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Waterford Company, Enerpower are delighted to have secured €1 million contract with Lidl for the installation of Solar Panels on a further 10 stores in Ireland over the next 12 months.

Last year Enerpower worked with Lidl on installing Ireland’s largest roof top solar array at their National distribution centre in Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Owen Power, Managing Director of Enerpower said: “We are delighted to be working with Lidl again to grow and enhance their solar energy capabilities, reducing their carbon footprint, generating significant cost savings and contributing positively to Ireland’s sustainability agenda.”  Read more below.

WLR IMROWLR has received seven nominations for this year’s IMRO Radio Awards – more than any local station in the country.

The IMROs recognise the ‘creme de la creme’ of radio broadcasting each year and is a major highlight of the radio calendar for both national and local radio stations in Ireland.

673 entries were received for this year’s Awards, which will be a Virtual Live Stream event on Friday 2nd October 2020 due to government guidelines.

Last week, the 105 judges led by Chair, Peter McPartlin, spent over 42 hours on Zoom narrowing down the entries to form the shortlist.

Peter and the judges commented the outstanding creativity and broadcasting quality this year particularly through the difficulties of lockdown when so many radio programmes were being broadcast from the homes across the country to the homes of listeners.

WLR are shortlisted in the following categories: Best Current Affairs Programme – Damien Tiernan, Best News Reporter of the Year –  Damien Tiernan, Best Speech Broadcaster of the Year – Damien Tiernan, Best Documentary – Breast Cancer and Me by Sinead Aherne, Best Arts, Music & Culture Documentary – The Road Less Travelled by Cyril Stack and John Stack, Best Short-Feature – Big Breakfast Little Stories by Karen Tomkins and Best Drama – Youthquake by Aoibhin Fallon

Michael Byrne, Programme Director at WLR, added that seven nominations had come as no surprise to him.

“In a year when radio has shown its continuing importance to Irish life, programming that’s being produced since the pandemic started has been world-class here in Waterford. To get seven nominations is well deserved” said Michael. 

Jennifer Long, Current Affairs Editor and Producer of 'Deise Today', said that three nominations for Damien Tiernan and 'Deise Today' was a massive boost for the news and current affairs department.

“Damien has put his own stamp on the show in the past two years and these nominations are recognition of the huge work he has put in, particularly with his 'out and about' reporting in communities across the county and indeed, in the city.”

Shortlisted in the Best Documentary category for ‘Breast Cancer and Me’, Sinead Aherne said; “It's such a tough category so to be shortlisted is fantastic. I know that months, if not years of work went into each one of the documentaries on the list. It’s a very personal documentary but I couldn't have produced this piece without the three women who shared their stories about being diagnosed with breast cancer in their 30s.”

Karen Tomkins who is short-listed in the Short-Feature category said; “Little Stories was so much fun to make at a not so fun time for so many children during Covid lockdown. I really enjoyed exploring the creative side of children's storytelling through the medium of local radio. To get an IMRO nomination for producing something that was such a passion project is lovely and I'm delighted that it was recognised. I'm equally delighted for all my WLR colleagues. Seven IMRO nominations is already a win for local radio."

Judges this year include Colette Fitzpatrick from Virgin Media News, Stuart Clark from Hotpress and Ray Foley from Virgin TV and Red FM. WLR’s Des Whelan and Michael Byrne are also judging in the non-WLR categories.

Chairperson of Awards title sponsors IMRO Eleanor McEvoy said “In the bizarre times of the COVID-19 pandemic, radio has kept us entertained, kept us informed and kept us sane.

“We now have an obligation to keep everyone safe, so we are very much looking forward to taking the radio awards on line on October 2nd to celebrate the excellence and creativity of broadcasters from right throughout Ireland and would like to congratulate those of you who have been shortlisted and we wish you the very best of luck for the awards ceremony.”

Dungarvan man Michael O’Keefe Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland said “The BAI is once again delighted to support the annual IMRO Radio Awards. 2020 has seen the most challenging times for the radio sector for many years. It is to the tremendous credit of the sector that it has continued to deliver top quality programming to its listeners throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.”

WLR Wayne BrownIf you love music from musicals, then the return of ‘Showtime’ will be music to your ears.

