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Solas Centre RFL 221118On announcing the amount raised this year from the Run and Walk for Life, Dee Jacques, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Solas Cancer Support Centre, spoke of her appreciation to all those involved.

"To raise €170,000 at the 2018 Run and Walk for Life is just astonishing. We have such a huge debt of gratitude to pay to the runners, walkers and fundraisers. The funds generated will be used to fund our services, both in Waterford and in our west Waterford service in Dungarvan. Our services are free of charge and available to people affected by cancer, their families and carers. Each year the services are funded by the generosity of our community and we are so appreciative of this."

Tracy McDaid, Chair of the voluntary organising Committee explains how the 10th Anniversary of the event was a huge success - "The Run and Walk for Life would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and supporters. As we celebrated our 10th Anniversary this year we also celebrated Beat’s 8th year as Media Sponsor and Datapac’s 5th year as our T Shirt Sponsor - we are so fortunate to have their continued assistance on making the Run and Walk for Life such a success. We also recognise the team of over 200 hundred amazing volunteers who make it all possible."

SE2 CB0Q6675Waterford based SE2, a leading administrator for the US life and annuity insurance industry, is recruiting a wide variety of roles on the back of its recent success in securing several new contracts.

This innovative company, which currently employs 110 full time staff at its Waterford offices at the IDA Technology Park, intends to fill another 15 senior software and technology positions over the next few weeks.

According to David Forristal, SE2 Senior Director of Technology, the Irish office in Waterford City has grown rapidly since it opened in 2015 and the new positions will enhance the customer experience delivered to clients and further strengthen the company’s business continuity capabilities.

“Waterford as a regional tech hub is proving a very attractive proposition for both experienced professionals and those wishing to embark on a tech career. SE2 is one of the fastest growing business process servicing companies in the country and our growth can be attributed to the extensive talent in the region. By leveraging the talent that exists within the region, we can continue to improve our operational systems and processes to ensure the optimum customer interaction that our clients have come to expect.”

“As a place to work, Waterford is a haven for tech-innovation, so it’s accurate to say that opportunities and technologies can be found here in abundance. Not only that, it affords a more harmonious quality of life and is less burdened by rental and accommodation crises. Equally, as a member of Crystal Valley Tech, SE2 is very much behind the message that the South East will continue to grow within the ICT sector and develop its reputation as a location of choice for dynamic leading-edge technology professionals.”

SE2 is currently recruiting for a range of positions for tech and software professionals including software engineers and developers, technical leads and account service representatives.

To find out more about a career at SE2 visit

Rapid Cabs WLR drink drivingRapid Cabs and WLR fm have one message for drivers in Waterford this year and that is, “Don’t drink and drive”.

Almost one in twelve Irish motorists have been involved in a collision or experienced a near miss due to alcohol.

A survey conducted earlier this year by AA Car Insurance of over 6,000 motorists found that 7.39% of those surveyed had been involved in a near miss or collision where they or another road user were driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to the R.S.A. alcohol also plays role in a 39% of road fatalities.

Rapid Cabs CEO Eric O’Brien, “In our industry we see it all. We have invested heavily over the past few years in technology that makes our service better and safer for the customer, but you cannot allow for the human factor. It’s a simple message, never ever drink and drive, and if you are celebrating over Christmas be careful as you might still be over the limit the next morning.”

“Waterford City does not differ from any large urban environment, it is no safer or more dangerous that any City, but people need to plan their night out, and that includes getting home”.

Des Whelan, WLR CEO endorses this new initiative, "As a news outlet, WLR see’s the tragedy that can be caused by drink driving and for many years we have tried to highlight this. We are delighted that Rapid Cabs has come on board to support this campaign."

Drink drivers now face a three-month driving ban if caught. That, and the fact that Rapid Cabs will have 120 drivers on the road and expect to transport nearly 90,000 people this December gives party goers no reason not to plan a safe way of getting home this Christmas season.

Rapid Cabs is a licensed taxi dispatch operator by the National Transport Authority and all of its drivers are fully Garda vetted, insured and licensed. Open and accessible 24 hours a day 365 days a year, Rapid Cabs has a computerised booking dispatch system from its local taxi call centre and has installed in-car driver devices in all of its taxis to ensure as such efficiency as possible.

Its App is available for free on Apple and Android.

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First look at Bank of Ireland's, "Waterford City Workbench" at their flagship branch at 60 the Quay in the heart of Ireland’s oldest city.

