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Theatre Royal On Blueberry Hill

ON BLUEBERRY HILL By Sebastian Barry at Theatre Royal Waterford on February 28th & March 1st

Performed by Niall Buggy and David Ganly

Following the critically-acclaimed world premiere production as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival 2017, Olivier Award-winning Fishamble and current Laureate of Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry, reunite for the revival tour of On Blueberry Hill to New York and on national tour in Ireland in 2019.

In Sebastian Barry’s unique style, On Blueberry Hill features best of friends and worst of enemies Christy and PJ, played by Niall Buggy and David Ganly. This new play is bursting with humanity, as it explores murder, forgiveness, survival and, ultimately, love in the prison of the human heart.

Starts @ 8 p.m. nightly

Tickets: €18/€16 conc. from Box Office/Tel: 051-874402 or

Walk-ins also welcome!

Home Instead Senior Care is offering a unique approach to help families manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, diseases that eventually rob older people of their memories and independence. Free training for family caregivers is now available through Confidence to Care workshops in Dungarvan and Waterford, taking place on the first Thursday and third Tuesday of the month respectively.

The inaugural workshops will take place in the Park Hotel Dungarvan on Thursday, March 7th and at Respond at St. John’s College, The Folly, Waterford on Tuesday, March 19th.

This workshop is specially designed for family caregivers and offers a personal approach to help families care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease at home. 60 to 70% of people with dementia in Ireland currently live at home in the community and rely on family caregivers.

“Until there is a cure, we offer an interim solution,” said Danette Connolly, Director of Care, Home Instead Waterford. “The purpose of the Alzheimer’s Confidence to Care Workshop is to support family caregivers when it comes to understanding dementias and providing care at home for a loved one.”

The Home Instead Senior Care network assembled the top experts in Alzheimer’s disease across the globe to develop this new training and support programme for family caregivers.

“The training we’re offering to families is the same kind of training our professional CAREGivers receive. We want to support family caregivers, help them better understand this condition and encourage them care for themselves while also caring for loved ones.”

The workshop for family caregivers consists of Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias Overview; Capturing Life’s Journey; Techniques to Manage Behaviours; and Activities to Encourage Engagement. A free kit is available for those who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Also called Confidence to Care, the kit includes advice and resources to help families keep the home safe for a person with a dementia as well as advice on caring for the caregiver.

“Confidence to Care is a wonderful hands-on approach that helps caregivers deal with the behavioural changes that too often accompany these disorders – one of the biggest stressors for caregivers,” said Dr. Jane F. Potter, who served on the expert panel to help develop content for the Alzheimer’s Confidence to Care training workshop.

For more information about the free Confidence to Care workshops, call Home Instead Senior Care Waterford on 051 333966 or visit

Childrens group link

Bausch + Lomb has been named as the premier sponsor for Children’s Group Link as it launches its programme of celebrations to mark 40 years of providing services for young people in Waterford.

The sponsorship was confirmed by Bausch + Lomb Waterford Site Lead, Mark Hennessy, at a function in CGL’s Military Road headquarters in the city.

Mark Hennessy said  Bausch + Lomb’s  relationship with the voluntary organisation, which addresses social disadvantage for children, teenagers and other young people and their families, through the provision of recreational, educational, artistic, sporting, personal development, counselling services, programmes and facilities, has been very close.

“Bausch + Lomb, in addition to the company’s sponsorship and financial support almost from the establishment of CGL, has had a very significant input to the great work being done through the active participation of several generations of employees and former employees.

“In this year, the 40th anniversary of CGL’s formation, I am pleased to say that the commitment of our employees to this great voluntary effort and a host of other great causes in the city and surrounding areas remains as active and energetic as ever. This was one of the deciding factors in our decision to become lead sponsors.  We wish Children’s Group Link many more decades of successful operation in Waterford.”

Brendan Halligan, CEO, Children’s Group Link, said he was very pleased that Bausch + Lomb had agreed to become the lead sponsor for the 40th year anniversary: “We have always enjoyed exceptional support from the company and from its employees – as a former employee, I am very well placed to acknowledge this – and the support given has been very helpful to the organisation.

“It has demonstrated the wide base of community support which we are fortunate to enjoy and has made our work in the difficult and never-ending task of attracting state agency funding a little easier by underlining the fact that the private sector is willing to support us financially and through the generosity of employees who give of their time and skills with an open heart.”

David Beirne CEO of UPMC Whitfield

UPMC Whitfield, the largest private hospital in the South East, has signed a partnership agreement with Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to collaborate on research, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, student job opportunities and other areas, all focused on enhancing innovation and economic growth in the region.

The UPMC Whitfield campus is operated by UPMC, an international not-for-profit healthcare provider and insurer that is transforming the way healthcare is delivered.

Leading consultants and specialists from UPMC Whitfield, a recognised centre for medical excellence and innovation, will deliver guest lectures as part of a number of WIT courses, ranging from applied computing to health sciences and business.

Students will have the opportunity to visit UPMC Whitfield, where they will learn more about the application of cutting-edge medical and patient engagement technologies, as well as the wide range of careers available in healthcare in the South East. WIT students from the BSc. (Hons) in Applied Computing and BSc. (Hons) in Health Sciences and nursing programmes will also have the chance to obtain work experience either at UPMC Whitfield or another of UPMC’s international facilities—including its transplant and advanced radiotherapy centres in Italy.

UPMC Whitfield and WIT staff will partner on research activities across healthcare, information and communication technologies, and the life sciences, and will explore the possibility of a dedicated scientific officer to coordinate this activity.

David Beirne, CEO at UPMC Whitfield, said: “We’re delighted to announce this exciting new partnership between two of the South East’s most respected institutions, which will be of great benefit to students, staff and patients alike.

