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South East Ireland At A Glance Summer 2019While challenges including uncertainty over the impact of Brexit remain, the South East regional economy is performing strongly with positive indicators for further investment and jobs growth. That’s according to a new report published today (Thursday, 18th July). The summer 2019 edition of ‘Economy at a Glance’ from the Ireland South East Development Office (ISEDO) shows the region has grown steadily over the last seven years across all key economic indicators.

With 5,900 new jobs created across Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford between the first quarters of 2018 and 2019, the report shows an estimated €700m in company investments committed to the region over the last 12 months alone.

These investments include substantial projects from successful global firms such as MSD, Bausch + Lomb and Glanbia while companies launching or expanding in the region include Immedis (Kilkenny), Sabrina Manufacturing (Littleton, Co Tipperary) and Carne Financial (Kilkenny and Wexford). Further new foreign direct investment includes announcements from GrandPad (Gorey, Co Wexford) and Allstate Sales Group Inc (Waterford). Just last week, LMC announced the creation of 200 jobs at the former Procter & Gamble plant in Nenagh, Co Tipperary while the Agora Companies are this week announcing the creation of 135 additional jobs in Waterford.

Other positive developments highlighted in the report include the government’s agreement in principle in June to provide €5m of exchequer funding towards a €12m runway extension at Waterford Airport that is also being backed with private sector investment of €5m and support totalling €2m from the local authorities in Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford.

Local authorities have also successfully combined to secure €10.6m funding for a greenway which will link New Ross to Waterford city centre where it will join the existing Waterford Greenway to Dungarvan, Co Waterford. The Suir Blueway opened between Carrick-on-Suir and Cahir, Co Tipperary in May also strengthens the region’s tourism and leisure offering.

Further regional collaboration is evident from the recent launch of ‘Engineering the South East’, an industry-led cluster addressing skills needs and promoting careers in engineering in the South East. Combined South East funding applications are also being made under the 3rd Regional Enterprise Development Fund, the new Regional Technology Cluster Fund, the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund and the Climate Action Fund.

The ISEDO report highlights the string of major developments currently underway or at an advanced planning stage in the region. These include Trinity Wharf in Wexford; the Abbey Quarter in Kilkenny; the North Quays in Waterford and new advanced technology buildings being developed by IDA Ireland in Carlow and Waterford.

Other positive developments in the South East include the announcement of a €30m Precision Agriculture Centre of Excellence to be developed in Kilkenny by the Telecommunications Software Systems Group (TSSG).

The region’s roads infrastructure also continues to be boosted with further investment as the €400m M11 Enniscorthy bypass is officially opened by An Taoiseach today (18 July) and the €250m N25 New Ross bypass near completion. Funding has been approved for preliminary design on the N24 between Cahir and Limerick Junction and consultants have been appointed for the M11 extension from Oylegate to Rosslare, Co Wexford.

In addition, a new weekly container shipping route between Waterford and Rotterdam is now offering an alternative option for businesses shipping to or from Africa, Asia and North or South America via Rotterdam.

Commenting on today’s report, Alan Quirke, director, ISEDO, said: “This mid-year analysis underlines the good progress being made in the South East. Looking across the five counties of the region, we see very significant public and private sector investments that are not only generating employment now but also positioning the region for growth in the years to come.

“We also see the South East appealing more and more to businesses and individuals looking for an alternative to the increasingly congested and prohibitively expensive greater Dublin area.

“For businesses, they can join the community of growth companies competing globally from the South East while saving at least one-third in costs compared to Dublin. For professionals – particularly those from the South East who have left the region – the region offers dynamic and challenging careers with much lower housing and commuting costs, giving them greater discretionary spending power. Indeed, our analysis shows that professionals returning to the region could have as much as 40% extra disposable income.”

Further information and a copy of the latest ‘Economy at a Glance’ is available here and at https://irelandsoutheast.com

Career Zoo South x South EastThe South East is increasingly becoming one of Ireland’s most sought-after destinations to live and work because of the high-end jobs in tech and life sciences, higher take home pay, and the cheaper cost of living.

This is according to Career Zoo Director Brian Ó hOisín, and data from the Ireland South East Development Office. The region also boasts a €500 million investment in companies in the region in the last six months and 89% of people who have moved to the area are reported to be satisfied or very satisfied with their improved quality of life.

A major tech and life sciences recruiting event and conference showcasing all that the South East has on offer will take place in Waterford to connect employers with world-class talent interested in working and living in the South East. 

