Monday, 21st August 2017
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Ardkeen Library celebrates 15 years!

Ardkeen Library celebrates 15years on Monday June 12th at 3pm with tea, birthday cake and music with Hookes and Crookes. All are invited to attend this event. Ardkeen Library was officially open on the same date in 2002 by Mayor Ald. Hilary Quinlan. In the best 15 years Ardkeen Library has seen a lot of changes but according to Tracy McEneaney Executive Librarian “The best change in the 15 years is the recent introduction of free membership for all”.

Ardkeen Library has a real community feel with weekly events such as reading groups and Friday story time. There is no better place on a Saturday morning to visit the library with your children and while they enjoy the children’s area with books and comics the adults can enjoy the weekend papers and magazines.

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Members please note there is no June Monthly meeting as on that day June 7th our mystery tour Departs from The Woodlands Hotel. At 8.45 sharp. Great Start to the summer holidays, all enjoy. Next Monthly meeting is September 6th.

Local people with memories of the halcyon days and nights of dancing to showbands are being sought to retell their tales as part of a new publication due out later this year.

As part of a new publication due out later this year.

Calls for stories from the Showband era

From The Candy Store to the Galtymore will chronicle this unique time in rural and urban Ireland through the stories of the young men and women who religiously went to their local Ballroom of Romance each weekend.

The book will be co-edited by PJ Cunningham and Dr Joe Kearney who are seeking memorable stories from that golden era which saw the beginnings of thousands of romances.

“What we want are the stories of romance, of chance meetings or tales that are funny and maybe even mischievous,” said PJ. “All human life gathered for the weekly dances in what was a cultural shift away from the more formal céilís which held sway up until then.

“The showband dances were modern and slightly more brash occasions than the country had been used to but, if anything, the number of stories of love and loss, rows and ructions, fun and games grew in the new environment.

“We are seeking particular stories rather than people just remembering the night that Joe Dolan, Brendan Bowyer or Dickie Rock played their local hall.

“Ideally there should be a bit of tension or drama, humour, love or loss involved in what people send in to us.

“With 200 or 300 bands traversing the country every weekend, and dancehalls sprouting up all over the place, everyone has a favourite story from that era.”

Co-author Dr Kearney remembers the influence that showbands had on his own youth working in London. “In the sixties, many of us spent our time in poor accommodation in Cricklewood, Kilburn, Manchester or Liverpool,” said Joe.

“We lived for the visits of the Irish showbands to provide a flavour of the life we had left behind and an escape from the humdrum of ordinary living.

“The Galtymore, The 32 Club, The Gresham and the Hibernian in London were meccas for us.

“They were packed to the rafters every time the showbands came to town.”

Readers are invited to submit stories for inclusion in From The Candy Store to the Galtymore to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before June 30.

Friends of University Hospital Waterford strawberry fair

The Friends of University Hospital Waterford will hold their Annual Strawberry Fair at Jack Meades Pub and Restaurant on the Cheekpoint Road on Wednesday 7th June 2017 from 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Admission €5 (which covers strawberries and cream, tea or coffee). There will be Cakes, Jams, Plants, Books and bric-a-brac for sale on the day also a Super Raffle and Great Prizes.

All the monies raised at this event will go to support patient comforts at University Hospital Waterford. All are welcome.

Déise Active Retirement Association

Hello all! Our last meeting before the Summer break will take place in the Woodlands Hotel at 11a.m. on Thursday, 8th June. Please bring €20 for the BBQ if you haven't already paid. And most important- don't forget to bring your item or items for our Arts and Crafts exhibition at the meeting; by now you must be aware that there's plenty of scope for you to show your skill at anything from painting to knitting to cake-decorating. So don't be shy!

Comeragh Active retirement

The Comeragh Active retirement will hold their lunch in the Castle on Wednesday the 14th June, meeting at the Ferry at 12.30pm.

Our trip to Fota is on Wednesday the 28th June meeting at

Ballytruckle Green at 9.30am.

Wishing all our members a happy summer.

Ferrybank Library

Summer Reading Challenge coming soon – This is a FREE programme, open to all national school children. Taking part is easy. Each child who registers in the library joins in the fun of reading lots of exciting books during the summer. Children will receive their own Summer Stars Reading Card to record their progress. There will be fun rewards and activities along the way and at the end of the programme, all children who have completed the challenge will be invited to attend an awards event. Keep an eye on this space, for further details contact Ferrybank Library on 051 897200 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you Staying at Home or Jetting off to Sunnier Climes this Summer? Check out our travel section for compact and colourful guides. There are great mini-guides to popular cities with useful information on getting around the city, a pull-out map and some handy phrases to make the most of your trip. They recommend the top ten things to see for each area and the top ten museums, galleries, hotels, bars, restaurants, clubs, shops etc...

If you have any queries regarding the above, please contact Ferrybank Library on 051 897200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Comeragh Mountaineering Club

Anna Liskowski will lead a moderate walk to the Comeraghs next Sunday 11th June. Boots essential. Food and hot drink, rain gear advised. Reasonable level of fitness required. More details from Dick by text on 086 2652768.

Barony of Gaultier Historical Society

Heritage Walk

The Society is holding the first of its Summer Heritage Walks on Wednesday 5 June with a starting time of 7.15 pm. The walk will commence from the Passage East Community Centre and will take a route to Crooke and return to Passage East. This route has a rich heritage as it was used by several English Kings for their landing in Ireland. The Knights Templars also had a base at Crooke.

Waterford Philosophical Society

Waterford Philosophical Society presents “Philosophy and Film.” Next week’s film - Taxi Driver - will be shown at 7:30pm on Monday 12th June, at Waterford Cheshire, John’s Hill

Before writing Taxi Driver, Paul Schrader was immersing himself in the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre. Following our screening of this film, we will explore how Existentialism – in particular the writings of Sartre and Camus - influenced Schrader’s approach by showing how various scenes from Taxi Driver are consonant with core ideas within existentialist thought. Additionally, in line with the overall aims of our ‘Philosophy and Film’ series, this lecture will demonstrate how Taxi Driver can illustrate more general philosophical issues in an accessible way thereby highlighting its pertinence to contemporary debates within areas such as ethics, politics, and aesthetics.

No prior knowledge of philosophy is required. For further information, please visit our Facebook page (Philosophia Waterford) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fenor Bingo

The next Fenor Bingo will take place in Fenor National School at 8pm. Bus leaves shop in Riverstown at 7.15pm. A great night assured. All welcome.

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