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Gardaí seize cannabis jellies as car stopped


Sweets branded ‘Chuckles’ and ‘Sweetartz’ sent for tests GARDAÍ in Wexford seized a large quantity of ‘cannabis jellies’ along with cannabis and cocaine, after pulling over a vehicle that came to their attention in Wexford town. The commercially packaged jellies or “edibles”, branded ‘Chuckles’ and ‘Sweetartz’ were labelled that they contained cannabis and were sent for analysis. The growth in popularity of these types of cannabis edibles became a particular concern

over Halloween, as they can easily be mistaken by children for normal sweets and ingested, with fatal results. In a statement, gardaí urged the public: “If you see packages like the ones shown or similar, please contact your local garda station, 999 or 112. This type of packaging may attract children to consume the contents, causing a serious health concern.” The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has also urged parents to be careful, saying if

their children were unwittingly given a packet of cannabis jellies they were very likely to eat more than one sweet meaning “overdosing is a very likely outcome”. There is a growing availability in Ireland of food products that contain significant amounts of the psychoactive cannabis component known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). These products are intentionally packaged to resemble popular brands to avoid detection.

So far this year in Ireland, six children aged under 10 have required medical treatment after eating cannabis jellies, which they believed were normal sweets. In the case in Wexford recently, the driver of the car was arrested and detained at Wexford Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. See ‘Warning to parents over cannabis jellies’ on page 6

Kary Sargent at Kia Ora farm for Halloween



Calling all our local scientists

SCIENCE Week 2021, a national celebration of science with hundreds of virtual and physical events, has just bee n launched and is seeking input from the people of Wexford. Science Week 2021 is supporting the Creating Our Future campaign, which provides the public with the opportunity submit their ideas for research to make our country better for all. Running from 07-14 November, Science Week 2021 aims to give the public inspiration for ideas for the Creating Our Future campaign by providing an opportunity to discuss and explore how science can contribute to a better future. It includes a wide variety of events involving industry, colleges, schools, libraries, teachers and students. Science Week will have a number of regional festivals offering a range of opportunities for the public to engage with STEM in across Ireland. Submissions to the campaign, which was launched in July 2021, will run until the end of November. Ideas can be submitted at

November 02, 2021

Wexford festival honours the ‘Black O’Connell’

Edward Barker, Deirdre Barker, Cllr Garry Laffan Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Leonard Kelly, Aisling Wallace, Cllr Barbara-Ann Murphy Chairperson of Wexford County Council, Deirdre Wadding, Lindy Duff and Mico Hassett at the launch of the Frederick Douglass Wexford Civil Rights Festival in Min Ryan Park THE historic visit to Wexford in October 1845 of the famous runaway slave, abolitionist and civil rights activist Frederick Douglass is being comemmorated at the annual Frederick Douglass Civil Rights Festival, which will take place from Friday, November 26 to Sunday, November 28. The festival was established in 2018 by Deirdre Barker and her husband Ed, who

has a deceased brother called Frederick Douglass. It was that personal interest which led them to discovering the Douglass connection to Wexford when they came to live here seven years ago. Douglass was introduced in Dublin to Daniel O’ Connell who invited him to speak at the end of his own public address and and he was inspired for the rest of his life

by this meeting, becoming known as the ‘Black O’ Connell’. This year, the keynote speaker is Senator Eileen Flynn, who is the first member of the Traveller community to hold an Oireachtas position. Deirdre said Douglass was also transformed by Ireland and said it was the first place and time where he was treated and felt like a man.

Holiday? Don’t bank on it

THE long hoped-for plan for a new bank holiday to thank frontline workers may just be a ‘one-off’ event rather than an annual day off work, it has emerged. There is increasing consensus around Monday January 31st as the bank holiday to tie in with St Brigid’s Day, which falls on Tuesday, February 1. However, there is some resistance, especially from employer groups, to introducing a permanent new bank holiday, while concerns have also been raised over whether the country will still be dealing with the threat of the virus next February. It is thought that some consideration has also been given to making St Patrick’s Day a fourday weekend. St Patrick’s Day events have been cancelled for the last two years in a row. The Government has been working with unions and employer groups in devising a way to reward frontline workers for the role they played in the pandemic. Businesses have raised concerns about the cost of a permanent new bank holiday to employers still struggling after the pandemic.

