Grow HQ Competition

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National Workplace Wellbeing day is just around the corner and GIY wants to celebrate with you! We are offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to join us for a team building, plot to plate garden tour (on the house!) at our award winning, sustainably designed café and training centre in Ardkeen, GROW HQ.  Absolutely FREE! Un-pea-leaf-able!


To win this fabulous experience for your team, all you need to do is, be available the morning of Friday the 31st of March AND send us your best growing or vegetable related pun.


Examples include: Just turnip and grow, un-pea-leaf-able opportunity, I’ve bean waiting for this all my life.


All entries to go through Brooke Murphy on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 087 316 8916.


Minister for Health Promotion visits Waterford


Minister For Health Promotion


To recognise Waterford City and County Council’s involvement in the World Health Organization Healthy Cities Project over the past seven years, Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, T.D, visited Waterford to present a certificate of accreditation to the National Healthy Cities and Counties of Ireland Network to Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Adam Wyse and Michael Walsh, CEO, Waterford City and County Council.


With the significant development in 2013 of Healthy Ireland – the National Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing – the WHO Healthy Cities model has been identified as the way to develop key partnerships at the local level to implement Healthy Ireland. Healthy Ireland aims to shift the focus to prevention of diseases, seeks to reduce health inequalities, and emphasises the need to empower people and communities to better look after their own health and wellbeing.


Minister Corcoran Kennedy, T.D., congratulated Waterford City and County Council on having the vision to be involved in the WHO Healthy Cities for the past seven years and for making a commitment to work to become healthier places for all. Minister Corcoran Kennedy added that “as a former elected member of a Local Authority I know that Local Authorities are uniquely placed to bridge the gap between national policy and local implementation. I know the influence and reach that Local Authorities, in particular the recently formed Local Community Development Committees, have in every community and I see huge potential for them to contribute to building a healthier Ireland”.

Chamber President welcomes city centre investment


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Following the announcement that Saudi Arabian investment group, Al Hokair, will be investing in the region of €300 million in the city, Waterford Chamber President Laurent Borla said: “It’s being described as a game changer for Waterford and there is absolutely no doubt about that. This will be the largest commercial development Waterford has ever seen. Our city will be unrecognisable in a short period of time and it is a remarkable show of confidence in Waterford and the wider region that Al Hokair have chosen to invest here.


“Waterford City & County Council, along with their advisors, must be commended for securing this transformational investment. What it will mean in terms of job creation, commercial and retail investment, population growth and economic prosperity is hugely significant and positions Waterford as a true regional capital, driving a much stronger South East region. Waterford has been clear and vocal in outlining its vision for the city in terms of the 2040 National Planning Framework and this will motivate us even more to be a city of consequence with a population of 100,00 people and a vibrant city centre. Our aspirations for Waterford are now achievable and there is no question that Waterford and the South East Region has a bright and prosperous future.” 


'Get Greenway Ready' Seminar


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Date: Tuesday, 28th March 2017

Time: 6.00-9.00pm

Where: The Park Hotel, Dungarvan

Cost: Free


This ‘Get Greenway Ready!’ seminar is designed give you all the information you need about the new Waterford Greenway, including the future plans for promotion and tourism. Aimed at all existing businesses, potential businesses and community groups, the seminar will also explore how you can go about developing or expanding your business to take advantage of this fantastic new development.


The possibilities presented by the Greenway are endless – this event is an important opportunity to discuss how we as a county can secure the greatest impact for our region. This event will give you a chance to network, make contacts and find out more about the services and facilities already in place. A range of agencies and institutions will be on hand to outline what they can offer, from support and advice to funding and grants.


The Seminar will feature a number of short presentations:


  • RIKON/WIT School of Business report on their detailed study of the Greenway
  • Failte Ireland detail how the Greenway fits into the ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ concept
  • Local Enterprise Office & Waterford Council highlight funding and opportunities
  • Waterford Leader Partnership on local funding and projects
  • Helen O'Mahony from O'Mahony’s Pub in Durrow and Helen Ridgard of Kilmacthomas Social Enterprise Group will speak on the early impact of the Greenway from a personal and community perspective
  • Naoive Coggin of Browne’s Self Catering shares her experience of the value of community networking and referrals.
  • Angelo Hurley, Lecturer in Tourism Management at WIT will deliver a presentation on the Greenway as an economic resource


This free event is a Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber Seminar for businesses organised in association with Waterford City & County Council & Waterford Local Enterprise Office.


Places will be limited so booking is essential - contact 058 45054 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to secure your place.

Blaas For Kids


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WLR’s Blaas for Kids is back for the sixth year, helping children in need in Waterford through The Déise's favourite food, the Blaa.


This year, WLR is teaming up with Touching Hearts, the charity behind the building of a new facility to replace the Sacred Heart Centre on Lady Lane, which looks after children from 0-18 years of age with additional needs. This new centre will be built on the grounds of St. Otterans in Waterford City. Although the project is backed by the HSE, the facility cannot be built without financial support and donations from the public, and the sooner we can raise the funds needed, the sooner these children will be able to get the care they deserve in an environment suitable for their needs.


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Appointment of Chair to the Governing Body of WIT


Applications are now invited, via the State Boards Website (see details below), from suitably qualified applicants with a demonstrable interest in Higher Education, for the position of Chairperson of the Governing Body of WIT.


Applicants must have:

  • Significant senior management level experience in corporate governance (including strategy, governance and change management) in a large/complex organisation.
  • Previous Board experience


It is also a requirement that applicants satisfy the criteria in either or both of the categories set out below:


  • Strategic Management and Organisational Development:


Significant senior level practical experience in developing and implementing strategy in a large public or private sector organisation and/or programme and project management.


  • Finance and Budgeting:


Significant senior level practical experience in finance and audit in an organisation with a large annual budget or turnover.


Conflicts of Interest:

No current employee of any of the Institutions and no current employee of any Higher Education Institution in Ireland will be considered for this position. This is to avoid, as far as possible, any appearance of a conflict of interest that could arise by a member of staff of a higher education institution holding a particular class, description or grade of position and, at the same time, being a chairperson of the Governing Body of an Institute of Technology.


Appointment to be made by: Minister for Education and Skills

Location of Board Meetings: Waterford

Relevant Website:

Information Booklet: 1731603_Final Information Booklet WIT Chair.pdf

Date Vacancy Advertised: 22/02/2017

Closing Date: 3.00pm on 24/03/2017

Reference ID: 1731603

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SOS Wellness Workshop Waterford




SOS is delighted to be hosting a Wellness Workshop on Tuesday, 4th April 2017.


This is a full day workshop running from 9.30am – 4.30pm with lunch included.


If you or anyone you know would like to attend please visit:


The Wellness Workshop isa one day workshop that aims to help people understand, take charge of and responsibility for their own mental health. SOS is currently running a series of workshops throughout the country which are being offered free of charge to participants, thanks to our wonderful funders the National Office of Suicide Prevention, our Donors and our Fundraisers.


Our facilitators come from very diverse backgrounds including clinical psychology, motivational speakers, lived life experiences and trained therapists. They combine personal testimony with practical tools and tips that you can use in your everyday life to improve your own wellness.


Throughout the day the workshop will look at our thinking process, the wellness continuum, mindfulness, personality traits, and the wheel of change. This is all done in a very interactive non-intrusive and fun way. Areas covered on the day include relaxation and stress management, understanding the relationship between thoughts and emotions, developing a wellness toolkit and daily plan.



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