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Waterford Music Far Flung TrioStarting 2019 with a bang, Waterford Music will present the Far Flung Trio at the Large Room, City Hall, Waterford on Thursday, 31st January with an irresistible musical programme that is virtuosic, eccentric and charming in their signature style.

A family concert at 2 pm showcasing Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf (approx 60 mins) will be followed by an evening concert at 7:30pm featuring the seductive melodies of Bizet’s Carmen and Rossini’s mischievous Barber of Seville overture, jazzy tunes by Gershwin, an original work by Irish jazz giant Ronan Guilfoyle, and lots more, all tailored by the Trio and delivered with panache and delight.

Family Concert: Adult tickets €5 / Under 18s Free of Charge (Must be accompanied by an adult) on the door.

Evening Concert: Tickets €18 (€15 concession / €5 students) on the door. 

Members of Waterford Music have free entry to both concerts!

This concert is presented by Classicallinks and supported by an Arts Council Touring Grant.

Leader of the Irish Chamber Orchestra violinist Katherine Hunka and the extraordinary accordion player Dermot Dunne have been playing together since 2007. They have toured Ireland and China playing everything from Baroque to Piazzolla. They are delighted to be joined by Ireland’s most sought after and versatile double bassist Malachy Robinson for performances packed with musical gems.

GIY GROW2CEORegistration is now open for GROW2CEO – a uniquecompetition to find Irelands’ next young food entrepreneurs. GROW2CEO is a collaboration between Cully & Sully and GIY.  

The campaign was launched today (Monday, 14th of January) by food entrepreneur Cullen Allen from Cully & Sully and Mick Kelly founder of GIY. 

GROW2CEO will give students and teenagers across Irish Secondary Schools everything they need to startgrowing some food, get a better understanding of what goes into the food they eat, and how they can make healthier choices in their own lives. The campaign involves four exciting challenges, which will take students on a fascinating journey where they will create their own food business and soup recipe while learning all about where food comes from. 

Free growing kits will be delivered to all of the teacherswho register for the 2019 competition. The kits will include everything the students need to grow spinach including the seeds, pots, soil and plenty of expert growing recipe development tips from GIY and Cully & Sully.

In the final phase, they will be asked come up with a soup recipe and business plan. Three classes will then be selected for the competition finale. These finalists will be invited to a ‘Dragon's Den' style pitch scenario at the home of GIY, GROW HQ in Waterford on Wednesday the 15th May, where the winning class will be selected and crowned ‘GROW 2 CEO' Champions 2019.

Speaking ahead of the upcoming competition deadline, Michael Kelly of GIY said, "Last year’s competition was a phenomenal success, it is really interesting to see the keen level of interest and the vast knowledge that teenagers have about their food – they are far more interested than their peers of ten or twenty years ago. We hope that the Grow 2 CEO campaign will encourage more students and schools to make growing and food nutrition a bigger part of the curriculum and therefore encourage more students to consider food entrepreneurship as a possible career choice in the future.”

Cullen Allen of Cully & Sully said, We are excited to launch GROW2CEO 2019 with our friends at GIY,  We are especially excited to see what Irish secondary schools come up with this year. The 2018 campaign was hugely inspirational with some amazing presentations and product concepts developed. At Cully & Sully we are passionate about using excellent quality ingredients in the products we produce and we hope that the students will appreciate the importance of using fresh produce and of course find the joy in growing their own ingredients. 

The growing kits will be delivered to all schools that register to take part and the competition and challenge will commence on 4th March. The ‘GROW 2 CEO' grand final will take place on the 15th May 2019, where a panel of judges will taste test the student’s products and review the business model and plans of the shortlisted finalists. The winning students will be awarded a prize pot of €5,000 which includes a €3,000 food garden for their school, champion hoodies for the winning class and the winning teacher will receive an overnight trip to Ballymaloe. 

Participation is free and registration is open until 15th February 2019. School students and teachers planning to participate in this nationwide competition can now sign up to take part via




Home Instead Corporate EveningLocally-owned and managed home care provider Home Instead Senior Care, recently celebrated ten years of providing home care to Waterford seniors, with a corporate event, supported by Waterford Chamber.

Home Instead Senior Care is an international brand with 1150 offices around the world and recognised as the world’s leading provider of non-medical, in-home services to seniors.

Impressed by the Home Instead philosophy of providing world-renowned, quality care to seniors in their own homes, Danette and Michael Connolly extended this philosophy to Waterford city and county and in 2009 opened Home Instead Senior Care Waterford at the Cleaboy Business Park.

Managed and operated by a team of trained and dedicated care professionals, Home Instead Senior Care offers an array of senior care services such as light housekeeping, meal preparation, transport and companionship, up to and including personal care, dementia care, post hospital care and disability care.

Danette Connolly, Director of Care was delighted to celebrate this milestone. “Good quality home care is something we pride ourselves on delivering to the seniors of Waterford city and county.”

“Our ageing population is growing each year and we have a duty of care to ensure that they can live longer and happier in their own homes, and retain, as much as possible, their independence. It’s the Home Instead Senior Care philosophy.”

As crucial as the right care package is for clients, the delivery of that care by the right people is paramount. Today the Waterford operation employs 20 office staff and over 120 CAREGivers, delivering thousands of hours of home care each week.

“Our services are flexible, designed with our client in mind and are person-centred. We pride ourselves in recruiting and training CAREGivers to enable them to provide quality care. We spend a lot of time ensuring the right CAREGiver is assigned to the right client in order to develop a rich, rewarding and personal client-caregiver relationship.”

Former Ireland International and Leinster rugby player and Home Instead Senior Care Director of Franchise Operations, Shane Jennings, congratulated Michael and Danette Connolly and the Home Instead Waterford team on their tenth anniversary and said the Waterford office is held as the benchmark for Home Instead franchises throughout the country.

To find out more about the services of Home Instead Senior Care Waterford call 051 333966 or 058 75298 or visit

UPMC Whitfield Gerry ODonoghueGerry O’Donoghue, Lead Breast Cancer Surgeon at UPMC Whitfield, the largest private hospital in the South East, has been appointed Honorary Clinical Associate Professor by the Academic Council of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).

The honorary promotion recognises an individual’s sustained contribution to RCSI and its students, as well as their academic achievements.

Professor O’Donoghue is a leading breast surgeon in the South East, and has been treating patients at UPMC Whitfield for nearly three years. His specialist areas of expertise include benign and malignant breast disease, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, skin cancer treatments, including melanoma, radiotherapy and endoscopy. He holds an honours degree from the RCSI and was awarded his Doctorate of Medicine by the same institution in 2005 for his research into breast cancer treatment.

David Beirne, CEO at UPMC Whitfield, says: “We’re delighted that Gerry O’Donoghue has been awarded this promotion by the RCSI. Gerry combines first-class medical treatment for his patients in the South East with a strong commitment to raising the standards for hospital care across the country, and we’re very proud that his contributions to medicine and health sciences have been recognised in this way.”

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.

The UPMC Whitfield campus is operated by UPMC, the international not-for-profit healthcare company that is transforming the way health care is provided. Already trusted by millions of patients across the world, the company operates 40 hospitals, as well as 600 doctors' offices and outpatient sites, and is now delivering this global expertise to those living in the South East of Ireland.


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