Waterford City to become a huge game with Beat the Street

Waterford City to become a huge game with Beat the Street

Over the next 7 weeks, thousands of people in Waterford city, Kilmacthomas and Dungarvan are expected to take to the streets. Schools, community groups and businesses are going to compete against each other as part of a giant walking and cycling challenge called Beat the Street. 

Running from 13th September to 1st November 2017, Beat the Street is a free, fun challenge which will turn all three areas into a community-based game.

 

Those who take part are rewarded with points and prizes for exploring their local area on foot or bicycle. Almost 80 special Beat the Street sensors will be installed. These ‘Beat Boxes’ will be spread across the city and county and those wishing to participate in Beat the Street can pick up their own Beat the Street card and map at local distribution points and start swiping as many Beat Boxes as possible to receive points, win prizes, and get more active!

Schools across Waterford city, Kilmacthomas and Dungarvan will be competing against each other to see who can travel the furthest and win hundreds of euros worth of prizes. Adult players can also create their own Beat the Street teams or register to join an existing team to be in with a chance to win big prizes which will be announced shortly.

Beat the Street is run by Intelligent Health UK with support from Waterford Sports Partnership and is funded by Sport Ireland, Healthy Ireland, Dormant Accounts Fund and Waterford City & County Council. The aim of the Beat the Street initiative is to encourage thousands of people to explore Waterford city and county with their friends and family and discover something new about the local area. Waterford is a great county and this is a wonderful way to explore it while having lots of fun.

More than 300,000 people took part in Beat the Street in 2016 in towns and cities across the United Kingdom. Waterford city, Kilmacthomas and Dungarvan are the first of several areas – along with Dublin and Limerick – to be launching Beat the Street in Ireland. The pilot is the first of its kind in Waterford and it is a unique opportunity for those in the community to take part in this free programme by getting active in a fun and rewarding way.

Rosarie Kealy, Sports Coordinator at Waterford Sports Partnership said: “We are incredibly excited to be bringing Beat the Street to Waterford city, Kilmacthomas and Dungarvan and are really looking forward to seeing how everyone rises to the challenge of walking, cycling, running or scooting during the seven week game.

“Anyone can get involved in Beat the Street – it’s completely free to play and is a great opportunity to go outdoors, spend time with your friends and family and get moving. Watch out for Beat Boxes appearing on a street near you!”

More Information on Beat the Street

Information is available on beatthestreet.me/waterford about where you can pick up a card, how to register and the map with the beat box locations for your area. You can follow @BTSWaterford on Twitter or ‘Beat the Street Waterford’ on Facebook for more information on prizes and how to get involved.

Cat The Play takes to the West End in London

Cat The Play takes to the West End in London

CAT the Play has hit London’s West End. This is a shop not to be missed. This show is written by a good friend of mine and well known Waterford actor Jamie Beamish along with Richard Hardwick. I saw this show on it’s last visit to Waterford and it is a hilarious show with a bit of an edge where you least expect it. It strings you along with song and well written script and then it …. well, I will leave you find out for yourself!

DAVE WAS IN THE ORIGINAL CAST OF CATS.ON OPENING NIGHT HE WAS SACKED. HE WAS NOT A HAPPY PUSSY…

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A roller coaster, tongue-in-cheek homage to the world of musical theatre, CAT (THE PLAY!) is the fictitious account of how Dave the Cat was sacked from the iconic musical CATS just minutes before ‘curtain up’ on opening night.

As dreams of West End acclaim and adulation turn to tatter, this riotous parody of show business offers audiences a comedic, fictional insight into Dave’s turbulent theatrical career, beginning with his first role as Jesus’ donkey in the original cast of Jesus Christ Superstar and ending with a grand finale of backstage drama, romance and anarchy that led to his hopes of stardom becoming nothing more than a distant ‘Memory’.

After a sold out run at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this comedy about the greatest musical star that never got to shine finally makes it to The West End. Starring Gerard McCarthy, CAT isn’t so much a love letter to musical theatre more a death threat.

Liam Murphy called it “A WOW OF A ONE MAN SHOW”

Pat McEvoy called it “AN AMAZING PIECE OF THEATRE!”

