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Wednesday, 9th October 2013

Waterford County Council were honoured at the Repak Awards last night, October 3rd, to mark National Recycling Week. WEEE Ireland, the Irish compliance scheme for electrical and battery recycling, awarded Waterford County Council a Special Merit in the WEEE Ireland Best Schools Battery Recycling by County Category for their ongoing efforts to promote waste battery recycling through the local schools network.

Waterford County Council district, with a population of over 65,000, has made significant efforts in battery recycling throughout 2012. The County Council manages a busy civic amenity site with FREE recycling of electrical and battery waste. Working with WEEE Ireland, Waterford has continued to drive waste battery recycling through the schools which helps to educate our young recyclers while also helping Ireland reach its national recycling targets. One colourful example of how the County Council help to drive awareness of

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Wednesday, 9th October 2013

Down Syndrome Ireland is calling on the people of Waterford to spare some lolly for its annual Boyne Valley Honey Days Campaign this month.

TV3 was a hive of activity today as Xpose presenter Karen Koster joined Cathy-May Foote and Sinead Heeney from Co Dublin to celebrate the launch of Down Syndrome Ireland’s 2013 Boyne Valley Honey Days campaign.

The campaign, which is generously supported by The Boyne Valley Honey Company, is one of Down Syndrome Ireland’s largest fundraisers and is in its 18th year.

According to Conor Ryan, of the Waterford branch of Down Syndrome Ireland: "The Boyne Valley Honey Days is intended to not only raise funds, but also to increase public awareness of the potential and achievements of those with Down Syndrome and we would like everyone in Waterford to come out and support it."

Services and supports are provided by Down

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Wednesday, 9th October 2013

ICSA: increase in commercial vehicle testing fee will hit Waterford farmers

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association has criticised new, higher fees for the testing of commercial vehicles, which will hit many Waterford farmers on an annual basis.

The Road Safety Authority is increasing the cost of the annual test, which is compulsory for all commercial vehicles, as and from 7th October.

ICSA rural development chairman, John Barron, said the price hike is adding yet another layer to the already sharply increased cost of doing business for farmers. "ICSA has been highlighting the staggering cost of farm inputs over the past number of years so it is disappointing to see a State authority increasing the fee for a compulsory test."

Mr Barron explains, "Farmers are very dependent on four wheel drive vehicles in particular for day to day farm work such as towing

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Wednesday, 9th October 2013

An Post has issued a stamp to commemorate the centenary of the Irish Volunteers.

The 60c stamp was designed by Dublin’s Zinc Design Consultants and features a group of Irish Volunteers from Waterford in uniform.

The image was taken by A.H. Poole Studio Photographers (Courtesy of The National Library of Ireland). A first day cover (FDC) which features an illustration of an Irish Volunteer (Courtesy of Osprey Publishing/ Bill Younghusband) is also available. Both may be viewed and purchased at http://www.irishstamps.ie , at main post offices or by calling (01) 7057400.

The Irish Volunteer Force, or Óglaigh na hÉireann, was formed in November 1913 to defend the application of the Home Rule Bill to the whole of Ireland.

The organisation split into two in 1914 with the outbreak of World War 1. The majority formed the National Volunteers who favoured enlisting to

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Wednesday, 9th October 2013

Friday October 11th from 7.30pm @ Medieval Museum, Waterford

Tickets are available from fashionroadshow.ie, Ticketmaster or at the door and cost €15 each.

The show features a complementary drink reception, a 80 mins couture and ready to wear fashion show, goodie bags, spot prizes throughout the evening (hair and beauty gift vouchers give –away).

VaVaVoom TV Fashion Roadshow, The First Couture and Ready To Wear Fashion Roadshow In Ireland is coming to Waterford on Friday October 11th.

Ireland first couture and ready to wear fashion roadshow is a series of fashion shows featuring some of Ireland’s top designers including Claire Garvey, Fran & Jane, Fee G, Luke Lovely, Helen Steele, John Shevlin, Fiona Mangan, and Edel Staunton among others.

These talented designers and milliners have been

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Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

The contract for the renovation of St. Patrick’s Church, Waterford will be signed on Friday, October 4th at 3pm. This official signing marks the beginning of an exciting time for the historic building as it begins the first phase of its renovation and development into a vibrant community centre.

The St. Patrick’s Gateway Centre will provide a multi-purpose space for a wide range of community activities and will be utilised as a unique venue for arts, social and cultural events in the city. Bounded by a section of the ancient city walls and located near the old St. Patrick’s Gate access to the city, the site at St. Patrick’s church has been in use for over 800 years. It is the vision of the St. Patrick’s

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Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

This Sunday, October 6th, at 3pm, the Waterford Memorial will be unveiled following a dedication and remembrance ceremony at Castle Street, Dungarvan.

A monument to the 1,100 men and women from Waterford whose lives were claimed by the First World War, their passing will be collectively commemorated, providing their families with a memorial in their home county.

Chairman of the Waterford Memorial Committee, Deputy John Deasy, says: “We hope that as many people as possible will come along to the unveiling. I thought about doing this after meeting a number of families of soldiers who didn’t have a grave and had never even seen their relative’s names commemorated anywhere. I think people have different takes on the history, but it’s vital we remember them.

The tales behind the individual inscriptions on the black granite memorial are filled with sacrifice and sadness. Some stories

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Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

Statement by Bishop Lee on his resignation on health grounds as Bishop of Waterford and Lismore

My dear Priests, Religious and People of the diocese of Waterford and Lismore,

As you are aware in July 2011 I was diagnosed with serious illness and, since diagnosis, I have been under medical care. This has impacted greatly on my health and ministry. Recently the medical advice to me has been that, in the interests of my health, I should retire from the office of Bishop of Waterford and Lismore. Even though I found the time since diagnosis quite demanding, I had hoped that I would be able to continue in office and looked forward to doing so. Now, my doctors have advised otherwise.

Accordingly, I have in the past few weeks submitted my letter of resignation as Bishop of Waterford and Lismore to Pope Francis.

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Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

Labour Councillor Seamus Ryan has called for Waterford City to be included in the roll out of the national bike scheme.  Last week it was announced that the scheme would be expanded to include Cork, Limerick and Galway.  However Cllr Ryan has expressed disappointment that Waterford City was not included at this time.

Cllr Ryan has been campaigning to have the bike rental scheme extended to Waterford for over a year now  The announcement by the National Transport Authority that Waterford is not to be included at this juncture whilst disappointing is not the end of the campaign according  to Cllr Ryan. "I believe that a bike rental scheme for Waterford City is something that we should continue to campaign for and I would call on the new sponsor to rethink their sponsorship to include Waterford City.  The benefits of such

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Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

Contravention and Grant of Planning Permission welcomed – Coffey

Cllr. Brendán Coffey has welcomed the decision of the elected members of Waterford County Council to materially contravene the Portlaw Local Area Plan 2007-2013 at its September meeting. Cllr. Coffey proposed the contravention which was supported by all members present. The change of use is from nursing home to office accommodation for an electronic/publishing company together with two apartments and caretakers flat. The planning department of WCC has since, 23rd September, granted planning permission to the applicants Bonner & Partners Family offices Ltd.

This new development will have many positive outcomes declares Coffey. Firstly this business venture by Bonner & Partners will provide for 14 offices and approximately 53 desks in Woodlock house. Bonner & Partners are currently based in Ballytruckle with 22 employees, the proposed relocation to Woodlock will enable the company

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