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Nemeton TV Class of 2019 2It was a wonderful day for the students of Waterford Institute of Technology’s Higher Diploma in Television and Digital Media Production. Based at Nemeton TV in Gaeltacht na nDéise in Co Waterford, the students of 2019 premiered an array of imaginative dramas and documentaries at the SGC Cinema in Dungarvan to family, friends and locals. This year, the work of ten students was praised as being of the highest standard, with the films offering a fascinating insight into diverse aspects of Irish life.

Helena Keane from County Meath wrote and directed a skit ‘Nuacht Nocht Anocht’– a mock current affairs programme in which the panelists discuss satirical and farcical topics in a comedic manner. Helena is delighted to be working on Ros na Rún soon: “I had no media experience at the start of the year, but the emphasis on practical work meant I gained enough hands-on experience to set me up for working in the industry right after the course”.

Dungarvan hurler Kevin Daly explored the impact of injury on players in his documentary ‘An Seanléim’. We see the challenges that former U21 Cork hurler Aaron Wardfaced faced, his fears for his future in sport and the steps involved in his comeback from the crushing injury of tearing his cruciate ligament.

Waterford artist Amii McGuinness explores the world of Paganism today in Ireland in her eye-opening documentary 'Págánach'. The documentary was created in a bid to help people understand Pagan beliefs, music, history and rituals. Amii says that “Coming from a visual art background I found that this course helped me to hone in on the skills I already had and interweave them with completely new skills, such as the art of storytelling in the world of film”.

In ‘‘Oglaigh Rojava’, Waterford native Leo De Moinbhíol provides a revealing insight into a huge project taking place in Kurdistan in Syria. Irish people and other international volunteers have joined the Rojava Revolution against ISIS to fight for the rights of oppressed Kurds. Morgan who is now a camera trainee on the local feature drama ‘Mo Ghrá Buan’ says that “After completing the course you already have plenty of experience under your belt which gives you a high level of confidence that a theoretical or exam orientated course could never provide”.

Laura Coady from Waterford and Eannaí O’Sullivan of Cork have linked up to create their own sit-com drama ‘Cara Nó Namhaid’. Two college girls with very different personalities are forced to live together and we wonder will these girls ever become friends? Or will they end up with nothing more than a bitter relationship and a longing for personal space? Eannaí is delighted to have already found work with Red Shoe Productions: 'Learning and being involved in every aspect of the making of a student film really helped me understand what kind of work I saw myself in and gifted me with memorable experiences'.

Cillian MacGabhain from Mullingar has created a fascinating programme ‘Bígí Sibh Féin’ in which he explores how writing and performing music and stand-up comedy have helped him to see the world from a different perspective. And John Foley, a Waterford based photographer, has created ‘Díoltas’ – an intriguing documentary based on the brutal kidnapping, imprisonment and eventual execution of RIC District Inspector Gilbert Potter by the IRA in 1921 during the War of Independence. It was a rewarding year for John: "Using the film production and editing skills that I learned on the Higher Dioloma in TV means that I am now working for myself as a Digital Content Creator”.

And finally well-known young Clare musician Caoimhe Morrissey and Cork native Andy O’Leary explore the power of music therapy in their heart-warming documentary ‘Guth An Cheoil’. They go on a moving journey with James and discover the impact of music therapy on his life.

Following in the footsteps of former graduates of the course, this years young group of filmmakers will also hope to win awards and have their work broadcast on TV and screened at some of Ireland’s best film festivals. And most importantly, they can look forward to employment in a vibrant industry that needs their skill set. The class of 2019 are already working in production companies around the country as well as in the related digital media industries.

This Postgraduate Course In Television & Digital Media Production is run by the Waterford Institute of Technology in association Nemeton TV, one of Ireland’s leading production companies, and Udarás na Gaeltachta. This course is widely regarded as the most industry-focused course in the media sector. The core belief is that third level course is relevant, dynamic and genuinely prepare students for industry. The course has gained a high profile in the media industry and has an excellent employment record among course graduates. Films produced on the course have gone on to win Best Irish Language documentary at the National Student Media Awards every year since 2014.

Next course runs Sept 2019 to May 2020
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Convertibill open branchOffering an alternative to traditional lending, Convertibill’s southeast branch opened its doors this January and have been impressed with the diversity and ambition of Waterford’s business community. Waterford native Gillian Walsh and her partner, Kildare man, Rowland Smithers (pictured at this year’s Chamber Business Expo) are the owner managers of the branch and are determined to help businesses in the southeast grow at pace.

Convertibill have smart ways to smooth out cashflow, to finance orders and to fund bulk purchasing from suppliers. We can also finance leasing for both our clients and their customers and we can allow companies to raise funds based on future revenue.

‘In the past businesses looking for finance went to their local bank, spoke to someone that understood their business and borrowed what they needed. All of a sudden that disappeared. We are bringing that concept back. We want to know our customers. We want to understand their business and get them the funds they need quickly each time’ says Smithers.

Rowland has over 20 years’ experience in business, both at Company Director and business development levels. Gillian moves to the finance sector from a technical research and development background and takes an analytical approach to business.

If you are thinking about financing growth in your business, give us a call or drop into us at 18 The Mall, in the city centre. We will ensure that you get the best solution and that your finance request is dealt with simply and quickly.

