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Focus Shine Light Night 2019The rate of homelessness in Waterford is increasing with 106 adults currently without a home. In response, Bord Gáis Energy has announced an extension of its longstanding partnership with homelessness charity, Focus Ireland, to sponsor its annual fundraising initiative – Shine A Light Night.

On Friday 18th October the 8th annual Shine A Light Night will see business leaders sleep-out at The Edmund Rice Centre in addition to locations in Dublin, Cork, Wexford and Limerick. Employees of businesses around Ireland can also sign up to support the initiative by pledging to fundraise and sleep-out at their workplace.

Shine A Light Night challenges business leaders across Ireland to sleep-out for one night and in doing so raise vital funds to help alleviate homelessness.

Speaking at the event, David Niblock, South East Regional Manager, Focus Ireland said, “Focus Ireland works tirelessly with people experiencing homelessness to help them secure their home and to ensure they leave homelessness for good. We also work extensively across the area of prevention to make sure many other families and individuals never become homeless in the first place. We rely on the support of organisations like Bord Gáis Energy to make a success of fundraising events like Shine A Light Night and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their generous support.”

There are 1,700 families homeless in Ireland today and this number is growing. In Waterford, Focus Ireland provides housing support services for families and singles, support services for young people leaving care, short and long-term housing and a preparation for Education Training and Employment Programme.

Commenting at the launch, Michelle O’ Flynn, Key Account Manager with Bord Gáis Energy said, “The current homeless crisis in towns and communities across Ireland is worse than ever. It is heart-breaking that 3,749 children in Ireland today have no home. Bord Gáis Energy is committed to supporting Focus Ireland in the crucial work it does to address the causes of homelessness and increase support for those who are at risk of losing their home.

Shine A Light Night is an incredible initiative that has gathered more and more support year on year. However, with the alarming rise in homelessness, we need this year’s event to be bigger than ever in raising vital funds to support this devastating social issue. We are extremely proud to sponsor this year’s campaign. We urge every business in Waterford and the surrounding region to join us, sign up and give one night to make this the most successful Shine A Light Night yet. It may simply be one night of your life, but it can save suffering for those who are homeless.”

To date, Shine A Light Night has raised over €4m for people experiencing homelessness in Ireland. In 2018, this support enabled Focus Ireland to help over 15,500 people. With the support of the business community, every day Focus Ireland moves a family out of homelessness into a secure home of their own.

For further information contact Jessica Murphy, Waterford Fundraising and Marketing Executive for Focus Ireland on 0864116775 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To register to participate in Shine A Light Night 2019 visit

EY brexit watch issue 43 1

57 working days remain until the official Brexit withdrawal date of 31 October leaving very little room for manoeuvre.

£2.1 billion in additional Brexit supports has been announced with just 5.1% allocated to businesses in the UK. Business leaders in NI have come together to issue a joint statement warning of the dangers of a no-deal Brexit. The Confederation of British Industry have criticised business planning by the UK Government, outlining that it only mitigates issues in the short term leaving the long term open to uncertainty. Businesses have weathered much uncertainty over the past three years and going forward are likely to face more.

Reports indicate that Boris Johnson and his team have no plan to re-open negotiations and are operating under the assumption that the UK will leave the EU without a deal come 31 October. The Taoiseach remains more optimistic than both his EU and UK counterparts and continues to outline that avoiding a no-deal outcome is possible but is inconsistent with the EU position that the Withdrawal Agreement is not open for re-negotiation.

To read our latest Brexit Watch click here.

Smovey maypark multi

Smoveys are used in nursing homes throughout Austria and are even in the curriculum as part of the training and we are delighted to have started bringing them to nursing homes in Ireland.

Maypark Nursing home in Waterford was our first one to start using smoveys, staff & residents alike are enjoying them & feeling the benefits.

We are delighted that Holy Ghost residential Home, Mooncoin Residential Home and Strathmore Lodge have all got their own smoveys and trained staff and are using them with the residents.

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

Tramore Monster Fireworks 2019

Dragons’ Eggs, Flying Fish and Roman Candles – no not a collection of clues in a riddle but just some of the names of the spectacular fireworks effects that will light up the sky over Tramore.

Tramore Amusement Park presents its forth annual Family Fun Day with a host of family activities including free face painting,free balloons and balloon art,stilt walkers,fire breathers,clowns,hip hop dancers,drama groups and loads of free giveaways.

