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Findings from the Matrix Recruitment 2019 Irish Workplace Equality Report of 2,070 adults showed that 42% of people have experienced workplace discrimination and 85% of people in Ireland say that becoming a parent impacts a woman’s career progression opportunities. Another key finding was that 1 in 4 workers in Ireland are aware of a colleague of the opposite sex, but in the same role and with the same level of responsibility, receiving a higher salary.

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Walshs Bakehouse new partnershipWalsh’s Bakehouse, Home of the Waterford Blaa is delighted to announce a new retail partnership with over 90 SuperValu Stores and distributor Irish Pride/Pat the Baker. As of Monday, 11th of November, Fresh Waterford Blaas will be available daily in over 90 Supervalu Store across Munster and South Leinster.

Announcing the partnership, Walsh’s Bakehouse MD, Dermot Walsh says he is delighted to see the Waterford Blaa more widely available. “For years, customers have been asking where outside Waterford, they could buy Blaas. Having successfully completed the SuperValu Food Academy programme, we are now in a position to deliver fresh Blaas Daily, with our partners (and Blaa enthusiasts!) Irish Pride/Pat the Baker, to over 90 SuperValu Stores in Cork, Kerry, Clare, Carlow, Wexford, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Tipperary and Limerick.”

This traditional bread roll is so versatile, making a delicious Breakfast Roll, a satisfying lunchtime sandwich and the Blaa make the Best Burgers! The Waterford Blaa is available in the Bakery section, pre-packed and comes in three sizes, small (6), medium (4) and large (4).

The move comes following significant investment in a state-of-the-art Bakery in Waterford City, and the creation of 10 new jobs as a result. This third-generation bakery, run by brothers Dermot and Michael Walsh, is almost 100 years old. The business currently supplies the major Food Service distributors in Ireland, UK, Germany and France.

The Waterford Blaa received PGI Status from the EU in 2013, which legally protects the blaa’s unique heritage and cultural status. The likes of French Champagne and Parma Ham enjoy the same protection.

For our full list of stockists, recipe inspiration, and more on the history of the Waterford Blaa, check out or contact us on 051 385050 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rapid Cabs Facebook MessengerRapid Cabs launched its new taxi booking system, the first of its kind in Ireland, using the Facebook messenger facility.

How do you book your taxi? Three quarters of you currently use the phone and about a quarter use an app. That’s according to the Rapid Cabs stats for Waterford City. But now there’s another way.

Rapid Cabs users can now book taxis via Facebook Messenger using international award winning technology.

The largest taxi firm in Waterford revealed this week that it has launched a booking option on its messaging service. This will allow people to hail a taxi from Rapid Cabs without them having to phone or download and use the taxi-hailing app's own site.

They hope their users will use the feature when making plans with friends and family.

To get started, download the latest version of Messenger. Then, from within a conversation, tap the more menu and choose Transportation. You can also search directly for Rapid Cabs and tap the car icon to request a ride. From there, you’ll receive updates on your driver’s status and notify your friends that you’ve called a ride.

“With the ability to request and track a ride in Messenger, we’re making transportation as simple as sending a message" explained Rapid Cabs Managing Director Eric O’Brien. “With this new feature, you can request a ride from us without ever needing to download an extra app or have a conversation. It’s so easy and doesn’t take you away from the plans that you’re making with your friends or family."

Rapid Cabs will also provide updates on waiting times via Messenger.

"Driver status updates will get delivered to a private conversation between you and Rapid Cabs. With everything in one place, you can seamlessly keep track of your ride".

O’Brien doesn’t think this will affect the amount of app usage, “It’s just another way of making our service easier. If the technology is there, we do our best to make it available to our Waterford customers.”

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 also 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.

Port of Waterford Crane

South East Port Services who provide stevedoring, warehousing and ships agency services to shipping and client companies at the Port of Waterford in Belview have boosted their cargo handling capacity by investing in a new mobile harbour crane with an innovative design that reduces its carbon footprint. 

The Liebherr LHM 280 was purpose-built for the company by Liebherr in Rostock, Germany over a six-month period with South East Port Services closely involved throughout. 

The crane weighs 240 tons and has a lifting capacity of 84 tons. The recent delivery also included a new clamshell grab that was customised for the crane. An existing Liebherr LHM 250 that the same company operates at Belview has discharged over 10m tons at the port. Both cranes will now operate side-by-side, also allowing for tandem lift capability where there are bespoke cargos – for instance in the renewable energy sector.

A €3.5m investment, the crane uses hybrid energy technologies that enable higher discharge speeds with smaller engine loads – thereby reducing the crane’s environmental impact as part of a wider drive towards more eco-friendly port activities.

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You should limit your travel during bad conditions to essential journeys or when there is no choice but to drive. Go through a vehicle checklist: Are your tyres in good condition; are they inflated with the right amount of pressure; are the wipers & lights correct; do you have an ice scraper and de-icer?

