remembering as well as the reason for their sentencing. It was going back on a time in history which was very harsh and a lot of discussion took place at the meetings.

The bonnets are now part of the exhibition in the Central Library in Waterford. A talk in the Granville Hotel

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Wednesday, 1st March 2017

The phony election

Although everyone in the country knows that there is to be an election between Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney for the position of leader of Fine Gael, and de facto Taoiseach, as soon as the present incumbent Enda Kenny announces the date of his departure, we are supposed to believe that there is no active campaigning going on at this present moment in time. That is according to Simon Coveney who has repeatedly said that since the Taoiseach has not announced his resignation he is not campaigning for the job and is solely focused on the work that he has as the Minister for Housing.

Exactly how gullible does the man think that the people of Ireland are? Campaigning for this job has been going on for a long time and it is only now that we are finally

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Wednesday, 1st March 2017

It is beginning to look increasingly likely that there will be an all-out bus strike across the country as the workers and management of Bus Eireann cannot come to any agreement over the future direction over the company. Talks have just broken down at the Work Place Relations Committee between the two sides and unless there is some sort of last minute breakthrough it seems as if the workers in the company will be out on strike in the very near future. SIPTU has already said that they have ordered their strike posters and banners for the action. No specific date has been given as yet so there will, it seems, be some time for commuters to plan alternate arrangements.

However for those who do not have any alternatives other than public transport the forthcoming strike will be a difficult time

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Friday, 24th February 2017

The Long Goodbye!

Political obituaries are usually written after the body has taken it's last breath. However, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny it seems that his political career was just about breathing long before his colleagues had him dead and buried. Although no one, least of all the Taoiseach himself, has come and said it yet, Enda Kenny's premiership ended last week with a truly awful performance in the Dáil where some members of the Opposition were calling for his head while his own party seemed to be wondering what on earth was going on. The one thing that was clear after his performance regarding what he did or didn't know and when he did or didn't known know about the Garda Whistleblower's case, was that he had effectively ended his own political career. It was such an inept performance of classic

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Friday, 24th February 2017

The proposed inclusion of an extra 4,500 people from South Kilkenny into the Waterford area seems to have upset quite a lot of people and no doubt it will continue to do so for quite some time. There is one thing that should be clear to nearly every person who is concerned about this is that if it is to happen it will not happen for a very very long time. If at all. There are so many proposals from various bodies and institutions, whether on the recommendation of independent or vested interests, each and every day here in this country that never are put into practice that you sometimes wonder how anything gets done at all in Ireland. And with this particular recommendation you just get the feeling it is going to go the same way. Rivalry between our

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Friday, 24th February 2017

Search for surviving D Day veterans for Remembrance tour to Normandy

Dear Editor,

I am Head of Travel for the travel arm of the Royal British Legion, Remembrance Travel, and I'm currently on a mission to find every single surviving D Day veteran. The Treasury is enabling a series of free-of-charge tours for D Day veterans to return to Normandy and pay their respects to their fallen comrades. The tours are being funded by the Treasury from LIBOR fines, and will enable a D Day veteran to return with a family member and carer on a six-night tour.

The 2017 tours will take place in March, April, May and September and will give Normandy veterans - now mostly in their 90s - the chance to revisit the Normandy beaches, cemeteries and memorials. The tours will be accompanied by a medic and a guide

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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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