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Wednesday, 21st June 2017

THIS is the last chance for Ireland’s most striking specs wearers to show off their style and be in with a chance of winning €12,000 cash and €1,000 to spend on eyecare.

Multi-platinum pop star Nadine Coyle is encouraging glasses wearers across Ireland to submit their entries for the Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards before the deadline of Sunday, 02 July.

To enter Specsavers’ annual competition, simply wear your glasses with pride and share your best selfie via the Spectacle Wearer of the Year website and you could be mingling with celebrities at the star-studded awards evening in October.

Nadine, who will present the overall winner’s award, says: ‘We’ve seen some fabulous entries so far - the standard is so high and it’s incredible to see so many people showing off their specs style. The great thing about this competition is no

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Wednesday, 21st June 2017

A 25 year old man died after getting into difficulty while swimming in the River Suir in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary on Monday evening last.

Stephen Hoare, who was a single man lived in Carrick but his family are from Thurles and he also lived in Cashel for a number of years.

The alarm was raised by his brother and the Gardai were quickly on the scene shortly before 5 p.m. They carried out a search and rescue operation assisted by Carrick River Rescue and the Coast Guard.

His body was recovered and removed to Waterford University Hospital, where a post mortem will be held.

The Marine Rescu Co-ordination Centre in Dublin sent the Rescue 117 helicopter and crew to assist.

Local Sinn Fein Councillor David Dunne said a number of people had been swimming in the area recently, particularly given the very fine weather on

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Wednesday, 21st June 2017

The Helvick Swim & BBQ scheduled for 12 noon, Sunday July 2 on Helvick Pier has become a great fun family day out attracting people from all over the county and beyond, and has morphed into an important date on the summer calendar in the Dungarvan Bay area.

We are delighted to announce that we will have an enormous bungee trampoline as an added attraction this year. Staffed by fully trained professionals, it can take four people at a time and should prove to be very popular with teenagers, adults and everyone from 4 years of age. Word has it that the fundraising committee members will definitely be up for a go!

"All our volunteers on sea and land are currently working hard to ensure the success of our 23rd Annual Helvick Swim & BBQ" said Kevin O’Morchoe, Hon RNLI Chairman of

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Wednesday, 21st June 2017

Tesco Ireland has announced the 450 local projects that will participate in the new cycle of the Tesco Community Fund commencing 12th June. For the next eight weeks, customers are being encouraged to use their blue tokens in store to vote for their preferred local cause enabling them to make a big difference in communities’ right across Ireland.

At the end of the eight week cycle, Tesco stores will support these 450 local projects nationally with €120,000 worth of donations. The Community Fund helps a wide variety of local projects, supporting communities throughout Ireland by helping causes to reach their potential. Since being launched in 2014, Tesco through the Community Fund has helped over 9,000 local causes and projects donating over €2.2 million in total.

In Waterford the Tesco Community Fund has supported 378 local projects to date donating over €126,000. For

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Wednesday, 21st June 2017

Over the weekend of 30 June/2 July the picturesque village of Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny will again play host to the annual George Brown Commemoration. George Brown, whose roots were in Inistioge and Tullogher, grew up in Manchester in the early decades of the twentieth century, and from an early age displayed a sense of keen political awareness. He became a committed member of the British Communist Party, joined the International Brigade fighting in the Spanish Civil War in defence of the fledgling republic and died at Brunete in July 1937.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of his death and for the past ten years his sacrifice has been remembered in his parents’ native place. And while the two founding members of the Inistioge George Brown Memorial Committee – Paddy Murphy and Seán Walsh – have both sadly passed away over

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Wednesday, 14th June 2017

Age Action, Ireland's leading advocacy organisation for older people, has called for an aggressive public information campaign to inform members of the public how to report cases of elder abuse.

The organisation was responding to the publication today of HSE figures revealing that almost 8,000 cases of alleged adult abuse were reported in 2016 but only 6 per cent of cases were reported by the alleged victim or their family.

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications, said: "The number of elder abuse cases has been rising every year since the HSE started reporting figures almost ten years ago.

"The best way for older people to protect themselves is to be informed, to ensure their friends and family know what warnings signs to watch out for and to act when they suspect elder abuse.

"But the very low figures for reporting of abuse by

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Wednesday, 14th June 2017

An exploration of travel and tales of travel will be told at the fifteenth annual Lismore Immrama Festival of Travel Writing this June 14th to 18th in county Waterford.

The festival will host keynote speakers Christina Lamb OBE one of Britain's leading foreign correspondents and best selling author; humanitarian and author Terry Waite CBE and multi award winning author Colm Tóibín who will all speak under the 2017 festival theme of ‘Emigration, Exile and Slavery.'

Best selling author Christina Lamb OBE will take to the stage in Lismore, Co. Waterford at 3pm on Saturday, June 17th. She has reported from most of the world's hotspots but her particular passions are Afghanistan and Pakistan which she has covered since an unexpected wedding

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Wednesday, 14th June 2017

Danette Connolly, Chairperson of Waterford Hospice recently paid a visit to St. Angela's Secondary School, Ursuline Convent, where she was pictured with pupils from the 3F Class who organised a series of events called the CSPE Action Project in which they raised much needed funds for Waterford Hospice by cake sales, fancy dress days, making and selling yellow and blue lapel ribbons and other ideas over a couple of months.

Danette said she was delighted that they had picked Waterford Hospice to be the beneficiaries of their huge efforts and were much appreciated by all in the local Waterford Hospice movement.

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Tuesday, 6th June 2017

Waterford Blue Flag and Green Coast Awards 2017

At an An Taisce awards ceremony held at Crosshaven Yacht Club on May 22nd, County Waterford’s beaches were awarded with 4 Blue Flag awards and 7 Green Coast awards for 2017.

These awards are only made to bathing areas with excellent water quality and beach management. Clonea Beach, Dunmore East Main Strand, Dunmore Councillors Strand and Tramore were confirmed Blue Flag status and Green Coast awards were achieved for beaches at Guillamene, Newtown Cove, Ballyquin, Curragh, Goat Island, Annestown and Kilfarrassy.

County Waterford is renowned for its 100 km long stunning coastline. For those wishing to walk, jog, swim, explore rock-pools, surf, scuba dive, fish, kite surf, observe wildlife or just relax, there is a place for you! As part of its efforts to

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Tuesday, 6th June 2017

Primary and secondary teachers have until 16 June to apply

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is one of six regional education institutions offering the part-time (18 months) blended learning Post Graduate Qualification in School Leadership.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD recently officially launched a Post Graduate Qualification in School Leadership, aimed at those aspiring to senior leadership positions in schools. The establishment of this programme forms part of the Government’s Action Plan for Education (2016-2019) and it aims to develop leadership capacity in Irish Primary and Post Primary Schools.

Developed in partnership with NUIG, UCD and WIT and jointly awarded by NUIG, UCD and UL, this programme is funded by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) through the

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Letters to the Editor


    If you build it, they will comeAnytime there is a radical reimagining of a part of Waterford's city streetscape there seems to be a lot of people who will come out against it just for the sake of it without really giving it a chance. It has happened with nearly all of the city centre areas that have undergone pedestrianisation and now it looks like it is going to happen to the new Apple Market area that has just undergone a huge transformation.Taking a walk around the new Apple Market is a complete …

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