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Gardaí present at three hour stand-off between some residents and Council workers THE attempted removal of trees from the leafy suburb of Seapark in Abbeyside last Thursday morning sparked a three hour stand-off between some of the residents of the estate and Council workers, writes Paul Mooney. Gardaí were called to the confrontation, which became heated at times and lasted from approximately 8.30 a.m. until 11.30 a.m. The matter concluded with Council workers allowed to continue the tree felling on the condition that the wood be collected by one of the residents for distribution to a charity or needy cause. Waterford Council said the removal of the trees in Seapark was a necessity as the trees have become unsuitable to their environment. Many of the roots of trees had broken up through the footpath, causing a tripping hazard for pedestrians. It is understood there have been several claims against the Council over the years, where pedestrians have been injured when they’ve tripped and fallen on broken footpaths in the estate.

A spokesperson for Waterford Council said there were a number of factors governing the removal of these trees, particularly damage to footpaths in Seapark and that the tree species, in most cases, were more appropriate to parkland settings than a housing estate. “This is an on-going issue and crops up regularly where trees that were planted with well meaning intent 20 or 30 years ago, but insufficient thought or knowledge was given at the time to the types of trees being planted and their suitability to the location,” said the Council spokesperson. However, some of the residents of Seapark said they were not consulted over the tree felling.The work taking place clearly upset several residents, as the trees have been there for nearly 40 years and is a defining characteristic of the estate. One angry resident said “there should be an alternative to cutting down the beautiful trees which have made the avenue”. The resident also pointed out that some trees had been cut down outside her house four years ago, but the footpaths were never fixed. c Continued on page 4

Gardaí were called to the confrontation between some residents and Council workers, at Seapark, Abbeyside, last Thursday morning.



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Up to 12% of community groups ‘ineligible’ for funding this year Estimated 60 groups lose out on funding because they failed to submit receipts on how they spent last year’s grant money NEARLY 60 voluntary and community groups (or 12 percent) of those who received funding from the Council last year won’t get any money this year because they didn’t submit their receipts, despite reminders from the local authority, writes Paul Mooney. Waterford City and County Council provides a fund each year to help encourage communities and empowering residents to make a difference to their areas / communities. The grant aid assistance, under the ‘Supporting Waterford Communities Fund’ is divided between three categories: Residents Association Fund;

Community Activity Fund; and Sport and Recreation Fund. At the February Plenary meeting of Waterford City and County Council, Cllr. Ray Murphy noted that out of the 475 groups which received funding under the scheme in 2018, around 12 percent were considered ‘not eligible’ for the fund this year because they did not send in their receipts from last year, despite being sent numerous reminders to submit same. DISTRIBUTE FUNDING TO TIDY TOWNS GROUPS Cllr. Murphy surmised the 12 percent equates to around 57

community groups which won’t get funding this year, and he suggested that the money, which works out at approximately €28,500, should be distributed amongst Tidy Town groups. “There are 19 Tidy Towns groups in the city and county, six of which were awarded medals in 2018 and two which were given other awards,” he said. “The cost of insurance for Tidy Towns groups is phenomenal,” Cllr. Murphy said. “Public liability insurance is around €500 and insurance for ride-on lawnmowers is another €500, so it negates the money they get from this community fund, so the cost of insurance for

these groups is way above the only funding they are going to get from the community fund.” FLAWED Cllr. Murphy said he thinks the system for awarding funding to local community groups is flawed. “It is divided into three groups, but residents associations could have five houses and they could get as much of a fund as a residents association with 50 houses and those two groups will get the same as a Tidy Town Committee would get.” Cllr. Murphy appealed to the Council executive to consider his comments before making allocations in March.

Director of Services Ivan Grimes pointed out that the amount of funding available for the scheme is voted on by the Council each year. “The funding for 2019 is €195,000, which is the same level as in 2018. The decision to allocate the money comes back to the Council for a vote. That vote will likely take place in April,” Mr. Grimes said. In relation to the 12 percent who were refused funding this year, Mr. Grimes said those groups were already given funding in 2018. “But, the rules of the scheme are that if they don’t return receipts to the Council [on how

they spent their money] they can’t apply for funding the following year,” he said. Mr. Grimes said the community fund is popular, so there will be newer groups and organisations which will apply for funding. In relation to Cllr. Murphy’s suggestion in relation to where funding goes, Mr. Grimes said it is discussed and reviewed every year at SPC (Strategic Policy Committee) level, but “it hasn’t been possible to agree an alternative approach”. “I would be more than happy to bring it back to the SPC for our next meeting to be discussed,” Mr. Grimes added.

No contactless card payments for churches in Waterford and Lismore Diocese THE Diocese of Waterford and Lismore won’t be introducing contactless card payments during Mass anytime soon, unlike some Dublin parishes. Contactless card machines were introduced recently to some Dublin churches in an attempt to counteract a decline in cash donations. The matter was discussed on WLR FM’s Déise Today programme last Monday week, 18th February, between presenter, Damien Tiernan and Father Liam Power, Waterford and Lismore Diocese spokesperson.

Cash collections during Mass times “are significantly decreasing” Fr. Power acknowledged on the programme that offertory collections during Mass times “are significantly decreasing” and that the younger generation “don’t carry cash or change any more”, which resulted in some Dublin parishes making the decision to introduce contactless card payments. He said there are no plans to introduce contactless card payments in the Waterford and Lismore Diocese, but

they are watching to see how it works out in Dublin. Cash donations collected during the offertory collection pay for the upkeep and maintenance of the parish church, while there is a special collection three times a year (Christmas, Easter and Autumn) which pays the priests salaries. Fr. Power acknowledged that there has also been a significant decrease in

these special collections, which resulted in administrators making a special case last December to have each parish in the diocese contribute €5,000 from their parish funds, to pay the 60+ priests in the diocese. However, Fr. Power told Déise Today that the priests’ salary fund is depleted and there is no money to pay the priests salaries in March. The donations made three times a year are paid into a common fund so every priest is paid the same (approximately €21,000 annually, plus allowances for other Mass stipends and

ceremonies). Priests are then paid quarterly. It is possible that the diocese may look at each parish having to raise a minimum amount of money to ensure payments can be maintained, as a solution to the problem. But, Fr. Power ruled out any introduction of contactless card payments in the Waterford and Lismore Diocese for the forseeable future. “We feel it would be an overcommercialisation of the whole kind of parish-ethos and might undermine it,” Fr. Power said. “We will not introduce it at the moment,” he added.


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to the confrontation, 20 or was given at Gardaí were called times and lasted from meaning intent or knowledge at insufficient thought of trees being planted and became heated a.m. until 11.30 a.m. types 8.30 the time to the the location,” said the Council approximately with Council workers on the their suitability to The matter concluded the tree felling of Seapark said by one of spokesperson. allowed to continue of the residents The the wood be collected However, some a charity or condition that over the tree felling. distribution to residents, they were not consulted the residents for clearly upset several 40 years of the work taking place for nearly needy cause. said the removal have been there of the estate. Waterford Council necessity as the trees have as the trees characteristic be an was a and is a defining said “there should trees in Seapark to their environment. One angry resident down the beautiful trees up become unsuitable to cutting of trees had broken Many of the roots causing a tripping hazard alternative made the avenue”. some trees which have pointed out that four years through the footpath, The resident also house her claims pedestrians. outside several for cut down there have been pedes- had been were never fixed. It is understood over the years, wheretripped ago, but the footpaths 4 against the Council on page they’ve injured when c Continued trians have been in the estate. footpaths broken and fallen on

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night with clear spells and lows of 2 to 4 degrees. Becoming cloudy with rain spreading from the west with freshening

southerly winds. Some heavy bursts possible. Afternoon highs of 11 to 13 degrees. Forecast for Saturday/Sunday – Very unsettled. Rain and southwest gales on Saturday with some severe gusts possible. Sunshine and blustery showers will follow for Sunday. Daytime temperatures will fall back to around the seasonal norm. Outlook (Monday/Wednesday) – Cool changeable and unsettled. Winds from the southwest or west will be often blustery. Frequent spells of rain or showers. For 7-day local and national forecasts with all the latest weather warnings, visit www.met.ie

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meeting of Waterford City and County Council, Cllr. Mulligan said he is still receiving representations from people and businesses concerned about the behaviour, particularly in Waterford City Centre. He previously told the Council that if it’s happening in the city, he had no doubt it was happening in Dungarvan. “I would ask for a little bit of urgency in relation to this. Certainly, representations are coming hard and fast to me, in regards to one particular individual and I see others are beginning to follow suit,”


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Seapark tree felling sparks confrontation c FROM FRONT PAGE Another resident pointed out that trees act as ‘carbon sinks’ where they remove Co2 from the atmosphere and release oxygen back into the atmosphere and a large tree can produce a day’s supply of oxygen for four people. COUNCIL STATEMENT In a statement to this newspaper, Waterford Council said it carries out a tree maintenance programme across the city and county each Winter. The tree maintenance programme involves tree pruning and removal of trees which have become unsuitable to their environment for a variety of reasons. These works are prioritised on a number of factors including the age and general health of the trees, potential dangers to the public from diseased or rotten trees, storm damaged tree limbs, the appropriateness of trees to

particular locations, tree limbs interfering with road signage, public lighting or overhead cables, damage to footpaths and public complaints. In recent weeks, the Council has removed a number of trees across the city and county. The Council spokesperson pointed out that the Council has an annual tree planting programme and where trees are removed, there will be a replacement programme with a species that’s more appropriate to an urban environment. The Council spokesperson said in 2018 they planted 58 new trees at 14 locations in Dungarvan of which 11 were residential areas and three were public open space. “Trees are selected based on suitability for each location where nine different varieties were planted including four native species. All trees planted by the Council are carefully grown

through their formative years within a tree nursery bringing them to a developed stage at which they can be successfully transplanted into these various locations. Waterford City and County Council intends to plant a similar number of trees this Spring within the town’s environs including Seapark,” the spokesperson said. FOOTPATH REPAIRS Meanwhile, the Council spokesperson added that works to repair the footpaths in Seapark will commence in the coming weeks. LOBBYING FOR REPAIRS Cllr. Tom Cronin speaking to the Dungarvan Observer, said he would lobby officials to ensure the Seapark footpaths are replaced in the coming weeks and months. He said the Road Works Programme for 2019 is due to be discussed at the March meeting ofDungarvan-Lismore Municipal

Pictured top: Council workers carrying out tree felling in Seapark last Thursday morning. Bottom picture: There was a Garda presence during the tense three hour stand-off between some of the residents and Council workers.

Top picture: Gardaí speak with Seapark resident Ted Murphy over the situation. Above, left: an uneven section of footpath at Seapark. Top right: Some of the wood which was collected by Ted Murphy for distribution to a charity or needy cause. Bottom right: a broken and cracked section of the footpath in Seapark.

District Council and funding for footpath repairs would be discussed. “The Council wouldn’t replace the footpaths until those trees were gone,” Cllr. Cronin said. “I will be lobbying the officials to ensure there is funding to replace the footpaths in Seapark where the trees were taken up,” he said. Cllr. Cronin also said he would be lobbying officials to ensure they replace the trees which were felled, with more suitable trees for the area. PREVIOUS COUNCIL MEETING The matter came up at a meeting of Dungarvan-Lismore Municipal District Council last November, when Cllr. John Pratt described the combined effect of poor footpaths and tree-obstructed lighting at Seapark as “quite dangerous” and “an accident waiting to happen”. He was told at the time by Area Engineer, Josephine McGrath, that the Council’s Environment Section were investigating, but they were conscious of the need to balance the removal of trees, whose roots were negatively impacting on

footpaths and the residents enjoying trees. LACK OF CONSULTATION Sinn Féin Area Representative and candidate in the upcoming Local Elections, Conor McGuinness said his concern was the lack of consultation with people living in the area in the run up to these trees being felled He met with several residents of Seapark last Thursday, following a number of calls from people concerned about the manner in which the trees were cut down. “Residents have complained of zero consultation or warning, despite promises from some councillors that there would be. There is an element of distrust as works to repair footpaths and kerbs didn’t take place after a number trees were felled four years ago,” he said. “Communities deserve respect and to be consulted on matters that affect them. They don't deserve to be misled or ignored. A little communication and consultation goes a long way,” Mr. McGuinness added. TREE FELLING ACROSS THE COUNTRY Seapark wasn’t the only location where tree felling took place last week.

According to the Green Party, tree felling was happening right across the country. The Green Party called on Minister Josepha Madigan to explain and stop the spate of tree felling going on. “Green Party activists around the country, for the last number of weeks, have reported the felling of mature trees by city and county councils far above normal levels,” said a statement from The Green Party press office. “This has been done without consultation and against the will of local people and has generated substantial local anger.” Green Party Senator Grace O’Sullivan, MEP candidate for Ireland South, said no-one objects to trees being cut for safety reasons, “But what we are seeing is a scale of tree felling that goes far beyond that”. “Beautiful mature trees that have improved local areas and provided much needed habitat for wildlife are being ripped out at alarming rates. Meanwhile, in other areas we are hearing about the expensive roll out of large non-native species in new plantings, without consideration or seemingly any semblance of a coherent approach,” said Senator O’Sullivan.

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Council CEO happy to share his legal advice on proposed variation to Wind Energy Strategy By Paul Mooney

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LED retrofitting likely to begin at end of the year THE retrofitting of public lighting with LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) won’t likely start until the end of the year, or very early next year. The matter was raised at the February Plenary meeting of Waterford City and County Council by Cllr. Breda Brennan, who wondered if there was a start date for the programme. LEDs are energy efficient and last longer than conventional light bulbs. They produce a whiter light which allows for better identification of colours and makes it easier to identify people crossing the road. There are an estimated

16,000 public lights in Waterford City and County which will benefit from the retrofitting scheme - which is a national scheme to improve public lighting and reduce overall energy consumption. While the scheme is expected to cost around €7m to replace the public lighting in Waterford, it is expected the Council should save in the region of €800,000 per year in energy bills and maintenance costs. Director of Services Fergus Galvin told Cllr. Brennan that the retrofitting scheme is proceeding, but it is likely the work won’t take place until the end of this year, or very early next year.

THE Chief Executive Officer of Waterford City and County Council, Michael Walsh, said he is happy to share with Councillors the legal advice he received which led to his decision to refuse to implement a variation to the Wind Energy Strategy in the County Development Plan. Councillors James Tobin and John Pratt; and Mayor Declan Doocey had previously sought a variation in the Wind Energy Strategy, via a Notice of Motion, to make West Waterford, particularly Tallow / Knockanore and the surrounding areas a ‘no go’ for wind turbines, in response to a proposal from German energy company Innogy Renewables Ireland Ltd., which wants to create a wind farm, known as ‘Lyrenacarriga Wind Farm’ in various townlands straddling the boundary between East Cork and West Waterford. TWICE REFUSED ON SIX GROUNDS But CEO Mr. Walsh has twice refused the Councillors’ resolution - once last June after obtaining legal advice and later again in January after Councillors obtained their own independent legal advice. Mr. Walsh refused the proposed variation on six grounds, which included the possibility of exposing the Council to “unreasonable financial and legal risks”. Mr. Walsh sent a detailed response to Councillors explaining his refusal, which Cllr. Tobin acknowledged at the February Plenary meeting of Waterford City and County Council. MORE CLARIFICATION NEEDED But Cllr. Tobin added: “It makes very hard reading and I think we have to seek more clarification on it”. “To me, the CEO’s reply is very vague and goes against the independent legal advice which we received as Councillors,” Cllr. Tobin said. He sought a copy of the exact legal opinion given to the CEO. Cllr. Tobin also slammed the process of Notice of Motions as “a waste of time” for Councillors. Cllr. John Pratt concurred and said he would like to “delve into” the CEOs decision and legal advice a bit further. He said the CEO’s decision was disappointing and that there

is still a worry amongst people that there could be a possible contamination of a water supply in the Tallow / Youghal area, should the proposed wind farm get the go-ahead. HAPPY TO SHARE LEGAL ADVICE Mr. Walsh replied he was “happy to share whatever information I have in the context of legal advice or otherwise”. “I’ve no wish to get into a public debate on the matter, but the grounds of my point-of-view are very clear - I am absolutely satisfied that implementing a variation [to the Wind Energy Strategy in the County Development Plan] will fail,” Mr. Walsh said. He pointed out that the Council is entering into the process of starting the new County Development Plan and will be “definitely full into it by the end of the year” and to run a variation contemporaneously “makes no sense”. VARIATION WOULD FAIL Mr. Walsh said he was certain a variation being carried out to specifically cause a proposed planning application to fail would inevitably be set aside by the courts. “There is no point going into that exercise at a time when we are taking a strategic and whole view in respect of the Development Plan, and we need to do it on that basis - it needs to be considered on a whole - not a piecemeal basis as that alone, in my opinion, would cause it to fail,” Mr. Walsh said. He also disagreed with Cllr. Tobin that it was a waste of time for Councillors to propose Notice of Motions. SERIOUS CONSIDERATION “I have given this very serious consideration and I can assure you, in terms of planning matters that are specifically provided for that the Council’s capacity to direct me are very limited and every other matter the Council has nearly absolute control to direct me - but on planning matters the legislation is specifically proscribed in this instance,” said Mr. Walsh. He added: “I can assure you that it is with a heavy heart that I take the position I am. It would be far easier for me to take a different position, but that’s not what I get paid to do”. STILL WAITING ON GUIDELINES Cllr. Tobin pointed out that

local authorities are still waiting on ministerial guidelines regarding wind turbines and renewable energy - “They haven’t come”. “Now, we are going to be waiting on our own Development Plan,” Cllr. Tobin said. “It is not that hard of an ask, when it [wind farm proposal] comes before our planning authority, not to destroy our beautiful scenery.” Cllr. Tobin suggested that if a planning application is submitted to Waterford Council for the proposed wind farm, that they should have the power to reject, or postpone it, until a new County Development Plan is in place or until new guidelines are published by the government. Cllr. Davy Daniels appreciated the CEO has to abide by the letter of the law, but argued that the current Development Plan in place “is not our plan”. THREE DEVELOPMENT PLANS IN PLACE Currently, there are three Development Plans in place one for Dungarvan; one for Waterford County and one for Waterford City - which are considered ‘hang-overs’ from the old local authorities before the amalgamation and formation of the new local authority in 2014. “When we amalgamated, we became a completely new entity, so legally, I feel there could be an issue there,” Cllr. Daniels said. “We should have been allowed to put together our own Development Plan [as a new amalgamated local authority], but the minister did not allow us to do it,” he said. “It is one of the few powers a Councillor has in the formation of a Development Plan. I feel there must be a legal issue there, in view of the fact we weren’t allowed to create a new Development Plan,” Cllr. Daniels added. Mr.Walsh said it was a decision given by the minister and he has to operate in that context. CHALLENGE “If somebody wants to challenge that decision [not to extend the life of the Development Plan], they are free to do so in the courts or otherwise,” Mr. Walsh said. “There may be a case there, but I think it would be fragile itself. I accept and never argued that a plan has a life of five years and is reviewed contemporaneously, ideally, with each new Council - that would be my clear

and explicit view,” he said. “I accept that hasn’t happened and it is not great from a lot of circumstances, but it’s just a reality where the law sits from my point-of-view. As I said, I’d prefer if I wasn’t in this position to be honest about it, but we are where we are,” Mr. Walsh added. NEW DEVELOPMENT PLAN Cllr. Eddie Mulligan questioned when a new County Development Plan would be started, saying it was needed to help drive Waterford forward. Director of Services, Michael Quinn said the formal process for preparing the County Development Plan doesn’t begin until the Regional Economic and Spatial Strategy (RSES) has been approved. “That is in hand at the moment and the RSES is out for consultation,” Mr. Quinn said. Public submissions can be made on the RSES via the website of the Southern Regional Assembly website: www.southernassembly.ie/regional-planning before 5.00 p.m., Friday, 8th March, 2019. The draft RSES (2019-2031) provides a long-term regional level strategic planning and economic framework, in support of the implementation of the National Planning Framework, for the future physical, economic and social developments for the Southern Region. Meanwhile, Mr. Quinn told Councillors that informally, Waterford Council has started the Development Plan process through engagements with the Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) on planning, across a number of different policy issues, while there have been a number of initiatives which have already started and involved Councillors in varying different degrees through presentations and workshops. “That process will continue irrespective of the actual start date, as there is a lot of preparation required before we actually get into the Development Plan process itself,” Mr. Quinn explained. “I would expect the RSES to be approved within the next three to four months and then it’s a statutory process and literally there is a set timetable for each of the steps within the Development Plan process,” Mr. Quinn added.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 1 March, 2019

Dungarvan Credit Union opens doors to Home Improvement event THIS Friday, 1st March, will see Dungarvan Credit Union host its first ever Home Improvement Event running from 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Businesses that specialise in Home and Garden Improvements will have a stand and member of staff present to discuss any queries you may have. Geoff Harris from WLR will be broadcasting ‘live’ from the foyer of the Credit Union from 12 noon – 3.00 p.m. This promises to be an informative day for anyone interested in carrying out home and garden improvements. There will also be a number of raffles/giveaways throughout

the day, don’t miss out! Dungarvan Credit Union Loan Officers will be on hand to discuss and advise on your loan options should you have any. Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss your Home and Garden Improvements with all the experts next Friday between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. Exhibitors: Gareth Dillon Edition Kitchens, Shane Curran Home Company, Shaws, Joe Roche Glass, Paul Ahearne of Aspect Architecture, Bob Troy’s, Michael Roche Carpets and Solar Electric.

Half of Council’s tenants wanting to buy their home are excluded under TPS national rules ONLY half of the Council’s 5,500 tenants in the city and county would be eligible to apply to purchase their home, due to national restrictions. At the February Plenary meeting of Waterford City and County Council, Cllr. Joe Kelly noted in the monthly Management Report that of the 38 applications under the Tenant Purchase Scheme (TPS), received in the year to date, half of them (50%) have been refused.

Director of Services Ivan Grimes stated that the TPS is governed by a set of regulations, both nationally and locally. “The reason there is such a high refusal rate is the people applying are not meeting the national eligibility rules,” Mr. Grimes said. “There is no way around that - and we estimate that of our approximate 5,500 tenants, about half of them would be excluded from the TPS because of the national rules. This is something we have no discretion on,” Mr.

Grimes said. He said there is a local restriction put in place by Waterford Council which excludes bungalows from the TPS because the Council require them for medical priority cases. TPS FIGURES According to the figures in the Management Report, 19 applications were refused in the year to date under the TPS, while there are 13 applications pending, for further information. A total of 14 applications were approved under the TPS in the year to date.


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Georgina Campbell and Richard Hurley, Granville Hotel, Waterford, at the Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast awards, held at The InterContinental Hotel, Dublin, February 2019 [Paul Sherwood]

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Georgina Campbell, Pascaline O’Mahoney and Nelsen Saraiva, Cliff House Hotel, at the Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast awards, held at The InterContinental Hotel, Dublin, February 2019. [Paul Sherwood]

Ireland’s best breakfasts, tastiest brunch venues and the ultimate Irish breakfast menu for 2019 revealed

Waterford Hotels honoured at prestigious award ceremony Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore, Waterford Highly Commended in 5* hotel category Granville Hotel Waterford Highly Commended in 4* hotel category

FROM 5* hotels to B&Bs and from cafés to country houses, the winners of the 2019 Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards in association with Fáilte Ireland were announced today. Two hotels in Co. Waterford were honoured with a Highly Commended accolade on the day. Now in their third year, the Irish Breakfast Awards celebrate Ireland’s leading hospitality establishments and the people who strive to make the first meal of the day a particularly special experience for visitors and regulars alike. According to Georgina Campbell, one of Ireland’s foremost food and hospitality writers, the significance of the humble breakfast cannot be

underestimated, and it is as important to Ireland’s reputation in food and tourism as a world-class hotel or a fine dining restaurant. “A great Irish breakfast starts with the raw materials and as part of these awards, we identify exceptional Irish breakfast food producers who help chefs turn a good breakfast into an outstanding one,” said Georgina Campbell. “Using high quality, Irish produce is the foundation on which chefs and business owners need to build to create great and memorable breakfast experiences. However, sourcing local, seasonal and quality produce is often overlooked when it comes to the first meal of the day, and that has to change if we want

to support our indigenous food industry and fly the flag for Irish producers, and the Irish breakfast, both at home and abroad. “A recent Australian survey may have tried to debunk the idea that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but our bodies – and our visitors know better. And so do our hospitality industry and quality food producers - it’s a critical component for them, and success or failure in achieving the highest possible standards can truly make or break a business,” said Georgina. “Given the quality of our local produce and the fantastic range of establishments right across the country, we have a unique opportunity to elevate the Irish

breakfast scene into something quite special that we can be proud of.” The Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards in association with Fáilte Ireland took place at the InterContinental Dublin, with special guest and previous Irish Breakfast award-winner, Neven Maguire of MacNean House and Restaurant who said, ““Get the basics right; is so important.The option of preparing a great breakfast using 100% Irish produce is available to us all, and we don’t have to look too far to find these terrific products. At MacNean House and Restaurant we put as much emphasis on giving our guests as memorable a food experience for breakfast as the dinner the night before. It is

the last meal our guests have before they leave, so we want to make it special.” Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland said, “Fáilte Ireland is delighted to partner with Georgina Campbell and the Irish Breakfast Awards to highlight the important role that breakfast plays in providing visitors with a taste of Ireland. In recent years, the reputation of our breakfast offering has advanced in terms of quality and perception. Great strides have been made and the importance of a quality food experience cannot be underestimated especially for overseas visitors.We can raise our offering to the next level and ensure that our reputation as a producer of great quality food is maintained

and indeed enhanced over the coming years.” BEST IRISH BREAKFAST FOODS According to Georgina, the Irish Breakfast Foods Category is central to the awards as without great Irish produce, there would be no great Irish breakfasts. “These awards are unique in that they help to connect some of our exceptional producers and their produce to the people who care passionately about the food they prepare and serve. The seven food producers we are recognising today are the hidden heroes of Ireland’s thriving breakfast scene. We want to see more and more of them featuring on Irish breakfast menus, highlighting provenance, quality and authenticity.”

Credit Union February Car/Cash Draw Winners – The winner of the Car/Cash was Nora Flynn (pictured left), Newtown, Kilmacthomas, and she opted to take the €10,000 cash. There were 3 x €1,000 winners and they are Bearach Moore (pictured centre), Eleanor McGrath (pictured right) and Claire Whyte. In all the photographs is Lorna Lyons from Dungarvan Credit Union. Remember, you can join the Car/Cash Draw anytime!

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Unfortunate stand-off IN any partnership, whether it be business, marriage, personal relationships or between the people and public authority, consultation is of the highest priority to avoid confrontation and misunderstanding. It is regrettable that when the sensitive issue of tree felling in various housing estates around the country became a priority, that such circumstances were not discussed with the residents beforehand. There is little doubt that common ground could be found to solve the problem. The result of that lack of consultation saw the workmen, at the coalface of the Council work, unfairly and unnecessarily take the brunt of the residents’ ire. The confrontation which took place last week at Seapark where Council workmen arrived to fell streetside trees is regrettable, but again as a result of a lack of consultation particularly when the Gardaí had to intervene and oversee the heated situation. The Irish people are creatures of habit and also have an ingrained suspicion, even resentment of authority, so, when a close encounter between the two is necessary, then the ground should be properly prepared. It is generally accepted that the trees in Seapark are causing problems with the ground around, making it unsafe for pedestrians and causing damage to footpaths. The official position is that the danger must be eliminated and the chosen method is tree felling. The fault may well be in the choice of trees more than thirty years ago, but, after a generation or more, people do not like losing the amenity of the treelined street. An accommodation will have to be reached, sooner or later between the loss of the trees and the restoration of safe surfaces for pedestrians. That can only be achieved by finding common ground, devising an acceptable

INCORP. MUNSTER INDUSTRIAL ADVOCATE Serving the community of County Waterford for over a century 1912–2019 alternative and involving the local community in decision making. That alternative may involve planting trees of a suitable species, which are well advanced and which would go a good deal of the way towards giving the street the mature aspect it enjoyed before the felling.

Brexit deadline approaches WHEN in five weeks time Britain ‘crashes’ out of the EU, leaving chaos, mass unemployment, angry national neighbours and political and constitutional uncertainty behind, will people wonder if democracy has been served? It is now too late to do what should have been done months ago, that is to put the matter to another Referendum to see what the attitude of the electorate is with the benefit of much more information and see where the public majority would lie, between those who wish Britain to leave the EU, or those who prefer to remain.

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On the other hand, it is possible to deduce from Mrs. May’s posturing, if anything can be deduced with any certainty, that a third – yes, third – Referendum on EU membership may be held. This would not take place before the D-Day of March 29th or for months afterwards, and should have been held immediately after Christmas in order to avoid, or bring to an end, the pantomime we have been watching for over two years now. Shortly, it will be too late to take any action other than look for an extension of time to avoid the so called ‘crashing out’ of the EU and in the last few days there is an acceptance in British political circles that this is inevitable. A different and more sombre story is now being told by the Irish Government as a certain feeling of doom and gloom takes hold. For the first time there is talk of the loss of thousands of jobs, a reduction in earnings across the workforce and an uncertainty of our trading position with Britain. This week, the Oireachtas begins the debate on the Omnibus Bill, that package of nine measures designed to cater for the political and economic changes which will inevitably take place after March, 29th if Britain leaves the Union. While there is a generally benign relationship between these two islands and an understanding of the necessity for the ‘Backstop’, not all MPs are adopting a friendly attitude towards us and our concerns for what may happen in the wake of Brexit. Insensitive is hardly an adequate description of one MP who would like to starve Ireland into acceptance of the British position. A few hundred words is nowhere near adequate space in which to deal with the complexities of the present situation which sees new aspects arrive daily. Clarity in all matters dealing with this potential disaster is in very short supply.

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Men arrested in connection with armed raid are released without charge TWO males arrested in connection with an aggravated burglary which occurred at a private home in the Russelstown area of Kilmanahan, near Ballymacarbry last Friday, have been released without charge. The two men, aged in their 20s and 30s, were arrested last Saturday and detained at Dungarvan Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act. They were later released with-

out charge on Sunday and a file is being prepared for the DPP. Last Friday evening, 22nd February, shortly after 6.00 p.m. the occupants of a private residence in the Russelstown area of Kilmanahan were held at gunpoint by a masked assailant until a sum of cash was handed over. The man then made his getaway from the scene. It is understood the occupants of the house, which included two pensioners, were left shaken by

Waterford winner scoops €244,895 on Lotto draw Small Munster syndicate collect €2.7m Lotto Jackpot prize from December draw

Elizabeth Morrissey, daughter of Barry and Dearbhla Morrissey, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, who received a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine and Exercise from the University of Nottingham.

A SMALL syndicate from Munster has claimed a massive €2.7 million Lotto Jackpot prize - two months after their lucky numbers came up! The syndicate, which purchased the winning ticket in Supervalu in Askeaton, Co. Limerick, won their small fortune on the Lotto draw from December 19th last.They have been playing Lotto together since 1998, using the same numbers for each draw over that period. And another Munster Lotto player is celebrating today after matching five numbers plus the bonus on last night’s Lotto draw - scooping a cool €244,895. The winning ticket was purchased in the Daybreak shop in Lismore Park, Waterford. A spokesperson for the Lotto jackpot winning syndicate said: “We decided to wait several weeks to claim our cheque. We wanted to let the news sink in and to get sound advice on how to spend the money.” “We will use the money to pay mortgages and to go on a good holiday, and after that we will see. We don’t want this win to change our lives, it will be business as normal but it’s a terrific feeling.”

the incident, but unharmed. Gardaí are continuing to investigate and have appealed for anyone who may have observed any suspicious individuals or vehicles in the area at the time; or

who may have dash cam footage travelling from Clonmel to Dungarvan between 4.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. to contact detectives at Dungarvan Garda Station on 058-48600.

Just think of it! LAST week I wrote about how some of the names Jesus uses to describe himself can help us to pray to him. They are like the opening words of a conversation in which we come to know Jesus better and they help us to get beyond just repeating words without delving into their meaning. Jesus was speaking to Martha, one of the two sisters who lives in Bethany, a village near Jerusalem, with their brother Lazarus. Lazarus had died, and there was a certain shadow of complaint in Martha’s saying to Jesus, “If you had been here my brother would not have died.” Jesus tells her that Lazarus will rise again, and she says that she knows he will rise at the resurrection on the last day. And Jesus says, “I am the resurrection.” He seems to be claiming that, because of his having come to live in this world, the resurrection is already happening. He is the living God, the God who gives life, and therefore death no longer has the last word. And to prove his credentials, he then raises Lazarus from the dead. Lord, help us to believe that we shall rise again, that the life you give us in Baptism is intended to last forever. Help us to see in you the power to overcome everything that would kill hope in our hearts, help us to remember that you came to give us life, and to give it to us now. Here is another name of Jesus that I like: “I am the Good Shepherd.” And Jesus says that the sign of the good shepherd is that he lays down his life for his sheep. That is what he himself did. And he also painted a picture in words of the good shepherd searching for the lost sheep, and then carrying the lost sheep, having been found, on his shoulders back to safety, showing that the sheep that had wandered off was welcome back to the company and support of the Lord’s sheepfold. I think there is wonderful fuel for prayer in these two names that Jesus gave himself. Try them. Fr. Robert Arthure, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford.


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Mary Jean’s Beauty Salon celebrating 30 years 1

ST March, 1989, saw Mary Jean's Beauty Salon open its doors. Widely known at the time as 'Dungarvan's youngest business woman' being only 18 years of age. Thirty years on, the Salon has grown from strength to strength and evolved to suit client and therapist needs over the decades. Employing a host of different therapists and receptionists over the years, some who have gone on to open their own Salons. What started from a small room at the top of Mary Street over 'Mario’s' eventually moving to her own premises in the late 1990s at 2 Mitchell Street where the Salon still operates from today. Mary Jean offers a range of professional treatments to suit clients of all ages and needs. Again in 1993, at the age of 23, Mary Jean became the youngest importer in the world for the luxury French skincare brand 'Darphin,' setting up a limited company and supplying Beauty Salons all over the 32 counties. Over the next six years she successfully built the brand across the entire island of Ireland and regularly took therapists from all over the country on training trips to 'Darphin' headquarters in Paris. Seeing a window of opportunity in 1999 she successfully sold the company at its height preferring instead to concentrate on her Salon which was then ten years old. Well known far and wide for her facial treatments, Mary Jean specialises in the care of the skin with a hands-on approach to her treatments. Consious of the need for specific skincare, facial and body treatments for people in the middle of medical treat-

ment she is currently in negotiations with a skincare company whose natural products and treatments can be used on clients while they are undergoing treatment for cancer. Unusually for a therapist she has a minimalist approach to make-up preferring instead to instill in clients a good skin care regime. Over the years her natural make-up application techniques stand out simply because her approach to it is 'that make-up should merely enhance the natural beauty of the skin'. In 2002, after the birth of her second child,deciding to concentrate more on family life but not wanting to give up everything she had worked hard to build, Mary Jean decided to change her Salon to a 'by appointment only' system. This has proved so successful that she continues to use this system to the current day, enabling her to suit client’s appointments at irregular hours. Never one to let the latest beauty and industry news and events pass her by, she regularly attends trade shows in Ireland and Europe on an annual basis, upskilling regularly. By always only offering treatments that help and benefit clients needs and steering clear of the many 'gimmicks' in the industry, Mary Jean has built a formidable reputation for offering a very reputable and professional service to the town of Dungarvan and beyond. In 2014, seeing a need to aid clients suffering from hair loss through treatment or otherwise, Mary Jean went on an intensive training course to upskill in the feather stroke natural application of semi-

permanent eyebrows, known as 'Embrowdery'. Working behind the scenes for a further two years perfecting the treatment and finally attaining advanced training in late 2015. Her approach as always is a natural brow to frame the face and suit the individual client’s features. Again her reputation alone gave clients the confidence to have the treatment applied. The success and popularity of this treatment has again proved that a reliable treatment and not a 'gimmick' stand the test of time. More recently she has turned to Switzerland for skincare and skin technology, taking on the Swiss brand 'Juvena' and just last weekend attended a training in London. She is pleased to announce that on Friday, 1st March, a 'Juvena' skin specialist will spend the day in the salon offering 30 minute facials as part of her '30th Anniversary' promotion. Pre booking is absolutely essential. Mary Jean's Beauty Salon offers a wide range of other beauty treatments including waxing, nails and make-up but specialises in the care of the skin and 'Embrowdery' feather touch brows. As part of her 30th celebration she is offering 30% off all treatments (excluding embrowdery) for 30 days in March from 1st to 30th. Join in the celebrations and book a treatment on 087 2364856 / 058 43504. 'I would like to sincerely thank all my family, friends and clients for your support and business over the past 30 years.’ Mary Jean

Abbeyside, Ballinroad & Garranbane Children’s Liturgy Group proudly displaying the proceeds from their Nativity Play which they are delighted to be donating to the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice. The children are very thankful to all the parents and parishioners for their generous contributions to such a worthy cause. More donations were received this week to bring the final donation to €1,150! Cathy White from LauraLynn writes “To see children helping children is so incredibly special. We here at LauraLynn Children’s Hospice cannot say thank you enough to the Abbeyside, Ballinroad & Garranbane Children’s Liturgy Group. The Nativity Play which featured over 70 children raised an incredible €1,150 in total. These funds mean the world to us and more importantly to our children and their families. Thank you for the heart-warming support”. Congratulations to all the boys, girls and Leaders on their great work! Not in the group photograph are Fr. Ned Hassett, Brona, Elia, Kate, Eimear, Annie, Roisín, Aoife, Kate, Maisie, Pippa, Laura, Amy, Magda, Olivia and Ellie. Thank you to all those who helped with the Play and also to our sponsors. Thanks also to John Pelham for kindly taking our group photograph.

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‘Biggest Year Yet’ planned for Mount Congreve Gardens Gardens reopen to the public on February 28th, 2019

THE world famous Mount Congreve Gardens reopen to the public this Saturday, February 28th 2019. The 70 acres of spectacularly designed gardens of gardens, including a four-acre walled garden and 16km of winding walking paths, is home to the largest collection of plants in Ireland and boasts the largest collection of Rhododendrons in the world. Described as ‘A World of Gardens’ The entire collection at Mount Congreve features plants from every continent in the world consisting of more than 3,000 different trees and shrubs, more than 2,000 rhododendrons, 600 camellias, 300 Acer cultivars, 600 conifers, 250 climbers and 1,500 herbaceous plants. Estate Manager at Mount Congreve Ray Sinnott says that 2019 is set to be the biggest year yet for Mount Congreve Gardens, “Not only are we delighted to open the gardens on February 28th and for the first year ever remain open year

round, we also have planned a fantastic calendar of events from our Easter Egg Hunt to a new Wellness and Mindfulness Festival this summer to a Kitchen Garden Supper and many more yet to be announced. It is going to be an exciting year for Mount Congreve and we are looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors old and new throughout the year.” Mount Congreve represents gardening on a very grand scale and is one of the wonders of the floral world. Ray says that on each visit there is something different to see and enjoy at Mount Congreve, “Each season offers a whole new garden experience at Mount Congreve, “the gardens are so extensive that on each occasion visitors and enjoy a whole new sight, scent and indeed sound. At the moment this is the place to see mature camellias growing en masse, some as large as trees, planted in generous swathes and in the sort of sheltered woodland setting that

these plants adore.” The walkways at Mount Congreve are enjoyed by garden enthusiasts, families and those seeking an escape to nature, lined with magnolias, banks of rhododendrons, a huge rockery with architectural features throughout; along with the meticulously maintained walled garden, glorious herbaceous beds, and immaculately kept lawns. The exceptionally beautiful woodland Mount Congreve Gardens are located just 10 minutes from Waterford City Centre, overlooking the majestic River Suir and now has direct access from the 45 km Waterford Greenway. The Gardens will open at 11 am on Saturday, February 28th and will remain open from 11 a.m. to 5.30 pm Thursday to Sunday from the 28th February until June 1st after which point the gardens will open 7 days a week for June, July and August the opening days will revert to Thursday to Sunday from September 1st 2019. Last

entry to the gardens daily is 4.30 pm.

For further details see http://www.mountcongreve.com/

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The world famous Mount Congreve Gardens reopen to the public this Saturday, February 28th, 2019.

Hook Lighthouse wins Best Breakfast in Ireland Award THE third annual Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards, held in association with Failte Ireland honour Ireland’s best breakfasts, tastiest brunch venues and top Irish breakfast menus for 2019. Taking the top award for Best Breakfast in Ireland in the Visitor Attraction category is Hook Lighthouse. David Chapman is Head Chef at Hook Lighthouse and he leads a highly talented team of local Chefs, including Patricia Duffin and Craig Power, and a complementary team with varied skillset who are passionate about sourcing and highlighting local food products and producers. Collecting the award on behalf of Hook Lighthouse Café, David congratulated the Café team for

service excellence and innovation and assured of an everevolving food offering at Hook with lots of new ideas in the pipeline for each season. Sinead Hennessy Failte Ireland complimented David for implementing the learnings from the Taste of Place Failte Ireland programme, as the lighthouse features and uses as much fresh local produce as possible. Georgina Campbell was greatly impressed with the variety of Food Experiences at Hook Lighthouse, ‘Hook is doing something no one else is doing’ offering particular mention for the innovative Sunrise and Sunset Food Tour Experiences. She strongly commended the use of local cuisine and the great sup-

port the Light keeper's Cafe offers to local suppliers. Commenting on the award win and another positive accolade for Hook Lighthouse, Manager Ann Waters says, “We are thrilled to win the ‘best breakfast amongst all of Ireland’s visitor attractions’ it’s a wonderful accolade especially for the hardworking team in the Café. In 2018, we created a whole new menu offering we really concentrated on upping our entire offering in the café with a brand new weekend brunch menu and a full day long menu with great focus on local and artisan food producers and we knew that was a real hit with our visitors so it is a really fantastic achievement to gain national award recognition

Chefs Trish and David accepting the award for Hook Lighthouse.

Hook Lighthouse.

for this. We are also delighted to announce that from March 1st our Brunch menu will be on offer 7 days per week and we will continue to focus on offering new food experiences for each season.” No stranger to awards this year Hook Lighthouse was also recently the only Irish tourism attraction shortlisted and commended at the very prestigious British Guild of Travel Writers World Tourism Awards 2018.

Hook Lighthouse was also listed in the top 10 category as ‘Ireland’s Favourite Local Attraction’ in the Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards 2019 plus the newly developed Sunset Tour and Food Experience made the top 5 in Ireland for the ‘Best Food and Beverage Experience’ category in the Failte Ireland Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2019. Along with another Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor for

2019, the lighthouse is also currently shortlisted for in the ‘Outdoor Venue of the year’ in the Irish Hospitality Awards 2019, the winners of these awards will be announced on March 25th. Hook Lighthouse is presently the most popular tourist attraction in Wexford and the third most popular in the South East region, coming in third after the Rock of Cashel and Kilkenny Castle respectively.

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Calling on Dungarvan to support cancer patients this Daffodil Day DUNGARVAN Daffodil Day committee have appealed for the public’s support as they prepare to take to the streets on March 22nd to raise crucial funds for cancer patients. On average, over 860 people in Waterford are diagnosed with cancer annually.The Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day, which is proudly supported by Boots Ireland, funds crucial support services like Night Nursing and lifesaving cancer research. Members of the public can volunteer to sell Daffodils on the day, or simply buy a daffodil from local volunteers or their local Boots store. Last year 42 terminally ill cancer patients in Waterford received 163 nights of care, allowing them to remain at home during their final days. In order to provide the Night Nursing service and other free supports, the Irish Cancer Society needs to raise over €4m

nationally on Daffodil Day this year. Night Nurse Manager Mary Ferns said, “When the Night Nurse goes into the family home, they are there to support the patient, and also their family members. They create a supportive and calm atmosphere at a very difficult time. Losing a loved one to cancer is heart-breaking. But I’m privileged to hear afterwards from many families what a source of comfort it was to spend those precious final moments at home with their loved one.” Public support is crucial according to local organiser Siobhan O’Connell who urged locals to show their support on Daffodil Day. “People of Dungarvan have always been generous in their support of Daffodil Day, but with more people being diagnosed with cancer, we need to ramp up

our efforts to ensure they get the help they need. Not only will donations fund services like Night Nursing, but also cancer research to help more people survive cancer. Please help us by volunteering to sell daffodils, or simply by buying a daffodil on March 22nd,” Siobhan said. Boots Ireland is the official main sponsor of Daffodil Day and local stores will be getting involved in the fundraising efforts. Over six years Boots Ireland have raised over €1.4m for the Night Nursing service. Pop in store to buy a pin or add a €1 donation when making a purchase. Every euro will make a big difference in the fight against cancer. To get involved in Daffodil Day locally contact Nicola on 087 9980547. For more information visit www.cancer.ie/daffodilday

Stand Up for People who are Homeless! Patricia Walsh, Fintan Duffy, Susan Enticknap, Kristine Phelan, Harvey Kinsella and Sara Farrell enjoy a South East Simon Coffee Morning at the Bandstand in the People’s Park in Waterford. To host your South East Simon Coffee Morning during March, sign up at southeastsimon.ie. [John Power]

UPMC Whitfield and Waterford Institute of Technology partner to enhance healthcare innovation, education and research in the South East UPMC Whitfield and WIT staff will partner on research activities across healthcare, ICT and the life sciences, with students to benefit from work placement opportunities at the hospital UPMC Whitfield, the largest private hospital in the South East, has signed a partnership agreement with Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to collaborate on research, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, student job opportunities and other areas, all focused on enhancing innovation and economic growth in the region. The UPMC Whitfield campus is operated by UPMC, an international not-for-profit healthcare provider and insurer that is transforming the way healthcare is delivered. Leading consultants and specialists from UPMC Whitfield, a recognised centre for medical excellence and innovation, will deliver guest lectures as part of a number of WIT courses, ranging from applied computing to health sciences and business. Students will have the opportunity to visit UPMC Whitfield, where they will learn more about the application of cutting-edge medical and patient engagement technologies, as well as the wide range of careers available in healthcare in the South East. WIT students from the BSc. (Hons) in Applied Computing and BSc. (Hons) in Health Sciences and nursing programmes will also have the chance to obtain work experience either at UPMC Whitfield

or another of UPMC’s international facilities—including its transplant and advanced radiotherapy centres in Italy. UPMC Whitfield and WIT staff will partner on research activities across healthcare, information and communication technologies, and the life sciences, and will explore the possibility of a dedicated scientific officer to coordinate this activity. David Beirne, CEO at UPMC Whitfield, said: “We’re delighted to announce this exciting new partnership between two of the South East’s most respected institutions, which will be of great benefit to students, staff and patients alike. “We’re looking forward to working with WIT to bring our real-world medical knowledge to the classroom – and welcoming students to our facilities to demonstrate this expertise in action, while giving them insight into potential future careers.This partnership will enhance the reputation of Waterford and the wider South East region.” Welcoming the signing of the MOU, Waterford Institute of Technology President Prof.Willie Donnelly said: “I am delighted to welcome UPMC, a world-class health organisation, as a strategic partner. The MOU with UPMC, closely affiliated with the

University of Pittsburgh’s Schools of the Health Sciences, is an important step in positioning Waterford Institute of Technology and the South East as Ireland’s centre of excellence in connected health across teaching, research, innovation and commercialisation through the connection of our activities in UPMC Whitfield and WIT campuses.” Last year UPMC Whitfield announced its sponsorship of the WIT Vikings GAA club until August 2021. WIT GAA club in conjunction with UPMC Whitfield has also hosted a number of sports forums at the WIT Arena. WIT is the major provider of higher education in the South East of Ireland, with more than 8,000 students on academic programmes from Higher Certificate to post-doctoral research. The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 saw WIT become Ireland’s top-ranked institute of technology; overall WIT was ranked 7th out of 21 higher education institutes. Industry collaboration is a key part of the remit of WIT, which partners with organisations locally, regionally and globally. The 2018-2021 strategic plan puts WIT at the centre of regional social, cultural and economic development.

David Beirne, CEO of UPMC Whitfield. The underlining goal outlined in the strategic plan is for WIT to become a “Top 100 young university” by 2030, and its ongoing Technological University designation process is an important step toward achieving this ambition. UPMC Whitfield has over 50 expert consultants working across a range of specialties, including radiotherapy, cardiology, orthopaedics, ophthalmology,

oncology / haematology, radiology, ear, nose and throat, gynaecology, urology and general surgery. These are supported by a wider team of 180 dedicated medical, nursing and administration staff to ensure the 70-bed hospital offers patients the right care, in the right way, at the right time – in a first-class facility that is close to home. Already trusted by millions of

patients across the world, Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania)-based UPMC operates more than 40 hospitals, as well as 700 doctors' offices and outpatient sites, and is now delivering this global expertise to those living in the South East of Ireland. UPMC’s academic partner, the University of Pittsburgh, is a medical research powerhouse, ranking fifth in research funding from the National Institutes of Health,


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Cabinet decision on Waterford Airport expected in coming weeks A DECISION in relation to a proposed €12m investment in Waterford Airport should be brought to the Cabinet for a decision in the coming weeks. An application was previously made to the Department of Transport for €5m in funding to match a commitment of €5m from the private sector and €2m from Waterford Council. A business case was put to the Department, which then sought further information on the investment and proposed plans, which include a proposal to extend the runway at Waterford Airport to 2,200 metres. Councillors Davy Daniels and John Pratt both sought an update on the airport development at the February Plenary meeting of Waterford City and County Council. Cllr. Daniels said with combined funding of €7m on the table from the private sector and the local authority, what they are asking for from the government “is really not a lot of funding”. “We’ve seen a lot of shortfalls in capital funding in the last couple of years,” Cllr. Daniels said. “It must go out clear to Minister Shane Ross that we pay the same tax as everyone else

throughout the country and in no way should he come up shy on this.” Waterford Council’s Chief Executive Officer Michael Walsh said further information was forwarded from Waterford Airport to the Department in relation to the proposed investment and development and the Minister is currently being advised on the matter. “The expectation is that it will go to Cabinet for a decision in the next couple of weeks,” Mr. Walsh said. NO COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS It is more than two years since any commercial flights operated out of Waterford Airport, after Belgian airline, VLM went into receivership in June, 2016. Fianna Fáil Waterford TD, Deputy Mary Butler stressed the importance of funding for Waterford Airport in the Dáil recently. “There is no doubt that if the airport could access this runway we would end up with a range of additional businesses and opportunities,” said Deputy Butler. “I believe the airport would reduce its dependency on Government support in the long run, and its potential to attract

additional investment and employment opportunities to the area would be enhanced.” Minister Shane Ross responded, saying the government must take many things into account when making a decision on this. “We cannot take imprudent decisions which will not, in the considered view of independent reviewers, ourselves and of experts, offer benefits to the region.We do not want to create a white elephant,” Minister Ross said. However, the minister was warned by WIT School of Business lecturer, Ray Griffin, that private investors “will not hang around while the government licks their pencils and commission further reports” in relation to making a business case to revitalise the airport and said long-fingering the decision was to the detriment of the region. He also claimed it was indicative of government apathy towards the South East, as there is no government minister from the region, and that the government was “walking back on” promises made in regards to the airport, cardiac care, higher education and the North Quays development.


FIVE THINGS THAT LENDERS LOOK FOR BEFORE GIVING YOU A MORTGAGE Getting mortgage approval is not quite as simple as saving a deposit, filling out a form and being handed a couple of hundred thousand euros, thank you very much.

In the last few years lenders have tightened up the criteria for granting mortgages. Of course there is still the paperwork – such as filling out forms and providing bank statements. But what are mortgage lenders really looking for? Ability to pay back the loan What all lenders are really looking for is proof that you have the earnings and self-discipline to repay your mortgage not just for the first year but long into the future. One way to do this is by showing that your record of saving and paying rent, taken together, easily outweigh what you would pay for mortgage, even if interest rates go up. When you get your loan – and move into your new home – rent and savings won’t be needed. Your financial firepower can switch to paying your mortgage and you won’t have any problem paying it.

WATERFORD Council takes into account the payment of Family Income Support (FIS) when calculating rent in two of its rent schemes. Cllr. Jason Murphy had sought clarification on whether FIS is taken into account when a tenant’s rent is calculated. Director of Services Ivan Grimes told the February Plenary meeting of Waterford City and County Council that there are currently three rent schemes in operation - a hang over from the old local authorities before the merger in 2014 (Dungarvan Town; Waterford County; and Waterford City). Mr. Grimes explained there is no national guidance in relation to what sources of income is

included or excluded in the calculation of rent. He said that in two of the three rent schemes operated by the Council, FIS is taken into account in the calculation of rent. Mr. Grimes said there is a significant variation in the way each local authority calculates rent - for example, some local authorities take into account carer’s allowance when calculating rent, while some other local authorities don’t. Mr. Grimes said there are plans to merge the three rent schemes operating in Waterford into one scheme later in the year. “We can make decisions then in relation to what we want to

include or exclude in the calculation of rent,” Mr. Grimes said. Meanwhile, Cllr. Murphy pointed out that the financial qualification rates to qualify to apply for social housing “are ridiculously low”. Giving an example, he said a couple, both earning the minimum wage, would not qualify for social housing. Mr. Grimes said he wrote to the Department in relation to income thresholds for social housing. “I spoke to an official and they said they are currently reviewing the income thresholds, but he was not in a position to say when they will send the updated thresholds to local authorities,” Mr. Grimes added.


Pat Dunphy QFA Mortgage Manager EBS Waterford Tel 051-872926

mortgage and it’s not with EBS, for example, you’ll need six month’s recent mortgage statements. Your lender may also check your credit rating with the Irish Credit Bureau. This is where lenders share information about customers. You can see where you stand by ordering a copy of your credit report online for a cost of €6. If the credit report is negative, you may be able to insert a note explaining any extenuating circumstances. Proof of income If you are a PAYE worker, your lender will need your P60(s) and/or three consecutive months’ pay-slips. Your employer may also have to sign off a salary certificate to confirm what you earn and that you are a permanent employee.

Your savings and rent payments taken together should match or exceed the ‘stress tested’ mortgage payment. (This is the monthly payment you sign up for initially with a couple of percent theoretically added to see if you can still meet your repayments if interest rates rise.)

If your salary is boosted by bonuses and guaranteed extra income, you will need to show proof of that.

The bottom line is that you should be ready for your mortgage application months in advance of filling in the form.

Tax records

Here are five key things that lenders look for – and how you can prepare to give them what they want:

PAYE workers’ P60s show their tax situation. However, self-employed applicants need an accountant’s confirmation that their tax affairs are in order. They will also need three years of Notice of Assessment statements from the Revenue Commissioners.

Bank statements You must produce six months’ bank and credit card statements. And these should tell a story – the right type of story – about your financial habits. Of course, you’ll have nothing to worry about if you spend as much as a clean-living church-mouse - and save like a demented squirrel in the last days of autumn. But things like payments to online gambling sites or for rounds of pricey mojitos in nightclubs probably won’t do you any favours! Your statements should show, not only that you’re a fairly sensible person, but also that you can save and/or pay rent regularly.

Tenant’s FIS taken into account when calculating rent in two of Council’s rent schemes


There’s no need to volunteer for a rent increase - but you should make sure to boost your savings as much as possible if you want to maximise your mortgage. You should also make sure that both your rent and savings payments are regular and clearly outlined on your bank statements. You’d be surprised at how many people still make these payments in cash. By doing this they miss out on showing their lender how much repayment capacity they have. Set up a standing order for each, so it will all be spelled out in black and white. Your loan record Lenders will need to see statements to show what loans you have and your record of making repayments. If you have a current

If you have your own business, the lender may want to see three years of audited accounts.

Proof of identity Banking regulations mean that you have to show proof of who you are. Photographic evidence such as a passport or driving is required as well as utility bills with your name and address on them. Ready to apply for a mortgage? If you need more information about applying for an EBS mortgage, check out our First Time Buyer and Next Time Buyer Guides? You can also use our mortgage calculator to find out how much you may be able to borrow. And don’t forget you can chat through your mortgage options at a 30 Minute Mortgage Meeting.

The content of this blog is expressed in broad terms and is limited to general information purposes only. Readers should always seek professional advice to address issues arising in specific contexts and not seek to rely on the information in this blog which does not constitute any form of advice or recommendation by EBS d.a.c. EBS d.a.c. neither accepts nor assumes any responsibility in relation to the contents of this blog and excludes all warranties, undertakings and representations (either express or implied) to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law. EBS d.a.c. is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.

WARNING: YOUR HOME IS AT RISK IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP PAYMENTS ON A MORTGAGE OR ANY OTHER LOAN SECURED ON IT. THE PAYMENT RATES ON THIS HOUSING LOAN MAY BE ADJUSTED BY THE LENDER FROM TIME TO TIME. (Applies to variable rate loans only). If you or your dependants intend to use the property as a principal place of residence, you must show evidence of mortgage protection insurance, unless you are exempt under the Consumer Credit Act 1995 (yo ucan seek this insurance through us or from other sources). Maximum loan to value of Owner Occupier Residential Properties – 90% of purchase price or valuation whichever is lower. Lending levels are subject to monthly repayment burden, typically not exceeding c.35% of borrowers disposable income and will vary according to individual circumstances. Loan requests considered on the basis of proof of income, financial status and demonstration repayment capacity (including capacity to repay at higher interest rates). Loans not available to people under 18. Mortgage loans require to be secured by a mortgage and charge on the subject property. A typical €100,000 20 year Variable Interest Rate mortgage for an Owner Occupier Residential Property with LTV greater than 80% will have monthly repayments of €616.57 APR 4.3%. If the APR does not vary during the term of the mortgage, the total cost of credit, i.e. total amount repayable less the amount of the mortgage, would be €47,976.98. The effect of a 1% increase in interest rates for such a mortgage will add €54.48 to monthly repayments. Execution and registration of the mortgage deed will involve payment by you of your solicitor’s fees, outlays and registration fees. The amount of solicitor’s fees can be determined by negotiation with your solicitor, who will also inform you of the amount of the outlays and registration fees. We will charge you €60 for executing a discharge, release or vacate of a mortgage. EBS will arrange for a qualified valuer to complete a vaulation(s) on the property(s). You will be responsible for the cost of the property valuation(s). Each property valuation(s) should not cost more than €150. If the conditions of your loan require a final inspection following the completion of the build, renovations or repairs of the property, this inspection will not cost more than €65. Life Term Cover is provided by Irish Life Assurance plc. Acceptance terms and conditions apply. EBS d.a.c. is a tied insurance agent of Irish Assurance plc for life insurance products. Lending criteria, terms and conditions apply. Waterford Mortgages and Investments Ltd. is a Tied Agent acting solely on behalf of EBS d.a.c. EBS d.a.c. is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.

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MOTORING Nissan’s trend-setting Qashqai

By Declan Glynn STUNNING looks, sophisticated design and efficient aerodynamics combine gracefully in the shape of the Nissan Qashqai – consistently, one of Ireland’s top-selling cars. The Nissan Qashqai is the family hatchback that thinks it's an SUV. That could have been a recipe for disaster, but Nissan's engineers managed to blend the qualities of both vehicle types to produce a brilliantly well-rounded product, and created the ‘crossover’ segment in the process. The original Nissan Qashqai was surprisingly fun to drive, and the latest model builds on that, but takes a more mature approach, ensuring a more ‘premium’ feel. Levels of noise and vibration in the cabin have been vastly improved, with much less sound from the road and engine making its way

inside, particularly on the motorway. One thing is for certain: the second-generation Nissan Qashqai looks far more upmarket than the original model. The overall shape is typical crossover, with a raised ride height, roof rails and black plastic trim giving a familiar rugged off-roader look. Engine options in the new Nissan Qashqai include a 1.2-litre petrol unit with 115bhp (6-speed manual, or CVT transmission), a 1.3-litre petrol with 160bhp (6-speed manual, or DCT Automatic transmission), and a 1.5-litre turbodiesel (dCi) engine producing 110bhp, and mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. There are four specification levels in the new Nissan Qashqai – XE, SV, SV Premium and, range-topping SVE. Even entry-level models are wellequipped with hi-tech features

and creature comforts. There is a five-inch infotainment system as standard, as well as Bluetooth that allows you to make hands-free calls and stream music through your smart device. You also get cruise control to lighten the load on longer journeys. The interior is kitted out with sleek, black materials and polished chrome for a high-end finish. An elevated driving position gives you an exceptional view ahead, while bumpabsorbing Chassis Control ensures the comfort of everyone on board. You can also add a stylish panoramic roof to make the spacious cabin feel even bigger. My test car was a new Nissan Qashqai SVE model finished in stunning Pearl White metallic paintwork, with contrasting black premium Nappa leather interior. This top-specification model comes lavishly equipped

with standard features such as a panoramic glass roof, LED daytime running lights, satellite navigation, heated front seats, cruise control, dual zone automatic air conditioning, six airbags, privacy glass, Around View Monitor, reverse camera and many other quality features which give the Qashqai a true ‘premium’ feel. Nissan’s wonderful, and characterful, turbo-diesel engine produces 260Nm of torque for swift acceleration, and propels the car from 0-100km/h in just 11.9-seconds, on its way to a top speed of 182km/h. This 4-cylinder, 1461cc engine is capable of fuel consumption as low as 4.0l/100km on a combined driving cycle, will tow a braked trailer of up to 1350kg, and costs just €180 in annual road tax. The 1.5dCi engine feels sprightly on the road, thanks to

the combination of prompt throttle response and wellchosen ratios from the precise six-speed gearbox. This results in enlightened city driving, and offers pleasurable and relaxing motorway cruising too. The Nissan Qashqai range is priced from just €26,370 (ex-works), while my lavishly equipped test car specification is priced at €36,620 (ex-works) and represents terrific value for money. All new Nissan passenger cars come with a 3-year/100,000km warranty, and a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty too. When you choose the new Nissan Qashqai, you get a good-looking SUV with the reduced running costs of a hatchback. Agility and excitement meet stability and security in a smooth, nimble, adaptable drive. Nissan’s Qashqai is not just the world’s favourite crossover, it’s a new Super-SUV.

Mercedes-Benz premieres seven models at Geneva Motor Show The new facelift V-Class MPV – one of the models sharing centre stage on the Mercedes-Benz stand at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show.

SIX world premieres and one show premiere take centre stage on the Mercedes-Benz stand at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show. Six new models getting their world premiere will be a shooting brake version of the sporty CLA Coupé and a facelifted GLC mid-size SUV. Others will be a Formula E showcar, ahead

of the first foray into the sport by the Mercedes EQ division. Alongside these will be a Concept V-Class and two highperformance AMG models – a GLE 53 SUV and GT R Roadster. Making its show premiere will be a facelift 300d V-Class MPV which arrives here later this year.


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Soroptimists to celebrate International Women’s Day

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Pictured at the launch of their Women’s International Day event are front from left: Germaine Bailey, Mary Duggan, Gemma Meehan, Ann Higgins, Joint President, Angela Conway, Joint President and Anne Stearn. At back: Bridie McHugh, Theresa Clerkin, Kim Clancy, Anne Stack and Joan Nugent. [Tom Keith] ANNUAL International Women’s Day will be celebrated across the country on Friday of next week, 8th March in schools, places of business, clubs and especially by organisations dedicated to women’s affairs. Dungarvan Soroptimists will launch their celebration of International Women's Day with a series of talks by a wide variety of women, which will be held in Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan, commencing with tea and coffee at 10.15. At 11.00 a.m., the first of the contributions

will be heard and will continue through the morning with a wide variety of speakers who will deal with the many aspects of womens’ lives, through all the age groups. Soroptimist organiser and Joint President, Anne Higgins says that the aim of the gathering is to honour the journey of women from “Then to Now” through their living history as told by themselves. “There will be contributions from many invited guests and we would welcome participation from our audience as well,” said

Anne. “We expect a good attendance of women across the age groups from Secondary Schools upwards,” says Anne. This is open to all and we extend an invitation to everyone who would like to attend, with a special shout-out to all former Soroptimists and friends. There is no charge for attendance.” Dungarvan Soroptimists have been catering for women locally for over thirty years and have helped women, young and old, through their support and fundraising.

Council looking to achieve degree of inclusion in playgrounds WATERFORD Council is looking to achieve some degree of inclusion in children’s playgrounds by installing disabled access equipment. At the February Plenary meeting of Waterford City and County Council, Cllr. Sean Reinhardt asked for an update about a previous request he made to have disabled access equipment in playgrounds around the city and county, to make them more inclusive for children with dis-

abilities. Director of Services Fergus Galvin informed Cllr. Reinhardt that the Council will be replacing some equipment in playgrounds over the coming months. “We will be ensuring that we have some disabled access to play equipment available,” Mr. Galvin said. “We will be looking to achieve some degree of inclusion.”

