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Solas Centre DFL winnersThe Solas Cancer Support Centre Dance for Life took place on Friday, 29th March to a packed house in the Theatre Royal. 17 couples danced on the night and after ten weeks of tuition, rehearsal and preparations they all did themselves. The atmosphere was electric with friends and families supporting all the dancers.

Head Judge Jimmy Lyons praised the couples for taking to the stage and embracing the challenge of learning a complex routine in such a short time: ‘It must have been nerve racking for all the amateur dancers to learn these dances and perform them with such professionalism in these auspicious surroundings –they should all give themselves a pat on the back for a job well done‘

Alicia Maguire General Manager of event sponsor workLAB spoke on the night: ‘WorkLAB Waterford is delighted to be the main sponsor for the Dance for Life event this year. This is the fifth year that Seamus Kilgannon has supported the Solas Cancer Support Centre previously under the brand of Schivo but now under his newest venture workLAB Waterford. This is an excellent event to be associate with as it combines fun and fitness and makes learning to dance more accessible to those that in the past may have shied away from the dancefloor. We are proud to be associated with this event as it is a valuable fundraiser for this great charity whilst also giving so many people fun, joy and smiles all down to the fantastic entertainment provided by the wonderful dancers’.

The winning dancer partners were Laura Brown and Ciara Larkin who wowed the audience with their Charleston on the night. After being presented with their trophies they had the unenviable task of having to dance again - to the delight of all present. With a second flawless performance they left the audience in no doubt that they were worthy trophy winners.

Dee Jacques, Chair of the voluntary Board of Trustees of the Solas Cancer Support Centre, thanked all the dancers and volunteers involved in the show and acknowledged the contribution that this event makes ‘The free support services provided to those affected by cancer would not be possible without events like this. Last year, over 700 people used the services provided by the Solas Cancer Support Centre and this is all due to the support we receive from the public. We are really delighted to have workLAB support us this year and our sincere thanks to Michelle Condon and Michelle Quilty for putting all our dancers through their paces in preparation for the night. Finally a special word of thanks to the wonderful team of Solas Volunteers who made the night possible'


The staff from AIB Ardkeen with Branch Manager Carol Normoyle, who got on their bikes for the Fundraising Spinathon in aid of Waterford Healing Arts Trust. The Spinathon took place at Ardkeen Stores on Friday, 5th April from 8am to 8pm and was kindly supported by AIB Ardkeen. All proceeds will go to the arts programmes at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) which are organised and managed by Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT). 

Volunteers from UHW, WHAT Fundraising Committee, WLR and local businesses joined AIB staff members on their bikes for this great cause. WHAT brings arts experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and other healthcare settings. These experiences include Healing Sounds, a live music programme on the wards and in the hospital foyer; the mobile Art Kart, which travels to many of the hospital wards; the Artist on Call service, responding to individual patient needs; the Arts Programme in the Renal Dialysis Unit; the Staff Art Wall and the extensive UHW Art Collection. 

Through these programmes, Waterford Healing Arts Trust seeks to soften the clinical environment and alleviate stress and anxiety for patients, family members and staff. Further details are available from Waterford Healing Arts Trust (051) 842664 /

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On Tuesday, 30th April EY will host  their next People Advisory Services breakfast seminar at Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny from 8.00am to 10.00am (including a light breakfast from 8.00am to 8.30am). They will discuss the latest developments in employment taxes, mobility and the wider people agenda against the backdrop of a more complex regulatory and reporting environment. The topics to be discussed include:

  • Employment tax updates including:
    • Recent SARP changes
    • Tracking and payroll for short term business visitors
    • Tax treatment of professional subscription fees.
  • PAYE Modernisation – teething issues and practical positions
  • Preparing for Brexit – how will your mobile workforce be affected?
  • Gender pay gap reporting – what do I need to do now to get ready for the new legislation?
  • Talent and workforce advisory including:
    • Key issues and latest trends
    • Culture transformation

The session will take place in an informal setting with attendees from a wide cross section of organisations and industries.  This will enable you to get the benefit of EY’s insights and the shared experiences of your peers.

Click here to book a place

St Annes Inter Firms

This year's Inter-firms event sponsored by Mulligan’s Pharmacy and Specsavers will take place from Sunday 28th April – Saturday 11th May 2019.

The club would like to extend an open invitation to all companies and businesses in the region to participate in this event.

If you would wish to play and do not have a team please contact the club as every effort will be made to get you on a team!

The Annual Inter-firms Tennis Tournament will be held at our club grounds at John's Hill.

Entry forms can be  found in the clubhouse, Mulligans and Specsavers stores and online on

Entries close Monday 15th April 2019.

