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Tina Darrer AIB Enterprise AwardWaterford based Dooley’s Hotel has been Highly Commended in the category of Strategic Growth at the second annual AIB Women in Enterprise Programme which was held in the AIB Centre of Excellence Hub in Central Park, Dublin. Almost 80 companies took part in the hotly contested programme which saw companies throughout Ireland competing for the top spot. Kildare based The Beauty Buddy was chosen as the overall winner by a panel of judges which included senior representatives from AIB but Waterford based Dooley’s Hotel was Highly Commended in the category of Strategic Growth and walked away with part of the €40,000 prize fund.

Dooley’s Hotel is a three-star, third-generation women-led business.  Located in Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford. The family has been in the hospitality industry for 72 years. They have 112 guest bedrooms, 170-seater restaurant, 150-seater bar and their banqueting/conference suite can cater up to 240 guests.

On the night, four other businesses, The Beauty Buddy, Flowithme,  Chupi and Advanced Technical Concepts Ltd were also awarded prizes by the judges. The winners and finalists will share a prize fund of €40,000 which will go towards helping them scale their businesses. They will also receive mentoring and media profiling for their companies.

Speaking about the awards, Lorraine Greene, AIB Women in Enterprise Programme Manager said “The AIB Women in Enterprise Programme is part of our commitment to providing businesses with the supports needed to help them scale and achieve further success. The awards are a key milestone in this programme and give us an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the many achievements of the businesses that participated throughout the year.

“We are delighted to have such a variety of businesses across multiple sectors compete in this year’s programme. We are also proud to have played a part in helping these businesses and to have backed them to achieve their dreams and ambitions.”

Speaking about the awards, Tina Darrer of Dooley’s Hotel in Waterford said “I was thrilled to win the award. It was completely unexpected. The WIE academy was an amazing opportunity for our business and my leadership growth, which I am transferring to our team.  It has given me many tools, support and guidance to which we are implementing. AIB gave me access to the best mentors and experts in the field. They have introduced me to a new network of fantastic people. AIB has opened the door and made introductions to people that I would generally not have had access. They have helped our business to be more focused, target and strategic driven. I am truly grateful for the experience AIB has given us.”

The AIB Women in Enterprise programme is an eight month programme which kicked off in December 2018 and saw over 300 businesses take part in a series of half day masterclasses across Ireland which aimed to enable participants to improve their leadership and communication skills. In parallel to these workshops, was the AIB Women in Enterprise Growth Academies which saw 60 separate businesses owners attend six days of intensive training on topics such including leadership, networking, digital strategy and finance.

LCE Floor Slip testing

This particular LCE course provides all the required training for new employees, or acts as a refresher for existing employees within a company. For an investment of only €135 per person, this one-day course provides training in the following :

Manual Handling, the use of Fire Extinguishers, VDU Assessments, Safety Awareness and Safety Legislation.

To book your place on this course please call us on 051 364 344 or alternatively you can book online through our website, looking for Health & Safety Basics for Employees on the Book Training tab.

The aim of this Health and Safety Basics for Employees training is to cover all the basic training requirements for employees in one cost effective course - Manual Handling, Fire Extinguisher Use, Computer Workstation set up, Safety Awareness and Safety Legislation for all employees as either an induction training course or a refresher.

Duration: 1 day

Course objective:

  1. Introduction to workplace health and safety legislation for employees
  2. Introduction to workplace safety
    1. Workplace hazard identification
    2. Preventing accidents at work
  3. Dynamic manual materials handling
  4. Working with computers – VDU workstation set up
  5. Fire safety and fire extinguisher use

On completion of the course delegates should:

  1. Have completed their mandatory Manual Handling training course
  2. Be aware of how they need to contribute to workplace safety
  3. Understand fire safety and the practical use of fire extinguishers
  4. Understand their legal obligations relating to safety at work

Certificate of completion awarded on successful completion of course


Waterford Music Bangers Crash

Hitting Waterford with a BANG!, the Bangers & Crash Percussion Group will treat us to a fascinating array of sounds and rhythms at the Large Room, City Hall, Waterford on Thursday 3 October at 7:30pm.

This exciting group led by Alex Petcu, Emma King and Brian Dungan, will perform works by Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, Gene Koshinki and, among others, a newly commissioned work by Alex Petcu. The concert is presented in association with Music Network.

Tickets €17 / €15 (conc.) / €5 (students) on the door.

Having a physics background can be a useful thing indeed if you are ace percussionist Alex Petcu. So the required sounds don't exist on conventional instruments? No problem, you just invent and build what you need. And that's what audiences can expect when he and fellow percussion adventurers Emma King and Brian Dungan arrive in Waterford, their vans filled with a wonderful array of metal, wood and string as well as the usual suspects of the drum world.

This Irish collective of three young and energetic virtuosos cook up a menu of new music which will tickle taste buds and defy expectations. Their appetite for exploring rhythmic influences from around the world – Flamenco, Afro-Cuban, and Javanese gamelan – is healthy, hearty and irrepressible.


Join Auto Boland Jaguar Land Rover on Saturday 28th of September 10.00am – 4.00pm, in the luxurious surroundings of Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny, where you can discover the art of performance with our Jaguar range or go above and beyond with our Land Rover range.