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26TH & 27TH APRIL, 7:30PM
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WEST STREET, LONDON, WC2H 9ND
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Littlewoods Ireland Christmas Commercial

Littlewoods Ireland Christmas Commercial

Normally, the first Christmas commercial I see comes with a cry of ‘No, its far too early for this’. But this year, the first Christmas commercial I saw was for Littlewoods Ireland and I actually liked it.

Now, part of the reason why I liked it was because they used the Queen song, “Those were the Days of Our Lives”. The song was written by Roger Taylor about his kids and it was on Queen’s album Innuendo. It’s a very emotive song and therefore fits perfectly, as it is all about looking back. (As an aside, the video for that song was the last time Freddie Mercury was on camera, and today 24th Nov is the anniversary of his death).

Anyway, I really liked this commercial because it focused on the real joys of Christmas. The soft lighting, cheeky grins from kids stealing chocolate, everyone decorating the Christmas tree, putting out mince pies for Santa and of course the excitement coming down the stairs on Christmas morning. There is also a flashback moment when mum and dad are seen as kids. The tagline ‘You never forget how it feels…. to be a child at Christmas’.

I know John Lewis every year has a great Christmas commercial, this year’s dog is no exception. But I think Littlewoods Christmas commercial has given them a run for their money,

Take a look at the commercial below. What do you think?

Cigarette Butts are Irelands Biggest Litter Problem

Cigarette Butts are Irelands Biggest Litter Problem

In a recent survey of litter in Ireland, it was found that Irelands cities and towns are now cleaner than they have been for many years – thanks to better awareness from the public, more bins and a huge effort from city and town councils. However, some pedestrians and motorists ignore bins and drop cigarette butts and food on the streets.

Cigarette Butts mentioned in Litter Reports

The 2008 National Litter Pollution Monitoring System report found that cigarette butts and cigarette-related litter formed 46% of street litter and food packaging & Sweet wrappers making up 17% of all litter.

The 2015 National Litter Pollution Monitoring System report found Cigarette related litter was at 59.8% – up over 13% on 2008, while packaging litter & sweet related litter combined was around 19% up a small amount on 2008.

For some reason, cigarette smokers have some sort of ignorance when it comes to litter. Cigarette Butts also contain over 4,000 toxins which can kill birds and fish – so why, when finished a cigarette do smokers flick their butt into the streets – in a “F**k it, someone else will clean  that up!” attitude.

Smokers should be fined for doing this – after all it is litter. If they are not fined then there should be an extra tax on each cigarette in a packet to pay for cigarette butt clean up.

Naming and Shaming

I think Ireland may have to Name and Shame pubs, restaurants or outlets which don’t encourage smokers to bin their butts when finished smoking. Perhaps there may also be a law which allows fining smokers who flick their butts into the street after they are finished smoking. This seems to be a habit amongst many smokers rather than finding a bin.

My Cigarette Butt 10 Step Challenge

I have observed a huge number of cigarette butts on the streets of Ireland. I have come up with a cigarette butt challenge. Basically, try walking 10 steps in any town or city in Ireland, observing the ground. See if you can walk those 10 steps without seeing a cigarette butt on the ground – it is almost impossible. If you do find a street or town let me know in the comments below.

I do have to reiterate that there are conscientious smokers out there who do place their finished cigarettes in bins provided. However, there has been an increase in this sort of litter, so it seems these smokers are in the minority.

Win tickets to Flash Harry at The Academy Dublin

Win tickets to Flash Harry at The Academy Dublin

Sorry The Flash Harry Competition is now Closed !!!

MCD Productions Present Flash Harry, A Celebration of Queen at The Academy Dublin on 17th September.

The Winner of the Flash Harry at the Academy tickets was “Amy Keenan” – thanks to all who entered

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For an extra chance of winning, leave a comment with your favourite Queen song below.

Winners will be notified by 5th September (Freddie Mercury’s Birthday coincidentally). The winners must be available to attend the concert at The Academy Dublin on 17th September.

 

About Flash Harry

Flash Harry presents a show that embraces the very essence of live music, talent, energy, passion and pure showmanship. Audiences will see the band rocking out Queen’s greatest hits. These include hits like One Vision, Radio Ga Ga, We Are the Champions and Bohemian Rhapsody and more.

