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County Waterford

County Waterford is a county in Ireland. It is part of the South-East Region, it is named after the city of Waterford. Waterford City and County Council is the local authority for the county; the population of the county at large, including the city, was 116,176 according to the 2016 census. The county is based on the historic Gaelic territory of the Déise. There is an Irish-speaking area, Gaeltacht na nDéise, in the south-west of the county. County Waterford has the Knockmealdown Mountains and the Comeragh Mountains; the highest point in the county is Knockmealdown, at 794 m. It has many rivers, including Ireland's third longest river, the River Suir. There are over 30 beaches along Waterford's volcanic coast line. A large stretch of this coastline, known as the Copper Coast has been designated as a UNESCO Geopark, a place of great geological importance. To the west of Dungarvan is the Déise Gaeltacht, an Irish-speaking region comprising the areas of Ring, County Waterford and Old Parish. Waterford City is the county seat, prior to the merger of the 2 Waterford authorities in June 2014 Dungarvan was the county seat for Waterford County Council.

There are eight historic baronies in the county: Coshmore and Coshbride, Decies-within-Drum, Decies-without-Drum, Glenahiry, Middlethird and Waterford City. County Waterford is colloquially known as "The Déise", pronounced "day-shih" or, in Irish, /dʲe:ʃʲɪ/; some time between the 4th and 8th centuries, an Irish tribe called the Déisi were driven from southern county Meath/north Kildare and moved into the Waterford region and settling there. The ancient principality of the Déise is today coterminous with the current Roman Catholic Diocese of Waterford and Lismore thus including part of south County Tipperary; the westernmost of the baronies are "Decies within Drum" and "Decies without Drum", separated by the Drum-Fineen hills. There are many megalithic tombs and ogham stones in the county; the Viking influence can still be seen with Reginald's Tower, one of the first buildings to use a brick and mortar construction method in Ireland. Woodstown, a settlement dating to the 9th century was discovered 5.5 kilometres west of Waterford city.

It was the largest settlement outside Scandinavia and the only large-scale 9th-century Viking settlement discovered to date in Western Europe. Other architectural features are products of the Anglo-Norman invasion of its effects; as of 1 June 2014, Waterford City and County Council is the local government authority for Waterford. The authority was formed following the merger of Waterford City Council and Waterford County Council; the merger occurred following the Local Government Reform Act 2014. Each local authority ranks as first level local administrative units of the NUTS 3 South-East Region for Eurostat purposes. There are 31 LAU 1 entities in the Republic of Ireland; the local authority is responsible for certain local services such as sanitation and real-estate development, the collection of automobile taxation, local roads and social housing. The county is part of the South constituency for the purposes of European elections. For elections to Dáil Éireann, the county is part of two constituencies: Waterford and Tipperary South.

Together they return 7 deputies to the Dáil. The Electoral Act 2009 defines the Waterford constituency as "The county of Waterford, except the part thereof, comprised in the constituency of Tipperary South. Gaeltacht na nDéise is a Gaeltacht area in Co. Waterford consisting of the parish of An Rinn and An Sean Phobal. Gaeltacht na nDéise is located 10 km from the town of Dungarvan, has a population of 1,816 people and encompasses a geographical area of 62 km2. According to Census 2016 the percentage of daily Irish speakers in Gaeltacht na nDéise was 45.6%. High Sheriff of County Waterford Lord Lieutenant of Waterford List of abbeys and priories in the Republic of Ireland Saint Declan Limerick–Rosslare railway line Waterford City and County Council website – Official Waterford Tourism website

Alvin and the Chipmunks in film

The fictional animated singing group Alvin and the Chipmunks created by Ross Bagdasarian Sr. have appeared in eight feature-length films since their debut. When David Seville goes off to Europe on a business trip, the Chipmunks, Alvin and Theodore, are left at home with their babysitter, Miss Beatrice Miller. While the three are playing an arcade game of Around the World in Thirty Days with the Chipettes and Brittany argue over which would win an actual race around the world, since Brittany beat Alvin in the video game. Diamond smugglers Claudia and Klaus Furschtein overhear the conversation and approach the children, telling them that they will provide them with the means for a real race around the world by hot air balloon, with the winner receiving $100,000. In a tree farm, three musically inclined chipmunks, the mischievous troublemaker, the smart one in the trio, Theodore the chubby sweethearted chipmunk, find their tree cut down and are transported to Los Angeles. Once there, they meet frustrated songwriter David Seville, despite a poor house-wrecking first impression, they impress him with their singing talent.