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International Women’s Day aims to “Balance for Better” during Local Enterprise Week

Enjoying last year’s International Women’s Day event during Local Enterprise Week were Catherine Keighery Redlane Boutique, Brid Kirby Waterford Local Enterprise Office and Irene Queally Pip & Pear. [Patrick Browne] WITH International Women’s Day taking place on Friday, March 8th, Waterford Local Enterprise Office will host a Balance for Better morning event as part of the Local Enterprise Week programme running from March 4th to 8th. International Women’s Day celebrated globally each year highlights the achievements of women and the theme for 2019 is Balance for Better. By noticing its absence and celebrating its presence, the drive to achieve balance will make a better working world. The event will be MC’d by Karen Tomkins and networking will be top of the agenda in the Greenway Manor Hotel. There will also be a masterclass in connecting with your customer through social media, presented by Sheila Gallogly. Tickets cost €15 and include breakfast and light lunch with registration from 8.30 a.m. The countdown to Brexit continues as the March 29th deadline fast approaches. With a lot of uncertainty surrounding the implications of Brexit, Waterford Local Enterprise will host a free Brexit advice clinic on March 6th. These one-toone clinics will give Waterford businesses the opportunity to discuss any concerns they may have about the consequences of Brexit and will also identify supports available that will help allay risks, re-evaluate, diversify and mitigate exposure to the UK markets. Perfecting your sales pitch is a free workshop that will harness the power of storytelling to reach new customers. Taking place in the Granville Hotel on March 6th, this full day workshop will deal with a host of themes including posture, building your confidence and sales trailers.

Free general business advice clinics will be held in Tramore on March 5th and Ardmore on March 7th. If you have a business idea or are looking to expand your business talk to a Waterford Local Enterprise mentor in confidence and find out more about the supports and services that are available from Waterford LEO. Head of Enterprise at Waterford LEO Riche Walsh is pleased with the broad range of business clinics and workshops on offer during Local Enterprise Week. “The weeklong programme focuses on the issues that are impacting businesses not just now, but in the future.” “For anyone in business today, whether it’s a pre-start, start-up or an established business it can be daunting to identify what assistance may be available to help them grow and Local Enterprise Week is a great platform to showcase the range of services and assistance available to these businesses.” During Local Enterprise Week businesses in Waterford can access advice from industry experts and partner agencies in the form of seminars, workshops and talks on a wide array of key business topics, including Owner Manager development, wholesale and retail strategies, navigating the e-commerce maze, intellectual property, trading online, and discovering new export markets. To register for Local Enterprise Week events taking place in Waterford city and county from March 4th to 8th, or if you would like to find out more about what business support services are available visit www.localenterprise.ie/ Waterford/

Colm Neville, Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, is the incoming Chair of the South East Branch of the Irish Hotels Federation. A former National Vice-President of the IHF, he succeeds Aidan Quirke, Round Tower Hotel, Ardmore, Co. Waterford, who served as branch chair for four years and a total of 22 years as an official of the branch. Picture shows Colm Neville making a special presentation to Aidan Quirke in recognition of his long service and support for tourism in the south east. Included also are [left to right]; John Ryan, Pembroke Hotel, Kilkenny; Benny Smith, Diamond Hill Guest House, Slieverue; Michael Walsh, Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow; Margaret Darrer, Dooley's Hotel, Waterford; Damien Lynch, Faythe Guesthouse, Wexford; Peter Wilson, Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny; Annette Devine, Majestic Hotel, Tramore; Paul Beehan, Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny; Richard Hurley, Granville Hotel, Waterford, and Tina Darrer, Dooley's Hotel, Waterford.

International Women's Day in Waterford IN celebration of International Women’s Day 2019 NCCWN Waterford Women's Centre presents a number of free events beginning with an International Circle Dance workshop. This will take place in Edmund Rice Youth & Community Multiplex, Manor Street, from 11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 5th March. On Wednesday, 6th March, at 11.00 a.m. in Waterford Central Library, Lady Lane, the Women’s Centre History Project presents a rich and extensive photo exhibition ‘Women at Work’. This work exhibits a selection of historical images of “Women at Work” from the1860s to the early1900s. It contains many familiar images from both urban and rural settings. The exhibition represents many years of collaboration between Andrew Kelly, Kilmacthomas, and Ann Fitzgerald, Dungarvan. The central theme of this year’s exhibition are the Waterford cockle women, who are being honoured on the 8th of

March with a Civic Trust Blue Plaque. The exhibition will be in the library from the 4th to the 30th of March. All are welcome. Thursday, 7th March, the Women’s History Walk will take place, leaving from the Women’s Centre, 74 Manor Street, at 11.00 a.m. and will stop at significant sites throughout the city. Friday, 8th March, International Women’s Day, a Civic Trust Blue Plaque will be unveiled to the Waterford Cockle Women at 11.00 a.m. in Arundel Lane. For many generations women sold cockles on the streets of Waterford. With evidence as far back as 1870 but probably longer. These courageous resilient women picked cockles in all weathers from Passage to Tramore. Research on the Cockle Women is ongoing and the Women’s Centre History Group would welcome information. Please come along and support this event.


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Dungarvan Lions Club launches 10th Anniversary of Jigs & Reels IT’S Jigs and Reels time again and at a fun event on Friday, 22nd Feb. in Dungarvan Credit Union, it was announced that Dungarvan Credit Union will be the main sponsor again for 2019. This is marvelous support and added to it, two staff members, Lorna Lyons and Teresa Collins are putting on their dancing shoes, joining the lucky band of “competitors” and beginning to practice their steps. Rumor has it some of the participants in this year’s event will be well able for the stage. Be the judge yourself from the photo in this week’s paper. The big event itself will be held on 23rd March at the Park Hotel in Dungarvan. This is just a few weeks away so it’s time to get organized and get that date in your diary. Tickets will soon be on sale in the usual

outlets and at €20 each this represents great value as each year, for the last nine years, the fun on the night has lived up to all expectations. Present at the launch, Dungarvan Lions Club President, Phyllis Davis, thanked the Credit Union for their continued support and noted that all the funds raised will go directly back into the local community to Lions Club charities throughout West and mid county Waterford. Orla Dawson, representing the Dungarvan Credit Union, said that the Credit Union is delighted to be associated with this worthy cause and wished every success to all the contestants but especially to Lorna and Teresa. Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/dungarvanlionsclub

Council seeks funding for coast erosion piers and harbours By Christy Parker WATERFORD Council has made an application to the OPW for coastal protection defence works at Ardmore beach and for a new outfall pipe in Dungarvan, Senior

Engineer for Roads Gabriel Hynes told February’s Dungarvan-Lismore Municipality meeting. Additionally, the Council is seeking Department of Marine funding for repairs at Helvick, Ballinacourty and other high profile piers and harbours.

Cllr. Tom Cronin had wondered how the council was seeking funding from the Department for the harbours after the OPW had apparently refused it. The Engineer explained that the OPW didn’t deal with piers and harbours, but rather with flooding and associated issues.

Electorate reminded to register By Christy Parker WATERFORD Council meetings co-ordinator has urged Councillors to advise their constituents that they need to register on supplementary forms if they wish to vote

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would be required to get on the supplementary register either of which would have to be signed by a garda.These forms are available at the Council’s Civic Offices or online at both the Council website (www.waterfordcouncil.ie) or at www.checktheregister.ie

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Dungarvan District Court

Fined for no tax and cannabis possession A KILL man was handed fines for not having tax on his vehicle and for possession of cannabis. Nicholas Power (37) with an address at Ballyvadden, Kill, County Waterford pleaded guilty at last week’s Dungarvan District Court to failing to pay a fixed charge penalty notice, which issued after Gardaí observed there was no current tax disc on his vehicle when stopped at the Burgery, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, on 9th July, 2017. He also pleaded guilty to failing to pay a fixed charge penalty notice which was issued when Gardaí observed he did not have a current tax disc displayed on his vehicle when he was stopped again at the Burgery, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, on 18th November, 2017. Power had pleaded guilty at a previous sitting of the District Court to a charge of possession of cannabis for his own personal use, contrary to Section 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, at

Wolfe Tone Road, Dungarvan, on 22nd July, 2016. The case was adjourned for a Probation Service report. At last week’s Dungarvan District Court, Inspector Larry Sheahan said the accused has 12 previous convictions. Solicitor Paddy Gordon, said his client is an electrician by occupation and was working in Cork at the time. “That work has now finished. He intends to move to Waterford City in the near future to obtain work there,” Mr. Gordon said. He said his client acknowledged he was using cannabis for a period of time, but had attended a ten month course for substance misuse. “He went through a difficult period in Cork and after the ten month course he is a new man.” For the cannabis charge, Judge Finn handed down a fine of €300. He also handed down fines of €250 and €300 respectively for the two motor tax offences.

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Charge of penknife possession in public place is struck out after donation is paid A DUNGARVAN man who was found in possession of a penknife in a public place without a reasonable excuse had the charge struck out when he made a donation to the court poor box. Michael Keenan (20) with an address at 6 An Cluain, Youghal Road, Dungarvan, pleaded guilty to possession of the penknife,

contrary to Section 9 of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act, at Youghal Road, Dungarvan, on 16th March, 2018. At last week’s Dungarvan District Court Inspector Larry Sheahan told Judge Terence Finn that Gardaí stopped the accused driving on the date in question.

“After a search Gardaí found the penknife. He had no explanation as to why he had the penknife. He was on his own in the vehicle,” Insp. Sheahan said. The accused has no previous convictions. Solicitor David Burke said his client accepted responsibility for the penknife.

“He wasn’t brandishing it in any way,” Mr. Burke said. “My client had no knowledge of the penknife, but he has taken responsibility for it. It was inside of the driver’s door of the car.” The accused paid a €200 donation to the court poor box and Judge Finn struck out the charge.

Fine imposed for possession of cannabis A DUNGARVAN man who was found with a quantity of cannabis was fined last week. Shane Lucas (24) unemployed, with an address at 68 Childers Estate, Dungarvan, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis for his own personal use, contrary to Section 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, at Estuary Heights, Dungarvan, on 7th June, 2018. At last week’s Dungarvan District

Court, Inspector Larry Sheahan told Judge Terence Finn that Gardaí were dealing with another unrelated matter when they stopped and searched the accused. The accused was found in possession of approximately €50 worth of cannabis herb. “He is a young man with no previous convictions. He was fully co-operative with the Gardaí,” Insp. Sheahan said. The accused, who was present in court,

pleaded guilty and acknowledged the substance is illegal. Judge Finn sought an explanation for possession of the substance and the accused replied that it “helps with stress”. Judge Finn replied: “That is not a defence”. “If you are having issues and you need to ‘chill out’, then find something that is legal,” Judge Finn said. He handed down a fine of €200.

Road traffic prosecutions A DUNGARVAN motorist who exceeded the national road speed limit was fined in court last week. Brendan McCarthy, with an address at Kilgobinet, Dungarvan, was fined €400 at last week’s Dungarvan District Court for failing to pay a fixed charge penalty notice which was issued after Go Safe detected his vehicle travelling at 111 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the N25 at Parkeenaglogh, Newtown, Kilmacthomas, on 7th July, 2018. The accused did not appear in court. •••••••••••••••••••• NOT having a current certificate of roadworthiness

displayed on his vehicle resulted in a court fine for a driver. Kieran Aston (29) a carpenter by profession, with an address at 67 Lorento Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 4, was fined €250 at last week’s Dungarvan District Court for failing to pay a fixed charge penalty notice which issued after Gardaí stopped him driving at the Burgery, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, on 23rd July, 2018, and noticed the certificate of roadworthiness had expired. The accused, who has no previous convictions, attended court and said he did not renew the certificate of roadworthiness at the time and he had since scrapped the vehicle.

Eugene Tobin, SGC; Pat Keane, Willow & Oak; David Connors, Dungarvan Paints & DIY, and Alison de Paor, Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber, pictured at the Retail Transformation Work Shop organised by Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber at The Park Hotel, Dungarvan. [Dan McGrath]

Bench warrant issued AN Abbeyside-based man had a bench warrant issued for his arrest when he failed to appear in court last week. Alexandru Negrel (35) with an address at 7 Tournore Meadows, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, is accused of not having insurance and failing to produce insurance after

Gardaí stopped him driving at Coolagh Road, Abbeyside, on 27th June, 2017. At last week’s Dungarvan District Court, Judge Terence Finn noted the accused’s absence from court without a valid reason and issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

Vincent Morrissey, VZ Embroidery; Pippa Sweeney, Beach House Gallery; Bernie de Bhial, Dakota, and Shane Curran, Shane Curran Home Co., pictured at the Retail Transformation Work Shop organised by Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber at The Park Hotel, Dungarvan. [Dan McGrath]


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Barron’s Bakery & Coffee House raise €2,255 for three worthy local causes


Carriglea Community Alert Carriglea Community Alert will hold a public meeting

AT CARRIGLEA CONVENT HALL ON TUESDAY, 5th MARCH, at 8.00 p.m. • To establish a text alert system in the community. • Invited speakers from other community alert areas in attendance. • A representative from Deise Daycare Centre will attend. • Representatives from Dungarvan Men’s Shed and Deise Women’s shed. • An opportunity for people to meet their neighbours – old and new.

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THE cheque of €1,400.00 being presented to Kathleen Barron (centre), Manager Cappoquin Day Care Centre, by Helen Cunningham (left), Ticket Sales Manager, and Emma O’Keeffe (right), Barron’s Coffee House. The Annual Barron’s Bakery & Coffee House Christmas Hamper Raffle took place in the Coffee House, Cappoquin, on Friday, 21st December, 2018. Congratulations to

Tom Hennebry who was the winner of the 2018 hamper. Helen Cunningham and Barrons’ Coffee House were proud to present the proceeds of this year’s raffle to three very worthy local causes. €1,400 was given to Cappoquin Day Care Centre, €555 to the ASD Unit in Cappoquin Primary School and €300.00 to the Cappoquin St. Vincent de Paul. We would like to extend our gratitude to all Barron’s Coffee

House customers for their outstanding generosity through the purchase of raffle tickets. A big thank you to local woman Helen Cunningham who spent the full month of December selling tickets in the Coffee House, without Helen’s commitment the raffle would not be the success that it is today. Special thanks also to Jim Joe Landers who drew the winning ticket. Thanks again to everyone involved.

Councillor calls for Dungarvan Sports Centre upgrade By Christy Parker WATERFORD Councillor Damien Geoghegan has called on the local authority to avail of a newly-announced Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF) to upgrade the Dungarvan sports centre at Quanns, for multi-purpose usage. The Councillor said funding should also be sought for a running track in west Waterford, particularly in view of the region’s “fantastic” clubs and “tradition of running”. The LSSIF is presently open to

applications from national governing bodies (NGBs) and local authorities. Applications are invited until April 17th next, with a minimum of €100m available nationally across ten years. Cllr. Geoghegan said the sports centre had seen only “bits and pieces” of improvement work since being built in the mid1980s. From a west of the county perspective especially he believed the matter should be pursued. Cllr. Pat Nugent concurred, citing the centre’s use by the local boxing club and noting its spacious capacity.

Cllr. Geoghegan noted that the venue had, in recent years, even served as a theatre. This launched the discussion down a different stream of thought altogether, as he continued that the Dungarvan Junior Musical Group had staged musicals there in the process of which they constructed a stage larger than the London Palladium! He estimated the venue could seat up to 600 patrons. NEXT DANCE... Cllr. Tom Cronin, however, would like a venue that would hold up to 1,400. “Call it a dance

hall if you will”, he accepted.The councillor’s motivation was country music’s “serious leap upwards” through such luminaries as “Derek Ryan and Nathan Carter” (though ‘shuffling sideways’ might be a more accurate description). Cllr. Cronin rued the lack of facilities for such performers in the Dungarvan area, while acknowledging that the acoustics would need a bit of tweaking in the sports centre. Problem is it might take Ryan versus Carter over five rounds in the ring to get a sports grant to fix it.

Council urged to construct barrier By Christy Parker WATERFORD Councillor Declan Doocey has urged Waterford Council to construct a barrier on a section of Tipperary-bound Vee road where the timber is presently damaged, arising from frost. Making the request at February’s Dungarvan-Lismore Municipality meeting the Councillor said it was necessary to prevent a vehicle from skidding “off the face of the Earth into a ravine.” Cllr. Doocey noted that there was barrier all the way down to

Clogheen on the Tipperary side. The section in question featured a low ditch and was about the length of “150 cats’ eyes”, after he had conscientiously counted them a week earlier. Meantime, he wondered if a local contractor might be asked spread a supply of salt there in the event of severe frost or snow. He said the Tipperary Council had salted as far as their border and Waterford was being seen as “very unreasonable” in not doing likewise, especially with a lot of people crossing the mountain to and from work every day. Senior Engineer for Roads Gabriel Hynes took note but didn’t comment.

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LOCAL WASTE PREVENTION GRANT SCHEME 2019 This scheme supports communities to take steps on waste prevention, re-use and repair activities in their local areas, and encourage partnership between local businesses, schools, charities and voluntary groups. What is Waste Prevention? Preventing waste is about finding ways to keep items in use longer and not generating as much waste in the first place. It’s about rethinking the way we do things – redesigning the items we use – changing attitudes and changing behaviours’ about what we buy and what we throw away, but most of all, working together and thinking creatively to do something about it. Waterford City and County Council may pay a waste prevention grant to voluntary groups for waste prevention projects in their local community. Please note that outcomes must be measurable. Eligible projects that could be funded include, but are not limited to: • Repair Skills Workshops • Upcycling Workshops • Projects to eliminate single-use items • Community composting workshops • Food Waste Prevention projects/events • Projects to raise awareness about single use items/ waste prevention Please note that National Reuse Month will take place in October. Successfully funded projects must be willing to showcase their results and/or be part of the Re-Use planned events. How to Apply: The waste prevention grant application form is available at http://bit.ly/WastePreventionGrant2019 or from the Environment Section, Waterford City and County Council, phone no.: 0761 10 20 20. The Grant Application Form should be completed and returned to the Environment Section for consideration by the closing date 7th March 2019.



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Dungarvan celebrates retaining Coach Friendly Town Award FOLLOWING a visit by the esteemed CTTC (Coach Tourism & Transport Council of Ireland), Dungarvan has retained the status ‘Coach Friendly’. This award was approved following a comprehensive presentation and a successful site inspection by Kevin Traylor CTTC and Brian Lynch Suirway Travel. One of only three towns in Ireland to have this recognition, it certainly is a feather in Dungarvan’s cap and a benefit to our overall tourism offering. Since gaining this status in 2016, the Dungarvan Tourist Office, supported by the Dungarvan & West Waterford

Chamber and Waterford Council has been able to use this unique selling point to attract coach companies and tour operators to consider Dungarvan as a destination for the Coach Tours they operate. The Tourist Office team targets both National and International coach companies and tour operators. Dungarvan Tourist Office was delighted to have reported a 300% increase on the number of people attracted to Dungarvan as a Coach Friendly Destination coupled with the innovative ‘Meet & Greet Service’ offered by the Tourist Office staff. Mayor of Waterford City &

County Declan Doocey met with the judges during their visit and realises the importance of Dungarvan continuing to attract new business and offer a great product to tourists. Mayor Doocey also expressed continued support from the Waterford Council for positive initiatives like the Coach Friendly status, as the benefits are multiplied across the county and it opens more and more opportunities. Jenny Beresford, Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber CEO and Tourist Office Manager, believes this award was a “direct result of collaboration between Tourist Office, Chamber &

Council which led to the assignment of an assigned Coach SetDown Space on Davitt’s Quay and four Bus Parking Bays at The Lookout.”. Responding also to the dramatic increase in the numbers attracted to the ‘Meet & Greet Service,’ Jenny pays tribute to the fantastic staff in the Dungarvan Tourist Office who heavily market the Dungarvan product and accolades in particular Coach Friendly & Dementia Friendly in the off season and who deliver a warm and professional Meet & Greet Service year round. In the details National and International coach drivers and

coach companies receive about Ireland from the CTTC, Dungarvan will feature strongly as a ‘must visit destination’ and a town with a strong tourism and retail offering. See the short video demonstrating Dungarvan as the ideal Coach Friendly Destination on the following link. h t t p s : / / w w w. d u n g a r v a n -

tourism.com/coach-tour-facilities-in-dungarvan-for-tour-operators/ Dungarvan Tourist Office, Waterford City & County Council & the Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber looks forward to offering Cead Mile Failte to many more coach tours in Dungarvan in the future!

The Common Blue Butterfly By Mandy Tompkins WITH a wingspan of 30 – 35 mm, The Common Blue is considered to be a small to medium sized Butterfly, which is found in sheltered sunny places where there are unimproved grasses, such as Roadside Verges, Wasteland, Hedgerows and the Wildlife Garden. The Common Blue Butterfly was found traditionally in the old Hay Meadows, which were without fertilisers and herbicides. Only the male Common Blue Butterfly has a bright, iridescent blue colouration to its upper wings, and is instantly recognisable. The underside of the wings of both sexes are buffish and covered with a complex pattern of white rimmed black, white and orange spots.

Dungarvan Retain Coach Friendly Town Award: Front left to right Onra Holohan, Waterford City & County Council Tourism Officer; Kevin Traylor, Coach Tourism & Transport Council of Ireland; Declan Doocey, Mayor of Waterford City & County; Brian Lynch, Suirway Travel. Back: Bernadette Yelverton, Dungarvan Tourist Office; Jenny Beresford, Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber CEO and Tourist Office Manager; Joe Roche, President Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber and Julia Moylan Dungarvan Tourist Office, pictured at the Coach Friendly Town Presentation in the Civic Offices, Dungarvan. [Dan McGrath]

Waterford Artlinks Bursaries Awarded THE Artlinks partnership of local authorities Arts Offices in Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford has awarded over €60,000 to artists in the South East. Supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon this grants stream provides professional development opportunities and supports for established and emerging artists who are resident in these four counties. The recipients of bursaries from the Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council are:

George Higgs/Music, Ardmore. Blawnin Clancy/Visual Arts, Dungarvan. Catherine Barron/Multidisciplinary, Dungarvan. Cora Cummins/Visual Arts, Villierstown. Emma Penruddock/Literature, Clashmore. Adam Phelan/Theatre, Waterford city. Mary Grehan/Literature, Passage East. Kathleen Dobbyn/Visual Arts, An Sean Phobal. Clodagh Beresford Dunne/Literature, Dungarvan. Eamonn Dolan/Theatre, Dungarvan. Lani O’ Hanlon/Literature, An Sean Phobal. Róisín Sheehy/Literature,

Tramore. Margaret Organ, Arts Officer, Waterford City & County Council remarked that the standard of applications was particularly high and that it was positive to see new applicants being supported. She thanked everyone who applied and wished the awardees every success with their chosen courses, projects, mentoring and workshops. Artists who are resident within the four partner Local Authorities can register for membership free of charge on www.artlinks.ie


The female Common Blue Butterfly usually has a much duller mix of brown with orange spots upon her upper wing margins, and blues; with the blue colouration mostly being confined close to her body. However, the amount of blue varies considerably, even within local populations. Both the male and Female female Common Blue Butterflies are on the wing from April to September, and after mating the female usually produces two or three broods a year, which occasionally overlap, as successful breeding depends entirely upon the warmth of the Summer. The larvae, or caterpillars, mostly feed upon both the Common and Greater Birds Foot Trefoil plants as their main food source. The Common Blue Butterflies major nectar rich food source plants are the Field Scabious, Greater Knapweed, Red Campion, Ragged Robin and White Clover. Sadly, these plants are often considered weeds and are sprayed accordingly, which is leading to a steady decline in their numbers, although as dusk approaches the Common Blue Butterfly can be found resting with its wings folded on tall grass stems.

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Jury hears DNA profile on hoodie matched that of Paddy Lyons By Alison O’Riordan at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin A DNA profile generated from blood found on a murder accused's hoodie matched that of 90-year-old retired farmer Paddy Lyons, a jury has heard. The trial has also heard that pieces of broken glass recovered from Paddy Lyons' gateway “fitted perfectly” into the headlamp of Ross Outram's car. Mr. Outram (28), of Ferryland, Waterford Road, Clonmel in Co. Tipperary, has pleaded not (NOT) guilty to murdering Mr. Lyons at Loughleagh, Ballysaggart, Lismore, Co. Waterford, at a time unknown between February 23rd and 26th, 2017. Giving evidence on Monday, Garda Eugene O'Neill told prosecution counsel John O'Kelly SC that he attended Mr. Outram's house at Ferryland on February 27th and searched the back bedroom, where he seized a number of items of clothing including a grey hoodie. Forensic scientist John Hoade told Mr. O'Kelly that he went to Mr. Lyons' home on February 26th and there was "blood splatter" in different parts of the main room.The witness said the extent and distribution of the blood splatter indicted that Mr. Lyons was assaulted while he sat in his armchair, where his body was found. Mr. Hoade said the DNA obtained from blood on the front door, inside the front door, on the dresser and on the table matched Mr. Lyons' DNA profile. The witness said he had also

examined a grey hoodie and there was blood on the right sleeve and hood, which matched Mr. Lyons' DNA profile. "Blackstaining" on the hoodie appeared to be soot, he indicated. Earlier, Detective Garda Alan Curry told Mr. O'Kelly that he examined the gateway at Mr. Lyons' house on February 26th. The witness said there was plastic sheeting on the ground and underneath this was a broken "Circle" lock which had been damaged by "pressure". It had not been cut with a clippers, he added. The witness testified that he also found “a number of pieces of broken glass”, which he believed to be from a car light, at the other side of the gateway as well as “shards of black plastic” from the "housing unit" for the light. Det. Gda Curry explained that he returned to Ballysaggart the following day and took possession of the broken pieces of glass as well as the damaged lock from the gateway. The witness testified that he attended the vehicle examination technical bureau at Santry on February 28th, where he examined a Volkswagen Passat. Det. Gda. Curry said the purpose of his visit was to see if the parts of broken glass recovered from the gateway at Ballysaggart “fitted inside” the light belonging to this car. “The pieces of broken glass fitted perfectly into the passenger light of the car,” he said. Detective Garda Shay Keevans gave evidence last week that he searched Mr. Outram's house in the aftermath of his arrest. Det. Gda. Keevans said a blue Volkswagen Passat was concealed

at the rear of his house and no number plates were displayed on the car. There was damage to the front bumper as well as to the sides of the vehicle, he added. In his evidence, Det. Gda. Curry said a locksmith attended the yard at Santry and gained access to the Volkswagen Passat in order for a search of the vehicle to be carried out. In conclusion, the witness said no registration plates were fitted on the car, the front grill and front light were missing, the two lighting units at the front of the car were damaged and no tax or insurance discs were displayed on the vehicle. Under cross-examination by Michael O'Higgins SC, defending, Det. Gda. Curry agreed that the Volkswagen Passat had crashed into Mr. Lyons gate and the pressure had “popped” the lock. The witness further agreed that this was “an opportunistic” way to gain entry into the deceased’s property. Garda Gerry Corcoran gave evidence that he found a “piece of black plastic grill”, which was about 18 inches long on Mr. Lyons’ laneway on February 27th. “It appeared to be a piece from a car,” he added. Detective Garda Dunphy told Mr. O'Kelly that an examination of Mr. Outram's mobile phone found that several web pages and "cookies" related to Google searches for RTE News and the Irish Independent on February 26th and 27th concerning "the suspicious death" of a 90-yearold man. The trial continues on Wednesday before Mr. Justice Paul Coffey and a jury of eight men and four women.


Do you operate a childcare service for school-age children? School-age childcare Regulations came into effect on 18th February, 2019. School-age childcare services must now register with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. If your service provides childcare for school-age children only, you have until 18th May, 2019, to apply for registration. If your school-age service is already registered with Tusla as a pre-school service, you have until 18th August, 2019, to apply for registration. New services must apply for registration at least 3 months before opening. You can register at www.tusla.ie Please contact your local city/county childcare committee for support www.myccc.ie

Councillors told they can’t use mobile phones during meeting COUNCILLORS were told at their Plenary Council meeting in February that they cannot use their mobile phones during meetings. Cllr. Jim Griffin had sought clarification in relation to posting information and photographs to social media during Council meetings. However, Meetings Administrator Honor Dunphy said “as per Standing Orders, the use of mobile phones is not permitted during the meeting”.

DÚNADH SEALADACH BÓTHAIR ALT 75 ACT NA MBÓITHRE 1993 Tugtar fógra leis seo go bhfuil sé i gceist ag Comhairle Cathrach agus Contae Phort Láirge, ag feidhmiú de réir a gcumhachtaí de bhun Alt 75, Acht na mBóithre 1993, an bóthar seo a leanas a dhúnadh ar thréthrácht ón 29 Aibreán go dtí an 2 Meitheamh 2019, chun gur féidir tabhairt faoi oibreacha ar Scéim Soláthair Uisce na Rinne-Heilbhic: Bóthar atá le Dúnadh: • An L20265, An Rinn, Co Phort Láirge. Bealach Eile: • Tríd an ceart slí ó dheas den láithreán taiscumair uachtarach, an L6112 (Bóthar an Fhaiche) agus an L2026 (Bóthar an tSeanphobail). Is féidir agóidí nó aighneachtaí a dhéanamh i scríbhinn chuig: An Stiúrthóir Seirbhísí, Bóithre, Uisce agus Comhshaol, Comhairle Cathrach agus Contae Phort Láirge, Halla na Cathrach, An Meal, Port Láirge tráth nach déanaí ná 4.00 i.n. ar an 13 Márta, 2019.

TEMPORARY CLOSING OF ROADS SECTION 75 ROADS ACT 1993 Notice is hereby given that Waterford City and County Council, in exercise of its powers pursuant to Section 75 Roads Act 1993, propose to close the following road to through traffic from 29th April to 2nd June 2019 to facilitate works to Ring Helvick Water Supply Scheme: Road to be closed: • L20265 An Rinn, Co. Waterford. Diversion Route: • Via Public right-of-way to the south of the upper reservoir site, the L6112 (Faha road) and the L2026 (Old Parish Road). Objections or submissions may be made in writing to the Director of Services, Roads, Water and Environment, Waterford City and County Council, City Hall, The Mall, Waterford not later than 4pm on 13th March, 2019. Fergus Galvin, Stiúrthóir Seirbhísí/Director of Services Bóithre, Uisce agus Comhshaol/ Roads, Water and Environment 27 Feabhra/27th February, 2019

The colourful GSK Float at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2007. Just one of the many attractive entries that year. Already the applications are coming in for this year’s Parade and, if you have a notion to join in the fun with your club, business or group, go get an entry form from Capitol Cleaners (058) 41412; [Rory Wyley] Dungarvan Tourist Office, 51 Main Street; Kenneth’s, O’Connell Street, formerly Butler’s (058) 41505.

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Anti-social behaviour at Abbeyside Beach impacting on local club – McGuinness SINN Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has raised concerns about anti-social behaviour in the vicinity of Abbeyside Beach. “I have written to Council officials and the An Garda Síochána to raise my concerns about ongoing anti-social behaviour and littering at Abbeyside Beach, which is having an impact on the nearby grounds of Abbeyside A.F.C. “Over 100 young people train and play at these grounds each week and the club is the only one in West Waterford to field two youth teams. It is a part of the community and a source of pride to many who give freely of their time. I met with the club

chairman to discuss a range of issues and its clear that ongoing anti-social behaviour and littering is having a negative impact on club and on those who work hard to keep it going. “I have proposed simple solutions such as installation of lighting along the side of the club grounds and increased Garda visibility in the area, which together would do much to address this issue. “Players, coaches, parents and volunteers are entitled to a safe, secure and clean environment around the club grounds. A proactive and joined-up approach by both the Council and An Garda Síochána is needed.”

McGuinness welcomes undertaking to address safety risks at Abbeyside playground SINN Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed an undertaking by Waterford City and County Council to address the safety risks at Abbeyside playground relating to loose and damaged safety mats and tiles. He had requested the local authority carry out works to replace these as a matter of urgency earlier this month. McGuinness said:“Some of the play surfaces at Abbeyside Playground are uneven and damaged. Many of the safety tiles are loose with large gaps between them which create a trip or sprain hazard for kids. These tiles and mats are designed to provide a safe surface for children to play on however in their current state of disrepair they pose a risk. “I wrote to the local authority to request immediate action is taken to address this issue, and I am pleased that they have undertaken to do so.”

Put exclusion zones around GP surgeries and family planning clinics – Greens THE Green Party An Comhaontas Glas note with concern the activities of the group ‘Sidewalk Advocates for Life,’ and calls on Minister of Health Simon Harris to expedite legislation to introduce exclusion zones for GP surgeries and family planning clinics. Spokesperson for Health Dr. Séamus McMenamin said: “We have seen disturbing

anti-abortion graffiti on a GP surgery in Longford and now we learn of plans for women to be approached in car parks. Most women who attend their GP will be attending for other reasons but it appears all women of childbearing age will be targeted.” Dr. McMenamin added: "This is unacceptable, regardless of people’s personal views and

should not be allowed. This is a contentious issue and during the repeal the 8th campaign we saw how heated the campaign was at times. I believe the potential for harassment and the impact on women's mental health at a potentially vulnerable time is high and we need to prevent these activists from carrying out their plans.”

INDEPENDENT Councillor Seamus O’Donnell is seeking the replacement of speed ramps at Pinewood, Abbeyside. It is understood the existing ramps have caused damage to some vehicles. He said is seeking the existing ramps to be replaced with tarmac ramps, “which should cause less damage to vehicles”. “I raised this issue at the February meeting of Dungarvan-Lismore Municipal District Council,” Cllr. O’Donnell said, adding that he would continue to pursue the matter.

Local Link Bus diversion for An Rinn Waterford supply works – Whelan

Pictured with Cllr. John Cummins, Guest Chairperson for the convention, Sean Kelly, MEP for Ireland South, Senator Paudie Coffey, Maurice Cummins, Chairperson and John Fitzpatrick, Secretary Waterford Fine Gael.

Doocey to contest 2019 Local Elections CLLR. Declan Doocey has been selected unopposed to contest the upcoming local elections in May for Fine Gael. This will be

the 4th time that Declan will contest the elections since throwing his hat into the ring for the first time in 2004. Declan is the

current Mayor of Waterford City & County Council. The convention was held in Lawlors Hotel on Sunday

evening last. Following a recent boundary review the Lismore Electoral Area has been reduced to a 3-seater.

SINN Féin Councillor Siobhán Whelan has said that from Monday, 25th February, the R674 will be closed for six weeks as advertised to facilitate the work on the water supply for An Rinn. This, Cllr. Whelan acknowledges, will be a major inconvenience to all road users in that area as diversions are put in place. The Local Link bus that normally uses this route coming from Ardmore via Old Parish and An Rinn and onto Dungarvan, will now be diverted, using the L2036. Cllr. Whelan welcomed the improvements that the Council made on this road to make it safer for the extra traffic that will now be using this stretch

of road between Robert's Cross and the Seanachai. Cllr.Whelan continued, saying that she has been approached by users of the Local Link asking if it would be possible to make this route the permanent one. They feel that because there are more houses on this road, that more people might regularly use the service as well as the potential for tourists to avail of its service who would be staying at the holiday cottages. Another advantage which could be explored, would be the option for older residents who could perhaps park at the Seanachai and get the Local Link to Dungarvan, not having to worry about parking which can be at times challenging.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 1 March, 2019

Public meeting underlines Youghal’s strong support for IRONMAN Cork Triathlon By Christy Parker ABOUT 300 people filled Youghal’s Mall Arts Centre for a public information meeting on the upcoming IRONMAN Cork triathlon. Youghal will host the event for three successive years beginning with Ireland’s first ever full Ironman on Sunday, June 23rd. In what is set to be a massive boost for tourism across East Cork & West Waterford, over 2,500 athletes amongst 10,000 visitors. Additionally live streaming on the internet will engage over five million viewers. The meeting was attended by course director John Innes and Ironman Cork race director John Walnutt, alongside subcommittee representatives overseeing various strands, including traffic management, accommodation, food, festival events and volunteerism. Mr. Innes hailed Cork County Council’s fundamental support

before Mr. Walnutt outlined the logistics of a 3.8 km swim, 180 km cycle and a 42.2 km marathon. ROAD CLOSURES Garda Sergeant Mark Ward said private cars must vacate the route, with parking provided on the town perimeters and a shuttle service operating. The N25 will remain accessible, the Garda assured, but drivers encroaching onto a closed road would be legally uninsured, he stressed. Leaflet drops and traffic cones outside every house on the cycle route will remind motorists to remain off the course. Meanwhile, 200 extra GardaĂ­ will patrol the town. Committee member Ricky Deveraux appealed to individuals and clubs to provide 700 volunteers for duties ranging from administrative tasks like bikes check-ins to marshalling, finish line assistance and athlete village co-ordination in Green Park.

Aideen Murray, representing Cork County Council, advised on “maximising the enthusiasm� with Youghal warmly welcoming its visitors and deriving maximum commercial and cultural benefit. She advocated a threeday celebration, with free concerts and street entertainment. A free spectator guide will publish local facilities and attractions. Ms. Murray said Rose-Anne Kidney of East Cork food event consultants www.goldiefish.ie would co-ordinate four food and craft fare centres across the route, with local retailers prioritised. ACCOMMODATION AND WEST WATERFORD With accommodation in high demand from within an hour of Youghal in all directions, Mr. Innes urged bed providers, including homeowners, to consult www.youghal.ie, for full criteria, recommended rates and registration. This aspect of the event will have particular bearing

for West Waterford with hundreds of bookings already spilling over into the region. In one testimony the meeting heard that a Mexican family of seven was booked into Ardmore. The meeting also encouraged traders to embrace an Ironman Cork window sticker initiative and to consider sponsorship options that would garner them extra prominence in promotional programmes. In other revelations, a two-day ‘expo’ business park dealing with fitness industry by-products will be held at Green Park. Several specific inquiries were addressed from the floor amidst immense positivity towards the event, epitomised by news that Ironman Cork will form the theme for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Further public meetings are scheduled for communities across the route. See Facebook/IM cork local info.

Councillors given free reuseable cup on St. Valentine’s Day THERE was no love lost at the Plenary meeting of the local authority last St. Valentine’s Day when Councillors discovered that free reusable coffee cups they were given were actually manufactured in a foreign country. Cllr. Lola O’Sullivan noted the cups at the Council meeting held in City Hall last Thursday, 14th February and she expressed thanks “for the reuseable cup with the love heart on it�. “We all got one and it shows that this

March meeting between Council and University Steering Committee IT has been confirmed that the Steering Committee for a Technological University of the South East will meet with Councillors at their next Plenary meeting in March. For nearly a year, Cllr. Eddie Mulligan has been seeking the meeting to discuss the South East’s bid for a technological university at WIT. At the February Plenary meeting of Waterford City and County Council, Cllr. Mulligan asked if there was an update for any meeting with the Steering Committee. Meetings Administrator, Honor Dunphy, confirmed a meeting will be held between Councillors and representatives of the Steering Committee at the March Plenary meeting.

Council is very proactive in going green,� she said. However, Cllr. Eddie Mulligan expressed his disappointment when he noted the cups were actually made in England. He pointed out that there were several Irish businesses (some local) which were trying to deliver similar products into the market and said the Council should be supporting Irish-made products. “I certainly would have liked to see one of the local producers promoted here in the

Council,� Cllr. Mulligan said. Cllr. Matt Shanahan also expressed his disappointment that the cup isn’t an Irish product. He said the reuseable cup was “a generous gift and welcome just the same�, but said he was aware of a Waterford company which was recently funded by the Local Enterprise Office, and producing similar products. “It would be great in the future if local companies producing products could get some exposure by the Council,� he said.

Final report on Portlaw’s Tannery site expected in next few weeks A FINAL report on a geoenvironmental study carried out at the site of the old Tannery in Portlaw should be presented to Councillors within the next few weeks. At the February Plenary meeting of Waterford City and

County Council, Cllr. Ray Murphy sought an update on the survey. Director of Services Fergus Galvin confirmed he has received the detailed geoenvironmental study which he will pass onto the consultants to

interpret the data and present a final report. “I hope to have that final report within the next few weeks. I will let the Council know when I have that final report and what the results are, in due course,� Mr. Galvin added.

Council uses standard weedkiller around city and county WATERFORD Council uses a standard commercial weedkiller to tackle weeds around the city and county. Cllr. Breda Brennan had asked the February Plenary meeting of Waterford City and County Council about the type of weedkiller used, following concerns from a member of the public. “Is the weedkiller harmful to humans, as the workers spraying it usually wear protective cloth-

ing,� Cllr. Brennan said. Director of Services Fergus Galvin confirmed the Council uses a standard commercial weedkiller which has been type assessed and approved. “We are obliged to ensure that our staff, when spraying weedkiller, because of continuous exposure to it, that they are properly equipped with masks and protective equipment,� Mr. Galvin explained.


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LOCAL ANTI-LITTER AND ANTI-GRAFFITI AWARENESS GRANT 2019 Waterford City and Council invites submissions from community groups, youth groups, schools or other community development organisations, based in County Waterford, who are interested in receiving funding for public education and awareness initiatives regarding litter or grafďŹ ti. Is your group planning a project to raise litter awareness in County Waterford by holding a cleanup, running an event or creating an information board? Or maybe you are planning an anti-grafďŹ ti awareness initiative? If so, you may be eligible for a grant towards the cost of the project. Conditions and criteria used in selecting anti-litter and anti-grafďŹ ti awareness community initiatives: 1. All projects should seek to promote greater public awareness and education in relation to litter and/or grafďŹ ti and should have a particular focus on involving schools, youth groups, environmental groups, voluntary groups or community groups. 2. Grants should be used, where possible, to leverage local business co-funding of anti-litter or anti-grafďŹ ti education/ awareness measures. 3. If successful a payment of 50% of the approved grant shall be paid to the name of the Organisation speciďŹ ed on the Grant Application form. Please ensure that this name is the same as the name on the Organisation’s bank account. The balance grant of the remaining 50% will be paid following receipt of a completion grant form and evidence of monies spent. 4. Projects that receive funding will be obliged to submit a completion report on their project in 2019 detailing expenditure. 5. Projects should be to a high standard and should aim at establishing or replicating best practice in relation to litter or grafďŹ ti education/awareness measures. Please note only applications with education awareness will be considered. The grant is not for structural items, such as street furniture, signs or CCTV cameras etc. How to apply: The application form for this grant is available from the http://bit.ly/AntiLitterGrant2019 or by phoning 0761 10 20 20. The grant application form should be completed and returned to the Environment Section for consideration by the closing date 7th March 2019.

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Recognition of all artists celebrating 30 years in the music business at the

Park Hotel, Dungarvan Monday 25th March 2019

Declan Nerney

y Louise Morrisse

Paddy O’ Brien

John Hogan

Mick Flavin


+ The Ryan Turner Band Tickets on sale in The Park Hotel - 058 42899 Doors open 7pm

Show Starts 8pm Sharp

Raffle takes place on the Night

TICKETS €25 Any tickets purchases before Friday 22ndBEFORE of March will FRIDAY, be entered into a draw for €100 ANY TICKETS PURCHASED 22nd MARCH, WILL BE ENTERED INTO A DRAW FOR €100. (8-3)


WLR raises a total of €85k for St. Vincent de Paul ST. Vincent de Paul’s West Waterford Area Manager and conference representatives were delighted to accept €85,000 representing funds raised by the WLR ‘Be A Little Star’ Christmas Appeal last December. Several events took place across the

county over the course of the month contributing to the total. All monies raised by WLR listeners in the 2018 Christmas Appeal will go to assist the needy in Waterford City,Tramore, MidWaterford and Dungarvan and West Waterford by supporting the

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services of the St.Vincent de Paul in those areas. WLR would like to thank all the businesses and loyal listeners for the continued support for the WLR ‘Be A Little Star’ Christmas Appeal for the St. Vincent de Paul.

Kieran O’Connor, WLR, and Roisin Ferris, WLR, present a cheque for €85,000 to Eileen Stratford, Kathleen Hehir and Kathleen Stone who accepted it on behalf of the St. Vincent de Paul. The money representing funds raised by the WLR ‘Be A Little Star’ Christmas Appeal. [Dan McGrath]

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The Aftermath Opens 1st March THE AFTERMATH is set in postwar Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. As they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: they will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal. The Dungarvan Observer, in association with SGC Dungarvan, has a pair of tickets to give away to the lucky winner of our competition. All you have to do is answer the following question and post your entries into The Aftermath Competition, Dungarvan Observer, Shandon, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, on or before 12 noon on Tuesday, 5th March. Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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CHILDMINDER REQUIRED IN MODELIGO AREA – To mind 13 month old, preferably in own home. 1 to 5 days per week including some weekends. 12 hour days. Apply with references and Garda Clearance to Box No. 7046. (1-3)

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Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing at IDA Industrial Estate, Clogherane, Dungarvan has an immediate vacancy for an experienced Evening Cleaning Operative.

Wanted at Garvey’s Centra, Coolagh ONE PART-TIME POSITION AVAILABLE Must be fully flexible Please apply by email to: Coolagh@garveyscentra.ie or drop your CV in-store

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The hours are 5pm – 9pm Monday to Thursday and 5pm – 7.30pm on Fridays. Previous experience in industrial cleaning would be a distinct advantage and basic computer literacy is required.

Funeral Home Embalming & Cremations Arranged We attend to all the details: Church & Cemetery

Floral & Artificial Wreaths Supplied Obituary Notices

SHANDON STREET & KILADANGAN, DUNGARVAN Phone: David (058) 42200. Mobile: (086) 2525663 Fax (058) 48712. www.kielyfunerals.ie

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic and successful organisation. The position comes with good opportunities for personal development and advancement. Applicants should please forward their CV and a covering email giving details of relevant experience to KateBrennan@eurofins.com The closing date for applications is Monday, 4 March, 2019. Please note that postal applications are not being accepted for this vacancy.

Notice to Advertisers It is a condition of acceptance of advertisements orders that the proprietors do not guarantee the insertion of any particular advertisement on a special date or at all. Although every effort will be made to meet the wishes of the advertisers; further they do not accept liability for any loss or damage caused by an error or inaccurracy in the printing of any advertisement. They reserve the right to refuse or alter any advertisement, no matter by whom or where accepted for publication; also to discontinue the publication of any advertisements previously published. Advertisements paid or otherwise are therefore accepted only subject to the above conditions. The advertiser undertakes to indemnify the proprietors against all liability for any civil action arising out of publication of the advertisement. (ind.)

DAVID KIELY MONUMENTAL WORKS KILADANGAN, DUNGARVAN Showroom at Kiladangan (near Radley’s Engineering Ltd.) over ONE HUNDRED headstones on display Telephone: (058) 42200. Mobile: (086) 2525663. Fax: (058) 48712. www.davidkielymonumentals.com

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WATERFORD CITY AND COUNTY COUNCIL – Further Information – Thomas Healy has applied for planning permission for the indefinite retention of 1. A timber framed, timber cladded dwelling house; 2. Increase in mobile home pitches from 72 No. to 88 No. at Curragh Caravan Park, Curragh, Ardmore, Co. Waterford. Planning Reference 18/458 refers. In this regard note that Significant Further Information in relation to the application has been furnished to the Planning Authority and is available for inspection or purchase at the offices of the Planning Authority, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford, during its public opening hours (9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m., Monday to Friday, excl. public holidays). Submissions or observations in relation to the Further Information may be made to the Authority in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20), not later than 2 weeks after the receipt of the public notices by the Planning Authority.

during its public opening hours (9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays) at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, and that a submission or observation in relation to the Further Information may be made to the Authority in writing and on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) not later than 2 weeks after the receipt of the public notices by the Planning Authority (within 5 weeks in the case of an application accompanied by an E.I.S.) by the Authority and no further fee is required where a valid submission or observation has already been made in respect of this planning application.

WATERFORD CITY & COUNTY COUNCIL – I, Michael Carroll, intend to apply for planning permission for the indefinite retention of a sunroom extension to existing dwelling house at Affane, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority (Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford), during its public opening hours (9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.

WATERFORD CITY AND COUNTY COUNCIL – David Walsh intends to apply for permission for construction of a machinery shed and associated works at Dunmoon South, Tallow, Co. Waterford. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority at Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford, during its public opening hours, i.e. 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application, and such submissions and observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

WATERFORD CITY AND COUNTY COUNCIL – Revised Plans / Further Information – Michael Ryan has applied for planning permission for change of use from former Railway Cottage to Café/Restaurant to include single-storey extension to the rear of existing cottage to provide for new tea rooms, kitchen and ancillary toilet facilities, outside eating area, terrace and take out, kids play area, internal and external alterations to existing cottage, signage, canopy, together with all associated site works and drainage connections, landscaping, delivery area and bicycle stands, all at Scartore, Ballinroad, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Planning Reference 18/497 refers. In this regard note that Significant Further Information has been furnished to the Planning Authority and is available for inspection or purchase at the offices of the Planning Authority, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford,

WATERFORD CITY AND COUNTY COUNCIL – Cathal Herlihy and Amy Waddell wish to apply to Waterford City and County Council for Planning Permission at Headborough, Knockanore, Co. Waterford, consisting of the following: Planning Permission to construct a detached dwelling house (part single-storey and part two-storey), detached private domestic garage, new entrance, install a waste water treatment system and associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased, at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.

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SERVICES AVAILABLE MUNSTER TRUCK, TRAILER AND BUS SERVICES – Tachograph Calibration and Installation • Speed Limiter Installation and Repair • DOE Preparation • Servicing • Sand Blasting • Spray Painting • Contact: Gerard on 058-68855 or 087-2884113 • www.truckrepairs.ie • info@truckrepairs.ie • Garryduff, Colligan, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. (ind.)

SEAMUS O’NEILL, Clashmore – Welding Fabrication and Concrete Works. Repairs to Sheds, Gates and Crushes. Shuttering Works. Contact: (087) 2778712. (12-4)

John Phelan Skip Hire MURRAY’S ROOFING DUNGARVAN – Re-roofing specialists. Slate/Tile • flat roofs • guttering/downpipes • chimney work • chimney cowls • ridge tiles • lead flashing lead valleys • supply/fit roof velux windows • UPVC fascias/soffits • insurance work undertaken • all work holds a full written guarantee • all areas covered • For a free written quotation and emergency work call Paul on (058) 43992, mobile (086) 2109547. (ind.)


HEALY TREE FELLING AND LANDSCAPING – Fully insured and certified. Specialising in tree felling, tree pruning and reducing, chipping and removal, landscaping and garden construction including grass and hedge cutting, lawn laying, gravel gardens, paving, decking and fencing. Contact: Eamonn (085) 7784335.


RE-UPHOLSTERY, CARPETS, CURTAINS, FURNITURE – Free estimates in your own home. Collection and delivery. Sofas and Couches made to order. Curtains and Pelmets made to measure. Extensive range of fabrics to choose from. Colour co-ordinating service free in Showrooms. A visit to our Showrooms is a must. Open Monday to Saturday incl. All work guaranteed. Ned O’Connell, Seafield, Youghal. Tel. (024) 93106.

TARMACADAM & TAR & CHIPPINGS – Drainage and Kerbing. Michael Fennell, Stradbally, (086) 8342233 / (051) 293943. (ind.)



LOW PRICED GALVANISHED ROOF SHEETING – 10’, 12’, 14’ and 16’ lengths. €1.60 per foot. Box and corrigated. I mt. cover. 0.7 Gauge, colour coated, hot dipped. Free delivery. Contact: John (087) 3160356. (1-3)

BUILDING / CARPENTRY / RENOVATIONS / MAINTENANCE SERVICES – Fully insured. 25+ years experience. References available. Call: Pat (087) 2956013. (8-3)

PAINTER & DECORATOR PAINTER AND DECORATOR AVAILABLE SERVING DUNGARVAN AND SURROUNDING AREA – No job too big or too small. Over 30 years experience. Fully insured. Competitive rates. Wallpapering service also. Call: Michael on (085) 8566631. (22-3)

DUNGARVAN SELF STORAGE DUNGARVAN SELF STORAGE – For all your household or business storage needs. From as little as €20 per week. Call REA Spratt (058) 42211 or (086) 2577958. (26-4)

KITCHEN REVAMP WHY SPEND €1,000s ON A NEW KITCHEN WHEN YOU CAN PAINT YOUR OLD KITCHEN OR ROBES – New Doors, Worktops and Handles can be supplied. Solid or Melamine Door can be painted. 30 years experience with a leading Irish kitchen company. For a free quotation and design contact (087) 9082927. (1-3)

MASSAGE THERAPY FEELING MUSCLE TIGHTNESS OR STRESSED? – Massage Therapy can help. Book 60 mins. €40, 30 mins. €25. Special February Offer: Book 2 Treatments for €70. Call: Niamh (083) 1418246. QUOTE THIS AD FOR OFFER. (1-3)

LC ORLA INTENSIVE PREP DAYS DÉISE COLLEGE LC ORAL INTENSIVE PREP DAYS NOW ENROLLING – We are the experts and have now being running these courses successfully for the last 16 years. Irish/French/German and Spanish being provided. Very experienced teachers who also examine on behalf of the Department of Education and Science. One-to-one mock orals with feedback also included. Call to reception to secure a place. Tel. (058) 51230. (15-3)

Skip Hire and Waste Collection Services in Dungarvan and surrounding areas • Domestic & Commercial Skip Hire • Wide Range of Skip Sizes from Mini to RoRo • Mattress Collection • Contaminated Soil Collection • Sludge Collection




Call us on 051 645445 • 087 9677797

CLEANER AVAILABLE – For General Household Duties. References available on request. Contact: (087) 3586245. (8-3)



KITCHENS, BATHROOMS, HALLS, CARPENTRY – All types of flooring, joinery. Also plumbing, painting and electrical if needed. Call: Robert (087) 6310642. (8-3)

CLOTHESLINE/GATES – Clotheslines T-Bar with Pullies, Ropes, Winders, €160, Delivered. Side Gates €160. Carport and Canopies Free Quotes. www.Grangeironcraft.ie Tel. 087 2549996. (10-5)

SUIR HOME IMPROVEMENTS ALL GENERAL REPAIRS ON ROOFS AND REPOINTINGS – Steam  Cleaning, Driveways and Patio Cleaning and Sealing. Decking and Fencing Cleaning. Roof and Conservatory Cleaning. Fascia, Soffit & Gutter Cleaning. Houses and Wall Cleaning. Fully Insured Service. Business based in Cleaboy, Waterford. Free estimates and site surveys available. Contact: Seamus (085) 1751870 / www.our.ie/sealcoating / email: suirhomeimprovements@gmail.com (8-3)


Call Gary for quote 085 7352961 Leaf Blowers From €275

Hedge Trimmers From €260

Bob Troy & Co

38 O’Connell Street, Dungarvan Ph. 058 41590


Sam Hall Chimney Sweep


HOLISTIC THERAPIST HEALING WITH ZOE – Fully qualified Holistic Therapist for Reiki, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage and Massage. Situated five minutes from Cappoquin. Also mobile service available. Call 087 6168303 for information and bookings. (22-3)

DAIRY STOCK FOR SALE FIVE FRIESIAN HEIFERS – Freshly calved. Two years old. From top A.I. Bulls. Fully vaccinated and disease free herd. Cappagh area. Contact: (087) 2700639.



GRISELINIA HEDGEING FOR SALE – Contact: (087) 2265021. (1-3)

SHERRY FITZGERALD REYNOLDS LETTINGS – Urgently require Houses and Apartments TO LET in all areas of Dungarvan and West Waterford. Please contact Gerardine Reynolds on 087 2458848 / 058 23444. (ind.)

BARE ROOT HEDGEING AND TREES AVAILABLE FOR PLANTING NOW – Also Rootballed and Container Grown Trees. Contact: Jim (087) 2508846. (22-3)

STRAW FOR SALE – West Waterford area. 8x4x4. Contact: (087) 2621553. (8-3) 25 QUALITY SILAGE BALES FOR SALE – Suitable for Dairy Cows. Contact: (086) 3444585. FIREWOOD FOR SALE – All Ash. Dungarvan area. Contact: (086) 1964504.

SAMARITANS WORRIED? DISTRESSED? SUICIDAL? – Whatever you're going through, we're here to listen and help, 24 hours a day, every day. Call SAMARITANS in confidence Freephone 116 123, or e-mail us jo@samaritans.ie (ind.)

WANTED MOBILE HOME WANTED – In Ardmore/Grange area for June/July and August. Contact: (087) 1858107.

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NOVENA THE MIRACULOUS PRAYER – Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I’ve asked for many favours. This time I ask you this very special one (mention favour). Take it, Dear Heart of Jesus, and place it within your own broken heart where your Father sees it. Then, in his merciful eyes, it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. (Say this prayer for 3 days, promise publication, and favour will be granted). Never known to fail. G. THE MIRACULOUS PRAYER – Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I’ve asked for many favours. This time I ask you this very special one (mention favour). Take it, Dear Heart of Jesus, and place it within your own broken heart where your Father sees it. Then, in his merciful eyes, it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. (Say this prayer for 3 days, promise publication, and favour will be granted). Never known to fail. G.

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IN MEMORIAM KEEVERS (49th anniversary) – In loving memory of my dear father Andrew, late of Coolbagh, Clashmore, who died on 1st March, 1970. R.I.P. Will those who think of him today, A little prayer to Jesus say. We hold you close within our hearts, And there you shall remain.

CROTTY (1st anniversary) – In memory of our much loved mother Mary Crotty, late of Lackenfune, Dungarvan, whose Anniversary occurs on 2nd March, 2019.

GLEESON (1st anniversary) – In loving memory of Michael Gleeson, late of Knockboy, Ballinamult, whose Anniversary occurs on 27th February. Anniversary Mass will be offered for Mike in St. Mary’s Church, Touraneena, on Friday, 1st March, 2019, at 7.30 p.m.

A heart of gold, a life so true, Loved and remembered by all she knew, Always willing, helpful and kind, What beautiful memories Mam left behind. No longer in our lives to share, But in our hearts you are always there, The way you were, you will always be, Very special in our memories.

You were always there when we needed you, No task to great or small, With loving hands and a loving heart, For us you did it all. We speak your name with love and pride, We smile through tears we cannot hide. Thank you for the years we shared, The love you gave and the way you cared. We hold you close within our hearts, And there you shall remain, To walk with us throughout our lives Until we meet again.

–Lovingly remembered, never forgotten by your family, sonin-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

–Remembering Mike on his First Anniversary, lots of love Ber, Sarah, Maria, Gillian, Colin, Kevin and families, XXX.

–Always remembered by your loving daughter Margaret and son-in-law Denis.

MAHONY (50th anniversary) – In loving memory of my mam Bridget Mahony, late of Carronbeg, Clashmore, who died on 28th February, 1969. Masses offered. We miss you Mam and always will, Our hearts still ache with sadness, And silent tears still flow, For what it meant to lose you, No one will ever know.

–Your loving daughter Eileen; son-in-law John; grandchildren and great grandchildren.

–––––––––––––––––––– No special day is needed For us to think of you, For you were someone special, And we thought the world of you. Will those who think of Granddad today, A little prayer to Jesus say.

GEE (7th anniversary) – Cherished memories of a husband, father and grandfather Christy Gee, late of ‘Scintillas,’ Ballintaylor, Dungarvan, whose Anniversary occurred on 12th February. Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in  St. Mary’s Parish Curch, Dungarvan, on  Sunday, 3rd March, at 10.00 a.m.

–Always loved and remembered by your wife Eileen; daughter Genevieve; son-inlaw Pat and grandchildren Freya and Fiachra.

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They say there is a reason, They say that time will heal, But neither time nor reason, Will change the way I feel. For no one knows the heartache, That lies behind the smiles, No one knows how many times, I have broken down and cried. Gone from home that smiling face, Those cheerful, happy ways, The heart that won so many friends, In bygone, happy days. I want to tell you something, So there won’t be any doubt, You’re so wonderful to think of, But so hard to do without.

–Always loved and never forgotten by your son Tony, Mary and family. TOBIN (4th and 7th anniversaries) – In loving memory of Johnny Tobin, late of Reanadampaun, Ballymacarbry, who died on 8th March, 2015. Also in loving memory of Paddy Tobin, late of Reanadampaun, Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford, who died on 18th February, 2012. Memories are precious, They don’t fade away, We think of you always, Especially today.

–Sadly missed by all your family, relatives and friends. Anniversary Mass will be offered for both Johnny and Paddy in St. Mary’s Church, Touraneena, on Saturday, 2nd March, at 7.30 p.m.

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VEALE (3rd anniversary) – In loving memory of our dear son Brian Veale, late of Glendalligan, Leamybrien, who died on 28th January, 2016. Third Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in St. Brigid’s Church, Kilrossanty, on Friday, 1st March, at 10.30 a.m.

It’s hard to face tomorrow, When someone we love is gone, It’s harder still to realise, That love just goes on. Time passes, Memories stay, Never forgotten, Especially today.

We think of you in silence, We often speak your name, But all we have are fond memories, And your picture in a frame. Your resting place we visit, And put flowers there with care, But no one knows the heartache, As we turn and leave you there.

MURPHY-CAREY (3rd anniversary) – In loving memory of Mary Frances Murphy-Carey, late of Coastguard Road, Bonmahon, who died on 29th February, 2016. R.I.P. Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in St. Anne’s Church, Ballylaneen, at 7.00 p.m. on  Friday, 1st March, 2019.

–Remembered always by your loving husband Gus and family, XX. MAHONY (50th anniversary) – In loving memory of my dear mother Bridget Mahony, late of Carronbeg, Clashmore, who died on 28th February, 1969.

PRENDERGAST (3rd anniversary) – In loving memory of Mary Prendergast, late of Upper Curragh, Ardmore, who died on 24th February, 2016. Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in St. Declan’s Church, Ardmore, on Saturday, 2nd March, 2019, at 7.30 p.m.

–Always remembered by her loving husband John; family and friends.

A smile for all, A heart of gold, One of the best, This world could hold, Never selfish, Always kind, These are the memories, You left behind.

–Lots of love Darragh, Jack, Kate, Bobby, John Mike, Conor and Lexi, XXX.

Though absent, You are very near, Still loved, still missed, And very dear.

MULCAHY (2nd anniversary) – In loving memory of Michael Mulcahy, late of Curragh, Ardmore, who died on 23rd February, 2017. R.I.P. –Sadly missed by his wife Betty; daughter Liz and grandchildren; sons Mike and Thomas; daughter-in-law Anna; sister-in-law Mary Anne and brother-in-law Nicky.

–––––––––––––––––––– Your life was one of kindly deeds, A helping hand for other’s needs, Sincere and true in heart and mind, Beautiful memories left behind.

–Always in our thoughts, Rena, Pat and family, XX.

Love lives on forever, In each memory and thought, Of the special ones who meant so much, And the happiness they brought. Love lies on forever, It will never fade away, For in our hearts our loved ones, Are with us every day.

–Always remembered by your son Tholim, Sarah, Tholim and Kian.

–––––––––––––––––––– DAD You walk with me down quiet paths, And you speak in wind and rain, For the magic power of memory, Gives you back to me again.

–Love son Patrick and grandson Tyler.

QUINLAN (5th anniversary) – In loving memory of Mary Quinlan (nee Hayes), late of Killelton, Stradbally, who died on 21st March, 2014. R.I.P. Anniversary Mass for Mary will be celebrated on Saturday, 2nd March, 2019, at 7.30 p.m. in the Holy Cross Church, Stradbally. Time speeds on, five years are gone Since death its gloomy shadow cast; Upon our home, where all was bright And took from us a shining light; We miss that light, and ever will Your vacant place none can fill; Here we mourn, but not in vain, For in Heaven we will meet again; To have, to hold and then to part Is the greatest sorrow of our heart.

–Always loved and greatly missed by your husband Martin; son Eamonn; daughters Carmel and Christina; sons-in-law Kieran and Sam and grandchildren Aaron, Ava and Emily, XXX. O’LEARY (40th anniversary) – In loving memory of Bertie O’Leary, late of 63 O’Connell Street, Dungarvan, who died on 1st March, 1979. R.I.P. Mass offered.

–Love Mam and Dad.

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–––––––––––––––––––– BROTHER A smile for all and a heart of gold, One of the best this world could hold, Never selfish, always kind, Wonderful memories left behind. Till roses lose their petals, Till heather has lost its dew, Till the end of time dear brother, We will remember you.

–Love your brothers Patrick and Paul; sisters Peggy, Helen and Catherine; brothers-in-law James, Ger and Jørgan, and Joanne, and their families, aunt, uncles and relatives.

Birthday Remembrance REDDY – Birthday remembrances for Ann Marie, late of Sunlawn, Affane, Cappoquin. We celebrate Ann’s 56th birthday which occurs on 2nd March. Ann, how very much you’re missed, Is something you’ll never know, You left behind broken hearts, Of those who loved you so. A sea of endless tears and grief, Would simply ebb away, If only you could celebrate, Your special day today. This birthday token is sent with love, It’s just a simple touch, To let you know how dear you are, You’ll always mean so much.