Gardai call off search of woodlands for missing women

THE decision by gardaí to begin a major search operation to locate the remains of Deirdre Jacob on the Wicklow-Kildare border sadly proved fruitless, as “nothing of evidential value” was found. The last confirmed sighting of Deirdre was of her walking alone on the country road in the direction of her home, about 1.5km outside Newbridge, at 3pm on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 28, 1998. The wooded area is also just 10 minutes’ away from where JoJo Dullard went missing in November, 1995 and where “unusual activity” was reported on the evening Deirdre Jacob was last seen on July 28, 1998. Deirdre and JoJo were among a group known as ‘Ireland’s Missing Women’ – eight of them – all of whom vanished in the Leinster area between 1993 and 1998, including Fiona Sinnott (pictured), who was 19 and the mother of an 11-monthold boy when she disappeared on February 8, 1998. She was last seen leaving Butler’s pub in Broadway near her home in Ballyhitt, Co Wexford. The initial missing person’s inquiry was upgraded to a murder investigation in 2005. The decision to search woodland at Brewel East on the Wicklow/Kildare border became the most significant

development yet in the Jacob’s case, which gardaí upgraded to murder in 2018. It was based on new information received following a yearlong cold case review. The case of JoJo was also upgraded to murder earlier this year. The 21-year-old went missing from Moone in Co Kildare in 1995. The events have refocused the spotlight on the man who has become Ireland’s most feared sexual predator, Larry Murphy, who the media dubbed the Beast of Baltinglass. Murphy, who was officially elevated to prime suspect in the 2018 case review, has been a person of interest in the Deirdre Jacob investigation since 2000. The family man from Baltinglass first came to attention after the horrific abduction, multiple rape and attempted murder of a young Carlow woman. Gardai have suspected Murphy randomly selected his victim when he spotted her on a street in Carlow town, where he was renovating a house at the time. Cold case detectives believe that Ms Jacob and Ms Dullard fell victim to their killer in similar circumstances. Murphy is currently living in the UK and has refused to co-operate with gardaí, who travelled to meet him in London three years ago.

Council to install new toilet on quay

A new toilet is to be installed on the quays in Wexford Town. Wexford County Council is to instal the permanent public toilet, following a trial period in which a temporary convenience was made available. Environment engineer Gerry Forde said the temporary toilet had worked out well over the past number of months, prompting the local authority to consider a

longer-term solution. He said the fully-accessible public toilet will be located on the quay front, somewhere near the existing mobile catering facilities and there will be no charge to use it. Mr Forde said it would be hoped to have it installed early in the new year. Cllr Leonard Kelly, who highlighted the need for a toilet on the quay to cater for increased footfall and outdoor diners, welcomed the news.

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Warning to parents over cannabis jellies THE Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has warned parents to be extremely vigilant to the dangers of jelly sweets containing the psychoactive cannabis component known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It comes after a number of children were hospitalised after accidently eating the sweets this year, with six under the age of 10 treated in an eight-week period alone recently. There is growing availability in Ireland of food products, in particular jelly sweets, that contain significant amounts of the illicit narcotic drug. And the FSAI had concerns in advance of the Halloween festivities, when children, teenagers — and adults — will be celebrating and where there is an increased risk of unwittingly consuming these types of products. The jellies are intentionally packaged to resemble popular brands of jellies. Cannabis edibles are illegal food products containing THC and come in many forms, but

‘Cannabis Jellies’ seized by Gardai primarily jelly sweets. THC is a controlled substance in Ireland with a zero tolerance under the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977. Furthermore, in food, THC is considered a contaminant, with no permitted threshold in EU or Irish food law. Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI said the accidental consumption of edible cannabis products by

children is extremely worrying: “We know adults and/or teenagers are ordering these illegal products from online or other illegal sources for their own personal use. “However, they often have no understanding of the real health dangers of these products and are careless or reckless in putting young children’s health at risk by allowing them access

to these products. “We are working closely with other Government agencies [...] to detect and stop the import of these illegal food products into Ireland. “We welcome any information from the public in the national effort to curb the availability of these illegal products and to protect our children and young people.”

