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Bluegrass Festival 2018Now in its 24th year, the Dunmore East International Bluegrass Festival, is still proving as alluring as ever for top music acts, as some of the industry’s greatest bluegrass and country music acts line up for the free four-day festival in the Co. Waterford village from August 23rd to August 26th.

Fans of bluegrass, honky-tonk, blues, country, Americana and rhythm ‘n’ roots are in for a real musical treat as the picturesque village’s International Bluegrass Festival will feature 14 artists playing almost 40 free gigs throughout the village.

Headlining this year’s festival is Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters, an old school country roots band that effortlessly blends rock, folk and country.  Hailing from North Carolina, Amanda Anne Platt has earned a reputation as an assertive yet gentle and unassuming singer whose “voice and the interplay of the guitar and mandolin gives this band their unique complex sound, a clear-sounding mash-up of American, bluegrass, fold and honky-tonk” according to Elmore Magazine.  At 2015 MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the US, the Honeycutters received fantastic reviews.

Making a return to Dunmore East is California’s Whiskey Deaf. Fiddle player Annie Staninec was born and bred on bluegrass music, has toured the world and featured on countless albums with renowned country, Cajun and blues artists, while John Kael, an established songwriter, has been playing bluegrass guitar, mandolin, banjo and bass for over twenty years.

Having taught in some of the most prestigious music camps in the country, John and Annie will give two traditional bluegrass guitar and fiddle workshops on Friday, August 24th. Places are €10 and pre-booking is essential.

Some perennial favourites returning to Dunmore East’s Bluegrass Festival include Demolition String Band, Woodbine, Mons Wheeler Band and the Backyard Band. New acts to line up in 2018 are Brother’s Parker, Pilgrim Street, Kiss My Grass, Bert and Henry, Charlie Reader, Vickers Vimy, and Whistle.

Mick Daly, Festival Organiser is delighted with the calibre of both first-time and returning bands playing at the festival. “We have a great line-up of bluegrass, country, rockabilly, roots and Americana acts this year.  We are excited about welcoming the Honeycutters to Dunmore for the first time, but also equally excited about the return of some of the big names that have appeared over the years. Many of the bands that play the Dunmore Bluegrass Festival feed off the fantastic energy of the crowd and the fact that it is set to a stunning coastal backdrop is a bonus.”

“Over the past decade or so the festival has evolved organically and while bluegrass is still at the very heart of the festival there is a more eclectic offering of music, such as rockabilly, country and Americana.  A lot of the young, up-and-coming acts are making waves on the bluegrass scene and we’re thrilled to have an exciting line up bringing their energy and vibrancy to the festival.”

“The festival appeals to die-hard bluegrass fans who have been visiting Dunmore for decades, but it also has a broader appeal to those who simply like good toe-tappin’ music, in a beautiful seaside setting, under the sun!”

The 24th Dunmore East International Bluegrass Festival, Co. Waterford kicks off on Thursday evening, August 23rd at the Spinnaker Bar and Restaurant, and heralds the start of 14 bands, playing almost 40 free gigs throughout the village.

For more information visit www.discoverdunmore.com or keep up to date on the Discover Dunmore East Facebook page.

Design ChallengeA Design Challenge to transform Waterford's Cultural Quarter (in the O'Connell Street area) has officially launched.

As part of the challenge, the O'Connell Street area community is invited to submit details of challenges they face. A national team of judges will select 6-8 challenges to be matched to designers. The multi-disciplinary design teams will work with the community to develop design solution proposals. These proposals will be showcased during Design Week in November 2018 for public consultation and feedback. An exhibition period will allow a further period of time for public feedback and engagement with the wider community. Opportunity for a public vote will be considered as part of panel deliberations.

The Design Challenge has been developed by Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) Creativity and Culture Research Group (CCRG); Waterford Cultural Quarter; and Garter Lane Arts Centre. Speaking at the launch, Dr Fiona Dowling from WIT CCRG and Lecturer in Design, said "We are delighted to announce the Design Challenge website launch and open call for Expressions of Interest." Joy Rooney from WIT CCRG and Lecturer in Design said “Our Design industry will be invited to work with community groups to develop a design proposal for a solution to the identified challenge which will also be beneficial to the whole community. These innovative proposals are aimed at encouraging and supporting creativity within the Cultural Quarter area”.