Call Rowland on 051 550095 or Gillian on 051 810004 or visit

Sanofi Future Female Leader ScholarshipsTwo high-achieving students from University College Dublin (UCD) have been awarded Sanofi Future Female Leader Scholarships by the global biopharmaceutical company who employ almost 800 people at their campus in Waterford.

Ruth Moore, a 2nd year BSc (Hons) in Physics student and Niamh O’Connell, a 2nd year student on the Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering) were presented with their awards today (Fri, 10 May) at the facility in Waterford. 

Introduced on a pilot basis in 2018, the scholarships are promoted by Sanofi to encourage greater female participation in professional disciplines where women are traditionally under-represented.

From Dublin, Ruth Moore is a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) Fellow at the UCD Innovation Academy and Outreach Officer for the university’s Women in STEM Committee. She is also a science peer mentor at the college and Sponsorships Officer for the UCD Food Society. In addition, she has competed internationally in debating. Later this year, she will travel to California to participate in a three-week programme in manufacturing and technology innovation.

Kerry native Niamh O’Connell is a Bord na Gaeilge UCD Scholar, a Naughton Foundation Scholar and the Competition & Skills Officer of the UCD Surf Club. During the summer, she will complete a four-week placement in Tanzania where she will be teaching basic computer skills to teachers and secondary school students.

As recipients of Sanofi Future Female Leader Scholarships, both students will receive an annual scholarship allowance of €3,000 each; mentoring from a senior leader at Sanofi Waterford; a paid summer placement and – where their course provides for it – a paid internship. They will also be eligible for fast-track applications to the company’s graduate programme.

Presenting the scholarships, Ruth Beadle, Site Head, Sanofi Waterford, said: “We had more than 100 applicants for the two scholarships from second and third year students at UCC, UCD and WIT this year so Ruth and Niamh have come through a very competitive process and proven themselves among the best of the best.

“For a business like ours that constantly needs to maintain a strong pipeline of emerging talent, it makes great sense that we invest in programmes like this that showcase some of thetremendous career opportunities available in Ireland’s thriving biopharma and medical devices sector. Addressing the under-representation of female leaders in our industry is also a very solid investment – from both a fairness perspective and, at a very basic level, so that we are not missing out on the huge potential of half the population. When we think of diversity and inclusion, we are also very aware of the huge value there is in having different perspectives around the room for decision-making.

“We now look forward to Ruth and Niamh coming on-board with us at Waterford as they continue their university studies in science and engineering respectively. I have no doubt they will benefit from the programme but also contribute a lot to our site team, making this a real ‘win-win’ for all of us.”

EY brexit watch 2

It has been a relatively quiet month for Brexit as most national governments took the Easter break to draw a breath and regroup. On a somewhat positive note, the official withdrawal date is now scheduled for 31 October 2019 - seven months after the original withdrawal date.

This gives the UK more time to agree on a deal internally but the EU has reiterated the withdrawal agreement will not be re-opened. The extension does little to support business. Businesses are less likely to make investment in such an ambiguous climate, more clarity surrounding Brexit would benefit businesses greatly but given the events of the past (almost) three years, this is unlikely.

In an otherwise quiet month on the Brexit front, fresh calls for independence referendums emanating from both Scotland and Wales has ensured that Brexit discussion remained at the forefront of political discourse.

Read our latest Brexit Update here.

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LCE Munster JerseyHaving recently acquired Unit 110 Six Cross Roads Business Park in Waterford for our headquarters, LCE are delighted to announce the opening of our Cork office to support the growing client base throughout Munster – LCE are now operating from our offices on the Link Road in Ballincollig.

To celebrate our opening and our newest member of staff Karen Cassoni commencing in LCE Cork, we are giving you an opportunity to win a signed Munster Jersey!!

All companies booking an in-house Manual Handling or First Aid training course or engaging LCE to complete office VDU assessments during June, July and August will be entered into the draw for a chance to win this fantastic prize.

So, if you need to get your safety compliance over the end line call LCE in Waterford on 051 364344 or Cork on 021 2038002. Alternatively you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book and enter the draw today.



Chez K BistroJoin us at the Fitzwilton Hotel for our new family friendly delicious Sunday Roast Lunch from 12.00 noon to 5.00pm EVERY Sunday. Sunday Lunch is one of the few times of the week that the whole family can come together and enjoy some quality time. Enjoy great fresh cooked food with fast friendly service.

At the Fitzwilton Hotel, we have introduced a new Sunday Lunch menu which uses only the finest cuts of meat, the freshest seasonal veg and delicious after dinner desserts. Try our succulent Traditional Sunday Roast of the Day with all the trimmings or savour the Fish of the Day. The Fitzwilton Chicken Curry is always a winner and vegetarians are well looked after with the Fitzwilton Vegetable Curry and a Vegetarian Lasagne on offer. As each dish is filled with a variety of bold and delicious flavours, our Sunday Roast Lunch menu is sure to delight your tastes. And don’t forget to leave room for one of our amazing homemade desserts.

We hope to help create new family traditions each Sunday from 12.00 noon to 5.00pm, with a fun kids corner to enjoy where children can colour or play with some of the many fun games provided. The whole family can enjoy the afternoon!

With Free onsite carparking and no reservation needed, go on make the Fitzwilton Hotel, a part of your Sunday tradition!

The Fitzwilton Hotel, Bridge Street, Waterford.  T: 051 846900  W:


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