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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

Waterford Castle received five awards at the 2018 Irish Hotel Awards held on Tuesday, April 24th, at The Heritage Killenard. These awards were: 4 Star Hotel of the Year 2018 Castle Hotel of the Year 2018 Fine Dining Hotel of the Year 2018 Luxury Hotel of the Year 2018 Irish Hotel of the Year 2018

"Tonight is all about celebration, it’s about recognition of excellence. Recognition of the unwavering commitment of the hospitality industry in Ireland to providing outstanding guest experiences for visitors to our island. What we experience on every trip, are people who are going the extra mile to offer true Irish hospitality – not only promoting their own hotel and area, but also selling ‘Ireland’ as the world class destination that it

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Wednesday, 25th April 2018

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

"So, why the long face?"

I haven’t morphed into Billy Connolly, Ronnie Corbett or Kevin Bridges. I’ve no intention of trying to make a living telling jokes. Unfortunately, I can’t ever remember the punchlines, of the many great ones I have been told, over the past countless years. If I had that capacity of retention, this would give me some semblance of a chance, to actually be allowed to play the "Joker" at parties, every now and again.

I do manage to learn, by rote, the odd one or two. Alas, if you are in my company, you may very well have heard my two favourites, a dozen or so times over. A wee man goes into a baker’s shop, on Sauchiehall Street (Glasgow). He asks the baker, "How much is yon cake?" "£1" is the reply. The

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Wednesday, 25th April 2018

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

Investment Lessons from history

The composition of the world’s stock exchanges is in a state of perpetual flux. Companies that once were household names and industries that were pre-eminent have vanished from public consciousness. Given the rapid advances in technology, can we expect today’s stock market titans to last forever?

In the 1800s canal stocks were in fashion. However, the railways quickly rendered canals redundant leaving shareholders a lot poorer.

The technology, media and telecoms [TMT] sector is a more recent example of overly optimistic investors assuming the sun would never set on a fashionable area of the market. TMT peaked at 32% of UK market capitalisation in 2000 but troughed in 2002 at 12%.

In 2008 there was much talk globally of the ‘mining supercycle’ with the laws of economics apparently suspended for this sector. They were not suspended for

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Wednesday, 25th April 2018

An Olympic athlete, a rugby superstar, a handsome prince and princesses all made for a spectacular afternoon at the Waterford Chamber Business Expo, which took place on Thursday last (April 19th) at George

Corbett Motors.

Sponsored by BMCI Insurance and Investments, the event saw over 80 exhibitors network and support local business.

Waterford’s Thomas Barr and Jack O’Donoghue also stopped by, as did Mayor of Waterford City & County Cllr Pat Nugent, while WLR’s Teresanne O’Reilly brought all the action from the event live across the airwaves.

Speaking at the event, Waterford Chamber President Paul Nolan said: "What a wonderful event this is, the coming together of businesses. The clear message from this year’s Expo was that businesses are rolling up their sleeves and doing it for themselves, which collectively strengthens their

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Wednesday, 18th April 2018

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

"Is it safe?"

Some might remember the 1976 film "Marathon Man", starring Dustin Hoffmam, Roy Scheider and Laurence Olivier, who played the very sinister Dr Christian Szell - a film about Nazi war criminals and stolen diamonds. This was one of my Father's all time favourite films. One I can recall watching with him, as a wee boy of 10 or 11 years of age.

It is amazing that we can all remember one or two particular scenes from our favourite movies. That shock, deep intake of breath moment in the Stephen Rea film, "The Crying Game". You know the one! The one that nobody talked about after leaving the cinema. This made that film and was probably one of the best kept movie secrets of the early nineties.

The scene that would be remembered by most in the

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Wednesday, 18th April 2018

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

Artificial Intelligence - the investment opportunities

The possibilities of Artificial Intelligence [AI] were underscored in 2015 when Google DeepMind's AlphaGo programme triumphed over the reigning world champion in Go, a profoundly complex Chinese board game. In 2017, a newer programme, AlphaGo Zero, beat the original AlphaGo, 100 times to nil.