Over 25 major tech and biotech firms will take part in the Career Zoo South x South East event at Theatre Royal Waterford on Saturday, 20 July with over 1,500 people attending.

Career Zoo Director Brian Ó hOisín said more free time, as well as flexibility, greater career advancement and affordable housing are key attractions pulling people to the South East.

He said: “There’s a huge tech ecosystem in the South East with national and multinational corporations offering great take home pay and opportunities for career advancement and upskilling. It’s a bit of a hidden gem, so we’re thrilled to showcase the buzzing tech industry in South East.

“With the cost of living significantly cheaper in all areas from house prices to childcare, it’s the perfect time to seek out work in the South East for a better cost of living and work/life balance.”

That message is echoed by a key employer in the region – The Agora Companies – currently offering opportunities across a range of disciplines. 

Ciaran McGrath, CTO of Agora Publishing Ireland, an Agora Company, said: “We are experiencing some major and rapid growth and we are looking to connect with talented people through our involvement with Career Zoo, who can help us to drive our innovation and take advantage of emerging technologies. In return, they get to live in the South East and avail of our many beautiful beaches such as Tramore and Dunmore East, not to mention the Waterford Greenway. Also, given our close proximity to the Dublin motorway, we are very accessible within the South East.”

Saturday’s event, which is run in partnership with Crystal Valley Tech and supported by IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, will be a showcase of the very best sci-tech and professional services opportunities in the South East and surrounding regions and will feature more than 30 speakers. 

Elaine Fennelly, CEO, Crystal Valley Tech, said: “The region has over 120 ICT firms including the multiple Oscar-nominated Cartoon Saloon, and our Institutes of Technology as well as the only venture capital firm outside of Dublin and Cork – Suir Valley Ventures – making it a tech hub that is set to continue growing.”

Global and local tech and biotech employers such as The Agora Companies, Taxback Group, Vhi, Sun Life and Bausch + Lomb will be showcasing the hundreds of open roles they have on offer. Irishjobs.ie is the event’s talent partner. 

The tech, biotech and professional services recruiting event, is taking place in Theatre Royal Waterford on Saturday, 20 July from 11.00am to 4.30pm with an ‘after-party’ for all guests.

Those attending will meet employers face-to-face and find out about re-locating and all the benefits on offer as well as getting an insider's view of some of the world's most innovative organisations – their cultures, careers and technologies. There will be an opportunity to hear from tech leaders and attend panel discussions at the main stage. Areas include MedTech, AI, Back-end, Front-end, Fintech, Data, Cyber, DevOps and VR. 

For those travelling from Dublin, Career Zoo will have a ‘Tech Train’ running from Heuston Station, to Plunkett Station in Waterford on the morning of the event with a special return fare of just €10. There will be some interesting activities on board, as well as tech career advice and information on hand about living in South East. 

See: careerzoo.ie/waterford

Rotary Golf 2019

This years Annual golf classic will help raise much needed funds for Assisi House in Waterford. 

The staff in Assisi house cook up to 100 meals per day for their guests. The cooking facilities are old and in serious need of replacement in order to keep the service going. They asked Waterford Rotary Club to help - so we have nominated them as the sole beneficiary of this years golf classic in the hope to raise €10,000 to purchase a new cooker and fridge freezer for their kitchen.

Friends of Assisi House Day Centre is a charitable organisation set up to provide a social centre for older people in Waterford. Established in 2002 the Centre is thriving and constantly looking at new ways to enhance the lives of older people living in and around the City. Our aim is to improve quality of life and help people to live rich and rewarding lives.We are passionate about healthy and positive ageing and we strive to support older people and their families through out the ageing process. Continual fundraising is vital for our survival. Donations are always welcome! Please contact us at 051-371000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help in any way.

Click here for further details: https://www.waterfordrotary.org/golfclassic

Dunmore East Bluegrass Festiva Lands EndThe 25th Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival will feature some exciting home-grown musical talent throughout the free four-day festival, which takes place in Co. Waterford from August 22nd to August 25th.

Pilgrim St is back having made an electric Dunmore East debut in 2018. The seven-piece outfit bring a broad range of Americana, country, folk and bluegrass to their concerts across the country and festival - goers have come to expect a lively and energetic performance from Navan’s finest.