Nightclubs face €2,500 fines for breach of rules NIGHTCLUBS and venues face fines of up to €2,500 under new regulations which have just come into force. Under the new rules, tickets must be purchased at least one hour in advance and contain names and phone numbers to facilitate contact tracing, while patrons should be advised their details will be held for 28 days. Under the regulations, ticket resale or exchange is not allowed but tickets can be cancelled and then re-allocated by the nightclub manager. As is required across the hospitality sector, Covid certs and IDs are required for entry. People must also maintain one-metre social distancing in the queue for the bar in nightclubs and at live events under the new guidelines. Tickets must also contain personal details to allow for “robust contact tracing”. Tánaiste Leo Varadkar acknowledged that there will be “teething problems”

Bus Services to increase by 25% in rural areas THE National Transport Authority (NTA) is proposing an overall increase of approximately 25% in rural bus services as part of the fiveyear Connecting Ireland plan, including Wicklow. The plan, which was published recently, is a major national public transport initiative developed by the NTA with the aim of increasing public transport connectivity, particularly for people living outside our major cities and towns. The plan aligns with the current national policy framework including the Rural Development Policy 20212025, Project Ireland 2040 and the Climate Action Plan. Connecting Ireland proposes to expand the public transport network in rural areas and to increase service levels. As a result: • 70% of people in rural Ireland will have access to public transport service that provides at least three return trips daily to the nearby town. (This compares to the current figure

of 53%.) • Over 100 rural villages will benefit from frequent public transport service (at least three return trips daily) for the first time • Over 100 rural areas will benefit from a regular service, at least three return trips daily to their county town for the first time • There will be over 60 new connections to regional cities from surrounding areas. • Improved mobility options for those in remote areas with the provision of Demand Responsive and other innovative transport services. Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said: “This Connecting Ireland plan will significantly increase both the number of routes and the frequency of existing services right across the country. “Hundreds of rural villages and areas will for the first time will be served by a viable public transport link,” adding that “this plan represents a step-change in delivering good quality public transport in rural Ireland.”

with the new system and that the new rules would be kept under “constant review”. Mr Varadkar said the Government would continue to engage with the sector, but defended the restrictions, saying they have to be put in place to “keep people safe”. Meanwhile, Taoiseach Micheal Martin rejected suggestions that the industry had been treated unfairly, saying the virus was to blame for the restrictions that were in place. He said nobody had been treated like dirt in relation to the reopening of the nightclub sector and said some representative groups, such as the Licensed Vintners Association, needed to moderate their language. Mr Martin described some of the reaction to the Government’s proposals as “over the top”, especially when the numbers of new Covid cases, hospitalisations and those in ICUs have been rising alarmingly over the last few weeks.

Six in 10 of us will get the flu jab

AS we all prepare for another battle as flu season approaches, research from LloydsPharmacy has given an insight into the change in behaviour by consumers when it comes to health and wellbeing. Six in 10 adults claim they are more likely to get the flu vaccine this year because of the pandemic. And some 57% of participants in a recent survey in the region were found to have recently made changes to their life to help make their health more of a priority this year. These include eating healthier, with over half (55%) spending more time outdoors and the addition of daily vitamin supplements (59%) were the key contributing factors to feeling better overall. Vitamins and supplements can help you to ensure you are getting all you need to ensure you stay healthy. While Vitamin C is a go-to, Vitamin D is also vital for protection from colds and flu and building a strong immune system.

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Don’t get caught out on LPT

WEXFORD has emerged as a bit of a loser in the property tax storm — but things could have been worse. Some 860 houses will get a bigger bill and 690 a smaller one. The average bill is €225 from a €200,000 to €262,500 valuation.. Homeowners have to revalue their homes and make a submission to the tax authority next month. It is the first revaluation for the property tax since it was launched in 2013 and chartered surveyors says members are seeing increased demand for valuations. Homeowners in Wicklow are being advised to use the Revenue Commissioners’ Property Valuation Guide at LPT ( to ensure they have the correct valuation. A good place to do research is on the Residential Property Price Register ( The register records all property transactions. Finally, remember you do not have to pay by November 7, but you have to indicate which payment method you are opting for. The easiest way to submit your LPT Return is online. For help, you can call: 01 738 3626.

