This year’s Winterval festival in Waterford was the most successful to date, building on the success of last year’s event which brought an additional € 14 million into the local economy in the run up to Christmas, the organisers have revealed.

Pre-Christmas footfall in Waterford city centre up over 50 per cent on 2013

Rachel Harte posing with her baby girl, Sienna, at Cork University Maternity Hospital on Christmas Day. Photograph: Eddie O’Hare

Mother and child both doing well after dramatic delivery en route to hospital

Gardaí used pepper spray during a public order incident in Tralee late on St Stephen’s Night when a fight broke out in the town.

In Galway, machete man flees house after being recognised through balaclava

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Simon Coveney said  the Government had agreed to increase its support for the Cork event centre from €10 million to €12 million. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Heineken Ireland/BAM proposal for 6,000 seat centre at former brewery is successful

Carbon monoxide detectors are to be given to elderly and vulnerable people as part of a review of an existing government scheme, Minister of State at the Dept of Health, Kathleen Lynch has said. File photograph: Thinkstock

Kathleen Lynch announces extension following near tragedy in Cork city last month

Gardaí in north Cork have appealed for witnesses to a fatal collision on the old Watergrasshill-Rathcormac Road on Sunday. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Gardaí investigate fatal incident near Watergrasshill in which Sean Coleman (55) died

Explorer Ernest Shackleton seen in Antarctica in 1909. He made three expeditions to the Antarctic, but is best known for the ‘Endurance’ expedition of 1914-1916 when the ship became trapped in the ice and Shackleton and five colleagues made an epic journey to South Georgia to seek rescue. Photograph: Getty Images

Writer says absence of Shackleton memorial in country of his birth is ‘extraordinary’

Ian Bailey case: This week the court heard Marie Farrell deny claiming she would get  a cut of any damages won from the State and that Garda surveillance of Mr Bailey was ‘not appropriate’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

This week in court: Retired Garda says surveillance of Bailey ‘not appropriate’

A man residing in Bishopstown in Cork city has appeared in court in France allegedly in connection with the seizure of 4kg of cocaine at Granville in Normandy last Saturday. File photograph: Getty Images

French Customs recover quantity of drug worth €600,000 with assistance from Jersey

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