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NFG DonalOConnellOn Tuesday April 28th, 2020 local leading legal firm Nolan Farrell and Goff celebrated 45 years in business at their premises in Newtown Lodge, Waterford City.

Few businesses have been more integral in the development of Waterford and the south east over the last century. For while the firm in its current form was founded in 1975, its origins go back to the start of the first world war.

George A Nolan & Co set up a solicitor’s firm in Waterford in 1914 and R J Farrell (later Farrell & Farrell) did likewise in 1920, both offices grew and continued in practice independently until 1975. This was when they amalgamated to become Nolan Farrell & Goff and moved to offices in Newtown from where they continue to operate 45 years later.

Today, the firm now has five partners, three associates, six solicitors, three legal executives, an office manager and an experienced team of administrative personnel. For over a century Nolan Farrell & Goff has developed a reputation as trusted solicitors, delivering expert legal services in Waterford, the South East and across Ireland. This is a multi-generational firm with strong family connections.

Managing Partner Donal O’Connell, the sole surviving solicitor from its foundation in 1975, reflected on the changes to Waterford and the law over the years, “That the business has grown and endured is testament to the foresight and drive of the founding partners through a period of great change in Waterford , the tremendous work ethic of the many staff and the support of our loyal clients over the years.”

Even though the firm’s offices are closed, staff are working remotely, continuing to provide cost effective and expert legal advice and services to a broad range of institutional, commercial and individual clients.

What stands today as one of the largest provincial solicitors’ practices in Ireland is proud of its long-standing ties to the local community and the South East region. They cannot celebrate properly right now, but as soon as things get back to normal, they will certainly be marking this special day.

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HelloWorld.ie has answered the call for a dedicated online shop for Waterford where retailers can upload their product and consumers can buy all the need in one location while ensuring to support local business.

Created by Bryan Hurley, a Waterford native and owner of Hellowworld.ie, eWaterford.com is being supported by Waterford Chamber.

According to Bryan: “Any Waterford business is now free to sign-up and add their products and services to eWaterford.com. When your customers order your products and services on eWaterford.com, their order details and requested items are sent to your business for processing. Your customer will indicate in their order whether they would like to request a local collection or quote for delivery.”

Each business on eWaterford gets a dedicated business page complete with images, contact information, biography, administration panel, and order reports. Customers can contact businesses directly through eWaterford to enquire about your products or services. Your products, services, and company profile can be shown on a searchable map of Waterford which allows people to find the businesses that support the area where they live, work, and play.

“The COVID-19 crisis is having a colossal effect on businesses throughout our country, but I see it first-hand here in Waterford,” says Bryan.

“While the virus was taking hold in March, I was working with my clients to help them adapt to the evolving social guidelines. Business meetings went online, conferences became web forums, classroom teachers have become video production and social media experts. Remote is the new normal, and people have adapted quickly. While offering products and services remotely is not a new concept in today's hyper-connected world, this crisis has pushed all the waders off the deep-end, they are fast sinking and their customers can no longer see them. To help you become more visible in this new isolated world there are new and existing supports that assist companies to adapt to a changing business landscape.”

Bryan believe the Business Continuity Voucher is a great initiative by the Local Enterprise Office (localenterprise.ie) which allows qualifying businesses to receive up to €2,500 in third party consultation costs to help make informed decisions about what immediate measures and remedial actions should be taken to protect staff and sales. With many existing businesses now looking to offer their products and services online, this voucher can be used to get advice on how to best adapt your existing retail products and services to your isolated customers. Contact Waterford Chamber today to start your application.

“When you are ready to build your eCommerce website you should first look at the Trading Online Voucher which is also available through your LEO. This can provide qualifying businesses with co-funded assistance of up to €2,500, cutting development costs by up to 90%. If you are a medium to large company with 10 or more employees, you may be eligible to apply for the Online Retail Scheme offered by Enterprise Ireland (enterprise-ireland.com) which could help fund up to 80% of costs up to €40,000. These supports and more can be found on the LEO and EI websites.”

Planning and building your very own online retail website, tailored to the way you do business, should be your ultimate goal. But eCommerce websites can take some time to plan, build, and launch, so Bryan has created eWaterford to bridge that gap in the meantime.

