The Munster Express is a weekly newspaper covering the areas of Waterford City.Established in 1859, it is the largest selling newspaper in the south-east of Ireland serving a population of over 100,000.
Readers will be very familiar with the names of Brendan Bowyer and his daughter, Aisling, who, in between working as a tennis professional, toured with her famous Dad as a singer for many years.But currently in the spotlight is Brendan’s US actor daughter and businesswoman, Clodagh Bowyer, who is the producer and star of the film, ‘The Ferry’, that will be premiered at the Galway Film Festival on Friday of this week.
When the respected writer/director, Niall McKay, brought Clodagh the script, she was so impressed that she agreed to produce, finance, and star in the film. The cast also stars Aoife Duffin, Deirdre Donnelly and Rosaleen Linehan. As an actor, Clodagh has an impressive list of credits to her name. Her many television appearances include ‘The Sopranos’ (HBO) and ‘The Ambassador’ (RTE). She has also recently been cast by Mercury Pictures in the sequel to the old classic ‘Ryan’s Daughter’ with Sarah Miles and Harry Hamlin.
However, stage drama stands out as her main body of work. She has performed in many off Broadway productions and is an annual contributor to ‘Bloomsday on Broadway’ at Symphony Space Theatre sharing the stage with Gabriel Byrne, Malachy McCourt, and many other theatre and film legends.Last summer she received excellent reviews for her performances as Titania and Hippolyta in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Hamptons Independent Theatre Festival.
Clodagh grew up in Las Vegas but is now based in Los Angeles where she is Deputy Director of the Irish Screen America organisation. She holds a Masters Degree in Irish-American Studies and also holds degrees in Theatre Education from the University of Utah and State University of New York.
Of course, she wouldn’t be a Bowyer if she didn’t play tennis to a high standard and, like her brother and sister, is a USPTR certified Tennis Professional.Last year, Clodagh was named ‘Irish Woman of the Year’ and was presented with the award by the Mayor of Los Angeles at City Hall in Downtown LA. She has two children, Liam and Nora Stella Bowyer-Greene.
An innovative course in Waterford is transforming the lives of people with Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions.
Group pictured with Smovey rings at the final session of the most recent ‘Helping People with Parkinson’s’ course which took place at the Butler Community Centre, St John’s Park.
An innovative course designed to help people living with Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions is generating huge benefits for local participants.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder which is caused by a loss of a chemical called dopamine.Everyone loses some of this chemical as they get older, however, it is only when people have lost about 80 per cent of their dopamine that they start to have symptoms.Although living with Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions can be very challenging, many people continue to lead active, fulfilling lives and simple measures can contribute to improving their lifestyles. Parkinson’s is classified as a Movement Disorder, as it primarily affects movement, and is variable in its progression.
Fortunately, there are many activities which can be undertaken which can significantly help people who are living with Parkinson’s.
In fact, there are many steps which can be taken to help slow the progression of the disease and even reverse the symptoms. Irene Treacy is Director of Smovey Health and Course Creator of the education and exercise programme ‘Helping People with Parkinson’s’. A five-week ‘Helping People with Parkinson’s’ course recently concluded in Waterford at the Butler Community Centre, St John’s Park. Irene is Ireland’s first Smovey Coach. She is also a PD Warrior and is Parkinson’s Regeneration Trained. Additionally, Irene is a certified practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming and a certified Yoga Instructor specialising in people with brain injuries.
For more than three years, she has been having remarkable results in her work with people with Parkinson’s who are aiming to improve their lifestyles.Smovey exercises provide a dynamic upper body workout that gets you fit while helping to burn calories and stabilise your back and spine.It has many benefits for people living with Parkinson’s as well as those with mobility issues.Each Smovey ring weighs one pound and includes four metal balls which run freely inside the hollow plastic tubes.
