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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

More than 210 people gathered on Thursday night the community hall in Knockanore, County Waterford, to express their great anxiety about a massive industrial wind farm development proposed for the area. The meeting was organized by Blackwater Valley Wind Aware, a citizens group formed in March to organize local opposition to the development.

Knockanore lies on a scenic route, adjacent to the Blackwater River. The River is protected by local, national and EU environmental legislation as a Special Area of Conservation and a Special Protection Area. A number of townlands extending from Tallow to Youghal, however, are zoned as "preferred" areas for wind power development on the County Development Plan of both Cork and Waterford.

Knockanore residents only became aware of the proposed development in recent weeks, when less than ten households

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Tramore I.C.A. Notes

We are extremely pleased that our current President Bernie Keating has agreed to stay on until the summer break. The committee and guild members showed their appreciation for last year’s commitment by presenting Bernie with a beautiful Camellia!

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 9 May at 8pm in Tramore House. Paul Brent, our local historian, will be telling us ‘Tales of Tramore’ so should be a very interesting evening, do try and join us, don’t forget there’s always tea and scones for supper!

We are very lucky and thrilled that the library agreed to hang our ‘History of our Town’ quilt, which many of you put together, and is on display at last!, they also hosted the

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

The Waterford Hospice ‘Buy-A-Brick – Let’s Build It Together’ campaign for the new Regional (South East) Palliative Care Unit at University Hospital Waterford (UHW), which was recently launched by Waterford hurler, Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh, has started to gain momentum with support from the Construction Industry Federation (CIF). The initiative, which gives donors an opportunity to buy ‘virtual bricks’ via 3 easy steps on its website http://www.waterfordhospice.ie/fundraising/buy-a-brick.com, is a way for individuals, businesses and organisations to contribute in a meaningful way towards the construction of the new building.

At the recent South East Branch Construction Industry Federation Annual Dinner, Stephanie Taheny, Board Member, Waterford Hospice and Director of Noel Frisby Construction Ltd., made a special appeal to fellow CIF members

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

A Waterford man helped lead the way in braving one of Ireland's toughest mountain races to help raise money for people battling the rare and very painful skin condition EB, also known as butterfly skin.

Patrick Hogan, Carrick-on-Suir, finished third in the tenth annual DEBRA Ireland Wicklow Mountains Challenge half marathon. He was joined in the event by Deirdre Cronin, Dunmore.

Debra Ireland supports people living with EB (epidermolysis bullosa), an incredibly painful skin condition that causes the skin layers and internal body linings to blister and wound at the slightest touch.

The event attracts everyone from triathletes in the half marathon to those who have never run an off-road race before with many wearing an EB butterfly tattoo on their faces in support of patients living with this

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

The HSE Serious Incident Management Team (SIMT) was established on Friday to ensure the 208 women who were the subject of a CervicalCheck review (an updated figure from the 206 previously confirmed) had been communicated with in relation to the review and were informed of the outcome.

Over the weekend, clinical and administrative staff from the HSE have worked across 13 hospitals including University Hospital Waterford to review hospital charts to determine whether or not this communication had happened.

The process, undertaken by the SIMT, established that 46 women had been told of the review process and 162 had not been told. The second priority for the SIMT was to ensure that arrangements were put in place to contact those women who had not been told and to

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

In under four weeks time this government will hold a referendum where they propose to remove the Eighth Amendment, protecting the right to life for women and the unborn in the Irish Constitution. The government want to replace that with "The government may legislate for the provision of termination of pregnancy"

Recently the Supreme court ruled that the only protection for the unborn child is the 8th Amendment. The Joint Oireachtas Committee recommended "that the law should be amended to permit termination of pregnancy with no restriction as to reason provided that it is availed of through a GP led service delivered in a clinical context as determined by law and licencing practice in Ireland with a gestational limit of 12 weeks".

This goes beyond the position in the UK where 2 doctors have to form an opinion in good faith and

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

Lucy Brennan from St Angela School, Ursuline Convent, Ballytruckle, Waterford scooped a top prize at the National Scratch Coding Competition. The competition was held in the Kemmy Business School, at the University of Limerick, last Wednesday April 25th as part of Tech Week 2018. The winners were selected from over 500 entries nationwide and judged to be the best in their respective categories. Lucy took home the top prize in the first year to third year category for her project Piano Pal.

Scratch is a visual programming language that makes it easy for young people to create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art – and share their creations on the web. Scratch allows students to develop creative and critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills as

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Wednesday, 25th April 2018

The 2018 Annual Mayor’s Ball was a huge success with almost €36,000 fundraised.

There were almost 300 people in attendance at Saturday’s glamorous event and the representatives of Assisi House, WASSA and Sesame Early Intervention Service have expressed their gratitude to Cllr Pat Nugent, Mayor of the City and County of Waterford for the much needed boost to their organisations. Representatives of the organisations spoke passionately about the work their charities carried out and the importance the financial contribution from the event would make to their members.

Last Saturday night’s event raised a very substantial sum of €36,000 which will be divided equally between the three beneficial charities.

The packed Tower Hotel patrons were told that over €1m. has been raised

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Wednesday, 25th April 2018

A public debate on the Eighth Amendment will be held in Woodlands Hotel on May 2nd, beginning at 7.30pm. Two well-known speakers will present at the debate, one to argue for retention of the Eighth Amendment, the other to advocate repeal of the Amendment. Caroline Simons will defend the retention of the Eighth and Professor Fiona de Londras will argue the case for repeal.

This is the only public debate on the upcoming referendum organised in this area. The outcome of this referendum will have serious implications for our society and voters should be as well-informed as they can be before they cast their vote. The issues facing voters are complex and challenging and it is hoped that a public debate will afford people an opportunity to openly the discuss the issues and to seek clarification on outstanding questions which may

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Wednesday, 25th April 2018

A Waterford hurler spoke on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta last week about how a routine belt of a hurl in a match on 1 April left him unable to breathe and very seriously ill, and called on the GAA to consider installing oxygen tanks in clubs across the country.

Eoghan Breathnach, 37, from An Rinn in Waterford, was playing a junior hurling match with his local team against Baile an tSagairt on Easter Sunday when he got a belt of the hurl in the ribs. While he initially thought he was just winded, it became clear when he collapsed that things were more serious. It transpired that he had, in fact, broken three ribs, one of which had punctured his lung. He explained what happened in an interview with Helen Ní Shé on the An Saol ó Dheas programme.

"You get a

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