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Rory Fitzgerald SamaritansRory Fitzgerald has been a volunteer with Samaritans Waterford and South East since 2010. Rory has been Regional Treasurer for Samaritans in Ireland for the last two years and now has been selected to be Regional Director for the Republic of Ireland commencing on 4th May for the next three years.

The role means Rory will be responsible for Samaritans' 13 branches throughout the country and the deliverance of our critical listening service whereby we support anyone going through an emotional crisis. It will involve areas such as training as we do same in-house, funding, recruitment of volunteers and linking with our eight staff in Usher's Quay who deal with many other aspects of the organisation.

Samaritans have 1,500 volunteers in its branches with 117 in the Waterford branch. The role will also involve being part of a team with the Regional Directors from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England whereby this group have influence in policies and implementation of same. We handle 1,200 calls very day throughout the country. We are contactable through our freephone number 116123 and by email which is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Rory is delighted to take on the role which is a great honor for our branch.

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Health and Wellness International (HAWI) is a Global Proactive Corporate Health and Wellness Company.

Show You Care

Now is the time to hit your company's reset button and help your employees come back to work physically and mentally well. Do your employees know where their health markers are right now?  Inflammation leaves the body open to receiving viruses and infections. We screened over 10,000 staff in the last quarter of 2019.  Before this pandemic staff were in trouble both physically and mentally. We are receiving calls from a number of companies that realise their employees need support.

Health and Wellness International are here to help educate and empower your employees, so they can and will be mentally and physically well going forward.

The Time to Reset is Now

Talk to HAWI to design a tailored health and wellness program for your business. We assess the health of your workforce, through our health screening programs and implement a customised education strategy.

Enhance Employee Quality of Life and Improve Productivity

Witness the profound impact HAWI health and wellbeing can have on the performance of individuals and the health of your business as a whole. The Deloitte report 2020 has stated for every €1 spent on the health and wellbeing of employees the return to the company is a minimum of €4 rising to €10 for a bespoke program.

We Go The Extra Mile

HAWI offer the extras, including the personal touch and aftercare follow up, because we genuinely care. Let us design a reset package that will ensure your employees come back after the lockdown, ready and able for work. 

There are a number of Payment Options available.

  • The company can pay in full (3 different screening options available).
  • The company can subsidise.
  • In a number of companies at the moment budgets are very tight. 
  • The company can act as a facilitator to allow each employee avail of the health screen. The employee pays in full. The employee gets to avail of the screen onsite. The full screen only takes 30 minutes.

Each individual will know exactly where their health markers are and will be given recommendations accordingly.

The company will benefit in many ways e.g. a staff that knows you care, a staff that will know their health status, a staff that are more productive and more present. A comprehensive findings & recommendations report will be given to the company. From this a tailored education and training plan can be put in place.

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Heroes AidIn these unprecedented times, radio stations all over the world are doing what they do best. They’re continuing to provide trusted information, keeping thousands company and providing much needed entertainment to many more.

Three well known music radio stations in Ireland, Cork’s Red FM, Beat 102-103 in the South East, and iRadio North East and North West have decided to bring these three vital elements of radio together & extend them beyond the FM dial. In a short space of time, the stations have come together to present a very special streamed concert called HEROES AID LIVE which will raise vital funds for frontline workers while at the same time offering company and entertainment to many.

The stations recently approached Heroes-Aid about the concert and the charity was delighted with this additional cross station radio support, all over Ireland.

Spokesperson for the charity Doug Leddin said “we’re keen to highlight that any funds raised will be used to provide practical supports, such as essential PPE (Protective Personal Equipment) and other resources to keep our healthcare Heroes safe as they care for us. The Fund also intends to provide longer-term psychological, educational and practical support for frontline Healthcare workers, their children and families who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19”.

After a whirlwind few weeks of planning, the stations are excited to bring this streamed concert to their audiences over the May bank holiday weekend.  It’s a day and date when a large majority of the radio stations’ audiences usually head out on the town to party so now the stations want to encourage their audiences to still party, but just at home! Across the three radio station websites, from 7pm to 9pm on Sunday May 3rd, audiences can sit back and enjoy a music set from a host of Ireland’s finest contemporary artists including True Tides & Stephanie Rainey from Cork, John Gibbons, The 2 Johnnies & Moncrieff from the South East along with very special guests Gavin James and Keywest.