All of the exercises are built around the use of the rings and focus on flexibility, balance, co-ordination and strength training. Engaging in Smovey exercises has brought about significant improvements in quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Stroke and brain injuries.Irene has had to travel to the UK for all the Parkinson’s courses she has participated in. Now, she wants to help and support other health professionals in Ireland with the knowledge which she has gained. There are only five dedicated Parkinson’s Diseases Nurses in the Republic of Ireland compared to 31 in Northern Ireland. To help share knowledge, Irene offers five free places on the ‘Helping People with Parkinson’s’ course to nurses so that further information can be spread.
Throughout the recent five-week programme, participants have heard from skilled and professional tutors each week, including Michael Connolly, Master Neuro Linguistic Practitioner and Clinical Psychotherapist; Dr. Ryan Foley, Physiotherapist specialising in Movement Disorders; Jemma Kehoe Clinical Nutritional Therapist; and Lisa Shine, Speech and Language Therapist who has worked in the Neurology Department of Wexford Hospital and now has her private practice here in Waterford.
All of the speakers have years of experience working directly with people with neurological conditions and all participants in the course have benefitted enormously from these sessions. “I started this course nearly two years ago as it was obvious from working with my clients with Parkinson’s that they had very little knowledge of what they could do to improve their quality of life,” says Irene. “Most just accepted that they had this neurological degenerative disease and believed there was nothing other than medication to help them.”
Michael Power (holding Smovey rings) pictured with his daughter Caroline.
Irene says a positive mindset is hugely important when dealing with a condition such as Parkinson’s. “I have found that people’s mindset needs most attention and that’s why I trained in Neuro Linguistic Programming and my teacher and mentor Michael Connolly is one of the best in the country,” she explained.Irene was particularly concerned by the lack of awareness surrounding different aspects of the condition, such as the importance of diet. “There is so much that we can do to help slow the progression of the disease and even to reverse the symptoms,” she says.“John, one of our clients with MS uses a cane to walk and, on week four, walked in without his walking stick as his balance improved and he felt more confident to walk without his cane. These personal and physical improvements don’t just impact on the person with the condition, but they also create an overall knock on positive effect for the entire family.” Michael Power participated in Irene’s first course and has taken part in each subsequent course. He has experienced huge benefits but admits that his Parkinson’s diagnosis hit both him and his family very hard initially. “It’s great to meet other people and exchange views,” he says.“The people we meet on the course are all of the same mindset. We all want to make the best of our situation and will all work towards a positive future. Great friendships are made on each and every course.” His daughter Caroline was in attendance with Michael at the final session of the five-week programme and pointed out that she has noticed a significant transformation since he began to take action to deal with his diagnosis.
Caroline says her father has now gained “control” over his Parkinson’s and is enjoying an active lifestyle – a stark contrast from the dark days of his initial diagnosis.
“He was very down about it and didn’t even say the word ‘Parkinson’s’ for a long time,” she explained. “When we were told, we were all upset but we couldn’t tell him everything would be ok as we just didn’t know.” Gradually, as a family, they came to terms with the diagnosis as they began to learn more about Parkinson’s.
Eileen Nolan, who has MS, has also experienced huge benefits.
“I have never been on a course where such positivity and hope is promoted and encouraged,” she said.“The physical exercises and the mindset training are paramount to my recovery and I have absolutely improved my condition since I started attending. I have made a great group of friends and I also pass on my new knowledge to my other MS colleagues who can’t attend the course.”Eileen points out that the classes are important both physically and socially. “I didn’t know anyone here but we identify with each other and help each other,” she explained. Irene was encouraged to attend the course by her husband Paul and says she would highly Smovey exercises. “I knew very little about Smovey when I first got involved. The difference since I started over two years ago is astounding,” she said. “I’ve been to so many different places and tried so many different things. That’s what you do – you grasp at straws and hope that something might make you feel better.”Eileen says she now has improved energy levels and enjoys greater freedom as she doesn’t feel as constrained by her condition. Brid Power explained that she was encouraged by her daughter to attend. “Physically and mentally, it has made such a difference,” she says. “I didn’t want to admit to myself that I had Parkinson’s. I now talk about it much more since coming on the course.” Veronica O’Dwyer is a nurse who travelled from Tipperary every week to attend the course.“When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s last year my whole world fell apart,” she said.“I could not accept the condition and just focused on the progression of the disease and not what I could do to help myself. As a nurse in a nursing home, I work with people with Parkinosn’s and I could only see their existence as my future. Thankfully, Irene and her amazing team showed me so many techniques, including Smovey that really changed my attitude and I started to focus on improving my own mindset and the rest fell into place.”