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New university for the South East confirmed The South East will have a new university on May 1, 2022, it has been confirmed with campuses remaining in Wexford. Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Science and Innovation Simon Harris announced the Technological University is to be established in the 2021/2022 academic year. The application for the designation was made jointly on April 30, 2021 on behalf of the Institute of Technology Carlow and Waterford Institute of Technology (known as the TUSEI consortium) under the Technological Universities Act 2018. “This is a really exciting day for higher education in the South East region, signalling the establishment next year of a multi-campus university presence across the region,” Minister Harris said. “After years of debate, the establishment of this new technological university will become a reality next year, and the South East can look forward to it increasing higher education access, driving enhanced regional

Cllr Garry Laffan, Mayor of Wex Cllr Lisa McDonald, Cllr Barbara Anne Murphy, Chairman of Wex.CoCo, Cllr Maura Bell and Verona Murphy TD at Wexford County Hall as it was lit up in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

development and increasing opportunities for students, staff, business and enterprise, and local communities across Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford. “We will continue to invest

governing body of the new TU. Wexford Senator Malcolm Byrne has welcomed the announcement: “This is a hugely significant and long awaited step forward for the region. “We now need to grow the multi-campus university so that it can further serve the South East as well as contributing to solving national and global challenges.” Mr Byrne praised the work of the presidents, governing bodies, staff and students at Carlow IT and WIT in “achieving this wonderful result”. Welcoming the announcement, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar TD said: “This is really excellent news for the South-East. It will make it easier for the IDA to secure foreign direct investment for the region and is sure to become an incubator for new Irish businesses which will become major employers in their own right. “University of Limerick had a transformative effect on the city and Mid-West region. I believe the same can happen now in

in this new university with new campuses in Wexford and Waterford. The footprint of this TU will be felt right across the region. Students graduating in the current academic year will be the first to do so in the region

with locally sourced university qualifications.” The department will shortly be inviting expressions of interest for the roles of chairperson and two external members of what should become the first

20 people without a home in Wexford

Vaccinated can easily transmit virus study finds

THERE are “deep concerns” over the rise in the number of people who are homeless, after the number jumped to 8,475 nationwide in September, with 20 people now without a home in County Wicklow. The number of homeless increased for the fourth consecutive month, according to figures published by the Department of Housing. Data shows the number of people homeless in August was 8,212, an increase of 263 in a month. Focus Ireland CEO, Pat Dennigan, said: “During 2020, incredible work was achieved during the pandemic to keep the most vulnerable protected. We are now deeply concerned that the figures are heading in the wrong direction, undoing the major progress that was made last year.” September 2021 showed a decrease of 123 families on the 1,128 total recorded in September 2020.

THE Delta coronavirus variant can transmit easily from vaccinated people to their household contacts, a new study found, although contacts were less likely to get infected if they were vaccinated themselves. The Imperial College London study illustrates how the highly transmissible Delta variant can spread even in a vaccinated population. However, researchers underlined that did not weaken the argument for vaccination as the best way of reducing serious illness from Covid-19 and said booster shots were required. They found infections in the vaccinated cleared more quickly, but the peak viral load remained similar to the unvaccinated. “By carrying out repeated and frequent sampling from contacts of Covid-19 cases, we found that vaccinated people can contract and pass on infection within households, including to vaccinated household members,” Dr Anika Singanayagam, co-lead author of the study, said. “Our findings

provide important insights into... why the Delta variant is continuing to cause high Covid-19 case numbers around the world, even in countries with high vaccination rates.” The study, which enrolled 621 participants, found that of 205 household contacts of people with Delta Covid-19 infection, 38% of household contacts who were unvaccinated went on to test positive, compared to 25% of vaccinated contacts. Vaccinated contacts who tested positive for Covid-19 on average had received their shots longer ago than those who tested negative, which the authors said was evidence of waning immunity and supported the need for booster shots. Booster vaccines are soon to be rolled out on a phased basis to more than 800,000 people aged over 60. Those aged between 60-69 will get their booster shot at a mass vaccination centre, while GPs will administer the jabs to those aged between 7079. Booster shots have already been offered to those aged over 80 and those in care over 65.