AMACH AN SLIABH by Oisín MistéilOnce again, the students of Waterford Institute of Technology’s Higher Diploma in Television based in Nemeton TV in Gaeltacht na nDéise dominate the Student Media awards in the categories for Television Documentary or Drama. This year the work of five students was recognized as being of the highest quality. This year’s films offer a fascinating and wide range of stories.

Oisin Mistéil a young Dublin writer and director was inspired to write his second drama ‘Amach an Sliabh’ while walking in the Comeragh Mountains in Co Waterford. The stunning background of the majestic lake of Coumshingaun became the perfect location and centerpiece-piece for his film about two sisters dealing with grief in very different ways.

Seán Ó Ciardha from Dublin presents and directs his first short documentary ‘Faoin gCeann Tuí’, a remarkable story of how a visit by a BBC television crew to the filmmaker’s ancestral home in Conamara in the 1960’s impacted the lives of a generation of his family and local people.  As Mártan tells us in the film  ‘We had never even seen a Television in our lives … it was like we were starring in a Cowboy movie or something’.

Natália Uí Fhaoláin a Brazilian native and Irish speaker, Natália explores what it means to find a home away from home in her short film ‘Ón Rinn go Reykjavik’. In the film, we hear from two women who exchanged their native homes for very different places, cultures and languages. Natália meets with An Rinn native Sibéal Turraoin, who now lives in Iceland and explores what similarities and differences they share on their unlikely journeys.

Áine Ryan of the well known ‘Jim the Mill’ family from Upperchurch, Co Tipperary, has written a beautiful children’s short drama  Feadóg/Whistle.  The film tells the story of a magic tin whistle and a  young boy called  Eoin who is obsessed with playing it. This short film is another string in Áine’s bow as her quirky dramas have already gained her great critical acclaim, including five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

Amii McGuinness’ short documentary ‘Leanbh Déardaoin’ features a boy named Ben who has Down’s Syndrome. In this heartwarming biopic, we get a glimpse into Ben and his family’s world, we find out his parent’s worries and concerns and we see his impressive achievements from birth to the present day. This moving, feel-good documentary shows how one person can affect so many people in a community.

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The Port of Waterford Co has purchased three new zero emissions Nissan LEAF electric cars for use transporting pilots and marine personnel on both sides of the Suir Estuary. The zero emissions cars are part of a wider drive by the Port to reduce the environmental impact of their activities.

Other elements of the continuing programme include using renewable energy sources for heating and the installation of energy-efficient lighting on the quayside at Belview, Co Kilkenny. Solar panels have also been fitted on the roof of the Marine Point office development in Belview which houses the Port’s headquarters.

Commenting on the initiatives, Frank Ronan, CEO, Port of Waterford, said: “We are very conscious of our carbon footprint and recognise our particular responsibility as a commercial State company to play our part in the sustainability agenda. To benchmark our progress, we are now working towards environmental certifications.” 

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Arachas Corporate Brokers are offering you, and, your business an opportunity to secure a ‘second opinion’ on all your general insurance needs, we are offering 10% discount on all Office, Professional Indemnity, and Cyber Liability policies. 

To arrange a free and confidential review contact Gary on 087 2259965 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Friday, 12th April

Multi-award-winning theatre company Rise Productions returns to Theatre Royal Waterford this April with a brand-new play from acclaimed writer Gary Duggan.

Directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks, starring Ciara O’Callaghan (Fair City) and Emma Willis (The Young Offenders) this intriguing tale charts the story of two very different women whose lives start to mirror each other when, unknowingly, they both become involved with the same elusive young man.

Starts @ 8 p.m. Tickets: €17/€15 from Box Office/Tel: 051-874402 or

Waterford Music Gromes RiemFor their last concert of the season, Waterford Music are delighted to welcome the German duo, cellist Raphaela Gromes and pianist Julian Riem to the Large Room, City Hall on WEDNESDAY 10 April at 7:30pm.

They will perform a selection of music by Martucci, Rossini, Offenbach, Martinu and a specially commissioned piece by Kevin Volans. The concert is presented in association with Music Network.

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

Raphaela Gromes is an exceptional young cellist who has quickly garnered rave reviews for the incredible intimacy of her playing, her musical imagination, and thrilling virtuosity. Add to this her symbiotic duets with partner Julian Riem and you’re set for a truly inspiring evening. 

Winner of many international prizes, Gromes has performed extensively throughout Europe in the prestigious concert houses in Zurich, Amsterdam, Berlin and Vienna, and several composers have already dedicated cello concertos to her, including Valentin Bachmann and Mario Bürki.

A renowned soloist and award-winning pianist, Julian Riem has appeared with many of Europe’s leading orchestras. He is a passionate advocate of contemporary music and a sought-after chamber musician: in addition to his work with Raphaela Gromes, he is a member of the Munich Horn Trio and the Velit Quartet.


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