–Always in our hearts, your loving parents; sisters Orla and Kiera; brothers David, Kevin and Darren; nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law.


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MARY CROTTY (nee Browne)

Sunset View, Gold Coast Road, Dungarvan Currabaha West, Kilmacthomas Died: 31st January, 2019.

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The husband, son, daughter-in-law and family of the late Kathleen Burnham wish to thank all those who sympathised with them in their recent sad bereavement; those who attended Funeral Parlour, Funeral Mass and all those who sent Mass cards, letters of condolences and supported us at this difficult time. A special thanks to those who travelled long distances to be with us and to neighbours and friends for their support. Special thanks to Fr. Condon, Fr. Enright and Fr. Hassett for the beautiful Mass and prayers. To the Chapel lady Catherine, a special thanks. We wish to thank Kiely Funeral Directors for their wonderful care and professionalism at all times at the Funeral Parlour, removal, Mass and at Crematorium and burial. As it would be impossible to thank everyone personally, please accept this as a sincere expression of our appreciation and gratitude. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions. Month’s Mind Mass will be celebrated in Faha Church on Friday, 1st March, at 7.30 p.m.

6th Anniversary & Birthday Remembrance

NUGENT (6th anniversary and birthday remembrance) – In loving memory of Anne Nugent (nee Tobin), late of 7 Shandon Street, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, whose 6th Anniversary occurs on 1st March, 2019, and whose birthday occurs on 28th February, 2019. Gone from me your smiling face, Your cheerful, pleasant ways, Your heart that won so many friends, In bygone happy days, Never selfish, always kind, What wonderful memories you left behind.

He gave this lovely woman, A solid heart of gold, And when God was finished, He threw away the mould. I wander to your graveside, Flowers I place with care, But no one knows the heartache, As I turn and leave you there.

–Always remembered, never forgotten, your loving husband Tom.

–Thank you for being such a special Mum and have a fantastic birthday, your loving daughter Anne, XXXX.

–––––––––––––––––––– Memories are precious, They don’t fade away, We think of you always, Especially today.

–Sadly missed and fondly remembered by her loving daughter Margaret and son-inlaw John. –––––––––––––––––––– When God was making mothers, As far as I can see, He spent a lot of time on one, And saved that one for me. He made a perfect mother, Compassionate and kind, With more patience and affection, That God could hope to find.

–––––––––––––––––––– You never said you were leaving, You never said goodbye, You were gone before we knew it, And only God knows why. A million times we needed you, A million times we cried, If love alone could have saved you, You never would have died.

–Loving you always Nan, your grandchildren Paul, Ruth and Alan; great grandchildren Sasha, Katelyn, Alex and Averie, ♥

Sixth Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in St. Gobnait’s Church, Kilgobinet, on Sunday, 3rd March, 2019, at 11.00 a.m.

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BRIDGE ABBEY BRIDGE CLUB (President’s Prize kindly presented by Ann Moran: 19/2/2019) – 1st Caroline Cullinane & Walter Murphy; 2nd Joan Mansfield & Mary Fenton; 3rd Ann Stack & Margaret Foley; 4th Tom Power & David Wright; 5th Rita Harnedy & Bernie Lynch; 6th Declan O'Keeffe & Colette Power; 7th Cait Christopher & Andrew McGrath; 9th Hilary Browne & Pat Stack; 10th Kay Shanley & Mary M. Dee. KILMACTHOMAS BRIDGE CLUB (20/2/2019) – 1st Ann Marie Brown & Pat Cummins; 2nd Evan Walsh & Catherine Power; 3rd Claire Cummins & Bridget Aherne; 4th Breda O’Sullivan & Catherine M. Power; 5th Mary Prendergast & Beth Spollen. HARBOUR BRIDGE CLUB – 1st Teresa Queally & Nuala Condon; 2nd Alice Dwyer & June James; 3rd Declan O’Keeffe & Ann Stack; 4th Margaret Foley & Kay Dillon; 5th Maeve Fitzgerald & Marie Fives. AFFANE BRIDGE CLUB – 1st Claire Meaney & Catherine McCarthy; 2nd Betty Kelleher & Monica O’Sullivan; 3rd Andrew McGrath & Laboure Cliffe; Joint 4th Maureen Arrigan & Mary Fletcher, Nellie Moloney & Mary Fives, Kathleen McGrath & Valerie Coughlan. DÉISE BRIDGE CLUB (25/2/2019) – 1st Maureen Power & Phil O’Brien; 2nd Justin Spratt & Nuala Harty; 3rd Ned Whelan & Sadie Ui Mhiachain; 4th Viola Mielczarek & June James.

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On the 1st Anniversary of the death of Mary Crotty, her sons Peter and Martin; daughters Helen, Geraldine and Valerie; along with their families, wish to acknowledge the many expressions of sympathy and gestures of kindness shown to them following the death of Mary. We would like to thank all who attended the Rosary, removal, Funeral Mass and burial. Thank you also to those who sent Mass cards and letters of condolence, telephoned and to everyone who helped and supported us following our sad loss. A special thank you to Sr. Alice (Sisters of Mercy) who led the recitation of the Rosary. We express our deep appreciation to Very Rev. Canon Ryan, P.P., for his celebration of Mary’s Funeral Mass and also Fr. C. Kelleher, P.P. Sincere thanks to Dina Walshe for her beautiful music and hymns. A sincere thank you to Drohan Funeral Directors for their professionalism, kindness and understanding and also to the Sacristan, altar servers and gravediggers. A special thanks to all those who cared for Mary throughout her illness. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, we hope you will all accept this acknowledgement as an expression of our deepest gratitude. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions. First Anniversary Mass for Mary will be celebrated on Tuesday, 5th March, at 10.00 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Hospital Church, Dungarvan.

MICHAEL (Mike) GLEESON Knockboy, Ballinamult First Anniversary and Acknowledgement Michael’s wife Bernie (nee Galvin); sons Colin and Kevin; daughters Sarah, Maria and Gillian; brothers John, Jim and Tom; sisters Kathleen, Mary, Helen and Alice; their families and the extended family of the late Michael (Mike) Gleeson, wish to thank all those who sympathised with us on our recent sad bereavement; those who called to our houses, sent Mass cards and letters of sympathy. A special thanks to all who attended the Rosary, removal, Funeral Mass and burial. To our kind relatives, neighbours and good friends who called to our home and helped us during such a difficult time, your support and kindness was much appreciated. At the time of the funeral, the weather conditions were extremely bad. The family would like to say a sincere thank you to the many people that helped out over the week; the contractors who were constantly out clearing the roads and ensuring people could get in and out; the many volunteers who turned up to help with clearing snow from around the church and at the house where they were also directing cars in freezing cold weather; the many neighbours and friends who helped out making sure everything ran smoothly and all the girls who came with sandwiches and spent hours making tea and looking after everyone. All the help we received was deeply appreciated and will never be forgotten by our family. Sincere thanks to Rev. Fr. C. Kelleher, P.P., who celebrated Mike’s Funeral Mass and was assisted by Rev. Fr. B. Crowley, P.P., and Rev. Fr. P. Ahearne, P.P., for their kind words of comfort and support. To the Touraneena Parish Choir for their beautiful music and singing and to other singers and speakers on the day; to our Sacristan, altar servers and gravediggers, thank you. To all who participated in the Funeral Mass and to all who provided refreshments following the funeral, many thanks. To Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Directors, for the kindness and professionalism which is greatly appreciated. We are extremely grateful for all that you did for us. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, we hope that this acknowledgement will be accepted by all as token of our appreciation and gratitude. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been offered for all your intentions. First Anniversary Mass will be offered for Mike in St. Mary’s Church, Touraneena, on Friday, 1st March, 2019, at 7.30 p.m.

BRIDGET HUBBART (nee Kearns) Scrahan, Kilmacthomas Acknowledgement and First Anniversary The Hubbart family would like to thank all those who sympathised with them following Bridget’s death. To those who travelled a distance, sent letters, cards, flowers, emails and texts; or those who phoned; it was and continues to be a great comfort. A special mention to the following who supported, enabled, guided and gave hope to Bridget and her family during her illness – Dr. M. Griffin, Ann-Marie Hawe, PHN, and all at the Kilmacthomas Health Centre; Jenny Kirwan and all at Kirwan’s Pharmacy, Kilmacthomas; Carers Margaret Barry, Sheila Gallagher and Ann Cronin; Dr. Rogan and Faye Doody, UHW; Ann, Cathy and Norma of the Heart Failure Clinic, Dungarvan; Nurses of the Community Intervention team; the management and staff of Dungarvan Community Hospital, in particular, St. Vincent’s Unit; Carmel, Carol and Debbie of the Hospice Home Care team; Fr. Martin Keogh, Fr. Gerry O’Connor and the many visiting Clergy who visited and concelebrated the Funeral Mass; Sacristan Siobhan Crowley, extended family, our neighbours and Bridget’s many friends. Gerry Whelan, Paddy Joe Mulhearn and Dungarvan Fire Brigade for their assistance during the blizzard conditions on the morning of March 2nd, 2018. Undertakers James Drohan, Aidan Walsh and John Murtagh for their professionalism despite the challenges the weather provided for them. As it would not be possible to thank everybody individually, we trust that this acknowledgement will be accepted by all as a token of our deep appreciation and gratitude. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been offered for your intentions. Bridget’s Anniversary Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, 3rd March, in Newtown at 11.30 a.m. “Gone is the face we loved so dear, Silent the voice we loved to hear.”

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Hero’s welcome for Ballymac’ man who ran double marathon to raise over €7k for Irish Cancer Society By Paul Mooney

Fuel stop at Grattan Square, Dungarvan. Ann O’Connor, Colm Ryan and Pat Ryan.

Left to right: Martin Tobin; Brian Jackman; Linda Foley and Colm Ryan make [John Troy their way along the Greenway, approaching the Coach House.

BALLYMACARBRY man, Colm Ryan, who ran more than the length of two marathons last Saturday was given a hero’s welcome when he finished his phenomenal challenge ten hours after setting off from Waterford City. His feat has raised over €7,000 for the Irish Cancer Society. Colm Ryan began the run just after 8.30 a.m. last Saturday morning, 23rd February, at Carriagnore Waterford City. His running route took him to Tramore, Kilmeaden, then along the Greenway to Kilmacthomas and Dungarvan, before the final stretch of the journey to Ballymacarbry - a whopping 56 miles, which is more than two marathons (a marathon is 26.2 miles). People lined the route at various points to cheer on Colm as he passed, while some people joined Colm on the run at various stages. Colm’s supporters posted updates to his Facebook page about his progress on

Colm Ryan is pictured on his 50 Mile Run in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. [Dan McGrath]

the day. Despite such a tough challenge, Colm was back at work on Monday. Speaking to the Dungarvan Observer, Colm said he was delighted to complete such a challenge in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, pointing out that everyone can be affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly. He described the run as “good in general”, but there were patches in Dungarvan which he felt were tough. Colm said running such a distance can be a mental challenge, as well as a physical challenge. “The support I received by people accompanying me on the run helped to keep me going,” said Colm. “The weather was bad in Tramore and we had the sea hitting our faces along the promenade,” he said. “But after a fuel stop and change of clothes in Kilmacthomas, the weather began picking up as we came into Dungarvan.” He said the final stretch “was mighty craic” as more

Just as dusk descends on Ballymacabry, Colm Ryan enters the village to loud cheers and applause from family, friends and neighbours. He is accompanied by his son and daughter, Paudie and Lily, and his nephews and nieces, and a large number of supporters as they run the final 350 metres towards Ballymacarbry Community Centre.

people accompanied him on the run. Colm entered Ballymacarbry village just as the light was fading to dusk, to loud cheers and applause. “Coming into Ballymacarbry was very emotional for me,” said Colm. Colm was joined on the final 350 metres by his son and daughter, Paudie and Lily, as well as his nephews

and nieces and other family members, friends and neighbours. A large crowd was present at Ballymacarbry Community Centre to give Colm a hero’s welcome. Colm has raised over €5,000 in donations online, but including cash donations and sponsorship, the total comes to well over €7,000 and is still climbing as people continue to make donations to this worthy

cause. There was well over €1,200 collected in donations on the day. Colm described the donations as “unbelieveable” and expressed his thanks to everyone for their generosity. He also thanked all who supported him on the day in anyway. “It meant a lot to me to have that support on the day and people accompanying me during the run,” he added. People can still make a donate online to support this worthy cause via Colm’s Facebook page.

Welcoming Colm back after his run are: Martin Tobin and Ann O’Connor.

Colm receives a big hug from Ann O’Connor, as he is given a hero’s welcome at Ballymacarbry Community Centre last Saturday evening.

DJ Michael O’Rourke provides the music and entertainment at the celebrations held in Ballymacarbry Community Centre last Saturday.

Colm and Pat Ryan at the celebrations in Ballymacarbry Community Centre.

A packed Community Centre in Ballymacarbry to welcome home Colm Ryan after his 56 mile run last Saturday.

Kalvin Madigan; Noah Doocey; Paudie Ryan; and Lauren Coffey enjoy the celebrations held at Ballymacarbry Community Centre last Saturday.

Messages of support for Colm.

Colm Ryan with Linda Foley, who also took part in the run.

Kaden and Kathleen Shiels.

Back row, left to right: Stephen Shiels; Laurissa Hogan; Ann O’Connor; Colm Ryan; Pat Ryan; and Linda Foley. Front row, left to right: Kaden Shiels; Casey Madigan (in front); Lily Ryan; Aileen Peters; Brandon Madigan; Paudie Ryan (in front); Leah Madigan; Dawn Madigan; and Kalvin Madigan.

Back row, left to right: Dawn Madigan; Colm Ryan; Leah Madigan; Pat Ryan; Barry Madigan. Front row, left to right: Casey Madigan; Brandon Madigan; and Kalvin Madigan.

Colm Ryan (centre) reaches Abbeyside with friends and local runners on his 50 Mile Run in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. The run started on Saturday morning on the outskirts of Waterford City and ended in Ballymacarbry. [Dan McGrath]

COUNTY NEWS Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 1 March, 2019

NEWSREEL … Anxious or Depressed?

COME to our Support Group Meeting in Dungarvan.Venue: Deise Day Care, Dungarvan, Community Centre, Mitchel Street. Date: Every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. Helpline: 1800 804 848. You are not alone! Please note change in time.

KCK Ladies Club KCK Ladies Club will hold their next meeting on Monday, March 4th, in Coolnasmear Hall at 8.00 p.m. We will welcome Ann Devine, author of Encourage Others: Encourage Yourself. She will speak to us on her book and the insight of the title which lead her to write it. The book will be available on the night. Do come along and enjoy the chat and a cuppa. Looking forward to seeing some new members. David Connors, Trudi Morrissey, Jenny Richardson, Mary Beresford and Aoife Power.

Dungarvan Flower and Garden Club THE next meeting of the Dungarvan Flower & Garden Club will be held on Wednesday, 6th March, at 8.00 p.m. in The Park Hotel, Dungarvan. Our guest speaker on the night will be Rachel Darlington. Rachel hails from Bunclody, Co. Wexford. Rachel is the author of “Journal of an Irish Garden”, a compilation of articles she wrote as a columnist for the Irish Garden Magazine. Her talk is titled “Exciting Annuals”, to include a slide show presentation and how to grow annuals from seed. Non-members are welcome, for further information contact 087 7982056.

Blackwater Ladies Club THIS Thursday night our special guest will be Martin Forrest who will speak to us on t'Chi/mindfulness. This should be of great interest in these busy stressful times. Hope all can attend and as usual all new members welcome. KGK Hall at 8.30 p.m.

Tallow Angling Club THE above club will hold their Annual AGM on Thursday, 7th March at 8.30 p.m. in St. Patricks Hall Tallow. All are welcome.

Dungarvan Tidy Towns EVEN the inclement weather didn't stop the Tidy Towns Group this week as we got out and about for the Litter Pick Up which was based at The Pond in Abbeyside. Well done to all that turned up. Thanks also to Joe Kellys of Kelly’s Pharmacy, Abbeyside for the tea and biscuits afterwards, which was well apprecaited and allowed the group have a nice catch-up. The next Litter Pick-Up is on Sunday, March 3rd, meeting at Grattan Square, Dungarvan 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon. During our recent Litter PickUp many individuals were inquiring about the activities of Tidy Towns and suggested an

interest to join. If this is of interest to you, contact Annmarie Rossiter Capitol Cleaners on 058-41412

or message Tidy Towns through the facebook page Dungarvan Tidy Towns, or show up on Sunday!

Trudi Morrissey, Dave Connors and Gemma Power.

Reminder: €17,000 Woodhouse Wind Farm Community Fund now open for applications WOODHOUSE Wind Farm near Dungarvan in Co. Waterford is pleased to announce the fifth round of its community fund remains open to local organisations. The fund, which is valued at €17,000 this year, remains open until mid-March. Applications can be made online via our website: http://www.windfarmcommunityfunds.ie/ until Friday 15th March at 5.00 p.m. Funding is available to support local organisations in the delivery community projects and initiatives which fall within one or more of our broad themes: • Education and Skills. • Health, Safety and Wellbeing. • Environment and Habitat Conservation. • Energy Efficiency and Sustainability. • Culture and Heritage. • Recreation, Sport and Social Inclusion. Since the launch in 2014, the fund has committed to investing nearly €75,000 in 16 community projects within the vicinity of the wind farm.

Jim Duff and Germaine Bailey O’Connell

Isabel & Leo Cunnage and Kara Power.

The group is growing weekly, welcoming new faces. See some happy volunteers in the weekly photos.


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STORIES FROM OLD NEWSPAPERS Dungarvan - ‘the bathing here is execrable’ The following was published in the Clonmel Herald on the 25th of July 1831. The writer was underwhelmed by the charms of Dungarvan. Dungarvan….the approach provides a delightful promenade…it may be remarked that though it is one of the most considerable fishing towns in the kingdom, there are times when like the present fish is scarce and very dear; at the period of this excursion there was much scarcity of hake, but a glut of sprats which were sold extremely cheap and on which the poor people appear to live; these last fish if salted, dried in the air, and smoked, afford, it is said, a delightful repast. The meat market was poorly supplied with mutton and beef, vegetables were scarce and consequently dear; the old potatoes which is of the old red apple kind, are very excellent and very superior to new potatoes. The bathing here is execrable in consequence of the want of accommodation. Warm baths can be had but they are on the most disgusting and confined plan. The same water is made to serve for several persons, and the baths are of wood. It is very

extraordinary that the inhabitants who must be benefiting by the influx of visitors that come here every season, would not exert themselves to have proper baths erected. Were the Duke of Devonshire applied to …we have no doubt, but he would bear the expense of erecting baths. YOUR CHANCE TO SUPPORT THE MUSEUM Museum membership is available for an annual fee of €15 if you would like to support the work of the museum. The museum relies heavily on membership fees, donations and fund raising activities, so we would be delighted if you would join us as a member. DONATION OF OBJECTS AND OLD PHOTOGRAPHS The museum relies on donations of objects from members of the public. We do not have funds to purchase objects, so we would be very grateful for any objects of local historic interest which you would kindly be willing to donate to us. Also if you have any old photographs of people, places, ships, sports events etc. with a County Waterford connection we are very happy to accept them. VISITING THE MUSEUM We welcome visits from schools, community groups, and local history societies. Please

contact us at (058) 45960 to arrange a visit. Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Admission is free. CONTACT DETAILS Tel: (058) 45960 Email: info@waterfordmuseum.ie Website: www.waterfordmuseum.ie Facebook: waterford county museum Twitter: @waterfordmuseum TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS See what people think of our museum on TripAdvisor at https://bit.ly/2ODTk9b Waterford County Museum is a non profit organisation, curated and managed by a voluntary committee.


John Mansfield and Vincent Lees from Knockmahon N.S in Bunmahon with drawings inspired by the Copper Coast Geopark.

BONMAHON BONMAHON COMMUNITY SOCIETY LOTTO The numbers drawn recently were 12, 18, 7 and 26.We had no Jackpot or match 3 winners. Our two lucky dips went to Joan Phelan and Nicholas Fitzgerald who receive €50 each. Our next Jackpot stands at €12,000, €350 is payable for a match 3 and €50 for lucky dips. COPPER COAST GEOPARK Great progress is being made with the art, culture and Earth science/heritage engagement project in conjunction with Hamersley Art, Knockmahon school and the Copper Coast Geopark encompassing the themes of the Atlantic Georoute project. Pupils are discovering lots about our local environment and gaining the skills to record their finds with words and pictures. During field trips around the Copper Coast Geopark students are encouraged to use all their sentences and to note down their impressions. Finished art work will be compiled into a booklet,

Tankardstown Engine House near Bunmahon by Ally Walsh from Knockmahon School. the children will be involved in the creative process, all text will be researched and written by the children themselves with a strong emphasis on teamwork. The book will be launched in May. This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme. Other news, our visitor centre

and the Copper Coast Café will re open at weekends from March 2nd. There will also be a crochet workshop with Orlaith Hamersley on the afternoon of March 2nd, please see www.hamersleyart.com for details. Visit our website www.coppercoastgeopark.com and social media for the latest news.

Photo of the Week – Can you identify the people and place in this photograph? If so please let us know.

Pilgrimage in Medieval Waterford Lecture THE Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society 2018 – 2019 lecture season continues on Friday, March 1st with a lecture at 8.00 p.m. in St. Patrick’s Gateway Centre,Waterford when Dr. Louise Nugent will deliver a talk titled “Pilgrimage in Medieval Waterford”. Pilgrimage was a central part of life throughout the medieval period. It was practiced in Ireland from the 7th century to the 15th centuries and following the reformation it continued down to the present day.This lecture will explore what motivated people to go on pilgrimage to in Medieval Ireland, where they went and the various types of sites that were used for pilgrimage. It will have a particular focus on evidence relating to Waterford and the south-east. Dr. Louise Nugent is a Tipperary-based archaeologist and blogger who specialises in pilgrimage and folk art. In 2010 she was awarded a PhD by University College Dublin for her research on Pilgrimage of

Medieval Ireland. She has contributed papers on her research to a variety of journals and edited books and is in the final stages of writing a book on Irish pilgrimage. She curates two blogs Pilgrimage in Medieval Ireland (https://pilgrimagemedievalireland.com/) and Irish Folk Art Project (https://irishfolkartproject.wordpress.com/) in the latter she covers topics relating to modern and medieval Irish pilgrim traditions. Admission to the lecture is €5 (students €3.00), but is free for members of the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society. Details of the full programme of monthly lectures and other events can be found on the Society’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/waterfordhistory/. New members are always welcome, the membership application form can be downloaded from http://www.waterfordhistory.org

KILL LINE DANCING Line Dancing continues every Wednesday morning at Kill Community Centre. It's suitable for beginners and all ages are welcome. It's a great way to get some exercise. The class takes place from 11 a.m. to 12 noon and drop in rates are available. See you there! IRISH DANCING Irish dancing classes take place

in Kill Community Centre every Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. All ages are catered for. Contact Caitriona on 085 1434698 for further details. BINGO It's Bingo night again next Thursday, March 7th in Kill Community Centre with eyes down at 8 p.m.The Jackpot is up for grabs as well as the raffle on the night, refreshments are served and the shop is available.

KILL GAA LOTTO At last week's lotto draw held in Kirwan's Bar, there was no winner of the €10,000 lotto jackpot. There were two match 3 winners on the night who were Jimmy Torpey and Geraldine Hennessy. The numbers drawn were 2, 10, 12 and 19. The lotto draw was sponsored by Kilmeaden Services and Gala Shop.



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STRADBALLY LATE KATHLEEN KIELY The death took place of Kathleen Kiely (nee Coughlan), late of Meadow Brook, Tramore and formerly of River Street, Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir on Friday, 15th February, 2019. Kathleen lay in repose at Falconers Funeral Home, Tramore on Saturday, 16th February from 5.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. The funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr. Jerry Condon, P.P., Stradbally at noon in Holy Cross Church, Stradbally on Sunday, 17th February with interment in the adjoining cemetery. Deepest sympathy is extended to Kathleen’s husband Joe; daughter Grace; brothers Jim and Paddy; sister Mary; sistersin-law Peggy and Shirley; brother-in-law Brendan; nieces Aine and Delia; nephews Damien, Marc and Senan; grandniece Eabha (Ava) and grandnephews Philip, Liam, Paddy and Sean; the Dunford, Quinlan and Whelan families, friends and neighbours. LATE KITTY GOUGH It is with great sadness the community learned of the death of Catherine (Kitty) Gough, Five Cross Roads, Carrigahilla, Stradbally, Co. Waterford on Tuesday, 19th February, 2019. Kitty lay in repose at Drohan’s Funeral Home, Dungarvan on Friday, 22nd February from 5.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. The funeral Mass took place at Holy Cross Church, Stradbally on Saturday, 23rd February, 2019 at 12.00 noon. The funeral Mass was celebrated by former parish priest of Stradbally Fr. Michael Enright assisted by Fr. Michael O’Byrne, Ballyduff / Sleeping Beauty and the Beast

Portlaw and Fr. Michael Kennedy, Kilgobinet. The hymns and instrumental pieces during the Mass were provided by Dina Walsh, Katie and Bernie and David Power. At the beginning of Mass symbols of Kitty’s life were brought to the altar by her family and her brother Bernie Power narrated followed by the traditional slow air The Cuhlinn. Breda and David brought the bread and wine to the altar for the offertory. The readings of the Liturgy was read by Karen and Sarah. The prayers of the faithful were shared by Eabha, Lilly, Matthew and Daniel. Following communion a reflection was read by Norma and a poem was especially written and read by Conor. Tomas Gough (Kitty’s son) delivered a most fitting Eulogy paying a special tribute to his mother. Following the recessional prayers and the singing of ‘You Raised Me Up’ Kitty was carried to her final resting place in the adjoining cemetery. Deepest sympathy is extended to Kitty’s husband Dick; daughters Karen and Aideen; sons Tomas, Eamon and Richard; brother Bernie; sister Breda; brothers-in-law Monnie, Michael and Tom; sisters-in-law Mary Rose, Nora, Kathleen, Rita, Monica and Josie; daughters-in-law Sinead, Nicola and Norma; sons-in-law John and P.J.; grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a ainm. STRADBALLY MARKET The presentation of Colette Lenihan to the Tidy Towns Committee at the market was postponed last Saturday as a mark of respect

to the late Kitty Gough.This presentation will take place next Saturday, 2nd March at the Market in the Cove Bar at 11.00 a.m. Colette will be making a donation from the sales of her calendar to Stradbally Tidy Towns committee. The market will go on as normal with lots of home baking and fresh produce from 10.30 a.m. There might even be a few stray pancakes around if you call in. PARISH NEWS The local promoters are busy getting their cards filled for the parish draw. The first draw will take place on Monday, 11th March, 2019. This leaves just about a week to get those final names into the draw. It costs just €20 for 12 weeks. This is the one normal fundraiser for parish development to pay for maintenance of parish property, insurance and heating. Please be generous when the local promoter calls to your door. ACTIVE RETIREMENT Next gathering of "Tay and Mahon Valley Active Retirement" Monday next, 4th March, Barron Hall, 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. "You do not stop when you get old, you get old when you stop".You are welcome to join us. RECYCLABLE CLOTHES First Saturday each month Barron Hall has an old cloths recyclable collection, doors open from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. We are thankful and appreciate the support we get. ADVICE CLINIC Cllr Ray Murphy will hold an advice clinic in the Barron Hall on Saturday, 2nd March, 12.30 pm, no booking required.

Success for Hayley Fitzsimmons at the IWA World Sports in Sharjah HAYLEY Fitzsimmons competed at the International Wheelchair and Amputee World Sports games in Sharjah, UAE during the last ten days. Hayley competed in the Javelin, Shot-Putt and Discuss, and claimed silver medals in all events, and a new personal best in the Shot Putt breaking the six metre mark. Hayley then went on to compete in the World Para Athletic Sharjah Open Meet where she competed in all three events again, winning silver in Javelin and Discuss, while also getting new season's best in Discuss, and taking bronze in the Shot Putt. What makes this success and achievement so remarkable is the "Irish Team" for an International Sports event had to 100% fund themselves and their staff, no funding from the millions of Government funds distributed to other sports. Quizzes and bag packing were the order of the day. Great credit must go to Hayley's family and friends in Portlaw and around the County, and club Waterford AC. Hayley, your Stradbally supporters are delighted with your achievements.

Sleeping Beauty and the Beast THAT’S another Stradbally panto done and dusted. The final show was performed last Saturday night to a full house and thunderous applause in the Barron Hall. “Sleeping Beauty and the Beast”, described in the programme as a show for all the family and hairy people, was the third annual fundraising panto for the Barron Hall. Putting on a lavish production like this is hard work, and several members of the cast were asleep on stage towards the end of the show. However all were on their feet for the final rousing song, and the audience stayed awake throughout the ordeal. The Barron Hall Committee would like to thank the cast and technicians, the front of house crew, the sponsors and the audiences for making the show a success. Pictured left – From left to right (front row) Maria Curran (Good Fairy) and Producer, David Murphy (The Count), Geraldine Keyworth (Bad Fairy). Middle row: Nicola Blair (Peter Dragon), Carmel Power (Ramona Dragon), Nina Fee (Beauty), Anne Fox (Gaston). Back row: Dave Pollock (Igor) and Director, Pat Power (Baron Stein), Tom Cunningham (The Butler), Caroline Casey (Baroness Stein), Susan Lawlor (Mrs. Teapot) and Virgil Power (Postman Pat). Missing from photo Denise O’Brien (Gavin Dragon).


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ARDMORE ARDMORE TIDY TOWNS FÁS Due to the loss of the FÁS scheme we’re still getting a few volunteers to give us a wee bit of ‘a dig out’ this spring and summer. So contact someone this week if you can give us any little help in any way. The local committees are looking to try to ‘resurrect’ the scheme, which is a huge loss to the whole area. What we need first is to establish how many people (men and women) are interested in the scheme and eligible for it. So if you think you might qualify for it please make contact with Mary Hennessy or Bernie Stilwell (Tidy Towns), Terri McGrath (St. Decan’s Hall) or Nick Keating (Ardmore GAA Club). POSTER FREE VILLAGE This May, we are calling on all candidates to avoid the use of single use plastics this election by running a poster free campaign, adopting alternative advertising/marketing mediums instead. Corrugated plastic, commonly known as Corriboard is the material of choice for election posters. Like other single use plastics, they take 400+ years to biodegrade. In the 2014 local elections, 2038 candidates ran for 765 seats. An estimated 611,000 posters were erected with a combined cost of €3m with posters covering the equivalent area of 23 Croke Parks. This produced 366 tonnes of Co2, the equiva-

lent of driving an average car non stop for 592 days. In many areas, these posters were a safety and driving hazard, often obscuring important road signage. After 30 days of canvassing, the majority of these posters were sent to landfill. Thanks to collaboration between Tidy Towns, Environmental Groups and Local Councillors, nine areas around Ireland already have poster free agreements in place. And we hope Ardmore will be number 10. BIRD SURVEY The Garden Bird Survey concludes this week so I would ask all those who conducted the survey to return their sheets to me ASAP please. I will pass them onto Sean Hogan. Sean will crunch the numbers and let us know what we have but more importantly he will feed the figures into the national survey so we can all see the bigger picture. SPLIT THE POT Well done to Marie Power who won €184 in the Split the Pot last week. The Ardmore National School Parents’ Association also received €184. Don't forget to get your envelope in Ardmore before this week’s draw, simply put €2 in the envelope and write your name and phone number on it and leave with any of the participating businesses in the village. Thank you all for your continued

support and thanks to all the businesses who sell and keep the envelopes for us. POKER AT ROUND TOWER HOTEL Normal order was restored in last week’s poker at The Round Tower Hotel when Redmond Foley was back in winning form with Catherine Mansfield 2nd and Billy Harty 3rd. Damien Gleeson came out on top in the duffer stake and Anne Mooney was 2nd here. Next week will see us recommence our league and we’ll run it until end of May. PROGRESSIVE 45 AT KEEVERS Well lightning struck twice at Keevers Progressive 45 when Fr Finbarr Lucey & Billy Harty slipped the pack at the last game to win on their own with a huge pile up behind them involving Pat & Mary Prendergast, Tess Mansfield and Nora Mai O’Neill, Michael & Ann Keane and Catherine Scanlon & Michael Cronin. Willie & Brian Keane were best of the last 5 and Tess Mansfield & Jason Lenane & Jerome Curran won the last game. ON THE MEND Two of our most stalwart helpers/collaborators have been ‘in wars’ of late and so we wish both Gerry O’Brien and Des Fitzgerald speedy recoveries to full health.

The Rose of Tralee, Waterford’s Kirsten Mata Maher is pictured with Katie Power at Glanbia, Carrick-on-Suir. [Noel Browne]

Pictured with Darragh Connolly Haven Pharmacy collecting the proceeds from a donation box for the Irish Men’s Sheds Association are Chris Heaphy, Nicky Sheehan and Michael Cass.Thanks to Daragh and staff.

Dungarvan Men’s Shed

EXCELLENT ATTENDANCE AT MEETING ABOUT SHEDS FOR LIFE TEN-WEEK There has been a fantastic response to The Irish Men’s Shed Association’s ten week wellbeing programme for our members starting in March. We had a large attendance at a meeting will be held last week to discuss our Shed hosting a variety of options such as a full health check done by the Irish Heart Foundation, a Physical Activity Programme called ‘Sheds ag Siul’ for ten weeks, Healthy Food Made Easy for six weeks, First Aid including Defibrillator training and a Cancer Prevention Workshop for one hour. These sessions are available to existing and any new members who want to attend free of charge. We hope a few more members and indeed maybe some other members of a community group will take up this exciting programme which is completely voluntary and men are free to withdraw at any time. You are very welcome to call in to the Shed at Wolfe Tone Road to see what we are about. We are open from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. MondayFriday and Tuesday and Thursday night from 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Contact Nicky Sheehan at (089) 4026872 for further information. Follow us on Facebook at Dungarvan Men’s Shed.

Congratulations to Shane Minnock the newly appointed PRO of our Shed pictured in UCC last week with his son James after being conferred with a Degree in MSocSc in the Voluntary & Community Sector Management.

Paul Walsh proudly shows his latest beautiful bowl which he turned on a lathe in the shed. Paul buried a piece of beech timber in a bog for over six months to give it a unique dark colour.



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BALLYSAGGART COMMUNITY COUNCIL 45 CARDS RESULTS 14/2/19 – 1st: Delia Cashell and Rita Doocey. 2nd: Bill Leady and Christy Higgins, Pat Kirby and Pat O'Connor. Tickets: Rita Doocey, Dave Fennessy, Helen Morrissey x 2, Bill Leady, John Mills and Christy Higgins. Lucky Tables: Stephen Cunningham and Fr. Cullinan, Eddie Sheehan and Helen Morrissey, Finbarr Byrne and John Mills. 21/2/2019 – Helen O'Keeffe

and Joan Hannon, Helen Morrissey and Eddie Sheehan. Lucky Tables: Sean Higgins and Mary Fennessy, Mary Byrne and Helen Walsh, Dave Fennessy and John Mills. Tickets: Mary Fennessy, Nellie Devine, Christy Higgins, Tess Hale and Dan Howard. CONDOLENCES The Ballysaggart community extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Mary Hale, Glendeish, Lismore, who died recently. May she rest in peace.

TOURANEENA Pictured is David Campion of Lismore A.F.C presenting a cheque to LCFR chairman David Kiely following Lismore A.F.C.’s very successful St. Stephen’s Day annual charity event.

Lismore Community First Response THE members of Lismore Community First Response would sincerely like to thank Lismore A.F.C. for their very generous donation from their Annual St. Stephen’s Day match. Every St. Stephen’s Day Lismore A.F.C. holds a charity event, past players versus current juniors. The proceeds from this event go to different worthy causes each year,

this year Lismore Community First Response were the very grateful recipients. Members of the LCFR team are on call 24/7/365 days a year responding to specific life-threatening medical emergencies such as heart attack, stroke, cardiac and respiratory arrest and choking. Generous donations like this enable the

group to continue to provide this valuable service to the community to a very high standard. Our vibrant team is always seeking new members and would welcome any enquiries. If you would like to find out more about LCFR or possibly joining our team, please contact David Kiely on 086-4034593.

LISMORE Lismore Tidy Towns OVER the past year this column has informed you the readers of the problems associated with plastic waste. To provide more information to the general public about this issue and more especially about single use plastics which nearly all of us have in our home or business. Lismore Tidy Towns invites you to a "PLASTICS SOLUTION,'' an information hour to learn about single use plastics, to find out what they are, what you

can do and how a small change can make a difference and make things better. This event will take place on Wednesday, March 6th at 7.30 pm in the Vincent de Paul rooms Chapel Place, Lismore. Open to anyone who has an interest in learning more about the above issue and you don't have to be involved with tidy towns to attend, all are welcome. Ms. Ella Ryan, Environmental Awareness Office Waterford City

& County Council will facilitate the presentation. On Thursday next, 28th February the first general meeting of 2019 for Lismore Tidy Towns will be at 8 pm in the Vincent de Paul rooms Chapel Place.This meeting is open to all. The community litter roster organised by Lismore Tidy Town will start on Monday, 11th March and will continue until early November 2019 and roster lists will be delivered over the next

two weeks. Thank you to all of those who have come on board again for another year ECO TIP OF THE WEEK: A few tips to help planet earth: TAPS - if you have to run a tap for any reason place a basin/bowl underneath an use the ater for your houseplants or garden TYRES - check the pressure of your car's tyres, underinflated ones increase fuel consumption by 3%.

Parish of Lismore and Ballysaggart EVERY parish has more than its fair share of people living under the burden of addiction. No family is spared such a cross in life. That family member has often to be carried by the other family members and sometimes this burden becomes too heavy to bear. The list of addictions seems to be growing greater, not less as the ingenuity of the developers of more and more goods become available. Maybe some of these new developments have built in addictive attractions. In the past we simply thought of alcohol as the addiction, and maybe tobacco and gambling. Now the newer ones are no less destructive of interpersonal relationships. In her wisdom the Church

invites us to pay attention to the liberating virtue of temperance on Sunday prior to the beginning of Lent. The Spirit may awaken us to the need for penance in our lives. Lent becomes that grace filled time when the Lord blesses us with the generosity of taking up ways of claiming our personal freedom. If it happens that personally you are free from obvious addictions give thanks by serious prayer for thosse who must carry their cross of addiction which may be robbing them of hope. Addictions deprive us of our capacity to love either ourselves or others. We are in a constant state of war. Encouragement not criticism is what the addict needs

but do not need enablers in their lives. The desert wilderness is a familiar symbol that is presented to us from the Bible. Be close to the addict and they will give you a vision of the wilderness in their soul. Drug addiction opens the human spirit to a very troubled world. Pray for them. We may know that the virtue of Temperance is desirable.This is the virtue that can tell us that we have enough. I wonder is that another word that has become obsolete in our modern world like the words, private, later, local and average. We rarely hear people say that they have enough, be livestock on their farms, wages and hours of work, sport and entertainments. With the virtue

of temperance we have a contentment and peace of soul. We can enjoy what we have.We have gratitude in our soul. Pray for the virtue of temperance for yourself, your family and for those you know would find a key to personal contentment if they experienced temperance in their lives. MASS TIMETABLE Weekday Mass at 10 am. Saturday, 2nd March Vigil Mass in Lismore at 6.15 pm Sunday, 3rd March 2019 Morning Mass in Ballysaggart at 9.30 am Sunday Mass in Lismore at 11 am. PRO(E) Pastoral Council Parish Radio Link 103.9FM

TABLE QUIZ A reminder that the table quiz in Hanrahan's Bar, Ballinamult in aid of the Lion's Club, is being held this Friday night, 1st March. The quiz will commence at 8.30 pm. Tables of four will cost €20. All are welcome. PGA TOUR After coming through a bit of a lean spell since December, Seamus Power is showing signs of a recovery and made the cut in The Genesis Open last week in California. Seamus will be teeing it up next Thursday at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach, Florida and he is hoping his return to form continues as he needs to add some Fed-Cup points to keep him climbing up the table. We wish Seamus the best of success in Florida next week. COMMUNITY TEXT ALERT SCHEME The community text alert scheme works on the principle of shared responsibility for crime prevention and reduction. The Garda Siochána provide information by text or email to each registered community contact and they in turn forward the information by text or email to all members of their community group. It is an ongoing battle trying to tackle rural crime in Ireland. Outside of burglaries, the theft of farming machinery and equipment is the most common, followed by vehicle theft, diesel theft, livestock theft and even household pets are targets for some people. It has been noted that the number of undesirable activities are down in our locality and that the text alert system has been responsible for a significant part of this reduction. The 2019 fees for our text alert scheme are due before this Thursday, 28th February. After Thursday, any unpaid households will have their information deleted from the system.The cost is €10 per phone or €20 per household (this includes all the phones in the house). The annual subscription can be paid to Mush Keane, Richie Hickey or they can be handed in to Johnny McGrath at Beary's Cross in an envelope. If you are handing your membership fee into Johnny, please make sure to include your name and contact number/s so that we will know who to retain on our system. New members are always welcome. TOURANEENA RUNNERS CLUB Huge credit to Colm Ryan who completed his 50 mile run from Waterford to Ballymacarbry in aid

of the Irish Cancer Society. Colm has always been a great supporter and friend to Touraneena Runners and a group of Touraneena Runners joined Colm for the last 10K of his journey from Beary's Cross. Colm's amazing run of almost 2 marathons in one day deserved the tremendous support that he received. With the reality that only approximately 2% of funding for the Irish Cancer Society is provided by the government and the other 98% is made up through fundraisers and donations, it really outlines the importance of Colm's fundraising initiative and the generosity of the general public. A big thank you to Colm for all his hard work and to all the people who kindly donated and supported the event. There will be a fundraising 5K Fun Run in aid of 'Sanies Trust' held on Sunday, 10th March commencing at the community centre, Modeligo. The entry fee is €10 and there will be spot prizes and refreshments available on the day. Registration will open at the Community Centre, Modeligo at 12 noon. The walkers will start their course at 12.30 pm followed by the runners at 1 pm. All are welcome. SCÓR SÍNSIR The Munster senior Scór semi final did not go ahead as scheduled in Ovens, Co. Cork, last weekend. All our county winners are now going straight through to the Munster Scór Final in the City Hall in Cork this Saturday, 2nd March. The Munster final is an all ticket affair and tickets must be prebooked. We wish the Sliabh gCua set dancers, figure dancers and solo singer Stephen Coffey all the best in the Munster Final. SLIABH gCUA LOTTO There was no winner of the jackpot last Sunday night. The 5 x €20 winners were: Rose Halley, Donna & Jonathan Troy, Marion & Dermot, Kathleen Connors and Dolores Guiry. The promoter’s prize of €20 was won by Hanrahan's Bar. Next week’s draw will be held in Hanrahan's Bar on Sunday night, 3rd March for a lotto jackpot of €1,900. SLIABH gCUA LADIES CLUB Our monthly meetings will recommence on Tuesday, 5th March at 8 pm. Our guest on the night will be Eddie Bennett who will give a talk on the late great Percy French and also perform some of his songs. Non-members both male and female are welcome to join us on the night and there will be a small charge of €2.


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KNOCKANORE KGK COMMUNITY COUNCIL Check us out on our Facebook pages, (Knockanore Area KGK Community Council) and (Knockanore Heritage and History). WHERE IT ALL STARTED 48 YEARS AGO

Ballyduff GAA Club representatives from the Juvenile Club receiving new jersies from their new sponsors Hunnebeck. [Richard Creamer]

Original logo of 1970. On Wednesday, September 10thM 1970 a public meeting was held in Kilwatermoy for the purpose of forming a guild of the national association, Muintir na Tire. The event was organised by Rev. Fr. Michael O’Byrne, Voluntary County Organiser of Muintir na Tire and recently appointed curate to the United Parishes. The new group was to be known as the Blackwater Branch and brought the number of Muintir Guilds in Co. Waterford to nine. Officers elected at the meeting were as follows:- Chairman: Rev. Fr. Ml. O’Byrne CC; Vice Chairman: Stephen Murphy, Boola; Secretary: Jim Carrig, Killeenagh; Treasurer: Patrick Geary, Kilwatermoy; PRO: Paul Carmody. The group became involved in various activities in the next few years including Athletics, Road Bowling, Drama, and especially the first two Annual Fetes which were held in Strancally Castle and drew the largest crowds ever in the parish, unequalled to this day. Pupils from over fifteen schools in the wider area were contacted and took part in a giant Arts And Crafts Competition. We had over fifty babies in the Baby Competition and about seven or eight acres of car parking. In 1974 the crowd was addressed by the National

BALLYDUFF UPPER Map of the five parish areas. Chairman of Muintir na Tire, Con Lucey. This format of the guild lasted for about ten years until in 1980, when most of the groups in the country decided that a new way of electing members was needed to ensure that all parishioners were properly represented. This new way used a system of nomination where every person in the parish had a say in who was elected to the new Community Council as it was to be known. Every house was called to with forms which allowed everyone to participate. Permission was obtained in writing from those willing to stand for election and the election was monitored by a representative of National Muintir na Tire. The outcome was a democratic, transparent system which has stood the test of time. LOCAL CHIROPRACTER RECEIVES LIFETIME AWARD Congratulations to Brian Livingston, DC MMCAI, chiropractor at the Lismore Clinic,

pictured on the right, in the photo below, who recently received an award for 25 years service! on the 15th February at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic, Abingdon, Oxford. We are very fortunate to have such a skilled and experienced practitioner in our area. For more information about Chiropractic or to make an appointment, Contact Brian at the Lismore Clinic on 087-7838967.

SOCIAL DANCE The next Social Dance is Saturday, 23rd March with Two of a Kind at the usual time of 9 pm. See you there. BINGO The next Bingo in St. Michael’s Hall on Friday, 15th March with the first game starting at 8.30 p.m. sharp. The jackpot from last month rolls over to this month. See you there. LOTTO No winner of the local GAA Lotto of Tuesday, 19th February. The numbers drawn were 4, 6, 22 and 30. Lucky €30 draw winners were: Helen Walsh, Kay Feeney (Waterpark), Patsy Barry and Sean Higgins. Results from the draw on 26th February coming from An Síbín with a jackpot of €9,450 in next week’s news. Tickets are on sale in St. Michael’s Hall from 9 am – 1 pm on weekdays, before Sunday Mass. They are also available in Bridget Scanlon’s Hair Salon,The Log Cabin and An Síbín. BALLYDUFF DRAMA GROUP Ballyduff Drama Group are all set for their 2019 Festival run with their production A FINE BRIGHT DAY TODAY by Philip Gould. Thank you to all who came to see the pre circuit production last Saturday and Sunday. This week Ballyduff Drama Group will begin the festival cir-

cuit travelling to eight venues around the country. Saturday, 2nd March will see Ballyduff in Rush. Wednesday, 6th March in Kildare and then back to Ballyduff to take part in their own festival on Friday, March 8th. Sunday night, March 10th Ballyduff head to North Cork Drama Festival followed by West Cork Drama Festival on Monday, 11th March and Mountmellick Drama Festival on Tuesday, 12th March. The following weekend Ballyduff head to Clare on Sunday, 24th March and finish the circuit in New Ross on Wednesday, 27th March. A very busy schedule for all involved with Ballyduff Drama Group and we wish them every success with their production. The 38th West Waterford Drama Festival begins this weekend also on Friday, 1st March and continues to Sunday, 10th March in St. Michael’s Hall, Ballyduff. With 10 nights of wonderful amateur drama be sure to come along and enjoy drama at its best. This year again we have seven plays in the open section and three in the confined. Audiences are in for a treat in Ballyduff this year as seven of this year’s plays are new to the Ballyduff stage. This year’s adjudicator is Geoff O’Keeffe who will have the tough task of choosing the winners at the end of the week. Booking is now open for the

festival on 058 60456 from 2-8 pm. It’s advisable to book in advance as many of the nights sell out very quickly. See press release and ad with Festival line-up elsewhere in this paper. PARENT & TODDLER GROUP Parent & Toddler meet at the regular weekly slot of 9.30 to 11 am in the Carnegie Centre. Parents, grandparents and childminders are very welcome for a cuppa and a chat. The usual €2 each week will apply. It’d be great to see you there! BALLYDUFF WALKING CLUB The next walk is on Sunday, 10th March at Bay Lough and the Vee. Meeting at 1 pm, this walk will be led by Eddie Fitzgibbon. BALLYDUFF LOURDES FUND Thank you to all who supported our church gate collection last Sunday. Your support is greatly appreciated. NEWS FOR INCLUSION Thank you to all who contributed this week. To keep this notice page topical everyone’s help is needed. If you have any photos, announcements, congratulations or condolences and stories you would like to be included, please contact Denise at ballyduffuppernews@gmail.com, or 087 2273737 by Sunday night each week.

Scor na bPáistí

Brian Livingstone on right with friends at the awards ceremony.

CORK COUNTY SCÓR NA bPÁISTÍ Congratulations to the Araglin set who won the Avondhu round of Scór na bPáistí on Sunday last in Ballyhooley.They now go through to the County semi-final which will be held in Cork next Sunday. Best of luck to Sophie Brown, Jessica Finn, Maeve Kenneally, Niamh Carey, Alex Flynn, Kevin Reidy, Danny Kenneally and David Kenneally. CEOL AN GHEIMHRIDH NA MUMHAN Well done to all who participated in the music and dancing competitions in Dromcollogher, Co. Limerick on Sunday, 17th February. In the all girls set dancing, we were placed second in the 11-14 age group; in the Mixed set dancing, third in the u11 age group; second in the 11-14 age group; sec-

ond and third in the Mixed sets u-14; second in the u-14 Four-Hand Céilí Dancing. VISITORS FROM AN RINN This coming Saturday, March 2nd, a group of teenagers will come from Ring to the Library in Ballyduff Upper from 6-9 pm, for a session of song, music and dance sharing.This will be followed by a session in the Log Cabin. Thanks is extended to Tomás Ó Geallbhain who facilitated a workshop for Leaving Cert students on the oral Irish exam during the mid-term break. Classes are back as usual this week. Please note that the Waterford Scór na bPáistí semi-finals will be held on the 5th, 6th and 7th April with venues to be decided.



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CAPPOQUIN Cappoquin Community Centre (058) 52746, Facebook - Cappoquin Community Centre; Email ocappdev@eircom.net BRENDAN GRACE IN CONCERT

Brendan Grace Ardmore Pattern Festival presents Brendan Grace in concert in the Cappoquin Community Centre on Saturday, 2nd March 2019 with doors opening at 7.30 p.m. and a great night is guaranteed. Tickets available from the Ardmore Pattern Committee on (086) 7349705 or from the Cappoquin Community Centre (087) 7657769. WEEKLY EVENTS IN HALL Monday - Ladies Exercise Classes with Paul Murray 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m., Active Retirement 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m., Hurling 5.15 p.m. - 6.15 p.m., Soccer Academy 6.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m., River action 8.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Affane Bridge 7.30 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Tuesday - Circuit Training 6.15 p.m. - 7.15 p.m. Wednesday - Quiddlers 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon; Badminton 6.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. Thursday - Ladies exercise class with Paul Murray 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m., Camogie 5.30 p.m. 6.30 p.m., Circuit Training 7.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m., Community

Soccer 8.30 p.m. - 10.00 p.m. Friday - Gymnastics 4.00 p.m. 8.00 p.m.. PARENT & TODDLER GROUP Just a reminder that the Parent & Toddler Group takes place every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The children have great fun running around the big hall and playing with the large selections of toys, while the parents, grandparents & childminders can relax with a cuppa. The cost is €3 per child or €5 per family and all are most welcome. GYM Opening Hours MondayFriday 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m., Saturday 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Membership €200 per year, €60 for 3 months, €25 per month, €5 per casual, OAP/Unemployed €3 per session. Top of the range equipment cardio equipment, we provide a wide range of the lasted cardiovascular equipment, from cross trainers to rowing machines to help maximize your fitness. Resistance equipment - These states of the art machines provide resistance against a certain movement, isolating the targeted muscle group. They operate using weight stacks, allowing total control of your work out. Up to 37.5 Kg Dumbbells, loaded machines including chest press, shoulder press, seated row; pull down, leg press, stack squat and new addition cable machine with large selection of handles and attachments including cable crossover (chest), single standing exercises and duel action pulleys. Also, selection of racks including Olympic flat bar, incline

Seamus Fitzgerald and Rev. Fr. John Kiely among the huge crowd at the Three Amigos concert recently.

and decline bench press and smith machine and adjustable benches.We have large selection of loose weights plates ranging from1.25kg to 20kg. Functional Area, a dedicated area aimed to help improve fundamental strength, acceleration and endurance using the following equipment, Kettle bells, Swiss balls power bags, medicine balls dumb bells and suspension training. Physical Trainers - Connor Prendergast (087-1247025) fully trained in strength and conditioning training (LIT Certified). Claire Egan (087-9713895) Health and fitness Degree from UL. Both our gym trainers will help clients reach their goals with are expert knowledge, they will encourage you to work to the best of your ability whatever your level. These trainers will focus your fitness and training regime to work to your schedule, abilities, interests and life style, both can be contacted at any time to get you started in your new life style challenge. MARY BUTLER TD Mrs. Mary Butler TD Fianna Fail will hold a Clinic on the first Saturday of every month at 12.30 p.m. in the Community Centre, all are welcome. WATERFORD WEXFORD ETB Just a reminder anyone interested in doing a wide range of courses contact Aoife Fitzgerald (058) 52570 first floor of the Community centre. COMMUNITY CENTRE LOTTO JACKPOT HITS €3,300 Lotto draw 25th of February 2019 Jackpot €3,200. Numbers drawn 4, 8, 11, 17. No Winner. Consolation prizewinners: Finbarr Power Camphire; Lena O’Brien Shanbally; Thomas Burke Jnr. Church Street; Elaine Singleton Affane; Eamon O ‘Clú Iarnróid Ceapach Choinn. Next week’s draw is on the 4th of March 2019, with a jackpot of €3,300. Remember anyone looking to buy our lotto tickets, call to any of the local shops in Cappoquin, the Community Centre, Miriam Coughlan or Carmel Prendergast will look after you. If you wish you can also buy the popular annual tickets, if you’re not in you can’t win!

Pictured from left are John Flynn, Paddy Foley and Francis O’Donoghue. Sadly, all are now gone to their eternal rewards. Many thanks to Sheila Murphy for this lovely photo, and a special G’day this week to Micheal Murphy (nephew of the central log carrier here) down in Oz.


PARADE ENTRY FORMS With March upon us by the end of this week, a gentle reminder to all local groups, clubs etc, and to any further afield too, that entry forms for this year’s Cappoquin St. Patrick’s Day Parade can be obtained at either Murray’s shop in Barrack Street or at the Credit Union in Main Street. Civic Link provides the insurance cover for this event, among other local activities, but the hard work behind organising the parade is done by a dedicated committee of just six people, most of whom are now in their second decade of service in this great local initiative.

ELECTION POSTERS The Civic Link Facebook page is currently carrying an interesting video on behalf of Cappoquin Tidy Towns, warning about the litter threat from election posters. As we face into local elections in the months ahead, we hope this will be an interesting and timely encouragement to those involved in electioneering in any way, to ensure that whatever the political impact of their campaigns may be, the environmental impact needs to be kept to a minimum, naturally. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY There are a number of events

around the county in the week beginning March 4th, celebrating International Women’s Day. On the strength of the impact of ‘Women at the Cornerstone’, Cappoquin Heritage Group has been invited to send representatives and speakers to a couple of these events, one in the Theatre Royal, Waterford on March 4th and another on the 8th, when Dungarvan Soroptimists have their gathering at Lawlor’s Hotel, Dungarvan. THE TIMBER KINGS This week’s picture comes from around 60 years ago, unmistakably taken at Bealica Hill just above the entrance to Glenshelane Wood. From what we know, the three boys pictured above were regularly sent to the wood to collect something for the fire, and may well have turned the chore into a sort of competition, to see which of them could bring home the biggest log. All three went long to become very well known in local sporting and business life later on.

MODELIGO LOTTO RESULTS – 23rd FEBRUARY, 2019 Nos drawn: 27, 28, 30. No winner. €25 winners: Derek Kelly, Katie Barry, Micky Dalton Snr, John Hickey Snr. Next week’s Jackpot €900. BALLINAMEELA DRAMA GROUP Just two more weeks now to the BAD staging of Jimmy Keary’s hilarious comedy the Two loves of Gabriel Foley. This drama is being staged at Carriglea Hall on the 8th, 9th and 10th March. We look forward to a full house every night, amongst the characters you’ll see on stage is the love struck character Clive Snell

played by Pat O’Brien who is in a rage throughout the show! You can book your tickets by ringing Lisa at 087 4447013 don’t delay as tickets selling fast. NOTES Anyone wishing to include items in the Parish notes, please contact Monica before 8.00 pm on Mondays on 087 4112798 or email them to marymonicaobyrne@gmail.com. BOOKING Astro turf or Hall both available for hire. Please contact John Power on 087 283 4600.

Ballyduff GAA Club representatives from the Juvenile Club receiving new jersies from their new sponsors Hunnebeck. [Richard Creamer]

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The Devil can cite scripture to suit his purpose THE above headline is a quote from "The Merchant of Venice", a play by William Shakespeare. It is often referred to as a proverb about good things being used by bad people to further their negative ambitions. The obvious example being The Bible which has been misused by zealots, extremists and bigots for centuries. In fact, forget those three titles, lets just call them abusers.To be totally fair, all religious beliefs and their 'good books' have been exploited by the rich and powerful or by those that wish to possess power and riches. That's the problem with humanity, personal ambition will always win out over the purity of any message. Last week the Vatican convened a summit on clerical sex abuse of children. All the head honchos and big cheeses of the Catholic church around the world met to discuss how they could fix this problem. The problem, of course, is that these "incidents" could seriously jeopardise any recruitment drive to the priesthood. Since people are leaving the church in their droves and fewer and fewer baptisms are taking place, the coffers of the Vatican may not be able to sustain the extravagant lifestyles of those ageing princes in the red hats. Difficult times to be sure. So, what to do? Let’s have a big showpiece discussion and pray for guidance through the treacherous waters of the laity's accusations.This is the time to consolidate the power of the hierarchy and make sure that everyone is singing off the same hymn sheet.There'll be a lot of dour faces, seemingly soul searching and lots of "hear, hears" in different languages. There will be many reams of paper printed and distributed, all of it meaningless but impressive looking with the papal seal on every page. Press conferences will be called where all relevant questions will be answered by a quote from the bible (remember the headline!). The Pope releases a statement that contains 21 points of reflection for the bishops and cardinals. Reflection? Hasn't the time for reflection passed? All the usual platitudes have been rolled out. "We must do more", "The Church needs to look at itself", "We must pray for the lost souls", "Support must be made available for the victims" are the same bland phrases we have been hearing for decades. But the outcome is the same. This organisation that sets itself up as a moral and ethical guardian in the world has resorted to bribery, bullying and treachery to safeguard their own ivory towered existence. Where’s the humility? What happened to the vows of poverty and chastity? What happened to 'goodwill to all'? There are 8 guidelines proposed by Pope Francis. These contain headline grabbing phrases such as, "change of mentality", "impeccable seriousness", "self accusation" and "the virtue of chastity". Forgive my innocence, but wasn't that the whole point of the church in the first place. If they haven't faced these important issues in 2000 years, why should they change now? Of course, there are points which try to deflect some of the blame towards the public. They want to "combat sexual tourism around the world". I can't see how women catching cold standing in a window in Amsterdam or a County Leitrim farmer getting himself a Thai bride has any relevance to the summit on clerical sex abuse of children. They should look into their own hearts and souls first and stop paying lip service to the real and immediate problems. And while they're at it, they should take a look at their attitude towards and treatment of women and the LGBTQ community. Here endeth the lesson..............for now! This week Pope Francis said, "The Church's aim will thus be to hear, watch over, protect and care for abused, exploited and forgotten children, wherever they are". Shouldn't that always have been the mission statement of the Catholic Church? Ballinameela Creatives will never be as creative as the Vatican Press Office.

CURRENT EVENTS ON IN THE HALL AND LOCAL COMMUNITY BALLINAMEELA AGLISH DRAMATICS BAD will be hosting their annual play at Carriglea Hall on March 8th, 9th and 10th. 'The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley' is a hilarious play by Jimmy Keary and is Directed by Dan Fenton so save the date in your diary's.To book your tickets please contact 087-4447013. CIRCUIT TRAINING TM FITNESS will continue Circuit Training Classes in Ballinameela Community Centre every Monday night at 7.00 p.m. until end of March. €5 pay as you go, check out our FB page “TM FITNESS”. Let’s get 2019 started in a professionally structured class and improve your Health and Fitness! BALLINAMEELA ADULT & TODDLER GROUP The Ballinameela toddler group meets every Thursday from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. in the Halla of Whitechurch National School. New parents, childminders, grandparents with toddlers very welcome. For more information contact Janice on 087-9718945. FINISK VALLEY AC Any children in our community who are interested in running, jumping or throwing and would like to get involved in athletics, call down to Ballinameela Community pitch/hall, training times are Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Minimum age limit is 5 years old (child needs to be school going). Full programme of events can be obtained at our training session. LADIES INDOOR SOCCER Ladies indoor soccer on every Tuesday night at 7.00 p.m. in the Community Centre. Contact

Noirin Kelly on 086-8362695 if interested. COMMUNITY ALERT There is a Community Alert text system in place - text your name and mobile number to this number: 087-3538347. It works in two ways. Firstly, a message regarding any suspicious activity is sent to your phone so you can be on the lookout. Secondly, you can send details of suspicious activity to this number where it will be re-sent around to the community and to the Gardai who treat it as serious and act immediately. Follow on facebook www.facebook.com/parish.com munityalert.ie BOOKING THE HALL If you would like to start your own indoor soccer game or other activity you can book the hall through our booking officer Alison Curran on 087-8289147. The Centre is also a great place for kids parties etc. and can be rented for €30. Anyone renting the hall, please pay the person who opens up the hall for you and please take away your own rubbish. If you are borrowing anything from the hall, contact Alison Curran also. Maureen Culloo is responsible for the month of February for opening and closing the Community Centre and can be contacted on 086-3428621. BALLINAMEELA LOTTO RESULTS 25th FEBRUARY, 2019 Winning numbers: 6, 10, 25. One winner. Congratulations to Margaret Hogan, Kereen on her €3,500 win. €20 winners: Catherine Buckley, Cappagh; Robert and Mags O’Keeffe, Aglish; Colin Hamill, Villierstown; Mary

O’Connell, Aglish; Five large bottles, c/o Maureens. Next week’s jackpot €500 and will take place in Deise Brú. NOTES FOR INCLUSION If you have something you would like included in the

Ballinameela notes you can email Brigid Byrne on brigidmhallahan@gmail.com or phone 087 9194287. You can also Follow and like us on our Facebook Page Ballinameela Community Centre.

Busy learning the lines in the lovely Villierstown Church Hall for B.A.D.'s upcoming comedy performance 'The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley' by Jimmy Keary and directed by Dan Fenton. Booking essential: 087-4447013 March 8th, 9th, 10th in Carriglea at 8.00 p.m.


Maria Nunan with her January-February swim awards at Clonea Leisure [Sean Byrne] Centre.

BINGO The Jackpot is still standing at Tallow Bingo, so if you’d like to try your hand at walking away with €2,550 on Sunday night next 3rd March at 8.30 p.m. in Tallow Community Centre. SOCIAL DANCING Social Dancing continues this coming Friday night, 1st March in Tallow Community Centre, dancing with Dermot Lyons, from 9.00 p.m. to midnight. A great night assured, refreshments served and all for only €10. TALLOW ENTERPRISE CENTRE Spring classes are now well underway at Tallow Training and Enterprise Centre. If there are any classes you are interested in, give us a call on 058 56445 and we will be able to help you choose a class to suit you. New rounds of classes will begin in at the end of March so book your place now. A new Art Course with Barbara Barrett will begin again soon in the Enterprise Centre.This is a very popular class and places fill up quickly so ring now to book your place. We are in the process of planning our Kids Summer Camps - Art, Cookery and Computers – to name a few. Keep an eye on local media and our Facebook page for dates in the next few months. Tallow Enterprise Group would like to extend our deepest sympathies to our staff member Helen Bennett and the McCarthy family, Tallow on the sad passing of their mother Bevena McCarthy. May she rest in peace. TALLOW ANGLING CLUB The above club will hold their Annual AGM on Thursday, 7th March at 8.30 p.m. in St. Patricks Hall Tallow. All are welcome.