Test drive your choice of cars from both ranges including the New Discovery Sport and New Range Rover Evoque. Other cars available on the day will include the Range Rover Sport, Jaguar F-PACE and Jaguar F-TYPE. A member of the Auto Boland Jaguar Land Rover Sales Team will also be onsite to discuss finance options and trade in opportunities.

Date: Saturday 28th September 2019.

Time: 10:00am – 16:00pm.

Venue: Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny.

Call 051-335000, or click to book your test drive today.

*Test drives restricted to drivers over the age of 25 with a full driving licence.

Kilcohan Park Xmas Party

If you’ve been put in charge of organizing your office night out, you simply won’t find a better – or an easier – choice of event.

Once you have them inside the stadium, you can relax in the knowledge that we’ll take care of everything for you – from making sure that they have a complimentary race card to arranging group tables in our bars or restaurant (subject to availability and your choice of package).

It’s a fantastic night out in its own right – or a brilliant starting point for going on to a club afterwards.

No matter how small or how large your office night may be – or what budget you're working to – we can tailor a package to fit the bill.

So don’t take chances with your next office night out – back a winner and take them greyhound racing at Kilcohan Park!

Solas Centre Christmas Card

The Solas Cancer Support Centre have designed an ecard that allows companies to wish clients and friends season's greetings while at the same time supporting the charity.

The ecard can be personalised with your company logo in the centre of the design. For details of our 2018 ecards please contact Ann Marie on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 051 304604.

The Solas Cancer Support Centre offers free cancer support to those affected by cancer, their families and carers in the South East. These services are available in the centre at Williamstown in Waterford City and in the West Waterford service based in the Alternative Health Clinic in Dungarvan.

Date: Thursday, 3rd October 2019

Venue: Bank of Ireland, The Quay, Waterford

Time: Doors Open/ Breakfast Served from 8.30am. Event starts at 9.00am

To celebrate the successful year of Tipperary Hurling, Liam Sheedy will be chatting to Kieran O Connor on the journey that took him to win his 2nd All-Ireland as manager of the Tipperary team.

Also join our industry experts Declan Maher, Head of Corporate Pension & Risk Sales who will be discussing 'A Changing Group Pensions Landscape – Opportunities and Risk' Breakfast & Refreshments served from 8.30am. This event is free but booking is essential.

Register here:

Bausch Lomb Mount SionBausch + Lomb has sponsored a mobile computer system for Mount Sion CBS Secondary School, Waterford, which allows classrooms other than the school’s two permanent computer rooms, to operate as high technology learning centres. The presentation of the information technology suite marks the beginning of a new partnership between the company and the school.

New principal at Mount Sion, Edward Kennedy, said he was very pleased to see the formal launch of the new partnership with Bausch + Lomb.

“I have been involved in similar programmes with other companies and I am acutely aware of the many benefits that it will have for the students,” said Mr Kennedy.

“Students will have a great opportunity to learn job-seeking skills and to explore different careers possibilities by talking to employees in Bausch + Lomb. I am also very pleased with the generous donation by the company of a full classroom set of Chromebook computers and trolley. This will give increased access to information technology for all students and will also greatly assist teachers in their endeavours to be as inclusive as possible in the classrooms.” 

Frank Galvin, design, communication and graphics teacher at Mount Sion, said: "I would like to thank Bausch + Lomb, especially Shirley Russell and Peter Walsh, for developing this partnership with Mount Sion CBS. Bausch + Lomb initially participated in our Careers Fair, in which they met and advised over 400 students from Mount Sion primary and secondary schools in relation to further education and planning of their careers. This has been immensely beneficial to all students and our partnership has now grown.

“We were delighted that Bausch + Lomb could present us with a new set of Chromebooks and Chromebook trolley which will act as a mobile classroom. This is extremely beneficial in completing classroom-based assessments of Junior Cert and Leaving Certificate projects.  I look forward to a growing and deepening partnership with the company and its employees."

Mark Hennessy, site lead, Bausch + Lomb, said the company has close links with Mt Sion CBS and many of its past pupils are current employees of the company.

“I look forward to expanding the partnership, which I believe will be of mutual benefit to the school, the students and to Bausch + Lomb,” he added.

 Auto Boland LR Defender

The highly anticipated Land Rover Defender is the new model that represents 70 years of innovation and improvement; honouring the vehicle’s history for rugged solidity while thoroughly remaining a Defender for the 21st century. The SUV, which was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, is capable of great things.

Embrace Anything: Land Rover Defender Confidently Takes You Anywhere

Extract from Motor Journalist, Michael McAleer, in The Irish Times: “Boasting about its rugged practicality, executive director of product engineering Nick Rogers says the roof can take 300kgs when the car is static – meaning three adults can pitch tent up there at night – and up to 168kgs when on the move.

It can wade in water up to 900mm deep, and more if you don’t mind taking some water in the cabin as a bit of ballast to stop you from floating away. It can tow the maximum legal limit in every country it’s sold, which means 3.5 tonnes in Europe. It can climb a rock face of up to a 45-degree angle, with ground clearance of 290mm. It has permanent four-wheel drive of course, with a central and rear diff lock, and a solid shield across the bottom of the car that’s helpful for aerodynamics but also for being able to slide over the sand dunes and snow drifts without getting stuck.”

For more information about the SUV, contact Auto Boland Jaguar Land Rover Waterford on 051-335000, or visit

P.S. Don’t forget to follow Auto Boland Waterford on social media.



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