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AMACH AN SLIABH by Oisín MistéilOnce again, the students of Waterford Institute of Technology’s Higher Diploma in Television based in Nemeton TV in Gaeltacht na nDéise dominate the Student Media awards in the categories for Television Documentary or Drama. This year the work of five students was recognized as being of the highest quality. This year’s films offer a fascinating and wide range of stories.

Oisin Mistéil a young Dublin writer and director was inspired to write his second drama ‘Amach an Sliabh’ while walking in the Comeragh Mountains in Co Waterford. The stunning background of the majestic lake of Coumshingaun became the perfect location and centerpiece-piece for his film about two sisters dealing with grief in very different ways.

Seán Ó Ciardha from Dublin presents and directs his first short documentary ‘Faoin gCeann Tuí’, a remarkable story of how a visit by a BBC television crew to the filmmaker’s ancestral home in Conamara in the 1960’s impacted the lives of a generation of his family and local people.  As Mártan tells us in the film  ‘We had never even seen a Television in our lives … it was like we were starring in a Cowboy movie or something’.

Natália Uí Fhaoláin a Brazilian native and Irish speaker, Natália explores what it means to find a home away from home in her short film ‘Ón Rinn go Reykjavik’. In the film, we hear from two women who exchanged their native homes for very different places, cultures and languages. Natália meets with An Rinn native Sibéal Turraoin, who now lives in Iceland and explores what similarities and differences they share on their unlikely journeys.

Áine Ryan of the well known ‘Jim the Mill’ family from Upperchurch, Co Tipperary, has written a beautiful children’s short drama  Feadóg/Whistle.  The film tells the story of a magic tin whistle and a  young boy called  Eoin who is obsessed with playing it. This short film is another string in Áine’s bow as her quirky dramas have already gained her great critical acclaim, including five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

Amii McGuinness’ short documentary ‘Leanbh Déardaoin’ features a boy named Ben who has Down’s Syndrome. In this heartwarming biopic, we get a glimpse into Ben and his family’s world, we find out his parent’s worries and concerns and we see his impressive achievements from birth to the present day. This moving, feel-good documentary shows how one person can affect so many people in a community.

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The Port of Waterford Co has purchased three new zero emissions Nissan LEAF electric cars for use transporting pilots and marine personnel on both sides of the Suir Estuary. The zero emissions cars are part of a wider drive by the Port to reduce the environmental impact of their activities.

Other elements of the continuing programme include using renewable energy sources for heating and the installation of energy-efficient lighting on the quayside at Belview, Co Kilkenny. Solar panels have also been fitted on the roof of the Marine Point office development in Belview which houses the Port’s headquarters.

Commenting on the initiatives, Frank Ronan, CEO, Port of Waterford, said: “We are very conscious of our carbon footprint and recognise our particular responsibility as a commercial State company to play our part in the sustainability agenda. To benchmark our progress, we are now working towards environmental certifications.” 

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Arachas Corporate Brokers are offering you, and, your business an opportunity to secure a ‘second opinion’ on all your general insurance needs, we are offering 10% discount on all Office, Professional Indemnity, and Cyber Liability policies. 

To arrange a free and confidential review contact Gary on 087 2259965 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Friday, 12th April

Multi-award-winning theatre company Rise Productions returns to Theatre Royal Waterford this April with a brand-new play from acclaimed writer Gary Duggan.

Directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks, starring Ciara O’Callaghan (Fair City) and Emma Willis (The Young Offenders) this intriguing tale charts the story of two very different women whose lives start to mirror each other when, unknowingly, they both become involved with the same elusive young man.

Starts @ 8 p.m. Tickets: €17/€15 from Box Office/Tel: 051-874402 or

Waterford Music Gromes RiemFor their last concert of the season, Waterford Music are delighted to welcome the German duo, cellist Raphaela Gromes and pianist Julian Riem to the Large Room, City Hall on WEDNESDAY 10 April at 7:30pm.

They will perform a selection of music by Martucci, Rossini, Offenbach, Martinu and a specially commissioned piece by Kevin Volans. The concert is presented in association with Music Network.

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

Raphaela Gromes is an exceptional young cellist who has quickly garnered rave reviews for the incredible intimacy of her playing, her musical imagination, and thrilling virtuosity. Add to this her symbiotic duets with partner Julian Riem and you’re set for a truly inspiring evening. 

Winner of many international prizes, Gromes has performed extensively throughout Europe in the prestigious concert houses in Zurich, Amsterdam, Berlin and Vienna, and several composers have already dedicated cello concertos to her, including Valentin Bachmann and Mario Bürki.

A renowned soloist and award-winning pianist, Julian Riem has appeared with many of Europe’s leading orchestras. He is a passionate advocate of contemporary music and a sought-after chamber musician: in addition to his work with Raphaela Gromes, he is a member of the Munich Horn Trio and the Velit Quartet.

Liberty Blue Landlord BriefingThank you to everyone who came along to our inaugural Landlord Briefing event in March. We had a great turn out and the feedback from all attendees afterwards was very positive and enthusiastic.

Pat Davitt, CEO of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV) and Tim Ryan, journalist, public affairs consultant and former Residential Tenancies Board member took the audience of Waterford Landlords through the most important aspects and proposed updates to the Residential Tenancies Act.

What useful landlord advice was discussed on the night?

Pat Davitt pointed out the decline in the number of landlords of 1 – 2 properties across Ireland and called for incentives for landlords to remain in the rental market, for the good of tenants and of society.

Tim Ryan gave a very informative talk on the most important parts of the Residential Tenancies Act and gave the landlords present sage advice on avoiding difficulties to the benefit of both them and their tenants.

Our own Regina Mangan, owner of Liberty Blue Estate Agents in Waterford City and County spoke about the strong trend towards renting in Waterford and the lack of available properties. Regina argued that this trend presents a great opportunity for landlords to provide much-needed accommodation and, combined with the principles of the Residential Tenancies Act, is ushering in the era of the Professional Landlord. She urged landlords to view the rental market as a long term investment.

Where can I find out more?

Pat Davitt’s presentation from our Waterford Landlord event can be downloaded here and Tim Ryan’s presentation can be downloaded here.

Huge thanks to Pamela Pim and Laura O’Keeffe at Bank of Ireland Waterford for their help with hosting this event in their Workbench venue and to Scarlett Platters for providing the fabulous food.

 Arc Mediation New Associates

Founding partners Shane Dempsey and Dr Roisin O'Shea are pleased to welcome two new Associates to their growing interdisciplinary team.

Michael J Dempsey, FCMA, CGMA and a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers has had a long career in business and financial management. He has extensive experience as a management accountant and company secretary for SMEs, PLCs, not-for-profits and multinational organisations. Michael specialises in commercial mediation and will be working with the ARC team on the resolution of Succession planning, Family business & commercial disputes.

Marie Dennehy is a well known Waterford solicitor who has practiced for many years in the South East region. She brings significant experience to the team in the areas of probate and land disputes, while also contributing to our separation & divorce mediation offerings.
We are very excited to welcome two highly experienced professionals to our practice, and look forward to working with both going forward.

All enquiries to ; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Tel; 051 348336


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