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Boxworks Digital AwardsLeading digital representative body, Digital Business Ireland, announced the winners and runners-up of their inaugural Digital Awards on Friday February 26th. Digital Business Ireland in partnership with title sponsor, permanent tsb, launched the Digital Awards in October 2020 to promote and mark best practice in digital businesses, digital innovation and the people that power them. Over 300 businesses and individuals entered the 2020 Award series across thirteen categories and  Waterford's leading city centre cowork space Boxworks was amongst five finalists in the 'Innovation Hub of The Year' 2020 category. At the inaugural Digital Business Ireland virtual award night Boxworks Co.Work.Space  were named runner up with Dublin based Dogpatch Labs,  the largest and most innovative Hub in Ireland.

Lorraine Higgins, Secretary General DAI stated that in the first round of the awards, DAI 2020 received 300 applications across 13 categories and the standard was extraordinarily high, “the exceptional calibre of follow-up submissions made by Boxworks and their fellow finalists meant that the second-round judging panel had an even harder task at discerning who should be named winner and runner-up. In light of this, it is a truly remarkable achievement to emerge as a runner-up from this highly competitive process.”

When asked about what this award means to Boxworks, Emer Ward Powell, Facilitator, said "this has been a rollercoaster of an experience. In October 2020 we were named winners of The Republic of Ireland Prestige Award for The Most Innovative Office Space Solutions,  2020, and then in the same month we were named one of five finalists in the DAI 2020 ' Best Innovation Hub of The Year' category. To be named runner up with Dogpatch Labs, the largest and most inspiring innovation Hub in Ireland makes us truly proud of what we have achieved in 2020. However, we are only as good as our community and this award really belongs to the Boxworks cowork community, sponsors and supporters. I see it as an acknowledgement of what we have achieved together, despite this 'new normal' and all that it has thrown at us in 2020. This is a good day for Boxworks!

Speaking with Jim Gordon, (Director, Boxworks) about the challenges of COVID 19 on coworking spaces he explains "since March 2020, Boxworks has been adapting, moving forward, finding that space between where coworking | Remote working needs to be now and where it is going in the future and while our focus may have shifted as we adapt to Government restrictions, Boxworks continues to be 100% committed to supporting startups, emerging entrepreneurs and the SME’s."

When asked about plans for 2021, Jim Gordon noted that there were several projects being explored " one of our current programmes that is being continued is our Scholarship Desk Programme. This programme was launched in 2016 with the BOI to support startups and emerging entrepreneurs and in 2019 Boxworks then joined forces with Waterford Local Enterprise Office and the programme is currently providing desk space up to six months for participants awarded a place on the programme. To date this popular programme was fully subscribed in 2020.

Another project Jim discussed was "Grow Your Business Programme" , this programme is designed and delivered by the Rustle Group, Vinny Lynch and John Gannon who between them have over 25 years experience working with start-ups, SMEs and fast growing companies," Jim Said.  

Speaking about the future of coworking Jim Gordon notes "We are living through a challenging time and while the processes might be changing, coworking has not stopped – it is adapting, as are we, and we believe this ‘new normal’ brings an opportunity to redesign the way we connect with the world of enterprise - it's opening up alternatives for the remote workforce who might be struggling with an often insular and disconnecting working environment and they are looking to reconnect, to be part of something, and a coworking community is the ideal solution for companies and their remote workers....that's where we come in, so yes, we think the future looks bright for coworking."

Information contact:

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Jim Gordon,  Director. +353 (0) 87 237 9550
Emer Ward Powell, Facilitator. +353 (0) 85 252 1508

Theatre Royal Creative Shoots bursary winners.pngTheatre Royal Waterford has announced the winners of its recent Creative Shoots bursary scheme, aimed at artists from, or creating work in, Waterford during lockdown.

After much consideration – and some difficult decisions given the high quality of the applications – dancer Bonnie Boux, musician Robert Baker and playwright, theatre practitioner and spoken word poet Hannah Carberry have been selected as bursary recipients.

