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Waterford’s Creative Ireland 2017 plan launched at Comeraghs Wild Festival

19 July 2017 16:37:02 Frontpage

Waterford is already a creative county and a new blueprint for the future of the sector in the region focuses not just on the arts but on craft, on biodiversity, on research and technology as well as built and natural heritage and will bring communities together to showcase what is best and what is unique about Waterford. Launching Waterford’s Creative Ireland 2017 plan at Feile at the Falls, an evening featuring music from David Power and Triona Marshall, broadcaster and author, Olivia O’Leary, who read poetry on the night, described the national initiative as “truly inspirational” and looked forward to its implementation at local level. “There is no greater feeling than when you create something totally new and unique. That needs to be encouraged and nurtured. Waterford Design has been key in supporting companies. This is a county that also has a great tradition of literature, the much missed poet, Sean Dunne; Cappoquin poet, Tom McCarthy, and the cradle of creativity that is Molly Keane’s House.” The future-looking plan for Waterford includes initiatives such as a bee pollination programme; the history of glassmaking in Waterford; a library’s Readers in Residence Programme and the place names of the Deise Project which brings children and older people together to identify often forgotten names of fields and roads and hills in their own areas, Ms O’Leary added. Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr. Pat Nugent, welcomed the large gathering to the launch which came just before the opening night concert at Mahon Falls for the Comeraghs Wild Festival 2017. He thanked the Culture Team in Waterford. Waterford’s Creative Ireland programme can be downloaded from or to obtain a copy please contact the Waterford Libraries at 0761 102715. “They have been working so hard and will continue to work to ensure that our plans and our vision for the next clearly represents the creativity of our communities.” He thanked the Comeraghs Wild Committee and commended their work to ensure that the weekend-long programme included something for everyone. Michael O’Reilly from the National Creative Ireland team spoke about the huge energy that was being unleashed across every county through supporting communities to be creative and to experience the creativity in their own counties, towns and villages. “This is the legacy programme from 2016 and the thousands of arts and cultural events that took place. It was a joyful and unifying year and Waterford’s role in that was fantastic. That is the spirit that lay behind the Creative Ireland idea. This concert tonight typifies this – shows how people unite to create something special.” Comeraghs Wild Committee Chairperson, Mary Flynn, commended all involved in the Festival for all of their hard work and looked forward to a brilliant few days of showcasing the Comeragh Mountains and the surrounding hinterland to all who would support the Festival.

Vice null Time19 July 2017 16:37:02


Solas Cancer Support Centre announced as nominated charity for 2017 for Sean Kelly tour

24 May 2017 21:30:33 Frontpage

We are delighted to announce that the nominated charity for the 2017 Sport Ireland Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford is the Solas Cancer Support Centre. The Solas Cancer Support Centre offers free support to those affected by cancer, their families and carers in Waterford and the South East in a purpose built Centre in Ardkeen, Waterford City. The charity was founded in 1999 and quickly outgrew its original rented facility. Following a massive community effort, that started in 2008, the necessary funds were raised and the new Centre opened in 2011 - celebrating its 6th birthday this year. The support services include counselling, relaxation therapies and group support services which are provided at the Solas Cancer Support Centre and offers a safe place; a place to talk things over, to relax and express emotions. Since it opened its doors 6 years ago over 2,500 clients have used the services and 2016 saw an expansion of the opening hours with services now available until 9pm each Wednesday. In continuing to grow and react to community needs The Solas Cancer Support Centre expanded last September with a new West Waterford service opening in Dungarvan. This new service is based in The Alternative Health Clinic at 12 Main Street, Dungarvan. This Dungarvan based service will allow more people from the South East to access support services and negate the need for people to travel from the west of the county to Waterford City. The Solas Cancer Support Centre is supported by over 70 volunteers, 25 counsellors and therapists, 6 community employment scheme workers and 4 staff members (1 full time and 3 part time) as well as a voluntary Board of Directors. This huge voluntary commitment is essential to the running of the Centre, ‘The Centre could, quite simply, not operate without our amazing volunteers and colleagues and we are so fortunate to have such a wonderful team that makes the Solas Cancer Support Centre such a special place’. The Solas Cancer Support Centre would not operate without the generous donations from the public. They are not government funded so are 100% reliant on community donations and fundraising activities to sustain and develop our services to those affected by cancer, their family members and carers. For further information on their services, kindly visit - Participants of the Tour who wish to raise funds for The Solas Cancer Support Centre can do so by requesting a sponsorship card when they complete the entry form or can donate online when they are registering for the event. Participants in the 2016 Tour raised €10,449 for the Irish Pilgrimage Trust. Let’s put in a huge effort in 2017 and try to better that figure! Please note that none of the entry fee for the event is donated to the nominated charity - the charity relies solely on donations from participants. Registration for this year's event which takes place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August opened in March and there are a steady stream of people from all over Ireland registering every day. Don't miss your chance to be part of this great event. ENTER NOW @ - Follow 'Sean Kelly Tour' on FACEBOOK