In what promises to be a wonderful family day out, the whole event will come to a climax with the Monster Fireworks Display 9:40 @ approx.

Huge crowds are expected again this year to enjoy the day, and especially the unique atmosphere created by fireworks reach literally hundreds of feet into the night sky.

With a mixture of thrill rides and a host of family attractions, Tramore Amusement Park caters for all ages. The Wild Mouse Spinning Rollercoaster and Jungle River log flume rides are joined by the Goldmine Express, a family rollercoaster which can be enjoyed by parents and children together. Machines such as the Dominator, Waltzer, Future Dance and others are “white-knuckle” favourites, while lots of games of skill and chance are enjoyed by those who love to win a prize of two while remaining on solid ground!

With its wide array of kiddie rides the Park provides hours of the best family entertainment. All the usual attractions and the extra fun items will guarantee a truly memorable family day out.

When the sun starts to set, and the lights come on, a magical atmosphere is created. The rides, the games, and the music combine to make Tramore Amusement Park a wonderful fairground experience and Fireworks night will be even more special when some wonderful family memories are created.

So for the best family day out this summer don’t miss Tramore Amusement Park Annual Monster Fireworks Display in August for a day full of fun, frolics and fireworks.

Strawberry and Raspberry JamGreat Taste, the world’s most coveted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of 2019. Out of 12,772 products sent in from over 100 different countries, The Granville Hotel, Waterford was awarded two Great Taste awards, which means the judges dubbed the two products as food that delivers fantastic flavour. One award for its Raspberry Jam and another award for its Strawberry Jam.

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind tasting by hundreds of judges.

The Granville Hotel explains: “We decided to enter the Great Taste awards this year as we are very proud of the food that we prepare and feel that The Great Taste symbol is our customers guarantee our product has been through a rigorous and independent judging process. It’s not about smart packaging or clever marketing – it’s all about taste.”

Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging.

The owners of the hotel -The Cusack Family along with each member of the Granville team are thrilled with the two awards and feel grateful to Great Taste for the accolade and encouraged to continue producing food to the highest standard.

With recent reports highlighting the Health Service Executive’s financial deficit reaching €170 million, Home Instead Senior Care is offering advice to those whose home help packages have been affected.

There are currently 6,000 people awaiting home help packages and HSE budgetary constraints may curtail the provision of new packages to those who wish to live independently at home, rather than enter long-term nursing care.

Danette Connolly, Director of Care at Home Instead Senior Care Waterford, said that it can be a very worrying and uncertain time for those with elderly relatives. “Home-help hours are particularly vulnerable to being cut and that will have consequences for seniors who are waiting to be discharged from hospital or are in receipt of home-help hours.”

“While not an ideal solution, there are a few things that families can do to help alleviate the stress of the situation.”

“If at all viable, family members can apply for extended leave from their employers while a more comprehensive care plan is put in place for their elderly relative. It may not be a long-term solution, but employees are entitled to take carers leave of at least 13 weeks to look after a sick or elderly relative.”

“If a family member takes extended leave, they may qualify for Carer’s Benefit. This payment is made to insured people who leave the workforce to care for a person in need of full-time care.”

Having a hospital discharge plan in place for an elderly relative coming home from hospital is imperative. While it may take plenty of time-tabling and co-operation amongst family member, it will make the discharge process easier and less fraught with unforeseen difficulties.

Danette suggests collaboration between family members. “Identify common care responsibilities you need to handle for your family member and work with other family members to ensure these needs are met. Chores such as bathing, dressing, toileting, cooking, cleaning, medication management and medical appointments can be allocated to family members most suited to that particular need.”

“There are community organisations that can help with services such as transport or meal delivery. While it may take time and research, having all the bases covered in rolling out a discharge plan will provide peace of mind and assurance.”

Private care is another alternative to those in need of home care, temporary relief or ongoing care. Tax relief can be claimed by the bill payer at their marginal rate of tax (either 20% or 40%). In most instances the bill payer is a son or daughter and up to €75,000 can be claimed.

Home Instead Senior Care provides services to seniors in their own homes to help them retain their independence by assisting with activities of daily living such as meal preparation, laundry, shopping, light housekeeping, and personal care.

To find out more information visit Alternatively call Home Instead Senior Care Waterford on 051 333966 for a free consultation to discuss your home care needs or visit


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