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Tuesday, 16th April 2013

Tramore Tourism delighted with Town Council backing for Inclusion Play Park and Adventure Park

Tramore Town Council supported unanimously for Tramore Tourism proposed development of 2 inclusion play parks for Tramore by the boating lake. Tramore Tourism Committee member Stephen Mullally made a passionate plea to the town council and told of the disadvantages people with special needs have in the area, he informed the meeting of how this would be unique to Tramore and that they would not be anything like this within a 100 km radius.

Both will be accessible to able bodied and disabled children. One park for kids up to 8 years of age and also an adventure play park/obstacle course for the older kids. Stephen and his fellow Committee members hope to bring the grasses and plants from the Sand dunes to the area so as the

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Tuesday, 16th April 2013

Iarnród Éireann to offer free trips for community, voluntary and charity groups in 2013

Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail has launched the 2013 programme for The Journey’s on Us, an initiative to support organisations and groups in the voluntary, community, sporting and charity sector.

"The Journey’s On Us", will provide up to 100 groups with a free group travel return journey for up to 50 people per group during 2013, meaning 5,000 free journeys are on offer across any of the company’s services. The travel facilities will be ideal in particular for organisations bringing a group to a special event, or as part of a specific support to the members of the group which requires travel.

The company has invited all community, voluntary, sporting and charity groups from across the country to apply for the 100 group travel trips available. Entry forms are available

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Tuesday, 16th April 2013

ESB is aware of the existence of privately operated Premium Phone Line operators who are using Google ads to mislead customers into using their phone numbers to call our Customer Contact Centre, resulting in high phone charges for customers who use these numbers. These are not legitimate ESB or Electric Ireland on-line ads.

We have contacted the company involved instructing them to remove all references to ESB and we have notified the Gardai, the National Consumer Agency, the Communications Regulator and Google. Customers who wish to contact ESB should go to our website or call our contact phone numbers:

Electric Ireland Customer Service

t: 1850 372 372 (8am - 8pm, Mon - Sat)

From abroad: +353 1 852 9534

ESB Networks Customer Service

t: 1850 372 757 (8am - 8pm, Mon - Sat)

From abroad: +353 21 494 7260

For emergencies, supply failure or damage

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Tuesday, 16th April 2013

A number of leading SPAR retailers from across the country including Waterford gathered at Killashee House in County Kildare recently for the brand’s annual 5 Star Awards ceremony, run by BWG Foods (owners and operators of the SPAR brand in Ireland) in association with the Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA).

The Awards, now in their 13th year, are the highlight of the SPAR retailing calendar, recognising stores that excel across several areas of store performance. Five stores in Waterford received the prestigious 5 Star Award with three of these achieving special recognition for being 5 Star Award winners for five consecutive years – Breathanch’s SPAR Ballingoul, Cronnelly’s SPAR Ferrybank, and SPAR Manor Village.

The other stores in Waterford to receive an Award were Foley’s SPAR

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Tuesday, 16th April 2013

Waterford City Councillor John Hearne said he was asked to publicise a case he is dealing with. A 28 year old man who is wheelchair bound who lives in a house which is clearly seen to be adapted from the outside for wheelchair needs woke the other morning to the sound of breaking glass. Two masked men attacked his house and broke every single window in the house. To add to his distress his dog jumped out the window to chase the thugs and didn't come back for a good while and he thought his dog was taken.

Cllr Hearne said "we have gone to every government department and nobody will fix the windows. Last night was the 3rd night the man slept in fear not knowing why he was attacked or if they were coming back to attack him again.

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Wednesday, 10th April 2013

The management of Eddie Rocket’s, Cork Road, Waterford which was gutted completely by fire in the early hours of Saturday morning last are determined that they will re-open the premises within the next 6/7 months. They also stated that they wished to thank their loyal customers who had contributed to the success of the enterprise over the past 7 years.

Brian Dunne, proprietor and Sharon Kiely, manager thanked the members of the various sections of the Fire Brigade from the city and county who battled the blaze and prevented it spreading to nearby premises. They also thanked the members of the Garda Siochana for their assistance.

Fifteen employees who lost their jobs as a result of the conflagration consisted of a manager, assistant manager; 3 supervisors; 4 chefs; 2 kitchen porters; and 4

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Wednesday, 10th April 2013

There was a general negative reaction to the TV3 programme screened on Monday night on TV3 on the Ballybeg Housing Estate.

Deputy John Halligan, Independent posted the following comment on his Facebook page:

"I sincerely hope next week’s episode of The Estate on TV3 portrays some of the good work being done on the ground in Ballybeg by local residents.

What the programme neglected to mention was the fact that all those houses were clumped together without a second thought to proper planning and it was the community itself – particularly residents of Clonard Park and Ardmore Park - who built up everything they have out there. Shame that members of the Ballybeg Action Group or some of the other community activists were not interviewed about all the hard work they do positively promoting Ballybeg".

Former Ballybeg publican Frank King rang WRLfm and also

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Wednesday, 10th April 2013

Fianna Fáil Cllr Gary Wyse, has announced his intention to withdraw from the voting pact agreement that currently exists at Waterford City Council.

Cllr Wyse’s announcement comes after he was refused the opportunity to debate a motion on the future of Waterford Regional Hospital at last night’s City Council meeting.

Cllr Wyse commented: "At the end of last night’s meeting I pleaded with the Mayor to allow time for debate on my motion, which called on the Minister for Health to retain the existing services at Waterford Regional Hospital.

"The Mayor informed me that there was not enough time to debate the motion, which I find incredible. The motion would have taken 20 minutes to debate and it is extremely disappointing that the Mayor point blank refused to take it. I am shocked that he didn’t deem this hugely important topic eligible for

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Wednesday, 10th April 2013

SERVICE TIMES - 10am - Sunday 14th April - Service for all on the theme of Wellbeing.

Guest speaker- Sister Gertrude Howley from GROW.

Our food festival weekend events are supporting the charity GROW. Grow is a mental health organisation which works with people and families who have been affected by mental health issues. Sister Gertrude works tirelessly to help those who have been affected by this often hidden area of health. Sister Gertrude and others from GROW will be available during our events with details of support available for those in need.


We are holding Flower Festival to run in conjunction with the festival of food weekend 12th - 14th April. The theme of the arrangements are food & drink. All are most welcome to this beautiful experience. All donations to GROW & the church repair fund. Opening times Fri 12th & Sat 14th 12 -5.

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Wednesday, 10th April 2013

RNLI MAYDAY appeal and support Waterford lifeboat stations

With the poor weather the RNLI is calling on people to put their wellies to good use and support their forthcoming MAYDAY appeal.  The charity that saves lives at sea is asking the public to hold or support a welly themed fundraising event or buy a special yellow welly RNLI MAYDAY key-ring to raise funds for the lifeboat service, which has three lifeboat stations in Waterford. The RNLI MAYDAY appeal is supported by John West.

The yellow welly is an essential piece of the RNLI volunteer lifeboat crewmember’s kit.  Waterproof with steel-capped toes, the specially designed boots keep the volunteer crew’s feet warm and dry while also protecting them in dangerous conditions on deck. During gale force winds, rain and ice, keeping a sure footing can literally mean the difference between life and death

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Letters to the Editor


    Paradise papersOne of the most surprising things about the release of the copious amounts of tax details of some of the richest people on the planet wasn't the names of the people involved but the fact that three of them were actors from Mrs. Brown's Boys. Between them the three had accounts nearing 2 million euros in off-shore accounts and let's face it, these people aren't exactly Robert De Niros or Meryl Streeps but three bog standard, and that's putting it mildly, actors, from a middling comedy serie …

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