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Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

Death of iconic

Waterford broadcaster

The sudden and unexpected death of veteran Waterford broadcaster Billy McCarthy has stunned the whole community in Waterford, the south-east and indeed throughout the country. The tributes to Billy which have flooded into Waterford Local Radio from people of all persuasions and political leanings are indicative of the respect and admiration in which he was held.

However, it was the tributes from the ordinary listener which resonates the most. His compassionate and fairminded approach to all manners of subjects demonstrated the professionalism which were the hallmarks of his broadcasting career. Irrespective of your political inclinations he was not afraid to pose the hard questions, and his persistence in questioning even the most senior of political personalities, including Taoisigh and government ministers was further proof of his determination to get at the truth of the most

controversial of subjects.

His presence

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Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

The large Christmas trees are being put up in John Robert's Square, the ice rink is being erected on the Quays and the various kiosks are being constructed on Arundel Square, all sure signs that Christmas is just about to hit Waterford in a big way any day soon. Already shops are playing Christmas songs over their speaker systems and slowly but surely all the Christmas decorations you could possibly want are being put out to buy. Unless you are a total Christmas-phobe there is no getting away from the fact that the holiday season is upon us and the only solution is to get into the spirit of it as much as you can.

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Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

South East Bikers Toy Run revs up for action

Dear Editor

The South East Bikers Toy Run, a not for profit group of motorcycle enthusiasts from the South East, come together each year to organise a pre-Christmas motorcycle run in aid of children in Waterford University Hospital, and disadvantaged children in the region.

This year will be our 21st Toy Run, and will be held on Saturday 10th of December. We would like to thank everyone who has helped the event over the years.

During the 20 years history of the event we have had motorcycles from across the South East region and far beyond taking part in the run. With the continued support of the motorcycling community we have averaged several hundred motorcycles taking part in the run. This convoy of motorcycles escorting Santa provides quite a spectacle as we travel the route.


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Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

Waterford’s Winterval Christmas Festival – interested in volunteering as a Welcome Ambassador?

Winterval is only a few days away – would you like to get involved in the magic of Christmas. Be a Welcome Ambassador for Waterford’s Christmas Festival, the only festival of its kind in Ireland. Come along to our meeting next Wednesday, 23rd November at 7pm in Dooley’s Hotel on The Quay. Bring a friend with you (volunteers must be 18 years or over) and find out how you can get involved to making this a festival we all can take pride in.

A few hours of your time during the Festival would help us enormously in welcoming visitors, both local and national, to our city. Everyone is welcome to the meeting and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

If you cannot make this meeting and would still like

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Wednesday, 16th November 2016

President Trump

While his supporters had absolutely no doubt that he would win the American Presidential election, the rest of the world seemed to view Donald Trump’s candidacy with more than a little suspicion. However, as soon as counting in the election began it soon looked as if Trump would prevail and the world would be left in a position of catch up, furiously wondering how the man had been elected.

No doubt there will be reams written about the particulars of his success but there is no question that he struck a chord with a vast number of the American population. Even the minorities, such as African Americans and Latinos voted for Trump in sizable numbers, minorities who it was thought would come out in force and vote for Clinton. In the end Trump won an unquestionable victory, sweeping most of

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Wednesday, 16th November 2016

Such are the wide reaching consequences of the Trump victory in the American Presidential elections that people here in Ireland are quickly trying to figure out what it all means for this country. Following on from comments made by Stephen Moore, economic advisor to Trump, that a 'flood' of American companies will leave Ireland to relocate to America, politicians have been calling for calm saying that it won't materialise. The diplomatic implications of the Taoiseach's criticism of some of Trump's more intemperate words during the election have yet to be seen either. What is clear is that there has already been a huge shift in thinking when it comes to Trump's victory by the Irish Government.

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Wednesday, 16th November 2016

The Heart of Christmas

The special magic of Christmas in Ireland will come alive once more at the end of November at Waterford’s Winterval Festival with 30 different fun events and activities for people of all ages to enjoy at Ireland’s biggest, brightest and best Christmas event.

Now in its fifth year, Winterval begins on Friday, 25th November and will once more be the place magical memories are made as it builds on last year’s success when over 500,000 people from all over Ireland and beyond took part.

With a sparkling programme including a multitude of free events, this year Winterval will shine brighter than ever with fun for families, couples and groups of friends looking for the happiest of Christmas experiences.

Get your Winterval bearings in style with a horse drawn sleigh ride through the Mall, the Viking Triangle and John Robert’s Square

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Wednesday, 9th November 2016

Industrial unrest


Like buses, as soon as one series of workers decide to strike, another comes along and says that they are going to do the same. The Gardai seem to have gotten all of their particular issues about pay and working conditions more or less sorted out but now teachers are putting their case forward for their own set of concerns. They have already been out on the picket line and some schools have had to shut for a day but the fight doesn't seem to be over yet. And it is not surprising considering what they are fighting for, the right for new teachers to be paid on the same scales as those already in their positions.

It is no wonder that the Government is now facing a large number of cases of industrial unrest when you consider the position

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Wednesday, 9th November 2016

The English, as only they can, got themselves into high dudgeon last week when FIFA announced that their soccer players wouldn't be allowed to play with poppy armbands at their next match or would face a fine. There is a strict FIFA rule that countries and players cannot wear anything political on their gear and it seems that they are completely on the money with the poppies, no matter how terribly it offends English sensibilities. The same goes for the Irish with their 1916 commemorative logos they used recently. With everything that is wrong with FIFA, and they are very many things wrong with FIFA, they have at least got it right with this. Sport and politics just don't mix.

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Wednesday, 2nd November 2016

Managing Crime

With the looming 'strike' in the Gardaí, everyone is particularly interested in what is going to happen when crime occurs. Naturally enough the more sensationalist media outlets have predicted a massive increase in the amount of crime in the country where it will be nearly impossible to walk down the street unmolested during the middle of the day. However there are indications that while it will certainly be a difficult period none the less there are already contingency plans in place to deal with a whole host of different scenarios.

What we are being told so far is that there will be a 'triaging of crime calls'. Basically anything that involves a threat to life or bodily injury will be given priority but incidents such as robberies where the criminal has left the scene of the crime or road traffic

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Letters to the Editor


    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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