Vice null Time24 May 2017 21:30:33

Family fun guaranteed at Waterford Country Fair, June 11, 2017

03 May 2017 15:07:30 Frontpage

Make-A-Wish fundraiser to help grant wishes for children Fearless jousting knights on horseback, stunning birds of prey and artisan food and crafts from the four corners of Ireland are just some of the countless attractions expected to spur thousands to attend this year’s Waterford Country Fair, a fun-filled, family-focused fundraiser on Sunday, June 11, which this year will help grant wishes to children with cystic fibrosis through Make-A-Wish Ireland. The third annual Waterford Country Fair is a unique chance for everyone to embrace all that is exciting, fascinating and captivating about country life and living this summer in the extensive grounds of stunning Curraghmore House and Gardens in Portlaw, Co. Waterford. Shuttle buses are planned from Waterford city and it is hoped that families walking or cycling along the stunning new Waterford Greenway will also make the short journey to Curraghmore for what the organisers promise will be their best Country Fair yet. Funds raised go to Make-A-Wish Ireland, a children’s charity which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions and gives them hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish CEO Susan O’Dwyer says, “We are delighted to be the charity chosen by the Waterford Country Fair committee this year and look forward to holding a fundraising collection at this great family event. “We recently granted our 2000th wish and since we receive no government funding, we rely on the generosity of the general public to help us to continue to grant wishes to children living with life-threatening illnesses.” The day-long event starts from 10am and includes jousting, sheep dog trials, poultry displays, falconry, dressage, side saddle and pony club games qualifiers for the Royal Dublin Horse Show. Gundog guru, Keith Matthews, makes his first appearance and Fair-goers will also have a chance to try their hand at fly fishing, archery and so much more, Committee Chairperson, Jo Brehenny, explained. “We’re delighted to have the jousters back – they were a huge hit last year and they really add to the sense of occasion on what is always a fantastic family day out. We’re thrilled to link up with Make-A-Wish, a charity that does so much good work. “Our event is very much the Bloom for Country Living. All of the popular attractions are back, such as live music, beekeeping and a “living” medieval village which will quite literally take visitors back in time to experience medieval life in Ireland,” Jo explained. Admission is €10 per adult, young children €5. For more log on to or visit our Facebook page

Vice null Time03 May 2017 15:07:30

Waterford Walls 2017 – Launch Event with RTE’s Dermot Bannon - Tickets available – places limited!