The band Flash Harry has been celebrating the music of Queen for over 20 years. I myself am a huge Queen fan and envy Stevie Prosser’s job as keyboard player. I myself can play any Queen song and I would be listening closely to the musicians. I saw these guys a few years ago in the Forum Waterford and they were very accurate. Their sounds was very good in the way the songs were delivered.

These guys have sold out major venues time after time, including Belfast’s Grand Opera House, Waterfront Hall, Dublin’s O2, and even the Royal Albert Hall in London. Their own-style “The Magic of Queen – Rocked Up and Classical” show, incorporating a 64-piece orchestra and 40-voice choir, filled one of the biggest venues in Ireland, Belfast’s Odyssey Arena, to capacity on three separate occasions, earning the guys their place in Irish Rock Music legend.

After an amazing non-stop 20 years delivering unforgettable shows in top notch venues, the reason for Flash Harry’s success is simple, it’s a show of hit after hit, delivered with the very essence of live performance: energy, enthusiasm, talent, passion and pure showmanship.

Flash Harry are five musicians who love to perform. It is not about recreating the exact sights or sound of Queen; it’s about creating the excitement, energy and spectacle of a live show, but they capture the essence of Queen very well. The audience feeds off the performance just as much as the band. It is the catalogues of songs that are the real stars of this show and they are performed with total love for the music by a band guaranteed to deliver

The music of Queen is universal in its appeal, and has been the sound track of the last 40 years. Rarely will a show reach across generations and deliver as much as Flash Harry – a celebration of Queen. If you are a Queen fan I highly recommend you see Flash Harry at The Academy Dublin on 17th September 2016.

Flash Harry are:
Stevie Boyd – Guitar and vocals
John ‘Click’ Cleland – Bass guitar and vocals
Harry Hamilton – Lead vocals
Stevie Prosser – Keyboards and vocals
Stevie Shanks – Drums

Win Tickets to Flash Harry at The Academy Dublin

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Save the Barrow Line Petition

Save the Barrow Line Petition

I enjoy walking and as you probably know I also like photography. Therefore I’m always on the look out for spots of natural beauty where you might get a glimpse of a sparrow hawk or a kingfisher or just a nice landscape photo. About a year ago I came across a walk from St. Mullins to Graiguenamangh. This is called the Barrow Line and the walk meanders along the side of the barrow and takes about 2 hour 20 to walk. (This includes me taking about 50 photos along the way!). One day while walking here I saw a sign for ‘Save the Barrow Line’ and I was dismayed to hear of the plans for this stretch of walkway.

What is the Barrow Line?

The Barrow Line is the local name for a unique natural grassy tow-path along Ireland’s second longest river, The Barrow. This river is one of the Three Sisters rivers and flows through towns like Athy, Carlow, Leighlinbridge, Bagenalstown, Goresbridge, Graiguenamanagh, St. Mullins and New Ross. The Barrow Line is used by walkers and cyclists who enjoy the nature and the area’s outstanding scenic beauty.

The authors of Hiking in Ireland have described the Barrow Line as, “a peaceful green corridor a world away from distractions of the modern world. ”

Save the Barrow Line

The Threat to the Barrow Line

Apparently Waterways Ireland has plans to apply for planning permission to replace the lush grassy surface of the 90km Barrow Line route with a hard surface. Locals think that this huge change will irreversibly destroy the fabric of this unique amenity – this is why the Save the Barrow Line petition was set up.

Personally I think there are some major points regarding this hard surface;

  1. With the fact that this area has had such problems with flooding in December 2015, adding an extra hard surface is just going to make drainage even more of a problem.
  2. I enjoy walking on this line because 99% of it is a well maintained grassy surface – if I wanted to walk on tar or stones I would walk on the road. Why add more concrete, tar or stone to a very picturesque area.
  3. Nature flourishes in this area, making this a hard surface could in my view affect this. You see bugs, and insects on the grass all the time. I think it could affect biodiversity on the line.

I think the solution is to maintain the grassy line, and at most a single file cycle path as a hard surface. This would be a compromise which would see both parties happy should it come to an impasse.

Hopefully it will not come to that and we will maintain a grassy surface on that walk. I have already signed the petition but you can add your voice to the Save the Barrow Line petition below.

It is important to add your voice to the Save the Barrow line. Having a hard surface is the wrong decision in my view as we have a beautiful area of nature and you are simply tarring over it. Not good!

 

Sign Save the Barrow Line Petition