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Waterford based Brand and Digital Agency, Márla Communications, are delighted to announce the expansion of their digital marketing team, having recently acquired the services of Jonathan Flynn as their Digital Marketing Manager and Fiachra McCloskey as their Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Manager. Marla Communications also expanded their graphic design team in January when Béibhinn Murphy joined the team as a junior Graphic Designer.

While Márla Communications have provided their clients with digital solutions over the past four years, the agency has recently made a significant investment in the expansion of their digital marketing team due to increased demand for digital marketing services in the market place. Jonathan, Fiachra and Béibhinn bring a rich variety of experience and skills to Márla Communications and the services that they offer their existing and future client base.

The skills and expertise brought by the new team members will allow Márla Communications to bring an unparalleled branding and digital service to their large base of clients in both Waterford at nationally.

Marla Jonathan FlynnMarla Fiachra McCloskeyMarla Béibhinn Murphy

Jonathan Flynn joins the team having worked in the Digital Marketing sphere for over 10 years. A passion to fully develop his skills has resulted in Jonathan acquiring a diverse range of digital marketing experience from working in a wide spectrum of businesses and industries in Ireland, Canada and Australia. Jonathan has honed his digital marketing skills through understanding the unique requirements of each individual business and delivering strategies that work for them.

Fiachra McCloskey is an expert in website speed optimisation and organic SEO using strictly white hat techniques. Fiachra specialises in both on page and off page SEO. He manages and improves organic search engine performance by setting up goals based on click through rates, traffic, and conversions. Fiachra is passionate about analytics and results driven strategy.

Béibhinn Murphy is responsible for measuring and reporting on the performance of all digital marketing campaigns. Based on continued analysis and utilising her strong analytical ability Béibhinn identifies trends and insights, allowing the digital marketing team to optimise spend and performance based on her findings. Béibhinn uses her creative abilities and technical knowhow to develop short engaging video communications for online campaigns.

An Industry that has been Transformed by Technology

According to Sheila Gallogly, Managing Director of the agency, the world of marketing communication has been transformed beyond recognition in the last decade; "We have been in business for over 12 years, and have witnessed a total sea change in how consumers interpret and access marketing messages; it’s not that long ago when TV, press and radio were the primary channels of consideration. With the emergence of Facebook in 2004, followed by other social media channels in recent years, consumers quickly moved from being passive viewers of advertising, to being actively involved in the process. This presented both challenges and opportunities to businesses, and those who embraced the steady move to digital communication are going from strength to strength”.

Sheila adds “We're delighted to have Jonathan, Fiachra and Béibhinn on board; not only are they very experienced and skilled in digital marketing, they also have an in-depth understanding of key strategic business needs. We're looking forward to the contribution Jonathan, Fiachra and Béibhinn will make to our team".

From humble beginnings in 2006, Márla Communications is now a highly successful and established national Brand and Digital agency with a client base of over 300 clients, spanning all market sectors and regions. The agency is based in the City Enterprise Centre, Waterford Business Park, Cork Road, and can be contacted on 051 853 650 or online at

LAVAL, Quebec, Nov. 13, 2018 – Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC) (“Bausch Health,” the “Company” or “we”) today announced it will invest to expand contact lens manufacturing capacity at its Bausch + Lomb sites in Waterford, Ireland and Rochester, N.Y. The Company is adding multiple production lines at these two sites to support the manufacture of its innovative daily disposable silicone hydrogel (SiHy daily) contact lenses.

“Bausch + Lomb is one of the world’s most respected eye health brands, due in large part to the high-quality contact lenses manufactured at the Rochester and Waterford sites. By expanding the production capacity at both locations, we will continue to build on their legacies as we invest for the future,” said Joseph C. Papa, chairman and CEO, Bausch Health. “The increased manufacturing capabilities will enable us to meet our anticipated global customer demand for the Bausch + Lomb daily disposable silicone hydrogel contact lenses, a product that is critical to both our ongoing transformation and to our mission of improving people’s lives globally.”

SiHy daily contact lenses are known as one of the Company’s “Significant Seven,” which is a suite of seven key products that collectively are expected to generate more than $1 billion dollars of annualized revenue, at peak, in the next five years. Bausch Health believes these products will help drive the long-term, future growth of the Company. Recently launched in Japan, SiHy daily contact lenses are expected to be approved and launched in other areas of the world over the next few years.

