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Marking the 50th Anniversary of WIT - Deise Today Friday 11th September

(Pictures above Ray Griffin Snr, former President of WIT and his son Ray Griffin Jnr, a lecturer at the college.)

On today's show news reporter Julie Smyth speaks to taxi drivers about their grievances to do with the lack of support for their industry during the pandemic.

There is talk that music is to be allowed in pubs again which will be good news for musicians and pub owners. Damien speaks to musicians Colin Shanahan and Owen Kavanagh, who have lost out on a huge amount of gigs this summer, from weddings to festivals.

We also mark 50 years of WIT. Damien hears from father and son Ray griffin senior and Ray Griffen Junior. 80 year old Ray snr was President of WIT for 23 years, and Ray Jnr is a lecturer in Strategic Management at the Institute. Also Hazel Farrell, the very first Masters graduate at WIT in the early 90s, who is now course leader in the music degree there. Bob Hall, first student in the door in 1970 when he was a trainee technician on a four-month block release. George McGeary who was one of the original 14 staff on day 1 in 1970. And Dick Langford, who was the first principal.

In the second part of the show Sinn Fein education spokesperson Donnchadh O'Laoghaire tells Damien that there are 29 primary schools in Waterford currently with a class of more than 30 pupils. This would have a negative impact at the best of times but is disastrous during a pandemic.

Also reporter Eoghan Dalton has the story of a student from India who ran into difficulty when he tried to come to study in Waterford in recent weeks.

Nigel Kelly has all the latest in sport including reports that tonights game against Bohemians will be manager John Sheridans last in charge of Waterford FC.


And Damien is also joined in studio by Sean Maher, South Kilkenny correspondent with The Munster Express who is retiring.