Katherine Collins from Waterford Cultural Quarter said “The Design Challenge team are calling on the “locals”, the residents, businesses and creative people to tell us what they find challenging and what opportunities are waiting to be explored in the O’Connell street area of Waterford City. Challenges might include a lack of signage on the street or difficulties for children to play close to home, and about opportunities such as empty spaces, the greenway and so on – the Design Challenge team wish to hear what people using the area would like to improve”.

Síle Penkert from Garter Lane Arts Centre said: “Bringing the Design Challenge through the doors of Garter Lane Arts Centre quite literally and physically in the heart of the Cultural Quarter feels right, here we have an opportunity to make ourselves known to our nearest neighbours and welcome newcomers, while together we look at the challenges that face us all in a new, exciting and developmental time in Waterford City.”

Emma Haran from Waterford Cultural Quarter said: "It’s recommended that you discuss your proposal with the project team. You can do this by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by dropping in to the Support Desk on 21 September, at Garter Lane Arts Centre."

Closing date for Expressions of Interest: 28th September 2018. For further information please visit our website: www.designchallengewaterford.ie


Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO® Themed Summer Camps have been designed to teach the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) to girls and boys, aged 5-12 in a fun and entertaining way.

The Bricks 4 Kidz Summer Camps provide a unique approach to educational play using LEGO® bricks, motors and remote controls. Children explore and collaborate using unique lessons, proprietary model plans and themed learning units.


  • Six Cross Business Park, Waterford.
  • Passage Cross, Dunmore Road, Waterford


July and August

9am-12pm or 2pm-5pm

LEGO Technic suitable for boys and girls – Ages 5-12

For further details visit www.bricks4kidz.ie/wexford/lego-summer-camps

TECH experts at a top Irish research and innovation hub have teamed up with industry and carefully-selected global partners to catapult the age-old electricity grid into a future beyond 5G and ensure it is secure, stable and renewables compatible.

They’ve won significant, coveted European Commission backing to power the RESERVE and SOGNO projects, both of which provide cutting-edge global solutions for the future grid and ensure it has a bright, sustainable future.

A research team of the Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at the Waterford Institute of Technology, is at the coalface, rethinking, re-designing, testing and future proofing the basics of grid control and grid automation. They are one of three Irish research partners on the project that has assembled with an expert team of European future grid specialists to work with industry and test solutions.

Industry challenges they’re addressing include substituting the role of synchronous machines in future power systems; making the grid more reactive to changes and working out with industry what role information and communication infrastructures will play in the future grid network and more.

It’s all being tested and validated in Ireland by the multi-skilled Irish team using pan-European, real time simulation infrastructure with ESB Networks, project leader, Miguel Ponce de Leon explained.

“TSSG is looking at the impact of having such a large number of voltage measurement points in converters at electric generation and storage units in distribution grid network.

“We’re also evaluating how software applications, that run over new 5G networks, can provide the necessary performance to ensure a cost-effective solution to allow for scalability, ultra-low latency and very large capacity as well as network slicing and prioritised message transport.

“Our tried and tested solutions will be capable of supporting huge numbers of low-cost and low-energy communications devices, lasting for up to 10 years without on-site maintenance while also reducing the need for wireline connections – thus eliminating the need to dig if something does go wrong.”

ESB Networks Jonathan Sandham said: “Our grid needs to be future proofed and we’re very fortunate to be working with a multi-skilled, hands-on team at the TSSG to test and validate as we go.We’ve already made significant progress in securing electricity supply for generations to come.”

Through its work on SOGNO, the TSSG team is also providing cost-effective software services which allow energy suppliers to have real-time insights into the operation of their energy network.

There is a FREE Practical training session on securing EU Funding for your local Community or Cultural Group in Garter Lane Theatre, Friday 22 June from 10am – 1pm with lunch included. This event is organised by The Waterford Europe Direct Centre in partnership with The Cultural Quarter, The Waterford Area Partnership and will be facilitated by The Wheel.

