The Big 6
Every evening at 6 o’clock, WLR brings you the 6 of Waterford’s biggest stories of the day.
1. Over 500 people got tested at Dungarvan’s walk-in facility yesterday
551 people underwent a Covid-19 test at a pop-up centre in Dungarvan yesterday.
A walk-in test centre on the grounds of the Community Hospital was set up in response to rising cases in West Waterford.
The HSE had said it was “concerned” at an increase in cases of COVID-19 recorded in Co Waterford over the last week, following a suspected cluster of Covid-19 cases in An Rinn.
2. Waterford Chamber named Chamber of the Year
Waterford Chamber of Commerce has been named as Chamber of the Year.
It was shortlisted in six of the seven award categories and was recognised for its high level of activity throughout the year despite challenging conditions.
It won Best Local Authority Collaboration as it partnered with Waterford City and County Council to showcase the seaside town of Tramore as part of a successful application to the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Awards. This resulted in Tramore receiving €20,000 towards community projects.
3. Waterford driving instructor says test dates being given faster than students can get lessons now
A Waterford instructor says driving tests are coming up faster than students can get lessons now.
At the moment, the tests are only available to essential workers and Kieran Kennedy says those applying are booking a test before they finish their lessons because they think there’s a backlog.
However, he says there is virtually no wait now.
4. Thomas Barr on the home stretch of preparations for the Tokyo Games.
The delayed Olympics get underway on the 23rd of July after 12 months of potential cancellations, changes to travel restrictions and an all-out chaotic build-up to the world’s showpiece sporting event.
The man from Dunmore East has shown great early season form, running his third-best time ever in recent weeks. The diamond league circuit has proven to be the needed proving ground ahead of the flight to Tokyo. Barr says that he’s more than happy with his preparations as the clock continues to tick away until the off.
5. CEO of Waterford-based charity says cancellation of 999 domestic violence calls is hugely worrying
The CEO of a Waterford-based charity says the cancellation of 999 calls is hugely worrying.
It’s emerged that over 600 emergency calls relating to domestic violence in 2019 and 2020 didn’t get an appropriate response from the Gardaí.
The Men’s Development Network in Waterford provides domestic violence supports and intervention.
Chief Executive, Seán Cooke said he hopes there’s a thorough investigation:
6. Tony Considine feels that more than 200 fans should be allowed to attend Sunday’s Munster quarter final
Former Clare hurling manager Tony Considine feels that more than 200 fans should be allowed to attend Sunday’s Munster quarter final at Semple Stadium.
Munster GAA confirmed this week that the provincial semi final between Limerick and Cork on July 3 will act as a test event where 2,400 spectators will be permitted. Considine says that it should be the same across the board.
Hear more from Tony Considine on the Lár Na Páirce Munster Championship Special this evening from 6.10pm on WLR.