Waterford’s stunning scenery plays a starring role in a new video celebrating the Waterford Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling experience in Ireland.
Several famed Waterford natives appear throughout the video, including Ireland rugby captain Niamh Briggs, Fair City star Carrie Crowley, and celebrity chef Paul Flynn (and his dog, Sky). Manager of Waterford senior hurlers, Derek McGrath also lends his support, along with coach Mark Cooney and players Kevin Moran, Ian O'Regan, Barry Coughlan, Austin Gleeson and Pauric Mahony.
The video, released today to showcase the recently launched 46km trail, follows the adventures of 12-year-olds Patrick Brennan and Chloe Walsh, who set off from Waterford City and the coastal town of Dungarvan. The pair meet at Kilmacthomas, the half-way point on the Waterford Greenway.
Almost 200 people came together for the closing shot on the 50-metre high Kilmacthomas Viaduct, including performers and creations from Waterford performing arts theatre company, Spraoi.
Director of Services at Waterford City & County Council, Lar Power thanked those involved in the creation of the video. “This was a real community effort and showcases what Waterford Greenway has to offer. So many Waterford people have got behind the promotion of the Greenway and we appreciate that support,” he said.
“It’s vital that everyone in Waterford becomes an ambassador – not just for the Greenway, but for all of the wonderful attractions and activities that can be experienced in Waterford.”
Also making an appearance in the video are cyclists from Dungarvan Cycling Club, and local stalwarts Tom and Helen O’Mahony of O’Mahony’s at Shanacool.
Dungarvan brand design agency, TOTEM, directed the video, while the videographer was Dominique Davoust, and drone work was by Colin Shanahan of DigiCol.
WIT is running a seminar on dementia-related conditions on Thursday, 27 April on WIT’s main campus to mark The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s national fundraising campaign ‘Tea Day’.
Speakers include Kathy Ryan on living with dementia and Professor Ríona Mulcahy, University Hospital Waterford.
The seminar is in addition to a fundraising event for staff and students in the morning and an information bus on campus in the afternoon, with Amy a nurse who has dementia specific knowledge and experiences available to talk to the general public.
The fundraising information event will take place from 5pm with talks starting at 6-8.30pm. These include: Kathy Ryan 'Living with Dementia', Prof Riona Mulachy 'Challenges in Dementia', Jemma Kehoe 'Therapeutic Foods for Dementia', Dr Sinead Conneely 'Legal Planning and Decision Making: Changes in Irish Law and Policy'. Booking is not required. Details available at www.wit.ie/events.
Fiona Whelan-Ryan, a marketing lecturer at WIT is behind the initiative which will involve a fundraising ‘Tea Day’ for staff and students on the morning of Thursday, 27 April. WIT runs its Tea Day earlier than the national event to help maximize funds raised before students break for exams. Staff and students at Waterford Institute of Technology raised more than €3,000 for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland last year.
This is a campus-wide initiative with staff and students coming together from various departments to raise funds for the local branch of the ASI.
Whelan-Ryan says: “1 in 2 people in Ireland know someone who has been diagnosed with dementia. But only 1 in 4 say they have a good understanding of dementia. We want to raise awareness about dementia and support services that are there and as a college community to ‘understand together’.”
CEO of the ASI Pat McLoughlin said: “Last year Alzheimer’s Tea Day raised €470,000, thanks to our wonderful Tea Day hosts and all those who attended and supported events around the country. We’re delighted that Medtronic are with us again this year as their support has been vital. The money this campaign has generated has made a real and lasting difference to the lives of people in local communities living with dementia as all funds raised by Alzheimer’s Tea Day locally stay local and help to support vital lifelines across our range of services including Day Care, Home Care, Family Carer Training and Dementia Advisers. 1 in 2 of us knows someone who has been diagnosed with dementia that could be your mother, father, uncle, aunt, sibling or friend.”
For more information or to register for Alzheimer’s Tea Day fundraising pack, visit www.teaday.ie or call 1800 719 820.
This May the RSA’s Check it Fits service will be visiting County Waterford. Did you know it’s the law that all children under 150cms or 36kgs must use a child car seat appropriate to their weight and height. In Ireland as many as 4 out of 5 child car seats are incorrectly fitted which can lead to serious injury or even death in a collision.
Since October 2013, the RSA’s ‘Check it Fits’ Service has checked over 21,000 child car seats and restraints in Ireland. Worryingly, 79% of seats required a major adjustment, of which 3% were deemed not fit for purpose and condemned, meaning they could have caused injury or even death in the event of a collision.
The Check it Fits service is quick, it’s easy, it’s free. On the day our experts will advise on how to fix any problem, demonstrate how to fit the restraint correctly and answer any queries participants might have. Our experts aim to put parent’s, grandparent’s and guardian’s minds at ease that their child’s car seat is safely and securely fitted in their car.
People interested in finding work as teachers in further education or existing teachers hoping to climb the career ladder are invited to attend the inaugural Education Programmes Open Day at the WIT Arena from 10am-1pm on Saturday, 22 April.
Waterford Institute of Technology’s Department of Education runs a number of programmes that have Teaching Council recognition and attracts students from far and wide on its variety of courses for educators.
As well as a suite of undergraduate programmes, WIT has a set of unique level 8 and level 9 programmes delivered through flexible and blended learning; some are block delivered and others run in Dublin and Cork as well as Waterford.
Helen Murphy, the Head of the Department of Education welcomes people in education or interested in education to come along to find out which course can help them to reach their personal or professional development goals.
“Our programmes are flexible, responsive and connect teaching with practice. We have been working with adult learners for over 30 years and have a long history of supporting adult education. We offer programmes from NFQ Level 6 up to NFQ Level 9. For detailed information on the event and individual programmes see www.wit.ie/teaching,” she says.
Course options vary from those for aspiring leaders in education at primary and secondary level to programmes for those wishing to pursue a career in adult or further education.
"The need for tutors working in adult and further education to possess a recognised third level qualification in pedagogy has been set out in the National Strategy for Further Education and Training (SOLAS, 2014)," Murphy explains.
The current portfolio of Education Programmes spans undergraduate programmes from Higher Certificate to Honours Degree level and a postgraduate portfolio that includes a range of Masters Programmes in; (i) teaching and learning in further and higher education; (ii) management of education and (iii) adult education, further education, community development and adult literacy.
“All of our programmes were designed for practitioners working across the education spectrum (primary, post-primary, further, adult and higher - education) to address the CPD needs of these sectors and to reflect the changes taking place in education practice and policy.”
For those wanting to make the most of the Easter Break – the WIT Arena is next to one of the entrances to the newly-launched Waterford Greenway. People attending the event can spend the afternoon on the greenway if they wish