Bausch Health has been working closely with the public and private sectors in support of the capacity expansions in both Waterford and Rochester. The investment in Ireland is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland, the agency responsible for the attraction and development of foreign direct investment in Ireland. The investment in the Bausch + Lomb Optics Center in Rochester is being assisted by Empire State Development, the Monroe (N.Y.) County Department of Planning and Development and Rochester Gas & Electric.

It is expected that these site expansions will lead to the creation of more than 200 jobs over the next four years. Bausch Health currently employs approximately 1,350 people in Waterford and more than 1,000 people in Rochester.

Damain Finn, vice president, Manufacturing and Supply Chain, Bausch + Lomb, said: “Rochester and Waterford have been collaborative partners for many decades, and both locations are now synonymous with innovation in the development and manufacture of contact lenses and eye health products that improve the quality of life for our customers. This investment will support the development of an important new line of contact lenses and represents a new chapter in the success story of collaboration and co-operation between the two sites.”

Mark Hennessy, Bausch + Lomb Waterford site lead said, “This investment, which will create 100 new jobs, is a testament to the efforts and commitment of all employees in the Waterford facility. It enables us to take advantage of the opportunities that are emerging in the contact lens and eye health sector in the coming years. The corporation has placed enormous confidence in our team with this investment, and it is a reflection of our track record of recent performance and an acknowledgement of our commitment to continue to deliver into the future.”

“This investment will further strengthen the Waterford plant’s position in supporting Bausch + Lomb’s efforts to increase its share of the contact lens market, following an earlier investment between 2015 and 2017. That programme added 300 employees at the Waterford facility, bringing the current total employment there to 1,350. I am looking forward to the coming years as a time of great opportunity and further growth,” he added.

Welcoming the investment news, Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, said: “I am delighted to see this investment which will result in a significant jobs boost for the South East. Bausch + Lomb is one of the best-known and most respected health care brands in the world, and I look forward to our mutually beneficial relationship continuing to develop even further in the years ahead.”

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, John Halligan TD, said: “Bausch + Lomb has a long and proud history in Waterford, and this significant investment reaffirms its continued commitment to the county. They are on course to have well over 1,350 people employed on the site. This investment is a great vote of confidence in what the region has to offer and I wish them well for the future.”

Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland said: “I welcome the news that Bausch + Lomb is to expand its manufacturing capabilities at its Waterford, site creating an additional 100 jobs. This adds to Ireland’s reputation in this sector; we are the second largest exporter of MedTech products in Europe with 33 per cent of the global supply of contact lenses made here. Winning investment for regional locations is a key focus for IDA Ireland and the resulting increase in employment this expansion will create is very important for the South East Region and I wish the company continued success.”

Tramore Elf Fairy Trail

To All Tramore Town Businesses


As the summer and autumn season ends and Christmas is fast approaching, Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens are commencing work on the Winter Light Festival in the Gardens (ie. The Enchanted Garden). This has run very successfully for the last two years and last year we had over 6,000 visitors come to Tramore Town Centre (over 15  days) from around the South East and as far as Cork. Visitors to the event included groups and families and the event attracts all age groups. This year we plan to build on these numbers and have a marketing plan in place to enable us to expand on this reach.


If you are unaware of the Event, please look at images on our website - this shows the ad for last year and some images of the  year before. We also have a video from last year which will be used as a promo for this year, this has not been  released yet.

What happens in the gardens (taken from press release last year)

The magic begins as you walk through the entrance gates and you are immediately transported into a world of light and enchantment. The dazzling laser beam display on Tramore House and a beautifully lit Magnolia Tree surrounded by candlelight guide you on your way. The transition garden twinkles as the lighted pathways takes  you through the garden towards the grotto with it’s sparkling waterfall of light and spellbinding music. 

As you come to the end of your journey you meet the ‘Winter Fairy’ in her glowing dome and Adults and Children are invited inside to enjoy her stories and she will help you to make a wish at the wishing tree. Adults are mesmerised by the whole light experience, while children of all ages are enchanted as they make their way through this magical winter wonderland.


As Tramore no longer has a Christmas Event in place (ie. Christmas Carnival etc.), the gardens would like to make it possible for the businesses of Tramore to get involved and become part of this magical experience. Our suggestions is as follows:


The gardens currently have a fairy trail in place which is very popular with Adults & Children currently the fairies in the garden have names and visitors and children look for them in the woodlands.