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Some Crafters relaxing after framing their piece.....the others were still working away trying to finish.

VILLIERSTOWN JACK THE JOKER Last week’s winner was Brigid Mernin who chose card number 19, the Eight of Hearts and won, €50. Next week’s jackpot is €1,300. Tickets can be bought locally. BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS Congratulations to Jack Lombard who celebrated his 18th birthday recently. CASH FOR CLOBBER We are looking for all your un-wanted clothing. The Parents Association are running a Cash for Clobber Day on Friday, 1st March. The polytunnel is open for all donations. This is a great opportunity to do an early spring clean. DRAG/FUN RIDE The Finisk Drag/Fun Ride will take place on Sunday, 10th March 2019 at 12:30 p.m. Start and finish in Villlierstown. Call: 087-7563242 / 087-9476759 or on Facebook. LOCAL COMMUNION Our local children will be celebrating the Sacrament of their First Holy Communion in Aglish Church on Sunday, 12th May at 11 am. FRIDAY, 8th MARCH International Women’s Day. JUST B YOGA Tuesday in VECP Community Room. 10:00 & 11:15 am. Contact Blánaid – 087-2076189 VILLIERSTOWN GARDENING CLUB February / March Tips • Prune summer-flowering clematis towards the end of the month, before active growth begins • For summer colour in flower borders and beds, plant up some summer flowering bulbs including Double Dahlias, Long Stemmed Gladiolas, Double Begonias and Scented Lilies. Place the potted bulbs in a bright warm location to encourage early growth and early flowering. Summer flowering bulbs can be planted out of doors in early April.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Last Monday, saw the group finish their latest crafting project. All thanks to Gillian Dalton for her tutoring skills, energy and sheer enthusiasm. Gillian is a remarkable young woman who has exhibit her work “Let there be Light” at the Edinburgh College of Design and whose craft pieces featured as the lead article in the craft magazine “Stitch” in July 2018. The technique of using scraps of material to create amazing pieces of unique picture art appealed to all the crafters as we have no shortage of this raw material. As a group we are delighted to be the first group in Ireland to avail of this teaching concept and going forward we hope to build on this. We had a full house most evenings and lots of laughs along the way. Craft Crafters are aware of our limitations but were truly delighted with the results. The pieces will be exhibited in the community room window for all to admire. BALLINAMEELA AGLISH DRAMATICS B.A.D. wil be hosting their annual play at Carriglea Hall on March, 8th, 9th & 10th. The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley is a hilarious play by Jimmy Keary and is directed by Dan Fenton.

A selection of finished pieces.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE SUNDAY, 17th MARCH Cappoquin Parade organisers are appealing to local clubs, businesses and volunteer organisations to get your entry in ASAP, if you are thinking of taking part in the parade this year. Entry forms are now available from the Post Office & Credit Union. LOCAL ENTERPRISE WEEK For anyone planning to grow their business or start a business this event is just for you. Lots of workshops and practical information available. From, 4th -8th March. If you wish to avail of business support services, visit wwwlocalenterprise.ie/Waterford ONE LINER JOKE OF THE WEEK Today at the bank, an old lady asked me to help check her balance. So I pushed her over. NEWS FOR INCLUSION This is a community notice page and we need your help to keep it topical and of interest locally. If you have any photos, announcements, stories you would like included in the notes, please contact – Caroline on 087-7763751.

TITHE INACMHAINNE | LÉIRITHE SPÉISE Tá fáilte roimh léirithe spéise ar thithe inacmhainne i nGaeltacht na nDéise. Táimid ag iarraidh éileamh ar thithe inacmhainne sa cheantar a mheas agus má bhíonn go leor éilimh, tabharfar coiste le chéile chun tús a chur leis an bpróiseas chun Comharchumann Tithíochta a bhunú sa cheantar. Tar i dteagmháil le Comhlucht Forbartha na nDéise ag cfdeise@gmail.com / 058 46664 i gcomhair a thuilleadh eolais. SEIRBHÍS BUS I nGAELTACHT NA nDÉISE Tá seirbhís bus idir Aird Mhór agus Dún Garbhán ar fáil anois. Tá stadanna in An Sean Phobal, Heilbhic, Baile na nGall, ag Oifig an Phoist agus i Maoil ‘a Choirne. Seirbhís ceithre uair sa ló, Luan go Satharn atá ann. Tuilleadh eolas ar www.locallinkwaterford.ie AN GHAELTACHT CLG | TREALLAMH DARA LÁIMHE. Tá An Ghaeltacht ag lorg treallamh CLG dara láimhe atá agat sa mbaile! Camáin, clogaid, buataisí, láimhíní srl. Is féidir linn an treallamh seo a úsáid sna scoileanna agus bheadh sé thar a bheith úsáideach. Labhair le coach do pháiste má tá aon rud agat. Is féidir treallamh a fhágaint leis na coaches ag Halla Pobail Na Rinne aon oíche Aoine. SPRAOI | GRÚPA SÚGARTHA NA RINNE Tiocfaidh Spraoi, Grúpa Súgartha do thuismitheoirí agus páistí, le chéile i Halla Pobail na Rinne ar an Aoine beag seo ón 10r.n. go 12i.n. Beidh comhrá deas agus cupán tae/caifé ar fáil. Tuilleadh eolais: tar i dteagmháil

le Bríd: 087 7470428. GRÚPA SÚGARTHA I nDÚN GARBHÁN Beidh grúpa súgartha do leanaí agus tuismitheoirí ag teacht le chéile Dé Máirt i nDún Garbhán.Tá an grúpa lonnaithe i Leabharlann Dhún Garbhán gach Máirt ón 10.30r.n. go 12i.n. Beidh scéalaíocht, rannta, ealaíon agus cluichí. Tuilleadh eolais: téigh i dteagmháil le Cabríní 083-4455914 nó cuir r-phost ag cabrini@glornangael.ie. An Irish language playgroup will meet in Dungarvan Library from 10.30 am to 12 noon on Tuesday. Further information: contact Cabríní on 083-4455914 or email cabrini@glornangael.ie SCÉIM TÚS An bhfaigheann tú an Liúntas Cuardaitheora Poist? An bhfuil tú dífhostaithe agus ag iarraidh obair a dhéanamh ar tograí pobail? Bíonn deiseanna ar fáil faoin scéim TÚS do dhaoine dífhostaithe sa Rinn agus sa Sean Phobal. Más rud é go bhfuil tú faoi 25 bliain d’aois, tá buntáiste mór ar fáil. Déan teagmháil le cigire TÚS Cian O hAileasa ag 087 3770256 nó Bainisteoir Comhlacht Forbartha na nDéise, Críostóir Ó Faoláin ag 058 46664 nó cfdeise@gmail.com Are you on job seekers allowance? Are you Unemployed and interested in working in Local Community Projects? Tús provides work opportunities for all unemployed people in the An Rinn/An Sean Phobal area. If you are less than 25 years of age there will be a major financial incentive for participating. Contact the Tús supervisor Cian O hAileasa at 087 3770256 or the manager of Comhlacht

Forbartha na nDeise, Críostóir Ó Faoláin 058 46664. CAIRDE NA GAELTACHTA Buaileann Cairde na Gaeltachta, Cumann Gníomhaíochta Lucht Scoir i nGaeltacht na nDéise, le chéile an céad Máirt den mhí ag 3i.n. in Ionad Pobail na Rinne. Tá fáilte is fiche roimh cách. CUMANN NAOMH UINSEANN DE PÓL Má theastaíonn ó éinne teagmháil a dhéanamh le Cumann Naomh Uinseann de Pól sa cheantar, is féidir teacht orthu ag (058) 46125 nó (083) 1128870. The contact numbers for the An Rinn / An tSean Phobail branch of St Vincent de Paul are (058) 46125 or (083) 1128870. SCÉIM FOLÁIREAMH DO SHEANÓIRÍ Más maith leat cnaipe práinne agus siogairlín a fháil faoin Scéim Foláireamh do Sheanóirí, tar i dteagmháil linn – 058 46664, cfdeise@gmail.com. If you think you could benefit from a panic button and pendant under the Seniors Alert Scheme, contact us on 058 46664, cfdeise@gmail.com. MEÁIN SHÓISIALTA / TEAGMHÁIL / CONTACT Is féidir an nuacht is déanaí agus eolas faoi imeachtaí a bheidh ar siúl sa Rinn agus sa Seanphobal a fháil ar an leathanach Facebook atá ag an gComhlucht Forbartha agus táimid ar fáil ar Twitter anois chomh maith – @cfdeise. If anybody has events / news to be included in Nótaí na Gaeltachta, send them to cfdeise@gmail.com or 058-46664.

Attending the 2019 Deise Draw Launch in Stradbally GAA Centre were Paddy Joe Ryan, Chairman Co. GAA Board. Catherine and Derek Lyons, Dungarvan. [Sean Byrne]

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The entire group hosted by Sean Kelly, from all parts of Ireland.

Down Syndrome Ireland EU Trip STUDENTS at Down Syndrome Ireland were invited to Brussels to visit the EU parliament. We are an adult education class currently in the second year of MOTE (My opinion my

vote). We learn about local, national and European politics and the importance of our opinion and voice. The students had the opportunity to interview Sean Kelly, have dinner with him and

Margaret O’Neill (teacher); Kenneth Butler, Waterford; Thérése Dwan Tipperary; Sean Kelly MEP; Claire Murphy, Kilkenny; Elaine Hearne, Waterford; John Mulligan, Kilkenny and tutor Muriel Mackey. All students range in ages from 19 years to 32.

Garranbane NS – 5th class enjoying Picasso portraits.

Garranbane NS – 1st class working on their comprehension skills on the ipads.

experience the daily bustle of the EU Parliament. They were thrilled with this amazing trip and are excited for the elections in May.

Kenneth, Thérése, Sean Kelly, Claire, Elaine and John.

Garranbane NS – 6th class participating in football skills with Seanie.



WEST WATERFORD CONTACT INFORMATION Please note items to be included in this the West Waterford Notes column are always welcome. Items for the notes can be submitted by email to westwatnotes@yahoo.co.uk or by call, text, whatsApp or viber to 087-2076704 or calling 024-92249. Thank you. “KING’S” KILDORRERY VICTORY Owned by Clashmore’s Tom Cummins “Aughnacurra King”, lived up to his name at last Sunday’s Duhallow point-to-point meet in Kildorrery! When Aughnacurra King was ridden to victory by Mikey O’Connor in a cracking race. It was the final race of the evening the “Rathbarry Stud and Dairygold 6yo+ Geldings Maiden” the newcomer came from well off the pace to beat the long time leader Kildrum by 1.5 lengths. “Aughnacurra King”, who was almost brought down four out, will now run in the Liscarroll winners' race next month. Congratulations to the Cummins family and all associated with “Aughnacurra King”, fantastic victory. CLASHMORE TIDY TOWNS ASSOCIATION Time to test the brain! Don’t forget that our Annual Fundraising Table Quiz takes place at The Rising Sun, Clashmore this Saturday night, March 2nd at 8.30 p.m. and the cost of entering a table of four will be €40 with a great raffle also due to be held on the night. There is always a great atmosphere at The Rising Sun for this so we would love to see you all come along for some great banter and even better prizes! See you all on the night! AGLISH 45 DRIVE The following is the results from last week’s 45 Drive at Deise Bru House, in Aglish Village. In 1st place our overall winners this week were Bernie McCarthy and Derry Cotter. In joint second was shared between Pauline and Ned Lombard, Dan O’Neill and Dinny; Kathleen Twohig and Paul

O’Connell. Our last game winners prize was shared this week between Jock O’Connell and Gavin Kennifick; Watt Downing and Jimmy Dalton; Maura Ronayne and John Ware. Cards again in Deise Bru House, in Aglish Village, this Thursday at 9.00 p.m. sharp €10 to play! All money is paid out on night! OPEN MIKE Saturday night, March 2nd – Our Open Mike night continues. Come along and join in for a night of music and song! BALLYCURRANE NS FUNDRAISING - SPLIT THE POT The Pot this week was a huge €1,294! Thanks so much again to everyone for your support. Lisa McGrath, Ballycurrane was the lucky winner of €647. Congratulations Lisa. Our next draw takes place on Friday, 8th March, and thanks again to all the businesses who support us by holding our Split the Pot envelopes. CLOBBER WANTED - THIS WEEK PLEASE We are looking for all your unwanted items for Villierstown Parents’ Association who are running a Cash for Clobber on Friday, 1st March. The polytunnel is open if anyone wants to drop in unwanted clothes, shoes etc., at any time. This is a great opportunity to do an early spring clean so please tell family members and friends. CLASHMORE RAMBLERS LOTTO RESULTS Our weekly Clashmore Ramblers Alpha Lotto draw took place on Sunday night, February 24th. Our letters drawn were U, J, Q and K. We had no winner of our Jackpot spot prizes of €20 each: Conor Carey Kelly; Liam Curran; Geraldine Murphy. Congratulations to all our winners and thanks to everyone for your support. LISMORE WELCOME PROJECT The Irish Refugee Protection Programme, under the Department of Justice, has chosen Lismore to

Parish of Aglish, Ballinameela and Mount Stuart ASH WEDNESDAY Masses for Ash Wednesday (March 6th) to be celebrated in the parish as follows: Aglish Church at 7.30 a.m. and 7.15 p.m. Ballinameela at 9.30 a.m. Distribution of blessed Ashes will take place all masses.The three schools in the parish will also be visited on Ash Wednesday morning. DAY OF PRAYER A day of prayer for victims and survivors of Abuse took place on Friday, February 15th in Aglish Church. Three candles of Atonement were blessed for each of our three churches in the parish and these were on the Altars for the weekend masses last weekend. MASSES FOR LENT Weekday Masses in the Parish for lent (unless otherwise announced) well be celebrated as follows:Aglish Church – Monday to Friday at 7.15 p.m. (Except first Friday when it will be at 7.30 p.m.) Ballinameela – Wednesday and Friday at 9.30 a.m. FIRST COMMUNION We continue to encourage the First Holy Communion Group to continue to join us for the Weekend Masses. First penance takes place in Aglish Church on Tuesday, April 9th at 7.00 p.m.

Kian Carey Playing for Waterford CLASHMORE Ramblers Club would like wish the best of luck to Kian Carey who is now playing with Waterford United U-17 team. Kian played with this club from a young age and was on the U-14 team that won league and cup double a few seasons ago. Waterford United U-17 recently won the Vikings Cup in which Kian played in. Best of luck in the future Kian. welcome and integrate a Syrian refugee family to the town, in the Summer of 2019. All are invited to attend a public information meeting at 7.30 p.m. on Monday, 4th March at the Heritage Centre Lismore. Invited speakers include Mr. David Stanton, Minister of State for Equality, Migration and Integration. The meeting will be chaired by Lynne Glasscoe of the LWP. 'CHAT AS GAEILGE' Our weekly 'Chat as Gaeilge' continues this Thursday evening at 8.30 p.m., at Beresford’s (The Rising Sun) Clashmore. All are welcome to come along and sit in with this very informal group for chat and general conversation in our native tongue. CLASHMORE/KINSALEBEG GAA LOTTO Apologies to all our weekly Clashmore/Kinsalebeg GAA Club lotto draw results were not available when going to press today. Sorry for any disappointment caused. Full results of all draws next week. CLASHMORE 45 DRIVE At our Clashmore 45 Drive on Monday night last, February 25th Top prize winners this week jointly on nine games were Anne Ledingham and Noel Nugent; Mary Ann and Bobby Connery. In joint third place were Mary O’Donovan and Hannah Lucas; Edmond Og Ledingham and Paddy Kelleher (welcome back Paddy). Best of the last five were Una

Kenneally and Margaret Leahy. Our lucky last game winners were Tessie Mansfield and Terri McGrath; Aine Curran and Pad O’Halloran; Jim McGrath and Jack Douris. Well done to all our winners and thanks for your support. FINNISK FUN RIDE Date for your Diary – The annual Finnisk Charity Fun Ride takes place this year on Sunday, March 10th at 12.30 p.m. The course begins and ends in beautiful picturesque village of Villerstown (so there will be no need to move horse boxes). Entries on the day will be taken from 11.30 a.m. More details later. DEATH OF TIM LEDINGHAM The death has taken place in Brisbane, Australia, of Tinnock native Tim Ledingham. Tim died peacefully on Tuesday, February 26th following an illness. Tim is survived by his family, Pam; his sons Roger and Mathew; daughter Maggie; his brothers and sisters; relatives and many friends. May he rest in peace. CYSTIC FIBROUS COLLECTION A big thank you to all who contributed so generously to our recent Cystic Fibrous Church Gate Collections which took place in Dungarvan town and the surrounding churches of Grange, Ardmore, Piltown and Clashmore. Your support was very much appreciated.

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Free Alzheimer’s Training now available to Family Caregivers HOME Instead Senior Care is offering a unique approach to help families manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, diseases that eventually rob older people of their memories and independence. Free training for family caregivers is now available through Confidence to Care workshops in Dungarvan and Waterford, taking place on the first Thursday and third Tuesday of the month respectively. The inaugural workshops will take place in the Park Hotel Dungarvan on Thursday, March 7th and at Respond at St. John’s College, The Folly, Waterford on Tuesday, March 19th. This workshop is specially designed for family caregivers and offers a personal approach to help families care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease at home. 60 to 70% of people with dementia in Ireland currently live at home in the community and rely on family caregivers. “Until there is a cure, we offer an interim solution,” said Danette Connolly, Director of Care, Home Instead Waterford. “The purpose of the Alzheimer’s Confidence to Care Workshop is to support family caregivers when it comes to understanding dementias and providing care at home for a loved one.” The Home Instead Senior Care network assembled the top experts in Alzheimer’s disease across the globe to develop this new training and support programme for family caregivers.

“The training we’re offering to families is the same kind of training our professional CAREGivers receive.We want to support family caregivers, help them better understand this condition and encourage them care for themselves while also caring for loved ones.” The workshop for family caregivers consists of Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias Overview; Capturing Life’s Journey; Techniques to Manage Behaviours; and Activities to Encourage Engagement. A free kit is available for those who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Also called Confidence to Care, the kit includes advice and resources to help families keep the home safe for a person with a dementia as well as advice on caring for the caregiver. “Confidence to Care is a wonderful hands-on approach that helps caregivers deal with the behavioural changes that too often accompany these disorders – one of the biggest stressors for caregivers,” said Dr. Jane F. Potter, who served on the expert panel to help develop content for the Alzheimer’s Confidence to Care training workshop. For more information about the free Confidence to Care workshops, call Home Instead Senior Care Waterford on 051 333966 or visit www.homeinstead.ie.

Over €15,000 raised for Waterford charities through Bank of Ireland Give Together initiative BANK of Ireland staff raised €15,668 for charitable causes in Waterford in 2018 through the bank’s flagship charity and community initiative, Give Together. The charity programme gives Bank of Ireland colleagues throughout Ireland the chance to lend support to their chosen charities or causes through fundraising and volunteering. In total, just over €1.45 million was raised by bank colleagues across the country. Bank of Ireland also supported three flagship charities in 2018 – Age Action, the Irish Heart Foundation and the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation. Some of this activity included: Age Action’s ‘Positive Ageing Week’, which saw 255 events taking place across the country including 11 in Waterford. The Irish Heart Foundation’s ‘CRP 4 Schools’ programme, bringing lifesaving CPR training to 405 schools over the next two years including 10 schools to date in Waterford.

Delivering over 20,000 nursing hours for 333 Jack & Jill families throughout the country, including 3 families in Waterford. Pamela Pim, Head of Bank of Ireland County Waterford said: “Bank of Ireland is deeply connected across the whole county of Waterford through its customers, branch networks, staff and community engagement programmes. It is significant that through the combined efforts of our colleagues and Give Together support over €1.45m has been raised for charitable organisations and that many community groups and initiatives in Waterford have been supported. I am especially proud of the support we gave to our flagship charities. These three charities make a tangible difference to lives in Ireland every day and with Bank of Ireland’s support we are enabling every community in the country to thrive.”

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Abbeyside Ballinroad Garranbane Senior Citizens’ Party Photographs by John Pelham




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Kilmacthomas Primary School – Very proud junior infants with their art spring daffodils.

Kilmacthomas Badminton Club. Knock Out Cup Winners Shane O'Mahoney, Martin Walsh, Adeel Ali, Fiona Kiely, Rachel Walsh, Natalie Brown.

KILMACTHOMAS AGM Kilmacthomas Tidy Towns will hold their AGM in Kiersey's Bar and Tea Rooms on Wednesday, 27th February at 8.00 pm. Great work is taking place around the village and with the good weather approaching all committee members will be extremely busy. New members always welcome. LOTTO Kilmacthomas AFC lotto results for Saturday, 23rd February, letters drawn H, X,Y, Z. No jackpot winner. Five winners of €20 each to: Phillip Dunne, Hillside Crescent, Kilmac; Annice Doocey, Kilmac;

Ben Long Power, Kilmac; M. Lo, c/o Mosh’s and Brian Whelan, Kilmac. Next week’s jackpot €2250, be in to win. WHIST Results for the Ballylaneen Whist Club for Monday, 18th February, Alice Walsh, Teresa Keane, Linda Dempsey, Stess Connolly, Eric Townsend, Mary A. Coffey, Mary B. Bowdren, Maria Dunphy, Cissie Kiely, Veronica Walsh and Maureen O’Sullivan. Raffle winners Mary B. Bowdren, Mary A. Coffey and Breda Galvin.

Kilmacthomas Badminton Club. Kiersey Cup Section 3 Winners Lisa McCarthy and Cathal Wilkinson with Jim Kiersey and Club Chairperson Michael Brown.

Junior infants loving their new hurling coaching!

Kilmacthomas Badminton Club. Kiersey Cup Section 1 Winners Ivan Cliffe and Natalie Brown pictured with Marie Kiersey and Michael Brown, Club Chairperson.

Kilmacthomas Badminton Club. Kiersey Cup Section 2 Winners Tay Shahzad and Fiona Kiely with Runners Up Joseph Kiely and Deirdre O'Donnell with Club chairperson Michael Brown.

Kilmacthomas Primary School – 'Mind the Gap' green schools workshop funded by Irish Aid. This workshop helps pupils understand the sustainable development Goals 2030. A very entertaining theatrical approach.

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KILROSSANTY Wardrobe weeding, start to declutter “keep or toss out”

HALL Hall meeting next Monday night in the hall at 8.30 p.m. sharp. MEETING Events Committee meeting in Clubhouse this Thursday night at 8 p.m. This committee is organising a sports prediction quiz shortly for Kilrossanty G.A.A. Forms will be available by this weekend. Full details next week. SYMPATHY Sympathy to Annie Kirwan, Graiguerush on the death of her brother Dennis (Dinny) O’Brien, Adramone who died last week. Sympathy also to all his other relatives on their sad loss. Burial took place in Kilrossanty cemetary. May he rest in peace. Also sympathy to Tom Curran and his brother Ollie Curran on the death of their brother Sean Curran, Robertstown who died over the weekend; also to his sister -in-law Ann Curran and nephews on their sad loss. Burial took place in Kilrossanty Cemetary. May he rest in peace. DEISE SUPER DRAW The next series of the Deise Draw will be starting on 24th April in Stradbally. Six months at €15 a month. Prizes 1st €12,500, 2nd €2,500, 3rd €1,000, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th prize €500, 8th to 13th €250, 14 to 20 €150, Harvey Travel special prize voucher, SuperValu special prize vouchers. Bonus draw each night for special prizes. Clubs receive 70% of each ticket sold, so its a great money spinner for the clubs of the

county. The club would urge as many as possible to buy tickets for this draw. Tickets will not be accepted without money. Tickets can be obtained from Mairead Coffey and Jason Dee or any promoter. FEWS SCHOOL Application forms can be had from Fews School for pupils starting in Fews this September. Phone number is 051 294723. Email address is fews@gmail.com The closing date is 1st April. BINGO Once again the bingo attracted a big crowd last Friday night.The jackpot was won by Mary Keane, well done Mary. It will start at €1,000 on 29th March. I.C.A The guild had one team in the Federation quiz last Monday night in Crotty’s Inn. Minaun were the winners. Ann Phelan won the gem pack competition, she will represent the Federation in an Grianan in March. Congratulations Ann and best of luck in the final. Our guild meeting will be held on 11th March at 8 p.m. sharp. Will give reminder again next week. CLOTTO Clotto sponsored by Kill Agri Kilrossanty Results from Monday night last - 3, 4, 17, 23. Winners of €30 each: William Vaughan, Faha; Eileen Kirwan, Ashtown. Seller’s prize went to Sean Lennon, Lemybrien. Next week’s clotto will be held in Micilins on Monday night 4th at 9 p.m. sharp.

Déise Animal Sanctuary Pet of the Week: Fawn!

SHE’S as nimble as a young deer, with a slim figure and a big heart. That’s Fawn, who is one of 4 cross-breed puppies that arrived at the Déise Animal Sanctuary when they were less than a week old. It’s been about 3 months now, and Fawn has become a gentle, quiet young lady with a sweet temperament. Her siblings have been adopted, and now it’s time for Fawn to have a home of her own. Could

that home be yours? You can find Fawn at the Déise Animal Sanctuary in Ballymacarbry. Her vaccinations are current. Potential adopters will have a homescreening, plus agree to spay and microchip Fawn at their expense. For more information on Fawn or other adoptable pets, please contact Pat at 087-3119509. Or stop by the Sanctuary, which is a registered charity. All are welcome.

CATHY McGrath, Image Consultant & Stylist, this week organises your wardrobe which can be a stressful affair for most ladies, who end up feeling like you have nothing to wear. Here are some tips for downsizing wardrobe. Give at least four hours and pull on nude seamless underwear, get ready to try on some clothes, its the only way you will know whether to keep or toss out. Pull everything out, if you have to think of something more than one minute throw it out. 1. Define reason for downsizing: Cannot enter the room, clothes in piles everywhere, to save money on clothes, maybe you just need a challenge. 2. Set a goal, know when to celebrate, it may be 33 outfits or 10 you aim to keep, for every lady it is different depending on lifestyle. 3. Do not let thriftiness and budget get in the way of looking put together, if you think something is for you, go for it, but of course you will not know this until you invest in yourself and get your style, shape and colour palette analysed. 4. How to get Started: Divide the task into steps, start with those items you haven’t worn for two years, items that don't fit, worn out items, (faded, torn, off whites, dropped hems, etc.). Check how much left, how close to target. 5. What gives you the highest use value: Attack each clothes category, for example 3 of each category is sufficient, keep your favourite 3 skirts with highest use value. How often can you wear each piece? does it match up with other items, is it current style, nothing worse than wearing an item that makes you look dated. Do not even imagine that you can hold onto items forever there is a sell buy date on clothes also. Ensure that you are wearing the outfit not the outfit wearing you. 6. Create your capsule wardrobe: Include the items of value, which are statement pieces, e.g. navy blazer, leather jacket, wool coat, trench coat, leather skirt. These items are a good set of basic classic pieces that will go with most other items. 7. Limit your declutter to 3 piles: Get rid of, keep and put away for next season. I really believe in analysing your wardrobe twice yearly, the Spring/Summer should be making its way in slowly now. I do mine four times a year, seasonal,

after all there is a difference between winter and spring, why keep sequins and glitter in wardrobe for spring. Colours also change every season, it is good to add a current colour in a scarf or bag, this updates the old outfit: List up items: according to lifestyle. I don't include sportswear, which is very trendy for the sporty lady and has improved in colour and shape. I do think, sometimes you ladies forget to get out of the runners and Lycra gear after the walk or gym, there is a time and place for every outfit. I do think it is a better feeling for the whole well being to dress appropriately for the occasion. Store these items in drawers. I am not saying overdress nothing worse but The denims, uggs and jumpers/tops cover a multitude, creates an upbeat dressed lady. 8. Wear only what you love, in season/fashion and comfortable: We all have favourites, this creates oodles of confidence. 9. Make Items Visible: How often have you forgotten an item in your wardrobe and perhaps bought the same item out shopping. all too often clothes are packed so tightly together in the wardrobe, its impossible to see each

item. 10. Arrange outfits in categories, I tend to put a complete outfit on hanger whether jumper, scarf, skirt or dress, coat, all colour coordinated and whenever I have worn that outfit, put to end of wardrobe and turn hanger opposite direction with perhaps a clothes peg defining it, then at end of season you will spot how many if any hangers have never been turned. This is a perfect start for next years wardrobe weed. 11. Create a holiday box/case: Realistically there are not many days in a year when it's sunny enough to wear strappy dresses, bikinis, white shorts, kaftans, so having these items clog up a part of your wardrobe just does not make sense.Instead store away separately and you will get a sense of excitement when you reach for this box, sandy beaches here I come!!! 12. Store Special Occasion wear separately: As with holiday clothes, special occasion attire can be stored away in another wardrobe, after all a ballgown only probably gets worn the most twice a year and takes

up significant amount of room in wardrobe. 13: Protect Clothes: Create a nice fresh smell in wardrobe with sachets of lavender, which also protect against moths. Do not opt for wire hangers these will misshape clothes. 14. Finally, do not leave your wardrobe get out of hand again: perhaps the "one in one out" policy works, when you buy something get rid of another item. Body Shapes: The third body shape I wish to address in this feature is Apple Shape. Apple Body Shape: Generally very well proportioned. shoulders broader than hips, not as curvy as used to be, no well defined waistline, typically for over 50 ladies, we tend to pile on weight over tummies. Don't rush off dieting, there are clothes to suit all body shapes. When styling apple body shapes life is sweet, these ladies look best playing up their full bust, their amazing legs. Choose a fabric that is not clingy and streamlines the body, silk, tweed, gabardine are really good, avoid jersey.If arms are on the chunky side wear long sleeves or to elbow. Jackets should hit the hip or upper thigh. A-line coats are just perfect, no waist belt, ponchos are your friend. Dresses: Strapless styles, Maxi Styles with lower neckline and a wrap dress can be your secret weapon.If you love your legs go mini all the time, if not a knee length shift looks great. Finally, Skinny Jeans and leggings are also good, you are blessed with good legs these teamed with tunic or oversized sweater. Don't forget accessories, play up the jewellery, statement rings, oversized earrings. one or other or statement bags, shoes, all our body shapes have negatives and positives, just to know the correct style. Just dress for your shape, dress for the present. Images include Celebrities Catherine Zeta Jones & Angelina Jolie both with Apple Body Shapes, don't they look amazing. "Whether you're tall, shorter, or a little bigger, more curves, skinny, you just have to be proud of what you have, and everyone is beautiful" Caroline Wozniacki."



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Portrait of an artist … By Donal Buckley

Sean Keating Seachtain na Gaeilge BAIN TRIAIL AISTI - SEACHTAIN NA GAEILGE SNA DÉISE WITH WATERFORD CITY & COUNTY COUNCIL Seachtain na Gaeilge is being celebrated in Waterford again this year, with a wide range of events and activities taking place throughout city and county. The Irish Office of Waterford City & County Council is collaborating with a number of different groups to provide events and activities as follows. WATERFORD LIBRARY SERVICES Libraries throughout city and county will host a wide range of bilingual/Irish events and activities in the coming fortnight: ‘Bingó as Gaeilge’ for Children in Ardkeen, Brown’s Road, Carrickphierish,Tramore and Dungarvan Libraries. Hundreds of children from various schools will take part in these sessions – details available from your local branch library. Storytelling & Songs for Children with Jacqui de Siún from the Waterford Childcare Committee. Sessions for local pre-school services will take place in Carrickphierish and Lismore libraries, as well as in Ballyduff Upper. In addition, Jacqui will host open sessions for very young children (0-3 years) in the following venues: • Dungarvan Library - Tuesday, 5th March at 10.30 a.m. • Central Library,Waterford City - Tuesday, 12th March at 11.00 a.m. • Tramore Library - Wednesday, 13th March at 11.00 a.m. • Ardkeen Library - Friday, 15th March at 11.00 a.m. These free sessions are open to the public and parents/childminders are welcome to attend with their young children. Children’s Treasure Hunt sessions will take place in Brown’s Road Library in the City on the 12th and 19th March. Table Quiz & Storytelling - Dr. Séamus Ó Diollúin from WIT will host storytelling and quiz sessions with children in Brown’s Road and Carrickphierish Libraries during Seachtain na Gaeilge. Details are available from the Libraries themselves. We would like to say “Go raibh míle maith agaibh” to Jacqui de Siún from Waterford Childcare Committee and to Dr. Séamus Ó Diollúin from WIT for their co-operation and assistance in organising these events in the various libraries. If you would like further information on any of these Library events, please contact Tracy McEneaney in Ardkeen Library on 0761 10 2844. EVENTS FOR ADULTS Bilingual Table Quiz & Music Session The Irish Office of Waterford City & County Council is organising a Bilingual Table Quiz in the Cove Bar on the Dunmore Road, Waterford City on Thursday, 13th March at 8.00pm.This will be a fun table quiz, giving people a chance to use their ‘cúpla focal’ in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Cost €5 per person and all proceeds to prize money and there will also be spotprizes on the night. There will be a session of music and song after the quiz. Therefore, join us in the Cove Bar for some craic agus comhrá! Lón Gaeilge/Irish Lunch A Lón Gaeilge (Irish Lunch) will take place on Tuesday, 12th March in the Espresso restaurant on Parnell Street in the City from 1.00-2.00 p.m. All are welcome to come along and have lunch and to take part in pleasant, relaxing conversation ‘as Gaeilge’. Further information on the Lón Gaeilge is available from Séamus on (087) 241 3826. Ciorcail Chomhrá/Conversation Circles There are a number of Irish language conversation groups operating in the Déise, and new members are especially welcome to join during Seachtain na Gaeilge – please come along and try it out to see if you like it – no obligation! The Tramore Ciorcal Comhrá will continue during March with ‘Comhrá as Gaeilge’ in the Library every Thursday night (7th, 14th, 21st & 28th March) from 7-8 p.m. Therefore, if you would like to try out your ‘cúpla focal’, come along to Tramore Library any Thursday night for a chat. The Waterford City Ciorcal Comhrá also continues during Seachtain na Gaeilge – every Tuesday evening at 6.30 p.m. in Jordans on the Quay; every Wednesday in the Cove Bar at 11.00 a.m. in the morning; and every Thursday night in the Gingerman pub from 9.30 p.m. Further information from Aidan Barrett on 087-2648363. Dungarvan: The social group ‘Gaeilge Anseo’ meets every Tuesday in the Park Hotel, Dungarvan from 7-8.30 p.m. Further information from Cabríní de Barra on 083 4455914. In addition, two conversation groups meet regularly in Dungarvan Library – one on Wednesdays at 8.00 p.m. as part of "My Open Library" and the other on Saturdays at 11.00 a.m. These are open to anyone to drop in. Therefore, if you would like to practice your ‘cúpla focal’, or simply listen to our native language in use, please feel free to attend any of these free Seachtain na Gaeilge events. Bain sult as!

IN this country right now, we are experiencing the centenary commemorations of one of the most turbulent episodes in our history. It is known as "The Revolutionary Period". It was generally accepted this chapter ran from The Easter Rising in 1916 to the end of the the Civil War in May 1923. A case could also be made for this era to have begun from the 1913 Lockout. Either way, it was a time of conflict, tragedy and triumph with heroes and villains emerging from various quarters. Media and reporting was in its infancy. Technology was slow and cumbersome with territory being won and lost before the battle was even announced to the public at large. A more permanent record, for posterity, was left to the writers and artists. From WB Yeats' poem Easter 1916 we had the classic quote "All changed, changed utterly: a terrible beauty is born." Pictorially, nobody encapsulated the era like Sean Keating with paintings depicting various players from the drama of The Revolutionary Period. Born John Keating in 1889 in County Limerick, he went on to study drawing at the Technical College there. When Keating was twenty, his mentor, Sir William Orpen, arranged for him to go on a scholarship to The Dublin Metropolitan School of Art. Looking at the work of both men, its obvious that he was heavily influenced by the style of Orpen. The exaggerated use of light to spotlight the inherent drama is common to both bodies of work. That's where the similarity ends. Orpen, though an Irish artist, was based in London and tended to paint pictures depicting scenes of Empire. On the other hand, Keating was more of a painter of the working classes and people of rebellion. Much of his work was influenced by the the many times he visited the West of Ireland, especially the Aran Islands. "On The Pier" (1940), "Slán Leat A Athair" (1936), "Ulysses in Connemara" (1947) and "On The Pier" display Sean Keating's admiration for the west's ruggedness and the tough nature of the people who lived and worked there. But, probably, the most interesting and iconic work in his collection are his studies of participants in the War of Independence and the Civil War in this country. "On The Run" (1922) and "The Ambush" (1923) portrayed a heroic side to the protagonists. Some would even say, the scenes were a little bit Hollywood in their charade-like sterility. However, his best known painting is "Men Of The South" (1921-22). This is a study of six men waiting for the approach of a detachment of British soldiers who they were

planning to ambush. The men look relaxed but primed for action. The scene was originally to be painted in the open air, but due to the constraints of war, the men came to Keatings studio and sat in front of a white cloth under artificial lighting. Keating added the background afterwards and adjusted the light and shade contrast to resemble an outdoor scene. This large canvas can be seen in The Crawford Art Gallery in Cork City. Keating was also well known for his portraits of interesting, rather than famous, people. He painted "Fireman Jim Conway" (1926), "Study of Dustman Reilly" (1958) and "The Tipperary Hurler" (1928) as records of social history. He also did portraits of some of the politicians of the young Irish Free State, such as "President Cosgrave" (1923), Sinn Fein government Ministers,"Father Michael O'Flanagan" (1936) and "Sean Moylan" (1921). Sean Keating also did quite a few self-portraits, mostly of the tongue in cheek variety. He variously portrayed himself as a cowboy in the 1930's, a native of the Aran Islands in the 1940's, in Arab costume, in Mexican costume, as a Spaniard and a holy man. Some of his work was allegorical, especially the one called "The Allegory" (1924). Another painting of that genre is "Nights Candles are Burnt Out" (1929). This was a wonderful stand-alone work itself, though it was actually one of twenty six paintings and sketches that celebrated the ESB's harnessing of hydro-electric power from The Shannon river. That particular collection shone a light on the efforts of Ireland to leave behind its inhibited agrarian lifestyle and move to a more progressive industrial future. Sean Keating was a very accomplished artist who won many awards and prizes in his career. One of his crowning achievements was winning an international IBM art competition in New York where artists from 79 different countries competed. Also in New York he entered a huge painting for exhibition at The Irish Pavilion in The Worlds Fair. It was 72 feet by 24 feet! In 1918 he was elected as an associate to the RHA and a year later he became a full member.When the National College Of Art was established in 1937, Keating was employed as its Professor of Painting. He held the post of president of The Royal Hibernian Society from 1950 to 1962. He died in Dublin in 1977 at the age of 88. Sean Keating-The Pilgrim Soul, a tribute documentary, was aired on RTE in 1996. It was written and presented by his son, the politician Justin Keating.

Mural called Labour.

Keating men of the South.

Sean Keating

Sean Keating - Self Portrait

Tipperary Hurler.

Men of the West.

Playboy of the Western World.

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The 38th West Waterford Drama Movie Reviews In association with SGC Dungarvan Festival begins this weekend IT’S all happening in St. Michael’s Hall Ballyduff starting this Friday night, March 1st.West Waterford Drama Festival will begin 10 nights of wonderful amateur drama with competition in both open and confined sections. With three groups in the Confined Section and seven groups in the Open Section, at least seven of the productions haven’t been seen on the stage in Ballyduff before. This Friday night, March 1st West Waterford Drama Festival opens with a production in the Confined Section. Skibereen Theatre Society will be with us

with their production ‘The Beauty Queen of Lenanne’. Skibereen are back to us this year after an absence of a few years. The following night is the first group in the Open section, Kilrush Drama Group with ‘The Steward of Christendom’. Sunday night, we have the second group in the confined section Kilmuckridge Drama Group with ‘The Righteous are Bold’. Monday night sees the third group in the Confined Section, Kilworth with ‘Unforgiven’. For the next six nights the groups are all in the Open Section. Tues night we have Nenagh Players

with ‘What Happened Bridgie Cleary’. On Wednesday night, we have Wexford Drama Group, with ‘Rabbit Hole. ‘Philadelphia Here I Come’ played by Brideview Drama Group is on Thurs night. The festival will be then into the final weekend with Ballyduff Drama Group on Friday night with ‘A fine Bright Day Today’ followed by Kilmeen Drama Group with The Lieutenant Of Inishmore’ on Saturday night. The final night sees Doonbeg Drama Group with ‘Fool For Love’. Booking is open on 058-

60456 from 2.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. Performances begin 8.15 p.m. nightly with a 7.45 p.m. start on the final night. Ballyduff Drama Group with their production ‘A fine Bright Day Today’ starts the festival circuit also this weekend and have three festivals within a week. They will be in Kilrush on Saturday night, March 2nd, Kildare on Wednesday, March 6th and back to Ballyduff on Friday, Mar 8th. So a very busy forthnight ahead for West Waterford Drama Festival and the Ballyduff Drama Group.

Upcoming events at Theatre Royal Waterford Curtain Call Productions Dungarvan are back WE’RE back - after a little bit of time off to rest and recuperate Curtain Call Productions Dungarvan are delighted to announce they are all set in motion to return to the stage in October 2019. The committee have been busy reading plays over the last few months and getting themselves re organised for their upcoming production. Drumroll Please - A fabulous and heart-warming comedy that will leave you wanting to tap dance like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers -Stepping Out is a play written by Richard Harris in 1984. It was produced in the West End, London, where it received the Evening Standard Comedy of the Year Award, and Broadway, New York. The play concerns eight individuals from disparate backgrounds and with differing motivations who attend the same weekly tap-dancing class in a dingy church hall. Despite the students at first treating the classes as social occasions, and showing little co-ordination, they later develop a level of skill and cohesiveness. The dance routines are the background for the focus of the play, the relationship and interaction of different people. The play will be performed October 2nd – October 4th. This production will be directed by Fidelma Meaney. Readings will take place in early May, so watch this space. Cast of 14, so lots of parts for everyone. As with any production there is also plenty of other jobs people can help out with so if you want to get involved on or off the stage please contact CCPD through their Facebook page or email them on ccpddungarvan@gmail.com But before all that begins our AGM will be on 12th March 2019, The Town Hall Theatre at 8.30 pm and all are welcome. The All Ireland Drama Festival has just kicked off for yet another year and although we are not participated ourselves this year, we would like to wish all the competing groups the very best of luck, in particular Ballyduff Drama Group and Brideview Drama Group whom are flying the flag for the West of the county.

FREAK SHOW TUESDAY, MARCH 12th FREAK Show is a new original blast of irreverent theatre from North Coast based Big Telly Theatre Company. Inspired by the story of the real 17th Century Portrush Giantess, Mary Murphy. ‘a handsome, well-proportioned "giantess who was seven feet high without her shoes, who was born in the Isle of Portrush, not far from the wonderful Giant's Causeway in the most northern part of Ireland." Mary married a dashing French sea captain who gave up his seafaring life to manage her ‘freak show’ celebrity. But after her years being lauded by international attention, the Portrush giantess eventually died destitute and abandoned, her celebrity forgotten. The script uses material from the Newtonards writer’s collection 'Miracle Fruit' alongside new pieces written for the show. Miracle Fruitexplores a fascination for the Enlightenment era, the physical freakery of those living on the margins of society, and a personal, tangible sense of loss. The production’s original score is created by Garth McConaghie and features a strange and exotic, darkly fun pick ‘n mix of musical pieces, with influences of reclaimed musical aspects of nineteenth century music hall, carnival and circus and modern Lo-fi electro. Starts at 8.00 p.m. Tickets: €16/€14 conc. from Box Office/Tel: 051-874402 or www.theatreroyal.ie NEIL DELAMERE – CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE SATURDAY, MARCH 9th “One lean, mean, comedy killing machine” – The Herald FRESH from a sell-out tour,Top Irish stand-up Neil Delamere has announced details of his brand new 50-date tour which comes to the Theatre Royal Waterford on March 9th. The star of BBC's The Blame Game and Soft Border Patrol, Neil Delamere, returns with a brand-new show. This time he thinks he has that whole "illusion of control" idea sussed. Then again, he would think that, wouldn't he? 'You'll be hard-pressed to find a more gifted comic at the Fringe' ***** (Scotsman). Come along and enjoy a great night of comedy… Starts at 8.00 p.m. Tickets: €25 from Box Office/Tel: 051-874402 or www.theatreroyal.ie

A Dog’s Way Home

Tá A Dog’s Way Home bunaithe ar an leabhar a scríobh W. Bruce Cameron sa bhliain 2017. Is é Charles Martin Smith an stiúrthóir agus is iad Ashley Judd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jonah Hauer-King, Edward James Olmos agus Alexandra Shipp na príomhaisteoirí sa scannán mothúchánach seo. Tá sé an-oiriúnach do gach saghas duine go háirithe do theaghlaigh. Insíonn an scannán seo an scéal faoin madra, Bella, agus í ag dul ar thuras fada ag iarradh dul abhaile. Thánaig Lucas ar Bella i láithreán tógála agus tugann sé abhaile í. Tá an bheirt acu an-sásta ach tar éis tamaill, cuirtear cosc ar úinéireacht na dtairbhí-bhrocaire agus caithfidh Bella dul go stáit eile chun fanacht le teaghlach eile. Ní mó ná sásta atá Bella agus éalaíonn sí agus tugann sí a haghaidh abhaile. Tá an scannán seo an-simplí agus níl sé deacair a leanúint. Ach ina theannta sin, tá sé an-mhothúchánach agus an-bhrónach mar léiríonn sé mothúcháin Bella agus í ag iarraidh a úinéir a fháil. É sin ráite, níl aon amhras ach go bhfuil an scannán seo foirfe do theaghlaigh agus is fiú é a fheiceáil, gan dabht ar bith. Ráta 3.5/5 Tamara Ní Shíocháin

Cold Pursuit

COLD Pursuit is the latest revenge type action movie starring Liam Neeson, few will argue with his selection for this movie as Neeson has a long history of being excellent in this type of role.The movie was directed by Hans Petter Moland (in his Hollywood debut) and is a remake of the 2014 Norwegian vigilante film In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten). Also starring in the movie are Laura Dern, Emmy Rossum, William Forsythe, and Tom Bateman The plot focuses on the life of Nelson Coxman who is played by Liam Neeson. After winning citizen of the year Coxman’s life quickly gets turned upside down after his son is murdered by drug dealers.When Coxman discovers the truth behind his son death he sets out on a revenge mission. This sets off a chain of events that leads to all-out war as both sides of this action packed conflict fight their way for survival across the glitzy Colorado ski resort of Kehoe. There is definitely a case of here we go again when you watch the trailer for this movie but cinema goers will definitely be pleasantly surprised that this movie has a lot more to offer than what we have seen before from Neeson in these roles.There is an element of dark comedy to this movie which has a story that just keeps expanding as we get deeper into it. Cold Pursuit is a very enjoyable visually stunning movie that will have audiences pleasantly surprised in a good way. Rating 4/5



Into The Trees

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 1 March, 2019



Tenuous Elevation

Pho tographer in Prof ile: John Bermingham

By Richard Cutbill, Temp. PRO I AM delighted to profile Club Member John Bermingham, most certainly a very different photographer from your average DCC member. If you are not familiar with John’s work you are most certainly in for a very pleasant surprise. Although John is a very busy Artist/Photographer he attends club meetings as often as possible and is a valuable asset to our DCC image selection team, and always available to give advice on most aspects of photography. His Knowledge of photographic software is outstanding and he is always willing to demonstrate and enlighten the membership. John is certainly gifted and talented, but does not take it for granted, he works very hard at what he produces. He is meticulous, recording everything he does, or needs to do or remember in his notebook. We have several qualified and very good photographers within our membership, some of which you may have seen in our Membership profiles, but John is our star turn. Nobody would dispute that remark as his photography is totally different. The main advantage of this pleasant situation is that John inspires everybody to improve and it works. We are not the same club we were three years ago, when we were always runners up, thanks to john and others we are now often Competent Winners. Johns notes are a bit longer than we usually receive, but when somebody’s opening line is ‘I hate photographs’ you are going read every single word. I have no doubt John will add to his LIPF and other qualifications, becoming an Associate and then a Fellow is just a matter of time. I have been asked by Club Members when will I show my photography. Nobody would relish following John Bermingham, so it better be me, see you next week! I hate photographs. “The camera never lies”? In fact, it rarely tells the truth. The Great Pyramids are, in actuality, literally in the middle of Cairo, Grand Canyon National Park is teeming with photographers all trying to get the same vast, human-devoid, sunrise or sunset shot, #beautyfilters, etc. These, though, are slight. Its real deception is emotional. I hate photographs; high gloss, matte, canvas, pearl, metallic, shiny happy memories of beaming smiles and affection.“Move closer together, put your arm around them, smile, say cheese...” A “happy”, photo-documented, childhood made false by adulthood revelations. I look at the photos, why don't they show me what was happening? Where's the pain? Where's the lie

hidden? Sunny beach snaps in multicoloured short sleeves with “Surf ” emblazoned in italics across the chest does not convey the confusion of witnessing a marriage unravel. Found negatives; 'why aren't these in the photo album? Who's that person you have your arm around?' I've had a camera since I was 8 or 9 years old and I hate photographs because they made me unwittingly part-author of my own deception. Of course, cameras don't know how to lie. Cameras know nothing about taking photographs. In my work I reappropriate the artifice. I use the capacity for images to lie to create my truths. The pixels may be contrived but the emotion is pure. The people I photograph for my art are not my subjects. They are portraying a character, often a facet of myself. I know these characters. I know there is no subterfuge, no bitterness, no malice, no ulterior motives, no envy, no narcissism, no lies. I have little interest in reality, I prefer to create rather than capture. I use my camera to photograph elements for my images. Everything is pixels-inpotentia to me. I also paint and create, digitally, any other elements I need. My aim is never to present anything “real”, I only seek to create an image that is believable in its world, and true. My depictions are often abstract and surreal. By and large they are representative of my own views; from insecurities, anxieties, frustrations, anger, to love, and wonder. They are often presented slightly tongue-in-cheek or with childlike whimsy. A lot of my ideas come to me in dreams, some come fully formed out of the blue, sometimes somebody's turn of phrase will trigger a visual in my mind. Sometimes a song lyric, perhaps from a song I've known for years, will scream something out to me based on my current emotional state. Some come viscerally, from the pit of my stomach, and their creation is a catharsis. Speaking in pictures allows me scream in silence. It's not all doom and gloom. I love to create. I enjoy figuring out how to construct the images, matching lighting and colour and imbuing verisimilitude. Music is also long time love of mine. I've written and recorded countless songs and independently released my album “Everything is wonderful” in 2013, for which I made numerous music videos. I've also made music videos for other artists, and animated shorts and films. I love to tell stories. My great love of the still image is its ability to have an immediate impact. You can tell a whole story or create mystery with a single frame. Par exemple, “Tenuous elevation” features the children's game Jenga. In Jenga you build a tower and subsequently start removing blocks of the foundation in order to climb higher.You jeopardise the integrity to elevate. How many holes can your integrity take and still sustain? Her suit jacket – a symbol of station or corporate success, just a veneer over bare and vulnerable skin. She lays supine, seemingly content, her tower is in tact. Has she constructed her pedestal, or has she been placed there? In “Static” our character stands in the centre of a bridge, between here and there, holding a balloon. The balloon is attracting her hair and occluding her vision, yet she is still holding the

John Bermingham balloon. The title, “Static”, refers to both the attraction of the hair to the balloon and the feeling of being motionless, stuck, trapped. Since childhood I have drawn, written, photographed, filmed, and made music. I never made it to art college, and it seems doubtful I will at this point. I am largely self-taught with my ideas as catalyst to figure out visual FX, compositing, editing, music making, and 3d modelling and animation. My creations are not hobby, or work. My strongest compulsion is to create. Some wear their hearts on their sleeves, mine is made of pixels. Follow John's work at w w w. a l l t h a t c a n b e. c o m / www.facebook.com/allthatcanbe / www.instagram.com/allthatcanbe John Bermingham – All That Can Be Productions – www.allthatcanbe.com / www.facebook.com/allthatcanbe / www.instagram.com/allthatcanbe

Make It Rain


Your silence is my favourite sound

We hold our own cage

Paint the sky with stars

SCHOOL NEWS Students encouraged to engineer their future in Waterford during Engineers Week 2019 Students in Waterford set to engineer the Ireland of tomorrow during Engineers Week 2019, taking place nationwide, 2nd-8th March • Survey shows 88% of parents of primary school students and 80% of parents of secondary school students see engineering as a rewarding career choice • Waterford IT, Waterford Libraries and Lismore Heritage Centre to host workshops, STEM activities and shows for students • Free resources available to download for parents and teachers ENGINEERS Week, the annual campaign to inspire the next generation of engineers and excite students about the possibilities a career in engineering can offer, is set to take place across Waterford from Saturday, 2nd - Friday, 8th March. The annual event is coordinated on a national basis by Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme funded under Science Foundation Ireland through their SFI Discover Programme - and supported by industry leaders, Intel, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Arup and ESB. From 2nd March, engineers from all over Ireland will engage with their communities to showcase their profession to primary and secondary students

in their locality, highlighting the amazing ways Irish engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity, creativity and innovation. In Waterford, Waterford IT, Waterford Libraries and Lismore Heritage Centre will host workshops, STEM activities and shows for students across the county. Commenting in advance of Engineers Week, Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland said: “Engineers Week will bring the fascinating world of engineering to life in communities throughout Waterford and inspire today’s children to engineer the Ireland of tomorrow” “Engineers Week is a chance for parents and young people to find out more about the many

Pictured at the Waterford/RCSI Transition Year Mini Med School Programme 2019 which this year took place from 19th-22nd February at University Hospital Waterford,HSE/RCSI Education facility and WIT were Sinéad O'Dwyer, Borriscane Community College, Co. Tipperary and Mairéad O'Brien, Blackwater Community College, Lismore, Co. Waterford. [John Power]

career opportunities available within the engineering sector and learn about the kind of skills that qualified engineers can build on as they move through their careers. There are many misconceptions about the ‘type of person’ who should pursue engineering and during Engineers Week we can show people that the world of engineering is open to everyone - girls, boys, creative thinkers, curious minds, problem-solvers and leaders,” she continued. During Engineers Week, Irish Girl Guides and Brownies are also encouraged to work towards gaining the Guide Engineering Badge or Brownie Engineering Badge with their Unit and devise an innovative project that could be commercially pro-

Pictured at the Waterford/RCSI Transition Year Mini Med School Programme 2019 which this year took place from 19th-22nd February at University Hospital Waterford, HSE/RCSI Education facility and WIT were Martha Cleary and Aimee Coady, St. Declan's, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford. [John Power]

Pictured at the Waterford/RCSI Transition Year Mini Med School Programme 2019 which this year took place from 19th-22nd February at University Hospital Waterford, HSE/RCSI Education facility and WIT were Shauna Hennessy, [John Power] Presentation, Waterford, Treasa Ni Fhaolain and Rosie Byrne, Meanscoil San Nicholás, An Rinn.

duced. Each entry submitted before the 15th March deadline will be judged by the Engineers Ireland STEPS Dragons, with the winners crowned ‘Ireland’s Top Guide Engineers’ or ‘Ireland’s Top Brownie Engineers’. As well as events organised by companies, thirdlevel institutions and the public sector, teachers are also encouraged take the Engineers Week Primary School Challenge and run their own classroombased activities, quizzes and competitions. To download free resources for your classroom, including documentaries and activity packs, or find to more about events taking place around the country, visit www.engineersweek.ie

Pictured at the Waterford/RCSI Transition Year Mini Med School Programme 2019 which this year took place from 19th-22nd February at University Hospital Waterford,HSE/RCSI Education facility and WIT were Emily Coughlan and Jane Foley both students at Blackwater Community College, Lismore, Co. Waterford. [John Power]

Pictured at the Waterford/RCSI Transition Year Mini Med School Programme 2019 which this year took place from 19th-22nd February at University Hospital Waterford,HSE/RCSI Education facility and WIT were Ella O'Riordan, [John Power] Elizabeth Leonard and Alanna Kelly, students at St. Augustine's College, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 1 March, 2019

Pupils for Carriglea NS launching the Buy A Brick Fundraising Drive.

Carriglea National School Buy A Brick Fundraising Drive CARRIGLEA National School are delighted to launch our latest fundraising drive, Buy a Brick for Carriglea National School. As one of the smaller schools around Dungarvan Carriglea has developed over the last 20 years well beyond its beginnings in “the Old Schoolhouse”. We now have over 80 children, four teachers and two Special Needs Assistants. For many years we have used two prefabs as part of the school but in 2017 storm Ophelia finished off one that was on its’ last legs! But as the saying goes “Every cloud has a silver lining” so we now have planning for an extension to house a new classroom. While the department has put forward considerable funding for this development we need to raise additional funds to complete the project. We are calling on all pupils and families past, present and future to spread the word and support this drive by buying a brick for the school. There are three levels of donation for families and individuals: • Carriglea Hero €100 • Carriglea Superhero €250 • Carriglea Legend €500 We are also asking businesses to support by Buying a Pillar to the


Site Meeting value of €200. The names of all the people donating will be place on a large plaque in the school and thereby will always be associated with contributing towards the new school building.

If you wish to donate please contact us on: Email: carrigleabuyabrick@gmail.com Phone: 087 332 8317 Find us on Facebook @carrigleans

New extension

Aerial photo of Carrigla National School.

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Árd Scoil na nDéise student wins Prize in National Final of Credit Union Art Competition CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Bradfield, Third Year, who was recently presented with a runner up prize in the age fourteen to seventeen years category of the Irish League of Credit Unions All-Ireland Art Competition. The theme of the competition this year was ‘The Force of Nature’. Mary entered a stunning and extremely accomplished piece and was praised by the judges for the quality of her entry. The Credit Union Art Competition is a very prestigious national competition and it afforded Mary a wonderful opportunity to get feedback from the very knowledgeable judging panel on how she can further refine her technique. The awards ceremony took place in Croke Park on Sunday, 17th February where Mary was presented with her prize by Marty Whelan. We are so proud

of Mary’s success and we wish her well in her future artistic endeavours. We look forward to watching Mary continue to go from strength to strength. Congratulations too to Mary’s art teacher Ms. Foley who has nurtured and supported Mary’s talent over the past number of years. THREE ARD SCOIL NA nDÉISE TEAMS QUALIFY FOR THE ALL IRELAND CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS The Ard Scoil had another successful day at the Munster Cross Country Championships with not one, not two but three teams qualifying for the All Irelands which will be held in Kildare on March 9th! The athletes were glad to see a dry day after the horrendous conditions they had to compete in at the East Munster Championships.

The Junior girls team got the day off to a great start claiming third team prize, led home by Caoimhe Prendergast who finished eighteenth overall and not far behind Caoimhe was Eve Dwyer who finished twenty second.The team was completed by excellent running by Aoibh Murphy, Millie Lucey and Mairead Hickey. In the Intermediate girls’ race, Sarah Nyhan led the team home to third team prize. Cross country running is all about the team and Sarah had an excellent team just behind her in Anna Hickey and Emma Hickey. Well done girls! In the senior girls race Lucy Holmes had one of her best runs this year finishing fourth overall and led yet another Ard Scoil team to third team prize. The team was made up of Lucy Holmes, Mary-Kate Prendergast, Kate Hickey and Sinead

O’Brien. It is great to see Sinead qualifying for another All-Ireland in her last year competing in an

Ard Scoil singlet. It was an outstanding day for Athletics in Ard Scoil na nDéise

as we were the only school in Munster that had three teams that qualified for the All-Irelands.

Mary Bradfield was accompanied at the National Final of the Credit Union Art Competition awards ceremony by her parents Ray and Linda and her sister Maeve.

Mary's entry was stunning and we are so proud of her achievement.

Well done to our senior team Mary Kate Prendergast, Lucy Holmes, Kate Hickey and Sinead O'Brien.

Well done to our junior team Caoimhe Power, Millie Lucey, Eve Dwyer, Aoibh Murphy, and Mairead Hickey.

Well done to our intermediate team, Emma Hickey, Anna Hickey and Sarah Nyhan.



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Transition Year visit to Dungarvan Men’s Shed OUR TYs visited Dungarvan Mens Shed on Thursday, February 14th. Nicky Sheehan and Shane Minnock gave the students a very informative talk on the origins of the Shed and the positive impact it has on the community. Dungarvan Mens Shed is one of the first to be established in Ireland and out transition years have been visiting for a number of years. EUROFINS ESSAY COMPETITION Two of our Transition year Students Kyle Walsh and Oisin Downey recently won an essay competition for run the local branch of the multinational company Eurofins. The prize for winning the essay competition

was a week's work placement in their Dungarvan facility.This was a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into a world leading company. The boys got to see all the different sections of the lab and facilities, while also getting an indepth look the daily working life of a pharmaceutical factory. TRANSITION YEAR TRIP TO “ZIPWIRE” PARK IN CASTLECOMER Our TYs were recently treated to an activity day in Castlecomer Discovery Park. The visit was another part of the Transition Year bonding activities that have run throughout the year. COMENIUS PROJECT – THE NETHERLANDS Recently 14 of our Transition

Year Students travelled to the Netherlands to take part in an Erasmus Exchange Project. The title of the project is "Science of Sport" and the lads will be presenting on various topics like linked to sport such as Stamina and Respiration. Dungarvan CBS students will be attending classes to experience the Dutch education system and many other visits are planned. CBS teachers on the trip will be teaching classes to encourage exchange of ideas and collaboration between the schools. We will be hosting our Dutch friends in May for the return visit. There will be a second project involving next year’s TYs commencing in September.

Ms. Hodgers delivering an Art Lesson to a group of Erasmus students during the recent trip to the Netherlands.

Transition Year students visiting the Dungarvan Men’s Shed.

Eurofins Essay Competition Winners Oisin Downey and Kyle Walsh.

Dungarvan CBS students enjoying a game of International Table Football with their fellow Erasmus students.

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1st years HSE Programme – Well done to the group of 1st years who are taking part in the Healthy Food Made Easy Programme which is certified by the HSE. This week students prepared, cooked, served and evaluated delicious homemade chicken fajitas topped off with homemade salsa and guacamole. Pictured above are the group of 1st years who are taking part in the Healthy Food Made Easy programme.



Basketball Team Trip – Pictured above are the 2nd Year Under 15 Basketball team that against the Abbey Community College team in Ferrybank in Waterford.


German Exchange ON Friday, February 15th, we said an emotional Auf Wiedersehen/Tschüss for now to the 18 students who had been with us for ten days from our partner school in Heidelberg. They attended classes with their Irish partners each day, went on a number of trips and got to play hurling, camogie and football the day before they left. The Irish students can now look forward to their visit to Heidleberg in March. TRANSITION YEAR DRAMA TRIP Over 50 TY students travelled to London recently on a jam packed trip with the highlight being attending three shows while they were there, Phantom of the Opera, The Book of Mormon and The Play that goes Wrong. They got a guided tour of the Globe Theatre and went

biking around parts of London. Well done to all involved and to Tour Organiser Mr. Dunlea. NATIONAL ART & PHOTO COMPETITION Congratulations to Luke Hitchman who has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Mental Health Ireland Art & Photo Competition. Of almost 1500 entries less than 50 get to the Final stage so this is a huge achievement for Luke. The Final takes place in Dublin on Thursday, March 26th. UNDER 16½ GAELIC FOOTBALL Best of luck to the U16 and half Football Team on their game which takes place on Tuesday in Cappoquin against St. Augustine’s. LEAVING CERT APPLIED Our students recently had task

German Exchange students with their Irish partners prior to leaving BCS recently. Interviews on their work which forms part of their Leaving Cert grade in the Practical Achievement Task, Agriculture /

Pupils from Kilrossanty National School who recently attended the Peace Proms 2019 concert in Waterford.

Horticulture Task and the Contemporary Issues Task. ATHLETICS Congratulations to all athletes

who participated in the Munster Cross Country in Carriganore on Friday, February 15th, and to

Conor Mullany and Natalie Nicholson who qualified for the All-Ireland Cross Country Championships.

Pupils from Kilrossanty National School who recently attended the Peace Proms 2019 concert in Waterford.




