Downes celebrate the Oktoberfest

Downes’ Pub in Thomas Street, Waterford are having their annual Oktoberfest evening for 2007 on Friday, October 12th 2007. The evening is a culmination of their month-long celebration of the official German Oktoberfest and has been an annual event in Downes since 2002.

The evening itself will feature live German beer-drinking (OOompah) music by members of the City of Waterford Brass and a wide selection of especially imported German beer.

This annual event has become more and more popular each year and I would advise you to get there early before either the band runs out of steam or pub runs out of beer. I know which one my money is on!

All About Me website launch

Today marks the official launch of the new All About Me website.

“All About Me produces beautifully presented personal stories that uncover historical, musical and sporting details, along with some interesting facts, all from a special date (or year) in someone’s life.”

Christmas is coming so don’t be stuck – get your orders in now!

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Landscapes and a little more

If you have some spare time during the month of June, perhaps you would like to go along and see an exhibition of photographs by John Mernin. The exhibition is entitled Landscapes and a little more and features a selection of his personal favourites from around Waterford (and Ireland) spanning a period of several years.

The exhibition was also featured a recent edition of Amateur Photographer.
It is being held at the Waterford City Council Central Library (Lady Lane, Waterford) from 2nd-30th June 2007.

Proud to be a Deise

Today was a truly memorable and historic day for Waterford Hurling as they claimed their second National Hurling League title … a whopping 44 years after claiming their first. What makes the victory even sweeter though is that fact that they beat a Kilkenny team and denied them their third title in a row in the process – sweet!!!

Most impressive was the late, strong finish put up by Waterford – something they had not been known for in the past, especially against teams like Kilkenny (Cork and Clare too). Sure, we have beaten teams well in the past (from time to time) but usually had a strong lead much earlier in the game. But in this instance, the teams were still level at the start of injury time and to see Waterford put in such a determined, dogged final 4 minutes was very, very pleasing.

There was also some great point-scoring from both teams througout the game but the injury-time point by Eoin Kelly was just brilliant – the way he whipped the sliotar on the half-volley from so far out and still managed to put it over the bar.

It was our turn …

Click here to read a RTE’s summary of the day’s events.

Forget the General Election, vote for Waterford

Hasbro, Inc. are planning new All-Ireland Edition of the popular board game where each segment on the board will represent a different county in Ireland. However, as there are only 22 squares on the board, then only 22 counties will make it into the final edition. Hasbro have decided to hold an election to determine which counties will succeed.

I also think the fact that Hasbro Ireland has been located in Waterford City since 1976 is of particular importance and this should entitle us to an automatic spot on the board. I mean, how could they possibly consider the game to be legitimate when the very county where it will most likely me manufactured is missing?

I am obviously voting for Waterford and would encourage you to do the same, now!

Source: Wellboy from UpTheDeise

Deise Dictionary of Waterford Slang

I’m delighted to announce the publication of the second edition of The Deise Dictionary of Waterford Slang, brought to you by Wellboy and the team at This is truly a modern classic, filled with useful (and not-so-useful) phrases for all walks of life in Waterford, Ireland.

Priced at a mere €10.00, it would make an ideal stocking filler this Christmas. It’s available from The Book Centre in Waterford or online at

Best of luck Wellboy, boy!