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Wednesday, 31st May 2017

Funding of €1.5 million has been allocated to Waterford Institute of Technology to deliver 354 free higher education skills conversion courses under Springboard+ 2017, Minister John Halligan announced last week.

The part-time and full-time places are targeted at jobseekers and those in employment or self-employment who wish to upskill, reskill or cross skill and Minister

Halligan said he was especially pleased that – for the first time ever - homemakers are also eligible to participate in Springboard+ courses this year:

“It is long overdue that homemakers may finally avail of this opportunity to transition back to the workforce. The criteria is that the homemaker has been out of the work environment for at least one year due to childcare or other caring obligations and has a previous history of employment.

“Given this expansion of the eligibility criteria for Springboard+ 2017, I am delighted to

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Wednesday, 31st May 2017

We are fortunate in FG to have two excellent candidates in our leadership contest - both highly intelligent and qualified candidates

This election has added significance because the winner of the contest will also be nominated Taoiseach of our country

I’ve worked closely with Simon when he was an MEP, TD and Minister and I believe that his experience of European affairs is more advantageous to Ireland as the next Taoiseach faces into the next round of negotiations on Brexit.

This is especially important for Waterford and the South East which has a very strong agri-food and dairy sector, this sector is exposed due to Brexit and we need to have our strongest negotiators led by the next Taoiseach at the EU table to protect our countys and countrys interests.

- Simons deep understanding of the agri sector as a former Minister for agriculture

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Wednesday, 31st May 2017

The Reg, in partnership with Central Arts, launch “The Churchyard Sessions” on Saturday 10th June with Music Festival Favourites “Le Galaxie” – who put on a pulsating & energetic live performance of Electro/Synth/Vocals.

The Churchyard Sessions, on Baileys New Street, are a series of FREE Open Air Concerts every Saturday from 10th June to 12th August, which will also feature Scoops Music, Newfoundland and Ryan Sheridan. The Reg is delighted to be able to bring these free events to the Waterford Viking

Triangle, which follow the well-established Art Beat programme of emerging bands every Saturday afternoon on the same stage throughout the

Summer. Join us for some amazing Summer evenings with some excellent live acts. Featuring outdoor bars and "The Reg Street Kitchen" - the Churchyard Sessions promise a great night out in a unique setting.

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Wednesday, 31st May 2017

“The invitation came out of the blue” said Anne, “and I proudly accepted it on behalf of all those who volunteer their time in support of the lifeboat service, especially those in the Helvick Lifeboat Station and my colleagues in the fundraising branch.”

The Garden Party officially began when The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl of Wessex, Princess Royal, Princess Beatrice, Duke of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent entered the garden at 4pm when the National Anthem was played by one of the two military bands present.

While the bands continued to play a selection of music, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh circulated among the guests so that everyone had an equal chance of speaking

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Wednesday, 31st May 2017

Last Wednesday saw the Annual Awards Day at Abbey Community College when the Board of Management and Staff recognised and applauded those students who had excelled academically, creatively and in the sporting sphere over the past year.

Guest of Honour for the day was Waterford native, Keith Barry, Master Hypnotist and Mentalist. Also presenting awards were: Ms Eileen Curtis, Director of Schools KCETB; Cllr Ger Frisby, Chairman of the Board of Management; Br Denis Minehane, Board of Management; Ms Tonya Dowling, Chairperson of the Parents’ Association; and Cllr Fidelis Doherty, Board of Management.

Certificates were awarded to students across a wide range of disciplines: Best Leaving Certificate 2016 (Niamh Roche), Best Junior Certificate 2016 (Una Kinsella, Aoibheann Kavanagh and Jennifer Neoh), Student of the Year (Mairead Kennedy),

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Wednesday, 31st May 2017

Dunmore East RNLI rescued two divers who got into difficulty off Hook Head in County Wexford on Sunday afternoon 28 May.

The volunteer crew was requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 1.19pm following a report from the Irish Coast Guard that two divers were in the sea and holding on to a buoy off Hook Head. The men had been doing a shore dive when they drifted offshore in tidal conditions.

The lifeboat under Coxswain Michael Griffin and with four crew members onboard launched within minutes. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 from Waterford was also tasked.

Weather conditions at the time were good as the lifeboat made its way to the scene approximately half a nautical mile from Hook Head.

On scene, the lifeboat crew observed an orange smoke which had been deployed by the helicopter overhead to guide the crew

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Wednesday, 31st May 2017

Internationally-renowned gundog guru, Keith Matthews, and his 10 year-old son, Cole, say they’re really looking forward to putting on two extra special shows at the Waterford Country Fair.

The Fair, which runs from 10am to 6pm at Curraghmore House and Gardens on Sunday, June 11, is expected to raise significant funds for amazing Make-A-Wish Ireland, a children’s charity which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions and gives them hope, strength and joy.

Keith and Cole will host two shows on the day – one around 12.30 and the second at 4pm. And they’ll be involving their audience in both shows, Keith, from County Tyrone, explained. “The main display will be carried out by my 10 year old son Cole, ‘The Mini Guru’, along with his 4 year-old black Labrador, Chloe.

“They will demonstrate the art of Retriever Training, a feature

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Wednesday, 31st May 2017

Succeeding for over 30 years as an independent family run business in Waterford means, more than anything else, listening to your customers and responding to their needs. That is why John Palmer's Music Center in George's Street has undoubtedly been so successful over the years.

First set up on The Quay in 1987 John Palmer has built up an enviable reputation as one of the go-to people when it comes to all things musical in the South East. Between him and his manager Keith they have amassed 50 years of experience in the music industry ranging from tin whistles to violins and everything in between.

According to John “there are very few independently owned shops in Waterford city centre. If you look at it there are mainly chain stores. There was a demand for a music store and that was basically the

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Wednesday, 24th May 2017

Cabinet yesterday (Tuesday) approved a deal that will see Waterford City & County Council receive an annual grant of €250,000 over the next seven years to take over the maintenance and management of Mount Congreve, on behalf of the State.

Waterford Independent Minister John Halligan confirmed that the deal, facilitated by his Independent Alliance colleague, Minister of State at the OPW Sean Canney, will involve the Commissioners of Public Works entering into an agreement with the Estate of Ambrose Congreve, the late owner of the estate and gardens, for a final settlement of outstanding Trust matters.

This includes the Estate conveying almost 75 acres to the Mount Congreve Estate Trust at no cost, as well as transferring horticultural stock valued at approximately

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Wednesday, 24th May 2017

The Waterford Marine Search and Rescue is a voluntary river rescue service operating in Waterford city and county, with over 50 volunteers at present. It was set up in January 2010 by Darryl and Declan Barry to provide Waterford city and county with a 24 hour,365 days a year search, rescue and recovery service.

To recognise and support this fantastic service Waterpark College chose this organisation to be the main beneficiary of their fundraising activities as part of the AIB Build a Bank Challenge 2017, which included a number of awareness days in the school and in the local community. The school successfully raised approximately €600 which will be of great benefit and was warmly welcomed by Darryl Barry (Founder and Head of Operations)

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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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