A very busy term THIS term of Glenbeg N.S. has been very busy and active for all the pupils. We have had lots of fun doing things like yoga, running, swimming, art and lots more! QUIZZES Well done to the pupils from 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Class who competed in the recent local quizzes - Credit Union Quiz, St.Joseph’s Quiz, Carriglea Quiz and Abbeyside NS Quiz. SPORT We have finished our “Run Around Ireland Challenge” and we are now doing a “Tour of Europe Challenge, where each class picks a destination and each pupil runs a kilometre or more each day, getting closer to their

destination each day. We are still busy with Active Flag and do lots of activities. The Junior Infants have been doing yoga for the past 6 weeks, when all from 1st to 6th have been swimming. RELIGION The Junior Infants celebrated Grandparents Day during Catholic Schools Week where they invited their Grandparents in for a short ceremony, a chat, and a few songs. The Confirmation class have completed their “Called by Name” mass, where they led the mass with Carriglea school. ART During the term, an artist called Julie Forrester came into the school and did art with the

whole school. She did many fun art projects with us and we made an art journal. She will be coming back again soon. GREEN FLAG The fourth and fifth class did an Empliance Audit where they went around the whole school and all the classes and counted things like windows, doors, sinks, etc. They do weekly checks on bins and whoever uses the right bins properly win a prize. Well done to Ms.Whelan Barrett’s class who has won the most. The Green Flag committee also does weekly checks on lights and makes sure that everyone is using them correctly and aren’t wasting electricity. Ellen, Aoibhin, Fionn, Mark


Active Play.

Active Play - Group Skipping.

Green Flag - Battery Recycling.

Valentine’s Day.

Grandparents Day.

Active Flag - Playground Leaders.

Quiz winners.

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Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 1 March, 2019

Letters to the Editor … Address Letters to: The Editor, Dungarvan Observer, Shandon, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Fax: 058 41559. e-mail: news@dungarvanobserver.ie ALL letters MUST include your name, address and telephone number for authenticity purposes.

Big thanks to Mary Butler TD I would like, through your paper, to say a very big thanks to Mary Butler TD and her office staff in Waterford and Dungarvan for all their work and help in solving a major farming issue with the Dept. of Agricultural. Through her office in Waterford and Dungarvan and Mary's work in Dublin they brought this problem to a happy conclusion. We thank you and your team for all the great work you did. Signed, A HAPPY GLAS FARMER. P.S. A No. 1 vote is guaranteed in this house.

Learner Drivers Sir, As a regular reader of the "Observer", I find your editorials generally fair and on the money, but I have to take issue with your comments on last week's edition about "Illegal Drivers". I find it extraordinary how the powers that be (Shane 'out of touch with reality' Ross) seem to be villifying young drivers purely because they hold provisional licences. Most young drivers I know are responsible people who do their compulsory twelve driving lessons and are then left waiting, through no fault of their own, to be called for their test which can take anything up to six months to come. In the meantime, they can't drive on their own even though their car may be their only way to get to work, and it is not always possible to have an experienced driver accompany them. To penalise them by a fine and/or confiscation of a vehicle is, in my opinion, grossly draconian, and will not make our roads any safer. Most accidents are caused by experienced drivers, not young provisional ones. All drivers of my vintage had to learn to drive for ourselves, and that is still, 30 years later, the best way to learn. Lay off the L drivers PLEASE! Yours, FRANK ROCHE, Dunmoon, Tallow, Co. Waterford.

Seapark Avenue Dungarvan – Tree Felling Seapark LAST week agents of the Council arrived in Seapark and in two short days felled some twelve or so mature and beautiful trees which lined the avenue, created a wonderful ambiance and provided wildlife habitat. No advance notice of the work, no indication of the degree of felling proposed, nor reasons for the destruction was provided to the residents of the estate. The trees in the estate are nearly all over thirty years old, and were planted by the developer or the residents. To the best of my knowledge, as a resident in the estate for almost 37 years, absolutely no trees, shrubs, plants, or flowers were ever provided by the Local Authority. Indeed, the only works that I am aware off that were ever carried out were remedial works to water services, pruning of some trees, repairs to sections of footpaths and occasional filling of potholes. The trees destroyed were both large and small and in almost all cases no rationale for the wanton environmental vandalism is apparent. The damage to the estate is significant and unfortunately cannot be undone in my lifetime. It raises several major questions: • For what reason were the trees destroyed? • How many trees was it proposed to destroy? • Was a horticultural report commissioned and where is that report? • Who sanctioned the destruction? • What plans are there for remediation? Over the past number of years Local Authorities have taken an active and welcome role in the promotion of economic development and tourism. However, Local Government was created to provide services to local communities and it is those communities who provide through their taxes the main revenue flows and hence deserve the greatest consideration from their representatives and officials. The destruction perpetrated, in my opinion, displays a focus on engineering considerations totally divorced from environmental deliberation. It is worth noting that the coastal stretch adjacent to the estate is subject to coastal erosion and despite malicious fires, serious storms, and removal of gorse and brambles no remedial planting has been carried out to protect the environment, maintain bio-diversity and provide wildlife habitat. It is essential that no further felling be carried out and that the trees destroyed be replaced by suitable species. In a year when elections are scheduled it is essential that electors use the opportunity to demonstrate the importance of environmental issues, the horrific threat posed by climate change and endeavour to halt human destruction of the natural environment. DONALD BRADY

LETTERS/OBITUARY MARY HALE (nee Brennan) Glendeish West, Lismore It’s with deep regret and sincere sadness that we record the passing of Mary Hale which sad event occurred peacefully in the presence of her loving family in the exceptional care of the staff of Medical 3 in University Hospital Waterford on Monday, 11th February, 2019. Mary was the eldest of four children, born to John and Margaret Brennan in Cloghaun in 1933. She worked from the age of 14 and always had a love of music and dancing. It was this interest that brought her to the Boat House in Cappoquin and Bennett’s Hall in Ballysaggart where she met Pad Hale and in 1955 they were married and were blessed with three children, where great times and memories were shared at their home in Glendeish, until Pad’s sad and sudden passing in 1995, but with the support of her family, friends and neighbours, she carried her loss with dignity. Family was very important to Mary, she adored her three children and cherished the grandchildren that followed and always enjoyed family gatherings and the love was repaid when Mary was ill in hospital with the daily visits from her family and friends and while her family will mourn her passing, they can cherish the wonderful memories of a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many. May she Rest In Peace. Mary lay in repose at her home in Glendeish, where Rosary was recited on Monday and Tuesday night. Following funeral prayers, recited by Fr. M. Cullinan, P.P., her removal took place to St. Carthage’s Church, Lismore; her remains were blessed and received by Fr. M. Cullinan, P.P. Funeral Mass was offered up on Thursday morning. Celebrant was Fr. M. Cullinan, P.P. At the beginning of Mass, symbols that were significant in Mary’s life were brought to the altar. A family photograph taken recently at her grandson Paudie’s wedding was brought up by her daughter-in-law Mary; a cookery book representing Mary’s love of cooking and her ever boiling kettle was brought up by John’s partner Mary; a Rosary beads representing Mary’s deep devotion and particularly her love of the Rosary was brought up by her lifelong friend Kathleen Cunningham; a plant representing Mary’s love of her garden was brought up by her Carer Maureen Tobin. Maureen’s loving care made Mary’s last few years in Glendeish both possible and pleasurable. A CD representing Mary’s love of music and dance and, in particular, her many happy years gracing the dancefloor with her beloved husband Pad in Goatenbridge, Ballyporeen, was brought up by her nephew and Godson Anthony. The symbols were narrated by her son John. The readings were read by her daughter Martina and grand-daughter Aoife.The Prayers of the Faithful were recited by her grandchildren Seán, Paudie and Jack; niece Ber; nephew P.J. and grand-daughter-inlaw Petra. The Offertory Gifts of bread and wine were presented at the altar by her sisters Anne (Nugent) and Margaret (Meagher). Hymns were sung throughout the Mass by John Ryan, accompanied by Jim Cosgrove with accordion instrumentals being played by her grandsons Stephen and Jack and nephew Joe, while a fitting eulogy in memory of Mary was delivered by her grandson Stephen. After Mass the cortege proceeded to St. Carthage’s Cemetery where, after final prayers recited by Fr. M. Cullinan, P.P., Mary was laid to rest beside her beloved Pad – to have their first waltz together after 24 years on Valentine’s Day to the strains of “Sweet Forget Me Not.” The many mourners who came to pay their respects were a true testament to the esteem Mary was held in both the community and further afield. May her gentle soul Rest In Peace. To her loving daughter Martina; sons John and Patrick; sisters Anne and Margaret; son-in-law Monnie; daughter-in-law Mary; John’s partner Mary; grandchildren Paudie, Aoife, Stephen, Seán, Caoimhe and Jack; grand-daughter-in-law Petra; sisters-in-law Helen (Brennan) and Mary (Hallahan); nephews, nieces, relatives and her large circle of friends, we extend our sincere sympathy. Month’s Mind Mass for Mary and Anniversary Mass for her beloved husband Pad will be celebrated on this Sunday, 3rd March, in St. Carthage’s Church, Lismore, at 11.00 a.m. (Funeral arrangements were by Ryan’s Funeral Directors, Lismore).

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57 TRISH O’BRIEN-FIVES Dromroe, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford It is with sincere sadness and deep regret we record the passing of Trish which sad event occurred on 26th January at home in Dromroe. We express our heartfelt sympathy to Trish’s sons Eoin, Colin and Ian; her parents John and Peggy O’Brien, Monang; sister Susan; brothers Brendan, Seán and Dermot; brother-in-law Cameron Harding; sistersin-law Carmel, Alison and Maeve; nieces Caroline Harding and Emily O’Brien; nephews Callum Harding and John O’Brien; aunts and uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. Trish was born in Abbeyside on 17th March, 1964. She commenced her education in Abbeyside National School and she then continued her secondary education at the Mercy Convent, Dungarvan. She also went to St. Patrick’s College in Dromcondra, Dublin, and qualified as a Primary School teacher. She worked for one year in Glasthule, Dublin, and she then came to Touraneena. She also worked in Cappoquin Primary School before going to Lismore. She had a great interest in Special Education, especially dyslexia. Trish retired from Lismore Primary School due to ill health. Funeral prayers were recited by Fr. Arthure at her home in Dromroe on Monday evening. Also present were Fr. Cooney, O.S.A., and Fr. Kiely. Removal took place on Tuesday morning to Abbeyside Church for Requiem Mass which was celebrated by Fr. Ned Hassett.The Liturgy of the Word was read by her sons Colin and Ian. The Prayers of the Faithful were recited by Susan (sister), Caroline (niece), Emily (niece) and Andrea Jameson (friend). Brendan and Esther Barry brought the Offertory Gifts to the altar. Heartfelt and moving words of tribute were delivered by her son Colin. Throughout the Mass sacred hymns were sung beautifully by Dina Walshe. Fr. Hassett led the graveside prayers as Trish was laid to rest. The family would like to thank Prof. Seamus O’Reilly and his team in South Infirmary and CUH Cork. We thank most sincerely Marymount Hospice for the wonderful care given to Trish. It is truly a very special place. We wish to thank Dr. Joe O’Keeffe for his care and we wish to express our sincere appreciation to Dr. Barry and her team in Lismore.We are also very thankful to the Palliative Care team and we thank very sincerely Nurse Gráinne, Colette and Yvonne. Also thank you to Mari Mina Pharmacy. Thank you to the family and friends who looked after the traffic in Dromroe. We wish to thank Trish’s friends who were in touch with her during her illness. Thank you to the gravediggers, to Eileen and the two altar girls. We will be forever grateful to all who came to the funeral, sent Mass cards and flowers. Thank you to Drohan, Funeral Directors. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis. (Funeral arrangements were by Tom Drohan, Funeral Director, Dungarvan).

MARY O’LEARY (nee Lineen) Melleray Road, Cappoquin With profound sorrow and regret we record the passing of Mary O’Leary (nee Lineen), Melleray Road, Cappoquin, Co.Waterford, loving wife of the late Dermot, which sad event occurred peacefully on the 20th February, 2019. Lying in repose at Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Home, Cappoquin, on Friday evening, funeral prayers were recited by Rev. Fr. Pat Gear, P.P., in the presence of her loving family, relatives and friends before removal took place to St. Mary’s Church, Cappoquin. On arrival her remains were received and blessed by Rev. Fr. Pat Gear, P.P. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday morning by Rev. Fr. Pat Gear, P.P. During the Mass readings were recited by her sons Kenneth and Carl. Prayers of the Faithful were read by daughter Anne, granddaughters Emily, Lara and Robyn Power.Throughout the Mass soloist Andree Cunningham and organist Mary Pedder provided a lovely selection of music and hymns. The Offertory Gifts were presented to the altar by daughter Anne and daughter-in-law Marion. Following Communion Anne recited a poem in honour of her Mum, also gave words of thanks to her Mum for the contribution that Mary had made on their lives and expressed words of gratitude and appreciation to the local community. Following Funeral Mass burial took place in St. Declan’s Cemetery, Cappoquin. Rev. Fr. P. Gear, P.P., officiated the graveside prayers where Mary was laid to rest in the presence of her loving family, relatives and friends. We extend our deepest sympathy to by her loving sons Carl, Conor, Mark and Kenneth; daughter Anne; brother Tom Lineen; sister Kitty Daly; daughter-in-law Marion; son-in-law John Power; grandchildren, sisters-in-law Lily; nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. (Funeral arrangements by Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Directors, Cappoquin & Tallow).

58 MARY CONNORS (nee Hickey) Celbridge, Co. Kildare, and formerly of Bandon, Co. Cork, and Roscrea, Co. Tipperary It is with profound sorrow and deep regret we record the passing of Mary Connors (nee Hickey), Celbridge, Co. Kildare, and formerly of Bandon, Co. Cork, and Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, loving wife of the late Edmund (Ned ex-Garda Siochána), sister of the late Cecilia, John Joe and Frank, which sad event occurred on 16th February, 2019, peacefully in the tender and loving care of her daughter Mary and family. Lying in repose at her daughter Mary’s home on Monday evening. Funeral prayers were recited by Rev. Fr. Gerard Deighan in the presence of her loving family, relatives and friends. Reposing at Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Home, Cappoquin, on Tuesday evening, Rev. Fr. Arthure, P.E., recited funeral prayers in the presence of her loving family, relatives and friends, followed by removal to St. John The Baptist Church, Affane. On arrival her remains were received and blessed by Rev. Fr. Arthure, P.E. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday morning by Rev. Fr. Pat Gear, P.P. Symbols representing her life were presented to the altar by grandchildren Treasa Moriarty (Holy Bible); Roisín Moriarty (old autograph book); Siobhán Moriarty (Mary’s purse); Emer Sheehy, Ciara and Cerys Connors (family photograph); the significance of the symbols was narrated by daughter Geraldine. Readings during the Mass were recited by son Brendan and granddaughter Aoife Sheehy. Prayers of the Faithful were read by grandsons Sean Moriarty, Paul O’Connor, Luke O’Connor, Dillon Connors, daughter-in-law Catherine Devine, and son Sean Connors. Soloist Andree Cunningham and organist Dina Walshe provided a lovely selection of music and hymns throughout the Mass. The Offertory Gifts were presented to the altar by daughter Mary and son Brendan. Following Funeral Mass burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. Rev. Fr. Pat Gear, P.P., officiated the graveside prayers where Mary was laid to rest in the presence of her loving family, relatives and friends. Go ndéana Dia grásta uirthi agus ar anamacha na mairbh go léir chun ná h-iarrfaimís an ghuí ghann. We extend our deepest sympathy to her loving sons Kieran, Eamon, Declan, Brendan and Seán; daughters Geraldine and Mary; brother Daniel Coleman; sisters Eileen and Nora; daughters-in-law Mary, Bernadette, Vanessa and Catherine; sons-in-law John Joe and Sean; brother-in-law Thomas; sisters-in-law Nuala and Mary (USA); grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. (Funeral arrangements by Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Directors, Cappoquin & Tallow).

BEVENA McCARTHY (nee Doyle) Kilmore, Tallow, Co. Waterford, and formerly of Kilrane, Rosslare Harbour, Co. Wexford It is with profound sorrow and deep regret that we record the passing of Bevena McCarthy (nee Doyle), Kilmore,Tallow, Co.Waterford, and formerly of Kilrane, Rosslare Harbour, Co. Wexford, loving wife of the late Thomas (Tom),which sad event occurred peacefully on 18th February, 2019. Lying in repose at Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Home, Tallow, on Tuesday evening Rosary was recited by Rev. Fr. M. Melican, I.C., in the presence of her loving family. On Wednesday evening funeral prayers were recited by Rev. Fr. M. Melican, I.C., in the presence of her loving family, relatives, neighbours and friends before removal took place to The Church Of Immaculate Conception, Tallow. On arrival her remains were received and blessed by Rev. Fr. G. McNamara, P.P. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday morning by Rev. Fr. G. McNamara, P.P. Symbols representing Bevena’s life were presented to the altar by daughter Teresa Cosigan (Wexford colours) and grandson Darragh Broderick (family picture). The significance of these were narrated by grandson Ronan Bennett. Readings during the Mass were recited by grandchildren Rory and Leanne Costigan. A lovely selection of music and hymns were provided by Tallow Parish Choir and organist Mairead Cullinane. Prayers of the Faithful were read by daughter Helen Bennett and grandchildren Ronan Bennett, Rory and Leanne Costigan.The Offertory Gifts were presented to the altar by daughter Pauline Broderick and son-in-law Pat Costigan. Following Communion daughter Helen delivered a lovely and fitting eulogy as a tribute to her mother. Following Funeral Mass burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. Rev. Fr. G. McNamara, P.P., officiated the graveside prayers where Bevena was laid to rest in the presence of her loving family, relatives, neighbours and friends. May she Rest In Peace. We extend of deepest sympathy to her loving daughters Pauline Broderick, Helen Bennett and Theresa Costigan; sons-in-law Pauline’s partner Paul, Johnny Bennett and Pat Costigan; sister Celia Carmichael; sister-in-law Josie McCarthy; nephews, nieces, grandchildren, great-grandchildren Charlotte and Benjamin; relatives, neighbours and friends. (Funeral arrangements by Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Directors, Cappoquin & Tallow).

OBITUARY THOMAS JOSEPH (Tom) ROCHE Knocknaraha, Tallow On 3rd February, 2019, in his 92nd year, Tom Roche of Knocknaraha,Tallow, passed from this life in the way he would have always wanted, in his sleep, in his own bed, in his life-long home. Tom was the only child of John Roche and Nora Hunt and lived, farmed and retired in the parish of Kilwatermoy.While Tom may have never left the parish, his mind certainly travelled the world. An avid reader,Tom had a huge interest in world and local affairs and was very conversant in both up to the time of his death. In his youth Tom was involved with many organisations, GAA, drama and Macra na Feirme, to mention but a few. He was a founding member and honorary President of the local Shamrocks GAA Club, who honoured him with a large Guard of Honour when his remains arrived at Kilwatermoy Church; played minor hurling with Waterford in the ’40s, and in the ’50s, was one of the founder members of the National Farmers’ Association (NFA) which later became the IFA. He was an accomplished public speaker and debater and won national titles before going on to train and mentor other successful speakers and teams. It was through the Tennis Club in Tallow where Tom met the love of his life, Myra Ryan, and they settled in Knocknaraha after their marriage in 1957. Within a few years, Tom went from a solitary existence as an only child to being the father of four boys and a girl and inherited new Ryan in-laws, Myra’s brothers Con, Frank, Kevin and their families.Tom always enjoyed the music and craic associated with the big family gatherings. Tom was an accomplished sportsperson – he was good at all the sports he played; hurling, football, tennis and latterly golf, having been a member of both Lismore and Youghal Golf Clubs throughout the ’70s and ’80s. He retired from both when Myra’s sight deteriorated to spend more time with her, travelling and generally enjoying life. Myra’s death in 1997 was a huge blow to him, but Tom took great comfort in his children and his ever increasing number of grandchildren, and his greatest joy was watching them grow and develop. He was fiercely proud of all their accomplishments, particularly in education and in sport and had a keen interest in all their activities. Tom led an active life and played bridge for many years with the Tallow and Lismore clubs which he enjoyed immensely. He would have been very touched at their Guard of Honour at his removal from the Funeral Home. While the last few years of his life were challenging for him, Tom’s mind was very clear and sharp and his storytelling was legendary. His family, sons John, Frank, Tomás and Liam; daughter Mary (Keegan); daughters-in-law Shirley, Nora, Maureen and Diane; son-in-law Brian; his fourteen grandchildren, sister-in-law Teresa Ryan; brother-in-law Kevin Ryan; are deeply saddened by the loss of a wonderful father, grandfather and friend, but are comforted by the fact of his long life and easy passing. Tom was laid to rest beside his beloved wife Myra in the cemetery at Kilwatermoy Church, with Fr. Pat Condon, P.P., officiating and assisted by Rev. Fr. Tom Flynn and Rev. Fr. Sean Cotter. Tom often remarked that he never expected to live so long but was always grateful for all the changes he saw in his life, from farming with a horse and plough to satellite-directed tractors, from candles to the internet. In his long, long life he witnessed many events and was always intrigued by them all. His journey over, may he now rest in peace. Month’s Mind Mass will be celebrated in The Holy Cross Church, Kilwatermoy, on Friday, 1st March, at 7.30 p.m. (Funeral arrangements by Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Directors, Cappoquin & Tallow).

SEAN CURRAN Robertstown, Leamybrien With sincere regret we record the passing of Sean Curran on Saturday, 23rd February 2019. Reposing at Drohan’s Funeral Home, Dungarvan, on Sunday evening, 24th February, Rosary was led by Fr. Delaney, P.P. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday morning in St. Brigid’s Church, Kilrossanty, by Fr. Delaney, P.P., burial took place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. We extend our deepest sympathy to his brothers Tom and Ollie; sister-in-law Ann; nephews Jimmy, Johnny, Stephen and Deric; grandnephews Fionn and Ultan; cousins, relative and friends. May he Rest In Peace. (Funeral arrangements by Tom Drohan, Funeral Director, Dungarvan).

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JIM FLYNN Carrigeen, Newtown, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford R.I.P. February 7th, 2019 22-3-1959 – 7-2-2019 A veil of sorrow was cast over Carrigeen, Newtown, on 7th February as the news of Jim’s death spread throughout the parish. Ovens and cookers were put on red alert as neighbours and friends rallied to help Nora and the boys. Jim was a good, kind, quiet person and throngs of people paid their last respects on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at his wake and funeral. He loved his family Nora, Niall, Conor, grandson Tadhg and Andrea, his only brother Noel and sisters Sr. Regina, Phil, Ann, Bernie, Nuala and all his nephews and nieces. The GAA in Newtown/Ballydurn were outstanding in their support and organisation of the crowds who attended the wake at Jim’s home. The guard of honour was reverent, respectful and greatly appreciated. It was very touching to see so many young people and old line the way for Jim’s last journey in Newtown. The friends who baked and served will never be forgotten. Jim had a great sense of humour and fun. He loved people and always enjoyed a joke and a laugh. Jim was a kind, generous soul who had no enemies and never said a bad word about anyone. He also loved farming and had a huge fondness for the land and animals. He has two sound sons who play for Newtown/Ballydurn and they will continue to farm his land. He was always very proud of them. His new grandson Tadhg, born in September, brought a smile to his face. A Mass will be offered for family, neighbours, friends, Newtown GAA, Dunhill parishioners, golfers in West Waterford, neighbours and friends in Ballymacrbry and all who travelled to Jim’s funeral. Thanks to Fr. Keogh, Doctors Griffin and McEllduff, Karl and all the staff at Waterford University Hospital, who were so kind to Jim over the past two years. May Jim Rest In Peace. Thanks to Michael Kinsella and his wife Dolores for the wonderful funeral they gave Jim. Jim’s Month Mind Mass will be celebrated on Friday, 8th March, in Newtown Church at 7.30 p.m.

CATHERINE (Kitty) GOUGH (née Power) Five Cross Roads, Carrigahilla, Stradbally It is with great sadness and deep regret that we record the passing of Catherine (Kitty) Gough which sad event occurred on Tuesday, 19th February, in the tender care of staff at St. Vincent’s Unit, Dungarvan Community Hospital. Reposing at Drohan’s Funeral Home, Dungarvan, on Friday evening, February 22nd, where Rosary was recited by Fr. Condon, P.P., in the presence of her loving family, relatives, neighbours and friends. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday at 12:00 noon by Fr. Enright, P.E., assisted by Fr. Kennedy, P.P., and Fr. O’Byrne, P.P. Burial took place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. To her loving husband Dick; daughters Karen and Aideen; sons Tomás, Eamonn and Richard; brother Bernie; sister Breda; sons-inlaw John and PJ; daughters-in-law Sinead, Nicola and Norma; sistersin-law Mary, Nora, Kathleen, Rose and Rita; brothers-in-law Monnie, Michael and Tom; grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends, we extend our deepest sympathy. May she Rest In Peace. (Funeral arrangements by Tom Drohan, Funeral Director, Dungarvan).

KATHLEEN POE (nee Walsh) Whitewell, Chapel Road, Stradbally Feelings of deep sadness and regret were expressed with the passing of Kathleen Poe on Monday, 18th February, peacefully, at University Hospital Waterford. Kathleen is deeply mourned by her sisters Bridie Hatton and Mary Walsh; brother Tom Walsh; sister-in-law Janet; nephews, nieces, extended family and friends. We extend to all our deepest sympathy. Kathleen lay in repose at the Kiely Funeral Home, Dungarvan, on Monday evening, 25th February. Following Funeral Prayers recited by Fr. Jerry Condon, P.P., the removal took place to The Holy Cross Church, Stradbally. Requiem Mass in thanksgiving for Kathleen’s life was celebrated on Tuesday morning, 26th February, and afterwards Kathleen was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sí. (Funeral arrangements by James Kiely & Sons, Funeral Directors, Dungarvan).

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ANN BYRNE (nee Bagge) Dungarvan Road, Affane, Cappoquin With sincere regret we record the passing of Ann Byrne (nee Bagge), Dungarvan Road, Affane, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, loving wife of the late Joe, which sad event occurred peacefully on 10th February, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. Ann was born and raised in Clashmore and continued to have a fondness for this place regularly visiting the family graves there. She was one of seven children and was left heartbroken herself in the last few years having lost Pad, Sean, Tom, Mary, Terry, Jim and Jamie. She was in regular contact with all her family, never missing a phone call or visit at least once a week. Ann’s only remaining brother Joe couldn't make it to the funeral but we are grateful to the members of his family for coming in his place. She always enjoyed Joe's visit home and we made a promise to her that we will go to see Joe before the year is out. Ann met her husband Joe at a dance, he asked her friend first to dance to which she said no, that she didn't dance with strangers, so he asked Ann who was sitting alongside her and she said yes. They were so happy for over fifty years.They were a real team and had a beautiful love and respect for each other and when Joe died a part of Ann died too. Material things never bothered them once their family had everything they needed and were happy that they were happy too. A trip to New Ross was as good as a trip to New York. Ann loved a game of cards but she never had the patience to teach any of us. She loved going to Decies on a Saturday and was grateful to Mike Foley for taking her there and meeting the usual crew. She loved fashion and jewellery and she always wore a chain even if she was just sitting by the fire and even when she had pain with the ulcers on her leg. She loved the company and the chat. Loved people calling to her, when we used to overstay our welcome she would often say have we any homes ourselves to go to.We all loved home and even though we had our own houses we called Affane home. She loved to see the grandchildren and great grandchildren calling and loved to see them leaving too. She never forgot a birthday or Christmas and always put thought into her gifts. We spent Mam’s last ten days in hospital, we laughed and we cried, we shared stories and memories, one in particular shows her loyalty and commitment to her family was when our sister Ann was in hospital for six months and every night without fail, even with a young family at home, Mam would visit her bringing her chicken and chips. We, in turn, were loyal to our Mam and would do as much as we could for her, we were like seven little terriers after the Doctors and Nurses in Waterford asking questions and making sure that our Mam got the best care and attention, unfortunately this was in vain and Mam’s illness took over.We stayed with her at all times, we had a happy hour, a sad hour, a John O’Shea hour, we sang songs, did quizzes, we said the Rosary badly on repeat and we drank Ardkeen out of tea.We held her hand and kissed her while she took her last breath so peacefully. Our parents were our world, they thought us love, compassion, empathy, manners, forgiveness and all things money cannot buy. Mam will always be the voice of reason in our heads and remain in our hearts forever. Not every family is as lucky to have had such a wonderful childhood and upbringing and for that we thank you Mam for all you did. We hope you and dad are back together and are looking down on us proudly, and as Dad would say goodbye and God bless. We love you Mam and thank you. Eulogy which was recited by daughter Ita at Ann's Funeral Mass. May she Rest In Peace. Lying in repose at her home on Monday, Rosary was recited by Rev. Fr. Pat Gear, P.P., in the presence of her loving family, relatives and friends. Reposing at Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Home, Cappoquin, on Tuesday evening, where funeral prayers were recited by Rev. Fr. Arthure, P.E., in the presence of her loving family, neighbours and friends before removal took place to St. John The Baptist Church, Affane. On arrival her remains were received and blessed by Rev. Fr. Arthure, P.E. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday morning by Rev. Fr. Pat Gear, P.P. Readings during the Mass were recited by daughter-inlaw Roseanne and son Tom. Prayers of the Faithful were read by grandchildren Kyle Lyons, Jack Twomey, Craig Mason, Ryan Lyons, Chloe Byrne and Michelle Maher. A lovely selection of music and hymns was provided throughout the Mass by Muriel Coleman. The Offertory Gifts were presented to the altar by daughters Ann and Linda. Following Communion daughter Ita recited a eulogy, recalling memories of their Mam, and acknowledging the support that their family received during this difficult time. Which was followed by a song played “My Mother” by Jimmy Buckley. Following Funeral Mass burial took place in the adjoining

OBITUARY cemetery. Rev. Fr. Pat Gear, P.P., officiated the graveside prayers, where Ann was laid to rest in the presence of her loving family, relatives, neighbours and many friends. May we extend our deepest sympathy to her loving sons Tom and Joey; daughters Mary Leggett, Ann Maher, Linda Lyons, Ita Mason and Edel Twomey; brother Joe Bagge; daughters-in-law Regina and Roseanne; sons-in-law Mark Leggett, John Maher, Eddie Lyons,Trevor Mason and John Twomey; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, niece, relatives, neighbours and friends. Month’s Mind Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, 9th March, 2019, in St. John The Baptist Church, Affane, at 8.15 p.m. (Funeral arrangements by Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Directors, Cappoquin & Tallow).

TIMOTHY CHAVASSE Timothy Chavasse died at the CareChoice Nursing Home in Dungarvan on 6th January, 2019, and his funeral was held at Castle Townshend, Co. Cork, on 17th January. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Mary’s Church of Ireland in Dungarvan on Friday, 1st March, at 12 noon.

NICHOLAS (Nicky) KIELY Congress Villas, Dungarvan 1934-2019 The local community learned with feelings of deep sorrow and regret of the passing Nicky Kiely on Sunday, 3rd February, in the tender care of staff at University Hospital Waterford. Nicky was born on Saturday, December 8th, 1934, the eldest son of Gerald and Margaret Kiely. He was the first child born in Congress Villas and lived there all his life. After leaving school he commenced work with his father Gerald as a Stonemason and quickly progressed to become a much soughtafter Master Stonemason. He spent his early years with Hearne’s Builders in and around Waterford City where he worked on several large projects such as the Parish Church in Tramore, the Sacred Heart Church in the Folly and the AIB in Dungarvan. He also spent time carrying out remedial work at St. Mary’s Parish Church. He then returned to work in Dungarvan for Spurling Homes which brought him to work on local housing estates such as Springfield, Silversprings and Skehacrine in Abbeyside. Nicky joined Waterford County Council in 1998 where he worked there until his retirement. During his time with the local authority he was involved in many roadside projects. Nicky travelled all over the county to build roadside walls, gateways and other features. Nicky enjoyed his time working in the Council as he made many lifelong friends. Nicky had a love of the outdoors and his greatest passion was fishing the Colligan. He would spend hours enjoying both day and night fishing. During the closed season, Nicky would drive out to the river and go for a walk. Other interests included Man. Utd. and, of course, Waterford hurling. Nicky had a deep faith and attended Mass every day when he could. Upon his retirement and in later years he drove his friends, Dinny O’Brien and Tom Kiely to weekday Mass. At Christmas time the Crib was the feature in his house and Nicky took immense pride and care when putting it up. Nicky was first and foremost a family man. He lived with his brothers Paul and Gerald all their life and always made time to visit brothers Tommy, Jimmy and sisters Mary, Margo and Phil. He developed his own daily and weekly routines for this. He really enjoyed family events and never missed a wedding, Christening or birthday. Sadly, in the last twelve months Nicky’s health deteriorated. Nicky bore this with great fortitude, personal faith and belief in God. A very special mention to Shauna Casey, Nicky’s grandniece, who is Nursing in UHW. It was a major source of comfort to Nicky to be able to talk to Shauna. Nicky’s family would like to thank Father Ryan for officiating at Nicky’s Burial Mass and to those who contributed during the Mass. Symbols of Nicky’s life were presented by Gerard and John Paul Moran; the readings were read by Shauna Casey and Geraldine Casey; Prayers of the Faithful were read by Margaret Kiely, Samantha Foley, Geraldine Sutton, Michaela Moran and Roisin Foley. Offertory Gifts were brought to the altar by Mary Moran and Phil Morrissey. Words of appreciation were read by Colm Morrissey. Thanks to Dina Walshe for her lovely music. The family would like to thank Flynn’s and Hallahan’s Chemists, the Déise Day Centre and the Doctors and Nurses in the Ardkeen Ward of University Hospital Waterford for the great kindness and care they afforded Nicky in his last few weeks. Month’s Mind Mass will be offered this Sunday, March 3rd, at 12 noon in St. Mary’s Parish Church. (Funeral arrangements by James Kiely & Sons, Funeral Directors, Dungarvan).

59 BRIDGET HUBBART (nee Kearns) Scrahan, Kilmacthomas “No processions and no speeches,” the instruction she gave before she left us, but as the First Anniversary of her death approaches we reflect on Bridget’s life, as we seek to fill the void her death has left in the lives of many. When we remember Bridget we have no silverware, trophies or awards upon the mantelpiece, but, Bridget was a champion. Bridget was a champion of good deeds, kind words and a helping hand.These qualities she had in abundance, along with a sharp humour, a sense of fun, an ability to get on with things, endless energy and the courage to speak her mind. Her many positive traits endeared her to many. Born to Paddy and Bridie Kearns, Bridget spent her childhood with her parents and siblings in Carrigready, Bonmahon. Once the school days in Knockmahon were left behind Bridget went to work with the Powers of Carrigbarahane in the neighbouring Stradbally. She settled in quickly and was part of the family for nearly the next 20 years with the exception of a few weeks when she left for England to train as a Nurse.To the delight of all in Carrigbarahane, England wasn’t for her, she got off the bus one day and announced “she was back”. Always one to be busy, Bridget was often behind the shop counter or bar at Whelan’s of Stradbally. Bridget always fondly recalled and reminisced on her time with “Mammy and Daddy Power” and family and they would remain lifelong friends. From there she married John and moved to Scrahan. In time two became six and life was busy for Bridget but never dull. As well as her own family there was other regular little visitors for the Summer holidays, she had lots of stories of the times when Maria, Breda or James came to stay. Collecting a dozen day old chicks which arrived by bus to Kilmac’, feeding pet lambs or assisting in the delivery of a litter of bonhams or a calf were common occurrences for Bridget. She loved animals, big and small and prided herself in looking after her large collection. Even the birds were fed Winter and Summer and the hundreds of small birds in shrubbery around the house rewarded her with a course of song all day. Recreation when her family was young was a late night game of hurling in “the bog”, where she showed no mercy or standing on the sidelines at a St. Mary’s or Newtown/Ballydurn match. Like many other Waterford people Bridget spent all her life following the exploits of county hurlers and footballers of all ages. She always made time for the things that mattered to her. Her neighbours were her great friends and they had many common interests to include animals, knitting and baking or discussion on the issues of the day. Bridget was a late night visitor to the homes of many neighbours for many years. Visitors to her home were always fed, Bridget was a great cook, and her sponge cakes, tarts, scones and brown bread were legendry. Parcels of brown bread made their way to many counties and across the Irish Sea. As the family flew the nest and she had more time to herself, Bridget took up employment with the HSE as a Home Help. This was a rewarding chapter in Bridget’s life. Her work was her passion and pastime and she covered many miles across neighbouring parishes. From this work she also made many friends and she only called it the day when her own health began to fail. Trips away with friends were a must every year and they returned with great stories of their escapades, the people they met and without fail gifts for everyone. The phone beside the bed enabled her to chat late into the night and it wasn’t unusual for it to be engaged till the small hours. Her late sister Philomena was notorious – hours at a time were spent on the phone and if anyone enquired as to what they were talking about, the answer would always be “we were talking about nothing”!! If the phone was silent – Bridget loved the newspapers. Local papers, the Daily Mail, the Sunday World and the “Farmers’ Journal” were essentials on the shopping list and kept her up to date.The radio always played when Bridget was in the house from the days of Radio Luxemburg in Carrigbarahane to local radio, she had the frequencies of all her favourites and would flick through Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny and Cork local radio at various times of the day and night to hear her favourite Irish country music. Throughout her life her faith was unwavering, no matter how busy she was, Bridget always had time for prayer and reflection. Bridget was a daily Mass goer for nearly 50 years. She was infamous for arriving a few minutes late, everyone knew a creak in the church door signalled her arrival before she took up her seat with “the back seat gang”.When illness came to Bridget’s door she put up a fierce battle for a number of years, her resilience and determination seeing her through but as the journey progressed and it became clear that it was a battle she was not going to win, it was, what had been meaningful throughout her life, family, friends, neighbours, animals, newspapers, radio, knitting, her generosity and interest in people, prayer book and Rosary beads that provided her with comfort and hope to her journeys end. Ar dheis Dé go raibh si. “Thank you for the years we shared, The love you gave and the way you cared.”

FARMING Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 1 March, 2019

Bonmahon farming family star in major new Kerrygold campaign A BONMAHON farming family are to star in a major new Kerrygold campaign ‘A True Taste of Kerrygold’. Brian Cleary took over the farm from his father who still plays a huge dayto-day role.Their farm is based in Bonmahon in County Waterford overlooking the cliffs. Brian and his three daughters have appeared in numerous Kerrygold campaigns including German TV & digital ads, on the livery of Kerrygold Park trucks. Their coastal farm appears in the start frame of many of the Kerrygold US ads. Kerrygold, Ireland’s iconic dairy brand and one of Ireland’s most successful food exports globally, is placing Ireland’s farming families at the fore of a major new global campaign that will reach over 36 million people worldwide and aims to take the Kerrygold brand to new heights. The digital campaign entitled ‘A True Taste of Kerrygold’ puts Ireland’s grass-fed family farming system firmly in the spot light, celebrating the passion, pride and tradition of Irish dairy as part of a major global expansion drive for Ireland’s largest food exports. The campaign will roll out globally, including Ireland, UK, US and Germany. Kerrygold is the clear market leader in Germany where a block of Kerrygold butter sells faster than any other food brand on supermarket shelves. Kerrygold is also the number two butter brand in the large-scale US market where it has enjoyed double digit volume growth for over ten years. The widespread success of Kerrygold products is attributed to the unique taste and quality of Irish dairy that is derived from the milk of Ireland’s grass-fed cows. This milk is produced everyday by dedicated and passionate Irish family farmers.

The Cleary family, stars of Kerrygold’s major new campaigh as they took to the grass carpet in Dublin for the international launch of Kerrygold’s new global campaign ‘A True Taste of Kerrygold’ starring the Irish farming families behind Kerrygold and celebrating the grass-fed taste that makes it world famous. The campaign will roll out globally and celebrates the passion, pride and tradition of Irish dairy farming. [Marc O’Sullivan] Kerrygold truly is the Irish farmer’s brand and this campaign shines a spotlight on it like never before. The authenticity of Kerrygold and its roots back to the heritage and tradition of Irish dairy farming are presented in the creative. Three Irish farming families play a starring role in this charming and evocative campaign - the Cleary’s from Waterford, the McKenna’s from Monaghan and the Crowley’s from West Cork. These families tell the story of the dedication and passion it

takes to deliver the world class milk that makes Kerrygold so successful. Ireland’s other favourite export, TV host and stylist Angela Scanlon, and renowned chef Paul Flynn, graced the green carpet in Dublin last week with the Clearys, McKennas and Crowleys for the global premier. Commenting on the campaign, Róisín Hennerty, Managing Director of Ornua Foods said, “This new global campaign is a stand-out moment for

Kerrygold on the world stage and a celebration of the daily dedication and commitment of farmers throughout Ireland which underpins its success. For decades Kerrygold has been synonymous with the benefits of grass-fed dairy and has authentically told the story of Irish dairy farming to the world. “The beauty of a brand like Kerrygold is that we all own a piece of it, whether that’s the memories shared around family mealtimes, the charm of the Kerrygold TV ads of yesteryear

or the swell of pride we feel in its presence in countries all over the world. It has always been an intrinsic part of Irish identity. It is owned by a community of Irish farming families who have passed down their farming values and methods from generation to generation.” The Kerrygold global fan club includes none other than actress Sarah Jessica Parker, model Chrissy Tiegan and actress Kate Beckinsale who last year confessed to travelling with Kerrygold in her suitcase.

Vistamilk SFI Research Centre appoints Centre Manager DR Francis Kearney has been appointed as the centre manager of the Vistamilk SFI Research Centre. Vistamilk is a €40 million centre, involving a consortium of Teagasc;Tyndall National Institute, Ireland’s national microelectronics institute; Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology; and Insight Centre for Data Analytics (at UCD, NUIG, DCU), and the Irish

Cattle Breeding Federation. The VistaMilk SFI Research centre jointly funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation through Science Foundation Ireland, and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, as well as by industry contributions. The vision of the VistaMilk SFI Research Centre is to be a world leader in the Agri-Food technology sector through inno-

vation and enhanced sustainability across the dairy supply chain, positively impacting the environment, animal well-being and the health of consumers. Francis will take up the role in the coming months and will be based at Teagasc Moorepark where he will support Professor Donagh Berry, Director of VistaMilk and the executive team in successfully delivering on the vision of the Centre. Welcoming the appointment

of Dr Kearney, Donagh Berry said: “Hailing from a dairy farming background in North Kerry, coupled with almost 20 years’ experience in applied data analytics and project management, Francis will undoubtedly bring great leadership and act as a fantastic champion for the exciting VistaMilk initiative”. Francis Kearney said he is excited to join the VistaMilk team: “This is a unique and hugely exciting centre, and I am

delighted to have the opportunity to help VistaMilk deliver on its potential for supporting the Irish dairy and Agri tech sectors, environmental sustainability and society. I am especially looking forward to supporting the scientists and the industry partners to ensure VistaMilk can capitalise on the opportunities and help overcome the challenges that will be presented to the dairy industry in the future.”

IFA meets with credit review office IFA Farm Business Chairman, Martin Stapleton has met with the Credit Review Office (CRO) to discuss issues of concern to farmers in relation to credit applications and refusals, sales of loan books and other barriers to competition in the banking sector. The CRO is an independent office which provides a credit appeals process for SMEs including farmers. At the top of the meeting agenda was Brexit, with the IFA Chairman highlighting how access to credit in the form of working capital may become an issue in the event of a disturbance to the flow of trade with the UK, if a no deal Brexit materialises. Martin Stapleton said, "The role of banks should be to encourage and enable farmers and SMEs to undertake investment. However, the experience on the ground can be very different from the glossy slogans that we see advertised by banks on television and radio. The most basic loan application is getting tied up in all sorts of red tape because the banks have moved away from their customers”. “We know that with the uncertainty that Brexit is causing, this is likely to become even more pronounced in the coming months,” he continued. If you do have issues with your financial lender the first step is to contact them directly.You must first exhaust your right to appeal with your financial lender. If you are still not satisfied you then may have a right to appeal to The Credit Review Office.

IFA reaction to comments by Michael Gove on tariffs IFA said that the confirmation by Michael Gove that the UK would apply tariffs after Brexit demonstrates the gravity of the situation for the Irish farming sector. Minister Michael Creed has confirmed that tariffs on Irish food imports would amount to approximately €1.7bn per annum. The Minister & the EU Commissioner Phil Hogan must come forward immediately with a plan for comprehensive market supports including direct payments to Irish farmers in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.


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IFA calls on Minister Creed to take urgent action in Brussels on beef crisis IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said Agriculture Minister Michael Creed needs to take urgent action in Brussels to drive home the magnitude of the Brexit situation for the Irish beef sector and insist that immediate measures are put in place to offset the losses already encountered by farmers. He said farmers with young bulls are being fleeced with prices down by 40c to 50c/kg or €200 per head. “The message from the EU Commission in Brussels is that they are waiting for political

instruction.” Angus Woods attended a meeting of the EU Commission Beef Market Observatory in Brussels last Friday, where the Commission said they have the tools and the mechanisms to support farmers, but need the political instruction. “At the meeting, IFA raised the financial crisis facing cattle finishers in Ireland as a result of the Brexit uncertainty. We highlighted our dependence on the UK market and the damage already done by Brexit.” The IFA Livestock leader said cattle finishers are being left in

the dark, with the Minister promising but not delivering in terms of direct aid from Brussels. He said IFA has put specific proposals to the Department of Agriculture to assist the beef sector. Angus Woods said the EU Commission should immediately look at restricting beef imports to improve the situation. The EU (including the UK) imports circa 330,000t of beef annually, of which about 245,000t or 75% comes from the Mercosur countries.The production standards in these countries fail to meet EU

standards. The IFA Livestock Chairman said he had discussion with his French counterparts, the FNB, who are very supportive of restricting South American imports. In the context of the Brexit uncertainty, Angus Woods said the EU should insist that beef is withdrawn from the Mercosur negotiations, which are set to resume in Buenos Aires on March 11th. “Angus Woods repeated the IFA call on the Minister and the factories to prioritise the young bull kill.

Agriculture Committee issues call for submissions on future of the beef industry THE Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine is inviting written submissions on the future of the beef sector from stakeholders and interested parties. There is also the possibility that those who make submissions may be asked to appear before the Committee to discuss the submission and relevant issues. The objective of the Committee’s consideration of this topic is to identify the policy adjustments, if any, which are required to ensure that the beef sector

continues to play a key role in the export-led growth of the overall agri-food industry. “The Agriculture Committee has spent a significant amount of time examining the beef sector and its vulnerability in light of Brexit, as well as the possible opportunities that a more diverse global market could offer Irish beef farmers,” said Committee Chair, Pat Deering TD. “This call for submissions is part of the process of engagement that we hope will

State Aid limit will be inadequate given what’s ahead in the event of a crash out Brexit IFA President Joe Healy said the EU Commission decision to increase the limit on State Aid for farmers from €15,000 to €25,000 is an important first step in what could be facing farmers in the event of a crash out Brexit, but warned that significantly more funding would be needed in a worst- case scenario. Joe Healy said in a ‘no deal’ Brexit, State Aid limited to €8,300 per year will not be enough given the losses that farmers have already encountered and will be facing in such a scenario. The IFA President warned that such is the scale of the losses from a Brexit crash out, the EU Commission will have

to be the primary source of funds for a Brexit emergency support package. With the uncertainty around Brexit and the danger of unprecedented losses for farming and the agriculture sector, we cannot put a limit on support at this time. Joe Healy said the IFA has put proposals to the Government and the EU Commission for a comprehensive package of market supports and direct aid for farmers. “We need to see much more urgency from the Minister and clarity on the details of exactly what mechanisms will be applied. Aid must go to farmers and not be gobbled up by others in the supply chain.”

contribute towards supporting a strong beef industry. I would encourage stakeholders and interested parties to make their submissions in order to ensure that their voices are heard at this crucial time for the industry.” The closing date for submissions is Thursday, 14th March, 2019 at 5.00 p.m. with public hearings expected to take place in March/April. Information on how to make a submission can be found here: www.oireachtas.ie

READER’S QUERIES Question: I had hoped to get some additional land last year as some rented land had fallen through. This did not come to fruition though and I ended up with 50 entitlements on 47 hectares. I have heard that if I don’t use these this year that I will lose them. Is this the case? If so, what are my options? Can you please advise? Answer: Yes, all entitlements not used for two consecutive years are taken back and are put into the National Reserve.You have three options available to you. 1. Lease them out for a year, 2. Sell them, or 3. Get an additional three hectares of land. Either way you would want to be making a move. I trust this will clear things up for you. Tip of the Week: If you are making any changes to herd number registration details, be sure to do so in good time to avoid delays in payment.


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DUNGARVAN MART SPECIAL DAIRY SALE Thursday, 28th March, 2019 Freshly Calved Heifers and Cows; also Maiden Heifers. Entries and enquiries to Dungarvan Mart. Tel. 058-41611 or Ger Flynn at 086-2528984.

Dungarvan Mart Prices Monday, 25th February COWS 1 Sim. 715 kgs. made €1,015. 1 Piedmontese 770 kgs. made €1,035. 1 A.A. 730 kgs. made €910. 1 Char. 445 kgs. made €700. BULLOCKS 4 Her. 513 kgs. made €1,005 each. 4 Her. 471 kgs. made €945 each. 3 A.A. 488 kgs. made €960 each. 3 Frs. 573 kgs. made €905. 10 Her. 321 kgs. made €610 each. 3 Bel. Blues 283 kgs. made €615 each. 5 Her. 471 kgs. made €945 each. 8 Her. 273 kgs. made €575 each. HEIFERS 3 Her. 570 kgs. made €1,015 each. 2 Blonde D’Aquitane 442 kgs. made €930 each. 1 Blonde D’Aquitane 420 kgs. made €915. 2 Shorthorn 507 kgs. made €880 each. 3 A.A. 246 kgs. made €540 each. 6 Char. 328 kgs. made €710 each. The next Sheep Collection in Dungarvan Mart will be on Wednesday, 13th March, with prices available from Tuesday 12th. Booking essential on 058 41611. Calf collection service for weekly sales is now available please contact Dungarvan Mart.

Minister Creed announces opening of 2019 Basic Payment Scheme applications THE Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., announced the early opening of the application process for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and the Greening Scheme. The Minister commented “I am delighted to announce that the online application system for applications for the 2019 BPS is now open. Farmers will now be receiving a BPS information pack in the post containing terms and conditions of the scheme as well as maps and land details.” Under the EU regulations, all applications must be submitted online. Last year saw all Irish farmers apply online and this is

reflective of the range of benefits that online application brings for farmers.” The Minister confirmed that the closing date for BPS applications in 2019 is Wednesday, 15th May and urged all farmers and advisors to avail of the early opening of the application process now rather than waiting until nearer the closing date. “To help farmers to submit their application online in 2019, I have ensured the early opening of the BPS application facility. This will provide ample time for farmers to familiarise themselves with the online application facility and to submit their applications before the deadline.”



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Horticulture Open Day in Teagasc Teagasc’s Kildalton College to include WIT Horticulture offering

DAIRY Calf Welfare It is timely to review the guidelines around handling calves for transport because of the increasing number of young calves moving off their birth farms. Calving has become increasingly concentrated in the months of February and March on dairy farms e.g. in 2018, 37% of calves (538,000) were born in February. Calves destined for sale must be given the same standard of care as every other calf on the farm. Good on-farm management is essential as calves that are well cared for prior to transportation are more likely to be fit on arrival. All calves must be: • fed colostrum (follow the 1-2-3 rule; first feed within 2 hours of birth, feed 3 litres of colostrum); • fed twice daily with adequate milk or milk replacer and have free access to water at all times; • kept clean and dry with bedding; • handled gently at all times. When transporting calves the following factors must be taken into consideration: • Calves should not be transported under ten days old unless they are travelling a distance under 100km; • Calves should have a completely dry and withered navel; • Calves must be correctly identified and have the correct documentation; Suitable bedding (straw) should be added to vehicle floors to assist absorption of urine and faeces, to minimise slipping and protect animals from hard flooring surfaces. Continuous removal of calves from the birth farm will relieve the pressure on accommodation and labour. Calf numbers can build up for a number of reasons – weather, disease breakdown or a lack of demand in the market place. Where the number of calves on the farm increases and accommodation is inadequate, use temporary shelters to relieve overcrowding indoors. You have a good idea now of the number of calves you will have at peak this coming spring – have you thought through how they will be accommodated? What is your contingency plan if 20% more calves than normal remain on farm for an extra 4 weeks? BEEF

PREPARATIONS are well underway for the Horticulture Open Day in Teagasc’s Kildalton College on Friday, 1st March, 2019. Kildalton College offers level 5 and 6 Horticulture courses and in conjunction with Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), also offers a 3-year Horticulture degree qualification (L7). Located at the end of a treelined avenue, the well-equipped picturesque college is just outside Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, and only 20 minutes from Waterford city. Prospective students are invited to visit Kildalton College from 10 am to 1 pm on Friday, 1 March 2019. Visitors to the Kildalton College Open Day can expect to see the full range of facilities in the Horticulture Unit including a 2200m2 glasshouse complex, propagation tunnels, outdoor and indoor vegetable and fruit production, and large orchard and cut foliage plantation. Teagasc recently made a large investment in the latest horticultural machinery and tools which will also be on display. Prospective students will be able to chat with the horticulture lecturers and see teaching facilities including classrooms, laboratories, and the landscape design studio. Dr Cara Daly, Programme

leader of the WIT Horticulture BSc., says “We encourage prospective students and their parents to attend the Kildalton College Open Day to meet the staff and see for themselves the excellent facilities in Kildalton College. Our WIT Hort degree students spend 3-4 days per week in Kildalton College and getting from Waterford City to Kildalton College is easy because during term-time,WIT runs a free shuttle bus to ferry student to and from class there.” She goes on to add “Most newcomers to Horticulture are not aware of the range of diverse career opportunities that exist in the horticulture industry and the WIT degree gives an excellent education in all the major areas.

In a recent graduate survey, 88% of our highly-skilled graduates had found full-time positions within 3 months of finishing their horticulture course and job prospects for graduates are only set to grow in the years ahead.” Dr Daly explains while first year places are offered via the CAO [course code WD096] applicants who have studied Horticulture at level 5 and level 6 are encouraged to apply directly to WIT via ‘advanced entry’ for a place in year 2 of WIT’s Horticulture degree. “That means it is possible to gain a horticulture degree after only two additional years of study,” she explains. “We have graduates all over the world working as turfgrass

supervisors, greenkeepers, nursery managers, researchers, teachers, landscape designers and contractors. We also produce many talented craft gardeners and fruit and veg producers who go on to work in private and public gardens.” Bart De Pelsmaeker, a 1st year mature Hort student in WIT attended the last Horticulture Open Day and had this to say “Coming to a stage in my life where going back to college became a possibility, I investigated online what my options were. I always had a keen interest in gardening and an on-and-off career/hobby in the horticultural sector so the BSc. in Horticulture at WIT was an obvious choice. Taking a level 7 course as a mature student is a daunting step, so it was a great opportunity to attend the open day at both WIT and Kildalton College. Meeting the course leader and other lecturers, staff and students was inspiring and informative thanks to the welcoming and friendly approach by all. I also attended a Mature Student information day in WIT which I would encourage anyone thinking about going back to education to attend. Testimony from other mature students gave me great encouragement.”

Creed welcomes Commission announcements on State Aid Rules for Irish farmers and agri-food business

HEALTH & SAFETY Keep Safe as workload increases Wordload on farms increases in February. Tiredness and hurrying lead to accidents, particularly during busy periods. It is vital to maintain concentration on health and safety to avoid accidents when you are busy. Accessing heights is an area to think about, as the risk of a fatality is seven times greater when at a height. Using a ladder, especially in a hurry, is a high-risk task. Alternatives to using a ladder should be considered. When using a ladder, ensure that it is sound and is adequately supported and secured. Also, keep walkways clear of trip hazards and ensure lighting is adequate to prevent ground level trip hazards.

MINISTER for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., welcomed the announcement by the European Commission, that the maximum threshold limits under the agriculture de minimis regulation has increased from €15,000 up to €25,000. In welcoming the announcement of the European Commission, Minister Creed said: “I have said that the State will not be found wanting when it comes to supporting the Irish agri-food sector and farmers when it comes to Brexit. The increase in the agriculture de minimis limits is a very important first step , and I am grateful to the Commissioner for his response on this issue.” The need for flexibility in State Aid Rules has been on Minister Creed’s agenda for some time and he recently met with Commissioner Hogan to discuss

this and other state aid issues, as well as the the need for direct support from the Commission in the context of Brexit. The Commissioner confirmed that the Commission was ready to respond as appropriate. Minister Creed also welcomed the announcement from the European Commission that it has given State Aid approval for national investment in an Irish cheese producing company, Carbery Food Ingredients Ltd. Referring to the announcement, Minister Creed said, ‘’I am delighted that this investment has been successfully progressed through the Directorate General for Agriculture, following extensive engagement led by my Department, in collaboration with the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation Enterprise Ireland, with the European Commission.

This approval is an important precedent, and can provide a template for the assistance of

companies in the agri-food sector within the state aid rules and regulations.”

Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine Michael Creed T.D. with European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural development, Phil Hogan.


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Glanbia plc 2018 Full Year Results GLANBIA delivers 9.0% constant currency growth in adjusted earnings per share and announces acquisition of non-dairy ingredient solutions business, Watson Glanbia plc (“Glanbia”, the “Group”, the “plc”), the global nutrition group, announces its results for the financial year ended 29 December 2018. Results highlights for the full year 2018 • Adjusted earnings per share 91.01 cent, up 9.0% constant currency on prior year on a proforma basis, (up 4.5% reported); • Wholly-owned revenue €2,386.3 million (2017: €2,387.1 million) up 4.1% on prior year, constant currency (in line with prior year on a reported basis); • Wholly-owned EBITA €284.9 million (2017: €283.2 million) up 5.2% on prior year, constant currency (up 0.6% reported); • Wholly-owned EBITA margin up 10 bps constant currency on prior year (in line with prior year on a reported basis); • Glanbia Performance Nutrition (“GPN”) delivered revenue growth of 9.5% constant currency (up 5.2% reported) with like-for-like branded volume growth of 9.2% and EBITA of €173.1 million, a 6.7% increase on prior year, constant currency (up 2.0% reported); • Glanbia Nutritionals (“GN”) revenue declined 0.6% constant currency (down 4.7% reported) and delivered EBITA of €111.8 million, a 3.0% increase on prior year, constant currency (down 1.5% reported). Volume growth in GN Nutritional Solutions was 8.5% in 2018; • Completed the acquisition of SlimFast for $350 million in November 2018, a complementary brand within the GPN portfolio; • Glanbia announces that it has agreed to acquire Watson, a US based non-dairy ingredient solu-

Siobhan Talbot Group Managing Director and Mark Garvey Group Finance Director. tions business, for $89 million; • Joint Ventures reported share of profits after tax (before exceptional items) of €45.3 million up €2.5 million on prior year. A number of JV investments announced during 2018; • Reported profit for the year €234.0 million up €2.6 million on prior year on a pre-exceptional basis; • Operating cash flow of €301.7 million representing an operating cash conversion rate of 92%; • Recommended final dividend of 14.49 cent per share. Full year dividend of 24.20 cent, a 10% increase on prior year and representing a pay-out ratio of 26.6% of adjusted earnings per share; and • Glanbia announces plans to reorganise the composition of its Board of Directors during 2019

with appointment of three new Independent non-executive Directors to its Board. Commenting Siobhán Talbot, Group Managing Director, said: “I am pleased to announce 9.0% growth in pro-forma adjusted earnings per share, constant currency, for Glanbia for 2018. This was largely driven by strong volume growth across our business, in particular in the branded portfolio of GPN and the Nutritional Solutions component of GN. Consumer demand for our brands and nutritional ingredients remains strong underpinned by positive long-term global health and wellness trends. Glanbia also delivered a strong cash performance with an operating cash conversion rate in 2018 of 92%. We continue to invest in expanding our business and its

capabilities and we completed the acquisition of SlimFast in November 2018. Today, I am happy to announce that we have agreed to acquire Watson for $89 million. Watson is a non-dairy ingredient solutions business headquartered in Connecticut, USA. It is a highly complementary addition to our Nutritional Solutions business and will help broaden our capabilities in the ingredients sector. We continue to drive sustainable growth and are on track to deliver our 2022 strategic ambitions. The outlook for 2019 is positive and Glanbia expects to deliver 5% to 8% growth in adjusted earnings per share, constant currency. If the Euro : US Dollar exchange rate remains at current levels, the reported 2019 result will be 3% higher than the constant currency outlook.”

Minister’s inaction on veterinary service exposes farmers to call out fees of €500 IFA National Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell said the inaction by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed in addressing the issues around the large animal veterinary service in the country, which IFA has raised since 2017, is now exposing some farmers to call out fees of up to €500. Pat Farrell said the recent change of ownership of one of the veterinary practices in Donegal has seen that company now quoting €500 for an out-of-hours call out. IFA has again called on the Minister to expedite the urgent review of large animal veterinary services in the country. Pat Farrell said since 2017 IFA has high-

lighted the threat to competitive large animal veterinary services for farmers throughout the country and the need for a review of all components of the service. “The Minister must ensure the structure and supports are in place to provide all farmers with a competitive large animal veterinary service at reasonable charges.” He said the provision of a competitive large animal veterinary service is a complex issue, with multiple factors impacting on the diminishing service to farmers. This issue can only be addressed by reviewing all components that contribute to the service. These include the pathways to qualification for vets,

the obligations set by the Veterinary Council (VCI), the unique nature of the service required by farmers, the demographics of the farm, animal population and the extremely low income of farmers dependent on this service. Pat Farrell said the Minister for Agriculture and the VCI have a huge role to play in this area and they are jointly failing farmers by their inaction. He said it is unacceptable for the Minister to stand idly by and allow the situation evolve to where farmers are exposed to the unjustifiable charges being quoted by one veterinary practice in Donegal.


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TWO very significant buildings in O’Connell Street, Dungarvan, were altered considerably in recent years. The old Ormonde Cinema lives again, at least the familiar façade once more graces the street to remind the older generations of pleasant evenings and afternoon matinees, watching their favourite film characters strut their stuff across the silver screen. The handsome looking corner house on the townward side of the cinema, has also taken on a new lease of life courtesy of their new owners, Aishling Croke and Ian Sheehan. The old façade which has become the new façade, now that the outer plaster has been removed, shows the original stone and brickwork and looks far more attractive than just the former drab plaster. This was made possible by substituting the damp-proof properties of plaster with the even more effective treatment with damp-proofing sealer. “It is surprising how much interest is being shown in the

house since we removed the plaster,” says Aisling, “people are quite taken by the traditional look and Ian and I love the attractive look it gives.” Most people of the older generation will remember this as a Nursing and Maternity Home run by Nurse Mollie Queally from the 1930s and, in the decades following, hundreds of babies from Dungarvan and district saw their first light of day there. In many respects, this was a far better location for the birth rather than at home which, in those days, did not have the most hygienic locations.Very often there was no running water and a further drawback for those in the heart of the country, they were much further to a doctor or ambulance if one were required at home. Now, it is a beautiful modern home where Aishling and Ian have preserved just about everything they could. All of the decorative woodwork around the doors, as well as the doors themselves and the beautiful fireplace have been

carefully refurbished and it would be difficult to believe that it is all well over a century old. The floors, stairs and a massive two foot beam supporting part of the upper floor, have all received similar treatment. Despite, or because of, all of the preservation work the house has retained all its original character, best exemplified by the decorative timberwork and ceilings. It was a very popular Nursing Home among mothers and was generally full to capacity with every room, bed and cot occupied. Many people enjoy good memories of the place, which became something of a local legend as well as the proprietress herself, Nurse Queally. There are stories told – the truth of which I cannot confirm – that it was so busy on occasions, that babies were billeted in the chest of drawers! Beside it, the Ormonde building stands in some contrast having been rebuilt faithfully to its original façade. This is the

front of the Ormonde Square Apartments occupying the site of the former Ormonde Cinema. The cinema was opened as a 960-seat single screen cinema in 1945 with a decorative frontage in Art Deco style. It was equipped with a Western

Electric (WE) sound system. The façade had three windows which had stained glass depicting sun-rays which have been preserved. It had several existences, having closed in the late ’Sixties. It re-opened in 1971 as the Panoramic Cinema and closed in 1984.

In late 1989, it re-opened as the twin screen Ormonde Cinema which brought a whole new viewing experience in quite luxurious surroundings. It was closed in 2005 in favour of the ultra-modern four screen, all digital SGC Cinema.