Information technology now allows the gathering, storage and analysis of vast data sets, needed to mimic the computational power of the human brain. This brings hope and also fears that manual work will be replaced by robots and decision-making by algorithms.

In 2012, Google algorithms learned to find videos of cats on YouTube. Google's researchers created a neutral network of 16,000 computer processors with one billion connections that achieved 75% accuracy. The machine was never told what a cat was but it invented the concept of a cat. This technology

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Wednesday, 18th April 2018

Just recently reduced 3 bed detached bungalow conveniently located in Gibbet Hill, Gracedieu, set in a country style setting but yet just minutes to all amenities. Located adjacent to Bowefield, Sherlock Walk and the Carrickpheirish Road with all amenities to include bus service, the new Gaelscoil, supermarkets within a short walk or drive and easy access to Waterford Industrial Estate, the Outer Ring Road and the city centre.

While the property is in need of some upgrading it offers enormous potential for the discerning buyer with its spacious site.

Accommodation comprises of entrance hallway, sitting room, kitchen/diner, 3 bedrooms and bathroom.

The property has the benefit of PVC double glazed windows, back boiler central heating.

Asking price €140,000

BER Rating: G BER No: 110598414 Energy Performance Indicator: 609.71

For further information contact Sherry FitzGerald John Rohan, Manor House, Cork Road, Waterford. Tel: 051 – 843 880. W:

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Wednesday, 18th April 2018

While the economy is improving, the ease at which Irish businesses can get the necessary funding to grow is worse than it was 2 years ago and represents the dominant barrier for new businesses. This was the primary contention evidenced by the latest Big Red Cloud Business Sentiment Survey.

The leading supplier of online accounting software to the Irish SME market asked 250+ business owners/managers throughout Ireland their opinion on what they believe are the primary challenges faced by entrepreneurs, as well the main hurdles faced by already established SMEs. The software providers then compared the findings with the same Big Red Cloud survey conducted 24 months ago.

Speaking of the findings Marc O' Dwyer, CEO of Big Red Cloud,"Sourcing the funds to propel your business forward is always a challenge, but it's notable that in the last 2 years, more business

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Wednesday, 11th April 2018

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

"Look at me! I’m a Kestrel."

Isn’t nature a wonderful thing? In many ways, a metaphor of our lives. Just when you think you have figured it out, it well and truly turns around and bites you on the backside. There was I and probably thousands of others, thinking that Spring had sprung last week. Then, I put on my new, thinner Lycra to pedal a few more hundred kilometres around our stunning county and suddenly there’s another cold, windy spell of "Unseasonable" weather. Just when will the doubt end?

When will we see a return to the better conditions, which define the Sunny South East?

Whilst out cycling last weekend, I noticed dozens of farmers’ 4x4s, pulling trailers, horse boxes and all manner of load bearing platforms, collecting much needed silage or fodder, for hungry animals, which have

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Wednesday, 11th April 2018

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

What are the political risks for investors in 2018?

The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and a newly emboldened Russia shows us the world is an unsettled place but financial markets seem to be calm. Most of the recent gains in markets have happened despite possible Russian interference in the US Presidential election; North Korean missile launches and various other potentially alarming events.

This is not unusual behaviour for markets. Since the Second World War, the US S&P 500 has fallen by an average 3.5% in response to shocks from the Cuban missile crisis to the 2014 Crimean conflict. Typically markets regained their losses within an average of 5 days.

The huge liquidity from central banks has helped maintain calm. The knowledge that strong institutions, such as central banks, will intervene in times of crisis, comforts investors, as

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    As dry as the SaharaIt seems that whenever the weather in Ireland goes a little bit extreme, we are somehow incapable of dealing with it. It has already happened so far this year with the snow that totally disrupted the country for about a week and also later on when some areas in the country were flooded due to excess rain. Now it is happening again because we are having to deal with a level of sunshine that is virtually unheard of in the country. And a level of sunshine that is going on for a good numbe …

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