Alfi is a fresh new trio combining Appalachian old-time and traditional Irish music to produce a unique sound. Their music features an unusual blend of harp, five-string banjo, low whistle, uilleann pipes and vocals. Winners of the Molly Award at the Trip to Birmingham Tradfest 2018, band members Fiachra Meek, Alannah Thornburgh and Ryan McAuley have built up a strong following as they play at festivals and venues nationwide.

Lands End members hail from Cork, Galway, Dublin, Munich, Liverpool and Gloucestershire. Whilst their music is strongly embedded in the bluegrass tradition, each member brings a distinctive sound of their own to the musical arrangements of the band. Playing a mix of original material alongside Bluegrass standards and the odd hint of Celtic and Baltic tastes, Lands End proved hugely popular at the Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival when they played in 2012 and 2016.

Dublin’s Raglan Rodeo is a blues and alternative country band playing a mixture of originals and covers, drawing on a wide range of influences ranging from Hank Williams and Carter family classics to Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Americana artists.

The Blue Light Smugglers, an acoustic harmony band, are Luke Coffey, Terence Cosgrave and Niall Hughes playing bluegrass, country and swing. This talented and skilled trio can usually be found playing a residency at the Blue Light Pub, nestled at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. 

Hailing from Co. Wexford Kiss My Grass brings an energetic and vibrant bluegrass and rockabilly sound to the festival, while Whistle, a 6-piece Dublin based outfit play Americana-style folk, roots, bluegrass, country and rock ’n’ roll and specialise in multi-part vocal harmonies, guitar, banjo, violin, bass, harmonica and mandolin with accordion and more. 

Lurgan’s Mons Wheeler Big Band makes a welcome return to the festival and is guaranteed to get the crowds on their feet with their trademark big rockabilly sound.

Mick Daly, Festival Organiser, is delighted to welcome the return of homegrown talent to the festival this year. “Whistle, Kiss My Grass, Mons Wheeler, Lands End and Pilgrim St are returning to the festival this year after some amazing performances in previous years. We’re delighted they’re coming back and they create a lively energetic vibe that the audiences love.”

The 25th Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival, Co. Waterford kicks off on Thursday, August 22nd at the Strand Inn and heralds the start of four days of free gigs at The Strand Inn, The Spinnaker Bar, Azzurro Restaurant, Power’s Bar and The Ocean Hotel.

Keep up to date with the Discover Dunmore East Facebook page or www.discoverdunmore.com

GAA World Games

Waterford is set to become the 3rd host of the Renault GAA World Games. The magnificent WIT Arena in Carriganore will be the venue for the majority of the action. An opening parade in Waterford City Centre will kick off proceedings in stunning fashion on the evening of July 28th, and following this, four action-packed days of Gaelic Games action across 7 pitches, comprising of 100 teams and 1300 players will ensue.

Boxworks Future Hospitality Marketing

One Launch: Two Entrepreneurs: both presenting cutting edge technology that will accelerate sales - It's The Future of Hospitality Marketing

Gain a Competitive Edge - Harness technologies that can fill seats, drive bookings & create repeat customers

Talk 1: S.C.N.E.

Jordan Casey Founder S.C.N.E.

Waterford's entertainment companion. Comprising information about Venues, Bars, Restaurants, Casinos, Events, Transport, Safety, Promotions, Discount, Deals and Loyalty in one app, it is the future of entertainment marketing. By working directly with venues, SCNE hopes to provides the highest quality entertainment experience for our users. But as an advertising platform, SCNE represents a unique opportunity allowing venues to have a place on their customer’s phone.

So join this young entrepreneur Jordan Casey as he shares his and S.C.NE.s story and vision and how it can help you and your venue to grow and retain.


Jordan Casey is a 19 year old entrepreneur and self taught programmer from Waterford. Since the age of 9, Jordan has been lucky to establish himself as a spokesperson for youth entrepreneurship, travelling the world sharing his story and his vision for the future of entrepreneurship and education. As well as founding 3 successful technology startups over ten years, he has worked as an advisory for the European Commission's Digital Agenda, has acted as an ambassador for Google, Real Madrid and the EUIPO and currently is the CEO of the Teenage Entrepreneur Movement, a global network of young innovators spanning across 4 continents.

Jordan is currently based in BoxworksCo.Work.Space having been awarded a place on the Bank Of Ireland Scholarship Desk Programmme, developing SCNE, Waterford and Ireland's very first dedicated entertainment app.

Talk 2: Get Your Business In Front of 2.1 Million Actie Users

Kieran Bolger CEO, Crackerjack

Get Your Business in front of 2.1 Million Active Users, and harness a cutting-edge technology that boasts those 2.1 million active users in Ireland.

