Waterford News

Friday Free From FiveWaterford City and County Council and The Port of Waterford launched the FRIDAY FREE from FIVEpromotion, for the 2019 Festive period two weeks ago. This initiative is supported by Waterford Business Group, Waterford Chamber, Winterval and the Tidy Towns Bid team and is aimed at promoting and supporting City Centre businesses this festive season.

Waterford Council’s core City Centre car parks and The Port of Waterford car parks, on The Quay, will now provide ‘FREE from FIVE’ parking, on Friday 29th November, Friday 6th, Friday 13th and the additional day of Friday 20th December.

Extending the offering to include the traditionally very busy Friday 20th December, the very last Friday before Santa arrives, was a very easy decision according to Michael Garland, Chair of Tidy Towns.

“The feedback from our initial offering was so positive, that the Council and the Port of Waterford indicated they’d both like to extend the offering to include Friday 20th December. We now have an offering that will support our City Centre businesses and allow shoppers and families, to enjoy #Winteval in the knowledge that they do not have to worry about car parking.

The ‘Last Friday’ before Christmas day is always a very busy shopping day and probably one of the busiest days of the year, for our City Centre. It is vital that we support our local businesses as they are the beating heart of the City. We’d ask that people use the offering to come into the City Centre and enjoy the festive atmosphere. This is a collaborative offering and who knows, might well be replicated in 2020, if we can see enough people availing of the FRIDAY FREE from FIVE offer.”

Michael Garland continued, “We’d still like businesses to do their #BITT (Businesses Invested in Tidy Towns) and dress their windows, for Christmas, to be in with a chance to win a €500 shopping voucher. Businesses must be signed up to the Tidy Towns Charter to enter, where they will receive a Christmas gift tag to display in the window, during the festive period. Further details are directly available from Waterford Chamber, in George’s Street and also see the latest edition ‘Network’, the Chamber’s magazine.”

Remember, ALL Waterford Council owned and managed car parking spaces are FREE of charge on Sundays also, so there are plenty opportunities for people to make their way to the City Centre throughout Christmas, to enjoy the festive atmosphere, take in some retail therapy and experience Winterval.

Christmas Memorial tree launch 2019Last Wednesday, November 27th, the Rotary Club of Waterford launched its 22nd annual Memorial Christmas Tree with His Worship the Mayor Cllr. John Pratt and Waterford hurling legend Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh at John Robert’s Square in Waterford City.

Christmas is such an important time for family, but it’s also a time when we most miss those loved ones who are lost to us. The Rotary Memorial Tree has become an important and cherished way for all of us to remember our friends and family. This is why the Rotary club’s partnership with Hospice at this time of year is so vital and appropriate.

The Memorial Tree Appeal, officially launched by Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John Pratt will, as always, be a central feature in Waterford City’s Winterval Festival.

As in recent years the Waterford public will have two ways to remember their loved ones. They can of course call to the Memorial Tree in John Roberts Square or one of its satellite venues across the City or post their memory on-line via the Waterford hospice and Rotary Club websites.

Mayor, Cllr. John Pratt, said: "I'm delighted to launch this 22nd annual Waterford Rotary Club Memorial Tree which has done so much to help Waterford Hospice over the years and has become a Christmas tradition for the people of Waterford."

Carol Normoyle, President of the Rotary Club of Waterford said, “For so many years the Rotary Club of Waterford Memorial Christmas Tree has been at the heart of Christmas in Waterford and of course everyone knows the wonderful work Waterford Hospice does in our community.

From now until Christmas the Waterford public can purchase ribbons in John Roberts Square, or purchase a light and record a memory by logging on to www.waterfordhospice.ie/memorialtree.

Weather permitting, the Memorial Tree will be open from 12 noon every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and daily from December 13th until the ecumenical carol service with the Waterford Male Voice Choir which takes place at the tree on Christmas Eve starting at 2:30.

This year for the first time, UPMC Whitfield is hosting a Rotary Club Memorial Tree in the hospital foyer.  Other satellite collection points for this worthy cause are in Supervalu Hypercentre (Dec 13th & 14th), Waterford Shopping Centre Lisduggan (Dec 20th & 21st), Quish's Supervalu Tramore (Dec 13th) and Ardkeen Quality Food Store (Dec 14th).

For updates, check out https://www.facebook.com/waterfordrotaryclub/

Tinteán Housing Association works with people who are homeless across Waterford City and county. Here in Tinteán we offer individuals and families housing and support to help people to have and keep a home. Tintean is supported by the HSE and Waterford City and County Council, and is a registered charity with both Revenue and the Charities Regulator.

