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Sunday, 29th July 2018

Waterford Spraoi International Street Arts Festival is set to unleash a creative wonderland on the city's streets on August 3rd, 4th, 5th.

The annual extravaganza of performances, music and spectacle will offer audiences over 250 free shows and music gigs.

Highlights include the festival parade, Bugs, featuring spectacular floats and hundreds of performers weaving through the city's medieval streets at night followed by a river-launched fireworks finale.

The festival commences on Friday at 4.00 p.m. with the opening performance by the Sanofi Spraoi Orchestra at John Robert's Square.

From then until Sunday audiences will feast on entertainment at venues including: O'Connell Street, John Robert's Square, the Apple Market, Bailey's New Street and The Mall.

In parallel with Spraoi, Garter Lane presents SprOg Children's Arts and Science Festival, see: http://www.garterlane.ie

Spraoi's Artistic Director, Mike Leahy, told

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Sunday, 29th July 2018

As the changeover of the Trust administering the Edmund Rice Heritage Centre on Barrack Street in Waterford City gets under way, numerous local community, volunteer and charity groups are pushing the panic button.

The new Trust that will begin operation of the Centre from September has indicated that the centre will no longer remain open in the evenings.

This poses a threat to dozens of residents associations, immigrant groups and artistic clubs that all have to operate in evenings as most members are unavailable in the traditional 9 to 5 hours and can only operate in the evenings.

Speaking on this at a recent meeting local Fianna Fail Councillor Eamon Quinlan said

"This is a cliff edge for many community groups and there seems to be an element of sleep walking towards

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Sunday, 29th July 2018

IOCsave's Brian Whelton recently gave his presentation to an interested Connect Effect Group, regarding cost effectiveness and security of taking Card payments.

IOCsave was set up in Waterford in 2013 and represents Worldpay in Ireland, the largest card payment acceptance company in Europe.

IOCsave business is only facilitating card acceptance, unlike other Utility Broker reps. As such the quality of the customer experience can be enhanced as soon as they start using IOCsave's facilities.

Brian and his colleagues pride themselves on utter transparency whether that's in explaining the keenest rates available, impartial advice and ongoing support. As Brian says, "When someone signs with me he can pick up his phone 24/7, if required".

This level of direct advice and support is what has accelerated IOCsave into the largest Irish owned payment acceptance company in Ireland. Obviously when one is dealing with money the highest

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Sunday, 29th July 2018

This week local Fianna Fail Councillor Eamon Quinlan called for the Local Authority to immediately begin the process of drawing down the new National fund recently launched called the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) worth a total of €2 Billion Euros to start the long awaited regeneration of Tramore's Town Centre. The rejuvenation plans for Tramore have been drafted and put on display to the public at recent open evenings in the local library along with all Council offices. These plans involve the creation of a shared space on Main Street from the junction of Market Street to Broad Street. A new road connecting Market Street to the rear of the Supervalu car park. Speaking on this Cllr Quinlan said "Tramore has been waiting for movement on this badly needed regeneration for years now. Both Waterford City and

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Wednesday, 18th July 2018

The four day Comeraghs Wild Festival was "the best on record, it was a complete sell-out and it will be hard to raise the bar further next year", organising committee chairperson, Mary Flynn said.

An extra date was added; new events like open air yoga, painting workshops and the Nire Valley Summer Drop were introduced and both the Street Fete in Kilmacthomas and the open air concert featuring the Dublin Gospel choir and Newfoundland stood out most, Mary believes.

"It was definitely our best Festival ever. From start to finish. It will be hard to follow this year. But we've an incredible voluntary team together now; we've got the ingredients right for a festival that appeals to all ages and all tastes and we're extremely thankful to Richie Walsh, to Bernadette Drohan

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Wednesday, 18th July 2018

The Waterford City South combined Residents are hosting a Public meeting regarding the Planning application to redevelop Walsh Park Hurling stadium which will facilitate 15,000 spectators to attend matches at Walsh Park.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 18th July at 7.30 pm at St Paul's Parish Community Centre, Church road, Lisduggan.

We hope to have a representative from the G.A.A. County Board, Senior Gardai and the Engineer designers in attendance.

The intention is to have a respectful discussion around the upgrading of the Walsh Park facilities and measures that need to be put in place to keep the road traffic management in order and safe for all residents living locally to the hurling stadium.

All welcome especially residents living in the vicinity! Please pass the word to anyone interested.

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Wednesday, 18th July 2018

Eighteen young people from ChillOUT, Waterford recently travelled with four volunteers and two youth workers to attend the launch of the LGBTI+ youth strategy in meeting house square Dublin on Friday the 29th of June, they heard from Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Catherine Zappone and independent chair of the development committee Una Mullally.

This three year strategy sets out to change what it means to grow up LGBTI+ in Ireland. The development of this strategy included online consultations and regional events to hear young people's voices about what they need, the South East regional consultation was held in the Manor Youth Cafe in May 2017. Debbie the youth worker with the Waterford group also attended the stakeholders consultation event.

ChillOUT is Waterford's LGBTI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and

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Wednesday, 18th July 2018

The death of a 27 year old musician following an assault in Waterford City Centre has resulted in the Garda upgrading their investigation to murder.

Damien O'Brien, a member of the local indie/rock band Chimpanbee received a number of serious head injuries at the junction of the Manor/John Street around 3 a.m. on Saturday, July 7.

He was moved to University Hospital Waterford and then transferred to Cork University Hospital where he died on Friday last.

A native of Kilmacow, he leaves behind his mother Kathleen; sisters Claire and Sandra; brothers Derek and Chris and girlfriend Catherine. He was predeceased by his father Chris.

Tributes poured in on social media to Damien who was described as "gentleman", as well as a "musical genius, with a pitch perfect ear."

Paddy Casey, who played a gig last Saturday night at the Churchyard Sessions in Bailey's New Street,

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Wednesday, 18th July 2018

Following the misfortunate incident in June where over €6000 worth of equipment and paint was stolen from their premises, the Waterford Walls team continue with their efforts to replace this equipment to get ready for their festival coming in August (17th-26th).

On Thursday, July 19th, they are holding their next fundraiser event. This is a quirky and interesting guided cycle art trail of the Waterford Walls artwork on the Waterford Greenway.

The journey starts at Kilmacthomas at 5pm where you bring your own bike or you can hire a bike at the Greenway bike hire shop.

A Waterford Walls guide will bring you to see 4 pieces of artwork done by our artists and give you some interesting information on both the artists and the motivation behind the pieces.

A bus then collects the

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Wednesday, 18th July 2018

Labour Local area rep Brendan Byrne has welcomed the publication by the Labour Party of radical new proposals for Ireland that would deliver affordable housing for all, including a commitment to build 80,000 homes over 5 years and bring in a new deal for renters.

Speaking about the plan Labour Area Rep said: "The policies driven by FG and FF have not worked, and the private housing market has failed to deliver enough homes. The only way to build enough affordable housing for the people of Waterford City snd County is through State-led action.

"Our proposal for a National Housing Development Bank, with Housing Executives based in local government, shows how this can be delivered. Labour would commit €16 billion for the development of 80,000 units over five years, estimating an average cost of €200,000 per home, built on the hundreds of

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