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It’s heresy, I know ... but do we need dads in maternity wards?


was present for the birth of my third daughter but banned from the ward when the first two were born. At the time of the first birth, the ban seemed perfectly normal to both me and my wife. Men, if they wished to be on the hospital premises at all, were confined to the waiting room. Men were banned but smoking was not. A common meme (a word that didn’t exist back then) of cartoons and television comedy saw good news relayed to the expectant father who would produce a packet of cigars and hand them around to the other men in the room. I wonder did that ever really happen? I don’t remember it, but I do recall a time when fathers-in-waiting were more likely to be found in the pub next door than in the hospital. In The Snapper, Jimmy Rabbitte tells his pregnant daugh-

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ter, Sharon, where he was when his many children were born. “When your mammy was havin’ Jimmy I was in work. An’ when she was havin’ you I was in me mother’s. When she had Leslie, I was inside, in town, in Con-

ways (a pub near The Rotunda) ... for Darren I was - I can’t remember. The twins, I was in the Hikers (his local).” Jimmy’s aware that “nowadays the husbands are there with the women”. “That’s much better,” he says. But he is relieved when Sharon turns down his offer to be there for the birth of his grandchild. By the time my second daughter was born, a few hospitals were allowing men to stay in the maternity ward, but the head nurse at The Coombe was having none of it. “You’ve caused enough trouble,” she laughed, with a glance at Dympna’s bump. “You’d only get in the way.” In truth, like Jimmy Rabbitte, I was a bit relieved. And so, I think, was Dympna. I’m not sure exactly when all this changed, but If you are older than 40, and were born in an Irish hospital, it is unlikely that your father was there at the

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time. Your grandfather was almost certainly not present for the birth of his children. Your great grandfather would have been more likely to witness the event, since home births were common in his day, although even in his own house he would probably have been excluded from the birthing room. These memories have been brought to mind by the anger at pandemic rules which banned partners from maternity wards and the consternation over suggestions that some hospitals may re-impose the ban because of rising Covid figures. I hope that doesn’t happen. Like Jimmy Rabbitte, I think the modern way is much better. And I realise that the ban caused particular problems for women with pregnancy complications. Nevertheless, there seems to be a disproportionate fuss over possibly reverting to a rule

which society once took for granted and under which millions of children were happily born in Ireland and many other places. We have become a country with a high sense of entitlement and a short memory. I hear people say they are ‘homeless’ because they have to live with their parents. Living with parents used to be normal for people at the start of married life, while they saved for a home of their own or waited for a place on the council list. The prospect of achieving a house by either route was, admittedly, greater than at present. But they knew it was something they had to wait for and did not consider themselves homeless because they were living with ma and da. I hear university students complain about high rents or having to travel long distances, which means they miss out on the social side of college.

That wasn’t a problem when I left school in the late 1960s. But, there again, further education didn’t give most of us any problem at all, because it wasn’t an option. Numbers in third level have increased six-fold since 1965 and in 2019 Ireland became the EU member state with the highest proportion of school-leavers progressing to higher education. That does not make high rents any easier to pay or missing out on student social life any more fun. But a little bit of perspective would do no harm. We are lucky to live in a prosperous, liberal, democratic country that tries to look after its citizens. I don’t want to turn back the clock on health care, education or anything else, pretty much. But it would be nice to sometimes hear a bit of old-fashioned gratitude.