Veronica believes the knowledge gained from the course will help in both her personal and professional life.“I learned so much from the course that will not just help me live a better life with Parkinson’s but also my patients in the nursing home too,” she said.
“Irene has a wealth of valuable information and her genuine care and passion to help people shines though. I have benefitted so much from Smovey exercises that I have actually trained to become a smoveyMED practitioner myself.”
Therese Boyle, a nurse from Youghal, also attended the course to gain more knowledge.
She was impressed with the level of positivity displayed by the course participants and believes similar courses would work very well if replicated elsewhere in the country.
Therese mainly works with adults with disabilities but was interested in learning more about Parkinson’s as her brother was diagnosed with the condition at just 44.
“Unless you or a loved one has it, you don’t really understand the complexities of the condition,” she says. “I have learned so much and gained so much practical knowledge that will be able to help my brother and others that I meet along the way. I had been looking for a course to learn about Parkinson’s but unfortunately there is nothing like this in Ireland, so I was thrilled when I became aware of this course and I’m really grateful that Irene has offered this course free to nurses. Irene has a super knowledge about Parkinson’s and a genuine care for her clients and it was a pleasure to join in this course and see the improvements in the people with Parkinson’s and MS a weekly basis. I know my brother and everybody on the course is extremely grateful for all Irene does to help people with Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions.” Hope and positivity were most definitely the dominant themes in the conversations being held during the final session of this impressive course and, with so much commitment and determination rom Irene and the team, many more people look set to benefit.
The next five-week ‘Helping People with Parkinson’s’ programme for people with Neurological Conditions is a Smovey and Chair Yoga Class which will incorporate breathing, stretching, meditation and mindset.
This class will be suitable for anybody with Parkinson’s, MS, Ataxia, Stroke or any brain Injuries and commences on Wednesday 24th July from 10am to 11.30am and will run for five weeks in the Butler Community Centre
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Irene on 085 8525766.
After 20 years of negotiations, the European Union has concluded a trade deal with the four Mercosur countries – Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. This is the largest trade deal that the EU has ever negotiated, covering 773 million people.It is a trade deal that may offer significant opportunities for Irish businesses, of which nearly 300 are already exporting to Mercosur, but also presents real challenges, particularly to the beef sector in Europe.
As Ireland and Europe make a big push on reducing carbon, beef is seen as one of the areas. It seems remarkable that they allow more South American beef but this will result in greater destruction of the Amazon rain forest in order to farm more beef.
These are very mixed signals. The new Brazil president is a climate change denier and is thus not to be trusted on this matter of rain forest destruction, which is so vital as this is the largest forested area in the world.
Why not declare the Amazon a place of international conservation before any trade deal is agreed and make sure that this is open to inspection .The Amazon land could be in trust for the betterment of the world rather than exploited.Deforestation now is up 88 per cent last month said media reports at the weekend. Brazilian President Bolsonaro needs to be challenged on this and brought to account. This is aggravating greenhouse gas emissions , more trees and forests are needed and not less. Speaking after the conclusion of the negotiations, EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development, Phil Hogan said, “the concession of a beef quota to the Mercosur countries is of understandable concern to Irish beef farmers. The Commission appreciates the sensitivity of the beef sector in Europe and, particularly in Ireland, which exports 90 per cent of what it produces.”
