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workLAB new offices

In February 2020, workLAB continued its expansion by adding 12 new units to its state-of-the-art workspace offerings. 

The new offices range in size from seven one-two person offices, to a number of larger bespoke spaces that were designed after working closely with clients to meet their specific needs.

“We worked closely with clients and our design team to ensure the new spaces delivered exactly what the companies wanted while staying with our vision of offering a high-end workspace for professionals in Waterford,” said Alicia Maguire, General Manager of workLAB.

If you are looking for a short term office space contact Alicia on 051 3761980 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your requirements.

Nemeton Dioltas John FoleyIt has been a record year for the Higher Diploma in Television and Media Production at the National Student Media Awards 2020. Eight students from the Waterford Institute of Technology and Nemeton TV course were nominated in three categories for their imaginative and compelling films and went on to win two of the top awards. “These are absolutely fabulous quality productions from WIT” announced the SMEDIAS host on the night.

Acclaimed Dungarvan photographer and videomaker John Foley has won the Údaras na Gaeltachta Award for Best Irish Language Production for his film Díoltas | Revenge. This moving docu-drama traces the brutal kidnapping, imprisonment and eventual execution of RIC District Inspector Gilbert Potter during the War of Independence. “I’m delighted that my film Díoltas got two nominations. Thank you to everyone in Nemeton especially the other students and lecturers for the wonderful experience”. Following the successful broadcast of ‘Díoltas’ on TG4, John is currently planning his next historical documentary.

County Meath filmmaker Helena Keane has won the TG4 BLOC Award for Best Bilingual Short Film for Dosheachanta | Inevitable. Starring fellow filmmaker Eannaí O Sullivan from Cork, the spooky drama is a thriller with a twist! Helena has made great use of the skills that she acquired on the Nemeton TV and Waterford Institute of Technology course. She is delighted to be pursuing her dream of working in drama on Macalla’s feature film Mo Ghra Bhuan and TG4’s long running drama Ros na Rún. “I wasn’t expecting to win at all, all the other films nominated from our course are really fantastic” said Helena when the award was announced.

There is good news for anyone interested in producing, directing and editing short drama, documentary film or digital marketing content. This award-winning Higher Diploma in Television and Media Production will commence again this September 2020 with an exciting and innovative brand new blend of practical workshops and online classes. The eight-month course is uniquely tailored to the needs of students and is particularly suited to those who wish to develop their skills while also working.

The industry-focused nature of the postgraduate course attracts participants from all over Ireland who are keen to avail of workshops which are led by film and television professionals with extensive experience. Masterclasses are also presented by award-winning filmmakers, including producer Paddy Hayes (Rúbai, Eipic), writer Darach Mac Con Iomaire (Corp + Anam, Red Rock) and director Paula Kehoe (Deargdhúil – Anatomy of Passion, Hiroshima, My Bright Love). Further specialist workshops are provided by sound designer Keith Alexander (Ireland’s Deep Atlantic, Starboard Home), director of photography Cathal Watters (Peaky Blinders, Finding Joy) and composer and musician Dawn Kenny who has collaborated with U2 and Brian Eno. 

Not surprisingly, the postgraduate course is highly regarded in the media sector and has an excellent employment record. Graduates go on to work in TG4, RTÉ, the BBC and in top companies such as Tyrone Productions, Nemeton TV, Independent Pictures and Magamedia. Alumni include producer Rebecca Speer (David Brophy’s Choir of Ages, Cleas Act), assistant director Aoife Doyle (Cursed, Into the Badlands), producer Edel Fox (Noel Hill – Aisling Gearr, Gradaim Cheoil), editor Alan Devitt (Dr. Eva’s Portuguese Adventure, Goggglebox), director and editor Oisín Mistéil (Ar Thóir na Crown Jewels, Ros na Rún), director and cameraman Craig Speers (Out of their League, Pet Surgeons) and producer Caroline Dalton (Drivetime, The Ray Darcy TV Show).

Graduates also combine their new-found skills with existing talents.  Musician and accountant Iarfhlaith O Domhnaill graduated from the course in 2020 and has now found employment as the Financial Manager and Documentary Film Editor at the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

The high-quality films produced on the course are broadcast on TG4’s series Céad Seans | First Chance and achieve recognition at festivals around Ireland. They have been winning at the National Student Media Awards since 2014.

The Higher Diploma Course Television and Media Production is run by the Waterford Institute of Technology in association with Nemeton TV, one of Ireland’s leading production companies, and Udarás na Gaeltachta. The next course commences on September 21st 2020.

Port of Waterford Hapag Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd Ireland has launched a new route from Waterford to Rotterdam. The weekly container feeder service will be carried on the existing BG Freight Line route, operating out of Waterford since mid-2019. This connects businesses in southeast Ireland with the deep-sea global shipping hubs of Rotterdam and Liverpool.

The close proximity of Waterford to continental Europe will provide these customers with a more cost-effective service and reduce their reliance on Dublin or Cork for their shipping needs.

Frank Ronan, CEO, Port of Waterford welcomed the new service which he said “adds to the options we can provide current and prospective customers moving containers to and from the UK, continental Europe and onwards globally”.

Granville Hotel WIT AwardsThe winners of the annual 'Marketing Student of the Year' awards 2020 were announced last Wednesday at an online ceremony. Award recipients were chosen based on their academic results and overall contribution to class.

The winners were Jan O’Dwyer (BA (Hons) in Marketing & Digital Media) and Aideen Cummins (Bachelor of Business (Hons) – Marketing specialisation).

Granville Hotel Support
Ann and Liam Cusack, proprietors of the Granville Hotel have been sponsoring these awards for the past 27 years. At the ceremony Ann & Liam stated that "the Granville Hotel is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year and we are delighted to be associated with the leaders in Marketing in the South East. Our long standing relationship with WIT in supporting business events shows our commitment to community involvement during these very challenging times. This year with Covid-19 and social distancing we had to put on our Marketing hats, and it was decided to use Social Media, Zoom & Facebook for the presentation. A huge thank you to all involved. We would like to congratulate the Award Recipients and all the Students, Lecturers and WIT for making this happen. Great teamwork.”

In his address to the students Dr Thomas O’Toole, Head of the School of Business stated that “The School of Business is delighted that Liam and Ann Cusack, Proprietors of the Granville Hotel have been involved in honouring the best of our Marketing graduates, particularly given that their own expertise is in the area of Hospitality Marketing. Their support has been crucial to hosting these awards for the past 27 years. Students have shown resilience and determination in completing their final year during a global pandemic. WIT is very proud of the achievements of our students and we wish them the best of luck in their future careers.”

Support of lecturers
Jan and Aideen each spoke individually on acceptance of their awards paying tribute to family, friends and their Marketing lecturers at WIT for their help and support over the past number of years. In addition to the overall winners, Marketing Commendations were awarded to the following students:

BA Marketing & Digital Media
Nicola Carroll, Chloe Clince, Michael Clince, Michael Ennis, Sean Fanning & Laura McEnery.

BBS
Karen Cloke, Robert Ryan, Conor Moore, Niamh O Brien, Niamh White & Amber Quigley.

Related Courses
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Marketing & Digital Media Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business (Marketing) Master of Science in Digital Marketing Practice Winners. Jan O’Dwyer: BA Marketing & Digital Media.

Tom Murphy Jack O Donoghue

We are delighted to announce Munster and Ireland Rugby star Jack O'Donoghue as our new Brand Ambassador for Mercedes Benz Passenger Cars.

Jack is seen here picking up his new Mercedes Benz A-Class Saloon from Dealer Principal Barry Murphy.

 

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