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Heroes AidIn these unprecedented times, radio stations all over the world are doing what they do best. They’re continuing to provide trusted information, keeping thousands company and providing much needed entertainment to many more.

Three well known music radio stations in Ireland, Cork’s Red FM, Beat 102-103 in the South East, and iRadio North East and North West have decided to bring these three vital elements of radio together & extend them beyond the FM dial. In a short space of time, the stations have come together to present a very special streamed concert called HEROES AID LIVE which will raise vital funds for frontline workers while at the same time offering company and entertainment to many.

The stations recently approached Heroes-Aid about the concert and the charity was delighted with this additional cross station radio support, all over Ireland.

Spokesperson for the charity Doug Leddin said “we’re keen to highlight that any funds raised will be used to provide practical supports, such as essential PPE (Protective Personal Equipment) and other resources to keep our healthcare Heroes safe as they care for us. The Fund also intends to provide longer-term psychological, educational and practical support for frontline Healthcare workers, their children and families who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19”.

After a whirlwind few weeks of planning, the stations are excited to bring this streamed concert to their audiences over the May bank holiday weekend.  It’s a day and date when a large majority of the radio stations’ audiences usually head out on the town to party so now the stations want to encourage their audiences to still party, but just at home! Across the three radio station websites, from 7pm to 9pm on Sunday May 3rd, audiences can sit back and enjoy a music set from a host of Ireland’s finest contemporary artists including True Tides & Stephanie Rainey from Cork, John Gibbons, The 2 Johnnies & Moncrieff from the South East along with very special guests Gavin James and Keywest.

A combined statement from the three stations explains how this concert came about “each of our radio stations are in touch with our listeners 24-7 and we hear directly from them, how tough they’re finding it but also how grateful they are, for the work being done by frontline staff.  In addition, we play all these fantastic artists on our radio stations. We were genuinely thrilled but not surprised that they were all so willing to come on board to help support this worthy cause, when we approached them. This is going to be a special concert where we’ll combine great music with some really powerful messaging about the work being undertaken daily by frontline staff in each of our regions. We have no doubt our much-valued audiences will join with us in celebrating and fundraising this May Bank Holiday weekend.” 

The concert is being billed by the stations as one which will provide home grown entertainment for a combined radio audience of 700,000 weekly listeners & thousands of social media followers. Listeners can enjoy the music and donate what they can to Heroes-Aid.com at the same time.

Viking Hotel Menu 26th April

Missing your Sunday lunch at The Viking Hotel? We are missing our customers!

We have decided to offer an ‘order and collect’ take away service from the hotel this Sunday from 12pm-3pm.

Please see our menu and prices above.

Orders taken until Saturday at 4pm. To order; please call The Viking Hotel Waterford on 051 336933 with your order and payment will be taken over the phone.

Collection times will then be advised over the phone on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

The Collection will be a drive thru; no contact service- no need for you to even get out of your car!

All Covid-19 Guidelines are being adhered to.

boxworksThe Idea - Over the last couple of weeks we here in Boxworks have been putting plans together to help develop a Business Growth package for our cowork members and local businesses for when restrictions are lifted and businesses get set to return to the work environment. We have been very busy in discussions from home (thank God for Zoom) with two specialists.

  1. Business Growth and Development
  2. Digital Marketing and each have put together a package examining the right solutions for the different needs people will have.

Some might need a digital marketing specialist, some might need to change their current on line identity, whatever those needs are, these  two specialists have developed a package which will be run over a period of time in Boxworks.

Background - The one thing all businesses have in common right now is the need to be in business or in growth mode when we get out the other side of Covid-19. Boxworks are supporting local Waterford businesses to plan their way out of the current crisis to put them in the best position to be around, viable and with a future."

“The How” - Not all businesses are the same and they need bespoke solutions. We will help assess their and guide them to the solutions and people that can help. Whether it's a retailer that needs to develop an online offering or a service business trying to grow their client base, the key is to get access to the best people.

Who we work with:

  1. We have been working closely with Vinnie Lynch of Rustle Group, a Waterford based entrepreneur with a track record of helping businesses achieve business growth. Vinnie will mentor and guide businesses to the resources and solutions they need to focus on right now to increase their chances of being in business and/or growing these businesses when restrictions relax in the coming weeks.
  2. Will Francis - Writer | commentator on technology, digital social media | culture. Will has put together content specific for this Boxworks package - "Content Marketing for 2020 and Beyond". This two day course will examine: 1. Content Marketing, 2. Social Media and 3. Copywriting specific to your business

Paying for this service - The LEO Business Continuity voucher of €2,500 can be used to:

  • Give companies access to contingency planning advice to help continue trading through this crisis.
  • Assist in planning to save, stabilise and grow businesses where possible.
  • Be ready for the recovery phase, when it comes.
  • Help prepare a business case when applying for emergency financial interventions through the banks, the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland or Microfinance Ireland.

LEO are accepting applications and will pay up to 100% of the cost of support services up to €2,500.

Places are limited and will be set up  under the all guidelines of social distancing being put in place but the government and the HSE on returning to the work place after May 5th 2020.  

