The Festive Star, the Waterford News & Star Christmas Annual 2020

The Waterford News & Star is delighted to announce that the second edition of the Festive Star, Waterford’s fantastic Christmas Annual, is on sale now!

A bumper 124 pages, with a gorgeous glossy cover by Waterford artist Lisa Keane, we’ve packed in a mouth-watering food & wine section; a fun Junior Festive Star section for kids; 14 pages of Waterford Sport nostalgia; Waterford creative writing; festive fashion & gifts; competitions with fabulous prizes to be won; and so much more.


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!


Looking Back 25 Years… Photos from 1995

Brian Flynn with family and friends celebrating his success in the 1995 Waterford International Festival of Light Opera with his production of Oliver

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 25 Years series. Maybe you feature! Order Photos: You can order any of the photos in the Festive Star from only €7


Our People

Ireland’s Ambassador to the U.S. Dan Mulhall

Names synonymous with Waterford take centre stage – including Ireland’s Ambassador to the U.S. and Waterford city native Dan Mulhall who pens a wonderful Letter from Washington.


Our Stories

Our contributors provide a treasure-trove of Déise stories – fascinating, hilarious, poignant… Find out how Waterford fared during Ireland’s forgotten famine; a schoolboy’s memory of a day spent mitching from De La Salle; Dungarvan and the devastating Moresby sinking; one man’s quest to catch a ‘Joe Show’, and so much more!



The Festive Star honours 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.


Christmas Greetings from Abroad

Across the globe Déise hearts turn towards home at Christmas time – and we reflect this in our fantastic 8-page Christmas Greetings from Abroad section. Perth, 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 photos and thoughts for family and friends at home!

Send in your Christmas Greetings from Abroad for our 2021 edition to [email protected]



Competitions, a quiz and loads more…

Our Festive Star Quizmaster Cllr Jason Murphy

Cllr Jason Murphy tests your knowledge in your favourite So You Think You Know Waterford quiz, Dan Lenihan has compiled The Great Waterford Crossword; plus we have fabulous prizes to be won throughout the Festive Star – fancy a weekend away in the Kinsale Hotel and Spa? – 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]