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Rapid Cabs 21st celebrationsOn March 5th Rapid Cabs celebrated its 21st anniversary in business.

Just about the time people started talking about the millennium bug the O’Brien family in Waterford had more important things on their minds.

It was 1999, they had just changed their name from City Cabs to Rapid Cabs, had five taxi drivers and while they had plenty of plans, they never thought they’d reach where they are now.

Twenty-one years later they have one hundred drivers and are targeting one million trips this year.

Rapid Cabs CEO Eric O’Brien explains what it was like at the start, “I was very young and had no idea how much of a risk it was at the time, it was just this adventure my parents were launching. But as the years went by, we grew and either merged with or acquired these other well-known taxi businesses it all got very serious.

Computerising in 2002 was very important, people thought we were mad. Why would we change from the traditional paper trail? But it set a standard for our business which would continue right through to today. We always wanted to be ahead of the curve, pushing technology in order to be a step ahead of the competition. Thinking and acting bigger than we were.”

This attitude to technology and business resulted in Rapid Cabs launching the first taxi App in the south east in 2013, followed by an on-line payment system in 2015 and the launch of the Messenger booking service in 2019.

Though Eric says it’s not all about technology, “Personal relationships are important too. Our relationship with WIT Students Union and the ‘Home safe’ campaign is very important, as is our links with Purple Flag and the City centre traders. Three quarters of our staff have been with us for over ten years and nearly sixty percent for over fifteen years. That kind of loyalty and experience is irreplaceable.

We’re also developing links with other taxi businesses around the country. Very soon you’ll be able to book a taxi in Cork and Galway using the Rapid Cabs App. It’s something we’re really excited about.”

Full of ideas and plans, the next twenty-one years looks bright for Rapid Cabs.

Rapid Cabs is a licensed taxi dispatch operator by the National Transport Authority and all of its drivers are fully Garda vetted, insured and licensed.

Open and accessible 24 hours a day 365 days a year, Rapid Cabs also has a computerised booking dispatch system from its local taxi call centre and has installed in-car driver devices in all of its taxis to ensure as such efficiency as possible.

Its App is available for free on Apple and Android.

Well The Show Must Go OnApr 2nd - 4th | 8:00 pm | €15

"Well, The Show Must Go On!" is an hilarious new play written and directed by Waterford writer Martine Rogers.

Set in a Waterford town, a struggling drama group "The Deise Players" attempts to stage a momentous production. Anyone who has been involved on committees will relate to the politics and undertones that filter through this play from start to finish. You will laugh because it is funny but mainly because you will identify with the characters; the clique on the committee, the has-been who is trying to keep her foot in the door, the creep, the holy Joe, the mammy’s boy, the volatile teen, the blow ins and more.

Martine was born and bred Waterford City and spent her childhood and teenage years in Waterford theatres. The cast hails from city and county and can't wait to take this opportunity to entertain at Garter Lane with a play that received rave reviews from theatre critics and the general public who packed the Town Hall Theatre Dungarvan for its premiere two years ago. 

The Stage Coach is delighted to present a cast of talented performers including Waterford's Sonya Fox and a host of Waterford News and Star Green Room Award Nominees namely Tom Rogers Snr, Tom Rogers Jnr, Anne-Marie Collins, Martine Rogers, Polly Rogers and 2019 Best Female Actress in a Musical Jenniffer White playing the lead role. The play itself was nominated for Best New Play for its premier in 2018. Teamed with members of the inaugural Dungarvan cast including Marlene Kirby, David Power, Elaine Cummins, Martin Veale and Sharon Maguire, Martine has involved new and seasoned players from Stradbally with Pat Power and Sharon Cunningham (Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 - so no stranger to the world's stage).

Rehearsals are in full flow and with a few new twists in this production, the laughter at rehearsals is contagious. Don't say you weren't warned. Every line is another side-splitter. In a world of anxiety and pressure, come have fun for a change and join us in one of the funniest plays to hit the Waterford stage this year.

The Stage Coach go out of their way to “Make ‘Em Laugh!"

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Property Partners Phelan Herterich OpeningProperty Partners Phelan Herterich has officially opened its new office in the heart of Waterford city.

Deirdre Phelan, a long-established and highly regarded estate agent in the city, has joined forces with Barry Herterich who already has a successful Property Partners practice in Tramore.

Deirdre has an outstanding record in sales together with a strong background in commercial valuations and tendering at a national level, while Barry brings an enviable reputation in both commercial and residential property sales.

