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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 (, 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.


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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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Letters to the Editor


    Waterford Institute of TechnologyWaterford Institute of Technology is once again making national headlines for all the wrong reasons. At the recent Public Accounts Committee meeting representatives of WIT were questioned and in turn left more questionsunanswered. The Chairman of the P.A.C. Sean Fleming, T.D.,Fianna Fail, called the failure to have up to date accounts for W.I.T. as “disgraceful”.Faced with a deficit of €15m. the financial problems facing the Institute are very …

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