Seeing the opportunity for success, both human and chipmunks make a pact for them to sing his songs. While that ambition proves a frustrating struggle with the difficult trio, the dream does come true after all. However, that success presents its own trials as their unscrupulous record executive, Ian Hawke, plans to break up this family to exploit the boys. Can Dave and the Chipmunks discover what they value amid the superficial glamour around them? Pop sensations Alvin and Theodore end up in the care of Dave Seville's twenty-something cousin Toby; the boys must put aside music super stardom to return to school, are tasked with saving the school's music program by winning the $25,000 prize in a battle of the bands. But the Chipmunks unexpectedly meet their match in three singing chipmunks known as The Chipettes—Brittany and Eleanor. Romantic and musical sparks are ignited when the Chipettes square off. Dave, the Chipmunks, the Chipettes enjoy fun and mischief on a luxury cruise before their seafaring vacation takes an unexpected detour to an uncharted island.

Now, the harder Alvin and friends search for a way back to civilization, the more obvious it becomes that they aren't alone on this secluded island paradise. Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami...and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but from gaining a terrible stepbrother; when the Chipmunks take a break from their concert, they get lost, get locked inside the park. They find their way to the "Frankenstein's Castle" attraction, where a real Dr. Victor Frankenstein is working on his monster; the monster is brought to life, the doctor sends it in pursuit of the Chipmunks. In their escape, the monster retrieves. Now it's up to the Chipmunks to do something to the monster; when Alvin has nightmares of meeting the Wolfman, which led him waking up screaming in horror and Dave conclude that Alvin's been watching too many horror films at night.

Alvin says that it is because their new neighbor, Lawrence Talbot, creeps him out and speculates that he is hiding something. Theodore is having trouble with Nathan, a bully, will not go to the principal, who plans to retire due to Alvin's daily mishaps, for help. La-Lu, a friend of David Seville, has put up a banner saying "Welcome Chipmunks" on the porch of her magic cottage. One of her friends, Gilda believes. PC says that his mom used to say "nothing warms up a home like children's laughter". Dave arrives with Alvin, Simon, Jeanette and Eleanor. Dave needs the weekend to himself to write a new song, La-Lu is happy to have five pre-schoolers and a baby stay with her and her friends. Sam and Lou, two gophers, report to the viewers at home about the feelings the characters are experiencing via going into their heads and viewing an abstract inner visual manifestation of what the characters are thinking and or feeling. Alvin doesn't like that Dave is gone, La-Lu explains that she felt the same way when she was little and reassures him that Dave will return for him and the others soon.

The live action animated films are the highest-grossing live-action/animated film series and 6th highest-grossing musicals film series of all time. The first film ranks as the 5th highest grossing live-action/animated film of all time, with its sequels being ranked 4th, 7th, 17th of all time

Chris Humphreys

Chris Humphreys is a British actor and novelist. Born in Toronto, Ontario as the grandson of actor Cecil Humphreys, he was raised in Los Angeles, California until the age of seven and grew up in the United Kingdom. For acting he is best known for his role in The Bill where he played PC Richard Turnham from 1989 to 1990, he has been in A. D. Zorro, Coronation Street, Dangerfield, Highlander: The Series, Goodnight Sweetheart, Silent Witness, The Core, he publishes historical adventure novels and young adult fantasy novels under the name C. C. Humphreys; the main character for his Jack Absolute series is based on the main character of the play The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. In 2017, Humphreys was interviewed for The Bill Podcast, sharing memories from his time making The Bill as well as stories about his life and career in general. Jack Absolute seriesJack Absolute. Orion Books, 2003; the Blooding of Jack Absolute. Orion Books, 2006. Absolute Honour. Orion Books, 2006; the French Executioner seriesThe French Executioner.

Orion Books, 2002. Blood Ties. Orion Books, 2003; the Runestone SagaThe Fetch. Random House Children's Books, 2006. Vendetta. Random House Children's Books, 2007. Possession. Random House Children's Books, 2008. Other novelsVlad: The Last Confession. Orion Books, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4091-0330-1 A Place Called Armageddon. Orion Books, 2011 ISBN 978-1-4091-1486-4 The Hunt of the Unicorn. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2011. ISBN 978-0-375-85872-7 Shakespeare's rebel. Orion Books, 2014 Plague: Murderer has a new friend. Century, 2014Short Stories‘Where the Angels Wait’. Pulp Literature, Issue 1, 2014.'The Ankle Bracelet'. Pulp Literature, Issue 14, 2017. Chris Humphreys on IMDb Official Author Site Personal Blog The Bill Podcast Interview