“We are looking forward to this opportunity to bring our hallmark of excellence to the continued thriving property market in the city,” said Deirdre Phelan. “I am a proud Waterford city native and have substantial links within the business, sporting and wider community. Waterford is poised for an exciting time ahead with major developments imminent for the North Quays and Michael Street, which will effectively change the face of the city. The time is right for us to bring Property Partners to Waterford city.”

According to a recent report from for Q4 2019, the average price of a house in Waterford city stands at €180,650 with the county being one of only six that saw a year-on-year increase in prices in 2019.

“Waterford is booming and this is reflected in the buoyant housing market,” said Property Partners chairman John Buggy. “We are delighted to see Barry partner with Deirdre to set up this new office. Barry has been a tremendous advocate for the group in the South-East and Deirdre is a highly experienced estate agent with a very strong track record in her field.”

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Permanent TSB is a leading provider in the financial services market, offering customers a wide range of both personal and business banking products and services to suit customers’ needs. Permanent TSB serves the needs of small business customer’s locally through our branches nationwide and through their dedicated teams. With a simple range of products for daily banking and lending needs, Permanent TSB has a range of options delivered locally.

Join Permanent TSB South East for their mortgage event in the Granville Hotel Waterford City and the Park Hotel Dungarvan, on Sunday, the 8th of March from 11am until 5pm. The Permanent TSB team will be happy to assist with your banking needs.

Lending criteria, terms, conditions and other restrictions apply. Security and insurance are required. Any advice or information provided by third party exhibitors at the event is independent of permanent tsb. permanent tsb p.l.c. is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.

EAP Institute Maurice Duncan

The Employee Assistance Programme Institute will present a one day Certified Training Course on Drugs and Alcohol at Work – Managing Reasonable Suspicion at The Clayton Hotel Galway on Thursday 5th March 2020. View details here

Commenting on the announcement the Director of the EAP Institute said “The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has highlighted some of the workplace risks involved and delegates to the course will be briefed on the so called grey fleet drivers driving under the Influence of Illicit drugs and/or the abuse of prescription drugs”.

He went on. “They will also be advised that Gardaí can now test a driver’s oral fluid for cannabis, cocaine, opiates (for example, heroin and morphine) and benzodiazepines (for example Valium). Certain medications that can have negative effects include: Medicines that are prescribed by a doctor, non-prescription medicines from your pharmacy (often called ‘over-the-counter’ medicines) herbal medicines or supplements.”

Concluding Quinlan said “Under Section 13b of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 employees who report or are on duty under the influence of intoxicants (defined as drugs and alcohol) may compromise their personal safety and that of others and should be removed from the place of work.” Ends

Speakers on the one course will include Maurice Quinlan Director of the EAP Institute, one of Ireland’s foremost specialists on workplace drugs and alcohol and Duncan Carmichael, Sales Manager, AgriYork, UK. Duncan is a member of the European Workplace Drug Testing Society technical committee and was a part of the team producing the current 2015 guidelines on employee drug testing.

For registration contact:

Irene Kenny, Conference Administrator,

EAP Institute, 143 Barrack Street, Waterford, Ireland

Tel: + 353 51 855733

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Book online here

Autoboland showroom

Keeping your tyres in good shape is essential for your safety and your vehicle’s performance. That’s why it’s important to visit Auto Boland Jaguar Land Rover for a complimentary tyre health check.

Our expert technicians will look for signs of uneven wear and tread depth as well as flaking, chips, bulges, punctures and cuts. They’ll check your tyre pressure and TPMS sensors and even check your spare tyre or inflation kit.

If a replacement is required, we’ll only fit Jaguar Land Rover Approved Tyres, designed to deliver the best possible performance under a wide range of driving conditions on and off-road. They offer better grip for acceleration and braking, more refined steering, improved directional control, and shock absorption for road bumps and vibrations. All Approved Tyres are issued with a J-mark or LR-mark stamp of approval to certify they meet our exacting standards.

Call Auto Boland Waterford today on 051-335000 to arrange a tyre check for your Jaguar / Land Rover, or to speak to us about choosing replacement tyres. See:

Enerpower Brigid Walsh

Enerpower are delighted to announce that Contracts Manager Brigid Walsh will be a main contributor at the upcoming Engineers Ireland National Conference.

The National Conference taking place in the Helix at Dublin City University will take place on Thursday, 23rd April. The theme of the National Conference is Engineering Climate Action: Solutions to combat climate in change in Ireland. It is the aim of the conference to highlight how engineers can help and lead in the fight against climate change globally.

More information is available below.


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