We will post your Festive Star to your relatives anywhere in Ireland for €8 or the UK for €9 and for €10 to anywhere in the world. Simply contact Janet on 051 874951 or email [email protected]. Avoid the queue and let us do the work!



The Waterford News & Star Christmas Annual 2019

THIS is an exciting Christmas for us in the Waterford News & Star – as we welcome you to the first ever Festive Star! Incorporating everything that was brilliant about our annual Christmas supplement, which had grown too big for its boots – we decided to go one better.

By publishing as a stand-alone Christmas Annual we have been able to increase the size to a bumper 124 pages, add a gorgeous glossy cover by artist Lisa Keane, pack in a mouth-watering 6-page food & wine section; a fun Festive Star section for kids; double the size of our sport nostalgia; dedicate five pages to the work of Waterford’s talented creative writers; and give the Waterford ladies a steer on some fabulous festive looks.



We continue to honour a Waterford News & Star tradition that goes all the way back to 1885 – when the first Christmas supplement to the paper was published in the Waterford News, on the heels of the Victorian-era’s new found love for all things Christmas.


Garda Insp. Mick McGarry joined in the fun of the St Patrick’s Day Parade back in 1994.

Photos from 1994

As is a Waterford News & Star ritual now, photographer Joe Evans once again goes back 25 years, delving deep into our archives to unearth some gems for our Looking Back series. Maybe you feature! Order Photos: You can order any of the photos in the Festive Star from only €7


Our Stories

Our contributors provide a treasure-trove of Déise stories – fascinating, hilarious, poignant… Find out how whole communities got into the smuggling game; when singing legend Carole King became star of Red Kettle; the gelignite attempt on Ballybricken’s bull post; a Waterford man’s role in the creation of the Panama Canal; Déise links to Napoleon, and so much more!


Our People

Names synonymous with Waterford take centre stage – including Curraghmore’s Lady Waterford and the Déise’s favourite playwright Jim Nolan, whose first play was staged after winning a Waterford News & Star competition!


Christmas Greetings from Abroad

Across the globe Déise hearts turn towards home at Christmas time – and we reflect this in our fantastic Christmas Greetings from Abroad section. Perth, Seattle, Abu Dhabi, California, New Zealand, Scotland, the UK… you are spread far and wide – but keep the home fires burning.  Thank you for all your pics and thoughts for family and friends at home!

Send in your Christmas Greetings from Abroad for our 2020 edition to [email protected]


Competitions, a quiz and loads more…

Cllr Jason Murphy tests your knowledge in your favourite So You Think You Know Waterford quiz, plus we have fabulous prizes to be won throughout the Festive Star – fancy a weekend away in the Cliff House Hotel? – get entering!


Enjoy the festive feast we have laid on for you within the pages of the Festive Star.
Beannachtaí na Nollag gach daoine,

Mary Frances Ryan,
Festive Star Editor


HOW TO CONTACT US… Write to: Festive Star, Waterford News & Star, Gladstone House, Gladstone Street, Waterford, Ireland. Email: [email protected]