Ideally you should have an emergency kit stored in your vehicle. Items for this kit include: high visibility vest/jacket, torch & batteries and an emergency warning triangle. Also ensure you take a mobile phone with you on journeys but never use it while driving, only to be used while parked up.

For more driving for work tips and guidance you can call us on 051 364 344 or alternatively send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fieldmaster coming soon 2

Fieldmaster invite you to be part of their special day on Wednesday, 13th November as they officially launch their new brand and trading name – ‘OfficeMaster’.

Call in to the Retail Store at 93 The Quay Waterford and join the team in celebrating the start of a new chapter as they drop the ‘Field’ and move to ‘Office’ which has so much more relevance for the field they are in (excuse the pun!)

Also on Wednesday 13th there will be an opportunity to engage with the team and some industry experts on ‘What’s New in Ergonomics’. Did you know that the way you work can have a huge effect on your health and wellbeing? So pop upstairs to our Furniture Showroom on the day to see the latest in Sit Stand work solutions and discover how important it is to choose the right chair for your requirements.

Refreshments will be available and anyone who visits us on the day will be entered into a draw for an ‘Orthopaedica’ Office Chair (RRP €500).

Theatre Royal Much AdoRough Magic presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – by William Shakespeare

This hilarious comedy of gleaming wit and linguistic fervor that gleefully undermines the seriousness of romance, a production which recently premiered at Kilkenny Arts Festival 2019. The play tours Ireland and you can see it at Theatre Royal Waterford on Friday November 15th.

After last year’s award-winning production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rough Magic return with a vivid contemporary staging of Shakespeare's celebrated romantic comedy. Created by the company’s superb design team, as the production is set on the deck of a deluxe mobile home, where a group of friends gather for a week-long party full of cocktail-infused debauchery, bad dancing and questionable gender politics.

As the celebrations continue in the play, two couples emerge. Claudio and Hero fall deeply and madly in love, while Benedick and Beatrice resume their altogether more quarrelsome romance. Much Ado About Nothing charts the course of these two star-crossed courtships as malicious rumour and pointed lies threaten to tear them both apart- Rough Magic’s Much Ado About Nothing asks, can we ever truly know the people we love? - in this absurd, exuberant, and vibrantly funny piece of theatre.

“Boisterous and intelligent … A hugely enjoyable and timeless treat” - Irish Independent

Starts @ 8 p.m. Tickets: €26/€24 from Box Office or

Nemeton TV Graduates Lecturers 2019The graduates of this year’s Higher Diploma in Television Production at Nemeton TV have been conferred with their awards at Waterford Institute of Technology in a stunning ceremony. In his conferring address, WIT President Professor Willie Doherty offered the graduates many congratulations and gave a very special thank you to all who had supported them throughout their time at the institute.

“All of our staff are tremendously proud of their part in your achievement; we are grateful for the learning we have received from you; and we are sure that you will bring with you something of the spirit of community and collaboration that we strive hard in Waterford to create.”

It has been a really successful year for the ten filmmakers from the Higher Diploma in Television Production. They are already beginning to realise their dreams as film and television producers, directors and editors in top production companies around the country. Following in the footsteps of former graduates, Helena Keane and Morgan Mansfield are working with Tyrone Productions on TG4’s drama Ros na Rún.

Meanwhile, Eannaí O’Sullivan from Cork is working with Red Shoe Productions, the award-winning makers of Fleadh Cheoil and Gradam Ceoil TG4. The course proved to be the perfect place for Eannaí to hone her passion and make her first film: “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.” While on the course, Eanna inked up with Wateford woman Laura Coady to write, produce and direct their own sit-com drama ‘Cara Nó Namhaid’. Two college students with very different personalities are forced to live together and to make matters worse, share the same bedroom! The tow filmmakers are delighted that their film has been selected for this year’s Galway Junior Film Fleadh.

And there is further good news for this year’s graduates as TG4 is set to broadcast the high quality films which they produced, directed and edited while on the course. Amongst the films to be aired is Waterford based photographer John Foley's gripping documentary ‘Díoltas’. It is 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. The film illustrates Potter’s last arduous days spent in safe houses amidst the dramatic backdrop of the Comeragh mountains. Locals who have familial and historical connections to the events narrate the true story, which adds a personal element and a deeper perspective to this gripping documentary.

Also to be broadcast is Dungarvan hurler Kevin Daly illuminating documentary ‘An Seanléim’, which explores the devastating impact of injury on young players. When former Cork minor and U21 hurler Aaron Ward tore his cruciate ligament, he thought his sporting career was over. The documentary explores Aaron’s fears for his future in sport, the challenges he faced mentally and physically and the steps involved in his comeback from this crushing injury.

While the 2019 graduates make their way in the media industries, the future is clearly looking bright for a whole new group of young filmmakers who are already making their first short films on this year’s Nemeton TV and Waterford Institute of Technology’s highly acclaimed course. As Professor Willie O Doherty noted in his address: “At the heart of this bright future will be education: we know that educated, skilled people and new ideas are critical to future economic development and social evolution”. 

For further information about The Higher Diploma in Arts in Television Production contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 058 46499


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