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Tuesday, 2nd April 2013

April is a great month for gardening with blossoms on the trees and daffodils in flower. Spring should now be in evidence throughout your garden. Expect the inevitable ‘April showers', but the frequent sunny days and rising temperatures make it perfect gardening weather.

Enjoy the gentle sunshine but don't forget there's lots to do! Many flower seeds can be sown this month both undercover and outdoors. Be careful with tender bedding plants as a late frost can still catch you out in April. Once they have finished blooming you should deadhead your spring flowering bulbs. Do not cut off the green foliage yet as these green leaves will continue to grow for a few more weeks and these provide the bulb with food for flowering next year.

Lift and divide congested lumps of perennials. Tie in the new shoots of climbers. Now

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Tuesday, 2nd April 2013

With Breda Gardner Homeopath, lcph, mcos, rgn

Health Therapies Clinic

13 Gladstone Street, Waterford.

Tel: 087 2025753.

Insight Natural Health Clinic

15 Upper Patrick St, Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7724429

Breda Gardner runs busy natural health clinics in both Waterford and Kilkenny. She also presents monthly positive living seminars in Kilkenny. A native of Galway, Breda worked as a nurse for many years before studying a range of complementary therapies, including homeopathy, iridology, muscle–testing and nutrition.


One of the main reasons I chose to come and live in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny was its natural beauty. The fast-flowing River Nore, the myriad dancing streams, the beautiful woodlands and the gentle rolling hills that surround us are truly a sight to behold. I always felt, and still do, that I am blessed to be living in a rural town that lives and breathes for the countryside.

I especially love taking my two

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Tuesday, 2nd April 2013

TD's and Senators from across the political spectrum gathered outside Leinster House yesterday to confirm their support to help ‘Break the Cycle' of suicide in Ireland by getting behind Cycle Against Suicide, a National Suicide Awareness initiative. The Cycle Against Suicide takes place around Ireland from Monday 22nd April to Sunday 5th May 2013 They were also joined by celebrities Roz Purcell, Brent Pope and 2FM's Colm Hayes.

It was announced that morning that Labour TD Arthur Spring and Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O'Connor along with a number of other elected representatives will also get on their bikes and participate in leg of the Cycle. This will help significantly to create awareness of the considerable help and supports that are out there for anyone battlin depression or self harm, those at risk of suicide, or those coping with the loss

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Tuesday, 2nd April 2013

A revolutionary new way to treat IBS and other gastro problems is launching in Waterford that could substantially reduce medical costs for the city's 86% of sufferers.

Symprove, a natural supplement drink made from barley with live and ‘ready-to-work' bacteria, will be available over the counter from pharmacists and health food stores in Waterford from this month.

Heralded as a major breakthrough for Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers, it has been proven as an effective treatment for the condition in an independent NHS trial, combating symptoms including bloating, constipation, cramping pain and diarrhoea, with no side effects.

IBS can be costly because sufferers may have to take several different prescription drugs to tackle various symptoms, whereas Symprove treats all their symptoms naturally.

Around a fifth of the country's 4.5 million population suffer from IBS, although experts believe this figure may be higher, as many people

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Tuesday, 2nd April 2013

A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013 - 2025

Healthy Ireland, a new government framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Ireland over the coming generation was launched today (28 March 2013). Healthy Ireland sets out a wide framework of actions that will be undertaken by Government Departments, public sector organisations, businesses, communities and individuals to improve health and wellbeing and reduce the risks posed to future generations.

Healthy Ireland has been developed in response to rising levels of chronic illness, lifestyle trends that threaten health and persistent health inequalities. Healthy Ireland is based on evidence and experience from around the world which shows that to create positive change in population health and wellbeing, a whole of government approach and the involvement of local communities as well as all of society is required.

An Taoiseach, Enda

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Tuesday, 2nd April 2013

Biblical perspectives for living GOOD NEWS:

Death Defeated!

While the Cross is the undisputed symbol of Christianity, Christians rejoice that the tomb where Christ was buried is now empty, and the early church incessantly preached about it (Acts 1:3; 2:24-32; 3:15; 4:10; 5:30). While His death was necessary to satisfy the righteous demands of the law, His resurrection showed that God accepted His sacrifice as full and final payment for sin (Romans 4:25).

First Corinthians 15 is the great chapter on resurrection in the New Testament. The chapter begins with Paul's classic summary of the gospel: "that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures" (vv. 3-4). He then goes on to deal not only with the necessity of the resurrection of Jesus but also

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Tuesday, 2nd April 2013

Osteoporosis is commonly thought of as an older women's disease, even though it affects both sexes and all age groups. Osteoporosis is known as the "Silent "disease because there are no signs or symptoms prior to a person breaking a bone. Osteoporosis is a thinning of the person's bones which results in bones breaking very easily. It is estimated that 300,000 people in Ireland have Osteoporosis. 50% of women and 25% of men over 50 will break a bone from Osteoporosis. There are many causes of Osteoporosis, which include low levels of vitamin D and Calcium. Vitamin D is necessary for Calcium absorption and low levels of vitamin D have also been linked to falls in senior citizens.

However 74.5% of the population has a vitamin D

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Tuesday, 2nd April 2013

Represent your county at the All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off in Kinsale this April

Kinsale Chamber of Tourism and Kinsale's Good Food Circle are on the hunt for Ireland's best chowder, and have put a call out to all corners of the country to find a representative from each of the 32 counties to compete in the All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off 2013.

Following on from the phenomenal success of last year's Chowder Cook-Off; Ireland's gourmet capital is pleased to announce details of this year's event which takes place on Sunday 21st April, in a bid to find Ireland's top chowder chef. The All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off will see a mix of 32 top professional restaurant chefs, fishermen and those producing popular commercial chowders, represent their county and compete for the coveted title of All-Ireland

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Wednesday, 27th March 2013

Irish Naval Association Waterford Branch

The Waterford branch of the Irish Naval Associatin will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday 21st March in the Roanmore Centre, Cleaboy Road, at 20:00 hours. All members are requested to attend.

May we extend our congratuations to Tony O’Halloran on becoming National Vice President of the Irish Naval Association.

Charity Snooker Tournament

Former members of De La Salle Snooker Club invite Snooker players from all over the city to support a Charity Snooker event which will take place on Sunday 7th April at 3.30pm in the Showboat Snooker Club, The Glen, Waterford. The Format is Doubles and the draw will take place before 3.30pm so please be in time. €10 Entry and all proceeds will go to The Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland for updating facilities for child patients of CF who attend WRH.

Waterford Cheshire Bingo Night

Waterford Cheshire

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Wednesday, 27th March 2013

Rights of cohabitants

Question: I have been living with my partner for 10 years now. He was previously married and has two grown-up children. If he were to die, could I claim a widow’s pension, and what would happen to the house we live in, which he owns?

Answer : There is no social welfare pension for people whose partner dies. The Department of Social Protection may pay a pension to widows, widowers or surviving civil partners.

It is very important for yourself and your partner to make wills. If your partner dies without a will, you have no right to any share of his estate no matter how long you have been together.

Under a redress scheme for cohabiting couples you may apply for provision to be made from your partner’s estate. Where the partner dies in an existing relationship, you will not

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Letters to the Editor


    Religious ToleranceAt a public meeting last week to discuss the plans for a new mosque in Kilkenny, it seemed that out of the crowd of approximately 200 that attended, the overwhelming majority were against the idea. While it was reported that most people were against the addition of the mosque to Kilkenny life due to logistical reasons, it was also reported, and quite prominently, that there were more than a few people who were vocally opposed to the whole idea of a any sort of mosque being built on rel …

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