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Solas Centre BalloonsIn marking World Cancer Day on February 4th the Solas Cancer Support Centre announced that 964 clients were supported by the charity in 2019. This figure marks an unprecedented 25% growth in client numbers from the previous year. The orange balloons reflect the 2018 client numbers and the green balloons signify the increase of the additional 255 clients in 2019.

Chair Dee Jacques explains what this means to the charity: ‘When we reflect on our work during 2019 we are extremely proud to have supported so many families in Waterford and the South East who have been affected by a cancer diagnosis. 255 extra clients engaged with the service in 2019 and the Board of Trustees are particularly pleased to see the growth of the West Waterford service based in Dungarvan’.

‘This increase in client numbers is a positive reflection on the standard and range of services we offer our clients. People are often surprised to hear that our services are free and we thank our donors and fundraisers in supporting the charity each and every year. In 2019 the running costs of the service was over €650,000 and we simply could not operate without the financial support of the community as we do not receive any Government funding. As client numbers continue to grow we are making plans for 2020 to raise additional funds to meet the growing demand’.

The free support services are available to those affected by cancer, their families and carers in the Waterford and the South East. A wide range of services are available including Reflexology, Massage, Reiki, Counselling, Meditation, Yoga and Art Psychotherapy for children and adolescents.

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..


Threatre Royal Pat ColdrickDate: 22nd February

Pat Coldrick is an Irish classical guitarist and composer who has been working for the past six years at home but has also performed recitals in Europe, the USA and Russia. Pat has been described as ‘pushing the boundaries of classical guitar’ with his musical interpretations and compositions and has made classical guitar exciting, interesting and more accessible to music lovers in general. Through his interpretation of music and by exploring and embracing new technologies he strives to enhance the dynamics of the classical guitar and bring his music to a wider audience both at home and abroad.

Pat’s musical formation has not followed normal traditional lines. He is mainly self-taught and in a relatively short period of time he has put together an impressive body of work and has gained considerable recognition throughout Ireland and internationally both as a performer and composer. Pat’s skilful and atmospheric connection with his audience is an art form in itself and is in total contrast to other more formal classical performances. He has a very easy going, laid back and unassuming approach and the approach to audiences at his live shows is to entertain rather than educate.

Starts @ 8 p.m. Tickets €21 available from 051-874402 or

Smovey Health Irene TreacySmovey Health is thrilled to be starting back our 5 week Helping People with Parkinson’s course with lots of new material.

This 5 week course has been designed to improve daily life for people with a neurological disorders. Over the 5 weeks we will be concentrating on simple but effective mental & physical exercises that can be used at home to help ease some of your symptoms.

Irene Treacy will be incorporating a lot of her pd warrior training which are fun games, plus doing face yoga to prevent masking, falls prevention, breathing techniques, meditation, chair yoga, smoveyMED just to name a few.

This is a brand new course and will be more physical and interactive than ever before.

Plus we have optional tea/coffee and chat afterwards which is always lovely and social; see how everybody is getting on and a great opportunity to pick up new tricks and tips from everybody else.

This course is starting Thursday 13th Feb from 10.00 to 11.30am with optional tea/coffee after.

The cost of this is €70.00 for the 5 weeks or €15 per week

To reserve your space please go to or call/text 085 8525766

Irene Treacy is the course instructor and is a Parkinson’s Coach, Yoga & Meditation Teacher specializing in brain Injuries.
PD Warrior, Parkinson’s regeneration trained and a Smovey Instructor

SEAM Boston Scientific AwardWIT’s SEAM (South Eastern Applied Materials Centre) Research Centre in WIT’s School of Engineering has won Industry Research Partnership of the Year award with Boston Scientific Clonmel in the IMR Manufacturing & Supply Chain Awards 2020.

The awards ceremony was held in Citywest, Dublin on 29 January 2020 and SEAM was up against Wyeth Nutrition.

This IMR award category recognises the achievements of outstanding contribution to industry research through partnerships between companies and or academic institutions. The award honours research and innovation partners and companies, who have collaborated to create new products, service or formulations and have demonstrated innovation within the last 12 months.

Dr Ramesh Raghavendra, Director of SEAM Research Centre, WIT said: “We are very pleased to win this Industry Research Partnership award as it recognises our ability to build strong relationships  with industries and carry out applied research that fosters innovation, jobs and economic growth. This particular award acknowledges our good working relationship with Boston Scientific Clonmel and collaborative nature of research in the area of additive manufacturing (3D printing) that had huge positive impacts for both organisations.”

Kevin O’Riordan, Senior Manager R & D, Boston Scientific Clonmel remarked: “Excellent achievement in getting this award. This is a great way to highlight and acknowledge the work completed through the partnership that has been between Boston & SEAM over the last few years”.

Previously SEAM has won a prestigious Knowledge transfer Ireland (KTI) award under the industrial consultancy category has also a KTI finalist under industrial collaborative research with Sulzer in 2016 and with Boston Clonmel, Schivo and Lisnabrin in 2018.

Tom Murphy Simon Power

Tom Murphy Car Sales are proud to introduce our new Commercial Sales Manager, Simon Power.

Simon comes with a wealth of industry experience and knowledge and looks forward to building new relationships with our loyal van customers as well as welcoming new customers to Tom Murphy's.