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The Living Dead!

book of the week

with Justin Ivory

Depending on when and in which paper you are reading this in, Halloween is either just about to happen, or has just happened. Whatever the case we are not referring to flesh eating zombies or blood-sucking vampires, we are talking about leaves of all things! Through their death and decay leaves provide vibrancy and life to the world in a myriad of ways. With the wonderfully warm, mild, and sunny autumn we have been having there are still plenty of leaves on the trees and what a riot of amazing colour they have been painting. Yellows, reds and golden browns of many shades and intensities. In autumn leaves stop producing chlorophyll the pigment that gives them their green colour, revealing other pigments (xanthophylls and carotenes) that have been present all along but masked by the green chlorophyll. Xanthophylls are yellow and carotenes orange/red. Warm dry, sunny days followed by cool, frost-free nights lead to further chemical reactions that produce anthocyanins which are scarlet or purple. When the leaves finally die and fall to the ground, they become a vital life support for many other creatures and organisms. Leaf litter contains eggs, pupae, and caterpillars of many species of moth and butterfly. When leaves form piles, they provide shelter and food that help protect and sustain many creatures through the winter months. If the leaves are dry, then a hedgehog may make a hibernaculum in them. If they are damp, then frogs and newts may hibernate there. Many invertebrates, including millipedes, woodlice, earwigs, and beetles will shelter in leaves and may even lay eggs there. They in turn provide a food source to may birds such as blackbirds, robins, and thrushes. Earthworms and microbes break the leaves down to a mulch that feeds our soil. So this autumn and winter give yourself a rest and leave the leaves.

movie of the week

last singer standing RTE1, Saturdays, 8.20pm

the harder they fall Cinemas Nationwide

THIS is a fascinating social history, from living and inherited memory, of the period surrounding Irish Independence and the Civil War, written by journalist Valerie Cox, author of Growing Up With Ireland. In a similar vein, a wonderful compendium of stories and memories are told by Ireland’s oldest citizens; from Galwayman Michael Feerick, who rode his white horse through the streets of Dunmore, shouting ‘blackguards’ at the Black and Tans. We meet the two Mollys, Dublin street traders and runners for Michael Collins, who sewed bullets into the hems of their long skirts.

FOUR new contestants are added to the lineup as they all battle it out against one another in a bid to make it to the grand final. Watched closely by host Nicky Byrne and Nadine Coyle, former NSYNC member Joey Fatone, and Samantha Mumba, viewers were left slightly bamboozled at the format for this new show: singers have to impress the panl, the audience and each other. Let’s hope that as time goes on, people will buy into it, God knows all these singing, dancing talent programmes are a drain on the taxpayers’ money!

THIS is a must-see for fans of revenge westerns. When outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) is being released from prison he rounds up his gang to track his down and . . . well, it is a revenge western. Those riding with him include his former love Stagecoach Mary (Zazie Beetz), his right and left hand men, Bill Pickett (Edi Gathegi) and fast drawing Jim Beckwourth (R.J. Cyler). Rufus Buck has his own gang of badasses, including “Treacherous” Trudy Smith (Regina King) and Cherokee Bill (LaKeith Stanfield), and they are not a group that knows how to lose.

tipple of the week

stream of the week

Independence Memories Valerie Cox Piles of leaves provide shelter and food for many creatures (Photo Justin Ivory)

TV of the week


self-help of the week

AriesClarify communications. Rest and review the data before making a decision. Find efficiencies and ways to save. TaurusCheck orders for changes. Handle financial obligations and keep up the momentum with income, sales and marketing. GeminiPersonal dreams could seem distant. Consider what you want and take simple steps in that direction. Teach as you learn. CancerGet productives. You can accomplish more than expected. Don’t waste money, time or energy. Conserve resources and rest. LeoWork together to avoid coming unstuck. Communicate with team members who can see your blind spots.

luna waterford whiskey

Quo Vadis, Aida? Netflix

Waterford Distillery has launched Biodynamic: Luna, the world’s first biodynamic whiskey, described as ‘uber-organic’. The whiskey, which is the vision of CEO Mark Reynier, has been in development for several years and is the first to be made with solely biodynamic barley. It is the second instalment in Waterford Whisky’s Arcadian series, which showcases the flavours produced by forgotten ways of historic farming and rare barely varieties. It don’t come cheap . . . but good things never do! The new whiskey retails at a smooth €90.