Bonnie Boux (real name Sinead Gould) is a performer, producer, and creative dance teacher/mentor whose work ranges from an array of dance genres, from classic burlesque to the clowning style of comedy and character burlesque/ theatre. Ardmore-based Robert Baker makes music under the name ‘The Crayon Set’, which he founded in 2009. He has released two albums to-date with a third album, ‘Downer Disco’, due for release this June. Hannah Carberry has been creating and performing her work for several years, including with spoken word collective Modwords. During lockdown, she took part in Youth Theatre Ireland’s ARTiculate playwriting programme with playwrights Dylan-Coburn Gray and Veronica Coburn.

“We had a huge response to our ‘Creative Shoots’ artist bursary scheme, it was so incredibly encouraging to be reminded of the volume and standard of creative work happening in the area in these most difficult of times for the arts sector”, commented theatre manager Mary Boland. “You'll hear lots more about these talented artists in the coming months and we look forward to working with Bonnie, Robert and Hannah to help develop and present their work in 2021, in adherence with public health guidelines.”

The winning artists will each receive a €1,000 bursary to support them and their practice, as well as being given time inside the Theatre Royal to develop and workshop their work with the support of the technical team, once current restrictions ease. They will also work with the theatre team to shoot a 3-minute video presentation of their work, which will be screened this summer.

Given the quality of the entries from visual artists to the bursary scheme, Theatre Royal has also confirmed that it hopes to host a group exhibition at the theatre’s vestibule foyer this summer.

The Aiséirí Progression Programme has won the 2021 AONTAS Star Award for Social Inclusion.The STAR Awards are a national awards initiative coordinated by AONTAS as part of the annual Adult Learners' Festival to acknowledge the work undertaken by adult learning initiatives throughout Ireland.

The Aiseiri Progression Programme supports men & women in addiction treatment & in the early years of addiction recovery to access meaningful education & training to move forward towards a meaningful quality of life.

The support and generosity of local employers who have provided work experience opportunities and mentoring to our participants plays a huge part in the on-going success of The Aiséirí Progression Programme, and we would like to thank all of our stakeholders, funders and everyone at Aiseiri for their continued support.

Solas 10 years oldThe Solas Cancer Support Centre in Williamstown is celebrating a milestone on Friday 26th February – this was the first day that clients were welcomed into the new Centre 10 years ago.

Lorraine Hurley, from Waterford City, clearly remembers this day having availed of services in the original Centre before the new Centre opened. Lorraine was diagnosed at 14 with a rare type of bone cancer in March 2010 – ‘My first time to the Solas Centre in Williamstown was so different from the house I had visited in Earlscourt. As soon as you come in the door, you can feel how calm, open, and welcoming a place it is. You're always greeted by a kind smiling face and offered a cup of tea. As a wheelchair user, having the centre completely accessible was so important to me too. It's a safe haven during such a painful and scary time, and more often than not it was the highlight of the week.

My sister, myself, and my Mam, who was caring for me full time, all visited the centre for different services - massage, reflexology, counselling, art classes, mindfulness courses, a carers group, and more. When your whole world is dealing with illness, to have somewhere to go to switch off and fully relax means everything. To receive treatments that help your body heal and recover, as well as to learn how better to cope with the hand you've been dealt, and to simply have somewhere to go to sit in the calm and the quiet, makes more of a difference than words could ever fully express. The help we received was invaluable, and we were so lucky to have such a place on our doorstep.

To look back ten years later, the difference that the Solas Cancer Support Centre made for me personally in my recovery is immense. When you imagine multiplying that by every person who has come through their doors in the past decade, you begin to see the impact they've made.’

Manager Tracy McDaid explains the huge community effort that built the Centre: ‘The Centre opened in February 2011 - the culmination of a phenomenal 4-year capital development project that raised €1,250,000. The charity could not provide the services it does without the generous community support that continues today, and we are so grateful for it’.

While the doors of the centres are temporarily closed a wide range of support options are available remotely for anyone who feels they might benefit from support around a cancer related experience. Please call the Solas Cancer Support Centre on 051 304604 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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.

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