Edgar William Kirby School of Performing Arts DUNGARVAN has always been a great centre of the

performing arts. The Dramatic Club has more

than three quarters of a century of history, there was a series of pantomimes by the Musical and Choral Society as well as by various clubs. The travelling shows, better known as the ‘Fit-Ups’ were regular visitors and several of their number later became famous film stars and playwrights. They loved to come to the town and the town loved them. Against that background and continuing that history, we have a thriving stage life here in the town, with schools and societies catering for all ages. This week, Edgar William Kirby, a well known name from a well known performing family, took up residence in his new Kirby Central Studio housing his Stage and Drama School at 21 Mary Street, Dungarvan. Stage School hardly does justice to a man who has been performing on stage from the age of ten and who has been teaching drama, dance and singing for the

last twelve years. Edgar began his uninterrupted stage career at the age of ten when he trained for dance under his Tutor, Libby Seward in Waterford City, travelling up and down to the City by bus each Saturday. After his early schooling, Edgar trained full time under Alan Foley at the Cork City Ballet for three years and also toured with them each year. He also toured with the Crux Contemporary Dance Company. Added to his extensive portfolio of training was a year with ‘Dance’ in Cork where he also underwent voice training. He opened his own school at the age of eighteen and has been teaching in several locations since, as well as organising major productions each year. These include ‘Matilds the Musical’; ‘West Side Story’; ‘Hairspray’; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Les Miserables, to name just some.

His next production will be ‘A Night on Broadway’ which will hit the stage in June. This is a compilation of shows and should be a great variety night. Now, Edgar has taken the next bold, but logical step of opening his own Kirby Central Studio at 21 Mary Street, Dungarvan, where he began classes for his thirty-five students last Tuesday and which is now home to The Kirby School of Performing Arts. It was a momentous moment for the man who epitomises dancing and drama in this area and who has dedicated himself diligently to his art. His spacious studio has a magnificent large floor area and walls lined with mirrors, leaving nothing behind in his pursuit of perfection for his young students. There he will teach a Pre-School Ballet Class of 2–4 years; a Youth Ballet Company of 4–13 years; drama, singing and adult dancing. Opening for classes at

4.00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, the Studio will be available for hire for Drama, Dance Fitness and, of course, Parties! Edgar provides a high standard of teaching and a wide syllabus of skills. This discipline will be reflected in performances and the young students will gain confidence along the way. “It is very fulfilling to see the students make progress from week to week and from month to month and also grow in confidence” he says. “This is even more important than the quality of their performance. I love to see these young people progress through the syllabus and various stages of their training. That is worth all the effort.” Proximity to the car park – not much more than across the street – will be a benefit for parents and as the starting time will be 4.00 p.m. each day. There will be no parking charge!


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Waterford stumble at home to Armagh LIDL IRELAND NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 2 Waterford …………………... 1-8; Armagh …………………..... 3-14. FOLLOWING a comfortable win in their opening game against Wexford and a barnstorming draw against division favourites Kerry in game two, Waterford would have had some justification in looking forward to testing themselves against Armagh on home turf at the Fraher Field. The Armagh team set out their stall from the throw in. They created space by playing two up front, the remaining forwards dragged their Waterford markers back towards midfield and out to the wings. With such a large amount of space to work with the two Mackin sisters made hay. All-star Aimme Mackin opened the scoring in the first minute and it quickly became obvious that Waterford were in for a difficult afternoon. By the ninth minute Blathin Mackin had weighed in with a goal and Waterford saw themselves staring down the wrong end of a 0-

1 to 1-04 score. A couple of Maria Delahunty frees afforded a brief respite for Waterford but normal service was soon resumed. The drip drip of orchard county points continued and by the break Armagh had a comfortable 7 point lead. The half-time score read Waterford 0-3; Armagh 1-7. A déjà vu second half continued with more of the same from Armagh. Long balls launched towards their forwards found them one on one with their Déise markers. Two minutes after the restart Aimee Mackin effectively ended the game as a contest. She broke through the despairing challenge of an isolated Waterford defender to find herself one on one with the keeper and shook the home side’s net with her emphatic finish. The high point of Waterford’s day came five minutes into the half when Eimear Fennell gave a masterclass in composure to create space for herself and finish a nice Waterford build-up with a clever shot across the face of goal into the bottom left hand corner. Waterford

Mrs. Curran supporting the Waterford Minor Ladies Tea and Coffee Morning held in Dungarvan Post Office last week. Thanks to all who supported the girls.

renewed their efforts but for the most part they were chasing orange shadows. Aimee Mackin weighed in with the best of the Armagh goals in the 17th minute. She broke through two defenders to power a dipping deceptive shot into the bottom right hand corner past the hopeful dive of Moroney in the Waterford goal. At the final whistle Waterford trailed by 12 points. To Waterford’s credit they kept working hard to drag themselves into the game. Maria Delahunty, Michelle Ryan, Eimear Fennell and Liz Devine weighed in with some nice scores. Karen McGrath put in an overtime shift trying to rescue game and the Waterford defenders who endured a torrid time from their opponents kept going until the end. Waterford: Kelly Moroney (St. Pats), Karen McGrath (C), (Ballymacarbry), Caoimhe McGrath (Abbeyside), Rebecca Casey (Stradbally), Kate McGrath (Kilrossanty Brickeys), Megan Dunford (Abbeyside), Aisling Mullaney (Stradbally), Emma Murray (Comeragh Rangers), Kelly Ann Hogan (Ballymacarbry), Aileen Wall (Ballymacarbry), Maria Delahunty, (Abbeyside), Chloe Fennell (Stradbally), Eimear Fennell (Abbeyside), Michelle Ryan (Ballymacarbry), Shauna Dunphy (Comeragh Rangers) Rosie Landers (Ballyduff), Liz Devine (Kilrossanty Brickeys), Cora Murray (Comeragh Rangers), Lauren McGregor (Dungarvan), Katie Hayes (Dungarvan), Emma Gildea (Dungarvan), Katie Hannon (Ballyduff), Trisha Kiely (Na Déise), Katie Murray (Comeragh Rangers), Caragh McCarthy (Abbeyside), Becky Hogan (Ballymacarbry), Abbie Dunphy (Tramore), Róisin Tobin (Abbeyside) Roghnoirí: Manager: Ciaran Curran (Dungarvan) - Mentors: Kealan O'Neill (Dungarvan), Lisa Cronin (St Pats), Emer Scanlan (St Pats), Mark McConnell (Abbeyside), Peter O’Keefe (Ballyduff) - Physio: Colin Walsh Armagh: Caroline O'Hare, Sarah Marley, Maebh Moriarty, Aveen Donaldson, Shauna Grey, Clodagh McCambridge, Tiarna Grimes, Niamh Coleman, Caroline O'Hanlon, Niamh Marley, Aimee Mackin, Kelly Mallon (C), Blaithin Mackin, Aoife McCoy, Niamh Reel, Anna Carr, Megan Sheridan, Colleen McKenna, Chloe Magill, Grace Ferguson, Niamh Murphy, Catherine Marley, Eve Lavery, Mairead Watters, Sarah Quigley, Emma Conlon, Rebecca O'Reilly, Aoibheann Jones, Caoimhe Morgan, Megan McCann, Caitlin Malone Roghnoirí: Joint Managers: Fionnuala McAtamney & Lorraine McCaffrey - Mentor: Barry McDonald Strength & Conditioning: Ruarui Grimes

3rd March - Cavan (H) Waterford 16th March - Waterford (H) Tyrone

The Waterford U-14 squad that played the first round of the Munster U-14 Competition in the University of Limerick. [Anois Photography]

Waterford v Armagh, Ladies Football National League at the Fraher Field: Lauren McGregor, Waterford, keeps her eyes focused on the ball. [Dan McGrath.

24th March - Waterford (H) Laois 7th April - Clare (H) Waterford WATERFORD MINORS Thanks to all who supported the tea and coffee morning held in Dungarvan Post Office last week in aid of the Waterford Minor Football team. It was a great success. UNDER 14S ACQUIT THEMSELVES WELL IN LIMERICK Last Saturday saw the first round of the Munster U-14 Competition being played at Maguire’s All Weather pitches in the University of Limerick. The games were 15 minutes half using roll on and off subs to facilitate the entire panel getting a run. The focus was more about participation and developing players than winning but this didn't prevent Waterford contributing their share to some exciting contests. After losing to Cork by one point in a thrilling first game, Waterford reversed that result in game two to triumph over Kerry by a point. A defeat to Tipperary in game 3 didn't take the shine off a good Waterford display in a very competitive match. Our final game saw us lose out narrowly to Limerick. Well done to the U-14s and their

management team. Particular mention must be made of the traveling support from the parents, family and friends of the players. It was very much appreciated. TRAINING COURSES Waterford Ladies Gaelic Football Association have organised a series of LGFA courses for 2019. Course Details as follows: Coaching the Keeper Workshop (For Coaches) Date: Sat., March 9th, 2019 Grab your Whistle - Level 1 Referee Course Date: Sat., 9th March and Sun., 10th March, 2019 Level 1 Coaching Course (2-day course) Date: Sat., 2nd March (Day 1) & Sat., April 13th (Day 2) You can get more information and book any of the above WLGFA courses online at Eventbrite http://wlgfa.eventbrite.com or our Facebook page @WaterfordLadiesFootball Places on all courses are limited. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Contact Richard at development.waterfordlgfa@gm ail.com if you require more information. ERINS OWN LGFA Eva Daniels, Jill Phelan,

Charlotte O'Loughlin & Daniel Coady are representing Erins Own LGFA in the Lip Sync Blaa-tle in the Tower Hotel on Saturday, 2nd March. It’s a great night of entertainment for all the family. Tickets will be €10 per person and under 16s are free. A proportion of the money raised goes towards Erin’s Own LGFA. BALLYMACARBRY LGFA A fundraiser for Ballymacarbry LGFA “The Ballymac Big Breakfast” is taking place on St. Patrick’s morning between 9:30 and 12:30 in Ballymacarbry Community Centre. All are welcome so please go along, enjoy your full Irish breakfast & show your support for Ballymacarbry LGFA. Adults €10, children €5. SOCIAL MEDIA Stay up to date with the latest news from WLGFA by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. On Facebook find us at @WaterfordLadiesFootball on Twitter and Instagram we are @WaterfordLGFA CLUBS If any clubs need help publicising events email us at pro.waterford@lgfa.ie or contact us via WLGFA social media.



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Dublin on top in Parnell Park ALLIANZ NATIONAL HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION 1B ROUND 4 Waterford's Jack Prendergast holds possession ahead of Dublin's Daire Gray on right and Sean Moran.

Dublin ……………………… 1-26; Waterford ………………..… 4-15. DUBLIN were the sharper team from the start of this very entertaining Round 4 Allianz hurling league 1B game in Parnell Park last Sunday afternoon and they well deserved to keep the two league points on offer in the capital. True, Waterford could have sneaked the win at the death and could have had six goals behind their name rather than the four but a return of just one point from play in the first moiety was ominous as was the half-time score Dublin 0-14; Waterford 3-3. Pauric Fanning’s men paid the penalty for the three easy previous fixtures in Division 1B as on this occasion it was the Deise hurlers who were not up to the pace of the match in contrast to the Dubs who played the new league leaders Galway the previous week. Dublin’s scores came easier than their opponents and but for the first three half Deise goals, this match would have looked done and dusted by the break. On the positive side, the forward line’s ability to raise green flags continued into this game bringing their overall league tally after four games to an impressive 13. Each of the three full forward line players scored a goal and the three strikes were inside the first 25 of the 70 plus minutes played. One would have thought that, in this rich vein of major scoring form, the tactic would be to feed them the ball at every opportunity but the outside players short passing game, which often ran into difficulties prevented this and perhaps ultimately cost us our unbeaten league run. Hats off to the Bennett brothers, Stephen and Shane and Tommy Ryan who accounted for 4-10 of our finishing tally of 4-15 but out-

side them the half line provided a scoring contribution of just 0-1. Shane Bennett’s return to form can be seen every week he lines out and this is a major plus going forward while Austin Gleeson is improving also but not at the same rate. Dublin were 0-2 to the good by the second minute when goalie Alan Nolan, who later saved the day for his side, dropped a Stephen Bennett pointed free attempt into his own goal but the home side dealt well with this setback and despite further major scores by Tommy Ryan and Shane Bennett respectively in the 18th and 25th minutes, they had drawn level at 0-10 to 3-1three minutes after goal number 3. Waterford’s defence coped well with constant attacks from the outset but outfield, Dublin were creating a lot of room for themselves and both wing backs Chris Crummy and Shane Barrett, half forwards Danny Sutcliffe and John Hetherton and their ever accurate free taker Oisin O’Rourke accounted for eight of their first ten points. The Deise’s plight was reflected in their first point from play arriving as late as the 31st minute of the half via Shane Bennett while Dublin continued to drive on with further scores by Eamon Dillon, Danny Sutcliffe, Oisin O’Rourke (f) and Chris Crummy to orchestrate an impressive half-time scoreline in their favour of 0-14 to 3-3. SAME AGAIN As expected, management made some changes to the visitor’s line-out for the second half with Michael Walsh replacing DJ Foran and Mikey Kearney coming on for Mark O’Brien. Dublin doubled their half-time lead inside three minutes of the new half via points by Oisin

Young Waterford supporters made the long journey to Dublin last Sunday to shout on the Waterford hurlers.

A section of the large attendance pictured enjoying the Waterford v Dublin hurling game in Parnell Park. O’Rorke from a ‘65’, after Eamonn Dillon had been brilliantly tackled on route to goal, and by John Hetherton before Jamie Barron and Stephen Bennett (f) negated these inside the following three minutes, 0-16 to 3-5. Barron turned villain in the 43rd minute when an overplaying of the ball in defence saw Dublin gain possession and Liam Rushe goaled to push the Dubs into a five point lead. Credit Waterford, they upped their game in reply and they were responsible for six of the next seven scores by the 51st minute via Jack Prendergast, Stephen Bennett (f), Tommy Ryan, Kevin Moran, Jamie Barron and Bennett (f) again to level for the sixth occasion at 1-17 to 3-11. Both sides were guilty of wides before Dublin grabbed the initiative again with points by Oisin O’Rourke (f) and a brace by Eamonn Dillon come the 57th minute, 1-20 to 3-11. After being under the cosh for the previous 20 minutes, these three scores above all else, signified Dublin’s winning ambitions. Stephen Bennett had an open and empty goal at his mercy but his tap in attempt was stopped by a Dublin defender that came out of nowhere. He learned from this tough because on the hour mark he fairly buried the ball in the net after a tremendous run by younger brother Shane and the sides were level once again. This was a thrilling contest at this point and the remaining fifteen

minutes of play including five of added time made this game even better. Stephen Bennett (f) edged Waterford in front and Dublin substitute Fergal Whitely replied with a contender for score of the match, 1-21 to 4-12. It was Dublin’s turn to take the lead in the 65th minute from an Oisin O’Rourke pointed free only for Shane Bennett to draw in the home side again. With one minute of normal time remaining, Kevin Moran sent over for the lead at 4-14 to 1-12 but with five minutes of added time announced, one felt that Dublin would last the pace of this game the better and so it proved. Waterford scored only once in added time where as the Dubs raised four white flags to run out worthy and deserving winners. With the ever increasing pressure on the Waterford defence, substitute Philip Mahony, substitute Jordan Henley and team captain Noelie Connors all picked up yellow cards with Dublin free-taker Oisin O’Rorke exacting a telling punishment on all three occasions. Stephen Bennett’s 74th minute pointed free made it a two point game before this battle received the thrilling climax that it deserved. Tommy Ryan was judged by referee Fergal Horgan to have been fouled in front of goal by Darragh O’Connell awaiting Austin Gleeson’s long delivery in added added time the latter receiving a straight red for remonstrating with the official’s decision.

Scorers – Dublin: O. O'Rorke 0-11 (8f, 1’65’); L. Rushe 1-1; E. Dillon, D. Sutcliffe 0-4 each; J. Hetherton, C. Crummey 0-2 each; S. Barrett, F. Whitely 0-1 each. Waterford: Stephen Bennett 2-7 (1-7f); Shane Bennett 1-2; T. Ryan 1-1; K. Moran, J. Barron 0-2 each, J. Prendergast 0-1. Dublin – A. Nolan; P. Smyth, E. O'Donnell, D. O'Connell; C. Crummey, S. Moran, S. Barrett; D. Gray, R McBride; C. Conway, D. Sutcliffe, E. Dillon; J. Hetherton, L. Rushe, O. O'Rorke. Subs: T. Connolly for Barrett (49); S. Treacy for Gray (49), J. Malone for McBride (54), F. Whitely for Treacy (56 inj), D. Burke for Conway (64). Waterford – B. Nolan; S. McNulty, C. Prunty, N. Connors; C. Lyons, A. Gleeson 7, K. Moran; J. Barron, M. O'Brien; D. J. Foran, S. Roche, J. Prendergast; T. Ryan, Stephen Bennett, Shane Bennett. Subs: M. Walsh for Foran (h-t), M. Kearney for O'Brien (h-t), Philip Mahony 6 for Lyons (54), J. Henley 6 for Prunty (58 inj), Pauric Mahony 6 for Prendergast (61). Referee: F. Horan (Tipperary)

The penalty, to say the least was not welcomed by the Dublin team, its management of which one remained on the 20 metre line in front of goal while the shot was being taken, and by the home support. It was the first time in a GAA game that we heard a player taking a penalty being booed as in a soccer game and this may well have played a part as Stephen Bennett’s goal attempt was well saved by the Dublin hero of the hour Alan Nolan. Thus ended a game that will stand to both teams in the weeks ahead and for Waterford their next big game is against Galway in Walsh Park this Sunday. Dublin’s Top Three: Danny Sutcliffe, Oisin O’Rorke, John Hetherton. Waterford’s Top Three: Stephen Bennett, Shane Bennett, Tommy Ryan. Observer’s Man of the Match: Danny Sutcliffe. Number of Scorers: Dublin 8. Waterford 6. Scores From Play: Dublin 1-17. Waterford : 4-8. Frees For: Dublin 12. Waterford 15. Wides: Dublin 8. Waterford 11. Score of the Match: Waterford’s 60th minute goal engineered by Shane Bennett and executed by Stephen Bennett.

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Waterford team who lost to Tipperary in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Div. One at De La Salle GAA Grounds, Gracedieu on Sunday, 24th Feb.,2019. [Noel Browne

Waterford end League campaign with home loss to Tipperary By Colin Breheny at Gracedieu

LITTLEWOODS IRELAND CAMOGIE LEAGUE DIV. ONE Tipperary …………………... 1-11; Waterford ……………….…..0-10. LITTLE can be read into the Waterford Senior Camogie team’s final league game against Tipperary in Gracedieu last Sunday, where the visitors recorded a 1-11 to 0-10 win over their hosts in a game that had no relevance to the final league standings. With both teams already out of the competition having lost to Cork and Galway in the earlier rounds, this was about simply fulfilling the fixture with the more pressing issues of further meetings in the Munster and All Ireland Championships to the forefront of both Camp’s minds. Waterford’s league preparations have been seriously hampered throughout the campaign with as many as eleven Gaultier girls un-

available due to their involvement in next Sunday’s All Ireland Intermediate Club Final. They were further handicapped on Sunday with corner back Keeley Corbett Barry and wing forward Sarah Lacey ruled out due to their involvement in Saturday’s Minor A Championship against Clare, as well as regular full back Iona Heffernan missing from Sunday’s team. Yet despite all that, Waterford proved more than a match for Tipperary and could have emerged victorious were it not for some wayward free taking and a missed penalty in the latter stages of Sunday’s game. Kaiesha Tobin opened the home side’s account in the 5th minute when she got out in front of her marker and scored a beauty to cancel out Ereena Fryday’s earlier effort. Despite playing with the wind, Waterford continually elected to carry the ball and look to feed the overlapping runner off the shoulder.

Beth Carton, who played predominantly out around the midfield area, scored two fine points from open play in the 8th and 10th minute on her own home sod to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Tipperary’s danger woman, Cait Devane, was causing continuous trouble in the Waterford defence and had four points (two frees) to her name by the midway point. Back to back points by the highly charged Niamh Rockett ensured that the sides were level, 0-6 apiece, at half-time. Tipperary were the quicker team out of the blocks in the second half with corner forward Eibhlis McDonald pointing in the opening exchanges. The Premier County were awarded a controversial penalty minutes later, when referee Liz Dempsey spread her arms after a challenge that seemed to take place outside the large rectangle. Justice of sorts was served when Devine drove her attempt over the bar.

Ballyduff Upper GAA Club U-21 team after their medal presentation held on Saturday, 9th February.

Áine Power and Niamh Rockett scored further points from play, but points from Ereena Fryday and centre half back Clodagh Quirke were soon followed by a green flag from Eibhlis McDonald to leave Waterford trailing by 1-10 to 0-8 with ten minutes left on the clock. Beth Carton stepped up to take a 20 metre free soon after, and a wonderfully dipping shot just underneath the crossbar was gratefully tipped over by the Tipperary defence. Tramore’s Sally Kelly reduced the gap even further with five minutes left, after Kaiesha Tobin intercepted a short puck out and set up her forward colleague. Waterford were left to rue missing three score-able frees in the second half off the hurl of Tobin, as well as a missed penalty by All Star Beth Carton with time almost up as Tipperary held out for a deserved victory overall. Speaking after the game, Coach Shane Dunphy highlighted the many positives that could be taken

from the game by his Waterford side. “Look, today was all about the performance, the result mattered little to either side. Obviously, it’s disappointing to lose any match but we’re delighted with how our girls brought the fight to Tipperary especially in the first half”. Dunphy was philosophical about Waterford’s league campaign this year. “For us, the league this year was about trying out new things and looking at new systems as we go forth to the Championship. All the big teams are now playing with a plethora of players behind the ball so we are looking at how we can countenance this with our own style of play. We have run Cork, Galway and Tipperary very close over the last month, despite missing over a third of our panel with club and other commitments. All in all, we couldn’t ask any more of this group of girls”. Waterford ‘s next competitive action will be in the Munster Semi Final against Tipperary in May, before the All-Ireland Championship

begins in earnest on June 16th against who else but Tipperary. Scorers – Waterford: Niamh Rockett 0-3, Beth Carton 0-3 (1f), Kaiesha Tobin 0-2, Orla Hickey, Ashling Power, Sally Kelly 0-1 each Tipperary: Cait Devane 0-5 (2f), Eibhlis McDonald 1-1, Ereena Fryday 0-3, Megan Ryan, Clodagh Quirke 01 each Waterford: Brianna O’Regan; Sibheal Harney, Clare Whyte, Mairead Power; Aoife Landers, Caoimhe McGrath, Lorraine Bray; Clara Griffin, Orla Hickey; Niamh Rockett, Shona Curran, Áine Power; Ashling Power, Beth Carton, Kaiesha Tobin. Subs: Sally Kelly for Whyte, Niamh Ahearne for Landers, Shauna Prendergast for Ashling Power, Sadie Mai Rowe for Áine Power. Tipperary: Aoife Butler; Julieanne Burke, Gemma Grace, Eimear Loughman; Laura Loughnane, Clodagh Quirke, Aoife McGrath; Megan Ryan, Mary Ryan; Ciara McKeogh, Niamh Treacy, Ereena Fryday; Grace O’Brien, Cait Devane, Eibhlis McDonald. Referee: Liz Dempsey (Wexford).


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Footballers repeat win over Wexford ALLIANZ NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 4 ROUND 4 Waterford's Jack Mullaney on the ball against Wexford's Glen Malone during their Div. 4 National Football League match in Wexford Park. [Sean Byrne]

Waterford ………………....…5-4; Wexford …………………… 0-12. THE County footballers are making Wexford Park a happy hunting ground after their second win there over the home side in less than a year. While the scoreline last Sunday doesn’t compare to the 3-14 to 1-18 victory last June, it was a bigger winning margin with the team once again proving the theory that goals win games. When did Waterford footballers last score five goals in one match? When did they last score more goals than points in a clash? That’s a query for the historians but that’s what Benji Whelan’s charges achieved in Innovate Wexford Park last Sunday. The win - thoroughly deserved, by the way - lifts them off the foot of the table and should give them a timely fillip for their remaining three matches, even if promotion is out of the equation. In some ways this encounter was similar to their championship meeting last June. Each and every time that Waterford ran at the Wexford defence, they caused havoc, and each of the five goals was well created and finished. Wexford’s appalling inaccuracy, shooting some fourteen wides in all, didn’t help their cause but they can have no complaints here. A small crowd (272) saw a mediocre opening half of football, with both sides making a litany of basic handling errors. Jason Curry got Waterford off the mark, kicking a short 45 to Tommy Prendergast,

taking the pass back and neatly splitting the uprights. Jonathan Bealin equalised for the home side two minutes later and they took the lead through a speculative Eoghan Nolan effort, which hopped over the bar from thirteen metres out - not what one would expect in February! Wexford had much of the possession in the first quarter and Jonathan Bealin extended their lead with a 9th minute point. We then had to wait eleven minutes before the next score, a Jason Gleeson minor for the visitors and although they hadn’t nearly as much possession, they were very much in touch. Both sides pulled back most of their players when defending and Wexford showed patience in one such instance, going across the field over and back before John Tubritt finally doubled their lead in the 26th minute. A minute later, The Déise breached the defence for the first time, when good work by Brian Looby, Dylan Guiry and Tommy Prendergast freed up Feargal Ó Cuirrin and the An Rinn man calmly finished low to the net. Eoghan Nolan equalised in the 32nd minute but that goal gave Waterford a new lease of life. Their second major came in the 37th minute. This time, Feargal was the provider, slipping the ball to Dylan Guiry who showed great composure in slotting the ball past Matt Doyle. They were back in front but suffered a blow then, when Ray

Waterford Senior Football Team. [Sean Byrne]

Ó Ceallaigh received a straight red card from referee John Hickey, for an off-the ball incident. Jonathan Bealin’s injury-time free narrowed the gap at half-time to just two points, Waterford 2-2; Wexford 0-6. As one would expect, Wexford, with the extra man, threw everything at the Waterford citadel on the resumption but the Déise defence was disciplined and well marshalled and for all their early possession, all Wexford could add was a Jonathan Bealin point, from a mark, and even this may have been slightly controversial as he seemed to take a solo and a hop before kicking the ball, which isn’t allowable in such situations. From a rare Waterford attack at this stage, Feargal Ó Cuirrin’s low shot was deflected out for a 45m which Shane Aherne excellently slotted between the posts. The home side then had its best spell of the match, scoring three quick points, per Glen Malone, Conor Carty and Eoghan Nolan and they were back in front by the 52nd minute. Waterford’s best goal of the five came within sixty seconds. Wexford’s constant attacks left them open to breaks and when Sean O’Donovan released Feargal Ó Cuirrin, he used his lightning pace to eat up the ground before unleashing a perfect and powerful low shot to the net. It was a superb goal and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Barry O’Connor had been introduced by the Wexford management and his 54th minute point

narrowed the gap to the minimum - but on an unlikely scoreline, 3-3 to 0-11. Ten scoreless minutes ensued, where we saw some atrocious wides by the home side, but to give the Waterford players due credit, they hassled and harried all the way. They then broke again in the 64th minute, which saw Shane Aherne inside the last line of defence. After losing control initially, he chipped the ball over Matt Doyle with his left foot- David Beckham style. Was it an outrageous fluke or a flash of genius? Maybe only Shane himself can answer that! Barry O’Connor added his second point for the shell shocked home side but Waterford weren’t going to pass up on this opportunity and a lovely crossfield pass from Shane Aherne found Tommy Prendergast who calmly dissected the uprights for just their fourth point of the afternoon. Better still was to follow in the 67th minute when they attacked with vigour once again and Jack Mullaney’s pass was palmed to the net by Conor Murray. Even though the referee inexplicably added a full seven minutes of injury-time, Wexford pressed but never looked like scoring a goal and the final whistle was greeted by relief rather than ecstasy by the Deise camp. Finally, Waterford have league points and they were honestly earned here. The kickout strategy, which is not dissimilar to the

Kilrossanty one where all the players line up in a straight line up the middle of the defence before players break away to the sides, worked quite well and they gained possession from most of Aaron Beresford’s restarts. He made two fine saves, helped out by a solid defensive unit. Tommy Prendergast worked like a beaver at midfield as ever and up front, Feargal Ó Cuirrín, Conor Murray and Shane Aherne (second half) stood out but each and every player involved did his bit here, with admirable work rate from start to finish. Port Láirge: Aaron Beresford, Sean O’Donovan, Ray Ó Ceallaigh, James McGrath, Brian Looby, Michael Curry, Dylan Guiry (1-0), Jack Mullaney, Tommy Prendergast (0-1), Sean WhelanBarrett, Feargal Ó Cuirrín (2-0), Conor Murray (1-0), Jason Curry

(0-1), Shane Aherne (1-1, 0-1 45), Jason Gleeson (0-1). Subs: JJ Hutchinson for J. Curry (h/t), Joe Allen for Whelan-Barrett (49), Eoin O’Brien for Ó Cuirrín (62), Kieran Power for Gleeson (69), Corey Kennedy for Prendergast(74) Loch Garman: Matt Doyle, Michael Furlong, Gavin Sheehan, Conor Carty (0-1), Glen Malone (0-1), Brian Malone, Martin O’Connor, Daithi Waters, Niall Hughes, Ben Brosnan, Jonathan Bealin (0-4, 0-1 mark, 0-1 f), Conor Devitt, Kevin O’Grady, Eoghan Nolan (0-3), John Tubritt (0-1). Subs: Tiernan Rossiter for O’Connor (15), Cathal Devereux for Tubritt (50), Barry O’Connor (0-2) for Devitt (52), David Shannon for O’Grady (63), Michael O’Regan for Brosnan (66). Réiteoir: John Hickey (Ceatharlach)

Aaron Beresford, the Waterford goalie who made two vital saves against Wexford last Sunday.

Fearghal O Cuirrin scored two goals in Wexford.



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Continued development the key to Ballymacarbry’s historic success over half a century BALLYMACARBRY is home to Ireland’s most successful GAA Club thanks to half a century of record-making victories by its Ladies Gaelic Football Club. Ladies football has experienced a huge surge in popularity in recent years, thanks largely to retail giant Lidl’s multi-million euro sponsorship deal and televised matches. However, few people know that the seeds for today’s ladies football culture were set in Ballymacarbry in 1970 when the country’s first club was founded by a handful of local women. Since then, the club has won 40 Senior county titles, with an unbroken winning streak for the last 37 seasons, despite tough competition from teams like arch rivals Comeragh Rangers. At its height during the eighties and nineties, Ballymacarbry dominated the sport, winning 14 Munster club titles and 10 AllIreland club titles. The club also supplied 14 players for the team that won Waterford’s first All-Ireland senior title in 1991, under the management of Michael Ryan. Today’s coaches and players remain hungry for success at county and provincial level. In 2018, the club won Under-13, Under-14, Under-15 and Under-16 A County Finals. The club’s minor girls will re-

play the 2018 Minor A County on Monday 13th May this year against close rivals Gaultier. The Senior team narrowly lost the Munster title to five in-a-row winner Mourneabbey during a dramatic final 10 minutes of play. Mourneabbey went on to become All-Ireland champions. People may wonder about the secret to the club’s ability to churn out teams with so much grit. Is it the bracing air from the Comeragh Mountains or the water from the Nire River? The answer is much simpler. Ballymacarbry Senior wingback and former Waterford captain Mairéad Wall believes the key is to encourage an early love of the sport in the younger girls and to provide a training structure that is geared towards improving fitness, strength and speed as well as ball skills. With a tradition spanning five decades, football is also in their blood. “The history is there. That’s huge. There’s a history of success and I do think that draws the girls to football,” she says. Mairéad grew up watching the likes of eight All-Stars winner Áine Wall (now Moore) and five All-Stars winner Geraldine O’Ryan (now Long) achieve All-Ireland glory throughout the nineties. Both those

women now coach under-age girls alongside current players like Mairéad and Senior County player Aileen Wall. “I used to love Annalisa Crotty. She was my favourite player. She was class. Another favourite player was Caitriona Casey, now a selector for the Seniors. I was in awe of them,” Mairéad says. Five years ago, Mairéad, her sister Linda, a lethal forward for club and county and a number of other club members realised that Ballymacarbry was in danger of losing its supply of upcoming players. Under-age players had fallen through the cracks and had limited access to training. “A group of us realised that there wouldn’t be any teams playing in a few years if we didn’t get the younger girls in our area playing. There were some groups training and doing quite well but there was very little happening from u-12s down. We just made a huge push and started indoor training and it became incredibly popular. The Astro Turf in the Community Centre was a great asset to us and allowed us to train the girls indoors and to increase our numbers, especially from u-12s down. It just spiralled,” she says, adding that of the club’s 130 members around 90 are under-age.

Pictured are the girls receiving their medals at their medal presentation in the Community Centre on 2nd February. Special guests on the night were Marie Crotty and Catríona Casey.

Ballymacarbry LGFC Senior Squad 2018.

“If that Thursday night training hadn’t started our Senior team would be struggling. It would be halved if the younger girls hadn’t filtered through from playing in the hall,” she says. Senior manager Michael O’Sullivan cut his teeth with ladies football training those first underage teams in the local community centre, eventually bringing players up through the ranks with him. His focus is on developing players across all facets of the game thus giving them the best chance he can to reach their full potential on the field of play. He believes that it’s crucially important to teach good practices to players at a young age so that they develop good habits going forward in their playing careers. However, Mairéad believes that hard work by players and managers needs to be coupled with sufficient funding if Ballymacarbry is to mirror the glory days that recently saw club and county legend Marie Crotty inducted into the LGFA Hall of Fame. The club continues to put huge time and effort into fundraising and their fundraising committee have huge plans for this year and hope to raise some much needed funds to help with the continued development of the club’s players at underage and adult level.

“For younger girls, we want the standard to be good for them. We want to give our coaches the best education in what’s being done now to develop the girls. We want to give the girls an edge because they’re our future Senior players,” says Mairéad. The club is holding a ‘Ballymac Big Breakfast’ on 17th March, St. Patrick’s Day, in the Ballymacarbry Community Centre from 9:30 until 12:30. Admission for adults is €10 and children is €5. You get a full Irish breakfast, tea/ coffee and toast to set you up for

your St. Patrick’s day celebrations! The club would love to see a huge turnout for this upcoming event! The club would also like to let people know that their range of Ballymacarbry LGFC gear has gone online on www.o’neills.com for anyone who would like to purchase some. The future looks bright for Ballymacarbry ladies football and with new coaching methods, continued hard work and training, additional financial support and fundraising efforts, the sky is the limit.

Ballymacarbry LGFC in brief • Founded in 1970, Ballymacarbry LGFC was Ireland’s first ladies’ football club • Former manager Michael Ryan was convinced by his wife Catherine and sister Bernie, both players, to start training the team in 1982 • A reticent Ryan had hoped one tough training session would put the women off, but their gutsy determination impressed him so he stuck around • Under Ryan’s management the team won 14 Munster club titles and 10 All-Ireland club titles during the eighties and nineties • Waterford had 14 Ballymacarbry women on the team in 1991 when they won their first All-Ireland senior title • Seventeen Ballymacarbry players have collectively won 54 All Star Awards,


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Minors go down in first championship outing WATERFORD COUNTY CAMOGIE WATERFORD MINOR A Waterford ……………………1-8; Clare ………………………… 2-9. This team played their first championship match of the season in Mount Sion GAA grounds on Saturday against Clare. Waterford played with the breeze in the first half. A great start for Waterford saw Abby Flynn score from play in the first minute. The puck-out was won by Sinead McGee (Clare) who had a tough battle throughout the first half with Mairead O’Brien. It was cut out by Mary Kate Curran who played a strong defensive roll throughout the game. The resulting ball led to a free which Abby converted to a point. Clare had two missed scoring chances, a free saved by Waterford goalie Megan Foran and a wide from a forty- five, taken by their free taker Caoimhe Kelly. Waterford were awarded a free on fourteen minutes which was batted down by Clare defence but good reaction from Lorna Foley saw it in the back of the net. Clare came again and were rewarded with two points from play for Robyn Conway. Abby scored another point from a free. Waterford conceded a free around the twentyone-yard line which was taken by Caoimhe Kelly across the goal mouth to Robyn Conway whom gave Megan no chance in the Waterford goal. Abby scored another point from play before Keeley Corbett Barry

stood up the forty-five to score a point for Waterford. Mairead O’Brien won the ball from the puck out in the middle of the field and soled down the field only to see her attempt go wide. Clare won a free in the twenty third minute and Caoimhe Kelly went for a point and it was batted by Megan in the goal only to be goaled home by Clare’s only scorer in the first half Robyn Conway. Abby scored another from a free just before half time to see it level at the break, 1-5 Waterford, 2-2 Clare. Clare came out all guns blazing in the second half with three unanswered points. Waterford didn’t score until the forty fourth minute with a point from play for Abby Flynn. Clare seemed to get on top from there on as Caoimhe Kelly scored two points more, one from play and one from a forty-five to give a score of 2-05 Clare, Waterford 1-06 with ten minutes left. Dearbhla Beresford replaced Mide Delaney in midfield for Waterford. Points from Chloe Neylon and Emily Cahill saw Clare increase their lead. Gillian Ryan was replaced by Siobhan Lenihan whom scored a point after being introduced. Keeley Corbett Barry scored a point from the twenty-oneyard free on fifty-two minutes. An injury to Robyn Conway saw her replaced by Eva Larkin. Aoife O’Byrne came in for Holly Ryan on the Waterford side. Keeley scored a free on the sixty-minute mark to see it finish Waterford 1-8; Clare 2-

9. A tough game in which the wind was definitely a factor in the score. Waterford: Megan Foran, Sheena McGuckian, Lucy Hogan, Izabela Markewicz, Niamh Curran, Mary Kate Curran, Roisin Dunphy, Keeley Corbett Curran, Mide Delaney, Mairead O’Brien, Annie Quinn, Sarah Lacey, Lorna Foley, Abby Flynn, Holly Ryan, Dearbhla Beresford for Mide Delaney and Aoife O’Byrne for Holly Ryan. Clare: Rachel Daly, Gillian Ryan, Roisin Minogue, Michelle Mescall, Sinead McGee, Susan Daly, Sarah Ni Cheallaigh, Emily Cahill, Hannah Shannon, Chloe Neylon, Caoimhe Kelly, Lynda Daly, Aoibhin Ryan, Robyn Conway, Finia O’Brien, Siobhan Lenihan for Gillian Ryan and Eva Larkin for Robyn Conway. Referee: Liz Dempsey.

Next up for this minor team is Kilkenny on March 10th. U-16 B MUNSTER SEMI-FINAL Waterford played their first completive match in Passage East GAA grounds on Sunday against Cork as both teams got a bye into the semi-final. It was a cold foggy day in Passage east but there was no wind advantage for either team today. Waterford showed their strength from the start when Aine O’Neill won the ball and passed to Mairead O’Brien whose shot went wide of the post. Waterford again won the puckout and some great passing got the ball from Aoife Hartley to Aine in to the forwards but could not convert into a score. The first score came after five minutes from another well worked ball from the middle of the field to Alannah O’Sullivan who

Waterford team who lost to Clare in the All-Ireland Minor (A) Championship at Mount Sion GAA on Saturday, 23rd Feb., 2019. [Noel Browne]

U-16 Waterford team who defeated Cork and reached the Munster Final

sent it over the bar for the first point. A foul by Cork brought Alannah up for a free which she drove into square and Rachel Walsh in the right place put it in the back of the net giving the Cork goalie Olivia Lynch no chance. Great running up the wing from Ellen Boylan saw her score a point on the eight minutes. Alannah was brought down on her run towards goal giving a penalty to Waterford which Mairead O’Brien stepped up to take and it took a brilliant save by the Cork defence to stop it and Alisha Flynn pulled on the rebound, but Cork cleared their lines. Aoife Hartley played a ball into Aoibhinn O’Grady in the eighteen minute which she put over the bar. Mairead and Aine combined well in the twenty third minute only to be fouled by Aoife Quirke on the run. Alannah’s resulting free just wide of the post. Maeve Sheridan won a ball from a ruck and another great passage of play by Ellen, Aine and Aoife saw the ball dropped into the forwards, but they were unable to convert. A foul around the forty-five-metre line by a Cork defender put Alannah standing over the ball on twenty-six minutes which she converted into point. Cork replaced Aoife Quirke with Ann Marie Collins on this stoppage. Cork won a puck-out which went to Ava Hallihan who scored a point to put Cork on the score board. On twenty-nine minutes Mairead scored a point from the left wing to see the half time score of

Waterford 1-5; Cork 0-1. Second half saw some changes for Waterford namely, Zoe Mackey goalie replaced by Elena Gallagher, Alisha Flynn replaced by Rhona Drohan. Waterford again got off to a quick start when a ball from the half back Maeve Sheridan was passed to Aine and great running from Ellen and Alannah passing into the middle saw the ball in the back of the net by Rachel Walsh on four minutes. Cork won the puck-out and some good running from the middle of the field by Shauna Ludgate saw the ball having to be cleared out by Laoise Forrest in the Waterford backline. A foul pass by Waterford saw Cork with a free from a scoreable distance on the thirty-nine-minute mark but Niamh O’Connor’s effort drifted left and wide. There were some good tussles between the sixty-five and the Cork forty-five saw the referee Aidan O’Brien having to throw in the ball on several occasions. Cork replaced Kelly O’Gorman with Orla Beechinor and Shauna Ludgate with Laureen Corcoran in the middle of the field. Mairead O’Brien drove the ball from the left wing into the goal area and it slipped passed Olivia Lynch into the goal to give Waterford their third goal. They were well on top at this stage but kept a very impressive pace. A foul by Cork gave Alannah a chance of a third point from around the forty-five which she put over the bar. Cork won the puck out and a

nice passage of combined play from Eimear O’Donovan and Aine Ni Mhaoloin saw her score a point from play. Clodagh Hoctor came in for Mairead O’Brien on forty-six minutes. Rachel Walsh scored a great point form the wing before being replaced by Molly Comerford. The Waterford backline came under a bit of pressure, but Sarah Maher and Maeve Sheridan kept fighting for ball as they had done all day and cleared out to their forwards. A pass that Alannah O’Sullivan caught on the run saw her score another point from play. Aoibhinn O’Grady was replaced by Anna Mai Drohan for Waterford. Ellen Boylan scored again from play to end the game with a score line of Waterford 3-10; Cork 0-2. Waterford play Tipperary next month in a Munster Final. Waterford: Zoe Mackey, Dara Fitzgerald, Chloe Power, Laoise Forrest, Aoife Hartley, Sarah Maher, Maeve Sheridan, Ellen Boylan, Aine O’Neill, Mairead O’Brien, Aoibhinn O’Grady, Alannah O’Sullivan, Alannah McNulty, Alisha Flynn, Rachel Walsh, Elena Gallagher for Zoe, Rhona Drohan for Alisha, Clodagh Hoctor for Mairead, Molly Comerford for Rachel and Anna Mai Drohan for Aoibhinn. Cork: Olivia Lynch, Louise Lyons, Julie Sheehy, Rachel Murtagh, Kelly O’Gorman, Molly Jackman, Aoife Quirke, Shauna Ludgate, Eimear O’Donovan, Allana Cochrane, Emily Coffey, Aine Ni Mhaolain, Laura O’Brien, Niamh O’Connor, Gemma Lenihan, Ann Marie Collins for Aoife, Orla Beechinor for Kelly and Lauren Corcoran for Shauna.



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Unbeaten Galway travel to Walsh Park ALLLIANZ NATIONAL HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION 1B ROUND 4 WATERFORD V GALWAY in Walsh Park Sunday, March 3rd at 2 p.m.

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TEAMS OF TIMES GONE BY Championship: National Football League Division 2B. Date: Sunday, 28th February, 1999. Venue: Markievicz Park, Sligo. Half- time score: Sligo 1-5; Waterford 1-2. Full-time score: Sligo 2-10; Waterford 1-7. Scorers for Waterford: A. Fitzgerald 1-5, R. Power 0-2. Waterford: K. Cotter; J. Crotty, D. McMahon (Capt.), D. Crotty; L. Dalton, G. Walsh, L. Hurney; R. Power, W. Kavanagh; D. Whelan, K. Whelan, C. Watt; F. Cunnigham, M. Power, A. Fitzgerald. Subs: P. Fitzgerald for C. Watt; A. Ahearn for F. Cunningham.


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Club Focus Wednesday, 3rd March, 1999. LADIES FOOTBALL

Déise experience wins through in the end Waterford 6-8; Meath 5-2. IT was a case of defenders going AWOL at St. Ultan’s Park in Martry, Co. Meath, on Sunday afternoon as Waterford and Meath availed of the generosity of the respective defences. Eleven goals suggests an exciting match and in truth it was, with Meath putting it up to the All-Ireland champions before experience eventually won the day. Waterford lined out without Sarah Hickey, Annalisa Crotty and Triona Whyte and the defence was very porous at times. Debutant goalkeeper Aine Ryan could not be faulted for any of the goals, she was left exposed on many occasions, indeed she stopped a 24th minute penalty only for the rebound to be slammed to the net by a Meath attacker whilst the defence stood still. Meath had a definite edge in fitness and that’s to be expected. However, there was a number of plusses. Martina Troy had a fine game at right half back, curbing Meath’s ace forward Christine O’Brien. Deirdre O’Rourke, Noirin Walsh, Claire Ryan and Aine Wall were all outstanding. Meath got a great start, possession from the throw-in, and within 15 seconds the ball nestled in the Waterford net from the boot of young corner forward Eimer McAuley. McAuley caused Waterford lots of trouble in the opening 20 minutes.

Waterford replied quickly and Claire Ryan put Aine Wall in for a goal. By the 8th minute McAuley and Wall had swoped further goals and the game settled down. Rebecca Hallahan and Martina O’Ryan tacked on points before Waterford struck a purple patch midway through the half. In a two minute spell Aine Wall (twice) and Claire Ryan shot goals. Again McAuley found the net for Meath, but a switch that saw Noirin Walsh move across to mark her, proved effective and from that to the finish she was held. Rebecca Hallahan’s point gave Waterford a 5-3 to 3-0 interval lead. On the resumption quick points from Deirdre Nagle and Geraldine O’Ryan gave Waterford a 13 point lead before Carroll’s goal, following a penalty, launched Meath’s comeback. Claire Ryan pointed, back came Meath. Dorothy McGoldrick and McAuley pointed and a Christine O’Brien goal ensured a tight finish. By the 55th minute Meath had reduced the deficit to put four points but Waterford rallied. Mary O’Donnell and Catriona Casey pointed before Sarah Gleeson set up Deirdre Nagle for the clinching goal. Through much of 1998 Waterford struggled to score goals, a return of six was satisfying. Aine Wall’s finishing was superb and some of the moves were top class. Waterford: A. Ryan; O. Condon, S. O’Ryan, N. Walsh; M. Troy, D. O’Rourke, J. Torpey; M. O’Ryan (0-1), C. Casey (0-1); R. Hallahan (0-2), M. O’Donnell (0-1), F. Crotty; A. Wall (4-0), C. Ryan (1-1), G. O’Ryan (0-1). Subs: A. Walsh, D. Nagle (1-1), S. Gleeson. Meath: M. Fox; J. Quinn, P. McNeilis, L. McKeevan; D. Mangan, D. Shaw, M. McGuire; A. Dennehy, N. McNeilis; E. Duffy, C. O’Brien (1-0), R. McNeilis; M. Reilly, E. McAuley (3-1), D. McGoldrick (0-1). Subs: D. O’Carroll (1-0).

PERCHED at the top of Division 1B, 2017 All-Ireland senior hurling champions, Galway, travel to Walsh Park this Sunday for the final round of games in this year’s National league. With both sides already qualified for the quarterfinals on the following Sunday, this will not be a do or die effort for either group but Waterford will be keen not to go under in two games in a row and thus get accustomed to a losing habit. Pauric Fanning’s charges battle with Dublin last week will have

brought on the Deise side to a higher pace of hurling while one would expect the end of experimental sides at this point and the return of the Mahonys, Pauric and Philip from the outset. Injuries have kept such as Tadhg Burke, Shane and Darragh Fives, Conor Gleeson, Patrick Curran and Brian O’Halloran out of action and the word now is that present full back Conor Prunty has also picked up an injury that will see him not playing for some weeks. In these circumstances, it is difficult to see the Deise, despite playing at home, defeat a very big, physical and capable Galway side on the tight playing pitch that is Walsh Park. The tribesmen experienced one blip against Carlow when drawing on a score of 0-20 each but since then they have responded with victories against Dublin by 0-20 to 1-11 and Offaly

by 2-20 to 0-14. The 2017 All-Ireland champions had an easy day at the office last Sunday against Offaly with a very much understrength line out and this will have not done them any favours ahead of Sunday but they will still be favourites to win in Walsh Park against a home side that, despite the earliness of the year, may find themselves at a cross road of sorts after this clash. Galway’s team and scorers v Offaly: Scorers: J. Flynn 0-13 (8f, 4 65), C. Whelan 1-2 (1f), B. Concannon 1-1, N. Burke, D. Glennon, S. Kilduff, S. Loftus 0-1 each. Galway: J. Skehill; S. Linnane, P. Killeen, D. Morrissey; J. Fitzpatrick, G. McInerney, J. Hanbury; S. Loftus, S. Kilduff; N. Burke, C. Whelan, J. Flynn; R. O'Meara, B. Concannon, K. Cooney. Subs: D. Glennon for N. Burke inj (31m), P. Mannion for J. Hanbury (51m), C. Mannion for R. O'Meara (58m). R. Burke for J. Fitzpatrick (59m).

Déise footballers seek two wins in-a-row ALLIANZ NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 4 ROUND 5 WATERFORD V ANTRIM in Carrriganore Saturday, March 2nd at 12.30 p.m. THE footballers of Antrim come down from the Glens this weekend to play Waterford in the fifth round of the Allianz National football League. The game will be played on Saturday at the visitors’ request, who are staying in Waterford the night before. Common sense has prevailed in playing the game in Carriganore and not making the Saffron County players travel on to the Fraher Field and this should have been the case also two weeks previously against Derry. Benji Whelan’s men received a welcome boost in Wexford last

Sunday recording their first win of the campaign and they will enter this week’s fixture with an even chance of making it two wins in a row if they can play to their full potential. Antrim have just one win under their belts and that was last weekend against London by 1-13 to 1-8. While losing out on their previous three matches, they did so narrowly with defeats to joint top of the table Derry and Leitrim by a solitary point and to Wexford 1-10 to 0-9. The visitors don’t seem to be as far ahead of Waterford as they were a few seasons ago but still

may have enough to record their second league win. On the other hand, Waterford are not the ones to have to travel for this game and this may be their best opportunity to record a second league win of their own this year. Antrim team and scorers v London: Antrim: A. Hasson; P. McCormick, R. Johnston, P. Gallagher; E. Walsh, M. McCarry, D. Lynch (0-1); M. Fitzpatrick (0-2), M. Johnston (0-1); K. Quinn, S. Beatty, P. McBride (0-3); C. Duffin (0-1), O. Eastwood, R. Murray (1-4). Subs: E. McCabe for K. Quinn, O. McKeown for O. Eastwood, J. McAuley for E. Walsh, R. McCann (Aghagallon) (0-1) for M. Fitzpatrick, P. Finnegan for C. Duffin.

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV. 4 LEAGUE TABLE Derry Leitrim Wicklow Limerick Antrim London Waterford Wexford

p 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

w 4 4 2 2 1 1 1 1

d l +/0 0 20 0 19 8 0 2 -3 0 2 1 0 3 -1 0 3 -4 0 3 -7 0 3 -25

pts 8 3 4 4 2 2 2 2

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FORDE’S DAYBREAK FORECAST CORNER Last Week’s Forecasts: 11 Forecasts. 6 Correct. 5 Incorrect. Success Rate: 55% This Week’s Fixtures: NHL: Galway v (Waterford). NFL: Waterford v (Antrim). County Under 19 F: Div 1: Ballinacourty v (Gaultier), Rathgormack v (St. Olivers). West Under 19 F: Div. 2: Brickeys v (An Ghaeltacht), Kilrossanty v (Rathgormack). Div. 3: Dungarvan v (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg), Ardmore v (Nire). To Date: 37 Forecasts. 23 Correct. 14 Incorrect. Success Rate: 62.2%.


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Gaelic Jottings Minor Football Championships commence KILROSSANTY put it up to Gaultier in a Division 1 game last weekend before losing out narrowly by 2-9 to 1-11 while it will be regarded as a surprise that County champions Ballinacourty lost out to Nire on a scoreline of 2-10 to 0-8. In Division 2A Tramore edged out Clan Na Gael by 1-13 to 3-6 while Portlaw/Ballyduff had aortable 3-9 to 3-1 win over De La Salle. In Division 2B Rathgormack surprised St. Pats/Naomh Brid by 2-9 to 0-6 while Brickeys won their parish derby with Dungarvan by 1-11 to 2-6. There was one game in Division 3B where Cois Bhride had the measure of Clashmore/Kinsalebeg by 4-10 to 1-12. In Division 3A St. Saviours gave a walk over to Mount Sion and St. Mollerans proved too strong for Ferrybank on a score of 5-15 to 0-2.

New Under 19 Championship starts this weekend THE under 21 football championship is being replaced by the under 19 age group in 2019 and games in each division are down for decision this Sunday in a group system. Under 18 County champions from last year, Ballinacourty take on modern day rivals Gaultier in the Burgery Grounds on Saturday at 4 p.m., a time and date understandably requested by Gaultier whose lady Intermediate hurlers contest the All-Ireland final on the Sunday. The rest of the games in this grade will be played on Sunday at 11.30 a.m. and these include Rathgormack and St. Olivers in Division 1 in Rathgormack. The division 2 and 3 championships are run on a divisional basis and in the former An Ghaeltacht and the Brickeys go head-tohead in the Dungarvan club grounds and Stradbally and Kilrossanty play each other in the Fraher Field. In Division 3, Clashmore/Kinsalebeg and Dungarvan meet in Ardmore and Nire and Ardmore play in Bushy Park.

Senior Football League THIS weekend marks the start of the County senior football league and while all games are scheduled for Saturday at 3.30 p.m., the likelihood is that some of these fixtures will be rearranged over the weekend. Though playing away from home wins for Nire, Ballinacourty and An Rinn against their hosts Kilrossanty, Rathgormack and Stradbally is a possibility in Group A while in Group B Kilmacthomas will mark their return to senior ranks at home to Clashmore/Kinsaelbeg. Brickeys will host Portlaw in Bushy Park and though playing at home, Ardmore will have it all to do to lower the colours of Gaultier.

Division 4 NFL round-up DERRY reclaimed the number one spot in the Allianz FL Division 4 table courtesy of a 2-8 to 0-9 success over Wicklow at Watty Graham Park last Sunday.The Oak Leafers are top on score difference from Leitrim who were 0-12 to 0-11

winners over Limerick. Slaughtneil clubmates Chrissy McKaigue and Chrissy Bradley netted the goals for the Ulster outfit who made it four wins from as many outings. Meanwhile, Antrim proved too strong for London on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-8 with Ryan Murray getting their goal in the opening period. And Wexford’s woes continue as they slumped to a 0-12 to 5-4 loss at the hands of Waterford on home soil. Results of Round 4: Antrim 1-13; London 1-8, Corrigan Park. Derry 2-8; Wicklow 0-9, Watty Graham Park. Wexford 0-12; Waterford 5-4, Innovate Wexford Park.

Dramatic Finish in Parnell Park ALAN Nolan’s 78th-minute penalty save ensured Dublin of a wonderful 1-26 to 4-15 victory over previously-unbeaten Waterford. Time and time again, Dublin’s excellent play was undone by the concession of soft goals and it looked like history would repeat itself for the fifth time deep into added time when Darragh O’Connell hauled down Tommy Ryan. O’Connell was dismissed and Stephen Bennett – on a hat-trick stepped forward to try to hand his side a fourth successive victory. Instead, having previously been beaten four times, Nolan executed a vital save as he brilliantly redeemed himself with the sort of save every young – and old – boy dreams of. The battling hosts prevailed and moved level with their opponents on the 1B table.

Parking Options near Walsh Park WATERFORD chairman Paddy Joe Ryan doesn't envisage spectators having any difficulties with regard to parking when Walsh Park is redeveloped. The €7 million revamp received the green light from An Bord Pleanála last week, with works due to commence after the venue hosts two Munster SHC games this Summer. “If you park on the quays in Waterford you’re much closer to Walsh Park than you are, for example, if you park by the golf club in Thurles for a game in Semple Stadium. Pearse Stadium in Salthill is a lovely stadium but the last time I was up there everywhere you looked there were signs saying ‘don’t park here or you’ll be prosecuted’," “With WIT, Roanmore, and Mount Sion there are plenty of parking options near Walsh Park. In Cork and Thurles you’re accommodating 50,000 people. We’re talking about 15,000 people on a very, very busy day — usually you’d be talking about a couple of thousand for a league game.” Meanwhile, Waterford insists that they will be able to stage two Munster SHC matches in Walsh Park this Summer. Having received planning permission to carry out redevelopment work which will increase the capacity of the city venue to 16,500, the County Board intends to defer the €7m upgrade until after Na Deise’s two home round-robin provincial championship games. According to chairman Paddy Joe Ryan, they are fully committed to bringing Clare to Walsh Park on May 12th and to entertain All-Ireland champions Limerick on June 2nd, having been forced to play all four of their Munster championship matches outside the county last year. “That’s no longer in question, the Clare and Limerick games will both take place in Walsh Park,” “The Slattery Report has

Attending the 2019 Déise Draw Launch in Stradbally GAA Centre were Pat Grant, Fourmilewater; Emma Gallagher and Hannah Power, Kill and Breda Kiely, Déise Draw Committee. [Sean Byrne] put the capacity at 11,040 people, that’s allowed, subject to some remedial work, which is already started. “Everything will be ready for the championship. There was an issue with a wall as well, which was in danger of falling, but that’s being taken down. There was some other remedial work, in the short term, some small health and safety things. But we don’t see any obstacle now whatsoever. It’s full steam ahead.”

Hartley calls it a day BALLYGUNNER manager Fergal Hartley has decided to step down from the position. Hartley led his native club to county titles in 2014, 2017 and ’18, while adding a second Munster club SHC title to their roll of honour, seventeen years after winning their first. Ballygunner were defeated in the AllIreland club SHC semi-final by Kilkenny and Leinster champions Ballyhale Shamrocks. The former Waterford hurler has had time to mull over his future since then and decided to step away from the role. Fergal cited the time commitments needed for the position and the fact that after three years a new voice is needed in the dressingroom as the reasons for his departure. It won’t be long before the Ballygunner players are back in action as the Waterford SHC starts at the end of March.

Secrets of positive ageing IN an era where we are all expected to live longer, the GAA, Trinity College Dublin and Irish Life have come together to highlight the secrets to successful ageing through a series of regional seminars. For example, did you know that people living by the sea are less likely to be depressed? That optimists live longer? That friendship and good social life is as important as low cholesterol for heart disease? That quality of life continues to get better after 50 for almost another 30 years? These nuggets of knowledge, and much more, will be explored by Professor Rose Anne Kenny, a world expert in healthy ageing, as part of this series of public talks entitled ‘How to Age Well: Evidence from TILDA’.

Irish Life is one of the founding supporters of TILDA which is the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, led by Trinity College Dublin. Over 8,500 people aged 50 and older were randomly selected and continue to be repeatedly interviewed and examined regarding many aspects of their lives including happiness, physical and mental health, financial circumstances, quality of life, and perceptions of ageing. Free talks open to the general public, organised by the GAA’s County Health & Wellbeing Committees, will take place in Longford (March 11), Limerick (March 20), Donegal (March 22), and Mayo and Cork later in 2019 (dates to be confirmed). The content will highlight themes including the importance of exercise, diet, social connectedness, purpose, and location. GAA President John Horan said: “The GAA is proud to represent every age demographic in Ireland. These talks are not just for GAA members, they are for anyone in the community that is interested in ageing well. Irish Life is a long-standing CSR partner of the GAA Healthy Club Project and we’re delighted to broaden that relationship through this collaboration with TILDA.” Prof. Rose Anne Kenny said: “TILDA is one of the most important research studies in Ireland which helps to better understand why bodies and brains age and how we can best ensure long and prosperous lives, for today's adults and for future generations. This unique partnership with the GAA will ensure that new research from TILDA and other international studies is quickly communicated to all age groups. As a research institution we are very excited about taking this new knowledge out to the Irish people.” GAA ambassadors from participating counties are supporting the seminar series. They visited TILDA’s research hub in Trinity College to experience some of the tests that participants in the research undergo, including cognitive tests, gait analysis, grip strength, bone density, and aural and visual testing. GAA legend Míchéal Ó Muircheartaigh attended the partnership launch and encouraged everyone to attend their local seminar. He said: “It didn’t surprise me to discover the contribution of social and community connections to positive ageing.

The GAA provided me and many of my generation with a social network that allowed us to stay connected and be part of something bigger than ourselves. It still does. I’m sure the seminars will offer everyone who attends new information that will help them age well.” Additional details of the seminars are available on www.gaa.ie/community and further information will also be made available through local media in the participating counties in coming weeks.

County under 20 hurling selectors STEPHEN Gough will manage the Waterford U-20 hurlers in 2019. The Roanmore clubman was appointed to the role at a recent County board meeting last Monday night, having managed the same group of players at minor level in 2017. Sean Reade and Michael Kelleher will act as his selectors. A series of trial games have already been held to chose the panel for this year’s championship.

Scór Na Seachtaine WATERFORD’S 60th minute goal in their NHL game in Parnell Park last Sunday against Dublin engineered by Shane Bennett’s terrific run through the heart of the Dublin defence and executed by Stephen Bennett.

Fraher Field Classics THIS week’s featured game on the Fraher Field Classics Facebook page courtesy of the editor of the Dungarvan Observer and from the pen of John A. Murphy is the report on the Observer of March 29th, 1969 of the Phelan Cup semi final game of 1968 between Geraldines and Stradbally which the Gers won by 1-5 to 0-4.

Sympathy THE Observer extends its sincere sympathy to two strong Stradbally GAA families on the recent deaths of Kitty Gough and Paddy Power and to the Lyons family, Boreenatra, Dungarvan, on the death of Teresa.



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Dungarvan UNDER 17 FOOTBALL On Sunday morning last we played neighbours the Brickeys in the first round of the under 17 football Championship. If you were to look at the corresponding fixture from last year and the then result of this match you would have been forgiven before a ball was kicked on Sunday morning that we would have been well out of our depth here. But this was not the case with the boys battling throughout in what was a most entertaining game which was nip and tuck all the way with the Brickeys running out eventually winners on a score line of 2-6 to 1-11. UNDER 19 FOOTBALL Round 1 of the under 19 football Championship gets under way this Sunday morning, March the 3rd when we travel to the seaside village of Ardmore to play Clashmore/Kinsalebeg. This game has an 11:30 a.m. start time. We have a bye in round two with our third game in the group been played on March 23rd when we will play Affane. MEMBERSHIP Club membership is now due. No players are eligible to play unless membership is paid. No player is covered by insurance unless they are paid up. Working Adult €50; Non working Adult €30; Non playing Adult €20; Juvenile €20; Second juvenile €15. CLUB DEVELOPMENT Exciting times ahead in Clogherane as well as been tinged with a little sadness as we begin the development of our club grounds, as the main instigator and planning man was Paddy Fitzgerald who was very proud of this development and had put in hours of planning and getting this development just right which when completed will have a 60 x 25 Astro turf and three sided wall plus Astro on goal areas in main field. Busy times ahead. 5KM RUNNING PROGRAMME West Waterford Athletic Club in conjunction with Dungarvan GAA will be running a let’s run programme with the aim of getting people to run 5km. This programme will commence on Thursday 11/4/19 and will run for eight consecutive Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Meeting place will be at our club grounds in Clogherane. The cost is €20 per person. All over 16s are welcome. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to improve their fitness levels or for anyone who has always wanted to

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start running but didn’t know where to start. This programme will be enjoyable for all levels of fitness and will be run by qualified coach. INTERCOUNTY AND COLLEGES Well done to the Waterford Senior Hurlers who recorded their first win of league with victory over Wexford on a score line of 5-4 to 0-12. Hard luck to The Waterford Senior camogie team who were narrowly defeated by Tipperary in the league. The minors were defeated by Clare but again gave a mighty effort. Lady luck didn’t shine on our footballers either as Ciaran Curran’s charges were beaten by a stronger Armagh side. The losing streak continued onto the hurlers also as a last gasp penalty save by Dublin saw us lose our first game in division 1B of the league. Although qualification for the quarterfinals has already been secured, a win against Galway next week in front of home support will surely be top of the agenda. Club Senior hurler Jack Lacey was part of the Mary Immaculate panel that were defeated by UCC in the final of the Fitzgibbon Cup at Clogherane on Saturday last. NEW ARRIVAL Congratulations to club player Sean Hyslop and Catriona McGlone on the birth of their baby boy Oscar last weekend. Wishing you all health and happiness. LOTTO RESULTS 25/2/2019. Numbers drawn 14, 17, 18, 28. No winner. Next week’s jackpot €3,600. No match three numbers. Many thanks to all our supporters and promoters of our weekly club lotto. This is the main income of the club and goes toward running the day to day costs of the club. Lotto tickets are available at Hallahan’s Chemist, Paddy Foley’s Bar, Country Store, Walsh’s Spar, Johnny Lynch Greengrocer, Quealy’s Bar. Tickets can also be bought online. Tickets cost €2 each or 3 for €5. UNDER 8 HURLERS An exciting weekend for our under 8 Hurlers as they will be playing in Walsh Park on Sunday next at half-time in the league match between Waterford and Galway. This will be a great experience for the team and a great opportunity to play in front of what's bound to be a near full house. Enjoy the day.

