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EAP Institute HelgaWill Ireland follow this emerging International trend?

This is one of the key issues that those attending the online course “Passport to Employee Personal Health and Resilience “ will be advised of when they attend a zoom meeting on Thursday 11th March (Part 1) from 10.00 am to 1pm and (Part 2) on Thursday 25th of March from 10.00am to 1pm.

Speakers will in include Maurice Quinlan Director of the EAP Institute Waterford Ireland and Helga Vigfusdottir, Founder of Kara Connect Iceland.

In announcing this online course the Director of the EAP Institute stated “that a new developing concept is that workers will require a wellbeing passport in order to work safely and not transmit the Covid 19 virus to their colleague’s. Their personal passport will show evidence of a positive Covid test and vaccination. While there is no evidence to support the incidence of development in Ireland, the subject is appearing more in reports

The Irish times reported on the 23rd of February 2021 that The Vaccination Credential Initiative, a coalition of organisations including Microsoft, Oracle and the Mayo Clinic, aims to establish standards to verify whether a person has had their shot and prevent people falsely claiming to be protected against the disease.

The Irish-based ROQU Group has announced the pilot launch of Health Passport Ireland, a world-first digital platform designed to facilitate increased COVID-19 testing for businesses and the public. Engineered in Ireland, the platform combines the latest digital technologies with accurate and validated COVID-19 testing solutions, which can deliver results in as little as 15 minutes. The digital platform is a big step towards helping businesses and individuals to quickly minimise risks related to COVID-19 and ensure they can continue daily activities. The system has been designed to work will all official COVID-19 test types.

Concluding Quinlan said:” Any initiative to protect employee safety and health is welcome keeping in mind that under Article 8(1) of the European Convention of Human Rights which states that everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life. It is also one of the fundamental rights protected by the EU’s legal order, In particular it is a person’s right to keep his/her state of health secret.

Connors Co new officesConnors and Co. Chartered Accountants is delighted to announce that due to continued expansion, we are moving offices, with effect from 1st March 2021, to Unit 12L Six Cross Roads Business Park, Kilbarry, Waterford, X91 Y985. 

These offices will provide a comfortable setting for our future growth, in a convenient location with ample parking.

Connors and Co., established in 2014 by Shane Connors, following the acquisition of the O’ Neill Foley practice in Waterford, has an almost forty-year history in Waterford and has developed an extensive client base across many sectors, both locally and nationally.

Until the 1st March, Connors & Co.’s current office in 6 St. Andrew's Terrace, Lower Newtown Road, Waterford, will remain open. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, appointments must be made in advance.

Connors & Co.’s Kilkenny office location will remain the same: Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, Unit 3 and 4, Commercial Unit, Lower Walkin Street, Kilkenny

We will organise a formal opening later when conditions permit and look forward to welcoming you there. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us on our existing phone number 051-872824 and email address, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Connors and Co. is open from Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 17:00. See for more information.

Theatre Royal King Lear

Theatre Royal Waterford has announced the release of its annual Shakespeare Review for Leaving Cert students, featuring King Lear, which this year is being delivered online to homes and schools across the region.

Directed by Liam Meagher, facilitated by former English teacher Edward Denniston and starring Jenny Fennessy, Andrew Holden, Anne O’Riordan, Joe Meagher and Simon O’Gorman in the title role, the King Lear Review provides a study of key scenes from this year’s Leaving Cert prescribed text, explored in detail by theatre facilitators. The digital stream, available to purchase for €5, was rehearsed and filmed live on stage at Theatre Royal Waterford in strict adherence to public health guidelines.

“The King Lear Review will animate the prescribed Leaving Certificate text for students whose primary experience of it is as a literary text they study in class”, commented director Liam Meagher. “This review doesn’t just retell the plot; instead, we selected key scenes to help students decide how they understand and respond to the play’s central characters - what they say and why they say it, what they do and why they do it. It provides an enlightening experience for the students to witness the scenes brought to life on stage, encouraging them to engage with both the performance and the text.”

Upon purchase, the digital stream will be available to the student for multiple viewings until June, 2021. The resource pack also includes a book of essays from WIT English and Theatre Studies faculty staff, plus a Q&A recorded video session between Leaving Cert students from a number of schools across the region and the creative team.