“We’re looking forward to working with WIT to bring our real-world medical knowledge to the classroom – and welcoming students to our facilities to demonstrate this expertise in action, while giving them insight into potential future careers. This partnership will enhance the reputation of Waterford and the wider South East region.”

Welcoming the signing of the MOU, Waterford Institute of Technology President Prof. Willie Donnelly said: “I am delighted to welcome UPMC, a world-class health organisation, as a strategic partner. The MOU with UPMC, closely affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh’s Schools of the Health Sciences,  is an important step in positioning Waterford Institute of Technology and the South East as Ireland’s centre of excellence in connected health across teaching, research, innovation and commercialisation through the connection of our activities in UPMC Whitfield and WIT campuses.”

Last year UPMC Whitfield announced its sponsorship of the WIT Vikings GAA club until August 2021. WIT GAA club in conjunction with UPMC Whitfield has also hosted a number of sports forums at the WIT Arena.

WIT is the major provider of higher education in the South East of Ireland, with more than 8,000 students on academic programmes from Higher Certificate to post-doctoral research.

The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 saw WIT become Ireland’s top-ranked institute of technology; overall WIT was ranked 7th out of 21 higher education institutes.

Industry collaboration is a key part of the remit of WIT, which partners with organisations locally, regionally and globally. The 2018-2021 strategic plan puts WIT at the centre of regional social, cultural and economic development. The underlining goal outlined in the strategic plan is for WIT to become a “Top 100 young university” by 2030, and its ongoing Technological University designation process is an important step toward achieving this ambition.

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.

Already trusted by millions of patients across the world, Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania)-based UPMC operates more than 40 hospitals, as well as 700 doctors' offices and outpatient sites, and is now delivering this global expertise to those living in the South East of Ireland. UPMC’s academic partner, the University of Pittsburgh, is a medical research powerhouse, ranking fifth in research funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Sage Partner of Yr Award Photo MASTER

Waterford-based Pimbrook Software, one of Ireland’s leading Sage Partners, has been selected as the Sage Partner Of The Year for 2018. Pimbrook was previously voted the Sage 50 Partner of the Year for 2015, 2016 and 2017, but this current accolade is of much greater significance as the winner was selected from all Sage Partners, regardless of their specialised product.

Speaking of the win, Managing Director Stephanie Davies commented that: “We’ve invested heavily in staff recruitment over the past 18 months or so, and have also invested in extensive staff training. The outcome from both of these is that our levels of service have improved beyond recognition, and this is reflected in both customer satisfaction and new business wins.”

“We were particularly gratified to win the accolade of Sage Business Partner of the Year as we were competing against much bigger partners. I think this says much about our engagement with our clients and the value we add to our offering – anything from free webinars to a dedicated offsite team who are devoted to solving more complex client issues in a timely manner.”

Responding on behalf of Sage Ireland, Managing Director Barry Murphy commented that: “They are genuinely passionate about their customers. They are also very strong on innovation, with a technical nous that allows them to satisfy the needs of tomorrow as well as today.”

“In making our selection, we were very much influenced by the fact that they have geared up significantly with a range of specialists who really know their subject matter inside out and have a very deep understanding of Sage products.”

The company is particularly focused on Sage 50 and Sage Payroll software. According to Davies, “Pimbrook’s goal is to consistently deliver premium customer service, fast turnaround, strict adherence to deadlines – while offering exceptional value for money.”

Pimbrook services its client base of over 1,300 clients from offices in Dublin and Waterford, implementing and supporting a range of Sage Accounting and Sage Payroll Solutions for its SME client base throughout Ireland.

Ita LeydenIta Leyden – Ergonomist & Forensic Engineer

Answers your work related health and safety queries as part of our new monthly Q&A session.

“I work from home a lot of the time – what should I consider from an ergonomics perspective?”

Ita Leyden:

Although it’s likely the cosiest place in your home, especially on a cold, winter day, don’t stay in bed to work. Typing with a laptop positioned on your stomach is not ideal. Instead, sit at a desk or table and make sure your monitor is positioned about an arm’s length away from your chest.  Adjust the height of your chair so your feet are flat on the floor and your knees are bent at a right angle – if you are using a kitchen chair, even though this is not ideal – use a cushion to raise your height. 

Take breaks as often as your work will allow. Remaining in static postures for long durations can increase blood pressure, compress the discs in your spine, and promote tension in muscles that perform everything from walking to typing. To increase mobility, schedule micro-breaks in your calendar or phone and walk to the kitchen every 30 minutes to get a drink of water. Micro breaks are just short breaks away from your computer e.g. standing up to answer the phone.

If background noise helps your productivity level, tune the television or radio to something you’ve never heard. Studies show human performance decreases when a familiar stimulus is introduced.

To avoid eyestrain and awkward neck postures, ensure your work space has appropriate overhead lighting. Reduce glare on your computer screen from ambient light by positioning your monitor perpendicular to any windows.

Laptop computers were designed for short-term use. If using full time, be sure to use peripheral devices, including a mouse and headset. Working without them may decrease efficiency and increase discomfort in the upper extremities.

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LCE spring specials

The Early Bird Catches The Worm!

LCE are offering early bird discounts on selected courses in the coming months for any NEW ONLINE bookings paid for during February/March 2019.

  • First Aid Responder Training
    • Was €340.00 now €195.00pp
    • Quote firstaid_special when booking online
  • Health and Safety Basics for Employees
    • Was €135.00 now €121.50pp
    • Quote safety_special when booking online
  • LCE Certificate in Practical Ergonomics Training
    • Was €1695.00 now €1495.00pp
    • Quote ergo_special when booking online

See for upcoming courses dates – places are limited so booking is essential.

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