The Europe for Citizens Fund is taking applications until 1 September. This round of funding is for local groups who organise events and local festivals that promote:

- An appreciation of culture and history
- Local history
- Active citizenship
- Debate
- Volunteering
- Inclusion
- Town twinning

If you are a community or a cultural group you can apply for a grant to fund 25 + European visitors to take part in a series of events in your locality, celebrating culture, citizenship, volunteering, local festivals. This fund is the most accessible EU Fund, the application form is straightforward and it is often the first EU Funding application that local groups access before participating in larger projects.

Places are limited so booking is essential. Lunch is included. You can find out more information and book your free place here.

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) VP for Strategy Dr Richard Hayes has said that Waterford should learn from what Barcelona has done in recent years to reinvent itself.

“Waterford can be Ireland’s Barcelona,” said Dr Hayes, speaking following the announcement of €4 billion in government funding in support of the goals of the National Planning Framework. The funds will be targeted specifically at urban renewal and regeneration, new technological developments, and in support of environmental and climate change targets.

Dr Hayes indicated that WIT is “ready and available” to assist Waterford city in making its applications under the various funding calls, noting that WIT’s expertise is “perfectly aligned” with the detail of the funding.

“WIT’s areas of internationally-acclaimed research include activity in innovation, in disruptive and new technologies, and in agriculture, all of which are covered by the €4 billion call,” he said. “In addition to proposals for the development of the city, we are ready and able to drive funding applications across the other domains as well. The potential is there to transform the city and region if we focus on quality and have ambition. In time Waterford can be Ireland’s Barcelona, one of the best and most successful small cities in Europe.”

“WIT fully support the National Planning Framework and particularly welcomes the creation of these competitive funding calls in support of the goals of the Plan,” said Dr Hayes. “We are fully committed to the emphasis in theFramework on building up our regional cities as the drivers of economic growth—our own research and experience in Europe shows that this is the only way to grow the region and to ensure future prosperity.”

Dr Hayes drew parallels between Waterford and Barcelona in Catalonia in this context.

“While the cities are very different in terms of scale,” he said, “the cities share a similar history. We should learn from what Barcelona has done in recent years to reinvent itself: it is now investing heavily in changing its old docklands into technology parks that are attractive to modern high-tech industry and business. Barcelona is a great example of a city where innovation is important and where new ideas are valued and new thinking promoted. It is of course also a vibrant and attractive city from a cultural point of view. It has built on its traditional strengths, embraced technology and formed a sustainable regional city that impacts enormously on the wider Catalonian region.”

WIT currently works on a number of projects with partners in Barcelona and, Dr Hayes says, “is at the heart of discussions in Europe on the economic, social and cultural future for regions in the context of globalisation and high technology.”

“Barcelona is an ideas-led city,” he continued, “and we partner with universities there as the drivers of regional change. Part of the infrastructure needed to be able to make the kinds of changes needed in a region is a fit-for-purpose, high-quality third level offering. The proposal for a Technological University that we are currently developing will seek to position WIT and Waterford as drivers in the South East of urban and regional transformation through recognising and building on the very high quality and impactful work we have been doing for many decades.”

WIT has recently approved its strategic plan to 2021. The Plan involves the Institute becoming one of the Top 100 new universities in the world within 10 years.

Digitise the Nation are holding free computer classes in Tramore & Ardkeen libraries this June.

AT ARDKEEN LIBRARY - 6th, 7th, 8th, 12th & 13th JUNE

AT TRAMORE LIBRARY - 14th,15th, 19th, 20th & 21st June

CLASS TIMES: 10am to 12pm or 12.30pm to 2.30pm

TO BOOK, PLEASE CALL 0761 10 2755.

THIS DIGITAL SKILLS PROGRAMME IS FUNDED BY The Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment.

Course outline

Session one: Introduction to the internet

  • Understanding the internet
  • Getting online
  • Using search engines
  • Staying safe online

Session two: Introduction to email and online services

  • Introduction to email
  • Government services
  • Conducting everyday transactions

Session three:

  • Video calling and apps 
  • Skype and other video calling services
  • Introduction to mobile apps

Session four & five:

Choose two of the following:

  • Government online services
  • Video, TV and radio online
  • Shopping online
  • Online banking basics
  • Revision of a topic from a previous session

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