Nire/Fourmilewater U-7's took part in Blitz in Bohadoon.

St. Pat’s Juveniles HOW CAN I HELP? I had an unusual request from the committee recently. They wanted me to write a few lines to help encourage people to volunteer with the club. The type of volunteering they had in mind is not the big stuff of being a treasurer or mentor but the small acts that will make life easy for the many people that give so much time to the club. The next time you see a mentor struggling to move goalposts or put out flags before games get out of your car and ask "can I help". It will take five minutes of your time and will make the mentors life much easier. Helping out can even mean paying your membership on time without being asked for it five times by the Club Registrar. When there's a flag day or a "Split the Pot" raffle help out. The next time you're at training or a match keep an eye out for how you can help. We know you're busy but remember all of our mentors and volunteers are busy too. MEMBERSHIP Can everybody that hasn’t done so please return membership forms and pay membership to either Don Nix, their respective selectors or any committee member please by month end. Last years players insurance cover ceases at the end of February unless membership is renewed for 2019 by this date. U-7 FOOTBALL Another week another Bohadoon blitz for this enthusastic bunch of U-7's. This week it was the the turn of football. All the players acquitted themselves well and a go0d time was had

by all. Thanks to everyone that gave up their Saturday to make this blitz happen particularly the mentors from all of the various participating clubs. LADIES FOOTBALL The ladies, minors, u-16s and u-15s are back training again on Saturday mornings at 10.30. There was a great enthusiastic crew in attendance at the first session back held under the watchful eyes of mentors Alan Toft and Kevin Hickey. ST. PAT'S CÚL CAMP DATES St. Pat's Cúl Camp will run from the Aug. 5th - 9th at Bohadoon. The camp co-ordinator (as ever) is Mary Fahey. Booking opens online on the 1st March. Booking early means you'll have your free kit to wear all Summer long. SPLIT THE POT The winner of the draw held at Garrys Bar, Bohadoon on the 24th February will be announced in next week's paper. Tickets available from coordinators James Dalton, Clare Byrne, Mentors & Committee members. Tickets are also available from Healy's Daybreak, The Pike Service Station. Tickets €2 each or 3 for €5 PROGRESSIVE 45 Cards are on each Thursday night at 8.00 pm in Coolnasmear Hall. FACEBOOK Follow St. Pat's on Facebook for all the latest club news: www.facebook.com/saintpatsgaa

An Coilligean/Na h-Emmetigh CLUB LOTTO There was no winner of the “Black & Amber” club lotto held in Shalloe’s Bar on Monday, 11th February. The numbers drawn were 5, 7, 15 and 23. The €20 lucky ticket winners were as follows: Riona Shalloe, Biddy Flynn, Alice Coffey and Willie Bumster. The seller’s prize went to Gerry Quinlan. Last Monday, 18th February night’s jackpot was worth €10,550. CHALLENGE MATCH Colligan will play Cappoquin next Sunday morning in a hurl-

ing challenge match. The match will be on in Colligan Club grounds at 10.30 a.m. Please keep an eye on social media for any changes to this fixture. THE KUBE Waterford GAA are holding The Kube as a fundraising event on Friday, 29th March in WIT Arena. If you would like to be a contestant and be in with a chance of winning €2,500 for your chosen club or charity please contact Kevin Casey on 087 2814712.

Kilgobinet SYMPATHIES The club extends its sympathies to Joe O'Brien and family on the death of his uncle Denis 'Dinny' O'Brien who was buried in Kilrossanty last week. Also sympathies to the Power and Hallahan families on the death of their sister Kitty Gough, Stradbally, who died last week. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamhacha MEMBERSHIP Membership is now due. for those who haven'tpaid, please

contact Eamonn Curran, Membership Officer as soon as possible. Membership fees for 2019: Players: €100 Non playing members/students €50 FACEBOOK Follow us on Facebook for the latest club news and updates. @kilgobinet.gaa

Nire/Fourmilewater – The 'Limerick' team that took part in the Buckley Cup.

Nire/Fourmilewater Juveniles U-7 Super performance from our U-7’s again last Saturday at the Football Blitz in Bohadoon. They had lots of games, got some great scores and really enjoyed playing. Well done boys. We hope to get plenty of hurling and football games for this team over the coming months. U-14 Our U14 footballers will play the Western Final on Saturday. Date and time not yet confirmed but we will put the details on our facebook page Fourmilewater/Nire GAA JuvenileClub, as soon as we get them. All support would be greatly appreciated.

U-9 The U-9 footballers will begin their games next weekend. They will play every Sunday for six weeks. REGISTRATION Registration is now due so we would ask all players and parents to contact their mentors and make sure they are registered before their games begin. COACHING OFFICER The juvenile club is delighted to have Michael Ryan as the new Coaching Officer. Michael has years of coaching experience and has been a hugely successful manager of both ladies' and men's teams. We look forward to working with Michael during the year.

Geraldines GERALDINES GAA DEVELOPMENT LOTTO Draw was held in Cruiscin Lan on 22th February, 2019. Numbers drawn were 2; 3 and 4. No Jackpot Winner. 5 X €20 winners were the following. C. Barrett, Maire Ware, Ned Scanlon, Colette Cullen and Tom Ganey. Next week’s Jackpot is €950 and the draw will take place in the Maureens. Tickets available from the regular sources. Thanks in advance for your support. DEISE DRAW Just a reminder that Deise Draw tickets will be available shortly and will be available from all members. We have had

good local luck with this draw over the last number of years and will be hoping for more of the same for 2019. MEMBERSHIP We would like to remind everyone involved with the club that membership is now due and we would like to see this coming in soon. Fees due are as follows €150 for players; €30 for non playing members; €20 for students and €5 former St. Oliver’s. TRAINING Training resumes again on Wednesday and Friday this week at 8.00 p.m.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 1 March, 2019


Tulach an Iarainn (Notaí CLG Tulach an Iarainn sponsored by McGrath's Chemist) McGRATH'S CHEMIST We would like to acknowledge the continued sponsorship of McGrath's Chemist of our club. A sponsorship that is now on seven years. We appreciate the gratitude of Helena and Roger and to all those who support and benefact the club. MINOR FOOTBALL The Cois Bhride minor footballers opened their account on Sunday last in Tallow with a good 4-10 to 1-12 win over Clashmore. OPERATION TRANSFORMATION Our six weeks are up and the final walk ending on Thursday last. A good initiative that promotes fitness and healthy living. It was pleasurable for the the group that under took the walk and a well worth exercise. NED POWER TOURNAMENT Our Annual Ned Power Hurling Tournament starts Friday, 1st March at 6.30 p.m. on the astro turf. Teams for 2019: WATERFORD: Adam Pratt, Ben Sheehan, Tommy Forbes, Dylan Kerrigan, Paulo Miguel, Ella Daly, Oscar Cunningham, Lucas Henley, A. J. Goulding. CORK: Michael Murphy, Darragh O’Brien, Lee Guildea, Brian Murphy, Josh Mangan, Alex Walsh, Jack Dee, Bob O’Brien, Ciara Martin. Tipperary: Jack O’Connell, Keith Martin, Ryan Whelan, Jack Corkery, Paul Hegarty, Rhys Shead, William Walsh, Liam Sheehan, Amy Power. Kilkenny: Matthew Walsh, Daniel Henley, Sean Mangan, Oscar Morrison, James McDonnell, Katelyn McCarthy, Darragh O’Donovan, Oisin Lynn, David Murphy. LIAM MULCAHY INTERVIEW PART 2 L.M: Just a few amendments to last week’s piece. I was a bit harsh on the football clubs in Tyrone. Many were indeed helpful and allowed us use of their facilities. (I’m going north soon) Going back to the Mount Sion game (around 2011 according to you) I have to say Mick Mangan was fully behind starting Paul O once he became aware of the character of the player he was dealing with. One last thing! Get your dates right. My modelling career finished in the 80’s. Now drive on. PRO: Has the age profile of the club has changed since you returned from Tyrone? L.M.: Not a huge amount to be honest; maybe slightly younger now. We probably have a better gender balance alright which is a big plus but we still need to work on this. PRO: The JP McManus donation to all clubs country wide came to great satisfaction to all. With the opening of Croke Park to rugby and soccer a few years back, three sold out concerts a year why hasn't the GAA in turn looked to offer such a package as JP to all clubs? L.M.: J.P. is an exceptional benefactor. Limerick in particular and the GAA in general has greatly benefitted from his munificence. I wouldn’t entirely agree with the populist view about the GAA and its finances. GAA headquarters has managed the finances of the biggest sporting organisation in Ireland prudently and a lot of money is ploughed back into the game. I don’t have figures to hand but they have been issued; letting people know where the money is spent. The GAA (Headquarters) has bailed out clubs and counties, in financial trouble, that we don’t even know about. Tallow GAA club has benefitted on a number of occasions from grant aid from the Munster Council, to assist development of facilities. Munster Council has also come to the aid of the county. Clubs don’t need handouts. They can manage the day-today running, thanks to the work of magnificent club volunteers and generous local support, but need financial grant aid to develop and expand. Clubs in Waterford had to pay a levy for years to reduce the county debt. We’ve had two years free of it but it’s likely to be reintroduced, if this half baked development goes ahead. Now that is crippling clubs!!! They shouldn’t have to bear that burden! We’ve enough to do to manage our own finances. One thing that really annoys me is the idle ill informed pub talk, usually from people with an anti GAA agenda who make no contribution to the community or any sports organisation. The GAA is not perfect but it is a great organisation! They are aware of the difficulties clubs face but are so far not addressing them. PRO: You grow up in the early seventies did you realise then that the club was in a golden period on the playing field? L.M.: You do realise I wasn’t exactly the greatest exponent of the game the club produced? I played a bit of underage in the ‘70s, my greatest claim to fame being part of the u14 squad that won the double in ’71 – and I only made that because I was big and awkward. (Ned found a use for all players). Of that panel, (I better be careful here in case I miss someone) Kieran Ryan, Pat Daly, Stephen Curley, Pigeon, Connie and Micky Curley, Timmy Sheehan all played at inter county level. It was the same at every age level. The u-21s of ‘76 had 8 or 9. We were Tallow. We expected to win. Not alone had Ned Power honed the skills; he honed the minds. They talk about sports psychology now like it’s something new in the last decade in Ireland. Ned was at it back in the late 60s. You asked were the players aware that the club was going through a golden period. I’m not sure they were. They were that conditioned to winning they thought it was normal. It was the perfect storm! The master coach had quality material. PRO: The club is in its second coming (reformed in 1919), how much did we lose in information by not logging our history? L.M: A lot to be honest. Even the very premise of your question can be disputed. Tallow is listed in Michael Cusack’s Celtic

Times (a Gaelic games newspaper published in 1887) as one of 12 clubs participating in football competition that year in Waterford. This is a valid historical document – the facts are indisputable. . We have no proof, only hearsay, regarding the duration of that original founding club. We do these men and women involved in 1887 a disservice by not acknowledging that point as the foundation of Tallow GAA club. Leading up to Centenary year the GAA encouraged (I think they even provided grants) clubs to record their history. We missed out big time. Men like Harry Ronayne had a wealth of knowledge. A lot of that is lost with their passing which would now make the compilation of a club history much more difficult. P.R.O. I stated in my notes that I felt that the GAA hierarchy seems lost to the volunteers that they serve. Would you feel that there is such a big void? L.M. The GAA has become such a big conglomerate that in some ways that is inevitable. The club fixture calendar or lack thereof, is crucial. I don’t think the will to seriously tackle it is there. We live in hope. PRO: The under twenty grade is gone now at club level to u-19. How will such a move work with teenagers doing straight to adult level? L.M. Here is a typical example of the Brussels syndrome in action. They should have left well enough alone. PRO. Would you see the benefits and non benefits of the digital age (social media, youtube, whats app etc...) in the running of a GAA club? L.M. I’m not a tech head like you Fada (can just manage the aul whattsapp) but overall the digital age has brought huge advantages in terms of communication and information. It can be abused of course by bullies and I would favour more stringent controls. PRO: We introduced a club crest to the club around 2002 or 2001, would you have knowledge on it's design? L.M.: The club crest features the Bride and Lisfinney castle encircled by a Celtic T. I was involved to an extent. It was the initiative of Tallow GAA Juvenile Club. We asked Billy Sheehan to task the pupils of Scoil Mhuire to come up with a design. If memory serves me correctly I think it was Deirdre Moroney who came up with a design (which may have been inspired by a similar emblem on a historical pamphlet written by Mrs. Pat Cantillon) very close to what we have today. I know you had misgivings about the castle at the time but it was built by the Earls of Desmond and was occupied by Japer Pyne MP in mid 1800s. Pyne was an ardent advocate for the rights of tenant farmers. Interesting character! Maybe if you have a slack week you could write about him. P.R.O. To my recollection the club's first official trip was to London in 1979. You were involved in subsequent trips to the North (mid to late nineties, US (2002) and Barcelona (2007) how do you recall such ventures and future voyages? L.M.: I’ve great memories of all trips. I made the last London trip and I think Finn and myself were the only ones to make all tours; several to the north, New York, Boston, Mannheim, Barcelona, Budapest, etc. We were blessed with a great crew. We never had a bit of bother from the lads (the young ones at least). Plenty of GAA clubs around Europe now! The key is you must play a hurling match. I don’t care what standard but it gives a focus to the whole trip. I know Ter has mentioned the possibility of a trip but we can’t leave everything to that man. He has enough on his plate. Maybe one of the young guns would take it on and give Geary and myself a break. Anyway, best of luck with the PRO job. To quote Johnny Geary you are following a long line of cracked PROs!! Think you’ll fit the bill ok. TALLOW GAA LOTTO Sponsored by Kearney's Restaurant Tallow Numbers: 9, 11, 25, 28. No winner. Jackpot €2,000. Next Draw Corner House. 4/3/2019 at 9.00 p.m. Consolation Prizes €25: M. Geary, P. Martin, M. Delaney, P. Fitzgerald. Promoter: Corner House.

Tallow GAA Club Lotto Winner – Ronan Cronin (centre) presented with his lottery winning cheque from his fellow New Street native Lotto Coordinator John O'Sullivan. To Ronan's right is John's fellow Monday night man Dennis Tobin. Ronan's daughter Kayla is in the front of the picture.

Brickey Rangers U-7 football team who played in a football blitz on Sunday in Ballinameela.

Brickey Rangers LOTTO Last week’s draw was held in The Tudor House. Numbers drawn were 4, 6, 8, 30. There was no jackpot winner. €25 winners were Patrick Tobin, Lily Cotter, Teresa Daly, and Nell Whelan. Next week’s draw will take place in The Local, where the jackpot will be €2,300. KEEP FIT CLASS Lorna's exercise class continues each Monday night at 7.30 p.m. in Bushy Park. All are welcome. WALKING The walking group continues to meet every Wednesday at 7.00 p.m. at the Parish Church, all are welcome to come along. SYMPATHY The sympathy of the club is extended to Christy Power and family on the death of his grandmother Teresa Lyons recently. May she rest in peace. COMMITTEE MEETING The February meeting will take place this Thursday evening

at 7.30 p.m. in Bushy Park. All members of the executive are requested to attend. JUVENILE NOTES Under 17: The U-17 footballers began their championship with a good win against Dungarvan last Sunday. Scores were level at halftime but the lads pushed on in the second half to win 1-11 to 2-6. Next game will be in a couple of weeks against Rathgormack. Team on the day: Justin Whelan, Tommy O’Mahony, Eoin McGrath, Alan Curran, Hugo Harty, Niall Browne, Kyle O’Donnell, Sam Lombard, Braydon Dee Carter, James Hahessy, DJ Melia, Jack Ronayne, Mark Blackwell, Tom O’Connell, Sean Spratt, Mikey Sheehan. Training: Training for all groups will take place as per WhatsApp Group Alerts U-7 football: Our U-7's took part in a football blitz on Sunday morning in Ballinameela. Well done to all our young players.

Lismore LISMORE NATIVE TO BE HONOURED BY THE WATERFORD ASSOCIATION AND HURLING CLUB OF NEW YORK A Lismore native is to be honoured by the Waterford S.P. & B. Association and Waterford hurling club of New York. Eileen Carey (née Begley), originally of Cooldelane, Lismore, Co. Waterford is the daughter of the late William Begley and Bridget (née Murphy). Eileen immigrated to New York in 1958 and has, with her late husband John, of Ring, Dungarvan, been an active member of the association since her arrival. Eileen presently serves the association as its' recording secretary and has held the position for the last sixteen years. She is to be honoured at the annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner dance on March 9th. We wish Eileen to very best on her recognition of such a prestigious award. DUBLIN HOLD OFF WATERFORD IN PARNELL PARK THRILLER Waterford arrived in Parnell Park on Sunday with 9-65 to their credit after easily seeing off Offaly, Laois and Carlow in their last three outings. They did however sense that this would be a significant step up and were not going to easily overcome a Dublin side with home advantage. Dublin who were five points ahead with 25 minutes remaining were pegged back to level terms on no more than four occasions. An injury time penalty went amiss as the Déise fell to their first defeat of the campaign. This was a great test for the Waterford players in preparation for next week's outing against Galway. It is great to see a lot of new names and faces being utilised in preparation for the championship. Best of luck to Jack, Maurice and Seanie next weekend. LISMORE GAA CLUB GEAR BY O'NEILLS A fantastic selection of club gear can be bought directly from the O'Neills website. Items start from €7.50 and make ideal gifts for that special occasion. All clothing comes with an embroidered Lismore GAA crest and can also be made to order with the individuals initials. Simply search for Lismore GAA club gear online. LISMORE GAA LOTTO No winner of this week’s jackpot. Numbers drawn were 16, 26, 27, 30. €20 winners; Aidan Coughlan, Anne Pollard, F. Morgan, John, Joanne, Laura, Liz and Sophie. Next week’s jackpot is €8,150. Tickets can be bought from all usual outlets priced at €2 each or three for €5. The club lotto is a fantastic

way of supporting your own local GAA club no matter where you live in the world! Simply log onto www.KlubFunder.com, search for Lismore GAA Club and create an account. Then select your numbers, make the payment for the time period of your choice, which can be from one week to 50 weeks. It is an ideal way for many people who are living away or abroad who would like to contribute to the running of the club. Klubfunder is an innovative way to help cut down on administration and keeps the sport at the heart of the club! LISMORE GAA COUCH TO 5KM ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY Two weeks to go! An open invite is extended to anyone who wishes to partake in this fun event on St. Patricks' Day. Individuals of all fitness levels who wish to complete a 5km walk/run can do so by just turning up on the morning. Registration for the event will be at 9.30 a.m. and will begin at T.Q.S. headquarters on Mayfield Rd, Lismore with a start time of 10 a.m. Entry fee will be €10. Spot prizes can be won on the day for various categories and the event will also be clock timed. Remember all money raised goes directly back to the club. A great way to start your St. Patrick's morning before the festivities! For more details contact Bernie on 087 7563402.



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St. Mary’s Juveniles U-14 FOOTBALL This knockout competition saw neighbours Clann Na Gael travel the short distance to Kill last Saturday afternoon for a place in the Eastern Final. In spring like conditions we started brightly with three points from play from Evan Hanrahan, Conor Keating and Peter Phelan. We were dominating the exchanges for the opening period and could have further scores on the board but for inaccuracy and wrong option taking. Eventually the opposition got their spell and they made it count with 1-2 without reply. We came back into the game again kicking another 3 points to tie the contest coming up to the break. However a speculative shot from Clann Na Gael ended up in the net and they took a 2-3 to 0-6 lead at half-time.

We needed to start the second half on the front foot but the opposite happened as Clann raised a third green flag. Now facing an uphill battle we attacked on numerous occasions without return, while our opponents tacked on a few points. We did respond with a couple of points to reduce the deficit, and we were then handed a golden opportunity when we received a penalty. Unfortunately, for us it was saved and as timed ebbed away we were caught with 2 late goals to give the scoreboard an unfair look. Final score:- St. Mary’s 0-8; Clann Na Gael 5-7. Thanks to Neil, Pat, Mark and Richard for looking after this group. It was a short campaign but the lads gave it their all.

Abbeyside/Ballinacourty JACK THE JOKER Our ever popular Jack the Joker fundraiser continues this Sunday night in Minnies Bar where the jackpot is €5,800. On Sunday night Susan Kiely was drawn out of the drum and chose card number 36 which when turned was not the joker but she did win €50. Kevin Hally and Tom and Marian Whelan won €25 each. INTER-COUNTY ACTIVITY Last weekend saw the Waterford Senior Hurling team defeated by Dublin in the National League where Conor Prunty was on the team. The County Footballers fared much better as the defeated Wexford where Aaron Beresford, Brian Looby and Sean Whelan Barrett were on the team. FITZGIBBON CUP On Saturday last UCC defeated Mary Immaculate College in the Fitzgibbon Cup final. The club had a player on both panels and we congratulate Neil Montgomery on winning a Fitzgibbon medal and commiserate with Eoin Kiely who was on the losing panel.

UNDER 19 FOOTBALL This Saturday our under 19 footballers begin their Championship campaign as they take on Gaultier in Abbeyside at 4.00 p.m. UNDER 21 MEDAL PRESENTATION On Friday night next, March 7th, we will be presenting the Under 21 medals to our County Double winners in the Gold Coast at 8.00 p.m. Also on the night we will be honouring the 1966 under 21 hurling team. All are most welcome to come along on the night and join us for what promises to be a great night. MEMBERSHIP With the playing season commencing very shortly we ask all players to get their membership paid quickly. Also non playing members can pay their membership in the coming weeks. Membership can be paid to Kevin Tobin. CLUB BINGO Our club bingo continues in the CBS Hall this Sunday night where the jackpot is €950.

Kilrossanty CLOTTO SPONSORED BY KILL AGRICULTURAL LTD. CLOTTO RESULTS No winner of a Jackpot of €11,000 held in Crotty's Inn, Leamybrien, on Monday night 25th February. Numbers were 3, 4, 17, 23. €30 won by the following people: William Vaughan, Faha; Eileen Kirwan, Ashtown. The seller’s prize of €30 won by Sean Lennon, Leamybrien. The Next Clotto to be held in Micilin's Bar, Kilrossanty, on Monday night 4/3/19 for a Jackpot of €11,100. MINOR FOOTBALL Our Minor Footballers were narrowly beaten by Gauilter in Gauilter GAA Grounds on Sunday morning last 24th February 1-11 to 2-9. Our next game is against the Nire Sunday, 10th March at 11.30 a.m. in Paríc Naomh Bríd, Leamybrien, Team: Josh Brown, Kieran Morrissey, William Walsh, Michael Casey, Seamus Fitzgerald, Caoimhín Walsh, Frankie De Paor, Rian Hogan, Alan Dunwoody, Darragh Veale, Padraíg Fitzgerald, Darragh Walsh, Kalum Hogan, Seamus O'Sullivan, Ronan Power. SENIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE We will play the Nire this coming Friday evening 1st March in Paríc Naomh Bríd, Leamybrien, Please come along and show your support. UNDER 19 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP We will play our near neighbours Stradbally this coming Sunday morning 3rd March at 11:30 a.m. in the Fraher Field Dungarvan please come along and show your support. MONSTER BINGO Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Monster bingo in Crotty's Inn, Leamybrien, for the continued development of our underage teams. Our next Monster Bingo will take place on Friday, 29th March in Crotty's Inn, Leamybrien. DÉISE DRAW The 2019 Déise Draw will start on Wednesday, 24th April. It will be the same format as last year with six monthly draws at €15 per month the top prize is €12,500. The Déise is a great fundraiser with 70% coming back to the club. ASTROTURF PITCH BOOKINGS Kilrossanty GAA are now taking bookings for our recently developed artificial playing pitch. If you would like to book a time slot please contact Kevin on 087 6021964.

SYMPATHIES The club would like to extend our sympathies to the family of the late Dinny O'Brien. Dinny was an Honorary VicePresident and a loyal supporter of the club. Dinny's nephew Johnny Kirwan trained the under 21 football winning teams of 1992 and 1993. Grandnephew Jay Kirwan played 1992 and 1993 winning under 21 football teams, and on the 1998 Junior Football winning team. Go ndeana Dia grasta ar a anam dílis The Kilrossanty GAA Club would also like to express our sympathies to the family the late Sean Curran, Robertstown, Leamybrien. Sean's grandfather Thomas Riordan played on our first senior football winning team in 1888. Sean's first cousin Tom Riordan played on our senior football wining team of 1964. His uncle Martin Curran was Secretary of the club in the 1920s and was a selector on 1937 junior football winning team. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. KILROSSANTY GAA CLUB JUVENILES Training: Training on the Astro Turf for Under 10's, Under 11's and Under 12's continues on Monday nights from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Membership: Any player who has not paid the appropriate fee and completed the mandatory membership form must do so as soon as possible and as a matter of urgency. Unless they do so, they will not be allowed play for the club. Under 14 Football: On this Wednesday night, February 27th, Kilrossanty play St. Pat's in Lemybrien at 7 p.m. in the Western Under 14 Division Two football championship. As usual all support welcome. Medal Presentation: On Friday night of this week, March 1st., clubman and footballer of the year Tommy Prendergast will present winners medals to the Under 16 footballers, Division 2 county champions 2018. Proceedings will get under way in the clubhouse at 8 p.m. and all are welcome. eVetting: Mentors/Coaches/Selectors are reminded that, under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016, they are required to make an eVetting application prior to taking up any duties within the juvenile club for the current year. The Code of Behaviour (Underage) and application form can be accessed at https://vetting.garda.ie/Application/Invitation.

Lismore Camogie CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to Catriona McGlone and her partner Sean on the birth of their son last week. REGISTRATION Registration forms will be handed out at underage training

this week, to be returned by the 13th of March. Registration will take place for all other members on Wednesday, 13th March from 5.00 – 7.00 p.m. in the Community Centre. For further information contact Olivia 086 3716659.

Cois Bhride (COIS BHRIDE NOTES KINDLY SPONSORED BY CUNNINGHAMS HARDWARE TALLOW) MINOR FOOTBALL Our U-17’s took on Clashmore on Sunday morning in Tallow. It was a tough opening game for us but we came out on top. Full-Time Score: Cois Bhride 4-10; Clashmore 1-12. U-7’S FOOTBALL On Saturday last our U-7’s competed in a Football blitz in Ballyduff, playing matches against Lismore and Ballyduff. All the children had great fun, thankyou to Ballyduff for hosting. FIXTURES Our U-10’s have their first outing this year over the weekend. All parents/guardians will be notified during the week of fixture details. NED POWER TOURNAMENT Our very popular annual Ned Power Tournament will start this Friday, 1st March at 6.30 p.m. This is always truly enjoyed by the children who take part. Teams for 2019: WATERFORD: Adam Pratt, Ben Sheehan, Tommy Forbes, Dylan Kerrigan, Paulo Miguel, Ella Daly, Oscar Cunningham, Lucas Henley, AJ Goulding. CORK: Michael Murphy, Darragh O’Brien, Lee Guildea, Brian Murphy, Josh Mangan, Alex Walsh, Jack Dee, Bob O’Brien, Ciara Martin. Tipperary: Jack O’Connell, Keith Martin, Ryan Whelan, Jack Corkery, Paul Hegarty, Rhys Shead, William Walsh, Liam Sheehan, Amy Power. Kilkenny: Matthew Walsh, Daniel Henley, Sean Mangan, Oscar Morrison, James McDonnell, Katelyn McCarthy, Darragh O’Donovan, Oisin Lynn, David Murphy, Alex Carthy.

Cois Bhride U-7’s team who competed in a Football blitz in Ballyduff on Saturday last. HURLEYS/HELMETS There will be hurleys and helmets available on Friday night at the field. These will be for sale at a reduced rate for club members. MEMBERSHIP Membership will be collected on Friday night at the Ned Power Tournament. Fee, single child €25, fam-

ily €35. It has been increased this year but Parents/Guardians will not be given tickets to sell for our annual draw in September. BEST WISHES We would like to wish Ian Martin, Jake Henley, Alan Hurley and Cian O’Brien all the best in the upcoming Tony Forrest Trials.

Stradbally CONDOLENCES It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Mrs. Kitty Gough early last week. Kitty was a hugely popular figure within our community and will be sadly missed by all. Everyone associated with Stradbally GAA would like to offer their sincere sympathies to her husband Dick, daughters Karen and Aideen, sons Tomás, Eamonn and Richard, grandchildren and the extended family. On Sunday morning news filtered through of the untimely passing of Mr Paddy Power. A former chairman of our club, Paddy was a prominent figure as we became the first club in Waterford to build a clubhouse. The club extends their sincere sympathies to his wife Brigid, sons Nicholas and Ger, daughters Angela, Nuala and Gemma, brothers, sisters, grandchildren and the extended family at this sad time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha SENIOR FOOTBALL Our Senior footballers are in action this weekend when they take on An Rinn in the first round of the Senior League. This game is currently scheduled for Saturday, March 2nd at 4 p.m. in Stradbally. Best wishes to the management team and players for the year ahead. U-19 FOOTBALL Our U-19 footballers play the first round of their Championship this Sunday morning against Kilrossanty at 11.30 a.m. in the Fraher Field. This is a young team who are stepping up a level this year and we would ask all supporters to come along Sunday morning to give the team as much support as possible on the day. 2019 WINTER LEAGUE The Winter League resumes this Thursday night at 6:30 pm. Fixtures are: - Mayo v Kildare; Dublin v Tyrone; Waterford v Armagh. ALLIANZ NATIONAL HURLING & FOOTBALL LEAGUES The footballers secured their first win in this year’s league when they accounted for Wexford at Innovate Wexford Park last Sunday. Despite being reduced to 14 men in first half stoppage time the team showed great character to overcome that

loss and defended with great discipline before hitting Wexford with some great counter attacking football to fully justify their victory. Well done to the team and Eoin, Jack and Shane who all played their part in a fine win. Next up is a meeting with Antrim this Saturday and hopefully the team can get another win here. Unfortunately, the hurlers tasted their first defeat in this year’s League against a hungrier Dublin team. In a poor first half showing, only a couple of fortuitous goals kept Waterford in touching distance at the break. Waterford were much-improved in the second half but on the balance of play Dublin were fully deserving of their victory. Next up is a meeting with Galway on Sunday, where hopefully the team can bounce back from this defeat and finish the league section in style. 50:50 WINNER Congratulations Amy Fitzgerald who won €160 in this week’s 50:50 draw. Our next draw will take place on the 10th of March. Tickets are €2 each or 3 for €5. Tickets are available from Cunningham’s shop, Farm Relief Services, Whelan’s Bar and The Cove Bar as well as from any of the club committee. You can also purchase your tickets on line at www.stradballygaa.com. U-3’s, 4’s & 5’s Training continues this Thursday night in Sallyfort for U-3, 4 & 5 boys and girls at 6 p.m. 2019 MEMBERSHIP With the fixtures now set and matches fast approaching we kindly ask all players to pay their membership and ensure they are covered from an insurance perspective for the 2019 season. Membership can be paid to membership officer Ollie Costelloe or you can pay online by visiting www.stradballygaa.com. Membership rates are: Adult €70, Couple €120, OAP €50. Student/1st child in a family €40, 2nd child in family €30, 3rd & subsequent children €20. U-5/U-6 €5. LADIES FOOTBALL The U-16’s play the first round of their championship this Saturday morning versus Ná Deise at 11.00 a.m. in Stradbally.

Ardmore LOTTO DRAW Monday, 18th February. Numbers drawn 1, 3, 11, 16. No winner. €20 each to the following: Michael Hennessy seller John O’Donnell; L and K, An Tobar; Daire O’Connell, Kielys Cross; Father Lucy, Quinns Shop; Richard Walsh, Ardmore Post Office. SCÓR MUNSTER FINAL Cork City Hall Saturday 4.30 p.m. For some reason our semi-final in Scór was scrapped last

weekend and was decided to put it all counties through to the Munster final, so rather then try to explain the reasoning behind this decision I’m just letting you all know that Ardmore will represent Waterford both the recitation and Novelty act on Saturday next. Any support would be welcome. We wish both acts the best of luck SENIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE V GAULTIER The above fixture will take place on Saturday next in the field. Throw-in 4 p.m.


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Ballyduff Upper FITZGIBBON CUP Congratulations to Andrew Casey who was a member of the UCC panel who defeated Mary Immaculate College in Carriganore on Saturday to claim the FitzGibbon Cup. CLUB LOTTO - JACKPOT: €9,450 Club lotto tickets are available in St. Michael’s Hall from 9 am – 1 pm on weekdays. Tickets are also on sale before and

after Sunday mass and available in Bridget Scanlon’s Hair Salon, The Log Cabin and An Síbín. CLUB SHOP Our O’Neills club shop has a great variety of club leisurewear in both adult and children’s sizes available by logging on to www.oneills.com and searching for Ballyduff Upper.

Clashmore/Kinsalebeg DÉISE SUPER DRAW 2019 The Deise Super Draw consists of 6 draws over 6 months with over €130,000 to be won in cash. Cost of ticket €15 per month. Date of 1st draw: Wednesday, April 24th, 2019. 1st prize: €12,500. 2nd prize: €2,500. 3rd prize: €1000. 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th prize: €500. 8th to 13th prize: €250.14th to 20th prize: €150. Draw will be held on the last Wednesday of each month from April to September. As almost three quarters of ticket sales is retained by the club your support would be greatly appreciated. EXCITING NEW RANGE OF CLUB GEAR Keep an eye on club notes and social media, over the coming weeks, for order and style details of our exciting new range of club gear. CLASHMORE/KINSALEBEG JUVENILE GAA CLUB U-17 Football: Our U-17 footballers took on a very strong Cois Bhride team in Tallow last Sunday morning. Despite missing one of our key players due to illness this was a very spirited performance by Clashmore/Kinsalebeg on their first football match this season and we were very unlucky not to have scored at least another goal. The work rate by all players to the final whistle was very positive.

1. Ronan Douris, 2. Eoin Faherty, 3. Nicholas Hynes, 4. Jamie Joyce, 5. James Moloney, 6. Charlie Foley, 7. Josh Fitzgerald , 8. Jack Curran, 9. Robert Quinn, 10. Luke Coughlan, 11. Ruairri Hynes, 12. Colm O'Sullivan, 13. Mikey Hynes. 14. Shane Coughlan, The final score was Cois Bhride 4-10; Clashmore 1-12. Indoor Blitzes: Well done to our younger players and their mentors who took part in the Déise Óg Western Indoor blitzes over the last few weeks. It was the turn of our U-7 footballers last Sunday morning in Ballinameela and the lads did their dub and families proud with some great performances. Underage Training: We will publish a full list of training times and mentors involved with each group in the next week or two. In the short term, training continues for our U-8's in Youghal GAA Club every Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. Coaches Meeting: We held a very good coaches meeting last Tuesday night where we put together a coaching plan for the coming year. We are lucky to have lots of excellent coaches involved in our juvenile club and we could always do with more. If anyone would be willing to help out we would really appreciate it. If interested, please contact Barry Dunne, coaching officer on 087 6953648.

Ballyduff Upper Camogie Club U-14 players displaying new jerseys for 2019 season with coach Shane.

Shamrocks CLUB LOTTO Last week's winning Lotto numbers were 7-9-11-19, and there was no winner. €20 winners were Yvonne Grey, Una Geary, John & Chloe, Deirdre Baldwin, Stefan O’Regan. Next week's jackpot will be €10,900. RACE NIGHT The Race Night at the Shamrock Inn, Knockanore is finally upon us, and goes ahead this Saturday night, 2nd March. This is essentially a fundraising effort to raise much needed funds for the club, and we will also be making a donation to the Mercy Hospital Cancer Appeal. We will be presenting the Western Football medals to the players first of all at around 8.30 p.m., and the Races will begin around 9 pm. long with Tote betting which will be available on the night, there will be an auction / novelty race, a draw on the race programmes, and there will be a special prize for the Best Dressed Man and Best Dressed Woman on offer also, so get out your glad rags, it could be worth your while! Councillor James Tobin will be the MC on the night, and he has plenty of experience doing these events, so a great night is assured. Saturday night, 2nd March at the Shamrock Inn. All are welcome.

UCC WIN THE FITZGIBBON CUP Congratulations to Colm Roche who added another medal to his collection when he lined out at wing forward for the victorious UCC team who beat Mary I in the final, contributing three points in the process. Well done Colm. WEDDING BELLS The club would like to congratulate two parishoners who were married last Friday. Popular club player Cathal Herlihy had a large representation of Shamrocks players at his wedding to the lovely Amy in Co. Meath, and we wish them all the best in their new life together. Also to tie the knot was Elaine Baldwin, Coolbeggan, who walked down the aisle with John. Congratulations to you both from all in the club. DEISE LOSE NARROWLY IN DUBLIN Waterford got their first real test against Dublin in Parnell Park last Sunday, and despite fighting back to be within a score of the hosts, were unlucky not to convert a last minute penalty which would have given them a one point win. While scoring a very respectable 4-15, unfortunately scores were being conceded far too easily at the other end, and I'm sure Tadhg de Burca will shore up a lot of that when he returns. Another big test in the form of Galway still awaits, perhaps home advantage will have a bearing.

Ballyduff Upper Camogie Club U-6 panel and coaches at training recently.

Affane Cappoquin THREE TO ANSWER 1, What two counties drew the largest ever attendance to Croke Park? 2, What Waterford player won the women’s Long puck six years-in-a-row? 3, What Dublin player that played against Waterford last Sunday was young Hurler of the Year in 2011? LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS 1, Colm Bonnar is the Carlow senior hurling manager. 2, St. Flannans, Ennis has won the Harty Cup on the most occasions. 3, Gerry McInerney is the manager of the 2018 All Ireland intermediatehurling champions Oranmore-Marie. CLUB GEAR Our O’Neil’s online club shop has a great variety of club leisure wear in both adult and children sizes available. CLUB MEMBERSHIP With the playing season about to commence very soon we ask all players to get their membership paid quickly. Also non playing members can pay their membership in the coming weeks. Membership can be paid to Maurice Cahillane. WESTERN BOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 The first two rounds of the hurling and football championships will be held on the same weekends as the County senior hurling and football championships. Hurling on the last weekend in March and the first weekend in April and the football on the second and third weekends of April. The under 19 football will be played in March and the under 19 hurling in July. INTERMEDIATE HURLING Group 1: Ballinameela, Stradbally, Clashmore / Kinsalebeg, Shamrocks, An Rinn. Group 2: Brickeys, Modeligo, Ballysaggart, Ardmore, Cappoquin.

Championship System: Top 4 Teams qualify for quarterfinals, criss cross, 1 v 4 and 2 v 3. Semi-Final Open Draw. Bottom team in group 1 and in Group 2 into relegational final. JUNIOR C HURLING: 1 Group of 5 seeded and 1 Group of 4. Group 1: Melleray, Brickeys, Abbeyside, Kilgobinet and Shamrocks. Group 2: Modeligo, Cappoquin, Ballysaggart and Clashmore / Kinsalebeg. Championship System: Teams play each opposition home and away. Top 2 teams from Group 1 to semi-finals. Teams 3, 4 and 5 from Group 1 along with winners of Group 2 to make two quarter-finals. UNDER 19 HURLING: Division 2: 1 Group of four teams: St. Olivers, Brickeys, Gaeltacht and Cloch na Cuinne. Championship System: At the end of Round Robin, top two teams to final. JUNIOR A FOOTBALL: I Group of 7 teams. At the end of the league top team to semi-final the rest play three quarter-finals. West JFC 2019 An Sean Phobal, Kilgobinet, Affane, Ballyduff Upper, Shamrocks, Geraldines, Tallow. UNDER 19 C FOOTBALL: 2 Groups of 3 teams. Group 1: Clashmore, Dungarvan, Cloch Na Cuinne. Group 2: Ardmore, The Nire, Ballyduff Upper. CLUB LOTTO MONDAY, 25th FEBRUARY Jackpot €12,900. Numbers drawn 12-26-27-28. No winner. The five €20 consolation prizewinners are: Ursula Foley Melleray; Brian/Geraldine Murray Kilbree; Joanne Walsh c/o Eddie Fraher; Mark Mason Abbeyglen and Seamus O’Donnell Melleray.

Ballyduff Upper Camogie Club U-8 & U-10 panel and coaches at recent training.

Ballyduff Upper Camogie AGM Our Annual AGM was held on 16th January 2019. The following officers and coaches were elected: Chairman - Shane Feeney Treasurer - Ailish Kenneally Secretary - Therese Twomey Pro - Rachel Foley Child Protection Officer - Noreen Geary School liaison officer - Karen O’Donovan U-6 coaches - Carmel Casey and Karen O’Donovan. U-8/U-10 coaches - John Lynch, Ollie Fitzgerald, Rachel Foley and Karen O’Donovan. U-12 coach - Shane Feeney U-14 coaches - Shane Feeney and Karen O’Donovan. As our club contines to grow, we will be fielding teams from u-6 to u-14 grade this year. 2019 SEASON PREVIEW Our 2019 camogie season kicked off recently. Training is ongoing in the sports hall on Tuesday nights for u-12 to u-14 from 7 pm to 8 pm, and Friday nights u-6 from 6.30 pm to 7 pm and u-8/10 from 7 pm to 8 pm. Some dates to take note off our upcoming season: U-8/10 blitzs will be held on following dates: 23rd March, 13th April, 27th April, 8th June, 29th June, 13th July. There will be two blitzs held on each date above - two in

West and two in East. Venues will be made know in next two weeks. U-12 GRADING BLITZS AND ROUND ROBIN Two grading blitzs to be played on Saturday, 4th May in Carriganore and Saturday, 25th in Abbeyside. U-12 round Robin starts Tuesday, 11th June and games played every Tuesday night. (minimum of four matches). U-12 CAMAN TO CROKER Our club has been selected to represent Waterford in this year's u-12 Caman to Croker in Dublin 22nd April. This is a fantastic opportunity for our u-12s to play in Croke Park for the day against teams from all over the country. A bus will run from Ballyduff to Croke Park on the day. Further details to follow in due course but please save the date for now. U13 League commences 19th October for four weeks. U-14 Féile - Qualifiers take place on Saturday, 6th April in Ardmore. There will be two groups of three. Winners of group go forward to play winners of other group on Sunday, 7th with overall winners progressing to Regional Féile in Cork on w/e 7th-9th June. U-14 championship - Matches commence Thursday, 11th April and every Thursday thereafter. Minimum six games. New members are always welcome. Please contact Shane Feeney if you have any queries.



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Shamrocks’ Colm Roche leaves his mark on Fitzgibbon Cup Final UCC ……………………...… 2-21; Mary Immaculate College …0-13. Mary Immaculate College Limerick were denied three in a row Fitzgibbon Cup titles in Carriganore last Saturday by a rampant UCC side required extra-time to defeat DCU in the semi final at the same venue two weeks previously. UCC were a far better team and it showed come the full time scoreline. The game was played out evenly early on before a majestic individual goal by Mark Kehoe gave the winners a 1-5 to 0-4 lead after 19 minutes. Shamrock’s Colm Roche then played a major point in easing UCC clear of their opponents with three superb consecutive scores between the 20th and 22nd minutes, giving the Cork college a commanding 0-8 advantage. Mark Kehoe was majestic for the victors, scoring 1-4 over the duration of the match, including his superb individual goal winning the ball and got past a series of opposition defenders before finding the back of the net. UCC held an eight point lead at half time and completely dominated the second half and the game was over as a contest after Conor Browne found the net in the 40th minute, with the UCC star finding the net from close range to give his side a ten point

For Mary I, Lismore’s David Prendergast lined out at full back at Dungarvan’s Jack Lacey was on the bench.

Colm Roche advantage. Mary Immaculate were never going to be able to claw back a ten point deficit and UCC cruised through the remainder of the match. Shane Kingston’s 61st minute score turned out to be the final score of the afternoon, as UCC eased to a 14 point win. Dara Lynch from Passage saw action in the last ten minutes for the winners with Andrew Casey from Ballyduff also on the winning panel.

Scorers for UCC: Mark Kehoe 1-4, Shane Conway 0-6 (5f), Conor Browne 1-1, Colm Roche 0-3, Chris O’Leary 0-2 (2f), David Griffin, Darragh Fitzgibbon, Robbie O’Flynn, Shane Kingston and Niall O’Leary 0-1 each. Scorers for Mary Immaculate College: Aaron Gillane 0-8 (8f), Michael O’Loughlin, Colin O’Brien, Luke Meade, Thomas Monaghan and Colin English 0-1 each. UCC: Jack Barry; Niall O’Leary, Eddie Gunning, Killian Dwyer; Chris O’Leary (0-2, 0-2f), Eoghan Murphy, David Griffin; Mark Coleman, Paddy O’Loughlin; Conor Browne, Shane Kingston, Colm Roche; Mark Kehoe, Shane Conway, Darragh Fitzgibbon. Subs: Robbie O’Flynn for Murphy (15), David Lowney for Dwyer (52), Dara Lynch for O’Leary (52), Ross Donohue for Roche (57), Dara Walsh for Fitzgibbon (59). Mary Immaculate College: Eoghan Cahill, Eoghan Ryan, David Prendergast, Seamus Downey; Craig Morgan, Darren Browne, Thomas Grimes; Thomas Monaghan, Luke Meade; Aaron Gillane, Michael O’Loughlin, Colin O’Brien; Gary Cooney, Colin Guilfoyle, Phillip Hickey. Subs: Brian Buckley for Downey (16), Colin English for O’Loughlin (h-t), Ray McCormack for Hickey (44, b/s), Phillip Hickey for McCormack (46, b/s reversal) Sean Burke for Cooney (47), Ray McCormack for O’Brien (50). Referee: James Owens (Wexford).

Attending the 2019 Deise Draw Launch in Stradbally GAA Centre were Peter O'Donoghue and Maire Crotty, Portlaw with Maureen Keane and Noreen Cotter, De La Salle. [Sean Byrne]

CLG Na Rinne CLUICHE NA DEIREADH SEACHTAINE SEO CAITE Bhí an chéad chluiche ag foireann Shinsear peile na Rinne againn an Satharn seo caite i Ráth Ó gCormaic, as baile. Cluiche leath cheannais na Sraithe ó 2018 a bhí ann agus deis dos na Sinsearaigh triail a bhaint as imreoirí óga agus na imreoirí idir-chontae in easnamh. Cé go raibh céad leath mheirgeach ag na buachaillí do tháinig siad ar aghaidh sa dara leath le taispeántaisí maithe ó Déaglán Ó hArtaigh (a bhí tar éis dhá thraenáil a dhéanamh an oíche roimhe), Conor MacDiarmada agus Oisín Ó Ceallaigh le Darach, Dónal agus Ferdia ag éirí níos láidre agus an cluiche ag dul ar aghaidh. Cé gur chailleadar is léir gur díreach cúpla rudaí beaga atá ag teastáil chun feabhas a chur ar chúrsaí agus is ábhar misneach atá ann na leaids óga a fheiscint ag teacht chun cinn, go háirithe na buachaillí ar fhoireann an Chontae a bhuaigh in aghaidh Loch Garman ar an Domhnach.

Ba mhaith linn comhghairdeas a dhéanamh ach go háirithe le Fearghal Ó Cuirrín a bhí ainmnithe ar fhoireann na seachtaine don tír ar fad ag an CLG. TRAENÁIL NA bhFEAR Beidh traenáil shóisearach iománaíochta ag tosnú an Aoine seo ar an bpáirc astroturf sa tSean Phobal ag a 6pm. Beidh na sinsearaigh ag traenáil anocht, Dé Céadaoin, ag a 7 pm agus Dé hAoine ag a h8 pm i bPáirc Uí Shíocháin le cluiche v An tSráidbhaile ar an Satharn (Am agus áit le cinntiú) LOTTO Bhí tarraingt Dé Luain an 25/02 i dTigh an Cheoil do dhuais de €10,000 ach ní raibh aon bhuaiteoir. Na huimhreacha: 1, 14, 26, 29. B'iad Waltie Nugent, Malachaí Ó Crotaigh agus Donie & Kerry Uí Mhurchadha buaiteoirí na duaise €25. Beidh tarraingt na seachtaine seo chugainn i dTigh Uí Mhuirithe.

Attending the 2019 Deise Draw Launch in Stradbally GAA Centre were Pa McGovern and Pakie Hurney, Abbeyside. [Sean Byrne]

Attending the 2019 Deise Draw Launch in Stradbally GAA Centre were Nora Fitzgerald, Ardmore with Maria Prendergast and Patricia Morrissey, Lismore. [Sean Byrne]

Attending the 2019 Deise Draw Launch in Stradbally GAA Centre were Thomas and Joan Whelan with Michael Curran, Clonea. [Sean Byrne]


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Aine Cummins and Maissie O'Hara with their January-February swim awards at Clonea Leisure Centre. [Sean Byrne]

Clodagh Murphy and Donnchadh Murphy with their January-February swim awards at Clonea Leisure Centre. [Sean Byrne]


Harry Tutty and Oisin Fogarty with their January-February swim awards at Clonea Leisure Centre. [Sean Byrne]

West Waterford Athletic Club Juveniles

Busy weekend for club athlete Lucy Holmes IT was a busy but productive weekend for Lucy Holmes. On Friday night she was West Waterford’s only representative in the finals of the Combined Credit Unions Award. On Sunday she was in Nenagh to compete in the Munster Indoor Championships. Lucy competed in the under 18 800m and taking up the running from the gun led all the way to cross the line to win her first indoor title in a time of 2.21 almost 6 secs ahead of second place Aine Garry. Lucy has now qualified for the All Ireland finals in March. FIRST MUNSTER MEDAL FOR DOIREANN HICKEY Doireann Hickey competed in her first Munster Championships last Saturday. She took to the track in the 1500m walk under 14 and finished in 3rd place to win her first Munster medal. Doireann comes from a family

that has a long walking tradition and her mother Nicola Costin was herself a Munster and national medal winner. In the under 13 600m David Gaffney finished 5th in his heat in a time of 1.57.

Ian Holmes was also 5th in his heat of the under 14 800m in 2.42 and Angelina Chizhikova finished 4th in her heat of the under 15 800m in a time of 2.42. In the 60m Ian Holmes 9.07 in the fastest heat of the day.

Well done to all who made the trip to Nenagh last weekend. The Juvenile committee would like to extend their sympathies to the Holmes, Lyons and Coleman families on their recent bereavements.

At the finals of the Combined Credit Union Awards were Tony Shalloe, Mary Ashe, Lucy Holmes, Award winner and Toni O'Brien, WWAC.

Top three in the girls under 18 800m Aine McGarry, Fergus AC 2nd; Lucy Holmes, WWAC 1st and Emer McGlynn, WAC 3rd.

Finisk Valley AC

All-Ireland qualification for Corey Scanlan and Ava Flavin THE Munster Indoor U-12-U-19 Athletics Championships were held over the weekend in Nenagh and Finisk Valley had five athletes competing. It was another successful weekend for Corey Scanlan who competed in the Shot Put and the High jump. Corey threw a PB of 11.38 metres in the shot claiming silver medal just behind the winner who threw 12 metres. Corey made his debut competing in the high jump clearing 1.40 metres and finished fourth overall and qualified for the All Irelands. Excellent achievement Corey! Emma Fleming competed in the U-15 girls 60m race. This was Emma’s first time competing at Munster level and ran magnificently with a time of 9:02. Keep up the hard training Emma and the results will show. Three Finisk Valley athletes competed in the U-12 girls 60m race. There were six heats in this event and top eight times qualifying for the final.

Ava Flavin.

Corey Scanlan.

Suin Mernin and Brooke Dunford both had one of their best runs, both having PBs of 9.51 seconds, just missing out on qualification for the final. Ava Flavin ran a time of 9:16 seconds in her heat and qualified comfortably for the final. Ava upped

her game in the final and ran an impressive time of 9:07 seconds and finished 2nd overall. Well done Ava on claiming for first Munster Indoor medal. Best of luck to Corey and Ava who now go on to Nationals which will be held in Athlone on the 30th and 31st of March.

Finisk Valley AC – Brooke Dunford, Suin Mernin, Ava Flavin and Emma Flemming.



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Next League is the popular Mark Mason Financial Services Colligan League Kevin Forde sponsor presents Winter League overall team winners on short course Curran and Co with their prizes Lisa and Elaine Curran and Nicola McCarthy at the Forde’s Daybreak Winter League presentation evening in Minnies recently.

THE club’s next big local event is the 5 week Mark Mason’s Financial Services Colligan running league for beginners and regular runners and all are welcome once they are over 16 years of age. We would especially encourage newcomers to come along and join in this league in Colligan Wood. For the complete beginner there is the option of doing two laps of the wood, beginning at the wooden bridge and finishing at the wooden

bridge. This is 4km in distance or 2.5 miles, so it might suit all those that ran the short route over the winter league plus this route is more or less completely on the flat. Another option is to take part in the 5-mile circuit; this is three and a half laps of the same flat circuit of the wood mentioned above. The final option is the five mile hill route which is one lap of the wood for starters and then up the first hill and down the hill and then

across the road for the second hill and finishing in by the wood at the bridge. The entry fee for all runners is €2 each night. The overall winner of the league will receive the Veale Family Perpetual Shield. The league will start on Wednesday, March 27th and continue for five Wednesday evenings April 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th. Mass start each evening at 6.30 pm.

Paul Brunnock for the fourth time completes the 3 in 2 PAUL Brunnock once again, in fact for the 4th time took on the mighty challenge of the famed West of Ireland marathon challenge. On Saturday morning the race started with a full marathon 26.2 miles from Ballina to Killalla and for starters Paul completed this in a time of 4.01.49 finishing 8th after a short rest he was on the road again

Kevin Forde sponsor presents overall long course team winners Not fast Not Furious Joe Grant and Kelly and Mark Shalloe with their prize at the Forde’s Daybreak Winter League presentation evening in Minnies recently.

Come and train with the Athletics Ireland Development Club of the Year CLUB training will commence on 5th March 2019. For the next few months we will be training for the summer series of races and working towards improving times over the shorter distances. If you are currently training for longer distances we are happy to adapt the session to suit your race goals. We meet at the Friary and warm-up starts at 6.30 pm. Open to all club members and if you are not a member you are more than welcome to come and join us and try a session or two before committing to club membership. We cater for all abilities so there will be a group running at your pace. For further information contact Irene Clark 086 8242348.

Sympathy WEST Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Theresa Lyons, 12 Boreenatra, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford and Mrs. Catherine Gough, Five Cross Roads, Stradbally, Waterford who passed to their eternal reward recently, may they rest in peace.

IF I can do it, other people can do it, too.

As part of this group you will have access to a training plan for the summer series as well as support from your peers and our fully qualified running coaches. In June this group will start to train for the Eurofins Greenway Half Marathon so if that’s your goal this year come and join us now to build up your base fitness. Give it a try......nothing to lose and everything to gain.

am he headed for Tramore before heading on for Kilmeaden then onto Kilmacthomas, next stop was Dungarvan before the final leg to his home Ballymacarbry where a great crowd were present to welcome him home. Colm was joined along the route by fellow club members and others

who all came along and did their bit throughout the day keeping him company over various stages of the run. In the region of €5,000 was raised for cancer, a big well done to Colm and indeed all the backroom team involved with this fundraiser for such a worthy cause.

Completed Kinsale 10

SUPER well done to Micheal Power who recorded a new personal best 5,000 metres time last Saturday evening in Athlone Arena when he clocked 14.29.96 taking 4 seconds off his best to date. Micheál finished runner-up in the race to Darren McElhinney, Bantry AC 14.13.67. Micheál will next run a 1,500 metre indoors in two weeks as his indoor season comes to a close and after a short break its back to work for the upcoming outdoor season.

Running Quote

It is aimed at athletes who can run but would like to take their running to the next level. Whether that is stepping up to a longer distance, getting more comfortable over shorter distances or just putting some structure into your training. We train on a Tuesday evening from 6.30-7.30 pm and meet at The Friary. The session consists of a warm-up, run session with a group and a cool down.

Club member Colm Ryan completes 50 mile charity run in aid of the Irish Cancer Society AS the dust descended on the Nire valley last Saturday evening news came through that Colm Ryan had competed his 50 mile charity run. Club member Colm Ryan took on the mammoth challenge of a 50 mile run all in aid of the Irish Cancer society. Starting at Carriganore at 8.30

P.B for Micheal Power over 5,000 metres

km distance and here not alone did he complete the course but he was first home in a time of 5.33, tough man or what. Terri Gough also ran the first of the marathons on Saturday and she completed the race in a time of 6.03.58. So well done Terri and especially well done to Paul on another in creditable feat.

Run to Improve 2019 with the Athletics Ireland Development Club of the Year 2018 ARE you running but have no structure to your training? Would you like some company on your training runs? Have you completed the winter league and are wondering what next? Are you thinking of running your first 5k / 10k / half marathon this year? Our Run to Improve group is the answer.

Siobhan O'Mahony who won a prize among all competitors who completed all 13 nights of the league at the Forde’s Daybreak Winter League presentation evening in Minnies recently.

for the 28 lap marathon again over 26.2 miles around Beleek forest, Paul's pacing is legendry and again he completed this with a time of 4.08.43 coming home 6th overall. It was food and bed time as he needed to be up bright and early for the 8 a.m. start Sunday and after two back-to-back marathons the previous day he faced an ultra 53

Overall runner-up for 2018/’19 Jordan O'Rourke with his prize at the Forde’s Daybreak Winter League presentation evening in Minnies recently.

Brigid Coffey fastest lady on short course at the presentation evening in Minnies recently.

\WELL done to our club members who completed the Kinsale 10 mile road race this morning. A field of 650 ran and the race winner was Tim O'Donoghue, East Cork AC in a time of 51.56 with the ladies victory going to Katie Hickson Cork Tri club in 65.35. West Waterford AC had nine taking part and first home here was Mark Cliffe in 1.12.10 with Ted O'Leary next in 1.13.53.

Gary Hurney covered the undulating course in 1.16.50 and Eoin O'Riordan was next in 1.23.13. The first of our ladies was Hazel Crowley and Katie Bullen in 1.32.21 and the three Cappoquin ladies crossed the line together in 1.35.15 Catherine Condon, Eleanor Casey and Mary Cahill. Well done to all.


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Kevin Forde sponsor presents the Forde’s Daybreak Winter League overall champion for 2018/19 Joe O'Rourke with the winners cup at the presentation evening in Minnies recently.

Kevin Forde sponsor presents overall winner of the short course league 2018/19 Elaine Curran with the league cup at the Forde’s Daybreak Winter League presentation evening in Minnies recently.


Kevin Forde sponsor presents Ronan Foley winner of division 2 short course with his prize at the Forde’s Daybreak Winter League presentation evening in Minnies recently.

25th Annual Forde’s Daybreak Winter League concludes WE celebrated the 25th year of our winter league this year, the oldest and original national winter league event was one of the most successful in its 25 year history blessed with great weather and the numbers participating holding up superbly well right to the final night. The prizewinners were presented with their prizes by league sponsor Kevin Forde of Forde’s Daybreak at the presentation night in Minnies Bar recently. Our thanks to Pat and all the staff at Minnies for a brilliant night. Our thanks to Kevin for his generous sponsorship of the league and to his wife Orla who both were available at the league presentation of prizes in Minnies. Also once again I would like to thank the many stewards and helpers that make these leagues possible. The main stay of its success we feel is the fact that it's open to all and brings together the elite as well as the fun runner and this is what has made it appealing for so many years, the league has never been won by the fastest runner in any of the 25 years of its existence. This year's league saw 3,106 finishers over the 13 weeks which is an increditable number of runners coming along each Wednesday to the Sports Centre for the league. The overall winner of the short route for 2018/’19 was Theresa Curran while the long route trophy was presented to Joe O'Rourke. Thanks to everyone for such a great turn-out on the night, we hope everyone enjoyed the celebrations after 13 weeks of hard running. Once again well done to all the prizewinners and thank you all for your attendance at the presentation night and until next year keep up the hard work. To celebrate the 25th year of the league this year all runners who ran nine nights of the league were rewarded with a long sleeve 25th year anniversary running top. JOE O'ROURKE BECOMES OUR 25th WINNER OF THE FORDE’S DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE The winner of our famed winter league this year was a man who is quite new to the local running scene, indeed a short while ago he came along and joined in the club’s beginners running group and the bug seems to have bitten Joe O'Rourke who is now among an elite group of people who have their

name engraved on the winter league cup. It was an unusual situation in this year’s league as not alone did Joe take the overall honours but his young son Jordan was second, a complete newcomer to running Jordan was the closest person to have the opportunity of knock Joe off his pedestal over the final couple of rounds, who knows maybe his day will come again but Joe prevailed and had only 45 points to spear over Jordan after 13 weeks of running, 2,236 for Joe and 2,191 for Jordan, so well done to the O'Rourke's from Ballinroad and especially Joe, our overall Forde’s Daybreak winter league winner for 2018/’19. Speaking about newcomers to the sport Brendan Cosgrave who finished 3rd on 2,158 points was always in the hunt throughout the league and is another man who this time last year had no notion he would be running at all, never mind running the winter league and there you are he finished 3rd for his efforts. So all in all it was another great league and the full list of our top 10 as well as our other divisional winners are listed below. The top 10 were: 1 Joe O'Rourke 2236 2 Jordan O’Rourke 2191 3 Brendan Cosgrave 2158 4 Jim Barry 2127 5 Mark Shalloe 2077 6 Paul McGrath 2057 7 Molly Fitzgerald 2012 8 Tasha Lanigan 2005 9 Lorena Mooney 2004 10 Nicky Mckenna 1998 Division 2 John Leonard 1965. Division 3 Joanie McGrath 1832. Division 4 Jack Ahearne 1807. Division 5 Geraldine Barry 1687. Division 6 Richie Fitzgerald 1642. Division 7 Kevin Ryan 1541. Division 8 Gerry Cummins 1564. Division 9 Ingrid Doublet 1485. Division 10 Claire Cosgave 1343. Division 11 Jean Beresford 1236. Division 12 Irene Dee 1163. LONG COURSE TEAM COMPETITION SUCCESS FOR "NOT FAST, JUST FURIOUS" On the long route, the deserving winners were "Not Fast, Just Furious" (Joe Grant, Mark Shalloe and Kelly Shalloe) on 578 points.

