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Smovey Health are delighted to bring Smovey Health Training to Waterford.

This is a certified one day training course that is open to all health, wellness and education professional. This training is perfect for anyone wanting to bring to the benefits of Smovey to their workplace including Nursing Homes, Schools, Care Centers, Health clubs, Gyms or to give classes.

Covered in the course is:

  • Smovey - History & Manufacturing
  • Models - Original, Med & Power
  • detailed explanation of the effects and benefits
  • Introduction to Vibration Therapy
  • Introduction to the CNS (Central Nervous System)
  • Practical Demos in Walking, Exercise & Massage
  • Business Opportunities

Once the training is completed you will be able to bring Smovey to your own business and apply it to your clients.

Early bird offer €197 closes 9th June.

Course price €247.

If you would like more information or to book on to this course please go to or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 085 8525766.

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Red Hat Day - Ireland (Thursday 6th June 2019)

The Power of Open Source: Connection, Aggregation & Collaboration

Red Hat Ireland welcome you to join us in Dublin at Red Hat Day Ireland (, where we will explore the opportunity for ideas to become reality, allowing you to ask questions, learn from those leading digitial transformation and discover industry trends.

The IT industry is filled with new buzzwords (Digital Transformation, DevSecOps, Containers, Hybrid Cloud and many more). So, how do we choose which ideas are worth exploring? We decide as a community. 

Great things happen when people and ideas come together. Open Source Technology gives us a platform for imagination, a focal point to collectively push for new possibilities. 

Red Hat Day Ireland will bring the latest and greatest in open source cloud computing, platform, virtualization, middleware, storage, and systems management technologies. So, come with questions. Leave with ideas. 

Register with this link today and join us to discover how Red Hat in Ireland can help your business revolutionise.

Ita LeydenIta Leyden – Ergonomist & Forensic Engineer answers your work related health and safety queries as part of our monthly Q&A session.

Dear Ita,

I am the manager of a small office with 6 employees.  Someone mentioned to me recently that the computer workstations needed to be assessed under health and safety legislation.  Can you please tell me if this is true, and also, if it is necessary, how can we do this without incurring excessive cost?


Dear Joanna,

Thank you for your email. In short, yes, employers must carry out an assessment of employee workstations where the employee uses a computer workstation daily and continuously for at least 1 hour per day. The specific legislation relating to this assessment – known as VDU or Visual Display Unit assessment is the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, (General Application) Regulations 2007, Chapter 5 of Part 2.

The aim of the assessment is to identify any issues that might cause harm either because of the way the workstation is set up or because of the immediate environmental conditions such as noise and temperature. During the assessment, consideration needs to be given to the potential for work to cause or contribute to musculoskeletal disorders, or harm to eyesight or mental stress. Very importantly, the assessment must be carried out by someone who has the appropriate training, experience and knowledge.

In relation to cost, you can either have one of the employees trained as a VDU assessor (this typically is a 1 day training course and there are a number of local service providers – perhaps you could contact your local Skillnet for information on subsidised courses), or you can engage a consultant to carry out the assessments for you – typically costs are based on the number of individual assessments being carried out, and again there are a number of consultants who carry out this work locally. When choosing a consultant, it is always worth enquiring if they are members of a recognised professional body such as IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) or IES (Irish Ergonomics Society).

Finally, research suggests that 1 in 3 adults will suffer from a musculoskeletal disorder – reducing the risk by investing in workstation assessments would be a very wise investment!

Ita or one of our qualified safety consultants will give you their expert opinion on any health, safety and ergonomic queries.

For more information or if you have any other queries which you would like addressed contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sanofi JonhannesSanofi, the global biopharmaceutical company, has appointed Dr Johannes Schweppenhäuser as Site Head at Waterford where they employ almost 800 people.

An experienced industry leader, Dr Schweppenhäuser has led Sanofi’s Site Frankfurt Biologics & Oncology in his native Germany since January 2017. A pharmacist by profession, he also previously worked with Hoffmann-La Roche and Bayer, with whom he spent six years in leadership roles at a biotech facility in Berkeley, California.

At Waterford, Johannes succeeds Ruth Beadle who was Site Head from October 2015 until her recent appointment as Head of Vials Liquid/Lyo & Biologics Technology Group. Along with Waterford, this role encompasses Sanofi sites in Frankfurt, Germany and Anagni, Italy. Ruth is also now a member of the Injectables Platform Leadership Team within Sanofi Industrial Affairs.

During Ruth’s tenure as Site Head, Sanofi Waterford continued to flourish, adding products delivered in medical devices to the existing portfolio. The site team was also recognised by being named Pharma Industry Company of the Year, Biotechnology Company of the Year and Life Sciences Exporter of the Year in 2017 and overall Business of the Year at the Waterford Business Awards in 2019.

Announcing Dr Schweppenhäuser’s appointment and reflecting on her own transition, Ruth Beadle said: “Johannes is an excellent leader with considerable relevant experience at multiple sites in Germany and the United States. I have no doubt he will make a real impact at Waterford. It’s been a real challenge and tremendous privilege for me to lead the Waterford site over the last three and a half years. Through a great team effort, we have seen the site grow and diversify to serve more patients around the world than ever before.”