Given the sensitivity of the beef sector, the deal includes a number of important safeguards which have been put in place to protect the interests of Irish farmers and consumers.Hogan is really under pressure in Ireland on this one, we say.
He claims the EU is a global standards setter and will insist that all beef and other food products imported into Ireland comply 100 per cent with the EU’s stringent food safety standards. “We can say, categorically, that beef or other food products imported from Mercosur will not be of a lower standard than those produced in Europe. This will be the responsibility of the EU’s Food & Veterinary Office, based at Grange in County Meath,” he said.
Commissioner Hogan also explained that these new arrangements will not be introduced overnight: “This beef quota will be implemented over several years, not starting before 2022 and then only over the following five years in annual instalments. In other words, it will be up to 2028 before this deal is fully implemented.”The deal also includes a safeguard clause, which can be used if the EU agri-industry is seriously affected by increased imports. This is the first time that such a measure was included in any free trade agreement.The Commissioner also announced that financial assistance for farmers would be made available if necessary – “Given the potential impact of this deal on the agri-food sector, the EU will have in place a support package of up to €1 billion to assist farmers, including Irish beef farmers, in the event of significant market disturbance. This is the first time that any such funding has been made available in the context of any trade agreement.”
A number of environment/climate commitments have been made to ensure that the Mercosur countries fulfil their obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement.
Commission Hogan was also anxious to stress that the deal has many positive aspects for Irish businesses – “Already, Ireland has a €1 billion surplus with Mercosur in traded services and we exports nearly €500 million worth of goods to the region. These goods come from companies all over Ireland in sectors that support over 110 000 jobs in Ireland in such areas as chemicals and pharmaceuticals, medical devices and machinery and electrical.”
The reduction or scrapping of tariffs in the agri-food sector presents new opportunities for exporters of cheese, skimmed milk powder and infant formula as well as Irish whiskey and cream. Many of these industries are based in rural Ireland and support rural communities throughout the country.
(Thursday and Friday, July 12th and 13th)CAT is the story of ‘Dave the Cat’, and how he was sacked from the original production pf that famous musical ‘Cats’ on opening night, and has never quite recovered.
As he stands on stage in his ‘magnificent’ cat costume, he lets us into a world of backstage drama, romance and intrigue.
But as his story begins to unfold, his world becomes a much darker place.
The music ‘Cats’ ran for so long its tagline was ‘Now and Forever’, in poor Dave’s case his tagline was ‘Not now, Not ever’.
Written by Jamie Beamish and Richard Hardwick CAT is a one man play with a dark twist features original songs supposedly cut from several Andrew Lloyd Webber shows and never before heard on stage (but don’t tell Andrew).
CAT was ﬁrst performed at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013 where it played to packed houses and was an audience favourite as part of PBH’s Free Fringe programme, having to add extra performances due to popular demand.
It subsequently played in Ireland at the Imagine festival where it was the smash hit of the festival, returning for a second run due to popular demand.
In 2014 CAT enjoyed two sell out runs at The Etcetera Theatre in Camden and returned to the Edinburgh Fringe for one show only that year where it was over-subscribed and people had to be turned away.
A new two act version premiered at The Bread and Roses Theatre on London’s Fringe in 2015 and broke box ofﬁce records for that theatre. CAT has since been performed in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Münster, Germany and The Leicester Curve Theatre. In May 2017 CAT made its West End debut at London’s Ambassador’s Theatre to critical and popular acclaim.
Born and bred in Waterford, Jamie Beamish is well known to local audiences but the Waterford connection doesn’t end with Jamie. Richard Hardwicke’s Mam is originally from Cheekpoint and Richard still has family in the area.
Jim Nolan’s new play, The Red Iron runs at Garter Lane from November 10th to 30th.
