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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

One of Waterford’s greatest lost treasures returns to the Viking Triangle after 400 years

The Lismore Crosier, one of the greatest treasures of Ireland and a remarkable example of the Vikings’ contribution to Irish art, was made in 1111 AD and has the distinction of being the earliest piece of Irish metalwork to have the artist’s name inscribed on it. Waterford Museum of Treasures is proud to announce that for the first time in some 400 years the Lismore Crosier will be back in Waterford and on public display in the Medieval Museum from 14th June until the end of September only, after which it will go back on display in the National Museum of Ireland in Kildare Street, Dublin.

The Viking-inspired Irish art was among the great cultural highpoints of medieval Europe.

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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

In recent days Waterford Chamber has been engaging with members on the proposed revaluation of Commercial and Industrial properties in the City. The introduction of the revaluation has resulted in a reduction in cost, but for certain members it potentially represents a significant increase in the rate cost.

Commenting on the proposed revaluation of Commercial and Industrial property rates, CEO at Waterford chamber Nick Donnelly said, “Equally, there is evidence of quite significant increases and many members have decided to make representations, which is their right. Examples are ranging from 30% increases up to as much as 100% in specific cases. Timing is of importance in this case for those who wish to make representations, as this must be made to the ‘valuation office’ within 28 days. Waterford Chamber has also been advised in recent days of an Information Event being

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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

20 Haven volunteers from across Ireland returned home from an experience of a lifetime in Haiti last week. Paudie Halpin from Nire Valley, Co. Waterford spent the previous 10 days on the small island of Ile á Vache, south of Haiti’s mainland, working in scorching conditions.

Haven volunteer, Paudie Halpin from Nire Valley in Co. Waterford said: "It has been an experience of a lifetime volunteering with Haven over the last week. I’ve made so many new friends; the Haitian people are very friendly and welcoming. It was a privilege to work with the local Haitian communities; we hope that the work we have completed will be beneficial to the local people of Ile a Vache in the future."

The next Haven volunteer programme will be departing to Haiti on April 18th 2014, if you are interested in getting involved please visit:

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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

Government needs to put public health first by implementing alcohol harm-reduction measures

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol related issues, has called on the Government to implement in full the proposals intended for inclusion in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, which have been circulated by the Department of Health. "These proposals are effectively a blueprint for change. They contain a wide range of measures that could finally make a real and lasting impact when it comes to tackling this country’s harmful relationship with alcohol. However, for them to work, we need the Government, particularly at Ministerial level, to show leadership and ensure that the health and wellbeing of the public is put before corporate and other vested interests who oppose some of these measures," said Conor Cullen of Alcohol Action Ireland.

"We know that measures such as minimum pricing and

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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

Tramore GIY have arranged a very special outing for their June meeting (today) Wednesday, 12th June. They will be visiting the kitchen garden of the renowned Tannery Restaurant in Dungarvan and well-known chef Paul Flynn is putting on tapas and wine after the visit. The cost per head will be €15. If you would like to join your fellow GIYers for what promises to be a fun evening for both gardeners and foodies, you can book a place by calling Sally on 086 3695252 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak5863f0142e13af0a4859b4f6889259bb').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy5863f0142e13af0a4859b4f6889259bb = 'giytramore' + '@'; addy5863f0142e13af0a4859b4f6889259bb = addy5863f0142e13af0a4859b4f6889259bb + 'gmail' + '.' + 'com'; var addy_text5863f0142e13af0a4859b4f6889259bb =

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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

Fáilte Ireland has published the long-list of 45 towns and villages from across the country that is being considered for the 2013 Tourism Towns Award(for complete long-list see notes to editor).  Three of County Waterford towns and villages on the list are Dungarvan, Ballymacarby and Lismore.    

The Tourism Town award, now in its second year, is designed to recognise Irish towns and villages where the local community goes the extra mile to enhance their appeal to tourists.  The top ten "Highly Commended Tourism Towns" will be announced at the National Tidy Towns Awards later in year with the overall winner to be announced by Fáilte Ireland in November.

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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

With the summer weather finally here and Mr. Sun looking like he is going to stay around for the next week or two, Dogs Trust Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity has compiled six essential tips for dog owners all over the country to help their hounds beat the heat.

You can keep your dog healthy and happy by following just a few tips:

- Keep him in the shade during the hottest part of the day.

- NEVER leave him in the car in warm weather, even if it feels cool outside.

- Avoid long car journeys in hot weather, if you need to travel, avoid the heat of the day.

- Clip fur and apply pet sun cream to easily burned areas: nose, ears, eyelids and belly. DON'T use human sun cream - it can

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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

On Sunday 23rd June from 2-4pm, The People's Park in Waterford City will come alive with high-flying BMX action. Bike Week and Waterford Sports Partnership present 'Jam in the Park', an event being held as part of national Bike Week.

This year will see an extra 'Jam' included for the guys on the Scooters! Riders are encouraged to enter this event, free of charge and witness local BMX talent exhibit their skills and tricks. A range of spot prizes up will be up for grabs. The 'Jam' will be judged by Waterford legend, Jason Phelan, who will also entertain us with an exhibition of his skills. Jason is a professional BMX rider, sponsored by Wethepeople Bikes and by Nike, who has now established himself as one of

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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

Retired Waterford primary teacher John Connolly was presented with the internationally prestigious Ireland Medal by Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan during a recent Lifesaving Foundation drowning prevention conference in Meath. The Ireland Medal is 'awarded to an Irish person or organisation or to a person of Irish descent in recognition of an exceptional contribution to saving lives from drowning'.

Addressing the conference, Commissioner Callinan stated that in the previous 40 years John Connolly had made an exceptional contribution to saving lives from drowning by promoting swimming instruction in schools, by founding lifeguard clubs and training lifeguards on behalf of The Royal Life Saving Society in Ireland, by promoting the establishment of national lifesaving organisations in developing countries around the world, and in organising international drowning prevention conferences. He was aware that John

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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

Waterford City Councillor John Hearne said there have been a worrying number of gas and electricity disconnections in 2012.

Speaking following the release of the Commission for Energy Regulation's Electricity and Gas Retail Markets Annual Report for 2012, Cllr Hearne said:

"Over 14,000 homes were disconnected from electricity in 2012 and over 7,000 homes were disconnected from gas. The number of gas disconnections has increased by 82%.

"This is a startling number. Many families are unable to provide heat and light in their homes.

"The Commission for Energy Regulation must act to introduce guidelines to allow families to budget their electricity and gas usage better.

"Currently only customers in significant arrears can avail of the pre-pay metering system. Customers who are not in arrears must use private companies to install prepay meters on which they pay a charge, resulting in higher energy costs.

"Prepay meters must

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