We believe if businesses in Tramore Town Centre joined this by putting their own ‘Fairy’ or ‘Elf’ in their window  (created by lights or by any other means, it is up to you to be as imaginative as possible.), give your elf or fairy a name. Your Fairy or Elf could be as small and discreet as you like or whatever size suits your budget or frontage. 

You could extend this by also putting fairies on the inside. 

The Gardens would be happy to design a leaflet with all the names of the ‘local fairies on the fairy trail’ so visitors could follow this trail on their way TO or FROM the gardens. We feel this would be a good opportunity to introduce visitors to the town of Tramore and the businesses in it.

Nationally we believe that an entire town being a Fairy and Elf trail would generate a lot of interest.

It is an opportunity for you to light up your premises and create something really magical in a big or small way. It is also an opportunity for Tramore Town Centre to light up under the one theme and put the town on the map.


Please let us know if you plan on joining in this trail via contact below. We would need to know by 15th November.

Please provide us with the name of your Fairy or Elf. Once we have a full list we will make a decision on how many leaflets for the trail would need to be printed (each premises would have the trail to give out to their customers and visitors). We would ask that the printing cost of this be divided by the participating businesses (we can advise on this once  you sign up, but expect it to be just a small cost). We would ask that all participants use their own marketing channels and all means to promote the Tramore Elf & 

Fairy Trail (ie. a joint effort by all businesses and entities in Tramore). The gardens will add the trail to their Enchanted Garden Advertising.

The decision to go ahead with this will depend on the number of businesses that join the trail

If participating please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Janet Carey on 087 7973861 to express your interest or to give details of your fairy trail, please let us know before 15th November.

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Smovey Health are delighted to announce that we have 2 new smovey classes starting in Tramore.

Both Classes will be using the new smoveyMED exercise tool which is backed by a Neurologist and full medical team of doctors.

Smovey & Yoga for Neurological Disorders will be starting on the 21st November with Esther Foley in the Tramore Community Care and will be a balance of Yoga and smovey exercises to help mentally and physically.

Fitness for 50+ with smovey will be starting on the 19th November with Avril Smith and is suitable for all levels of fitness and ability, this will include learning exercise techniques and smovey massage. 

Both classes will work on building Core Strength, Mobility, Balance. Coordination, Circulation and much more.

For more information or to book please call 085 8525766, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to

Deise Beauty

Permanent makeup is ideal to emphasise your natural beauty in areas like brows, lips and eyes. Permanent make up on eyebrows can help with an improved shape, thicker and/or darker eyebrows. On lips it improves lip contours, color and volume. And the eyeliner helps emphasize the shape of the eye and conceal missing lash growth.

Tetyana uses certified Swiss color micro mineral pigments which entail no health risk. Colors are free from harmful carcinogenic azoic compounds and don’t cause allergies.

It is perfect for everybody who cares about their attractive appearance as well as for those:

  • Who want to save time
  • Who are allergic to cosmetics
  • Who is undergoing/gone chemotherapy
  • Who has sparse hairs
  • Who is actively participating in sports

Carters Corporate Gifts

Carter's Chocolate Cafe have an exciting selection of Corporate Hampers and Presentation Gift Boxes from Irelands favourite Chocolatiers including Lily O'Brien's, Butlers and many more exciting new brands of delicious Belgian Chocolates available for nationwide delivery this Christmas Season.

With boxes from €8 there's something for all companies to help express your gratitude to clients and colleagues this festive season.

Call Philip on 087 6698059 to discuss today and support local businesses.

DMB Management

David M Breen & Co are pleased to advise that the Firm and staff of Brian Flynn & Co (formerly of Clinton Flynn) will merge with David M Breen & Co with effect from January 1st 2019.

David M Breen & Co is a long-established local firm with two Partners and a complement of professionally qualified staff.

This merger will consolidate the firms as one of the top accountancy practices in Waterford. The larger firm will bring many years of experience to the table and provide a wider and enhanced array of services to all clients while maintaining the reputation for personal service that each firm holds.

Post-merger, all activities will operate from the offices of David M Breen & Co, Wallace House, Maritana Gate, Canada Street, Waterford with all staff located at these premises.


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