Showtime will feature songs from old favourites like ‘Les Misérables’, ’Chess’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ to the best up to date modern musicals such as ‘Dear Evan Hansen’, ’Come From Away' and ‘Hamilton'. Plus - classic shows like ‘Oklahoma’, ‘Fiddler on The Roof' and 'My Fair Lady' mixed with movie musicals like 'Mamma Mia!', 'The Greatest Showman' and 'La La Land’. There’ll even be some Disney tunes and Movie Themes thrown in for good measure.

The new programme will air on WLR on Sunday evenings from 7pm starting from September 20th and will be presented by Waterford’s Musical Maestro; Wayne Brown.

Commenting on the launch, presenter Wayne Brown said, “At the minute the loyal Theatre audiences in Waterford can’t go to the Theatre to enjoy full scale musical productions. It’s brilliant to be able to bring a weekly musicals themed show to all these listeners.”

Michael Byrne, WLR Programme Director said; “At a time of such uncertainty and restrictions, we hope this programme will be an outlet for listeners to enjoy this popular music genre. Having grown up in a musical family myself, I know this programme will be popular from east to west-Waterford and beyond.”

This week WLR also launched a new Arts and Culture programme, ‘On The Fringe’ with Geoff Harris which airs on WLR every Tuesday at 6pm. Michael Byrne said; “Waterford has a great tradition in theatre, music and arts and these two new programmes are for listeners to enjoy but also a programme for artists and venues to promote the arts in Waterford.”

WLR will be broadcasting ‘Showtime’, songs from the shows directly into Waterford households starting Sunday September 20th. Singing out loud is optional!

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Maurice Quinlan, Director of EAP Institute and Don Jorgensen, PhD, Human Factor Consulting, LLC, USA

All courses are presented live on Zoom. Registrations for online certified courses will open on the 25th August 2020 (Maximum of 15). All courses are high value blended learning consisting of advance learning exercise, online learning and assignment. Certificate of attendance will be forwarded by post on completion to those who attend the full course. Notes and PowerPoint presentation will be sent by email to each delegate when course is completed.

Certified on line training courses 2020-2021

(Maximum of 15 attending)

Passport to Employee Personal Health and Resilience
Live Online Thursday 19th November 2020 (10am-4.30pm)                       €225
Click to register for this on line training

Managing the safety risks of employee intoxicant use (defined as drugs and alcohol)

Live Online Thursday January 28th 2021(10am-4.30pm)                            €225

Workplace Mental Health - Introducing a structured approach using IOSH guidance

Live Online Thursday February 18th 2021(10am-4.30pm)                           €225
Click to register for this on line training

Passport to Employee Personal Health and Resilience
Live Online Thursday 11th March 2021(10am-4.30pm)                               €225
Click to register for this on line training

Managing the safety risks of employee intoxicant use (defined as drugs and alcohol)
Live Online Thursday January 15th April 2021(10am-4.30pm)                     €225
Click to register for this on line training

Workplace Mental Health - Introducing a structured approach using IOSH guidance
Live Online Thursday 29th April 2021(10am-4.30pm)                                   €225
Click to register for this on line training

Employee Support Services (ESS) – Developing a Vision for Change
Live OnlineTuesday 22nd June 2021(10am-4.30pm GMT)                                    €275
Click to register for this on line training 

Employee Support Services (ESS) – Developing a Vision for Change
Live OnlineThursday 23rd September 2021 (10am-4.30pm GMT)                        €275

Details & Bookings

Driving for Work - under the influence of intoxicants (defined as drugs and alcohol)
Only available for group bookings.
Click to enquire about for this in company training

Irene Kenny, Course Administrator
EAP Institute, 143 Barrack Street
Waterford, Ireland
Tel: 051 855733
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Adare Barometer Survey

Adare Human Resource Management has launched its annual HR Barometer survey this week and is asking HR Practitioners in Organisations with 50+ employees to take part. This is the fourth year of the HR Barometer, one of the most comprehensive research reports that examines HR issues and challenges facing Organisations.

To take part in the survey click here

The HR Barometer Survey helps shape informed HR decision-making for Organisations by providing unique insights, benchmarks and expert analysis.

The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and as a thank you for your time, a financial donation will be made to Adare Human Resource Management’s charity partner, ALONE. 

And, you will also receive a copy of the final report and an invite to our virtual launch events in September and October.

All responses are completely confidential and submitted directly to Empathy Research, our research partners. They provide us with a summarised report of the findings.

Closing date for completion of the survey is Friday, 11th September. 