September 2017. As crowds gather on Waterford’s Quay to greet the county’s vanquished All-Ireland hurling team, the now middle-aged members of a teenage gang return to the city’s long abandoned Red Iron Bridge to remember their recently deceased friend.The revelation of events surrounding the former hurling star’s death and the unexpected return of a long-exiled associate unravel the cords that bind the gang and expose the fragile nature of a thirty-year old friendship.Although still in high summer, Waterford theatregoers will already be marking their winter diaries with the news this week that The Red Iron, a new play by local playwright, Jim Nolan, will open at Garter Lane Theatre in November.
Nolan is one of Ireland’s foremost playwrights and directors whose work has earned a distinguished place in the repertoire of contemporary Irish theatre. A former Writer in Association at the Abbey Theatre and a member of Aosdána, his award-winning plays have been presented throughout Ireland, in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.Since the premiere of The Gods Are Angry, Miss Kerr in 1985, Nolan’s work has enjoyed widespread support and affection in his native city and The Red Iron, set on the city’s iconic railway bridge in the aftermath of the 2017 All-Ireland Hurling Final, is sure to consolidate the playwright’s enduring bond with his local audience.At a press reception this week, Nolan revealed that the forthcoming production will have a special resonance for him with the announcement that The Red Iron will be mounted under the banner of Red Kettle Theatre Company.
Once one of Ireland’s leading production companies, Nolan was a founder member and former Artistic Director of Red Kettle but left to pursue a freelance career in 1999. The company ceased trading in 2014 and on its closure, Nolan acquired the trademark on the name but is keen to stress he has no ambition to revive the company on a permanent basis. “Although I’d long since departed Red Kettle, as a founder member I was saddened to see it close. I bought the name for personal reasons and with the vague intention of using it again on an occasional basis if the stars aligned. The Red Iron is a Waterford story told by a Waterford playwright and will be performed by Waterford actors for a Waterford audience. I think it’s a rich combination and it will be good to pull it together under the banner of Red Kettle.”
The Red Iron will run at Garter Lane Theatre from November 10-30. The production will be supported by a grant from Waterford Council and by sponsorship from Blackwater Distillery.
The producers of The Red Iron have set up a crowdfunding campaign on Fundit which will enable supporters of Jim’s work help bring the play from the page to the stage for as little as €10. The Fundit page went live last week and within 36 hours was forty per cent funded. You can help fund this exciting new production for as little as €10 by visiting https://fundit.ie/project/preview/the-red-iron-by-jim-nolan
Blues boss Alan Reynolds admitted it was a jaded display by his charges and that overall it was a pretty poor game.“I’m very disappointed. Look, I suppose it’s plain to see that we need a bit of help and the players that are playing, all of them need help. We have such a small squad and playing three games in seven days is hard on them.“I am talking about the type of players like Dean Walsh and John Martin, who aren’t used to playing and they’re now been thrown in and you could see by that level of performance. It was a tired performance from us, it lacked a lot of quality and I thought that it was a very poor game.
“There’s no doubting that we need to be better than that and give the fans something to shout about. Cory took his goal well, he has a spark about him, but I think that he needs to be a bit better off the ball. When I decided to change the shape, he was the one that lost out.
Waterford FC’s Maxim Kouogun clears under pressure.
“But we needed to hold out for a bit longer. Everyone knows that once you score, you need to concentrate that bit better and I suppose play in their half. I thought that they killed the game in the second half and there was seven or eight minutes injury time, which says a lot.“I suppose it was all about getting the result for them and getting out, but they delayed it. Look a draw at best for us, I’m not trying to be codding anyone here, we weren’t good. It’s a tired performance, we need a bit of help and we also need to get bodies back from injury.“It’s clear to see that we’re missing so many players. They are some of them that aren’t far away so I think we’ll get there. I suppose I’m saying that a while now, but at some stage, if I can get everyone fit and available, I think we’ll see a different side.