A combined statement from the three stations explains how this concert came about “each of our radio stations are in touch with our listeners 24-7 and we hear directly from them, how tough they’re finding it but also how grateful they are, for the work being done by frontline staff.  In addition, we play all these fantastic artists on our radio stations. We were genuinely thrilled but not surprised that they were all so willing to come on board to help support this worthy cause, when we approached them. This is going to be a special concert where we’ll combine great music with some really powerful messaging about the work being undertaken daily by frontline staff in each of our regions. We have no doubt our much-valued audiences will join with us in celebrating and fundraising this May Bank Holiday weekend.” 

The concert is being billed by the stations as one which will provide home grown entertainment for a combined radio audience of 700,000 weekly listeners & thousands of social media followers. Listeners can enjoy the music and donate what they can to at the same time.

Viking Hotel Menu 26th April

Missing your Sunday lunch at The Viking Hotel? We are missing our customers!

We have decided to offer an ‘order and collect’ take away service from the hotel this Sunday from 12pm-3pm.

Please see our menu and prices above.

Orders taken until Saturday at 4pm. To order; please call The Viking Hotel Waterford on 051 336933 with your order and payment will be taken over the phone.

Collection times will then be advised over the phone on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

The Collection will be a drive thru; no contact service- no need for you to even get out of your car!

All Covid-19 Guidelines are being adhered to.

boxworksThe Idea - Over the last couple of weeks we here in Boxworks have been putting plans together to help develop a Business Growth package for our cowork members and local businesses for when restrictions are lifted and businesses get set to return to the work environment. We have been very busy in discussions from home (thank God for Zoom) with two specialists.

  1. Business Growth and Development
  2. Digital Marketing and each have put together a package examining the right solutions for the different needs people will have.

Some might need a digital marketing specialist, some might need to change their current on line identity, whatever those needs are, these  two specialists have developed a package which will be run over a period of time in Boxworks.

Background - The one thing all businesses have in common right now is the need to be in business or in growth mode when we get out the other side of Covid-19. Boxworks are supporting local Waterford businesses to plan their way out of the current crisis to put them in the best position to be around, viable and with a future."

“The How” - Not all businesses are the same and they need bespoke solutions. We will help assess their and guide them to the solutions and people that can help. Whether it's a retailer that needs to develop an online offering or a service business trying to grow their client base, the key is to get access to the best people.

Who we work with:

  1. We have been working closely with Vinnie Lynch of Rustle Group, a Waterford based entrepreneur with a track record of helping businesses achieve business growth. Vinnie will mentor and guide businesses to the resources and solutions they need to focus on right now to increase their chances of being in business and/or growing these businesses when restrictions relax in the coming weeks.
  2. Will Francis - Writer | commentator on technology, digital social media | culture. Will has put together content specific for this Boxworks package - "Content Marketing for 2020 and Beyond". This two day course will examine: 1. Content Marketing, 2. Social Media and 3. Copywriting specific to your business

Paying for this service - The LEO Business Continuity voucher of €2,500 can be used to:

  • Give companies access to contingency planning advice to help continue trading through this crisis.
  • Assist in planning to save, stabilise and grow businesses where possible.
  • Be ready for the recovery phase, when it comes.
  • Help prepare a business case when applying for emergency financial interventions through the banks, the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland or Microfinance Ireland.

LEO are accepting applications and will pay up to 100% of the cost of support services up to €2,500.

Places are limited and will be set up  under the all guidelines of social distancing being put in place but the government and the HSE on returning to the work place after May 5th 2020.  

Expressions of interest - please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | or private message our fb page.

Fitzgerald Power Idea Box

IDEA Box is a new monthly newsletter from Fitzgerald Power. Once a month we will send you a curated mix of what we are reading, viewing and listening to.

Each newsletter will focus on a specific topic and this month’s topic is ‘Leadership in a crisis’. We have included book reviews and links to articles, podcasts and videos that we hope you will find interesting. We’d love to hear from you so please reply with any feedback, comments or suggestions.

View the first newsletter here

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In these ever changing times, LCE are focused on offering a continuous service to our clients. To this end, LCE have established a virtual training room and are presenting weekly Webinars.

Our virtual training room can accommodate the majority of our current courses as well our bespoke courses designed around COVID-19 and ensuring you and your colleagues are staying safe.

For more information on our webinars please follow

To book our virtual training room please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 051 364344.

We thank you for your support during these challenging times.

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