THIS Oscar-nominated drama tells the story of the events leading up to the Srebrenica massacre, in which 8,372 Bosnian Muslims were killed. It focuses on one UN worker who was caught between trying to protect her family, herself, and helping people in need. The film is as horrific as it is relevant: up until the actual killing starts, people are constantly being assured that everything is under control and that there is no reason to panic. It stops at depicting any of the acts that were committed that day but it is an unforgiving portryal nonetheless.

album of the week

ECO IDEA of the week

brain hacks Keith Barry KEITH Barry is our leading TV hypnotist, mentalist and brain hacker. With skills that have been showcased on over 40 international television shows, he has mastered the unique ability to hack into people’s minds and rewire their subconscious. In his new book, Keith reveals a variety of techniques that will help you to cultivate a champion mindset and develop mental toughness subconsciously. So if you feel you are stuck in any sort of a rut or need help in life – whether that’s in your career, your finances, your personal life — this book will help you to move forward.

cause of the week

VirgoImagine your next destination and indulge a fantasy. Research options before committing. You’re learning valuable new tricks. LibraDon’t invest time or money in a half-baked plan. Nurture existing plans, accounts and manage financial priorities accordingly. ScorpioWait for a better time to discuss dreams. Manage shared financial obligations and paperwork. Take care of practical business. Sagittarius-

Make sure you know what’s required before agreeing to a request. Choose privacy over publicity. Remain open to shifting circumstances. CapricornWatch your step. Get answers to your health or physical performance questions. Follow expert advice.

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one million tress

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WELL who’d have thunk it?! Irish country music star Daniel O’Donnell is celebrating after his latest album has become a top five chart hit in the UK. O’Donnell, looking like a Beach Boy, shot into the UK Album Chart at number 4 behind Coldplay, The Beatles and Adele after its release. The Donegal crooner, who is currently on tour in the UK, released the 15-track album on October 15 ahead of his milestone 60th birthday on December 12. So, you can knock him all you like, the boy has done well.

PRIMARY school children are being urged to sign up to support a nationwide campaign aiming to plant tens of thousands of trees in a single day. Schools that support the initiative will receive a native Irish tree sapling per classroom, and get the chance to support communities across sub-Saharan Africa, who are seeking to plant 100,000 trees. Pictured: Pupils Amber Heneghan, Nicole Connolly and Sienna Heneghan at the site of Ireland’s oldest tree, at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.

WATERFORD’s Supermac’s is appealing to its customers to support overseas development agency, Trócaire, in rolling out lifesaving Covid-19 vaccines to vulnerable communities in Somalia, East Africa. The family food group is asking customers in to donate in store to ensure communities in Somalia are protected. Over the years Supermac’s and its generous customers in Waterford and all over Ireland have contributed an incredible €500,000 plus to support Trócaire’s work. Please keep an eye in store for ways to donate.

AquariusRomantic fantasies dissolve under harsh lighting. Illusions fall away. Once you see how things are, the path to follow becomes clear. PiscesYou can see exactly what doesn’t work. Make domestic repairs and upgrades. Clean and scrub. Organize drawers and cabinets. Clear cobwebs and brighten your space.

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Junior and Senior Infants with Mick O’Connell, Becky Lynch, Vanessa Kirby, John O’Connor, William Clancy (Hurl Maker), Seamus Casey, and Laura Walsh School Principal at the lauch of Piercestown Ns Camán Everybody

Caroline and Lorraine Foley and Mary Fitzgerald at a Wexford Festival Opera Art Exhibition in Colmans Doyle`s of local artists Jeanne Ffrench and John Holden

Cllr George Lawlor and Angela Reville at the RNLI coffee morning in Wexford Riverbank Hotel in conjuntion with Wexford Festival Opera

Teddy Geraghty enjoying Halloween at Kia Ora Spookey Farm Gorey

Artist Jeanne Ffrench with son Jim Ffrench at the Wexford Festival Opera Art Exhibition in Colmans Doyle`s

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We take a look back at extracts from old newspapers to see what was in the news this month in years gone by

Freemans Jrn 02/10/1827

Irish Ind 04/10/1949

Evening Press 17/10/1979

Irish Ind 31/10/1931

Irish Press 29/10/1966

Irish Press 07/10/1938

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