“You look that we brought in Tom Holland, who did well when he came on tonight, William Fitzgerald, Sam Bone, Zack Elbouzedi, Rob Slevin and Karolis Chvedukas, all missing tonight. These are players that could come in and put serious pressure on.“We need attackers. I’ve lost the four attacking players that I started with, but we’re working hard to help the boys out. There is nothing wrong with Dean O’Halloran, Dean Walsh or John Martin, it’s just they need help. That little bit of experience would help everyone.“You look at the game tonight and it looks as if Kevin Lynch is going to be out for a while now, but I don’t see many of the players that are out been back for the game next Saturday against Sligo. It’s very unfortunate, but hopefully they’ll be back the week after.
“I think it’s crazy to have three games in seven days after the break. I think that August and September will be very difficult months for us because we’re going to have a lot of games to play. We have the league cup, the Iru-Bru and I think that’s when we could really suffer, but for now all we can do is keep going.”
League of Ireland, Premier Division Premier League
Waterford FC 1 St Patrick’s Athletic 2
Waterford FC’s John Martin shows great skill to control this pass.
Waterford FC were hoping to beat St Patrick’s Athletic for the third time this season when they played hosts to the Dubliners at the RSC on Friday night last but sadly they turned in one of their worst displays of the campaign. Despite taking the lead the Blues outfit appeared to be out of sorts for long periods and as a result they lost 2-1 at home for the second time within the space of a week.
Due to the fact that St Patrick’s Athletic replaced Waterford in European football this season following an objection, it was expected that this contest would provide fireworks but alas it turned out to be a rather grim match and it certainly won’t live in the memory for very long.
Blues manager Alan Reynolds made four changes to the starting eleven that lost to Dundalk in Oriel Park the previous Monday.
Karolis Chvedukas (injured) Damien Delaney (retired) Georgie Poynton and J.J Lunney were the players who did not start.In came Maxim Kouogun, John Martin, Dean O’Halloran and Cory Galvin came in.
Dean O’Halloran touched the ball onto Dean Walsh for the hosts first chance on 16 minutes, but defender Ciaran Kelly got in a brilliant block.Former Chelsea underage player Conor Clifford had the first opportunity for the Saints ten minutes later.Simon Madden crossed to Jake Walker, who laid the ball off into the path of Clifford but his shot from the top of the penalty area was straight at Matt Connor.
A stunning goal gave the Blues the lead on the half hour mark.
Shane Duggan released Dean Walsh, who saw the ball break off him for Cory Galvin, who turned onto his right-foot and arrowed a right-footed strike from 20 yards to the far corner past a helpless Brendan Clarke.The lead lasted less than two minutes.The visitors were awarded a free kick 30-yards from goal, Jamie Lennon played a quick ball to Conor Clifford and he unleashed a right-footed effort that flew into the top right-hand corner, giving the stranded Matt Connor no chance.St Patrick’s had a half chance on 59 minutes when Jamie Lennon whipped in a corner kick to Kevin Toner at the back post, but his goal bound effort hit a teammate and the ball went past Matt Connor.
The visitors struck the front however just three minutes later.Ian Bermingham set up Toner, who put in a cross for Dean Clarke whose header at the back post was blocked by Georgie Poynton but Clarke made no mistake when he hammered the rebound to the net.Blues boss Alan Reynolds introduced both JJ Lunney and new signing Tom Holland into the fray shortly after the goal.Lunney sent in a corner kick that found the head of Bastien Héry on 69 minutes, but his header lacked power as Brendan Clarke saved with ease.
On 75 minutes Kenny Browne linked up well with Rory Feely who picked out the run of Shane Duggan on the edge of the penalty area but Duggan couldn’t keep his effort on target as the ball went over the bar.
Referee Sean Grant added seven minutes extra time and the Blues thought they had won an unlikely point in the second of those minutes when Georgie Poynton whipped in a corner kick to the head of Dean O’Halloran, but somehow Brendan Clarke kept the ball out.The spectators went home disappointed after watching a sub-standard display by a Waterford team who were feeling the effects of a tiring three games within the space of seven days.