Drop in for a chat with Simon at our Cork Road showroom or contact him on 051 301222.

Tower Hotel 4 StarThe Tower Hotel and Leisure Centre in Waterford is delighted to announce that it has been upgraded from 3-star to a 4-star rating by Fáilte Ireland. Located in the heart of Ireland’s oldest city, the Tower Hotel and Leisure Centre has recently completed a massive renovation project which includes all 134 bedrooms undergoing a full refurbishment.

Since early 2018, the hotel has received a landmark investment that has enabled them to completely upgrade all areas of the hotel and leisure centre. This includes an extended and stylish new lobby with atrium, plus a beautiful refurbishment of the Ardmore Suite Ballroom and adjoining Ardmore Lounge. The new upgrades to the ballroom and lounge make the Tower Hotel a perfect wedding or conference location suitable for parties of all sizes.

Additionally, as part of the refresh there are two newly opened dining outlets for guests and locals to enjoy. Hobson’s Restaurant, overlooking Waterford's quayside, serves locally sourced, seasonal cuisine. With its central location, great views and elegant setting, the restaurant has become a popular dining destination in Waterford with a new à la carte menu created by the talented Head Chef, Joe Doherty.
Pier 37 Bar & Grill with views overlooking the Marina, is Waterford's favourite place to meet, eat and enjoy live music. The bright and spacious lounge provides informal surroundings to relax and enjoy a drink with everything from speciality coffees, scrumptious afternoon tea to cocktails on offer as well as a variety of hearty and healthy snacks and meals. The full bar menu is served daily from 12pm to 9pm.

Commenting about the new 4-star rating, Seamus O’Carroll, General Manager of the Tower Hotel and Leisure Centre said; “We are absolutely delighted to be upgraded to a 4-star hotel. The team here have worked incredibly hard over the last two years to improve all the facilities and everything from the bedrooms to the lobby have seen an extensive investment that ensures the guests have a wonderful experience. We are extremely proud of earning this additional star, along with being awarded an IASI award for our excellence in accommodation services, this is a great way to kick off 2020. We look forward to welcoming people from near and far throughout the year.”

Along with 134 bedrooms numerous dining options, and extensive Conference Facilities, the hotel also consists of an excellent leisure centre which includes a 20-metre swimming pool, toddler pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and a full equipped gym.

The Tower Hotel and Leisure Centre is part of the Neville Hotel Group, with 4 great locations to choose from - stunning Dún Laoghaire along Dublin Bay, the beautiful setting in the ‘Garden of Ireland’ Co. Wicklow, the heart of vibrant Kilkenny city and the bustling centre of historic Waterford city , our hotels offer a genuine Irish hospitality and warmth.

For more information or to make a booking please visit or call (051) 862 300.

Beat Breakfast GosssiesBeat 102-103 has followed up a phenomenal Gossies win with record listenership figures.

More people than ever are now listening to Beat on a weekly basis, with 165,000 tuning in across the South East every week.

Beat Breakfast, which took home the Best Radio Show gong at a glamorous Gossies awards ceremony in Dublin last weekend, now broadcasts to 43,000 listeners every day.

Beat dominates radio listening for under 35-year-olds in the South East with 55,000 listening each day – that’s more than 2FM (20,000), Today FM (16,000), Newstalk (4,000) and Radio 1 (6,000) combined!

This JNLR book also offered Beat the opportunity to shout about its night-time and weekend offerings, with a smorgasbord of shows faring notably well. Debbie Ridgard’s The Takeover boasts 3,000 more listeners than this time last year, while Beat stalwart Vinny Bradley has seen his Weekend Beat Breakfast show climb by 6,000 since February 2019. What’s more, Chris Ward’s Sportsbeat is up an impressive 11,000 year-on-year.

Fresh from celebrating his weekend win, Beat Breakfast presenter and Head of Station Sound, Niall Power, thanked his listeners: “We’re so thankful to our amazing listeners who voted in these awards. We were the only show nominated outside national and Dublin radio, so we’re delighted to take the award home to the South East!”

Beat CEO Gabrielle Cummins said that she’s delighted to see such positive listenership figures on the back of a Gossies 2020 win: “We’re delighted to receive more positive news this week as latest listenership results reveal more people than ever before tune into Beat on a weekly basis.  All the team works hard to ensure we inform and entertain our loyal audience day in, day out, so we really appreciate that so many people choose Beat consistently. 

“Building on our success to date, we promise to continue to break new music and combine that with lots more craic. We have a once in a lifetime promotion kicking off next week and we’re all excited about presenting this to our audience.  Be sure to tune in, it’s gonna be huge!”

With a sample size of more than 16,000 people, the JNLR is the most robust research conducted in Ireland. The latest JNLR figures released today confirm the popularity of radio in Ireland with 81% of the population tuning in every day. This translates into weekday figures of 3.2 million listeners.

Sanofi Engineers Ireland

Sanofi Waterford has been accredited by Engineers Ireland for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The three-year accreditation was presented to the site by Caroline Spillane, Director General, Engineers Ireland who is pictured with (from left) Marc Sebastien Camacho, Process Engineer; Niamh Mitchell, Project Engineer; Dr Johannes Schweppenhäuser, Site Head and Cian O’Brien, Head of Innovation, Digital & Engineering (Pic: Colin Shanahan, Digicol).



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