26 April 2017 14:59:16 Frontpage

The team from Waterford Walls is delighted to announce it will return in August 2017. The project, now in its third year, is widely recognised as one of the leading visual street art events in the country, attracting top national and international street artists along with plenty of visitors who help to boost footfall and trade for city retailers. The unique visual street art event sees artists transform spaces around the city with the creation of outdoor murals. To mark the launch of this year’s project, the Waterford Walls team is delighted to host an event with a difference. Designed to highlight the importance of ‘re-imagining spaces’, Dermot Bannon, celebrity architect from RTE’s Room to Improve, will speak about the value of projects like Waterford Walls which has seen buildings such as the Ardree and entire local districts transformed with unique and impactful artwork created to enhance the aesthetic of the city. The lunchtime launch event will take place on Thursday 11th May in the Old Presbytery building which is a space identified as key for regeneration. It will include a short excursion to explore some of the most famous murals. Attendees will be in for a treat with input from both Dermot Bannon and renowned artist, James Earley. The event will include plenty of time for discussion and all attendees will receive lunch. Places are strictly limited and tickets are priced at 20EUR with proceeds going towards the Waterford Walls project. To book a place contact / 087 7624397. Speaking about the launch event, founder and lead organiser Edel Tobin said; "Since 2015 the project has evolved and grown placing Waterford firmly on the international street art map. Following last year's exceptional success we are planning an exciting programme for 2017 and are delighted to be welcoming Dermot Bannon for our unique launch event. We are extremely proud of the project to date and are very grateful to all of the individuals and businesses who have supported us and gotten involved along the way. Waterford Walls murals can now be seen all over the city and beyond which highlights their universal appeal. All proceeds from the launch will be used for the project and we are asking people to continue to get involved and support this truly exciting and inspiring creative spectacle which has had such a transformative impact.” Waterford Walls 2017 takes place from the 17-20 August 2017. For more information about how to get involved in sponsoring Waterford Walls visit our website If you are interested in attending the launch event with RTE’s Dermot Bannon and artist James Earley on Thursday 11th May, email to book a place now.

Vice null Time26 April 2017 14:59:16

Calling All Waterford Businesses - Bank of Ireland Startup Awards 2017 Is Back!

17 March 2017 07:21:01 Frontpage

Bank of Ireland Startup Awards 2017 were officially launched at an event in the Enterprise Ireland Headquarters in Dublin. The competition, now in its sixth year, recognises and rewards Irish startups for their success in business across 13 categories including digital, food and drink, retail and fintech, health & healthcare and technology. Open to companies and organisations across all sectors, awareness for the Bank of Ireland Startup Awards continues to grow annually, with almost 680 entries received in 2016. With categories such as the ‘Food & Drink Entrepreneurial Startup’, claimed in 2016 by Waterford-based manufacturer Pip & Pear Babyfood, now sold in multiples throughout the country and Cyc-Lok who were the winner of the Sustainable Startup category went on to secure a contract with Dublin City Council after their win. The category winners of the Bank of Ireland Startup Awards will go on to represent Ireland in the prestigious European Startup Awards which will take place later this year. Waterford companies can enter the awards on their own behalf or can be nominated by a friend or colleague. Entries are judged in their respective region, which includes Dublin, the rest of Leinster, Munster and Connacht/Ulster. Regional finalists are then shortlisted for the national final which takes place in Dublin in May. The competition is open to Bank of Ireland customers and non - Bank of Ireland customers. Speaking at the awards launch, Michelle Goodwin, Bank of Ireland’s Enterprise Development Programme Manager said “As Ireland’s leading Bank for business, we have a range of supports and initiatives including our dedicated Business Start Up Package which offers start-ups a competitive suite of business supports including free professional services to help successfully start their business. Both financial and non-financial assistance is important when setting up a new business and at Bank of Ireland we offer a broad range of supports. Our Workbench facilities in Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Cork offers new and developing businesses co working and meeting space free of charge, and allow like-minded people to connect and create new opportunities. I look forward to reviewing the entries which will showcase the success, hard work and dedication of Ireland’s entrepreneurs.” Stephen Dillion, Founder of said "Starting a new business takes a huge amount of courage and hard work. The first few years can be really challenging and the Startup Awards are here to support entrepreneurs who are investing so much of themselves to build businesses that will ultimately create employment and benefit the broader economy. “Each year we receive feedback from entrants that the awards were instrumental in supporting their business by providing additional credibility, boosting morale and by opening new doors with the exposure received. With the Startup Awards we are proud to play our part in supporting entrepreneurship in Ireland." Tom Early, HPSU Start Manager, Enterprise Ireland said: “Last year, Enterprise Ireland invested €32 million in Irish start-ups and we are delighted to be part of these awards which showcase up and coming early-stage companies. Supporting more start-ups and using innovation as a driver of competitive advantage to build scale and expand reach in overseas markets is a key part of Enterprise Ireland’s strategy for 2017-2020.” To enter or nominate someone for a Startup Award visit: . Entry into the awards is free and is open to sole traders, partnerships and companies that have been set up in Ireland that are in business for three years or less at the closing date, with up to 30 employees. The awards judging committee will comprise representatives from Bank of Ireland, and leading Irish entrepreneurs. The closing date for entries into the awards is Monday 27th March 2017, the regional finals will take place during April with the national gala final taking place in Dublin on Thursday, 18th May, 2017. Further information on the awards will also be available via the Bank of Ireland Twitter account @BOIbusiness and a dedicated hashtag has been created for the event #boistartupawards.