In second were "Pavement Princesses" (Geraldine Barry, Onra Power and Michelle Finnegan) on 779 with third place going to "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" (Joe O'Rourke, Jordan O'Rourke and Mark Lenihan) on 836. 34 COMPLETE ALL 13 WINTER LEAGUE LONG COURSE NIGHTS It is a great achievement to get yourself out not for a few league nights over the winter but for them all, this year we had a huge number in fact the largest number ever when 34 runners on the long course completed all 13 nights of the league, a special well done to all of you. The winner of the prize raffled among those 33 who completed each and every night was won by Paschal Proctor. FASTEST MAN AND WOMEN ON THE LONG COURSE LEAGUE In this league we give a prize to the fastest man and women on both routes outside of prize-winners who participate for the mandatory nine nights and appear on the league tables. On this occasion on the long course the very fast Raivis Zakis took the title of fastest man on the long route with a superb time of 28.40. Turning to the ladies long course, our fastest lady was Liz Nyhan with a time of 34.56. THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED WITH THE LEAGUE The successful 25th Annual Forde's Daybreak winter league came to an end recently and once again from the outset it has to be said it was one of our most successful in recent years. As all of us involved know it's a big commitment each and every Wednesday evening covering a total of 13 weeks in all kinds of weather, to be out helping the club in this way for the enjoyment of others, but, of course, without these people there would be no league as the 30 or so helpers and stewards take up their position at the same time each Wednesday evening making sure that us runners are safe while running the league. A special thanks this year a last must go to Karen Ryan who co-ordinated all the stewards for the duration of the league, Karen did this most important job diligently each week making sure if someone was unable to come that there was

another person organised to fill this slot, well done Karen on a great job. We must also, of course, sincerely thank our sponsor Kevin of Forde's Daybreak on the Youghal Road, a better sponsor there isn't, many thanks Kevin. To another most important crew, those on registrations a big thanks for all your help. Breda Cantwell, Shirley Flynn, Ann Dunford, Karen Ryan, Catriona Kiely, Sharon Duggan, Ray Burke, Jim Fleming, Ray Burke and Gerry Cantwell who for many hours were on computer duty working out times and handicaps and league tables, starting times etc. Thanks to our chairman Tom Leahy for his work this year with the league also. Thanks to our old friends Kevin Casey and James O'Sullivan of Top Oil for their weekly vouchers throughout the 13 weeks of the league. Our thanks go to Ann Dunford for her on-going work with posting results on the club web site each week. To Jamie Mills and John McGrath who looked after the cones each night and as always did a fine job and to the lads at the Sports Centre who were there every night and provided much needed help and support. To Tom for all his help with the weekly notes. For now pencil in the first Wednesday night in November for round 1 of the 26th year of the league, see you then. THERESA CURRAN IS WINNER OF THE SHORT ROUTE IN THE 2018/’19 FORDES DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE After 13 weeks of competition, the overall winner for the short route in the Forde's Daybreak Winter League was Theresa Curran on 1,133. Theresa improved her time consistently over the 13 weeks and reduced from 36.32 on the first night to 21.34 on the last night. She finished 72 points clear of runner-up Claire Moffat who finished on 1,061 points. Claire was another runner who showed massive improvement in time throughout the league dropping from 22.16 to 18.32. Finishing in third place was Elaine Curran on 1060. Elaine improved her time from 36.32 on night 1 to 21.10 on the last night. In fourth was Christopher

Phelan on 1059. Christopher improved from 22.51 in week 2 to 16.17 on the final night. Fifth went to Patrick Ryan on 958 points. Patrick's times improved from 23.48 on the opening night to 19.15 on the last night. Looking down the Divisions, division 2 was won by Ronan Foley, with the runner-up being Pat O'Connell with Lorna Murphy third. Mary Power won Division 3 with Eileen Campbell 2nd. Caroline O'Brien claimed Division 4 with the runner-up being Helen Cummins. Division 5 was won by Nicola Cunniffe with Lisa McGrath second. Vikki Mulhall ran out the winner of Division 6 with Colette Bannon 2nd. Michael Landers was a deserving winner of Division 7 with the runner-up spot going to Lisa Fitzgerald. The top 5 were: Theresa Curran 1133 Claire Moffat 1061 Elaine Curran 1060 Christopher Phelan 1059 Patrick Ryan 958 Division 2 Winner Ronan Foley 954 2nd Pat O'Connell 947 3rd Lorna Murphy 942 Division 3 Winner Mary Power 894 2nd Eileen Campbell 884 Division 4 Winner Caroline O'Brien 844 2nd Helen Cummins 843 Division 5 Winner Nicola Cunniffe 779 2nd Lisa McGrath 769 Division 6 Winner Vicki Mulhall 694 2nd Colette Bannon 672 Division 7 Winner Michael Landers 484 2nd Lisa Fitzgerald 468 There were seven runners that completed all 13 nights of the league which is a great achievement. They 7 were: Patrick Ryan Aishling Hourigan Theresa Curran Eamonn Phelan Olivia Curran Siobhan O'Mahony Marie Aherne Prizes were also presented to the runners that ran the fastest times during the league who were included in the Final tables but didn't win a prize.

Fastest Man - Ciaran Friby (13.41) Fastest Woman - Brigid Coffey (17.30) There was a draw held among these runners with the winner being Siobhan O'Mahony. CURRAN AND CO GRAB THE HEADLINES IN SHORT COURSE TEAM COMPETITION On the short routes, the clear winners were "Curran and Co" (Theresa Curran, Elaine Curran and Nicola McCarthy) on 257 points. In second place were "West Cork Crew" (Michael Coakley, Conor O'Neill and Lisa Collins) on 535. ORMOND CAFE VOUCHERS WON BY STEPHEN TUTTY AND DAN POWER A huge thank you to all our stewards over the 13 weeks of the league who came along each and every Wednesday night to look after our well being out on the roads of the town. To Karen Ryan our thanks, she was the person responsible for and making sure every corner and crossing was covered by a steward each week. Thanks once again this year to David and Judith McNally of the Ormond Cafe, Dungarvan who donated two vouchers to be raffled among all our winter league stewards and this year's winners were Stephan Tutty and Dan Power. A very special thank you to a man who hangs up his hi viz bib for the last time. Jim Veale, our longest serving winter league steward has been stewarding for us as long as the league has been in existence. A sincere thank you Jim for all of your many many hours you have given to our club over the years. TOP OIL ASSOCIATE WINTER LEAGUE SPONSORS A huge thank you again this year to our league associate sponsor Top Oil and Kevin Casey and James O'Sullivan for their continued support of the club. We had a total of 26 individual voucher winner's over the 13 weeks of the league,one voucher for the short course and one voucher for the long course each week. All outstanding vouchers are available for collection from James Veale at Intersport Elverys.



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Lorraine Troy 18 points Jacinta O'Mahoney 16 points Corinne McGee 14 points Breda Foley 14 points Mary Lynch 12 points Evelyn Torrens 12 points This is a foursomes game when possible depending on numbers and the draw will be made on the day of the competition so have your names in by 1.30 for tee off at 2. SUNDAY GENTS GAME Tee off at 10.30 a.m. Nett: Michael Havens Gross: Michael Delaney HOLE IN ONE COMPETITION Even though its still January we

have already have people with hole in ones. John O'Shea has 2, Kyle Hackett and Aiden O'Rourke both have one. We finally have a lady on the board with the honour going to Breda Foley and Jacinta O'Mahoney. MENS SPRING LEAGUE Tee off at 10.30 a.m. Liam Hansbury 4 points Michael Havens 2 points Kyle Hackett 1 point Aiden O'Rourke 1 point Michael Delaney 1 point This game is played over 8 weeks and is a stableford format. Next weeks game is away and the venue will be decided for the day during the week, please meet at club house for car pooling at 9 a.m. LOTTO BONUS BALL WINNER There was no winner of this weeks bonus number 22.

Brief Rules: The holes must be played in the correct sequence. You may not practice on the course before playing some competitions. If your ball is obstructing the play of an opponent, you may mark the ball, to allow your opponent to play and then replace it. You may use a pattern marker or an object no bigger than a five cent coin. FOBS Fobs are now turned off to non members, anyone wishing to join can do so at the clubhouse between 10 and 12 noon Monday to Saturday. COMMITTEE MEETING Next committee meeting Saturday, 2nd after the game at 4 p.m. 2019. Please note this date has changed this month. SUB COMMITTEES We are looking for members to

go on the sub committees to help with the club house and course. Anyone with a few hours spare can put their name onto the sheet in the club house. You do not have to stick to times or days just come on down whenever you have a spare hour or two, you will be very welcome. MEMBERSHIP FEES FAMILY €155 ADULT €85 JUVENILES €50 SNR €55 LIFE MEMBER €35 Our membership runs from January 1st to December 31st so no matter how late in the year a person pays their membership, they must pay the full fees. ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT PITCH AND PUTT IS A FUN GAME. ALWAYS ENJOY YOURSELF.

Moriarty (13) 29 pts MEN’S FIXTURES Mon. 25th to Sun., 3rd March, 12 hole singles s/ford incorporating round 4 of the spring league sponsored by Tallow Area Credit Union. LADIES RESULTS Cat A, Helen Lane 18 pts. Cat B Mary E Aherne 18 pts. Cat C Patricia O’Neill 17 pts. LADIES FIXTURES 2nd round East Cork Oil Spring League. 9 hole s/ford 24th Feb. to Sat., 2nd March. Following 2nd

round team names and captains will be revealed. Ladies please make every effort to play in League sponsored by East Cork Oil. Notes, rules etc regarding this interesting format of this year’s Spring League are on the Notice Board. STORY OF THE WEEK Number one spot this week goes to Affane man Pat Moore. Having scratched the first, Pat must have been thinking that it was not going to be his day. Not so. He

went on to play the remaining 11 holes in only 4 over to record 30 pts for his team. In second place this week is Paudie Prendergast. Paudie played lovely steady golf to beat Bill Moriarty into third place on a countback. Well done lads. MEMBERSHIP DRAW After a parent club meeting recently, it was decided to have a draw for full members. The prize is a €200 club voucher which you can use any way you choose over the next 12 months. Members who

have paid or arranged a standing order for their membership fees before or on the 31st March, 2019 will qualify and their names will be in the draw. TALLOW AREA CREDIT UNION SPRING LEAGUE Round 4 of the spring league is underway until next Sunday. Please make every effort to play lads and get as good a score as possible for your team. Four to count this week.

Mon., March 4 Open Seniors (50+) 16H Singles S/F. LADIES RESULTS Tues., Feb 19: 1st Maura Kindregan (19) 22pts’ 2nd Pat Flanagan (21) 20pts. Fri., & Sat., Feb. 22/23: 1st Maisie Breen (22) 29pts; 2nd Aileen Carroll (22) 27pts. LADIES FIXTURES Fri., March 1st Ladies 14H Singles S/F. Sat., March 2nd Ladies 14H Singles S/F & Home Alliance. Mon., March 4th Open Seniors (50+) 16H Singles S/F. Tues., March 5th Ladies 11H Singles S/F & Ladies Home Alliance & Ladies GIG. 60.COM We had no 60.COM competition this week (20th Feb) due to rain. We will be back swinging next Wednesday. HOME ALLIANCE Tues Feb 12: Section 1: 1st Orla Sheehan (22) 22pts 2nd Rachel Kiely (20) 21pts Section 2: Theresa Keane (25) 20pts 2nd Creina O’Sullivan (27) 20 pts Section 3: Marianne Mulcahy (32) 12pts 2nd Anne Heneberry (30) 7pts Sat Feb 16: Section 4: 1st Bernie Hayes (18) 29pts 2nd June James (21) 22pts Section 5: 1st Colette O’Mahony (33) 21pts 2nd Mary French (29) 21pts FUN FRIDAY FOURSOMES Our Fun Friday Foursomes are going from strength to strength with our numbers increasing each week. The morning was bright and clear which added to the enjoyment of the event. RESULTS (Feb. 22nd) WINNERS: Ciaran Cullinane and Mary Fennell SECOND: Pat McCarthy and Nora O'Flynn THIRD: Sean de Paor and Flora Wall LUCKY DIP: Grace Hayes and Matt Whelan For golf, chat and fun, join us next Fri., March 1st (official start of Summer season) at 9.30 a.m. in the foyer. Draw takes place at 9.45 a.m. followed by play at 10 am.

GET INTO GOLF MIXED SCRAMBLE Despite a dull overcast afternoon we had twenty-four golfers for our GIG MIXED SCRAMBLE last Sunday (Feb. 24th). We were delighted with the turnout proving the popularity of these scrambles. RESULTS WINNERS: Pat Mc Carthy, Mary Ashe and Cait Herlihy. SECOND: John O'Shea, Colette O'Mahony and Margaret O' Mahony. THIRD: Linda Buckley, Lucy Sweeney and Libby McGinn Murphy. Lucky Dip: Marcella McGovern, Flora Wall and Helen Walsh. The scrambles are providing a great opportunity for our GIG participants to get together during the Winter months and to practice and enhance their golf. They are also great social events. Thanks to Tom, Chris and Cassie who looked after us so well after the scramble. GIG REFRESHER LESSONS Our resident PGA Professional David Hayes will run a session of Refresher Lessons for our GIG members (male and female). These will enforce the techniques you have already been shown and enhance your golf. If you are interested please enter your name on the list in the locker rooms. GET INTO GOLF – NEW PROGRAMME COMMENCES APRIL 2019 If you are interested in our Get Into Golf programme commencing in April please let us know! Our Information night will take place on Tuesday, 16th April. Call Colette on 087-2226320 for our Ladies Get Into Golf and John on 0879139484 for our Men’s Get Into Golf. Why not give it a try! Get some exercise, fresh air and meet lots of new people and discover a brilliant new hobby. Classes will take place mornings and evenings so you will be sure to find a time that suits you. LADY CAPTAINS OUTING – ADARE Our Lady Captains Outing to Adare is gaining great interest. Staying in the Dunraven Arms Hotel on Sunday 28th & Monday

29th April. We will be golfing on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30th. Full details are up in the ladies locker room. Please get your room booked. The Get Into Golf ladies are more than welcome. The format will be Scrambles and you will get great experience! LOTTO RESULTS The Get Into Golf group create an atmosphere of excitement and entertainment when they have their golf scrambles. It is great for the Lotto to have them in the clubhouse when our weekly draw takes place. They are also great supporters of the Lotto and this is much appreciated. The weekly Lotto draw (Feb. 24th) took place after the presentation to their prize winners. The numbers drawn were 2, 6, 11 and 18. There was no winner of the Jackpot which increases to €2,800 next week! We had three Match 3 winners this week – Ann Morrissey, Mary Cummins/Ann Curran and Marcella McGovern who each win €35. Congratulations to each of them. We have commenced the sale of our annual ticket for the next Lotto year. The tickets cost €90 each and the Lotto year operates from 1st April, 2019 to 31st March, 2020. If you are interested, tickets can be purchased through the office or from any committee member. The draw next Sunday will be held at about 4:30 p.m. in the clubhouse. All are welcome. PROGRESSIVE 45 A great turnout once again for our weekly Progressive 45. Thanks to everyone for their continuous support. Joint Winners: Ann Ryan & Tom Cummins; Cait Mulcahy & Jack Elstead. Last 5: Michael Kelly & Pat McGovern. Lucky Table: Mary Radley & Bernie Hayes. POKER CLASSIC Our next Poker Classic will take place in March – date to be confirmed. MEMBERSHIP 2019 We have great membership rates for 2019 that suit all ages. If

you are interested in joining Dungarvan Golf Club please give Karen or Jimmy a call on 05843310 or email us on office@dungarvangolfclub.com. Rates for Under 35’s start at €200 per year with rates for over 35’s starting at €300 per year. SOCIETY BOOKINGS If you would like to book a society date with Dungarvan Golf Club, and haven't done so already, please contact Karen Stack as soon as possible for details on remaining dates and preferential group rates. We have superb inhouse catering facilities here and offer very competitive rates that include Green Fees & Dining also. If you have already booked in with us for this year, we look forward to seeing you at Dungarvan Golf Club and really appreciate your custom. To book your golf society in for 2019 please call Karen on 05843310 or email office@dungarvangolfclub.com PRO SHOP NEWS New arrivals continued to flood in everyday as Club Professional David prepares for the Start of the Season. The new Ping G410 hit the floors as well as the Callaway Epic Flash and Cobra Speedback. As always David offers professional advice as well as free custom fitting and demo clubs to try. As already stated, Callaway are coming but they will be followed by all the leading brands including Mizuno, Wilson, Titleist, Cobra and Ping. As always you can find the new offerings as well as special offers on David’s website at www.davidhayesgolf.com. DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Captain’s Prize – 1st/2nd June, 2019. Lady Captain’s Prize – 27th/28th July, 2019. President’s Prize – 16th / 17th / 18th August, 2019. Contact us on 058-43310 or visit our website www.dungarvangolfclub.com and find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dungarvangolfclub/ and on Twitter https://twitter.com/DungarvanGC

CUNNIGAR PITCH & PUTT CLUB THINKING OF TAKING UP A NEW SPORT? As the days are now getting brighter why not try a game of pitch and putt ideal for families, juveniles and adults. We are based next to the sports centre in the beautiful setting of Dungarvan Bay. Everyone is more than welcome to come and play. LADIES WEDNESDAY GAME RESULTS Names in for 10 a.m. tee off at 10.30 a.m. Due to bad weather conditions, last weeks game was cancelled.

RESULTS OF SATURDAY SCRAMBLE Names in for 1 p.m. tee off at 1.30 p.m. With the crowd getting bigger week by week, we played a 2 ball scramble with results as follows Nett: Jacinta O'Mahoney, Kyle Hackett. Gross: Kathleen Foran, Patsy Hackett LADIES SPRING LEAGUE Despite the damp weather conditions the ladies turned out in force for their sunday afternoon spring league. The top of the leader board after week 4 is as follows:

LISMORE GOLF CLUB Phone 058-54026. lismoregolfclub@eircom.net

www.lismoregolf.org MEN’S RESULTS 12-hole singles s/ford: 1st Pat

Moore (19) 30 pts; 2nd Paudie Prendergast (12) 29 pts B6; 3rd Bill

DUNGARVAN GOLF CLUB Tel. Office 058-43310, Fax. 058-44113, Pro Shop 058-44707. Bar/Restaurant Tom Daly Catering 087 2680597 Timesheets online at www.dungarvangolfclub.com Email: Office@dungarvangolfclub.com DESPITE the poor weather midweek, plenty of golf was played this week. Our Fun Friday Foursomes and GIG Scramble were well supported again as well as our David Hayes PGA Spring League. To date there has been over 500 rounds played in the Spring League with Benny Kiely still leading the race to be leading qualifier. A remarkable achievement from Benny considering he works in the UK. With one week to go the top 48 players will qualify for the Spring League final where each player will be put into a team of 4. There is still time to qualify so get out there and get your best 5 cards in. On that note this is an opportune time to remind members that they have an obligation to return cards. Speaking with Handicap Secretary June James, she informed me of the new CONGU Rules where sanctions will be applied to members who fail to return cards. Speaking of new Rules, discussions continue around the clubhouse about the changes in the Rules of Golf. Primarily the changes were brought about to speed up the game. Watching JB Holmes last week was like watching paint dry, in fact paint would probably dry quicker. There was an interesting blog on social media where a group of 3 players complained about the slow play of the group in front. It was in the third round of the 1959 US Open and the offending group completed the round in 3 hours and 10 minutes. Bring back the old times. Callaway are coming to town on

Wednesday 10th April for a Callaway Demo Day. Presented by our Club Professional, David is offering members the opportunity to try the latest offerings from one of the leading manufacturers in the game. Custom fitting using the latest Trackman technology is free of charge, but appointments are necessary so contact the ProShop to reserve your free slot. GENTS RESULTS Mon., Feb. 18th: 1st Matthew Whelan (27) 36 pts;2nd Evan Walsh (19) 33 pts; 3rd Pat Stack (12) 33 pts. Feb 13-17: Division 1: 1st Frank O’Donoghue (8) 30 pts; 2nd John Reynolds (0) 30 pts. Division 2: 1st Maurice Conway (11) 34 pts; 2nd P. J. Kindregan (10) 28 pts. Division 3: 1st Matthew Lynch (16) 34 pts (B7); 2nd Thomas Whelan (16) 34 pts. Division 4: 1st William Ramsell (18) 31 pts; 2nd Tony Power (22) 30 pts. GENTS FIXTURES Wed., Feb. 27th Gents 14H Singles S/F David Hayes PGA Spring League. Thurs., Feb. 28th Open Gents 14H Singles S/F David Hayes PGA Spring League. Fri., March: 1 Gents 14H Singles S/F David Hayes PGA Spring League. Sat., March 2 Gents 14H Singles David Hayes PGA Spring League. Sun., March 3 Gents 14H Singles S/F David Hayes PGA Spring League.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 1 March, 2019

WEST WATERFORD GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Telephone: 058-43216. Fax: 058-44343. info@westwaterfordgolf.com

www.westwaterfordgolf.com RESULTS Round 5 Comeragh Oil Winter league and Weekly 16 Hole competition Monday 18th to Sunday 24th February Cat 1. Stephen Spillane (8) 37 pts, 2nd Jimmy Murphy (8) 35 pts Cat 2. Liam Hansbury (11) 42 pts, 2nd Luke Swayne (10) 38 pts Cat 3. Liam Leahy (15) 39 pts, 2nd Richie Hurley (15) 37 pts. Cat 4. Robbie Barry (20) 43 pts, 2nd Jack Ronayne (20) 39 pts b8 CSS: 35 Comeragh Oil Leaderboard after Round 5

Glenbeg 622, Kinsalebeg 622, Ballyguiry 621, Ballyduff 615, Tivoli 611, Helvick 607, Ballymacoda 605, Old Boro 585, Carriglea 584, Mount Odell 579, Cappagh 569, Old Parish 568. Log on to www.westwaterfordgolf.com for full details TOP 8 MATCHPLAY PAIRINGS Glenbeg vs Old Boro, Kinsalebeg vs Ballymacoda, Ballyguiry vs Helvick, Ballyduff vs Tivoli. All matches to be completed by Sunday 10th March FIXTURES Monday, 25th Feb to Friday, 1st

March – Weekly 9 hole competition Wednesday, 27th Feb – Midweek Medley 3 person seniors team event. Draw for partners at 11 a.m. Friday, 1st, Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd March – Club Competition 16 hole stableford. Prizes for four categories. COMERAGH OIL WINTER LEAGUE The qualifying section of our winter league finished in style and on schedule on Sunday 24th March. If its drama you want then read on. Glenbeg who went into the final round in 4th position put in

GOLD COAST GOLF CLUB You can contact us by phoning 058-44055 Our email address is:

goldcoastgolf@cablesurf.com www.goldcoastgolfclub.com JOHN WHITE WINTER LEAGUE QUARTER FINAL Last Saturday the quarter-final match between Touraneena and Dungarvan took place. Dungarvan went into the match two down but soon rallied and with a number of matches going to the 18th and some past it, it was a long day at the office for those watching before the result could be determined, Dungarvan eventually taking the spoils and Dungarvan now move on to play Copper Coast in the semi-final on Saturday, 9th March. Dungarvan included the following: Pat Power, David O’Connor, Kieran Cullinan, Andy Travers, Jimmy O’Dwyer, Gonzalo Macuyu, Tony Condon, Brian O’Connor, Des O’Brien, Pat Murphy, Billy Long, Noel McCann, John D Walsh and Esther McGuckian. In the second semi-final Dunhill will play Ballinacourty. DEISE LEAGUE 2019 Round 1 in Waterford Castle Saturday, March 9th at 9:42 - 10:45 Round 2 in Tramore - Saturday, March 23rd at 10:00 - 10.54 Round 3 in Waterford Castle Saturday, March 30th at 9:42 10:45 Round 4 and final in Faithlegg Saturday, April 27th at 9:00 - 10:00 CLUB CLASSIC The dates have now been fixed

for our Club Classic for 2019. The event will run for the week 22nd to 28th April. The format will be the same as last year’s, 3 person format as per last year, Gents, Ladies, Mixed at €20 per person with a reentry at €10 CAPTAINS DRIVE-IN The draw for the Scramble which will follow the Captain’s Drive-In will take place at 12 noon on Saturday, 9th March, the day before the Drive-In. To enter please put your name on the timesheet for Sunday, 10th March. TEAM MANAGERS FOR 2019 Bruen - John White Purcell - Pat Power /Brian Dunbar Junior Cup - Michael White Mixed - Ger Bagge Senior Cup and Barton Shield Ian Prendergast Belvedere Cup and Mick Cashman - Liam Clancy. GENT’S MEMBERSHIP AND GOLF INSURANCE Thank you to all our members who have paid their annual subscriptions. Please note the Golf Insurance renewal date is approaching and anyone interested in having insurance please remit payment by 11th March. The insurance fee is €30. For further information or queries please contact Irene in the office. The following are the gents stan-

dard rates for 2019 inclusive of GUI fees FULL: €575 DISTANCE: €435 HUSBAND & WIFE: €845 COUNTRY: €230 SENIOR: €435 STUDENT: €150 JUVENILE: €90 We can also offer very attractive packages for dual membership to both the golf club and leisure centre and gym and also we have special introductory offers for new members, contact Irene on 058 44055 or goldcoastgolf@cablesurf.com DUNGARVAN GOLF INTERNATIONAL Running from Monday, 27th May to Thursday, 30th May, this tournament which is run over the three local courses, continues to prove popular with players coming from USA, England and Ireland to take part. This year we are hoping to encourage more members from the three local clubs to take part. We look forward to another successful year. GENT’S FIXTURES Monday, 25th to 1st March Club Singles Friday, 1st March: Open Gents 18 holes Singles. Saturday, 2nd/Sunday, 3rd March: 18 Holes Singles. Tuesday, 5th March: Open


a sparkling performance to top the table and relegate Kinsalebeg to second place in a tie breaker. Tight at the top, then how about the bottom. Three teams Mount Odell, Carriglea and Old Boro separated by just four points were in a battle for the eight and final qualifying spot. In the end it was the Old Boro who pipped Carriglea by just a single point to claim qualification for the knockout stage. So eight teams will fight it out in singles matchplay and believe me we have quite a few interesting matchups to look forward to. The action gets underway this week and we are allowing two weeks to complete the top eight matches. Team details and contacts are available at the office or by contacting pat Power on 0876611276. We wish the very best of luck to all teams in the playoffs and a special word of thanks to all the teams who contributed to another exciting Winter League at West Waterford. CHARITY DAY AT WEST WATERFORD GOLF CLUB On Tuesday, 26th February West Waterford will host the annual Margaret Rochford and Tom Fitzgibbon Memorial Day. Last year a sum of €885 was raised for the Mercy Hospital foundation. There will be a shotgun start at 1.30 p.m. and entry fee includes golf and dinner. For full entry details please contact Ray Rochford on 087 2330054.

ANNUAL CLUB FUNDRAISING CLASSIC AT WEST WATERFORD Our annual classic this year will run from Saturday, 13th April to Saturday, 20th April inclusive. The event will run over eight days with the best score claiming the top prize. There will also be a daily prize and of course a special prize for the ladies. Once again the format will be a team of 4 which can be ladies, gents or mixed. Promotional material will be circulated shortly. Members are reminded that we are also running a super raffle in conjunction with the classic and we would appreciate your help in selling some tickets. SOUTH EAST LEAGUE The South East league gets underway at Youghal GC on Sunday next, 24th March. Fermoy provide the opposition and the start time is 11.30 a.m. WEDNESDAY IS SENIORS DAY Don’t forget our new Wednesday competition for seniors. The Midweek Medley is a 9 hole seniors competition for ladies and gents. The emphasis is on enjoyment and a bit of banter followed by a cup of tea/coffee and a chat. Be there at 11 am. for draw for playing partners and 11.30 start. AL EILE WEDNESDAY OPEN SINGLES It’s still a few weeks down the

line but we are looking forward to the popular Wednesday Opens at West Waterford. Watch this space for updates. Junior Competition Thursday 21st February – 13 holes 1st James Daly (20) 24 pts; 2nd Sean Spratt (14) 23 pts; 3rd Jack Mulligan (20) 20 pts. LADIES CLUB: Midweek Medley: Wednesday is Medley day! The competition is open to Ladies and Men. Just turn up at the clubhouse at 11.00 a.m. to enter the draw for playing partners and go out and enjoy the current fine weather. Winter League Progress: Round 4, which is the Singles element of the Winter League continues until Saturday, March 2nd. On Sunday, the team Matchplay gets underway which will be as hotly contested as the Champions League. “Roon the Ben” captained by Ann Rochford face “Lang Whang” captained by Rosie Murphy, Joan Sheehan captains “Ca Canny” who are playing “Tickly Tap” captained by Mary Herlihy. The final pairing is “Fin Me Dot” captained by Ger Curran who play “Dinna Fouster” captained by Marion Hilliard. Good luck to all the teams. Club Competitions: The 9 Hole and 13 Hole on-going competitions continue to attract good entries.

Gents/Ladies Seniors (50+) Singles. GENT’S RESULTS Monday, 18th to 22nd Feb. Club Singles 1st Gonzalo Macaya (0) 40 pts Tuesday, 19th Feb Open Gents/Ladies Seniors (50+) Singles 1st Maurice Swan (16) 41 pts Friday, 22nd Feb: Open Gents 18 holes Singles. 1st Neil Dermody (6) 37 pts (B9) Saturday, 23rd – Sunday, 24th Feb: 3 Person Scramble 1st Thomas Long (10), Alan Landers (13) Raymond Moloney (12) 69 pts 2nd John White (5) Roy Ware (9) Martin Murray (18) 69 pts. EVERY TUESDAY OPEN GENTS AND LADIES SENIORS Every Tuesday we host our popular Open Seniors (50+) Gents and Ladies Singles competition. Visitor Entry is €12 or Golf and Carvery €20. For bookings visit our club website www.goldcoastgolfclub.com or phone 058 44055. EVERY FRIDAY OPEN GENT’S SINGLES Every Friday at the Gold Coast we host an Open Gents Singles Stableford competition. Visitor Entry is €15 or Golf and Carvery €25. For bookings visit our club website www.goldcoastgolfclub.com or phone 058 44055. SOCIETIES AND GREENFEES WELCOME To book your society outing here at the Goldcoast contact Irene Lynch Director of Golf for date availability and preferential rates. We look forward to greeting you and your guests and friends in 2019. Tel. 058 44055, email goldcoastgolf@cablesurf.com. LADIES NOTES FIXTURES 10 Hole On-going Competition 18 Hole On-going Competition Results 13 Hole 2 Card Dalton Jewellers

1st Bridget Walsh (15) 52 pts 2nd Lorraine Troy (14) 51 pts 3rd Elaine Nash (20) 46 pts. WINTER LEAGUE SPONSORED BY THE MOORINGS BAR & RESTAURANT Our winter league kindly sponsored by The Moorings Bar and Restaurant over 10 holes has now finished Round 6, and with results now in, the Daisies have a 23pt lead with the Bluebells and Pansies chasing with only 1pt between them. The leaderboard has now changed dramatically and with only have 2 rounds to play, anything could happen between the leaders so keep up the good work girls!! remember a point is awarded for each round played even when your score is not counting!! If you want to see how your team is doing, below are the results. Round 7 starts on Monday11th February and runs for 2 weeks Results of Round 6 1st Esther McGuckian 23 pts 2nd Ger Hallinan 20 pts 3rd Bridge Walsh 20 pts Team Positions after Rd. 6 Daisies (Mairead) 375 Bluebells (Elaine) 352 Pansies (Peig) 351 Daffodils (Mary D) 346 Tulips (Lil) 339 Snowdrops (Marie) 338 Violets (Noirin) 334 Primroses (Rosie) 319 NEW 18 HOLE ON-GOING COMPETITION A new 18 Hole on-going competition has now started giving everyone the opportunity to play a 10 or 18 hole game. We will be using the forward tees already in use from the 15 – 18th while the competitions are non- qualifying, the entry and re-entry will be €5 with a total of 20 entries per round. Enjoy!! COMMITTEE MEETING Our next committee meeting takes place on Friday, 8th March at 8pm CAPTAIN’S DRIVE-IN Our Captain’s Drive-In takes place on Sunday, 10th March, with

Scramble to follow, please support our Captains on the day and add your name to online timesheet for scramble if you wish to play, draw takes place at 12 noon on Saturday, 9th March. MEMBERSHIP OFFERS If you are contemplating a new activity and making new friends for 2019 we have the answer, why not join us here at the Gold Coast. There are many good reasons for joining us, firstly we are an extremely friendly bunch who are always delighted to welcome new members and visitors alike, secondly our course is open all year round due to its natural drainage and last but not least the scenery is breathtaking!! We here at the Gold Coast are very proud of our course and it’s natural beauty, if you would like to sample same, please contact Irene or Mark on 058-44055 for some very tantalizing deals on offer at the moment for new members. There are always ladies available to take out new beginners and group lessons are arranged with a professional when the golfing season starts. LADIES MEMBERSHIP AND GOLF INSURANCE Thank you to all our members who have paid their annual subscriptions. Please note the Golf Insurance renewal date is approaching and anyone interested in having insurance please remit payment by 11th March. The insurance fee is €30. For further information or queries please contact Irene in the office. The following are the standard Ladies rates for 2019 inclusive of ILGU fees FULL: €420 HUSBAND & WIFE: €845 DISTANCE: €360 COUNTRY: €180 SENIOR €340 STUDENT: €120 JUVENILE: €80 *For Special introductory offers for new members, contact Irene Lynch Director of Golf on 058 44055.



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Ballinroad FC U-12B LEAGUE Johnville ……………………… 0; Ballinroad …………………..… 1. (OG). ANOTHER strong display at a wet and windy St. Martin’s Park on Saturday morning gave the lads another three points and a clean sheet against a battling Johnville side. We went ahead fortuitously as early as the second minute when a James Kenneally corner was put into the Johnville net by one of their own players. The scoreline doesn’t do our lads justice due to the atrocious conditions as they dominated the game and on another day could have scored plenty. But fair play to Johnville who kept battling and were still in it right till the end. Top performances all over the pitch again today but have to say our defenders were outstanding. Take a bow lads. MOTM Darragh Devine. Thanks to the Johnville lads for a super game U-16B LEAGUE Ballinroad .............................… 8; Park Rangers ........................… 1. A LONG overdue win for the lads who despite weakened opposition played really well. Our U-15 recruits showed the way with four goals in the first half. The U-16 lads, not to be outdone put away another 4 in the second half. There were lots more chances which went begging, so the lads made plenty of scoring chances. Scorers: Rory Tyrell (2), Trevor Keneally 1, Seanie Callaghan 1, James Dunford 1, Seanie Lenihan 1, Torin Egan 1, Darragh Veale 1. DIV. 2B LEAGUE Ballinroad .............................… 4; Ferrybank .............................. …2. BALLINROAD started this game strongly running at the Ferrybank

defence in first half with the two frontmen of Eoin Cummins and Eoin Flynn stretching them constantly. After 10 minutes a cross from Eoin Cummins was palmed by the keeper into the path of Caimin Radley who finished it neatly. The hard working Derek Holland scored the second goal after 30 minutes whereby after a nice move, the ball fell to him on the right and his low shot went in off the post. Ferrybank pulled one back before half-time to make it 2-1 to Ballinroad. Richie Hayes excellent handling and saves in 1st half kept Ballinroad on top as did the defence of Michael Dwyer, Darragh Power, Deaglan O’Hartaigh and Barry O’Shea. In the second half the midfield players of Dylan Hogan and Aidan McKenna slick passing movement made a chance that Caimin Radley finished at far post to make it 3-1. Halfway through the second half former Ballinroad player Christy Power’s long ball enabled Ferrybank to scramble home a second goal to make it 3-2. But with 10 minutes to go substitute Jake Moore scored the fourth for Ballinroad. The Ferrybank keeper dropped a lofted ball behind his head for Jake to bundle it over the line to put the game beyond Ferrybank. Luke sheehan came on in the last fifteen minutess both substitutes came on to good effect in the game. This was another good display by the team with defence and midfield on top. Thanks to Dungarvan Utd 4th Division who helped us out with jerseys due to a clash.

Ballinroad U-12B’s who defeated Johnville 1-0 away on Saturday morning last.

Ballinroad U-16B side who had a good win at home to Park Rangers on Saturday morning last.

Stradbally FC RESULTS Under 12 Schoolboys League: Carrick Utd 1; Stradbally 5. SCHOOLBOYS The vistas of sylvan charm from the Carrick United home greeted our Under 12s on Saturday, and our teams performance matched the view. From the off, Joe Campbell broke forward and his blocked effort was slotted home by Liam Kilbride. Two scores from Reece Donnelly, good goalkeeping from Sean Kelly and a score from a tight angle by Joe Campbell ensured a 4-0 half-time lead for the locals. Carrick started the second half strongly, only to be rebuffed by a staunch defence. Dara Gough kept up his industrial display and helped Reece Donnelly complete his hattrick. Save of the game came from replacement keeper Conor Coleman who got down sharply to push out a fine shot into safety. Carrick got a deserved score near the end, but the 3 points headed to Stradbally, keeping their quest for league honours very much alive. Team: Sean Kelly, Sean Roche, Jack Crotty, Eoin Murphy, Dara Gough, Jack McKeown, Liam Kilbride, Reece Donnelly, Joe

Campbell, Conor Coleman, Barry Cunningham, Andrew Drohan. ACADEMY & LITTLE DRIBBLERS Academy and Little Dribblers returns on Saturday morning at 10.30 a.m. LAST MAN STANDING The fixtures are coming hard and fast at the moment, with Week 6 and Week 7 spread out over a 10 day cycle. To keep up to date, check out our Facebook page 'Stradbally AFC' Thanks to Sallyfort Mini Farm for sponsoring our Last Man Standing. LOTTO Our next Club Lotto Draw takes place on Sunday night in O'Mahonys Durrow. Jackpot Prize on offer will be €2,800. Tickets available from shops and pubs locally and from regular promoters and club members. Remember..... Be In To Win...... COACHING COURSE A Level One Coaching Course takes place on Sunday, March 3rd in Ferrybank FC grounds. 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. For further details go to www.fai.ie ASTROTURF HIRE Astroturf Pitch is available to hire. A game of 5-a-side with your friends, is an ideal way to keep fit

during the winter. For booking details contact Alan D'arcy at 087 698 7387.

ON-LINE CLUB SHOP Our on-line club shop is now open for business. For a myriad of

playing and leisure gear, go to www.oneills.com Ideal birthday presents

Stradbally FC Under 12 team mentors, players and supporters from a short few years ago.

FIXTURES Saturday March 2nd To Be Announced



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West Waterford/East Cork Schoolboys League

Ronan Uniacke hits four goals for league leaders Cappoquin Railway A WELCOME to our weekly notes for the West Waterford East Cork Schoolboy League, this week we report on the Under 12 and Under 14 Leagues from last weekend and see the tables change after these results. We again include all the League Tables in our notes this week so you can all view where your teams are currently. U-12 League Premier Division Cappoquin Railway A ……....... 6; Valley Rangers ……………....... 2. RONAN Uniacke scored four times for League leaders Cappoquin /Railway and in this kind of form he will be hard to stop with over 20 goals scored already this season the Cappoquin outfit will be favourites to lift the title come season’s end. Brideview Utd. ………….......… 1; Inch Utd. ……………………...... 3. INCH Utd. moved up to second place in the table with a fine away win in Leonard Fraser Park last Saturday morning with Mark Buttimer, Jack Coleman and Ben Noonan Morrison all on the score sheet for the East Cork side. This was the first defeat for the Tallow side and it will be interesting to see how they react in the next few games as they have dropped to third place behind both Cappoquin and Inch. Ballymac FC ………………...... 5; Kilworth Celtic A …………........ 1. BALLYMAC went 2-0 up quickly in this U-12 encounter. However, Kilworth pulled one back before half-time and nearly equalised early in the second half when they hit the

crossbar. However, Ballymac stepped on the gas and rattled off three more goals to win the game easily in the end. Scorers for Ballymac were: Roy Nugent, David Wall, Rhea O'Dwyer, Michael Whyte and Conor Walsh.

First Division Kilworth Celtic B …………........ 3; Ardmore AFC ………………..... 0. KILWORTH move level with Ardmore on 9 points following this win and have now won three and lost three of their games which is a great return from a second team in a club and brilliant to see them competing and not just making up the numbers. Castlebridge Celtic ………....... 1; Cappoquin Railway B ……....... 0. CASTLEBRIDGE came out on top in a real tussle with Cappoquin in Celtic Park. This second verses third in the table and with Clashmore Ramblers not playing the winner would move to the top of the table with only a handful of games remaining. Luke Morrison was the hero for Celtic when he scored the winning goal in the second half. This win puts them level on points with Clashmore but with a game more played in a great position for the title.

Under 14 League Kilworth Celtic B …………........ 0; Lismore AFC ………………...... 3. LISMORE move clear at the top of the U-14 League with these three points but the chasing pack have games in hand as a few games were postponed last Saturday with a mix-up in fixtures etc. But Lismore have points on the board and will be hard to beat now as the season goes on. Ballymac FC ………………....... 0; Mogeely FC ………………......... 3. MOGEELY are moving in the right direction and if they win their game in hand will be level with a host of teams on 12 points and in with a strong shout of a semi-final spot when the business end of the season comes around. Inch Utd ……………………....... 1; Valley Rangers ……………....... 2. A VERY tight match in this U-14 league encounter in Sexton Park last Saturday afternoon. Valley started brightest and were soon in front when Tymek Swrinski scored a lovely goal. It stayed that way until 10 minutes from the end of the game when Conor Burns scored for the hosts to make it 1-1. With five minutes to go a great through ball by Rangers Patrick Fennessy was converted by Ryan Heise to give Valley the lead which they held until the final whistle.

West Waterford/East Cork Schoolboys League Tables As of 17th February UNDER 12 LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION p w d l pts Cappoquin Railway 8 6 2 0 20 Inch United 10 6 1 3 19 Brideview United 8 6 1 1 19 Mogeely F.C. 8 5 1 2 16 Lismore A.F.C. 9 3 3 3 12 Valley Rangers 9 2 2 5 8 Ballymac F.C. 9 2 0 7 6 Kilworth Celtic 9 0 0 9 0 UNDER 12 LEAGUE 1st DIVISION p w d l pts Castlebridge Cel. 8 5 1 2 16 Clashmore Rbs. 7 5 1 1 16 Cappoquin Railway 7 4 2 1 14

Ardmore A.F.C. 6 3 0 3 9 Kilworth Celtic B 6 3 0 3 9 Ballybridge Utd 10 0 0 10 0 UNDER 13 LEAGUE p w d l pts Inch United 7 6 1 0 19 Lismore A.F.C. 7 6 0 1 18 Clashmore Rbs. 7 5 1 1 16 Cappoquin Railway 7 3 1 3 10 Valley Rangers 7 3 1 3 10 Kilworth Celtic 5 3 0 2 9 Mogeely F.C. 7 2 0 5 6 Ardmore A.F.C. 8 1 0 7 3 Kilworth Celtic B 2 0 0 2 0 Ballybridge Utd 5 0 0 5 0 UNDER 14 LEAGUE p w d l pts Lismore A.F.C. 7 6 0 1 18

Cappoquin Railway 6 5 0 1 Kilworth Celtic 6 4 0 2 Clashmore Ramblers 6 4 0 2 Inch United 7 4 0 3 Valley Rangers 7 4 0 3 Mogeely F.C. 6 3 0 3 Ballymac F.C. 7 3 0 4 Brideview United 6 2 0 4 Ballybridge Utd 6 1 0 5 Kilworth Celtic B 8 0 0 8 UNDER 16 LEAGUE pw d l Valley Rangers 8 7 1 0 Inch United 6 5 1 0 Ardmore A.F.C. 7 3 0 4 Lismore A.F.C. 7 2 1 4 Castlebridge Cel. 8 1 1 6 Cappoquin Railway 6 1 0 5

15 12 12 12 12 9 9 6 3 0 pts 22 16 9 7 4 3

LAST WEEKEND’S RESULTS U-12 League Premier Division: Cappoquin Railway A 6 - 2 Valley Rangers Brideview Utd 1 - 3 Inch Utd Lismore AFC P - P Mogeely FC Ballymac FC 5 - 1 Kilworth Celtic A First Division: Kilworth Celtic B 3 - 0 Ardmore AFC

Castlebridge Celtic 1 - 0 Cappoquin Railway B U-14 League: Kilworth Celtic B 0 - 3 Lismore AFC Brideview Utd 1 - 3 Clashmore Ramblers Ballybridge Utd P - P Kilworth Celtic A Ballymac FC 0 - 3 Mogeely FC Inch Utd 1 - 2 Valley Rangers

WEEK’S FIXTURES Saturday, 2nd March, 2019 WATERFORD SCHOOLBOYS FOOTBALL NEXT U-13 League: U-16 League: Ardmore AFC v Ballybridge Utd, 11 a.m. Inch Utd v Lismore AFC, 2.30 p.m. LEAGUE (WSFL) FIXTURES Mogeely FC v Kilworth Celtic, 11 a.m. Ardmore AFC v Valley Rangers, 12.30 p.m. Saturday, 2nd March, 2019 WSFL Under 11 Red League 10:30 Piltown A v Ferrybank A 10:30 Dungarvan Utd A v Tramore A 11:00 Villa A v Bohemians A WSFL Under 11 Green League 10:30 De La Salle v Park Rangers A 10:30 Carrick United A v Tramore B 10:30 Mooncoin Celtic v Bohemians B WSFL Under 11 Orange League 10:30 Kilmacow v Park Rangers By 10:30 Ballyduff v Waterford Crystal 10:30 Ballinroad B v Villa C 12:30 Ferrybank B v Piltown B 12:30 Piltown C v Bohemians C WSFL Under 11 Blue League 10:30 Kilmacthomas v Villa B 12:30 Ballinroad A v Cappoquin Railway 10:30 Portlaw United v Dungarvan Utd B 10:30 Seaview Celtic v Tramore C Under 12 SFAI Skechers National Cup 14:00 Southend United A v Tallaght Town WSFL Under 13A League 13:00 Villa A v Tramore A 14:30 Bohemians A v Park Rangers A WSFL Under 13B League 12:30 Dungarvan United A v Piltown A

12:30 Tramore B v Portlaw United WSFL Under 13C League 10:30 Tramore C v Ballinroad 12:30 Kilmacthomas v Kilmacow 12:30 Mooncoin Celtic v Villa B 12:30 Ballyduff v Bohemians C WSFL Under 13D League 10:30 Villa C v Stradbally 12:30 Park Rangers B v Ferrybank B 14:30 Dungarvan United B v Piltown B WSFL Under 15A League 12:30 Carrick United A v Southend United 14:30 Park Rangers A v Bohemians A 14:30 Tramore A v Ferrybank A WSFL Under 15B League 15:00 Villa B v Dungarvan United A 14:30 Ballyduff v Dungarvan United B 14:30 Piltown A v Ballinroad WSFL Under 15C League 14:30 Mooncoin Celtic A v Kilmacow 14:30 Carrick United B v Ferrybank B 14:30 St Pauls v De La Salle 16:30 Bohemians B v Kilmacthomas WSFL Under 15D League 14:30 Waterford Crystal v Villa C 14:30 Bohemians C v Portlaw United

Inch Utd v Valley Rangers, 11 a.m. Lismore AFC v Clashmore Ramblers, 11a.m.

Cappoquin – Railway v Castlebridge Celtic, 2.30 p.m.

Ballymac FC under 12 team after they won at home versus Kilworth on Saturday, 23rd February.



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Three Generations - Eddie Moore with his daughter Martina Landers and his granddaughter Sarah Landers. Three generations involved in the club through coaching and playing.

Dungarvan Ladies Division 5 - Munster League winners.

Dungarvan Ladies Hockey Club

Dungarvan ladies win the Munster League Ashton ………………………… 0; Dungarvan ………………….… 6. ON Sunday, 23rd, Dungarvan travelled to Ashton to play the most important game of the season. This game would ultimately decide who wins the Munster Div. 5 League. Dungarvan going into this weekend were one point ahead of Midleton. With Midleton playing their last game first, and winning 4-0 in Fermoy, only a win would do for Dungarvan in order to avoid a possible scenario where the league would be decided on goal difference, a loss would mean the title goes to Midleton. This pitch in Ashton with a heavily booked schedule also left Dungarvan with no time to warmup on their actual playing surface, so pressure very much on for the Dungarvan girls.

The game started with some even play, however, ten minutes had elapsed before Dungarvan comfortably got into the game. With this came a flurry of attacks and chances as they bore down on the Ashton goal winning short corners. This particular short corner broke to Saoirse who passed to Annemarie, and with all her strength as only she can do she buried the ball passed the keeper, 1-0 Dungarvan. Ashton spurred on by going down started to mount their own attacks and it was end-to-end with both teams threatening. Ashton breaks were being stood up to in this occasion as the defence of Heather, Avril, Jessie and Tutts stood firm not letting them through. A quick hit out by Dungarvan as Tutts collected and passed along

the sideline to Alex who raced by weaving in and around Ashton players until she was one-on-one with the keeper, cooly she sent Dungarvan two goals to the good. Dungavan were now sending on fresh legs as the roll on/roll off system suits the aero turf surface leaving all players fresh and full of energy. The third goal came along after some work by Andrea, Alex and Tess who were passing nicely. Andrea found herself free at the top of the circle and unleashed a shot of unnatural force which nearly broke the backboard. Half-time, Ashton 0; Dungarvan 3. The second half saw Ashton come out with guns blazing. Dungarvan again it seems taking their time to settle into some possession of their own. Ashton were enjoying chances as they rattled

the Dungarvan goal. Sarah however, in goal was making unbelievable saves diving left and right, doing splits ensuring the ball would not pass her line. As 15 minutes passed, Molly who is Dungarvan’s top goal scorer this year did what she does best, tormenting the opposition defence as she wriggled around them and scored a well taken goal. Goal number five came from Alex again, this one however, had everyone thinking the ball was going to run over the end line. However, Alex was onto it, pulling it back as she turned and on the reverse sent the ball sliding past the keeper from a very tight angle. Goal number six came when again some lovely passing play by Andrea, Alex and Anne in the middle created a chance for Andrea who shot and on

the rebound Aine scored a lovely goal. Ashton would enjoy all the possession for the last ten minutes of the game as they tried to chip away at this 6 - 0 scoreline. The final whistle came and Dungarvan were Munster League champions. Delight all round as players and coaches celebrated this gigantic win. The team made their way back to Minnies where Pat O'Brien very kindly put on refreshments for the team. Thank you Pat. Player of the match: Heather Shanahan Next week sees another vital clash for Dungarvan as they will play the Munster Cup semi-final against Midleton. This game is set for 2 p.m. in the Friary College grounds on Sunday, 3rd March.

Dunarvan having secured the league title by two points over Midleton know that they will be out to exact revenge in this cup decider. A mouth watering battle for sure. Well done to everyone today and the very best of luck next weekend in the cup. Dungarvan wish to thank all our coaches, Tina, Eddie, Lucinda and Mary for all their hard work. BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS! Dungarvan Ladies Hockey would like to extend warmest birthday wishes to both Eddie Moore and Sarah Landers. Eddie, who coaches the team is celebrating his 81st birthday. Sarah, our magnificent goalkeeper is celebrating her 21st on Sunday. What a day with the Cup semi-final on! Happy birthday!!

Dungarvan United FC EXCITING LOTTO NEWS!!!! With our lotto jackpot only a couple of weeks short of hitting €9,000, we are delighted to announce that tickets can now be purchased any Saturday morning from Kevin Forde's Daybreak (Next to Nissan Garage on Youghal Road) from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Firstly, huge thanks to Kevin Forde for this opportunity and Colin Bulfin for co-ordinating it. CAN YOU HELP??? We are asking club supporters, parents, coaches, older players, mature members of the club to volunteer 1 hour of their time every month. It’s 4 hours a week, one volunteer per hour. So if you had 20 volunteers all they would do is 1 hour per month. The project started last Saturday and it really has the potential to make the club much needed funds and with the right people and set up right, it should run itself. If you are interested and can give us JUST 1 HOUR ONCE A MONTH......Contact Colin Bulfin directly or Vicky O'Donnell 087 055 7939. LOTTO Jackpot Nearly €9,000 This week we play for €8,900 No winner in Monday's draw. Numbers drawn: 25, 41, 36. No jackpot winner. €50 Alice Ryan. €25 Kate Connolly and Maurice Whelan. Tickets available from Tudor House, Crottys Inn, Hallahan’s Chemist, Paddy Foley’s and now Forde’s Daybreak. We thank these businesses for their ongoing support. RESULTS Premier League: Hibs 6; Dungarvan 3. (Scorers: R. Donnelly, N. Donnelly, M. Ferncombe). Div. 2A League: Dungarvan United 3; Red Star 0. (Scorers: D. Coward (2), D. Swales. 3rd Div. League: Dungarvan United 1, Red Star 1. (Scorer: K. O’Sullivan).

Dungarvan United FC U-13B team who drew 1-1 with Piltown last Saturday week. A draw gave them another point holding them up in second position in the B League so far. A great bunch of lads who are putting in the hard work. Good luck to Colin, Seamus and the lads for the rest of the season.


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Mayoral Reception for Special Olympics athletes and volunteers A MAYORAL reception was held in the Town Hall, Clonmel by Councillor Richie Molloy, Mayor of Clonmel-Cahir Borough District for the Special Olympics Ireland athletes and volunteers going to the World Games in Abu Dhabi in March 2019. Also included were the families and friends of Special Olympics Ireland; the athletes who com-

peted in the Irish Games. A big thank you to George Hough who went the great distance to organise the event with the Mayor, Mary Shield, Roscrea and other volunteers who helped out since the World Games 2003. It was great to see local councillors who made a special effort to be there to support Special Olympics Munster Branch. New volunteers are

always welcome to help out at local national and world level with an amazing group of athletes of all ages. We would also like to thank the Gardai and John Hackett who did photography. A special word of thanks to the Mayor of Clonmel-Cahir Borough District Council who held a Mayoral Reception for the first time on a Sunday.

Pictured recently at a Mayoral Reception by Clonmel-Cahir Borough District for the Special Olympics fundraiser for athletes and volunteers going to the World Games in Abu Dhabi in March 2019. Included are Mayor of Clonmel-Cahir Borough District, Councillor Richie Molloy; local Councillors, members of the Gardai and Martin Moore, Special Olympics volunteer, Munster Region.

Ballymacarbry based Special Olympics volunteer Martin Moore and Mayor Cllr. Richie Molloy pictured at the Mayoral reception.

DUNGARVAN RUGBY CLUB WITH thick fog remaining throughout last Sunday's spins the intrepid few ventured forth. SPIN REPORTS G5 departed Dungarvan on a damp morning full of optimism that the weather was going to improve but alas it proved to be a wet, foggy and miserable cycle. Eight cyclists took the scheduled route out the Coast Road to be joined by a latecomer at Durrow. Crossing the main road at Lemybrien the group took the Carrick road turning right at Mahon Bridge. The thought of a hot cuppa keeping everyone going. On reaching Kilmacthomas the warm welcome at Kierseys and hot cuppa soon got everyone heated up. Some nice treats and plenty of chat eased that damp feeling. Two cyclists had the sense to be collected from here with the remaining group left to make their way home by Griffin’s Garage and Five Crossroads. 50k at 19k. G23k: The group headed off on its planned route in what was to become some testing conditions. Heading out of Dungarvan and turning right at Master McGrath the group met with a heavy fog as they climbed the road through Colligan. A sigh of relief was expressed as the group turned left at the Halfway Bar heading for Millsteet through Modelio towards Cappagh Cross meeting a strong breeze to lift the fog. The group then headed for Lismore for coffee and to celebrate John from Clondalkin’s birthday. The group then headed for home Dis 73kph avg 23kph. Group 4 set off from Dungarvan on a murky, foggy morning with sunglasses in the pockets ready for the promised sunshine. We headed out the Coast Road to Durrow and out to the N25 to Lemybrien and onto Kilmeaden meeting lots of groups cycling towards Dungarvan. The stop in Kilmeaden was welcome to clean the mud off our faces. No sign of the sunshine materialising, we headed through Kilmeaden and turned right for Kill. Visibility was very poor and cycling single file most of the way to Kill, it was decided to head back to the N25 and back through Lemybrien to Durrow. A muddy 82km, a bit more than planned with the detour at 24.8 Kmph. A magnificent seven for G3 on a dismal, murky Sunday. Climbing up the Pike Hill in thick fog was most challenging. No reprieve on the road to Carrick either. Cold and wet conditions on the back road to Kilmac but spirits remained high. Good progress across to Seafield and finally a tailwind home. A credible 80k with 650 m climbed at 27kph.

U-16's take on Clonmel in East Munster Plate OUR U-16 team were at home last Saturday for a postponed East Munster Plate semi-final match against higher division opponents Clonmel. We are not competitive at this higher level but bravely took the game to Clonmel in any case. We had some good spells both in defence and attack but Clonmel's superiority was evident from the start, and with a travelling panel of 27, we were out-classed and outscored. It was a good lesson before our quarter-final away trip to Thurles on this Saturday, March 2nd, where we will be back playing at our own level in this Munster Bowl match. DUNGARVAN/CARRICK FACE THURLES IN EAST MUNSTER PLATE Dungarvan/Carrick 18s took on Thurles on Sunday for the first match of the East Munster Plate. Dungarvan started off strong by at-

tacking but giving away some penalties were quickly back defending in our 22. Thurles scored two tries before half-time. Although Thurles had competed in a higher division Dungarvan dominated in the scrums and defence throughout. In the last minutes of the game big carries from Luke Power, Byron Howe and Tomas Flavin brought the ball in close to the Thurles try line, Ronan Foley with four defenders on him carried the ball over to score Dungarvan's only try of the game. BIG SUPPORT NEEDED IN BALLYRANDLE ON SUNDAY Out first XV take on Ennis in a must win League Playoff on Sunday at Ballyrandle in their quest to play Division 2 Rugby next season. Please come out and support the lads on Sunday KO is at 2.30 p.m.!

OFFICIAL MUNSTER RUGBY SUMMER CAMP, 15th to 19th July, 2019 We are delighted to announce that we will host an Official Munster Rugby Summer Camp this year! The camp for boys and girls aged 6 to 12 will run from Monday 15th to Friday, 19th July. More details coming soon . . . UPCOMING FIXTURES Saturday, 2nd March U-16’s Munster Club Bowl QF: Dungarvan v Thurles, kick-off 11.30 a.m. U-18's Munster Club Bowl QF: Thomond v Dungarvan/Carrick, kick-off 5.30 p.m. Sunday, 3rd March U-14’s Munster Club Plate: Thurles v Dungarvan, Kick-off 11 a.m. Munster Junior League PLAYOFF, Dungarvan V Ennis, Kick-off 2.30 p.m.

Mark McGarry training with the Munster Youth Academy CHARITY SPIN Some of our members took part in one of the first charity spins of the year. Sarah Dillon was only nine when she sadly passed away. All the funds raised go to support Downs Syndrome Ireland. Well done lads. OTHER NEWS Spring is in the air and the evenings are stretching. Watch this space for the up and coming activities and events for the DCC cyclists. YOUTH NOTES This weekend Mark McGarry and Cal Tutty headed to Kanturk, Co. Cork as part of a Munster Youth Cycling Academy selection, for a two day Cycling Ireland Youth training camp. The camp involved coached cycles, nutrition and sports psychology talks. Both of the lads had a great weekend, met some new friends and learned a lot about the sport. Thanks to Cycling Ireland and the hosts O’Leary Stone Cycling Club. On Friday, some of our youths (David, Eoghan and Cal) travelled to Ballyhaura Forest mountain bike trails. The craic was mighty by all accounts and the lads would recommend paying a visit to try out the trails.

Dungarvan Hillwalking Club

Upcoming Sunday Walks THE days are getting longer, so our Sunday C walk will return to its summertime walk schedule for 2nd March. It will leave Scanlon’s Yard Carpark at 1.00 p.m. and it will be in the Comeraghs with Mary Murphy. The B walk is in the Knockmealdowns with Colm Humphries. It leaves Scanlon’s Yard at 10 a.m. Please arrive 10 minutes in advance for all walks. NEXT CLUB MEETING The next club meeting is on Tuesday, 5th March at 8 p.m. in the

Tudor House Pub, Dungarvan. It’s a good chance to find out about upcoming club walks and events and get to know the members. Members going on the club holiday to Sligo are asked to bring their payment to this meeting, as this is the final deadline. It’s €140 for two nights B&B plus evening meal, and €45 for each extra night. REGISTRATIONS OPEN FOR COMERAGH CROSSING Dungarvan Hillwalking Club is taking registrations for its

Comeragh Crossing event. You’ll find details of the event on our website, www.dungarvahillwalking.org On the menu on the left-hand side, you’ll see a tab for Comeragh Crossing. Just click on that for all the information you need. Registration is online only and the price of the Crossing walks is €35, with the shorter Kilbrien walk costing €20. If you want to join our club, you can bring your application form and fee to the club meeting on 5th March.



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 1 March, 2019

Talking Horses Upcoming Fixtures

Gordon continues his fantastic record GORDON Elliott had won the Grade 2 novice hurdle at Naas for two of the last three years with Hardline (2018) and Ball D'Arc (2016) and he continued his fantastic record in the race on Sunday thanks to Chosen Mate which justified odds-on favouritism, but only just. Davy Russell skipped three lengths clear coming down to the last on Chosen Mate, but the pair were all out to beat Hannon by a nose at the line. It was the most thrilling finish of the afternoon at Naas and Chosen Mate could now be aimed at the Grand National festival at Aintree in April after his narrow win, at odds of 9/10 favourite.

Lordan among the winners at Dundalk AT Dundalk on Friday night, Wayne Lordan was among the winners as he teamed up with his old ally Thomond O’Mara to land the second leg of the 7f handicap with Amazing One, the Roisin Hickey-owned 8/1 chance scoring by a head from Iseebreeze.

Clonmel - Thursday, February 28 (First Race 1.45) Dundalk - Friday, March 1 (First Race 5.15) Navan - Saturday, March 2 (First Race 1.45) Leopardstown - Sunday, March 3 (First Race 2.10)

Irish Point-to-Point Fixtures List Insult and Rachael Blackmore wins the 2m 4f maiden hurdle Punchestown. [Patrick McCann/Racing Post]

De Bromhead and Blackmore combine for yet another winner HENRY De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore combined for yet another winner when 13/8 favourite Insult landed the 2m4f maiden hurdle at Punchestown on Wednesday. A runner-up on his debut at Tramore on New Year's Day, the six-year-old edged to the front before the final flight to win in grand style from Opposites Attracts, trained by Dermot McLoughlin, and could now head to the Fairyhouse Easter Festival for the three-mile novice handicap hurdle. It was Blackmore’s 46th winner for the Knockeen trainer this season. The pair landed a bigger success when Poker Party won the featured novice handicap chase at Naas on Sunday.

Sent off at odds of 11/2, the seven-year-old showed plenty of determination to see off the persistent challenge of the Gordon Elliott-trained Monatomic by two lengths. He was cut to a general 16/1 for the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and the winning rider commented afterwards, “Poker Party’s jumping is improving. He got a bit outpaced into the straight, but he battled on well from the back of the last fence.” It was Blackmore’s 82nd winners of the season and she trails Paul Townend by six winners after the weekend.

Conna trainer Sean Aherne does it again on Thursday last CONNA trainer Sean Aherne and Sheila Ahern landed last year’s renewal of the ladies’ handicap hurdle at Thurles with ‘Anaylse That’ and they followed up with the well-backed ‘Chosen Hour’ on Thursday last. Owned and bred by Margaret Erangey, the seven-year-old was in front after the penultimate flight and went clear to win from 11/4 favourite Marino Marvel at odds of 7/2.

Chosen Hour and Shelia Ahern winning the 2m ladies pro/am handicap hurdle at Thurles. [Patrick McCann/Racing Post]

Saturday, 2nd March, 2019 - Tyrella, Co. Down Sunday, 3rd March, 2019 - Bandon, Co. Cork Sunday, 3rd March, 2019 - Borris House, Co. Carlow Sunday, 3rd March, 2019 - Ballycahane, Co. Limerick Saturday, 9th March, 2019 - Kirkistown, Co. Down Sunday, 10th March, 2019 - Lingstown, Co. Wexford Sunday, 10th March, 2019 - Belclare, Co. Galway Sunday, 10th March, 2019 - Turtulla, Co. Tipperary Sunday, 10th March, 2019 - Lismore Sunday, 17th March, 2019 - Ballyarthur, Co. Cork Sunday, 17th March, 2019 - Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny Saturday, 23rd March, 2019 - Durrow, Co. Offaly Sunday, 24th March, 2019 - Durrow, Co. Offaly Sunday, 24th March, 2019 - Liscarroll, Co. Cork Sunday, 24th March, 2019 - Loughrea, Co. Galway Saturday, 30th March, 2019 - Portrush, Co. Derry Sunday, 31st March, 2019 - Monksgrange, Co. Wexford Sunday, 31st March, 2019 - Lisronagh, Co. Tipperary Sunday, 31st March, 2019 - Ballynoe, Co. Cork

Townend first off the mark at Punchestown PAUL Townend was first off the mark at Punchestown on Wednesday when the French import Allez Dance landed the 2m maiden hurdle. Trained by Willie Mullins, the well-backed 2/1 favourite had little difficulty in making a winning start to her Irish career with a two and three-quarter length success over her main market rival Galilean. Townend and Mullins were also winners at Thurles the following afternoon where Real Steel landed a clear-cut success in the rated chase. The six-year-old, a strong 10/11 favourite, went clear early on the run-in to beat the Joseph O'Brien-trained Landofhopeandglory by all of 10 lengths and was Townend’s 85th winner of the season. The pair shared two more winners at Fairyhouse on Saturday, one over hurdles and one over fences. The remarkably consistent Eight And Bob ran out the easiest of winners of the Tommy Carberry Handicap Hurdle to set the ball rolling. A well-backed 11/4 favourite, he was at the head of affairs before the final flight and raced away for a sevenlength victory. Rathvinden’s winning margin was half that but he still had loads in hand in winning the Grade 3 BetVictor Bobbyjo Chase to complete the double. A tilt at the Aintree Grand National is very much on the cards for the 11-year-old which readily beat Alpha Des Obeaux at odds of 100/30. Townend wrapped up a successful week with a ready success on the Mullins-trained Cadmium in the Grade 3 chase at Naas on Sunday. The seven-year-old, a strong 4/6 favourite, landed a three-length win over last year’s winner Doctor Phoenix and is likely to head of the Grand Annual Handicap Chase at next month’s Cheltenham Festival. It was Townend’s 88th winner of the season, he leads Rachael Blackmore by six in the title race and has a 19winner advantage of reigning champion jockey Davy Russell

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