Learn how you can easily reach this incredible audience with your business to fill seats, increase bookings, and accelerate sales today. Build a dedicated audience of your ideal customers and deliver tailored offers, seasonal promotions, and viral competitions direct to their mobile phones. Engage and nurture customers to increase sales and repeat bookings. No more traditional marketing headaches or 'hit or miss' campaigns - Experience how effective this digital marketing technology can be and how you can use it to start getting results for your business today.

"44.8% of Ireland's population already use the technology but most Irish businesses are falling far behind when it comes to adoption. This is an incredible opportunity for companies to gain a competitive edge." Kieran Bolger, CEO.

Helping Irish clients to 6x their return on ad spend and increase ROI" Crackerjack Marketing is living by its vision to accelerate sales and drive repeat-customers for Irish SME's.


Kieran Bolger is a life-long entrepreneur, starting his first lifestyle website at age 14, and later going on to launch an events company and an international electronic music website, Kieran has established a broad range of skills when it comes to business planning, digital marketing and strategy. Having built websites, raised capital, managed events, and designed disruptive business models – as a self-thought digital marketer and entrepreneur, Kieran has helped companies to increase sales and optimize digital marketing campaigns online. Founding Crackerjack Consulting in 2016, Kieran's vision is to help Irish SME's to accelerate their sales online using powerful digital technology and marketing strategies. Kieran is passionate about creating valuable experiences and results for clients and their customers, and loves to help companies to solve problems, create new revenue streams and increase ROI.

So people! Join Kieran Bolger & Jordan Casey on Thursday July 18th 6pm - 7.30pm to learn how you can make digital tech work for your business.

Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/boxworks-presents-the-future-of-hospitality-marketing-tickets-65024401736

South East Regional Enterprise Plan to 2020 1The 3rd call of the Regional Economic Development Fund has been announced with €45m being made available through Enterprise Ireland. The closing date for project submissions is October 17th 2019.

There is also a feasibility study fund of up to €15,000 or 50% of eligible costs, whichever is lesser that can be applied for up to 2nd September 2019.

To be eligible all applicants must be registered as a Designated Activity Company, (DAC) or a Company Limited by Guarantee, (CLG) under the Companies Act 2014. The fund is closely linked to the objectives outlined in the Regional Enterprise Plans; Future Jobs Ireland and Enterprise Ireland’s “Powering the Regions” initiatives.

There are three Streams to this year’s call, listed as:

  1. Stream One to support Strategic Change Projects with major regional, multi-regional or national sectoral initiative: Grants from €500k up to €5m per project in funding towards capital and current costs, at a maximum grant rate of 80% of actual costs. These initiatives should be focussed on achieving defined enterprise development outputs and impacts.
  2. Stream Two for Regional Strengthening Projects, grants from €100k up to €500k per project in funding towards capital and current costs, at a maximum grant rate of 80% of actual costs. These projects should be focussed at local, county or regional initiatives that have defined metrics for enterprise development in the area.
  3. Stream Three to support significant Enterprise Clustering Initiatives with grants of €50k up to €350k per project in funding towards current costs, at a maximum grant rate of 80% of actual costs. These projects should support industry-led groups to maximise the benefits of collaborative opportunities where the results of the activity will have identifiable and measurable impacts on their business.

Note 1: Balance of funding of min 20% may be from the private, community or public sector (including HEIs and Local Authorities). The matching funds of 20% can be in cash or kind (with a cash minimum of 10%).

Note 2: In respect of Enterprise Clustering Initiatives, the balance of funding of a minimum of 20% may be provided from companies within the cluster in addition to private investment funding.  

The Ireland South East Development Office is happy to assist in developing project proposals and forming collaborations/consortiums etc. Early engagement on these funds is important rather than waiting until the last minute so if you or any colleagues are keen to utilise us in developing proposals or forming collaborations, please let us know as soon as possible.

The region has performed well in the previous two calls and it will be important to take full advantage of this fund again.