Vice null Time17 March 2017 07:21:01

Presentation Secondary School to participate in the Skills @ Work Programme

27 January 2017 00:59:50 Frontpage

Waterford City and County Council is inviting 22 Transition Year Students from the Presentation Secondary School to participate in the Skills @ Work Programme which is an initiative run by Business in the Community (BITC) in conjunction with WCCC. The programme aims to introduce students to the world of work in a positive environment, and in the case of Waterford City and County Council , specifically highlighting the career opportunities in the Council. 4 staff members from different areas of the Council will be talking to the students about their job and their general story; from education, to where they started work, to their current role. The programme will follow up with a series of Mock Interviews in March where the TY students will present themselves for interview in their chosen career area and will receive positive feedback after the programme. On Thursday 19th January 2017 the students participated in the Discussion Forum from 2-3 in the Large Room, City Hall and the Press were invited to attend a Mock Council Meeting chaired by Cllr Jason Murphy, Deputising for the Mayor of Waterford City and County Council. Photo: John Power

Vice null Time27 January 2017 00:59:50

Stop smoking for good in 2017

23 January 2017 09:38:18 Latest Newry News, Newry Sport and Newry Business for Newry City

As we progress through January, many people who quit smoking as a New Year’s Resolution may be finding it tough to stay off tobacco, so the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging people to make use of the support that is available to help make their decision permanent. Colette Rogers, Strategic Lead for Tobacco Control

Vice null Time23 January 2017 09:38:18

10 top tips to quit smoking in 2017

22 December 2016 14:58:32 Latest Newry News, Newry Sport and Newry Business for Newry City

While many of us will be focusing on having a great time over the Christmas period, minds will soon be turning to New Year’s resolutions, and once again quitting smoking will be at the top of many people’s ‘to-do’ list come the 1st January 2017. The Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging smokers to use

Vice null Time22 December 2016 14:58:32

Kennedy continues to press for justice for Kingsmills families

17 December 2015 17:12:20 Latest Newry News, Newry Sport and Newry Business for Newry City

The Ulster Unionist Party’s Newry & Armagh MLA, Danny Kennedy, has highlighted what he described as ‘the unacceptable wait’ which the families of the victims of the Kingsmills Massacre have had to endure for the re-opening of the coroner’s inquest into the murder of 10 Protestant workmen by the IRA in January 1976. Kennedy said,

Vice null Time17 December 2015 17:12:20

Rostrevor 0-10 – 2-08 Kilcoo: Low-flying magpies do enough

25 May 2015 16:39:36 Latest Newry News, Newry Sport and Newry Business for Newry City

DOWN ACFL DIVISION ONE – MATCHDAY SIX ROSTREVOR 0-10 – 2-08 KILCOO By Kieran McNally Kilcoo were able to strike when it mattered most, as their fourteen men staggered to victory in front of a sizeable crowd at Pettit Park on Friday night. Daryl Branagan’s red card epitomised what was quite a hard-hitting encounter in

Vice null Time25 May 2015 16:39:36