Saturday, 26th May 2018
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SEPAG calls for public apology

The South East Patient Advocacy Group (SEPAG) are calling for the immediate implementation of 24/7 at UHW

The South East Patient Advocacy Group is now calling on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris to issue a public apology to the family of the late Thomas Power for not attending the meeting yesterday at 1 pm in the AV Room at Leinster House to hear the heartfelt pleas of Catherine Power to implement a 24/7 cardiac care service at University Hospital Waterford.

Hilary O'Neill of SEPAG said “it only added insult to injury that they completely snubbed Catherine Power and the delegation from the Southeast yesterday and gave no reason or sent an apology for their non-attendance. Catherine Power made a heartfelt plea for 24/7 to all in attendance for which she received a standing ovation from the room”

SEPAG is once again calling for the immediate implementation of 24/7. Hilary O'Neill went on to say “There is no reason why the HSE cannot deploy the mobile cath lab immediately to take over the present 9 – 5 Monday to Friday service on an interim basis and open the cath lab at UHW on a 24/7 basis whilst they carry out a further independent review which we are being told is absolutely necessary to overturn the findings of the Herity Report. We went to Dublin on the 4th July to demand 24/7 and we will settle for nothing less”.

“No other patient should present to UHW to locked doors and suffer the same fate as Thomas Power” said Yvonne Cooney of SEPAG “It is absolutely unacceptable that any other family in the Southeast will have to suffer the needless death of a loved one. We are being denied a basic standard of care which is medical apartheid and this situation cannot continue or there will be more deaths".

SEPAG is today calling on cross-party support from the relevant health spokespersons to implement the mobile cath lab at UHW immediately as a temporary solution to enable a further independent review to be carried out and a permanent second cath lab be put into operation at the hospital as soon as possible.

Waterford Branch of Manchester City Supporters’ Club

The Waterford Branch of the Manchester City Supporters’ Club will hold their A.G.M on Friday 14th July at 8 pm. Meeting will be held in Bobby’s Bar, Newgate Street, Waterford. All members are asked to attend and new members are very welcome.

Fenor Senior Citizen’s outing

The Annual Community Care Summer outing for Senior Citizens will take place on Sunday 23rd July, Leaving Fenor at 9.30 am. This year the outing will start with tea and scones in the Arboretum, Leighlinbridge, then on to the Liffey Valley. It will return to Carroll's in Knocktopher for an evening meal. If interested please contact members of the committee.

Launch of SeniorLine Ireland’s only peer telephone service for older people

SeniorLine is a national confidential listening service for older people provided by trained older volunteers, the only such peer service for older people in Ireland, and one of the few worldwide. SeniorLine announces a new Freefone number 1800 80 45 91. The service now takes up to 1,000 calls per month from older people throughout Ireland. SeniorLine has changed its name from Senior Help Line as research indicated that the word ‘help’ can prove a disincentive to those callers who do not perceive they have a problem, and phone for company and conversation. The new name will give a more inclusive message.

Frustrated Residents over Illegal Dumping

A public meeting takes place to address this issue of illegal dumping of rubbish in the inner city, will take place in the Edmund Rice Centre Mulcahy Room at 7pm Thursday 13th of July.

Residents of the inner-City Mount Sion Avenue and surrounding areas are becoming increasingly frustrated at the persistent occurrences of illegal dumping of rubbish and the apparent silence and inaction on the part of the City Council.

Responding to their concerns, Brendan Byrne Labour Area Representative, has explained the need for education and not procrastination of people or agencies. By fostering a community partnership approach, Gardaí, City Council, Environmental Department, Representatives, and Residents, will build a stronger community leading to better relationships and enhanced communication and vigilance.

A meeting has been organised by Brendan Byrne Area Representative, all residents of the area are invited to attend and have their concerns aired, in attendance will be Crime Prevention Officer and a Representative of the Environmental Department. (awaiting reply).

Meeting takes place in the Edmund Rice Centre Mulcahy Room at 7pm Thursday 13th Of July.

The objective of the meeting is to build stronger community relationships to address this issue of illegal dumping of rubbish, said Brendan Byrne.

Assisi House Waterford

5 day Service

The new 5 day service in Assisi House is running very well. Anyone wishing to join our social centre, please ring (051) 371000 during office hours for more information.

The “Cast Off” Knitting Club

The Assisi House knitting club has been very busy over the past few months. They produced a magnificent display of hats, gloves and booties which was donated to the Premature Baby Unit in UHW. Many of the members had premature babies themselves and remember just how precious these babies are. From the oldest generation - to the newest, the “Cast Off” Knitting Club wish these babies health, love and happiness for many generations to come. Nurse Patricia Egan from UHW accepted the donation from the “Cast Off” Knitting Club. (051)371000

ISPCC Information Events for recruiting volunteers

The ISPCC is now recruiting for Waterford-based volunteers for its Childline services.

If you have good communications skills, & are a good listener; then volunteering with the ISPCC could be for you!

We are looking for volunteers to give 4 hours of their time a week, for a minimum of two years; in return the ISPCC will provide comprehensive training, support and supervision.

To book your place on one of our information events (17th July at 6.30pm and 20th July 3pm ) please contact Nicola on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 051-595895.

Volunteers Needed

PACT Youth Project, Abbeylands, Ferrybank, are looking for volunteers to help co-ordinate and supervise office administration, fundraising, club activities, including homework clubs etc. for children in the Waterford area. No experience is required and all are very welcome. Training and support will be provided. Time: 1-2 hours per week, more during the summer. Please contact Majella Keating on 087 6287000 or Brian Cuddihy at 086 6167424 for further details.

Medugorje Healing Mass

The above Mass will be held on Wednesday the 19th of July. 2017, in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Mount Sion, Barrack St. Waterford, starting with the Holy Rosary at 7.30pm followed by Holy Mass.

Celebrant: Fr. R. Walsh. Music Ministry: Medugorje Choir. Light Refreshments after Mass. Contact Maura at 051-376552 / 085-7022103.

Bunmahon Flower Show

The 10th Annual Flower Show will take place in the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bunmahon on 29th & 30th July 2017. Entries in the following categories are welcome: Decorative Floral Arrangements; Cut Flowers; Home Produce; Arts and Crafts; Children’s Categories. For enquiries contact: Breda on (087) 2392625, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or The Geopark office on (051) 292828, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are pleased to announce that Léine medieval crafters will be at the Flower Show demonstrating some medieval skills. Léine have showcased at the National Heritage Park in Wexford and at Dublinia in Dublin.

Proceeds from the Flower Show will be used by the Geopark in its on-going work. The Copper Coast Geopark is a community based registered charity.

I.T. Camp at Access I.T.

There are still places available on our very popular Summer Kids and Teens computer club

The Matrix Club for 11 - 14 year olds - Monday 24th to 28th July, 10am to 12.30pm. Cost €50.00. New Date added: Monday 14th to 18th August, 10am to 12.30pm. Cost €50.00. Two Camps running in August age 8 – 11 and 11 to 14 year olds If you are interested in any of our clubs call: 051-374849 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Access I.T. CLG is a non for profit charitable status computer training company based in Waterford.

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