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GIY GROW2CEORegistration is now open for GROW2CEO – a uniquecompetition to find Irelands’ next young food entrepreneurs. GROW2CEO is a collaboration between Cully & Sully and GIY.  

The campaign was launched today (Monday, 14th of January) by food entrepreneur Cullen Allen from Cully & Sully and Mick Kelly founder of GIY. 

GROW2CEO will give students and teenagers across Irish Secondary Schools everything they need to startgrowing some food, get a better understanding of what goes into the food they eat, and how they can make healthier choices in their own lives. The campaign involves four exciting challenges, which will take students on a fascinating journey where they will create their own food business and soup recipe while learning all about where food comes from. 

Free growing kits will be delivered to all of the teacherswho register for the 2019 competition. The kits will include everything the students need to grow spinach including the seeds, pots, soil and plenty of expert growing recipe development tips from GIY and Cully & Sully.

In the final phase, they will be asked come up with a soup recipe and business plan. Three classes will then be selected for the competition finale. These finalists will be invited to a ‘Dragon's Den' style pitch scenario at the home of GIY, GROW HQ in Waterford on Wednesday the 15th May, where the winning class will be selected and crowned ‘GROW 2 CEO' Champions 2019.

Speaking ahead of the upcoming competition deadline, Michael Kelly of GIY said, "Last year’s competition was a phenomenal success, it is really interesting to see the keen level of interest and the vast knowledge that teenagers have about their food – they are far more interested than their peers of ten or twenty years ago. We hope that the Grow 2 CEO campaign will encourage more students and schools to make growing and food nutrition a bigger part of the curriculum and therefore encourage more students to consider food entrepreneurship as a possible career choice in the future.”

Cullen Allen of Cully & Sully said, We are excited to launch GROW2CEO 2019 with our friends at GIY,  We are especially excited to see what Irish secondary schools come up with this year. The 2018 campaign was hugely inspirational with some amazing presentations and product concepts developed. At Cully & Sully we are passionate about using excellent quality ingredients in the products we produce and we hope that the students will appreciate the importance of using fresh produce and of course find the joy in growing their own ingredients. 

The growing kits will be delivered to all schools that register to take part and the competition and challenge will commence on 4th March. The ‘GROW 2 CEO' grand final will take place on the 15th May 2019, where a panel of judges will taste test the student’s products and review the business model and plans of the shortlisted finalists. The winning students will be awarded a prize pot of €5,000 which includes a €3,000 food garden for their school, champion hoodies for the winning class and the winning teacher will receive an overnight trip to Ballymaloe. 

Participation is free and registration is open until 15th February 2019. School students and teachers planning to participate in this nationwide competition can now sign up to take part via




Home Instead Corporate EveningLocally-owned and managed home care provider Home Instead Senior Care, recently celebrated ten years of providing home care to Waterford seniors, with a corporate event, supported by Waterford Chamber.

Home Instead Senior Care is an international brand with 1150 offices around the world and recognised as the world’s leading provider of non-medical, in-home services to seniors.

Impressed by the Home Instead philosophy of providing world-renowned, quality care to seniors in their own homes, Danette and Michael Connolly extended this philosophy to Waterford city and county and in 2009 opened Home Instead Senior Care Waterford at the Cleaboy Business Park.

Managed and operated by a team of trained and dedicated care professionals, Home Instead Senior Care offers an array of senior care services such as light housekeeping, meal preparation, transport and companionship, up to and including personal care, dementia care, post hospital care and disability care.

Danette Connolly, Director of Care was delighted to celebrate this milestone. “Good quality home care is something we pride ourselves on delivering to the seniors of Waterford city and county.”

“Our ageing population is growing each year and we have a duty of care to ensure that they can live longer and happier in their own homes, and retain, as much as possible, their independence. It’s the Home Instead Senior Care philosophy.”

As crucial as the right care package is for clients, the delivery of that care by the right people is paramount. Today the Waterford operation employs 20 office staff and over 120 CAREGivers, delivering thousands of hours of home care each week.

“Our services are flexible, designed with our client in mind and are person-centred. We pride ourselves in recruiting and training CAREGivers to enable them to provide quality care. We spend a lot of time ensuring the right CAREGiver is assigned to the right client in order to develop a rich, rewarding and personal client-caregiver relationship.”