This state of the art Workbench is a free space for those working on business ideas of bringing new businesses to Waterford and the South East.

The facilities available are free WiFi, 12 working spaces, a coffee dock and bathroom facilities.

There is no booking system in place so feel free to pop down and work out of this fantastic new space.

The space can also hold up to 50 people for Events, launches, Meet up’s and community based events

Ita Leyden was recently speaking at the sell-out HSA Ireland event in the Radisson Blu Royal in Dublin.

Ita’s chosen topic was Practical Ergonomic Case Studies and this event was for Employers, Small Business Owners, HR Sta­, EAPs, Occupational Physicians, Occupational Health Nurses, Organisational Psychologists, Workplace Counsellors, Contact Persons for Dignity at Work, Ergonomists, Physiotherapists and Health and Safety Managers.

The aim of the conference was to provide employers with practical tools and advice to assist them in managing work related health risks.

If you miss this and would like to know more about ergonomics in general and how LCE can help then contact us on 051 364344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Think Workplace Safety, Think LCE!

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The Solas Cancer Support Centre have designed an ecard that allows companies to wish clients and friends seasons greetings while at the same time supporting the charity.

The ecard can be personalised with your company logo in the centre of the design. For details of our 2018 ecards please contact Ann Marie on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 051 304604.

The Solas Cancer Support Centre offers free cancer support to those affected by cancer, their families and carers in the South East. These services are available in their centre at Williamstown in Waterford City and in their West Waterford service based in the Alternative Health Clinic in Dungarvan.

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Thursday 31st January 2019 Ashling Hotel, Dublin  9.00 am to 5.00 pm  View details

Thursday 28th February 2019 The Aspect Hotel, Kilkenny 9.00 am to 5.00 pm  View details

Thursday 21st March 2019 The Clayton Hotel, Galway  9.00 am to 5.00 pm  View details

The EAP Institute, Waterford, invites you to a one-day seminar which will present a best practice approach to developing a comprehensive approach to employee mental health disabilities.

Citing recent research on mental health the Director of the EAP Institute Maurice Quinlan said “Research found high levels of stress anxiety and depression in Irish People. The research carried out by Amarach research surveying 1000 Irish people was commissioned by Silver Cloud Health, the HSE provider of online mental health programs. The finding shows that 7 in 10 experienced stress and anxiety while over 25% had to cope with the mental struggle. Some 15% of adults the equivalent of 540,406 over the age of 19 years were diagnosed with depression.” He went on “employers have a legal obligation to address mental health disabilities in the workplace.”

This high value seminar will outline a best practice approach for businesses who wish to identify and control Workplace Behavioural and Mental Health Risks.

Book online here or contact Maurice Quinlan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The stunning Hobson’s restaurant at Waterford’s Tower Hotel, overlooking the River Suir and in the heart of the city’s Viking Triangle, is now open for business and is a great addition to Waterford city’s dining circuit.

Hobson’s features floor to ceiling windows, and is a bright and airy dining space which makes for a spectacular first impression. Hobson’s is Waterford’s newest quayside restaurant. The riverside views are stunning particularly at night with a view of the quayside and Reginald’s Tower.

Hobson’s restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner and also offers a great value Early Bird menu. With an extensive wine and cocktail list to compliment the A La Carte menu you are guaranteed a superb dining experience.

Hobson’s restaurant is named after Captain William Hobson (26 September 1792 – 10 September 1842) who was born on Lombard Street in Waterford and was the first Governor of New Zealand.

Nigel Cloney, the Head Chef is looking forward to welcoming guests and locals to Hobson’s restaurant.

To book your table please contact the hotel on 051 862300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Val DoonicanMonday December 17th at Theatre Royal Waterford


It is time to dust off your woolly jumpers and unearth your festive hats because on 17th December next, the Great Singalong Songbook team that brought the stunning Vera Lynn tribute concert to the Theatre Royal last month gets ready to pay homage to another icon: Waterford’s famous musical son, Val Doonican.

Don’t miss a great evening and tribute to a local icon…

Val Doonican was the most relaxed man on television! He smiled out at us with his lop-sided grin, his colourful patterned jumpers and that warm, chocolate voice. Top off your Christmas festivities with Linda Kenny, Damian Smith, Ryan Morgan, MC Alf McCarthy, and our Songbook Band (MD Alan Carney) as we pay tribute to the Waterford icon who dominated the BBC Television airwaves for 21 years and topped the charts with hits like Walk Tall. Written and directed by Cathal MacCabe.


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