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Increased smart phone and device usage are here to stay, but they do have consequences for all ages. Tired eyes, eyestrain, headaches, sleep disruption, difficulty focusing, reduced concentration at work and study are all too common results.

Our vision needs are changing.

Optometrist Kjell Nolke has seen the discussion in his consulting room change over his 25 years in practice and never more so than in the last five. Nolke says there are some indisputable facts and trends developing in the way we live our lives. Phone use is clearly on the increase with 3.7 million people in Ireland now owning a mobile phone. Parents have concerns on their children’s phone usage and these concerns are real with screen-time use for teenagers often totalling over 24 hours per week.

Essilor, the largest lens producer in the world, has developed lenses that help answer the vision needs we have never had before. Their EyeZen lenses incorporate features designed to support our vision. Nolke says EyeZen lenses are both a true evolution and revolution. 

Typical spectacle lenses are designed to focus the eye straight ahead at a distance, with their optical centre in front of the pupil. Essilor Eyezen lenses have a second optical reference point when the wearer looks down - offering wearers reduced visual fatigue, sharper vision, protection from blue-violet light, better acuity in near vision and glare reduction. These EyeZen lenses are the first active solution to our changing visual needs.

Ireland has an ageing population, with 2.5 billion spectacle wearers in the world, a number which will grow to 5 billion by 2050. This combined with worldwide sales of smart phones at 45,000 every fifteen minutes with less than 2,500 children born in the same fifteen minutes. This is an issue which will not go away.

For more information about the benefits of Essilor Eyezen lenses call in to Nolke Opticians for more information or visit

smovey info evening

This free information evening is being held for all Health and Fitness professionals to find out more about smovey and the benefits the vibrations have on your clients, children or adults.

Whether is it for Athletes, general fitness or clients with a specific condition for example :- Parkinson's, Dementia, MS, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, sports injuries, COPD based on scientific research on vibration training and our vast experience with many clients from this presentation you will find out how the effects of the vibrations from smovey rings can help.

This is a free event but spaces are limited, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your place.

WWETB Skills to AdvanceThe Skills to Advance policy will support small and medium-sized enterprises [SMEs] who need some assistance to invest in and develop their workforce. This initiative offers valuable skills development opportunities.

Your employees (full or part-time) may qualify for up to 100% funding to attend these courses as part of the NEW Skills to Advance Employee Development Initiative, which is being delivered through your local Education and Training Board (ETB). Providing flexible, high quality, accessible training, relevant to the changing needs of employees, the economy and industry.

What are the benefits to your Business?

  • Increase productivity
  • Embrace new technologies
  • Higher skilled workforce
  • Improve staff morale

Who is eligible for Skills to Advance?

‘Employees’ that are defined as those who work part-time or full-time under a contract of employment, whether oral or written, express or implied, have recognised rights and duties and are in receipt of pay for their service. Self-employed persons are also included in this cohort.

Rational for Skills to Advance

  • Responding to changing nature of jobs and skills requirements
  • Supporting development of soft skills
  • Meeting the skills needs of the target groups
  • Supporting and enhancing productivity in SMEs
  • Driving effective regional Development

For more information please contact:

Waterford ETB Senior Training Advisors

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Solas New Trustees

Chair of the Solas Cancer Support Centre, Dee Jacques, is delighted to welcome four new Trustees to the Board.

Peter Burke, Ellen Hegarty, Ada Kinneally and Janet Tumulty recently joined the voluntary Board to support in governing the organisation. Dee spoke following the first Trustee’s meeting of 2019: ‘We are delighted to strengthen the Board in the areas of business, law, medicine and training and thank our new Trustee’s for giving their time and expertise to the charity’.

The Solas Cancer Support Centre offers free support services to those affected by cancer, their families and carers.  For enquiries 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..

Waterford Music Inspiring Bach

Rediscover the music of one of the most significant composers of all time in a programme entitled "Inspiring Bach" with Irish violinist Claire Duff and French harpsichordist Benjamin Alard as they dive deep into Bach’s powerful musical meditations on suffering, loss - and redemption.

This concert will take place at The Large Room, City Hall, Waterford on Thursday 21 February at 7.30pm.

Tickets €17 / €15 (conc.) / €5 (students) on the door.

Presented by Music Network

“All the excitement of a high-wire act” – The Irish Times [on Duff]

Irish violinist Claire Duff’s playing has been described as “full of fire, flair and brilliance". Duff is leader of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and performs throughout Europe as a soloist and ensemble player. She has led Florilegium, I Fagiolini, English Touring Opera and The Kings Consort, and co-led the Academy of Ancient Music and The English Concert.

“Alard’s playing is a delight with striking agogic expressive power” – Gramophone

As a recitalist on both harpsichord and organ, Benjamin Alard has performed in festivals and venues around the world. A member of baroque orchestra La Petite Bande, he also performs chamber music with violinist François Fernandez and in a harpsichord duo with Élisabeth Joyé. Organist at Saint-Louis-en-l’Île in Paris, he oversees an annual series of keyboard concerts dedicated to the music of J.S. Bach.

Audiences will also hear a new work by Irish composer Jane O’Leary - Fantasia (homage to J.S. Bach), commissioned by Music Network, which offers a contemporary reflection on the resonances of Bach.


EBS Waterford are hosting their annual Mortgage Fair in The Tower Hotel & Leisure Centre, Waterford on Sunday 17th February 2019 from 12pm to 3pm and is a free event to attend.

If you're thinking of building or buying your own home soon, this event is for you. Bring along your ideas and talk to an Auctioneer, Builder, Architect, Solicitor, Windows, Flooring and Energy consultants and more. The EBS Mortgage Team will be there to talk all things mortgages.

Beat 102 103 will also be there on the day to provide family friendly entertainment so it promises to be a great event which is free to attend.


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