For more information on the REDF please see: https://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/start-a-business-in-ireland/information-store-for-start-ups/regional-enterprise-development-fund.html

For the South East Regional Enterprise Plan see: https://dbei.gov.ie/en/Publications/Publication-files/South-East-Regional-Enterprise-Plan-to-2020.pdf

For Future Jobs Ireland: https://dbei.gov.ie/en/Publications/Future-Jobs-Ireland-2019.html


Design Challenge winnerA design proposal to re-envision the O’Connell Street area in Waterford City, Waterford’s Cultural Quarter has been announced. Luke Carparelli, a Design student at Waterford Institute of Technology has been selected as the winner. Entrants included students from WIT’s BA (Hons) in Design (Visual Communications) and Bachelor of Architecture (Hons).

The Design Challenge project is a design-led research collaboration between WIT’s Creativity & Culture Research Group and main project partners Waterford City and County Council and Garter Lane Arts Centre, together with support from Local Enterprise Office, Institute of Designers in Ireland, Design and Craft Council of Ireland, Creative Ireland, community groups, design industry and local enterprise.

The Design Challenge prize - a €2,500 design research internship - which will take place over a period of two months, implemented within the Cultural Quarter - was awarded to Luke Carparelli, a Waterpark Secondary School past pupil from Faithlegg in Waterford.

Luke is a student of the BA (Hons) in Design (Visual Communications), a four year degree course, which prepares students for employment in the advertising and design area.

Co Carlow’s Catherine Buckley, also a Design student was the runner up, with highly commended entries from Tramore’s Rose O’ Hare, a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) student and Ferrybank Design student Janice English.

Luke says: “After a couple years overseas doing some backbreaking work I knew I should go home and do something I would enjoy. I've always had a passion for art so I returned to college as a mature student and enrolled myself into the WIT's Visual Communications course. It was a 4 year course and my god did the time fly, going back to college is one of the best choices I've made in life so far.”

The selection process involved an exhibition of design proposals, with the winner selected by public vote and national jury. The competition’s winning entry resonates with the rich history of the Cultural Quarter area, is mindful of the challenges encountered by its community when engaging in the shared space and looks to the future in innovative and sustainable ways.

The project included a diverse range of exciting design proposals from students in year four of the BA (Hons) in Design (Visual Communications) and year five of the BArch (Hons). The design proposals addressed specific challenges encountered by the groups and individuals within the Waterford Cultural Quarter. These challenges were highlighted within the project's totally inclusive public consultation process.

Katherine Collins, Waterford Cultural Quarter Project Manager said, “The Waterford Cultural Quarter team is highly impressed with the quality of work presented by the WIT Design and Architecture students in their projects. The partnership between Garter Lane Arts Centre, WIT and the Cultural Quarter in working with the O’Connell Street community provided for a fertile ground to examine challenges and opportunities that the area presents. We highly commend all involved, and in particular the winning project in a highly talented field of entrants.”

Brian McGee, Market and Enterprise Director, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, who was on the jury commented “The Design Challenge Project has connected authentic stakeholder inputs with innovative design thinking to identify and address real urban challenges for the new cultural quarter in Waterford. I was very pleased to be a part of the project and would see this as a brilliant and replicable model for citizen engagement in the design process.” 

Grace O’Sullivan, newly elected MEP stated, “It gave me great pleasure to be a member of the project’s national jury. There was wonderful creative energy on display and I found the original thinking very inspiring. I particularly enjoyed engaging in conversation with the student designers, discussing the origins of their concepts and their journeys to fruition.”

WIT Design lecturer Joy Rooney noted the unique research project addresses real challenges shaping the Cultural Quarter today, as voiced by the community there. “Our rapidly urbanising world has brought a rich cultural diversity to this historic precinct. Looking to the future, many sustainability challenges will unfold for this maritime city. The winning design proposal now emerges as a tangible, creative action and an opportunity for our community to lead the way.”

Dr Fiona Dowling, a designer and WIT academic, commented that the multi-disciplinary approach with Visual Communication and Architecture working on a collective brief has been a first and one which links with the over-arching aim of the project to create a collaborative environment. “The outreach for WIT Design to link with local groups and partners in the Waterford’s Cultural Quarter has been one of support and mutual growth which will be built on going forward.” 

Síle Penkert from Garter Lane Arts Centre said: “Garter Lane Arts Centre is delighted that the winner announced has had the opportunity to look at our city and its developing areas through the lens of design and we wish them all the best in seeing future design endeavours come to fruition.”

Jury member Aoibhie McCarthy, Marketing and Development Officer, Cork Film Festival, noted “The Design Challenge highlighted the value of this model for design-led community development whereby design industry, local authority, academia, a local arts centre and creatives worked together to support emerging designers and create solutions to real world community challenges. There is a significant opportunity for Waterford, with its active creative community and illustrious design heritage, to build upon this successful collaboration between WIT, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford Council, IDI, DCCoI and local business, for the City to take its place as Ireland's natural home of design.” 