The King Lear Review is available to purchase for €5 at

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Following the successful completion of Phase 1 of the New Frontiers Programme ending in October 2020, Sluamor is delighted to announce that we were successful with our application to advance to Phase 2 of the programme being managed by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).

Over the course of the first six months of 2021, Tanya Thompson (CTO) will be representing us as we progress through Phase 2 of the programme.

About New Frontiers

New Frontiers is a national programme delivered by the Institutes of Technology and Universities across Ireland on behalf of Enterprise Ireland. New Frontiers primary purpose is to develop entrepreneurs across Ireland in order to accelerate the development of sustainable new businesses that have strong employment and growth potential” and are able to contribute to job creation and economic activity in regional locations.

About Sluamor

Sluamor helps professionals to easily buy and sell products and services with a wider variety of companies, so that they can find more affordable, reliable suppliers and new sales leads. It also gives subscribers access to cutting-edge market intelligence, tutorials and templates that will help them to better embed better procurement and sales best practices.

Please feel free to get in touch via our Contact page if you'd like to discuss, we would love to hear from you.

LEO Scholarship Desk Programme

Are you interested in this programme for 2021? Are you working on a business idea? Looking for a work space to grow your business in Waterford City? Or maybe you are only just starting and cannot commit to a long term lease at this early stage? Then check this out...

LEO Waterford are currently seeking expressions of interest for the 2021 round of the Scholarships Desk Programme with Boxworks. This popular programme was fully subscribed in 2020 and LEO continues to invest in emerging entrepreneurs, digital enterprises and start-ups through this Scholarship Desk Programme for 2021.

Applications are now open and the closing date is Friday 26th February at noon, so if you are interested please complete the Expression Of Interest Boxworks-2021 and LEO will contact you once all applications have been reviewed.


The LEO desk Programme will provide a desk space for six months to chosen businesses who will participate in the programme.

This is aimed at those with a business idea or who have recently started up their business.

The aim of the scholarship is simple, to facilitate potential start ups by providing a coworking creative and networking environment while they put their specific goals in place with the aid of monthly meetings with a LEO business advisor.

Waterford Local Enterprise Office

Expressions of interest by Friday, February 26th, visit


The plan for delivering the March course under current COVID-19 restrictions has been modified to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

This approach will limit face to face interaction between Trainer and learners and provide a COVID - 19 safe environment by adhering to the Guidance for Further and Higher Education for returning to on-site activity in 2020 and current advice from the National Public Health Emergency Response Team (NPHET) including the limiting of attendees, physical distancing, face coverings and sanitisation.

The course will be delivered by a combination of on-line ZOOM sessions and an on-line learning platform which includes a security manual.

An essential and critical element of the online training is the support Prosecure will provide to learners during the study period, we will use the most appropriate method that meets the learner needs including e-mail, telephone and zoom.

Dates: You must attend all dates

  • Thursday 4th March – 2 hr in classroom
  • Tuesday 9th March – 2 hr on-line ZOOM session
  • Wednesday 10th March – 2 hr on-line ZOOM session
  • Thursday 11th March – 2 hr on-line ZOOM session
  • Tuesday 16th March – 2 hr on-line ZOOM session
  • Wednesday 17th March – 2 hr on-line ZOOM session
  • Thursday 18st March – 2 hr on-line ZOOM session
  • Thursday 25th March – 2 hrs in classroom

Successful completion of this comprehensive programme leads to:

  • QQI Minor Award in Guarding Skills at Level 4
  • Security Institute of Ireland Certificate in Static Security
  • Security Institute of Ireland Certificate in Retail Security

For further details contact:

Maurice Hickey

Prosecure Training Manager

051 338525

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Tom Murphy ID 3

Tom Murphy's have introduced an end-to-end solution for car purchasing during the lockdown.

Personalised video demonstrations of all new and used vehicles are now available upon request and this is backed up with a remote payment facility and home delivery service which means you can now complete the purchase of your car without ever leaving your home.

VW Sales Manager Mark Burke commented, “The launch of an end-to-end demonstration, payments and delivery system is hugely important for our customers at this difficult time and means they can complete a car purchase transaction entirely from the comfort of their home. Even when the country returns to normal, we see this as a vital service for our customers in the years ahead.”

To learn more about this unique new service please contact any of the Tom Murphy team on 051 301222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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