Theatre Royal Bag O Cans

Bag O Cans

It's a Bag O Cans not a Bag O Can'ts! Is Jason's philosophy for life but Ella his best friend is not so sure. Ella wonders is the more to life than drinking cans, while Jason is certain the only way to get through life IS to drink cans. This short play tells the tale of the two best friends trying to navigate their way through life. Funny and thought provoking join Jason and Ella and don't forget yer cans!

Written and Directed by Martina Collender. Starring Kieran Walsh and Nicola Spendlove.

Friday 18th September
Starts @ 6 p.m. – Sold Out
Starts @ 6.30 p.m. Tickets: Admission Free - Limited Availability - Booking Essential: €0.00 from Box Office,051 874 402 or

Theatre Royal Queen Technicolor

"Queen of Technicolor" The Story of Maureen O’ Hara

Directed by Gráinne Byrne

Written and performed by Elaine O’ Dwyer, this one-woman show marks the centenary of legendary Irish actress Maureen O’ Hara who was born in 1920. Star of Hollywood’s Golden Age, O’ Hara played roles that often mirrored her true persona as a tough, feisty and courageous woman. She stood her ground in Hollywood and steered clear of the casting couch - “I wasn’t a whore. I was unwilling to make that kind of sacrifice to get a part in a movie.” Portraying over twenty characters in this tour de force performance, O’ Dwyer will take the audience on an intimate journey with Maureen, revealing the person she was behind the limelight. The vanity case used in the play is the original case which belonged to O’ Hara.
Friday 18th September
Starts @ 8 p.m. Tickets: Unrestricted View: €18.00 / €16.00 conc.
Restricted View: €15.00 from Box Office,051 874 402 or

Theatre Royal Paddy Casey

Paddy Casey

As one of Ireland's most acclaimed live artists, Paddy has headlined Irish festivals, Dublin Castle, played a week-long residency in the Olympia Theatre, performed his own headline concert in the RDS, has supported many top names worldwide including U2 and played live on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Paddy's debut album, Amen (So Be It) went multi-platinum and his next album; Living went at least eleven times platinum in Ireland which has made it one of the top selling Irish albums ever.

Saturday 19th September

Starts @ 8 p.m. Tickets: €24 from Box Office,051 874 402 or

WLR FM Julie SmythThe Tramore woman who began her career with the BBC has recently take over the position with the award-winning station. 

Julie will be responsible for day to day management of the station’s news and sports output, implementing the station’s strategy, and identifying and training new talent. She will also be in charge of evolving the news and sport offering to maximise listenership growth in news and current affairs programming.

Announcing the news this week the Managing Director of WLR FM, Des Whelan, said the company was delighted to announce the appointment.

“The Board and senior management at WLR are very pleased to appoint someone of the calibre of Julie Smyth as WLR News and Sports Editor. Julie is a very accomplished journalist and broadcaster with over two decades of experience across print, broadcast and Digital media. As a former award winning senior producer and reporter with BBC Northern Ireland, we are delighted that Julie is joining WLR full time.

to lead a very talented and enthusiastic news and sports team and we wish her every success”.

Also paying tribute to the incoming Editor, Michael Byrne, Programme Director, said; Julie brings a vast amount of experience to the role.

"Julie has served in a variety of roles in WLR in recent years and has proven to be a leader in ability and in actions. Julie is one of our own in Waterford and we are confident she will guide the news department through the challenges ahead. We are delighted to have Julie on board.”

Reacting to her appointment Julie said she was delighted and honoured to take on the role and said she looked forward to working with staff in meeting the challenges of the future.

"I grew up listening to WLR and did my very first work experience in radio here, so I know how important the station is to the people of Waterford. Now more than ever, people need information they can trust and that is relevant to them. There is no doubt this is a challenging time for local radio and for journalism, but I'm excited to meet those challenges head on. There's a great team in place, and I'm privileged to join them and to play my part in ensuring that WLR continues to represent the voices of the people in Waterford long into the future."

Aoife Kearns has also joined the WLR team as a Multi-platform journalist. Aoife makes the move from regional music station BEAT FM and brings a fresh view on news in a digital age.  

The two new recruits join a very experienced full-time team of Journalists in Damien Tiernan, Jennifer Long, Sinead Aherne, Eoghan Dalton and Nigel Kelly.

Hear Julie and the team at the top of every hour on WLR.

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