In truth, not only did Waterford’s under 20 footballers surprise a fancied Clare fifteen at Fraher Field last Tuesday in this Munster under 20 quarter final-championship fixture, they surprised all but the most ardent of Déise supporters in the announced attendance of 363 big ball followers.That said, the first Déise win in this under20/21 Munster championship in thirteen years was as deserved as it was unexpected and their reward is a semi-final meeting with Cork in Clonakilty on Friday evening.
Waterford's Dan Booth in action against Clare's Seamus Casey
The team never played together before this game with a handful of the hurlers from the under 20 county hurling panel being drafted in and it was a move that worked a treat.From the outset, despite the concession of a goal after just 18 seconds, this team format gelled together and the spirit they showed and the footballing ability they possessed ensured a very entertaining and close game against a side that were expecting to be travelling to Clonakilty this Friday evening to play Cork in the provincial semi-final.
Another first round defeat in under age football looked to be on the cards when Cillian Rouine dashed through the Déise defence to plant the size 5 in the town end goal just 18 seconds after referee Sean Lonergan had thrown in the ball to start proceedings.Referee Lonergan made his mark on the game from a very early stage when he black-carded Clare’s full back Jayme O Sullivan in the first minute before both Darragh Corcoran(f) and Billy Power gave us an inkling that this particular Déise combination were not going to lie down with a minor score each by the fourth minute.
Clare full forward Diarmuid O’ Donnell and corner man Seamus Casey negated the Déise’s two scores by the sixth minute but the benefits of winning a lot of possession came to fruition in the 12th minute when team captain Stephen Curry placed Darragh Corcoran for a goal of real quality to level the game at 1-2 apiece.Corcoran edged the home side into the lead for the first time with a 13th minute pointed free before Diarmuid O Donnell scored likewise. Affane/ Cappoquin’s Jack Coffey, who performed very well in goal throughout and whose lengthy kick outs were an asset, saved a high delivery well in the 17th minute from the Banner’s wing back Tieran Hogan.Clare’s concern at this unexpected threat by Waterford saw them bring on senior player, returning from injury, Dermot Coughlan in the 20th minute before Darragh Corcoran kicked a contender for score of the match in the 20th minute as Gavin Whelan’s charges recovered their advantage at 1-4 to 1-3.
This period up to five minutes before the break proved to be a purple patch for the locals. Darragh Corcoran pointed a 23rdminute free and kicked a mighty score from his left leg, this time, from a pass by Sean Whelan Barrett to leave his team to the good by 1-6 to 1-3.Pressure from Clare resulted in the concession of three frees which Diarmuid O Donnell (2) and Seamus Casey converted between the 26th and the 29th minute to level the match for the fourth first half occasion, 1-6 each.Waterford performed equally as good on the resumption as their fitness was up to scratch and their spirit and attitude was out of the top drawer. This was emphasised in surviving a Clare dominant third quarter. Dermot Coughlan pointed Clare into the lead in the 34th minute and then Jack Coffey showed his worth as a net minder with a terrific save from Cian Shannon from an excellent Coughlan through ball with goal written all over it, 1-7 to 1-6.
Yet, Clare never went more than 0-1 in front and it was even stevens once more when Gaultier’s Darragh O Keeffe kicked a fine score from play in the 39th minute. Freetakers Diarmuid O Donnell and Darragh Corcoran traded minors by the 45thminute before the game’s most controversial moment was played out in front of the country end goal, 1-8 to 1-8.The match turned the Deise’s way in the 56th minute when Stephen Curry placed Daragh Corcoran for the lead point, 1-9 to 1-8 but two minutes later, Dermot Coughlan levelled with a free. Waterford had many leaders around the field and one of them, Tom Barron, claimed the winning score in the penultimate minute of normal time from a pass by joint captain Sean Whelan Barrett. Little went right for Barrett during the course of the hour but his nonstop efforts resultant in his involvement in the winning score, 1-10 to 1-9.
