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AQFS 50 Years

Ardkeen Quality Food Store are celebrating 50 years of retail with an instore birthday party on Saturday the 16th of September from 12 noon to 5pm.

Enjoy a FREE BBQ, lots of family fun and music and of course an opportunity to sample many of their wonderful small batch suppliers. 

Ardkeen QFS Theatre of Food 2017

Electric Picnic is an annual arts and music festival which has been staged since 2004 at Stradbally Hall in Stradbally, Co. Laois. Originally a 1-day event with 10,000 attendees the festival has grown exponentially the last 13 years to now hosting 55,000 people over a three-day weekend.

An eclectic mix of music, cookery demos, tastings, workshops and discussions, The Theatre of Food Marquee is the flagship of food at the festival. The brainchild of John & Sally McKenna, this year yet again ToF attracted an impressive list of luminaries from the Irish food community including Darina Allen, Rory O’Connell, JP McMahon, Gary O’Hanlon and Rosanna Davidson.

For the third year running Ardkeen Quality Food Store were invited to provision the ingredients for Theatre of Food, bringing the very best of Ireland’s artisan and craft food producers to the stage and to the attention of some of Ireland's top chefs.

Colin & Kevin Jephson even took to the stage with fellow Waterfordians and chefs Michael Quinn and Paul Flynn (The Tannery). Paul was intrigued as to how a small independent store could have thrived let alone survive for 50 years in the midst of international retail giants.

The Jephson’s cited strong relationships and a commitment to quality as the reason behind the longevity and success of Ardkeen which boasts both customers and suppliers who are 2nd and 3rd generation.

Michael Quinn was keen to point out provenance also played an important role, reinforced appropriately by cooking a recipe which included fine Irish producers like Rings Farm, Highbank Orchard, O’Neill’s Bacon and Wexford potatoes.

KBC Amber YoungAmber Young was recently appointed KBC Waterford Hub Manager.

Amber is one of a number of recent appointments at KBC, which has committed its long term future to Ireland. It is growing its retail business in Ireland with market leading mortgage, personal loan and credit card rates. KBC’s mortgage offering includes rates as low as 2.9%. As well as being able to meet customers’ needs at its hub in Waterford city, KBC has also made a €100m investment to become a digital-first customer centric bank. 

Prior to her appointment, Amber was Business Development Associate in KBC Waterford where she was responsible for managing the development of the KBC business for the greater Waterford area. Amber has almost ten years banking experience prior to KBC as a Mortgage Advisor, Sales Manager, and Business Advisor. A qualified financial advisor, Amber also holds a degree in chemical engineering from UCD.

Amber and her team can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 051-515980 or in person at KBC’s hub at 55 High Street with any banking queries.

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The team from Whitfield Hospital and UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre are getting set for a return visit to the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore. Following the success of last year’s visit, they have doubled the size of their stand to offer even more to the estimated 280,000 visitors to this, the premier agricultural event in the country.

The National Ploughing Championships take place each year in September. The 2017 Championships will be held at Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly from September 19th – 21st 2017.

Located at the Health & Wellness area, Block no.: 2, Row no: 29, Stand no: 644, Unit no. 21/22, the Whitfield Hospital / UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre stand will show how and why they have been offering top class healthcare to the south east for over a decade.

It has been an exciting 12 months at Whitfield Hospital, which built a 5th theatre to keep up with increased patient demand.  It also launched its 2nd endoscopy suite and became the first hospital in Ireland and the UK to receive the ISO 50001 (Energy Management System – helping conserve resources and tackling climate change) Every year Whitfield Hospital supports events through-out the south east. These serve as a good opportunity for the Whitfield staff to interact with the public off site and promote its services. Whitfield Hospital has always received demand for services from Waterford, but the last 12 months has shown a steady increase from the whole south east.

The UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre is an advanced radiation therapy centre serving patients in the south east. Managed by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based healthcare leader UPMC, UPMC Whitfield has been accredited three times by the Joint Commission International—an independent organization that sets the “gold standard” for quality--since 2008. UPMC Whitfield, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, has treated more than 17,000 patients with the most advanced radiation therapy. It is an approach that leverages one global team of experts to support one individual patient. As part of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, UPMC Whitfield leverages innovation and expertise from around the globe to deliver solutions and care to patients, closer to their homes.

This is a real opportunity for the public to meet and question the team from Whitfield Hospital and UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre. If you would like to learn more about their services and facilities, you can visit or

LCE Ergnomics Workshop

Announcing the upcoming HSA Workplace Ergonomics & Musculoskeletal Disorders workshops in Cork 3rd October and Dublin 5th October.

Ita Leyden of LCE will be giving a joint presentation at this workshop on an “Introduction to the Manual Handing Assessment Charts (Mac) Tool”.

Attendees will gain an insight and apply practical risk assessment tools to quantify ergonomic risks. They will also gain an understanding of the importance of controlling risk through the introduction of innovative engineering solutions or by changing the way work is planned and organised.

The workshop will be of a particular interest to:

  • Health and Safety Professionals
  • Production and Operations Managers
  • Safety Representatives
  • Occupational Health Professionals
  • Production or Manufacturing Engineers
  • Others that have an interest in the science and management of work

Further info & booking!LTE0CQ

passion award

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Local marketing agency and Waterford Chamber member - Passion for Creative – has been shortlisted in the Best Brand Marketing Category for their work with Blackwater Distillery at the Net Visionary Awards which are hosted by the IIA (Irish Internet Association).

Passion for Creative is a full service marketing agency which has been operating in Waterford for 10 years. They have worked with Blackwater Distillery since the company began and have been involved with all aspects of the branding for each product, including Boyle's Gin which was developed specifically for Aldi Ireland and recently won acclaim at the International Wine and Spirits Awards in London.

Passion for Creative were also nominated in the best use of Technology for Social Good category for their work with another Waterford based organisation – Touching Hearts, a centre for independent living located in the city. This particular award was open to the public vote which has now closed.

The awards will be held in the RDS on Friday, September 15th.


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