For more information on the Design Challenge project visit: www.designchallengewaterford.ie

TOTEM Birds in Flight 1‘Birds in flight’ is the captivating new mural that has been unveiled by artist Curtis Hylton at Abbeyside Bridge in Dungarvan – transforming this integral part of the Waterford Greenway, into a stunning must-see urban artwork.

Waterford City and County Council and the local community has been continuously improving this part of Waterford Greenway particularly since late 2011 when the Smarter Travel works commenced. Subsequently the installation of picnic tables, bug hotels and encouraging the growth of wildflowers has helped lift the entire area. The final piece of the puzzle was Abbeyside bridge, which was detracting from the beautiful surroundings on this part of the Greenway.

“Abbeyside Bridge was overgrown and run down – a bit of a dark space at night that was attracting some anti-social behaviour. The Greenway represents the best of Waterford and I felt the bridge was letting the side down. It certainly was not the welcome we wanted to give to the thousands of new visitors passing under it along the Waterford Greenway as they entered Dungarvan for the first time.” says Colin Byrne, founder of the branding agency TOTEM.

Byrne was a huge fan of the Waterford Walls Festival, the international street art festival that brings some of the top street artists to Waterford to transform the city into an incredible outdoor gallery.

Inspired by their mission to use art as a medium for rejuvenating and inspiring urban spaces, he saw a fantastic opportunity to creatively solve the problem at Abbeyside Bridge, by bringing the Waterford Walls to Dungarvan.

Byrne approached The Walls Project, Waterford City and County Council and local company Shanley Industrial Engineering Ltd to come on board with TOTEM as a patron of this unique project.

“We are absolutely delighted to work in partnership with local communities to develop this exciting and innovative project enhancing the experience and atmosphere of the Greenway. And we set ourselves the unique challenge to deliver an unobtrusive yet effective and creative lighting design for the bridge that would complement the art installation.” – says Managing Director, Brian Shanley.

UK street artist Curtis Hylton agreed to create the artwork. He is an artist that is incredibly passionate about biodiversity with a style that merges wildlife with botanicals. Curtis’s often uses his spaces to make bold statements focused on highlighting the importance of protecting native habitats and species, like our Irish Honey Bee.

As you approach the bridge now, your attention is immediately captured by the vibrant, bold and colourful images of our local birds – the chaffinch, blue tit and little egret. And as you walk underneath, any sense of foreboding is replaced by awe, as lighting by Shanley Industrial Engineering Ltd, illuminates a stunning ceiling artwork of a sky going from dawn to dusk filled with silhouettes of birds in flight.

Birds in Flight 2“Waterford City and County Council was delighted to be involved in this very worthwhile project. Artist, Curtis Hylton and the Walls Project have created a fantastic artwork that will no doubt be enjoyed for years to come along this part of the Waterford Greenway. It is yet another example of the potential of the Waterford Greenway being realised and of how projects like this can add value for all that visit.” Said Cllr Damien Geoghegan, Cathaoirleach of Dungarvan and Lismore Municipal District who was on hand to help officially unveil the new artwork along with other sponsors and supporters.

It has been a project that has been a full year in the making, with so many people and organisations locally giving their support to help make it happen.

“I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to bring The Walls Project to the west of the county and to have been part of transforming Abbeyside bridge into something that creates the right first impression of our thriving town.” says Byrne of TOTEM.

“And I have to say a huge thank you, to the companies who’ve come on board as sponsors to help make this idea a reality – Centra Nugent’s, The Cliff House Hotel, Cork Airport, The Moorings, The Tannery and 360 Cookhouse. And to our other supporters Cass & Co, IQ Branding, Merry’s Gastro Pub and the Shanahan Family from Abbeyside. Without their support, it just wouldn’t have been possible.”

Projects like this, show what can be achieved when communities, local businesses and the arts come together to creatively tackle problems.

Edel Tobin, speaking on behalf of The Walls Project says, “Colin from TOTEM first approached us with his idea for this artwork on the Abbeyside Bridge, back in early 2018. And we couldn’t be more delighted with the outcome. So many people got involved to make this project happen and to see the beautiful results now, makes all their tireless efforts worth it. A big thank you to the incredible and hugely talented Curtis Hylton for his stunning artwork.”

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