Five minutes of added time were correctly announced and Darragh Corcoran was wide with a free in the 63rd minute. The game looked to be heading to extra time when Clare rightly won a 65th minute free but in a pressure situation, Diarmuid O Donnell, who was banked on to see his effort sail over the bar, kicked wide of the posts followed by the final whistle and rare Waterford celebrations.
Waterford are within touching distance of reaching the knockout stages of the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship for the second year in a row after they recorded a comprehensive win over Meath at Pairc Tailteann on Sunday afternoon last.Donal O’Rourke’s sides’ ability to hit the back of the net proved to be a major difference between the sides as they scored four in the opening half and turned around holding a 4-6 to 0-6 advantage.Waterford put in a brilliant shift in the opening quarter in particular, but the home side did manage to draw closer in the second quarter.With the game won early the Waterford management team opted to take a number of key players off with next Saturday’s must win game against Clare at Walsh Park in mind
Waterford had a great start with Fiona Morrissey, Niamh Rockett and Beth Carton putting over very early scores. The home side however hit back with a Jane Dolan free and an effort from open play by Aoife Maguire to leave just the one between the sides with eight minutes on the clock.
Beth Carton hit the first of Waterford’s goals on nine minutes which put the visitors five in front and from there, there was no turning back.The De La Salle player added a point from a free on 11 minutes before Annie Fitzgerald, one of the rising stars of the game, netted a second goal for Waterford two minutes later which put sent the visitors into a commanding 2-4 to 0-2 lead.Jane Dolan reduced Waterford’s lead marginally on 16 minutes but with the next attack Gailltir’s Annie Fitzgerald netted her second and Waterford’s third goal of the match.
Meath had the better of the exchanges for the next ten minutes as Jane Dolan nailed two placed balls while Grace Coleman hit one in between which left the home side trailing 3-4 to 0-6 with four minutes of the first half remaining.Waterford however finished the half stronger as Sarah Lacey, whose grandfather helped Waterford win the 1959 All-Ireland Final, split the posts on 27 minutes and moments later Beth Carton netted her second and Waterford’s fourth goal of the game. Carton split the post just before the break to give Waterford a four clear goal cushion at half time.Jane Dolan fired over a point for Meath three minutes into the second half and moments later Waterford had a chance to stretch their lead when Fiona Morrissey won a penalty, but Beth Carton saw her effort from 20 metres stopped on the line.
Fiona Morrissey extended the Waterford lead with a point before Niamh Rockett, who is playing the captain’s part to perfection this year, netted Waterford’s fifth goal after 37 minutes.
Niamh Rockett took over free taking duties after Beth Carton was replaced and she split the posts with eight minutes remaining.
Jane Dolan and Megan Thyme added points for Meath while Niamh Rockett again split the posts from the 45 metre line with the hour played. Aoife Minogue hit the final point of the match for Meath but by then Waterford had wrapped up what was a comprehensive win.
Waterford’s U16’s got their All-Ireland campaign off to a flying start when they easily accounted for Derry in Newbridge on Sunday.From the moment Alannh O’Sullivan put the first point over the bar in the first minute, Waterford were in control and good value for this easy win. Ellen Boylan, Mairéad O’Brien, Alannah Mc Nulty netted three first half goals while the Waterford defence restricted Derry to five points as the Déise led 3-6 to 0-5 at the break. Waterford got the second half off to a flying start when Alannah O’Sullivan scored a goal and a point to extend Waterford’s advantage.
Waterford’s U16’s who easily defeated Derry in Newbridge
O’Sullivan followed up shortly with her second and Waterford’s fifth goal of the game.
Derry netted a consolation goal through Aoife Doyle in the closing stages but Waterford’s forward weren’t done and Natasha Dobbyn scored a sixth Waterford goal in what was a very comprehensive win for this U16 side. Waterford can now look forward to a home game against Laois at 2.30pm on Sunday next at Ballygunner.