Johannes Schweppenhäuser added: “I am really delighted to join a winning Sanofi Waterford team and to move to the beautiful southeast of Ireland. Since joining Sanofi, I have heard a lot about Waterford and what has been delivered by the team here. To now join that team in writing the next chapter in the Waterford site story is something that I am very excited about. I can already see that there is no shortage of energy and ambition.”

Nemeton TV Class of 2019 2It was a wonderful day for the students of Waterford Institute of Technology’s Higher Diploma in Television and Digital Media Production. Based at Nemeton TV in Gaeltacht na nDéise in Co Waterford, the students of 2019 premiered an array of imaginative dramas and documentaries at the SGC Cinema in Dungarvan to family, friends and locals. This year, the work of ten students was praised as being of the highest standard, with the films offering a fascinating insight into diverse aspects of Irish life.

Helena Keane from County Meath wrote and directed a skit ‘Nuacht Nocht Anocht’– a mock current affairs programme in which the panelists discuss satirical and farcical topics in a comedic manner. Helena is delighted to be working on Ros na Rún soon: “I had no media experience at the start of the year, but the emphasis on practical work meant I gained enough hands-on experience to set me up for working in the industry right after the course”.

Dungarvan hurler Kevin Daly explored the impact of injury on players in his documentary ‘An Seanléim’. We see the challenges that former U21 Cork hurler Aaron Wardfaced faced, his fears for his future in sport and the steps involved in his comeback from the crushing injury of tearing his cruciate ligament.

Waterford artist Amii McGuinness explores the world of Paganism today in Ireland in her eye-opening documentary 'Págánach'. The documentary was created in a bid to help people understand Pagan beliefs, music, history and rituals. Amii says that “Coming from a visual art background I found that this course helped me to hone in on the skills I already had and interweave them with completely new skills, such as the art of storytelling in the world of film”.

In ‘‘Oglaigh Rojava’, Waterford native Leo De Moinbhíol provides a revealing insight into a huge project taking place in Kurdistan in Syria. Irish people and other international volunteers have joined the Rojava Revolution against ISIS to fight for the rights of oppressed Kurds. Morgan who is now a camera trainee on the local feature drama ‘Mo Ghrá Buan’ says that “After completing the course you already have plenty of experience under your belt which gives you a high level of confidence that a theoretical or exam orientated course could never provide”.

Laura Coady from Waterford and Eannaí O’Sullivan of Cork have linked up to create their own sit-com drama ‘Cara Nó Namhaid’. Two college girls with very different personalities are forced to live together and we wonder will these girls ever become friends? Or will they end up with nothing more than a bitter relationship and a longing for personal space? Eannaí is delighted to have already found work with Red Shoe Productions: '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'.

Cillian MacGabhain from Mullingar has created a fascinating programme ‘Bígí Sibh Féin’ in which he explores how writing and performing music and stand-up comedy have helped him to see the world from a different perspective. And John Foley, a Waterford based photographer, has created ‘Díoltas’ – an intriguing documentary 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. It was a rewarding year for John: "Using the film production and editing skills that I learned on the Higher Dioloma in TV means that I am now working for myself as a Digital Content Creator”.

And finally well-known young Clare musician Caoimhe Morrissey and Cork native Andy O’Leary explore the power of music therapy in their heart-warming documentary ‘Guth An Cheoil’. They go on a moving journey with James and discover the impact of music therapy on his life.

Following in the footsteps of former graduates of the course, this years young group of filmmakers will also hope to win awards and have their work broadcast on TV and screened at some of Ireland’s best film festivals. And most importantly, they can look forward to employment in a vibrant industry that needs their skill set. The class of 2019 are already working in production companies around the country as well as in the related digital media industries.

This Postgraduate Course In Television & Digital Media Production is run by the Waterford Institute of Technology in association Nemeton TV, one of Ireland’s leading production companies, and Udarás na Gaeltachta. This course is widely regarded as the most industry-focused course in the media sector. The core belief is that third level course is relevant, dynamic and genuinely prepare students for industry. The course has gained a high profile in the media industry and has an excellent employment record among course graduates. Films produced on the course have gone on to win Best Irish Language documentary at the National Student Media Awards every year since 2014.

Next course runs Sept 2019 to May 2020
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 058 46499

Convertibill open branchOffering an alternative to traditional lending, Convertibill’s southeast branch opened its doors this January and have been impressed with the diversity and ambition of Waterford’s business community. Waterford native Gillian Walsh and her partner, Kildare man, Rowland Smithers (pictured at this year’s Chamber Business Expo) are the owner managers of the branch and are determined to help businesses in the southeast grow at pace.

Convertibill have smart ways to smooth out cashflow, to finance orders and to fund bulk purchasing from suppliers. We can also finance leasing for both our clients and their customers and we can allow companies to raise funds based on future revenue.

‘In the past businesses looking for finance went to their local bank, spoke to someone that understood their business and borrowed what they needed. All of a sudden that disappeared. We are bringing that concept back. We want to know our customers. We want to understand their business and get them the funds they need quickly each time’ says Smithers.

Rowland has over 20 years’ experience in business, both at Company Director and business development levels. Gillian moves to the finance sector from a technical research and development background and takes an analytical approach to business.

If you are thinking about financing growth in your business, give us a call or drop into us at 18 The Mall, in the city centre. We will ensure that you get the best solution and that your finance request is dealt with simply and quickly.

Call Rowland on 051 550095 or Gillian on 051 810004 or visit


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