The Board is responsible for planning for succession at director level and we are now seeking expressions of interest in being a director of the Company.

Directors will be selected so as to create a diverse Board membership that includes men and women of independent mind, that meet the criteria set out in the Board’s Schedule of Matters, which is attached.

The roles are unpaid voluntary positions.


A confidential two-stage process will be followed

  1. Expressions of interests which are now being sought will be treated in strictest confidence and each one will be responded to.
  2. The Board will review expressions of interest that are received and on the basis of that review will invite a number of people to discuss their interest in becoming a director.

If you wish to express an interest in becoming a Board member, please download, complete and return an expression of interest form.

Return your completed form by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to: Manager, 25 Virginia Crescent, Hennessy’s Rd, Waterford City

Tramore Christmas Festival 2019

Let's gather at the Fairy Snow Queen's House outside Apache Pizza on Thursday, 5th December and follow her and her special friends down Main Street at 5pm in search of Santa, because we really need him to turn on the Christmas lights! There will be musical performances and a fabulous Christmas market on Queen Street, plus more.

Santa will be too busy to join us on 13th and 20th December but don't worry, the Fairy Snow Queen and her friends will still be there to lead us in song down Main Street and don't forget to look out for the fairies in the windows on your way!

This event is being run by Waterford Chamber, in association with Waterford City & County Council and is free for all to attend. 

ISEDO new websiteA new website, www.irelandsoutheast.com, has been launched for investors and professionals to learn more about the South East region as a place to live, work and invest. The site offers practical information and case studies of successful businesses and professionals in the region such as Innovate, Eirgen Pharma, Cartoon Saloon and Alltech.

The website takes an innovative, story based approach in showing the benefits of the region through the people and businesses who are finding success here.

Seamus Kilgannon, founder of Schivo and owner of the WorkLAB office space in Waterford stated, “Ireland South East is the sixth fastest growing region in the EU and the most affordable city region in Ireland. Globally renowned brands based here are offering really exciting and challenging careers, and all of this takes places in a beautifully scenic region with great communities. People can be employed by global companies and be cycling a Greenway ten minutes after they finish work.”

Alan Quirke, Director of the Ireland South East Development Office which created the website explains, “I think there is strong familiarity about the South East as an affordable and great place to live. What is less well known are the opportunities and benefits for businesses and professionals in a region with almost 600,000 people and where the key urban centres are all within close proximity of each other.”

“For businesses, we are one of the fastest growing regions in Europe, we are Ireland’s best value region and we also have a broad pool of talent. Equally importantly, we have a unique collaborative culture and we can make it easy for investors to start, grow and scale here. When you look deeper and hear of some of the dynamic stories, you get to see how Ireland South East offers such a great mosaic of global success stories, community and lifestyle that you can’t access as easily anywhere else.”

The new website is accompanied by a fast-paced video filmed around the South East in summer 2019 which serves as a whistle-stop tour of everything good the region has to offer, all accompanied by a high octane soundtrack from South East-based artist Rarely Seen Above Ground (RSAG).

The Ireland South East Development Office is a regional collaboration initiative of the five local authorities of the South East (Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford) and is the first office of its kind in Ireland.

Full details can be found at www.irelandsoutheast.com

WIT Technology Ireland Awards 2019WIT was winner of the Technology Ireland Industry Awards ‘Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in the field of Digital Technology’ for ‘Digital DNA Storage Infrastructure of the Future’ project which involves an infrastructure that supports encoding of digital transformation in DNA, which will lead to a new form of data storage for the future

The eagerly awaited Technology Ireland Industry Awards took place on Friday, 22nd November in the Mansion House, Dublin.

Considered the most coveted awards ceremony within the Irish technology sector, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) research centres TSSG and PMBRC patiently waited to hear their project announced as winner of the ‘Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in the field of Digital Technology’. Dr Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, Director of Research in TSSG and Dr Lee Coffey, Principal Investigator in Molecular Biology in the PMBRC and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in TSSG, proudly accepted the award on Friday last.

The project, titled ‘Digital DNA Storage Infrastructure of the Future’, involves an infrastructure that supports encoding of digital transformation in DNA, which will lead to a new form of data storage for the future. This research was featured on RTE News as well as MIT Tech Review and the future looks bright for this project.

Speaking after the win, Dr Sasitharan Balasubramaniam expressed his appreciation for being chosen as a winner “This project really demonstrates the cutting edge multi-disciplinary ICT research that is being conducted in TSSG, looking in particular to how ICT should look 10 or even 20 years from today. This also demonstrates how blue-sky research can lead to possible technologies that industry can use in the future”

“I am delighted to win this award and to receive the recognition alongside our colleagues in TSSG for this work,” said Dr Lee Coffey. “The practical implementation of the TSSG-led DNA data storage concepts carried out in the PMBRC labs builds upon years of expertise in molecular biology research at the centre. The interface between the life sciences and data technology is an exciting space and we look forward to developing this research further with Huawei, our industry partner,” Dr Coffey continued.