Your customers havent gone anywhere, thats the problem! Create your business listing on eWaterford.com today and let your customers know you have not forgotten them.

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As part of our ongoing commitment to support our members, Waterford Chamber has developed a strategic partnership with 3 Ireland to deliver bespoke communication solutions to support our members during this challenging time.

As well as being a mobile network, Three have a range of ICT connectivity solutions that will enhance any business whether it be short term with the current pandemic or medium long term with future proofing each business.

In addition, 3Connect allows businesses to divert calls between staff working from home and be able to deal with each customer efficiently and efficiently. There is also a free built-in conference call facility to communicate with all staff on the one call. With the current situation this is an ideal short term solution as we are in constant contact as we endeavour to support our members.

Three can set this up fast and efficiently and can help those remote staff to get up and running. They will supply the app on a no setup fee or contract basis.

We also have agreed, as part of our strategic partnership with Three, the 1st month free for all affiliates of the Waterford Chamber - this is an exclusive offer.

No Setup Fee on the 3Connect App
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1st month free for Waterford Chamber members

Have a look at the overview above to see a breakdown on the 3Connect App and 3Communicate which details some of the key features.

Should you be interested in finding out more information please feel free to contact Mary Dowling at Three Ireland on 083 4307392 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rory Fitzgerald SamaritansRory Fitzgerald has been a volunteer with Samaritans Waterford and South East since 2010. Rory has been Regional Treasurer for Samaritans in Ireland for the last two years and now has been selected to be Regional Director for the Republic of Ireland commencing on 4th May for the next three years.

The role means Rory will be responsible for Samaritans' 13 branches throughout the country and the deliverance of our critical listening service whereby we support anyone going through an emotional crisis. It will involve areas such as training as we do same in-house, funding, recruitment of volunteers and linking with our eight staff in Usher's Quay who deal with many other aspects of the organisation.

Samaritans have 1,500 volunteers in its branches with 117 in the Waterford branch. The role will also involve being part of a team with the Regional Directors from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England whereby this group have influence in policies and implementation of same. We handle 1,200 calls very day throughout the country. We are contactable through our freephone number 116123 and by email which is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Rory is delighted to take on the role which is a great honor for our branch.

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Health and Wellness International (HAWI) is a Global Proactive Corporate Health and Wellness Company.

Show You Care

Now is the time to hit your company's reset button and help your employees come back to work physically and mentally well. Do your employees know where their health markers are right now?  Inflammation leaves the body open to receiving viruses and infections. We screened over 10,000 staff in the last quarter of 2019.  Before this pandemic staff were in trouble both physically and mentally. We are receiving calls from a number of companies that realise their employees need support.

Health and Wellness International are here to help educate and empower your employees, so they can and will be mentally and physically well going forward.

The Time to Reset is Now

Talk to HAWI to design a tailored health and wellness program for your business. We assess the health of your workforce, through our health screening programs and implement a customised education strategy.

Enhance Employee Quality of Life and Improve Productivity

Witness the profound impact HAWI health and wellbeing can have on the performance of individuals and the health of your business as a whole. The Deloitte report 2020 has stated for every €1 spent on the health and wellbeing of employees the return to the company is a minimum of €4 rising to €10 for a bespoke program.

We Go The Extra Mile

HAWI offer the extras, including the personal touch and aftercare follow up, because we genuinely care. Let us design a reset package that will ensure your employees come back after the lockdown, ready and able for work. 

There are a number of Payment Options available.

  • The company can pay in full (3 different screening options available).
  • The company can subsidise.
  • In a number of companies at the moment budgets are very tight. 
  • The company can act as a facilitator to allow each employee avail of the health screen. The employee pays in full. The employee gets to avail of the screen onsite. The full screen only takes 30 minutes.

Each individual will know exactly where their health markers are and will be given recommendations accordingly.

The company will benefit in many ways e.g. a staff that knows you care, a staff that will know their health status, a staff that are more productive and more present. A comprehensive findings & recommendations report will be given to the company. From this a tailored education and training plan can be put in place.

Please contact us:

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