Former Ireland International and Leinster rugby player and Home Instead Senior Care Director of Franchise Operations, Shane Jennings, congratulated Michael and Danette Connolly and the Home Instead Waterford team on their tenth anniversary and said the Waterford office is held as the benchmark for Home Instead franchises throughout the country.

To find out more about the services of Home Instead Senior Care Waterford call 051 333966 or 058 75298 or visit

UPMC Whitfield Gerry ODonoghueGerry O’Donoghue, Lead Breast Cancer Surgeon at UPMC Whitfield, the largest private hospital in the South East, has been appointed Honorary Clinical Associate Professor by the Academic Council of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).

The honorary promotion recognises an individual’s sustained contribution to RCSI and its students, as well as their academic achievements.

Professor O’Donoghue is a leading breast surgeon in the South East, and has been treating patients at UPMC Whitfield for nearly three years. His specialist areas of expertise include benign and malignant breast disease, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, skin cancer treatments, including melanoma, radiotherapy and endoscopy. He holds an honours degree from the RCSI and was awarded his Doctorate of Medicine by the same institution in 2005 for his research into breast cancer treatment.

David Beirne, CEO at UPMC Whitfield, says: “We’re delighted that Gerry O’Donoghue has been awarded this promotion by the RCSI. Gerry combines first-class medical treatment for his patients in the South East with a strong commitment to raising the standards for hospital care across the country, and we’re very proud that his contributions to medicine and health sciences have been recognised in this way.”

UPMC Whitfield has over 50 expert consultants working across a range of specialties including: radiotherapy; cardiology; orthopaedics; ophthalmology; oncology / haematology; radiology; ear, nose and throat; gynaecology; urology and general surgery. These are supported by a wider team of 180 dedicated medical, nursing and administration staff to ensure the 70-bed hospital offers patients the right care, in the right way, at the right time – in a first-class facility that is close to home.

The UPMC Whitfield campus is operated by UPMC, the international not-for-profit healthcare company that is transforming the way health care is provided. Already trusted by millions of patients across the world, the company operates 40 hospitals, as well as 600 doctors' offices and outpatient sites, and is now delivering this global expertise to those living in the South East of Ireland.

LCE First Aid

In order to maintain your qualification after your two-year certification period, it is mandatory that you undertake a refresher course. The refresher course is now a two-day course intended to refresh the skills and knowledge you learned from your original training. You must have a valid First Aid Response certificate in order to participate on this course.

If your First Aid Certificate is due for renewal then you must ensure to get refresher training PRIOR to the expiry date. Once the date is passed, your certificate is invalid.

Therefore it is important to have your certificates up to date in lieu of the liability of having uncertified first aid responders in-situ.

LCE have the following FIRST AID refresher courses this quarter:

First Aid Refresher Training - €260.00pp

  • 29th/30th January
  • 26th/27th March

For more information contact LCE on 051 364344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


This event will be hosted in Bank of Irelands new Workbench based in Waterford City branch on Jan 24th at 10:30pm.

The workshop will discuss some of the practical tools to help you back to work.

Karen O'Reilly, Employmum, founder of FAB Networks in France and treasurer of Network Cork will explore:

  • The benefits of networking – stats and facts
  • Your network is your networth – how to use it strategically
  • Active Listening – break out session
  • Find your tribe
  • Networking online

Helen Walshe, Recruitment Consultant with Employmum and Life and Business Coach will talk about confidence and approaching your journey back to work with confidence. She will explore:

  • Mingling with a mission
  • How to make a good first impression
  • Tips on building your self esteem
  • Interactive break out sessions
  • Key take-away's to change the way you think

This is a free event but registration is essential:


Swift Print are launching their new associate brand UBIX, to help your organisation run better, faster, cheaper and easier, at the National Supply Chain and Manufacturing Conference on the 17th of January.

Specialising in Visual Management, Lean and Agile scrum boards and Material Control, UBIX bespoke products will help establish a safe and productive working environment, to reinforce improvement in all areas of the modern organisation.

With over 20 years of manufacturing experience and 18 years of Lean consultancy in multiple international management positions, Michael Meagher can uniquely design and produce professional and effective visual management boards, that will initiate positive growth and improvement in any organisation.

With over 1500 products online, is your new one stop shop for everything Lean, HR and Health and Safety.


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