Expressions of interest - please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | or private message our fb page.

Fitzgerald Power Idea Box

IDEA Box is a new monthly newsletter from Fitzgerald Power. Once a month we will send you a curated mix of what we are reading, viewing and listening to.

Each newsletter will focus on a specific topic and this month’s topic is ‘Leadership in a crisis’. We have included book reviews and links to articles, podcasts and videos that we hope you will find interesting. We’d love to hear from you so please reply with any feedback, comments or suggestions.

View the first newsletter here

Sign up for the newsletter at www.fitzgeraldpower.ie

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In these ever changing times, LCE are focused on offering a continuous service to our clients. To this end, LCE have established a virtual training room and are presenting weekly Webinars.

Our virtual training room can accommodate the majority of our current courses as well our bespoke courses designed around COVID-19 and ensuring you and your colleagues are staying safe.

For more information on our webinars please follow https://lce.clickmeeting.com/

To book our virtual training room please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 051 364344.

We thank you for your support during these challenging times.

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NFG family lawThe government has created new legislation that recognises access arrangements as a valid reason for travel.

This follows the Law Society contacting the Government seeking as much clarity as possible on the issue of access during the period of movement restrictions. The new law explicitly recognises giving effect to access arrangements as a valid reason for travel at Regulation 4(2)(n).

Earlier this week the Law Society published a paper on guidelines for access during the Covid-19. The first guideline is as follows;

Court Orders in relation to access remain in place and should be complied with to the greatest degree possible in the circumstances. Children are allowed to move between parents’ homes for access. Covid-19 cannot be used as an excuse to ignore a court order. Parents are advised to have a copy of the court order with them when travelling for access.

Solicitor Helen Coughlan, chair of the group’s family and child law committee, said the pandemic cannot be used as an “excuse to prevent separated parents having contact with their children”. 

“The current health crisis has created some confusion and distress among the thousands of families where children routinely move between the homes of their separated parents every day and week across Ireland,” Coughlan said in a statement. 

“Court ordered access arrangements should be complied with to the greatest degree possible, or sensible alternatives should be agreed to allow parents to continue to have extensive access, for example via phone or video call, depending on the health considerations for each household.”

The Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan TD, has stressed that mediation services are still available and should be used if parties cannot agree on arrangements. The Family Mediation Service of the Legal Aid Board is offering free telephone mediation and conflict coaching.

See below a link to the complete list of guidelines regarding access during the pandemic. These guidelines have been prepared by family law practitioners and endorsed by the Family and Child Law Committee of the Law Society, the Family Lawyers Association and the Bar Council. The guidelines are intended to constitute best practice guidelines rather than specific client advice.

https://www.lawsociety.ie/globalassets/documents/committees/family/access-guidelines-covid-19.pdf

NB - This is a guide for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. If you have an issue requiring legal advice, please contact any of the team at Nolan Farrell & Goff at 051 859999/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Azzurri Sport FacemasksWaterford sports merchandiser to produce 20,000 free face masks for healthcare workers

Since 1985 Azzurri Sport Limited has produced the highest quality sports merchandise from its production facility in Kilcohan, Waterford. While many are familiar with their kits gracing Waterford’s GAA, camogie, soccer, rugby and basketball greats throughout the years, in recent weeks Azzurri has moved into manufacturing face masks in the fight against Covid-19.

John Molloy, Managing Director Azzurri Sport, explains the move from sportswear to face masks. “We made the decision to move into the production of non-surgical face masks for healthcare workers following the unprecedented demand for PPE (personal protective equipment).”

“Within two weeks we produced and delivered 8,000 free face masks to University Hospital Waterford, UPMC Whitfield, Waterford Nursing Home, Dungarvan Community Hospital, Crumlin Children’s Hospital and more. The face masks we produce in Waterford are washable and re-usable with over 80% filtration efficiency and are suitable for all non-surgical environments.”

“We are committed to the manufacture and distribution of 20,000 face masks to our healthcare workers, carers, nursing homes, voluntary groups, community groups and those with underlying health conditions free of charge over the next month. However, there is a cost to making the face masks, so we’ve set up a GoFundMe campaign – Healthcare Face Mask Initiative - in order to continue the production of the free face masks for our heroic healthcare workers.”

“Health care workers, nursing homes, volunteer organisations and community groups are essential in the delivery of care of those who are cocooning, particularly the elderly and those with underlying conditions. While we have already supplied organisations such as Meals on Wheels, TUSLA, the Red Cross, and Waterford Food Bank with over 500 face masks, we hope that the provision of free face masks to more of these frontline workers will enable them to ensure the continuation of care for those who need it most.”

While non-surgical facemasks are integral in reducing the spread of transmission of Covid-19, they should be used in accordance with recommended measures, such as washing hands properly with warm water and soap before applying and covering mouth and nose fully with the mask and avoid touching your face. As the face masks are reusable and washable, when damp, remove carefully and machine wash at 60 degrees, once again washing hands with warm water and soap.

If you are in a position to donate to Azzurri’s Healthcare Face mask Initiative, you can visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/rugksb-face-mask

You can also call Azzurri Sports on 051 850066 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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