Also attending the prestigious ceremony was Prof Wille Donnelly, President of Waterford Institute of Technology and founder of TSSG. The president congratulated both Dr Balasubramaniam and Dr Coffey on winning this accolade. Prof Donnelly stated that “It’s a fantastic achievement and recognition of the institute’s international leadership in research excellence.” This follows the PBMRC Research and Development award at the Pharma Industry awards 2019 for the second year running.

The project, funded by Huawei, has the capability to store the resonant equivalent of 70 billion copies of books into a single gram of DNA, and this technique is set to revolutionize the field of data storage. The practical applications are endless for example, in the coming years humans will be able to store their own and their ancestral medical history in their own DNA; food supplies can carry traceability information in the food itself; and energy burning data centres will become a thing of the past. The benefits lie in an architecture that can allow libraries of information to be created (e.g. music and movie files, and this data could be for long-term archive systems). This can benefit cloud infrastructure providers who are continuously expanding their data centres who are energy hungry, to select alternative systems that can potentially store large quantity of data and use low quantity energy, which will result in a significant reduction of carbon footprint.

This could mean that future data centres will have a combination of silicon technology that are found in the current system, combined with a biological infrastructure that stores information for long-term archives. The research is also developing anti-malware system to create future solutions for cyber security software industry to protect infrastructures for DNA storage.

Kevin Doolin, Director of Innovation in TSSG comments on the win “We are very proud of this research, and while this seems like science fiction, the practical applications of this breakthrough technology are everywhere. Imagine a future where you, and your ancestors' entire medical history is stored in your body, or where a piece of steak contains un-hackable traceability information.”

The next step in this project is to develop various types of practical applications for DNA storage, and in particular for creating libraries that can store various types of files, and to be able to read as well as write to the storage infrastructure.

Both research centres are part of the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network Programme which funds interactions between local and national industry and institutes of technology and aims to increase the levels of interaction between the IoTs and industry in Ireland.

LEO Shana ChuLocal Enterprise Office Waterford is inviting submissions from those with a business idea or are in start-up phase to apply for its 2020 Desk Programme.

The Desk programme will provide free desk space at one of Ireland’s most exciting innovative co-working hubs, Boxworks Co Work Space, along with an appointed LEO business advisor for six months from January 2020.

The inaugural programme proved a big success with three start-up businesses making Boxworks their home earlier this year.

Shana Chu, founder of STYL.wrap, a technology suite of easy-to-use sizing solutions for online fashion retailers, recently completed her Boxworks residency.

“It was a fantastic experience and one that afforded me opportunities to expand my network and collaborate with co-workers. Having such a diverse range of companies and individuals situated in Boxworks was great…when I was stuck in my head and needed a sounding board or advice everyone banded together to help."

“A coworking environment is a healthy environment. Being surrounded by inspiring entrepreneurs means you feed off their energy. This enthusiasm gave me the confidence to face the challenges of starting of a new business.”

“Having access to a dedicated business advisor was also another huge benefit of the Desk Programme. Our monthly meetings really helped me to focus on the direction of the business and put specific goals in place to help me achieve growth.”

David Walsh, Local Enterprise Office Waterford, is looking forward to welcoming some of Waterford’s newest entrepreneurs to the Desk Programme in 2020. “We’ve seen how this programme has already benefitted three great start-ups in 2019, and we would anticipate the same success in 2020.”

“Boxworks Co Work Space has proved the ideal environment for new enterprises to learn and grow. For anyone starting a business or has a good business idea, the chance to work in a creative and connected co-working environment is a real plus.”

Jim “Flash” Gordan of Boxworks added, “Currently Boxworks houses twenty-five small businesses, freelancers, entrepreneurs and visionaries. Being surrounded by that level of creativity, enthusiasm and business acumen will be a huge bonus to any entrepreneur thinking of embarking on their enterprise journey.”

“In fact, research by Coworker.com found that those who share co-working spaces are 80% more sociable, 27% more productive and get 37% more leads, so we fully believe that the experience of the entrepreneurs at Boxworks will be one that benefits them both professionally and personally.”

Closing date for applications to the LEO Waterford Desk Programme is 4pm, Thursday, December 19th. To apply visit www.localenterprise.ie/Waterford/ or call into Local Enterprise Office Waterford at 35, The Mall, Waterford for an application form.


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